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Entertainment Briefs - Nov. 30 - Dec. 7

Somali refugee and immigrant Hudda Ibrahim will address the topic of Somali settlement in central Minnesota at noon Dec. 7 in the Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. The event is part of the CLC Cultural Thursday series. Submitted

Somali refugee and immigrant to speak at Cultural Thursday event

The Central Lakes College Cultural Thursday series will host Somali refugee and immigrant Hudda Ibrahim, who will address the topic of Somali settlement in central Minnesota at noon Tuesday in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.

Ibrahim also will be available for a book signing after the presentation.

Ibrahim will discuss Somali culture, immigration stories, how Somali refugees/immigrants are adapting to their new home in Minnesota, whether they are assimilating or integrating, and obstacles and barriers Somali people face in America.

Ibrahim will highlight new refugee community's contributions to the development and growth of Minnesota's economy. She will also pinpoint her work in the community, how she creates a cohort of low-income students and how she empowers youths. She will conclude her current work that aims to build bridges between cultures.

Ibrahim is a faculty member at St. Cloud Technical and Community College, where she teaches diversity and social justice. Ibrahim specializes in international peace studies, conflict resolution, political analysis and political change. She earned a master's degree in peace studies from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor's degree in peace and conflict studies and English literature from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University in Minnesota.

Ibrahim is also the founder and president of Filsan Consultant. Filsan works with local

businesses and related entities to provide three revenue-generating services: consulting,

speaking engagements and training for the employer. In recognition of her leadership,

Ibrahim has received numerous awards.

For more information on CLC Cultural Thursdays, contact Tracey Kloeckl-Jiménez at 218-855- 8183.

George Maurer Jazz Trio to perform Friday

LITTLE FALLS—The George Maurer Jazz Trio will perform 7:30 p.m. Friday as part of Great River Arts holiday programming. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The George Maurer Jazz Trio will perform classic Christmas songs.

"Small in number, but big on sound and spirit, the trio creates nostalgic yet new sounds for holiday favorites to entertain listeners of all ages," a news release stated. "The audience can expect to enjoy swingy, pop-tinged and jazz-infused versions of timeless tunes from three of the area's favorite musicians."

Trio members George Maurer on piano; Muggsy Lauer on guitar and vocals; and Jeff Engholm on bass and vocals are known for their work with the George Maurer Group and Collective Unconscious, with its live renditions of classic rock albums like the Beatles' "Abbey Road," the Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds," Crosby Stills, Nash & Young's "Deja Vu" and The Band's "The Last Waltz."

Their Great River Arts show brings them back to their beginnings. The three started working together during a production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" in 1997 in Little Falls.

Tickets are $18 and are available in advance by calling 320-632-0960, online at, at Great River Arts or at the door.

Charitable event set at Roundhouse

Roundhouse Brewery will host "Bend & Brew" for Toys for Kids from 9-11 a.m. Saturday.

Participants are asked to bring a new and unwrapped toy as an entrance fee for an hour-long yoga course instructed by Matt Rohr from Central Lakes Healing Arts. The entrance fee includes one free beverage from Roundhouse and light snacks afterward.

In other charity events, Roundhouse will announce the raffle winner at 2 p.m. Dec. 17 for Sexual Assault Services.

Companion book of 'Growing Up Lutheran' published

"Growing Up Rural: You Smell Barn," by authors Janet Letnes Martin and Susanne Nelson, is available at major regionals bookstores and is a companion book to "Growing Up Lutheran," an inspiration for the "Church Basement Ladies."

The book will take the reader back to a time when everyone played in or went to the ballgames on Friday nights, went to town on Saturday nights—usually for the drawings—and visited on Sunday afternoon and drove around to look at the fields.

"Families took care of ringworm and rashes with Carbo-salve and Mercurochrome cured about everything," the book description stated. "When there was something going around—from chicken pox to interesting rumors—one glance at the Viking Township News ... would verify it."