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Alexandria youth act in 'Jungle Book'

Three young Alexandria actors will appear in The Terrace Mill Children's Theatre production of "The Jungle Book," a story of a boy raised by wolves in the jungle.

Parker Jensen, Sopha Roell and Kenna Horan will be part of a 33-member cast from west-central Minnesota and beyond.

The outdoor performance is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 1 and 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Terrace Mill, 27165 Old Mill Pond Road in Terrace. Admission is free and a free-will donation will be accepted to support the program. The theater recommends audience members bring lawn chairs.

The theatre, in its 19th season, is directed by Julie Lloyd and Lucy Lloyd of Sedan.

4-H seeks college students for fair

Minnesota 4-H is looking for six college students to help young exhibitors explain their livestock exhibits to Minnesota State Fair visitors.

Students must apply for the position of Minnesota State Fair 4-H Animal Science Speaking Up for Animal Agriculture Peer Mentor by Friday, Aug. 3. This program is sponsored by Minnesota 4-H and Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association.

Mentors will work with 4-H exhibitors in all species to encourage, model and role-play positive interactions with State Fair visitors.

Search Minnesota 4-H State Fair Employment for a complete job description. Applications should go to: Juanita Reed-Boniface, Project Manager, 2462 Lake George Dr. NW, Cedar, MN 55011, or email AgriFolks@gmail.com.

Blood supply remains critical

American Red Cross officials say the nation's blood supply remains critically short, despite thousands of people responding to emergency calls for donations in early July. Several blood drives are scheduled for Alexandria, and the nonprofit is especially seeking Type O donors.

"Red Cross blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in, and right now there is less than a five-day blood supply on hand," the Red Cross said in a news release.

As an incentive, those who donate blood or platelets from July 30 through Aug. 30 will receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card via email.

In Douglas County, there are five upcoming opportunities to donate.

Friday, July 27: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Cowing Robards Inc., 514 Broadway St., Alexandria

Friday, Aug. 3: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Cornerstone Church, 202 7th Ave. E., Alexandria

Tuesday, Aug. 7: noon - 6 p.m., Village Hall, Brandon

Monday, Aug. 13: 1 - 6 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 605 Douglas Ave., Alexandria

Tuesday, Aug. 14: noon-6 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 605 Douglas Ave., Alexandria

Donors should bring their donor card or identification, be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.

To schedule an appointment, download the free Red Cross blood donor app, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

Knute Nelson hosts community picnic

Knute Nelson will host its annual community picnic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 420 12th Ave. E. in Alexandria. The public is invited to attend the BBQ-style lunch. There is no cost to attend; however, free-will donations are appreciated.

"This year we are celebrating our 70th anniversary of serving the Alexandria community's aging adults," said President/CEO Mark Anderson. "We credit this growth and longevity to the strong community support we receive here in Alexandria. This celebration is our way of expressing our gratitude."

Entertainment includes Two Old Guys, Erickson's petting zoo, Clueless the Balloon Twister and face painting.

Museum hosts steak fry

The Runestone Museum will host its 34th annual outdoor steak fry on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Historic Fort Alexandria. A social gathering will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and a drawing for prizes at 7:15 p.m. The evening will include a presentation by reenactor Jack

Driscoll.

Tickets cost $100 and include dinner for two, two drink tickets and a chance at prizes. The event is a fundraiser for the Runestone Museum Foundation. In case of rain, the event will move to the Broadway Ballroom.

To purchase tickets, visit www.runestonemuseum.org or call the museum at 320-763-3160.

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