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Pioneer Previews: Art in the Park continues today

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The 45th annual Art in the Park festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Library Park, next to the Bemidji Community Arts Center.

The festival is a fine arts and craft fair for the entire family, with children's activities, food vendors and entertainment.

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The Lake Bemidji Summer Concert Series will showcase Greg and Kiki Webb of Dancing Light at 1:30 p.m. at the amphitheater at the Lake Bemidji State Park. The duo utilizes a musical blend called cosmic acoustic. Their lyrics offer a vision of unity, environmental compassion and spiritual connection. Admission to the park requires a current sticker; one-day passes are available. The concert is open to the public at no charge because this series is funded by a Region 2 Arts Grant.

Mike Kerrigan takes the baton for the Bemidji Area Community Band at 7 p.m. on Bangsberg Hall Green, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive Northeast. The program is varied, with the "Star-Spangled Banner" to start, and a salute to big bands in concert, including "A String of Pearls," "Satin Doll" and "Sophisticated Lady," at the end. Clarinetist Erika Svanoe will play "Lightning Fingers," dedicated to the memory of Jerry Ekberg. Familiar Broadway show tunes round out the program. Take a folding chair, some bug spray and a wrap to this third concert of the summer season. Admission is free as this series is funded in part by the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment and Region 2 Arts Council.

monday

Pint Size Polkas, the happiest form of music, with Mike Schneider will begin at 7 p.m. at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Schneider's vision is to help families discover the good, clean fun of dancing to polka music. This Legacy event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday

The 25th anniversary Bemidji Area Church Musician Summer Concert series will begin at noon with Isaac Heath on the tuba and Jennifer Paquette on piano at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave. SW. Both are former BACM scholarship winners and are music students at Concordia College. The program will include "Goldberg Variations" by J.S. Bach and "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Greig.

All of the concerts are open to the public and free-will offerings will be accepted for the BACM Scholarship fund. A post-concert luncheon will be provided at a minimal cost, a service of each member church to support their fundraising efforts.

"The Dixie Swim Club," by Jones, Hope and Wooten, is a comedy about five southern women who have gathered for a reunion at a cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks for the past 33 years. The play, which focuses on four separate weekends and shows the miracle of friendships that can last over a lifetime, is at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, located in the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.

The performance times for this week are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for students with a valid ID. The box office number is 751-7270 or order tickets online at thechieftheater.com.

Long Lake Theater presents "A Don't Hug Me County Fair," a musical comedy set in Bunyan Bay, Minn., and directed by BSU alum Andrew Browers. There are 3 p.m. matinees during the week.

Check the website at longlaketheater.com for performance times and dates or call 218-732-0099.

Thursday

Patchouli, with Julie Patchouli and master guitarist Bruce Heckel, will be the featured duo at the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association 2nd Street Stage events from 6-8 p.m. Music, beer garden, snacks and family events will be featured. The stage is located on Second Street between Main and U.S. Highway 71 S.

"Nunsense," a comedy about the Little Sisters of Hoboken who need to put on a variety show to pay for the funerals of those who were accidently poisoned by their cook, is playing through July 29 at the Minnesota Folklore Theater in Park Rapids. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 218-547-4044 for reservations or visit Minnesota folkloretheater.org.

FRIDAY

Bluebird, with Keri Munson, Jes Conrad and Ann Will, are set to play from 7-10 p.m. at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant.

Saturday

The 29th annual Blackduck Woodcarver's Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wayside Park with more than 60 woodcarvers and food vendors. It's a family-friendly event with children's activities. The arts and crafts booths will start at the Senior Citizen Center.

Entertainers sought

There are two time slots left for performers at the Beltrami County Stage at the Beltrami County Fair: Thursday and Sunday, Aug. 9 and 12. For more information, contact Holly at 751-9309.

Workshops

The North Country Arts and Crafts Workshop will hold its 37th year of classes for artists and crafters at all levels of experience Sept. 18-20 at El Lago Del Bosque, Concordia Language Villages. The brochure for the 2012 class schedule can be accessed at paulbunyan.net/northart; at the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce and Gallery North. For those not in the area, a brochure will be mailed if you contact Carol at 751-5245 or Jean at 218-586-2884.

July Art Installations

A complete listing of all the artists and venues can be found on the Bemidji Community Arts Center website at bcac.wordpress.com.

Upcoming events

"Seussical," by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, a family musical at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Aug. 1-11.

"The Legend of Paul Bunyan the Musical" with the Mask and Rose Theater, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3-4 and 2 p.m. Aug. 5 in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. More information to follow.

Bemidji Area Community Band concert, Sunday, Aug. 5.

"Barefoot in the Park," by Neil Simon, Aug. 8-25 at Long Lake Theater.

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