What’s Up Wednesday!

What’s Up This Weekend in the Grand Cities?

This weekend, enjoy live music or take the kiddos to the Alerus Center for its Easter Egg Scramble.

Thursday, April 17

GGFYP Lunch & Learn

  • Rhombus Guys, Noon
  • $7 pizza buffet

“Last of the Boys”

  • Firehall Theatre, 7:30 pm
  • A drama about two Vietnam Ward vets, a widow, a daughter, and the ghots that haunt them.
  • Tickets: $15, $12 for Students/Seniors/Military

Jazz Series – Matt Strand Group

  • ‘l Bistro, 7:00 pm
  • Admission: Free

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2014 GGFYP ‘ArtSee’ Artists Announced

We are excited to announce a diverse lineup of 12 artists for this year’s ArtSee! From photography, to clay and acrylics, to watercolor, our artists bring a variety of talents to the event.

This year’s lineup includes: Sue Burke, Ellen Diedrich, Caitlin Friedt, Courtney Jacob, Hillary Kempenich, Adam Kemp, Katie Lee, Jeffrey Lowder, Elizabeth Lunde, Jessica Pribula, Punchgut, and Jessie Thorson.

Learn more about them and see a snapshot of their work at www.ypartsee.com/artists. And remember to come visit them in person at ArtSee on Friday, April 11, 4:30-8:00 PM at the Empire Arts Center.

Showcasing both up-and-coming and distinguished artists, ArtSee gives guests the opportunity to view art from a variety of mediums, mingle with talented local and regional artists, and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces in a fun and social atmosphere.

Approaching its ninth year, ArtSee has proven to be a distinguished event in Grand Forks – thanks to its dedicated sponsors. Guests are encouraged to come and enjoy free appetizers and drinks while surround themselves with live music and an art experience not available anywhere else in the region.

ArtSee is GGFYP’s opportunity to provide support for the arts in our community and engage the citizens of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks with an event that is completely free and open to the public.

Get in on the ArtSee buzz by joining our Facebook event.

What’s Up Wednesday!

What’s Up This Weekend in the Grand Cities?

This weekend, head to the theatre, enjoy a little jazz, or cheer on the UND women’s hockey and men’s basketball teams.

Thursday, February 27

UND Men’s Basketball

  • Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, 7:00 pm
  • vs. Portland State
  • Tickets: $5-$12

Jazz Series – Sneaky Wild Oats

  • ‘l Bistro, 7:00 pm
  • Admission: Free

“The Shadow Box”

  • Firehall Theatre, 7:30 pm
  • Tony Award winner for Best Drama, a timeless journey filled with humor and heartache
  • Tickets: Adults – $10, Students – $5

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What’s Up Wednesday!

What’s Up This Weekend in the Grand Cities?

This weekend, head to the Alerus Center for the Feast of Nations, or take in a UND hockey game.

Thursday, February 13

UND Men’s Basketball

  • Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, 7:00 pm
  • vs. Montana State
  • Tickets: $5-$12

Downtown Jazz

  • ‘l Bistro, 7:00 pm
  • Admission: Free

“Dearly Departed”

  • Firehall Theatre, 7:30 pm
  • Comedy set somewhere between the Mason-Dixie line, each performance will feature a celebrity cast member
  • Tickets: Adults $15, Seniors/Students/Military – $12

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What’s Up Wednesday!

What’s Up This Weekend in the Grand Cities?

This weekend, GGFYP hosts its 2014 Annual Launch at the Empire Arts Center, and the UND women’s hockey team takes on rival Minnesota.

Thursday, January 30

UND  Women’s Basketball

  • Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, 7:00 pm
  • vs. Eastern Washington
  • Tickets: $5-$12

Sneaky Wild Oats Jazz Standards

  • ‘l Bistro, 7:00 pm
  • Admission: Free

Karaoke

  • El Roco, 9:00 pm
  • Admission: Free

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What’s Up Wednesday!

What’s Up This Weekend in the Grand Cities?

This weekend, the UND men’s hockey team returns to action with a series against Colorado College.

Thursday, January 9

UND  Men’s Basketball

  • Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, 7:00 pm
  • vs. Idaho State
  • Tickets: $5-$12

Karaoke Thursday

  • El Rocco, 9:00 pm
  • Admission: Free

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Meet the Fischers!

My parents (Ron and Maria) live in Grand Forks. I have 4 children (Luke – 6, Eli – 4, Asher – 3, and Mattie – 1), and I’m married to my brilliant wife Abbie.

I work at S & S Promotional Group.

My family and I really enjoy living in Grand Forks. I love the people. I love the 4 seasons. I love the work opportunities. I love living in the same city and state as most of my family.

I really enjoyed growing up in Grand Forks and I want my kids to have that same opportunity.

I have been a lot of places in our country and I feel that we have something special in Grand Forks. It is a place where you can pray, work, and play. We are a small town with a big town feel. Once someone gets a taste of Grand Forks I think they want more!

My name is Matt Fischer and I am a YP.

Meet GGFYP’s New Executive Director!

The time has come to pass the torch. The Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals are excited to welcome Corey Mock as its new Executive Director.

Although Corey has been involved with the organization for several years, it was at Launch Grand Forks when he witnessed the passion displayed by GGFYP.

“The festive spirit that accompanied the overlooking view of downtown Grand Forks was palpable,”  Mock recalled. “City officials and business leaders joined members of GGFYP to kick off a new chapter for our community. It was a time when professionals, both young and experienced alike, shared a focus on making Grand Forks an accessible and attractive place to live, work, play, and grow. It was at this celebration where Grand Forks offered its support of our mission to enhance the community, create connections, and invest in each other.”

Corey has a strong background in working with nonprofits; most recently as the Executive Director of Third Street Clinic. He brings with him a toolkit of valuable skills including management, fundraising, grant writing, community development, and networking.

“The place where GGFYP is currently at, is right where Corey needs to be. Thus far, the Board of Directors and members have all done a tremendous job with a number of various community initiatives. With Corey’s talents and experience we will continue to develop a strong future for the organization,” said Stacey Dimmler, current GGFYP Executive Director.

Corey grew up in Minot, ND. He has a BA in History and is working on completing his MA in Community and Urban Development from the University of North Dakota.

Corey will begin his role as Executive Director of GGFYP on January 6th. After that date, you may reach him using his new email address: corey@ggfyp.com.

“I’m proud to play a role in the success of GGFYP and support the programs we offer to members and neighbors,” Mock said. “Every day is an opportunity to strengthen connections within the organization while expanding our impact within the community. I’m honored to make this the next focus of my career with the support and guidance of our Board of Directors.” 

Corey and Jeannie “rent” their house from their 1-year old dog, Macie, who thinks she owns everything. Jeannie is an environmental scientist and works as a Permitting Specialist for AE2S.

- GGFYP Board of Directors

 

What’s Up Wednesday!

What’s Up This Weekend in the Grand Cities?

This weekend, the UND women’s basketball team takes on rival North Dakota State, and GGFYP hosts an Ugly Sweater Hockey party.

Thursday, December 12

Lions Christmas in the Park

  • Lincoln Drive Park, 5:30-10:00 pm
  • Enjoy displays of holiday lights
  • $5 per car, $10 per limousine, $20 per bus

Free Movie

  • Grand Forks Public Library, 6:00 pm
  • Free screening of “Unexpected Journey”

Jazz Series

  • ‘l Bistro, 7:00 pm
  • Live music by Downtown Jazz
  • Admission: Free

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‘Tis the Season for Weatherization

On May 2, 2013, the daytime high temperature in Grand Forks hovered at only 38 degrees, nearly thirty degrees below normal. Just eleven days later on May 13, the city saw the mercury rise to 91. North Dakota is no stranger to dramatic temperature swings, and we often see this reflected in our utility bills.

Weather is unpredictable, but that doesn’t mean our home heating costs have to be as well. Drafty windows and doors, old insulation, and outdated furnaces can decrease your home’s energy performance.

Some articles in the Working Waterfront and the Spectrum highlight the season-to-season benefits of weatherizing homes.

In the attempt to curb the effects of rising fuel costs, organizations in Maine (also a state with significant winter chill) have spearheaded a weatherization effort for homes near Portland. A collaborative effort between the Island Institute, Efficiency Maine, and the Peaks Environmental Action Team (PEAT), the effort had a modest goal of providing weatherization services to 25-50 homes. Growing interest among local residents, however, has increased this goal, and now the weatherization effort aims to reach 100 homes. Watch a video about the effort below.

Video Link: http://vimeo.com/65098255

On the other hand, in Southern Utah, summer heat has been a catalyst for increased weatherization.  Though weatherization director Doug Carlson of the Five County Association of Governments (FCAOG) says “there is no particular time people should start weatherizing their home”, the rise in temperatures may get people to look a little bit closer at increasing their home’s energy efficiency through weatherization. Although the FCAOG weatherization program is only available to low-income households, there are a number of rebates and incentives for anyone looking to make energy efficiency upgrades.

To find out more about energy rebates and incentives in North Dakota, please check out the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency.

Whether a scorching August day or an icy December night, energy upgrades can help keep your home comfortable, healthy, and efficient.

- Jason Schaefer
  401(e) Home Energy Service