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Entertainment Briefs - April 11

The Brainerd Public Library features a dog named Shadow, as its Reading Dog. Shadow visits the library most Thursday afternoons. Submitted Photo

CLC offers summer youth theater workshops

The Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center announces two summer theater workshops geared for students entering first through fourth grade and fifth through ninth grade. Local writer Mary Aalgaard, also known for her blog "Play Off the Page," will teach the workshops during the month of June.

The first workshop will be June 10-14, tailored for first through fourth graders. Students will have the opportunity to create their own characters and work together to create a play. The theme for the workshop is "Fairy Tale Island," where characters come together to have a nice vacation, but something goes horribly wrong. Students will work on acting skills, writing and creating props and artwork for the set.

The second workshop will be June 17-21, tailored for fifth through ninth graders. The theme is "Extreme Adventure Camp," where campers discover more is at stake than adventuring, gathering clues to a mystery and returning to camp to share their discoveries. In addition to performance and writing skills, students will have the opportunity to create props, costumes and other artwork.

Both workshops will feature performances for family and friends on the final day of class. The

workshops meet 10 a.m. to noon in the Dryden Theatre on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.

Fee for the workshops are $55 per person, which is non-refundable. To register for a workshop, call Jean at 218-855-8253.

Book sale set in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS—The Little Falls Friends Of The Carnegie Library will host its semiannual book sale April 25-27.

Thousands of gently used books such as mysteries by John Sanford, romances by Danielle Steel, westerns by Louis L'Amour, science fiction books by David Weber and others will be available. In addition, hundreds of children's books, religious books and other fiction and nonfiction books will be sold. Prices for the books will be $1 or less and a special $2 a bag sale will be April 27.

A special members only sale will be 5-7 p.m. April 24. Hours for the public sale are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 25, noon to 6 p.m. April 26 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27.

For more information, contact Bob O'Neill at 320-632-6801 or Cindy Bruggentheis, library services coordinator, at 320-632-9676.

Brainerd library features artist's work

Lakes area artist Phyllis Frankum's paintings are on display in a new exhibit at the Brainerd

Public Library through June 30. The free exhibit includes mixed media and watercolor paintings on a variety of subjects including animals, landscapes and still life.

"I love the challenge that painting brings me," Frankum stated in a news release. "I like to try new ways to paint and I like learning from my mistakes. I am always willing to try something new. I hope people enjoy my art as much as I have enjoyed doing it."

Frankum's paintings have received numerous People's Choice Awards at area shows, including the Brainerd Art Show and the Crosslake Art Show. Her paintings have also been featured on the cover of the Brainerd Community Education brochure.

Exhibits of work by local artists are coordinated by the Brainerd Area Art Guild and the Brainerd Public Library. For more information, contact the library at 218-829-5574.

Books, Burgers and Brews Book Club to meet

BAXTER—The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library's monthly book club—Books, Burgers and Brews—will discuss the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" at its meeting 6 p.m. Monday, April 15, at Prairie Bay Grill in Baxter.

Books, Burgers and Brews is a casual book club in a fun setting, open to all adults, a news release stated. Those who attend and would like to order from a special menu created for the book club by Prairie Bay's head chef are asked to register and pre-pay at the Friends of the Library website at Those who do not want to eat are welcome to join the discussion free of charge and may register at the same site.

In "Evicted," Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Hailed as "wrenching and revelatory" by The Nation and "vivid and unsettling" by the New York Review of Books, "Evicted" transforms the understanding of poverty and economic exploitation, the news release stated.

It also provides fresh ideas for solving one of 21st century America's most devastating problems. Its scenes of hope and loss remind readers of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible. Laurel Hall, public services librarian at the Brainerd Public Library, and Sheila DeChantal, president of the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library, have hosted the event since the fall of 2016.

"This is a great opportunity for people who have gotten out of the habit of reading, or just want to be able to talk with others about what they are reading," Hall stated. "We don't put any pressure on anyone to be an expert on the book—the joy is in discovering each other's perspectives." DeChantal stated, "We have regulars who come every time, as well as new faces for just one book, so it creates a fun, exciting atmosphere. Not to mention the delicious Prairie Bay food."

Questions may be directed to Hall at the library at 218-829-5574.

Lee Rocker show moves to Chalberg Theatre

The April 26 show featuring the Stray Cats' Lee Rocker will take place in the Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. This is a change in venue from Tornstrom Auditorium, as originally announced.

"People currently holding tickets will be contacted about their seating preference in the new venue," Patrick Spradlin, Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center director, stated in the announcement. "The day and time, Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m., remains unchanged."

Ticket holders with questions should contact the box office at 218-855-8199. Those who wish to purchase tickets for the show can either call the box office or purchase online at

NYM announces folk concert

NEW YORK MILLS—Rescued Treasures, a Norwegian folk trio, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Cultural Center in New York Mills.

The trio consisting of Arna Rennan, Georganne Hunter and Loretta Kelley perform music from Telemark, Norway, from the Middle Ages. Every song and dance tune has a story and welcomes the audience into another time and another place.

Rennan sings and plays the langeleik, which is a traditional dulcimer. She received training from Ragnhild Furholt and Frode Nyvold while studying at the Institute for Folk Culture in Rauland, Telemark, Norway. She performs extensively throughout the Midwest and wherever people are eager to hear traditional folk songs.

Kelley is among the foremost players of the Hardanger fiddle in the U.S. She has studied the Hardanger fiddle with many renowned masters of the instrument in Norway. Her CD titled "Hambo in the Snow" was nominated for a Grammy in 2007. She also is a founding member of Hardanger Fiddle Association of America.

Hunter plays the Celtic harp, interpreting the moods of the dramatic ballads. She is an award-winning harpist, as are many of her students. Hunter was a founding member of Willowgreen and recorded two CDs, which include some of her own compositions.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and people are invited to check out the gallery exhibit, which will feature the center's annual Minnesota State High School League Show by regional students. The exhibit will be up for people to view through April 20.

No tickets or advanced reservations are required for this concert; instead, a suggested $10 donation per person is requested.

For more information, call 218-385-3339, or visit

Brainerd library celebrates National Library Week

The Brainerd Public Library is celebrating National Library Week—April 7-13.

Each year, the library circulates over a quarter-million books, DVDs and other materials to area residents. The library also provides meeting space and free computer access and offers numerous programs and classes on topics ranging from STEM for kids (science, technology, engineering and math) to gardening to genealogy. Patrons also can research local history using

city directories, Brainerd High School yearbooks and microfilm of the Brainerd Dispatch going back to 1883.

All these resources and programs, funded by public dollars, are available to everyone. Checking out library materials and using library computers does require a library card, which is available at no cost.

"National Library Week is just for one week," Jenny Hill, branch manager, stated in a news release. "But it's always a good time to visit the library. We average over 550 people visiting the library each day we are open. We would love to see even more.

"This is also the week where we recognize our library volunteers who add so much to what the

library has to offer. In 2018, our volunteers logged over 3,600 hours, helping facilitate kids reading and keeping the library looking great and running smoothly. We are so fortunate, along with the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library, to have the support of over 100 volunteers. And one dog."

A dog named Shadow, the Reading Dog, visits the library most Thursday afternoons, when 15-minute appointments are available for children to read to Shadow. To set up a time to read to Shadow or learn more about other library events and resources, contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the library's Facebook page at