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Jasmine Maki, SheSays Contributor, Published May 10 2012

Make it a ladies' night

Jennifer Thoreson has a monthly girls’ night out tradition with a group of ladies she has remained friends with since high school.

The third Tuesday of every month, they meet at a restaurant to eat dinner, have a few drinks and talk about their jobs and kids.

The tradition started after one of Thoreson’s friends lost her brother in a plane crash, and they all realized life is too short. The women decided to make a point of staying in touch.

“Usually people my age don’t have that good of friends from high school, but we just kind of stuck together through college and everything else,” said Thoreson, a 35-year-old living in West Fargo.

One friend joked that it was like her book club but more fun, so they started calling it their “non-book book club,” where instead of discussing a book, they talk about their lives.

Girls’ night out is different for everyone, but whether you like drinks and dancing or manicures and a movie, Fargo-Moorhead has plenty to offer. Here are five ways to spend a day or night out with your ladies.

WILD FUN IN WEST FARGO

For a fun night with good entertainment, get dolled-up with your girls. Wear whatever makes you feel most confident, whether it’s a little black dress or skinny jeans and a sequins top.

Start your night with a little liquid courage with a glass of wine at Maxwell’s (1380 9th St. E.) or a pint at JL Beers (810 13th Ave. E.).

Then head to Divas & Rockstars at 1410 9th St. E. in West Fargo for some wild fun with karaoke. Hit the stage with your girls and belt out your favorite songs.

Singing “I Will Survive” on stage with her best gal pals, April May Fraedrich, 29 of West Fargo, is guaranteed to be at Divas & Rockstars every Wednesday night from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Divas offers everything expected from a girls’ night out: an excuse to dress up, a place to connect, a memorable time and good drink specials.

“Four of us go religiously every week,” Fraedrich said. “We’re all about Divas.”

Divas also holds special themed events such as Pokerface Night, where women wore little black dresses and received poker chips for Black Jack and Plinko.

For the schedule of events and drink specials, visit their site at www.divasandrockstars.com.

RELAXING EVENING ON BROADWAY

For a fun, yet relaxing evening, start at The Nail Bar at 505 Broadway. While getting your nails done, enjoy a drink or two. The Nail Bar serves a variety of wine and beer, as well as soft drinks, snacks and sandwiches.

“It’s a really private atmosphere,” said Karissa Olstad, a nail technician there. “It’s just you and your friends and whoever is doing your services.”

The Nail Bar, open Monday through Saturday, also offers private events during or after hours, which can be scheduled three weeks in advance.

After getting a complete mani-pedi for $35, make your way down Broadway to the Fargo Theatre to take in a flick.

“Whether it’s for a movie or a concert, I think it’s a lot of fun for people to be downtown,” said Emily Beck, Director of the Fargo Theatre. “They can go to one of the bars or restaurants before or after, and then they can get some good entertainment.”

The theater is currently screening “Damsels in Distress,” a cheeky comedy featuring a female-led cast.

Visit www.fargotheatre.org for movie times and scheduling of other events.

After catching a concert or movie, stroll down the block to Monte’s Downtown for a late night martini. The late night menu starts at 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and offers 40 different martinis for $7.

NIGHT OF WINE, MUSIC

If you and your girls are wine connoisseurs, head to Uncorked at 12 Broadway N. to make a batch of wine together and split the cost.

“You can come in and make a batch, and you’ll get 25 to 30 bottles depending on the wine,” said owner Kathy Swiontek. “You sprinkle the yeast and start the batch, and we take care of all the technical stuff.”

Come back with your girls six to eight weeks later when the batch is done and bottle it to take home. You can even make cute custom labels together.

If you aren’t quite sure what you like, Uncorked also offers a fun and inexpensive way to taste wine. They have a single shot wine flight for $7 or a double shot wine flight for $12.

“With wine flight, each girl can come in and choose their five that they want to try out of the 50,” said Swiontek. “If someone likes all sweet wines, they can choose all sweet wines. If they like all red, they can choose all red.”

Go to Uncorked on Thursday nights to enjoy live music from 7 to 9 p.m. or hit up one of the downtown venues. The Hodo Lounge features a variety of live music in a chill atmosphere, while Dempsey’s features local and touring bands.

FITNESS AND FUN

For a hip, healthy date with your gal pals, hit up Elements for Women at 3120 25th St. S. in Fargo. Elements is a health club offering a wide variety of group fitness classes including yoga, Zumba and group power and kick.

“Not only that,” said owner Amy Wallach. “It’s like a top of the line spa. There’s absolutely no other place like it.”

Visit their website at www.elementsforwomen.com/fargo to download a free pass.

Relax in the infrared sauna with your girlfriends or get a massage after your workout.

“It’s a great place for a getaway,” Wallach said.

Afterwards, reward yourselves with a little frozen yogurt at Tutti Frutti down the road. Grab a bowl and chose from their wide variety of flavors. Top it off with your choice of fruit for a healthier snack.

AN ADVENTURE IN SOUTH FARGO

If you’re a kid at heart and your idea of a girls get away is to spend the day with your daughter, start the adventure painting pottery at Clay Your Way 4501 15th Ave S.

“It’s something that all ages can do,” owner Sandy Toop said. “It’s fun for the mom, and it’s fun for the daughter.”

Pick a pottery piece, grab your painting supplies and let your creativity flow.

The pottery pieces range from $3 to $50 plus a studio fee, but there’s no time limit. “They can sit and visit and have a good time,” Toop said.

When you’re done painting, the staff will glaze and fire your pottery, and you can come back in a week to pick it up.

In the meantime, head over to Lindenwood Park off Fifth Street South and Seventeenth Avenue to release some energy. Play tag on one of the largest playgrounds in the region, or test out all the slides to see which one is your favorite.

After wearing yourselves out, visit Happy Joe's at 2511 University Drive S. Order a small 9-inch pizza for two or split an ice cream treat.

“Probably one of the favorite ones is the Creamy Cookie Creation,” owner Mike Post said. “Snickerd is also a very popular one and the Carmel Fudge Pecan, which is like a turtle sundae.”

While you wait for your food, test your skills at one of the arcade games, but don’t forget to redeem your tickets for a prize before you leave.

FIT ALTERNATIVE

If you prefer a more private, smaller location, go to Ecce Art + Yoga at 216 Broadway N. for a peaceful yoga experience.

“We offer classes in a spacious, warm environment that’s ideal for yoga and meditation,” said Brenda Weiler, yoga instructor and owner.

Each class is $10 and runs an hour to an hour and a half.

Afterward relaxing your mind and body with a yoga class, grab a Boba Tea from Teaberry at 119 Broadway N. You and your girls can relax in their plush couches while you sip your tea and enjoy each other’s company.