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The Bemidji Public Library 2012 Bemidji Library Book Festival starts Monday with the following authors and events:

E 10:30 a.m. at the Library, 509 America Ave. NW, with children's author Carolyn Strom Collins.

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E 2 p.m. at Headwaters School of Music and Art, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. "Writing for Tweens and Teens" with William Durbin. Pre-register at 751-3963.

E 7 p.m. at HSMA with Mark Vinz and "Just Friends," a poetry reading with jazz accompaniment

E 8:30 p.m. Poetry Slam at HSMA. A slam is a competition at which poets read or recite original work and then are given scores on a numerical scale by the judges. Limited to 12 poets and cash prizes will be given; to enter call the Bemidji Public Library at 751-3963 as there are still some slots open.

Free tickets for the Keynote speaker Ann Bancroft, polar explorer, at 7 p.m. Friday are available at the Library and HSMA. The Author Fair and Bancroft's talk will be held at Bemidji High School. All of the Book Festival events are open to the public at no charge because they are underwritten by Legacy Funds approved by Minnesota voters for arts and cultural heritage. The Bemidji Pioneer will print each day's events during the week.

The Lake Bemidji Summer Concert Series begins at 1:30 p.m. today with Shylan Rose and Friends at the amphitheater of the Lake Bemidji State Park. The concert is a remembrance of Dick Rose, a devoted volunteer for the Headwaters School of Music and Art and the Lake Bemidji State Park. Admission to the park requires a current sticker but one-day passes are available. The concert is open to the public at no charge because this series is funded by a Region 2 Arts Council grant.

"An Evening of American Songs" at 7:30 p.m. today in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State University, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive. Matthew Goinz and Abe Hunter will present music from Copland, Ives, Bowles, Barber and Bolcom. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. All proceeds to benefit Headwaters School of Music and Art Scholarship funds.

The 25th Anniversary Bemidji Area Church Musicians Summer Concert Series will continue at noon Wednesday with Bells of Bethel at Bethel Lutheran Church, 5232 Irvine Ave. NW. Under the direction of Carol L. Johnson and Vicki Stenerson, this 11-member, three-octave ensemble started with the concert series in 1998. All concerts are open to the public and free-will offerings are accepted for the BACM scholarship fund. A post-concert luncheon will be provided at a minimal cost, a service of each member church to support their fund raising efforts.

Folklorist John Berquist in concert will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the History Center in Shelvin, US 2 W. Berquist's programs bring to life the heritage and lore of the Upper Midwest. A free-will offering will be accepted. In case of rain, the concert will be held across the street at the Clearwater Lutheran church.

The First City Singers, a group that rehearses at HSMA, is a non-auditioned senior chorus program that rehearses weekly from 1-2 p.m. on Mondays and performs regularly in the community. They are looking for new members and offer a great singing opportunity. Call 444-5606 for more information if you are thinking of joining.

Paul Bunyan Playhouse season opener, "Spitfire Grill" a folk and bluegrass musical/drama at 2 p.m. today with discounted ticket price of $15. This week performances will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The story revolves around a young woman, just released from a prison term for manslaughter, who gets a new start at life at the Spitfire Grill in an economically struggling town. Located in the historic Chief Theater at 314 Beltrami Ave. NW, the tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for students with a valid ID. The box office number is 751-7270 or order tickets online at thechieftheater.com

"Over the River and Through the Woods," a comedy by Joe DiPietro is playing now at the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard through June 30. Check the website at longlaketheater.com for performance times and dates or call (218) 732-0099.

"Doing Business Online," a free professional development workshop for artists with Ryan Pesch of the University of Minnesota Extension will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday at the Math Computer Lab of Bemidji High School. Contact Region 2 Arts Council to register: staff@r2arts.org or call 751-5447. There are still some slots open and if interested call Region 2 on Monday.

Grace Garland will host a watercolor class from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday at Gracies Woodsy Boutique, six miles west of Bemidji on U.S. Highway 2 West. Students will complete and frame an 11- by 14-inch watercolor painting of a friendly bluebird. The fee is $40 and to Register, call 759-2952.

Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center, 311 Main Ave. S, Park Rapids, is offering two workshops. The website to register and for more information is BlankCanvasGallery.org. There is no fee as workshops are funded by the Region 2 Arts Council.

"Photography for Artists" with Cal Rice. The photography of two- and three-dimensional arts projects to document work for brochures, art contests and recording of inventory. Registration for the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. workshop on Friday is required. Call Blank Canvas at (218) 237-2770.

"Painting Crystal in Watercolor" with professional artist June Young from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 19, 20 and 21. Participants will learn the process of glazing to produce a realistic watercolor painting of cut glass crystal. Class size is limited. Call Blank Canvas at (218) 237-2770.

The following workshops are sponsored by the Bemidji Library Book Festival and pre-registration is required because space is limited. Call 751-3963 to register.

E "Writing Your Life, Finding Your Story" with Laurie Hertzel, Senior Editor for Books, Star Tribune, Minneapolis at 2 p.m. Tuesday, HSMA.

E "Writing a Children's Book: with Margi Preus who won the 2011 Newberry Honor Book for her novel, "Heart of a Samurai" at 2 p.m. Wednesday, HSMA.

E "Drawing with Nancy" with Nancy Carlson, the illustrator of over 60 children's books, at 2 p.m. Thursday, HSMA

A three-day watercolor workshop with Jane Freeman from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 28-30 at the Beltrami Electric meeting room. This workshop is for adult artists who wish to enhance their artistic skill. The cost is $185 and space is limited. Call 444-5606 to register or for more information. This event is sponsored, in part, through a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment.

A complete listing of all the artists and venues can be found on the Bemidji Community Arts Center website at bcac.wordpress.com.

Bemidji Area Community Band is moving to a new location June 17. The first concert of the season will be on the grounds of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. More information on the program to follow.

Café Accordion Orchestra "Berets and Bongos" at 7 p.m. June 21 at HSMA.

"The Sunshine Boys" by Neil Simon at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse June 20-30.

The Bemidji Public Library 2012 Bemidji Library Book Festival starts Monday with the following authors and events:

- 10:30 a.m. at the Library, 509 America Ave. NW, with children's author Carolyn Strom Collins.

- 2 p.m. at Headwaters School of Music and Art, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. "Writing for Tweens and Teens" with William Durbin. Pre-register at 751-3963.

- 7 p.m. at HSMA with Mark Vinz and "Just Friends," a poetry reading with jazz accompaniment

- 8:30 p.m. Poetry Slam at HSMA. A slam is a competition at which poets read or recite original work and then are given scores on a numerical scale by the judges. Limited to 12 poets and cash prizes will be given; to enter call the Bemidji Public Library at 751-3963 as there are still some slots open.

Free tickets for the Keynote speaker Ann Bancroft, polar explorer, at 7 p.m. Friday are available at the Library and HSMA. The Author Fair and Bancroft's talk will be held at Bemidji High School. All of the Book Festival events are open to the public at no charge because they are underwritten by Legacy Funds approved by Minnesota voters for arts and cultural heritage. The Bemidji Pioneer will print each day's events during the week.

The Lake Bemidji Summer Concert Series begins at 1:30 p.m. today with Shylan Rose and Friends at the amphitheater of the Lake Bemidji State Park. The concert is a remembrance of Dick Rose, a devoted volunteer for the Headwaters School of Music and Art and the Lake Bemidji State Park. Admission to the park requires a current sticker but one-day passes are available. The concert is open to the public at no charge because this series is funded by a Region 2 Arts Council grant.

"An Evening of American Songs" at 7:30 p.m. today in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State University, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive. Matthew Goinz and Abe Hunter will present music from Copland, Ives, Bowles, Barber and Bolcom. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. All proceeds to benefit Headwaters School of Music and Art Scholarship funds.

The 25th Anniversary Bemidji Area Church Musicians Summer Concert Series will continue at noon Wednesday with Bells of Bethel at Bethel Lutheran Church, 5232 Irvine Ave. NW. Under the direction of Carol L. Johnson and Vicki Stenerson, this 11-member, three-octave ensemble started with the concert series in 1998. All concerts are open to the public and free-will offerings are accepted for the BACM scholarship fund. A post-concert luncheon will be provided at a minimal cost, a service of each member church to support their fund raising efforts.

Folklorist John Berquist in concert will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the History Center in Shelvin, US 2 W. Berquist's programs bring to life the heritage and lore of the Upper Midwest. A free-will offering will be accepted. In case of rain, the concert will be held across the street at the Clearwater Lutheran church.

The First City Singers, a group that rehearses at HSMA, is a non-auditioned senior chorus program that rehearses weekly from 1-2 p.m. on Mondays and performs regularly in the community. They are looking for new members and offer a great singing opportunity. Call 444-5606 for more information if you are thinking of joining.

Paul Bunyan Playhouse season opener, "Spitfire Grill" a folk and bluegrass musical/drama at 2 p.m. today with discounted ticket price of $15. This week performances will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The story revolves around a young woman, just released from a prison term for manslaughter, who gets a new start at life at the Spitfire Grill in an economically struggling town. Located in the historic Chief Theater at 314 Beltrami Ave. NW, the tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for students with a valid ID. The box office number is 751-7270 or order tickets online at thechieftheater.com

"Over the River and Through the Woods," a comedy by Joe DiPietro is playing now at the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard through June 30. Check the website at longlaketheater.com for performance times and dates or call (218) 732-0099.

"Doing Business Online," a free professional development workshop for artists with Ryan Pesch of the University of Minnesota Extension will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday at the Math Computer Lab of Bemidji High School. Contact Region 2 Arts Council to register: staff@r2arts.org or call 751-5447. There are still some slots open and if interested call Region 2 on Monday.

Grace Garland will host a watercolor class from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday at Gracies Woodsy Boutique, six miles west of Bemidji on U.S. Highway 2 West. Students will complete and frame an 11- by 14-inch watercolor painting of a friendly bluebird. The fee is $40 and to Register, call 759-2952.

Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center, 311 Main Ave. S, Park Rapids, is offering two workshops. The website to register and for more information is BlankCanvasGallery.org. There is no fee as workshops are funded by the Region 2 Arts Council.

"Photography for Artists" with Cal Rice. The photography of two- and three-dimensional arts projects to document work for brochures, art contests and recording of inventory. Registration for the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. workshop on Friday is required. Call Blank Canvas at (218) 237-2770.

"Painting Crystal in Watercolor" with professional artist June Young from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 19, 20 and 21. Participants will learn the process of glazing to produce a realistic watercolor painting of cut glass crystal. Class size is limited. Call Blank Canvas at (218) 237-2770.

The following workshops are sponsored by the Bemidji Library Book Festival and pre-registration is required because space is limited. Call 751-3963 to register.

- "Writing Your Life, Finding Your Story" with Laurie Hertzel, Senior Editor for Books, Star Tribune, Minneapolis at 2 p.m. Tuesday, HSMA.

- "Writing a Children's Book: with Margi Preus who won the 2011 Newberry Honor Book for her novel, "Heart of a Samurai" at 2 p.m. Wednesday, HSMA.

- "Drawing with Nancy" with Nancy Carlson, the illustrator of over 60 children's books, at 2 p.m. Thursday, HSMA

A three-day watercolor workshop with Jane Freeman from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 28-30 at the Beltrami Electric meeting room. This workshop is for adult artists who wish to enhance their artistic skill. The cost is $185 and space is limited. Call 444-5606 to register or for more information. This event is sponsored, in part, through a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment.

A complete listing of all the artists and venues can be found on the Bemidji Community Arts Center website at bcac.wordpress.com.

Bemidji Area Community Band is moving to a new location June 17. The first concert of the season will be on the grounds of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. More information on the program to follow.

Café Accordion Orchestra "Berets and Bongos" at 7 p.m. June 21 at HSMA.

"The Sunshine Boys" by Neil Simon at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse June 20-30.

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