Our riverfront road is a location I always thought should be more developed and made into a feature of our downtown. It's a blank canvas just waiting for some creative touches, seating, more plantings and could be another reason for people to come to Granite Falls, as well as to create an enjoyable location for residents. I see fishermen and walkers using it now, but it could look so much better. The Chamber has hosted some discussions in the past about public art and there have been many conversations with Granite Area Art Council members about the topic. Along with the EDA Director Cathy Anderson, Arts Council members Melanie Gatchell and Tamara Isfeld, I am writing a grant to create a combination of images and poetry along the flood wall and lower section of the Berge building. At Monday's city council meeting, it was approved to allow a test area of the city-owned flood wall to also be used. Of course the grant has to be approved first, but I hope we can start on something either way. I'd love to see this grow into an art and poetry walk throughout the town.

The business community is encouraged to participate on their privately-owned buildings, especially the ones facing the river. This project will involve the community with poetry workshops and personal contributions to a mosaic project during the Art Meander. Watch for more details and announcements on the River Walk. ------------ It's exciting to have Granite Falls host the Region 11C Regional Baseball Tournament, this will bring a lot of visitors and customers to Granite Falls on the weekends of July 29-30, August 4-6 and 11-13. Thank you to the organizers of this event. Volunteers and sponsors are needed to make this a successful event. Call Amy Richter at 320-886-3884 if you can help. ------------ Tickets for "An Enemy of the People" are now on sale at the Chamber office. The Sod House Theater group was here in June with acting and music workshops. They will return August 18-20 for three performances that include professional actors as well as members of the community. Ashley Hanson of Place Productions, which has created past "walking theater" here in the past, is creating the bluegrass music along with her partner, Brian Laidlaw. The performances will begin in Rice Park with another stop at the popcorn stand and end up at the American Legion upstairs. The city bus will offer free rides. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children, students and seniors. _________