Upcoming events and happenings with Global Friends!

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June 2019


Join Global Friends Coalition in commemorating World Refugee Day and celebrating all that our New American neighbors bring to Greater Grand Forks.
The event will be held in tandem with the first Downtown Farmer’s Market of the summer, which opens at 9 AM.
World Refugee Day programming begins at 10 AM.
Performances by EL Summer Performing Arts (SPA), Winship SPA, and Global Friends' Youth Liaisons, along with remarks from Mayor Brown and a recognition of new citizens.
Due to construction at Town Square, please note the new location for the program and the Farmer’s Market:
210 N 4th St, Downtown Grand Forks
(across from City Hall)
Summer Performing Arts at the 2018 World Refugee Day program. (Photo credit: Emily Dawes)


Want to learn English?

Kvasager Learning Center
1802 Continental Drive

Mondays from 4 - 5 PM   ***Note new time***

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 will take 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 will be driving on our golf cart and advancing to a behind-the-wheel program offered through the Grand Forks Public Schools. 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.

World Refugee Day

Saturday, June 15th

210 N 4th St (Lyon's Auto)
Downtown Grand Forks

10 AM -12 PM

Board Meeting

Tuesday, June 18th
6 - 7:30 PM

Verizon/Be Mobile
2100 S. Columbia Road


Free Meals for Youth (Under 18)

Grand Forks Public Schools


Free breakfast at the following elementary schools:
7:30 - 8 AM
Ben Franklin, Century, Lake Agassiz, Lewis & Clark, Phoenix, Viking, Wilder, Winship

Free Lunch:
12 - 12:30 PM
Century, Lake Agassiz. Winship

St. Joseph's/United Way/Holy Family


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

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
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.

Grand Forks Public Library Events


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


Summer Reading Program

June & July

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.

Children's Kick Off Party

June 6th
2 - 4 PM

Lots of fun activities, including a bounce house, root beer floats, "Kids Astronaut Training Academy," and *real* moon rocks from NASA!

Senior Social Hour

June 10th at 2 PM
June 14th 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.

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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