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Evansville displays prairie art

Prairie artist Della Conroy will display her florals, still life, landscapes and abstracts beginning Friday, Sept. 14, through Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Evansville Art Center, 111 Main St.

In her Hancock studio, Conroy uses watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastels to capture the west-central Minnesota scenes that have surrounded her for her entire life.

Conroy is a founding member of the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance and her art is displayed in the alliance's downtown Morris gallery.

The Evansville Art Center is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment by calling Karen Howell at 218-948-2836.

Grape Stomp to benefit animals

Carlos Creek Winery will raise money for the Lakes Area Humane Society during their annual Grape Stomp.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, the second day of the three-day event, $1 of every admission ticket will go to the humane society, and on Sunday, Sept. 16, all proceeds from an 11 a.m.-2 p.m. silent auction will also go to the humane society. The auction will feature items donated by Carlos Creek and event vendors.

Grape Stomp is an annual event with vendors, music and, of course, competitive grape stomping. Visitors can also watch shows by rescue dogs trained to perform stunts.

Last year's "Stomp for Paws" events raised $5,000 for three area dog shelters, said winery owner Tami Bredeson.

"This year, we hope to double or possibly triple that amount," she said. Saturday's attendance is often in the range of 8,000-10,000. Nonprofits may apply to be featured during future events.

Ballroom dance season begins

The Lakeside Dance Club's dance season begins Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Lakeside Ballroom in Glenwood. From 4-8 p.m., the 14-piece Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra will play a wide range of music including waltzes, foxtrots, East Coast and West Coast swing, rhumbas, tangos, sambas, cha-chas, mambos, boleros, polkas, and some early rock.

Dancers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Basic dance lessons offered at 2 p.m. are included with admission.

The Lakeside Dance Club is an all-volunteer organization with dues funding dance expenses.

For more information, email, visit or call 320-763-6432.

Senior center hosts Oktoberfest

The Alexandria Senior Center will serve a meal of brats, kraut, beans and potato salad from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20. The cost is $8 in advance or $9 at the door per person, with children age 4 and under paying $4.

Blood drives seek all races

The American Red Cross will hold four blood drives in Douglas County in September, and is urging people of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply.

The dates are:

• Wednesday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Alexandria Senior Center, 414 Hawthorne St., Alexandria

• Thursday, Sept. 20, noon-5:30 p.m., Kensington Community Center, 19 Central Ave. N., Kensington

• Friday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Cornerstone Church, 202 Seventh Ave. E., Alexandria

• Tuesday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Grand Arbor, 4403 Pioneer Road SE, Alexandria

While most blood types fall into one of the major ABO groups, some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, the Red Cross said in a news release.

Patients with rare blood types or who need transfusions for conditions such as sickle cell disease or thalassemia are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with a similar racial or ethnic background.

As a thank-you, those who donate in September will receive a coupon for a free haircut from Sport Clips.

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 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

Evansville seeking 3rd Thursday musicians

Evansville Art Center is seeking musicians who love an intimate venue and attentive audience for its 3rd Thursday Open Mic Music sessions held monthly at 111 Main St. in Evansville.

The first show of the season is set for 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20.

Musicians should plan for three songs each before intermission and two to three songs per person after. They can use the center's 88-key Yamaha piano and sound system.

Music lovers are also invited to the free event. Donations will be accepted, and visitors can bring a treat to share if they wish. The center will provide beverages.