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The Bloomington Theatre and Art Center will feature “Town and Country,” an art exhibition of the paintings of Fred Dingler, through Sept. 22.

After 40 years as an illustrator in advertising, Dingler paints in multiple media, including oil, watercolor and acrylic, with subjects ranging from a festival crowd to a lonely barn on a vast field.

The Bloomington Theatre and Art Center is at 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington. The Atrium Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday. There is no admission charge.

For information, go to or call 952-563-8575.


Citizens academy deadline is Aug. 30

Applications for this year’s Public Safety Citizens Academy are due by Aug. 30, with the free 12-week course meeting 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning Sept. 12.

The 36-hour course will cover the work of the police and fire departments.

Through lectures and hands-on demonstrations, the class will cover the history and evolution of policing, patrol operations, investigations, emergency communications, police tactics and use of force, a K-9 demonstration, narcotics, SWAT, the DWI process, public safety education, crime prevention efforts and shooting scenarios.

Applicants must be 18 and live, work or own a business in Plymouth, and all participants must pass a background check.

Space is limited to the first 30 eligible applicants.

For more information, call community relations officer Jim Long at 763-509-5135.

Nonprofit celebrates annual campaign

The Plymouth nonprofit Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP) will celebrate its annual “Learning for a Lifetime” campaign this month.

–11:30 a.m. Aug. 20 at IOCP, 1605 County Road 101 N., Plymouth.

The event is free and open to the community.

Register by Aug. 15 at For more, visit


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