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Pioneer Previews for Dec. 29: You can help support the BSO

BEMIDJI — There is still time to get your check in to Bemidji Symphony Orchestra in support of their grand finale Mahler concert in May. The musicians and singers will not fit on the stage at Bemidji High School, so the event is moving to the Sanford Center. In honor of BSO’s Diamond Jubilee year, please consider donating $75 for 75, money which will go directly toward financing the move to the Sanford. As a special added bonus, your name will be included in their program insert listing the patrons for the Mahler concert. Send a check with “75 for 75” in the memo line made out to Bemidji Symphony Orchestra to BSO, Box 3136, Bemidji, MN 56619.


Just in case you missed the previews last Sunday, here is a run-down of the New Year’s Eve activities in downtown Bemidji:

The Bemidji Library will be hosting a storytime for pre-schoolers at 10:30 a.m.; a craft activity for elementary school students from 2-4 p.m. Stay around or come back at 4 p.m. for a 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 Third St. NW. A fun and creative time for all ages: $1 for children and $2 for adults.

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., 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.


Gallery North will be hosting a First Friday open house and reception showcasing the Holiday Boutique during regular business hours. The reception will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at 502 Third St. NW and is open to the public at no charge.


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

“Cavalleria Rusticana” and “I Pagliacci,” two short operas usually presented together will be on the big screen at the Bemidji Theater. The operas were recorded at La Scala opera house in Milan, Italy, and will be shown at 2 p.m., Jan. 18 at the Bemidji Theater. Tickets are $20 adults, $10 students with valid I.D.

There will be some changes coming in January regarding Pioneer Previews and Expressions, which will be moving to Sunday. Expressions will continue to focus on local artists in all genre. If you would like to see a story about one of your friends or yourself, please contact me at Continue to enjoy the last of the holiday season with family and friends; drink sensibly and drive carefully. Looking forward to hearing from you.