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Upcoming events Oct. 23 - Dec. 12

THURSDAY, OCT. 23

The Everett Smithson Band performs a variety of blues and zydeco-style music Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, Park Rapids.

It’s a concert for all ages.

For 10 years, the same five band members have been touring the Midwest, sharing their soulful, Creole grooves. Audience participation and education are part of an Everett Smithson Band performance.

This concert is possible thanks to Kitchigami Regional Library Legacy Funds.

Kids, ages 8-16, can pre-register at the library for a free harmonica, music and a group lesson in harmonica basics by calling or visiting the library at 732-4966. Supplies are limited.

Exciting Play Society presents “Glengarry Glen Ross,” the 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Mamet at 7 p.m. at Jammer’s Ballroom, 11328 Bemidji Rd. NE, Bemidji.

This cutting-edge, gritty drama about “less than ethical people doing less than savory deeds” contains strong language and is intended for mature audiences.

Performances are Thursday, Oct. 23 through Saturday, Oct. 25 and Friday, Oct. 31 through Saturday, Nov. 1. Tickets ($12 per person) may be bought at the door.

FRIDAY, OCT. 24

The Park Rapids Area High School drama department presents its fall play, “The Craving” Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, O ct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium.

“The Craving,” written by Don Zolidis, is a “horrific comedy” about a screenwriter who pours his heart and soul into his first screenplay. His dreams are answered when a Hollywood studio decides to produce his movie, but the dream turns into a nightmare as he watches those in power transform his beautiful script into a zombie-slasher flick.

SATURDAY, OCT. 25

A Girl Scout Fall Fest will be held at Century Elementary School from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.

Girls will do a fall craft, play games and celebrate Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday – the lady who started Girl Scouts! Birthday cake and punch will be served. Cost is $5 per Girl Scout.

Not in Girl Scouts? No problem. Register at the event for an additional $15.

RSVP to Becky Dean by Oct. 20 at bdean@gslakesandpines.org or call 218-308-8880.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Join the Headwaters Intervention Center and Family Crisis Center for their annual Fall Fundraiser Dinner Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Park Rapids American Legion. Freewill donations accepted. A roast turkey dinner with all the fixings will be served.

For more information about volunteering or making a donation, call the Headwaters Intervention Center at 732-7413.

Jody Schwen, author of “Northern Comfort,” will discuss and sign her collection of humorous accounts of living Up North at noon Saturday, Oct. 25 at Beagle Books in Park Rapids.

SUNDAY, OCT. 26

PTA’s Fall Fest is slated for Sunday, Oct. 26 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Century Elementary School. Admission is a donated school supply or non-perishable food item.

Enjoy a magic show by Imaginick at 1 p.m., with games and prizes in the cafetorium from 2-3:30 p.m. Imaginick will roam around doing tricks and balloon animals.  

FRIDAY, OCT. 31

Join the Early Childhood staff and children at the Halloween Parade through the Heritage Nursing Home from 9:30-10:15 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 31. Show off costumes while entertaining those who live and work at Heritage. Stay until the end for surprises! There is no charge to join the parade, but you must register by calling 237-6600.

Participating downtown businesses invite ghoulish and ghostly kids to “Trick or Treat Park Rapids.” Trick-or-treat along Main street from 5-7 p.m.

Long Lake Theater presents a Halloween-themed “Voice of the Prairie ”live radio variety show on Friday, Oct. 31. The program features old-time radio plays, comedy bits, ads, jingles and music. There will be a contest and pageant for the best-dressed couple. Tickets are $12 per person and available at Beagle Books, 732-0099 or longlaketheater.com.

TUESDAY, OCT. 28

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning presents professional photographer and world traveler Cal Rice Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. at Northwoods Bank community room, Park Rapids. Rice will discuss his travels to Bhutan.

MONDAY, NOV. 3

The Park Rapids High School choir concert will be held at 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5

Region 2 performing arts groups: Mark your calendars for 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 for a networking and information session facilitated by Minnesota Theater Alliance. Gather at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts at 519 Minnesota Avenue in Bemidji. Contact staff@r2arts.org for more information. 

SATURDAY, NOV. 8

Lin Enger will read from his newest novel, “The High Divide” from 5-7 p.m. at Bella Caffé. This event is hosted by Beagle Books & Bindery.

SUNDAY, NOV. 9

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra presents “Flute, Fantasy & Fun!” 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9 at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. World-renowned flutist Carol Wincenc will perform a world premiere of a BSO-commissioned work by MIT’s talented Tod Machover.

“The Nutcracker Suite” byTchaikovsky will also be part of the program.    

Wincenc is one of the world’s leading flute virtuosos, and Machover is quickly rising to the very top of “who’s who” on the international composition scene. 

Tickets for individual concerts can be purchased at the door just before the concert, in advance at Lueken’s Village Foods in Bemidji or online at brownpapertickets.com (type “Bemidji” in the “Find an Event” box).  All tickets are for general admission seating. All Bemidji Symphony Orchestra concerts are held at the Bemidji High School Auditorium, 2900 Division Street W., Bemidji.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12

Looking for a unique Minnesota history lesson? Don’t miss “Steve Stark’s Illustrated History” program Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 2:30 p.m. at the Park Rapids Library.

Watch as “Mr. History” brings history to life by drawing pictures while telling true, historical stories.

Funding for this event is provided by the Kitchigami Regional Library’s Legacy Fund.

THURSDAY, NOV. 13

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation and Peacemaker Resources will offer “Mindful Matters,” a course for educators, social workers and anyone who provides services for children and youth from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13 at Bemidji’s Hampton Inn & Suites.

The deadline to register is Monday, Nov. 3. There is no program fee. Visit www.nwmf.org. The workshop is limited to 80 participants.

The workshop will cover mindful activities for children and teens and focus on the foundations of positive psychology, mindful education, neuropsychology and social-emotional learning.

Dr. Charlene Myklebust, co-author of “Mind Up” curriculum and an educational consultant, will lead the session. Certificates of attendance social work CEUs will be available.

MONDAY, NOV. 17

The Park Rapids High School band concert will be held at 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium.

SUNDAY, NOV. 23

The Park Rapids Area Community Band presents its fall concert on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium.

FRIDAY, NOV. 28

Kick off the holiday season with Yuletide Sampler and the “Light Up a Life” Christmas tree lighting ceremony from 5 -7 p.m., downtown Park Rapids.

FRIDAY, DEC. 5

The Park Rapids Classic Chorale holiday concert will be 7:30 p.m. at St. Johns Lutheran Church and Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m.

The Park Rapids High School choir concert will be held at 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium.

MONDAY, DEC. 8

The Park Rapids Middle School choir concert will be held at 7 p.m. at the Century Middle School.

FRIDAY, DEC. 12

The Northern Light Opera Company presents “Amahl and the Night Visitors” Square Friday through Sunday, Dec. 12-14 at the Armory Square.

Amahl, a poor boy who can walk only with a crutch, lives with his mother and tells tall tales.  So of course she doesn’t believe him when he tells her of a beautiful star in the east. When he tells of three Kings traveling through their small village, she loses all patience. But when these royal visitors choose her tiny hut as their resting place on their journey, the mother is tempted by all of their gold.

Written by Gian Carlo Menotti, “Amahl & the Night Visitors” has captivated audiences for over 60 years.  With its soaring lyricism and touching human story, Amahl is a perennial holiday favorite, and NLOC is happy to bring it to a Park Rapids stage for the third time in 2014.

Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. For more information, visit

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