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Longtime Detroit Lakes resident -- and reigning Miss Metro -- Kathryn Knuttila will be the featured performer at this Thursday's "Inspiring America Concert," which starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Historic Holmes Theatre. The concert is free and open to the public.

'Inspiring America' concert is July 16 in DL

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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. today (Sunday) 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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Two-time GCMA Duo of the Year (2007-08), Ron & Opal Erickson of Branson, Mo., will perform at 7 p.m. tonight in Faith Lutheran Church, 24688 Co. Hwy. 6, Detroit Lakes. There will be a free will offering taken. For more information call 218-847-1040.

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The Historic Holmes Theatre will host two performances of the touring production of "The Great American Trailer Park Musical," today and Monday, July 13 at 8 p.m. (both shows). The cast features many familiar faces from regional theater, and includes Paul Vonasek, Chris Hunt, Krista Costin, Becca Kotte, Ellery Tofte, Sadie Langemo and Ansley Cameron. This adults-only show is being held in conjunction with the 74th annual Northwest Water Carnival. Tickets are $18 ($2 discount with Water Carnival button), and can be purchased at the Holmes Theatre box office, 826 Summit Ave., by phone at 218-844-SHOW (7469), or online at www.dlccc.org.

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The 74th annual Northwest Water Carnival schedule for this week includes a wide range of events, starting with today's DL Angels baseball game at 7 p.m. in Washington Ballpark. Tomorrow's events include the Junior NWC Pageant, and on Tuesday, there will be a Water Carnival Talent Show at the DL Pavilion at 7 p.m. Wednesday's schedule includes the ever-popular Water Fights at 7 p.m. in the DL City Park, as well as the Great Admiral's Hat Hunt and an Open Swim Meet. A full schedule is available at www.dlwatercarnival.com.

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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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This Thursday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m., the Historic Holmes Theatre will be hosting a free "Inspiring America Concert," featuring longtime DL resident and reigning Miss Metro Kathryn Knuttila "and friends." This concert is intended "to focus on the good in America... a fresh way to lift up and celebrate those who touch our lives with inspiration and hope." Call 218-844-SHOW (7469) for more information, or visit www.dlccc.org.

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Lake Park's own Lewis Ronkin will portray music icon Buddy Holly this Friday, July 17 in a special "I Remember Buddy Holly & Roy Orbison Concert" in Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre, starting at 8 p.m. The concert also features Wayne Luchau as Roy Orbison, with musical accompaniment by The Shadows, who along with onetime bandmate Bobby Vee, were inducted into the Mid-America Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door, and may be purchased at the Historic Holmes Theatre box office, by phone at 218-844-SHOW (7469), or online at www.dlccc.org.

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The Bearclaw Muzzleloaders of Northern Minnesota Annual Rendezvous is next weekend, July 18-19 at the Height of Land Sportsmans Club. Reenactment of pre-1840 and competitions will be held throughout the day. The public is welcome. Hours are Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-noon. For additional information, contact Al Witthoeft at 841-7096 or check at Chamber of Commerce in Detroit Lakes for flyer information.

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Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino Hotel & Events Center will live up to its name this month, as a star-studded lineup takes the stage. On Wednesday, July 22, "American Idol" Season 7 champion and platinum-selling rock musician David Cook is set to perform at 8 p.m. (tickets $35 general admission, $45-$65 reserved). And two days later, on Friday, July 24, comedian and former "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno performs at 8 p.m. (reserved seating $55-$75; general admission $45). Tickets for all of these events 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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A Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls will be staging the musical "The Sound of Music" on July 18, 20, 28, 29, 30, 31 and Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. and July 19 at 2 p.m. in the Historic Fergus Theatre, 124 W. Lincoln Ave., Fergus Falls. Tickets are on sale now. Call 218-998-ARTS (2787) for more information.

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Tamarac Wildlife Refuge offers a guided tour from 10 a.m. to noon every Thursday through the end of August. Join a refuge ranger for a fun and informative adventure on the refuge. Search for wildlife and learn about the cultural and natural history of Tamarac.

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The Crazy Quilters of Park Rapids 2009 show, "Patchwork of Life," is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, July 2-25, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in North County Museum of Arts, Park Rapids. Admission is a donation to the museum.

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The Crazy Quilters of Park Rapids 2009 show, Patchwork of Life, is Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, through July 25, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the North County Museum of Arts, Park Rapids. Admission is a donation to the museum.

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The traveling exhibit, "Freedom: A History of US," opened this month at the ITOW Veterans Museum in Perham. The exhibit, which has been developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of New York, documents and illustrates critical figures and events in U.S. history while tracing the evolving concept of freedom from its founding. The exhibit will be on display through July 31. The ITOW Veterans Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for students, and free for all Armed Forces veterans. For more information, call 218-346-7678 or visit the Web site online at www.ITOWmuseum.org.

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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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