Whether on foot, in the water or by air, fun is on the move in Fargo-Moorhead this weekend. Check out some of these engaging events.
Anh-Thuy Nguyen and Fidencio Fifield-Perez
Thursday, Sept. 20
Two immigrant artists explore identity in a new show at the gallery in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts at Minnesota State University Moorhead. A trained photographer, Vietnamese-born Anh-Thuy Nguyen uses American citizenship IDs to look at themes like displacement. Mexican-born Fidencio Fifield-Perez's series "dacaments" paints house plants over the covers of used document-mailing envelopes, showing a connection between home and away as well as a nod to the resourcefulness he learned as a child. Gain more insight at a reception for the artists at 4 p.m. Thursday. This event is free and open to the public.
NDSU Homecoming Parade
Friday, Sept. 21
You don't have to be a student or alum to cheer on the North Dakota State University homecoming parade. The festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the intersection of NP Avenue and Broadway in downtown Fargo. The fun rolls north to Fourth Avenue North, then heads east for two blocks before ending at Fourth Street North.
At 32, Nicole Skibola discovered she had a rare endometrial cancer and faced a doctor-ordered hysterectomy and double oophorectomy without collecting eggs, leaving her unable have kids. She survived the cancer, but the experience reshaped her world. Once a New York lawyer, she's now a California producer of holistic cannabis products and wrote the memoir "Wakeful Night" about her journey. She reads from and discusses the book at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Zandbroz Variety, 420 Broadway N., Fargo; 701-239-4729.
Prepare to get swept off your feet Friday night at the hangar dance at the Fargo Air Museum, 1609 19th Ave. N. Show up at 6 p.m. for dance lessons with the FM Jazz Orchestra playing classic big band tunes from the 1940s. Vintage dress is encouraged, with prizes given out. Food and drink will be available. Tickets range from $5 to $15 and free for kids under 12; 701-293-8043.
Moorhead Library Murder Mystery
Saturday, Sept. 22
Libraries are places where you expect to read about a crime, not stumble across one. A thriller will jump off the page Saturday when the Moorhead Public Library, 118 Fifth St. S., re-opens at night for a murder mystery fundraiser. The setting will be the old Cherry Creek Saloon in 1857 Colorado and a Wild West whodunnit will be afoot. Guests will try to close the book on the case and name the killer as staff and volunteers offer clues in character. The saloon opens at 6:30 p.m., with adult beverages and vittles available. Frontier wear is encouraged. Tickets range from $30 to $60 for a pair; 218-233-7594.
Sunday, Sept. 23
With summer fading away, the season for boating has set sail. There's one last splash in Fargo-Moorhead, or rather, on the Red River. A Canoe Parade will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday. Decorated canoes and kayaks will start at the Hjemkomst Center, 202 First Ave. N., Moorhead, and paddle to Riverfront Park, 210 Eighth St. N., Moorhead. Watch the boats pass by from the river trails at Hjemkomst Center, the former Usher's House restaurant at 700 First Ave. N. or Riverfront Park, where the best-decorated vessel will be awarded the Golden Paddle; www.canoeparade.com.