CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton Seventh-Grade Choir, Eighth-Grade Choir, Ninth-Grade Choir, Girls' Triple Trio, Boys' Quartet, Chamber Singers and A Cappella Choir will present their annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Mayberry Auditorium, Crosby-Ironton High School, Crosby.
Wayne Ellingsen will direct.
Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students. Proceeds will go toward the spring choir tour to Niagara Falls, N.Y., and New York City. Following the concert, the A Cappella Choir will host a reception in the commons.
St. Francis Strings to present concert
LITTLE FALLS -- The String Ensembles of the St. Francis Music Center will present their annual Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Sacred Heart Chapel at the St. Francis Convent in Little Falls.
Admission is free; donations will be accepted.
The concert will feature the New String Ensemble, which is made up of musicians of all ages, and the Beginning String Ensemble, which includes new string players along with parents and older players. Directing both groups will be Celo V'ec, a professional violinist and strings instructor at St. Francis Music Center.
The program will include Christmas tunes, well-known classical songs and a Christmas sing-along.
For more information, call (320) 632-0637.
GRAA seeks exhibitors
LITTLE FALLS -- The Great River Arts Association in Little Falls seeks artists and craftspeople interested in exhibiting their works at its downtown arts center gallery, the Morrison County Government Center gallery and the Family Medical Center gallery.
If interested, call (320) 632-0960.
Rachelle Reed (front, left), Emma Palm, Lindsey Koop, Sara Huber, Jill Polansky, Amber Laffin, Randie Swanson, Brynn Samp, Brittney Stumvoll (back, left), Kari Fread, Michelle Reed, guest instructor Jen Silvas, Danielle Reed, Whitney Shepherd and Jenny Johnson participated in classes with Silvas at Music General.Submitted Photo
Vacationland figure skaters place at Granite City Classic
Vacationland figure skaters Tricia Betley, Ashley Drake, Courtney Jindra, Logan Mohs, Mackenzie Ross, Briana Tower and Haley Tower competed at the 13th annual Granite City Classic Nov. 12-14 at the MAC in St. Cloud.
Competing against skaters from four states, Betley, an Aitkin High School sophomore, placed sixth in Intermediate Freestyle and Short Program and eighth in Intermediate/Novice Artistic.
Drake, a Brainerd High School senior, took fourth in Preliminary Artistic. Jindra, a ninth-grader at Franklin Junior High School in Brainerd, placed second in Preliminary Solo Dance, fifth in Pre-Preliminary Compulsory and Artistic, and sixth in Freestyle.
Mohs, a Brainerd High School sophomore, took first in Intermediate Solo Dance (group A) and fourth in Novice Moves. Ross, a Brainerd High School senior, took first place in Intermediate Moves, first in Intermediate Dance (group B), fifth in Open-Juvenile Spins and fourth in Artistic.
Briana Tower, a Franklin freshman, placed third in Open Pre-Juvenile Artistic, fourth in Compulsory and seventh in Freeskate. Haley Tower, a Family of Christ Lutheran School fifth-grader, placed seventh in Pre-Preliminary Compulsory and eighth in Artistic.
Coaches attending the competition with their students were Nikki Fett, Melissa Hannah, Dianah Klatt, Lori Stuart and Mary Sundquist.
Area skaters also advanced in skill levels by testing before a three-judge panel in November. Betley passed her Intermediate Freestyle test and Jindra passed her Preliminary Freestyle test.
Mackenzie Ross (front, left), Briana Tower, Courtney Jindra (second row, left), Logan Mohs, Haley Tower, Tricia Betley (back row, left) and Ashley Drake competed at the Granite City Classic.
'Minnesota StarWatch' released
STILLWATER -- "Minnesota StarWatch: The Essential Guide to Our Night Sky" by broadcast meteorologist and astronomer Mike Lynch has been published by Stillwater's Voyageur Press.
The hardcover book is priced at $24.95. It includes color photos, illustrations, charts and maps and is written in a style aimed at beginner and intermediate stargazers.
Lynch has worked at WCCO Radio in Minneapolis since 1981. He writes a weekly astronomy column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
For more information, consult www.voyageurpress.com.
Music General hosts guest jazz instructor
Music General dance students took classes Nov. 12-14 in their studio in Brainerd with guest jazz instructor Jen Silvas, of Los Angeles.
She taught jazz technique and choreography. Silvas has traveled all over the world dancing and teaching from Hong Kong, Spain and Italy to London and Paris. She has worked with artists Cher and Pink, as well as on television shows "Boston Public" and "Full House."
Speed Graphic photography spotlighted in book, exhibit
ST. PAUL -- "Strange Days, Dangerous Nights," a book written by Larry Millet and published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press' imprint Borealis Books, collects photojournalism from Speed Graphic cameras, which were popular from the 1930s to '50s.
Millet, a journalist and mystery writer, gathered the photos from the St. Paul Pioneer Press and St. Paul Dispatch (which merged with the Press in the '80s).
The recently released book is priced at $29.95. It features a foreword by author John Sandford.
An exhibit of the photos will open Dec. 10 at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul.
Admission is free.
For more information, consult mnhs.org/strangedays.
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