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Entertainment Briefs - May 17

These are the People’s Choice Award winners named by the Brainerd Public Library for its Brainerd Water Tower Art project. Submitted1 / 2
Piano students of Jennifer Stubbs had a recital April 29 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church. Students are Drea Diede (front, left), Grace Sinclair, Ashlyn Foy, Nola Doty (middle row, left), Sophia Sinclair, Wyatt Brown, Laura Lust, Gabi Chapulis (back, left) and Charlie Johnson. Submitted 2 / 2

Library announces winners of canvas art

The Brainerd Public Library announces its People's Choice Awards for its Brainerd water tower art project.

The library had 66 entries on display created by area residents age 13 and older who submitted a canvas art piece inspired by the water tower. The entries will be on display through the end of May at the library.

The Top Ten People's Choice award winners are Duane Barnhart, Daria Blanton, Thomas Braswell, Kelly Humphrey, Alexa Lang, Jan Lendobeja, Mitchell Nelson, Clare Schaefbauer and Rebecca Young.

This project is funded in part 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.

For more information on any library events, contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the

library's Facebook page at

BHS bands to perform

Brainerd High School bands will perform a spring concert Friday, May 18, at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

The Varsity Blue Band and Concert Band will perform at 6 p.m. and the Varsity Band Silver, Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony will perform at 7:30 p.m. A senior spotlight and slideshow will be featured at both concerts.

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students

Minn. songwriter to perform at library

Minnesota songwriter and singer Zach Johnson will perform a concert and talk about his

experiences 2 p.m. June 7 at the Brainerd Public Library.

Johnson's music has brought him to stages of all sizes across the country and onto multiple morning and evening radio shows. Johnson uses many instruments during his shows, including six- and 12-string acoustic and electric guitars, baritone guitar, dobro, banjo, mandolin, violin, lap steel, harmonicas, octave mandolin, viola, bass, drums, percussion, banjolin, dulcimer, ukulele, pedal steel and more. His repertoire covers a wide range of styles and genres, from folk to jazz, rock to spoken word, blues to pop, country to a cappella, gospel to instrumental and more, a news release stated.

Johnson is a nationally touring artist, performing 75 or more dates annually and is a member of the Grammy Recording Foundation. His hit YouTube channel, "TheSongaDayProject," has Johnson bringing a song—either original or cover—from wherever he is on any given day and has run more than 2,000 consecutive days.

No registration is necessary for this free Legacy Program.

Little Falls kicks off summer with event

LITTLE FALLS—Little Falls kicks off its summer events to celebrate the beginning of summer tourism.

The event will be 4-7 p.m. June 1 at the Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau. The event will include free face painting, $1 cupcakes by Pete and Joy's Bakery, live music by Harpers Choir and activities for the whole family. There will be an ice cream truck on site and a bike radio by the Little Falls Police Department.

The #onlyinmn monument also will be on the front lawn of the visitor's center.

Painting event set in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS—Great River Arts is partnering with Art Bar 39 by hosting a painting event 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, in Little Falls. The painting party will highlight various acrylic painting techniques that anyone can learn, it stated in a news release. Art Bar 39 staff will guide people through a specific painting.

People who are interested should RSVP GRA by calling 320-632-0960.

Music center offers string class

LITTLE FALLS—St. Francis Music Center will offer a group string class to introduce young students to the world of orchestral string music. Students ages 4-6 will meet for four weeks in June to listen to music, march and clap to music and experience handling violins and cellos. Students will learn basic counting, bowing patterns and gain a better understanding of string instruments.

Classes will be 5-5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, June 5-26, at the music center. Upon completion of the class, students who are interested in continuing will have the opportunity to sign up for private lessons.

Registration for summer lessons opens May 26. Summer lessons begin June 4 and run through

Aug. 17. Private lessons also are available on all band instruments; and the violin, viola, cello, bass, percussion and voice. All ages and levels of ability—from beginners to advanced students—are welcome. Financial aid is available.

The center again will offer its URock Summer Camp for middle and high school students who want to be in a band. URock begins July 20.

To register for the string class or URock, call 320-632-0637 or visit