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July 13, 2021

Global M&A activity goes above $3trn for the year – and healthcare takes the crown

first_img Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health LabsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.com Share Global M&A activity goes above $3trn for the year – and healthcare takes the crown Tuesday 18 August 2015 7:16 am Sarah Spickernell center_img whatsapp The total value of global mergers and acquisitions has surpassed $3trn (£1.9trn) for 2015, according to figures released by Dealogic.  It is the fastest this point has been reached since 2007, when total activity went above $3trn on 23 July. In 2014 the point was not passed until November. The deal that pushed it above the mark was made last week on 11 August, when Carlyle Group and GIC made a $8bn bid for Symantec Corp’s Veritas data storage business.Healthcare the biggest sectorThe healthcare industry has been the queen of mergers and acquisitions this year, with total deals amounting to $482.3bn. We are only seven months in, and already this has exceeded the full year record of $430bn achieved by the industry in 2014.  Technology and oil & gas fall into second and third place, with total deals reaching $382bn and $294.2bn, respectively. The biggest individual deal goes to Royal Dutch Shell, which has a pending bid of $81.5bn for BG Group.  More From Our Partners Institutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com whatsapp Tags: Mergers and acquisitionslast_img read more

June 21, 2021

Rare Van Gogh masterpiece sells for $15.4 million in Paris

RELATEDTOPICS Tom Brady rookie card sells for $2.25M at auction April 6, 2021 World’s most famous equation goes up for auction May 15, 2021 AdvertisementTags: auctionparisVan Gogh AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Rare Super Mario Bros. game sells for $660,000 April 5, 2021 PARIS (AP) – A rare painting by Vincent Van Gogh was sold at an auction Thursday by Sotheby’s Paris for 13.1 million euros ($15.4 million).The sale of the piece, “Street Scene in Montmartre,” was highly anticipated as it was one of the few paintings by the Dutch Impressionist master to still have been in private hands, reported the Associated Press.The auction house had expected it to sell for between 5 million euros and 8 million euros.The work had remained in the same family collection for more than 100 years, out of the public eye, reported AP. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments The painting was among over 30 works being sold by Sotheby’s on Thursday from masters including Modigliani, Rodin, Camille Claudel, Degas, Klee and Magritte. Advertisement AdvertisementThe painting depicts a windmill named the Pepper Mill, seen from the street under a bright sky, with a man, a woman and a little girl walking in front of wooden palisades that surrounded the place.Van Gogh painted the piece in 1887, one year after he moved to Paris and lived in Montmartre while he was lodging with his brother Theo.Van Gogh left the French capital in 1888 for southern France, where he lived until his death in 1890, reported AP. ‘I miss you:’ JFK’s letters to Swedish lover go up for auction May 7, 2021 read more

June 20, 2021

Strong Laois representation in first weekend of All Ireland League rugby season

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleJoe Mallon Motors Car of the Week: 192 Renault Captur from €60 per weekNext articleManchester United striker makes young Laois boy’s dreams come through Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. WhatsApp Twitter There was a number of Laois players involved on the opening weekend of the top two divisions of the Energia All Ireland League.Laois players were involved with Shannon, Naas, Terenure and Old Wesley as the top club rugby competions in the country got underway.Ballacolla man Liam Hyland, who has played senior rugby with UCD and Garryowen, is now in the Terenure colours and was prop as Terenure got their season off to a good start in Division 1A with a 22-19 win away to Ulster side Ballynahinch. TAGSBryan CrokeCraig TelfordIan CondellKeith KavanaghLiam HylandLuke RigneyRory Stynes Pinterest GAA GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Twittercenter_img Pinterest Strong Laois representation in first weekend of All Ireland League rugby season Home Sport Rugby Strong Laois representation in first weekend of All Ireland League rugby season SportRugby By Steven Miller – 8th October 2019 GAA Facebook Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Among his team-mates was Tim Schmidt, who is son of Ireland coach Joe, and was previously on the books of French giants Toulouse.In Division 1B, the famed Shannon club had two Laois players involved. Keith Kavanagh from Killenard, who has been with them for the past couple of seasons was scrum-half in their narrow 22-20 loss at home to Old Belvedere, while former Portlaoise underage player Luke Rigney made his debut off the bench in the front row.Rigney continues a proud rugby tradition for the Rigney family as his father Des played senior for Buccaneers along with his brothers Brian, Colm and Donal in the late 1990s/early 2000s.Rory Stynes kicked two conversions and a penalty for Old Wesley in their 1B win over Banbridge while Craig Telford and Ian Condell, who previously captained UL Bohs in Limerick, were on the bench.Elsewhere there was two Laois lads involved with the Naas team that were beaten 13-7 away to Armagh.Croke, who started out with Portlaoise and previously played with Boyne and more recently on his travels with clubs in London and Australia, was out-half while 18-year-old Craig Adams was on the wing.Craig is another who started out with Portlaoise and is in just his first year out of school having previously played a number of years senior cup rugby with Dublin school Kings Hospital.SEE ALSO – Connacht rugby debut for young Laois man RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

June 20, 2021

Moment in Time: Mountrath GAA awards night in 2009

first_img TAGS2009Moment in TimeMountrath Moment in Time: Mountrath GAA awards night in 2009 Previous articleCoronavirus: Six further deaths and 612 new cases as positive impact of vaccine showingNext articleJOB VACANCY: Laois Sawmills currently seeking to hire Loader Driver Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Pinterest When will we get nights like these again?Our dive into Alf Harvey’s archives this week brings back to February 2009 and a Mountrath GAA awards night.Held in Mountrath Golf Club, it was a straight-forward enough event.A few presentations, a bit to eat, a couple of drinks and some live music. What not to like?It’s the type of socialising, mixing, chatting and laughing the provides so many people with a simple form of enjoyment.The Strain the Spuds band kept the crowd entertained and as always Alf captured a selection of images.You can check out the images below and with a bit of luck we’ll see nights of this nature return once more at some stage in 2021.No doubt it’ll bring people down memory lane and the usual question – where did those years go at all?! Pinterest Twitter Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Facebook Electric Picnic Home We Are Laois Moment in Time Moment in Time: Mountrath GAA awards night in 2009 We Are LaoisMoment in Time Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthscenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WhatsApp SEE ALSO – Check out more great photos from 2009 By Steven Miller – 28th February 2021 Electric Picnic Facebook Twitter Council Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date last_img read more

June 18, 2021

FINRA gets approval to require firms to report Treasury transactions

first_img “TRACE will provide an effective structure for FINRA members to report trades in Treasuries so that more information about this important market is available to regulators,” says Steven Joachim, executive vice president of transparency services at FINRA, in a news release. The initiative follows an episode of unexplained volatility in the U.S. Treasury markets in 2014, which pushed regulators to enhance their oversight in these markets. “The new requirement will significantly enhance the ability of FINRA and other regulators to understand trading activity in Treasury securities. Leveraging the existing TRACE platform will reduce the burden on firms to comply with the new reporting obligations,” Joachim added. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords BondCompanies Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Shining a brighter light on bond markets Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Fund managers invited into BoC backstopcenter_img Fed to weigh further options for aiding U.S. economy in peril The U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced on Wednesday that its proposal to require its member firms to report transactions in Treasury securities to its Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) has received approval from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The requirement, which will take effect July 10, 2017, will apply to all U.S. Treasury securities except savings bonds. The new reporting requirement is intended to enhance regulatory oversight of the Treasury market, FINRA is not currently planning to publicly disseminate the data it collects. Related news James Langton last_img read more

June 16, 2021

Ground-Breaking App Turns Melbourne Into A Giant Game

first_imgGround-Breaking App Turns Melbourne Into A Giant Game VIC PremierWith school holidays in full swing, a major new creative project is inviting people of all ages back to the city by turning the CBD into a giant game.Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson joined artist, game maker and RMIT academic Dr Troy Innocent for a demonstration of 64 Ways of Being, a free game app that turns a walking tour of Melbourne into an audio theatre performance, a history exploration and an inspiring creative experience.Backed by the Andrews Labor Government through the Creative State Commissions program, the game, which can be accessed on any smartphone, uses augmented reality in the style of popular games like Pokémon Go. It was created by Dr Innocent, working with live arts collecting One Step At A Time Like This and game developer Millipede.Developed over two years, the project brought together more than 20 Victorian performers, coders, games developers, researchers, musicians, Traditional Owners, cultural groups and translators to research and select key sites across the city and find creative, immersive ways to bring their stories to life.The game traverses a three-kilometre trail across the city stretching from Parliament to Queensbridge by the Yarra River. Along the way, players will explore laneways and iconic sites where they will collect puzzle pieces, follow characters, or hear stories about the city.Players will learn about the river that once flowed down Elizabeth Street while watching eels swim around the trams via their smartphone. They might also meet a digital character in Croft Alley or uncover hidden worlds in Chinatown.The Creative State Commissions program was created to support ground-breaking creative ideas that boost Victoria’s reputation as a creative state, attract tourism and make a lasting impact on creative careers and the wider community.With the CBD game now live, the team plans to expand the game into other locations across Melbourne over the next 12 months including St Kilda, Footscray, Fitzroy and Collingwood with the potential to expand to other regions or to take this Victorian-made games model to other countries in future.The free 64 Ways of Being app can be downloaded from the Apple store and Google Play. For more information, visit  www.64waysofbeing.comAs stated by Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson“We are proud to back this local project that will showcase our great city in a new way and demonstrate once again why Victoria is the creative state and home of digital games.” “The 64 Ways of Being app puts Victorian innovation on show, providing opportunities for creative workers with a free, COVIDSafe activity that everyone can enjoy.”As stated by RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow and project lead Dr Troy Innocent“64 Ways of Being has been an amazing opportunity to collaborate with other creative practitioners. We’re really excited to see how Melburnians and visitors embrace it.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Andrews, Apple, augmented reality, AusPol, Australia, China, Collingwood, demonstration, exploration, Google, Government, Melbourne, parliament, research fellow, RMIT, senior research fellow, Victoria, Yarralast_img read more

June 14, 2021

Focus on academics: What to do if you find yourself in academic ‘hot water’

first_imgAsk classmates to join you in a study group. A study group is convenient because each member brings his/her own strengths to contribute. Though you might not have the best grasp on one topic, it’s possible that you’ll be able to share your expertise in another topic area.Finally, take advantage of the numerous academic support offices available on campus. Your academic advisor is a great resource. He or she can assess your degree status, counsel you on your academic options and direct you to resources—both personal and academic—that can help you successfully navigate the end of the semester.Click here for more information about academic advising.Click here to learn about academic support resources.Click here for information about stress management and general health and wellness resources. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Get interactive with your notes: use highlighters, tabs, and underlining to emphasize important topics, vocabulary or concepts. The end of the semester is a stressful time for all college students, but even more so for those who may find themselves in academic “hot water.” Maybe you skipped a few too many lectures, or perhaps you didn’t properly prepare for an important test. Suddenly the thought of studying for final exams leaves you overwhelmed with anxiety.With just about a month before finals, there is still time to improve your academic standing and avoid or lessen the stress of desperately trying to improve your grades.For starters, assess your status in each of your classes so you can create an effective strategy for improvement. Meet with each of your instructors as soon as possible, and ask him/her for honest feedback about where you stand in the class and what opportunities exist for improvement through the end of the term. Though you can access some of your course grades online through Desire2Learn (D2L), by meeting with your instructors one-on-one you will also be able to ask for clarification about major course concepts or the format of upcoming exams.Start studying immediately! Study tips:Begin by going through your class notes. If you don’t have these, ask a classmate to borrow his/hers. Categories:AcademicsCampus Community Published: Nov. 12, 2015 Take short breaks during a long study session. This will give you a chance to process what you’re learning and refresh you for resuming your studying. Make your own flashcards, and consider reviewing them with a classmate. The more frequently you see course material the more likely you are to remember it. Take into account what kind of learner you are: if you are a visual learner, consider drawing diagrams that are based on course lectures.last_img read more

June 4, 2021

Wind mulls tower sale; awaits progress on 3 Italia merger — report

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 05 SEP 2014 3 ItaliaFinancialHutchison WhampoaItalytowersVimpelComWind Previous ArticleAsia Briefs: Globe wins appeal, China tower firm gets to work & moreNext ArticleMotorola launches $250 smartwatch; revamps Moto X, Moto G Wind in Italy is reported to be inviting bids to acquire 11,000 of the towers that support its network as talks between its parent Vimpelcom and Hutchison regarding a merger with 3 Italia stall.The potential deal in which a company would buy the towers and lease them back to Wind is likely to be worth at least €500 million and would help the operator reduce its debt, which stood at €9.6 billion at the end of June. Such a transaction would leave Wind with less than half of its masts.Sources said that Wind’s advisers have approached more than 30 potential bidders including Spanish toll road operator Abertis and infrastructure companies EI Towers, Macquarie, Antin, American Tower and Crown Castle.It is believed a shortlist of seven companies will be drawn up by the end of the month, with bids submitted thereafter.The deal for Wind and 3 Italia to merge has been held up by governance issues as well as Wind’s hefty debt, with a Reuters source claiming an agreement could end up being delayed until the first quarter of 2015.It was reported in June that 3 Italia’s owner Hutchison had resumed talks with Vimpelcom following the European approval of Telefonica’s benchmark acquisition of E-Plus in Germany, which, like the Wind-3 Italia deal, involved reducing the number of national operators from four to three.However, it is understood that after investing €500 million in Wind earlier this year, and with instability in its core markets of Russia and Ukraine, Vimpelcom isn’t desperate to dispose of its Italian business.The issue of control of the merged entity is also holding up talks: when talks resumed in June, Hutchison appeared to want majority control of the combined business, while Vimpelcom preferred an equal split.At the end of the second quarter, 3 Italia had 9.8 million connections, according to GSMA Intelligence figures. This made it the smallest operator in Italy behind Vodafone (26.9 million connections), Telecom Italia (25.6 million) and Wind (21.9 million).Going by these figures, the combination of 3 Italia and Wind would make the resultant business the market leader with just under 32 million connections. Serie A, Google give piracy apps the boot Related Tags Google dismisses Italy claims of market position abuse Home Wind mulls tower sale; awaits progress on 3 Italia merger — report Author Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more Tim Ferguson Vantage augura nuevas fusiones y adquisiciones de torres en Europalast_img read more

June 4, 2021

Vodafone transfers Ghana unit in simplification push

first_imgHome Vodafone transfers Ghana unit in simplification push GhanaVodacomVodafone Yanitsa Boyadzhieva Vodafone, Safaricom beat MTN to Ethiopia licence Author Yanitsa joins Mobile World Live as a Reporter based in London. She has more than 5 years’ experience at various media outlets in her home country Bulgaria. She started her career as a political reporter, followed by taking editor roles… Read more Tags Las operadoras respaldan el papel de Qualcomm en la RAN abierta Previous ArticleUS moots government move for Ericsson, NokiaNext ArticleOrange details €1.5 billion staff training plan Vodafone Group outlined plans to pass control of its Ghana operations to South Africa-based Vodacom unit in April, Bloomberg reported, as part of attempts to simplify its business.CEO of Vodacom Shameel Joosub told the news outlet its Ghana division will retain its branding and the group won’t make an asset transfer.The move builds on Vodafone’s efforts to make its global operations plainer and to focus on core markets.In January, the operator group agreed to sell its 55 per cent stake in Vodafone Egypt to Saudi operator STC for $2.4 billion, a deal Vodafone CEO Nick Read described as “consistent with our efforts to simplify the group to two differentiated, scaled geographic regions, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa”.Vodacom currently operates in Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Lesotho and Kenya.The company, alongside MTN, has expressed interest in having an Ethiopian presence, following news in June 2018 the government was opening up the country’s state-run operator to domestic and overseas investors.Joosub told Bloomberg he expected an information memorandum on the auction of licences in the country in April or May, with deals to be cleared in June.The head of Vodacom added the company will partner with Kenya-based Safaricom on any bid. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Related Operators back Qualcomm role in open RAN path AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 07 FEB 2020 last_img read more

May 27, 2021

Time to Celebrate

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road: Ken Burns once called the National Park System “America’s best idea” and there may be no better place to explore that reality than Glacier National Park. The park’s highlight, the 50-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road, is now open between West Glacier and St. Mary. Pack a lunch and bring a camera as you drive through the amazing alpine scenery below Logan Pass. At the top, stop in at the Visitor Center and go for a short hike. For more information about Glacier National Park, visit www.nps.gov/glac.Walk Among Giants at Ross Creek Cedars: At nearly 10-feet wide, some of the trees at the Kootenai National Forest’s Ross Creek Cedars site are more than five centuries old. They are some of the largest and oldest cedar trees around and began growing when Columbus first discovered the New World. Located south of Troy on Montana Highway 56, the 100-acre site has a short mile-long nature trail perfect for families. For more information on the Ross Creek Cedars, call the Three Rivers Ranger District at (406) 295-4693.Camp in the Flathead National Forest: While Glacier gets a lot of the attention, locals know that there is just as much to see in the nearby Flathead National Forest. Check out a local ranger station and buy yourself a map to find one of the 31 camping areas located within the forest. There are also more than a dozen cabins that can be rented. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/flathead.Paddleboard on Whitefish Lake: Flyboarding isn’t the only way to enjoy Whitefish Lake. Paddleboarding is quickly growing as a popular activity, especially in Whitefish, where you can rent a standup board and hit the water within minutes. Paddlefish Sports, a local standup paddleboard specific shop, rents and sells the boards. But it’s up to you to explore the waves and water. For more information, visit www.paddlefish-sports.com FOURFun Activities for the FourthFourth of July is a time to go out and celebrate this country’s independence and there may be no better place to do that than Northwest Montana. Here are four great activities for your extended weekend. The Fourth of July is a big deal around here. From parades to fireworks displays, the Flathead Valley celebrates its independence in style. Here’s a list of events that will make this holiday a memorable one. And, if you want even more options, check out our events calendar in this week’s newspaper or online at flatheadevents.net.Polson7/4 Arlee Powwow CelebrationCome down to the Powwow celebration for some arts, crafts and stick games. There will also be a dance competition and cultural foods. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.7/4 Firecracker fun runThe Firecracker Fun Run will start at 11:45 a.m. at St. Joseph Medical Center and will precede the parade down Main Street. Non-perishable food items are requested instead of a registration fee and everything will be donated to Polson Loaves & Fishes. More information at www.polsonrunning.com7/4 Ice Cream SocialPop on down to the Polson Historical Museum on Main Street following the July 4th parade for some family fun at the ice-cream social. 7/4 Polson Centennial July Fourth ParadeCome celebrate our nation’s independence with the Polson Centennial parade, which will begin at 12 p.m. Parade is sponsored by Envision Polson.7/5 Farmers Market9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtown Polson.7/5 Color Me WildA reception for the “Color Me Wild” exhibit will be held on Friday, from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit will be shown at the Sandpiper Gallery from July 2nd- August 10th. 7/6 All American CelebrationThis fun and lively celebration will be held at the KwaTaqNuk Resort. There will be a BBQ from 4-7 p.m., a beer garden from 4-11 p.m., a horseshoe tournament and performances by the Jim & I Band from 4-6 p.m. and Gladys Friday from 7-10 p.m., both to be held on the Anderson Broadcasting Stage. For more info call 406-883-3636.7/6 Flathead Lake Cheese Open HouseFlathead Lake Cheese will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come take a tour of the creamery and find out how your favorite cheeses are made. Flathead Lake Cheese is located on 208 1st Ave E. For more information call 406-883-0343.7/6 Bri’s 5K Memorial Run/WalkThis event will be held in memory of PHS graduate Bri Pacheco. Come and support the cause. 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Pacheco Family. The event will start at 9 a.m. at Polson High School. For more information contact Abbey Dooley at 406-249-3892.Bigfork7/4 Parade and Children’s CarnivalBring the whole family down to Bigfork at noon for the 4th of July parade, which will be followed by the Children’s Carnival. The fun will continue when “Ducks for Bucks” race down the Wild Mile at 4 p.m. To purchase a duck call 406-837-5888.7/4 3rd Annual Freedom 5K Run/WalkCome and show support for the noble Montanans who have sacrificed their lives for our independence by participating in the Freedom walk/run. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race begins at 8:30 a.m. at Brookies Cookies. Registration is available at www.gratefulnationmontana.com and T-shirts for the first 100 registrants. For more information call 406-240-9278.7/4 July Fourth Free BreakfastWho doesn’t love a free breakfast? Join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for a meal of pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs and orange juice from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 121 Crestview Drive.7/4 Bigfork’s Fire Dept BBQAfter the parade at noon come on down to the Bigfork Fire Station for a tasty BBQ. There will be live music, food and drinks. Anyone is welcome! 7/4 Bigfork’s Fourth ofJuly Ducks for BucksStarting at 4 p.m. a flock of plastic “ducks for bucks” will speed down the Swan River’s “Wild Mile.” Risking life and limb, these ducks will race to the Old Steel Bridge in attempts to snatch first prize, which consists of $200. The second-place duck will receive $100 and third duck wins $50. Ducks can be purchased for $5 or six for $25. Proceeds go to the Bigfork High School Scholarship Program. For more information call 406-837-5888.7/7 Riverbend Concert Series with Jae HattCome revel in the dulcet tones of local musicians this Sunday at Sliter Park. Tickets for adults cost $3 and $1 for kids and music starts at 7 p.m. For more information call 406-837-5888.Kalispell7/3 Picnic in the Park- Summer Lunchtime Concert SeriesTake a quick lunch break to relax and enjoy some live music from 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Depot Park. A variety of vendors will be serving food. 7/4 Fourth of July Parade and Ice-Cream SocialThe Kalispell 4th of July Parade, a time-honored tradition, will begin at 10 a.m. on Main Street in Kalispell. The parade will be followed by an ice cream social at the Conrad Mansion from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.7/4 Flathead Lake Boat ParadeIf you’re looking for a good way to celebrate the 4th of July come down to Lakeside Bay for the annual boat parade. Staging will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the parade itself will start at 2 p.m. The parade will be led by a Nordic Tug named The Lucille and will leave from Docks Restaurant in Lakeside and end in Hockaday Bay. Should you wish to continue your patriotic journey, follow The Lucille to Shelter Island. Boats and crews should be dressed in red, white and blue. For more information call Holly Larson at 406-270-23177/5-7/6 The Glacier ChallengeCome test your endurance and determination at the 2013 Glacier Challenge. This event is a six-legged relay race that covers 50 miles of the Flathead Valley. You will face a variety of challenges while you paddle, peddle and run your way to the finish line. The race begins and ends in Whitefish. Racers can enter individually or in teams. For more information call 406-755-4622. Registration fees are $100 for an individual entry, $125 for a partner entry, $250 for a team and $350 for a corporate sponsorship team. 7/5 First Friday in Downtown KalispellFrom 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. downtown Kalispell will be full of live music, good food, free refreshments and more. Stores are open until 8 p.m. and restaurants will be offering special bargains. Stop by the Kalispell Visitor Center to collect your wooden coin, which will get you a $5 discount at many downtown businesses. 7/6 Summer Symphony Pops at Rebecca FarmThe Glacier Symphony plans to perform a mixture of contemporary and classical music, guaranteed to inspire the Beethoven in each and every one of you. The concert will take place at Rebecca Farm at 7:30 p.m. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and patrons are invited to come relax on the lawn with a nice picnic. Picnic tables are available to rent for $35 and the entry fee is $30 per carload of people. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. For more information call 406-257-32417/6 Literacy Volunteers of Flathead County 5K Run/WalkThe Literacy Volunteers of Flathead County are hosting a fun-run fundraiser at 8 a.m. on July 6th. The run will be held on the Historic Rails to Trails in Kalispell. Come support this hard-working group and have some fun in the process. Registration fees are $15 per person or $25 per family if submitted by July 3. $5 is added to the fee for same-day registration. For more information call 406-471-90027/6 The Vintage Whites MarketIf you’re interested in buying anything and everything vintage then come to the Vintage Whites Market on July 6! This event will host some of Montana’s and Idaho’s finest vintage merchants. The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Somers. There will be live music, good food and even pony rides for the kids. For more information e-mail [email protected]/4 Fourth of July Annual Golf TournamentCelebrate your 4th of July on the beautiful fairway of the Whitefish Lake Golf Club. The club will host a golf tournament this year from July 4-6. For more information contact 406-862-59607/4 July 4th Fireworks in WhitefishThe Whitefish Chamber of Commerce will blast off a beautiful array of fireworks over Whitefish Lake shortly after dusk on July 4. Make this spectacular show part of your Fourth of July tradition. 7/5-7/7 Whitefish Arts FestivalSoak up some live music and take a look at the abundance of arts and crafts on display at the Whitefish Art Festival that runs from July 5 through 7. The event starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call 406-471-19037/5 Whitefish Gallery Nights Art WalkThis Whitefish Art Walk includes appetizers and refreshments as well as a variety of striking artwork. Spend your evening cruising through local galleries in downtown Whitefish and enjoying the society and culture of the event. The walk starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. in Whitefish and maps are available at the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce and all participating galleries.Eureka7/4 4th of July Red, White & Blue BarbecueCome down to the Indian Springs Ranch for a free concert, entertainment, fireworks and more. An 18-hole golf game will begin at 1 p.m. followed by a 9-hole game at 3 p.m. The gates to the ranch will open at 4 p.m., with games beginning at 5 and dinner at 6 p.m. Hotdogs, hamburgers and bratwursts will be served. The O’Connell’s perform at 6:30, followed by the hypnotist Terrance B. at 8 p.m. and the band Smart Alex at 9:30. Fireworks will begin at dusk. Don’t miss the fun! For more information call the Indian Springs Ranch at 406-889-8104. Emaillast_img read more