- Sarah Bufkin, a 22-year-old senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, along with Duke University senior Daniel Strunk and 2012 Duke graduate Sanette Tanaka, have been selected for a Mitchell Scholarship, which supports graduate studies in Ireland. They are three out of 12 Americans selected recently for the prestigious award, which provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend and an international travel stipend for one year.
Today: The Duke Chorale presents its annual Christmas Concert with seasonal music on the carillon and the organ, as well as traditional carols for the entire audience to sing. Cost: One nonperishable food item for needy families in Durham. | 6:30 p.m.; Duke Chapel, West Campus
Friday-Sunday: The Duke Chapel Choir sings Handel’s “Messiah.” Tickets can be purchased at tickets.duke.edu. Price range: Free for Duke students to full price, $20. | 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m.; Duke Chapel, West Campus
Saturday-Sunday: The Carolina Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” comes to UNC. A magical display of a fantasy classic, the ballet will capture the irrepressible imagination of a child’s world in which all things are possible. Visit www.carolinaballet.com for tickets. | 2 – 4 p.m. each day, or 8 p.m. on Saturday; Memorial Hall, 114 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill
Dec. 10: UNC will host the 15th annual Holiday Carolina Blood Drive. To donate blood, you must be healthy, at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated whole blood since Oct. 15 or double red cells since Aug. 27. | 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Fetzer Gym off Stadium Drive, UNC-CH campus, with free parking available in Cobb Deck off Country Club Road