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Upcoming events Oct. 6-11

Wednesday, Oct. 6

Using costume, props and storytelling, Laurie Johnson will portray Maud Hart Lovelace, a Minnesota writer, at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Hart, born in 1892 in Mankato, believed she was born to write. Her happy childhood led to keeping diaries and scrapbooks from which she created her popular Betsy-Tacy series of children's books, the first published in 1940. The resonating theme throughout her books is the importance of friends and family in shaping her world view.

Lovelace also wrote several historical novels set in Minnesota such as Early Candlelight published in 1929. It explored the lives of fur traders, Minnesota Indians and soldiers at Fort Snelling.

She married another writer, Delos Lovelace, in Minneapolis in 1917 and moved to New York. She always considered Minnesota "her home," but she retired to California and died there in 1980. She is buried in Mankato.

Central Lakes College Theatre will open its 41st season today (Oct. 6) with the prize-winning comedy "Harvey" in Dryden Theatre on the Brainerd campus of CLC.

Mary Chase's play has been an American favorite since it was brought to the stage in 1944. 

Friday, Oct. 8

Auditions for "The Night Before Christmas" at Minnesota Folklore Theater in Akeley will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8 and from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday Oct. 9.   

Four children, one female and Santa will be cast in the classic children's story. All are welcome to audition.

For more information, call 652-2666 or check out the website, minnesotafolklore

"Harvey" is the tale of Elwood P. Dowd, a good-natured, mild-mannered eccentric who is polite, cheerful and always friendly.

He has just one problematic character trait - his best friend is an invisible six-foot tall rabbit, named Harvey.

Dowd and his rabbit friend are well-known and liked in the taverns around town, but his relatives, who have come to live with him, are embarrassed by his behavior and try to have him committed to an insane asylum.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 7, 8, 9, 15 and 16 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 17, the latter as an American Sign Language performance.

For tickets, call the box office at 218-855-8202. Tickets may be purchased at

Thursday, Oct. 7

An organizational meeting for a youth bowling league, ages 6 to 18 years, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 in the banquet meeting room at Lori Lea Lanes.

All youth are welcome. Parents are encouraged to attend. Items to be discussed include scheduling, costs, transportation and an overview of the program.

The Headwaters Bowling Association wants to make it possible for any youth who wants to participate to do so. An attempt is being made to provide scholarships based on financial need and discounts for families with more than one child in the program.

Auditions for "Ole & Lena's It's a Wonderful Life" will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 and Wednesday, Oct. 13 at Long Lake Theater.

There are roles for men, women and children in this Minnesotan-style spoof of the Christmas classic. All ages and abilities welcome.

For more info, call the theater at 732-0099 or visit