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Flipside Art Camp for Kids!!

Flipside Summer Art Camp is co-sponsored by The Crossing Arts Alliance and ISD 181 Community Education. Cost: $65 per child for each camp. Register through ISD 181 Community Education, 218-454-6924

June 4 to 8, Visual Art: Art Through the Ages

Anton Treuer at Brainerd Public Library May 31

Anton Treuer (pronounced troy-er), Minnesota Ojibwe author and Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, visits the Brainerd Public Library on Thursday, May 31 at 6:00pm. He’ll present on his most recently released book “Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask.” More than one hundred stereotype-debunking questions—thoughtful, awkward, and searching—answered with solid information, humor, and compassion. He’ll also present on his children’s book Awesiinyensag, published in 2011.

Review of Amen Corner by Mary Aalgaard

The mood of "Amen Corner" was established the moment we took our seats at the Wurtele Thrust Stage. We can see into the church, and the housing unit below. Someone is lying on the street. People walk by. Kids run, giggle and play. A man is pick-pocketing someone. Then, a cop appears. We feel like we're in a rough neighborhood. This is a glimpse of life in a city, in a place where everyone is doing what they can to survive. Some people turn to crime, to alcohol, and others to extreme religion.

Shopping spree scrubbed

I guess plans for a massive shopping spree before the world ended Dec. 21, 2012 — according to the Mayan calendar predictors — are off. It sounded like a good idea especially since no one would be around to send the bills. But it turns out the world isn't destined to end that day after all.
In the Guatemalan rain forest, at a noted Mayan site, scientists found the calendar continues well beyond December 2012.

Researchers at Xultun in Guatamala found wall paintings projecting 7,000 years into the future.

Children's Band Thursday, May 17

After years of touring the Midwest with their bluegrass band, childhood best friends Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing, originally of Denver, Colorado, decided to return to where it all began: childhood imagination. That’s when they moved to Minneapolis to start their family music band called The Okee Dokee Brothers. They will be here to delight and inspire you on Thursday, May 17th at 3:30pm at the Brainerd Public Library. And the best part is it’s all free of charge, affordable for any family.

Review of The Diary of Anne Frank at Park Square Theatre

"Grown-ups have lived their lives and made their wars. We kids didn't start these wars or make these messes. We deserve a chance to live our lives." This is a paraphrase from Anne's line in "The Diary of Anne Frank" at the Park Square Theatre in St. Paul. I attended this performance as a chaperone with about 200 eighth graders from Forestview Middle School. It was stunning. The cast of characters were exactly how I have pictured them through my readings, imagings, and visit to the Annex in Amsterdam.

We made the Top 10

The Brainerd Dispatch for the first time ever, Friday made “Today’s Top Ten Front Pages” in, Washington, D.C., the most interactive museum.
What this means is that the Dispatch’s Friday front page was singled out as one of the best pages not only in newspapers in the United States, but newspapers in the entire world!

Drinking water from a garden hose

Lately I have found myself becoming more educated on the appeals of online and social media. At the age of 24, there really was little time that the world wide web was not a presence in my life.

We took classes beginning in 6th grade to improve our typing and even created our own webpages that same year. None of this of course compares to the iPad phenomenon that is now replacing books in schools or the fact that kids are more familiar with technology in many cases than even I am — my nephew recently taught me how to play 'Cut the Rope'...he's four.

Review of "Pippi Longstocking" at Children's Theatre Company by Mary Aalgaard

"Pippi Longstocking" is a high-energy, rollicking good show. Katie Adducci, who plays Pippi, is so athletic. I chatted with a woman at intermission who has seen several productions of "Pippi". She thought Kate was one of the oldest girls to play Pippi. (She seemed youthful to me.) I said she looked like she's a good gymnast. The woman replied, "That's probably why they chose her." She's everywhere on stage. Big movements. Animated dancing. My heart rate went up from watching it!