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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

• The Watermark Art Center and Paul Bunyan Communications present one of Bemidji's most popular events, which continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today: the 47th Annual Art in the Park Fine Art and Craft Festival on the shore of Lake Bemidji in Library Park.

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• More than 100 artists and vendors will showcase ceramics, wood furniture and accessories, glass paintings, fabrics, weaving, jewelry, paintings, etc. Vendors will sell great food and music by Pat Surface in the Spiritwood Music Tent all day. Jens Werner will do some fantastic face painting and henna tattoos. Artists from Two Eyes Weaving Studio will be demonstrating and providing hands-on weaving opportunities, and string players from Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will play during the day.

• The Bemidji Area Community Band will present a special tribute concert to late band member Sandra Herath as its third summer concert at 7 tonight on the south lawn of Bangsberg Hall at BSU. The band will be under the direction of Scott Guidry, assistant professor and director of bands at BSU. The concert program will feature a variety of classic band music showcasing the French horn section, including "American Overture for Band," "Highlights from Carousel" by Rodgers and Hammerstein, "Over the Rainbow," the ballad "Shenandoah," and two up-tempo marches. Herath, a native of Norfolk, Va., moved to Bemidji in 1968 and was a graduate of BSU. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church and enjoyed playing with the Community Band and singing in the church choir. She also held positions on the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra and Bemidji Arts Council Boards. She died in August at age 77. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Free-will donations will be accepted from the audience to help defray band expenses. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside to Bangsberg Recital Hall. The band's final summer concert will be held Aug. 3.

• "The 39 Steps," a melodrama primarily based on Alfred Hitchcock films, opened at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse this week. This spy story is played by four actors with more than 100 costumes, requiring lightning-quick changes; the play is comedic in nature with allusions and puns. Sunday 2 p.m. matinee tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for students and can be purchased online at www.thechieftheater.com or at the box office. Call (218) 751-7270. Plays are at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.

• Long Lake Theater opened its second production of the season Wednesday with "Leaving Iowa" by Spike Manton and Tim Clue. The play is "a toast to the classic family road trip, both touching and funny, this is a postcard to anyone who has ever found themselves revisiting the fond memories of their youth." The play continues through Aug. 16 with matinees on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Order tickets online at longlaketheater.com or call (218) 732-0099: $18 adults, $9 children 4 to 12 years, and group rate of $16 for 15 or more tickets. It takes about an hour to get there but always worth the trip, see website for directions.

Tuesday

• A concert with singer/songwriter Paul Spring at 10:30 a.m. at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW, which is open to the public and suitable for all ages. Spring writes and performs and records a unique combination of folk and rock. His poetic writing style and unique voice are at the center of his high energy shows and albums. Spring has released a highly reviewed family album "Home of the Song" that National Public Library called "an ode to books and stories, and to the families who nurture them." The concert is free and open to the public. After the concert, Spring will lead a third- through eighth-grade student creative songwriting workshop. Pre-registration is required for the limited seating. This event is made possible with funding from the North Country Snowmobile Club and individual donors.

• If you missed last year's Shades Brigade, an original radio drama adventure thriller, played right before your eyes and reminiscent of old-time radio, don't take a chance of missing it again. Eric Webster (currently on stage with "The 39 Steps) and his "radio show" is renowned in the Twin Cities for the melodramatic/comedic scripts, colorful and talented actors, and live sound effects man replicate a radio show in the 40s and 50s, which kept families listening around the table. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the door the night of the show or by calling the box office at 751-7270. The radio show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.

Wednesday

• Bemidji Area Church Musicians Summer Recital Series at noon with Glenn Seibel on the euphonium and pianist Wayne Hoff at the United Methodist Church, Ninth Street and Beltrami Ave. They will perform a mixed program of classical and contemporary music. A free-will offering will be accepted to support 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.

• Long Lake Theater in Hubbard County matinee performance of "Leaving Iowa" at 3 p.m.

• Paul Bunyan Playhouse's current production "The 39 Steps," a melodrama primarily based on Alfred Hitchcock films "Strangers on a Train," "Rear Window," "Psycho," "Vertigo" and "North by Northwest." This spy story is played by four actors and with more than 100 costume changes. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for students and can be purchased online at www.thechieftheater.com or at the box office. Call (218) 751-7270. Plays are at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.

Thursday

• Rachel Hanel will discuss her book "We'll be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger's Daughter" at 1 p.m. at Book World, 316 Beltrami Ave NW. Sometimes gently humorous, uplifting and heartbreaking her book is a masterful meditation on the living elements in our cemeteries; the histories of our friends and relatives in a small town. This event is open to the public at no charge.

• The Limms will play rock and reggae at 2nd Street Stage from 6 to 8 p.m., sponsored by the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association and State Bank. The 2nd Street Stage continues Thursdays through Aug. 21. For more information, go to www.parkrapidsdowntown.com.

• Paul Bunyan Playhouse's current production is "The 39 Steps," a melodrama primarily based on Alfred Hitchcock films "Strangers on a Train," "Rear Window," "Psycho," "Vertigo" and "North by Northwest." Show time is 7:30 p.m. This spy story is played by four actors and with more than 100 costume changes. Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for students and can be purchased online at www.thechieftheater.com or at the box office. Call (218) 751-7270. Plays are at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.

• Long Lake Theater in Hubbard County performance of "Leaving Iowa" at 8 p.m.

FRIDAY

• Paul Bunyan Playhouse's current production is "The 39 Steps," a melodrama primarily based on Alfred Hitchcock films "Strangers on a Train," "Rear Window," "Psycho," "Vertigo" and "North by Northwest." Show time is 7:30 p.m. This spy story is played by four actors and with more than 100 costume changes. Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for students and can be purchased online at www.thechieftheater.com or at the box office. Call (218) 751-7270. Plays are at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.

• The Northern Light Opera Co. opening night for "Guys and Dolls," a musical/comedy with lyrics of memorable songs "Luck Be a Lady" and "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat" all written by Frank Loesser. It is a romantic story of a gambler and a woman who runs the local mission that is short on sinners. Performance at 7 p.m. at Park Rapids High School, 401 Huntsinger Ave. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and can be reserved by calling (218) 237-0400 or buy directly at Beagle Books in Park Rapids. Future show dates are July 31 and Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. and matinees at 3 p.m. July 27 and Aug. 2.

• Art installations for July can be found at watermarkartcenter.org in the pulldown "First Friday Art Walk."

Saturday

• Paul Bunyan Playhouse's final production of "The 39 Steps," a melodrama primarily based on Alfred Hitchcock films "Strangers on a Train," "Rear Window," "Psycho," "Vertigo" and "North by Northwest." Show time is 7:30 p.m. This spy story is played by four actors and with more than 100 costume changes. Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for students and can be purchased online at www.thechieftheater.com or at the box office. Call (218) 751-7270. Plays are at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.

• Long Lake Theater in Hubbard County performance of "Leaving Iowa" at 8 p.m.

• The Northern Light Opera Co.'s "Guys and Dolls," a musical/comedy with lyrics of memorable songs "Luck Be a Lady" and "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat" all written by Frank Loesser. It is a romantic story of a gambler and a woman who runs the local mission that is short on sinners. Performance at 7 p.m. at Park Rapids High School, 401 Huntsinger Ave. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and can be reserved by calling (218) 237-0400 or buy directly at Beagle Books in Park Rapids. Future show dates are July 31 and Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. and matinees at 3 p.m. July 27 and Aug. 2.

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