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The community of Vergas will once again be hosting its annual summer festival, Looney Daze, next weekend. The activities start Thursday, Aug. 13 with the crowning of Miss Vergas and Miss Altona (above left), and continue through the grand parade on Sunday, Aug. 16. The water fights (above right) are set to follow the parade, which starts at 2 p.m.

Looney Daze festivities start Thursday

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The Pine Point Traditional Powwow concludes today (Sunday) at the powwow grounds, just a half mile west of the Pine Point School in Ponsford. There will be a flag-raising at 10 a.m., Rez Car Parade at 11 a.m., Grand Entry at 1 p.m., and a final meal to be received at payout. For more information, contact Mike Swan at 218-573-2154 or 218-573-3007.

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A reception for the new ITOW Museum exhibit, "Portraits of Home II:  Veterans in Search of Stable Housing in Greater Minnesota," is set to take place Monday, Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. The documentary photography exhibit features over 50 photos by six distinguished photojournalists, who have captured some of the challenges of greater Minnesota's affordable housing crisis. The photos are accompanied by brief narrative text that describes the compelling stories behind the photos. "Portraits of Home II" will be on display at the ITOW Veterans Museum, 805 West Main, Perham, through Aug. 31. For more information, please visit ITOWmuseum.org or call 218-346-7678.

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The Tuesdays in the Park summer concert series continues this week with a live performance by the Ulen Community Band Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. in the DL City Park Bandshell. It is a free show, and open to the public. Upcoming performances include Doc & the Scrubs, Aug. 18; and the Lakes Area Community Concert Band, Aug. 25. 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. Call 218-844-SHOW (7469) for more information.

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The rise of the loon is approaching in Vergas. Looney Daze 2009 is set for next weekend, Aug. 13-16, starting with the the 24th Annual Miss Vergas Scholarship Program and the 11th Annual Miss Altona Scholarship Program on Thursday in the Vergas Community Center. The pageant starts at 7 p.m. Friday's sidewalk sales and rummage sale will give way to Saturday's 5k run/walk, kids' tractor pull, road race, loon calling contest and Vergas Kids Got Talent contest. There will be a street dance at 9 p.m., featuring music by Lamont Cranston. Sunday festivities include the grand parade at 2 p.m. and downtown turtle races at 3:30 p.m.

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Hubbard's Long Lake Theatre presents its new production, "Dearly Departed," every Wednesday at 3 p.m. and Thursday through Friday at 7:30 p.m., through Aug. 29. Call 218-732-0099 for reservations, or visit the Web site, www.longlaketheater.net.

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Jasper's Theater performs a great family entertainment show filled with music, magic and comedy every Thursday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 22. A magic pre-show is 15 minutes prior to each show. For reservations call 218-237-4333 or visit the Web site, www.jasperstheater.com. The theater is located one mile east of Park Rapids on Highway 34.

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The Becker County Museum is hosting Kids Days in August. Stop in each Thursday during the month of August for great activities for kids. Parents, grandparents and daycare providers are encouraged to stop in anytime from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays to explore the Becker County Museum together with your kids. On Aug. 13 the activities center around the "Tale of Old Three Legs." Aug. 20 will be "Pioneer Days," bringing you back to the days of log cabins, horses and trips to the general store. The month's activities end Aug. 28 with "I Spy at the Museum," as participants search the museum for scavenger hunt clues. Call 218-847-2938 for more information, or visit beckercountyhistory.org online.

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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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A new art exhibit opened July 29 at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, featuring two Alexandria artists. Ellen Eilers is a 92-year-old painter whose work recalls the style of Grant Wood and American Regionalism; and Roxanne Sorensonis a sculpture artist who also has the distinction of being a past finalist in the Great American Think-Off at the Cultural Center. The exhibit will be on display through Wednesday, Sept. 2. Admission is free. Call 218-385-3339 for more information.

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The visit of the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall at the Chas. D. Center VFW Post 3289 in New York Mills, originally scheduled from June 3-8, has been postponed to Sept. 10-13. All programs and activities scheduled during those dates have been rescheduled as well. For more information, contact VFW Post 3289 in New York Mills at 218-385-3510 or the ITOW Veterans Museum in Perham at 218-346-7678. For more information call 218 385-3510 or 218 346-7678 or visit 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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