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Pioneer Previews: Syttende Mai Dinner tickets available

Syttende Mai Dinner ticket purchase deadline is Thursday. Sons of Norway Walker and Bemidji Lodges will be holding a gala evening of a concert by world-renowned Norwegian pianist Knut Eric Jensen and a dinner May 17. The celebration will begin with a 6 p.m. concert by Jensen with dinner to follow at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave. SE. The dinner ticket is $15 and may be purchased at First National Bank main branch in Bemidji. Tickets for the concert are $10 each and may be purchased at the door or bank.

The annual spring concert of the Adult and Handbell choir of worship music will feature local singers and musicians starting at 6 p.m. today at the Evangelical Free Church, 115 Carr Lake Rd. SW. Under the direction of Kenneth J. Wold and Judy Emery, the Bemidji community will be admitted at no charge and invited to stay for fellowship after the concert.

Woodcarvers from Bemidji are holding an Open House from 2-5 p.m. today at the Bemidji Senior Activity Center to display their carving projects from the Scandinavian Flat Plane workshop with expert carver Harley Refsal. The open house and open to the public. A similar open house will be from 2-5 p.m. Wednesday at the Park Rapids Public Library.

Story Telling is Fun with John Eggers starts at 7 p.m. Monday at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW. Eggers is one of the Pioneer's columnists, author of 12 books and the winner of Toastmasters highest ranking for public speaking. He will give a presentation on the art of public speaking and entertain questions or problem solve for participants at the end of his talk.

A Legacy event of the Kitchigami Regional Library System ( will feature author Catherine Friend for two events Wednesday at the Bemidji Public Library. Friend will read from her children's books, "Barn Boot Blues" and "The Perfect Nest," at 10:30 a.m. At noon, Friend will hold an adult presentation on her memoir "Hit by a Farm," winner of the 2006 Minneapolis Star Tribune's best book award, and "Sheepish," a book that describes daily life on her Rising Moon Farm with sheep, their guardian Llamas, cattle, chicken, ducks and peacocks. This event is free and open to the public.

Bemidji Community Arts Center will hold their fundraiser and Mother's Day shopping opportunity Shop 426 Artist Trunk Show from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. The event will feature JoAnn Hovet, Bradley Benn and Althea's Cakery and a percentage of the proceeds will go toward programming at BCAC, 426 Bemidji Ave. N. This event is free and open to the public.

Bemidji Community Theater presents "Kiss or Make Up," a Jack Sharkey play, where imaginary husbands, mistaken identity and crocodile crabs add up to a night of comedy. A farce featuring familiar Bemidji actors like Julie Kaiser, Kevin Cease and Joel Ward among the cast, it is fast-paced and fare for those in high school and up. The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and May 14 and at 1 p.m. May 13 at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N. The tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children under age 18 and on sale now at Ken K. Thompson Jewelry in the Paul Bunyan Mall or Iverson Corner Drug in downtown Bemidji. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The "Great Twin Cities Poetry Road Show," as part of the 2012 Spoken Word Series of BCAC, will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. Poets Matt Mauch, Paula Cisewski, Sean Hill and LouAnn Muhn will begin reading from their work at 6 p.m., with selections from "Poetry City, USA Vol.2." The reception from 5:30-7 p.m. is open to the public at no charge.

Poetry 1 workshop: "No discovery for the writer, no discovery for the reader" with Matt Mauch and Paula Cisewski will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Bemidji Public Library Conference Room, 509 America Ave. Poetry 2 workshop: "Past Inspiration: Using Historical Research in Poetry and Creating Found Poems from Historical Documents" with Sean Hill and LouAnn Muhm will follow from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Both workshops are sponsored by the 2012 Spoken Word Series. Fee is $45 for one or $80 for both workshops; student fee with a valid ID is $20 per session. The workshop is limited to the first 20 registrations. For more information call 444-7570.

Timberline with Kari Munson and John Essig will be strumming and singing American and country dance music from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Eagles Club, 1270 Neilson Ave. SE.

Erik Evensen will be doing a comic signing from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Roy's Comics & Games, 210 3rd St. NW. Evensen will be signing copies of his graphic novel, "Gods of Asgard," demonstrating sketching and the art work for his upcoming work, "The Beast of Wolfe's Bay."

The Bemidji Book Festival is inviting authors to display, discuss and sell their books and publications at the Author Fair from 5-9 p.m. June 15 in the Bemidji High School Commons. A table and two chairs will be provided free of charge for each author prior to keynote author Ann Bancroft's talk at 7 p.m. in the main auditorium. For more information or to register, email

Bemidji Chorale Concert and Ice Cream Social at 7 p.m. May 13 in the Beaux Arts Ballroom. Free will donation will be accepted.

Phillips, Craig and Dean, a contemporary Christian music trio, will be performing in concert at 7:30 p.m. May 18 at the Sanford Center. Tickets on sale now at Ticketmaster outlet Lueken's Village Foods or the Sanford Center Box Office.