‘Church Basement Ladies’ to perform
Lemieux Johnson Financial Group is sponsoring “Away in the Basement, A Church Basement Ladies Christmas” that will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday at Tornstrom Auditorium at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd.
The performance is inspired by the books of Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson. This musical comedy is known to have participants laughing until their sides hurts.
Tickets are $25 each and available at Cub Foods, Bremer Bank, Lemieux Johnson Financial Group and the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center. If the performance is not sold out, tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are general seating.
Proceeds from performance will go to the senior center. The senior center will be handing out the Hot Dish Contest Recipes book to the first 50 people who attend the concert.
Other sponsors for this event are Lakes Printing, The Dispatch, Crossing Inn & Suites and Cub Foods.
Heartland Poets to meet Friday
Heartland Poets will meet at 6 p.m. Friday at Double D Ranch, 18755 Tracside Road in Brainerd for a Christmas party.
A gift exchange and potluck will be had. Participants are asked to bring a favorite Christmas poem newly etched or branded onto cowhide or carved by another cowpoke behorehand.
Participants may come as they are or dress up like their favorite Christmas cowboy or poet.
For more information contact Char Donovan at 829-5402.
Comedian Hansen at Toys for Troops
NISSWA — The Nisswa American Legion will present a Toys for Troops Benefit at 8 p.m. Dec. 16, featuring comedian Scott Hansen.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased at the Nisswa American Legion office or at the pulltab booth.
A Yankee pot roast dinner will be available before the show at 6 p.m. for $10.
Bring an unwrapped, new toy for troops’ families and get an autographed poster.
For more information, call 963-9946, extension 1.
Hansen is a five-time winner of the Minnesota Comedian of the Year award. He has made national TV appearances on HBO, Showtime, A&E and E! He has developed and created two pilots and a series for Comedy Central including “Access America” and “Seriously Weird Magazine.”
Hansen’s 20-plus years of performances have set attendance records at comedy clubs, colleges and corporate events nationwide. His national reputation has earned him a spot appearing in concert with Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld and Drew Carey.
Roggenkamps to perform in Pine River
PINE RIVER — A traditional bluegrass, country and gospel concert will be presented by Tim and Cindy Roggenkamp at 7 p.m. Friday at The Warehouse in Pine River.
Free tickets are available at the Pine River Public Library.
The Roggenkamps, are a husband and wife team from the Pequot Lakes area, who’ll present different instruments and stories behind some of the music. They’ve been entertaining audiences throughout Minnesota and surrounding states and Canada for more than 30 years. They are Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame members. They also are well known in bluegrass circles for founding the Lakes Bluegrass Festival that takes place in Pine River in 2012 and running a nationally known bluegrass music website named PlayBetterBluegrass.com.
This event is a Legacy Program funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage.
From Age to Age
From Age to Age will be presenting several concerts in the Brainerd lakes area in December as its third annual holiday tour.
The concert will feature selections from Handel’s Messiah, stunning new arrangements of “O Holy Night” and “Sing We Now of Christmas.” Concert schedule include a 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 concert at Holy Cross Catholic in Onamia; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at St. Francis Convent in Little Falls; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd; and 1 p.m. Dec. 18 at Union Congregational in Hackensack.
The concert in Brainerd will feature honor guest conductor Michael Smith, the former Brainerd High School choir director and Marcus Aulie, the BHS South Campus ninth grade choir director.
Tickets are $10 at the door.
A “Vie-Brr-Nation” concert scheduled Dec. 23
A “Vie-Brr-Nation” concert presented by Hellandbackinc, featuring the Midwest Selects, a band from Baxter, will be held at 8 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Iron Rail in downtown Brainerd.
Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the local food shelf. Tickets are $5 at the door, with advance tickets will be VIP for the same price for ages 16 and up. Doors open at 7 p.m.
This concert is open to anyone who wants to perform and show off their talent on the microphone.
Those interested should contact Seth Helland at 831-7701 or email@example.com. Helland said the music group has been around a couple years doing shows all over Minnesota and releasing CD’s
“This is our way of giving back through our music,” said Helland in an email release. “This show is sort of our homecoming show as well since the past year we have only been doing shows in the Twin Cities at places such as Aqua Nightclub and First Avenue ... We are excited to be able to perform for our loyal fans in this town and also it’s exciting to be able to help out people in need during the holiday season.”
Segovia to perform
Tate Music Group artist Robert Segovia will perform from 3-5 p.m. Dec. 17 at Coco Moon Coffee Bar oin Brainerd.
Segovia will be performing songs from his album, “When All is Said and Done.
Artist work to be displayed at library
Artist Jan Lendobeja’s work on watercolor paintings will be on display at the Brainerd Public Library through February.
Lendobeja, originally from Clara City, graduated from the College of St. Benedict and taught in Slayton.
Lendobeja said in her painting statement that she has painted informally on and off for years. She dedicated her life to non-profit work, her children and supporting her husband’s mission trips to Haiti and his prison ministry. Lendobeja said the past couple of years she learned that practice is a powerful teacher. She embeds a little symbol of Christ in her paintings as “He is present in every scene in life.”
The craft for the Flipside Children’s event scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Franklin Arts Center will be jewelry making with instructor Kate Carlson.
A suggested $3 donation or $5 per family is requested, but no children will be turned away.
For more information call Paulette Buck at 828-8062.
Brainerd native publishes book
Brainerd native author J.P. LaRue, now a New Concord, Ohio, resident, has added two new titles to his list of published works. The books “Spring” and “Summer” are children’s books and for adults who are children at heart. In a refreshing break from traditional story telling, the author created a style all of his own. Each page overflows with colorful imagery where plants, flowers and insects take on new meanings and come alive to tell a poetic story.
For more information or to order a copy, can call (866) 823-9613 or visit http://www.virtualmorse.com.