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SUBMITTED PHOTO Fargo-Moorhead area magician Jeff Salveson will perform at the Detroit Lakes Library on Thursday, July 16 at 2 p.m., as part of the library's "Be Creative @ Your Library" summer reading program. The show is free and open to the public.

Area magician to give free show at DL Library July 16

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Today is the final day of New York Mills' 125th anniversary celebration, "Blast From the Past." Today's events include a community picnic, judging of the beard growing contest, coed softball, and both bagpipe and barbershop quartet musical performances.

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There will be live music today at Long Bridge in Detroit Lakes from 2-6 p.m. Local acts Tim Eggebraaten and Island Time, and Sunny Days Beach Band, a band from Key West, will perform in rotation.

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You have one more chance to catch Detroit Lakes' first-ever Shakespeare in the Park presentation today (Sunday) at the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell, with a 2 p.m. matinee performance of Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy, "The Taming of the Shrew." For more information on Shakespeare in the Park, contact Historic Holmes Theatre Events Coordinator Vicky Williams at 218-844-4221, Ext. 106 or e-mail vicky@dlccc.org.

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A Detroit Lakes summer tradition for the past several years, the Tuesdays in the Park summer concert series continues July 7 with a 7 p.m. performance by Doc & the Scrubs. All concerts will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the City Park Bandshell, and are free and open to the public. Before each Tuesday's concert, Thrivent Builds for Habitat will also have a picnic fund-raiser, grilling up fresh burgers and brats for sale at the shelter near the bandshell from 6 to 7 p.m. Note: There will be no concert on July 14 due to Northwest Water Carnival activities being held at the park. Call 218-844-SHOW (7469) for more information.

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Join us at the Detroit Lakes Library on Thursday, July 9 at 2 p.m. for a science adventure led by Detroit Lakes native John Kostrzewski, who works for United Space Alliance, a contractor for NASA. Children and adults alike will enjoy this opportunity to learn about what is happening now with the Space Program. This program is free and a part of "Be Creative @ Your Library," the 2009 Minnesota Summer Reading Program, a themed reading program designed to encourage children to read over the summer months.

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Ben Ranson and Travis & Johnnie will perform a joint concert at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center on Friday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. The $5 admission charge includes a copy of Ben's newly released CD, "Eighteen Wheels of Pain." These young artists write and perform an eclectic style of original music not to be missed. Call 218-385-3339 for more information, or visit www.kulcher.org.

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Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino Hotel & Events Center will live up to its name this coming month, as a star-studded lineup takes the stage in July. First up is country music legend Merle Haggard on Thursday, July 9. Tickets, ranging in price from $35 general admission to $45-$65 reserved, can be purchased at the casino box office (777 Casino Road, Mahnomen), by phone at 800-313-7469, or online at www.starcasino.com.

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Join the National Wildlife Federation's Matt Paulson in the visitor center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 12 and discover how you can "Create a Wild Backyard." Come and find out how your yard can be certified as an official Backyard Wildlife Habitat Site. Mat is an ambassador for the National Wildlife Federation's Wildlife Habitat Program. The visitor center is located nine miles north of Highway 34 in Becker County, at the junction of county highways 26 and 29. For more information, visit the Tamarac Interpretive Association Web site at www.tamaracfriends.org.

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"Be Creative @ Your Library," the 2009 Summer Reading Program at Detroit Lakes Library, will present a magic show by Fargo-Moorhead area magician Jeffrey Salveson at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 16. This activity is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation. For more information on this and other library programs, please call or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave. Information is also available online at www.larl.org. Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.

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The Entertainment Calendar appears weekly in the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Submissions, questions and corrections (labeled "Entertainment Calendar") may be sent by fax, 218-847-9409, by mail to Detroit Lakes Newspapers, 511 Washington Ave., P.O. Box 826, Detroit Lakes MN 56502, or by e-mail to Vicki Gerdes at vgerdes@dlnewspapers.com.

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