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Published: Friday, Nov. 26 2010 2:00 p.m. MST

There will be free ice skating from 3-5 p.m., with a Grand Menorah Lighting at 5 p.m.

The event is open to the public and sponsored by Chabad Lubavitch of Utah.

Hanukkah 2010 will also be formally celebrated on Thursday, Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m., in Utah at the Governor's Mansion, and Gov. Gary R. Herbert and his wife are expected to host the celebration. A Menorah-lighting ceremony will take place in the ballroom at the mansion at 603 E. South Temple in Salt Lake City. This second Chanukah event is by invitation only.

Rabbi Benny Zippel is also expected to emphasize the importance of the state celebrating the constitutional "freedom of religion," not a "freedom from religion."

Call 801-467-7777 for more details on either event,

'Welcoming Stranger' at Unitarian church

"Welcoming the Stranger" will be addressed by guest the Rev. Pablo Ramos and the Rev. Tom Goldsmith at the Sunday services at the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake, 569 S. 1300 East.

These talks will provide a meaningful look into social justice work.

Services will be 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

For more details, go to: www.slcuu.org.

Holiday fair planned by Cosgriff School

The annual holiday fair for J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School, 2335 Redondo Ave., will be Dec. 11-12, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily.

There will be crafts, food. Ornaments and gifts.

Go to: www.Cosgriff.org for more details.

Benefactor loans statue to St. Mark's

SALT LAKE CITY — A benefactor wishing to express his gratitude for the exceptional care provided to a family member by St. Mark's Hospital has arranged for a generous gift — the loan of a full-sized, nearly exact replica of Michelangelo's La Pieta.

Joseph Bishop has loaned the replica to St. Mark's Hospital, 1200 E. 3900 South.

This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother, Mary, after the Crucifixion. The original La Piet?can be found in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

This replica is licensed by the Vatican Observatory Foundation. The marble sculpture is faithful to the original in its detail and subtlety.

Its premier unveiling occurred in January 2010 during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City.

This is believed to be the first time it has been displayed in a health care venue anywhere in the world. The public is invited to personally experience the sculpture through the end of the year in the main lobby at St. Mark's Hospital.

Cathedral announces upcoming concerts

Upcoming concerts at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, 331 E. South Temple, include:

 "A Ceremony of Carols," Op. 28, by Benjamin Britten, Friday, Dec. 17 and Wednesday, Dec. 22. 12:15 p.m.

 The Christmas Carol Service Monday, Dec. 20, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 8 p.m.; and Friday, Dec. 24, 4 p.m., the music of William Byrd, Anton Bruckner and Herbert Howells

For more information, go to: www.saltlakecathedral.org

LDS women urged to enter writing contest

Entry in the "Segullah: Writings by Latter-day Saint Women" annual personal essay, poetry, and fiction contest is open through Dec. 31.

Segullah welcomes unpublished entries that address any subject in harmony with its mission: to publish insightful writings that explore life's richness and complexity while reflecting faithfulness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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