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A fabulous Farmers Market and far more

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If you’re interested in doing some shopping but still want to enjoy the beautiful summer weather, then check out the popular Outdoor Farmers Market. It takes place every Saturday, mid-June through September, from 9 AM to 1:30 PM, in Town Square (corner of DeMers Avenue and 3rd Street). Vendors sell everything from fresh produce and flowers to home baked goods and salsas to handmade jewelry and pottery. You’ll also be able to enjoy an array of tantalizing concessions while enjoying some great live entertainment on the main stage. If you’d like to learn more about how our fabulous Forks were founded, guided Historical Walking Tours, “History Alive”, are held at 1 PM during every Farmers Market   While in the area, make sure to explore both of our beautiful downtowns – Grand Forks, North Dakota and East Grand Forks, Minnesota – and discover all they have to offer. Below are some suggestions for a day or two of fun:   Downtown Adventures:         Take a stroll through the streets and experience a place where the past and present meet. Historic buildings house 21st century businesses. Attractive public art captures the city’s history and natural surroundings in small “pocket parks” scattered throughout …

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Watch Hollywood stars under celestial ones

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Looking for a great family night out that won’t break the bank?  Just park it…at the annual MOVIES IN THE PARK summer series! All you need is a lawn chair or blanket and a few of your favorite people. Even though the outdoor venue changes from flick to flick, it’s always the same great price: FREE! However, you may wanna bring along a few bucks, as various food trucks will be on site serving up tasty eats. Each show will begin at dusk.   Following is the remaining 2016 schedule of movies and locations: July 18 – “Hotel Transylvania 2″ at Riverside Park July 26 – “Cinderella” at University Park August 9 – “Inside Out” at Riverside Park August 23 – “Planes, Fire & Rescue” at Choice Health & Fitness green space For additional information, please contact the Grand Forks Park District at 701-746-2750.  

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Summer breezes carry the sound of music

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Nothing beats listening to great live music, on a beautiful summer evening, under our simply grand skies! If you agree, we’ve got some awesome news from you…the popular North Dakota Museum of Art Concerts in the Garden series is back again this summer!   Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket, plus several of your friends. All the fun takes place in the Museum’s sculpture garden, on the University of North Dakota campus, located at 261 Centennial Drive. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door and free for those 12 and younger. There will also be food and beverages available for purchase, including local grass-fed hamburgers, vegetable skewers, nightly specials, root beer floats, beer and wine.   Remaining dates, along with scheduled artists, are as follows:   July 12, 2016 at 6 pm                                                                                                          Headliner: Eagle Rock Gospel Singers; Opening: June Panic Los Angeles                                                                                                                                              Will Wadsworth formed The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers in the winter of 2010. In 2014, they recorded their first album. “Heavenly Fire” is filled with electricity and provides an articulation of their sound, honed over several years, into a band that has become a rousing celebration of traditional Gospel sounds with rock foundations. …

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Celebrate the 4th with a bang

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Word has it, this Independence Day in the Forks will be sizzling. No, I’m not talking about the temps…it’s the 2016 Sertoma 4th of July Festival & Fireworks show that will be lighting up Town Square and The Greenway! Of course, we’re also expecting beautiful, sunny weather, as well.   In addition to all the awesome attractions, pocket parks, shopping and dining our Simply Grand Downtown District has to offer every single day, this iconic celebration (in its 54th year) adds even more to love about our two towns! If you want to make it one fun 4th to remember, just meet me in the Square this coming Monday and enjoy all these great events:   8 AM – Altru Family YMCA Firecracker 10K & 5K Fun Run/Walk 11:30 AM – Patriotic Kids Parade (down N 3rd St from University Ave into Town Square) 12 PM – City Band + Food Vendors (Town Square) 12 to 6 PM – Silent Auction + 12 to 9 PM – Raffle Ticket Sales (Town Square) 1 PM – Opening Ceremony (Town Square) 1 to 5 PM – Face Painting, Caricatures, Kids Games (Town Square) 1 to 5 PM – Various activities including Games Galore, Dakota Science Center, ArtWise, Inflatable Games (The Greenway) …

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Taking it to the streets

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Today’s blog comes from Stacy Kusler, local runner & Grand Forks Wild Hog Marathon Planning Committee member.   While summer is in its prime here in the region, many community members are already setting their sites on a late September weekend when a full marathon will return to Grand Forks, the home of North Dakota’s ORIGINAL full marathon!   The Wild Hog Marathon will be added to the lineup of races the weekend of September 23 and 24, 2016.  It will join the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Half Marathon, the Subway Restaurants 10k, the Alerus 5k and the Crary Real Estate Kids and Family Fun Run.  Runners will also have the option of pairing up with friends, family or co-workers to compete together in the full or half marathon by registering for one of the Stray Media Group Relay options.    As race organizers prepare to make this 26.2 mile leap, it is important to increase our community involvement both in terms of volunteers and support.  With the marathon, our runners will be out on the course longer and additional volunteer support on the course in the form of aid stations and intersection supervision will be needed to ensure …

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Get revved up for fun

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Have you ever wondered why racing has become one of the fastest growing spectator sports in the country? You won’t find the answer by watching premier racing on television; you have to see it in person. Even the best home theater system can’t do justice to the sensory overload you’ll experience at the River Cities Speedway!   Late April through mid-September the Speedway revs up with the sights and sounds of NOSA 410 Outlaw Sprints, WISSOTA Late Models, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks. Every Friday, beginning with Hot Laps at 6:30 p.m. and a 7 p.m. Start Time, skilled regional drivers will battle for the checkered flag on one of the best 1/3 mile Bullring dirt tracks in the country.   Be sure to pick up a drink and some tasty eats (taco-in-a-bag and hot dogs are two favorites) from the concessions area or stop by the beer garden for an adult beverage. A free treat also awaits the kids at the nightly candy toss. Afterward, head over to the pits for an autographed picture of your favorite driver or stop by the souvenir shop and pick up a t-shirt. So, if you’re ready for an evening of nonstop action …

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Art up in Greater Grand Forks

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When it comes to great works of art, our SimplyGrand cities are the place to go…or should I say, Van Gogh?! Yes, even one of the most heralded artists in history, Vincent Van Gogh, had his paintings displayed in our community. In fact, the University of North Dakota collections (featured at both the North Dakota Museum of Art and Empire Arts Center Gallery) include works by Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and countless other legends!   Probably the highest concentration of great works, with regard to both galleries and public art, occur in our Downtown District. Gallery wise, just some of the ones to check out are: The Guild (311 DeMers Ave); Third Street Gallery (310 Kittson Ave); Browning Arts (23 4th St S); World’s Smallest Gallery (324 Kittson Ave); YOU ARE HERE (25 S 4th St) and the River Walk Artists Gallery (211 DeMers Ave). Amazingly unique public displays can be found throughout downtown Grand Forks like the two colorful BIG Heads (3rd St & DeMers Ave and 4th St & Kittson Ave), Wally the Worm bike rack (4th St & 1st Ave N) and the newest one, entitled “Grand Escape”. Located on the corner of DeMers Avenue …

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Savor reds, get greens, hear blues

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Don’t have any major plans for your summer weekends? No worries; we’ve got some simply grand news for you! In addition to all the great shopping, attractions and dining the Downtown District offers, our two towns have a whole slate of colorful outdoor events coming up.   June 11 & 12:  2016 Grand Cities Art Fest 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown Town Square, The Greenway and Cabela’s Parking Lot Over 150 quality art and craft vendors, food concessionaires, live entertainment stages, kids’ activities and more Free admission Every Saturday, June 18 through September 24:  Outdoor Farmer’s Market 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Town Square Fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, crafts and more Live entertainment and food concessions Free admission June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15: Art & Wine Walk 1 to 5 p.m. Downtown Grand Forks – beginning and ending at Empire Arts Center, with a champagne tasting and hors d’oeuvres at 5 p.m. Sample an array of delicious wines while viewing unique works of art at Downtown businesses Admission is $20 and includes a souvenir wine glass June 25, July 23, August 27:  Happy Harry’s Blues on the Red Summer Music Series 6 to 10 …

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Lose your blues with fresh brews

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Seattle and Portland may have started the whole coffeehouse craze but Grand Forks has definitely perfected it! All throughout our town we have several java joints (some locally owned, some national chains) ready to brew you up a cup of caffeine filled deliciousness. Each has a little something different to offer…but all offer a great place to have a grand time.   BULLY BREW COFFEE COMPANY – This Grand Forks original is the only place in town that actually roasts their own beans. The Cowboy Coffee is my favorite blend and since they can bag it to-go, y’all can Keurig up a cup for yourself at home anytime. After a day of shopping your way through Columbia Mall, a delicious Hazelnut Latte is a perfect way to unwind and rewind through all your great buys. Locations: 2100 S Columbia Rd and Columbia Mall – 2800 S Columbia Rd   CARIBOU COFFEE – This popular regional chain has a variety of tasty coffee creations to either warm you up or cool you down. My top choices are the Northern Lite Latte, Campfire Mocha and Salted Caramel Cooler. They even have drinks for little ones including a yummy Hot Chocolate and Mango …

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Grand ART FESTivities to fill the Forks

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Mark your calendars now and get ready to raise two Forks on June 11 & 12! That’s when both Downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks will be rocking with great shopping, live entertainment, food and tons of fun during the 2016 Grand Cities Art Fest! Over 120 quality artists and crafters from around the nation will be selling their wares at Town Square, the Greenway and Cabela’s parking lot.  Examples of the different media include ceramics, drawing, glass, jewelry, metal, naturals and painting. Dozens of food vendors will be on hand to tantalize your taste buds with everything from caramel apples, funnel cakes and kettle korn to fry bread tacos, bison burgers and barbecue ribs. And don’t forget to check out NoVAC’s Arts in Action, Fine Arts Avenue, Kids’ Corner and the Main Stage.   NoVAC’s Arts in Action: Are you curious about how artists turn raw materials into amazing works of art? At Arts in Action, artists will perform live demonstrations of their art-making process in the Town Square.   Fine Arts Avenue: What happens when you take simple, inexpensive materials and add inspiration and talent? You get Fine Arts Avenue where more than 25 of the region’s finest artists will be …

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