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Hit the 'Beach' at the Fritz

Pamela Knudson

Music-lovers can choose the sounds of California or Ireland—or enjoy both—next week when the Chester Fritz Auditorium hosts concerts by the Beach Boys at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Celtic Woman at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The Beach Boys, who've been touring the country since October, is a classic rock band led by its only remaining original member, Mike Love, who recently released his autobiography, titled "Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy."

Celtic Woman, a group of classically and traditionally trained Irish female musicians, is on a worldwide Homecoming Tour, returning to Grand Forks after a two-year hiatus.

The Grammy Award-winning recording ensemble celebrates Ireland's rich musical and cultural heritage, combining traditional favorites with contemporary songs.

Tickets are available at the Chester Fritz box office, at www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.

For more information, visit www.cfa.und.edu or call the Fritz box office at (701) 777-4090 or (800) 375-4068.

And here's a one-of-a-kind event: you can compete in a 5K fun run and walk Saturday while being insulted by Shakespearean actors.

It's called the "Rude Run," and it begins at 8:30 a.m. at Town Square. The $25 entry fee includes a t-shirt, organizers say.

The event, sponsored by the See Dick Run store, is set on the Grand Forks Greenway.

Along the route, you'll be entertained and insulted by members of the North Dakota Shakespeare Company, North Dakota's only professional classical theater company, which is based in Grand Forks.

The company is gearing up for its presentation of "Twelfth Night," one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies, set for June 12-17 at Town Square, said Stephanie Murry, artistic director.

Proceeds from the race will go toward bringing more Shakespearean theater productions to Grand Forks, Murry said.

There will be a time clock, but the race will not be chip-timed, organizers say.

Also Saturday on the Greenway, a free yoga class begins at 10 a.m. and continues Saturdays during the summer.

"Yoga on the Greenway," presented by the Altru Family YMCA, will meet on the green space behind the Toasted Frog restaurant, near the Greenway entrance at Second Avenue North.

The class will be led by Beverly Poppe.

Participants are asked to bring a mat, water, sunscreen and insect repellent.

In case of inclement weather, the class will move to the YMCA, 215 N. Seventh St.

The Altru Family YMCA also is hosting the annual Tin Man Ironman Family Triathlon beginning Monday.

The event is a full Ironman triathlon for adults and families and a mini-triathlon for youth that can be accomplished on your own in eight weeks or less, said Patti McEnroe, the YMCA's healthy living director.

A full Ironman triathlon includes 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of bicycling and 26.2 miles of running or walking.

Youth distances are adjusted according to age, and indoor and outdoor activity substitutions are provided, "making this event 'doable' for everyone," McEnroe said.

Tracking logs are provided at registration, she said. Finishers will receive their "I Did It" t-shirt after completing the event.

Cost is $12 per person or $35 per family.

For more information and registration forms, go to the YMCA or go online to www.gfymca.org.

The Muddy Waters Clay Center is offering two pottery classes from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays beginning next week.

A hand building class, led by instructor Karla Nelson, is $170, which includes one bag of clay, glazes and firing of pieces. It runs through July 17.

A wheel throwing class, led by instructor Al Boucher, is $200, which includes one bag of clay, glazes and firing. It runs through July 31.

For more information, visit the center between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday or go to www.muddywatersclay.org .

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