Poetry Slam! to be held downtown July 10

BEMIDJI-Watermark Art Center will hold its second poetry slam at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10. It will be held at Red Stu Breakfast Bar, 217 Minnesota Ave. NW, in downtown Bemidji, following the Mississippi Music at the Bemidji waterfront. This is the second poetry slam in a three-part series.

Each slam will feature contestants reciting original poetry in three rounds of competition, with prize money for the top three finishers. The first place winner will receive $100.

Poets need to prepare three poems of under three minutes each to allow for three rounds of judging by audience members. The work should be original and not used in the previous event. The event is free, those attending are encouraged to make their opinions on both the poems and the judging loudly known. Bar service and special appetizers will be available.

Poets who wish to participate should pre-register by calling Watermark at (218) 444-7570. Same-day registration is available in advance of each event, but space may be full.

Learn more about the poetry slam, as well as other Watermark events, at www.watermarkartcenter.org.

BACM presents fifth summer recital July 3

BEMIDJI-The Bemidji Area Church Musicians Recital Series will continue at noon on Wednesday, July 3, at the Evangelical Covenant Church, 5405 U.S. Highway 2. The concert will feature Lois Simonson on piano, along with Kari Miller on flute, Janet Pederson on violin and Sanna Gustafson on saxophone. Their program will feature hymn settings and two patriotic songs in recognition of the national holiday.

A luncheon will follow the concert with a price to be announced. A free-will offering will be received at the door for the Scholarship and Fellowship programs of the Bemidji Area Church Musicians.

Community Band sets patriotic concert June 30

BEMIDJI-The Bemidji Area Community Band will present a patriotic summer concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, on the south lawn of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex at BSU.

The concert program will feature well-known classics to celebrate American music and Independence Day including the infamous "Stars and Stripes Forever" march, a medley of Armed Forces service songs, and other classic patriotic music to celebrate Independence Day.

The band will also be featuring Sarah Sundeen on clarinet performing "Clarinet on the Town" by Ralph Hermann. Sundeen is a longtime member of the BACB, holds a bachelor's degree in clarinet performance from BSU and is a member of multiple performing ensembles in the Bemidji area.

The band will be under the direction of Terry Bradley, a retired music educator who lives in Bemidji. Terry's teaching and military careers span 35 years in education and 20 years as a National Guard bandsman. He holds degrees in music education from Minot State University, Bemidji State University, with additional graduate study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been active as a band adjudicator for 45 years and has conducted bands in the US, Canada, Australia and Jamaica.

Attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket and a beverage to enjoy with complimentary treats provided by concert sponsor Raphael's Bakery Cafe. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside to Bangsberg's Thompson Recital Hall.

Future concerts will be held at 7 p.m. on July 14 and 28.

The Front Fenders to perform at 2nd Street Stage

PARK RAPIDS-The Front Fenders will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 5, at 2nd Street Stage in downtown Park Rapids. A Fargo based band, The Front Fenders have been entertaining audiences since 1995 and rocked the 2nd Street Stage last year.

Watermark Art Center to hold art classes, camp

BEMIDJI, MN - Watermark Art Center has a lineup of art classes scheduled throughout the month of July, here's a look at the events:

Watermark will host a Paint and Plant party from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9. This is an event for the whole family. Each family will create a design to paint on clay pots, then add small succulents to complete the project. The cost is $10 per family. No pre-registration required. This is a drop-in style class; come between 5 and 6:30 to ensure completion of project.

Second Saturday Kids Art will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. This month's project will be landscape paintings. Children ages 6 and older are invited to come to Watermark for a Saturday afternoon of exploring landscapes. First, they will tour the BSU Harlow/Kleven Gallery exhibit, "Creating from Nature: Inspiration from the Landscape," then head into the Ed Room to create their own painted landscape scene, a release said. Cost for this class is $15 per person, $13 for Watermark members. Parents can drop their kids off and are not required to stay. Pre-registration is required. Parents must register their children online at www.watermarkartcenter.org/education.

New this year is Watermark's "Mark Makers" art camp, a day camp for grades one through six. This program, sponsored by First National Bank Bemidji, offers an immersive art experience to area youth, the release said. Kids will spend the week studying a variety of art techniques and skills. Mark Makers Art Camp is divided into two sections defined by grade level. The camp will be held July 29 through Aug. 2. The cost is $120, $100 for Watermark members. A limited number of scholarships are available. Scholarship funding for fourth- through sixth-grades has been filled, but scholarships remain for kids in first- through third-grade. Pre-registration is required. Visit www.watermarkartcenter.org/education to register.

The art center is located at 505 Bemidji Avenue N.

Students published in BSU 'Paper Plains'

BEMIDJI-Local residents are part of a group of 31 students who helped create "Paper Plains," a literary publication that features work written by Bemidji State University students.

"Paper Plains" includes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and graphic narrative genres and is sponsored by the BSU English department. It gives students the opportunity to see their work published in print among a collection of works by their peers, a release said.

The following local students participated in the program:

• Shawn Campbell, a senior studying mass communications, wrote "The Voice."

• Sarah Gazelka, a senior studying creative and professional writing, wrote "Wolves and Moon-Dust."

• Sylvia Grimm, a senior studying creative and professional writing, wrote "The Diamonds in June."

• Stephanie Martin, a graduate student studying english, wrote "Feeling the Warmth."

• Lori Olivier, a graduate student studying english, wrote "Drumsticks" and "Never Ending, Never Ceasing" and was the managing editor for this publication.

• Craig Tangren, a senior studying aquatic biology, wrote "Fly Rod Muskie Fishing."

• Erica Byers, a sophomore studying social work, wrote "Addiction Comes in Many Forms."

Bagley Community Theater presents 'Mamma Mia!'

BAGLEY-The Bagley Community Theater will present the musical theater hit, "Mamma Mia!" at the Bagley High School auditorium stage at 7:30 p.m. on July 3, 4 and 6, and at 4 p.m. on July 7.

Set on a small Greek Island, the play is very similar to the movie and features the upbeat, memorable music of the 1970's group ABBA, a release said. Audiences will hear songs such as "Super Trouper," "Dancing Queen," "Mamma Mia!" and many other familiar favorites.

Local actors from Bagley, Fosston, Solway, and Shevlin comprise the cast, directed by Marilyn Hood, with Josh Gunderson as musical director and Gwen LaVine as choreographer.

Reserved seating tickets for the show are available at Mark's Hardware in Bagley or by emailing ticket requests to asrplay2019@gmail.com. Tickets can then be picked up at will-call on the performance date at the theater or at Bagley High School during the Bagley All-School Reunion from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., July 3-6.

Headwaters to hold Camp Ook-Koo-Ley-Ley

BEMIDJI-Headwaters Music and Arts will hold Camp Ook-Koo-Ley-Ley in three sessions July 15-19. Led by musician, singer and song-writer Téa Renee, Camp Ook-Koo-Ley-Ley introduces participants to the skills and techniques of playing the ukulele. Learn about tablature, fingerboard charts, chord charts, strumming patterns, common chords, tuning methods, tuner apps, different sizes and names of ukuleles, strings, and types of picks. Try out popular chord progressions and song forms such as country, folk, pop, rock and blues.

The week will wrap up with a potluck meal and short final performance.

No previous experience needed. All learning materials, instruction and songbook are included with registration. Bring a ukulele and tuner, or purchase through Headwaters for an additional fee. Cost for the class is $70 per participant.

The following sessions will be offered from Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 19.

• Session 1 from 9 a.m. to noon, for adults.

• Session 2 from 1 to 4 p.m., for ages 12-17.

• Session 3 from 5 to 8 p.m., for adults.

For more information and to register, contact headwatersschool@yahoo.com or (218) 444-5606.

Headwaters to hold Musical Theater Camp

BEMIDJI-Headwaters Music and Arts will hold a week-long Musical Theater Camp that will prepare participants to take part in community theater or school productions while giving them an opportunity to have fun and be creative with friends, a release said. This year Kari Ekhoff directs The Quantianius Connection, where aliens travel through space and time to discover the secret of the performance talents of Purple Floyd.

Participants, ages 8-18, will spend the week exploring the entire process of musical theater, from character development and set construction to costuming and working off-script for a final public performance. This Musical Theater Camp provides a gentle, inclusive and successful environment for children from the most basic to advanced levels to shine, the release said.

The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 22-26, at Headwaters, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.

There will be breaks built in for lunch, board games, art activities, and team building challenges.

The cost to attend is $150 per student. Supplies are provided but participants should plan to bring a bagged lunch each day. For more information and to register by 5 p.m., July 1, contact headwatersschool@yahoo.com or (218) 444-5606.

TigerLion Arts to present 'Nature' walking play

PUPOSKY-TigerLion Arts in collaboration with the Mask and Rose Theater and Belle Thalia Creative Arts Space in Puposky, will present 'Nature,' the mythic telling of Emerson and Thoreau's mutual love affair with the natural world. Grounded in the story of their friendship, this production offers a perspective on their lives that is strikingly relevant, richly complex, and yet utterly simple, a release said. Nature is performed outdoors as a "walking play." A professional ensemble of actors will take the audience on a journey through the natural environment as scenes unfold around them. Bagpipes, ancient flutes, drums and rich choral arrangements are intricately woven into the experience, the release said. This original work is collaboratively created with writer/actor Tyson Forbes, a direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Here's a look at the schedule of events:

• Chorus Pre Show from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16

• Chorus Pre Show from 1 to 1:30 p.m on Saturday, Aug. 17

• Chorus Pre Show from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17

• Chorus Pre Show from 1 to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18

All events take place at Belle Thalia Creative Arts Space, 24011 Highway 89 NW, Puposky. The public is advised to bring their own picnic lunch or supper and chairs or blankets for seating.

Cost for adults 65 and older is $12, adults ages 18 to 65 is $18.

Tickets can be obtained in advance at Brown Paper Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4262477.

For more information, connect Cate at (218) 760-2211 or maskrose57@gmail.com.

'I Went for a Walk Today:' Family Theater Workshop planned

PUPOSKY-Belle Thalia Creative Arts Space will hold I Went for a Walk Today, a Family Theater Workshop, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Belle Thalia Creative Arts Space, 24011 MN-89 (15 miles north on Hwy 89, Puposky).

Participants can connect with nature through creative play with the cast from their walking play 'Nature.' Professional actors will connect participants to nature through the walks, theatrical play and reflective journaling. Each workshop attendee will receive a 'Nature' field journal to take home. Limited to 30 participants. For families with children 6 years and older. Cost is $10 per participant, or $15 for a family of three or more. For more information, call (218) 760-2211 or email maskrose57@gmail.com.

This activity is made possible by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council due to the legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The event also is made possible by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment.

Bemidji Sculpture Walk summer tour schedule

BEMIDJI-Join the Bemidji Sculpture Walk on the first and third Sundays of each month now through August. Each tour lasts about an hour and focuses on learning about each piece of art and the artists who created them. Local Bemidji history and architecture will also be discussed. Tours will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sundays, July 7 and 21; and Aug. 4 and 18. Meet at the Bemidji Visitor Center next to Paul and Babe. Tours are free of charge and no pre-registration is required. For more information, visit www.bemidjisculpture.org.

BSO announces 2019-2020 season concert dates

BEMIDJI-With their 80th season wrapped up, the Bemidji Symphony would like to thank the community for their participation and financial support.

Here is a look at the upcoming 2019-2020 Season entitled "Rhythms of Life."

Summer Pops Concert:

• Saturday, Aug. 3: "I've Got Rhythm" featuring pianist Brayden Drevlow.

Season Series:

• Sunday, Sept. 29: "Heartbeat of the Orchestra" with cellist Anthony Arnone.

• Sunday, Nov. 24: "Deep Pulses" with opera singer Tammy Hensrud.

• Tuesday, Dec. 3: "Rhythms of the Season" with vocalist Brandon Box-Higdem.

• Sunday, Feb. 16: "Big Screen Rhythms" featuring epic cinema selections.

• Sunday, March 29: "Classical Swing" with saxophonist Scott Sandberg.

• Sunday, May 17: "Across the Pond" featuring Pianist Gareth Cordery.

Annual mailers should arrive in mailboxes around the community shortly. Those who purchase season tickets prior to the Summer Pops concert, will get a complimentary ticket for the Aug. 3 "I've Got Rhythm" concert.

Order requests can be sent in via postal mail, or purchased online at: https://www.bemidjisymphony.org/tickets.html

With the purchase of season tickets, patrons also have the opportunity to include a tax-deductible donation to the Bemidji Symphony. The average cost for one concert is $18,000 and tickets, program ad sales, and other fundraising doesn't raise enough. Give online anytime at: www.bemidjisymphony.org/individuals. Season ticket requests and donations can be mailed to: Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Box 3136, Bemidji, MN 56619.