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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Local events

Free seminar "Boomers' Basics for Men, Women and Children: Reaching Your Peaks with Sports Specific Training (SST)" noon to 1 p.m., free lunch also, DBC conference center

Free knitting lesson "Prayer Shawl" 10 a.m. to noon, Gold Advantage office, 17th and Parkhill, seating, register by calling 237-8890

Colloquium "Issues on Education in Montana" 6:30 to 9 p.m., Lewis and Clark Room, Montana State University-Billings

Association meeting to focus on boards

David L. Pals will discuss "Working with Your Board" at the Thursday meeting of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Montana Chapter.

Pals, president of David L. Pals & Associates, is affiliated with Dale Carnegie. The luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday at the McCormick Cafe.

The cost is $15 for nonmembers and $10 for AFP members. To register, call Marie Kelly 259-2269 or e-mail mkelly1@famserv.com.

ZooMontana plans photography contest

ZooMontana and Botanical Gardens will kick off its first photography contest, "Ewe at the Zoo: Preserve the Moment," on Thursday. The contest will continue through Sept. 5 and is open to amateur photographers of all ages.

Three contest categories are "Animals," "Gardens" and "People." The rules require that all photographs be taken on zoo grounds no earlier than March 1. Only one submission per person will be eligible to win regardless of voting or judging outcomes.

Up to five entries per person are allowed, however you may switch one new photo for one already submitted if you reach your photo limit. With each participant's first entry, the person will receive a free pass to the zoo.

During the contest, visit the zoo's Web site at www.zoomontana.org to find out about the contest's rules, pick up an entry form, submit a photo or vote for your favorites. Online voters will choose the top three photos in each category.

A panel of guest judges, experienced in the field, will also select one "Best of Show" winner in each category. Those 12 photographs will then be used to develop a zoo 2006 fund-raising calendar and will receive a variety of prizes including a household membership to the zoo.

Throughout the contest, there will be eight designated "photo days," starting Saturday, when those who present their cameras will receive free admission. At the culmination of the contest, a reception will be held to showcase the winning entries as well as a calendar mock-up and a possible print auction.

For information, visit the Web site or call 652-8100, ext. 3.

Annual spelling bee set for SaturdayThe annual Yellowstone County Spelling Bee begins at 9 a.m. Saturday in Petro Theater at Montana State University-Billings.

Fifth- through eighth-grade students will represent 46 schools in the county. Seventy champions are participating in the bee this year. The top four winners will go to the 40th annual State Spelling Bee on April 2 at Loyola Sacred Heart School in Missoula.

The Yellowstone County commissioners and some area businesses are sponsoring the bee this year. Internet Montana is sponsoring T-shirts for all participants and volunteers.

Julia Lillethun, assistant Yellowstone County superintendent of schools, is the bee director. Vanessa Lund, a retired administrator, will pronounce. Masters of ceremonies will be Paul Mushaben and Mark Wilson, from KCTR radio.

The judges will include Bill Kennedy, Yellowstone County commissioner; Vickie Swander, a teacher at Elysian School; and Ron Bender, superintendent of Elder Grove School.

Lee Newspapers of Montana, which includes The Billings Gazette, sponsors the state bee.

First Interstate plans Relay for Life event

First Interstate Bank Operations Employees invites the public to participate in the fight against cancer as the bank's Relay for Life Cancer Walk Team presents a night of feasting and music.

"Cuisine for Cancer Research" will be March 28 at the Elks Club at 934 Lewis Ave.

Tickets cost $60 each, or you could choose to sponsor a table. The event will include a three-course dinner at 7 p.m. created by the Billings Cooks and Chefs Association and featuring wild mushroom-stuffed chicken breast as the main course. There is also a no-host bar.

The silent auction concludes at about 10 p.m., but dancing continues until midnight.

For information, call Julie Heyneman at 237-2876 or Alice Evangelists at 237-2869.

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