What’s Happening in Arts & Entertainment 8-7-14

The Minot Area Council of the Arts presents the final event of the 2014 Arts in the Park series at Oak Park tonight with “At the Hop,” featuring the Treblemakers, at 7 p.m. Guests are Dakota Cruisers classic cars, root beer floats by Sons of Norway, and gyros and baklava by St. Peter’s. Admission is free.

The Minot Chamber Chorale is seeking singers for the upcoming season. Rehearsals will start in early September. The chorale, founded more than 40 years ago, is the only mixed community choir in Minot. Singers make a commitment to perform in the four concerts each season including a Fall Pops Concert, Renaissance Christmas Feast, Classical Works Concert and Spring Sampler Concert & Ice Cream Social. To schedule an audition contact conductor Bob Demke at 721-4548 or

The Prairie Village Fair in Rugby will be held Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the Western Canadian Wheelwrights will be featured, beginning at 9 a.m. The concession stand opens at 11 a.m., with music by the Dakota Playboys and an art show featured in the afternoon. Gates close at 5 p.m. On Sunday, breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to noon, with church service at 9:15. Music will be featured on three stages featuring Highway 43, Brittan Grubb with Bill Frankie, and GreenMan. A variety of demonstrations and food will also be available. Admission is free for museum members.

The 26th annual Great Tomato Festival will be held Wednesday at the North Dakota State Fair Center’s 4-H Hall. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Social begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7. Live music will be performed by Dakota Dixie will a silent auction throughout the evening. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Must be 21 to attend. Proceeds benefit the Minot Public Library, Taube Museum of Art, Minot Symphony Orchestra and the Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation. Tickets are available at the Taube, the library, The Computer Store, Artmain and Artistry

Minot Area Theatrical Society is holding auditions for the play “Elvis Has Left The Building” Aug. 15-16 at The Vegas Motel in the conference/board room by the pool from 5:30 to 7 p.m. both nights. Anyone unable to attend at those times or having any questions should contact Donald Pitsaladis at 818-4095.

The International Peace Garden will host the 10th International Country Gospel Festival on Aug. 16-17. The festival and food concessions will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is a free will offering. A church service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, with the festival and food concessions resuming from 1 to 6 p.m.

The International Peace Garden will host a quilting show on Aug. 16-17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Among the vendors and items featured are: the 183 Trading Company’s button collection for sale, swap and display includes button jewelry and more; Melinda Snell’s quilts featuring flowers, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, coffee, wine and grapes. Designs are from watercolor paintings of Sonja Taylor; Pat Miller’s quilts and vintage antique sewing machines.

The public is invited to celebrate 125 years of history at North Dakota’s 125th Celebration Party on the Capitol Mall in Bismarck on Saturday, Aug. 16. Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. and run throughout the day. Performances scheduled include Watford City native Jessie Veeder and Dakota Air.

The Sibyl Center in Stanley will present “Take Time for Tea,” a program on the health benefits of tea, on Saturday, Aug. 23, at noon. The program aims to increase awareness of tea as a healthy beverage choice, helping attendees gain knowledge of tea varieties and learn which teas are considered helpful in treating different illnesses. Sharon Smith, Mountrail County Extension agent, will present the program designed by the North Dakota State University Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences. Teas from around the world will be tasted and lunch will be served, pairing foods with teas. Suggested donation is $8. Reservations are required for the event by calling 628-2670. Tables are available for groups of seven.

Mouse River Players Community Theatre will hold auditions for “Plain Hearts,” a musical directed by Carlen Gilseth, on Tuesday, Aug. 26, and Thursday, Aug. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Arlene Theater, 115-1st St. SE. The script calls for six females with musical ability. Anyone interested but unable to make an audition time, please call 858-3178. Show dates are Oct. 17-19 and Oct. 24-26.