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It’s the traditional feast that Americans anticipate -- Thanksgiving -- with its turkey and all the trimmings. But for some people, preparing the meal is a difficult task. Community volunteers and Dickinson State University chefs have stepped forward to prepare the annual Dickinson Community Thanksgiving dinner. It will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, in the DSU Student Center downstairs dining room. It’s free. Everyone is invited.
The Dickinson High School Drama Department will explore the heyday of New York when it presents their first play of the 2017-18 season. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 16, 17 and 18 in the DHS Risser Auditorium. The first selection was chosen to tie in with the immersion on Ellis Island, that is being developed through the History Department. This play will help get a feel for New York City at the time when Ellis Island was in its Heyday.
When Hurricane Harvey swept through Rockport, Texas, it left behind piles of debris and despair. How were the homeowners, particularly the elderly and widowed ever going to recover? Images of the damage to Houston and the Gulf Coast communities were etched into the heart of Wayne Craig, a master electrician from Dickinson. He’d made missions trips to New Hope, Uganda with teams from the Evangelical Bible Church, but never one in the United States.
It’s time to pack shoeboxes for children overseas through Operation Christmas Child. Any sturdy shoebox will do, but the project provides colorful, free boxes. This year, the Lighthouse Church of God at Dickinson has stepped forward as the Dickinson-area relay station.
What’s it like to be really hungry -- not just waiting for dinner to be served? An awareness of hunger is the premise of the upcoming Empty Bowls Project luncheon set Saturday, Nov. 11, at Dickinson. A simple meal of bread and soup will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge, 532 15th St. W. It’s being held in conjunction with the Badlands Art Association’s art show.
Seamstress Anita Kirschman, of Dickinson, spends up to 12 hours a day in her sewing room that she calls the “Woman Cave.” As owner of “All Sewn Up,” she’s either mending, doing alterations, teaching sewing lessons or sewing another quilt. Storage is filling up with her quilts, table runners, purses and wall hangings, hence the necessity to host a quilting show and sale. It will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Sunset Center Senior Center.
Veteran comedians Jan McInnis and Kent Rader will join forces to bring the 90-minute Baby Boomer Comedy Show to Dickinson on Saturday, Nov. 18. The performance starts at 7 p.m. in the Dickinson State University Beck Auditorium. “We emphasize that it’s clean comedy, but it’s also funny,” said McInnis, who was recently touring the East Coast. “We will appeal to anyone who isn’t a baby boomer too -- we just focus on baby boomers, but others will get it.”
The Badlands Art Association has selected Dr. Andrea Donovan from Minot to judge the art entries in the 2017 Art Show at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge. The art show hours are 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, and 10 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11-12. Donovan is an associate professor of art and humanities at Minot State University.
Surviving a brain injury is the first step to recovery. But what’s next? That’s one of the questions discussed by the Dickinson-area Brain Injury Survivor Support Group. Group leader Shannon Binstock, of South Heart, shares her life lessons during monthly meetings in Dickinson.
The Elder Care Program will continue to serve meals, the Prairie Rose Center will stay open and Dickinson’s Backpack program will provide weekend lunches for schoolchildren in need. All of these programs requested funding from United Way of Dickinson to operate their services for another year.