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Out and about: Greenway Takeover revs up on Thursday

The first Greenway Takeover Festival opens at 5 p.m. Thursday just north of the Sorlie Memorial Bridge in downtown Grand Forks.

Several musical groups will take the stage before the Minnesota-based, headlining rock band, "Gear Daddies," gear up at 8 p.m.

Almost a dozen food trucks and about 50 vendors will be on hand, featuring "everything from craft beers to artists and woodworkers," said Brian Lofthus, events coordinator with HB Sound and Light, which is organizing the event.

The event runs through Sunday. For more information, visit

The Master Chorales organization is hosting '50s Fling from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at The Ember Coffee House, 8 N. Third St., Grand Forks.

Enjoy short performances by the Grand Forks Chorale, mingle with the singers, and enter to win raffle prizes. Pick up free popcorn and ice cream floats. Come dressed in your favorite '50s-era outfit and you may win the costume contest.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and $10 for students and military. Call (701) 732-0091, email or visit to purchase advance tickets.

On Saturday, you can support young musicians while enjoying a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Ground Round. All proceeds will benefit the Northern Valley Youth Orchestras.

Get tickets, $5 each, at the door or in advance by calling (701) 757-3009.

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra opens its 2017-18 season Sunday with an "America the Beautiful" concert celebrating the music of beloved American composers including Copland, Barber and Hanson. The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Empire Arts Center downtown.

For tickets, $26 for adults and $16 for students and military with ID, call the arts center at (701) 746-5500.

Do your kids or grandkids love animals? Then take them to "Woofstock 2017" from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Town Square in downtown Grand Forks.

There will be face-painting, a display of pet tricks, food, live music, vendors, a silent auction, a "groovy pet contest," and animals up for adoption, organizers say.

All donations benefit the humane societies of Grand Forks and Crookston. The event is sponsored by Up North Pizza & Pub, Treat Play Love, and Bully Brew.

For more information, visit Woofstock Grand Forks 2017 on Facebook.

If you'd like to spend a day at the upcoming Norsk Hostfest in Minot, contact the Sons of Norway lodge. Their fully-equipped chartered bus leaves at 7 a.m. Sept. 29 for the Scandinavian festival, returning that evening. For more information, contact Cindy at (701) 741-9132 or .