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Friday, May 30, 2003

Local events - Hazardous Waste Collection Event for Area Businesses: pre-registration required, call 247-8633 to register and for more information.

Part of King Avenue to be closed

King Avenue West will be closed to through traffic from 32nd Street West to Shiloh Road, from June 2 to 13. The King Avenue West detour from Shiloh to 48th Street West will remain open. North-south traffic on Shiloh will remain open.

United Blood Services seeks donations United Blood Services, a nonprofit community blood provider, has issued an emergency appeal for blood donations.

All blood types are needed, but types O and A negative are at critical levels. If you can donate, call United Blood Services at 248-9168 to schedule a time for your donation or stop by from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, at 3000 Seventh Ave. N. Bring your ID.

Class offered for home buyers The next monthly First-Time Home Buyer Education Class sponsored by the Beartooth Resource Conservation and Development Area Inc., in cooperation with Neighborhood Housing Services of Great Falls, will be from 9 a.m. until about 4 p.m. June 7 at Laurel City Hall Council Chambers, 115 W. 1st St., in Laurel.

There is no charge for this program. Registration is required. For information or to register call Beartooth RC&D office at 962-3914.

Art Association plans general meeting The Billings Art Association will hold a general meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. June 29 at the Yellowstone Art Museum. YAM Executive Director Robert Knight is the guest speaker. The public is welcome.

Group to sponsor AIDS awareness event In honor of National HIV Testing Day, the Yellowstone AIDS Project is organizing "Make a Date to Make a Difference."

By dining at one of Billings' finest restaurants on the evening of June 27, individuals can show their support, raise awareness and funds for their programs and services. Call the Yellowstone AIDS Project about participating restaurants or the event at 245-2029.

Stamp to honor war award recipients A 37-cent stamp honoring recipients of the Purple Heart will be unveiled at 10 a.m. today at the Billings main post office, 841 S. 26th St.

Billings Postmaster Dennis Kautz will unveil the stamp to recognize the Purple Heart, a military decoration awarded to American service men and women wounded or killed in combat.

Officials from the Military Order of the Purple Heart will be on hand, as will representatives of Montana's congressional delegation. Joe Papez of Red Lodge, the nation's oldest living Purple Heart recipient, will be a special guest.

The ceremony will included an honor guard from the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The new stamp is part of the U.S. Postal Service's 2003 stamp program, which celebrates the people, events and history of the nation.