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Entertainment Briefs - June 28

The District band will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28, in the Gregory Park bandstand. Submitted Photo1 / 5
Author Tom Rademacher will discuss his recent book, “It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching” at noon Monday, July 9, at the Brainerd Public Library. Submitted Photo2 / 5
The book cover of “It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching.” Submitted Photo 3 / 5
Wet Felting for kids with Lisa Jordan will be 10:30 a.m. to noon July 11 at The Crossing Arts Alliance. Submitted Photo 4 / 5
October Son will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 30, outdoors at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge in Deerwood. Submitted Photo 5 / 5

The District to play in bandstand

The District will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28, in the bandstand in Gregory Park in Brainerd.

The District is a Brainerd-area cover band made up of seven current or former educators from the Brainerd lakes area. The band has played together for more than 11 years and plays an eclectic mix of classic rock, up-tempo country and a variety of new, contemporary artists. Bandstand concerts are free and open to the public. People can bring a lawn chair or a blanket and be ready to enjoy the music. The rain-out site is at The Center, 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd.

If the concert is moved indoors, signs will be posted on the bandstand and it will be announced on WJJY radio.

Concerts in the park are a collaboration between Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department and The Center. Concerts are made possible by funding from grants from the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation and the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Cram Jam II set at Brainerd fairgrounds

A two-day music festival titled "Cram Jam II" is scheduled 2 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday, June 29-30, at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds in Brainerd.

The festival will feature two stages with music by Jon Wayne & The Pain, Heatbox, Frogleg Aitas, NIO, Seth Doud, Emily Hammer, The Nissfits Band, Larissa Love, Lucid Llama, Shaggy Mutt, OAKSEY, Joe & The Mechanics, Deejay St. Joel, The Northern Medicine, Seth Warwas and Paxfix.

The event will include live painting, flow arts, yoga, guided meditations and a corn hole tournament.

Doors open at 10:30 a.m. both days and camping is available. General admission including tent camping for the two days ranges from $35-$65. Children ages 10 and under are 50 percent off and children ages 4 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased on

Author Rademacher to appear at Brainerd library

Author Tom Rademacher will discuss his recent book, "It Won't Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching" at noon July 9 at the Brainerd Public Library.

The author appearance is part of the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library's mission to bring acclaimed authors to the library the first Monday of every month to speak about their latest work and the craft of writing. These events give local book lovers a chance to connect with up-and-coming and award-winning authors from around the Midwest, a news release stated.

Rademacher's book captures the experience of teaching in all its messy glory, the release stated. Short on jargon and long on practical wisdom, it is accessible to anyone interested in a behind-the-curtain look at teaching and willing to understand that, while no simple answers exist, there is power in asking the right questions.

Rademacher is an English teacher in Minneapolis. His writing has appeared in EdPost, MinnPost, and on his blog, "Mr. Rad's Neighborhood," and he speaks about teaching at universities, conferences, and TEDx events. In 2014, he was honored as Minnesota's Teacher of the Year.

People who attend are welcome to bring a packed lunch or can enjoy the light refreshments provided. These presentations are sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteer and fundraising efforts, and are free to the public.

For more information contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the library's Facebook page at

Still to come in the author series are Roberta Walburn, author of "Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice" on July 16; Linda LeGarde Grover, author of "Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year" on July 23; and Nancy Langston, author of "Sustaining Lake Superior: An Extraordinary Lake in a Changing World" on July 30.

Writing workshops set at Brainerd library

The Brainerd Public Library will offer two free writing workshops July 18 led by author Beth


Two sessions of "Writing Believable Characters in Fiction" will be featured. The first

session will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and is geared for teens, ages 13-18, and will include a pizza lunch. The second session will be 2-4 p.m. and is for children ages 8-12. Both workshops will explore the connection between internal and external characteristics in a good main character.

Every believable character has a question they're asking and a lie they believe. Develop and create a flawed character and then allow the character to grow—on the page and in the mind of the reader. Participants will work through a character development exercise that will allow participants to build a plot-line for their story from character-driven motivation.

Both workshops will be in the large meeting room of the library. Registration is requested by calling the library at 218-829-5574 or online at

Hautala earned a degree in writing and rhetoric from Northwestern College and is the author

of middle-grade novels "Waiting for Unicorns" and "The Ostrich and Other Lost Things."

The workshops are made possible by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library.

For more information or to register for the workshops, contact the library at 218-829-5574 or

visit the library's Facebook page at

TCAA announces upcoming workshops

Artist Diane Runberg will teach silk scarf dyeing 10 a.m.-noon July 7 at The Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd.

The workshop offers an introduction to a fun and easy method of dyeing silk scarves using a special tissue paper. Students will create two colorful scarves to take home. Cost is $25 for Crossing Arts members, or $30 for non-members. Additional scarves and materials will be available for purchase after the class.

Wet felting for kids with Lisa Jordan will be 10:30 a.m.-noon July 11. The class is open to children of all ages. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Using fluffy wool, water, soap and friction, kids will learn about felting and make a small felt "painting." Children should wear clothes that dry quickly as they will get wet and sudsy. Cost is $5 per participant for TCAA members, $7 for non-members.

Fabric dyeing with Carolyn Abbott will be 10 a.m.-noon July 28. Students will learn to dye cotton fabric with Procion fiber-reactive dyes by mixing three primary dyes to create a color wheel of 12 hues in a colorway of their choosing. Each student will take home a rainbow of 12 fat quarters they dyed. Cost is $49 for TCAA members, $59 for non-members.

Register by calling TCAA at 218-833-016, in person at 711 Laurel St., Brainerd, or visit for more details.

Release book party set

LITTLE FALLS—Minnesota author Judy Jeub will celebrate the release of her book, "The Memorial of Jesus," with a party 2-5 p.m. July 8 at Heijeu Books & Art Studio in Little Falls. Jeub will speak at 3 p.m. and share excerpts of the book.

Set up as a Jewish memorial service, the book follows Jesus' family members and closest friends as they share their fondest memories of Jesus, a news release stated. While the book is fiction, it was meticulously researched and readers will be surprised and inspired by the characters and the way their encounter with Jesus changed their lives.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Author signing and workshop set

CROSBY—Author Sarah Malanowski will host a workshop and talk about her new book "You are Priceless" 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Restoration Books and Gifts in Crosby.

Malanowski's book includes the testimonies of 22 women who have experienced the power of redemption in Jesus Christ. The author's prayer is that people will trade their feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness for the truth they are 'priceless,' and to experience the power of redemption in Jesus Christ, a news release stated.

The workshop will include a light lunch. People are asked to RSVP by calling 218-545-4673 if they plan to attend the workshop. After the workshop there will be a meet and greet with the author, and her autographed book will be available for purchase.

The bookstore and The Priceless Journey are hosting the event.

'Peter Pan' to take stage

Brainerd area youths will take the stage with two professional actors in Prairie Fire Theatre's original musical production of "Peter Pan" at 6 p.m. Friday June 29, and 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30, at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

Prairie Fire Children's Theatre residency is sponsored by Brainerd Public Schools Community Education. Both performances are free and open to the public.

Free concert in Baxter park

BAXTER—Lakes Area Music Festival directors Scott Lykins and John Taylor Ward will perform a free concert 6 p.m. July 9 in the Music in the Park at Oscar Kristofferson Park pavilion in Baxter. The duo will present an hour of live music to include selections from the classical and opera repertoire as well as popular songs from the Great American Songbook.

Crosby Music in the Park set

CROSBY—Mike and Jan Cherry and Tim Fast will perform in Cuyuna Lakes Chamber's Music in the Park series 5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at Crosby's Memorial Park.

The event is sponsored by Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, and will include games for the children and cool refreshments.

Mike and Jan Cherry will play first. They will play a mix of original songs, folk songs, country and country/rock tunes by artists including John Denver, The Eagles, Olivia Newton John and John Fogerty.

Tim Fast will play second. He is a national-touring, fingerstyle guitar-picking, harmonica-bending, award-winning singer/songwriter and performer, a news release stated.

Music in the Park continues the second and fourth Thursday night through August. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and sit back and enjoy live music.

For more information visit

Fireworks, outdoor concert and a movie

DEERWOOD—Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge in Deerwood offers upcoming events open to the public.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, June 30, October Son will perform from the shores of Bay Lake. October Son plays a variety of rock hits from such bands as the Eagles, Johnny Cash and Little River Band. Tickets are $5 and are available at the gate or online at Seating is provided, or people may bring their own lawn chairs.

The outdoor concert event is part of the Ruttger's Summer Concert Series, presented by Surly Brewing Company, Coca-Cola and The Newshopper.

Ruttger's also will have a Bay Lake fireworks show at dusk July 6. People may bring a lawn chair to watch the fireworks shows. The fireworks are set off from a barge in the bay. Food and drinks will be available, and a bonfire and s'mores made with North Mallow artisan marshmallows, and live campfire music.

"Moonlight Movie Night" will be 9 p.m. July 7 featuring "Forrest Gump." Tickets are $5 and are available at the gate only. For more information, and a complete list of dates and movies for the summer, go to Moonlight Movie Night is presented by Deerwood Technologies and The Newshopper.

Minneapolis quintet to perform in NYM

NEW YORK MILLS—The Cultural Center in New York Mills welcomes Minneapolis-based indie group Marah in the Mainsail to its venue for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28.

The group is a quintet comprised of Austin Durry on vocals and guitar, Mariah Mercades on vocals and organ, Austin Wilder on alternative percussion, John Baumgartner on trombone and Kian Dziak on drums.

Since debuting their album, "Thaumatrope," in 2015, the band has gained recognition in the Midwest and continues to grow their fan base across the country, a news release stated. Marah in the Mainsail later signed with Minneapolis' Last Triumph Records, and released "Thaumatrope" on 12-inch vinyl. Poised to launch into the rest of the U.S. and beyond with their brand new album "Bone Crown," the band continues to bring their blend of musical influences to the alternative music scene.

Their live show has been described as a "visceral" experience. Every song is crafted and placed precisely where it belongs, with an aggressive, wild and mysterious stage presence, crowd interactions that break the boundaries of the stage, and innovative and eclectic instrumentation, the release stated.

Tickets are $15 at the door, or $12 in advance, and $5 for students. Member discount can be applied.

For more information, call the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339 or visit the Center's website at

Fish House Festival set

NEW YORK MILLS—The Cultural Center in New York Mills hosts its fifth annual Fish House Festival beginning 9 a.m. July 6. The day includes auctioning a handmade Ron Hamm spear house, which is painted by regional artists that day. Artists will be seen working in the street in front of the Cultural Center.

The festival includes a raffles with prizes of a half-day guided fishing tour with PT's Guide Service and a John Peeters wildlife painting, with $10 raffle tickets to be purchased at the Cultural Center, Farmers and Merchants State Bank and Cenex in New York Mills.

For more information on the schedule of the festival call the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339 or visit the Center's website at