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Around the Arts, November 19

Festival of Wreaths comes to Bemidji

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music and Arts and Bemidji Area Sertoma Club will host the inaugural Festival of Wreaths on Friday, Nov. 24. Area businesses have sponsored and decorated wreaths to be on display and then auctioned off to benefit Bemidji Sertoma's mission of supporting speech and hearing needs, as well as Headwaters Music and Arts' music scholarship program, a press release said.

The public wreath viewing will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24, at Headwaters Music and Arts. Admission is free, and the public is invited to make silent auction bids on the wreaths. There also will be free hot cocoa and candy canes before and after the Bemidji Night We Light Parade.

The wreath auction will then be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Brigid's Pub. There will be a $10 admission. Live music will be provided by Mike and Miles Tangen, April Aylesworth, Kari Grace, Dan Will and Preston Hoiseth. Participants are encouraged to wear their "sparkliest, shiniest, or silliest holiday wear" to take part in the "Get Decked" contest with prizes from local businesses, the press release said. Tickets are available at the door or by calling Headwaters Music and Arts at (218) 444-5605 or by visiting

Arts Association produces 'It's A Wonderful Life'

FOSSTON—The Fosston Community Library Arts Association recently announced this year's production of "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Fosston Library Theater.

The performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $7 for children.

Based on the 1946 film, the musical follows George Bailey's life from his childhood dreams to his midlife disappointments and beyond, a press release said. "Cinematically scored and theatrically staged, the adaptation breathes musical life into a familiar story, while retaining the warmth, humor and pathos of the original," the release said.

Farm by the Lake plans wreath making class

BAGLEY—Farm by the Lake, 412 Geary Ave., will host its annual wreath-making class on Saturday, Dec. 2. The day will include two class times, including 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The cost is $25 for each wreath. All materials and equipment are provided. The event is open to the public. To register, call (218) 694-2084.

Headwaters creates ornament crafting event

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, will host an event for participants to create birch bark ornaments. There will be two sessions for the event, including Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is open to people of all levels of experience ages 18 and older. Registration is required, as there are a limited number of spots available. The class will be led be weaver and local woods-woman Emily Derke. The Tuesday class costs $30 for the public or $25 for Headwaters members. The Saturday class costs $40 for the public or $35 for Headwaters members. For more information or to register, call (218) 444-5606 or visit

State Park hosts wreath-making sessions

BEMIDJI—Lake Bemidji State Park will host two upcoming events for those who would like to learn to make evergreen wreaths. They will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. The materials fee is $8.50. Each session is limited to 20 participants, and registration is required by Nov. 27. To register, call (218) 308-2300.

Balsam, pine, and cedar boughs, wreath forms, wire and a red ribbon will be supplied, along with a demonstration and easy instructions, according to a press release. Participants can bring their own decorations to customize their wreaths.

City Hosts Santa's Workshop

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department will host a Santa's Workshop from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Public Works Facility, 1351 Fifth St. NW. Cost is $5 per participant, which includes two crafts, gift wrapping and snacks. For more information, call (218) 333-1850.