Two opening receptions for the exhibition will be held on Monday, May 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for Olson, Poplar Bridge, Normandale Hills, Washburn and Westwood elementary schools, and on Tuesday, May 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for Hillcrest Community School, Indian Mounds, Valley View, Oak Grove and Ridgeview elementary schools.
The Atrium Gallery is located on the second floor of the Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.btacmn.org or call 952-563-8575.
Adaptive learning program presents original play
The Adaptive Recreation and Learning Exchange program, serving adults with developmental disabilities, will perform an original play, “AR&LE’s Got Talent: A TV Reality Check,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in the Olson Middle School Auditorium, 4551 W. 102nd St.
The one-hour comedy features 38 adults with developmental disabilities and is made possible by the creative team of Emily Anderson, Janet Clarke and Leslie Fideler. The show is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
There is a suggested donation of $5 for general admission to the show. For more information, call the Learning Exchange at 952-681-6109.
Schools to hold annual Peace & Diversity Day
Bloomington’s Jefferson and Kennedy high schools will celebrate their annual Peace & Diversity Day on Friday, May 3, with a Peace Run and other events.
The day will begin with a Peace Site rededication at 9:45 a.m. at Jefferson’s Peace Pole and Peace Garden. The Peace Run will then depart from Jefferson at 10 a.m., looping through Bloomington and finishing at Kennedy.
Students from both schools will hear a presentation that day from Jane Elliot, a former teacher and activist who created the “blue-eyed, brown-eyed” exercise first done with grade-school students in the 1960s.
During the week, Kennedy will also hold a fundraiser for families in Vietnam, and student groups will teach Kennedy culinary classes how to cook various cultural meals and distribute samples in the cafeteria.
Jefferson and Kennedy students also will view interactive diversity booths presented by students, clubs and community groups.
Benilde-St. Margaret’s to hold upscale resale
The Benilde-St. Margaret’s Parent Association is sponsoring an upscale resale to be held Saturday, May 4, in the school’s Haben Center.
This annual community event, the Treasure Hunt, showcases new and gently used clothing, furniture, toys, household items, electronics, books and other items.
Early bird entry will be at 8 a.m. for $3, and free admission will be from 9 a.m. until closing at 4 p.m. A half-price sale will be held from 1-4 p.m., and a bag sale — a bag full of items for $5 — will run from 3-4 p.m.