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Entertainment Briefs - Aug. 10

Kayla Pallansch will perform at 7 p.m., today, Aug. 10 at the Gregory Park bandstand in Brainerd. Submitted1 / 3
King Wilkie’s Dream will perform Aug. 26 in the 2017 Ruttger’s Summer Concert Series. The concert will be outdoors and is open to the public. Submitted 2 / 3
The Meire Grove Community Band will close the Music in the Park Series with a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Northern Pacific Park in Staples. Submitted3 / 3

Kayla Pallansch to perform in bandstand

Kayla Pallansch will perform at 7 p.m., today, Aug. 10 at the Gregory Park bandstand in Brainerd.

Pallansch, who performs country music, was born and raised in the lakes area. Her mom's family plays bluegrass so she grew up surrounded by the music. Over the years she has competed in singing contests. She has won at the Crow Wing County Fair, performed at the Minnesota State Fair and karaoke contests.

Pallansch also can yodel, which she began at the age of 10 by listening and imitating. She will include some yodeling in her bandstand performance.

Bandstand concerts are free and open to the public. People can bring a lawn chair, a blanket and be ready to enjoy the music. The rain-out site is at The Center, 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd. If the concerts are moved indoors, signs will be posted on the bandstand and it will be announced on WJJY radio.

Concerts in the park are collaboration between Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department and The Center. Additional supporting sponsors are the Brainerd Community Foundation, Brainerd Lions, Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union and the BN Credit Union.

Second Saturday set at The Crossing

As part of its ongoing Second Saturday activities, The Crossing Arts Alliance will host a youth art event, a featured artist meet and greet and a sale of art, supplies and assorted treasures.

Crossing Arts Kids art programming will be 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 12 in the lower level of the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd. Children will explore the painting style of Piet Mondrian while enjoying the sounds of boogie woogie music on the piano. The class is geared towards ages 5 to 13, but any age is welcome to attend. Younger artists will require an adult helper.

A $3 per child/$5 per family materials donation is requested but no child will be turned away due to need. This class is sponsored by the Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615.

Artist Joey Halvorson and Elisa Korenne will be the the featured artists for August. Halvorson will have a display of her photos of Haiti on display and Korenne will be signing copies of her new book "Hundred Miles to Nowhere" and performing some of her original songs. The artists will be on hand to discuss their work from 10 a.m. to noon Aug 12. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information contact The Crossing Arts Alliance at or 218-833-0416.

Call for submissions

The Crossing Arts Alliance is seeking submissions for up to three works for "Art to Wear - Textiles and Beyond," a juried exhibit seeking to discover and showcase interesting wearable art. This show prioritizes creativity over practicality, but entries must be wearable for the runway show. Media is not limited to textiles.

Submission deadline is noon Aug. 22. Original work only. Work must not have been previously displayed with TCAA. An opening reception will be Sept. 8 and will begin with a runway show of the accepted pieces. The works will hang in the gallery through Sept. 26.

Submission fee of $10 per Crossing Arts member, or $15 for non-members. A People's Choice Award will be given and the winner will be featured in TCAA's quarterly newsletter.

Full submission details can be found on The Crossing Arts Alliance website at or email at or by calling 218-833-4016.

The runway show and exhibit will be held at The Crossing's new location at 711 Laurel Street in downtown Brainerd.

Llama Llama Read-O-Rama set

CROSBY—A "Llama Llama Read-O- Rama!" is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 18 in the picnic shelter at the George H. Crosby Memorial Park.

In conjunction with Heritage Days, the United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties will celebrate and increase awareness of its local Imagination Library program.

The "Llama Llama Read-O- Rama" will include book readings by local celebrities, a visit from a live llama, weather permitting and door prizes and drawings for children and those who choose to sponsor a child through Imagination Library.

For more information, visit the or call the local United Way at 218-829-2619.

'Princesses and Patriots' to be performed

BAXTER—"Princesses and Patriots," a musical play written and directed by 12-year-old Parker Freeman of Brainerd will be performed at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 in the Northern Lakes Senior Living in Baxter.

Parker, a Forestview Middle School student, has won many writing contests and is nationally known for her stories. The play will feature FMS students Elizabeth Joque, Eva Harvey, Stella and Chloe Marohn, Sophia Robin and Buckaroo, the dog.

In a news release, the story is a turn of the 18th Century play of drama, suspense and betrayal.

The play is free, but free-will donations will be accepted to benefit the Heartland Animal Rescue Team in Baxter.

Great Strings seeks donations for fundraiser

AITKIN—The Great River Strings will host a garage sale fundraiser Sept. 2 at the Aitkin American Legion and is seeking good, quality items for the sale.

Great River Strings also is asking anyone who has a larger item such as a car, boat or four-wheeler who wants to donate it to the cause it would be on their auction.

To donate contact Mary Aulie, co-director of the Great River Strings at 218-839-1085.

Great River Strings will take items from 4:30-7 p.m. Sept. 1 at the American Legion.

Meire Grove Community Band to perform in Staples

STAPLES—The Meire Grove Community Band will close the Music in the Park Series with a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Northern Pacific Park in Staples. In case of rain, the concerts will be moved to Faith Lutheran Church.

The Meire Grove Community Band represents a history and tradition that once flourished in nearly every Minnesota small town. Located in Stearns County, the band was organized in 1883. Band members have their family roots in the predominantly German heritage of Meire Grove.

Band membership includes musicians of all ages who work together to provide quality band performances. The band performs music focusing on traditional American marches, concert band pieces and folk music.

The Music in the Park series is funded by the Staples Host Lions Club. The series is organized by the Staples Motley Area Arts Council, with the assistance of the Staples-Motley Public Schools and the City of Staples.

Bluegrass and country wrap up Ruttger's concert series

DEERWOOD— The 2017 Ruttger's Summer Concert Series wraps up with a pair of concert events featuring down-home American music —King Wilkie's Dream with special guest Jenna and Martin on Aug. 26 and Copperhead Creek on Sept. 2.

"Cosmic Country" songwriting duo Jenna and Martin will open the Aug. 26 show at 5:30 p.m. The duo features modern day saloon songs, interpretations of classic country, bluegrass and gospel hymns. King Wilkie's Dream then will take the stage at 7 p.m. This group plays a heavy dose of bluegrass, but also a bit of blues, swing, Americana, country, tin pan alley, old time and a little pop—all in their signature "big noise" style.

Copperhead Creek, hailing from the Twin Cities, will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2. THe group plays current Top 40 Country, including some old school hits.

Both concerts will be outdoor events and are open to the public. Admission is $5 per person for non-resort guests. Pay at the gate only.

The concert series is sponsored by Viking Coca-Cola.

Center holds puppet workshops

NEW YORK MILLS—The Kalevala Puppet pageant, with two weeks of workshops for children, is still accepting registrations. Workshops in puppet-building, painting, sewing, papier mache, costuming and puppetry are ongoing Monday through Friday through Aug. 19.

Tuition for the two weeks of workshops, which includes mid-morning snacks and all supplies, is $50 per child with a $100 maximum for any one family. Parents are encouraged to attend free of charge.

Stilt-walking is open to any children age 8 or older. Adults and any children age 5 or older may participate in the workshops and pageant, though children younger than 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Night workshops for prop- and puppet-building are open to adults and any child accompanied by an adult.

Performances will be 7 p.m. Aug. 18 in New York Mills and 4 p.m. Aug. 29 at Goose Gang in Perham.

Visit, email or call the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339 for more information, to register or for a complete schedule.