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Heartland Poets to meet

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 to discuss upcoming events, poets will share their poems-in-progress. Participants are asked to bring copies of their poem for others to enjoy.

This meeting is free and open to the public. For more information on Heartland Poets go to or call 829-5402.

C-I choirs to perform musical show

CROSBY — The Crosby-Ironton High School choir program will present a Musical Variety Show at 7 p.m. April 20 in the Mayberry Auditorium.

Featured in the show will be Concert Chorale, A Cappella Choir, Chamber Singers, the Girls’ Triple Trio, special groups and many solos, small groups and skits from the choirs. Samantha Goshey and Sienna Miller will be the event’s emcees.

Members of the choirs will present a variety of popular musical selections including songs made famous by The Black Eyed Peas, Three Doors Down, Taylor Swift, Eric Clapton, Miley Cyrus, Creed, Glee, Taio Cruz and more. Most of these popular and entertaining tunes have been selected by the members of the choirs.

The purpose of this show, according to vocal music director Wayne Ellingsen, is three fold: “First, it is a good opportunity for our students to select, practice and perform music of their own choosing. Secondly, this music is very entertaining, fun and is a major style switch from our traditional concert music. And finally, this is a good opportunity to help raise funds for next year’s New York Tour while entertaining our parents, friends, and community.”

Singing solos or performing individually will be Alexis Meyer, Will Goodwin, Caitlyn Bostrom, Hannah Swanson, Kerra Grittner, Jacob Goodwin, Vanessa Hudrlik and Joe Herda. There will be a variety of additional entertainment including piano solos, instrumental solos, small ensembles, skits and choreography.

Admission is a $5 for adults and $3 for students with proceeds funding next year’s New York Tour.

Bus trip being organized

CROSBY — A bus trip is being organized, by Friday Study Club, to attend the Minneapolis Institute of Arts program, “Art in Bloom” on April 27. This show is presented each year by the institute, for floral designers to enter creative floral arrangements, to depict a painting or art object they select at the museum.

The bus will to leave at 9 a.m. April 27 from the Jessi F. Hallett Memorial Library in Crosby and return at 5 p.m. Cost is $22, which includes bus trip, coffee and doughnuts. There is no charge for the tour, and participants may bring a sack lunch.

To reserve a seat contact Joan Hallada (218) 546-6218.

NYM cultural center annual meeting set

NEW YORK MILLS — The annual meeting of the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the center.

Members of the center are encouraged to attend this meeting. The annual report for 2011 will be distributed and there will be election of new directors of the board of trustees. The regular monthly meeting of the board will follow the annual meeting.

For more information contact Jamie Robertson, executive director, at (218) 385-3339 or

Captain May I to perform

The band, Captain May I, will perform at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Blue Ox in Brainerd.

Dan Dryden, former band member of Hairball, started the band Captain May I that performs “unpredictable rock music.” Band members with Dryden are Steve “Stibs” Thommes, Chris Heille and Wade Hagblom. Songs the band performs include Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer,” Foo Fighters’ “Learn to Fly,” The Romantics’ “What I Like About You” and Billy Joel’s “You May Be Right.”

Unlimited Learning planning trip to opera

Unlimited Learning is organizing a special pre-opera orientation and brunch at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Café Renaissance in Waite Park.

Nancy Handrich, opera enthusiast and former performer will provide an introduction to opera and Verdi’s music.

The performance, starring Natalie Dassay as the doomed heroine, will broadcast live in high definition at noon at the Parkwood Movie Theatre in Waite Park. Intermissions are filled with ‘behind the scenes’ interviews of the cast and staging. Theatre tickets are $22 and can be acquired from Joanna Pierce or at the theater.

For more information or tickets contact Pierce at (218) 534-4946 or The public is welcome to attend

Crosby concert series looking for musicians

The Cuyuna Lakes Concert Series in Crosby Memorial Park will begin June 14.

The concert series hosts performances the second and fourth Thursday of the month in June, July and August.

Musicians interested in performing in the series must have a signed contract by April 30. The Music in the Park committee has a policy for selecting musicians who have to send a sample of their music, a biography and a photo. First priority will go to bands who have only played

once or not at all over the past five years. To obtain a copy of the contract and schedule, contact Johnna Johnson at Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce at or (218) 546-8131.

Discovering the origins of Mozart’s Requiem

CROSBY ­— Sarah Aamot, director of the Legacy Chorale, will discuss the history of Mozart’s Requiem at 1:30 p.m. April 24 at Heartwood Senior Living Center in Crosby.

In preparation for Mozart’s Requiem, which will be performed April 26-28 by the Legacy Chorale, Aamot will present the historical, liturgical and non-religious development of the requiem since the 15th century. She also will describe the content of a requiem and the variety within this musical genre.

Tickets for the Legacy Chorale performances of Mozart’s Requiem can be purchased for $10. CD’s will also be for sale. For information on the upcoming venues for the performances, go to

Unlimited Learning is a membership organization that presents stimulating programs at no cost to members. Cost for non-members is $6. For more information contact Lynn Foote at (218) 678-3034.

Fishermen’s Community Theatre auditions set

CROSSLAKE — Fishermen’s Community Theatre auditions for “Mysterious Ways” will be held from 6-8 p.m. April 26 and from 2-4 p.m. April 28 at The Log Church in Crosslake.

Rehearsals will be at 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday beginning June 4. Lead actors will need to attend every rehearsal; supporting actors are required to attend when their characters are included in the scenes being rehearsed.

The play will be performed at July 26-27 and Aug. 2-3 at The Old Fire Hall in Crosslake.

In our second year, Fishermen’s Community Theatre will be presenting Mysterious Ways, a lighthearted, “T.V. sitcom-style” dramedy with poignant moments and serious underlying tones. The play centers around two roommates, one who is strong in her faith, the other who is equally strong against faith, and the conflict that, naturally, escalates between them, building to a powerful climax. A fun and colorful supporting cast helps complete the picture and bring the plot to life.

All are welcome to audition. People may schedule an audition, or just show up on either of the two times listed. In addition to the on-stage roles, behind the scene opportunities are available, including for stage manager, sound/light tech, costumers, prop master, set builders and other.

For more information, contact Stanley Mikles at 820-5365.

Award-winning ‘Art’ at CLC April 26-28

“Art,” a witty Tony Award-winning play, will be performed by three local actors at 7:30 p.m. April 26-28 in the Dryden Theatre on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.

Presented through the Cultural Arts Series at CLC, the play features Erik Steen, Dan Rohr, and Patrick Spradlin, all veteran actors from the Brainerd area. Spradlin also is the coordinator of the cultural series.

“Art” explores the questions of what is art, what is friendship, and on what canvas and with what media do we draw the lines of our relationships? It was written in 1994 by Iranian playwright Yasmina Reza, originally in French.

“Art” played on Broadway for about 18 months in 1998-99, with a cast that included Alan Alda (Marc), Victor Garber (Serge), and Best Actor Tony nominee Alfred Molina (Yvan).

Serge has bought a painting. His friend Marc cannot believe he’d toss away good money on such a thing. Mutual friend Yvan tries to keep the peace between his increasingly belligerent friends. Can a piece of modern art bring the end to a years-long friendship?

Sections of the play are dialogues between two characters, several are monologues where one of the characters addresses the audience directly, and one is a conversation among all three. At the beginning and end of the play, and for most of the scenes set in Serge’s flat, the large white painting is on prominent display.

Tickets are $10 per person or $5 for CLC students (with student identification). Seating is general admission, and this show contains adult language.

Joe Plut’s literary series schedule to begin April 19

BAXTER — Retired Central Lakes College (CLC) English and humanities instructor Joe Plut’s “Speaking of Books,” a literary series to be held at 4:30-6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month through October, will begin April 19 in the Joe Plut Reading Room at Prairie Bay in Baxter.

The series is an opportunity for people to meet authors, publishers, book photographers and illustrators.

Plut, who taught 36 years at CLC in Brainerd, said in an email release that he thought having a room named after him should mean “more than just his eating frequently in the Reading Room.” He wanted to give something back to the community for all that it and the college have given to him over the years.

The first presenters in the series will be Chip and Jean Borkenhagen, who will discuss their viewpoint of the world of publishing, marketing, the future of books and other tips for aspiring authors.

In 1997 the Borkenhagens created Evergreen Press and Lake Country Journal magazine and remain active in marketing and advertising through RiverPlace Communication Arts in Brainerd.

The Borkenhagens were community college students on the Brainerd campus. Chip Borkenhagen, from 1992-97, was an instructor of design and marketing at CLC and from 1984-90 was owner/partner in Borkenhagen, Russell, & Herder advertising agency.

The Borkenhagens have been influential in numerous community improvement endeavors and provided personal support to authors negotiating the maze of book publishing.

Chip Borkenhagen has painted a portrait of Joe Plut, which after the presentation will be unveiled and donated to the Reading Room at Prairie Bay.

The 2012 Speaking of Books schedule is:

May 17: Former Brainerd college student Bill Marchel, a world-class outdoor photographer, will be talking about the process of preparing and selecting images for the recent Minnesota Historical Society book, “Birds in Our Backyard” written by Adele Porter.

June 21: Charmaine Donovan, reading poems from her book of poetry, “Tumbled Dry.”

July 19: Norton Stillman (Nodin Press), who published Joe Plut’s “Conversations with Jon Hassler” in 2010 and he will describe favorite experiences from 45 years with some of the Midwest’s favorite books.

Aug. 16: Doris Stengel, a Heartland Poet favorite whose new chapbook, “Small Town Lines,” is set for a mid-summer release.

Sept. 20: Bill and Evelyn Matthies, discussing their respective works, “One Earth, Two Worlds” and “Images of the Mississippi River.” Evelyn is a retired CLC art instructor.

Oct. 18: Paul Sailer, whose book “The Oranges are Sweet” has become a local best-seller within three weeks of publication, will relate how he did the research leading to print.

For more information or to RSVP for the programs, call 824-6444.

Upcoming events at Jaques

AITKIN — The Jaques Art Center annual meeting and volunteer appreciation will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. All members and volunteers are invited to attend.

The following are upcoming events at the art center:

• The opening reception for the Native American Art Exhibition will begin at noon Saturday.

• Photography Classes: Digital Photography with Dee Kotaska free lecture at 9 a.m.; Digital Photography 101 Understanding your camera, 9:30 a.m. to noon April 28, $25; Developing the Photographer’s Eye Learn, to frame your photos, 1-4 p.m. April 28, $25. To register call (218) 927-2363.

• Spring Fashion Show, 6:30 p.m. May 1, tickets are $25.00 and available at the Jaques Art Center, Aitkin Flowers & Gifts, Bare’s Bootery, Giada’s, Nicole’s Bags, Belts & Bling, Ruttgers Country Store and the Jaques Gallery Gifts.

• The sixth annual Plein Air Event and Exhibition, July 17-28. ‘En Plein air’ artists must create two-dimensional works of art in an outdoor setting. The event is opened to all artists in the community. A $25 application will be charged for features artists and 20 artists will be selected for the competition. Interested artists should contact the center. Deadline to register is May 15th.

For more information contact the Jaques at (218) 927-2363 or email

Pequot Lakes author earns award

Pequot Lakes author Candace Simar won the Spur Award for her novel, “Birdie,” in the juvenile fiction category. Western Writers of America (WWA) announces winners and finalists in 16 categories. They will be honored June 12-16 at the WWA Convention in Albuquerque, N.M.

Since 1953, WWA has promoted and honored the best in Western literature with the annual Spur Awards, selected by panels of judges. Awards, for material published last year, are given for works whose inspiration, image and literary excellence best represent the reality and spirit of the American West.

Simar’s “Birdie” was published by North Star Press of St. Cloud in 2011. The novel is the third book in the Abercrombie Trail Series.

Soldiers at Camp Ripley to watch showing of film

Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard 34th Red Bull Infantry Division appeared in the film, “MEMORIAL DAY” and soldiers will have the opportunity to see the film at 1:55 p.m. Saturday at Camp Ripley.

The advance screening is a way for the filmmakers to say thank you to all of the soldiers serving with the Minnesota National Guard, including the 39 soldiers with whom they had the honor of working alongside to make the feature film.

An original screenplay, “MEMORIAL DAY,” is a patriotic family movie that depicts units of the Minnesota National Guard. Soldiers will recognize their fellow Red Bull Soldiers, Airmen, locations, equipment and aircraft from the 34th Infantry Division, 34th combat Aviation Brigade and 133rd Airlift Wing.

Following the screening, there will be a brief question and answer session with the filmmakers.

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