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THE LIST: 'Tribute to the King' ... READ dogs ... etc.

'Tribute to the King' - Tonight at Mahnomen, Minn: Want to celebrate the birthday of The King? Today is the 75th anniversary of the birth of Elvis Presley. Tonight's show at 9 p.m. at Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen, is "Elvis, Elvis, Elvis: A Tri...

'Tribute to the King'

- Tonight at Mahnomen, Minn: Want to celebrate the birthday of The King? Today is the 75th anniversary of the birth of Elvis Presley. Tonight's show at 9 p.m. at Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen, is "Elvis, Elvis, Elvis: A Tribute to the King of Rock 'n' Roll." Admission: Free; (800) 313-7469.

READ dogs

- Saturday at Grand Forks library: Want to encourage your young reluctant reader? Make an appointment for your child to read to the READ program dogs between 10 a.m. and noon Saturday at Grand Forks Public Library. In addition to being man's best friend, these dogs are good, patient, nonjudgmental listeners. For an appointment: Call (701) 772-8116.

Family fun

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- Saturday at the Empire: If you need some family fun, check out the 10 p.m. show Saturday at the Empire, "Penny & Pals: Wiggle, Giggle & Sing." Tickets: $5 at the door. Info: www.pennyandpals.com/ .

'Producers'

- Tuesday at the Empire: The Empire Arts Center Musical Movie Series will present "The Producers" at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The musical is about down-on-his-luck producer Max (Nathan Lane) who teams up with timid accountant Leo (Matthew Broderick) in a get-rich-quick-scheme to put on the worst show on Broadway. The cast of the 2005 movie includes Uma Thurman and Will Ferrell. Tickets: Matinee, $3; evening show, $5.

Dance party

- Saturday in Thief River Falls: A 100th birthday party for Eldor Omdahl of Warren, Minn., will feature music by the Cathy Erickson Band from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Eagles Club Ballroom, Thief River Falls.

Learn to play

- Jan. 14 at Popplers: Free classes will begin at 10 a.m. Jan. 14 for people who are AARP age and would like to learn a band instrument to join the Second Wind Band of Grand Forks. Anyone can take part in the free session, whether they are a complete beginner or haven't played an instrument for a long time. If you're looking for a fun, stimulating way to fill up some time in retirement, come to the class. Refreshments will be provided.

Ballet 'Coppelia'

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- Jan. 22-24 at the Empire: North Dakota Ballet Company will present the classical ballet "Coppelia" at 7 p.m. Jan. 22, 2 and 7 p.m. Jan. 23 and 2 p.m. Jan. 24 at Empire Arts Center, Grand Forks. Doors will open 30 minutes before each show and tickets will go on sale at the box office about one hour before each show. Tickets are $12 and are available in advance through Ticketmaster outlets. More 100 dancers will take part in the ballet about a young couple in love and their battle between idealism and realism. Special school show: For elementary schools, 9:30 a.m. Jan. 22. For information, contact Andrea Polries, ndballetandrea@aol.com ; (701) 746-6044.

'St. Bette's'

- Auditions Jan. 18-19: Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre will hold open auditions at 7 p.m. Jan. 18-19 at Fire Hall Theatre for "St. Bette's," a drama by Grand Forks playwright Kathy Coudle King. There is nothing to prepare; auditions will be by cold reading. This will be the regional premiere and will be directed by Adonica Schultz Aune. St. Bette's takes place 40 years ago as four women enter a home for unwed mothers. Info: Go to www.ggfct.com , e-mail info@ggfct.com . Show dates: March 4-6, 11-13, 18-20 at 7:30 p.m.; March 7 and 14, 2 p.m.

'Camelot'

- Tickets on sale now for Feb. 1 show: The Knights of the Round Table will descend on the Fargodome's Gate City Bank Theatre for one performance of Lerner and Loewe's "Camelot" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1. This sumptuous tale features soaring melodies, magnificent costumes and an enduring love story set among the historic grandeur of medieval England. Tickets: Start at $26.50; available at Fargodome box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. Discounts for subscribers and groups of 20 or more: (701) 298-2736.

'Annie'

- Opening Feb. 11 in Grand Forks: Leapin' Lizards! Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre will present the musical "Annie" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11-13 and Feb. 18-20 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 14 and 21 at Empire Arts Center, Grand Forks. Featuring a cast of more than 75 area youth and adults, the show is the story of Annie (Ali Nicoli), a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents who abandoned her on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan (Michelle McCauley). Annie foils evil plots and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks (Jon Jackson) and his personal secretary Grace Farrell (Amanda Hill). Directors: Mary Lizakowski, Mare Thompson, Jane Syverson. Choreographer: Jenny Morris. Technical direction: Jeff Kinney. Costumes: Amy Sanner. Lobby display: A collection of Annie memorabilia. Tickets: Adults, $15; students, senior citizens and military, $12; children 12 and younger, $10; on sale for season ticket holders Jan. 11 and for the general public Jan. 18; (701) 777-4090.

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