Soup kitchen: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Seventh-day Adventist Church, 10-17th Ave. SW.
The internationally acclaimed African Children's Choir performing at West Minot Church of God, 1105-16th St. NW, at 10:30 a.m. The program features well-loved children's songs, traditional spirituals and Gospel favorites. Concerts are free and open to all. A free will offering is taken at the performance to support African Children's Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.
The International Peace Garden will host a Mother's Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event offers free gate admission, plants for mothers, entertainment and a Mother's Day buffet. Robert Ventura will entertain on the clarinet accompanied by the Moen Family Singers with string bass, violin, guitar and mandolin. The conservatory's new addition will be open for viewing. Discounted season passes may be purchased. U.S. citizens do not need a passport to visit the garden.
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, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesdays, 1 to 4 p.m., and Fridays, 2 to 5 p.m., at 7-1st St. SE.
The Viking Women of Vidda Lodge, Sons of Norway, will present two skits at 7:30 p.m. at Crosby High School. The skits will be about Viking women between 800 and 1200 A.D., showing the duties and cultural ways in their everyday life during the period. Coffee, lemonade and goodies will be served during intermission. The event is open to the public. A free will donation will be accepted to help defray the cost of an invitational performance at a convention in Fargo in June.
Ward County Water Resource Board meeting: 9 a.m., Ward County Highway Department, 900 13th St SE.
American Legion Auxiliary members will be distributing poppies Saturday, May 17, at all grocery stores along with Kmart and Walmart. The public is asked to wear a poppy to honor the war dead and pay tribute to all who have served or are currently serving their country. All donations received are used to assist veterans and their families in rehabilitation or support.
The Ward County Historical Society begins its 2014 season at the Pioneer Village, on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds, on May 17. A classic car exhibit will be displayed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a free will offering barbecue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A memorial tea for Arlene Saugstad will be held at the Samuelson House from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., along with live music. Normal operating hours will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and Sunday by appointment. Call 839-0785 for more information.
Thor Lodge Sons of Norway will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the signing of Constitution of Norway at its Syttende Mai event on Saturday, May 17. At noon, the public is invited to a parade of flags at Scandinavian Heritage Park. At 6:30 p.m., a banquet/program/dance will be held at the Grand Hotel. The cost is $15 for lodge members and $17 for non-members. Contact Delane at 839-3784 by Wednesday, May 14, to make reservations for the banquet.
Ward County AARP Chapter No. 522 will meet Tuesday, May 20, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Parker Senior Center. Kirsten Frantsvog, Alzheimer's Association, will speak. For more information, call 838-0073.
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 "Meals on Wheels" program will continue to operate on the south side of the coffee shop. Congregate meals will be served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Footcare will continue as usual. The new coffee shop is open to the public from Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
MINOT COMMISSION ON AGING
Monday: Footcare, 9 a.m., Parker Center.
Wednesday: Bible study, 10 a.m., Parker Center.
Minot Commission on Aging will be closed on Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day.
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: Swiss steak; Tuesday: Salute to Seniors Event: Meatloaf and gravy; Wednesday: Spaghetti; Thursday: Turkey and gravy; Friday: Chef salad.
TOTALLY PRE-SCHOOL STORYTIME
A story time for independent children ages 3-6 will be held on Mondays 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.
SIDE BY SIDE STORIES
This is a story time that is held on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in the Imagination Station of the Minot Public Library for preschool children. Parents, grandparents and caregivers must accompany children to the story time. For more information, contact the Children's Library at 838-0606.
WHIMSICAL WEDNESDAY STORYTIME
A puppet story time that is held on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for independent children ages 3-6 in the Imagination Station of the Minot Public Library. For more information, contact the Children's Library at 838-0606.
The LEGO Club will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Imagination Station of the Minot Public Library. Children ages 4 years to Grade 5 and parents interested in building are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at (www.companionsforchildren-Minot.org) for more information.
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.