Soup kitchen: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Seventh-day Adventist Church, 10-17th Ave. SW.
The Minot Area Council of the Arts presents the GreenMan Band, 4 and 7 p.m., as part of the 2014 Arts in the Park series at Oak Park. Art guest is the Society for Creative Anacronism. Admission is free to all regular events.
The Prairie Arts Club Show and Sale will be held at the Metigoshe Christan Center north of Bottineau.
Faith United Methodist Church's soup kitchen: Mondays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at United Congregational Church, 430 N. Broadway.
The Lord's Cupboard Welcome Table food pantry is available Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 7-1st St. SE. The pantry is also available Wednesdays, 1 to 4 p.m., and Fridays, 2 to 5 p.m.
Minot Planning Commission meeting: 5:30 p.m., City Hall, council chambers.
The 26th annual Great Tomato Festival will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the North Dakota State Fair Center's 4-H Hall. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Social begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7. Live music will be performed by Dakota Dixie will a silent auction throughout the evening. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Must be 21 to attend. Proceeds benefit the Minot Public Library, Taube Museum of Art, Minot Symphony Orchestra and the Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation. Tickets are available at the Taube, the library, The Computer Store, Artmain and Artistry.
Donations of school supplies will be accepted on Wednesday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Town and Country Credit Union, 615 S. Broadway. A bus will be located in the parking lot and Sunrise Rotary Club will be accepting your donations. Donations after Aug. 6 can be dropped off at The Salvation Army Church, 315 Western Ave., Minot. The School Supply Drive is sponsored by Sunrise Rotary Club, Town and Country Credit Union and The Salvation Army. For more information, contact Casie Schaan at 838-8925.
The Give360 Color Dash 5k will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9, at Roosevelt Park. The Color Dash 5k is an untimed, family-friendly run/walk to raise money for planning for a children's museum in Minot. Participants will experience a colorful, fun mess: Color Dashers will start in white t-shirts and get pelted with color explosions as they pass through five different color zones along the Roosevelt Park trail. At the finish, everyone will be covered in colors. Post-race activities will include additional color explosions, live music, dance contest, and more fun activities for participants and spectators. Registration is $40 for individuals, $35 for teams, and $85 for families. The event is hosted by Give360, a giving circle within the Minot Area Community Foundation. For more information, go to
MINOT COMMISSION ON AGING
Due to the ongoing renovation project, there will be no senior activities until further notice. This includes Bingo and exercise class. The new coffee shop is open to the public from Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The "Meals on Wheels" program will continue to operate on the south side of the coffee shop. Congregate meals will be served to those 60 or over Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the upper level of the coffee shop. For more information, call 852-0561. Footcare will continue as usual.
MINOT COMMISSION ON AGING MENU
Reminder: Meal reservations or cancellations are preferred by 5 p.m. the day before or 8:30 a.m. the day of the meal.
Monday: Sweet and sour pork; Tuesday: Taco casserole; Wednesday: Baked chicken; Thursday: Roast beef and gravy; Friday: Hawaiian chicken salad.
The Sisters of St. Francis will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Sacred Heart Province this year. Plans include a dedication at the cemetery and dinner at the Grand Hotel on Saturday, Aug. 30. Sunday, Aug. 31, includes a Mass and a reception at St. Leo's Catholic Church. All graduates, former employees, auxiliary members and friends, including nursing graduates and faculty from Minot State University, are invited. For more information, call St. Joseph's Community Health Foundation at 837-1726, or Marita at 838-8686.
SUMMER READING PROGRAM
The Minot Public Library is sponsoring its summer reading event, "Fizz, Boom, Read." Children who read a minimum of 30 minutes per week will be eligible for weekly drawings that will be held throughout the summer. Children signing up for the program will be given a reading log to keep track of the time they spend reading each week. They will be given one chance to win for each symbol crossed off the log. Children will also be given a chance to win each time they check out materials. Drawings will be held weekly throughout the summer for prizes. A family pass to Roosevelt Park Zoo and various gift cards will be given away as grand prizes. The program will conclude on Aug. 14 starting at 10 a.m. at the South Hill Complex at a Super Duper Reading Fun Day, held in conjunction with the Minot Recreation District. Summer readers must have their cards by 9 p.m. on Aug. 13. The event will feature games, prizes, snacks and much more.
Stories for children and their caregiver, parent or grandparent will be held on Tuesdays through Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. in the Imagination Station of the Minot Public Library. For more information, contact the Children's Library at 838-0606.
Join Flash and friends for stories, songs and more on Wednesdays continuing through Aug. 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the Imagination Station of the Minot Public Library. For more information, contact the Children's Library at 838-0606.
Stories for children ages 18 months to 3 years of age and their parent or grandparent will be held on Thursdays through July 31 at 10 a.m. in the Imagination Station of the Minot Public Library. For more information, contact the Children's Library at 838-0606.
ITTY BITTY SCIENCE
Independent children ages 3-6 can experiment and explore each week for a story and a scientific exploration activity. The program will take place on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. through Aug. 4. Programs for upcoming weeks are: Monday, Magnets - Find out what you can do with magnets; and Aug. 4, Colors - We will be doing all kinds of fun things with colors. For more information on any of the programs, contact the Children's Library at 838-0606.
MONDAY MOVIE MATINEES
Children of all ages are invited to spend Monday afternoons watching on the big screen. Children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult. All movies will start at 2 p.m. and will be held in the Imagination Station. Monday's movie is "The LEGO Movie." For more information on any of the programs, contact the Children's Library at 838-0606.
EXPLORATION AND DISCOVERY
School children entering Grade 1 and above are invited to explore scientific principles at activity base programs that will be held on Thursday afternoons starting at 2 p.m. in the Imagination Station of the Minot Public Library. On Thursday, Let's Fly Airplanes - Come make paper airplanes and fly them as well. For more information on any of the programs, contact the Children's Library at 838-0606.
IT'S A MAD SCIENTIST LUNCHEON!
School age children grades 2-5 are invited to have a blast at the mad scientist luncheon. The library will have all kinds of surprises for young guests. The luncheon will be held in the library lab on Thursday, Aug. 7, at noon. Children must be registered no later than 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6, to attend so there will be enough treats for everyone.
Children who are entering kindergarten this fall are invited to the Minot Public Library's annual party that will be held on Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. in the Imagination Station. Children will hear stories about going to school and will be given treats. Children must be pre-registered by Aug. 19. Children may pre-register starting Aug. 4 by calling the Children's Library at 838-0606.
TECH TUTORS: ONE-ON-ONE COMPUTER HELP FOR ADULTS
The Minot Public Library will be offering one-on-one computer help for adults at no cost this summer. This will be by appointment only, and the tutor availability will depend on the type of computer help needed. A Minot Public Library card is required to sign up for help. You may bring your own laptop or portable device if you wish to do so. Topic areas that can be covered are Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher or PowerPoint basics; Computer basics; Internet tips & searching; Email basics; Overdrive or OneClickDigital electronic format materials; Genealogy resource links; and our electronic resources. Contact the library at 852-1045 for information on how to sign up for a call back on the topics you are interested in, or visit the webpage at (minotlibrary.org) and click on "Technology Education" on the left-hand side to fill out the form for a call back. You will be contacted to set up an appointment.
SENIOR VOLUNTEERS: North Dakota Senior Medicare Patrol recruits and trains senior volunteers to educate peers in local communities to prevent, detect and report Medicare, Medicaid and other healthcare fraud. The patrol is looking for volunteers to serve as resources and educators for Medicare beneficiaries. Training will be provided. Call Brenda at 858-4477 for more information.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY VOLUNTEERS: Habitat for Humanity in Minot is looking for volunteers. Call Roxy Volk weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 852-9799 or visit the website at (www.minothabitat.org) for more information.
MENTORS NEEDED: Companions for Children in Minot needs mentors for about 40 youth, ages 6-14, all from single-parent families. Mentors must be ages 18 or older. Mentors are people who will listen and spend time with a child or teen and incorporate them into their normal activities. People interested in being a mentor to a child, call 838-5784, send e-mail to
MEALS ON WHEELS VOLUNTEERS: The Minot Commission on Aging needs volunteers to assist with preparing for Meals on Wheels delivery from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, and also needs volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels starting at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. Call 852-0561 for more information.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CLOTHING CENTER: Volunteers are needed to help at The Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch 2nd Chance Thrift Store in Minot to organize clothes, hang and tag clothes, help maintain store appearance, fill shelves and straighten the sales floor. Call 852-0236 or stop at the store at 1206 S. Broadway for more information.
VOLUNTEERS AND EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Volunteers for Mouse River Players Community Theatre are needed throughout the year for lights, costumes, makeup, set design, general cleaning and other tasks. Call the Mouse River Players' office at 838-3939.
SENIOR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: People 55 or over are invited to join the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. RSVP also provides volunteers with a number of benefits such as supplemental insurance, transportation, and recognition banquets. Call Linda at 852-3799 for more information. The RSVP is now in Trinity-St. Joseph's, 407-3rd St. SE.
SENIOR COMPANIONS NEEDED: Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is seeking senior companions in the Minot area. Companions provide help and friendship to older adults in the community. Call (800) 450-1510.
CITIZEN REPRESENTATIVES NEEDED: The North Dakota Department of Human Services is recruiting volunteer citizen representatives to serve as long-term care community ombudsmen. Call Bryan Fredrickson at (888) 342-4900 for more information.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Women's Way needs volunteers to help inform area women about free screening services. Call (800) 449-6636.
MAKE-A-WISH: The nonprofit organization Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Dakota is seeking volunteers in the Minot area. The foundation grants wishes to North Dakota children with life-threatening medical conditions. Currently, the foundation has opportunities for volunteering that include area volunteer chair, wish granting, the speaker bureau, airport greeters and special event organizers. Call the foundation in Fargo at 280-9474.
WISH LIST: The 2nd Story Social Club has a wish list of items needed. Those who would like to donate may bring monetary donations, coffee, including decaffeinated, Styrofoam or paper plates, plastic silverware, coffee filters, Styrofoam cups (9 oz. size), napkins, toilet paper, tin foil, large plastic bags, Kleenex, paper towels, cookies, bars, pop, powdered drink mixes, snack foods, healthy snacks, frozen pizzas, canned vegetables, cassette tapes, videos, CDs and DVDs, grooming and cosmetic supplies, Scotch tape dispenser refills, envelopes, birthday gift bags, adult softball gloves, large garbage bags, large size baskets or unique containers for fundraisers, batteries, AAA, AA and C and gift items that can be used for Bingo prizes and Christmas gifts. Donations of used clothes are not needed. The club is located at 13-1st Ave. SW. The best time to drop off donations is weekdays between 2 and 9:30 p.m. 2nd Story is a social club for adults with developmental disabilities. It is accessible for those with handicaps. Call 838-0912.