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Published December 29, 2011, 03:17 PM

Volunteers Needed for 'Celebrate the Night'

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Volunteers are needed for the annual Celebrate the Night event this New Year's Eve at the Alerus Center.

By: WDAZ Staff Report, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Volunteers are needed for the annual Celebrate the Night event this New Year's Eve at the Alerus Center.

The event is alcohol free and family friendly with a variety of music, inflatable games, kids activities, roller skating, roller derby, laser tag and more.

Volunteers are needed between 6 p.m. and midnight, with most jobs finishing by 10 p.m. or earlier. You can volunteer for two or three hours and stay for the rest of the night free.

Go to CelebrateTheNight.com for more info.

You can buy tickets in advance at area Hugo's and Valley Dairy locations or at the door on New Year's Eve.


Tucker’d Out – Tucker’d Out is 3 guys that love music. They love the lyrics, the melodies, the “feel”, the harmonies, what it does for them and what it does for the people that listen to them. There's SO much great music out there to enjoy and they dive into their own collection of favorites.

Nick Bretz – Nick manages to combine magic and humor, as well as a positive message for the audience, to keep his show fresh for kids of all ages. Would you like to get involved in the show? Nick loves to let the audience join in the fun.

The Diers – The Diers is a family trio with a big sound that will be performing a variety of music from bluegrass to country, rock to classic standards and everything in between.

PeatMoss and the Spreaders – The Spreaders are a 3 piece band out of Grand Forks playing original and cover versions of the blues and more.

12 Houses Bellydancing – 12 Houses Bellydance is a class for learning the art of Middle Eastern Dance. Students meet Wednesdays at 6:30pm at the 12 Houses Store in Grand Forks, ND (Next to Dakota Boys Ranch on Demers) with Instructors Debbie Jacklitch-Kuiken and Natasha Thomas. We provide experienced, historically conscious, and creative instruction in a variety of styles, from Egyptian, Turkish, Lebanese, and Persian, to Folk, Hip-Hop, and Tribal Fusion. Students have the opportunity to perform in Quarterly Haflas and attend workshops across the Midwest where they can learn more about the history and performance of this ancient art form.

The Fat Daddy’s – A four man group that performs a wide variety of music from Van Morrison to Green Day, AC/DC to Trace Adkins and much more. They will perform music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and newer. Ring in the new year with the Fat Daddy’s performing Auld Lang Syne.

Laser Tag – Games Galore brings Laser Tag to Celebrate the Night as a new activity. Two teams of up to four players can compete at one time. Take your turn to see if you can survive and defeat the other team.

Natasha Thomas – Natasha Thomas is a graduate of the University of North Dakota & Board Certified Music Therapist, serving individuals statewide through North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind (NDVS/SB) and ND School for the Deaf, in addition to private clients she sees in the home and in settings like LISTEN Day Services and the LISTEN Drop-In Center. Currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Special Education, Natasha is also a member of the American Music Therapy Association and regularly attends their annual conferences. She enjoys educating her community on Music Therapy, supervising UND practica students, and teaching/performing Middle Eastern Dance in her spare time (when she has it!) Her twitter handle is @MusicMovesND. You can email her at Natasha.MTBC@gmail.com .

The Top Secret Jazz Project - Meet the TOP SECRET JAZZ PROJECT. They Are Jenny Morris, Jeff Anvinson, Spencer Black and Brandon Hettwer. And here they are to entertain you tonight, performing some of the great jazz classics by Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and Henry Mancini, to name just a few. For more information, please check out http://trulyjennymorris.webs.com and now, like them on facebook!

Dakota Science – Dakota Science will have a variety of science projects for children.

Don Croeker - Don is a singer-songwriter who will be performing his own music as well as many cover tunes.

Ron Franz – Ron is a folk singer and guitar player who writes and performs many of his own songs.

Artwise – Artwise will use the theme “Artifacts” this year to set up activities that involve the children using their name or something about themselves in their art project.

Fallcreek - Fallcreek, an a cappella quartet made up of Kevin Dean, Mark Magness, Rich Derrick and Mark Diers, will be singing timeless songs from the 50s and 60s.

O’Neil Family Band – The O’Neils will be playing reels, jigs, waltzes and other string band music.

Teen Room – The teen room is a place for teenagers to hang out and have fun while the rest of the family enjoys other parts of Celebrate the Night.

Rollin’ on the River Skating – Open roller skating for all ages. Games and other activities. Safe Kids Grand Forks will have some helmets and pads available for use. Rollin’ on the River holds an inline skate marathon in August. More information on the marathon can be found on the web at www.rollinontheriver-inline.com.

Games Galore inflatable games – Games Galore is bringing a variety of inflatable games including bounce houses for young kids, an obstacle course, joust and more. Games Galore can be found on the internet at www.fargo-games-galore.com

Piles of Smiles – The premier face painting company in town will be decorating the faces of children from 6 until 10 PM. For more information on Piles of Smiles go to www.pilesofsmilesentertainment.com.

Forx Roller Derby – The Forx Roller Derby team will break into 2 squads and compete in a full scrimmage starting at 8 PM. For more information on Forx Roller Derby check their web site at www.forxrollerderby.com


Schedule for Celebrate the Night December 31, 2011

Alerus Center, Grand Forks, ND

Ballroom 4

6-7 PM Tucker’d Out

7-8 PM Nick Bretz, Magician

8-9 PM Tucker’d Out

9-10 PM Nick Bretz

10-Midnight The Diers

Ballroom 5

6-7 PM PeatMoss and the Spreaders

8-9 PM 12 Houses Bellydancers

9-Midnight The Fat Daddy’s

Ballrooms 1-3

6-10 PM Laser Tag

Meeting Room 2

6-7 PM Kid’s Music Activity-Natasha Thomas

7-9 PM The Top Secret Jazz Project

Meeting Room 3

6-10 PM Dakota Science

Meeting Room 5

6-7 PM Don Croeker

7-8 PM Ron Franz

8-9 PM Don Croeker

9-10 PM Ron Franz

Meeting Room 6-7

6-10 PM Artwise activities

Meeting Room 8-9

6-7 PM Fallcreek

7-8 PM O’Neil Family Band

8-9 PM Fallcreek

9-10 PM O’Neil Family Band

Meeting Room 10

6-10 PM Dakota Science activities


6-10 PM Roller Skating sponsored by Rollin’ on the River

Inflatable Games by Games Galore

Face painting by Piles of Smiles

8-10 PM Roller Derby scrimmage