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Forum staff reports, Published December 04 2013

Complete holiday events calendar

Dance

FM Ballet presents “The Classic Nutcracker,” 7 p.m., Dec. 20 and 21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 21, Reineke Fine Arts Center, NDSU, full-length ballet that brings a familiar holiday tale of magic and wonder to life through dance and live music, tickets are $25 and available at the NDSU box office, online at tickets.ndsu.nodak.edu or at (701) 231-7969.

Family

Crafts for Teens Frosted Ornaments, 4:30 p.m., today, Fargo Public Library, 102 3rd St. N., all materials provided, register online or contact teens@cityoffargo.com.

Intro to Lefse-Making, 6:30 p.m., today, 10 a.m. Saturday, Fargo Public Library, 102 3rd St. N., bring your apron and get ready to roll up your sleeves, pre-registration required, register online or call (701) 241-1492.

Free Morning Movie, 10:30 a.m., Friday, West Fargo Public Library, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

The Polar Express Storytime, 7 p.m., Friday, Barnes & Noble, 1201 42nd St. S. Fargo, a reading of the holiday classic along with fun activities and holiday treats; free.

Old Fashioned Family Christmas Festival, 9 a.m., Saturday, Ada, Minn., Santa Claus, craft show, children’s games and crafts, old time snowmobile show, free family movies, chili cook-off, sleigh rides, best deer sausage contest, community Christmas party and more; all events are free, complete schedule of events at adamnchamber.com or call (218) 784-3542.

Holiday Fun Art Class, 10 a.m., Saturday, The Depot, 701 Main Ave., Fargo, for ages 4-11 plus an adult, assemble and decorate a gingerbread house; $20, register at www.fargoparks.com or (701) 499-7788.

Rassy Jazzy Holiday Party, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Rasmussen College, 4012 19th Ave. S., Fargo, pictures with Santa, arts, crafts, games, face painting and meet Rassy; free and open to the public.

Jaws, Paws and Lunch with Santa Claus, 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, Red River Zoo, 4255 23rd Ave. S., Fargo, holiday lunch in the carousel pavilion, ride the carousel, create “presents” for the animals, make holiday crafts and enjoy lunch with Santa, each family will receive a complimentary photo with Santa and a special gift; admission is $10-$15.

Simple Gifts, 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Probstfield Center for Education, 2410 14th St. S., Moorhead, class for pre-school children up to age 5 and their parents, create something for the special loved ones with this make-and-take class; $8, register at (218) 284-3400.

Santa Village, 1 to 7 p.m., Saturday and other times through Dec. 23, Rheault Farm, 2902 25th St. S., Fargo, visit Santa, decorate a cookie with Mrs. Claus, model train displays, family activities, concessions, horse drawn rides Saturdays and Sundays 2 to 5 p.m.; admission is free, guests encouraged to bring donations of canned goods, cash and new toys used to support area organizations. (701) 499-7788.

Christmas on the Prairie, 1 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Bonanzaville, 1351 West Main Ave., West Fargo, cookie decorating, carolers, entertainment, horse drawn wagon rides, silent auction, photos with Santa, vendors, demonstrators, performance by the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Tuba Ensemble, chili, hot cocoa, apple cider, ugly Christmas sweater contest and dessert competition, winners receive $50 West Acres gift cards; to enter contests, call (701) 282-2822; admission is $3-$5.

Annual Christmas Party, 1 p.m., Saturday, Globe University, 2777 34th St. S., Moorhead, (formerly Santa Joe’s Christmas Party), hosted by the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 941, Globe University and Ace Hardware, Moorhead, free party for Moorhead youth age 12 and younger and their families. (701) 866-7267.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Concert, 3:30 p.m., Saturday, First Presbyterian Church, 2900 5th St. S., Moorhead, holiday music, poetry and stories for the entire family, from the sacred to the silly, there is sure to be something for everyone. Treats will be served after the performances. Free.

Scheels Kids Klub: Decorate A Christmas Cookie with Mrs. Claus, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Scheels, 1551 45th St. S., Fargo, free event for kids ages 4-12, also free ride on the Ferris wheel, preregister at customer service or (701) 298-2918.

Santa & Friends, 10 a.m., Dec. 13, Barnes & Noble, 1201 42nd St. S., Fargo, they will be in the store all day posing for pictures and reading stories in support of the North Dakota PTA; free.

Storybook Breakfast, 9 a.m. to noon, Dec. 14, West Fargo High School, over 50 fairytale characters appear throughout the fun-filled day that includes a pancake breakfast, games, prizes, crafts, stories, performances, photos and a visit from Santa Claus; tickets are $5 per person at the door.

Signing Santa Holiday Party, 11 a.m., Dec. 14, Bluestem Center for the Arts, 801 50th Ave. S., Moorhead, hard of hearing and/or deaf children and their families are invited to celebrate with Santa, holiday craft activities, sleigh rides, games, free luncheon and visit with the Signing Santa; there will be a second session at 2 p.m. (218) 477-6500.

The Grinch Stole Christmas and Put It in Downtown Fargo, noon to 6 p.m., Dec. 14, wagon rides, Christmas singing and the Grinch will be roaming downtown for family fun, wagon rides at U.S. Bank Plaza from 3 to 7 p.m., $2 per person, $5 per family.

Skating with Santa, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Dec. 15, Veterans Memorial Arena, 1201 7th Ave. E., West Fargo, skate to holiday music while visiting with Santa, hot chocolate will be served; free.

Food Events

Traditional Norsk Christmas, 7 p.m., Friday, Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave. N., Fargo, live music by The Front Fenders, Mary and Charley Johnson, traditional Norwegian food, silent auction, etc., tickets are $30 at the door or $25 in advance at Scandesign, Stabo or Sons of Norway.

Bake Sale and Silent Auction, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Triumph Lutheran Church, 2901 20th Ave. S., Moorhead, soup lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Munchies for Missions, 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 2601 23rd Ave. S., Fargo, shop for your holiday baked goods, freewill donations will benefit local missions.

Cookie and Candy Walk and More, noon, Saturday, St. Joseph’s Catholic School Gym, 1005 2nd Ave. S., Moorhead, sponsored by Catholic Daughters of the America, fill your own tray or purchase pre-made trays, jams and jellies and other holiday items also available.

Holiday Treats & Tours, 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Comstock House, 506 8th St. S., Moorhead, celebrate the holiday’s Victorian style, Red River Watercolor Society will showcase an art show, traditional treats and tea served, house tours; $5 admission, free for children 5 and younger.

Sugarplum Treat Sale, 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Gasper’s School of Dance & Performing Arts, 524 7th St. N., Fargo, select from hundreds of homemade holiday treats, also a cake walk and dance, admission will be a $10 donation that includes a dozen cookies, pies and cakes sold separately, proceeds assist FM Ballet and its future projects. (701) 234-9440.

Holiday Goodies: Make and Take, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Moorhead High School, work at one station to make an assigned baked good, at the end of the session, participants will exchange goodies, bring take-home containers, fee includes food; $30, register at (218) 284-3400 or www.communityed.

moorheadschools.org

Silent Auction and Christmas Food Fest, 10 a.m., Tuesday, Bethany Retirement Living, 201 S. University Drive, Fargo, Scandinavian and other ethnic specialty foods, silent auction features gift baskets from area churches and women’s groups, also crafts, quilts and items donated by individuals and area businesses, proceeds benefit Bethany residents.

Cooking with Alcohol, Holiday Edition, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Square One Kitchens, 1407 1st Ave. N., wine, beer and spirits can add a lot of extra flavor to recipes and still be safe and tasty for everyone to eat; recipes include Potato Vodka Soup, Bourbon Mustard Glazed Ham, Bourbon Pecan Smashed Sweet Potatoes, mulled wine and Fire Cider; $50, register at www.squareonekitchens.com

Holiday Cupcake Decorating, 6:30 p.m., Dec. 12, Square One Kitchens, 1407 1st Ave. N., Fargo, bake red velvet and peppermint mocha cupcakes, learn two different frosting techniques, a tutorial on fondant snowflake decorations and learn a classic buttercream frosting recipe, a dozen cupcakes will be yours to decorate and bring home; $35, register at www.squareonekitchens.com.

Holiday Cake Pops, 7 p.m., Dec. 19, Square One Kitchens, 1407 1st Ave. N., Fargo, make Santa Hats, Snowmen, Festive Classic Pops and Christmas Trees, bring home eight of your own creations in a gift box,; $30, register at www.squareonekitchens.com

Miscellaneous

Fraser, Ltd. Festival of Trees, Fargodome, 1800 N. University Drive, over 150 trees decorated by community businesses, organizations and families on display through Friday during regular business hours and events; after the festival, the decorated trees will be donated to area families in need.

Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m., today, Touchmark at Harwood Groves, 1200 Harwood Drive S., Fargo, handcrafted items, Christmas crafts and décor, knit items, homemade jams and other food items and various home-based vendors; free admission.

“Season of Light,” 7 p.m. tonight, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23, MSUM Planetarium, 11th St. and 8th Ave S., Bridges Hall, room 167, MSUM. Explore the history of holiday traditions, including the burning of the Yule log, candles in windows, kissing under the mistletoe, gift giving and the lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah. The show narrates to not only Christian and Jewish traditions but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi. Learn about winter constellations, the seasons and the possible astronomical explanations for the “Star of Bethlehem.”

Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, 9 a.m., Saturday, Courts Plus Community Fitness, 3491 S. University Drive, Fargo, wear a holiday-themed costume, tie jingle bells to your shoelaces, run or walk with team members and celebrate the season; $20-$35, register at www.jbrfargo.kintera.org

Holly-Jolly Art Sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Moorhead Center Mall, sponsored by the Red River Watercolor Society featuring many area artists.

Holiday Vendor/Craft Fair, 10 a.m., Saturday, Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1420 16th St. E., West Fargo, over 30 booths, admission is a canned food item for the food pantry, register for door prizes. (701) 277-9681.

Heritage Craft Workshop, 1 p.m., Saturday, Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Ave. N., Moorhead, make wood chip-carved Christmas ornaments; $25, register at (218) 299-5511 ext. 6731 or www.hcscconline.org/events.

Holiday Toy Workshop, 1 p.m., Sunday, DIY Wood Studio, 3231 4th Ave. S., Fargo, create a toy from a pre-made kit including airplane, front-end loader or a dune buggy; $40, register at (218) 284-3400.

Blue Plate Special: Holiday Platter, 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, Fargo Public Library, 102 3rd St. N., featuring selections from David Sedaris’s “Holidays on Ice;” coffee and seasonal goodies will be served; free. (701) 241-1492.

Papercraft Holiday, 6 p.m., Dec. 12 at Fargo Public Library, 102 3rd St. N., 10 a.m., Dec. 14 at Fargo Public Library Carlson Branch, 2801 32nd Ave. S., make a variety of boxes, bows, ornaments and cards, cookies and cider will be served, program recommended for adults, but open to crafty teens too, all supplies provided while they last, no registration is required. (701) 241-1492.

Red River Singles Christmas Dance, 8:30 p.m., Dec. 13, VFW, 308 Sheyenne St., West Fargo, music by DJ Lute Simley; $5-$7.

Holiday Mix-Up, 11 a.m., Dec. 14, Doublewood Inn, 3333 13th Ave. S., Fargo, vendors include Wildtree, Pink Zebra, Nerium, 31, Scentsy, Origami Owl, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Norwex and others .

Holiday Open House, noon, Dec. 14, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, 202 1st Ave. N., Moorhead, events include a free holiday floral arranging presentation by Gloria Lee, a florist from the Osgood Hornbacher’s, Fargo. (218) 299-5511.

Santa Con, 2 p.m., Dec. 14, holiday pub crawl starts at Sidestreet Pub at 2 for group photo, followed by progressive, hourly stops at HoDo, Rooters, Dempsey’s, The Empire, The Bismarck and the VFW. Event doubles as fundraiser for Gladys Ray Homeless Shelter and Veteran’s Drop In Center, with participating Santas and elves encouraged to donate winter hats and gloves, razors, deodorant and toothpaste.

Homebound for the Holidays, 1 p.m., Dec. 15, Homewood Suites, 2021 16th St. N., Fargo, shop for unique Christmas gifts and support local home-based businesses; free admission.

FirstLink’s Giving Tree of Hope and Connection Fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 18, Fargo Civic Center, 207 4th St. N., gifts will be distributed to children and adults with special needs, who would not otherwise receive a gift,

preregistration is not required, gift recipients must bring a photo ID and Social Security card for head of household. A Social Security card is required for each child or adult with special needs receiving a gift.

Music

The Noteables Women’s Choir Concert, 10:15 a.m., Bethany Homes, 201 S. University Drive, Fargo, 2 p.m., Trollwood Village, 3105 Broadway, Fargo, today; Sheyenne Crossings, West Fargo, performances at 1:30 and 2:15 p.m., Friday; 2:15 p.m., Monday, Edgewood Vista and Village, 4440 37th Ave S, Fargo, concerts free and open to the public.

Noon Holiday Concerts, noon, Plains Art Museum, 704 1st Ave. N., Fargo, free holiday lunch hour concert includes Marjorie Schlossman and Margie Bailly, today, Clarion Quartet, Monday, Dakota Rose String Quartet, Tuesday, Darin Henze, Michelle Gelinske and Tremble Cleffs Choir, Wednesday, NDSU Brass Quintet, Dec. 12, Silver Winds, Dec., 16, Magda Fitterer and Cindy Hoselton, Dec. 17, Sarah Morrau and Bekka Devries, Dec. 18 and Christian Heaford and Friends, Dec. 19. (701) 232-3821.

Harmonize for the Holiday, join Acappella Xpress and sing holiday favorites Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. today through Dec. 19, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 210 7th St. S. Moorhead, also at a short performance at West Acres on Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. in the JC Penney wing.

Fargo-Moorhead Opera Snowball Gala, 6 p.m., Saturday, Hilton Garden Inn, Fargo, dinner, dancing, entertainment, silent auction, etc., tickets are $90 per person, table of eight pricing available; more information at www.fmopera.org.

Handel’s “Messiah,” 2 p.m., Sunday, Festival Concert Hall, NDSU, presented by over 200 students in five choirs and the Baroque Festival Orchestra, admission is $5-$15 at (701) 231-7969.

“A Kinda Cowboy Christmas,” 2 p.m., Sunday, Ever-Green Events Center, 302 27th St., N., Fargo, the Radio Stars Band celebrates the holiday on the Plains. $10.

Fargo-Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies Concert, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Moorhead High School, The Winter Concert, including a variety of seasonal pieces, Allegro Chamber Players will also perform; tickets at the door are $8 adults, $4 students/children. (701) 388-4536.

Organ Christmas Concerts, noon, weekdays starting Monday – Dec. 20, Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, Fargo, Lance Johnson (Monday, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 13, 17, 18 and 20), Alex Swanson (Tuesday) and Tyler Engber (Dec. 16) will play the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ, attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the food pantry. No concert Dec. 19. (701) 239-8385.

Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long, 7 p.m., Monday, First Lutheran Church, 619 Broadway, Fargo, sponsored by the Red River Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, area organists perform favorite carols with the First Lutheran children’s choir, soloists, bell choir and Bellissio; free admission, freewill monetary donations accepted for food pantry.

F-M Golden Notes New Horizons Band Annual Christmas Concert, 7 p.m., Wednesday, West Fargo High School, performing with the West Fargo Community Band; free.

The Master Chorale of F-M Christmas Dinner Concert, 6 p.m., Dec. 12 – 14, and 2 p.m. Dec. 15, Knutson Centrum at Concordia College, tickets are $42 per person, order by visiting www.fmmasterchorale.org or call (701) 306-1734.

Harmonize for the Holidays, 6:30 p.m., Dec. 12, Trinity Lutheran Church, 210 7th St. S., Moorhead, see Dec. 5 listing for details.

Concordia Christmas Concert, 7 p.m., Dec. 13 and 14, 2 p.m. 14 and 15, Fargo Civic Center, 207 4th St. N., performed by all four choirs and the Concordia Orchestra, tickets are no longer available due to a 40 percent reduction in available seats.

Dan Brekke and MHS Carolers, 7 p.m., Dec. 13, Ramada Plaza and Suites, 1635 42nd St. S., Fargo.

F-M Symphony: Holiday Pops, 7 p.m., Dec. 13, 2 p.m. Dec. 14, Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, holiday classics performed by a full symphony orchestra, this year’s concert will feature Fuego Tropical, a steel drum ensemble from Minnesota State University Moorhead directed by Kenyon Williams in several holiday numbers; ticket range is $9-$18. (701) 478-3676.

Christmas Cantata: “The First Noel, Born is The King,” 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14 and 3 p.m. Dec. 15, Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1420 16th St. E., West Fargo, choirs, praise and worship team, orchestra and handbells, reception with chocolate fountains, champagne and beverages, freewill offerings accepted. (701) 282-7217.

A Winter Night Out with Jessie Veeder, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14, Studio 222, 222 Broadway, Fargo, a collection of winter and holiday songs; $5 cover charge at the door.

Santa Lucia Celebration, 4 p.m., Dec. 15, Elim Lutheran Church, 321 9th St. N., Fargo, celebration marks the beginning of the Christmas season in Sweden that lasts until Jan. 13 and includes Swedish songs and the naming of honorary Lucia and Tomte, share coffee and Christmas treats after the service. (701) 235-6357.

The Blenders, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 19 – 22 and 2 p.m. Dec. 22, Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, tickets are $37 at www.tickets300.com or call (866) 300-8300.

Born in Bethlehem Tour: Lorie Line and her Fab Five, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 22, Festival Concert Hall at NDSU; tickets are $46+ at (701) 231-7932 or www.lorieline.com

Theatre

“Scrooge Macbeth,” 7:30 p.m., today – Saturday through Dec. 28, 2 p.m. Dec. 15, Main Avenue Theater, 716 Main Ave., Fargo, when only four actors are left standing after an outbreak of food poisoning, they must entertain an expectant audience in order to save their financially imperiled theatre; ticket range is $5-$20 at www.theatreb.org.

Madrigal Dinners, 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Reineke Fine Arts Center, North Dakota State University, for ticket information call (701) 231-7969 or visit www.ndsu.edu/performingarts

“The Wizard of Oz,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. The show runs through Dec. 21, The Stage at Island Park, 333 4th St., S., 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $6 to $16. (701) 235-6778.

Religion

Celebrate the Child, Sunday, First Lutheran Church, 619 Broadway, Fargo, Jonathan Swenson will share a poignant dramatization of Christ’s birth; 9 a.m. presentation is in Celebration Hall, 11 a.m. presentation in church sanctuary.

Surrounding Area

The Winter Wandering, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes, Minn., celebrate the holidays with Tim Sparks and friends; $20 adults, 10 students. (218) 844-7469.

Calvary Bake Shoppe, 9 a.m., Saturday, Calvary Lutheran Church, Perham, Minn., cookies, lefse, snack shop, beverages, garden art and accessories, pine wreaths, bread, candy, cards and more.

“At Christmas” Holiday Show, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Top Hat Theatre, Ulen, Minn., holiday show featuring Mick Sterling and A Brave New Workshop, unique blend of family-fueled comedy and drama; tickets are $10-$15.

Davenport Christmas Stroll, 11 a.m., Sunday, Davenport (N.D.) School, over 30 local vendors and crafters, door prizes, treats and hot apple cider will be served and lunch is provided by the Davenport Lions Club. professional photographer will be taking family pictures.

Born in Bethlehem Tour: Lorie Line and her Fab Five, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 12, Detroit Lakes (Minn.) Community and Cultural Center; tickets are $46+ at www.lorieline.com.

Back to Bethlehem, 10 a.m., Dec. 14, Larimore (N.D.) High School, arrive in Bethlehem for the census and enter a market place bustling with the sights and sounds of the very first Christmas, meet census takers, shepherds, shop keepers, Roman soldiers, the Holy Family and more, also activities and concessions; free.

Poinsettia Ball, 7 to 11 p.m., Dec. 14, Mayville (N.D.) State University Campus Center featuring the music of Downtown Horns, also hors d’oeuvres buffet and cash bar available, $25 per person, www.mayvillestate.edu/poinsettiaball or (701) 788-4687.

Rock ‘N’ Roll Christmas Spectacular, 7:30 p.m., Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes, Minn., get ready to crank your spirits all the way up, this is not your grandma’s Christmas show; $25 adult, $12.50 students at (218) 844-7469 or www.dlccc.org.

Born in Bethlehem Tour: Lorie Line and her Fab Five, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 20, Reiland Fine Arts Center, The University of Jamestown (N.D.); tickets are $46+ at www.lorieline.com.

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, the lighted train will stop in several North Dakota towns, tap your toes to on-board musical entertainment at each stop, planned stops are: Dec. 17, 7 p.m., Hankinson and 9:45 p.m. Enderlin; Dec. 16, Carrington, 2:05 p.m., Harvey, 4:30, Minot 7:30, Carpio, 10; full schedule of stops at www.cpr.ca/en/in-your-community/holiday-train/schedule/Pages/us.aspx.