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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

Little Theatre

New London, today-Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. Little Theatre; the Peer None Players present the world premiere of "I Love Minnesota"; adults $12, ages 17 and under $7, opening night is two for one and matinee is pay what you can afford; to order tickets call 320-295-3524; remaining tickets will be available at the door.

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Barn Theatre

Willmar, today-Saturday and Feb. 19-21 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday and Feb. 15 at 2:30 p.m. The Barn Theatre; "Greater Tuna" comedy; adults $15, age 18 and younger $8; box office open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; 320-235-9500.

Brady Toops

Brooten, Friday, 6:30 to 9 p.m., John O's Dinner Theatre; concert by Brady Toops, singer, songwriter, guitarist originally from New London; $8; 320-346-4330.

Bob's Big Band

Appleton, Saturday, 7 p.m., '52 Wing Auditorium; Bob's Big Band music of the 1950s and '60s; $10 at the door.

Tom Petty tribute

Spicer, Saturday, 9 to 1 p.m., Melvin's on the Lake; Free Fallin' presents A Tribute to Tom Petty; cover charge.

Velvet Brass

Glenwood, Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m., Lakeside Ballroom; the Winter Dance Club presents the Velvet Brass band; doors open at 2 p.m.; East Coast Swing lesson begins at 2:15 p.m.; $10 per person or $60 per couple for the rest of the season. For more information see the club Web site at www.lakesideballroom.org or call Barbara Benson at 320-763-6432.

Barn Theatre

Willmar, Monday-Tuesday, 7 p.m. The Barn Theatre; auditions for the comedy "Sylvia"; parts for two men and two women; directed by Thom Rosengren; production dates April 16-19, 23-26.

Continental Ballet

Morris, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium, University of Minnesota campus; Minnesota-based Continental Ballet Company presents "Copelia"; adults $15, seniors and youth under 18 $10; 320-589-6080; www.morris.umn.edu/stuorgs/CAC/Arts.

Funky Gumbo

Brooten, Feb. 21, 7 to 11 p.m., John O's Dinner Theatre; Funky Gumbo blues, jazz, R&B and dance music as part of the 1970's party; $15; for reservations call 320-346-4330.

WCCS

Willmar, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., WEAC; the West Central Concert Series presents Fascinating Gershwin; for ticket information call Claudia Lenz at 320-235-3675 evenings.

Ridgewater College

Willmar, Feb. 25-26, 6 p.m., Ridgewater College theatre; auditions for "The Head That Wouldn't Die," no experience necessary, contact Jayme McGhan at 320-222-5989 or e-mail jayme.mcghan@ridgewater.edu.; production dates April 22-25.

SJU Men's Chorus

Willmar, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., St. Mary's Catholic Church; St. John's University Men's Chorus begins its spring tour in Willmar; freewill donation.

Willmar Jr. High play

Willmar, Feb. 26-28, 7 p.m., March 1, 1 p.m., Willmar Senior High School; Willmar Junior High School presents "Cinderella."

Diamond Edge Figure Skating

Willmar, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. and March 1 at 1 p.m., Willmar Civic Center; Diamond Edge Figure Skating club's annual show "Skating Around Town." Guest skaters are Canadian Kurt Browning, who competed in three Olympics, and the first places pairs skaters in the U.S. National Intermediate level, Tyler Broderick and Olivia Oltmanns. Advance tickets $10 for adults, $5 for students, available at Cash Wise in Willmar. Remaining tickets will be $12 for adults and $7 for students $7 at the door.

Appleton area showcase

Appleton, March 1, 3 p.m., '52 Wing Auditorium; area showcase of high school vocal groups; $5 at the door.

Willmar Senior High

Willmar, March 3, 8:01 p.m., high school; Willmar Senior High orchestra concert; adults $6, students $3, passes and punch cards accepted.

Open mic/jam

New London, March 5, 7 p.m., Little Theatre; local musicians take the stage with their favorite tunes and original compositions.

Artaria String Quartet

Dawson, March 6, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Auditorium; the Dawson-Boyd Arts Association presents the Artaria String Quartet in concert; adults $10, students $5, open seating, tickets available Feb. 26; artist showcase in the lobby by Cat Abbott.

Romanza

Morris, March 7, 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium, University of Minnesota campus; "Romanza," Canada's own three tenors with original arrangements, folksongs, ballads and opera hits; adults $15, seniors and youth under 18 $10; 320-589-6080; www.morris.umn.edu/stuorgs/CAC/Arts.

Bus trips

Bus trips by community education and other non-profit groups to art related events are listed below according to the date of the event. Price must be included.

Kandiyohi County Historical Society: Bus trip to Minneapolis on April 3 with a backstage tour of the Guthrie Theater, a tour of the Mill City Museum and a riverfront bus tour of historic downtown Minneapolis; $36 per person, lunch on your own, leaves Kandiyohi County Historical Society at 7:30 a.m.; registration required by March 20, call 320-235-1881.

Book signing

Jim Johnson will sign his book about "Dummy" Hanson, a deaf baseball pitcher's life in the hearing world, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 21 at Book World in the Kandi Mall in Willmar; Johnson is a Kerkhoven native.

Addresses

'52 Wing Auditorium, East Ronning Avenue, Appleton

Barn Theatre, 321 Fourth St. S.W., Willmar

Edson Auditorium, University of Minnesota campus, Morris

John O's Dinner Theater, Highway 55, Brooten

Lakeside Ballroom, Glenwood

Little Theatre, 24 Central Ave. E., New London

Memorial Auditorium, 601 Ninth St., Dawson

St. Mary's Catholic Church, corner of 11th St. and Kandiyohi Ave. S.W., Willmar

WEAC, Willmar Education and Arts Center, 611 Fifth St. S.W., Willmar

Willmar Civic Center, 2707 Arena Dr. N.E., Willmar

Willmar High School, corner of Civic Center Dr. and County Road 9, Willmar

Community and high school art events will be printed each Thursday in this calendar up to a month in advance. The deadline is noon Monday.

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