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Design, art, eggs and music usher in spring

Whether you're planning to do a little sprucing up around your house or tackling a major remodeling project, you can gather inspiration at the annual Forx Builders Home Design and Garden Show on Friday through Sunday at the Alerus Center. Visitor...

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Pamela Knudson

Whether you're planning to do a little sprucing up around your house or tackling a major remodeling project, you can gather inspiration at the annual Forx Builders Home Design and Garden Show on Friday through Sunday at the Alerus Center.

Visitors will find 140 vendors who offer products and services ranging from new home construction, remodeling, kitchen and bath cabinets, outdoor patio furniture, hot tubs, windows, doors, lawn care, nursery and landscaping-you name it.

Get smarter about horticulture at the gardening seminars. Kids can learn, too, at the Little Builders Workshop.

Kids also will enjoy a full-size playground and "huge bouncy houses," said Keith Ostlund, president of the Forx Builders Association.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for children ages 12 and younger.

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Hours are 4-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Satirical art

An opening reception and special preview for an exhibit, featuring the work of Honore' Daumier, is set for 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Empire Arts Center.

The UND Art Collection show, "Honore' Daumier III: Law, Medicine and Social Satire," includes 34 original lithographs by the 19th century French artist who interpreted significant social and political issues through his satirical artwork.

In addition to powerful political statements that reflected his anti-monarchist views, Daumier satirized lawyers, doctors, businessmen, professors and lifestyles of the bourgeoisie in general, said Arthur Jones, director of the UND Art Collection and art professor at UND.

Many of the works on display are part of a collection of more than 1,400 original prints by the artist that recently were gifted to UND, Jones said.

Paintings by UND students Ayla Rubenstein and Lei Yang that reflect the theme of the exhibit are also displayed "to honor the mission of the Empire to provide service and representation to area artists" in the UND Art Collections gallery at the Empire, he said.

Easter egg hunt

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Just in time for Easter, Augustana Lutheran Church, 520 University Ave., is hosting an Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. Saturday for children in preschool through fifth grade.

The children will be divided into age groups for the free indoor event. Door prizes will be given to those who find eggs that contain numbers, said the Reverend Jo Gast, the church's pastor.

Families are invited to participate in the egg hunt and stay for hot dogs and chips, Gast said.

Don't bring any baskets, though; bags will be provided.

Quartet performance

The Telegraph Quartet will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday at the North Dakota Museum of Art at UND.

The string quartet, which won first prize at the 2016 Naumburg Competition and grand prize in the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, was the only American string quartet invited to showcase at the the 2016 International String Quartet Festival and Symposium in Paris.

Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members and $15 for students and military. Admission is free for children age 12 and younger.

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The quartet also will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Mayville State University.

For more information, call (701) 777-4195.

Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at pknudson@gfherald.com or (701) 780-1107.
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