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Entertainment briefs- Sept. 22

One of the elaborate Venetian costumes made by lakes area resident Ruth Gmeinder1 / 2
Carlos Solano, a 23-year-old international student at Central Lakes College, Bra2 / 2

‘An Afternoon in Venice’ event scheduled Oct. 8

NISSWA — The Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund will host “An Afternoon in Venice” from 1-4 pm, Oct. 8 at Madden’s Town Hall on Gull Lake.

Step out of the modern world and into 18th century Venice, where you will witness the sights and sounds of the streets, waterways and lives of those who lived during this intriguing period. Authentic Italian desserts and wines will be served and there will be jugglers, street games and a palm reader. 

After entering the grand ballroom, you will be entertained by music and a short program, depicting the life and times of “An Afternoon in Venice,” will begin at 2 p.m.

Celebrate with Brainerd lakes area native Sue Hadland as she receives the 2011 Women Making Waves Award for her efforts on behalf of women and children.

One hundred raffle tickets will be sold for $100 each, with the grand prize a trip for two to Venice. Tickets may be purchased from any Women’s Fund board member.

Cost of the event is $35 for general seating or $75 for reserved VIP seating, both of which include dessert and a beverage. Italian wine-tasting and a cash bar also will be available. Tickets may be purchased online at and click on events.

Sponsorships for the event will be available. For more information on being a sponsor, contact Linda S. Hanson at (218) 725-8523 or For more information on the event, email

Proceeds from the event will go to support the work of the Women’s Fund in helping enrich and improve the lives of women and girls throughout the Brainerd lakes area, including the “Presenting Yourself” program.

Costa Rica is next Cultural Thursday topic at CLC

Carlos Solano, an international student at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, will present the next free Cultural Thursday program about his home, Costa Rica.

The program will be from noon to 12:50 p.m. Oct. 6 in the lecture hall in Room E354 and is open to the public.

Solano, 23, is studying information technology and is one of eight CLC students enrolled through the Community Colleges for International Development program sponsored by the U.S. State Department. The program gives under-served, non-elite young adults from various countries an expense-paid year of education.

With an area of more than 2,500 square miles and a population of just 132,000, over 5,000 of Costa Rica’s inhabitant are over the age of 75. The study also found that Costa Rican males have a longer life expectancy on average than their counterparts the world over. 

Resources that are bolstering the nation’s economy include eco-tourism, technology, flowers, coffee and a growing international retirement community.

Costa Ricans are affectionately known as “ticos,” for their friendliness. They are a people who feel privileged to occupy 19,652 square miles and 762 miles of warm coastlines that touch both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Solano points out that one can travel from coast to coast in just three hours by car and 45 minutes by plane.

Cultural Thursday is presented by the Resource Center for Cultures and Languages of the Americas at CLC.

Geritol Frolics tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale for the Geritol Frolics 2011 production at the box office in the Franklin Arts Center. Ticket prices are $10 for general seating and $12 for premium seating. All seats are reserved and may be purchased by calling 825-4993. 

The Geritol Frolics is a musical variety show performed by residents from the Brainerd lakes area who are age 55 or older. Under the direction of Ed Yunker, the show is in its eighth season at the Franklin Arts Center. The show typically runs about two hours with a 15-minute intermission and this year’s show will present a broad variety of singing, dancing and comedy under the heading of “Anything Goes.” It is presented in vaudeville style and is suitable for all ages.

The 2011 schedule: 7 p.m. Oct. 13, 15 and 22; and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 14, 16, 20, 21 and 23. 

For more information, call 825-3777 or go to

Reservations for ‘Autumn in New York’ on sale 

NISSWA — The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota’s “Autumn in New York: Standards From the Big Apple” concert is scheduled Oct. 8 in the Norway Room at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.

Cocktail hour and silent auction will be at 6 p.m. and the multi-course dinner and music will be at 7 p.m.

Cost is $60. Reservations for the event must be in by Sept. 30 and may be made online at or by calling Bill Satre at 820-4558 or by mailing a check payable to The Legacy Chorale, P.O. Box 2751, Baxter, MN 56425.

Auditions scheduled for production in Wadena

WADENA — Madhatters Community Theatre invites you to audition for “It’s A Wonderful Life Live Radio Play.”

Auditions will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 6-7 at the Starlite Cuts Building, located on Highway 10, east of Wadena. The cast includes three men in their 20s to 50s and two women in their 20s to 30s. Show dates are Nov. 26, Dec. 2-4 and 9-11. Rehearsals begin Oct. 10. 

Contact Michelle Curtis at (218) 632-8600 or (218 ) 385-3593 for more information.

Lakes Area Concert Series to kick off Sept. 29

The Lakes Area Concert Association will host five concerts for all ages, kicking off with the New Reformation Band at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

The New Reformation Band is a classical jazz and Dixieland band. The other four concerts in the series are Anderson and Roe, a piano duet, Nov. 14; Street Corner Symphony, March 12; Alexander Sevastian, solo accordionist, March 31; and Redhead Express Walker Family, April 28.

The association sells memberships for the series that includes concerts in Brainerd, Sauk Centre, Alexandria, Wadena and Park Rapids. Individual season membership is $34, student membership is $10 and family is $90. Memberships also are available for patrons, sponsors and benefactors. Checks can be made payable to the Lakes Area Concert Association, P.O. Box 96, Brainerd, MN 56401. Tickets will be handed out at the first concert. 

For more information on the concert series, call Betty Alderman at 829-3379 or 963-2654 or Curt Nielson at 829-4901.

Two artist displays at Brainerd Public Library

Art from two featured artists will be on display through Nov. 30 at the Brainerd Public Library.

Jan Almquist will display her oil and acrylic Norwegian folk art and rosemaling. Almquist teaches Norwegian rosemaling and folk painting from Norway and Sweden at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center in Brainerd. She has studied under Egil Dahle from Norway, June Nyberg and Shirley Evensted to name a few.

Jan Roberts will display her oil, acrylic and water color pieces at the library. Roberts began painting nine years ago. Barb Morgan got her interested in folk art. Roberts also has studied under Nyberg and Dahle. She also took lessons from Phyllis Frankum, Rose Eden and David Rickert.

Oktoberfest at the Arb celebration set Oct. 7

The Northland Arboretum’s second annual Oktoberfest celebration is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 7.

All proceeds will benefit the arboretum.

Oktoberfest at the Arb will feature German wines, specialty beer tasting, German food, music and more. The main Oktoberfest events are the Hammerschlagen and yodeling contests. Tickets are $15 and available at the door the day of the event.

For more information, call the arboretum at 829-8770. 

Galactic Cowboy Orchestra slated to perform Oct. 1

NEW YORK MILLS — The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra will play at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.

Tickets are available at the ticket office at (218) 385-3339 or at the center Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $12 in advance and $15 the day of the concert. Student admission is $5.

The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra is a unique and powerful musical ensemble that fuses an eclectic mix of original and traditional bluegrass-edged tunes with jazz and world/fusion elements. The mix ranges from highly accessible bluegrass tunes to extreme arrangements of East Indian ragas. 

Orchestra members are Dan Neale on guitar, who has played with Bo Diddley and Martin Zellar and is a semi-regular on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion;” Lisi Wright, fiddle, who made a name for herself on the Twin Cities’ music scene, playing with Zellar until his retirement and Mick Sterling; John Wright, bass, who is celebrating his 10th year with the celtic/American folk/folk-rock band Lehto & Wright; and Mark O’Day, drums/percussion, a graduate of the world renowned Musicians Institute of Technology in Hollywood, Calif.