LDS Events Calendar

by | Nov. 09, 2011

LDS Life

Lunch and Learn Series with Deseret Book Artists and Authors  

Every Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Downtown Deseret Book Store, SLC, Utah

November 11
Shirley McKay Britsch
Shirley McKay Britsch creates art with oils, acrylics, watercolor, casein, collage, and even Chinese inks on rice paper--sometimes all in the same work. She loves Chinese painting and has been influenced by travels in Asia as well as studying with Asian instructors.  In addition to the BFA she holds in graphic design and illustraton, Shirley has studied with renowned artists.  She has also been greatly influenced by the luminosity of the Hudson River painters.

"I paint outside whenever I can because I love the beauty of nature and find it spiritually uplifting and healing to be in the middle of it. . . . I strive to have my paintings show sensitivity to mood by creating a luminous glow within them.  Light is to me a spiritual concept, and it is a major focus of my art. I want viewers not only to see the painting, but to see into the painting."

November 18
J. Kirk Richards
J. Kirk Richards is becoming increasingly known for his accomplishments as a painter of Judeo-Christian themes. Many of his paintings exhibit a love for the human figure, general use of symbolism and metaphor, and an emphasis on lyric composition. Richards' work is mostly found in private collections across the country. Select public collections include the LDS Church Museum of History and Art and the Springville Museum of Art, among a few others.

Kirk was born near Brigham Young University, the fourth of eight musical children. He attributes much of his love for the arts to an early emphasis on musical training in the home. As a teen, his interests turned from music to visual arts. Kirk served a two-year church mission in the areas surrounding Rome, Italy, which allowed him to visit great Italian masterpieces. Among other things, the experience influenced his palette, which often consists of subdued browns and rusts.

November 25 & December 2
Dennis Smith
Dennis Smith will guest the last Friday of November and the first Friday in December! Deseret Book Flagship reserved two dates for the unveiling of an exclusive Nativity Set commissioned by Deseret Book from sculptor Dennis Smith!

Now in the fourth decade of his career, Dennis Smith has achieved international recognition as a figurative sculptor. He was raised in Alpine, Utah, graduated from Brigham Young University and attended the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen. Most widely known for his sculptures of children, he has overseen the installation of his work for permanent display throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

At the core of Dennis’ work is the spirit of the human soul. To Dennis, the child is a metaphor for life.  Experience this discovery as you view cast in porcelain, “The Nativity Play” by Dennis Smith exclusive to Deseret Book.

David Archuleta Signings for “Glad Christmas Tidings”

David Archuleta will be making appearances at several Deseret Book stores throughout the holiday season to sign copies of “Glad Christmas Tidings,” the CD version of last year’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert. Check for appearances in your area!

Monday, November 21  
University Village Deseret Book
Tuesday, November 22
Fort Union Deseret Book
Friday, November 25
Deseret Book Downtown Flagship (After the events of “Lights on at Temple Square.”)

Free Garden Tours of Temple Square and Church Headquarters

Monday – Friday at 10 a.m.: Door 15 of the Conference Center, SLC, UT
Monday – Friday at noon: Church Office Building Plaza, SLC, UT
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.: Church Office Building Plaza, SLC, UT
Sundays at 10:30 a.m.: East gate of Temple Square, SLC, UT

Second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
Main floor auditorium of the Church Office Building at 50 East North Temple Street

Freedom's Holy Light, A Veterans Day Tribute
November 11th & 12th
Featuring the American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic Orchestra with Special Guest Artist Peter Breinholt. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door and are available online or by phone.


Southern Utah Heritage Choir Veterans Day Fireside

Sunday, November 13th
St. George Tabernacle, 7 p.m.
Heritage Choir soloists and ensembles pay tribute to our brave and honored veterans.

Washington DC Temple Visitors Center EventsTuesday, Nov. 15, 7:30 PM
Night of Music & Inspiration
Night of Music & Inspiration will be presented by the missionaries of the Washington D.C. North Mission. Through musical numbers and inspirational thoughts, the missionaries will share their talents and testimonies strengthening members as well as investigators. This evening's theme will be "Yesterday, Today and Forever," under the direction of Sister Withers.
Saturday, Nov. 19, 7:00 PM
An Evening of Harp Music: Barbra Bailey Bradley & Phoebe Suh
Barbra Bailey Bradley is an award winning composer, arranger and author.  She performs with and directs the Heatherwood Harp Ensemble, and teaches both piano and harp at the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C.  She was educated at prestigious music schools in Canada and the US and has received numerous awards for her performances. Phoebe Suh, a gifted young musician, has studied harp with Sister Bradley for three years and also performs with the Heatherwood Harp Ensemble. She is a sixth grader at Chevy Chase Elementary School and a violinist in the CCES Orchestra.The concert will include some of Bradley's classical arrangements as well as a collection of Disney tunes.

26th Annual Gingerbread Festival at Historic Winter Quarters
"The Joys of Childhood"
November 19-December 31

Come visit a holiday event for the whole family: the 26th Annual Gingerbread Festival "The Joys of Childhood," which will be held at the Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters, 3215 State Street, Omaha, NE 68112 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. November 19 through December 31.  Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Ornamental Nativity Exhibit at Sherwood Park
Alberta, Canada
December 1-3, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Sherwood Park Congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints proudly present the Ornamental Nativity Exhibit which features over 1000 nativities from around the world. This free annual Christmas event which is celebrating its 15 th year is held at 2090 Sherwood Drive, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. At the nativity there is free musical performances, a children's activity room and a movie room with refreshments. This year's  nativity will be held from December 1 thru December 3 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For more info contact Evelyn at 780-416-1447.

17th Annual Arlington, Texas, Nativity Display
“A Symbolic Display of the Season”
Friday, Dec. 2-Sunday, Dec. 4
Arlington Stake Center, 3809 Curt Drive, Arlington, Texas 76016
The Arlington Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be displaying hundred of nativity sets from around the world, donated by more than 100 Dallas-Fort Worth area families. The event is free and open to the public and will include music from area families and schools, as well as a craft room for children and an opportunity for a souvenir photo to be taken. More information available at, or by calling 817.457.8925.

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