Friday nights at the Beanery Cafe
Jan and Mike Cherry, 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; October’s event is postponed; Author Paul Sailer, Nov. 15; More information by calling 824-6444.
‘Poet Laureate Octoberfest’
Fall Conference “Poet Laureate Octoberfest.” Friday-Saturday, Arrowwood Lodge, hosted by Heartland Poets/League of Minnesota Poets.
“MPR (Minnesota Public Radio) Connects!” 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, 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. Saturday, 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.
An Afternoon in Venice
An Afternoon in Venice, Saturday, 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.
Brainerd Writers Alliance Fall Writers’ Festival, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Central Lakes College. Author Bill Meissner to speak. Registration deadline is Oct. 20. Registration forms are available online at www.brainerdwriters.com or contact email@example.com.
Ojibwe culture to be heard
Ojibwe Storyteller Anne Dunn, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Heartwood Senior Living Center. Free to Unlimited Learning members, $6 for non-members.
Oktoberfest, Oct. 19-21,Ruttger’s on Bay Lake Lodge. For more information or to make a dinner reservation, call Ruttger’s at 800-450-4545.
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 teen-aged and adult men will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays; For more 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 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.
Broomstick Bash, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Horizon Health’s Community Room, with entertainment by Loren Wolfe.
Staples Area Men’s Chorus festival
Staples Area Men’s Chorus festival consisting of high schools throughout Minnesota, Saturday, 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.