Reserve next Wednesday for the AAUW’s 30th annual Garden Tour, which starts at 4 p.m. and runs through 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be picked up early at the AAUW store, 601 1st Ave. S, The Arts Center, Country Gardens Floral & Greenhouse, Don’s House of Flowers, Lloyds Toyota and all AAUW members Tickets are $12 on Wednesday. Kelly Krein has organized the garden tour for the past 30 years, and as AAUW member Barb Lang said, “Kelly has done an outstanding job.”

Each year local gardeners open their own little bit of “green paradise” for visitors to learn from, to walk through, admire and enjoy. AAUW is a national organization whose central goal is opportunity and equal rights for women. This AAUW fundraiser benefits the AAUW Endowment at the University of Jamestown and the AAUW Foundation Fund which provides grants and funding for projects that promote equity for women and girls.

Area residents this year who have opened their gardens for the tour include:

Connie Kanwischer, 1601 10th Ave. NE; Don and Karen Schumacher, 3321 Highway 20 N; Yvonne Wibstad, 306 5th Ave/ SW; and Rod and Terri Wolters, 908 13th St. SW.

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AAUW and The Arts Center have joined hands to make the tour a successful venture for all. Guests can either leave from The Arts Center or go directly to the gardens, where they have their tickets validated at each garden. When tour-goers finish, they can bring their validated ticket to The Arts Center, where they can enter for door prizes. Refreshments will be served at the reception through about 8:30 p.m. .

.Besides the garden tour Wednesday, The Art Center has for two summers brought Thursday musical events to the arts park that are free and open to the public.

At 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. this evening at the Downtown Arts Market, Matt Hodek & the Dakota Dutchmen will entertain. The ensemble is made up of nine instrumentalists who play piano, trumpets, the accordion, drums, concertinas and a variety of other musical instruments. They’ve appeared in all the adjoining states as well as Washington, Texas, Arizona and Iowa. Their music is generational with tempo, so put on those dancing shoes and get downtown for fun tonight.

Be sure to arrive a bit early and tour The Arts Center, too, to get a sense of the visual grandeur in the Walter Piehl Retrospective art exhibit . His paintings are on display through the month and feature the bison in artwork.