The annual Christmas banner covering the east wall on the Newman Signs building has often featured the company's employees in a variety of ways. This year is the first time it features all the employees with pets who wanted to participate. "The idea's been in the background just waiting to be used," said Kari Newman Ness, CEO/president.
"The Nutcracker - All Jazz'd Up" is this year's Top of the Stairs Dance Studio's Christmas performance. It will be on stage at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, in DeNault Auditorium at the Reiland Fine Arts Center on the University of Jamestown campus. More than 100 dance students, age 3 to teens, will perform. Jackie Sather, owner, instructor and director, said the performance will start with classical Christmas music. "That will be tap dancing to Christmas songs," Sather said. That will be followed by religious Christmas songs performed in a worship dance.
When the Orphan Grain Train in Bottineau closed in 2014 after more than 20 years of sending food, clothing and grain to orphanages in Latvia, Jamestown took over the work as the North Dakota Branch. "People who knew about the closing wanted an Orphan Grain Train in North Dakota," said Sue Corwin, the branch treasurer. "The people in Jamestown talked about it, found board members and church members who wanted to do it."
On Saturday, Nov. 17, 17 boutique-style and hard-to-find-elsewhere small shops in Jamestown are offering a look at things no retail businesses or big box stores can. It's Shop Jamestown, and it's an opportunity to discover what these unique shops, which are all owned or run by women, are offering and why. "These are women who are driven by passion rather than profit," said Deb Lee, who runs Dakota Store and is one of the organizers of the event..
New executive director of the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce Emily Bivens believes she brings with her a strong background of skills and experience related to people, connecting and community. Chamber board chair Jason Rohr said her experience with the Jamestown community and tourism and her familiarity with the chamber was the reason she got the job. "She was the right person for the chamber at the right time," Rohr said. "We're thrilled." The chamber hired Bivens in September. Before that she spent three years as the Jamestown Tourism office manager.