Author to appear June 3

Author Lorna Landvik will read and sign her new novel "Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes)" at noon Monday, June 3, at Brainerd Public Library, to kick off the Summer Author Series.

The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library celebrates its 20th season of the Brown Bag Lunch Author Series this summer with a lineup of award-winning and acclaimed Minnesota writers.

Landvik, an author, comedian and ukulele aficionado, will speak about "Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes)." With her customary warmth and wit, Landvik summons a lifetime at once lost and recovered, a complicated past that speaks with knowing eloquence to a confused present, a news release stated. Landvik will have books available for sale and signing following the event.

Landvik of Minneapolis is the author of 12 novels, including "Patty Jane's House of Curl," "Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons," "Oh My Stars," "Best to Laugh" and "Once in a Blue Moon Lodge." She has performed stand-up and improvisational comedy around the country and is a public speaker, playwright and actor most recently in the one-woman, all-improvised show "Party in the Rec Room."

All presentations begin at noon at the Brainerd library. People who attend are welcome to bring a packed lunch or may enjoy the light refreshments provided. The presentations are sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteer and fundraising efforts.

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

The upcoming authors in the Brown Bag Lunch Author Series events include:

• June 10: Martin Case, "The Relentless Business of Treaties."

• June 17: Kimberly Brown, "The I-35 Bridge Collapse."

• June 24: Grant Merritt, "Iron & Water."

• July 8: Linda LeGarde Grover, "In the Night of Memory."

• July 15: Doug Ohman, "Down the Mississippi: Itasca to Little Falls."

• July 22: Susan Schaefer Davis,"Women Artisans of Morocco."

• July 29: Jenney Egertson, "Before I Leave."

Museum reschedules painting event

LITTLE FALLS- The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum rescheduled the May 18 Painting at the Museum workshop due to rain to noon to 4 p.m. June 7 in Little Falls.

Those who attend the workshop may learn how to prepare and paint an exterior wall. This is a hands-on workshop during which participants will be painting an exterior wall of the museum. People will learn all the practical tips you need to know from professional painter, Anders Christensen, while working in a museum setting. Anders will also show people how to reglaze a window and paint shutters.

Cost is $25 or $20 for Morrison County Historical Society members. Register through the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota's website at

Call the historical society at 320-632-4007 for more information.

Boys of America to perform in Motley

MOTLEY-Finnish-American brass septet Ameriikan Poijat (Boys of America) will present a concert at 2 p.m. June 9 at the United Methodist Church in Motley, as part of the Staples Motley Area Arts Council's regular season. The show is underwritten by the Motley Lions Club.

Ameriikan Poijat (Boys of America) have been appearing at ethnic festivals, regional tours and music conferences for many years, recreating authentic social dance music along with concert repertoire from a bygone era, a news release stated.

Expect to hear a rich repertoire of waltzes, schottisches, polkas, mazurkas and polonaises at the Ameriikan Poijat concert.

Paul Niemisto, euphonium player, is the founder and director of Ameriikan Poijat. He recently retired from the music department at St. Olaf College in Northfield, where he taught and conducted for 38 years. Other founding members of the brass ensemble include American born descendants of Finnish immigrants, and musicians and teachers from Minnesota and Michigan. Since forming in 1990, these musicians have continued to share the charm of the old Finnish brass band music with audiences throughout the United States, Canada and Finland.

During their United States tours, the group has had the opportunity to appear at special events such as Finnfest USA; and at the Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville, Kentucky, with more than 60,000 in attendance.

Ameriikan Poijat stated the septet's main inspiration has been from their brass playing colleagues and friends in Finland, who have also been keeping the tradition alive and have shared their musical experiences with them.

Over the years, Ameriikan Poijat has performed at several folk music festivals in Finland, including appearances at the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival, the Kuhio Chamber Music Festival and the Lieksa International Brass Week, as well as concerts in the Finnish cities of Jyvskyla, Kuopio and Kokkola.

In addition to Niemisto, current members of Ameriikan Poijat include:

• Brian Borovsky, alto horn, St. Olaf College physics professor;

• Roger Gomoll, tenor horn, broadcast consultant for Minnesota Public Radio;

• Tracy Gibbens, tuba, conductor and musician in the Duluth area;

• John Koopmann, Bb cornet, principal trumpet for the Minnesota Opera and orchestra director at Staples-Motley High School;

• Stacey Carolan, Eb soprano cornet, freelance trumpeter and teacher in the Duluth area; and

• Denise Pesola, Bb cornet, retired teacher from Moorhead.

Ameriikan Poijat has recorded several CDs over the years.

Still to come on this year's Staples Motley Area Arts Council season is the Music in the Park summer concert series in Staples are Nick Tokman, celebrity motivational speaker seen on Discovery Channel's Emmy-winning show, "Deadliest Catch," and a Christmas concert with the Schimpps and the Timbs.

For more information, check out the arts council's website at

Tickets for Ameriikan Poijat are available online at the arts council's website; or purchase them by cash or check at the Staples World, 224 Fourth St. NE, Staples; or First International Bank and Trust off Highway 10 in Motley.

For more information, call 218-214-6688.

TCAA hosts quilt exhibit inspired by Prince

The Crossing Arts Alliance in downtown Brainerd will host an exhibit of art quilts inspired by Prince to be on display through June 8. The Crossing Arts hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

"Imagine a room filled with purple fabric art ... all the same size, all the same fabric, all the same color, all inspired by Prince and the huge legacy he left behind," organizers stated in a news release. "As Minnesotans, Prince was one of ours, and his impact can be seen everywhere in the state."

The display is presented by Cherrywood Fabrics, a Baxter business, which manufactures hand-dyed fabric for quilting, garment and fiber art industries. Cherrywood stated it was only natural to choose "The Purple One" as the theme for its annual Fiber Arts Contest. A dramatic collection of quilts were selected from 388 entries that came in from all over the world.

The quilts are 20-inch pieces and are made entirely by hand out of fabric, thread, fibers, ribbon, beads and more. Quilts include themes using Prince's songs "Purple Rain," "Raspberry Beret," "Little Red Corvette," "When Doves Cry," Paisley Park and First Avenue.

Visit or call 218-833-0416 for more information.

Strings camp set

CROSBY-Cuyuna Lakes Area Strings Camp is scheduled 8 a.m.-4 p.m. July 24-25 at Assemblies of God Church in Crosby, to be followed with a Music in the Park concert 5-6:15 p.m. at Crosby Memorial Park.

The camp will include sectional instruction and group concert practice in conducting, violin, viola, cello and bass. There also will be yoga with Jill Mattson of Uplifting Studio.

Cost is $150 per person and includes light breakfast items, lunch and a T-shirt. Deadline for payment is June 30. Send payment to Mary Aulie, P.O. Box 125, Crosby, MN 56441. Participants should indicate the instrument they will play or if they are taking conducting.

For those who need a place to stay, contact Aulie at 218-839-1085. Scholarships are available.