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This Week in Entertainment

Sunday, Dec. 9


• Santa Village: 1 to 8 p.m., Rheault Farm, 2902 25th St. S., Fargo. Daily activities include live reindeer, family activities, model train displays, special arts and crafts projects, light displays, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus and the chance to visit Santa; horse drawn rides from 2 to 5 p.m. Free admission with a donation of canned goods, new or gently used toys, or a cash gift. Info: 701-499-7788.

• Handel's "Messiah": 2 p.m., Festival Concert Hall, North Dakota State University, Fargo. Performed by NDSU Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, University Chamber Singers, Cantemus and the Statesmen of NDSU; tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors, $5 students. Info: 701-231-7969.

• Season of Light: 2 and 7 p.m., Planetarium, Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Explore the history of Christian, Jewish, Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi holiday traditions, and a variety of astronomy-related details including hemisphere winter constellations, why we have seasons and the possible astronomical explanations for a star over Bethlehem; $5 adults, $2.50 children, seniors and Tri-College students. Info: 218-477-2920.

• "Shout the Good News": 3 p.m., Holy Cross Catholic Church 1420 16th St. E., West Fargo. Christmas Cantata featuring musicians from the church including choirs, orchestra and handbells; admission is free-will offering. Optional dinner at 6 p.m. in church social hall, meals are $15 each, reservations required. Info: 701-282-7217.


• "It's A Wonderful Life": 2 p.m., Stage at Island Park, 333 4th St. S., Fargo. The saga of George Bailey, the everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty, whose guardian angel has to descent on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born that his has been, after all, a wonderful life. Info: 701-235-6778.


• Lakes Area Community Concert Band: 4 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 912 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. Holiday concert featuring a special appearance by the Laker Singers; admission is by free will donation.

• Concordia Christmas Concert: 2 to 4 p.m., Memorial Auditorium, Concordia College, Moorhead. Join the 450 members of Concordia's choirs and orchestra as they share the Christmas promise of peace and community throughout the world; tickets are $13 at 888-477-0277, or at the Memorial Auditorium box office.

• Brian Rook: 9 p.m., Pickled Parrot, 505 3rd Ave. N., Fargo. Original music and well-known tunes; no cover charge. Info: 701-356-5227.


• Miss Minnesota Send-Off Party: 3 p.m., Historic Holmes Theatre, 826 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. Everyone is welcome to wish Lake Park's own Siri Freeh -- the reigning Miss Minnesota -- good luck at the Miss America Pageant, which will be held in Las Vegas on Jan. 12. Siri will also perform and show the costumes she plans to wear for the event. Info: 218-844-7469.

Monday, Dec. 10


• Season of Light: 7 p.m., Planetarium, Minnesota State University, Moorhead. See today's (Sunday) listing for details.


• Silver Winds: 12 p.m., Plains Art Museum, 704 1st Ave. N., Fargo. Part of the Noon Holiday Concert Series. Info: 701-232-3821.

• Free Noon Hour Organ Concert: 12 p.m., Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, Fargo. Sponsored by the Red River Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society, organist will be Micheal Olson; please bring a non-perishable item for the F-M Emergency Food Pantry. Info: 701-239-8385.

• The Notables: 1:30 p.m., Sheyenne Crossings, 225 13th Ave. W., West Fargo; 2:15 p.m., Sheyenne Crossings Care Center, West Fargo.

• Percussion Ensemble Concert: 8 p.m., Memorial Auditorium, Concordia College, Moorhead. Featuring Concordia's percussion ensemble, marimba choir and Viva Marimba; free and open to the public.

• Open Jam Night: 9 p.m., Pickled Parrot, 505 3rd Ave. N., Fargo. Hosted by members of The Roosters, 8th Hour, Carmen the Cactus and October Road. No cover charge. Info: 701-356-5227.

Tuesday, Dec. 11


• A Very Swinging Christmas: 8 p.m., Avalon Events Center, 613 1st Ave. N., Fargo. Harley Sommerfeld and the Marvels will perform swinging Christmas tunes, preceded by a short beginners swing dance lesson, then open dancing until 11; $7 per person, $5 for students.


• Square Dancing: 6:30 p.m., Cash Wise Community Room, 1401 33rd St. S., Fargo. Roger McNeil and Jim Lizakowsi, callers, Bernadette McNeil, cuer for rounds and lines between tips, dine and dance at 5:30 p.m. Hosted by L & M Squares.


• Magda Fitterer: 12 p.m., Plains Art Museum, 704 1st Ave. N., Fargo. Part of the Noon Holiday Concert Series. Info: 701-232-3821.

Thursday, Dec. 13


• "At Christmas" with Mick Sterling: 7:30 p.m., Historic Holmes Theatre, 826 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. Theatrical presentaton combining live music performances with a mixture of humorous and poignant vignettes depicting family interactions during the holiday season. The theatrical pieces are written and produced by alumni of Dudley Riggs' Brave New Workshop, while the music is performed by a five-piece band featuring Twin Cities singer and bandleader Mick Sterling. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students. Info: 218-844-7469 or

Friday, Dec. 14


• Canadian Pacific Holiday Train: 3:15 p.m., Holmes Street Crossing, Detroit Lakes. The Holiday Train returns to Detroit Lakes with a live Christmas show featuring regional artists the Clay Tones and Tracy Brown performing a mixture of new and traditional holiday music. The event is a fundraiser for the Becker County Food Pantry, and donations of both non-perishable food items and cash will be gratefully accepted.

Saturday, Dec. 15


• Roster McCabe: Zorbaz, Detroit Lakes. Reggae, rock and dance music. Info: 218-847-5305.


• Christmas Market: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Depot, Detroit Lakes. A variety of crafts like wood carvings, wreaths, home sewn items and foods such as jams jellies, baked goods, home canned items and lefse. Info: 218-844-5212.

• Free Sleigh Rides: 12 to 3 p.m., West Entrance, Washington Square Mall, Detroit Lakes. Info: 218-847-1679.


The Entertainment Calendar appears weekly in both the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Becker County Record. Submissions, questions and corrections (labeled "Entertainment Calendar") may be sent by fax, 218-847-9409, by mail to Detroit Lakes Newspapers, 511 Washington Ave., P.O. Box 826, Detroit Lakes, MN 56502, or by e-mail to Vicki Gerdes at