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Registering as an organ donor seems like the simplest charitable act anyone can do. It requires little from potential donors, except a signature at the DMV. Yet many choose to skip it and 18 people die each day waiting for a transplant, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

James Adie chose to sign up to be an organ donor and saved the lives of four people. Sadly, Adie, an expert skier and ski instructor, died while on patrol at Discovery Ski Area, after colliding with a tree on the intermediate Claimjumper run. He was wearing a helmet.

On Dec. 30, 2010, Adie's friends organized an impromptu memorial ski run. On that same day, four people received life-saving transplants. A year later, the Adie family has organized the 2nd Annual James M. Adie Memorial Ski Run, with a run on Claimjumper and a run on the expert Snaggle Tooth trail, as well as a memorial dedication at the top of the mountain. In the evening there will be a community elk feed and potluck in Philipsburg, which will also be a celebration of sorts for those who received the organ transplants. Jim Adie, James' father, adds that all four organ recipients will be in attendance.

2nd Annual James M. Adie Memorial Ski Run, at Discovery Ski Area, on Fri., Dec. 30, at 1 PM. From 6 to 8 PM, community elk feed and potluck at the Granite County Museum, 135 Sansome St., Philipsburg.

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THURSDAY DECEMBER 29

Let Kalispell Parks and Rec handle the kids during Christmas break during Freeze Out Camp (kinda sounds like something the Old Stinky Trapper once experienced up in Leadville). Tons o' fun kid activities planned. Bring lunch, a snack and dress for the weather. Kindergarten–sixth grade. 7:30–5:30 PM. $25 per day or $20 with resident ID card. Call 758-7975.

You'll be climbing up a wall at Freestone Climbing Center's Ladies Night each Thursday. 935 Toole Ave. 5–10 PM. $6.50/$5 students.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 30

Hey little archers and aspiring archers, Bowhunter Certification Courses will be held Sat., Jan. 23 and Sat., Feb. 11, from 8:30–5:30 PM. The field course for both will be Sun., Feb. 12, from 1–4 PM. 3201 Spurgin Rd. Register by following the education links at fwp.mt.gov.

Let Kalispell Parks and Rec handle the kids during Christmas break during Freeze Out Camp (kinda sounds like something the Old Stinky Trapper once experienced up in Leadville). Tons o' fun kid activities planned. Bring lunch, a snack and dress for the weather. Kindergarten–sixth grade. 7:30–5:30 PM. $25 per day or $20 with resident ID card. Call 758-7975.

Active outdoor lovers are invited to the Mountain Sports Club's (formerly the Flathead Valley Over the Hill Gang) weekly meeting to talk about being awesome, past glories and upcoming activities. Swan River Inn. 6–8 PM. Free.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 31

Be a citizen scientist and participate in the annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. Be on the look out for snowy owls and oddities, meet in the conference room of the Stevensville Ranger Station. 88 Main St. 7:30 AM. For more details call Dave at 777-7426 during the day or 777-2929.

SUNDAY JANUARY 1

Head on up to Lakeside for the Blacktail Bash Cross Country Ski Race and burn off at least three of the 17 beers you had the night before. 5K and 10K distances. Registration starts at 10:30 AM. Race is at noon. $25 for a family/$10 for individuals. For more info, call Chad 257-2381.

Clean out your system and run off them party favors at the Rattlesnake Resolution Run. The race begins at Rattlesnake Elementary School and has two distances, 5K and 10K, and is walker friendly. Participants receive a soup bowl and a spoon for the post-race vittles. Portions of the proceeds go to the Rattlesnake Elementary PTA. 11 AM. $25/20. runnersedgemt.com.

MONDAY JANUARY 2

At Slacker Mondays, from 6 PM until close, slackline fans can come to Freestone Climbing Center at 935 Toole Ave. to test their balance. $13/$10 for students. Visit freestoneclimbing.com.

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 4

Since I am half Salamander, methinks you should check out the Montana Natural History Center's lecture on salamanders and other amphibians presented by Andrew Olsen. A LIVE giant salamander will be in attendance. 120 Hickory St. $4/Free for members.

THURSDAY JANUARY 5

You'll be climbing up a wall at Freestone Climbing Center's Ladies Night each Thursday. 935 Toole Ave. 5–10 PM. $6.50/$5 students.

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