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Upcoming events Nov. 13-18

Saturday, Nov. 13

The Laporte-Benedict Lions will be holding their annual fall bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (Saturday) in the commons area of the Laporte School.

The Lions soup and sandwich lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the community room. Bars and beverage will be available throughout the day.

Last year, 27 tables were filled with a variety of items such as: cedar wreaths, poinsettias, Christmas cactus, paintings, scroll-carved wood, a multitude of Christmas decorations large and small and a wide selection of handmade items from afghans to stocking stuffers.

Sunday, Nov. 14

Games of turkey bingo will be played from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Nevis.

There will be a drawing for quilts with coffee and lunch served.

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, will feature soprano Jennifer Swanson in Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4 at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 in the Bemidji High School auditorium.

The doors will open for seating at 2:30 pm. Season memberships may be purchased on the day of the concert as well as in advance by visiting the BSO website for information: Tickets may also be purchased in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North in Bemidji.

Unlike many of Mahler's symphonies that employ large numbers of players and singers, the Fourth Symphony is relatively modest in scope.

This narrow-frame instrumentation highlights Mahler's mastery of color and combination. In his music, Mahler found comfort in two refuges, childhood and the outdoors. This is particularly evident in the Fourth Symphony as is his fascination with a collection of German folk poetry from which he drew the words for the last movement, Wir geniessen die himmlischen Freuden (All heavenly joys are ours).

Monday, Nov. 15

The Century PTA Book Fair will be held Nov. 15-19 at the Century Middle School.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

A family and community shopping night will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Heart O'Lakes Genealogical Society is hosting three genealogical seminars given by Rick Crume from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 15, 22 and 29 at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. 

Crume is a contributor to "Family TreeMaker" magazine and a speaker at the MSUM Heritage Workshop. 

He will present "10 Best Web Tools" Nov. 15, "10 Space Saving Tips and Organizing E-Files" Nov. 22 and "Genealogy Hacks" Nov. 29. 

The presentations are in partnership with Lake Agassiz Regional Library.

The sessions are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact the Lake Agassiz Regional Library at 218-847-2168 or, or Heart O'Lakes president Virginia Weston at 218-847-6483 or

tuesday, Nov. 16

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will present "German and Venezuelan culinary arts and traditions" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the Northwoods Bank community room, Park Rapids.          "Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture." (Mark Kurlansky, 'Choice Cuts' (2002)

      The two presenters for this program, Joseph Phelps, from Concordia Language Village German kitchen and Rosymar Hjermstad representing Venezuela, will explore the types of foods that make up the culinary traditions and also explain how it meshes with the culture of their countries.

Phelps has worked for Concordia Language Village since 2002 and has traveled to Germany many times.

Hjermstad came to Park Rapids area as a foreign exchange student in 1994.  She was taught to cook both in the Venezuelan-Hispanic tradition and also Italian by her grandmother and mother.

She graduated from Bemidji State University in marketing communications and Spanish.  She teaches Spanish in Community Education in Park Rapids and works as a housing advocate for Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation. 

The culmination of the Legacy Heritage and Arts programs will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 with the Culinary Arts, Heritage and Cultural Festival at the Park Rapids Area High School cafetorium.

Participants can sample the food of these traditions and browse through quilts, Hmong arts and crafts and related books from Beagle Books.  Buy advance tickets from Beagle Books or the board members.   

These activities are funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

To receive more information and brochures or tickets to the Festival, please contact LuAnne White at or 732-7939.

The Park Rapids Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 at Trinity Church.

Members will share ideas and experiences with landscape lighting. Guests are welcome.

Wednesday, Nov. 17

Monika's Quilt and Yarn Shop will participate in the nationwide challenge to make one million pillowcases nationwide and donate to charitable organizations.   

Wednesday, Nov, 17, seamstresses are invited to gather to make pillow cases for the Headwaters Residential Homes and their clients as well as for service men and women to be distributed through the Blue Star Mothers program. 

Participants are welcome from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monika's will have kits or bring fabric and the pattern will be provided.

Those unable to attend may bring completed pillowcases to Monika's.

Thursday, Nov. 18

Detroit Lakes artists will display paintings, sculpture, pottery, glasswork, collage and other fine arts as part of the 7th annual Holmes Art Show Nov. 18-20 in the Holmes Ballroom at the Historic Holmes Theatre.

Opening reception is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  This year's featured artist is Ruth Kary. Her photograph, "Piercing Baby Blues," was chosen to be used in promotion for this year's show. Other exhibitors this year include: Dee Bowman, Sharon Blazek, Bob Cummings, Ellen Jean Diederich, Ingrid Erickson, Carol Evenson, Brian Geihl, Barbara Groth, Jan Herbert, Carmen McCullough, Becky Mitchell, Peggy Pfingsten, Eric Satwire, and Mary Schutz.

  There will be free entertainment all three days of the show, beginning with local singer/songwriter Carrie Sorensen performing in the Holmes Theatre at 7 p.m. on opening night.

The Lakes Area Community Concert Band will wrap up the art show Saturday with a freewill donation concert at 4 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information on the art show or for exhibitor registration, call Becky Williams at 218- 844-4221 ext. 117.