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News Digest (July 30)

‘Spamalot’ to open Aug. 1 at WF High The West Fargo Summer Arts Intensive will present Monty Python’s “Spamalot” Aug. 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 3 at West Fargo High School.

The Summer Arts Intensive is led by local arts educators and professionals and is made possible through collaboration with the West Fargo Public Schools. The mission of the Summer Arts Intensive is to further develop the personal and artistic talents of emerging young artists as they gain a comprehensive understanding of theater production and performance.

More than 50 artists from around the Fargo-Moorhead area will help create “Spamalot” as cast and crew.

This is the fourth year of the Summer Arts Intensive, which is sponsored by Essentia Health. The program has previously produced “Pippin,” “A Chorus Line” and “Chicago.”

“Spamalot” is a musical comedy “lovingly ripped off” from the cult classic film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

Tickets for the August performances are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for students. Tickets are available for reservation online at www.westfargo or by calling (701) 499-1971 from 1 to 4 p.m.

LSS seeking volunteers for senior companions Seniors age 55 and over who are healthy, active and interested in helping their older neighbors are needed to volunteer for Lutheran Social Services Senior Companions.

A volunteer senior companion provides companionship, social recreation and assistance with daily living activities so seniors can remain living independently in their own homes.

The program also provides respite for caregivers who need a temporary break from their daily caregiving responsibilities.

The benefits to becoming a senior companion include a tax-free hourly stipend, travel reimbursement, paid holidays, paid time off, ongoing training and supplemental insurance coverage.

For more information, call Andrea Lang, Eastern North Dakota program coordinator, at (800) 450-1510.

Sheltering churches slate pancake feed

Fargo-Moorhead area sheltering churches will be holding a pancake feed Aug. 5 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 210 5th Ave. W. in West Fargo.

The pancake dinner with trimmings will run from 5-8 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken.

The cost of sheltering individuals at parishes from November through April is about $30,000. Laundry costs about $14,000 and transporation $10,000.

Mapleton fire dept. sets street dance

The Mapleton Volunteer Fire Department is planning a street dance fundraiser on Aug. 2.

The dance will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday at Hagge’s Bar & Grill in Mapleton with live music by 24/7.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Mapleton Volunteer Fire Department, which works with the West Fargo Fire Department in times of rural disasters.

Pioneer staff reports