Entertainment Briefs - Nov. 9

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Community band to perform Tuesday

The Central Lakes College Community Band will present "From Ireland With Love" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.

The CLC Community Band, under the direction of Steve Anderson, toured Ireland this June with concerts at the Blarney Castle, King John's Castle, St. Nicholas Church in Galway and the Malahide Castle outside of Dublin. The band played American music for the Irish audiences, so now they are playing Irish music for American audiences.

Concert admission is $5. CLC students and children 12 and under are free. There is no advanced ticket sales and no advanced seating.

Author Talk to feature gallery owner

CROSBY—Amy Sharpe will be the featured author at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library in Crosby during an Author Talk and Book Launch of her newly released "CHARLES BECK-The Nature of an Artist."

Sharpe is a owner of Ripple River Gallery in Aitkin. Her book features 144 pages, hardcover and includes 150 color illustrations. The book will be available for purchase during the program, hosted by the JFHML Friends Foundation.

"For over seven decades Charles Beck interpreted the landscape of Minnesota through paintings, woodcuts and carved bird forms," it states on the gallery's website. "Charles Beck said it best, 'Nature is all about us.The never-ending cycle of the seasons stimulates the senses. One must only look—to experience the patterns, textures and colors of the land, sky, the hills and woods, the weeds and flowers. My hope is that in a small way I have helped open the eyes of others to this diversity, to this mystery.'"

Beck passed away Sept. 12 at the age of 94.

TCAA to host classes

The Crossing Arts Alliance announces two upcoming classes.

Silk Scarf dyeing with Diane Runberg will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday and offers an introduction to a fun and easy method of dyeing silk scarves using a special tissue paper. Students will create two colorful scarves to take home.

The registration fee covers all instruction and materials needed. Cost is $25 for Crossing Arts members, or $30 for non-members. Additional scarves and materials will be available for purchase after the class.

Needle-felted Gnomes with Lisa Jordan will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 18. This class introduces students to three-dimensional felting. Using a specially barbed needle and fluffy wool, students will create a small gnome to use in their holiday decorating. Cost is $20 for Crossing Arts Members, or $25 for non-members. All tools and materials are provided and students will keep their mats and needles for future use.

Register by calling The Crossing Arts Alliance at 218-833-016.

Kringle Market opens at Crossing Arts

The Crossing Arts Alliance, a nonprofit arts organization located in downtown Brainerd, opens its Kringle Market at 10 a.m. Saturday, closing at 4 p.m.

More than 60 local artists will have work for sale in the Kringle Market. Patrons will find a selection of art and fine craft including pottery, blown glass, fiber work, paintings, jewelry, woodwork and more at The Crossing's new location at 711 Laurel St., Brainerd.

Complimentary treats and cider will be provided. The Bellows Shakers, an accordion group, will provide entertainment from 1:30-2 p.m.

The market will run through Dec. 23; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information contact The Crossing Arts Alliance at info@crossingarts.org or 218-833-0416.

Acclaimed author Pete Hautman to appear

WADENA—Pete Hautman, a Minnesota prize-winning author of dozens of young-adult books, will appear at 11 a.m. Saturday for Book Ends, a monthly meet-the-author event at The Uptown in Wadena.

Hautman's current book "Slider" features 14-year old David who enters a food-eating contest to pay for an accidental internet bid of $2,000. David is a middle child, and his relationship with older sister and younger autistic brother provide the serious meat of the novel. The slider eating contest provides the metaphorical meat.

Hautman has won several awards including the National Book Award for "Godless."

Book Ends is a monthly event at The Uptown in Wadena, which concludes around noon with book sales, autographs and lunch.

For more information, contact Jerry Mevissen at rivermanjm@gmail.com or 218-472-3400.

Folk dancing set at Franklin

"International Folk Dancing for All" returns at 7 p.m. Wednesday in room 228 of the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd, sponsored by the New Piney Woods Folk Dance Club.

The club is a group of people who meets once a month to enjoy music and dance of countries around the world. All of the dances are taught and are tailored for beginner dancers.

Participants are asked to bring soft-soled shoes or be prepared to dance in stocking feet on the hardwood floor during the dance. There is a suggested donation to cover the rent of the room but no admission is required.

For more information, call Paul Wilson at 218-764-2994 or check the Facebook page.

MCHS to give free books to new members

LITTLE FALLS—The Morrison County Historical Society invites new members to join the organization during the month of November. Those who establish new memberships during the month will receive a free copy of the book, "A Big Hearted Paleface Man: Nathan Richardson & the History of Morrison County, Minnesota."

The MSHS was founded in 1936, at the height of the Great Depression. The organization was the outgrowth of a Works Progress Administration project to collect oral histories from long-time families in Morrison County. More than 1,000 oral histories were collected and this project set the course for the historical society's foundational belief that everyone who makes Morrison County their home—past or present—has important history to share.

The institution, which owns and operates The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum, is the only one that specializes in covering the entirety of the county's history.

This award-winning 378-page hardcover book features Richardson's earliest histories of the county, written in 1876 and 1880. As the "Father of Morrison County," Richardson had a unique perspective on the early history of the area, it stated in a news release. MCHS members also receive four newsletters per year and discounts on events and select items from the museum's gift shop.

To become a new member of the Morrison County Historical Society, stop by The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls, or visit www.squareup.com/store/morrison-county-historical-society to purchase a membership at MCHS's online shop. People from outside Morrison County can become members. Gift memberships also can be established.

For more information, call 320-632-4007.

Give to the Max

Great River Strings, a local orchestra in the Brainerd lakes area, is one of many organizations participating in Give to the Max Day set Nov. 16.

Give to the Max Day was created to increase giving to nonprofits across the state. Donations on Give to the Max Day can be made through GiveMN.org, a charitable giving website that helps Minnesotans discover, support and engage with nonprofits and schools.

Author to appear at craft festival

Award-winning Minnesota author, Connie Claire Szarke, will offer her signed literary/historical fiction novels, prepared as gift sets, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival at the Brainerd High School.

"Delicate Armor," "A Stone for Amer" and "Lady in the Moon," are set in the upper Midwest and have received some attention from a member of the film industry in Hollywood, it stated in a news release.

Also available are two stand-alone short stories: "Stone Wall," set in Ireland; and "Omertà," set in Sicily.