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Buena Vista Ski Area will host its Frozen Chozen Rail Jam on Jan. 16 as part of Brrrrmidji Polar Daze.

The rail jam is a competition for downhill snowboarders and skiers that features rails and boxes as trick apparatuses instead of the traditional ramp or pipe.

Registration is from 10-11:30 a.m. The competition begins at noon, however, there is all-competitors' meeting prior to the kickoff of the competition.

The competition should conclude about 5:30 p.m. and awards will follow.

Males will compete in the following age groups: 11 and younger, 12-14, and 15 and older. Females will compete in one class, unless a split is deemed necessary.

There also will be an "open class" for experienced competitors. The open class will feature cash prizes.

The cost is $15 for all age groups and girls, and $20 for those competing in the open class. Waivers will need to be signed in order to compete. Helmets also are required.

The top five finishers will go on to compete in the finals in February at Andes Tower Hill in Kensington, Minn.

For more information, call Buena Vista at 243-2231.

The ninth annual 5K Polar Challenge will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at First Lutheran Church, located at Ninth Street and Bemidji Avenue Northwest.

The registration fee is $20 per person. Participants can register for the 5K run/walk event at the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce office at the Tourist Information Center, online at or by mailing a check, payable to Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce, to Polar Challenge 5K Run/Walk, Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce, 300 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601. The registration fee is $20.

Check-in and same-day registration will be held from 9-10 a.m. at First Lutheran Church.

The event is sponsored by the Chamber, the Bemidji Pioneer and Paul Bunyan Broadcasting stations KB-101, KBUN, KZY 95.5, Z-99 and WQXJ, 104.5.

The Mask and Rose Women's Theater Cooperative will present an original musical comedy, "Hanson's Grill-MN Nice on Ice," at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, in a heated tent on Lake Bemidji, behind Paul and Babe.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for students. Tickets can be purchased at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., or at the site one hour prior to the show. The show is rated PG and appropriate for middle school students and above.

In case of dangerously cold weather, the performance will be moved to the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N.

"Hanson's Grill-MN Nice on Ice" centers on the hapless owner, Rod, and his wife, Barb, of Hanson's Grill, who have been running this business for years but are struggling financially as corporate restaurants have moved to town. Rod tries some well-intentioned but idiotic schemes to drum up business, while Barb, who has a passion for all things fishing, has been designing her own lures.

The play features local Bemidji residents including Charlie Parsons, Mayor Richard Lehmann, Dan Johnson, Ted Thorson, Jan Persson, Teri Harrington and Cate Belleveau.

The play was written by Teri Harrington and is a production of the Mask and Rose Women's Theater Cooperative.

For details, e-mail or call 218-243-2685.

Headwaters Science Center will hold Snow Candle Making and a Star Gaze during Polar Daze, from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, on the ice in front of the Tourist Information Center.

The event is free. Brats will be available for $2.50 and coffee or hot chocolate for 50 cents.

Individuals of all ages can make a snow city featuring snow candle igloos. As the sky gets dark, the snow city will be lit by candles placed in the snow igloos and participants will gaze at the stars.

For details, call Anita at 444-4472.

The 11th annual Bemidji Freedom Walk in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Tourist Information Center by the Paul and Babe statues at the Lake Bemidji waterfront. The walk will finish at the American Indian Resource Center, located at 1500 Birchmont Drive. N.E. at Bemidji State University.

This event, which is free and open to the public, provides an opportunity for participants to take a stand against forms of injustice.

Participants should dress warmly. The walk will take about 30 minutes to complete. Those who aren't able to walk in this event may meet at 3:30 p.m. at the AIRC. A shuttle service will be provided from the AIRC to the Tourist Information Center after the presentation.

Refreshments, including chili, cookies and beverages, will be served immediately following the walk.

Paul Day will lead the pipe ceremony with the Kingbird Singers singing the honor song. Stacy Keenan, master of ceremonies, will welcome everyone and the Central Elementary School Choir will sing the Black National Anthem. Anton Treuer will give the keynote address.

For details, call 755-2032.

The 2010 Brrrrmidji Polar Daze weeklong winter celebration will feature the 15th annual Montebello Niteski, a 6K Race and 2K children's tour, at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Bemidji City Park, located behind Neilson-Reise Arena.

Race registration will begin at 5 p.m. at the warming shelter by the trail head.

The 2K children's tour will be one lap and will begin at 6 p.m. The 6K classical or freestyle race course involves three laps around the lighted trail and will begin at 7 p.m.

All participants will receive awards. Additional awards will be given for top female and male finishers in each event. The awards ceremony will take place after the race.

The warming shelter and bonfire will be available, along with hot food and drinks.

The registration fee is $10 per person for the 6K classic and freestyle race, $5 for the 2K children's race, or $20 for a family of three or more. Registration forms may be downloaded from Entries and fees can be mailed to Minnesota Finlandia Community Health Sports, P.O. Box 771, Bemidji, MN 56619.

The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 17th annual Taste of Northern Minnesota, part of the 2010 Brrrrmidji Polar Daze, Thursday, Jan. 21, at the New City Ballroom in the Hungry Bear Conference Center, 2300 24th St. N.W.

The event will include an early session from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and a late session from 6:30-8 p.m.

Advance tickets are $12 for the early session and $15 for the late session. Tickets are $14 at the door for the early session and $17 for the late session. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Tourist Information Center or reserved by calling 444-3541. Seating is limited for each session.

The event will have more than 25 local exhibitors featuring samples of their finest food and beverages. The displays will include main dishes, soups, side dishes, desserts and coffee, wine and other beverages.

For details or to order tickets, call the Chamber at 444-3541.

The Bemidji Curling Club will host the 2010 USA Curling Junior National Championships, beginning with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, and continuing through Saturday, Jan. 30. The club is located at 1230 23rd St. N.W.

General admission tickets are $5 per draw for adults, $4 per draw for seniors, $3 per draw for children 6-12 and free for children 6 and younger. Reserved seating for the entire event is $150. General seating for the entire event is $75.

The national event will include teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Washington, Alaska, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. These teams have competed in their home states to advance to the competition, which will determine the team that will represent the United States in the Worlds Competition in Switzerland.

For details and a complete schedule, visit the Web sites and, e-mail or or call 751-0767.

The 15th annual Vocalmotive Dinner Show, "True Colors," with a special guest performance by Bemidji Show Choirs' all-women show choir, "La Voce Ballo," will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, in the Bemidji High School Commons.

Doors will open half an hour before the performance.

Tickets for Section A are $17 and include the first four rows in front of the stage. Section B tickets are $15 and include rows five and back. Guests may indicate "best seat available" or request a table served by a specific Vocalmotive band or choir member.

Tickets can be purchased by downloading an order form from the Web site or picking up a form from KRKB Music Outlet or Overbeek Electronics. The form can be filled out and mailed to Vocalmotive Show Choir, P.O. Box 1744, Bemidji, MN 56619-1744. Tickets are also available from 3-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Bemidji High School Auditorium ticket office.

Any remaining tickets will be sold on a space-available basis in the Bemidji High School Commons starting one hour before the performance.

A meal will be served and live entertainment will be provided by members of the Vocalmotive Show Choir and Band. The meal will culminate with Vocalmotive performing their 2010 competition show, "True Colors."

The dinner show is the primary source of funding for the show choir competitions.

The SLEDS Vintage Snowmobile Racing Association will hold the Bemidji Classic Vintage Snowmobile Race and Swap Meet Saturday, Jan. 23, on Lake Irving.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday on Lake Irving; participants may register Friday night, Jan. 22, at The Garden Grill and Pub, located at 111 Central Ave. S.E. in Nymore. Food will be available for purchase.

Races featuring 120s will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, with registration at 8 a.m. Vintage races will begin at noon, including the Wahl Bros. Championship Race.

For details, visit the Web site, e-mail Mike or stop at The Garden Grill and Pub.