July 30 – Pollinator Party

Jul 30 Buzz the Hive - Screen print a t-shirt, watch bees in a hive, and eat pollinator friendly food. Hosted by Plains Art Museum + Buzz Lab

July 30 Buzz the Hive – Screen print a t-shirt, watch bees in a hive, and eat pollinator friendly food. Hosted by Plains Art Museum + Buzz Lab

DAY: July 30, 2017
TIME: 1:00 to 4:00 PM
TITLE: Pollinator Party at the World Garden Commons
WHERE: Rabanus Park 4301 18th Ave So, Fargo
Hosted by: Plains Art Museum


Honey bees account for nearly 80% of crop pollination in the US and are essential for a healthy environment. The prairie flowers growing at World Garden Commons is an ideal habitat for these pollinators. To help us learn about the habitat, conditions and life-cycle of bees, Buzz Lab from the Plains Art Museum is hosting a Pollinator Party on July 30.

Buzz by World Garden Commons, stay for a moment Visitors can meet the Buzz Lab interns and enter the HIVE for an interaction with the Queen, screen print a “support local bees” onto t-shirts, taste different Ames Farm Single Source Honeys, collaborate to create a bee box that will be left at the park, spot the queen in a real hive and chat with NDSU/USDA Bee Lab scientists about bee habitat, life and and what we can do to help our pollinators.

In partnership with the Plains Art Museum, Buzz Lab was created to bring together a “swarm” of bright and diverse students for a week of learning about the science and the arts. The Plains Art Museum connects art, artists, and audiences to foster creative, resilient, and welcoming communities.

Screen print a “support local bees” onto t-shirts

Screen print a “support local bees” onto t-shirts

Collaborate to create a bee box that will be left at the park, spot the queen in a real hive and chat with NDSU/USDA Bee Lab scientists

Collaborate to create a bee box that will be left at the park, spot the queen in a real hive and chat with NDSU/USDA Bee Lab scientists


July 23 – Art in the Park (Bring a chair)

DAY: July 23, 2017
TIME: 1:00 to 4:00 PM
TITLE:
Art in the Park at the World Garden Commons
WHERE: Rabanus Park 4301 18th Ave So, Fargo
Hosted by: The Arts Partnership


Marissa Van Vleet, artist, educator, and advocate, will lead art projects for adults and kids at TAP’s Summer Series on Sunday July 23. Marissa’s approach to art aligns with principles of The Fargo Project, “I believe that education cannot be separated from the world and that learning should take place in social contexts… Art is a tangible way to experience the world in its diversity and complexity.”

Gene Okerlund is a retired band/choral/arts administrator from the Fargo Public Schools.  His performance background includes years of jazz playing with a variety of ensembles, lead trumpet while at Concordia College and past member of the FM Symphony.  He is presently a member of the Dakota Brass, Master Chorale, Fargo Theatre Big Band, Fargo Theatre Vocal Quintet and Golden Oldies Ensemble. Gene will perform from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at Rabanus Park.

For the first time, music will be performed within the stormwater basin at the Listening Garden, weather pending.

The Dakota Brass Quintet is a group of brass musicians spending their “golden years” spreading joy with music throughout the FM area. The musicians represent over 300 combined years playing instruments and 100 combined years performing together. Members include Rod Capistran (trombone), Gene Okerlund (trumpet), Greg Post (trumpet), Peter Schiefelbein (French horn) and Brian Tessmann (tuba).

Bring a chair. Board members will serve an afternoon picnic, the Golden Oldies will play from 1-2 and the Dakota Brass Quintet will perform at 3-4, Marissa Van Vleet will lead art projects.  Adults and kids are welcome to this free event at Rabanus Park on 7/23.


Boy Scout’s Boardwalk

Adam Laschkewitsch, a 17-year-old Boy Scout from Fargo, recently completed a service project at World Garden Commons that may earn him an Eagle Scout designation.

His project will help transform a neighborhood stormwater basin by providing a boardwalk over a wetland. Often, the conditions leave the basin muddy and make it difficult to walk. The boardwalk will help to make the area more attractive and usable to the neighbors and once 2018 construction season is done, the boardwalk will connect trails throughout the basin.

Adam’s Eagle project was to research, design, plan and provide leadership to build an elevated walkway to cross the wetland within the stormwater basin at World Garden Commons in Rabanus Park.

After initial discussions with his project representative, Adam presented his ideas to the site engineers, landscape architect and the park and city representatives during a site visit in April. The discussions ranged from using a complex concrete pier system to installing a pre-assembled wetland boardwalk and the various options for crossing locations.

After Adam met with city staff to gain approval for the final boardwalk design he recruited friends and family to help with installation. It took of hours of hard work digging in the thick mud to place the supports and level the surface.

The newly installed boardwalk is a great benefit to those want to roam the basin.

 

 

 


July 16 – Family Water Festival

Jul 16 Family Water Festival

DAY: July 16, 2017
TIME: 1:00 to 4:00 PM, July 16
2:00 PM Illustrated History with Steve Stark
TITLE:
Family Water Festival at World Garden Commons
WHERE: Rabanus Park 4301 18th Ave So, Fargo
Hosted by: River Keepers


Families can learn about our wet natural resources to appreciate water in the World Garden Commons and the watershed. Fun family activities result in the ability to identify water properties, sources of pollution, and the importance of water quality. Parents and kids can participate in a scavenger hunt.

WATER FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES

  • Stream Sense Scavenger Hunt – touch and feel ‘signs’ of animals such as horns, nests, shells and then participate in a scavenger hunt around the World Garden Commons to collect conservation tattoos.
  • River Crime Lab – Dig through a bag of ‘garbage’ and figure out how garbage got into the river and how to keep it out.
  • Trees – Count tree rings and talk about roots.
  • Let the Cattail Out of the Bag – See things that make up a wetland like frogs, ducks, snakes, cattails, and mud, then try figure out how everyday items relate to the wetland.
  • Water Treatment Officer – Learn how our water is treated and then filter a sample of river water.

FOOD
To encourage family fishing along the Red River, Deb Jenkins will provide a taste of Catfish, coleslaw and vegetarian beans.

2:00 PM ILLUSTRATED HISTORY with Steve Stark
Steve Stark, political cartoonist, illustrator and writer, will tell the illustrated story of the settlement of the Red River Valley, highlighting the importance of preservation. Stark has combined his drawing with an appreciation of history. His Illustrated History programs bring history to life in an unusual way when he tells stories of our heritage while fast-drawing them in charcoal on long rolls of mounted paper.

River Keepers grew from a desire to rediscover the Red River’s heritage, and to teach people to again appreciate the Red as a living River. Today, members of River Keepers advocate for awareness, appreciation and stewardship of the Red River through riverfront development projects, river recreation and economic opportunities along the Red River corridor.

All ages are welcome to this free event. For more information, contact River Keepers Director Christine Holland at 701-235-2895.