The weekend arrives with the Farmer Market running Saturday downtown and a homecoming dance Saturday evening at Central High School. There’s UND volleyball continuing today at the Betty with the new coach, Jeremiah Tiffin, leading the Hawks into their season at home.

And on the UND campus there’s a calm before the homecoming events the first weekend of October.

Unless the skies start dripping rain, the annual Malpractice Bowl will begin at 4:30 p.m. today in Memorial Stadium. Last year was the first time the women students from the medical school won the trophy. The medical men lost last year to the lawyers of the future in the annual flag football game.

Sarah Pippin will be out again playing with the med school women. She says the game is not terribly physical.

“Still,” she said, “it gets to be pretty competitive.”

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While the law-medicine game doesn’t draw as many as the Minnesota Twins, there were maybe 50 in the stands last year.

Autumn ahead

Thoughts while eating bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches: Somehow the first day of autumn on Monday isn’t as exciting as the first day of summer in June. Still the Greater Grand Forks Symphony is leading the way gently to fall with its Austrian Classics concert Sunday afternoon in the Empire arts Center. The U.S. Postal Service is reaching out with job offers. Recruiters will be on hand at the Job Fair in the Alerus on Oct. 10.

Ask Marilyn

Q. Who would have to go walking in a gymnasium if they carried letters for the post office?

A. Not anyone.

Q. Where do birds going south for the winter stop for gas?

A. Some say they try to make it to Sioux Falls, S.D.

Bill and Amy

Cheerful people of the week: Bill Chaves and Amy Muiderman.