Happy Hour for Grassroots Concerts set

NISSWA-Happy Hour for Grassroots Concerts will be from 5-7 p.m. June 5 at Sherwood Forest off Interlachen Road in Nisswa.

Grassroots Concerts is a nonprofit concert series, which for the past 32 years has showcased musical artists in the Brainerd lakes area.

The Happy Hour for a Cause wine and appetizer social will feature hors d'oeuvres from Prairie Bay Grill and Catering plus complimentary wines for tasting donated by Cash Wise Liquors.

A fully-deductible donation of $15 is accepted at the door, with all of the proceeds benefiting the Grassroots Concerts-a family entertainment series dedicated to artistic intimacy within an interactive environment, a news release stated.

People who attend are asked to RSVP by calling 218-829-4092.

Grassroots Concerts has hosted 335 live music shows since 1987. When the concert series began, concerts were performed in living rooms in Little Falls and Baxter, then the venue moved to a town hall and to churches-and for the past few years been at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar in Nisswa.

Organizers state its success is due to volunteers and audiences who enjoy a family friendly, value-priced venue. Dawn Stattine, Grassroots artistic director, stated the June 5 celebration marks an opportunity to visit one of the area's iconic lodges-Sherwood Forest, which has anchored culinary culture of Gull Lake for nearly 100 years.

"Visit and thank Sherwood Forest and Cash Wise for their support of live music," Stattine stated.

The all-volunteer Grassroots Concerts series will continue in the fall.

For concert series information, go to www.grassrootsconcerts.org.

New writers' group begins at senior center

The Center in Brainerd is starting a new writers' group for adults age 45 and older.

The group will meet at 11 a.m. May 21 for an introductory meeting. Those attending will determine the format this group will follow.

The center states eight reasons to join a writers' group: motivation, inspiration, structure, constructive criticism, guidance, support and encouragement, accountability and networking.

"Whether you are pursuing writing as a career or as a pastime, it is difficult to do it on your own," a news release stated. "We would like to be your place to share and grow your writing skills whether it's fiction, nonfiction or poetry; whether you're a book writer, an essayist, a memoir writer."

Those interested in being a part of this group should contact Sue Sterling at 218-454-5055 or online at Vista@thebrainerdcenter.com.

The group will meet in the boardroom at The Center, 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd.

More information about The Center can be found at www.thebrainerdcenter.com.

Grant writing workshop set in Brainerd

The Minnesota State Arts Board is hosting a grant writing best practices workshop from 5-7 p.m. May 23 at the Brainerd Public Library for the Artist Initiative grant program.

The event is free and open to the public.

Nick DeVries, a local artist, and Sherrie Fernandez-Williams, arts board program officer, will guide participants in an interactive workshop, sharing best practices and common mistakes made on grant proposals. An informative and educational learning experience, participants can expect to gain a full understanding of the Artist Initiative grant criteria and eligibility requirements, and will work in small groups to practice the skill of grant writing.

Five Wings Regional Arts Council staff will make a brief presentation and be available for questions.

The Artist Initiative grant program supports and assists professional Minnesota artists at various stages of their careers through encouraging artistic development, helping artists gain visibility with audiences, and strengthening career and professional skills.

To register for the workshop or to learn more, visit the arts board website at www.arts.state.mn.us.

Ruttger's announces Summer Concert Series

DEERWOOD-Live music will once again fill the air at Bay Lake as the Arcanes kick off the Summer Concert Series at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge in Deerwood-with a Memorial Day weekend show at 7 p.m. May 25.

This St. Cloud and Minneapolis-based band covers funk, rhythm and blues classics and mixes in a collection of originals. The band features a horn section and plays regularly throughout the state, including a recent stop at First Avenue in Minneapolis.

"The summer concert series has become a new Ruttger's tradition," Ruttger's President Chris Ruttger stated in a news release. "We want people to know that these concerts are open for everyone. Drive or boat on over and enjoy this show. It's a great value and a lot of fun."

The concert series expands from eight to 11 events this season, including the second annual Blues and BBQ Bash, and the first Ruttger's Bluegrass Festival.

Admission is $5 per person for non-resort guests. This year, a season pass for all 11 concerts is available for $45. Tickets or a season pass may be purchased at the gate or online https://ruttgers.com/summer-concert-series.

Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Concertgoers are invited to bring their own lawn chairs.

The concert series is presented by Castle Danger Brewery, Coca-Cola, the NewsHopper and Lakes Printing.

Schedule of concerts

• June 8, The Wayback Whens.

• June 15, Tail Gunners, as part of Beer and Bacon Bonanza.

• June 29, King's Ransom.

• July 5, October Son.

• July 13, Ipso Facto.

• July 27, Mallrats.

• Aug. 10, Dee Miller Band, with specials guests Javier Matos and Bruce Archer, as part of Blues and BBQ Bash.

• Aug. 17, Copperhead Creek.

• Aug. 24, The Barley Jacks with Sloughgrass, and Jenna & Martin, part of Bluegrass Festival.

• Aug. 31, Betty and the Noise.

June events set in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS-June events and programs at Charles Lindbergh House and Museum in Little Falls include a "Families on the WWI Home Front Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 1 and 15. The tour is included with the $6-8 admission into the museum.

The museum also will host "Dollar Day" from noon to 5 p.m. June 2. With a $1 admission, people may learn how Lindbergh developed interests in aviation, technology, and the natural environment while touring the historic home and the interactive exhibits in the visitor center, including the popular Spirit of St. Louis flight simulator.

Tours of Lindbergh's boyhood home will be available every half hour with the last tour at 4 p.m.

"Lindbergh's Complex Legacy-Presentation & Discussion" will be from 1:30-2:30 p.m. June 9 and 23.

For a complete list of all Minnesota National Historic Society events visit www.mnhs.org/media.

June events set in Onamia

ONAMIA-June events and programs at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post in Onamia include "Kids Can Craft an Ojibwe-Style Shoulder Bag," June 8 and "Learn How to Make Woodland Pottery in a Two-Day Workshop" June 8-9.

For a complete list of all Minnesota National Historic Society events, visit www.mnhs.org/media.

Nisswa-stämman music workshops set

NISSWA-Nisswa-stämman instrumental, singing and dancing workshops are set for June 7.

The workshops are for those interested in learning to play or dance to Scandinavian folk music. Each year, Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival brings top level folk musicians from Scandinavia to Nisswa. They not only perform at the festival, but they also share their talents with aspiring students on the day before the festival. This year the workshops are scheduled from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 7 and take place in several local homes in the Nisswa area. There will be workshops in Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and Danish fiddling, Danish singing, Norwegian style harmonica and ensemble workshops where all instruments are welcome to participate. Old time couple dances also will be taught and no partner is necessary. These workshops all require advance registration and there is a fee. For more information, go to the web page at www.nisswastamman.org/stamma/workshops19.html or email or call Janet Hill at janethillnew@gmail.com or 218-259-4090.