Art events

Kaleidoscope, 10-11:30 a.m. first Saturday of the month, Jaques Art Center. More information available at or 218-927-2363.


Explore Music!

Lakes Area Music Festival opens registration for Explore Music!, day camp for students entering first through fifth grade, 9 a.m. to noon July 29-Aug. 2, Washington Educational Services Building. Register at or sign up through Brainerd Community Education.


Strings camp

Cuyuna Lakes Area Strings Camp, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 24-25, Assemblies of God Church. Cost is $150 per person. Send payment to Mary Aulie, P.O. Box 125, Crosby, MN 56441. For more information, call Aulie at 218-839-1085.


Two-day music festival

Josh Duffee and his big band to perform at a two-day music festival at 7:30 p.m. July 12-13, at the Hackensack Community Building. “The First Ladies of Song,” also will perform. Tickets are available at Southside Fuel Plus, Swanson’s Bait and Gas in Hackensack, the July Flea Market at Sacred Heart Church and on the NAC website at


Green Fair Folk Festival set 4-8 p.m. Aug. 7, on the west lawn at St. Francis Convent in Little Falls.

Instrument Petting Zoo

Instrument Petting Zoo for youth from 6-6:45 p.m. July 17 in Room 242, St. Francis Music Center. For more information visit or call 320-632-0637.

Summer Harvest Dinner

Summer Harvest Dinner is scheduled at 5 p.m. July 26 at Sprout. Reserve tickets for $60 per person online,


Park fest, car show

The Merrifield Lions Park-Fest and Car Show will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 20 at the Merrifield Lions Park on Crow Wing County Highway 3. The Car Show will be on the baseball field of the park and registration of $10 begins at 8:30 a.m.


Freedom Fest

Pierz Freedom Fest, July 13, Genola Ball Park: Shalo Lee Band performing at 3 p.m.; Tennessee River at 6 p.m.; Thompson Square at 8 p.m.; and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at 10 p.m. General admission tickets are available online at General Admission is $50 until July 1, then they'll increase to $60. Tickets available online or at the gate.


Author appearance

Children's author Mary Losure will be the featured speaker at BookEnds at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at the Uptown Café.