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Entertainment calendar: Comedian, ventriloquist coming to Grand Casino
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Detroit Lakes' annual Memorial Day parade gets underway Monday, May 26, with line up at 9:30 a.m. The parade starts at 10 a.m., with a program to follow. The Avenue of Flags is on display at Oak Grove Cemetery from May 23-27.

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Memorial Day services, sponsored by the Perham VFW Post 4020 and American Legion Post 61 and their Auxiliaries, will be held at the ITOW Veterans Museum in Perham on Monday, May 26, at 10 a.m. Speakers for the event include Perham city mayor Kevin Keil and U.S. Army Captain Aaron Krenz. The ITOW Veterans Museum will be open all day, with no charge to visit the exhibits. From 7 a.m.-noon there will be an "all you can eat" Dad's Belgian Waffle Breakfast hosted by the Masonic Lodges of Perham and Wadena. Tickets are $6 in advance or $6.50 at the door. Children age 5 and younger eat free. Also on Memorial Day, the VFW Auxiliary will hold a bake sale. Call 218-346-7678 for more inf.

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Individual artists who would like to learn about grant opportunities offered by the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC) are invited to attend a free grant information session on Monday, May 19 from 6-8 p.m. at the LRAC office, 133 South Mill St., Fergus Falls. Sessions are free, but please pre-register. Artists can also schedule a one-on-one appointment with an Arts Board program officer, on the morning after each session. To register for an information session, and/or to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a program officer, call the Arts Board at 651-215-1600 or 800-866-2787.

The Tuesdays in the Park summer concert series returns to the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell on June 3, with an appearance by the Lakes Area Community Concert Band. There will be free, live music every Tuesday through the months of June, July and August -- with the exception of July 15 -- starting at 7 p.m. This year's line-up also includes other local favorites like the Purple Pan Steel Drum Band, Park Rapids Community Band and Doc & the Scrubs, as well as a few new acts such as Vincent & the Van Goes, Mark Fogelson, Robbin Bueng and the Red Letter Band. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved from the bandshell to the DL Pavilion. For more information about the concert series, contact the Historic Holmes Theatre Box Office at 218-844-SHOW (7469).

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The Lake Region Arts Council has announced that it will be presenting three new exhibits in the LRAC Gallery through January 2009. The themes of the new exhibits are: "Rural Scenes," April 14-July 11; "Abstract Art," July 14-Oct. 11; "Female Form in Art," Oct. 13-Jan. 10, 2009. All exhibits are juried and open to visual artists of all disciplines.

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Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham -- along with his crowd-pleasing partners Walter, the old curmudgeon, and Achmed the dead terrorist -- will perform two shows at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs Events & Convention Center on Saturday, June 21, at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $32 and $38. To purchase, visit the Grand Casino Mille Lacs or Grand Casino Hinckley box offices, call Ticketmaster at 651/989-5151, contact any Ticketmaster outlet, or visit www.grandcasinomn.com.

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Willie Nelson, Country Music Hall of Famer and Grammy Award winner, will perform his legendary hits on Friday, July 18, at 8:30 p.m. at the Grand Casino Hinckley Grand Amphitheater. Tickets are $30, $36 and $42 and go on sale on Thursday, May 29, at noon. To purchase tickets, visit the Grand Casino Mille Lacs or Grand Casino Hinckley box offices, call Ticketmaster at 651/989-5151, contact any Ticketmaster outlet, or visit www.grandcasinomn.com.

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On May 1, 1960, Captain Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union while piloting his U2 spy plane sparking one of the most famous international incidents of the Cold War. The latest exhibit at the In Their Own Words (ITOW) Veterans Museum, "Top Secret," which opened May 1 and continues through Oct. 31, includes photographs and artifacts from the Cold War Museum about the U-2 Incident. For more information call 218-346-7678 or send e-mail to info@itowmuseum.org.

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The Cormorant Area Art Club will hold its 11th Annual Art Show Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The event will be held at the Cormorant Community Center located in Cormorant Village, 13 miles south of Lake Park and 1.5 miles north of Zorbaz on Pelican Lake. Twenty-five regional artists will display a wide variety of watercolors, acrylic and oil paintings, rosemaling, pine needle basketry, prints, cards and art gift items. There is no admission charge. For more information, call Jeri Thilmony, 218-847-0123 (Detroit Lakes); Donna Chalimonczyk (Moorhead), 218-287-2065; or Kris Gray (Lake Park), 218-532-2131.

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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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