Pioneer Previews: Some congratulations are in order

Spend a relaxing afternoon at Lake Bemidji State Park listening to the Wooden Nichols (Ken Nichols, Don Leet, Larry Young, Don Zieman, Terri Bakker and Bill Ayers) at 2 p.m. today in the amphitheater.

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Spend a relaxing afternoon at Lake Bemidji State Park listening to the Wooden Nichols (Ken Nichols, Don Leet, Larry Young, Don Zieman, Terri Bakker and Bill Ayers) at 2 p.m. today in the amphitheater.

Their three-part harmonies with guitar and bass instruments will present a concert of a variety of folk songs and traditional favorites. You will need a $5 day pass to enter the park or a $25 seasonal pass good for a year. No rain date need as the concert will be moved inside in case of bad weather. The event is family friendly.

Congratulations and thanks to the Bemidji Area Community Band for their concerts this summer. Audiences have grown over the years and it is always a pleasure to listen to the various choices selected by the conductors; this year, two soloists were added to the program by Fulton Gallagher. A big thank you to Mark Christenson and Amanda Boring for their renditions of show tunes.

Congratulations also go out to the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre for receiving a national award from the American Association of Community Theatres conference. The award was accepted by Executive Director Kathy Coudle-King of the Fire Hall Theater. The venue was recognized for its outreach programs and on-stage productions. The Fire Hall Theater, founded in 1947, is located in an old fire hall downtown and their productions are worth the trip to Grand Forks. For more information or to receive this year's schedule, email .

The historic Chief Theater will present For Everly Brothers at 7:30 p.m. on Oct.3 as a location for the Reif Theater's "On the Road Venues." To obtain a brochure of all the events and venues, call (218) 327-5780.



• "The Healing Power of Participatory Arts" from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW is an open invitation to the public to join the founder of Kairos Alive!, Marie Genne, and her team. This is the first event and their introduction of Wellness Through the Arts Week in Bemidji. All events are free and open to the public.


• A unique training opportunity with Kairos Alive! from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. that shares skills and tools from their "Choreography of Care" methodology in a two-part, 16-hour training. Anyone involved or interested in the power of art in fostering individual and collective wellbeing of people across all ages and abilities should attend. Space is limited and pre-registration is required, call Kathryn at (218) 407-7266 or .


• Kairos Alive! invites the public to join them from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. at the Bemidji Senior Center, 216 Third St. NW for a lively and interactive movement-based program, sure to get people moving.

• The Bemidji Area Church Musician's 38th Annual Summer recital series continue with Turtle Island Ensemble (Sarah Carlson, piano; Andrew Ronnevik, violin; Jon Romer, Native American flute; and Bob Madeson, euphonium), who will perform at noon at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. A free-will offering will be happily accepted in support of the scholarship grants to students beginning their college music career. Luncheons will be served as fundraising efforts of the individual church charity projects and will be priced at consumer-friendly cost after each concert.

• Kairos Alive! Dance Hall from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW is a dance party for all ages that blends artist and audience participation for all ages and abilities. The Clean Start Band with Don Zieman and friends will provide the music.


• "Bible Bingo," a comedy about the Catholic culture of fundraising and bingo, at 3 p.m. on the stage of the Minnesota Folklore Theater in Walker. For tickets, call (218) 547-4044.


• Former Bemidjian Jeremiah Liend wrote and will appear in his play "21st Century Play" at BSU. The play features Dr. Leroy Jenkins, who teaches theater history in the dusk of the 21st Century, an unexpected separation pits man versus machine in a battle for the future. The show is rated for mature audiences based on language and content. The production will be on stage at 8 p.m. in the BSU's Black Box Theater. Tickets are $15 and available now at Shannon's Art and Soul, Ken K. Thompson Jewelry and Iverson Corner Drug.

• "Bible Bingo," Minnesota Folklore Theater in Walker. 7:30 p.m. See above listing.


"21st Century Play," 8 p.m. in the BSU's Black Box Theater. See above listing.

"Bible Bingo," Minnesota Folklore Theater in Walker, 7 p.m. See above listing.



• To see a complete listing of art installations for August, see and pull down First Friday Events.

• Watermark Art Center's "gallery 505," a temporary retail gallery located in the future home of the center, across the street from the current location at Fifth Street in the Carnegie Library building. The new gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays or by appointment.


• Headwaters Youth Orchestra summer concert 6 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Headwaters School for Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Admission is open to the public and a free-will donation would be appreciated.

• Auditions for Bemidji Community Theater's fall musical, "Hello Dolly," will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug 26-27 on the main stage of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on the BSU campus. Directed by Mary Knox Johnson, with musical direction by Karen Bradley, auditioners should be prepared to sing 16 measures of music and recite a prepared monologue of one minute. Actors of all ages are needed, including a few children age 8 or older. Performance dates are Nov. 13-15, Nov. 20-22.

• Auditions for the Headwaters Youth Orchestra Program will be held soon at Headwaters School for Music and the Arts. All area violin, viola, cello and bass students are encouraged to audition. The tuition for the orchestra program is $15 a month. Call HSMA at 444-5606 for more information or to register.

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