Check out these upcoming arts and entertainment events in and around Grand Forks – Grand Forks Herald

NVYO Offers a Taste of Spring at Annual Fundraiser Sunday

“Music in Bloom,” the annual Northern Valley Youth Orchestra fundraising event, will run from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10 at the All Seasons Garden Center, 5101 S. Washington.

Everyone is invited to enjoy the vibrant sounds, sights and flavors of spring in a colorful greenhouse, said Naomi Welsh, Executive Director of NVYO. The family-friendly event features dishes from O For Heavens Cakes and Ground Round; music by NVYO musicians; a photo booth, courtesy of MJD Photography; raffles; and children’s activities.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult with a purchased ticket. Tickets are available for purchase online, from NVYO members, at Empire Art Center and All Seasons Garden Center.

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Special Olympics will host “Dancing for Special Stars”

Eight pairs of dancers will face off on stage when Special Olympics North Dakota presents the 12th annual fundraising event, “Dancing for Special Stars,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, at the Empire Arts Center, 415 DeMers Ave. A reception begins at 6:15 a.m. in the gallery.

Each pair – an experienced local dance instructor and a “celebrity” volunteer – perform a dance of their choice during the event inspired by the popular TV show ‘Dancing with the Stars’. Public donations and votes determine the winners.

The participating teams are: Richard Dafoe and Alicia Bullinger; Ross Johnson and Sue Moe Paulson; Greg Litz and Kaylee Trottier; Scott Loscheider and Michala Hodnefield; Christin McDonald and Franklin Wickstrom; Mike McLean and Stacey Piche; John Nelson and Tiffany Sonterre; and Kelsey Regan and Samuel McPherson.

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Evening of African culture scheduled for Saturday at the UND

One of the biggest cultural events at UND, African Culture Night, will take place on Saturday, April 9, with a main event from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by an after-party from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Memorial Union.

This family event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the UND African Students Union, the event is an opportunity to showcase the diversity of students of African descent through performances, dance, food, education and entertainment , according to the organizers.

Performances are centered around a cultural theme, allowing students to showcase their country in a unique and positive way.

The UND Memorial Union is located at 2901 University Ave.

The Dakota Science Center is hosting a Family Astronomy Night on Friday, April 8 at the Heritage Village in East Grand Forks. The main target to observe is the moon in its first quarter.

Members of the UND Northern Sky Astronomical Society will install telescopes and be available to answer questions. Visitors can bring their own telescopes or binoculars.

The event begins at 8:30 p.m. with a presentation titled “Return to the Moon, Project Artemis,” followed by a telescope sighting at 9 p.m.

In case of bad weather, the event will take place on Saturday April 9th.

Event sponsors include the NASA-JPL Solar System Ambassador Program.

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Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Announces Winners

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council has announced the annual honorees who are recognized for their artistic talent and volunteerism in the arts.

The winners were chosen from nominations submitted by residents of the arts council’s seven county service area. The awards will be presented at an event, beginning at 7 p.m. on April 27, at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.

Ross Hier of Crookston will receive the Northwest Visual Arts Artist of the Year Award and a $500 scholarship. A self-taught artist, he is a watercolourist and works in pen and ink. Nature offers him unlimited subject matter and the subjects of his paintings are very varied, said Hier. He also makes functional wooden duck decoys and other items.

Philip McKenzie, of Thief River Falls, musician, teacher and radio show host, will receive the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award at an event hosted by the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council April 27 at the Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. .


Philip McKenzie of Thief River Falls will receive the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year award. A musician active in promoting the arts in this region, McKenzie chairs the Minnesota State Art Board and is a member of the UND and NDSU music faculties. He will receive a cash prize of $500.

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Visual artist LaVonne Forsberg of Thief River Falls has been selected to receive the Northwest Star Award, a lifetime achievement award, to be presented by the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council on April 27 in Thief River Falls.


LaVonne Forsberg of Thief River Falls will receive the Northwest Star Award. Visual artist, she is known for her watercolors and stained glass. His stained glass can be found in area churches and at the Carnegie Library in Thief River Falls. His paintings are exhibited at the U of M-Crookston. She will receive $5,000 as the recipient of this lifetime achievement award.

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Jennifer R. Strohm