Party in the Street

A portion of Broadway between Fourth and Seventh Avenue will be blocked off from 4-11 p.m. on Friday, July 19, during Party in the Street. A classic car show will take place from 4-8 p.m., rock band I Witness will play from 8-11 p.m. and Raapers Eatery & Ale will run a beer garden. Also watch for curbside food, craft beer tastings and a bean bag tournament from 6-11 p.m.

A Family Zone from 4-8 p.m. will offer free activities such as fire truck splash area, bouncy houses, Andria Theatre actors presenting Disney's The Lion King Jr, the Johari Tribe dancers and turtle races.

Sponsored by the Downtown Business Association and Raapers, Party in the Street began several years ago as a way to celebrate the end of the first phase of reconstructing Broadway.

Prairie Wind Players hold auditions

Prairie Wind Players community theater will hold auditions for its production of "Outside Mullingar" from 3:30-5 p.m. Sunday, July 21 and 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, July 22 in the Barrett

Roosevelt Hall.

Casting calls are for two females ages 35-70 to play Rosemary and her mother Aoife and two males, ages 40 to 70-plus to play Anthony and his father Tony.

Set in rural Ireland, "Outside Mullingar" is written by Patrick Shanley, author of "Doubt." The story is a romantic comedy, and yet dark at times. It's a very Irish story with a surprising depth of poetic passion.

Rehearsal starts Aug. 1 and performances will be held Sept. 19-22 in Barrett. For more information or to set up another audition time, contact Kathy Ray at 320-288-8732 or email

Habitat holds a Blessing of the Build ceremony

Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County invites the public to a Blessing of the Build ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 24 at 2713 Latoka Beach Road in Alexandria. The ceremony is held during the groundbreaking for a new home. This one will be built and purchased by Chelsey Koopman.

Koopman's home is the local 2019 Women Build site. Over 200 women will come together to help build her home. The Women Build program takes place nationwide.

For more information, call 320-762-4255 or visit

Divas raise money for dementia

Bethany on the Lake will sell purses, scarves and jewelry during what it has dubbed "Diva Day," with all proceeds going for the Walk to End Alzheimer's, from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, in its chapel.

At 3 p.m., Kate Storhaug will present "Dementia Friends," helpful information on what dementia is, how it affects people and how relatives and friends can better understand the person with dementia.

For more information, call 320-759-5031.

Session covers public health discovery

Early childhood education coordinator Connie Fields has been showing a film around Douglas County. Called "Resilience," it was an official selection of the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in 2015 because of its astounding premise: A bad childhood could lead to all manner of ailments and even early death, while early intervention could improve a child's prospects for life.

The Minnesota Department of Public Health has embraced its message, and Fields has moved on from raising awareness about adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, to talking about how the community can improve health and resilience for children now and in the future.

She and LuAnn McFarlane will hold a presentation and offer a light lunch for ages 18 and up from 11:30-1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30, at the Douglas County Library meeting room.

To register, email ecicoord-douglasco"Understanding ACEs: Building Self-Healing Communities."

Seeking wood artists

Artists who work with wood have through Sunday, Aug. 18 to submit images of their work for a chance to be part of a regional display in Fergus Falls.

The Lake Region Arts Council will feature the artwork of regional artists who work with wood as its Main Gallery Exhibit from October through December.

Any artist residing in the arts council's region, which includes Douglas, Otter Tail, Pope and other counties, are eligible.

To participate, submit up to three images of your work online at

A public reception for the exhibit is set for Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call 218-739-5780.

Can you tow a tow truck?

On Saturday, Aug. 24, the city will close Sixth Avenue between Irving and Hawthorne while teams attempt to pull a tow truck hooked to a car for 60 feet as fast as they can.

The event, held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., is a fundraiser for the Douglas County Car Care program. There is no charge to enter, but participants are asked to raise donations for the Douglas County Car Care Program. Also on tap: Live entertainment, kids activities, street food and crafts.

For more information, contact 320-460-7911, or