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In brief: First Pres concert next Sunday

COEUR D’ALENE – The adult choir of the First Presbyterian Church, 521 Lakeside Ave., will celebrate the season with a special Christmas concert next Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

The performance will include First Presbyterian’s organist and pianist, Cynthia Marlette. The choir will perform the cantata “Night of the Father’s Love,” and will be accompanied by the community orchestra.

For more information, call (208) 667-8446.

Library plans family reading events

COEUR D’ALENE – When school lets out for Christmas break, the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., will host some holiday activities for children and their families.

On Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m., kids can enjoy the second annual “Merry Moose-tletoe,” reading and book signing by author Susan Nipp along with sculptor Terry Lee of “Mudgy & Millie.” Families are welcome to bring their cameras to take pictures of kids with Santa, Mudgy and Millie.

The library will show the movie “The Tale of Despereaux” on Dec. 22 at 1 p.m., and on Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. kids can see “The Iron Giant.”

For more information, call (208) 769-2315

‘Play in a Day’ later this month at Kroc

COEUR D’ALENE – Christian Youth Theatre-North Idaho will host its second annual Play in a Day fundraiser, Dec. 28 and Dec. 29 at the Kroc Community Theater, 1765 W. Golf Course Road.

The free event is for ages 8 to 18 and will give local actors-to-be a fun way to spend part of their holiday vacation, learning and putting on a play in just 24 hours.

Auditions will be held Dec. 28. Kids will perform “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” on Dec. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Proceeds from the show will benefit CYT-North Idaho.

To register, visit For more information, e-mail playinaday@

Tickets may be purchased on the CYT website.

Clay artist’s building exhibit on display

COEUR D’ALENE – Artist Aaron Tennessee Benson will have his “Building Parameters” art exhibit on display in the Boswell Hall Corner Gallery at North Idaho College through Feb. 3. The featured exhibits are clay/mixed media pieces.

His works show each step of a building process, from architect to contractor. He places himself in each role involved in the creation of a building. Benson has a bachelor’s degree in ceramics from the University of Tennessee and has been working with clay for more than 12 years. He is currently a firing technician for the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

For more information, call (208) 769-3276.