THE LIST: Ceramics ... Bluegrass ... 'Breaking Up' ... etc.

Ceramics - Wednesday at Muddy Waters Clay Center: Muddy Waters Clay Center of Grand Forks will host an opening reception from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday to showcase work from its high school summer ceramics class. Class participants were Jill Ames, So...

'Breaking Up Is Hard To Do'
"Breaking Up is Hard to Do," featuring the music of Neil Sedaka, has shows today through Aug. 16 in New Rockford, N.D. From left are cast members Peter Foss, Rachel Markestad, Tony Peterson, Megan Jury, Erin Markestad and Tyson Rost.


- Wednesday at Muddy Waters Clay Center: Muddy Waters Clay Center of Grand Forks will host an opening reception from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday to showcase work from its high school summer ceramics class. Class participants were Jill Ames, Solveig Bloomquist, Ericka Cannady, Luke Loegering, Taylor Netz, Maggie Soeby and Michael Vick. Teachers were Mary Kulas and Amy Uthus. The class was made possible with funding from the North Valley Arts Council and the City of Grand Forks' arts regranting program. Location: Muddy Waters Clay Center, a nonprofit with classes and activities for adults and children, is at 2014 13th Ave N., Grand Forks.

Bluegrass concert

- Aug. 15 at Fort Totten (N.D.) Historic Site: The Sharp Family from Crawfordsville, Ind., a bluegrass gospel group, will present a concert at 2 p.m. Aug. 15 at Fort Totten State Historic Site near Devils Lake. For 10 years, the group has been singing and playing three violins, guitar, banjo and the keyboard, including shows in Branson, Mo.; Nashville, Tenn.; and the Indiana State Fair. Exhibits: Visitors can see exhibits, including History of Fort Totten, a walking window interpretive exhibit using photographs and text to tell the history of Fort Totten during its use as a military installation and boarding school. Concert admission: Freewill offering; refreshments will be served. Info: (701) 766-4441.

'Breaking Up'


- Shows today through Aug. 16: The Opera House in New Rockford is presenting the show "Breaking Up is Hard to Do" featuring the music of Neil Sedaka with performances today through Aug. 16. Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts in New Rockford opened the show July 1. Remaining shows: 8 p.m. today, 2:30 p.m. Sunday; 8 p.m. Tuesday through Aug. 8; 2:30 p.m. Aug. 9; 8 p.m. Aug. 11-15; 2:30 p.m. Aug. 16. Reservations: (701) 947-2174; .

Lorie Line

- On sale Monday: Tickets for "An Intimate Christmas with Lorie Line," coming to UND Chester Fritz Auditorium Dec. 19, will go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday. Tickets will be available at the Chester Fritz Box Office;; and (800) 745-3000.

Back to School

- Fashion show Aug. 8: Check out "Back to School Cool," a fashion show sponsored by Columbia Mall and XL93, 92.9 FM, at 1 p.m., Aug. 8 in the mall's Macy's Court. The first 100 shoppers will receive a special back to school gift along with special retailer coupons and giveaways. The runway show will feature area youth with styles from the Buckle, Deb Shop, Maurice's, and Vanity. The finale will feature four-legged furry friends prowling the catwalk in the latest pet fashions provided by Pet's R Inn. Shopping spree: One student will win a $500 shopping spree. Texting: A texting contest will have 30 contestants. Register for door prizes: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: for details.

Lawn party

- Aug. 9 in Bismarck: Family entertainment, refreshments and self-guided visits through the Former Governors' Mansion State Historic Site in Bismarck will be part of the annual Lawn Party from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 9. Bring a lawn chair. This year's theme: "Celebrating 50 Years of Preservation of the Former Governors' Mansion." Activities: Musical entertainment, children's games, hot dogs and ice cream, more. Schedule/info: (701) 328-2668.

EGF Heritage Days


- Aug. 15-16 in East Grand Forks: The 34th annual East Grand Forks Heritage Days will be Aug. 15-16 at Heritage Village on Highway 220 North with demonstrations of Red River Valley life 100 years ago, plus music, exhibits, threshing, children's activities, food, an antique tractor pull, a parade and more. Aug. 15 highlights: Pancake and sausage breakfast, 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.; parade, 9:30 a.m.; bandstand, 1 to 5 p.m.; North Country Accordion Club with Ashlee Hewitt, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Aug. 16 highlights: Worship service, 10:30 a.m.; roast pork dinner, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; antique tractor pull, 1 to 5 p.m.; bandstand, 1 p.m. Admission button: $7; $6 in advance. Children 12 and younger, free with parents.

The Blenders

- Aug. 13 in Moorhead: Fargo favorites The Blenders, an a cappella quartet that's been touring the country for 19 years, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at Trollwood's Imagine Theatre in Moorhead in conjunction with FutureBuilders' "There's No Place Like Home" Gala. The fundraiser for Trollwood will feature food and wine vendors and more. The Blenders got their start as students in Trollwood Performing Arts School during a 1990 production of "The Music Man." Tickets: (218) 477-6512.

Ox Cart Days

- Aug. 13-16 in Crookston: The 20th annual Ox Cart Days will be Aug. 13-16 in Crookston, featuring music, contests and more. A hunt for a medallion worth $200 will begin Aug. 10 with clues given on KROX 1260 AM Radio and in the Crookston Daily Times. Aug. 13 highlights: Lions, Rotary & Kiwanis Brats & Corn Feed, 5 p.m.; Battle of the Bands, 8 p.m. Aug. 14 highlights: University of Minnesota-Crookston Ice Cream Social with Valley Fiddlers and Woodpicks, 3 to 5 p.m.; Miss Crookston Pageant, 7 p.m.; Teen Dance to Class Act, 9 p.m. to midnight. Aug. 15 highlights: Street Fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Classic Car Parade followed by Torchlight Parade, 7 p.m.; dance with Tommy Helgeson, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Aug. 16 highlights: Stage shows and Deal or No Deal Game: 1 to 6:15 p.m.; Lip Sync Contest, 7:30 p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m. Advance wristbands, Adults, $8; children 5 to 12, $3; 4 and younger, free. Wristbands at the gate: Adults, $10; children 5 to 12, $4; 4 and younger, free. Info: , and click on "home."

-- Herald staff reports

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