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Pioneer Previews for Sept. 23: Oom Pah for the Arts fundraiser set for Friday

BEMIDJI – There are a few days left to make a reservation for the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment Oom Pah for the Arts fundraiser from 6-10 p.m. Friday.

The $50 ticket includes beer and wine tasting, dinner and music for listening and dancing. The tax deductable $35 portion of each ticket price goes toward arts grants in and around the Bemidji area. Contact Marilyn Miller at (218) 243-3030 to make a reservation. For a complete listing of the funds managed through BAAE, go to and type in BAAE under select in the right hand corner.

Spoken word series

Bemidji Community Arts Center launches it writer’s series with local author Kevin McColley at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 426 Bemidji Ave. N. McColley will talk about his beginning as a writer and read selections from his novels. The reading will begin at 6 p.m. with a question and answer period to follow and book signing. This reading is intended for mature audiences; guests for this Legacy event should be 18 and older.

A workshop with McColley will be from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 6 on “How to Write a Great Novel in Only Three Hours.” The workshop will cover the things to look for and/or avoid and how to stick with the project until it is finished. Seating is limited so early reservations are recommended: or 218-444-7570. The fee for adults is $40 and $20 for students.

writers’ group

Spoken Word Committee of BCAC is inviting writers of all genre and experience to come to a discussion/meeting to talk about the possibility of starting writing groups. Any one interesting in being a writer or thinking about what it would be like to be a published author is encouraged to attend this initial meeting starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at BCAC, Carnegie Library Building. There will be no pressure to join a group as the meeting will be an opportunity to gather and determine interest in starting these groups. For more information, call 444-7570.

Local Band Headlines show

Alabaster Falls, a Bemidji area group, will be featured in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids. Caravan du Nord, a project of the Minnesota Music Coalition, spotlights up and coming bands. Alabaster Falls musicians are Bill and Julie Kasier, Paul Jones and Cal Aultman.  Tickets at the door are $5 for general admission.

drumming workshops

The first artist to appear for the Bemidji Concert Series this fall will be Adam Mason, an expert on world drumming. Mason will welcome members of the general public interested in drumming to attend his two-hour workshops Oct. 1-5. Mason will appear in concert on Oct. 6 in the kick-off concert of the season. More information to follow.


The first talk for Adventures in Lifelong Learning’s fall series begins at 10 a.m. at the Beltrami Electric Conference Room. Tom Turney will speak on antique clocks. This series is free and open to the public with a free will offering accepted.

Region 2 Arts Council will be holding a listening session to gather community input on the needs of the community-at-large, schools, city/county government, non-profit organizations, artists, arts organizations and others are encouraged to attend. The meeting will be from 6-7 p.m. at Coldwell Banker, 101 S. Main, Park Rapids. Register in advance at or call 1-800-275-5447.


Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning fall lecture series continues with Eric Bergeson, columnist, author and nurseryman. Bergeson will share pictures of his recent trip, underwritten by a Bush Fellowship, to New Zealand to study the country’s eldercare system. Bergeson student taught in New Zealand 25 years ago and he will talk about his discoveries there. The talk starts at 9:30 a.m. at Gonvick Community Center, 170 Main St., Gonvick. The programs are free and memberships are available at various levels.


Alison Scott with Kevin Bowe and the Okemah Prophets will be performing at Bemidji State University from 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday on the BSU’s Oak Lawn. This will be Bowe’s first appearance at BSU and Scott appeared solo this part winter.

Art Installations

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

The Blackduck Area History and Art Center TIN Pan gALLErY is now showing “Fantastic Fall” along with a collection of Boyd’s Bears owned by Bev. Gibson. The gallery is open 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Main and Margaret Streets in downtown Blackduck. This exhibit will be up September and October.

upcoming events

Carl O. Thompson Memorial Concert, kick-off of the Bemidji State University Department of Music 2012-13 performance season, begins at 3 p.m. Sept. 30 in Thompson Recital Hall. Admission is $35 adults, $3 for senior citizens and free for students.

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will hold its 2012 annual meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 1, 519 Minnesota Ave. A Headwaters Faculty Workshop will begin at 7 p.m. Call 444-5606 for more information.

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra fall series will start will “Music and Change” at 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at Bemidji High School.