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Out & About: 'Keep the Faith' tells flood story with humor

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If you haven't made plans to see "Keep the Faith" this weekend at Red River High School, don't wait a minute longer.

The show, which tells the story of the Flood of '97, is infused with energy, humor and pathos.

For those who lived through the flood 20 years ago this week, the musical production stirs poignant memories of valiant flood-fighting, mass evacuation and the heart-wrenching destruction left in the aftermath.

Those who didn't experience the flood will hear and see how the community rallied, overcame the tragedy and came back stronger and more vibrant than ever. Historic film footage and photos bring visual details of that trying time into sharp focus.

The lasting message, though, is undeniably positive, a celebration of the power of sheer will and indomitable spirit.

Performances begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Performance Hall on the school's south side.

Admission is $10.

Evening shows are nearly sold out. Box office opens at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Veeder releases new book

Jessie Veeder, folksinger, songwriter and acoustic guitarist whose weekly column appears in the Grand Forks Herald, performs Saturday in the Empire Arts Center in conjunction with the release of her new book, "Coming Home."

A "meet and greet" begins at 1 p.m. with the concert and book-signing at 1:30 p.m.

Veeder's heartfelt, authentic music reflects life amid the remote and rugged terrain of western North Dakota. Her lyrics are laced with love of the landscape and the people of North Dakota.

She has been a featured artist at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nev., and has shared the stage with musicians such as Dan Seals, Sammy Kershaw and Joe Diffie.

Her first child, Edith, born in November 2015, represents the fifth generation to be raised on her family's 100-plus-year-old homestead near Watford City, N.D.

Tickets are $5; seating is limited.

Come out and play

Time spent in play is an important part of a child's development, education experts say. It has even more impact when parents are involved.

On Saturday, experience the joy of being a kid again — this time, with your kids. At the Hands-On Learning Fair at the Purpur and Gambucci arenas, join them in blowing and popping bubbles, building towers, keeping balls flying in the air and creating one-of-a-kind works of art.

The free event, for kids 7 and younger, runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Music to your ears

If you're looking for great music, enjoy a host of entertainment events by local groups starting Saturday with a 3 p.m. performance by the Grand Cities Children's Choir at UND's Chester Fritz Auditorium.

The Grand Forks Chorales and the UND Concert Choir team up to present a concert, "Britten and Bernstein" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Grand Forks.

Tickets are $15 per person and $5 for students and military.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, catch the UND Chamber Music Recital at the Hughes Fine Arts Center on the UND Campus. No charge.

And at 7:30 p.m. Monday, the UND Jazz Ensemble brings fascinating rhythms to the stage of the Fritz Auditorium. It's free.