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Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Local events - Free program "Hip and Knee Pain" 10 to 11:30 a.m., Deaconess Conference Center, register by calling 255-8440

- Free Lunch and Learn program on strokes "Achieving a Healthy Weight for Stroke and Heart Health" noon to 1 p.m., Deaconess Conference Center, lunch provided, to register, call 255-8440

- Adult Basic Education graduation ceremony 7 p.m., Lincoln Auditorium, refreshments follows ceremony

- Heartsaver CPR class noon to 5:30 p.m., St. Vincent Healthcare's Boulder Room, $40, registration required, call 238-6182

- Free program on using the library's computerized catalog 4 p.m., Parmly Billings Library, registration required, call 657-8258

Beartooth Highway to open Friday Beartooth Pass will be open for the season at 8 a.m. Friday, says Paul Bronson, maintenance chief for the Department of Transportation in Billings.

Crews from Montana and Yellowstone National Park have been plowing through deep snow to their annual rendezvous at 11,000 feet in the Beartooth Mountains south of Red Lodge.

Every year, snowplow crews try to open the pass by Memorial Day weekend. Weather sometimes delays the opening beyond that date, but the forecast is looking promising this weekend.

Temperatures in Billings are expected to reach into the high 80s, so snow is unlikely to interfere with holiday traffic.

Cemetery readies for Memorial Day All information tents and the office at Mountview Cemetery will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Monday for Memorial Day weekend.

Cemetery grounds are open to the public from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Dogs to fetch discs at contest A local contest for the 2003 Skyhoundz Hyperflite Canine Disc Championship will be May 31 at Veteran's Park.

Contestants and their canine teammates will earn points for basic throws and catches, with a premium for mid-air catches and grabs in the distance and accuracy event. No previous experience is required to participate.

Registration opens at 9 a.m. at the park at 13th Street West and Poly Drive. The public is invited to view the free event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no entry fee for competitors.

Hyperflite Flying Discs is the sponsor of more than 100 local championships, six regional championships and the world championship. All competitors will receive an Hyperflite K-l0 Competition Standard flying disc, and the winners, second-place and third-place teams will receive plaques.

To view the 2003 Skyhoundz competition schedule or to download a copy of the Skyhoundz Competition Guidelines, visit www.skyhoundz.com.

For local information, call Ron Egeland at 657-8367.

Pompeys Pillar to open Saturday Pompeys Pillar National Monument opens for the season on Saturday.

On his return trip, William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition carved his name and the date in the sandstone face of the pillar. The inscription remains the only physical evidence of the expedition that is still visible on the actual route.

The historic site is 25 miles east of Billings off Interstate 94 and is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through Labor Day. Admission is $3 per vehicle.

The site offers a day use area, visitor contact station and gift shop. As in past years, Friday Evening Campfire Programs are planned.

The first program will be June 13 and feature a presentation by Howard Boggess about Crow culture and history. The Friday night programs will continue throughout the season and cover topics such as the history and geology of the area and subjects related to the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

All programs start at 7 p.m. Complete schedules are available at the site or by calling 875-2233.

Eagle Mount sets bike clinic Eagle Mount will showcase adaptive bicycling equipment at an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. May 30.

The event will be at Cellular Plus on the corner of Wicks and Main in the Heights. Cellular Plus is a corporate partner of Eagle Mount, providing recreational activities and opportunities for social inclusion for those with physical or cognitive disabilities.

For information, call 245-5422.

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