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Upcoming events Dec. 1-16

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. Projects funded through R2AC's grants programs should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties.

Nordskogen Lodge of the Sons of Norway will hold their Christmas party, together with the "Kinship Kids" of Park Rapids, Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Riverside United Methodist Church.

A potluck dinner will be at 6 p.m. with a program to follow, including singing around the Christmas tree.

Members and Kinship mentors should bring a dish to pass.

Long Lake Theater presents its Christmas production, "Fruitcakes," a charming comedy about a 12-year-old runaway boy who runs straight into the hearts of residents of a small town at Christmastime.

Written by Julian Wiles, this family-oriented story offers a heaping helping of holiday warmth.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-14.

Tickets are available at 732-0099, or Beagle Books.

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.

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.

This show is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.       

Friday, Dec. 2

Women of Peace Lutheran, Nevis, will gather at noon Friday, Dec. 2 at Jack Pine Café in Park Rapids.

Following lunch, women are invited to Steph Moore's home for dessert, coffee and Christmas gift wrapping. The group's focus project in December is sponsoring Christmas gifts for 15 children through Mahube Community Council.  

For more information on Women of Peace Lutheran, call 652-4055.

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

The 43rd annual Madrigal Dinners at Bemidji State University (BSU) are set to begin Dec. 2 in the Beaux Arts Ballroom on the BSU campus.

Performances of this Yuletide tradition of northern Minnesota will be held Friday through Sunday, Dec. 2-4, and Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10.The Beaux Arts Ballroom is located in Bemidji State's upper Hobson Memorial Union.

The Sunday, Dec. 4, performance will begin at 5 p.m.; all other shows begin at 7 p.m.

Singers will recreate the atmosphere of a renaissance feast once held in English castles, bringing to life the regal pageantry and ceremonial pomp of Merrie Olde England.

The evening features music from the Royal Court, Minstrels, Beggars, Cellar Keepers, Recorders, and a masque presented by the King's Players - all while guests enjoy a five-course dinner. All seating is at round tables to enhance the comfort of the audiences.

Tickets are available only through advanced sale and can be purchased by mail or in person at the Madrigal Dinner box office.

Ticket orders cannot be taken over the phone or online. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information contact the Department of Music at 218-755-2915

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.

A regional four-hour astronomy "sky coach" certification training is planned in Brainerd from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

Astronomy enthusiasts from grade 11 through adult are invited to the training, which is free and includes a light dinner.

Training topics include basic astronomy, use and maintenance of astronomy equipment, resources, approaches to STEM education and working with young people in astronomy.

Successful completion of this training allows sky coaches to use the regional 4-H "Aim for the Sky" astronomy equipment (powerful telescopes, astronomy binoculars and Sky Scouts) with young people in the region.

To pre-register, contact Extension educator Heidi Haugen,, 218-828-2345.

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 Roggenkamp 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

     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.          

This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people to preserve Minnesota's art and cultural heritage.

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.

Aylesworth shares simple changes to cooking and eating to recognize big advantages in health. She recently completed a course on whole-foods plant-based nutrition.

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

League of Women Voters -Park Rapids will show the 17-minute LWV Minnesota-produced documentary "Democracy for All? The Barriers of Voter ID" at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 in the lower level of the Park Rapids Area Library.

A guided discussion will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

This documentary puts the current debates around voter photo ID in the context of earlier efforts to expand the voting franchise. "Democracy for All?" features individuals whose right to vote will be threatened if a voter photo-ID requirement were put in place in Minnesota.

The film includes interviews with election officials on Minnesota's election safeguards. These safeguards make a voter photo-ID requirement a costly and unnecessary barrier in our already sound election system.

"It may be difficult for many Minnesotans to understand the problems with voter photo identification requirements," said LWV Park Rapids president Annamae Holzworth. "The brave individuals featured in "Democracy for All?" are proud voters, many who have voted for decades, who now fear that their right to continue voting could be in jeopardy. Their right to vote matters and must be protected."

"LWV Minnesota is proud to share this video that will help all of us understand why we are better off by making our elections more accessible to voters, not erecting barriers that may disenfranchise eligible voters," said Stacy Doepner-Hove, LWV Minnesota president. "While working to follow the path laid out by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution to 'form a more perfect union,' we have always found America is stronger by including more voices in our democracy."

For more information about this presentation, future LWV events or membership, contact Annamae Holzworth at 218-564-4613.

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.

Thursday, Dec. 8

Sanford Bemidji's diabetes support group will be holding its monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center in the Education Center, 1300 Anne St. NW, Bemidji.

  December's speaker is Dr. Zach Hazelton, DDS. Dr. Hazelton will speak on the connection between oral health and overall health as it relates to diabetes.

Research shows that one of the major complications of diabetes is periodontitis (inflammatory diseases affecting the tissues that surround and support the teeth).

This may be explained by the fact that those living with diabetes are at increased risk of inflammation and are more susceptible to infection, including oral infection.

Hazelton will also discuss oral health conditions associated with diabetes, possible complications and treatments for those complications.

Friday, Dec. 9

A country-style barbecue rib dinner will be served from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

All proceeds benefit the Community Fish House project, giving senior citizens, handicapped, disabled, veterans, social organizations and others the opportunity to ice fish free of charge.

Advance tickets are available through Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Legion, Delaney's, Northern Bait, Smokey Hills Outdoors or from Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association members.

Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

TuesDay, Dec. 13

The Nevis Red Hat Ladies will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Bullwinkle's.

Call Mary at 652-4232 for reservations.

The Healthy Moms Network will host a chapter meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the Park Rapids Area Library.  

Christine Horvath, an Erzdal zone therapist who is trained in a sophisticated form of reflexology, will explain how to exercise nutritional caution this holiday season.  

Topics explained include: what really makes us fat and how to lose weight, hormones, sleep, and also causes of disease, rising cholesterol and a sluggish metabolism.  

Meetings are free and open to women of all ages. For information, contact Nicole Guida 732-5229.

Friday, Dec. 16

Fatherhood Leadership Circle provider training, featuring a professor of child and family studies at St. Cloud State University, will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 16 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services lower level meeting room A.

The training is offered at no charge.

Dr. Glen Palm has studied ethics in parent and family education, fathers' perceptions on attachments, the influence of fathers on social-emotional development of young children and the father's role in literacy development.

Early childhood is a critical time for the healthy development of children. Between the ages of 2 and 7, the human brain grows to 70 to 90 percent of its adult size.

The quality of nurturing and education during this time significantly impacts not only and child's individual capacities, but the child's ability to ultimately contribute to a healthy community.

Research shows fathers matter a great deal in the education of their children, regardless of income, cultural background or education level.

Palm has written extensively on the subject and has co-authored two books on the subject.

To register or for more information, call 237-5725.