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BHS bands to

perform May 17

The Brainerd High School (BHS) bands will perform their annual spring concert at 7 p.m. May 17 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. The concert band, Percussion Ensemble and Symphonic Band will play a wide variety of music including some popular selections. Among the pieces by the concert band are musical selections from the movie “The Dark Knight” and the high energy “Heart of the City.” Percussion Ensemble will showcase some of its work on concert percussion instruments with five pieces including a première performance of a work by BHS’s own Katie Pernula. The Symphonic Band will perform Gustav Holst’s “Second Suite in F” and “See Rock City.”

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

Music General dancers score big at metro area competitions

Music General dancers in Company and Studio Lines recently competed in the Midwest Starz Dance Competition in Monticello.

The four-day event hosted 35 studios and more than 900 entries. Music General lines took home 37 Platinum Awards (146.5-150 points), seven High Gold Awards (145-146.4 points) and two Gold Awards (143-144.9) for their efforts. Music General also placed among the Top 5 High Point winners 13 times over the course of the event. Additionally, Teen Small Group Tap routine, “Dog Days” along with soloists Libby Borash and Savanna Oberfeld were among the top 10 highest scoring routines of the entire event.

In addition to winning top honors for group performances, 12 individual dancers from Music General were recognized as Stand Out Dancers. Dancers chosen for this honor were picked by the judges and earned the opportunity to perform in the closing show of Midwest Starz Nationals at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells this June.

Standout dancers were: Maddi Adams, Libby Borash, Sylvia Borash, Nariah Fett, Karlee Haglin, Hailey Helmin, Madi Landsburg, Emma Miller, Megan Miller, Savanna Oberfeld, Megan Rodgers and Giselle Tamasy.

Music General dancers also recently attended Tribute National Talent Contest in Hopkins. Dancers from Studio Lines and Mini Company lines took home two Elite first place awards, six first place awards and one second place awards. Pre-Teen Company soloist Nariah Fett was awarded first place for her solo “Bounce Me,” while Pre-Teen Company soloist Savannah Oberfeld earned an Elite first place for her jazz routine “Sparkin Diamonds” and a Supreme first place for her tap routine “Crazy In Love.” Oberfeld also was the Runner-up for the Jr. Miss Tribute Title.

Marchel next presenter for Speaking of Books

BAXTER — Bill Marchel, a world-class outdoor photographer from Brainerd, will present the next program in the Speaking of Books series from 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 17 at Prairie Bay Restaurant in Baxter.

He will discuss the process of preparing and selecting images for the recent Minnesota Historical Society book, “Birds in Our Backyard,” written by Adele Porter.

The series that runs on the third Thursday of the month was created for the Joe Plut Reading Room and provides an opportunity to meet authors, publishers, book photographers and illustrators.

Plut, who taught 36 years at Central Lakes College, conceived the series with help from Prairie Bay executive chef Matt Annand.

For more information and to RSVP call 824-6444.

Heartland Poets

to meet

Heartland Poets, a chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets, will meet at 6 p.m. Friday in the large room of the Brainerd Public Library. After a brief business meeting to discuss upcoming events, Kent Scheer, a Wadena artist, will discuss surprising ups and downs related to an arts project he has undertaken. The Declaration of Interdependence is a public art project from Region Five which is attempting to create the largest impact and make the biggest difference imaginable. Participants can offer solutions, ideas and creativity before the project’s midsummer 2012 conclusion.

Poetry will be shared after this presentation. Participants are asked to bring copies of their poetry-in-progress for the read-around and discussion. The meeting/program is free and open to the public.

Heartland Poets also will read poetry at 8 p.m. Saturday at Moonshine Lounge in Brainerd. This reading is free and showcases the writing of poets who live in central Minnesota.

Dimensional art to be next Flipside event

The next Flipside children’s event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.

Jess Cavazos, a professional three dimensional artist, will teach children how to create hanging mobiles.

There is a suggested material fee of $3 per child or $5 per family. No one will be turned away because of financial need.

For more information call Paulette at 828-8062.

Potvin’s art to be on display

Artist Cindy Potvin’s paintings entitled “Inspiration of Color” will be on exhibit throughout the month of May at Evelyn Matthies’ Porthole Gallery in Brainerd.

A reception for Potvin will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday.

Potvin has traveled abroad and within the U.S. gathering inspiration from various locations and settings. Her work is a variety of still-life themes, landscapes, women, florals and whimsical interpretations rendered in watercolor and acrylic pigments.

“Painting was something I always put on the back burner,” Potvin said in a news release. “I never really allowed myself to actually sit down and create while I was raising my family.”

Potvin was born and raised in Brainerd and graduated from Central Lakes College and Bemidji State University.

Young Performers Day Camp offered in June

PEQUOT LAKES — The second annual Young Performers Day Camp will be offered June 28-30 through Pequot Lakes Community Education.

Students in grades first through eighth will explore various areas of theater and perform during the camp scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pequot Lakes High School. No previous performing experience is necessary. These are three full, fast paced, days of fun, which conclude with a free family and friends performance the last day of camp.

Sessions this year will include giant puppets, singing, dancing, theater games, character development, improvisation games, short plays and skits. Students also can perform a small group or solo act that will be performed at the Trailside Center in Pequot Lakes. The registration for this event is limited to 30 youth, separated into two groups for more personalized instruction from experienced instructors. All youth will perform together in the final number.

Registration fee is $90 and includes a T-shirt, snacks and drinks every day, pizza will be provided the last day of camp. Register at Pequot Lakes Community Education or by calling (218) 568-9200. Registrations are due by June 8.

Arboretum calendars available

Northland Arboretum calendars are available for purchase.

Cost is $5 for arb members and $7 for non-members.

Arboretum calendar photo contest entries

Entries for Northland Arboretum’s third annual photo contest are due Aug. 1.

All photos must have been taken at the arb. The contest is free and open to the public.

Anyone can submit up to 10 photos. Photos should be submitted in jpeg format with a minimum two mega pixel resolution via email to or dropped off at the arboretum. Printed photos also may be entered by being dropped off or being mailed to the Northland Arboretum, 14250 Conservation Dr., Brainerd, MN 56401

The following information needs to be indicated with each photo entered: Location in arb where photo was taken; date photo was taken; name, address, phone number and email address.

A panel of judges will select the best photos for each month.

Winning photos will be printed in the 2013 Arboretum Calendar with the photographer’s name and photo information. Winners will receive a copy of the 2013 Arboretum Calendar.

Garrison Invitational Art Show and Sale set

GARRISON — The 20th annual Garrison Invitational Art Show and Sale will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 27 at the Garrison VFW pavilion and grounds.

The Mille Lacs Arts Council hosts the annual art show and sale to allow area artists a venue to exhibit their works. As in previous years, artists from throughout Minnesota will exhibit and sell pottery, jewelry, paintings, photography, wood carvings and sculptures, acrylic and paper art and other art medium.

The Dennis, Jim and Cleo Trio will provide music with light jazz and swing standards.

Moondance Jammin Country Fest 2012 lineup

WALKER — Moondance Jammin Country Fest is scheduled June 22-23, with a national lineup featuring Billy Currington, Neal McCoy, Kix Brooks (from Brooks & Dunn), Chris Cagle, Bomshel and one of Nashville’s up and coming vocal sensations, Morgan Fraizer. The campgrounds and gates will open June 21 for the annual Pre-Jammin Party showcasing some of the top regional country talent on the Moondance Jam Saloon stage.

Kicking things off June 22 will be Jammin Country’s favorite ladies, Kristi and Kelly of Bomshel. They will bring their energetic, boot stompin’ show to the big stage along with their new single “Halleluay’all.” Kix Brooks, who was part of country music’s biggest duo Brooks & Dunn, will follow up on the main stage supporting his new single “New to This Town” along with a full catalog of hits from the past two decades that should get the festival grounds buzzing.

After pulling in record afternoon crowds in 2011, Neal McCoy is back as a night headliner on June 22. McCoy has been cranking out Top 10 hits like “The Shake,” “Then You Can Tell Me Goodye,” “No Doubt About It,” “They’re Playn’ Our Song,” “Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On,” and “Wink” since the early 90s and his latest single “A-OK” hit the GAC Top 20 Countdown. On top of his bucket full of hits, McCoy has an amazing live show and charming stage presence.

The night of June 23 will get started with one of Nashville’s future stars, 18-year -old Morgan Frazier. Frazier, who is signed on with Curb Records, has been a regular at the legendary Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and is now ready to start touring in front of her highly anticipated new album. Following Frazier is Chris Cagle’s high energy live show that features the hits “Laredo,” “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out,” “Chicks Dig It,” “What Kinda Gone,” “Got My Country On” and more.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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