Society news & notes

Bridge club celebrates 50th anniversary in May

The Minot Duplicate Bridge Club will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the American Contract Bridge League in May. A special bridge game will be held on May 15 at the Moose Lodge, 400-9th St. SW. A social will begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:45 p.m. and bridge at 6:30.

The club was first sanctioned by the ACBL on March 26, 1962; however, the first organized duplicate play in Minot began on Nov. 11, 1953.

Over the years, the club has met at the courthouse, electrical worker’s building, the airport, the Clarence Parker building, Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn, YWCA, St. Leo’s Community Center and now at the Moose Lodge. Bridge games are held Tuesdays through Thursdays, with Wednesday games for a novice group. Belonging to ACBL is encouraged but not essential to play duplicate bridge.

A sectional tournament is held each fall, with a state tournament held on a rotational basis.

The club currently has about 50 members. Individuals play as they are free to do so, with no commitment except to their partner. The club is meant to combine the challenges of bridge with developing lasting friendships.

Anyone with interest in playing or learning about bridge lessons, call Joanne Larson at 240-9604.

Autism task force to meet Tuesday in N.D. locations

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force will meet Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at video conference sites in Minot, Williston and other North Dakota cities. The public is invited to participate in the meeting from any of the locations.

Minot’s meeting will be at North Central Human Service Center and at Minot State University, Memorial Hall, Room 207. In Williston, the meeting will be at Northwest Human Service Center.

Agenda items include information on autism-related research and statistical information and updates from the N.D. Department of Public Instruction, North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities at MSU on the Support Autism in North Dakota grant, and N.D. Department of Health’s autism clinics.

Individuals with disabilities who need accommodations can contact Gail Allensworth at 701-328-8920, toll free 800-755-2719, ND Relay TTY 800-366-6888 or