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Another fun filled Sunday for Bemidjians, relatives, summer visitors and children. It's going to be difficult to choose, but whatever you pick, you can't go wrong.

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• Family Day at Lake Bemidji State Park welcomes The Imagination Workshop and their "magical lines" from 1 to 5 p.m. as sponsored by Bemidji Parks and Recreation and Bemidji State Park. They have an arsenal of expressive characters and a supply of enchanting musical scores for their story play to connect with the audience using personal forms of self-expression for everyone — yes, even grandma.

• If you enjoy the lyrics and sounds of folk music, be sure to see Mark Fogelson, who captures the essence of traditional folk by focusing on human stories, emotions and triumphs passed on for generations by musicians through the memories of storytellers. Fogelson's original lyrics are sentimental and funny: "If Jesus Was Norwegian" and "Plant New Dreams." The concert begins at 1:30 p.m. as part of the 2014 Lake Bemidji Concert Series. Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, in collaboration with the Lake Bemidji State Park. Admission is free for each concert, but you will need to have a valid park pass or purchase a day pass at the gate. Day passes are $5 and the event is family friendly and casual.

• Here's where the hard decision comes in --- is "Hard Luck Life" trump? Along with the Broadway revival, our own Paul Bunyan Playhouse is staging "Annie" -- as magical the first time you watch it or the umpteenth. This writer saw the original Broadway cast with our middle-schooler and now we are taking the grands, the play is that wonderful, yes! There is a matinee today and a guarantee along with the performance that you will leave the show singing, or humming the tunes that have delighted audiences for generations. If you have a child, relative or friend in the show, no doubt you'll be enjoying their "singing in the shower." The show begins today 2 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. The box office will open at 11 a.m. and there are deep cuts to the ticket prices; call (218) 751-7270.

• The Bemidji Area Community Band concludes its summer concert season tonight at 7 p.m. on the south lawn of Bangsberg Performing Arts Complex on the campus of BSU at Birchmont Dr. and 14th St. This concert, sponsored by Giovanni's Pizza with Scott Guidry at the baton, will feature music of all styles: selections from "West Side Story," "Tribute to Irving Berlin," a fun "Sandpaper Ballet" featuring the sandpaper players and a classic band march. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs, blankets and bug spray. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors to Bangsberg Recital Hall.

Wednesday

• Bemidji Area Church Musicians' Summer Recital Series continues with the duo of Wayne Hoff, organ, and Carol L. Johnson on piano, with a delightful half-hour recital starting at noon at Aardahl Lutheran Church. The program will open with an organ and piano setting of Theme and Variations by G. F. Handel. Hoff and Johnson will each perform as soloists on their respective instruments arrangements of hymns. There will also be a hymn-sing for the audience. This recital is the 10th week of the series. The public is encouraged to attend this fine performance. A free-will offering will be accepted to support music scholarships awarded each year to freshman/sophomore college student majoring in music. A luncheon will follow the concert with a price to be announced. Aardahl Lutheran is east of Bemidji, two miles on Roosevelt Road and a mile south on Van Buren.

• Long Lake Theater production "Leaving Iowa" by Spike Manton and Tim Clue is "a toast to the classic family road trip, both touching and funny." Matinee at 3 p.m. today. Order tickets online at longlaketheater.com or call (218) 732-0099: $18 Adults, $9 children ages 4 to 12 years, and group rate of $16 for 15 or more tickets. It takes about an hour to get there, but is always worth the trip, see website for directions.

• "Annie" at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. The box office will open at 2 p.m. For more information on the show, see above.

Thursday

• The Bemidji Public Library continues its local author series with Jeanette Lukowski and her books, "Tarnished Dreams" and "Heart Scars" at 7 p.m. at the library, 509 America Ave. NW. These books are her memoir of parenting a teen runaway and about tough love. Lukowski will also talk about her process of writing. Free and open to the public. Copies of her books will be available for purchase.

• "Annie" at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. Box office opens at 2 p.m. For more information on the show, see above.

• Long Lake Theater production "Leaving Iowa" by Spike Manton and Tim Clue. Performance begins at 8 p.m. For more information on the show, see above.

Friday

• The Beltrami County Historical Society will host a reception for "Revisiting Beltrami County" from 5 to 7 p.m. at the James J. Hill Railroad depot, 130 Minnesota Ave. The exhibit features historical images from the collection of towns and landscapes and present-day photos of the same locations by Todd Geiger. The exhibit runs through Oct. 31. The history center is open noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and museum admission fees apply.

• Watermark Art Center invites the public to their opening reception for photographer Gregory Thompson's work "Head in the Clouds -- Feet on the Ground" from 5 to 7 p.m. with a short presentation from Thompson at 6 p.m. Thompson's photographs focus on all aspects of weather, the environment and nature. Meet him at 426 Bemidji Ave. N. The installation will be in place through Sept. 27.

• "Annie" at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. Box office opens at 11 a.m. For more information on the show, see above.

• Long Lake Theater production "Leaving Iowa" by Spike Manton and Tim Clue. Performance begins at 8 p.m. For more information on the show, see above.

• Brett Cease plays with the Seasonals at 8 p.m. at Bridget's Pub in downtown Bemidji.

Saturday

• Headwaters Science Center will host a special Saturday Science presentation with Gregory Thompson, an atmospheric scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. Thompson will present his photos in an interactive format suitable for all audiences and is free with paid admission to the HSC exhibit floor and free for HSC members.

• The last performance of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, the musical "Annie," begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. Box office opens at 11 a.m. For more information on the show, see above.

• Long Lake Theater production "Leaving Iowa" by Spike Manton and Tim Clue. Performance begins at 8 p.m. For more information on the show, see above.

Ongoing exhibits

• Locations and short explanations for August exhibits and ongoing installations are available at watermarkartcenter.org. Pull down First Friday tab.

Upcoming events

• The Sixth Annual "Desserts by Design" fundraiser for the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Sanford Center. Tickets are $25 and are available from Karen Amble at (218) 444-7005 and leave a message. Tickets will be sold until Aug. 22.

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