Friday nights at the Beanery Cafe
Frayed Knots, 8-10 p.m., Friday, the Beanery Cafe.
Kaleidoscope, first Saturday of the month for ages 8 and up at 10 a.m., Jaques Art Center; Art classes, first Wednesday of the month, 1-4 p.m. More information or to register call the center at 218-927-2363 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reading Room series
Speaking of Books series, 4:30-6:30 p.m., the third Thursday of the month, Prairie Bay, but October’s event is postponed. More information by calling 824-6444.
‘Poet Laureate Octoberfest’
Fall Conference “Poet Laureate Octoberfest” Oct. 12-13, Arrowwood Lodge, hosted by Heartland Poets/League of Minnesota Poets.
“MPR (Minnesota Public Library) Connects!” 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, the Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes; free, but RSVP is requested at mpr.org/brainerd.
Minnesota Poet Laureate
Minnesota’s Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen, featured speaker, 7 p.m. Oct. 13, in the Central Lakes College commons. Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door and available at The Center for Lifelong Learning, The Crossing Arts Alliance Sales and Gift Gallery, or by calling 828-4717 or by visiting www.bluecottageagency.com. Sutphen’s books may also be obtained in advance by contacting Bookin’ It in Little Falls at 800-809-1848 or at www.bookinitnow.com.
Next Cultural Thursday: Jan Kurtz to discuss Mexico’s traditional “Day of the Dead,”12-12:50 p.m. Oct. 4, Chalberg Theatre at CLC.; free.
Talent show auditions
Youth As Resources Brainerd’s Got Talent, 7 p.m. Oct. 4, Tornstrom Auditorium at the Washington Educational Services Building. Auditions will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 27, Little Theater at Brainerd High School. Sign up at the BHS main office for an audition spot. Entry fee to perform will be $5.
An Afternoon in Venice
An Afternoon in Venice, Oct. 13, Madden’s Town Hall. Doors open at 2 p.m.. Tickets are $35, VIP tickets are $75 or $150 with costume. For more information or to register go to www.communitygiving.org.
Living Local Women’s Expo, 3-7 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the Hallett Center.
Minnesota Community College Art Festival, Oct. 8-10, Ruttgers Bay Lake Lodge.
Lone Eagle exhibit
Lone Eagle exhibit at the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site.
The St. Francis Community Chorale meets from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays; Sestri, a Women’s Slavic Choir, meets at 7 p.m. Sundays; Brothers in Harmony, a men’s singing group open to teenage and adult men will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m Mondays; for information, call the St. Francis Music Center at 320-632-0637.
Staples Area Women’s Chorus rehearsals, 8-9:30 p.m. Mondays in Staples Motley High School Choir Room.