THE LIST: Community Theatre ... county fairs ... Deuce of August ... etc.

GGFCT season - 2009-10 season: The Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre has announced its shows for next season. "Bright Ideas": A dark comedy about parents who will do anything to make their child a winner. Opens Sept. 10. "The Bad Seed": A you...

GGFCT season

- 2009-10 season: The Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre has announced its shows for next season. "Bright Ideas": A dark comedy about parents who will do anything to make their child a winner. Opens Sept. 10. "The Bad Seed": A young mother discovers her daughter has a darker side. Opens Oct. 29. "Annie": The musical about an optimistic orphan who finds a family. Opens Feb. 4; "St. Bette's": Forty years ago, four women enter a home for unwed mothers; By Grand Forks playwright Kathy Coudle King. Opens March 4. "Kimberly Akimbo": A comedy about a teen with a rare condition that causes her to age. Opens April 29. Admission: Season tickets and flex passes are on sale now.

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Beltrami Co. Fair

- Opens Wednesday in Bemidji: The Beltrami County Fair will be Wednesday through Aug. 2 in Bemidji and will feature a carnival and 4-H events, a bake-off, grandstand events and more. Grandstand: ATV Challenge, 7 p.m. Wednesday; Motocross Madness, 7 p.m. Thursday; Triple B Rodeo, 7 p.m. Friday and Aug. 1; Demo Derby, noon, Aug. 2. Daily gate fee: $5. Info:; (218) 444-8169.


Marshall Co. Fair

- Opens Wednesday in Warren, Minn.: The Marshall County Fair will be Wednesday through Aug. 2 in Warren with a rodeo, music, a parade, a carnival and more. Main events: Parade, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; Johnny Holm Band, Wednesday evening, $5; Jaycee Demo Derby, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, $13, $7; Colgate Country Showdown, 7 p.m. Thursday; Buffington Rodeo, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; fireworks, dusk, Friday; Talent Show, 2 p.m. Saturday; church service, 10 a.m. Sunday; Demo Derby, 2 p.m. Sunday, $13, $7. Woodpicks: Will perform before and after the rodeo on Friday. Info: .

Deuce of August

- July 31 to Aug. 2 in Mountain, N.D.: The 110th annual Deuce of August Icelandic Celebration will be July 31, Aug. 1 and 2 in Mountain. Friday's highlights include a pitchfork fondue beginning at 5 p.m. and a street dance at 9 p.m. with music by Free Beer. Aug. 1 highlights: Parade, 10:30 a.m.; Heritage program, 2 p.m., with three speakers including Asta Sol Kristjansdottir, managing director of the Icelandic National League; old-time dance with Julie Lee and her White Rose Band, 4 to 10 p.m.; International Fellowship Supper, 6 p.m., tickets $10 and $5; Street dance by Betty Does, 9 p.m. Aug. 2: Worship service, 11 a.m., followed by catered picnic dinner; Grandpa's Amp playing in the beer garden, 8 p.m. to midnight. Full schedule: .

Open House

- July 31 and Aug. 1 near Cooperstown, N.D.: The State Historical Society of North Dakota will have a grand opening July 31 and Aug. 1 for the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Site near Cooperstown, N.D., Ribbon-cutting will be at 11 a.m. July 31 followed by programs and events through Saturday. Registration: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days for special tours, meals and events at the Griggs County Museum in Cooperstown; a shuttle bus will be available to transport visitors from the museum to the historic site. Info/registration: Becky Meidinger, Cooperstown-Griggs County Economic Development Council, or (701) 797-3712.

Musical VBS


- Beginning Aug. 2: Faith Evangelical Free Church, Grand Forks, is sponsoring Vacation Bible School from Aug. 2-5. About VBS: For children age 3 through fifth grade, Vacation Bible School will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 2-5 at the church. "Backstage with the Bible: a vacation Bible school experience," produced by the GoFish guys, will include a "concert" via video with GoFish, plus games, crafts, snacks, karaoke and a Bible lesson. GoFish concert: Children who attend VBS will receive a free backstage pass to meet the band at its outdoor concert at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at the church. The concert, free and open to the public, will be preceded by a free barbecue supper. In case of inclement weather, the dinner and concert will be moved into the church. Questions: (701) 772-3452.

Kids' story hour

- Starting Aug. 5 at UND Bookstore: UND Bookstore has announced its story hour programs for August. All are at 10 a.m. at the bookstore. Aug. 5: "Piggie Pie" by Margie Palatini. Craft: Make pig snouts. Aug. 12: "The Fire Station" by Robert Munch. Visit from the Grand Forks Fire Department firetruck. Aug. 19: "Goodnight Goon" by Michael Rex. Craft: Finger painting. Aug. 26: "Splat the Cat" by Rob Scotton. Craft: Make pencil toppers and boxes Info: (701) 777-2746


- Aug. 2 in Greenbush, Minn.: The Woodpicks from Thief River Falls will play at a fundraiser breakfast and silent auction from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 2 at Greenbush Manor for the Greenbush Manor Furnishings Fund. The menu: Ham, pancakes, strawberries, ice cream and beverages. Admission: Freewill offering.


- Registration/open house Aug. 18-19: North Dakota Ballet Company and Apprentice School will hold fall registration and an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 18-19 at the NDBC Studios in the Grand Cities Mall. Brooke Erickson, Brittney Largent and Ekaterina Bryleva will return to the teaching staff. Job Christenson, a master teacher and guest artist, will return to work with Molly Des Roches and Emily Burkland and as an instructor. Laura Dvorak-Berry is the company's executive and artistic director. Fall classes begin: Aug. 31; for class schedules, go to . Info: (701) 746-6044; .

Jass Festival


- Aug. 16 at Island Park: The Jass Festival, a showcase for young musical talent in the Fargo-Moorhead area, will begin at 3 p.m. Aug. 16 at Island Park in Fargo. Schedule: Jazz Nickel, 3 p.m.; Jordan Christianson Trio, 3:45 p.m.; Jass Festival Big Band, 4:20 p.m. Tim Knabe of Grand Forks is a member of the Jass Festival Big Band. Admission: Free. A donated food item for the Fargo-Moorhead Dorothy Day Food Pantry.

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