Arboretum's art show and sale set Saturday

The Northland Arboretum's Fall Art Show and Sale will be from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, in conjunction with the opening of the arboretum's gallery exhibit of mixed media by Linda Causton.

Several artists will be present to meet and their artwork will be available for all to view. Items sold during the event will benefit the arboretum. Free-will donations to the arboretum also are welcome and/or canned goods for the local food shelf.

Participating artists include Ellen Lowery, watercolor; Micki Johnson Simecek, acrylic; Sandy Brandley, pottery and watercolor; Maggie Fuller, acrylic and watercolor; and Peg Serani, photography and mixed art.

For more information call the arboretum at 218-829-8770.

Brainerd author to launch her third book

Brainerd author Theresa M. Jarvela will launch "Bring Home the Murder," the third book in her

"Tales of a Tenacious Housesitter" cozy mystery series.

The launch is open to the public and will be from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Last Turn Saloon in downtown Brainerd. No tickets will be sold.

The third book in the series follows "Home Sweet Murder" and "Home for the Murder" published by North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.

In "Bring Home the Murder" Minnesota baby-boomer Meggie Moore sets off on another house sitting adventure to a hobby farm in the country. But her dream job turns into a nightmare when she discovers the farm is haunted.

Ghostly rumors surface soon after Meggie accepts the housesitting position but she refuses to be deterred. An unbeliever and not easily frightened, she ignores warnings from well-meaning friends and travels to the hobby farm to fulfill her obligation.

Her reluctance to believe in the supernatural is tested when strange happenings occur shortly after arriving at the farm. As time goes on she finds herself being reeled into the spirit world unable to let go of a line that eventually connects her to murder.

Jarvela also will appear for two November events. From 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, Jarvela will present in the Author Talk event at Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library in Crosby. Then from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 13 she will appear for a book signing at Book World in Baxter.

For more information call Jarvela at 218-828-8822.

Staples Area Women's Chorus to open its 2015-2016 season

STAPLES - The Staples Area Women's Chorus will open their 2015-2016 rehearsal season at 8 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Staples Motley High School choir room.

Director Rob Freelove will start his sixth season with the women's chorus. Kim Bergeron, the accompanist, is new to the chorus this year. Freelove also is working with the music programs in the Pillager School District.

One of the goals of the SAWC this season is to continue to increase membership of the chorus and to maintain membership through the season.

The women's chorus will hold their new member night at 8 p.m. Sept. 21 for any woman who would like to learn more about the chorus and spend time singing. The chorus practices from 8-9:30 p.m. Mondays in the choir room starting Sept. 14 and ending in April.

The chorus has been working on a schedule for the season. Some of the events in the planning stages are the Soup, Sandwich and Song scheduled Oct. 24 at the Staples Alliance Church; this year's Christmas presentation combined with the Staples Area Men's Chorus and performing the Messiah in December; the third year of the annual women's festival "Her Voice, Her Song" in January of 2016 at the Staples Motley High School; and a February 2016 concert with the Colla Voce choir and a possible spring event sometime in April.

Several of the projects and the operation of the chorus are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from Arts and Cultural Heritage Funds.

Bill Grange featured artist at The Crossing

The Crossing Arts Alliance announces its featured member artist and visiting artist for September as Bill Grange.

Grange's art will be featured through September at TCAA. As part of TCAA's Second Saturday events, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 12, Grange will be on-hand in The Crossing Arts Gift Shop with a selection of his contemporary wall plates, domestic pottery and paintings. Visitors are encouraged to stop in and meet the artist. Grange will give away a limited number of free, signed prints during the event. The event is free and open to the public.

Nebraska-based metalsmith and painter Lynn Bowes artwork will on on display Sept. 12 in the gallery. Her artwork includes oil paintings inspired by her prairie landscape and her one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Bowes also will teach a "Basics of Torch-Fired Enamel" class Sept. 11 in which students will learn to use a torch and powdered enamels on copper to create a pair of earrings or a pendant. Class fee is $40 for TCAA members or $45 for non-members and cost includes all materials and instruction.

Artist Abra Fisk will lead the Sept. 12, Second Saturday Flipside Kids arts class, Finger Knitting, and spinner Susan Stark will demonstrate how yarn is made. Youth will learn to knit using their fingers and yarn. This class is $3 per child/$5 per family. No child is turned away due to need. No pre-registration is needed.

TCAA activities are held in the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.

For more information visit or contact TCAA at 218-833-0416.

Pequot Lakes arts and craft fair set

PEQUOT LAKES - The 21st annual Pequot Lakes Arts and Craft Fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12 in Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes.

There are still spots available for sponsors, vendors and crafters. Those interested can contact Jenna Crawford at

Deadline extended for writing contest

All Minnesota writers still have time to enter the 2015 Brainerd Writers Alliance writing contest. Writers may submit work in all categories for $15 entry fee: one entry in fiction, one in creative non-fiction and up to three poems. Prose may not exceed 2,500 words. Poetry must not be more than 40 lines. Go to for details.

All entries must be postmarked by today, Sept. 3. Mail entries to: Julie Jo Larson, 11767 Pepperidge Road, Brainerd, MN 56401, or email or call Larson at 218-821-0263.