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MARILYN HAGERTY: Kids have questions, med students have answers

Human anatomy 1.

That’s part of the Science Day program at UND Saturday for students in fifth and sixth grade. Things children may have wondered about, but were afraid to ask, will be part of the program by medical students. The children will learn about medical instruments. They will hear about good nutrition and exercise.

Then there’s always a session on “grossology.” Yep. Bodily functions are explained in a scientific way and give answers to questions kids might want to know about but never dared to ask.

There was a pre-registration for the class, but walk-ins at the south door of the Medical School will be accepted. And there is a State Science and Engineering Fair going on this weekend at the UND Memorial Union for middle and high school students.

Opportunities for youth and children are almost endless this weekend around Grand Forks. There’s a session on teaching kids to garden during the Gardening Saturday sessions at the Alerus Center. Carrie Knutson of the County Extension Service will be talking about keeping children motivated in the garden. She suggests they like an occasional great big sunflower or tiny cherries. They like to grow things they can pick and eat right out of the garden.

The Easter Bunny is coming to Columbia Mall this weekend, and the Jose Cole Circus is making its annual appearance Saturday evening in the East Grand Forks Civic Center.

North Dakota Ballet Company is holding its spring concert, “Poetry in Motion” Saturday evening at the Empire Arts Center. … And bowlers from around the state will be competing here. … Along with hoopsters in the Junior Grand Am Basketball tournament.

The fun continues on Sunday when student musicians from Northern Valley Youth Orchestras serenade in a social setting at First Presbyterian Church. … It might be a good place to go for “bite-sized delectables” after the 22nd annual spaghetti dinner Sunday at Holy Family Catholic Church.

Ask Marilyn

Q. How could a youngster around here observe National Tabletop Gaming Day Saturday?

A. They would go to the Grand Forks Public Library between noon and 5 p.m. There they also would find free pizza.

Q. What’s with the Funky Junk sale Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church?

A. There’s everything from pottery and books to puzzles and games. And such things as a beautiful 1931 set of pressed glass in a Baltimore Pear pattern.

Members of the downtown church decided after THE FLOOD of 1997, they would stay downtown on South Fifth Street. And they would be good neighbors to the Northlands Rescue Mission. Proceeds from Funky Junk will go to the mission.

Ann and Mike

Cheerful persons of the week: Ann Folson and Mike Jacobs.