Several classes from the Just For Kix Studio recently competed at the United We Dance competitions at Brainerd High School and Eastview High School in Apple Valley. Teams from Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin competed.
Classes competing from Brainerd at the Brainerd UWD:
• Mini Kix 2A: Albany took first place with 82 points; Brainerd Tuesday class, second, 77 ; Aitkin, third, 73; Olivia, fourth, 60; and New Ulm, fifth, 59.
• Wee Jazz: Lake Park/Audobon, first, 59; Brainerd Tuesday, second, 57; and Aitkin, third, 53.
• Twinklers Jazz: West Fargo, first, 85; and Brainerdm, second, 62.
• Mini Jazz: Olivia, first, 74; New Ulm, second, 69; Bemidji, third, 66; Aitkin, fourth, 62; and Brainerd Tuesday, fifth, 57.
• Middle Jazz: West Fargo, first, 78; Rice, second, 71; Brainerd, third, 68; Pequot Lakes, fourth, 63; Duluth, fifth, 62.
The Shining Stars, eighth-ninth graders, received first place at the recent Brainerd UWD competition. Team members are Morgan Mckenzie (front left), Trelbie Sobiech, Mckinleigh Rude, Aryn Rozinka, Lindsey Goehring (second left), Anna Razidlo, Muriel West, Kathleen Thorson (back left), Malorie Neff, Casey Ashman, Ali Hartwig, Kayla Logelin, Dexter Hopp, Megan Noakes and instructor Alexandra Clough.
• Junior Jazz: Brainerd Shining Stars, first, 81; Cambridge, second, 73; Little Falls, third, 64; and Long Prairie, fourth, 63.
• Middle Kix: Brainerd 6th Grade, first, 78; Long Prairie, second, 71; and Walker, third, 68.
Classes competing at Eastview's UWD were:
• Wee Jazz: Marshall, first, 80; St. Cloud, second, 72; Elk River, third, 71; and Brainerd Twinklers, fourth, 68.
• Middle Jazz: Elk River, first, 79; Brainerd Shooting Stars, second, 73; St.Cloud, third, 73; and Medina, fourth, 61.
• Starmakers Jazz: Brainerd, first, 91; Marshall, second, 82; Elk River, third, 74; and St. Cloud, fourth, 72.
• Dream Team Jazz: Brainerd, first, 84; Elk River, second, 81; and St. Cloud, third, 71.
• Junior Kix 3A: Elk River ninth grade, first, 84 (won tiebreaker); Brainerd, second, 84; Elk River eighth grade, third, 77; Richfield/Bloomington 69, fourth; and Farminton, fifth, 68.
Brainerd classes were instructed by Alexandra Clough, Jamie Clough and Adina Belanger. Brainerd classes will compete next on April 11 at the St. Cloud UWD.
Adventurous CLC alum o present Ecuador
The next Cultural Thursday program at Central Lakes College will be through the eyes of 2009 CLC graduate Jesse MacArthur.
The program is scheduled at noon April 1 in Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Jesse MacArthur and a woman at a village in Ecuador during his semester-long adventure while studying environmental ecology. MacArthur will present the next Central Lakes College Cultural Thursday on April 1 on his studies.
MacArthur, 21, has traveled in and around Ecuador several times, most recently during nearly six months as a university student experiencing an internship that took him from Pacific seacoast to Andean cloud forest to Amazon jungle.
MacArthur has been a member of a volunteer mission group in Ecuador, serving as an interpreter as well as a mentor for pre-teens. At the Universidad Espiritu Santo in Guayaquil, MacArthur enrolled for 15 credits toward a degree in environmental ecology. He hopes to finish that pursuit at the University of Minnesota or St. Cloud State University, while double-minoring in Spanish and photography.
At CLC, he earned the associate in arts degree and the Latin American studies certificate. MacArthur, a 2007 Brainerd High School graduate, also is working toward dive master credentials through the Minnesota School of Diving.
For information on the Cultural Thursday series, contact Jan Kurtz at 855-8183 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BWA 'Write In' session scheduled Saturday
Win Borden, president of the Brainerd Writers Alliance, announced that the BWA will hold its annual "Write In" session from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
Use the main entrance, bring your laptop or writing materials and enjoy a day of writing with others.
A group meeting will be at noon, with complimentary pizza/salad buffet and soft drinks. Please bring your own coffee, bottled water or any other specific beverage or food you prefer. A brief membership meeting is scheduled at 12:45 p.m. to confirm officers and make assignments for the year.
Experienced and novice writers of every genre are welcome to join the group Saturday and to consider becoming BWA members. The BWA meets monthly and allows members to read their works and get feedback.
For more information, go to www.brainerdwriters.org/calendar.html or call Win Borden at 232-0848.
Memoir writing workshop scheduled
Memoirist and poet Angela Foster will present "Beginning Memoir: Finding Your Story" from 1-4 p.m. March 27 at the Brainerd Public Library.
The memoir workshop will provide guided writing exercises and practical writing advice.
Foster's work has been published in Minnesota Literature, "Talking Stick, Dust and Fire," "Poetry Midwest," and Lake Country Journal. She has received many awards, including the Carol Bly Award in Creative Nonfiction from Bemidji State University in 2004 and 2006. Foster, Pine City, teaches memoir writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.
Class size is limited and registration is required. To register call the library at 829-2908.
The writing workshop is part of the Kitchigami Reads/Kitchigami Writes project, funded by the State of Minnesota with funds dedicated by Minnesota voters to preserve our arts and cultural heritage.
Navarro to perform in Grassroots Concerts
NISSWA - Dan Navarro will be the next Grassroots Concerts performer Friday, March 26.
He will take the stage at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar at 7:30 p.m.. Doors open for general seating at 6:30 p.m.
Navarro has spent the last 30 years working and playing as a singer, songwriter, recording and touring artist, voice actor and media activist.
For 20 years, Navarro partnered with Eric Lowen to write, record and tour for a growing national audience. Ten CDs showcase self-penned songs of experience.
Navarro now performs solo as Lowen was diagnosed in 2004 with the neuromuscular disease ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease. The diagnosis came in the midst of recording what many consider to be their finest LP, "All the Time in the World." The title track was written by Iowa-based singer-songwriter Dave Moore, who has performed for Grassroots Concerts.
The last Grassroots concert of the spring season will be Friday, April 23, with a series debut by Nathan Rogers, son of the late-great Stan Rogers.
All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. in the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar across from the A&W restaurant in downtown Nisswa. Admission is $10 at the door.
The volunteer-led Grassroots Concerts are made possible in part by a grant from the Minnesota Legislature, awarded by the Five Wings Regional Arts Council.
In keeping with the concert series policy, donations of non-perishable items are encouraged from attendees. Volunteers will deliver them to the food shelf.
For information, go to www.grassrootsconcerts.org or e-mail grassrootsconcerts@ charter.net.
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