Heartland Poets, a local chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets, will meet from 6-9 p.m. Friday in the large room of the Brainerd Public Library.
After a brief business meeting, poets will share their poems in progress. Participants are asked to bring copies of their poem for others to appreciate.
For more information on Heartland Poets, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 829-5402. Learn more about the League of Minnesota Poets and future events by visiting its website at www.mnpoets.org.
Just For Kix dancers performed "Express Yourself" Saturday in the Brainerd Homecoming parade.
Portrayal of Maud Hart Lovelace to be in Crosslake on Saturday
CROSSLAKE - Laurie Johnson will portray famous Minnesota author Maud Hart Lovelace in a presentation at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Crosslake Community Center. It is a free event, open to all.
Lovelace lived from 1892-1980 and grew up in Mankato. As a young girl, she kept diaries and scrapbooks that later helped her write the "Betsy and Tacy" books she is best known for. She also wrote several historical novels, including "Early Candlelight" and "Gentlemen from England."
This event is a Minnesota History Alive project funded by the State of Minnesota Arts and Cultural Legacy Grant with funds dedicated by Minnesota voters to preserve our heritage.
Brainerd's Got Talent winners announced
Youth as Resources, a United Way partner program, released the winners in the Brainerd's Got Talent contest, held Friday at Tornstrom Auditorium as part of Brainerd Community Homecoming celebration week.
The audience of more than 100 people voted for the top three acts. First place went to the Half Past Normal band of Nick Murray, Dax VanSteenwyk, Jon Asprey, Sam Kelash and Andrew Seglem; second place, Katie Ziegler, guitar and vocals; and third place, Sylvia Borash, dance routine.
Supporters of the event included Brainerd Community Education, The Lodge, Holiday Inn Express, Target, Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers and several volunteers.
Just For Kix dancers performed "Express Yourself" Saturday in the Brainerd Homecoming parade.
Crosslake Chautauqua program on photography
CROSSLAKE - The next Crosslake Chautauqua program is entitled "Take Your Best Shot: The Art and Soul of Modern Photography" and it will be from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Crosslake Community Center.
Steve Kohls, a longtime Brainerd Dispatch photographer, and John Erickson, a Brainerd attorney and owner of Art Matters, will discuss old versus new equipment, what to take on trips for travel photos and technical advice. The professional photographers also will examine the spiritual aspects of photography, the spiritual link between the photography and the subject and the ways in which photography satisfies the soul.
The presentation will feature a DVD of Kohls' wildlife photos taken during a recent Alaska trip and a DVD on Erickson's photographic series on the Lakes Area Chamber Music Festival.
Musician Ellis will perform in Nisswa Oct. 15.
The program is free and open to the public.
Ellis to perform in Grassroots Concert series
NISSWA - Texas native Ellis, who came of age as a musician in Minneapolis, brings her intimate vocals and heart-felt lyrics to the Grassroots Concerts series at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Live Well Night Club and Coffee Bar in Nisswa.
Ellis moved to Minneapolis at the age of 16, where she quickly built a local following that blossomed into a nationwide presence, with extensive touring and seven albums released in the last 16 years. In college at St. Olaf, she fronted the band Bobby Llama and in 1999 the band was voted Sam Goody/Musicland's Best Unsigned Band in America. Ellis went solo and began touring full-time in 2000.
In addition to selling more than 35,000 copies of her CDs independently, Ellis has accrued a wealth of accomplishments, including national song writing honors and performances at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Sisters Folk Festival and the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival.
Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult. Seating is first-time, first-served. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The volunteer-led Grassroots Concerts are made possible in part by a grant provided by the Five Wings Arts Council with funding through the Minnesota State Legislature. At each Grassroots concert, non-perishable food (or cash) donations to a local food shelf are welcome. For more information on the concert series go to www.grassrootsconcerts.org or e-mail email@example.com
Author Michael Nordskog to present his book
NEW YORK MILLS - Author Michael Nordskog will present his book "The
Opposite of Cold: The Minnesota Sauna Tradition" at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.
Nordskog's book was just published by the University of Minnesota Press. The presentation is free and open to the public.
The book is a commemoration of the history, culture and practice of the Finnish sauna in the north woods. With photographs of historic saunas of the region - including the oldest sauna in North America, surviving saunas from immigrant farmsteads and the contemporary saunas from noted architects - Nordskog and Aaron W. Hautala unveil the importance and beauty of sauna culture in modern Midwestern life.
Heartland Poets to host fall league event in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS - Heartland Poets, a local chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets, will host the Fall League meeting October 15-16 at the St. Francis Center in Little Falls.
The "Fall Romp with LOMP" event on Oct. 15 will include the announcement and reading of prize-winning poems from the 26th annual League of Minnesota Poets Contest. Cash prizes and certificates will be awarded to those who are present. The Moccasin, the League of Minnesota Poets' annual members only anthology, also will be available for purchase.
The Oct. 16 events include an informal early morning poetry reading by members and guests while the LOMP board meets, followed by a General League meeting. Keynote speaker Mary Willette Hughes, Waite Park, will talk about "Poetry as Therapy." She has two books of poetry in print and a third currently being published. She works part-time in St. Cloud's Recovery Plus Program, where she facilitates poetry therapy with clients addressing addiction and recovery. Hughes will sign books after her presentation.
Alan and Claire Downes will conduct a poetry seminar, which includes the informal discussion of members' poems. As an instructive event, names of the poets will not be included as the poems are displayed.
To register, go to the League of Minnesota Poets' website at www.mnpoets.org and download "The Lomplighter," LOMP's quarterly newsletter, or call Doris at 829-9072. Registration for Saturday only is $25 and includes lunch.
The League is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing an awareness and appreciation of poetry in the state.
Concert fundraiser to be presented Oct. 24
STAPLES - The "Soup, Sandwich and a Song" concert fundraiser will be at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Staples Motley High School cafeteria.
The concert, to benefit the Staples Area Women's Chorus, will include a soup and sandwich lunch while the Staples Area Women's Chorus performs. New director Rob Freelove has introduced the chorus to new music.
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from choir members, at Markus Hair Design in Motley, Staples Wireless in Staples or at the door if the concert is not sold out.
For more information, call Barb Cline at 330-3830.
Great River Writers reading scheduled Oct. 30
LITTLE FALLS - The Great River Writers will mark their 10th anniversary with a public reading at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Great River Arts Center in Little Falls. The event is free and open to the public.
The Great River Writers are area artists working in such genres as fiction, poetry, memoir, mystery writing, screen plays and essay. For the last 10 years, various members have been meeting monthly to discuss writing topics and techniques, exploring together their love of writing and reporting on their publishing opportunities and successes.
Several of the writers will have books on display and for sale during intermission of the reading. For more information on the reading, contact Bookin It Bookstore at (320) 632-1848.
Savoca and Heitzman concert in New York Mills
NEW YORK MILLS - Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.
Tickets are available by calling (218) 385-3339. Admission is $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Students are $5.
Notable appearances for duo include The Today Show, A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, Big Top Chautauqua, and the Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg folk festivals in Canada.
Real Men Sing Festival planned Saturday
STAPLES - There currently are 359 high school, college and adult men registered for this year's Real Men Sing Festival, the most since the festival began in 2003.
The "Massive Masculine Concert" is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Staples Motley High School gym. The guest conductor will be Tim Sawyer of Northwestern College and the guest choir will be Sawyer's Northwestern College men's chorus. Tickets are available online at www.staplesmen.org or at the Centennial Auditorium Box Office in Staples.
In addition to the festival choir, the Northwestern Men's Chorus and the Collaborative High School Men's Chorus, the concert will feature the Staples Area Men's Chorus and solos from the Voice Clinic.
The festival chorus of more than 300 men will include members of the Northwestern College Men's Chorus, the Staples Area Men's Chorus, and men from the following high schools: Albany, Bertha-Hewitt, Brainerd (South Campus, too), Browerville, Little Falls, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Osakis, Pequot Lakes, Pillager, Pine River-Backus, Sauk Centre, Sebeka, Staples Motley and West Central Area.
In its eighth year, the festival provides young men in high school choirs throughout central Minnesota the opportunity to work under some of the best choral directors in the state. Participating schools are encouraged to bring all of their male singers to the festival. Rehearsals and workshops are held during the morning and afternoon, prior to the concert.
For tickets and more information about the Real Men Sing Festival or other events of the Staples Area Men's Chorus, go to www.staplesmen.org or visit them on Facebook. The project is made possible with financial assistance from the Five Wings Arts Council and the Minnesota State Legislature.
Fiery Faith and Fiddles performing Oct. 17
Fiery Faith and Fiddles - a high-intensity Irish step dance and fast-paced Celtic fiddle music with a blend of Gospel - will perform at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the sanctuary at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
The production consists of two hour-long sets that combine rollicking fiddle music with songs rich in harmonies. Woven throughout are hilarious stories, skits and inspirational testimonies. It is an event for the whole family.
The band consists of the Sky Family from Prince Edward Island (Canada) - father Tom, who plays lead guitar, fiddle and piano; sons Seth on bass, Joel on lead fiddle, flute and saxophone and Gabe as lead dancer, guitar and drums; and daughter Miriam, who plays piano and dances. Hailing from the north shore of Prince Edward Island, they capture the Celtic influence of that region.
For more on the Skys, go to their website at www.theskys.org.
St. Francis to offer free college preparatory music theory classes
LITTLE FALLS - St. Francis Music Center will offer college prep music theory classes from 7:30-9 p.m. on Mondays, beginning Nov. 1.
The classes will be taught by Celo V'ec and are open to high school students and adults. The classes are free, although each student will be responsible for obtaining their own textbook and workbook.
College prep music theory prepares students for the Advanced Placement exam and for music-theory placement exams given to music majors in many colleges and conservatories. Any high school student considering a music major or minor in college should consider taking the class.
To register for the class and for more information, call St. Francis Music Center at (320) 632-0637.
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