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Thursday, April 10

is the last day to:

•Register online for the April 12 Youth in Action event for ages 11 to 18. As part of Global Youth Service Day, young people will pick up trash, learn to play disc golf, draw sidewalk chalk art and take part in an anti-tobacco photo shoot. Go to www.yia.eventbrite. To volunteer, contact Nathan Stahley at 651-6437 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Friday, April 11

is the last day to:

•RSVP to attend an April 17 luncheon honoring Bryce Curry and Maria Fulton, recipients of the $1,000 Uri Barnea Music Scholarships. Both are seniors at Senior High School. Ms. Fulton, a cellist, plans to study in the medical field at St. Olaf College. Mr. Curry, a violinist, plans to study photo journalism at MSU Bozeman. Noon, Hilands Golf Club. Mr. Barnea will attend, and the musicians will perform. $15. RSVP to Eloise Kirk at 252-4599. Donations may be made to the Montana Community Foundation – Uri Barnea, P.O. Box 1145, Helena, MT 49624.

Tuesday, April 15

is the last day to:

•Apply for property tax relief through the Property Tax Assistance Program and apply for tax credits available to disabled Montana veterans and to the elderly. For information, visit www.revenue.mt.gov or phone 1-866-859-2254. Today also is the last day to file federal and state income tax returns. Taxpayers who need assistance can call the Montana Department or Revenue’s call center toll-free at 1-866-859-2254, or in Helena at 444-6900. The center is open for extended hours this weekend.

•Submit applications to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for enrollment in a new program that may qualify them for up to $2,000 in annual tax credits. Through the Unlocking State Lands program, a landowner who enters into a contractual agreement with FWP to allow public recreational access across private land to reach a parcel of otherwise inaccessible state land is entitled to receive a $500 annual tax credit per contract, with a maximum of four contracts per year. The application form is at http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/hunterAccess/unlockingStateLands/.

•Apply for the 2014 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship, which awards $1,000 scholarships to 100 Montana high school seniors toward continued education at one of Montana Campus Compact’s public, tribal, private or community colleges and universities. Application forms and information are at serve.mt.gov. Completed applications, proof of volunteer hours, confirmation of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and enrollment in a Montana post-secondary institution must be submitted to the Governor’s Office of Community Service. For information, visit www.mtcompact.org.

•Apply for an Educational Heritage Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 offered by the Montana Stockgrowers Association’s Research and Education Endowment Foundation to an MSGA student member. Students must be enrolled in college and have completed at least one semester in college, be a member of the Montana Stockgrowers Association, or have at least one parent who is a member, and demonstrate a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants must complete an application form, include a copy of their current transcript, write a 500-word essay discussing their educational pursuits and what they hope to do with their education, and include two letters of recommendation. Apply at bit.ly/REEF2014EHS.

•Enter the Overcoming Obesity Video Public Service Announcement Contest, which is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade in Billings and the surrounding area. Video entries must be 30 seconds long and will be judged on the quality of the health message, persuasiveness and creativity. About 29 percent of Yellowstone County children are overweight or obese, according to the 2013-2014 Yellowstone County Community Health Needs Assessment. “Childhood and adolescent obesity and their resultant conditions are the reason that the current generation between 20-40 years of age will be the first generation in modern human history to lead shorter, less-productive lives than their parents,” says Christopher Sorli, a Billings Clinic endocrinologist. Cash prizes will be awarded for best videos, and the grand prize winner’s PSA will be shown on KTVQ in May and June. Visit www.billingsclinic.com/overcomingobesity.

•Apply for the Naval Academy Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Program, which will take place in June at the U.S. Naval Academy. The programs is tailored to eighth- through 11th-graders. Go to www.usna.edu.

Wednesday, April 16

is the last day to:

•Apply to serve on the Region 5 Citizen Advisory Council for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The council meets four times a year in Billings to provide input and guidance on natural resource and management issues in south central Montana. Meals and travel expenses are provided. Applications are available from the FWP’s Region 5 headquarters at 2300 Lake Elmo Road or from Dianne Stiff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

•Register for an audition with the Billings Symphony, which will hold auditions on April 27 at MSU Billings. Vacancies include principal tuba, principal harp, section flute, section clarinet (including bass), section trumpet, section percussion, section violin, viola, cello and bass, and substitutes for all instruments. Contact Candy Holzer at 252-3610. For information, go to www.billingssymphony.org.

Friday, April 18

is the last day to:

•Apply for a plot in the Billings Community Garden in Amend Park. Classes are offered throughout the summer to teach new gardeners, and a mentorship program is in place. Applications are available on the Billings Parks and Recreation website under the “Outreach” section or at the Parks and Recreation Office (390 N. 23rd St.). Applications can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or returned to the Parks and Recreation office. Interested volunteers can contact the Parks and Recreation Office.

•Apply to serve on the Smith River State Park and River Corridor Advisory Council, which will advise the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks on issues related to management and stewardship of recreational, natural and cultural resources associated with the Smith River. The council will be pursuing new food storage regulations for the 2015 float season as part of a “Bear Aware” public safety and resource protection campaign. Apply at http://stateparks.mt.gov/smith-river/.

•Comment on a plan that would temporarily close sections of the Big Hole, Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers to address public safety concerns during construction or to allow vegetation to reestablish where work is planned this year. Closed sections would be at the Powerhouse Fishing Access Site on the Big Hole River, sections of the Clark Fork River and the Warm Springs Wildlife Management Area near Warm Springs, and the Blackfoot River near Bonner, which would be closed to floating and swimming from May 1 to June 30. Comment at fwp.mt.gov by clicking on “Public Notices.” Comments may be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the Big Hole River closure rule; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the Clark Fork River closure rule; or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the Blackfoot River closure rule. Comments can be mailed to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Fisheries Division, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.

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