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Out and about: Musical entertainment on tap to honor veterans

With Veterans Day coming up, consider taking in a local event that will mark the occasion and honor the men and women—maybe some in your own family—who have served this country in the military.

The Grand Forks Chorales present "A Veterans Day Concert" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Masonic Center in Grand Forks. The event features the Grand Forks Chorale and Master Chorale performing in honor of veterans and active military personnel.

Tickets are $15 in advance—purchase at www.gfchorales.org/tickets—or $20 at the door. The performance is free for veterans and active military personnel and their immediate family members.

The Masonic Center is at 423 Bruce Ave.

For more information, call (701) 732-0091 or visit www.gfchorales.org.

The "Stars and Stripes Show," spotlighting the musical, poetic and artistic talents of area veterans and active duty military personnel, begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ramada Inn in Grand Forks.

All of the performers and artists participating in the show are vets and active military personnel, said Kimberly Forness Wilson, event organizer.

The singers and other entertainers "are all amazing," she said. "(The show) is a treasure chest of talent."

The artwork to be displayed is "very broad—from abstract and loose and creative to very poignant and powerful," she said.

Doors open at 6 p.m.; the buffet opens at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is $20 for pre-show tickets and $25 at the door. For pre-show tickets, call (701) 330-3072 or (701) 317-1752.

Proceeds will be used by the Art for Vets organization to provide art and music programs for veterans, military service personnel and their families.

The Ramada is at 1205 N. 43rd St.

A "Shakespearean Social" fundraising event is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the home of Donna Hastings and Jonathan Geiger in Grand Forks. Everyone is welcome; reservations are requested.

The event will support the North Dakota Shakespeare Company and next year's Shakespeare in the Park program. Last summer's inaugural program, "Romeo and Juliet," drew 1,200 people to the performance in Town Square, Hastings said.

At the social, guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, "dainties" and fun as they're entertained by members of the North Dakota Shakespeare Company in a casual setting, she said.

A tax-deductible donation of $45 per person is suggested.

To RSVP, call (701) 787-9294 or email stephanie@northdakotashakespeare.com. To make a donation, go to www.undalumni.org/shakespeare.

This is the last weekend to catch Fire Hall Theater's productions, "Free to Be, You and Me" followed by "Disney's High School Musical Jr." Shows are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The event showcases our community's youngest actors, children in grades one through 11.

A ticket to see both shows is $19 for adults; $16 for seniors, students, Altru employees, Canadian visitors and military with ID; and $12 for children younger than 12. Group discounts also are available.

Reservations are suggested. Call (701) 777-4090.

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