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Bitterroot students participate in annual conservation days

HAMILTON - An estimated 535 students from Darby, Corvallis, Florence, Hamilton, Lone Rock, Stevensville and Victor will participate in the 19th annual Conservation Field Days Monday through Wednesday.

The outdoor classroom experience was developed on the concept of multiple use of natural resources. Sixth-graders are provided an opportunity to learn and form an association with various professional natural-resource trained persons and programs.

Conservation Field Days is sponsored and organized by the Bitterroot Conservation District. Federal, state, county and private organizations and individuals are involved as participants and presenters. Eleven basic natural resource areas are explored in workshop settings held at Como Lake and Chief Looking Glass campgrounds. Topics covered will include recreation, watershed, fire and pests, timber management and harvest, soils, grazing, wildlife and wetlands.

Students from Stevensville, Florence and Lone Rock schools will meet at Chief Looking Glass Campground on Monday. Hamilton and Darby students will meet at Lake Como on Tuesday, and Corvallis, Victor and Pine Academy will meet at Lake Como on Wednesday. The day begins at 9 a.m. and wraps up at 2:30 p.m.

For more information, contact event coordinator, Julie Ralston, Bitterroot Conservation District, 363-5010, Ext. 101.


Curator offers workshop on creating a trunk show

Darla Bruner, education curator from the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, is offering a workshop of "How to Build a Trunk Show." It will be held at the Ravalli County Museum on South Third and Bedford in Hamilton on Monday from 10 a.m. to noon.

Geared for museum staff and volunteers, this free workshop will also be helpful to teachers in the valley to prepare "trunk shows" for particular educational units.

Bruner will bring three of the trunks she has put together for her educational programs: The Old School House, Fort Fizzle and Dinosaurs. Each has artifacts or reproductions, integrating a script for that particular subject.

Volunteers are encouraged to join us for this program, particularly if you might be willing to help organize a variety of programs developed around the Bitter Root's story.


LocalMotion seeks involvement to raise scholarship funds

Attention, kids: You can decorate your bikes with streamers, playing cards, sticker and balloons and then walk, run or ride around the John H. Toole Park track next to the Clark Fork River at LocalMotion, Clark Fork School's annual fund-raiser for scholarships.

Refreshments, a T-shirt and a free Carousel ride will be given to participants.

The event is Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration is $10 before Wednesday or $12 after. For more information, call 728-3395.


Representative honored for supporting adult education

Tom Facey, a member of the Montana House of Representatives for Missoula, has been a supporter of Adult Basic Education services for many years and last week he received national recognition for his efforts when he was named the Mountain Plains Adult Education Association Lay Leader for 2001.

This honor, presented by MPAEA at its annual conference in Albuquerque, N.M. last week, can be earned only by those who whose actions and diligence improve basic educational opportunities for adults but who are not working directly in the field of Adult Basic Education.

A legislator since 1998, Facey has made Adult Basic Education a major part of his legislative agenda. He once stated that the university system and K-12 system had the resources to mount persistent lobbying campaigns (in the Legislature), but ABE was not even considered. Through his persistence, Facey was successful in implementing a $100,000 line item with the Department of Health and Human Services budget for ABE. As a member of the Health Services Committee in the latest Legislature, he was successful in maintaining this funding for the next two years.

Facey earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Montana in 1976, and taught high school and middle school science in Victor, Anaconda and Missoula for most of the past 25 years. He also was awarded two Fulbright Scholarships to study in London in 1985 and in Japan in 2001.


UM offers summer art, music, drama classes

More than 30 music, art and drama classes will be offered this summer through the School of Fine Arts at the University of Montana.

Classes are open to community members seeking personal enrichment, educators working on teacher recertification, UM students working toward advanced degrees and those trying to meet general education requirements.

Summer semester runs in two sessions, May 29-June 29 and July 2-Aug. 3. One-week workshops are available throughout the summer.

Summer session highlights include:

An acting class for nonmajors that helps teachers, businesspeople, lawyers and even theater students hone presentation skills and discover the secrets of the acting profession.

A "History of Jazz" course that helps student understand this truly American art form, from Dixieland and Swing to Cool and Fusion.

A "History of Rock 'n' Roll" course that explores another aspect of uniquely American music, from its birth in the 1950s to the 1990s.

A one-week workshop on "Kids and the Movies: The World They Live In."

A host of classes on drawing, photography, ceramics, printmaking and Web design.

For more information, call 243-4970 or visit website,

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