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Ideas for a SimplyGrand Mother’s Day

Happy Mothers Day pink heart cupcake on white cupcake stand with greeting gift tag against a feminine pink background, with copy space for your text here.

Mom loved and raised you…time to raise the bar and show her just how much you appreciate and love her back! This Sunday, May 14, is Mother’s Day and the perfect chance to express your feelings. In case you forgot or haven’t figured out yet what to get her, here are just a half dozen suggestions:   One can never go wrong with dinner and a movie.  Take her to a special Mother’s Day Brunch at Hilton’s Garden Café, Ground Round, Eagle’s Crest Grill or Aroma Café at Ramada.  Follow that with a matinee of the popular new Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn mother-daughter flick, “Snatched”, at River Cinema 15 or AMC Classic 10 Theater. A bouquet is ok but how about putting a new spin on it?  Escort mom to All Season’s Garden Center, tour her through the amazing greenhouse and then let her pick out a planter or two for her garden or patio. Is mom an 80s rocker babe, by chance?  A gift certificate from Darkside Tattoo plus tickets to the Poison concert, May 27, at Alerus Center, would be “nothin’ but a good time” for her. She put Pampers on you as a baby; so, pamper her with …

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Valentine plans yet?


Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and if you are like me, you might not be completely ready for this holiday that celebrates love, but there are plenty of ways you can treat you Valentine to something special in Grand Forks.  Check out these ideas: Flowers – Yes, flowers might be expected, but your Valentine will be blown away by the beautiful selection from All Season’s Garden Center. Dinner – Grand Forks boasts a variety of exceptional restaurants with some newly opened venues that would please any special Valentine including Drunken Noodle, Fuji Japanese Steakhouse and the newly renovated Whitey’s. Events – Does your Valentine like sports, performing arts, wine?  Whatever his/her preference, Grand Forks offers Wine Club at l’Bistro, UND Women’s Basketball at Valentine Violins at Hughes Fine Arts Center.  Details for each of these events can be found online. Gifts – Is your Valentine and outdoorsman?  Or a girly-girl?  There are plenty of stores ready to help you out finding that special something like Cabela’s and Downtown’s newest women’s apparel and accessories addition, Kittson & 3rd. Chocolate – Again, chocolates are standard on Valentine’s Day, but no one can argue the scrumptious chocolate found at Widman’s.  George and his team …

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Kick of the holidays with the Holiday Home Tour


The Grand Forks Republican Women’s Association is hosting the 2011 Grand Forks Holiday Home Tour, and no matter your political affiliation these are two days of fun with a holiday party (added this year), you don’t want to miss.  I plan to attend and share lots of great photos! Six festively adorned homes will be open for tours on both Saturday, December 3 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday December 4 (12 noon-5 p.m.).  Each will feature the creativity of local designers: All Seasons; The Rose Shop; Designs by Nord; Modern Plains Design; Michelle Bloom Interiors; Just Add Water (Brooke Roche Conlin); and Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling. In conjuction with the home tour, a bake sale and wreath sale will be hosted at the Myra Museum, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 2405 Belmont Road. New to the tour this year is a reception for all ticket holders from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 3.  Celebrate the beginning of the season overlooking the city at the party – hosted on the 5th floor of the historic SEI Building (4th Street and DeMers Avenue) in beautiful downtown Grand Forks. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar are …

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