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Virginia Mae Hope at historical player at the Library on March 20

Take a step back in time with Virginia Mae Hope, portrayed by Melissa Friedmann of the Minnesota History Players. Virginia was a pilot and was a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots. She will be at the Brainerd Public Library on Tuesday, March 20th at 3:30pm. Her life was short but exciting. Learn what it was like growing up on a farm in Winnebago, Minnesota during the Great Depression and serving as a female pilot during World War II. There will also be information about the bombing of Pearl Harbor and its national impact, and the changing roles of women during World War II.

Picturing 2012 Adds a New Lightroom Workshop

Adobe certified instructor, Steve Bye, and CLC photographic imaging instructor, Mike Vogt, will teach an Intro to Lightroom workshop April 1 at CLC, Staples campus. The registration is limited to 20 people, as iMacs will be provided. Price: $45. Early Bird Discount Price: $40, before 3/14/12. No Refunds after 3/23/12, but registration is transferable. Good computer skills are a requirement to be successful in the class.

Tennis fans are seeing double

Big names are playing doubles at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

Andy Roddick is playing with Minnesota native Mardy Fish. And America's top doubles team, Bob and Mike Bryan, will be looking for their first BNP Paribas Open title. It's hard to believe the Bryans, who have been so successful on courts across the globe haven't nabbed this title in their home state.
Other tops seeds taking to the doubles court include Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Kony 2012

UPDATE: When I started writing this blog yesterday there were just under a million views of the KONY 2012 video.

It's gone viral. More than 19 million people have watched on YouTube alone and this thing has taken over the internet. People are watching and they are moving to action.

Potty-training already?

It happened yesterday morning.

I knew it would at some point but I wasn't prepared for it.

To be completely blunt, my 20-month-old daughter, Isabella, told me she pooped before we left our house to go to daycare.

Yes, folks. You heard correctly. My "baby" told me she dirtied her diaper.

I couldn't believe my ears. I was sure it was a fluke. So I asked her. She repeated herself. Twice.

We headed into her bedroom to change her diaper and sure enough, she had done exactly what she said she did.

Animal whisperer

I'm not sure I really want to know what the tom cat in the kitchen is thinking. It might be better to assume he's pretty happy with a pat on the head or the crunchy food in his dish. But there are times when he looks off in the distance that I'm sure he's pondering his place in the universe. And maybe he is.
Joyce Leake of Animal University hosts seminars on animal communication. She'll be in Brainerd March 9-11 at Spirit Horse Center. Her workshops are designed to teach people the basics and the complexities of animal communication.

Hunger Games Writing Workshop

A Hunger Games Writing
March 7th at 1:00pm to 3:00pm Ages 13-17
Brainerd Public Library
The workshop is free, but requires registration, register by calling 829-5574
Suzanne Collins’s fast-paced, plot-driven novels had us all up late at night turning pages, so in this workshop, we’ll slow things down and examine why. Looking at characterization, tone, point of view, and style, we’ll analyze why these books are so absorbing and discuss how we can learn from them as writers. Limited space available.

Brainerd Lakes Area Supports the Arts by Mary Aalgaard

Thank you, supporters of the arts in the Brainerd lakes area! Performances for "To Kill a Mockingbird" sold out. The Lamplighters in Staples had a full house for most of their shows. My original play, "Coffee Shop Confessions," sold out in the first week. We're opening tonight, March 2, at the Coco Moon at 6:30. See recent posts on my writer's blog We'll be performing again on April 9, at the Senior Center for their fundraiser dinner. Call DeAnn, 829-9345, to reserve a spot. We'll add a few more performances at a location to be determined.

Let it snow

Snowmobilers and snowshoe enthusiasts have grumbled all winter about the dearth of snow this season. Well, here’s another reason why many of us have missed those blizzard-filled winters of yesteryear.
Challenging weather, such as this past week’s dumping of 7 inches of snow in Brainerd, often brings out random acts of kindness.

Author Jess Lourey to give writing workshop at the Brainerd Public Library

Author Jess Lourey to give writing workshop at the Brainerd Public Library

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