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Ridgewater College

Willmar, through Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Ridgewater College theater; "Beyond Therapy" by Christopher Durange; $5 general admission seating, Ridgewater students free; for reservations call 320-222-7605.

Prairie Arts Chorale

Prinsburg, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Unity Christian Reformed Church. Prairie Arts Chorale, a vocal ensemble from southwest Minnesota presents "Island Magic." Additional concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Marshall Middle School and 4 p.m. Sunday at Esteboe Performing Arts Center in Redwood Falls. Advanced tickets are $10, available at Rhodes Family Foods in Clara City, Warren's BP in Prinsburg, Guidepost Pharmacy and Tersteeg's Holiday Market in Redwood Falls, Cash Wise Foods and Whitney Music in Willmar. Tickets are $12 at the door for adults; 18 and under admitted free.

Sammy Jensen Orchestra

Glenwood, Sunday, 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;

Cinco de Mayo

Willmar, May 8, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Willmar Middle School football field; outdoor family festival featuring music, dancers, food and more.

Willmar High School

Willmar, May 10, 7:30 p.m., high school theater; varsity band and choir concert.

Willmar Middle School

Willmar, May 13, 7:30 p.m., WEAC; sixth- through eighth-grade bands.

The Upper Mississippians

Glenwood, May 16, 4 to 8 p.m., Lakeside Ballroom; Lakeside Dance Club presents "The Upper Mississippians," a big band from the Bemidji area; $20 per couple; no jeans or shorts;

Litchfield Area

Male Chorus

Litchfield, May 16, 7:30 p.m., First Lutheran Church; annual spring concert; admission $5, pre-schoolers admitted free. Tickets available at the door.

Willmar High School

Willmar, May 17, 7:30 p.m., high school theater; high School and Middle School orchestra concert.


Middle School

Willmar, May 17, 7:30 p.m., high school theater; sixth- through eighth-grade orchestras.


Middle School

Willmar, May 20, 7:30 p.m., WEAC; sixth-grade choirs.

Willmar High School

Willmar, May 25, 7 p.m., high school theater; commencement concert.


Middle School

Willmar, May 27, 7:30 p.m., middle school gym; seventh- and eighth-grade choirs.

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.

Swift County and Big Stone County libraries: Bus trip to the Minnesota History Museum on May 11 and May 15 for residents of the two counties. Free bus ride and free admittance to see the Minnesota Greatest Generation exhibit. Make reservations by calling one of the following libraries where the bus will make stops: Appleton, 320-289-1681; Benson, 320-842-7981; Kerkhoven, 320-264-2141; Graceville, 320-748-7332; or Ortonville, 320-839-2494.

Book lecture

Curtis Dahlin is giving a series of lectures in Renville County Libraries. He has authored several books on the Dakota War of 1862. He will speak at 7 p.m. today at the Hector Community Center on "Trails of Tears: Minnesota's Dakota Indian Exile Begins."

Annette Atkins will discuss her book, "Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out" at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Raymond Public Library. Atkins is a professor of history at St. John's University. This innovative history invites readers to experience the texture of people's lives through the decades, offering a fascinating approach to the history of our state.


First Lutheran Church, 703 S. Sibley Ave., Litchfield

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

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

Prairie Renaissance Cultural Center, 630 Atlantic Ave., Morris

Renville County Historical Museum, 441 North Park Dr., Morton

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

Unity Christian Reformed Church, Prinsburg

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

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

Willmar Middle School, 201 Willmar Ave S.E., Willmar

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

Items may be submitted on the Tribune Web site at; faxed to 320-235-6769; mailed to Arts Calendar, P.O. Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201 or e-mailed to with "arts calendar item" in the subject line.