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Free faculty lecture "Rural Healthcare: Crossroads or Crisis?" by Sheila McGinnis 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., Lewis and Clark Room, Student Union Building, MSU-Billings

Town meeting on park master plan for Alkali Creek area 6:30 p.m., Alkali Creek School cafeteria, 681 Alkali Creek Road

Free health program "Living With Diabetes - Healthy Eating" 1 to 2:30 p.m., DBC conference center

14th annual Jobs Jamboree 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Grand Montana Convention Center

MSU-B Sociology Club plans DVD/VHS drive The Montana State University-Billings Sociology Club is conducting a DVD/VHS drive for the residents of the Evergreen Laurel Rehabilitation and Extended Care facility. René Greenfield, president of the club, said, "One of the pleasures in life is an escape to a world of comedy, mystery, drama and romance."

The residents, she said, have a library of only about 20 videos.

"It seems like a simple item, really, something most of us don't even think about," Greenfield said. "Many of us have movies lying around or old movies we can't quite appreciate. How great it would be for someone to be able to enjoy them. Please take a minute to look. We all need a few hours of escape."

The students will take collections until Friday and will bring them to the Laurel facility on April 4. Drop-off boxes are located in the MSU-B College of Education Building and in the Student Union Building.

If you need help arranging for a drop-off, call the MSU-B University Relations office at 657-2266.

Specialist will conduct language workshop BOZEMAN - Karen Rossi, an early interventionist specialist, will conduct a workshop, "Learn to Talk Around the Clock," from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Wingate Inn.

The training session will teach essential language and listening behaviors to enhance language development.

To register, contact Sherilyn Renner, teacher of the deaf, Bozeman Public Schools, 522-6312, or srenner@bozeman.k12.mt.us.

Part of Billings bicycle path closed for tests The Billings bicycle path closure between Charlene Street and Belknap Street continues until 5 p.m. Thursday, weather permitting, to allow ConocoPhillips to hydrostatically test an 8-inch pipeline.

Due to the proximity of the bike trail to the pipeline, travel will be restricted along this portion.

Work under way on Wicks Lane Beginning Monday utility construction is under way on Wicks Lane between Lake Elmo Drive and St. Andrews Drive. Expect single-lane traffic and short delays with flaggers during working hours. Two lanes will be provided overnight. Work is expected to take approximately 10 days.

Art professor to lead educators' workshop A hands-on workshop for art specialists and educators, "Bring a Child's Imagination to Life Through Picture Book Making," will be taught by Connie Landis, an Montana State University-Billings art professor. The class is 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Lewis and Clark Middle School at 1315 Lewis Ave.

Landis' workshop will focus on developing and creating picture books to help students of all learning abilities tap into their creative imaginations. The $25 workshop cost includes supplies and five tickets to the ABT School Matinee Series production "Guess How Much I Love You?" on May 10 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 

All of the Alberta Bair Theater professional development workshops for teachers may be taken for Office of Public Instruction or MSU-B credit. For information or to register, call Bess Fredlund at 256-8915, ext. 204.

Park master plan focus of meeting A town hall meeting has been called by the City of Billings Department of Parks, Recreation and Public Lands to shape and formulate a park master plan for the Alkali Creek area. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. today in the Alkali Creek School Cafeteria at 681 Alkali Creek Road.

For information, call Jolene Rieck with Peaks to Plains Design, 294-9499, e-mail jolene@peakstoplains.com or call Don Kearney, director of Parks, Recreation and Public Lands at 657-8369

or kearneyd@ci.billings.mt.us.

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