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A spelling bee to help people learn to read is planned in Deer Lodge on Thursday.

The sixth annual Great Grownup Spelling Bee, a fund-raiser for Powell County Literacy Program, Inc., will be held at 7 p.m. in the Central Park Center Gym, 444 Montana Ave.

Adult spellers will be in teams of from two to four people. The pronouncer will give each team a word and the team members will have one minute to discuss its spelling. One misspelled word eliminates the team.

Teams are encouraged to wear "wacky" attire and have a good time.

All proceeds will be used for books and related resources to help people learn to read.

For more information, call Megan Thompson at 846-2242.

A bike relay fund-raiser featuring a University of Montana fraternity will begin Thursday morning.

Phi Gamma Delta members will stage a relay to Washington State University in Pullman. The bike relay will stop overnight in Kamiah, Idaho, and arrive in Pullman on Friday.

All money raised in the annual event will be given to the Missoula Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

The fraternity also is involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Missoula, American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and Project Playground.

Sentinel Kiwanis Club of Missoula is sponsoring the sixth annual free Child Immunization Clinic Saturday, April 29, at Southgate Mall.

The program focuses on children from birth to 5 years of age.

Nurses from the City-County Health Department and student nurses will give shots from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room at the mall.

Kiwanis members will be at the event and give children goodie bags.

Parents must accompany children and bring the child's immunization records to the clinic.

For more information, call Teri Michaelson at the Health Department, 523-4750, or Peggy Stellmach with Sentinel Kiwanis at 728-9410, ext. 137.

The American Cancer Society is offering "Reach to Recovery," a program that offers volunteers who will listen to a woman with breast cancer, help her express her feelings and talk to her about her fears and concerns.

All volunteers are cancer survivors. A woman has a 1-in-9 chance of developing breast cancer during her lifetime, according to the Cancer Society.

The Missoula office of ACS is seeking breast cancer survivors to serve as volunteers for the program. A training class for volunteers will be held Saturday, April 29, at St. Patrick Hospital.

People interested in volunteering should call Tina Ward at 542-2191.

WORD is looking for volunteers to help run its Summer Arts & Leadership Camp.

The camp is designed to provide an opportunity for homeless and "at-risk" children to become tomorrow's leaders. Children enrolled in the program experience leadership training, conflict and resolution management training, team-building exercises and peer support.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Misty Bowen at 543-3550, ext. 31.

Kumamoto Plaza, Montana's Japanese cultural office in Helena, is seeking applications from Montanans interested in serving as hosts to Japanese students on July 25-31.

Kumamoto and Montana have a sister-state relationship.

For more information, call Lynn at 406-449-7904.

The Missoula Child Care Association is seeking nominations for Provider of the Year.

The distinction is to honor a child-care provider who has a special way with children, provides extra care and is a member of the Missoula Child Care Association.

Nominations should include a short paragraph explaining why the provider should receive the special recognition, how long she or he has been in the business of child care, and involvement in community activities.

The letter should be mailed to MCCA, Box 7284, Missoula, Mont. 59807 by May 1.

Garden City Harvest, which oversees the Fort Missoula Community Farm and the local network of Community Gardens, is selling community-supported agricultural shares for produce from the gardens.

A share is a weekly portion of fresh, organic produce averaging 10 pounds and is available 18-20 weeks during the summer's growing season.

Money from the shares allows GCH to donate more than 15,000 pounds of fresh produce from GCH's Food Farm to the Missoula Food Bank.

A benefit concert for GCH also will be held Thursday, May 4, at the Ritz on Ryman. Abendego and other local musical guests will perform. Tickets are $4.

For more information or to volunteer, call 523-FOOD (3663).

Volunteer Montana, known as "the domestic Peace Corps," is looking for recruits.

Volunteers will serve with community-based organizations throughout Montana.

Volunteer Montana coordinators mobilize and coordinate hundreds of volunteers who provide direct services in areas ranging from renovating low-income housing and mentoring, to hunger prevention and domestic-violence interaction. Involved community organizations include the American Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Habitat for Humanity.

Volunteer Montana coordinators make a 10-month commitment in exchange for a living stipend, an education award of almost $5,000 and health insurance.

Applications are being accepted for the program year beginning in September. The deadline is June 18.

For more information or to request an application, call Volunteer Montana at 542-5061.

Does your nonprofit organization have an event to share with the public through the roundup? If so, call Donna Syvertson at 523-5361, fax it to 523-5294 or write to her in care of the Missoulian, Box 8029, Missoula, Mont. 59807.

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