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The Mayor's Message - 09.23.2019

The Gladys Ray Shelter and Veteran’s Drop-In Center has been selected as the charity of the month for “Reinventing Recovery,” an event hosted by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, September 24th. First Lady Kathryn Burgum will share her personal story of alcohol addiction and bring a message of hope for those who may be struggling. Attendees are asked to consider bringing food or personal care items to support clients of the shelter.

The Arts and Culture Commission has released a call for artists for public art projects that will enhance the community, a neighborhood or the site where they are located. Artists of all disciplines and skill levels are encouraged to apply, as well as public and private organizations. Applicants can attend a question and answer session on October 11th prior to submitting a proposal. For more information about the Q&A session and to see results from a recent public art survey visit

The Library and Prairie St. John’s will host a mental wellness education series starting September 24th at the Main Library and the first session is titled “Supporting Recovery During the Holidays” and other upcoming sessions will be “Self-Care: Myths, Strategies and the Mind,” “Question, Persuade, Refer for Suicide Prevention,” and “Battling the Winter Blues;” weekly Crafternoon events for school-age kids returns today and sessions will run through December 17th; Teens are invited to participate in leather bookmark craft events on September 24th and 26th; the One Book, One Community reading project continues with a presentation by Clay County Archivist Mark Peihl on September 26th at the Main Library titled “The History of Florence Klingensmith,” one of the pilots featured in the “Fly Girls” book who was a native of Clay County; the 2019 UND Air Race Classic Team will give a talk on September 28th at the Carlson Library about their experience as air race pilots; the Carl Ben Eielson Story will be presented on September 29th at the Main Library; on October 1st, the Library welcomes Gasper’s School of Dance and FM Ballet for a “Spooky Ballet and Storytime” session where kids will hear a story and learn some basic dance steps; the Jazz into Fall concert series starts October 6th at the Main Library with The Max Johnk Quartet; this week several librarians from the Library are leading sessions at the North Dakota Library Conference in West Fargo.