Oktoberfest planned at Ruttger's

DEERWOOD - Oktoberfest 2015 will be Oct. 16-18 at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge in Deerwood.

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Oktoberfest includes harvest buffet dinner shows at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 with music at 8 p.m. by Alpensterne. The dinner shows are sold out.

Oct. 17 events at Ruttger's include: A breakfast planned from 7-10 a.m. and costs $15; an artisan and craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. where there are more than 150 booths; "Picknick" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. consisting of food and beverages around the property; entertainment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to include Alpensterne, Concord Singers and the Narren of New Ulm; kids' pedal tractor pull with 11 a.m. registration; moonwalk, Bill the Juggler and "Kids' Kamp" activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and a dinner buffet from 5-8 p.m. which also is sold out.

On Oct. 18 there will be a breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m. with Jim Olsen on acoustic guitar.

'Minnesota's Lost Towns' to be presented at library

Minnesota Regional author Rhonda Fochs will provide a historical presentation and an overview on "Minnesota's Lost Towns" at noon Monday at the Brainerd Public Library. There are three books in the series, "Minnesota's Lost Towns: Northern Edition," released in 2014. Two new books, "Minnesota's Lost Towns: Central Edition" and "Minnesota's Lost Towns: Northern Part 2" were released in May. The books tell the tale of more than 250 northern Minnesota lost locations and nearly 200 central Minnesota towns. Each town, once thriving and now no longer existing as a town, is covered in a short, fun-to-read narrative. Read how the towns were created, how they grew and prospered, why they died and what you will find there today.

Filled with anecdotes, historical photos, current photos and the history of each community, the

books appeal to historians, genealogists, tourists, travelers and area residents.

The presentation will include a discussion of what makes a lost town, the life stages of lost communities, the different classes and categories of lost towns and features historical photos and anecdotes about the people and places. Several area locations will be included.

People may bring their photos, stories and lost towns along to share.

This is a free Legacy Program 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 arts and cultural heritage.

Go to www.krls.org for the complete schedule of Legacy funded events at Kitchigami Libraries.

American Girl Doll Tea event planned

CROSBY - An American Girl Doll Tea is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library in Crosby. The tea is hosted by the JFHML Friends Foundation.

This event will feature hospitality time, sit down refreshments and a craft activity. Participants ages 5-12 can bring their American Girl doll or other doll and a friend.

Preregister by calling the library at 218-546-8005 to reserve a spot. Go to www.hallettlibrary.org or e-mail the library at hallett@hallettlibrary.com with any questions.

UROCK to host outdoor concert

LITTLE FALLS - URock bands from St. Francis Music Center in Little Falls will host a free outdoor concert at 1 p.m. Sunday at Maple Island Park in Little Falls. Bands will perform instrumental music, jazz, oldies, classic rock tunes and contemporary popular music.

For more information on URock, go to www.sfmusiccenter.org or contact the music center at 320-632-0637.

Heartland Poets to meet

Heartland Poets, a local chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets, will meets from 6-9 p.m. Friday in the large room of the Brainerd Public Library. Poets are asked to bring a favorite poem or two to share during the open reading at the start of the meeting. Afterward poets will discuss upcoming poetry/writing events and opportunities. Following a brief business meeting, poets will share a poem-in-progress. Poets are asked to bring copies of their poem so others can fully appreciate their efforts.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Go to www.mnpoets.org to learn more about the League of Minnesota Poets.

'Generations' exhibit by Kapsner on display

LITTLE FALLS - The annual Charles Gilbert Kapsner Salon "Generations" will be on display through Nov. 28 in the front gallery at the Great River Arts Center in Little Falls. An opening reception will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday with a brief program beginning at 7 p.m. featuring a live music set by the Subito Chamber Orchestra and an artist talk by Kapsner.

"Generations" is a collection of oil paintings by internationally renowned painter Charles Gilbert Kapsner, in addition to the work of some of his most prominent students, including artist/teacher Jeffrey Hurinenko. Kapsner studied traditionally in Florence, Italy under Signorina Nerina Simi. Upon returning to the United States, Kapsner continued the practice of master/apprentice artistic studying by taking in a variety of local students throughout the years. He believes it is important to preserve the tradition of dedicated studies, so much so, that the theme of his Salon this year explores the generations of talent cultivated since his studies with Signorina Simi.

The theme of artistic mentorship carries throughout the entire Salon event as the Subito Chamber Orchestra, instructed by Celo V'ec, entertains audiences with their renditions of classic music pieces.

"Seeing such passion and dedication from young artists is so refreshing," Sam Bruno, GRA program support specialist said. "Understanding and continuing traditions of sharing knowledge and building skill is something few have the opportunity to partake in. Little Falls is lucky to have two such giving master artisans."

Go to www.greatart.org/front-gallery for complete details on the exhibition.