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Reading event planned for Motley

■ Girl Scout volunteer appreciation events set

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines is planning events in Brainerd, St. Cloud and Duluth to show its appreciation to its adult volunteers. Events in area will be conducted from noon-3 p.m. April 20 at Camp Shingobee Timbers, near Walker and from 6:30-8 p.m. April 25 at Central Lakes College cafeteria in Brainerd

Girl Scout Leader’s Day is April 22 and this year’s theme is Girl Scout Volunteers Rock.

Amanda Unger of Baxter designed the art work for a thank you card being sent to 2,800 Girl Scouts adult volunteers throughout northern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Unger is in sixth grade and is a Girl Scout Cadette. Honorable mention in the artwork design contest went to Kealey Pank and Savanna B. Adams, both of Duluth; and Hailey Devriendt, Royalton.

All events are free to current Girl Scout volunteers, but pre-registration is necessary. More information may be obtained by calling the Girl Scout office at 800-955-6032 to register.

■ Meet and greet

planned Saturday

Do you want to make a difference in the life of a teenager? Lakes Area Restorative Justice is sponsoring a meet and greet from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Moonshine Lounge, 723 Mill Ave. in Brainerd. Learn more about what restorative justice is all about and why it is such an effective program. It gives youths an opportunity to understand the impact of their behaviors and understand them while also being held accountable for their actions.

Refreshments will be served and there will be door prizes. Call 218-568-4145 for more information.

■ Native American flute performances set in Brainerd lakes area

The Kitchigami Regional Library System Legacy Program will host Jon Romer of the Cass Lake area during the month of April at regional libraries.

Romer will present on the history and creation of native flutes and perform Native American music on a variety of the instruments he’s made based on the teachings of the elders versed in the Native American flute.

Romer will perform at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at the Brainerd Public Library; 3 p.m. Saturday at The Warehouse in Pine River; 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in Cass Lake; 4 p.m. April 17 in Walker; 6 p.m. April 18 in Wadena; and 11 a.m. April 23 in Longville.

Romer has taught music in tribal settings, elementary through college for 22 years. He will weave into his performance the history and tradition of the Native American Flute, its design and the traditional songs that embrace within Native American culture. Songs will include a Gathering Song, a Love Song, a Farewell Song and a Cherokee Lullaby.

Romer has worked with R. Carlos Nakai, Ken Light, Bradley “Windy” Dounwind and elders on the Leech Lake Reservation to ensure a respectful and appropriate use of the Native Flute in the 21st century educational environment. He’s presented the Native American Flute at numerous state, regional and national conferences. He’s played often within the Leech Lake community for elders, health services, head start events, graduation ceremonies, weddings, funerals and various other music programs. He has performed, taught and composed music as well as doing so with the Native American flute. He learned to make the flute in the traditional way from elders familiar with the flute.

This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage.

■ Reading event

planned for Motley

MOTLEY — The Staples-Motley Early Childhood Coalition (SMECC) will host its Move, Drop (everything) and Read event from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Motley Elementary Gym. This event is open to all children ages birth to 5 and their families.

Move, Drop (everything) and Read is a fun-filled safe environment where children may explore the wonder of reading as well discover how important it is to feed the brain with activity and movement as well. Participants will move through six stations alternating between reading and a movement activity. Activities will include an obstacle course, playing with Hula-Hoops, parachute play, singing and dancing. Each child/family will receive a free book. Children who have successfully completed “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” will be recognized during the night.

“Move, Drop and Read is an event for all preschoolers. Families may attend each time and will hear new stories and take part in new activities.

SMECC is a diverse group of area community members who meet monthly to develop and strengthen programs within the Staples Motley School District to ensure children are prepared and ready to start school. The Minnesota Department of Education reports that less than half of children entering kindergarten are proficient in personal/social development, language/literacy, and mathematical thinking. Organizers said for every $1 invested in quality early care and education, $7-$16 can be saved (source: New members are welcome to join at any time. The coalition is funded by grant money and donations.

If you would like more information please contact Sara Dregney at 218-894-1897 or via email at

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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