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July 2019

Global Friends Receives Grant from the Otto Bremer Trust 

We have received support from the Otto Bremer Trust which includes a $25,000 matching grant. All monetary donations up to $25,000.00 will be matched. To take advantage of this matching grant, donate online. If you'd like to learn more about how you can help New Americans in Greater Grand Forks, board president Lisa Gibson and executive director Cynthia Shabb would love to meet with you. Please call Cynthia at 701-746-8233 or email her at 

Global Friends Hosts World Refugee Day 

Elementary Summer Performing Arts at World Refugee Day 2019 (Photo credit: Emily Dawes)

Thank you for your support of World Refugee Day 2019!  

Summer Performing Arts from Red River High School performing at the 2019 World Refugee Day program. (Photo credit: Emily Dawes)
Red River High School students gather for a photo on World Refugee Day. (Photo credit: Emily Dawes)


Want to learn English?

Kvasager Learning Center
1802 Continental Drive

Mondays from 5- 6 PM

Tuesdays from 5 - 6 PM

Free childcare provided
If you know someone who needs a ride, please contact us at 701-746-8233.

Come learn and practice basic and conversational English skills.

Citizenship Classes

Kvasager Learning Center
1803 Continental Drive

Wednesdays from 5 - 6 PM

Free childcare provided
If you know someone who needs a ride, please contact us at 701-746-8233.

Prepare for your US Citizenship interview and test. This summer we are focusing on beginners--join in so that you're ready for a more advanced class in the fall.

Social Hour

Our Social Hour program is taking a break over the summer.

Plan to have some fun, light exercise, and conversation when we're back in September!

Summer Driving Program

The Women's Fund of the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Region  is providing funding for our Reaching Independence through Driver's Education (RIDE) program.

New American women, having completed lessons on our golf cart, will now advance to a behind-the-wheel program offered through the Grand Forks Public Schools in July. Global Friends covers all of the costs for the RIDE program. We are able to provide these behind-the- wheel lessons thanks to the Women's Fund and individual donors.

If you'd like to support this program, please donate online or send a contribution to 600 Demers Avenue; 406A, Grand Forks, ND 58201. All gifts will be matched by the Otto Bremer Trust.

Board Meeting

Tuesday, July 16th
6 - 7:30 PM

Verizon/Be Mobile
2100 S. Columbia Road

Save the Date: Community Picnic


Sunday, September 22nd
5:00-7:00 PM
University Park


Free Meals for Youth (Under 18)

St. Joseph's/United Way/Holy Family


Monday through Friday (rain or shine)
12 - 1 PM

Locations include:
Bringwatt Park, Columbia Square/Red Pine i-Brary, Elks Park, Grand Forks Public Library, LaGrave Learning Center, Midtown (Smiley) Park, Richards, West Park, University Park, Itts-Williams Park (EGF)

East Grand Forks Public Schools


Free Lunch & Fun:
East Grand Fork Senior High School
Starting July 8th
Monday - Friday
11 AM - 12:30 PM

Little Red Reading Bus

The Little Red Reading bus is a mobile library that brings books and fun activites to families all over Grand Forks.

Click here for a complete list of times and locations.

Sertoma 4th of July Festival

Thursday July 4th
South Middle School

Fireworks and more

Kids games: 12 - 5PM
Music: 6:30 - 10:30 PM
Fireworks: 10:30 PM

Grand Forks Park District

Family Fun Night

Tuesday July 30th
6 - 9 PM
University Park

Free games for kids, free food and healthy treats, a parade, and a free movie after sunset.

Grand Forks Public Library Events


*** The Library will be closed July 4th ***

The Grand Forks Public Library is hosting over 100 events in July! For a listing of all events, visit the Library's calendar of events.


Summer Reading Program

Children, teens, and adults can track their reading minutes for the chance to win prizes. Sign up in-person at the library, or online here.

Robotics and Coding Club

2:30 - 3:30 PM

Work with robots and learn the foundations of programming.

Senior Social Hour

July 15th at 2 PM
July 19th at 10 AM

Come enjoy socializing, memory games, refreshments, prizes and handouts!


STEM @ Sertoma Park

6:30 - 7:30 PM

The library is partnering with the Little Red Reading Bus to bring free weekly STEM activities to Sertoma Park.

10 AM Storytime


Preschool: Tuesdays
Baby: Wednesdays
Toddler: Thursdays

EGF Public Library Events


Visit their website for activities and events.

*** The library will be closed July 4th ***

Summer Reading Program

Weekly events in June & July

Open to students in grades K-5. Register in-person or online here.

Drop-in Tutoring

Tuesdays & Wednesdays
3:30 - 5:30 PM

Open to students of all ages. Bring your materials, homework, and questions and volunteers will help!

Tech Help

9:30 - 10:30 PM

Bring in your devices and questions and get one-on-one help with any technology issues you may have.


Looking for something to do with kids? Check out this Facebook page called, "Things to do with kids in Grand Forks, ND."


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