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Museum wants blood, offers free pass

The Miracle of America Museum is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday from noon to 5 p.m.

All blood donors will receive a free pass to enjoy the museum, which has added several items to its Vintage Red Cross exhibition, in in the same room as the drawing.

The museum is at 58176 U.S. Highway 93 in Polson. For information, call 883-6804.

Seeley winter festival begins Friday

Seeley Lake's Winterfest begins Friday with a parade and a bonfire, and continues over the next two weeks with an arts and craft show, concerts, snow sculpture exhibit throughout town, dog and crosscountry ski races, and more.

The schedule is:

Friday, Jan. 23

6:30 p.m. - Lighted Parade on Highway 83.

Bonfire after at the Filling Station

Saturday, Jan. 24

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Arts and crafts fair, Seeley Lake Elementary School; dessertfest with raffle and auction at Seeley Lake Community Hall. Tickets for dessertfest are $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door, available from Chamber board members.

6-6:30 p.m. - Social.

6:30-7:15 p.m. - Community Band Concert, desserts and raffle.

7:30 p.m. - Entertainment: "Bits and Pieces," from MCT Missoula Community Theater.

8:15 p.m. - Auction.

Sunday, Jan. 25

10 a.m. to noon - Registration for Driftriders Poker Run, $5, Community Hall. Ride is noon to 3 p.m.

3 p.m. - Eden Atwood and the Last Best Band in concert, Seeley Swan High School. Tickets: $12 seniors, $14 general, $4 students age 6-18, at the door.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Morning to early afternoon - OSCR (cross country ski race).

About 2 p.m. - Cross country ski clinic.

Ice Skating at Lion's Park.

8 p.m. - Announcement of snow sculpture winners at Double Arrow Lodge, followed by fireworks display at Double Arrow.

Sunday, Feb. 1

Businessperson's Dog Sled Calcutta; mutt pull.

For more information, contact the Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at (406) 677-2880 or via e-mail at .

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Young opera singers strut their stuff

On Friday, Jan. 23, young singers from the University of Montana Department of Music will sing operatic arias during an evening of music.

The CIAO Awards (Career Incentive for Aspiring Opera singers) competition begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall in the Music Building on the University of Montana campus. Admission is free and open to the public, though donations are accepted at the door.

The CIAO awards, established by doctors Catherine Capps and Tom Rickard of Missoula, are meant to help young singers with the expenses of the next steps in their careers.

Among the judges for this year's competition are Dennis Dunn, governor of the Northwest Region of the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, and Jon Harney, a member of the music faculty of MSU in Bozeman.

These singers are among those who will be featured in Mozart's "The Magic Flute" later this spring, in a production done cooperatively between the Department of Music and the Missoula Children's Theater on April 15-18.


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