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Garden Tour - June 26 in Northwood, N.D.: The Northwood 125+1 Garden Tour will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 26 in various locations in and around Northwood. Northwood gardeners have been working hard since the August 2007 F-4 tornado to restore ...

Garden Tour

- June 26 in Northwood, N.D.: The Northwood 125+1 Garden Tour will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 26 in various locations in and around Northwood. Northwood gardeners have been working hard since the August 2007

F-4 tornado to restore their gardens, and this tour is being held in conjunction with Northwood's 125+1 festivities June 22-25. Tickets: $10; available at Northwood Flower & Gift Shop beginning Monday and throughout the day of the tour. Proceeds go to the Northwood 125+1 fund. Info: (701) 587-5687.

Tom Brosseau

- Duet to release debut album Aug. 31: Les Shelleys, an acoustic guitar and vocal duo from Los Angeles that includes Grand Forks native Tom Brosseau and Angela Correa, will release a self-titled debut album Aug. 31 on Fatcat Records.


It will be a collection of tracks taken from harmony-heavy voice and guitar arrangements of American standards and folk traditionals, a Fatcat news release said. The tracks were home-recorded by Brosseau and Correa in the former's Los Angeles home using only a mini-disc recorder and a battery-powered microphone set up on the kitchen table.

The result is a close, intimate set of recordings that bring the listener into that kitchen. Les Shelleys just kicked off a U.S. tour to preview this new album at Zebulon in Brooklyn, N.Y. Among upcoming tour dates: Wedesnday, Madison, Wis., The Project Lodge; Friday, Chicago, Schuba's; June 21, Denver, Hi Dive. Listen to Les Shelleys:


Wanted: Talent

- Register by July 15: The Marshall County Fair at Warren, Minn., is seeking singers, musicians, comedians and entertainers of every age for its annual talent contest which 2 p.m. July 31 in the Vonasek Free Stage.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in each category. All first-place winners have the opportunity to advance to the County Fair Amateur Talent Contest at the Minnesota State Fair Aug. 26 through Sept. 6. Deadline to register for Marshall County talent show: July 15. For an entry form: Contact Linda Johnson, (218) 449-3041 or , or Wendy Blazejewski, (218) 874-2351, ; or visit .

Actors sought

- Production in Drayton, N.D.: Actors are being sought for "Bound For Blessing," a production to be presented this summer in Drayton, N.D., based on Lauraine Snelling's Red River of the North book series. Performances will be the weekends of July 10 and July 17 in conjunction with Drayton Riverfest. Major parts, walk-on players, and lighting, sound, and set technicians are needed. Info: Marlys Boll, (701) 454-6103, .


Tour of Homes

- July 24 in Thief River Falls: The Thief River Falls Education Foundation will sponsor a "Living the Life" indoor and outdoor tour of homes as a fundraiser for school equipment and programs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 24 in Thief River Falls. Alternative date: July 25. Four featured homes: Theresa Olson, Douglass and Kay Steiger, Faye Auchenpaugh and Doug and Pam Dallmann. Tickets go on sale: Tuesday in Thief River Falls at Northern State Bank, Border State Bank, Hugo's, Hall's Floral (Thief River Falls and East Grand Forks locations), and the Thief River Falls Education Foundation office. Tickets also will be sold the day of the tour. Admission: $10. Info: (218) 681-8711.

Bemidji Symphony

- Award finalist: The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra and its conductor, Beverly Everett, have been named finalists of The American Prize spring 2010 competitions in orchestral performance and orchestral conducting.

Other finalists in the community orchestra category are the Mercury Orchestra, conductor Channing Yu, Cambridge, Mass.; Bravura Philharmonic, conductor Chiu-Tze Lin, West Windsor, N.J.; Auburn University/Community Orchestra, conductor Howard Goldstein, Auburn, Ala.; and Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, conductor Robert Butts, Rockaway, N.J. The winners of the competition will be announced later this month. The American Prize is competitions providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals in the U.S. at professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels.

O CanadART

- Oww Canada! Warm tongue meets frozen metal! Visual artist Diana Thorneycroft and filmmaker Norma Bailey want you to come clean and record your story of that one time you stuck your tongue to cold metal. Wag Your Flag: Applaud the winner of our Wag Your Flag for Canada contest and admire the banner created with the art of hundreds of Manitoba schoolchildren. Info:; (204) 786-6641

MIA exhibit


- Opening Friday in Minneapolis: The first solo exhibit of American photographer Robert Bergman, "Robert Bergman: Portraits, 1986-1995," will open Friday and run through Aug. 22 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in association with the National Gallery of Art.

The 30 color portraits are of everyday people the artist encountered during his extensive travels through American cities, a news release from MIA said. The portraits previously were published in Bergman's book, "A Kind of Rapture," with an introduction by author Toni Morrison and an afterword by art historian Meyer Schapiro. Info: (612) 870-3131,

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