- Area Events -
A benefit for Stacy Agnew will be held on Saturday, August 2nd from 4-8pm at the American Legion and Kings Corner in Mahnomen. A free-will offering meal of sloppy joes, beans, chips & bars will be served at the Legion from 4-7:30pm or until gone. At Kings Corner, there will be a silent auction & games, including a dunk tank located outside. All drawings & silent auction items will wrap up at Kings Corner beginning at 7:30pm. Cash donations can be mailed to First National Bank, PO Box 378, Mahnomen, MN 56557 c/o Stacy Agnew Benefit/Mahnomen Rod & Run
The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County is hosting a free outdoor Bloch Party. Bloch will take place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 3rd, 2014 in Viking Ship Park behind the Hjemkomst Center. This is an outdoor and family-friendly event, so participants are encouraged to pack a picnic and bring blankets. There will be interactive art projects, Rangoli sand art, woodcarving, printmaking, Swedish Dala painting and ceramics. The Bloch Party will also feature musical performances by Poitin, Ma’di performers, Heather and Thistle, Mhd. library story time (Johnny Appleseed and The Giving Tree), along with Margreat and Ishika.
Auditions will be held of Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “King Arthur’s Quest” on Monday, August 4th from 9-11am in the Ada-Borup High School Auditorium. Those auditioning should plan to stay for the full two hours. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the auditions. All students entering 1st through 12th grade are encouraged to audition, but there is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will be cast in the play. Assistant directors will also be cast to assist with the technical aspects of the production. The auditorium will be closed during auditions. Parents/guardians are welcome to wait in the Commons area while the children audition. Performances are scheduled for Friday, August 8th, 2:30pm & 7pm in the Ada-Borup High School auditorium.
The Twin Valley Living Center will be having a Rummage Sale & Silent Auction in the Activity Room on Friday, August 8th from 8am-4pm. Silent Auction items are on display now through August 8th. The Silent Auction will close at 4pm on that day. The Rummage Sale will continue on Saturday, August 9th from 8am-Noon. Proceeds from the sale will go for new furniture within the residents rooms at the Living Center.
KC Dierenfield, a Certified Christian Conciliator for Peacemaker Ministries, will speak at Resurrection Free Lutheran Church in Beltrami on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 9 am to 11 am. Brunch to Follow.
Red River Valley Sportsmen’s Club is having a Range & Field Day on Saturday, August 9th for kids ages 11-15. Contact Wayne Lee at 784-2106 for details or to sign up.
Oklee Market Day will be held on Saturday, August 9th. Events include Paul’s 5K Walk/Runwill at 9am. A Kiddie Run for children under the 12 years of age at 8:45. The Market Day Quilt Show will be open at 9:00 a.m. Craft Vendors will be set up in the Oklee Community Hall and at the High School building. The Market Day Car Show and Tractor Show with registration at 9am on Main Street in Oklee. Food Vendors will be set up in Oklee at a couple of different locations. There’s a Back Seat Driver contest at 2pm. At 4:30 pm, The Woodpicks will entertain until 6:30pm. Also, Jack Sundrud and Craig Bickhardt will perform as the group Idlewheel. Concert, tickets are on sale in Oklee at Oklee Lumber, Oklee Quilting and the Oklee Herald office. Or go online to: www.idlewheeloklee.eventbrite.com. For more information on Oklee Market Day, visit their facebook page or email: okleehistoricalsociety@gmail.com
The Arts Partnership announces the second annual Downtown ChalkFest, which is taking place on August 11, 2014 from 2:00-7:30 at Island Park in Fargo. This event provides a family-friendly environment for all ages to enjoy food, music, and art.

‘Chalk with tots and other school-aged kids’ will provide fun games for kids from 2:00-4:00. Children of all ages are encouraged to join us for chalk art and activities in the park, including relays, dance, and other fun games.

From 4:00-7:00, enjoy delicious food for sale from local vendors, including Gigi’s Iced Lollies, The Hot Dog Peddler, and WildMoon Salsa. If you are feeling adventurous, join us in our first ever cupcake walk, with all proceeds going towards future ChalkFests.

At 6:00, music by Diane Miller and the Silver Daggers perform. After, stick around Island Park for Rock Concert at Dike West (7:00-9:00) and Movie Night at Island Park, both being organized by the Fargo Park District.

This event is perfect for date-night, family-night, and every other kind of night. You can join the action on Facebook at ChalkFest 2014, and on Twitter @ChalkFestFargo.

Rydell and Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuges are currently seeking volunteers to collect wildflower and grass seeds. Help us enhance prairie diversity and explore the blooming prairies at the same time! Volunteers will get to know – and touch – the prairie as they hand pick seeds. The refuge will provide training and equipment. Collection times vary with species, but will continue from late July to early September. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at 218-687-2229 x21 (If no answer, leave a message – messages checked daily on weekdays), or email Laurie Fairchild at laurie_fairchild@fws.gov. Collection event times will also be posted on our facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/rydellnwr.
Ulen’s 53rd Annual Turkey BBQ will be held Friday – Sunday, August 15-17. Events on Friday include the Children’s Theater Production, Men’s Softball Game, LYO Teen Dance & Fireworks at dusk. Events on Saturday include the 5K Walk/Run, Men’s Softball Tournament, Old Timers Softball, Street Fair, Car Show & Beer Garden, Parade, Blow-up kids games, Kiddie Tractor Pull, Turkey supper, Raffle Drawing, Fireman’s Street Dance featuring Billy D & The Crystals. Events on Sunday include the Pancake Breakfast, entertainment with the Ulen Centennial Band, Senior Citizens Center Open House and Ulen Museum open. The schedule of events can be found at www.ulenmn.com
Barnesville Potato Days will be held on Friday, August 22nd & Saturday, August 23rd. Events on Friday include a Street Fair, National Lefse Cookoff, Potato Cookoff, Mashed Potato Wrestling, Miss Tater Tot Pageant, and Potato Car Races. Events on Saturday include the Potato Pancake Feed, 10K/5K Fun Run, Street Fair, Potato Picking Contest, Classic Car Show, Potato Sack Fashion Show, Potato Soup Feed, Strong Man Competition, Potato Peeling Contest, mashed Potato Eating Contest, Potato Days Parade, Street Dance with music by “Fuse.” For a full schedule of events, go to potatodays.com
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