The fall series of Bemidji Adventures in Lifelong Learning begins Tuesday, Sept. 17 with Christa Drake presenting “Bog (mashkiig) Discovery: Medicinal Plants.” Learn and discover the numerous medicinal plants that grow in the bog at Lake Bemidji State Park as well as their traditional Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) uses and names. This presentation will also include the history of how this information was collected and recorded over a century ago and a chance to try some Labrador tea. Refreshments are ready by 9:30 a.m. at Beltrami Electric Cooperative community room.

The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning presents “Crime Stoppers: The Alternative to Silence” by Bob Dennistoun, board chair of Crime Stoppers of Minnesota, at 1 p.m. at Park Theatre. The program is free and open to the public.

St. Peter’s Catholic Church will offer a free, nutritious community meal. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Responsible Beverage Server Training will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Lake George Town Hall or Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Hubbard County Government Center. There is no cost to attend. To register, contact Angie Graham at 218-255-3692 or angelagraham@catholichealth.net.

Congressman Pete Stauber and Collin Peterson will be co-hosting a Service Academy Night on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Bemidji High School. During this event, attendees will hear about the applications process for each academy as well as the Congressional nomination process. Representatives from the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Coast Guard will be in attendance to answer questions.

Nationally touring singer-songwriter Dennis Warner returns to Bemidji with a special concert at the Rail River Folk School at 7 p.m. This free performance will be video recorded by Lakeland Public Television for an upcoming episode of their popular "Backroads" series.

Join the Jolly Jammers at 7 p.m. at the Akeley Methodist Church. If you play an instrument, sing or enjoy listening to music, you are welcome to this informal jam session. For more information, call 652-2885.

Master Gardener Maurice Spangler presents “Fall Garden Basics: Best practices for planting, deadheading, mulching, fertilization, pruning, etc.” from 5-6 p.m. at the Park Rapids Public Library. The program is free and open to the public, courtesy of the Park Rapids Garden Club.


Lou Samsa, a Bemidji-based jazz guitarist, will perform at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Bemidji Public Library. During his 90-minute live performance of popular standards, he will share the story of his experience carving a path as a professional musician in northern Minnesota, and provide insider tips for people who might be interested in making a living in music, a release said.

“Decoding the Mysteries of the Teen Domain” is an interactive exhibit and presentation to help parents identify possible alcohol or drug use. The free event begins with a walk-through from 5:30-6 p.m. and presentation from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Park Rapids High School media center.