LITTLE FALLS -- The Hole in the Day Players will stage "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" 8 p.m. July 28-30, Aug. 2 and Aug. 4-6 and 2 p.m. July 30 and Aug. 6 in the Martin Auditorium of Little Falls High School.
Tickets will go on sale Monday at The Flower Dell and Silker Studio in Little Falls or at (320) 632-9106.
Jason Schommer will direct the musical based on the award-winning Disney film with Holly Gray as assistant director. It has a cast of 72 community members from Little Falls, Pierz, Pillager, Royalton, Browerville, Sartell and St. Cloud.
Singer-songwriter Ryman to perform
LITTLE FALLS -- Minnesota singer-songwriter Barb Ryman will perform 3 p.m. Sunday at Maple Island Park in Little Falls as part of the Concerts in the Park series.
Admission is free.
Ryman, who will perform at a series of events in Nashville later this month, plays original folk, gentle rock and country blues.
Etzler to kick off free summer concerts
STAPLES -- Staples country singer Connie Hill Etzler will lead off the summer Music in the Park series with a show 7 p.m. Sunday at Northern Pacific Park in Staples.
Admission is free.
Free concerts will be held 7 p.m. Sundays at Northern Pacific Park through Aug. 21.
Born and raised on a ranch in western North Dakota, Etzler grew up riding horses, competing in rodeos and singing country music. She sang in her first talent show at age 5 and also learned to play piano, guitar and banjo at a young age.
Etzler's first CD, "Ride For 8 Seconds," is a collection of 12 original songs. She also has recorded a Christmas CD, "Hallelujah," with Saran Morrau and Nita Velo.
Etzler is the music coordinator at Faith Lutheran Church in Staples.
Johnston to speak at Brainerd Public Library
Patricia Condon Johnston, author of "Pie in the Sky: A Memoir About Writing and Publishing," will speak noon Monday at the Brainerd Public Library as part of the Brown Bag Speakers Series.
Admission is free.
Johnston is the founder of the Afton Historical Society Press, an award-winning small press that has published authors such as Jon Hassler, Carol Bly and Bill Holm.
Groneberg to perform organ recital
Bonnie Groneberg, the music director at Brainerd's St. Francis Catholic Church, will perform noon Wednesday as part of the organ recital series.
Admission is free. Freewill offerings will be accepted.
Groneberg began taking lessons at age 9. In high school, she played organ at daily Mass at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Delano. She plays two Masses each Sunday at St. Francis and directs and accompanies the adult choir. She plays piano and French horn in area ensembles such as the Heartland Symphony Orchestra, the Central Lakes College Community Band and Brass Ensemble and the big band/swing band El Nino.
Lakes Area Artists sale and exhibit slated
NISSWA -- Twelve members of the Lakes Area Artists will participate in the group's eighth annual show 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 14-16 at the Nisswa Community Center.
Admission is free.
Featured artists are Darlene Brooks, Lois Caughlan, Jean Dressel, Phyllis Frankum, Bill Grange, Elaine Haugen, Kathy Kovala, Laurel LaBorde, Sonja Larsen, Verna Miller, Diane Runberg and Jim Stevenson.
Visitors will find original oil paintings, watercolors and monotypes, nature prints, drawings, pottery and greeting cards based on the artists' work. Hourly drawings for door prizes will be held. Demonstrations will include pottery turning and painting and watercolor painting.
Forest Road Art Guild to hit the road
DEERWOOD -- The Forest Road Art Guild of Deerwood will hold its July 15 meeting at the Ripple River Gallery south of Deerwood. Cars will leave the Forest Road Art Gallery 9:30 a.m. or participants can meet at the Ripple River Gallery 10 a.m.
Travelers will view an exhibit of batiks by Nedra Nicholls, on display Wednesday-Aug. 7. Ripple River carries the work of more than 40 area artists, including baskets, weaving, jewelry and woodblock prints.
For more information on the trip, contact Sue Bowen at (218) 545-1549 or the Forest Road Art Gallery at (218) 534-4936.
Nashville Legends to perform at casino
ONAMIA -- The Nashville Legends Tour will hit the stage 6 and 9 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs Events & Convention Center north of Onamia.
The lineup includes Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius, Bobby Bare, Stonewall Jackson and Hank Thompson, with an assist from Minnesota's Shotgun Red, the "Nashville Now!" puppet performed by Aitkin's Steve Hall.
Tickets, priced at $25 and $18, are available at the casino box office and through Ticketmaster at (651) 989-5151 or www.ticketmaster.com.
CLC graduate Booth published
Central Lakes College alumnus Roy C. Booth's 32nd published play, the one-act "Glover's Mange Cure Caper," will be published in August by the Heuer Publishing Co. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The play was co-written by Louise Bottrell, a retired secretary from Walker. This is her first to be published. The two started their collaboration after Bottrell had attended a class Booth taught at the Headwaters Music and Arts Center in Bemidji.
The comedy follows the antics of two junior high girls in the 1940s in their quest to become popular through a radicalized beauty treatment. It has been produced eight times in Minnesota and California.
Booth, a 1983 Pillager High School graduate and 1986 CLC graduate, is a published author, essayist, journalist and poet. He owns and operates Roy's Comics and Games in Hibbing with his wife, Cynthia, also a published playwright.
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