BAXTER - Simple Grace will perform at the annual American Celebration Gospel Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Heritage Assembly of God Church in Baxter.
John Paul & Rochelle Ruiz, guitarist Scott Lytle and Beatrice Henderson Sundquist will open the evening.
Tickets are $10 in advance at $13 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the Dispatch, Bethany Book Store in Baxter, KTIG in Pequot Lakes, Good Bookstore in Little Falls and Inspirations in Wadena and by phone at (800) 965-9324.
Nebraska's Simple Grace includes Jim and Kathy Hitch and their eight children. They perform Christian bluegrass, traditional, gospel and original pieces.
Nebraska family band Simple Grace will perform at this year's Gospel Night.
The family band includes guitars, fiddles, banjo, mandolins, piano, harmonicas, dobro guitar, cello and percussion instruments.
John Paul and Rochelle Ruiz have both been singing, dancing and acting since childhood. Their combined experience includes commercials, stage performances and productions with America's Youth in Concert, Kings Productions, The Young Americans and The USO.
The Minnesota-based duo has been performing together since 1989.
For more information, call (218) 838-1812 or visit www.brainerd.com/riveroflife.
Newton to perform in August at casino
ONAMIA - "Mr. Las Vegas," Wayne Newton, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2-3 at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs Events & Convention Center north of Onamia.
Tickets, priced at $32 and $40, are available at the casino box office or through Ticketmaster at (651) 989-5151 or www.grandcasinomn.com.
Singer and pianist Newton has earned numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including Entertainer of the Year from Nevada Magazine and Casino Player Magazine, Chairman of the USO Celebrity Circle and Native American Entertainer of the Year.
In 2000, Newton was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the First Americans in the Arts and was inducted into the American Gaming Association's Gaming Hall of Fame.
Newton has released 158 albums, including the box set "The Wayne Newton Dynasty Collection."
Sister City Committee slates dinner, dance
LITTLE FALLS - The Summertime Gala Dinner & Dance is scheduled for the evening of July 15 at the Falls Ballroom in Little Falls.
Tickets, priced at $30, are available at Ambiance @ 53, Flower Dell and the St. Francis Music Center.
The event, presented by the Little Falls Sister City Committee and the St. Francis Music Center, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of friendship between Little Falls and LeBourget, France.
The event will include a social hour at 5:30 p.m., a buffet dinner with wine at 6:30 p.m. and a dance featuring the Sforzando String Orchestra from 8-10 p.m.
For more information, call (218) 632-0637 or (218) 632-0484.
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