Man sets up lights for a cause

Northridge display raising money for pediatrics fund

Print Article

Adam Birks has a computer-controlled light display at his home in the Northridge subdivision of Kalispell. Birks is raising money for the Kalispell Regional Medical Center pediatrics fund.

Adam Birks’ display of 15,000 Christmas lights is impressive in its own right, but he has added a charitable twist to the light show to make it even better.

Birks has been stringing lights at his home at 139 Getty Drive in the Northridge subdivision for a few years, and the project has evolved into a technical wonder.

By connecting the lights to 80 channels via his computer, he has synchronized the lights to eight different holiday songs. Motorists driving by can tune their car radio to 97.9 to listen to Birks’ programmed music and see the lights blink in time with the tunes.

A longtime molecular diagnostics supervisor at Kalispell Regional Healthcare, Birks decided this year to set up a donation box in front of his home to raise money for a good cause.

“I contacted Tagen Vine with the [hospital] foundation and he suggested the foundation’s pediatric fund” as a fundraiser, Birks said.

“I’ve gotten a few bucks so far,” he said.

The sight-and-sound display begins nightly at 5 p.m. and continues through the evening until 10 p.m.

“The neighbors seem OK with it,” he said.

Birks, a 1992 Flathead High School graduate, said he started putting up Christmas lights because his two children, Kaelan, 6, and Karsen, 4, enjoy seeing the displays. Birks’ wife, Gena, is a teacher at Glacier High School.

“This is my best one yet,” he said of the display.

To find Birks’ house, take Northridge Drive off U.S. 93 North across from the Blue Cow Car Wash, proceed west to Parkridge Drive and turn left on Getty Drive. His address is 139 Getty Drive.

Features editor Lynnette Hintze may be reached at 758-4421 or by email at

Print Article

Read More Local News

Corvallis man dies from fall in Glacier Park

July 24, 2017 at 9:27 am | Daily Inter Lake A 26-year-old Corvallis man who died in a fall at Haystack Creek in Glacier National Park over the weekend has been identified. Flathead County Sheriff’s Office reported that Robert Durbin died fr...


Read More

Education pro takes on new role

July 24, 2017 at 6:00 am | Daily Inter Lake Eliza Sorte-Thomas cherishes the relationships and friendships she has made as her career in education continues unfolding in new ways, from Bigfork to Bangladesh. “I would say my student teacher ...


Read More

Col. Falls woman pleads not guilty to assault on officer

July 23, 2017 at 5:56 pm | Daily Inter Lake A Columbia Falls woman who reportedly raised a gun at a deputy in June pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony assault on a peace officer at Flathead District Court Thursday, July 20. Lisa Marie De...


Read More

Col. Falls meeting to explain highway project

July 23, 2017 at 5:56 pm | Daily Inter Lake An informational meeting to update the public about planned improvements to U.S. 2 through Columbia Falls will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, at Columbia Falls City Hall. The project inclu...


Read More

Contact Us

(406) 755-7000
727 East Idaho
Kalispell, MT 59901

©2017 Daily Inter Lake Terms of Use Privacy Policy