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Maplewood State Park will host its annual fall celebration, Leaf Days, on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27. Half-hour wagon rides to view the autumn leaves and a hike up Holloway Hill are among the weekend's most popular activities. Since the event doubles as a fundraiser for the park, there will be a food booth selling meals and beverages for those who want to spend time picnicking amongst the season's natural beautyFor more information about Leaf Days and any possible weekend dates that may be added to the celebration, call Maplewood State Park at 218-334-6567.

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The Becker County Historical Society's annual fundraiser, "Denim & Diamonds," is set for Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes. This red carpet event will begin with a social hour and silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. program featuring the premiere of the film "Timber -- Dead and Down: A Historical Look at the Logging Industry in Northern Minnesota." Tickets are available at the Becker County Historical Society Museum, located at 714 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes (across the parking lot from the Historic Holmes Theatre. For more information, call museum manager Carrie Johnston at 218-847-2938.

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A new movie series begins Friday, September 25, at 7 p.m. at the ITOW Veterans Museum in Perham, with the showing of the classic movie, "Dr. Strangelove." The movie will be shown as a companion event for the current traveling exhibit "The Life Atomic-Growing Up in the Shadow of the A-Bomb." "Dr. Strangelove," Stanley Kubrick's celebrated black comedy classic about an 'accidental' nuclear attack, was nominated for four 1964 Academy Awards. The show is free and open to the public. Two more movie nights are scheduled for this year. The Oct. 30 showing will be "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes." The Nov. 27 showing is yet to be determined.  

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The Top Hat Theatre at Ulen-Hitterdal School will open its 2009-10 Performing Arts Series on Saturday, Sept. 26 with a performance of "Straighten Up and Fly Right: An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole." Other upcoming productions include Chuck Suchy, Oct. 17; Todd Green, Nov. 14; Home Free, Dec. 5; James Wedgewood, Feb. 27; The Sweet Colleens, March 20; Jim Ouska and Jane Aleckson, April 3; and Reeves Cary & Paula Lammers, May 1. Buy your season tickets at the Ulen-Hitterdal School office, Northwestern Bank in Ulen, or the Pump N' More in Hitterdal. Prices are $55 for all eight performances. Family tickets are $125 for two adults and two students (through college age). Individual tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students at the door. All shows start at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Therese Vogel at 218-596-8853.

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Frazee's annual Oktoberfest celebration is set for Sunday, Oct. 4 at the Frazee Event Center. From noon to 8 p.m., the Country Polkateers -- a staple at every festival since the first one back in 1996 -- and the Leon Olsen Band will play at one-hour intervals, with performances by Minnesota State University's Heritage Dancers. Admission is $10, including not only the music and dancing, but also a traditional German meal.

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Jam Theatricals and the Gate City Bank Theatre- Fargodome have announced an all-new Broadway in Fargo lineup for the 2009-10 season, highlighted by "Cirque Dreams Illumination," an all-new, family friendly spectacle of unbelievable feats to be presented on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The season also includes "Camelot," Lerner and Loewe's timeless medieval masterpiece, Feb. 1, 2010; the 1980s lovefest "The Wedding Singer," Feb. 22; and "The Rat Pack is Back," a spirited tribute that sends audiences back to the coolest time in history, on March 10.

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Season and individual ticket packages for 2009-10 at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre are now on sale. The 2009-10 season at the Holmes begins Oct. 1 with a performance by West Africa's Kusun Ensemble, and ends May 7 with a performance by the Beatles' tribute band Revolution. For more information, call 218-844-SHOW (7469) or visit www.dlccc.org.

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A new exhibit opened Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the ITOW Veterans' Museum in Perham. The exhibit, "The Life Atomic: Growing Up in the Shadow of the A-Bomb," explores the history of the Cold War's influence on America. The exhibit also includes a DVD featuring some public domain Civil Defense films such as Duck and Cover and Operation Cue. Also on display will be selections from the oral history of William Stodderl, an area veteran who witnessed the atomic bomb tests on the Marshall Islands. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 13 at the museum, located at 805 West Main in Perham. For more information, call 218-346-7678 or visit www.ITOWmuseum.org.

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A new exhibit at the History Museum of East Otter Tail County features photographs from the recent and not so recent history of New York Mills. This exhibit, which was created for the 125th Anniversary Celebration of New York Mills, will be on display at the History Museum through the end of 2009. The History Museum is located 230 First Avenue North, Perham. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1-4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information visit HistoryMuseumEOT.org.

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The Entertainment Calendar appears weekly in the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Submissions, questions and corrections (labeled "Enter,- tainment 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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