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What's happening for Aug. 21, 2014

The “What’s Happening” calendar features information on benefits, fundraisers and cultural events in the area. To list an event, call Kathy Steiner at 952-8449 or email ksteiner@ Any admission charge or fee for events must be included. A contact name and telephone number are required for Sun questions. Rummage sales will not be published.

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Acoustic bluegrass jam sessions are from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at Frontier Village in the church building. Musicians of all skill levels welcome; no admission charge. Sponsor: Bluegrass Association of North Dakota.

Auditions for the community theater production of “The Trouble with Cats” by Gary Ray Stapp are from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the Arts Center. For questions, contact Lori Doerr, the director, at 320-9579.

The Community Music Festival is from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Atonement Lutheran Church, 1009 12th Ave. NE. Freewill donation. Four groups wil perform. Meal served at 5 p.m. for a donation. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Chidlren’s activities are planned throughout the event.

Around Town/Area

The first Paws in the Park fundraiser to benefit the James River Humane Society is Saturday at McElroy Park. A 5K walk/run starts at 9 a.m.; the cost is $20 per person and includes a bandana. Bring your dog to walk for $5 more. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be air games, face painting and games to win prizes, and hot dogs and hamburgers will be available to purchase.

Tim Burchill speaks during the Front Porch Chat at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Stutsman County Memorial Museum, 321 3rd Ave. SE. There is no admission charge.

Free planetarium shows are at 1 and 1:30 p.m. Saturday in room 309 in the Rhoades Science Center on the Valley City State University campus. They are “Finding Polaris I,” on Greek and Roman mythology from a stars’ point of view, and “Finding Polaris II,” a guided tour of the night sky by Polaris, the North Star. Donations welcome.

The Medina Fall Festival is Sept. 5-7 in Medina. Events include a pitchfork fondue on Sept. 5; cost is $20, with meals for children $5. Games will follow; admission is a Fall Festival button; children 12 and under are admitted free. Sept. 6 events include a 10:30 a.m. parade, pedal pull, beef feed, truck tractor pull, games, kite-flying and bingo. Sept. 7 events include an ecumenical service at 11 a.m., noon meal for a frfreewill offering and heritage harvest featuring grain threshing at 2 p.m. Admission is a fall Festival button, available for $5 at Medina businesses.

Friendship suppers are held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the Liebelt Center of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1201 4th St. NE, Jamestown. Anyone hungry is welcome. If a ride is needed, call 252-1421.

The Community Block Party is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, in downtown Jamestown.

Jon Offutt, a glass artist from Fargo, will conduct three demonstrations of glass blowing for public viewing at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Arts Park. During the Community Block Party, he will provide demonstrations from 5 to 8 p.m. There is no admission charge.

The North Dakota Fur Hunters and Trappers Association will hold its annual Rendezvous from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Camp Rokiwan on the northwest shore of Spiritwood Lake. The Rendezvous is free and open to the public.



National Buffalo Museum hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day through Labor Day weekend. Admission: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and AAA members, $10 for a family and $1 for children ages 6 to 18.

The Stutsman County Memorial Museum, 321 3rd Ave. SE, is open through Labor Day. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There is no admission charge.


Alfred Dickey Library hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. To access the Story Line, call 252-7464. The library is located at 105 3rd St. SE.


Stutsman County Library hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The library is located at 910 5th St. SE.


The Arts Center, 115 2nd St. SW, Jamestown, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday or by appointment. There is no admission charge.

The Kirkpatrick Art Gallery, located in Frontier Village, Jamestown, is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from May 24-Sept. 30. No admission charge.


The Putnam House in Carrington is open for special events and by appointment by calling (701) 652-2090. There is no admission charge.


The Barnes County Historical Museum, 315 Central Ave. N, Valley City, is open year round from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is a freewill donation.


The Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Historic Site near Cooperstown is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Thursday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for children, $1 for a child, $30 for family season passes and $15 for an individual season pass. Contact Mark Sundlov at (701) 797-3691 for more information.

Midland Continental Railroad Depot Featuring Peggy Lee in Wimbledon, N.D., is open from 1 to 4 p.m. daily through Labor Day and other times by appointment. For more information or appointment, call (701) 435-2333. Admission is a freewill donation.

Fort Seward hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.


Vicki Kessler and Donna Kjonaas’ contemporary fiber exhibit, “Land, Sky and Water,” featuring wall hangings and sculptures, is on display through Aug. 30 at the Arts Center.

Connie Bullock is this month’s artist at Unison Bank.

The Jamestown Fine Arts Association’s 50th annual art show opens Sept. 12. This show accepts media from any regional artist of any level. Call 251-2496 or email sjeppson@ to receive a prospectus with detailed entry information.


Wood carving with a local wood carving group is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month during the summer in the Arts Center’s Hansen Studio. There is no charge. Any skill and interest level welcome. Call Andy Kudrna at 320-5075 with questions.

Intro to Photography Class, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30, Hansen Arts Studio. Instructor: Troy Gunderson. Students will learn how to use their camera’s manual settings, taking advantage of light and more. Cost: $50 members, $60 others.

Readers Theater is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Hansen Arts Studio. The group will read “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean,” by Ed Graczyk. For more information, contact Dina Laskowski at or 701-269-9111. There is no charge.

Chris Olson

Hometown: Traverse City, MI College: Northwestern Michigan College and Michigan State University

(701) 952-8454