Are you tired of driving 100’s of miles to go to Powwow but still want to dance, sing, or watch?

MINI POW WOW Sun. Aug. 20, 2017 Rabanus Park, Fargo

DAY: August 20, 2017
TIME: 1:00 to 4:00 PM
TITLE: Mini Pow Wow;
WHERE: Rabanus Park 4301 18th Ave So, Fargo
Hosted by: Fargo Native American Commission

Well, then, come to this Mini-Powwow on Sunday, August 20th 2017 at the World Garden Commons in Rabanus Park (4315 18th Ave. South, Fargo) from 1 – 4 p.m..

The Native American Commission is co-sponsoring a mini-powwow with The Fargo Project for your enjoyment and will be having a small meal.

So, bring your shawls and dress your little ones in their regalia, shake out your old grass dance regalia or throw a bustle on and come out and dance. We are looking for dancers, singers, drummers, or anybody who did not leave town for a powwow but still wants to dance to the inter-tribal songs, just like old traditional days.

Grand Entry will be at 1 p.m. to start the powwow and we want everyone to be in the Grand Entry with or without your regalia, remember this is for family fun and to teach our children to have fun as a traditional native family.

Please call me or email for more information: Willard Yellow Bird, Cultural Planner, wyellowbird@FargoND.gov


Going Native

In 2012 the Rabanus Park stormwater basin looked like the rest of the stormwater basins in the city: short grass, yellow with dandelions in the spring, and home to a few geese. In short, quite ugly. Today, the World Garden Commons basin is becoming a home to a bouquet of prairie grasses, flowers, pollinators, songbirds, and wetland plants that hold shape into the fall and even in winter.

Going native with the landscape has many ecological and aesthetic benefits, and World Garden Commons is the perfect setting for residents to experience the perennial beauty of diverse native grasses and flowers.

A native landscape provides long-term cost savings on fertilizer, watering, and mowing. The deep roots of prairie grasses bind carbon captured from the atmosphere into the soil, combating climate change, improving degraded soils and water infiltration, and creating a habitat for pollinators and birds.

While a mature native landscape is low maintenance, it takes up to three to five years for a new site to establish. At World Garden Commons “going native” started in 2013 when the Park District simply stopped mowing at the site. In 2015, Blaine Keller of Prairie Restorations began in earnest to prepare the basin for a diversity of new native plants.

2012 panoramic view of the Rabanus stormwater basin with mowed lawn

2012 view of Rabanus basin with short, mowed lawn

In the spring of 2016, Jesse Riley, a Ph.D. candidate in natural resource management, tilled 25 test plots to assess the optimal vegetation seed mix based on establishment, resisting encroachment, hardiness, and durability for stormwater basins. The seed plots present different flowers each season and each year as the plots mature. One season white flowers may dominate; in another year, during the same season, yellow may be the primary color.

While walking through the site this spring, Blaine identified aster, purple prairie clover, prairie smoke, black-eyed susan, cordgrass, milkweed, bull rush, foxtail barley, slender wheat grass, sweet grass, silverweed, yarrow, and nettle.

Because it takes time for native plants to mature, Blaine and Prairie Restoration will continue onsite maintenance. The height and density of weed cover determines if it’s more advantageous to mow to prevent weeds from seeding or if weeding by hand will suffice. It also determines when a scheduled burn will stimulate growth of native grasses and wildflowers.

The next steps for World Garden Commons and the Fargo Project are to train others to differentiate between the desired prairie flowers, grasses, and wetland plants, and the undesirable weeds. The hope is that once others learn to identify the plants, they would feel compelled to participate in the hand weeding that promotes the diversity of native plants in the basin.

Aug 13 – International Speed Friending Photo Extravaganza

DAY: August 13, 2017
TIME: 1:00 to 4:00 PM
TITLE: International Speed Friending Photo Extravaganza
WHERE: Rabanus Park 4301 18th Ave So, Fargo
Hosted by: The World in Fargo Moorhead

Join us for an (free) afternoon of friendship, food, photos, and fun (for adults and kids).  Sunday, August 13th from 1-4 p.m., The World in Fargo-Moorhead is hosting an International Speed Friending event at Rabanus Park in Fargo.

1:00 – 2:00 International Speed Friending. Sit with people from all over the world and learn about them. We will have seven sessions of eight minutes each for you to sit across from someone you don’t know and get to know about them and their culture. Conversation starters will be available at each table.

2:00 – 3:00 PM Food! Join us for a delicious buffet of Nepalese food provided by Everest Tikka House of Moorhead.

3:00 – 4:00 PM Instant Photo Booth and Share-Your-Story Stand. Have your picture taken by one of our photographers and have it instantly printed in our photo booth! This is also an opportunity to learn about The World in Fargo-Moorhead, a project which showcases diversity in the Red River Valley by taking pictures and recording the stories of those born abroad. The World in Fargo-Moorhead shares these pictures and stories on social media and in a traveling art exhibit. If you are interested in sharing your story with The World in Fargo-Moorhead, or if you’d like to volunteer with us in any capacity, come talk to some of our photographers and interviewers.

The World in Fargo-Moorhead shows the diversity of our area one portrait and one story at a time. These photos and stories are posted weekly to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We also create exhibits that are shown at libraries, churches and other public spaces.

Supporting the free events at World Garden Commons in Rabanus Park from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays

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
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
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.


  • 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.

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.

Jul 9 – World Café at the World Garden Commons

Jul 9 World Garden Commons World Cafe

DAY: July 9, 2017
TIME: 1:00 to 4:00 PM, July 9
World Café at the World Garden Commons
WHERE: Rabanus Park 4301 18th Ave So, Fargo
Hosted by: New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment

We are thrilled to announce the first event of our Summer Series: the World Café at the World Garden Commons. This event will include world music and food, but also encourage casual and focused conversations about ways to strengths bonds, build bridges, and make connections in our community.

World Café at the World Garden will feature world music by local performers and global foods prepared by people who have come to Fargo from different places in the world.  In addition to the entertainment and nourishment, there will be an hour of focused discussion. This conversation with include questions like “What good things about our community can be better?” and “What negative trends can be turned around.” From these conversations, group leaders will identify manageable priority concerns that can be addressed in July and August before the group re-convenes September 17.

The host for this event is the New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment. This organization builds bonds among people, bridges between diverse communities, and links to organizations. Through celebrations and programming, the New American Consortium facilitates trusting relationships and creates healthy partnerships in the greater Fargo-Moorhead area. The office and programming space is known as “The WE Center,” for wellness and empowerment, but also for “we,” a community.

All are welcome to this free event.  For more information, contact Ezzat Alhaidar at the The WE Center 701-478-3636.

Introducing the Summer Series

Free events at World Garden Commons in Rabanus Park from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays Rain or shine, the activities are free to attendees and open to the neighbors of World Garden CommonsRead about the schedule: Summer Series, Sundays 1:00 p.m.  to 4 p.m. World Garden Commons in Rabanus Park

We are excited to announce the Summer Series, free events held weekly at World Garden Commons in Rabanus Park from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. The first event in the series will be held July 9.

These welcoming events will build community by emphasizing food and music, art and play, and ecological interests. Non-profit partners will host and curate the activities.

The Summer Series helps us to achieve our goal of working with partnering organizations who will invite their members and neighbors of World Garden Commons to explore, promote, gather, and create in and around the basin. As people interact with the natural landscape, we hope they will begin to understand their cultural dependency on natural ecology. As a result, we welcome diverse partners who can use the commons to promote and extend their own missions.

In addition to working with partnering organization, the Summer Series offers activities for the neighboring residents of the commons. These residents already walk along its paths, admire its restored prairie and water features, and enjoy the Listening Garden and Welcome Garden. The Summer Series creates one more opportunity for these neighbors to explore World Garden Commons and to feel a connection to the landscape around them. For this reason, the diverse populations around the commons are encouraged to use the space for cultural demonstration and promotion.

We hope our partners have a positive experience with the site and interact with new audiences. We hope our World Garden Common neighbors and the general public will gather here to ignite ideas and form new partnerships. The commons is a place to be entertained, but it’s also a place where we can begin to imagine possibilities, possibilities that will improve our city and neighborhoods.


Summer Series: July Schedule at World Garden Commons

July Schedule

Rain or shine, the following activities are free and open to the neighbors of World Garden Commons in Rabanus Park at 4301 18th Ave So, Fargo from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays.

07/09 World Garden Commons World Café – World music, food, and conversations. Hosted by the New American Consortium for Wellness & Empowerment.

07/16 Family Water Festival – Family fun watershed activities, scavenger hunt and food. Hosted by River Keepers.

07/23 Art in the Park – Listen to, create and eat art in the park. Hosted by The Arts Partnership. 

07/30 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.


Supported by ArtPlace, City of Fargo, Fargo Park District, National Endowment for the Arts, The Kresge Foundation, North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund