National Welcome Week is gaining traction in its third year; the FM area is expanding from one event in 2014 to a week of events in 2015. The tentative FM Area schedule is as follows:
Saturday the 12th
- Flags from 50 nations will be flown in downtown Fargo all week (all month?)
Sunday the 13th
- Growing Together, the Cultural Diversity Resource Center, and the Refugee Consortium of North Dakota will host a Community Meal at Rabanus Park, starting at 11:30 am with garden tours and food stories. Official program at 12:30, followed by meal and visiting until 2:00 pm. Other details still being considered.
Monday the 14th: The Refugee Consortium of North Dakota will offer a Language Exchange information session. Come learn a little Somali, Nepali, Arabic or other languages, and sign up for Language Exchange classes that will start in October. Location: Fargo Public Library, downtown.
Tuesday the 15th
- CHARISM Family Movie Night, with Fargo Police Department cooperation. 6:00 pm start.
Wednesday the 16th
- Job Services of North Dakota will offer a tour of their facility and services, 3 pm.
- The Refugee Consortium of ND will host a volunteer recruitment at the Fargo Public Library. 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Volunteers can sign up for in-home English language tutoring, high school tutoring, Fargo Adult Learning Center tutoring, or Project English tutoring.
Thursday the 17th
- Constitution Day: NDSU event TBD. (12:30-1:45 pm).
- Growing Together will welcome all visitors to the The Gathering Garden (25th Street and 40th Ave) for fun and games. Early evening; exact time TBD.
Friday the 18th is still open.
- Refugee Consortium of North Dakota is working on an event.
- A WEST FEST collaboration might be possible in West Fargo.
Saturday the 19th
- The Fargo Social Outreach Development organization is hosting a World Cup soccer tournament at Johnson Park, just south of NDSU. All day: 9 am to 6 pm. Free and open; bring a lawn chair, cheer on the teams.
Sunday the 20th
- Somali Cultural Celebration, Fargo Public Library. 2 -3 PM.
- International Day of Peace Observance. 4PM. Clapp Senior Center at Carlson Library on 32nd. Ave. South, Fargo. Handicapped Accessible. The event will focus on the theme of Peace through music and readings honoring the family of humankind. Sponsors are the Baha’i Faith Community, Presentation Sisters, Center for Interfaith Projects, and the F/M Unitarian Universalist Church.
September 24th, just after Welcome Week, Job Services North Dakota will have a city-wide Job Fair and offer support services for New Americans searching for employment.