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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

The Bemidji Area Community Band will begin their Independence Day Band Concert at 7 tonight on the Bangsberg Performing Arts Complex green on Birchmont Drive N. and 14th Street.

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The program will feature familiar patriotic and band selections with Erika Svanoe as conductor. This concert is free and open to the public, but be sure to take seating and bug spray. A free-will offering will be accepted to help defray the cost of the concerts.

There will be no Lake Bemidji Summer Concert Series today.

The Bemidji Area Church Musicians will not have a concert this Wednesday.

"Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music," a comedy by Lee Blessing will open Wednesday at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. The story line is supplemented by snippets of "good country music" from the hall-of-fame jukebox.

The performance times for this week are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. The following week, ending July 14, The show time will be 8 p.m. Located in the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji , the tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for students with a valid ID and $15 for the matinee. The box office number is 751-7270 or order tickets on line at thechieftheater.com.

Long Lake Theater presents "A Don't Hug Me County Fair," a musical comedy set in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota and directed by BSU alum Andrew Browers.

Check the website at longlaketheater.com for performance times and dates or call (218) 732-0099.

Northwoods Folk Collective open stage for artists and musicians in all genre will begin sign-up at 6:30 p.m. Friday with a 7:30 p.m. start with host Drew Warne-Jacobson at Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW (just over the Irvine Avenue Bridge).

The Beltrami County History Center will welcome visitors from noon to 4 p.m. with refreshments and free admission to the museum. They will have a special exhibit of historical photos from their collection: first graduating class from Bemidji High School, maple sugaring and a mail carrier.

Gallery North will welcome visitors during their 2-5 p.m. reception to meet the artists. Showcase artist of the month is Dennis Mahney, who designed and carved "Inspirational Love Spoons," messages for living the good life. Featured artists are author and photographer John Eggers and Carol Hoyem, who creates gift tags and jewelry and is also a photographer. The gallery is located in the Shoppes at the foot of the Irvine Avenue Bridge and is closed on Sunday.

While downtown, visit the Bemidji Public Library with an exhibit by DeeAnn Najjar, whose painting, Visual Storytelling, tells stories for children as a way of leaving a legacy for her family as well as yours. Join DeeAnn during the 3-5 p.m. reception and children attending will be able to complete an arts-n-craft project. The library is located at 509 America Ave. and is closed on Sunday.

Around the corner is the Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, which will be hosting a 3-5 p.m. reception for "Out of the Shadows" oil paintings by Ruth Ann Nordlund. Her carefully arranged still-life paintings are influenced by the way light falls upon a subject. The bistro is located at 523 Minnesota Ave. and is closed on Sunday. The First Friday Wine Bar will feature a Greek inspired menu with libations to complement from 5-9 p.m.

The Cabin Coffeehouse and Café is hosting "Hometown Heroes-Part One" by photographer Trish Barthorpe. The photo exhibit honors local people who have been nominated for their heroic qualities. Part Two will follow at a later date. The Cabin is located at 214 3rd St. NW and is open seven days a week.

Dunn Bros Coffee will host The Artists of Studio 10, a Bemidji given to fostering artistic excellence and professionalism in all mediums. Meet them at the opening reception from 2-4 p.m. at 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week.

Neilson Place will host, "We All Love Paul," a collection of artists and photographer's view of the famous couple - Paul and Babe - who grace our lakefront. The exhibit honors the 75th birthday of Paul with varied media, including a display of children's original art work. The exhibit will run July through October. Located on the campus of the Sanford Woodsedge campus at 1000 Anne St., the exhibit may be viewed daily until 8 p.m.

Bemidji Community Arts Center invites the public to its 5-7 p.m. reception featuring "Printmaking Defined," woodcut relief prints by Eugene Dalzotto from 1949-1961. Work by printmaker and curator Jason Clark will be featured in Gallery X-2. The exhibit will run until Sep. 1. BCAC is open noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and is located at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.

Freaxis Studio invites the public a Puppet Happening starting at 5 p.m. in the lower level of BCAC.

Rail River Folk School presents Eli Balbach and his exhibit, "Assimilation Made an Ass of My Nation," to show the folly aspect of colonial expansion in a variety of mediums. The artist reception will be held from 5-7 p.m.

All of the above receptions are free and open to the public.

Brigid's Cross Irish Pub will be celebrating its eight season of business and the new owners during a First Friday reception with an evening of art and entertainment. The pub is located in downtown Bemidji and open seven days a week.

Poetry workshops with two nationally acclaimed writers will be followed by a reading July 8 at the Wild Rose Theater in Bemidji.

Jules Nyquist moved from her native Minnesota and KFAI's "Write on Radio" to Albuquerque, N.M. She created the Poetry Playhouse, where she holds poetry-related events and teaches workshops. As part of the Appetites Book Tour 2012, Nyquist will be giving a workshop from noon to 2 p.m. on the Sestina poetry form.

John Roche a widely publicized and recognized author will be offering a workshop from 3-5 p.m. on poetic memoir. Roche will take the participants beyond the merely confessional and into the realm of document, living history.

The workshops are $25 each or $45 for both. Those interested should contact Erin Marsh at 218-333-8979.

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Summer Pops

Concert, Music and Message at 7:30 p.m. July 14 at Bemidji High School.

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