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Barn Theatre

Willmar, today-Saturday, and April 15-17, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday and April 18, 2:30 p.m., The Barn Theatre; "Always ... Patsy Cline"; adults $15, students $8, call the box office at 320-235-9500.

3 Penny Acre

Willmar, Friday, 7 p.m., Jazz 'n Java and Whitney Music Center; 3 Penny Acre in concert; $10, for reservations call 320-262-3999 or 320-214-9433.


High School

Dawson, Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., Memorial Auditorium; Dawson-Boyd High School presents "Les Miserables" school edition"; tickets available by calling the box office at 320-769-2955, ext. 246.

West Central Connection Chorus

Willmar, Saturday, 4 and 7 p.m., WEAC. The West Central Connection barbershop chorus presents "A Really Goodtime Spring Barbershop Show" with guest appearances by 2005 International Barbershop Quartet champion "Realtime," 'Sound Image" quartet and the Youth Festival Chorus. Tickets are $12 in advance at Cash Wise Foods, Cub Foods, Haug Implement Kubota, LuLu Beans, Spicer Dairy Queen and Walt's Car Wash; $15 at the door.

Emerald Eve

Benson, Saturday, 6 p.m., Benson Bowler. Emerald Eve, a fundraiser by the Swift County-Benson Hospital Foundation, will present the "Prairie Idol" music program, a social hour, dinner, silent auction and live auction. Tickets are on sale at Breen's, Clark's, Bugs and Flowers, the hospital or from foundation or Emerald Eve committee members.

Afternoon of music

New London, Sunday, 2 p.m., Little Theatre; "Arcadian Reflections" and "Custom Made" bands performing music from the 1950s and '60s; free.

Woodbury Chorus

and Orchestra

Bird Island, Sunday, 3:30 p.m., St. Mary's Catholic Church. The Woodbury Chorus and Orchestra and the Renville County Singers present "Celebration of Life" composed of choral and orchestral music including selections by Franz Schubert and Handel. Freewill donation will be given to the Renville County Food Shelf.

Chippewa County Historical Society

Milan, Monday, 6 p.m., Milan School; annual meeting and banquet of the Chippewa County Historical Society; "Moving the Past Into the Future" by Thein Moving of Clara City; call 320-269-7636 for ticket availability; public welcome.

Velvet Brass

Glenwood, April 18, 3 to 7 p.m., Lakeside Ballroom; Lakeside Dance Club presents the vintage sounds of "Velvet Brass." $20 per couple; no jeans or shorts;

West Central Singers

Willlmar, April 18, 4 p.m., Bethel Lutheran Church; The West Central Singers present "The Lord is my Shepherd," Music from the Psalms"; adults $7, students $5, available at the door.


Willmar, April 20, 7:30 p.m. WEAC; the West Central Concert series presents "Riders in the Sky"; call 235-3675 evenings.

Ridgewater College

Willmar, April 21, 11 a.m., Ridgewater College courtyard; variety concert featuring the Ridgewater College concert choir and special numbers by choir members.

Ridgewater College

Willmar, April 21, 7 p.m., Ridgewater College cafeteria; variety concert featuring the Ridgewater College concert choir and special numbers by choir members.

Legacy Chorale

Willmar, April 24, 7:30 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church. The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota, a Brainerd area group under the direction of Willmar native Sarah Aamot, will perform "A Clausen Collage," works by Minnesota composer Rene' Clausen. Tickets are $10 for adults with those 18 and under admitted free. They are available at Calvary Lutheran Church and at the door.

Afternoon of music

New London, April 25, 2 p.m., Little Theatre; music and humor from the "Monongaelics," some of New London's fine artist musicians; free.

Ridgewater College

Willmar, April 28-May 1, 7:30 p.m., Ridgewater College theatre; "Beyond Therapy" by Christopher Durange; $5 general admission seating; Ridgewater students free. For reservations call 320-222-7605.

Ku Klux Klan talk

Willmar, April 29, 7 p.m., Kandiyohi County Historical Society museum; "Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s Minnesota" by author Nancy Vaillancourt; free admission, everyone welcome.

Sammy Jensen Orchestra

Glenwood, May 2, 3 to 7 p.m., Lakeside Ballroom; Lakeside Dance Club presents the smooth sounds of the "Sammy Jensen Orchestra." $20 per couple; no jeans or shorts;

Bus trips

Jess Lourey will speak on "Writing and Publishing a Novel" at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Spicer Public Library. The Paynesville native is the author of the Murder by Month mystery series.

Monica Ferris will speak at 6:30 p.m. April 16 at the Belgrade Library. The Minnesota author has also written under the pen names of Margaret Frazer, Mary Monica Pulver, Mary Kuhfeld and Margaret of Shaftesbury. Attendance is limited to 40, call 320-254-8842 to register.

Lorna Landvick will speak at 7 p.m. April 22 at the Willmar Public Library. The Minnesota author has written several bestselling novels including "Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons," "Patty Jane's House of Curl" and "View from Mount Joy."


ARThouse, 117 First Ave. N.E., New London

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

Bethel Lutheran Church, 411 Becker Ave. S.W., Willmar

Calvary Lutheran Church, 302 Olena Ave. S.E., Willmar

Jazz 'n Java and Whitney Music Center, 913 Business 71 N., Willmar

Kandiyohi County Historical Society, North Business 71 (by the train engine), Willmar

Lakeside Ballroom, 180 Lake Shore Dr. S., Glenwood

Little Theatre, 24 Central Ave. E, New London

Memorial Auditorium, 601 Ninth St., Dawson

North American Financial Center, 1516 First St. S., Willmar

Recital Hall, Humanities Fine Arts, University of Minnesota campus, Morris

Ridgewater College, 2101 15th Ave. N.W., Willmar

St. Mary's Catholic Church, 220 10th St. S., Bird Island

Three Sisters Furnishings, 2550 State Highway 9 N.E., New London

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

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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