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Pioneer Previews for Aug. 4: Sunday music events close out weekend

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A musical Sunday will close out a weekend of exciting Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat races, so stay around for the day visitors, and explore the offerings in music in the park, musical theater at the Chief and a concert in the park that make Bemidji a destination city.

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• Today take a ride over the state park to enjoy the bluegrass/gospel music of the Froemming Family: Scott and Anna with family members Mitch (lead male vocalist), Carl (guitar), Ruth (mandolin, guitar and bass), Faith (fiddle) and Elsie (banjo). Headwaters School of Music and the Arts in collaboration with Lake Bemidji State Park and underwritten in part by a grant from Region 2 Arts Council bring these family friendly artists for the public each summer. The concert will begin at 2 p.m.in the amphitheater which is accessible by foot, boat or car. Bring lunch or snacks and prepare to enjoy the sylvan glen. Admission to the concert is free for those with a yearly pass and $5 for a daily pass, both available at the visitor's gate. No rain dates for these series for the concert is held rain or shine at the park for the Visitors Center is located near the amphitheater.

• The last matinee of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse will begin at 2 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. "She Loves Me" by Masteroff, Bock and Hornick at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse takes place in a perfumery shop in Budapest, Hungary. Two work rivals are actually each other's secret pen pals and even though the romance blooms in the mail, they are not friendly at work. The playhouse is going all out in bringing back some familiar faces like Jessie Ladig, Katherine Tieben-Holt, and Erik Bergstrom (all three Bemidji State University alums), Kristen Husby ("Gypsy"), Jake Endres and Paul Reyburn. Tickets on-line at paulbunyanplayhouse.com or call the box office at 751-7270.

• The Bemidji Area Community Band under the baton of Mike Kerrigan will play its final concert of the season with selections from "Music Man," "Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel," a John Philip Sousa march, a Dixieland selection and Holsinger's classic "Prelude and Rondo." The 7 p.m. concert will be played on the lawn beside Bemidji State University's Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex, 14th St. and Birchmont Dr. Bring a chair, sweater, some refreshments, bug spray and friends along for no matter the weather, the show will go on; the band and audience will move inside to the recital hall. A free will offering will be accepted. This concert is underwritten by Country Kitchen.

In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors to BSU's Bangsberg Recital Hall. The concert begins at 7:00pm. Thank you for another wonderful summer band season!

Monday

• The Bemidji Public Library monthly book discussion will begin at noon in the main meeting room. New York Times bestselling book, "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg, will be the topic of the discussion that will focus on why women are not gaining the positions of leadership in government and industry. Reasons why and how to get out of the stall will be discovered along with commonsense solutions. The discussion will run for approximately one hour.

• Bemidji Community Arts Center Spoken Word Committee will host a book signing and reading by Marsh Muirhead and his newly released book of Haiku poetry, "her cold martini." Muirhead will read selections from his book and discuss the history of this art form. The reading will begin at 6 p.m. at Sparkling Waters Restaurant, 824 Paul Bunyan Dr. S. and is open to the public at no charge. Attendees may order drinks, appetizers and/or dinner during or after the presentation.

• "Shade's Brigade," the adventures of Jack Shade and his brigade of mercenaries; radio drama live on stage at 8 p.m. in the historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. An original script as told by five actors in front of microphones and sound effects at the ready. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the box office, general seating.

Tuesday

• The Bemidji Public Library monthly book discussion will begin at 7 p.m. in the main meeting room. New York Times bestselling book, "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg, will be the topic of the discussion that will focus on why women are not gaining the positions of leadership in government and industry. Reasons why and how to get out of the stall will be discovered along with commonsense solutions. The discussion will run for approximately one hour.

• Early Bird Specials for Friends of the Library will run from 4-7 p.m. at the Bemidji Guard Armory, 1430 23rd. St. NW. Friends membership forms will be available there or at the library.

Wednesday

• The Bemidji Area Church Musicians Summer Recital Series will begin at noon, St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 1800 Irvine Ave. NW with an ensemble program which includes Lizette Grinden (violin), Bonnie Swanson (horn), Eve Sumsky (horn), Eric Lund and Lenore Siems (horn and cello) in excerpts from two of W. A. Mozart's chamber pieces for horns and strings. A free will offering will be accepted in support of the BACM scholarships. A luncheon will follow the concert

• Bemidji Public Library Summer 2013 Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the best buy in used paper backs, hard cover, children's books and more.

• "She Loves Me," by the Paul Bunyan Playhouse players at 8 p.m. Tickets on-line at paulbunyanplayhouse.com or call the box office at 751-7270.

Thursday

• Bemidji Public Library Summer 2013 Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the best buy in used paper backs, hard cover, children's books and more.

• A flute circle for players at all levels who want to learn the Native American flute from 6-8 p.m.at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Questions, please call 751-7321 and ask for Georgia or HSMA at 444-5606. There is no charge for this event.

• "She Loves Me," by the Paul Bunyan Playhouse players at 8 p.m. Tickets on-line at paulbunyanplayhouse.com or call the box office at 751-7270.

• Minnesota Folklore Theater brings back their production of "Judy Why Can't I" set in Hollywood. The play offers a glimpse into the life of Judy Garland up to her final days when she died at the age of 47. The play shows Judy at three stages in her life: a youth from Grand Rapids to her growth in Hollywood. An older Judy talks from beyond about her reflections of drugs and alcohol. The show features clips from some of Garland's most memorable songs, including "The Man That Got away," "The Trolley Song" and "Over the Rainbow." Walker Bay Theater, MN 371 and Highland Ave., Walker; call for reservations 218 547 4044.

Friday

• Bemidji Community Arts Center opening reception for Charles E. Alberti, "Solo Show since 1968 at 68," from 5-7 p.m., 426 Bemidji Ave. N. The installation is a selection of painting from a prolific artist whose oils were first featured in a children's exhibit in the 1950's. Alerti will begin his artist presentation at 6 p.m. to talk about his years of participating in juried shows across the country.

• "She Loves Me," by the Paul Bunyan Playhouse players at 8 p.m. Tickets on-line at paulbunyanplayhouse.com or call the box office at 751-7270.

• "Judy Why Can't I" at 7:30 p.m. at the Walker Bay Theater, MN 371 and Highland Ave., Walker; call for reservations 218 547 4044.

Saturday

• "She Loves Me," by the Paul Bunyan Playhouse players at 8 p.m. Tickets on-line at paulbunyanplayhouse.com or call the box office at 751-7270.

• "Judy Why Can't I" at 7:30 p.m. at the Walker Bay Theater, MN 371 and Highland Ave., Walker; call for reservations 218 547 4044.

Theater

If you missed "The Dixie Swim Club" by Jones, Hope and Wooten last summer at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse or even if you didn't and want to see it again, make an effort to get to Long Lake Theater in Hubbard. It's a bit of a drive, but always worth the effort especially when Bemidji's own Julie Kaiser is part of the cast. The show revolves around the annual long summer weekend college pals spend together to catch up on their lives. Southern ladies to the core, they can't help meddling in each other's problems and reminiscing about the good old days when they were swimming champions. Go to the website longlaketheater.com for more information. Tickets are $16 adults, $8 children (4-12) and $14.50 group rate or 15 or more. They do have a Wednesday matinee at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. shows until August 17. They can also be reached by phone at 218-732-0099.

Installations

• For a complete listing of the artists and venues participating in this month's exhibits can be accessed at bcac@wordpress.com.

• Beltrami County History Center new exhibit, "Trails Through Time," an installation that covers the glacial recession to the mid-20th century in Beltrami County including Ojibwe history. The history center is open noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

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