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Pioneer Previews for Sept. 15: The pen is the might of the 'Sword' for Booth

BEMIDJI -- Kudos to local author Roy C. Booth and his initiative in gathering like-minded writers for the Bemidji Speculative Fiction Guild and its upcoming anthology "Sword and Quill Vol. 1."

Writers must have a Bemidji connection and a short biography, including prior publication history would be appreciated upon submission to They are looking for short stories (500-7,500 words) that explore speculative fiction ("demon hunting urban fantasy to bone chilling rural horror to epic hard science fiction and everything in between.") Submissions of work that show excessive violence, racism, abuse or political and religious proselytizing or fan fiction (stories about another author's well known work-e.g. Star Wars) will not be accepted. For more information on guidelines,

• All three senior Learning in Retirement lecture series are up and running for the fall. Although advertised as lifelong learning, the sessions are open to the general public as well as local homeschooled students. Take advantage of these lectures, for they offer an educational experience on subjects that are not generally available except through honors lectures at local colleges.


The Northern Artists Association will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Eagles Club. The public is invited to attend and Curtis Schagunn will host a beading program after the meeting. Refreshments will be served; for more information, call 759-2952.


• The fall lecture series for Adventures in Lifelong Learning starts at 10 until 11:30 a.m. at the Roger Spiry Community Room, Beltrami Electric Cooperative, 4111 Technology Drive NW, with "Battle for Sugar Point" with historian Cecilia McKeig. Learn about the battle, which caused a stir throughout the country in 1898; the causes and its consequences. ALL encourages participants to improve their critical thinking skills and the diversity of human experience through presentations. Lectures are free and open to the public; coffee and cookies are served prior to the start and a freewill offering is accepted to help offset costs. ALL is self-supporting and depends upon the generosity of "academy members." Please see membership forms at each presentation.

• Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning lecture series also meets on Tuesday. HCLL gathers from 1-2:30 p.m. with refreshments served before the 1 p.m. talk. Prof. Emeritus Larry Alderink will speak on "Religion and Violence," the contribution religion makes to the theory and practice of violence. A freewill offering will be accepted to offset expenses and membership forms will be available with basic membership donations at consumer friendly levels. HCLL meets in the Northwoods Bank Community Room, U.S. Highway 34 S in Park Rapids.


Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning will begin its fall lecture series with Ty M. Reese, professor and chair of the history department at the University of North Dakota. Reese will talk about the consequences of cross-cultural trade and interaction in the 17th and 18th century Anglo-Atlantic world. Board members of NELL will welcome history buffs starting at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and bars at Faith Lutheran Church, 32 Bagley Ave. NW and the talk will begin at 10 a.m. The lecture series is free and open to the public but a freewill offering will be accepted to help offset hospitality costs. To become a member of NELL, stop by the registration desk.


The Arts Downtown PR series resumes from 5 to 7 p.m. in downtown Park Rapids. Check or for line-up. Charlie Parr will be at the Armory Square, starting at 7:30 p.m. Recording since the earliest days of the 21st century, Parr's heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals don't strive for authenticity: They are authentic. Armory Square in downtown Park Rapids has completed the first phase of renewal. Seating is limited, so bring a lawn chair if you want to sit. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show. For more information, visit or stop at the Terrapin Station in Nevis.

Upcoming Events

• The Bemidji Community Arts Center is planning a White Elephant rummage sale/fundraiser to take place Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 21-22, at the loading dock of the new building, 505 Bemidji Ave. N, across from our current location. Sorry, no clothing accepted. Drop off your gently used items 5 to 6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and noon to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the loading dock area. Call (218) 444-7570 for more information. Volunteers are needed to help organize the donations, sell merchandise during the sale on Sept. 21st and 22nd and to clean up the following week.

• Bemidji Community Theater fall production of "The Games Afoot," the latest comedy by Ken Ludwig will be held at the Bangsberg Theater at Bemidji State University. The play is the story of a theater troupe that spends a weekend at the manorial home of the actor who has been playing Sherlock Holmes for quite a while. One person is killed at the annual Christmas party and the cast is committed to finding the murderer. Directed by Vicki Stenerson, this comedy is a perfect foil for the likes of DeeJay Arens and Steve Saari who last stole the show in BCT's "Moon Over Buffalo" by the same author. Tickets available now at Iverson's Corner Drugs and Shannon's Art and Soul in downtown Bemidji; K.K. Thompson in the mall and at the box office one hour before show times: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 and 28 and at 2 p.m. on Sept. 29.

• "Aida" as filmed at La Scala Operahouse will begin at 2 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the Bemidji Theater, U.S. 2 W. five miles west of Bemidji. Fulton Gallagher will give a short talk about the production at 1:30 p.m. in the same auditorium. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

• Park Rapids Art Leap is set for Sept. 28-29 with brochures at This is an open studio event where attendees can visit a multitude of artist's studios and workshops.

• Trip to the Maya Exhibit at the Science Museum in St. Paul with Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning on Oct. 24. The group will leave at 6 a.m. from the American Legion parking lot in Bagley and will return approximately 11 p.m. on Bemidji Bus Lines. The ticket includes admission to the museum to see authentic Mayan artifacts and then a video presentation in the Omni Theater. Explorers will go back in time with the adventurers who unearthed this ancient civilization in the jungles of Central America in the early 19th century. Weather and time permitting, a side trip to the Minnesota Vietnam Veteran's Memorial will be included. The bus has air conditioning, bathroom, reclining seats and a DVD player. There will be no stops on the way down but there will be a dinner stop on the return trip. All meals are the responsibility of the ticket holders. If interested, call Tamara 694-2856 for more details or to discuss other options like a bus directly from Bemidji. All tickets must be paid in full by Oct. 9 and checks made payable to NELL can be mailed to NELL TRIP, Box 585 Bagley, MN 55621 or pay directly at a NELL program.

• Gallery North extends an invitation to area artists to participate in an Autumn Art Fest watercolor competition. Cash prizes of $50 will be awarded in two categories: Best in Show and People's Choice. Entries must be framed and no larger than 18-inches by 24- inches. There is a $5 fee for each entry and each piece must be submitted to the Gallery during the last week of September. Entrants must be 18-years old and older. For more information, call 444-9813. There will an open house/reception from 1-3 p.m. on Oct. 19 and the watercolors will remain on display through the month of October.