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Pioneer Previews for Dec. 22: Have some fun on the last day of the year

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Whew!

Well Bemidjians, we’ve nearly made it through the Christmas season, carefully slicing and dicing our time for all the different events starting with church lutefisk and meatball dinners to the last show of the season at the Chief, “The Nutcracker” with First City Dance Studio.

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And now Bemidjians — parents, grandparents, children and friends, you are invited to enjoy a family friendly New Year’s Eve Day in downtown Bemidji. It’s simple because you only need to park once and then walk to the different venues. Take in as many or as few events as you wish.

The Bemidji Library will be hosting a storytime for preschoolers at 10:30 a.m.; a craft activity for elementary school students from 2 to 4 p.m. and a 4 p.m.magic show with favorite library magicians, Robert and Lynn Halbrook.

Glazed and Amused will host a “paint a bear figurine” from noon to 4 p.m., 311 3rd St. NW. A fun and creative time for all ages: $1 for children and $2 for adults.

You can also take some time out from 2 to 4 p.m. for sledding down Library Park Hill. Bring your own sled, but not your own snacks as Parks and Recreation will provide refreshments.

Harmony Foods will welcome guests to enjoy a free, healthy snack from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at 302 Irvine Ave. NW.

Calvary Chapel will welcome guests of the Christian tradition and their friends for a time of reflection on 2013 and a look ahead to 2014 at 6 p.m. at the church at 500 Irvine Ave.

Finish the day at the Headwaters Science Center New Year’s Eve party from 5 to 8 p.m. at 413 Beltrami Ave., with special ball drops at 6,7 and 8 p.m. All ages are welcome and admission is $10 for HSC members and $15 for non-member families.

The next big event coming in January is the Bemidji High School Vocalmotive Dinner Show, held each year in the school commons. Tickets are on sale from 3 to 6 p.m. at the main office: $16 for closer seating and $18 for “balcony” seats. Shows this year are Jan.24 and two shows each on Jan.25-26.

Soon the musical and theater scene will start up again as all the performers are taking a holiday hiatus, using their talents at local church events and celebrations. May the New Year bring happiness and peace to you and yours. Thanks to all of you for your faithful readership.

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