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SUMMER FARE: Bemidji announces Friday Art Walks

Summer Fare

Throughout the month, different locations throughout Bemidji will hold art receptions featuring various types of artwork as part of Bemidji’s Friday Art Walk.

The first Friday Art Walk will actually take place Thursday because of the holiday. Dunn Brothers Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., will hold a reception for the opening of “North Country Landscapes” by Dee Anne Najjar featuring works in pastels, oil and mixed media. Najjar will also be at the reception to perform a painting demonstration.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave., will also hold a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. for the opening of Gary Dawson’s stained glass art. The bold and colorful leaded stained glass creations range in both function and subject, and Dawson is happy to make pieces to order.

Other openings throughout the month are “Sing with Paint,” “Connected to Nature” and the release of the children’s book “Alphabet Jambalaya.” For more info go to the calendar at or contact the Watermark Art Center at

Other happenings

Fourth of July in Grand Forks: Presented by the Greater Grand Forks Sertoma Club, the festival at Town Square includes a City Band performance, the Patriotic Kids Parade, a petting zoo, pony rides and more. Activities start at11:30 a.m., with an opening ceremony at 1 p.m. The annual Firecracker 5K and 10K Fun Run and Walk, sponsored by Altru Health System, starts at 8 a.m. at Town Square, with registration from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. For race info: (701) 746-4636.

Tractor Ride: Lankin, N.D., is gearing up for its seventh annual Antique Tractor Ride Saturday. The ride will feature tractors that are 1960s models and older, which will drive from Lankin to the Dave and Guy Praska farm. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Lankin Legion and Cafe. Drivers will then meet at 9:30 a.m. to head out to the farm, where they will have a light lunch before making it back into town for a social and pork and dumpling meal from 1:45 to 2:15 p.m. Prizes will be awarded at 2:30 p.m. Cost: $10 per tractor, $1 per rider, free will donations for meals. Info: (701) 593-6155.

Pioneer Farmers Tour: Lake Itasca is holding a Pioneer Farmers Tour Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. starting at the Levorsen Building on the Pioneer Farmer showgrounds at the north end of Itasca State Park. Get a feel for the early 1900s community of Lake Itasca by exploring a country school, a one-room log house, the logging museum and the Itasca Historic Sawmill. Info: (218) 699-7259.

Buena Vista Music Festival: Buena Vista Ski Area is hosting a two-day, outdoor live music event starting at 5 p.m. July 11 and continuing throughout the day July 12. The event will feature performances by 17 bands, including More Than Lights, Jon Wayne and the Pain, Charlie Parr, Big Tree Bonsai and more. There will also be food, drink, craft vendors and live painting all in the natural amphitheater stadium on the hillside along Larson Lake. Cost: $30 one day, $50 two days, $10 parking, free camping. Info: (218)

Movie in the Park: Enjoy movies under the stars throughout the summer at various Grand Forks parks. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy family-friendly classics, action, adventure and new releases. The next film will be “The Nut Job” starting at sundown July 15 at Riverside Park. Additional shows: “Little Rascals” July 29 at University Park, “Lego Movie” Aug. 12 at Riverside Park. Cost: Free. Info: (701) 746-2750.

Mentor Farmers Market: Check out the Mentor Farmers Market for a variety of fresh produce, breads, lefse, jams, cheeses, meats, jewelry, crafts and more, Fridays through Sept. 19, 8 a.m. to noon, Mentor School, 53 Lincoln Ave., Mentor, Minn.; (701) 371-7010.