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Special Events


Friday nights at the Beanery Cafe

Live music, 8-10 p.m., Friday, the Beanery Cafe.


Ripple River Gallery open house

Gallery’s open house, Saturday, free. For information call 218-678-2575 or email:

Art events

Kaleidoscope, first Saturday of the month for ages 8 and up at 10 a.m., Jaques Art Center; Art classes, first Wednesday of the month, 1-4 p.m. More information or to register call the center at 218-927-2363 or email at


Reading Room series

Speaking of Books series, 4:30-6:30 p.m., the third Thursday of the month, Prairie Bay; October’s event is postponed; Author Paul Sailer, Nov. 15; More information by calling 824-6444.

‘Poet Laureate Octoberfest’

Fall Conference “Poet Laureate Octoberfest.” Oct. 12-13, Arrowwood Lodge, hosted by Heartland Poets/League of Minnesota Poets.

‘MPR Connects!’

“MPR (Minnesota Public Radio) Connects!” 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, the Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes; free, but RSVP is requested at


Heartland Poets to meet

Heartland Poets to meet, 6-9 p.m., large room at Brainerd Public Library.

Minnesota Poet Laureate

Minnesota’s Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen, featured speaker, 7 p.m. Oct. 13, in the Central Lakes College commons. Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door and available at The Center for Lifelong Learning, The Crossing Arts Alliance Sales and Gift Gallery or by calling 828-4717 or by visiting Sutphen’s books may also be obtained in advance by contacting Bookin’ It in Little Falls at 800-809-1848 or at

Cultural Thursday

Next Cultural Thursday: Jan Kurtz to discuss Mexico’s traditional “Day of the Dead,”12-12:50 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, Chalberg Theatre at CLC.; free.

Talent show auditions

Youth As Resources Brainerd’s Got Talent, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, Tornstrom Auditorium at the Washington Educational Services Building.

An Afternoon in Venice

An Afternoon in Venice, Oct. 13, Madden’s Town Hall. Doors open at 2 p.m. Tickets are $35, VIP tickets are $75 or $150 with costume. For information or to register go to


Art festival

Minnesota Community College Art Festival, Monday-Wednesday, Ruttgers Bay Lake Lodge.


Lone Eagle exhibit

Lone Eagle exhibit at the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site.

Singing opportunities

The St. Francis Community Chorale meets from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays; Sestri, a Women’s Slavic Choir, meets at 7 p.m. Sundays; Brothers in Harmony, a men’s singing group open to teenaged and adult men will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays; For information, call the St. Francis Music Center at 320-632-0637.


Mosaic and weaving classes

Mosaic classes, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Cultural Center’s new Continental Divide Folk School; weaving classes, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 23. Register for classes at 218-385-3339 or


Staples Area Men’s Chorus festival

Staples Area Men’s Chorus festival consisting of high schools throughout Minnesota, Oct. 13, Staples Motley High School. Noon will be workshops and rehearsal; concert at 7 p.m.

Chorus rehearsals

Staples Area Women’s Chorus rehearsals, 8-9:30 p.m. Mondays in Staples Motley High School Choir Room.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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