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The Vagabond’s to perform Thursday

The Vagabond’s will be performing at 7 p.m. Thursday in the bandstand at Gregory Park in north Brainerd as the kick-off of the Concerts in the Park summer series.

The Vagabond Music Group have been entertaining groups throughout central Minnesota, from Little Falls to Pine River and Brainerd to Wadena, for more than five years. Music will range from the ‘40s and ‘50s and include a bit of country.

Concerts in the Park are free for all who attend. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket, relax and enjoy the sounds of the bands performing in the park.

Concerts in the Park will be held every Thursday through Sept. 6. The concerts are a collaboration between the City of Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department and the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center.

The rain out site is the senior center located at 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd.

Music General to present spring show

Music General will present its 33rd annual spring shows called “Idols and Icons” Friday and Saturday at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

The shows will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with a Solo Showcase show at 3:30 p.m.

More than 200 dancers from Brainerd, Baxter, Aitkin, Isle, Staples, Pillager and Pequot Lakes will be performing in this 90-minute tribute to musical idol and icons.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Music General for $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Ticket sales at the door are $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. The Solo Showcase performance is free to anyone with tickets for the other three shows. To purchase tickets exclusively for the Solo Showcase, admission is $5. Ticket orders of $20 or more can be ordered over the phone by calling 829-0076.

Lakes Area Summer Organ Series schedule released

The Lakes Area Summer Organ Series is underway. The kick-off recital was held last week by Renee Anderson and Don Jackson in Pequot Lakes. The rest of the recitals will be held on Wednesdays throughout the summer months at noon and last approximately 30 minutes. A free-will offering will be taken at each concert venue to benefit each church.

The schedule is as follows:

• June 20, Carla Chrisopherson, First Lutheran Church in Brainerd.

• June 27, Laura Raedeke, Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.

• July 11, Joe Trucano, Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.

• July 18, Bonnie Groneberg, St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd.

• July 25, Ken Hager, Zion Lutheran Church in Brainerd.

• Aug. 1, Gayle Mortenson, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Baxter.

• Aug. 15, Patricia Lundeen, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd.

• Aug. 22, Cathy Taylor, Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.

Salute to the Arts exhibit to be on display

The Crossing Arts Alliance (TCAA) Salute to the Arts annual exhibition will be open Tuesday to the public and run through July 14 at the Q Gallery located in the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd, with an opening Salute artist reception to be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday.

Admission to the reception is $15 or $10 for Crossing Arts members. In addition to visual arts, TCAA will highlight literary arts with local contributors to the 2011 Lake Region Review sharing readings during the reception.

The exhibit will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through July 14.

Salute to the Arts is an annual Crossing Arts Alliance (TCAA) exhibition originally sparked by Jim and Diane Whiting, Evelyn Matthie and Millie Engisch-Morris in the ‘90s to encourage artists to create and show new artwork, and offer art appreciators the latest in creativity in the lakes area.

This year, Robert Mansfield, an internationally acclaimed artist with a specialization in large scale architecturally oriented public sculpture and a tenured professor of art at San Diego State University, will choose the award-winning pieces of Salute to the Arts artwork.

A variety of fresh creations will be on display by artists Carolyn Abbott, Roy Abbott, Beverly Abear, McKenzie Bass, Dave Boran, Chip Borkenhagen, Kathy Braud, Kathleen Carlson, Donna Jean Carver, Charmaine Donovan, Millie Engisch-Morris, Gary Guderian, Haddie Hadachek, Carol Hanson, Gary Harris, Theresa Jarvela, Lonnie Knutson, Molly Krautkremer, Kathleen Krueger, Kerry Kupferschmidt, Judy Kuusisto, Tom Larson, Jean London, Evelyn Matthies, Ron Morris, Brenda Pfeffer, David Rickert, Greg Rosenberg, Diane Runberg, Jane Ryan, Stephen Seevers, Mona Warren, Diane Whiting and Jim Whiting.

From traditional to contemporary — oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings; mixed media; pottery; sculpture; photography; fiber art; turned wood; collage; stained glass; several collaborative works; and more will be on display.

For more information about TCAA, go to

TCAA activities are funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008; and grants from Target, Sertoma Winter Wonderland, and the Anderson Family Legacy Fund.

HSO announces annual meeting

The Heartland Symphony Orchestra (HSO) will hold its annual membership meeting at 6 p.m. June 18 at The Sawmill Inn in Brainerd.

All HSO members and anyone interested in becoming a member are invited to attend. To qualify as a member of the HSO one must make at least a $10 annual donation or volunteer significant time serving the nonprofit community orchestra. Orchestra players are considered volunteers and thus members. Each member is entitled to one vote on each matter submitted to a vote by

the membership.

The annual meeting agenda will include election of directors to the board, a brief financial report and plans for next season.

To become a HSO member, to inquire about joining the orchestra as a volunteer musician or to be considered for election to the board of directors one may call the HSO office at (800) 826-1997 or email

Concert and ticket information for HSO’s 2012-13 season of presenting live orchestral performances will be available starting in July on HSO’s website at .

Darby Nelson next Brown Bag Author Series speaker

The next author in the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Summer Authors’ Series will be Darby Nelson, who will speak from 12-1 p.m. Monday.

The Brown Bag Lunch Summer Authors’ Series will be held at the library on eight Mondays in June and July. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch or just come to enjoy an hour with a Minnesota author. These free events are sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library.

Darby Nelson, born and raised in Minnesota, is a freelance writer and conservation activist. He received his doctorate degree in aquatic ecology at the University of Minnesota and taught biology and environmental science at Anoka-Ramsey Community College for 35 years. Nelson served three terms as a Minnesota state legislator. He did contract writing in environmental science books for McGraw-Hill Publishers for six years. He has written many magazine articles on environmental topics. He has received several awards including the Minnesota Post-Secondary Science Teacher of the Year; Faculty Excellence Award; Golden Chalk Award from students; and awards from the Sierra Club, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Izaak Walton League. He has served on the Nature Conservancy Board and the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council and is now on the boards of Conservation Minnesota and the Freshwater Society.

“For Love of Lakes,” his first book, weaves a delightful tapestry of history, science, emotion and poetry for all who love lakes or enjoy nature writing. The book is an affectionate account documenting our species’ long relationship with lakes — their glacial origins, Thoreau and his environmental message and the major perceptual shifts and advances in our understanding of lake ecology. This is a necessary and thoughtful book that addresses the stewardship void while providing improved understanding of our most treasured natural feature. “For Love of Lakes “was a 2012 Minnesota Book Award Finalist.

Silverline returns to Brainerd for one night only

Christian rock band Silverline will perform at 7 p.m. June 30 at Crossroads Music Cafe in Brainerd.

Tickets are $5 at the door, but if you can’t afford to come the band will let you in for free.

Local band Set The Record will be opening the concert.

Most of the band members are from the Brainerd lakes area. The band has not played in Brainerd for two years.

Silverline signed with VSR records in 2009 and has been on many national tours. The band has had two No. 1 singles and a No. 2 single on Christian Radio. Silverline has toured with Red, Brian Head Welch, Disciple and more.

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