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THE LIST: Cabaret... Family Day art... Writers Conference 101... and more

5 Alarm Cabaret o Saturday at the Fire Hall: 5 Alarm Cabaret, featuring Natasha Thomas and Frank Matejcek with Anne Christopherson and friends, will be on stage at 8 p.m. Saturday at Fire Hall Theatre, Grand Forks. Tickets: $5, available at the door.

5 Alarm Cabaret

• Saturday at the Fire Hall: 5 Alarm Cabaret, featuring Natasha Thomas and Frank Matejcek with Anne Christopherson and friends, will be on stage at 8 p.m. Saturday at Fire Hall Theatre, Grand Forks. Tickets: $5, available at the door.

'Inspecting Carol'

• Today through Sunday at Red River High School: The Red River High School drama department will present its winter comedy "Inspecting Carol," at 7:30 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the RRHS theatre. Cast: Bailey Altman, Will Beaton, Tim Dusek, Alex Grove, Connor Joseph, Tyler Kelley, Haley Larson, Jake Larson, Erin Lesch, Chris Loeffler, Erika Rosenkranz, Brittany Scheer, Heather Schuler, Zak Skaro, Blake Slama. Director: Rich MacFarlane. Student directors: Thomas Gandrud, Kristin Rambeck, Jacoba Woodard. Reservations: Adults, $6; students and seniors, $3; (701) 746-2411.

Family Day art

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• Saturday at North Dakota Museum of Art: Family Day Art Class, "The Art of Flight," will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, free and open to the public. Parents are encouraged to join their children and all ages are welcome. Activities will include: Paper airplane construction, follow a plan or design your own; flying contests, how far, how high and how long can you fly your plane?; sock puppet birds; story corner and activities for the little ones; scavenger hunts and quizzes. Giant painting: Participants can join the group creating a painting of a giant bird. Feb. 25 Family Day Art: All about textile art. Info: (701) 777-4195.

Writers Conference 101

• Sunday at UND Bookstore: Writers Conference 101 will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the UND Bookstore conference room to discuss the book "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals," by Hal Herzog. The author will be one of the visiting authors at the UND Writers Conference from March 27 to 31. Moderator: Sherry O'Donnell. About the book. Herzog, an animal behaviorist turned one of the world's foremost authorities on human-animal relations, shows how whimsical our attitudes about animals can be. His book invites us to think deeply about how we define and where we limit our empathy for animals. Info: writersconference@und.nodak.edu

Dance & Drill

• Today and Saturday in Grand Forks: The Class A and Class B state competition for North Dakota Association of Dance and Drill will be tonight and Saturday at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Participating area schools will be Larimore, N.D.; Thompson, N.D.; and Devils Lake. Tonight's schedule: 5 p.m., Pom varsity prelims, pom junior varsity prelims; 7:15 p.m., jazz varsity prelims, jazz junior varsity prelims. Saturday: 9 a.m., hip- hop varsity prelims; 10:30 a.m., high kick junior varsity prelims, junior high prelims; 11:45 a.m., high kick varsity prelims; 1 p.m., Parade of athletes and finalists announcement; 1:45 p.m., Break; 2:45 p.m., Finals for high kick varsity and junior varsity, hip- hop varsity, junior high, jazz varsity and junior varsity, pom varsity and junior varsity; 6 p.m., awards. Weekend pass: Adults, $30; students and senior citizens, $25. Daily tickets also available. Info: www.ndadd.org .

Casino shows

• This weekend: Country music star Tracey Lawrence will perform at 8 tonight at Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen, Minn. Tickets are $25, $20 and $10; call (800) 313-7469. Saturday at St. Michael, N.D.: A Hotel California Eagles Tribute show will be on stage at 7 p.m. Saturday at Spirit Lake Casino, St. Michael, N.D., seven miles south of Devils Lake on Highway 57. Tickets will be $10 and $15; call (800) Win-UBET, ext. 253. Saturday in Walker, Minn.: Country music's Little Big Town will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Northern Lights Casino at Walker, Minn. For tickets, call (800) 252-PLAY.

Trombone recital

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• Sunday at Hope Church: The North Dakota Trombone Choir directed by Joel Pugh will present a sacred recital at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hope Church in the Grand Cities Mall. The Trombone Choir has a rich history in sacred music. Program: Giovanni Gabrieli, "Hodie Christus Natus Est"; Felix Mendelssohn, "Holy Is God the Lord", from Elijah; David Holsinger, "On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss"; Daniel Gawthrop, "Sacred Suite"; Sheila Nelson, "And Can It Be"; Pavel Tchesnokov, "Salvation I Created"; Vaclav Nelhybel, "Tower Music"; the traditional spiritual, "Swing Low"; G.F. Handel, "Hallelujah Chorus" from Messiah. About the choir: The 20-member ensemble is comprised of UND music majors and non-majors, UND faculty and administration, public school band directors, high school students, members of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra and retired military musicians.

Fine Arts day

• Sunday at Fisher, Minn.: Fine Arts is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Fisher High School gym will feature arts, music, drama and food. The Drama Club will present a one-act play at 4 p.m. Admission: Adults, $4; children, $2.

'Holiday' closing

• Monday at Urban Stampede: A closing reception will begin at 4 p.m. Monday at the Urban Stampede World's Smallest Gallery in downtown Grand Forks for the exhibit "The Holiday Variety." It features work by Mollie Douthit, Sheila Dalgleish and Nishiki Tayui and her students from UND. Info: (701) 746-9531.

Open mic night

• Beginning Feb. 12: Crosstown Lounge in downtown Grand Forks will begin hosting open mic nights at 8 p.m. on Sunday nights beginning Feb. 12. Bands and individual performers can sign up by calling Ryan at (701) 370-3241.

Used books

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• Books for sale, donations sought: The Friends of the Campbell Library Used Book Shop has paperbacks, hard cover books, audio books and videos for sale. Donations of books are welcome. Stop by the front desk of the library. Used Book Shop hours: Noon to 8 p.m. Mondays; 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays. Info: (218) 773-9121.

Poetry contest

• Poetry submissions: East Grand Forks Campbell Library is seeking submissions for the 2012 Poetry Contest sponsored by Glamorous Reruns of East Grand Forks. Each author can enter up to three poems. Entries must be postmarked by Feb. 18. See full entry guidelines at the library or http://library.egf.mn . Winners: Winners will be announced at the Northern ExposuresPhotography Exhibit opening and reception Feb. 27 at the library. Info: (218) 773-9121.

Heritage Outbound

• Feb. 11 near Stanton, N.D.: Heritage Outbound is a day of activities and learning Feb. 11 at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site near Stanton, N.D. Participants can begin the day with an optional snowshoeing at Fort Clark State Historic Site by meeting at 10 a.m. at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center near Washburn, N.D., or by meeting at the Fort Clark parking lot at 10:20 a.m. Afternoon activities: A shared noon meal at the Knife River Indian Heritage Foundation building, located just south of the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site near Stanton, will be followed by guided snowshoeing of the trails through the Hidatsa villages. There will be spear-throwing, ice glider competition, a traditional craft and more. Evening: A traditional buffalo feast, with Marilyn Hudson telling traditional "Stories in the Earthlodge" and Matt Schanandore playing American Indian flute music. Requirements: This program requires moderate physical activity and is recommended for ages 12 and older. Participants are responsible for their own warm clothing. Registration: $60; to register, contact Erik Erik Holland, (701) 328-2792, or email eholland@nd.gov .

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