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Non-Profit - KPAX telethon to benefit choral festival

Non-Profit - KPAX telethon to benefit choral festival

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Raise Your Voice, a fundraising telethon to benefit the 2009 International Choral Festival, will be broadcast on KPAX-TV live from Southgate Mall on Saturday from 6 to 7 p.m. The eighth International Choral Festival scheduled for July 15-19, 2009.

Local choral groups including the Missoula Mendelssohn Club, Dolce Canto, Sweet Adelines, Montana A Cappella Society and the Missoula Young Men's Chorus will perform live during the hourlong telethon. The telethon will be hosted by KPAX's Jill Valley, Mark Holyoak and Jeff Kelly.

On Saturday, the general public can watch the telethon on KPAX-TV or view the entire production in person at J.C. Penney Court in Southgate Mall. Choral performances will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will continue until 7:30 p.m.

Contributions can be made during the telethon by phone or online by credit card at A replay of the production will be available at Web site for two weeks following the telethon. For more information, e-mail the festival office at, or call 721-7985. Visit for more information on the festival.

Five Valleys Land Trust will hold its 14th annual Spring Banquet and Auction on Saturday, May 3, at the Northstar Air Express Hangar at Missoula International Airport. The event, which starts at 5:30 p.m., will feature a catered sit-down banquet, no-host beer and wine bar, silent auction, cash raffle and live auction. Local musician Tom Catmull will perform and Mayor John Engen will emcee the event. The auction will include fine artwork, vacation opportunities, gourmet dinners, outdoor gear and many other great items.

Reservations are required and may be made on or before Friday, April 25, by contacting Five Valleys Land Trust at 549-0755 or Tickets are $60 per person or $480 for a table of eight. Information about Five Valleys Land Trust can be found at its Web site,

The Five Valleys Chorus of Sweet Adelines International has a music scholarship available for any Montana resident pursuing a college degree while being involved in music activities or pursuing a music degree. Deadline is May 1. Interested individuals should contact their school adviser, Judy Lange, scholarship chairwoman, at 273-2491 or Cindy Morin at 258-4735 or 251-3006.

The annual family selection application process for Habitat for Humanity of Missoula begins Sunday at 1 p.m.

An application meeting will be held at the Head Start Building, 1001 Worden St., for anyone interested in applying to build a home in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Missoula. A second meeting will take place Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at Opportunity Resources, 2821 S. Russell St. There will not be child care available at either meeting.

Income guidelines state that a family must make between

30 percent and 60 percent of the annual Missoula-area median income to qualify to partner with Habitat.

For example, a two-person family would have to earn $13,300 to $26,580, a four-person family $16,350 to $33,240, or a six-person family $18,950 to $38,580.

Selection is based on need, the ability to pay and willingness to partner. Applicants must have lived or worked in Missoula County for one year prior to application. Applications will be available at the meetings or through the Habitat office after April 13. Completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. April 30.

Call 549-8210 for more information, or go to

The Montana Radio Reading Service is seeking donations of jewelry for its seventh annual "Wear it Again" fundraiser scheduled for the second weekend in August.

Possible donations include any jewelry you no longer wear, such as necklaces, bracelets, rings, watches, earrings (pierced, clip or screw), pins, men's items, cuff links, bolos, rhinestone, sterling, even jewelry boxes - virtually anything related to jewelry. Donations are tax deductible.

If you have jewelry to donate or would like to become a listener or a reader, contact MRRS at 721-1998 (1-800-942-7323) or drop jewelry at its office at 337 Stephens Ave.

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