PART-ners “Rooks” opens at the Gallery

Donalda Diary

Lars and Borghild (Dalen) Dahl were early homesteaders in the Donalda District. A century later, their descendants invite their friends and neighbours to help celebrate the homestead’s 100th anniversary at an open house to be held on the farm on Sunday, August 16, 1 – 4 p.m. The farm is on Highway 56, about a half mile north of the junction with Highway 53.

Donalda Gallery for the Arts invites you come and see their new exhibition, PART-ners “Rooks”, which runs until Labour Day. And we have more art by local artists upstairs in the old bank on Main Street.

And when you’re done at the gallery, why not make a day of it? Come across the street to the Donalda & District Museum.

Besides our amazing collection of oil-burning lamps, we have lots of things that once belonged to local pioneers. We also have some new displays, including photography equipment from Donalda’s early days, and advertising calendars from the bygone days of local businesses.

The museum’s catalogue conversion project is going along well, with about one-fifth of the catalogue converted to electronic form. Plans are also underway for the museum’s fall supper, which will be held at the community centre on September 19. Archaeologist and author Jack Brink will be the speaker, and there will be a silent auction, including one of the last two known copies of the local history book, Donalda’s Roots and Branches, which was published in 1980.

The museum society meets the fourth Tuesday of every month, at 7:30 p.m., in the Donalda Library. Why not come out and join us? We would like to hear your ideas about how the museum should move into the future. The next meeting will be August 25.

Call the museum office, 403-883-2100, for more information about the museum or its projects.

Donalda Library would like to remind you that the Agent 009 summer reading program runs until August 20.

Hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., for children who will be in grades 1 – 5 this coming school year; Thursdays 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. is for children in grades 4 & 5 only. Don’t forget to bring your lunch.

Also at the library, free Internet access no longer needs a password.

The Donalda Ag Society’s Bench Fair, held August 8, and was a great success. Watch this space for the winners.

The ag society is also still looking for a leader for the Junior Forest Warden program for kids 6 – 16.

If you like kids and you like the outdoors, please give Jerry a call at 403-883-2409 or Mike at 403-883-2469. The program is expected to run October to May.

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