Special ornaments

- North Dakota ornament makers: Paula Kallinen and the students of Holy Family/St. Mary's Catholic Elementary School in Grand Forks have created the state tree ornaments for North Dakota that will be featured at the National Christmas Tree that will be lit at 5 p.m. Dec. 9 in Washington, D.C. This year, one artist and youth group were selected from each state, territory and the District of Columbia to design and create 26 ornaments. Twenty-five of the ornaments will be hung from the state or territorial tree as part of the National Christmas Tree display on the Ellipse. One of the ornaments will decorate the White House Visitor Center Christmas tree which showcases each state/territory ornament, a news release said.

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- Friday and Saturday at UND: Tickets are now on sale for the annual UND Madrigal Dinner at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at UND Memorial Union ballroom. A fundraiser for the UND choirs, the evening includes a five-course meal and members of the UND Concert Choir celebrating the traditional English holiday feast through song, food and theatrics. Tickets: Start at $40 and include the meal. Available at Chester Fritz Box office at (701) 777-4090 or ticketmaster.com. For more information, including group rates, go to undmadrigaldinner.wordpress.com. Student night: Student night will be 7 p.m. Thursday. Students can purchase tickets for $15 at the Memorial Union Information Center.

Things to do

- This weekend at Canad Inn: Here's what's going on this weekend at Canad Inn, Grand Forks. Thursday: Jazz music, 7 to 10 p.m., 'l Bistro; Vendors on Main Street, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday: Magic with Jeffrey and Caricatures by Jackie, 4 to 7 p.m., lobby; Children's Arts & Crafts with Abby, 5 to 9 p.m., in front of Splashers; Penumbra, 6 to 9 p.m., lobby. Saturday: Vendors on Main Street, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Children's Arts & Crafts with Solveig, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in front of Splashers. Sunday: Ryan Oleksy on piano, 8 a.m. to noon, Aaltos.

Help sing 'Messiah'

- Sunday and Dec. 13 rehearsals: The Grand Forks Master Chorale will present its second annual Sing-A-Long "Messiah" at 8 p.m. Dec. 14 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Grand Forks. For $25, you can become part of the performance by joining "Messiah" rehearsals at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at UND Hughes Fine Arts Center and 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at St. Michael's Church. You can pay on site. Bring your own music, or buy a copy at Poppler's in advance or on site Sunday. You will receive a complimentary ticket to the "Messiah" concert and the Masterworks concert Feb. 25. Info:


N.D. tree lighting

- Monday in Bismarck: The North Dakota Council on the Arts, along with the Governor's Office and Facility Management, invites the public to the 5 p.m. Monday Lighting Ceremony for the 2010 North Dakota State Christmas Tree. The ceremony will be conducted by Gov. John Hoeven and first lady Mikey Hoeven in the Memorial Hall of the Capitol Building. Live entertainment: Joel Gilbertson, pianist; brass ensemble of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra; and Dakota Stage Ltd. performing an excerpt from "A Christmas Carol." Admission: Free; refreshments following. About the tree: The tree will be decorated with ornaments handmade by children, students, artists and craftspeople from all over North Dakota, as has been the tradition since 1981. This year 240 ornaments were donated to the State tree. A descriptive listing of the ornaments will be available at the ceremony.

Bemidji Symphony

- Tuesday in Bemidji: The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra directed by Beverly Everett will present its sixth annual Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. It will feature sacred and secular holiday pieces such as "Carol of the Drum," "Winter Wonderland," "Still, Still Still," "Sleigh Ride" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." The orchestra will play selections from Handel's "Messiah," and the audience will be invited to sing along on the choruses. Concert namesake: Geoffrey Woodley was a longtime member of the Bemidji Chorale, an area organist and an avid supporter of the arts, including the BSO, who died in an auto accident two years ago on the day of the Holiday Concert. Admission: Adults/senior citizens, $5; through grade 12, free.


- Dec. 10 at First Presbyterian Church: "Once Upon a Night," a cantata by Pepper Choplin directed by Nolan Weisz, will be performed at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at First Presbyterian Church, 5555 S. Washington St., Grand Forks. Vocalist will be a community choir sponsored by First Presbyterian and Augustana Lutheran churches. Admission: A freewill offering will be to benefit Community Violence Intervention Center with a reception to follow. Info: (701) 775-5545.

Fashion and dance

- Dec. 10 at UND Bookstore: The UND Bookstore, Grand Forks, will host a fashion show at 11 a.m. Dec. 10 with feature performances by the UND Dance Team at 3 p.m. Info: (701) 777-2746.

History board

- Dec. 10 in Bismarck: The North Dakota State Historic Preservation Review Board will meet at 10 a.m. Dec. 10 at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. The meeting is open to the public. Board members will consider three nominations for listing in the National Register of Historic Places: The Amphitheater and Fieldstone Works Progress Administration features at Valley City (N.D.) Pioneer Park; Rolla (N.D.) Methodist Episcopal Church in Rolette County; and Whitestone Hill in Dickey County, was the site of conflict between Brig. Gen. Alfred Sully's soldiers and a buffalo hunting camp of Dakota (Sioux) in September 1863. Info: (701) 328-2089.

Benefit concert

- Dec. 12 in Grand Forks: The Valley Chordsmen and Sweet Adelines will perform their "Sing for Your Supper" Christmas benefit for the food pantry at 4 p.m. Dec. 12 at Grand Forks South Middle School. The concert is free, but the singers ask audience members to bring nonperishable food items for the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks food cupboards. You can also give cash to buy turkeys and other foods for food baskets. "Sing for Your Supper" is an annual event. Chordsmen director: Mark Magness. Sweet Adelines director: Shirley Derrick.

Holiday cheer

- Dec. 12 in Pembina, N.D.: The Pembina State Museum will welcome the winter holiday season during its eighth annual Holiday Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 12. Visitors can make their own Christmas ornaments and decorate the tree. There also will be festive music, crafts and games for both young and old. All events, including admission to the seven-story observation tower that overlooks the Red River Valley, are free and open to the public. Sponsors: State Historical Society of North Dakota, Fort Pembina Historical Society.