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Entertainment briefs - Nov. 22

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International students to present Dec. 6 program

Eight international students attending Central Lakes College (CLC) will present the Dec. 6 Cultural Thursday in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.

The free, public event will begin at noon and feature students from Pakistan, India and Indonesia. They will present information about their schools, home life, jobs, urban and rural culture, and take questions near the end of the 50-minute program.

It is an opportunity for the community to get acquainted through personal reports by Chiranjeet Shah, Zishan Khan and Richard Andrews from India; Abdul Qadir, Usman Naeem and Nasir Hussain from Pakistan; and Beatha Astamarindraputri and Elsa Sasmita from Indonesia.

They are one-year students at CLC through Community Colleges for International Development, a program sponsored by the U.S. State Department. CLC was the first college in Minnesota approved for participation three years ago.

The program gives under-served, non-elite young adults from various countries an expense-paid year of education. The students take 15 credit hours per semester at CLC and sign up for 60 hours of unpaid internships and volunteer activities. A key component is leadership and acquisition of knowledge essential to economic and democratic development for their home nations.

Housed together near campus, the international students are matched with local mentors for support.

The Cultural Thursday series is coordinated through the Resource Center for Cultures and Languages of the Americas as directed by Spanish instructor Jan Kurtz. To contact Kurtz call her at 855-883 or email her at

‘Merry Tuba Christmas’ is Dec. 8

The Central Lakes College (CLC) Music Department will present “Merry Tuba Christmas” at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Westgate Mall in Brainerd.

Low-brass musicians from throughout the area convene for rehearsal that day at 10 a.m. in the CLC Music Room on the Brainerd campus in conjunction with a nation-wide emphasis that assembles players of tuba, euphonium (baritone horn) and trombone to perform free, public holiday music.

Conductor Steve Anderson asks all interested players of low-brass instruments to join the fun for shoppers and others who enjoy festive tunes. Stands and music are provided.

For more information, contact Anderson at 855-8215 or 831-3652 or via email at or

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