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  • February Features Family-Friendly Fun

    February 01, 2018

    This month, Williston offers some terrific activities beyond the usual Valentine’s Day affairs. First, check out the 65th Annual National Hard Spring Wheat Show Photography Contest from February 6-8. Ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded in five categories: people, landscape, animals, equipment, and miscellaneous. Entry levels are youth, novice, and advanced, and will be exhibited at the Grand Williston Hotel & Convention Center. For details, call (701) 577-4595. Next, browse and shop at the Williston Market on February 8. This ongoing monthly event features crafts and vendors of tasty baked goods, fashions, and health/beauty items. For details, click here. Also, proud parents will be delighted when they escort their young ones to a Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dance on Saturday, February 10. Mothers and sons, fathers and daughters, will take the floor for an evening of fun and dance. There will also be photos, prizes, and snacks. For details, call Stacy Darell at (701) 310-5260. Finally, save February 16 for “Out Loud at the James” – an open mic night for poets, acoustic musicians, singers, storytellers, and comedians. Click here for additional details.

  • January Features a Bridal Expo and a Student Art Exhibit

    January 08, 2018

    Creativity and inspiration have become art in a variety of media that will be on display beginning January 18. The North Dakota Student Art Show will be exhibited in galleries one and two at the James Memorial Art Center. An opening reception will be held in honor of the state’s talented young artists, also on January 18. For details, call (701) 774-3601, email: jmps@nemont.net, or click here. Attention, all brides-to-be (and grooms). If you’re planning to walk down the isle with your special someone, then be sure to attend the Williston Bridal Expo. Whether you’re looking for elegant gowns and tuxes, stunning cakes, or the perfect décor for your venue, you’ll find it here. Join marriage-minded couples from across the region for expert advice from vendors and service providers to suit your needs. The expo will be held at the Raymond Family Community Center Upper Level Gym. For details, call Lynn Thomas at (701) 570-8914, or email: lynn.stylishevents@gmail.com.

  • Featured This Month: “Miracle on 34th Street,” Breakfast with Santa, and the James Snowman Competition

    December 04, 2017

    It’s that time of year again, and the season is off to a wonderful start. Williston offers a myriad of fun, family-friendly holiday activities this month, and a few of our favorites are listed here. First, start the morning of December 9th off right with “Breakfast with Santa” at the New Armory. Next, be sure to catch a performance of director Lea Cornell’s “Miracle on 34th Street” on Friday, December 9th - Monday, December 11th at the Old Armory Theater. The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m., with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Lastly, make your plans now to participate in the James Snowman Competition on Friday, December 29th. From 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., the grounds of the James Memorial Art Center will be filled with snow-rolling artists, all of them competing for the prize of best snowman in town. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. Prizes will be donated by ACME Tools, Mayor Howard Klug will be our most excellent judge, and there will lots of cookies and hot cocoa. For details and registration, call (701) 774-3601, or click here.

  • Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos will Return to Perform at Charity Ball

    November 01, 2017

    Join us on November 10th for the CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Foundation’s Charity Ball. The ball will feature Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos for a return engagement, along with a fabulous dinner, dancing, entertainment, and the auction, so don’t miss out on one of the major events of the season. The cocktail hour begins at 5:00 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. Black tie is optional. Funds raised from the ball will be used to purchase medical equipment that will enhance patient care in our clinic and hospital, and 2017’s goal is $125,000. 2016’s silent and live auctions, sponsors and ticket sales raised $75,000, which was used to purchase operating room lights, and then combined with the auxiliary to buy a washer for the operating room implements. This event was sold out last year and tickets are limited, so get yours soon, or contact the foundation if you would be interested in an individual or corporate sponsorship. For more information, contact either Foundation Coordinator Amber Elizondo at (701) 774-7404, Foundation Director Jennifer Bingeman at (701) 774-7466, or email: jenniferbingeman@catholichealth.net.

  • The Last Farmers Market, a Spooktacular Crafts Show, and the Trail of Treats

    October 02, 2017

    This month, Williston offers its residents and visitors three fabulously fun and family-friendly events. First, don’t miss the final day of the downtown Farmers Market on Saturday, October 14. The market was started by the Williston Downtowners three years ago with the vision of providing a pleasant downtown atmosphere for morning shoppers. During this period, it has grown to include live music, crafts, and additional activities. For more information, call (701) 580 9343. Next, join in the fun at the 2nd Annual Spooktacular Craft and Vendor Show at the Williston New Armory on October 28. From 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., crafters, vendors, and concessionaires will be selling their wares, and there will be costume contests, coloring, trick or treating, and much more. For details, email Heidi.feiring79@gmail.com. Finally, downtown businesses will welcome a host of little goblins and ghost for the annual Trail of Treats. This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, October 31, from 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., and offers kids under 12 a safe place to trick or treat, and the city is anticipating a crowd of about 1,000 children.

  • September Features Art in Bloom – From Garden to Table

    September 05, 2017

    Join us at Recreation Park on Saturday, September 16, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., for Williston’s annual Art Fest. Hosted by the James Memorial Art Center, Art Fest 2017 will feature the always popular and exciting fund-raising auction of donated artwork from regional artists. The monies generated by this auction go toward defraying the Center’s operating expenses, funding special programs, and paying for needed renovations. This year’s theme is “Art in Bloom – From Garden to Table,” and the artists have been encouraged to explore and interpret the theme as they wish; using their chosen medium. The auction will begin at 11:00 a.m. Along with the auction, there will be plenty of food, live entertainment, and family friendly fun. Empire Oil is sponsoring a sidewalk chalk art contest, and JLG Architects are sponsoring Architects in Training. The fun continues with a Kid’s Art Corner, a Sand Volleyball Tourney, the Savory Salsa Contest, the Peculiar Produce Pageant, additional art demonstrations, and much more. Additional sponsors include The Bloomin' Shoppe and Western Cooperative Credit Union. For more information, call the Center at (701) 774-3601.

  • August is Chokecherry Time in North Dakota

    August 07, 2017

    Join us at Harmon Park for the 11th Annual North Dakota Chokecherry Festival. This wild cherry was proclaimed the state fruit in 2007, and has since been celebrated every August. Closely related to the black cherry, the chokecherry was often seen as food fit for bears, raccoons, chipmunks and birds. However, many tribes of Native Americans relied on the chokecherry as a staple food, and for many, it was the most vital fruit in their diet. The state’s European settlers also made good use of chokecherries for jams, syrups, jellies, and wine. This year’s festival will be held on Friday, August 11th, from 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., and Saturday, August 12th from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Activities and events include a 5K run, a car show, a late night movie in the park, a free burger feed, and ice cream sundaes with chokecherry syrup. Lexi Wyman, Tigirlily, Brian Salveson, and “The Voice” alumni Gwen Sebastian will perform. This family-friendly event will also include a Kids Zone called the “Chokecherry Pit,” on Saturday, and the Ultimate Air Dogs will return with cash prizes for all high-flying canines. For details, call (701) 774-9041.

  • Summer Nights on Main and a Rockin' Ribfest

    July 01, 2017

    The Williston Downtowner’s Association is proud to present “Summer Nights on Main.” A weekly evening of food, fun, beer gardens, kids activities, and live music will be scheduled every Thursday from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. through August 24th. The musical lineup includes The Incandescent on July 6th, October Road on July 13th, the Kid & Nic Show on July 20th, and Even 5 on July 27. On July 7th and 8th, Patriot Productions will join with the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce to host the biggest RibFest in North Dakota. Rockin’ RibFest will be held from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Black Magic Harley-Davidson on 2nd Avenue in Williston, featuring two nights of car-crushing in the nationally renowned Monster Truck Destruction Tour. A car and bike show will add to the entertainment, along with a ribs competition, a Kid’s Zone, face painting, a Tough Truck Competition, and Go Kart races. Adult day passes are $15, and children’s passes are $10.

  • Father's Day at Fort Union

    June 05, 2017

    This year, forget the ties, the after-shave, and the campy boxers, and give Dad something he'll remember for years to come – a North Dakota getaway and a trip to historic Fort Union. Father’s Day is the ideal time to visit, as the Fort Union Rendezvous begins at the Fort’s Trading Post on Thursday, June 15, and runs through Sunday, June 18. This is the 35th annual Rendezvous, known throughout the region as the upper Missouri’s finest fur trade fair. Thursday will also include Kids Day activities, and the annual Rendezvous Run will feature a 5K, 10K, and 5K Men’s Heavy Weight Run, along with a 5K walk and a one-mile Fur Traders Run/Walk. A one-mile Kids Run will be held for children 12 years old and under. Refreshments and free t-shirts will be provided for all participants, and recognition awards, medals, and prizes will be awarded. Additional Williston attractions include all-season tennis and swimming at the Williston Recreation Center, DK’s Lounge and Casino, and the Eagle Ridge Golf Club. Don’t miss the views of our scenic countryside at Yellowstone Rough Riders nearby. For your North Dakota getaway, call us at (701) 609-5555.

  • Celebrate National Golf Month with a Golfing Getaway

    May 01, 2017

    May is National Golf Month, and it’s an ideal time to get back into the “swing” of things and get your game on! Many folks aren’t aware that Williston is a terrific place for a golfing getaway, but we are proud of our terrific Eagle Ridge Golf Club located near the Williston Area Recreation Center. Located in North East Williston, the Eagle Ridge Golf Club sits near the banks of the Little Muddy River. This 18-hole public golf course offers challenging and entertaining play with numerous reward and risk holes on wide open fairways. The club also has putting greens, a practice range, and a chipping green. The Fairway Lounge Bar & Grill is open Monday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until dusk, and the pro shop is now open daily from 8:00 a.m. until dusk. We are proud to continue our tradition of Free Junior Golf Clinics for Juniors 17 and under, along with our Inaugural Golf Skills Competition. For tee times or to book your golfing getaway, call us at (800) 854-9517.

  • The WABA Home & Garden Show

    April 01, 2017

    Calling all DIYers and HGTV devotees – the Williston Area Builders Association will host their annual Home and Garden Show on Friday April 7th, and Saturday, April 8th. This exciting event will be held at Williston’s Raymond Family Community Center, and is the largest public event hosted by the WABA each year. The show is open to the public, and over 100 vendors will set up shop to service thousands of visitors, offering everything from the latest technical and design trends, to information on the most recent indoor and outdoor home projects. DIY seminars will be available, as well as food provided by the Boy Scouts, a visit from Miss North Dakota, Handy Andy, special activities, door prizes and raffles. The Williston Area Builders Home and Garden Show hours will be from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7th, and 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 8th. For more information, please contact the Williston Area Builders Association at (701) 572-5744, or email them at: eo@willistonbuilders.com.

  • March Means Food, Beer, and Bras for a Cause

    March 06, 2017

    Williston is celebrating three fabulous events this month, so show up for a good time at one, or all of the happenings below.   Friday, March 17, 6:00 - 10:30 p.m. Join us at the Grand Williston Hotel for “Shamrockin' the Bakken Taste of Williston.” This event features specialty hors d'oeuvres from area restaurants and caterers, and Whiskey Rebellion will be rockin’ the house all night! For details, call Bekka Bishop at (701) 577-6000, or email: bekka@willistonchamber.com.   Saturday, March 18, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Dress yourself in green and head to downtown Williston for the “3 Cheers 3 Beers Shamrock 5K.” Each runner tackles the 5K course with a beer at each mile. Sports drinks will be provided for non-drinkers and underage runners. Email: willistondowntowners@gmail.com   Saturday, March 25, 2:00 - 9:00 p.m. The Williston New Armory will host the Second Annual Gumbo Cook-off and Masq-R-Aid Party, along with Bras for a Cause. There will be live music and a silent auction, and some impressively decorated bras! All proceeds will be donated to the Williston Chapter of Bras for a Cause. For details, contact Cheryl Donoven at (701) 770-0045.

  • Just in Time for Valentine's Day: Last of the Red Hot Lovers

    February 01, 2017

    Entertainment Inc! is proud to bring “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” to the Williston audience. After its premiere in 1969 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on Broadway, Neil Simon’s popular comedy ran for 706 performances and several cast members were nominated for Tony Awards. The story of a married, middle-aged man who desperately wants to join the 1960’s sexual revolution before it’s too late is being brought to the stage by Guest Director Andrew Kuester. The lead role of Barney Cashman will be played by Jim Ryen, LeAnne Tracy will play Elaine Navazio, and Lea Cornell and Brooke Williams will act the respective roles of Bobbi Michele and Jeanette Fisher. “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” will be performed February 9-13, at the Williston Old Armory at 320 1st Ave E. All show times are 7:30-9:30 p.m., with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 12. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. For details, call the box office at (701) 577-3179 or email: info@entertainmentinc.org.

  • Fit Tips for 2017

    January 09, 2017

    January is often a more difficult time to stay fit and healthy. Many of us suffer from post-holiday sugar blues, and wintry weather can put a damper on outdoor fitness activities. Also, the odds are stacked against us and our good intentions – it’s estimated that only about eight percent of those who make fitness resolutions actually keep them. This year, Williston Medical Center wants to help everyone make their fitness resolutions a resounding success with their “New Year New You Workshop.” More than mere diet and exercise advice, this workshop will emphasize self-awareness, acceptance of others, and the importance of realistic expectations and responsible decision-making. The workshop is free, and will be held on January 19th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. A meal will be provided for all workshop participants. Don’t miss out on this chance to take charge of your health and fitness goals. Call 701-530-4974 or email: ngwagner@primecare.org to register now. For more details, or to see a list of additional January workshops, visit http://www.mercy-williston.org/Events/1815/New-Year-New-You-Workshop.

  • Make Your Holidays Brighter with Our Holiday Lights Drive!

    December 05, 2016

    Through December 31st, the Williston Parks and Recreation District is presenting their annual “Holiday Lights Drive” at Spring Lake Park every evening from 5:30-9:30 PM. Over 60 displays with thousands of holiday lights are arranged around a one-mile loop. There is an entry fee of only $5 per vehicle, with all proceeds halved between the Parks District and various non-profit groups working the gate. Among the special activities occurring throughout December are: Photos with Santa and Craft Night from 5:30-8:30 PM on the 7th and 8th, a visit from Frozen’s Elsa and a live reindeer exhibit from 5:30-8:30 PM on the 11th. There's also: Artful Christmas Craft Night at 5:30-8:30 PM on the 14th, “Magical Winter” shows at 6:00 and 7:30 PM on the 15th and 16th, a Musical Holiday Craft Night and Sing-Along from 5:30-8:30 PM on the 21st, and “The Science Guy” shows at 6:00 and 7:30 PM on the 27th and 28th. Be sure to set your radio dial to 107.1 for holiday tunes as you cruise through the displays!

  • Make Magical Holiday Memories at the Williston Royal Snowflake Ball

    November 06, 2016

    Kick off the holiday season royally for your young princes and princesses at the Williston Royal Snowflake Ball. The little ones will be enchanted by the Snow Queen and her attendants, and will be even more thrilled when these royal personages dance, sing, and play games with the children. The ball will also feature enchanted story time, face painting, a scrumptious Snowflake Candy buffet, a snowflake coronation, and royal glitter temporary tattoos. Each child will receive a hand-made snowflake wand, and the Snow Queen will pose for photos with the children. VIP ticket holders can arrive an hour early for extra time with the royals, and will receive a special gift from the Snow Queen herself. Guests are invited to dress royally or not, as they wish. The Royal Snowflake Ball with be held on Saturday, November 19th, from 12:30pm - 2:30pm and 4:30pm - 6:30pm at the Grand Williston Hotel & Conference Center. Call (701) 774-0241 for more details.

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