Friday nights at the Beanery Cafe
Live music, 8-10 p.m., Friday, the Beanery Cafe.
Ripple River Gallery open house
Gallery’s open house, Saturday, free. For information call 218-678-2575 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Reading Room series
Speaking of Books series, 4:30-6:30 p.m., the third Thursday of the month, Prairie Bay; October’s event is postponed; Author Paul Sailer, Nov. 15; 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 Radio) Connects!” 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, the Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes; free, but RSVP is requested at mpr.org/brainerd.
Heartland Poets to meet
Heartland Poets to meet, 6-9 p.m., large room at Brainerd Public Library.
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. Thursday, Oct. 4, Chalberg Theatre at CLC.; free.
Talent show auditions
Youth As Resources Brainerd’s Got Talent, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, Tornstrom Auditorium at the Washington Educational Services Building.
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 information or to register go to www.communitygiving.org.
Minnesota Community College Art Festival, Monday-Wednesday, 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 teenaged 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.
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Mosaic and weaving classes
Mosaic classes, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Cultural Center’s new Continental Divide Folk School; weaving classes, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 23. Register for classes at 218-385-3339 or www.kulcher.org.
Staples Area Men’s Chorus festival
Staples Area Men’s Chorus festival consisting of high schools throughout Minnesota, Oct. 13, Staples Motley High School. Noon will be workshops and rehearsal; concert at 7 p.m.
Staples Area Women’s Chorus rehearsals, 8-9:30 p.m. Mondays in Staples Motley High School Choir Room.