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PATT RALL COLUMN: Life in the fast lane in Bemidji

What a beautiful day it is: sun is shining and low humidity!

We have been busy trying to keep up with our commitments and here is one that we hope grabs your attention: The Retired Military Club received an invitation last night at our meeting/dinner; Ken Dunlap, a bomber pilot from WWII is celebrating his 95th birthday on July 1. This is in the way of asking some retired military out there to think about and hopefully decide to join our group even if just one time to "check us out!" Our group is open to any retired military with the intent of socialization and perhaps volunteering with the many opportunities available to us. My email address is and I will forward your request for information to the secretary. Think about it, meeting and dinner the first Wednesday of the month—lots of rehashing the active duty days.

The free concert at The Farm by the Lake in Bagley at 4 p.m. today features Lee "Bone" Sherseth, rain or shine.

Bemidji welcomes the Paul Bunyan Playhouse back to the theater scene. There is a matinee performance today at 2 p.m. of "The Marvelous Wonderettes," a musical trip down memory lane. The four young women in the play are seen at their high school prom singing songs of the 50s, and you know how mesmerizing and different the music was developing in that era. The quartet meets again at their 10-year-reunion, again with the music of the 50s and 60s with 30 different classics. The price of tickets is reduced on the matinee Sundays and can be bought at the box office (218-751-7270) of the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. This musical will be on stage June 14 through 17, as well.

More upcoming events

• "Moon Over Buffalo" directed by Vicki Stenerson opened this week at the Longlake Theater in Park Rapids. The production is a comedy that takes place in the city of Buffalo, N.Y., about a once-successful Shakespearean troupe of actors now down on their heels. Go to Longlake Theater website——to get dates and times.

• Book readers at Bemidji Public Library will meet at noon, on Monday, June 12. The group will discuss "Leaving Time" by Jodi Picoult.

• The Bemidji Area Church Musicians will feature violinist Ava Fugliuzzi, who will perform a classical concert of Beethoven and Fritz Kreisler accompanied by Sarah Carlson. Take an hour off to relax and enjoy this young musician at noon at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. A free-will offering will be accepted to support the Music Scholarships awarded each year to a freshman/sophomore college student majoring in music. The concert is from noon to 12:30 p.m. to be followed by a luncheon for a nominal fee.

• The Bemidji Public Library Book Sale is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday at Evangelical Free Church, 115 Carr Lake Rd. The library is offering great buys in great books in its annual Book Sale.

• Nine Jewels: Stories of Wit and Wisdom from India. Zaraawar Mistry and Greg Herriges will be back at your library at 10 a.m. Friday, June 16, at the Bemidji Public Library. Mistry will be presenting the stories while Herriges accompanies with music. This program includes popular Indian stories about Emperor Akbar and his wise advisor Birbal, as well as historical references and many fun riddles. It is an ideal program for elementary school age kids 5 and up, the library says.

• The Miikanan Gallery at the Watermark Art Center is calling for Indigenous artists for a juried art exhibit Aazhoomon (Convergence) for the grand re-opening in November. Work should reflect the title of the exhibition: Converge: come from different directions and meet. Convergence: the point of converging; a meeting place, a crossroads. Broad interpretations are welcome. Contact Karen Goulet for more information 218-444-7570.


• "Coming Home: Songwriters Cultural Exchange," a workshop and performance featuring Berit Dybing, Erlend Klovnig, Caige Jambor and Cory Medina set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. The workshop is intended for people ages 13 to 21. Registration is required for the workshop. Cost is $25. Following the workshop, the participants will have an opportunity to take part in a songwriters showcase held from 6 to 9 p.m. The showcase is meant to present the young writers with an opportunity to perform their work for an audience. The showcase is open to the public. For more information, contact Headwaters at (218) 444-5606.

• Intermediate Watercolor Workshop with Jane Freeman from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 23, at the Clearwater Life Center, 226 Elm St. Gonvick. The class is free and bring your watercolors. Registration is a must—(218) 751-5447.

• Calling all artists, crafters and authors to Farm by The Lake's 4th Annual Festival on Sunday, Aug. 27, near Bagley. Set-up by 11 a.m. with a 12-6 p.m. show. Booths are $30 and authors booths are $20. Booths go fast, they tell us, so you should register as soon as possible. More information, " target="_blank">