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5K to aid drinking water in Haiti

Bread to the Nations, an Alexandria-based nonprofit organization, will host the "Quench the Thirst" 5K and Fun Run to raise money for clean water in Haiti.

It's urging participants to register before Friday, April 19, to qualify for a free T-shirt.

Bread to the Nations is run through The Regeneration Center. Last year, it supplied 200 families with a bio-sand water filtration system and said it hopes to surpass that number this year.

Human rights groups have listed Haiti as the most impoverished country in the Western Hemisphere, with some of the worst water in the world, ranking last out of 147 countries in the Water Poverty Index.

The 5K and Fun Run is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Alexandria Covenant Church, 4005 Dakota St.

Evansville hosts open mic

The Evansville Art Center invites musicians to play at Open Mic Night from 7-9 p.m.

Thursday, April 18, at 111 Main Street.

The art center has a full keyboard Yamaha piano, and unlike other venues there is no noise from food service or televisions.

This is a free concert, but donations are accepted. Those attending may bring a treat to share, and the art enter provides beverages. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Art entries sought

Congressman Collin C. Peterson is inviting Seventh District high school students to submit original artwork for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students and the winning pieces are featured for one year in the Cannon Tunnel, which connects the House Office Buildings to the U.S. Capitol.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 as an opportunity for members of Congress to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of their young constituents. Since then, more than 650,000 high-school students have participated in the nation-wide contest.

Submitted artwork may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches by 4 inches (including the frame) and weigh no more than 15 pounds. Accepted mediums include paintings, drawings, collage, prints, mixed media, computer generated art and photography.

To apply, submit a photo of the artwork with the following information to congressional.artstudent name, address, phone number, artwork title and medium.

The deadline is Wednesday, April 24.

Earth Day Walk set for Monday

Area residents are invited to celebrate Earth Day with a walk down Broadway on Monday, April 22.

Walkers will gather between 4-4:30 p.m. at the Douglas County Library, 720 Fillmore St., and start out at 4:30 p.m. The route will lead from the library down Broadway and to the Big Ole statue and back. At 5:30 p.m., experts will talk briefly about how local losses relate to climate change and the urgency of citizen action.

Organizers say this march will build on the 2017 Walk For Science, which was attended by about 125 adults and children. Marchers can bring their own signs, use signs provided by volunteers or carry American flags.

"Please show respect for all," the organization said in its news release. "Politically partisan signs are discouraged. Signs should express support for the Earth and its people, the science of climate change or creation care."

The event will include free snacks and drinks and special children's activities.

Brass quintet to play concert

The Presidio Brass will perform "Sounds of the Cinema" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Lake Geneva Christian Center, 605 Birch Ave., in Alexandria.

The San Diego-based quintet is coming to town as the fifth concert of the 2018-2019 season of the Central Lakes Concert Association. Concert-goers must belong to the concert association to attend. For information about a season membership, call Kathi Haug at 320-815-8979.

St. Mary's School hosts Gathering

St. Mary's School in Alexandria will hold its 11th annual Gathering, formerly known as Casino Night, on Friday, April 26 at 5:45 p.m. at Carlos Creek Winery.

The event includes silent and live auctions, food, drinks, desserts, raffles, games and a wine wall. Bidders can also bid online at one.bidpal.net/stmarysgathering/welcome. Tickets are available at St. Mary's School.

No-cost training for disability advocates

Minnesotans with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities can learn how to speak up for their needs by attending free training through a nationally recognized program.

Partners in Policymaking, housed within the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, offers training in disability law and policies. It will offer eight two-day sessions over nine months starting in September in Bloomington.

Sessions cover the history of disability and self-advocacy movements, inclusive education, supported living, competitive employment, and how to influence county, state and federal legislative processes.

Participants receive child care and respite allowances, overnight accommodations, meals and mileage reimbursement. Applications can be downloaded on the www.mn.gov/mnddc website by going to the Partners in Policymaking section. The deadline is July 8.

For more information, contact Brenton Rice at brenton@togevents.com, or 612-242-6589.

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