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Just For Kix holiday show set Saturday

The Just For Kix annual holiday show will be held on Saturday in the Brainerd High School gymnasium.

Show times are at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and free for ages 5 and under. Advance tickets can be purchased for $5 for adults, $3 for students. Advanced tickets are available at the Just For Kix office in the industrial park on College Drive.

The show theme is “Angels Among Us.” Featured numbers include the young adult class dancing to “Heaven Hop,” “We Are Santa’s Elves” by the Dazzling Dad’s, “Hot Chocolate” by the Dancing Daughters and Dads, “Toy Soldiers” by the advanced hip Hop and “Elvis Reindeer” by the Firecrackers kick and first jazz classes. Each show will be slightly different featuring various classes in each and numerous holiday numbers will be performed.

The show opener will be a jazz production number featuring all jazz students to a medley of “Holiday Tunes” and will be in New York City style. The closing grand finale’ for every show will feature two lyrical classes dancing to “Angels Among Us,” joined by the entire cast.

There are approximately 500 local performers involved.

Guest performers will be the Brainerd Warrior dance team. The jazz, kick and junior varsity teams will perform their recent competition routines. The varsity will also perform the traditional “Rockette Christmas” wearing the red Santa hats and dresses.

BHS choirs to present holiday concert

The Brainerd High School choirs will present a holiday concert at 7 p.m. Monday at Tornstrom Auditorium.  All the BHS choirs will perform and include Windfall, Bards, Concert Chorale and A Cappella. The choirs will perform a variety of selections appropriate for the holidays. The audience will be invited to participate in carols led by the students. The choirs will combine for two selections to close the concert.

Cost is $6 for adults $6 and $4 for students.

BHS bands to perform Dec. 22

The Brainerd High School bands will perform their annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 22 in Tornstrom Auditorium. The BHS Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble and Symphonic Band will play a wide variety of music. Among the selections by the Concert Band, are “Play!” and the holiday favorite “Carol of the Bells.” Percussion Ensemble will showcase four captivating pieces and Symphonic Band will perform “Third Suite” by Robert Jager and the famous “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson.

Cost is $6 for adults $6 and $4 for students.

Longest Night Music Festival scheduled in New York Mills

NEW YORK MILLS — More than 10 individual and group bands will perform a free concert for the Longest Nigh Music Festival at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.

Musical genres in this concert will include classical, folk, blues, rock and pop. There will truly be something for everyone in this eclectic mix of music.

This annual event is sponsored by Dean’s Country Market of New York Mills and Perham and the Happel Law Office of Perham.

Longest Night artists this year will include Dave Stoddard, the St. Cecilia Trio (Lisa Winter, Peter Kirchner, Natalia Heikes), John Perry, Dave Virnala, Doug Eckes, Mitch Groethe, Lou Hoglund, Dorthy Fix (Michael Dagen and Amber Fletschock), Ben Ranson, Caitlin Robertson, Jake

Hyer, Mike Conlan and Michele Anderson.

Crosby-Ironton choirs to present concert

CROSBY — The Crosby-Ironton High School choirs under the direction of Wayne Ellingsen will present its annual Christmas concerts Sunday in the Mayberry Auditorium.

Choirs include the seventh-eighth grade boys’ choir, seventh-eighth grade girls’ choir, Concert Chorale, Girls’ Triple Trio, Chamber Singers and A Cappella Choir.

The concerts show times are scheduled by the students’ last names. Seventh-eighth grade choir members families, plus all others with last names starting A-L will perform at 1 p.m. All ninth-12th grade choir members families, and all others whose last names start with M-Z will perform at 3 p.m. The concerts will be accompanied on piano by Bryan Johnson.

Admission is by donation with $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Opening the concert will be the seventh-eighth grade choirs singing a variety of seasonal music including “Fun, Fun, Fun!” “Three Holiday Glorias,” “The Sleigh,” “Various Themes on “Fa-la-la” and the comical “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas.” Singing solos with these choirs are Tom Burgstaller, Noah Gindorff, Mathew Staley and Caleb Kreiter.

The Concert Chorale will follow with treble favorites including “Who Is This Child,” “Lo, How A Rose/The Rose” and “Sing Alleluia, Allelu.”

The Girls’ Triple Trio and Chamber Singers will sing a wide variety of a cappella music including “Merrily Sing Noel!” “A Jingle Bell Christmas,” “Lirum, Lirum,” “Nutcracker March,” “A Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

The A Cappella Choir will conclude the concert with a large variety of Christmas music. This will include a song by contemporary composer Eric Whitaacre that will be sung in Latin, a traditional French Carol, a 16th century Spanish Carol, a spiritual, the classic “Sleigh Ride,” the major work from the Messiah titled “The Hallelujah Chorus” and the traditional “Silent Night.” Songs also include “Sing We Now Of Christmas,” “Lux Aurumque,” “A La Puerta Del Cielo” and “Whisper! Whisper!”

Singing solos with the choir are Kryston Wiseley, Mitch Skjeveland, Michael Hoge, Kerra Grittner, Taylor Popkes, Jesse Drake and Jacob Goodwin. The choir will also be accompanied on violin by Vanessa Hudrlik and on guitar by Sienna Miller.

Between the two concerts, the A Cappella Choir will host a reception in the commons.

A book signing event is scheduled

BAXTER — Bill Marchel, photographer of a new book entitled “Birds in Our Backyard” will be at a book signing event 12-2 p.m. Saturday at Book World in Baxter.

Text in the book was created by Adele Porter. Porter is the author of several bird books, including “Wild About Northeastern Birds” and “Wild About Minnesota Birds.” Marchel has earned numerous awards for his wildlife photography, which has appeared in Audubon, Ducks Unlimited, Brainerd Dispatch and many other publications.

The book is about the world of birds, including the colors, the sounds and the wonder of flight. Learn about wild and urban habitats, clever practices in building nests and caching food and migrating and mating rituals.

The book can be purchased at

Book signing event Friday

BAXTER — Author Vincent Carraher of “Whatever Happened to Lady Justice” will make an appearance at noon at Book World in Baxter.

Carraher covers a broad swath of the legal landscape in his “Whatever Happened to Lady Justice” and goes beyond specific crimes to discuss more generally, the criminal justice system and abuses by the state.

Brainerd native publishes book

Brainerd native author J.P. LaRue, now a New Concord, Ohio, resident, has added two new titles to his list of published works. The books “Spring” and “Summer” are children’s books and for adults who are children at heart. Breaking away from traditional story telling, the author created a style all of his own. Each page overflows with colorful imagery where plants, flowers and insects take on new meanings and come alive to tell a poetic story.

For more information or to order a copy of the books, call (866) 823-9613 or visit

YoungArts announces 2012 Best and Brightest Young Artists

Erin Schwagerl, of Northfield and the granddaughter of Gerard and Barbara Schwagerl of Brainerd, who hails from The Perpich Center for Arts Education, is a YoungArts Honorable Mention Award Winner in visual arts. Schwagerl was chosen from more than 5,000 applicants in nine disciplines in the visual, literary and performing arts. She will receive a monetary award and join the ranks of the 16,000 YoungArts alumni.

Schwagerl is one of this year’s YoungArts 174 Honorable Mention Award winners, selected in a blind adjudication process from a pool representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as all U.S. territories.

YoungArts is the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. The organization’s mission is to identify emerging artists, provide educational enrichment and assistance in their pursuit of the arts, and to raise the appreciation for and support of the arts in American society.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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