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HELPING HANDS: 5K Fundraiser ... Quilt Bingo ... Hunger Action Month

o 5K Fundraiser: The third annual Thompson (N.D.) Trot 5K, sponsored by S&T Quick Stop and Car Wash, will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at Southbrook Park. All proceeds will benefit the Thompson Area Food Pantry. Register at active.com or thompson...

• 5K Fundraiser: The third annual Thompson (N.D.) Trot 5K, sponsored by S&T Quick Stop and Car Wash, will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at Southbrook Park. All proceeds will benefit the Thompson Area Food Pantry. Register at active.com or thompsontrot.weebly.com. Info: Julie, (701) 740-2906.

• Quilt Bingo: The second annual Quilt Bingo will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at St. John's Catholic Church, 1515 Western Ave., Grafton, N.D. Tickets are $20 and available at Embroidery Plus and area businesses in Walsh County. Winners will receive a handmade quilt. Proceeds will benefit Altru's Hospice Camp Good Mourning. Info: (701) 780-5603.

• Hunger Action Month: Great Lakes Airlines will be holding its fifth annual Flyin' 4 Food campaign through the month of September to benefit Dakota Prairie Community Action Agency in Devils Lake. Bring any non-perishable food item to the Great Lakes counter Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and enter to win one of four round-trip tickets between Devils Lake and Minneapolis. Only one entry per person per week is permitted, but donations are always accepted. Info: (307) 432-7000.

• Amazing Race for Courage: Organizers of the Amazing Race for Courage Grand Forks are seeking donations from local businesses for the 10 a.m. Oct. 12 event at University Park. The race benefits the Red River Child Advocacy Center, which helps abused children. Info: George Jirout, Phi Alpha and Student Social Work Organization at UND, (701) 317-0752.

• Arthritis Walk: The Arthritis Foundation Upper Midwest Region will hold an Arthritis Walk Oct. 12. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., followed by the honoree story by KayleighAnn, a young girl who was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at age 7. The race itself starts with the Kids' Monster Dash ½ Mile at 9:20 a.m. and the Walk and Zombie 5K Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. Register at awgrandforks.kintera.org. Info: Kelly, (701) 388-1988.

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• Tax volunteers: AARP is looking for new volunteers to help in the Tax-Aide program for low-income seniors. Tax preparation experience is not needed, just proficient computer skills and a desire to meet and help others. Volunteers must be available at least three hours a week from Feb. 1 to April 15, although schedules are flexible. More info: Doreen (866) 554-5383 or www.aarp.org/taxaide .

• Senior Companions: Lutheran Social Services is looking for healthy and active volunteers 55 and older to be Senior Companions. The service provides companionship, social recreation and assistance to seniors who live independently. Volunteers are paid a tax-free hourly stipend. Info: Andrea Lang, (800) 450-1510.

• Mission of Hope Banquet: Northlands Rescue Mission will be holding a banquet and silent auction to support the mission Nov. 7 starting at 5 p.m. at the Alerus Center. Award-winning solo artist and bassist Grand Norsworthy will be the featured speaker. Northlands Rescue Mission provides more than 44,500 nights of safe shelter and nearly 100,000 meals per year as well as coaching and training to help serve the area's homeless and less-fortunate men and women. Tickets are $30 each, $35 after Oct. 21. Info: (701) 772-6600, extension 220.

-- Herald staff report

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