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Pioneer Previews: Warm up with arts classes

BEMIDJI—For those who would like an alternative to ice fishing this winter, check out the various arts classes that are being given in January and into February by Headwaters School of Music and the Arts and the Bemidji Community Arts Center.

Just to initiate the timid amateur to the “let’s give it a go” person, BCAC is offering Canvas and Cocktails, a Paint Party for Beginners. For a fun and relaxing evening, BCAC’s BYOB Paint Party from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 24 in the main gallery at 426 Bemidji Ave. N. is the place to be. An instructor will guide the fledgling artists in recreating the evening’s featured painting.

The painting materials will be on hand, along with some nibbles; all you need to do is BYOB — liquid courage of any genre. BCAC will even supply the bottle opener and cups.

For more information, email

‘Peter Pan’ auditions set

This spring’s collaboration between the Paul Bunyan Playhouse and Bemidji Community Theater will be “Peter Pan,” a musical based on the book by James M. Barrie with score by Piers Charter Robinson. Director Mary Knox-Johnson will hold auditions from 4-7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 and 17 at the Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW. Musical Director Karen Bradley will also be on hand with

accompanist Wayne Hoff to listen to 16 measures of music, and Knox-Johnson will listen to the short monologues of thespians ages 8 to 80.

Rehearsals will begin on Jan. 23 with five performances scheduled from April 9-14. Contact Knox-Johnson at for more information.


The Book Discussion Group will meet at noon to talk about this month’s selection, “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson. The group will meet at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW.


The Book Discussion Group will meet at 7:30 p.m. See Monday’s listing for full details.


BCAC will be holding the following workshops Jan. 26:

— Hand Decorating Paper with Terry Garrett; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

— Intro to Needle Felting and Fiber Dyeing with Bonnie Lundorff; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

— Into to Inkle Loom Weaving with Kristen Majkzak from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact BCAC at 444-7570 or email to register and fees.

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

Think-off question set

The 2013 Great American Think-Off question has been announced.

For those who would like to submit an essay on the topic — “Which is more ethical: sticking to your principles or being willing to compromise?” — visit the website for more information. The deadline to submit a 750-word essay is April 1.