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French Professor Virgil Benoit of the University of North Dakota will portray the historical character of Atonie Gingras in his lecture "Red River Oxcarts" at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Beltrami Electric Community Room, 4111 Technology Drive N.W.

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The presentation is the second program of the fall season for Adventures in Lifelong Learning and is free and open to the public.

Poetry program

"Real Men Do Write Poetry," with Marsh Muirhead and John Thornberg will be the first of three programs sponsored by Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning. Muirhead, this year's winner of the Great American Think Off, is an award-winning poet, dentist and flight instructor who lives on the banks of the Mississippi River in Bemidji. He will be joined by "From My Window" poet John Thornberg for a program from 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids. This series is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

Lincoln on stage

Abraham Lincoln (Dale Blanshan) will take the stage at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Good Shepherd Church, Clearbrook. A program of the Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning, Blanshan's talk includes stories and period photographs from the life of Lincoln from his 1809 birth in Kentucky to his inauguration March 4, 1861. This event is free and open to the public.

Judy Garland

"Judy, Why Can't I," an original musical set in Hollywood which offers a glimpse into the life of Judy Garland and features some of Garland's memorable songs at the Minnesota Folklore Theater, 6 Broadway St., Akeley. The play covers three stages in Garland's life beginning with her youth in Grand Rapids, Minn., as portrayed by Akeley youngster Shannon McGrath. Deb Rogers of Park Rapids takes Garland through her Hollywood days, and Jan Nash of Pine River plays the older Garland and her reflections on the abuse of alcohol and drugs and subsequent premature death at 47. Some of Garland's memorable songs are recreated: "The Trolley Song," "The Man That Got Away" and "Over the Rainbow." This show is not appropriate for small children. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29 and Oct. 1 and 2. Matinees are at 3 p.m. Sept. 28 and Oct. 2. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. Tickets may be reserved by calling the box office at 218-652-2666.

Mark Twain

"Mark Twain," as portrayed by Richard Garey of Hannibal, Mo., will be performed at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Bemidji High School. The show authentically recreates the famous Mark Twain shows of 100 years ago as it combines comedy, biting satire, and drama by a respected humorist and philosopher. The show is suitable for all ages and tickets are $15 and on sale now in the main office just inside the front door of BHS. Office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket phone is 218-444-1600.

Workshops

E Writer's Workshop will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 8, at location to be announced. Susan Hauser will lead a three-hour workshop for participants who will learn some ways to read their writing the way that others do; recognition of values and meanings expressed in the work. The workshop will introduce techniques for discovering both literal and metaphorical meaning in participants' writings. Participants will be asked to bring a five-page writing sample of poetry or prose (fiction, creative non-fiction, essay, letter, etc.). Participants will read their work and discuss values and meanings expressed in it. Space is limited and the fee is $35 for adults and $20 for students with a valid ID. For more information or to register, contact Bemidji Community Arts Center at 444-7570 or bcac@paulbunyan.net.

E The Bemidji Community Arts Center and the Textile Center of Minneapolis will be hosting Things with String, a three-hour children's class with Lynn Cooper from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 15. From braids to knots to twisted cords, there are lots of ways to turn yarn into fiber art. Participants will create custom yarns, learn how to finger knit and learn kumihimo, a Japanese eight-stranded braid. This class is free and open to 25 students, ages 8 and older. To find out location and to register, contact Cindy or Lori at BCAC, 444-7570 or bcac@paulbunyan.net.

E Pottery classes for those 14 and older will be offered from 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays Oct, 3, 10, 17 and 24 at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Potter Tom Daley will instruct the basics of clay and start off with hand building and move into basic wheel throwing. The cost is $50 and reservations may be made by calling 444-5606.

E Brass Choir with Jeff Sands invites adults who play a brass instrument and would like to participated in the annual TubaChristmas event at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Paul Bunyan Mall. The classes will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Oct. 3 until Nov. 28. The cost of the class is $40. Reservations may be made by calling 444-5606.

E Fiber workshop will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 13, 20 and 27, at Debs Community Center, Debs, with Marilyn Lee. Participants will create a Paul and Babe pillow or wall hanging, learn the appliqué technique and special sewing and finishing techniques. The cost is $30, and the registration deadline is Oct. 6 and includes materials. Send check to R2AC.

Ongoing events

E Maps for the installations of the Bemidji Sculpture Walk can be had at the Tourist Information Center.

E Pub Trivia at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, Mondays at 7:30. Free to play.

E Open stage at 7:30 p.m. third Wednesdays: For writers, poets and dreamers with Patty Byers at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub.

E Open Stage at 8 p.m. Thursdays for performing artists and writers with host Drew Jacobson at Brigid's Cross.

E Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club, 1270 Neilson Ave. S.E. The public is invited to attend. For details, call 759-2952.

E Headwaters Basketmakers Guild meets on third Saturday of the month; contact epbensum@paulbunyan.net.

Announcements of arts and entertainment events may be sent to the Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56619-0455 or e-mailed to news@bemidjipioneer.com

French Professor Virgil Benoit of the University of North Dakota will portray the historical character of Atonie Gingras in his lecture "Red River Oxcarts" at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Beltrami Electric Community Room, 4111 Technology Drive N.W.

The presentation is the second program of the fall season for Adventures in Lifelong Learning and is free and open to the public.

Poetry program

"Real Men Do Write Poetry," with Marsh Muirhead and John Thornberg will be the first of three programs sponsored by Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning. Muirhead, this year's winner of the Great American Think Off, is an award-winning poet, dentist and flight instructor who lives on the banks of the Mississippi River in Bemidji. He will be joined by "From My Window" poet John Thornberg for a program from 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids. This series is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

Lincoln on stage

Abraham Lincoln (Dale Blanshan) will take the stage at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Good Shepherd Church, Clearbrook. A program of the Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning, Blanshan's talk includes stories and period photographs from the life of Lincoln from his 1809 birth in Kentucky to his inauguration March 4, 1861. This event is free and open to the public.

Judy Garland

"Judy, Why Can't I," an original musical set in Hollywood which offers a glimpse into the life of Judy Garland and features some of Garland's memorable songs at the Minnesota Folklore Theater, 6 Broadway St., Akeley. The play covers three stages in Garland's life beginning with her youth in Grand Rapids, Minn., as portrayed by Akeley youngster Shannon McGrath. Deb Rogers of Park Rapids takes Garland through her Hollywood days, and Jan Nash of Pine River plays the older Garland and her reflections on the abuse of alcohol and drugs and subsequent premature death at 47. Some of Garland's memorable songs are recreated: "The Trolley Song," "The Man That Got Away" and "Over the Rainbow." This show is not appropriate for small children. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29 and Oct. 1 and 2. Matinees are at 3 p.m. Sept. 28 and Oct. 2. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. Tickets may be reserved by calling the box office at 218-652-2666.

Mark Twain

"Mark Twain," as portrayed by Richard Garey of Hannibal, Mo., will be performed at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Bemidji High School. The show authentically recreates the famous Mark Twain shows of 100 years ago as it combines comedy, biting satire, and drama by a respected humorist and philosopher. The show is suitable for all ages and tickets are $15 and on sale now in the main office just inside the front door of BHS. Office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket phone is 218-444-1600.

Workshops

- Writer's Workshop will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 8, at location to be announced. Susan Hauser will lead a three-hour workshop for participants who will learn some ways to read their writing the way that others do; recognition of values and meanings expressed in the work. The workshop will introduce techniques for discovering both literal and metaphorical meaning in participants' writings. Participants will be asked to bring a five-page writing sample of poetry or prose (fiction, creative non-fiction, essay, letter, etc.). Participants will read their work and discuss values and meanings expressed in it. Space is limited and the fee is $35 for adults and $20 for students with a valid ID. For more information or to register, contact Bemidji Community Arts Center at 444-7570 or bcac@paulbunyan.net.

- The Bemidji Community Arts Center and the Textile Center of Minneapolis will be hosting Things with String, a three-hour children's class with Lynn Cooper from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 15. From braids to knots to twisted cords, there are lots of ways to turn yarn into fiber art. Participants will create custom yarns, learn how to finger knit and learn kumihimo, a Japanese eight-stranded braid. This class is free and open to 25 students, ages 8 and older. To find out location and to register, contact Cindy or Lori at BCAC, 444-7570 or bcac@paulbunyan.net.

- Pottery classes for those 14 and older will be offered from 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays Oct, 3, 10, 17 and 24 at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Potter Tom Daley will instruct the basics of clay and start off with hand building and move into basic wheel throwing. The cost is $50 and reservations may be made by calling 444-5606.

- Brass Choir with Jeff Sands invites adults who play a brass instrument and would like to participated in the annual TubaChristmas event at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Paul Bunyan Mall. The classes will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Oct. 3 until Nov. 28. The cost of the class is $40. Reservations may be made by calling 444-5606.

- Fiber workshop will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 13, 20 and 27, at Debs Community Center, Debs, with Marilyn Lee. Participants will create a Paul and Babe pillow or wall hanging, learn the appliqué technique and special sewing and finishing techniques. The cost is $30, and the registration deadline is Oct. 6 and includes materials. Send check to R2AC.

Ongoing events

- Maps for the installations of the Bemidji Sculpture Walk can be had at the Tourist Information Center.

- Pub Trivia at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, Mondays at 7:30. Free to play.

- Open stage at 7:30 p.m. third Wednesdays: For writers, poets and dreamers with Patty Byers at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub.

- Open Stage at 8 p.m. Thursdays for performing artists and writers with host Drew Jacobson at Brigid's Cross.

- Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club, 1270 Neilson Ave. S.E. The public is invited to attend. For details, call 759-2952.

- Headwaters Basketmakers Guild meets on third Saturday of the month; contact epbensum@paulbunyan.net.

Announcements of arts and entertainment events may be sent to the Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56619-0455 or e-mailed to news@bemidjipioneer.com

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