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Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Local events - City Traffic Control Board at noon, fourth floor, Parmly Billings Library

- MetraPark Board 4:30 p.m., MetraPark

- Yellowstone County Board of Planning 6 p.m., fourth floor, Parmly Billings Library

- Free program "Advanced Directives" 11 a.m. to noon, Westpark Retirement Village, 2351 Solomon Ave.

Auto club holding auction Check out automotive history at Yellowstone Roaring '20s Auto Club show, swap and auction on June 7-8. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 7, the 33rd annual swap meet opens at the Roaring '20s clubhouse at 7400 Grand Ave. Admission is $5 per person on June 7 and $1 per person on June 8, with ages 12 and younger free. The June 7 ticket includes entry into the Antique and Collector Car Auction.

June 8 events include a "Show and Shine" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For information, call Don or Mary Cantrell at 245-6576 or Craig or Leslie Gould at 651-4175 about the swap meet. Call (800) 255-4485 for auction information. For the Car Show and Shine, call Denver Schlaeppi at 652-6595 or 656-4319.

NORMAL group holding fund-raiser The Billings chapters of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and Students for a Sensible Drug Policy will host a benefit concert featuring End Ever, Loopian Zu, Smash Division, and Dimensional Care Unit.

The event will be Friday at the Eagles Lodge in Billings Heights. Proceeds will go toward future campaigns to decriminalize medical marijuana in Montana in addition to continuing the broadcast of NORML TV on Community Seven. For more information contact Adam Jones of Montana NORML at 256-0107 or

Public meeting to discuss Legislature Montana Conservation Voters is hosting a public meeting to discuss the 2003 State Legislature's actions affecting citizens rights, initiatives and referendums and the quality of life in Billings. The meeting will run from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, at American Lutheran Church's social hall, 5 Lewis Ave.

Legislators from the area have been invited to attend, along with conservation and community groups. Summaries of bills from the Legislature, voting records and legislative district reapportionment information will be available at the meeting. Refreshments will be served.

This meeting is one of several being organized throughout the state in the coming weeks by Montana Conservation Voters. For information, call Sally Hickman, chapter president, at 656-6280, or Theresa M. Keaveny, MCV executive director, at 254-1593, or visit on the Web at

Billings plans fishing derbies The Billings Recreation Department will co-sponsor two Billings-area fishing derbies for ages 5-16 to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week.

The derbies will be held with the help of Wal-Mart Stores, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department and Magic Flyfishers Club.

The first derby is 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at Lake Elmo. Registration will be at the shelter near the boat ramp on the west end of the lake.

The second derby is 10 a.m. Sunday, June 8, at Riverfront Park. Registration will be near the entrance to the park. Look for the banners.

Youngsters can register ahead of time at either Billings Wal-Mart store in the sporting-goods department.

Big Sky will host 'greening' conference BIG SKY — The third "greening" conference in the past six years will be held in Big Sky from June 11-13. The first conference, held in 1996, brought together a wide range of people, including national and regional experts in sustainability, who had a shared vision to preserve and protect the greater Yellowstone National Park region's values and provide ways to follow that vision toward improved environmental conservation.

The conference will focus on the expanded use and production of biofuels, regional recycling and composting opportunities, a variety of pollution prevention topics and the latest technologies in environmental stewardship.

For more information, contact Shirley Ball, executive director of EPAC, (406) 785-3722; Kathy Jackson, executive director of HCRP, (406) 431-1247; or Jim Evanoff, management assistant, Yellowstone National Park, (307) 344-2311.