looking for things to do with the kiddos? this is the place to find it

Mon. Dec. 5

@ University Lutheran Church

Parent Information Center Coffee Talk. 9-10:30am.

@ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Playgroup 10am-12pm. Everyone welcome!

@ UND Bookstore

Story and craft time: 10am

@ Red River Valley Gymnastics

Bug time open gym 1030-1130.


Baby Fit (6 months-2 yrs) 10:45-11:15am

Youth Fit (5-8 yrs old) 5:30-6:30pm

Family Swim 7:30-8:30

@Poppler’s Music

The annual Christmas Gala of the Second Wind Band. 6:30pm. Refreshments. Free.

@EGF Performing Arts Center

EGF Senior High Band concert at 7:30pm. Admission is non-perishable food tiem or donation to the EGF Food Shelf.

@ Columbia Mall

Art the Tree: Kids color paper ornaments for Mall tree or for home

Visit Santa: Share your wishes with Santa. Professional photo packages available.

Marine Corps Toys for Tots. Columbia Mall is a drop off point for Marine Corps Toys for Tots. Collection boxes for new, unwrapped toys are located in center court and Macys and JC Penney’s courts.

@ Lincoln Park

Lions Club Christmas in the Park. 5:30pm-10pm. Cars $5, Limos $10, buses $20


Disney on Ice tickets for sale. “Disney on Ice presents Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey”. Feb. 10 7:30pm and Feb. 11: 11am, 3pm and 7pm. Tickets are $14-$40.



Write a letter to Santa and help make wishes come true! Bring your stamped letter to Macy’s, addressed to Santa at the North Pole and drop it into Macy’s special Santa letterbox. For every letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation (up to $1,000,000). Macy’s will deliver the letters to the post office to mail to Santa! You can also purchase “Yes, Virginia” the holiday classic on dvd for $9.99 or the illustrated storybook for $16.99 at Macy’s and Macy’s will donate 10% of the purchase price of each to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Macy’s letter count updates (nationally) will be broadcasted on the CBS Early Show at 7am throughout the holiday season.

@ Target. When you buy a limited-edition Holiday Bullseye (stuffed animal of the Target mascot dog) at Target and Target.com through Dec. 31, 2011, 100% of the purchase price foes to St. Jude and the children they care for, up to $375,000. Learn more about Target’s partnership with St. Jude at www.target.com/stjude. Or visit www.stjude.org


23rd Annual Sox for Kids drive. Sat. Dec. 10th. 6pm at the Community Center in Northwood. For more info call 218.779.1526.


No matter how you feel about the Lock out going on at Crystal Sugar, the children of the employees are the ones who are going to suffer this Christmas. Help give them a happy Christmas. Whether you are on the side of corporate or the locked out employees, the children are the innocent bystanders who will be hurt by all this.

If you can contribute anything, it would be greatly appreciated.  Gifts can be dropped off at Dance, Etc.! (near the GF YMCA). Contact ARich927@aol.com for more information.


Marine Corps Toys for Tots. Columbia Mall is a drop off point for Marine Corps Toys for Tots. Collection boxes for new, unwrapped toys are located in center court and Macys and JC Penney’s courts before Dec. 6. You can also drop off toys at any of the United Way offices in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.


Since 1916, the Grand Forks Herald Santa Claus Girls have been sending gifts of new toys to children 12 and younger from families in GF and EGF. Members of the community can help by donating money or volunteering to pack and/or deliver presents. To contribute money, fill out the coupon in the GF Herald or leave donations at the GF Herald during business hours. You can help make gift packages beginning at 2pm on Dec. 8 at the Herald Community Room. To deliver presents, come to the Herald Community Room at 8am on Dec. 9. Call the Herald for more information.


Each year, Operation Christmas Child asks volunteers to collect shoe boxes and pack them with items for children and then distribute the boxes to kids in 100 countries around the world. Volunteers at the GRAND Forks area collection site have been busy with thousands of shoe boxes packed with school supplies, toy and necessity items purchased and packed by area residents. Families can still participate through online giving called Build a Box. Volunteers can visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.


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