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Pioneer Previews for July 21: Woodcarvers Festival in Blackduck is back on Saturday

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The 30th Annual Woodcarvers Festival in Blackduck, Minn., is on deck Saturday with woodworking crafts from across the country. The festival will be held at Wayside Park in Blackduck along Highway 71.

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Traditionally, the festival is held on the last Saturday in July. It all began with Jim Schram Sr., the originator of the festival, who passed away in 2010, leaving behind his passion for this unique art in festival form, according to the festival's website.

Each year, a local carver donates a special carving for a raffle and the winner is announced toward the end of the day.

Woodcarvings will also be for sale as well as on exhibit. An arts and crafts show will take place at the north end of Wayside Park on Summit Avenue.

Local groups will set up food booths with ethnic foods for all to enjoy. For entertainment, Jon Romer will play the Native American flute.

Here's a look at some other upcoming events this week:

Tuesday

Bemidji photographer, speaker and traveler, Cal Rice will present "Culture Shock in 45 Minutes: Miami to Havana" 7 p.m. in the Main Reading Room at the Bemidji Public Library. The presentation is on his recent trip to Cuba.

Wednesday

Bemidji Area Church Musicians will continue the Summer Recital Series with Beverly Everett, in an organ concert noon at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 1800 Irvine Ave. NW. A freewill offering will be received at the concert and a luncheon will follow.

Paul Bunyan Playhouse presents "Boeing Boeing" at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students and $20 each for groups of 10 or more.

Thursday

The Noon Hour Concert will feature a pipe organ recital 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., at St. John's Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.

The Cultural Connections Picnic will be held 3 to 7 p.m. at Cameron Park, 2504 Birchmont Ave. NW, in Bemidji. Art activities, pontoon boat rides, swimming, booth bingo, door prizes, musical entertainment and a free picnic meal will all be included.

"Patchouli", will play at 2nd Street Stage 6 to 8 p.m. in Park Rapids. The event is free with a beer garden and family activities.

Paul Bunyan Playhouse presents "Boeing Boeing" at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students and $20 each for groups of 10 or more.

Friday

Northern Light Opera Co. presents Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel" at 7:30 p.m. at the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium, 401 Huntsinger Ave. in Park Rapids.

Tickets at $20 for adults, $10 for students are available at Beagle Books, Coborn's or online at www.nothernlightopera.org.

Paul Bunyan Playhouse presents "Boeing Boeing" at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students and $20 each for groups of 10 or more.

Saturday

The 30th Annual Woodcarver's Festival at the 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wayside Park along Highway 71 in Blackduck.

The 2nd Annual Bemidji Sustainable Homes Tour featuring five destinations will begin 9 a.m. at the Passive-style House, 12487 Sundog Trail NE, in Bemidji. The tours are free. For times and destinations visit www.greenlivingbemidji.areavoices.com/sustainable-homes-tour/.

Paul Bunyan Playhouse presents "Boeing Boeing" at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students and $20 each for groups of 10 or more.

Northern Light Opera Co. presents Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel" at 7:30 p.m. at the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium, 401 Huntsinger Ave. in Park Rapids.

Tickets at $20 for adults, $10 for students are available at Beagle Books, Coborn's or online at www.nothernlightopera.org.

July 28

Northern Light Opera Co. presents Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel" at 3 p.m. at the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium, 401 Huntsinger Ave. in Park Rapids.

Tickets at $20 for adults, $10 for students are available at Beagle Books, Coborn's or online at www.nothernlightopera.org.

Area Exhibits

Neilson Place presents a photography display of "Through Our Eyes" by Aynsley Kluchnik and Abby Szarkowski through Oct.

Beltrami County History Center will feature artwork from Gallery North and an exhibit in their main hall: "Trails Through Time." It will showcase county history from the mid-20th century. The

Beltrami County History Center is open noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

The Bemidji Community Art Center presents an exhibit of oil paintings, watercolors and sculpture by John Lembi with his presentation of "Child's Play."

The center is open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

"Summer Art Potpourri" in the Tin Pan gALLEry is displaying work by a variety of artists, some new to the History and Art Center. Summer hours are 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays through Aug. 31. Visits by special appointment may be scheduled by calling 835-4478 or 835-8210.

Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center at 311 S. Main Ave, Park Rapids, has an exhibit of all participating artists.

For a complete listing of Bemidji Community Arts Center art exhibits email bcac@wordpress.com.

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