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Project Children plans barbecue Saturday

The Montana Chapter of Project Children's ninth annual Steak Barbecue, Barn Social and Auction will be held Saturday by host Smoke Elser at his barn at 3800 Rattlesnake Drive in Missoula.

The event is a fund-raiser for the nonprofit Project Children, which brings young Protestants and Catholics to Montana from Northern Ireland for six weeks of summer fun away from the tensions and prejudices of home.

This year's speaker will be Northern Ireland's Liam Devine, a leading figure in Catholic-Protestant reconciliation efforts. Devine is executive director of a cross-community training and education program that works to reunite Catholics and Protestants. He also runs the Belfast Peace Garden, which also works to bring the sides together.

Elser, who recently retired after 40 years or packing and guiding in the Bob Marshall and Bitterroot-Selway Wildernesses, will barbecue steaks. Entertainment will be by Dublin Gulch from Butte, Missoula's Celtic Dragon Pipe Band and the Ceili Dancers from the Montana Gaelic Cultural Society.

Tickets are $25 each, available by calling 543-4602 or 549-2820.

Ginny Merriam, Missoulian

Society presentation focuses on refuge

Bitterroot Audubon Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday for a slide presentation on the Teller Wildlife Refuge and its environmental education and volunteer programs.

Speakers will be Amy Montieth and Kate Wimmer, who work at the Corvallis refuge.

Monday's meeting is at the Stevensville Ranger Station and is open to the public. For more information, call Dave Lockman at 777-2929.

Sherry Devlin, Missoulian

Skills to be explained at Family Fishing Day

Learn how to identify Montana's native fish species, how to cast rods and tie fishing knots from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday during a Family Fishing Day program at Lindey's Steak House in Seeley Lake.

Admission is free; hot dogs will be served at 11 a.m.

Sponsored by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the program will include tips on water safety and a talk by "the loon lady" on one of the state's most beloved - yet rare - waterfowl species.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks will supply all equipment for the demonstrations.

Sherry Devlin, Missoulian

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