Summer may be almost over, but you wouldn't know it from taking a glance at the local entertainment calendar. Here's a little look at what's coming up...

Comedian Nick Swardson coming to Shooting Star Friday

MAHNOMEN — Comedy legend and Netflix star, Nick Swardson, will perform live at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center this coming Friday, Aug. 23, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20 and are on sale now. They can be purchased by phone at 1-800-313-SHOW (7469), online at or via the “Buy Tickets” tab on Shooting Star’s Facebook page:

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Nickl Swardson’s comedy career started at the age of 16 where he performed improv on his high school stage. After graduation, Swardson pursued stand-up comedy in hopes of landing a career in film. His first open mic night took place at the Acme Comedy Co. in Minneapolis, where he went on to win the club’s award for “Funniest Person in the Twin Cities.” After years of performing at comedy festivals and clubs, Swardson moved to New York City, where his career began to take off. In 2001, Swardson’s stand-up act was featured in a half-hour “Comedy Central Presents” special. In 2003, he co-wrote the screenplay for “Malibu’s Most Wanted” alongside the film’s star, Jamie Kennedy. Following the film’s success, Swardson landed the role of Terry Bernadino in one of Comedy Central’s most iconic series, “Reno 911!”

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Known as a jack of all comedy trades, Swardson has continued to make people laugh throughout the years, both onstage and onscreen. His “Too Many Smells 2018” tour visited over 40 cities from April through June, earning high praise from fellow comedians and audiences alike. Most recently, Swardson was selected as one of four comedians to represent the U.S. in a 2019 Netflix special, “Comedians of the World.” — Detroit Lakes Tribune

Corn feed, 'Beer & Hymns' set Saturday at St. Peter's Lutheran

AUDUBON — St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 19747 County Highway 6, Audubon will host its first old-fashioned corn feed from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24.

The menu will featurefresh corn on the cob, homemade potato salad, brats, veggie brats, hot dogs and ice cream. Admission is a free will offering.

The church will also be hosting the Beer & Hymns event that normally takes place at the nearby Cormorant Pub, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. — Detroit Lakes Tribune

Hiking Fest set for Saturday at Itasca State Park

Hundreds of hikers – young and old – are expected to take part in the 13th annual North Country Hiking Fest at Itasca State Park on Saturday, Aug. 24.

Sponsored by the North Country Trail Association (NCT) and Itasca State Park, the event will feature a day packed full of family-friendly and healthy activities focusing on hiking.

Carter Hedeen, president of the NCT Itasca Moraine Chapter said that “our annual event kicks off in the morning with challenge hikes on the North Country National Scenic Trail that hikes west, across the Hubbard County forest. Hikers can choose from either a 4.5-, 10- or 12.5-mile hike back to the park’s south entrance and NCTA volunteers will provide shuttles and guide the hikers on their way.”

Those hikes start at 10 a.m. and hikers should meet outside the front entrance to the Jacob Brower Visitor’s Center.

According to Barb Jauquet-Kalinoski, president of the NCT Laurentian Lakes Chapter, “This year’s event theme is kids hiking, and there are lots of activities scheduled to help kids and their parents get started. At the event, kids can make their own hiking sticks and pack their own trail snack for free.” Those staffed events will be ongoing from 1-2:30pm inside the visitor’s center. There will also be on-your-own activities dealing with where to hike, what you might find in nature along the way and info on staying safe on the trail.

At 2:45 p.m., there will be two guided family hikes – one short “Tots on the Trail Story hike” leaving from the visitor’s center and another “Hike the Hiking Club Trail” leaving from Forest Inn. Both hikes will wrap up by 4 p.m.

Kids that obtain stamps at all six stations/activities will be entered into the grand prize drawing to be drawn following the ice cream social (4:30-5:30 p.m.) and before the evening concert by Kraig James (5-7 p.m.) at the new Lake Itasca amphitheater.

This event is free and open to the public, but a vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks.

For more information about the North Country Hiking Fest or Itasca State Park, call 218-699-7251 or visit

Headwaters Center starts fall schedule Sept. 3 in Park Rapids

PARK RAPIDS — Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning (HCLL) will open its fall series at Park Theatre Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. with historian David Jones.

Jones, a frequent and popular presenter for HCLL, leads off a series of eight programs scheduled for Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Sept. 3 to Oct. 22. All programs are open to the public, free of charge, and handicap accessible.

HCLL, a 501c3 nonprofit corporation, has presented educational programs in spring and fall since 2001. Funding is from donations from supporters and contracts for service with area townships. Brochures are available at the Park Rapids Library, Beagle and Wolf Books, and the Park Rapids Chamber of Commerce. Most programs are recorded on DVDs, which can be checked out from the Park Rapids Library.

The fall 2019 schedule is as follows:

  • Sept. 3: “1936 Berlin Olympics: The Nazi Games.” Jones reveals how the Nazis tightly controlled their image and discusses the impact the 1936 Games had on future contests.

  • Sept. 10: “2020 Census.” Sarah Priest, partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, will share highlights of the 2020 Census preparation and ways we can partner to make sure we get a complete count.

  • Sept. 17: “Crime Stoppers: The Alternative to Silence.” Bob Dennistoun, board chair of Crime Stoppers of Minnesota, explains how this 40-year-old nonprofit helps keep communities safe by providing citizens with the means to remain anonymous and come forward with information on criminals and fugitives.

  • Sept. 24: “Minnesota Military Museums.” HCLL board chair Marty Leistikow partners with Hubbard County Historical Museum friends Rod Nordberg and Nancy Newman to give highlights of Minnesota’s military heroes as found in museum displays.

  • Oct. 1: “Experience Australia and New Zealand.” Retired Clearbrook teacher Linda Nordlund shares her love of travel through slides of her Down Under trip, including the Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, a New Zealand sheep station and more.

  • Oct. 8: "From Minnesota North Woods to Santiago de Compostela: A tale of hiking the Camino." Janice Springer trained on Minnesota's North Country Trail for her hike in Spain's mountains, where she experienced spiritual, soul-searching renewal along with great scenery.

  • Oct. 15: “Vietnam Today.” Polly Scotland’s 13-day trip with her husband, Lee, took her from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Siem Riep along the muddy waters of the Mekong and Tonla Sap rivers. She’ll give a first-hand glimpse of life today for people of Vietnam.

  • Oct. 22: “Climbing Denali.” Explorer and mountaineer Lonnie Dupre highlights the challenges of climbing North America’s highest peak solo and in winter.