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Upcoming events Nov. 26 - Dec. 6

Saturday, Nov. 26

Blue Star Mothers Northwoods Chapter 9 will be packing Christmas Care packages for local deployed military who are not able to be home at the holidays.

The work will begin at 4 p.m. today (Saturday) in the basement meeting room of the Park Rapids Area Library with a potluck to follow.  

Volunteer willing to help pack, make a donation or add a name to the deployed list so they can receive a care package, may contact Connie at 218-252-0086.

A spaghetti benefit dinner and silent for JoAnn Edelman Norberg Girtz will begin at 4 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Park Rapids American Legion.

Girtz has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Freewill offerings will be received for the dinner. The auction ends at 6 p.m.

Monetary donations may be sent to the JoAnn Girtz Benefit Fund, c/o GateCity Bank, PO Box 2847, Fargo, ND 58108.

Sunday, Nov. 27

St. Theodore's Catholic Church, Ponsford-Pine Point, will host games of turkey bingo beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27.

Twenty games will be played with 20 going home with gobblers. A free lunch will be served.

St. Theodore's Parish Guild sponsors the event.

Head west of Osage on Highway 34 and head north and west on Co. Rd. 225 to Co. Rd. 129, travel north to Co. Rd. 124, where the church is located.

Monday, Nov. 28

Nevis PTA and Beagle Books of Park Rapids are sponsoring a book fair Nov. 28-30 and Dec. 1-2 at the Nevis Community Education Building.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

Thursday, Dec. 1

In preparation for the upcoming grant deadlines, Region 2 Arts Council is hosting a drop-in session and grant-writing workshop Thursday Dec. 1 in the R2AC office at 426 Bemidji Avenue in Bemidji.

Drop by the office between 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. to pick up application materials and discuss which R2AC grants best support your project ideas or plan to attend the grant-writing workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for an in-depth discussion of grant writing strategies and a closer look at grant-specific requirements.

The following grants will be highlighted in this workshop:

  n Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants, with a deadline

of Jan. 17, provide opportunities for arts, arts access, arts education, and cultural heritage activities.

Individual artists can apply for grants up to $3,000 and organizations can apply for grants up to $6,000.

n Individual Artist Grants, with a deadline of Feb. 7, support individual artists in creating and promoting their art.  

Individual artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

n Community Arts Support Grants, with a Feb. 15 deadline, foster the development and sustainability of new and existing arts organizations.

Based on annual expenses, organizations can qualify to receive between $4,000 to $12,000, to be paid over two years.

RSVP for the grant writing workshop by calling or e-mailing Region 2 Arts Council, 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447 or

R2AC grant applications are available at 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, MN  56601 and for download from the website,

Contact the office at any time for assistance in the application process.

Bemidji Community Theater, in collaboration with the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, will present "A Christmas Carol, the Musical," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1, 2 and 3 and Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Dec. 11 at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.

The show is under the direction of Mary Knox-Johnson, with music directed by Karen Bradley and accompanied by Wayne Hoff. This joyous new show from England, with music by Piers Chater Robinson and adapted by Chris Blackwood, is a traditional, vibrant, two-act musical based on the classic novel by Charles Dickens.

Tickets may be purchased at Iverson's Corner Drug and Ken K Thompson Jewelry in the Paul Bunyan Mall. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office one hour before the performance.

Bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Shelf to the theater and receive a $1 refund on the price of a ticket.


Friday, Dec. 2

An early childhood holiday activity fair for children ages 0 to 5 years and families will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at the Frank White Education Center.

Take a picture of a surprise holiday guest. Have your face painted. Make a fruit cereal necklace. Play with Play Do. Make a pinecone birdfeeder. Create glitter bulbs. Play snowball hopscotch. Jump in the bounce house. Make reindeer food or popcorn hands. And listen to music by Fran Gack.

Pizza will be available by the slice or sample some Rudolph sandwiches. Bake sale goods and craft items will be sold, with proceeds benefiting Early Childhood programs. A raffle will be held for a Panther Pride blanket.

There is no charge and no registration required.

The Historic Holmes Theatre will present Continental Ballet's presentation of "The Nutcracker" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.

This show is underwritten by Detroit Lakes Newspapers.

Especially designed for families, this seasoned production develops themes of generosity, non-violence and responsibility through the timeless tale of Clara's fantastic voyage to the Land of the Sugarplum Fairy with her magical godfather Drossel-meyer.

For her family-friendly version of "The Nutcracker," director Riet Velthuisen presents a traditional staging of Tchaikovsky's classic holiday ballet without the battle scene. Instead there will be a friendly encounter with mice.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 218-844-7469 or visiting the theater at 806 Summit Ave. Tickets can also be purchased online at

Saturday, Dec. 3

Akeley United Methodist Church will host the 10th annual Cookie Walk at 10 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 3

Assorted cookies will be sold by the dozen as well as homemade breads, candies, krumkake and rosettes.

For more information contact Deloris Lamb at 652-2885.

Sunday, Dec. 4

The Bemidji Chorale, under the direction of Patricia Mason and accompanied by Wayne Hoff, will present their 33rd annual Christmas concert at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 at First Lutheran Church on the corner of Bemidji Ave. and 9th Street in Bemidji.

This year's concert will begin with literature celebrating the bounty of the harvest and the passage into winter.

Arrangements of "Autumn Leaves", "A 'Soalin'," and "The Road Home" by Stephen Paulus will lead the listener into more familiar carols of the season.

Admission is free although donations to the chorale will be accepted. Coffee and cookies will be served afterwards.

This activity is 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.

Tim and Cindy Roggenkamp of the Pequot Lakes area will present a toe-tapping, traditional bluegrass-country-gospel concert from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

The concert is free. Pick up a ticket at the library. For more information call the Park Rapids Area Library 732-4966.

    Tim and Cindy Roggen-kamp have been entertaining audiences throughout Minnesota and surrounding states and Canada for over 30 years. They are members of the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame, have recorded several CDs and have made many television and radio appearances.

They are also well known in bluegrass circles for founding the Lakes Bluegrass Festival that takes place in Pine River in 2012 and running a nationally known bluegrass music website named PlayBetter Blue

     Tim Roggenkamp is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He is best known for his hard-driving banjo playing, but is also accomplished on lead and rhythm guitar, mandolin, fiddle and bass and has recently taken up the dobro as well.  Cindy Roggenkamp plays standup bass and rhythm guitar and sings heart-warming and honest vocal leads and harmonies.          

Monday, Dec. 5

Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota will present Simple Cooking Substitutes at noon Monday, Dec. 5 in Sanford Bemidji Medical Center's Education Center.

Noemi Aylesworth, owner of the Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, will address changing eating habits and how food choices affect overall health.

To register for this free seminar call 218-333-5505 by Dec. 2. A complimentary meal will be catered by Sanford Bemidji Medical Center Dining Services.

Schoolcraft Learning Community will present a winter concert at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 at the Bemidji High School Performance Arts Center.

The concert, open to the public, will showcase Schoolcraft Learning Community's choirs, orchestras and French programs.

Admission is free.

The Bemidji State University Faculty MIDI Ensemble will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 in the Thompson Recital Hall in Bemidji State's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex

The ensemble, also known as the MIDIots, consists of Dr. Del Lyren and Dr. Erika Svanoe on the electric wind instrument, Eric Sundeen on the MalletKat, Greg Gaston playing the wavedrum and MIDI percussion, and Lee Foster on bass and FX. 

The group performs an eclectic mixture of musical genres ranging from contemporary instrumental compositions to atmospheric soundscapes.  Educational demonstrations of the MIDI instruments will be presented during the concert.

 Tuesday, Dec. 6

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, will present its 7th annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 in the Bemidji High School auditorium.  

Along with selections from the "Messiah," the focus will be on the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, including a commentary by Dr. Everett on her visit to Mozart's homeland this past summer.

As is the tradition, audience members are encouraged to bring their "Messiah" scores and sing along on the choruses.  Musical scores will be provided at the door for those who need them.

The concert also includes holiday favorites such as "Carol of the Drum" by Katherine Davis, Leroy Anderson's "Christmas Festival" and "Sleigh Ride," "White Christmas" and "Frosty the Snowman."   

Tickets are available at the door. Children in grades K through 12 are admitted free.  For those who hold BSO season Ttckets, the holiday concert is included as part of the season.