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What do we do now?

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It has been a busy summer in the Grand Cities; school has started and the UND students have all moved back, and we are on the heels of a fabulous Grand Forks weekend with the first-ever Rollin’ on the River Inline Marathon (the Convention & Visitors Bureau was the presenting sponsor by the way) and a record breaking attendance for the last of the 2011 three-part music series, Blues on the Red.  It may have some asking what do we do now?  The answer is PLENTY!  I am going to just give you a brief taste of some of the great events coming up (details and more events can be found on our Calendar of Events) in September: -UND Football season opener vs. Drake September 1 at the Alerus Center (don’t miss tailgating, as the presenting sponsor, the Convention & Visitors Bureau is giving away a great prize package) -Friday Night Races at the River Cities Speedway through September 16 -Outdoor Farmer’s Market in Town Square through September 24 -Choice Financial 10K Fun Run/Walk Setember 10 -Tour de Forks Bike Ride & Walk in Lincoln Drive Park on September 11 -AudioBody at the Chester Fritz on September 11 -Art & …

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Party in the Garden

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Nothing beats listening to great live music, outside on a beautiful summer evening. If you agree, make sure not to miss any of the reamining ND Museum of Art (NDMOA) Concerts in the Garden.  I know I plan to make it to at least two more! Dates and entertainment schedule are as follows:’ Tonight, August 2nd at 6 p.m. – Blind Corn Liquor Pickers (headliner) and Peat Moss Tuesday, August 9th at 6 p.m. – William Elliott Whitmore (headliner) and The Mystical Overtones Tuesday, August 30th at 6 p.m. – Hoots & Hellmouth (headliner) and Formerly Fiona Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome along with friends! All the fun takes place in NDMOA’s sculpture garden on UND campus (261 Centennial Drive). Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door (free for children 12 and younger).  Beer and food is available for purchase. Have you been to these concerts before? What are your fave bands?

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Fun in the summer sun!

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It looks like our hot streak is going to continue in the Grand Cities this week with temps hitting the upper 80s and 90s!  While we should be extra careful when venturing out, but we we can still enjoy the summer and all the fun offered in Greater Grand Forks.  I like to make lists, so I have my list of inexpensive activitess to tackle with my family this week including: Turtle River State Park is located just 22 miles west of Grand Forks, and if your family likes fishing, nature trails or just enjoying the outdoors, this is the place for you.  I plan to grab a group of little ones and make it out for one of our “nature walks” this week! Riverside Park Swimming Pool is a very inexpensive way to spend a hot summer day.  Adults get in for only $3.25 and children 5-16 get in for $2.75.  Kids 4 and under are $1.50.  They have a snack area, water slide, kiddy pool and diving boards as well as a friendly life guard staff.  Make sure to have some time set aside if you are bringing the family, as I know my kids never want to …

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Blues on the Red redux

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The Blues on the Red Music Fest made its fourth year successful debut on June 25.  Hundreds of attendees filled Town Square for great music and food!  Check out what you missed here! If you couldn’t make it out, don’t worry.  Dates, along with scheduled artists, for the remaining Blues on the Red events are as follows: Saturday, July 23 with headliner Big George Jackson and opener Peat Moss Saturday August 24 with headliner Lamont Cranston Band and opener Austin James Band Major sponsors of Blues on the Red are the City of Grand Forks, Canad Inns Destination Center and the Convention & Visitors Bureau.  The music begins at 6 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m.  There is also a beer garden and food vending area hosted by Canad Inns.  Admission is free to all, and people are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.  In the event of inclement weather, this event will be moved indoors. Want to stay updated?  Become a friend on Facebook!

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Music made for the outdoors

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I am so excited that Blues on the Red will be kicking off the three-part music series this Saturday, June 25, in Town Square! This is one of my favorite events, as it provides a winning combination of great music, food and beverages and lots of fun all outdoors in downtown Grand Forks. I am going to grab some friends and lawn chairs and head downtown for the free event. The June Blues on the read will feature guitartist, singer and songwriter, James Armstrong, from Michigan.  The Deb Jenkins Band from Fargo will open the show at 6 p.m. After the four-hour music show, I plan to head over to one of my favorite downtown businesses for more fun.  Not sure yet whether that will be The Frog, Blue Moose or Rhombus yet, and it may be all three! Two more shows will be coming on July 23 and August 27.  Bands will include Big George Jackson, Lamont Cranston, PeatMoss and the Austin James Band.  

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