Northland exhibit

Now through May 9: The World's Smallest Gallery in Urban Stampede, Grand Forks, is showing the fourth annual Northland Community and Technical College Student Exhibit through May 9. Students of Dyan Rey, the artists are Kallyn Anderson, Kari Bernat, Dinah Brundin, Gina Cox, Sim Daaljit, Lauren Graveline, Tyler Holt, Matt Konze, Heather Lentz, Carly Michels, Derek Murph Sr., Rachel Ross, Nicole Syverson, Summer Taha, Emily Tay, Amy Wavra and Scott Young Bear. Info: (701) 746-9531.

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Joshua Nichols

Opening Monday at UND: "Brand 'it'," a BFA exhibition by Joshua Nichols, will be from Monday through Thursday in Col. Eugene E. Myers Art Gallery, UND Hughes Fine Arts Center. Closing reception: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Book signing

Thursday at UND Bookstore: Vernon Keel, author of "The Murdered Family," will sign books at 5 p.m. Thursday at the UND Bookstore, Grand Forks.

The book is based on the murders of eight members of the Jakob and Beata Wolf family in 1920 on a farm near Turtle Lake, N.D. Info: (701) 777-6260.


Friday in Bismarck: A public news conference and reception for former Gov. George Sinner and first lady Jane Sinner will be at 4 p.m. Friday in the North Dakota Heritage Center.

The news conference, which begins at 3 p.m. in the main gallery, followed by a coffee and cake reception will celebrate the release of the new issue of North Dakota History featuring Sinner, North Dakota's 29th chief executive from 1985 to 1992. The piece is the fifth in a series of annual articles featuring interviews with governors.

Antique jewelry

May 9 in Grand Forks: North Dakota Museum of Art will have its fifth-annual Antique to Chic jewelry sale and raffle on Mother's Day, from 3 to 5 p.m. May 9, with prices on items beginning at 50 cents, plus music and refreshments. All are welcome to browse the costume and vintage jewelry, accessories and more. Admission: Free; proceeds benefit children's education programs at the museum. About the raffle: Tickets are $5 for several jewelry items; drawing will be 5 p.m. May 9; you need not be present to win. Donations: NDMOA is accepting jewelry donations, also hats, scarves and purses. Donations should be made by May 1. Info: (701) 777-4195.

Author Ann Zemke

May 12 at EGF library: East Grand Forks Campbell Library will host author Ann Zemke at 7 p.m. May 11 as she presents to fifth-grade classes. Zemke is the author of "They Named Me Marjorie," the story of her grandmother and her life after she came to the Midwest on an "orphan train." From 1854 to 1929, an estimated 250,000 children rode trains from New York and other overpopulated areas to find new homes, mostly in the Midwest. Some were orphans, some were abandoned and some were put on trains by parents who hoped, wherever they ended up, they would have a better life. Zemke's 45- to 60-minute performance uses a special quilt she made in memory of her grandmother, Marjorie Peterson, an orphan train rider. Admission: Free; open to the public, sponsored by Minnesota Humanities Center. Info: (218) 773-9121.


May 13 at North Dakota Museum of Art: The Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals will showcase regional art for the community at ArtSee from 5 to 8 p.m. May 13 at North Dakota Museum of Art.

The event features the work of up-and-coming artists as well as established artists. Come and enjoy paintings, pottery, photography and digital media art in a lively and unique atmosphere, and see artists create works of art live throughout the evening. Admission: Free; free beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. Live music by Jarrod Schell and Matt Strand. Info: (701) 746-2720.

Heritage grants

Awarded in North Dakota: The State Historical Society of North Dakota has awarded $134,000 in Cultural Heritage Grants to distribute for the coming year to 24 organizations.

They include: Grand Forks Masonic Center Preservation Association, Grand Forks, survey and repair of stage drops, $9,015; Griggs County Courthouse, Cooperstown, N.D., planning and assessment of the Griggs County Courthouse, $7,500; Griggs County Historical Society and Museum, Cooperstown, entry way and lighting updates to museum, $10,000; Ox Cart Historical Society, Drayton, N.D., archival supply purchase, $1,000; Save Coghlan Castle Inc., Rolla, N.D., Coghlan Castle education workshop,