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Upcoming events Nov. 17-21

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.   

Today (Wednesday) 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

The Arts Downtown PR series will continue from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 at five locations in downtown Park Rapids.

Thursday's line-up includes Ben Ranson performing at Wildwood Enchant- ment and two trios, Deane Johnson, Mari Willie and Roz Pederson at Bella Caffè and Dean Westby, Mark Bridge and Rick Amsberry at The Good Life Café.

Actors from the Minnesota Folklore Theater will preview the upcoming production of "The Night Before Christmas" at Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center.

Park Rapids poet Marion Holtey will read from her newly released book, "Seasons of Light," at Beagle Books.

A schedule of times various artists will be performing is available at downtown businesses and the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber office as well as on the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association website,

This event is designed to bring audiences to see and hear visual artists, musicians, writers and other artists in businesses in downtown Park Rapids on the Third Thursday of the month year round.

The public is invited to attend and encouraged to make a free will donation to the artists.

Contact Paul Dove at 732-7096, or Lu Ann Hurd-Lof at 652-4081,

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.

  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.

Mixed Blood Theatre, based out of Minneapolis, will be presenting "Daughters of Africa" at 7 p.m. Friday night and 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. Author Will Weaver will visit the Park Rapids Area Library to discuss his new book, "The Last Hunter," from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 in conjunction with the library's Community Reads Together.

Light refreshments will be served.

The Bemidji Community Theater will present Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite" with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, Nov. 18, 19 and 20 and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Nov. 21 at the historic Chief Theater, in downtown Bemidji.

The play is composed of three acts, each involving different characters, but all set in Suite 719 of New York City's Plaza Hotel.

Tickets are available at Ken K. Thompson Jewelry in the Paul Bunyan Mall and at Iverson Corner Drug in downtown Bemidji. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Friday, Nov. 19

The Weston A. Price Nutrition Foundation chapter will meet at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 at Evergreen Church. 

The topic will be "nourishing our children."

Minneapolis' Mixed Blood Theatre's production of "Daughters of Africa" will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes.

This music-driven history of the triumphs and accomplishments of African American women was written by award-winning playwright Syl Jones. It is a collection of profiles of both famous and forgotten remarkable women, celebrated and overlooked by history.

"Daughters of Africa" is an exuberant celebration fueled by the songs of Lena Horne, Aretha Franklin, Queen Latifah and many others.

First City Squares of Bemidji is hosting a square dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 9th and Beltrami. 

Plus tips will be in the first half hour. Jim Kooyer will be the caller and Donna Stone will be cueing rounds.  

Visitors and spectators are welcome.  Call Ray or Carole at 218-444-5904.

Saturday, Nov. 20

The Park Rapids chapter of the Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association will host the 13th annual decoy carvers show from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 at the American Legion.

Decoys will be for sale or trade. There will be a silent auction and numerous raffle prizes.

For more information or to register, contact Sheila Heide at 732-3040.

St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church will hold a fall bazaar and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20.

The event will feature crafts, a children's dollar store and a children's activity room while parents shop.

A benefit dinner and raffle for the Mike and Melanie Johnson family will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Guthrie Community Center.

A ham dinner will be served with a free will offering received.

Mike recently underwent heart and vascular leg bypass surgery and will be recovering for several months before returning to work.

The dinner is sponsored by the Guthrie-Nary Lions Club.

The Becker County Historical Society and Museum will host a "Night of History" during its annual meeting and silent auction Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes.

All proceeds directly benefit BCHS. 

A social hour and silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. 

This will be followed by featured speaker Arville Thompson, who will discuss the Fargo Detroit Ice Works which originally sat on the site of the Holiday Inn. 

Tickets are available at the museum (714 Summit Ave.) or by calling 218-847-2938. Tickets should be purchased by Wednesday, Nov. 17. 

Sunday, Nov. 21

Auditions for the 2011 Summit Productions show "Dearly Departed" will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, and from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 22 and 23 at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes.

Callbacks will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29.

The show includes a cast of as few as 10 and as many as 18 adults, most of whom are "middle aged" or older.