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Pioneer Previews: Bluegrass concert today at Chief Theater

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The WoodPicks, a widely known and appreciated Blue Grass group will perform at 3 p.m. today at The Chief. All tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door.

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"Timberline with Kari Munson and John Essig will be performing from 5 to 9 p.m. today in Trails End.

Brass Players

MerryTubaChristmas® 2011 will mark the 38th year of brass players getting together to play traditional Christmas music at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Paul Bunyan Mall. Tuba and euphonium players will play a concert of music of traditional Christmas Carols especially arranged for the first concert by American composer Alec Wilder.

Call the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts at 444 5606 to register by Wednesday. The only rehearsal will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at HSMA, 519 Minnesota Ave. The participation fee is $5 and players are encouraged to decorate their instruments with a holiday theme.

Theatre

E "Fruitcakes" written by Julian Wiles will be on stage at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and Dec. 10, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 10 and 11 at Longlake Theater in Hubbard.

A family show about a 12-year old runaway boy who finds a place in the hearts of the "nuttier than fruitcakes" residents of a small town at Christmastime. Tickets are $14 adults, $7 ages 4-12 and free for lap sit children; groups of 15 or more are $12.50 per adult. Ticket reservations at longlaketheater.com or buy directly at Beagle Books in Park Rapids.

E "It's A Wonderful Life" written by James W. Rodgers and directed by Bridget Stomberg will be presented at 7:29 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Old School Center, Kelliher. There will be pre-show music starting at 7 p.m., Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens and free for pre-school and under. Kelliher FCCLA will be selling cookies, bars and cider for a free will donation.

Workshops

Shadowbox Theatre Class with Margaret Burger. Tell a story with "Shadowbox Theatre," an imaginative toy theatre form that awakens in the dark of winter. Create cardboard characters, props, and scenery to move and talk your shadows to life! Classes are from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 7 and 14, and from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday and Dec. 10 and 17. Each workshop is $5 per person for ages seven and up; sign up a few classes or a series by calling HSMA at 444-5606 or stop by to register in person.

Acrylic Painting workshop with Scott Fadness at 10 a.m. at the Frohn Town Hall. Students will learn the fundamentals of acrylic painting from composition to color. For information and a materials list call 444-9933. Class fee is $100 and class size will be limited.

"Winter Wonderland" at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gallery North with Marion Reil. Students will paint a watercolor winter nature scene of their choosing or a study will be provided. Participants will paint a winter landscape "playing with snow" using a variety of watercolor methods. Students will complete and mat a 16-inch by 20-inch picture. Class fee is $45. All materials are provided. Registrations taken at Gallery North. No experience necessary.

Region 2 Arts Council announces that it has funding available for "No Risk" workshops. The application can be downloaded from their website: r2arts.org/workshops/. The workshop must focus on learning experiences for adult artists and be open to the public. Proposals are considered on an ongoing basis and the funds are limited.

Grant deadline

The deadline for the Community Arts Support Grant is approaching. Open to any arts organizations, these grants are two-year awards that help provide some measure of funding stability for arts organizations so that their energy can be better focused on increasing the quality and availability of the arts to their communities. Organizations can qualify to apply for up to $6,000 in funds based on their annual expenses. This grant will not be given again for another two years. Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 and are also available for download from http//r2arts.org.

Ongoing events

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

E Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club, 1270 Nielson Ave. SE. 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.

The WoodPicks, a widely known and appreciated Blue Grass group will perform at 3 p.m. today at The Chief. All tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door.

"Timberline with Kari Munson and John Essig will be performing from 5 to 9 p.m. today in Trails End.

Brass Players

MerryTubaChristmas® 2011 will mark the 38th year of brass players getting together to play traditional Christmas music at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Paul Bunyan Mall. Tuba and euphonium players will play a concert of music of traditional Christmas Carols especially arranged for the first concert by American composer Alec Wilder.

Call the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts at 444 5606 to register by Wednesday. The only rehearsal will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at HSMA, 519 Minnesota Ave. The participation fee is $5 and players are encouraged to decorate their instruments with a holiday theme.

Theatre

- "Fruitcakes" written by Julian Wiles will be on stage at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and Dec. 10, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 10 and 11 at Longlake Theater in Hubbard.

A family show about a 12-year old runaway boy who finds a place in the hearts of the "nuttier than fruitcakes" residents of a small town at Christmastime. Tickets are $14 adults, $7 ages 4-12 and free for lap sit children; groups of 15 or more are $12.50 per adult. Ticket reservations at longlaketheater.com or buy directly at Beagle Books in Park Rapids.

- "It's A Wonderful Life" written by James W. Rodgers and directed by Bridget Stomberg will be presented at 7:29 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Old School Center, Kelliher. There will be pre-show music starting at 7 p.m., Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens and free for pre-school and under. Kelliher FCCLA will be selling cookies, bars and cider for a free will donation.

Workshops

Shadowbox Theatre Class with Margaret Burger. Tell a story with "Shadowbox Theatre," an imaginative toy theatre form that awakens in the dark of winter. Create cardboard characters, props, and scenery to move and talk your shadows to life! Classes are from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 7 and 14, and from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday and Dec. 10 and 17. Each workshop is $5 per person for ages seven and up; sign up a few classes or a series by calling HSMA at 444-5606 or stop by to register in person.

Acrylic Painting workshop with Scott Fadness at 10 a.m. at the Frohn Town Hall. Students will learn the fundamentals of acrylic painting from composition to color. For information and a materials list call 444-9933. Class fee is $100 and class size will be limited.

"Winter Wonderland" at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gallery North with Marion Reil. Students will paint a watercolor winter nature scene of their choosing or a study will be provided. Participants will paint a winter landscape "playing with snow" using a variety of watercolor methods. Students will complete and mat a 16-inch by 20-inch picture. Class fee is $45. All materials are provided. Registrations taken at Gallery North. No experience necessary.

Region 2 Arts Council announces that it has funding available for "No Risk" workshops. The application can be downloaded from their website: r2arts.org/workshops/. The workshop must focus on learning experiences for adult artists and be open to the public. Proposals are considered on an ongoing basis and the funds are limited.

Grant deadline

The deadline for the Community Arts Support Grant is approaching. Open to any arts organizations, these grants are two-year awards that help provide some measure of funding stability for arts organizations so that their energy can be better focused on increasing the quality and availability of the arts to their communities. Organizations can qualify to apply for up to $6,000 in funds based on their annual expenses. This grant will not be given again for another two years. Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 and are also available for download from http//r2arts.org.

Ongoing events

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

- Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club, 1270 Nielson Ave. SE. 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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