Youth Mic Night set Monday

Youth on Stage Open Mic event will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at the Brainerd Eagles Club.

Brainerd Elks Lodge 615 sponsors the event through an Elks National Foundation grant and by the Brainerd Eagles Club No. 215. This monthly youth-oriented event is geared for those age 25 and younger who have a family-friendly talent to share on a year-round basis.

Talent may include singing, playing an instrument, storytelling, essay reading, poetry, tap dancing, comedy, magic, a band or ensemble to perform to live audiences. Eight 15-minute time slots are open on a first come basis. Those wishing to sign up should go to www.YouthOnStageMn.org or may do so at the venue, the Eagles Club, on the night of a performance.

The event typically is hosted every fourth Monday of the month.

Minnesota Voices gathers authors

Minnesota Voices: a Gathering of Authors will feature four writers who have books in a range of genres talking about their work noon Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Brainerd Public Library.

Marcie Rendon is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation who is a playwright, poet and freelance writer. She has published two crime fiction books set in Minnesota. Her latest, “Girl Gone Missing,” was released earlier this year. Mai Neng Moua is the author of “The Bride Price,” a memoir that looks not only at Hmong culture but also the relationship between a mother and a daughter. Native American children’s author Art Coulson has three children’s books including “Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Defeated Army.” Nora Murphy’s memoir “White Birch, Red Hawthorn” tells stories of the struggles that have been inflicted on American Indians and is also an inspirational story of her journey discovering her Irish ancestry.

This free Legacy program is funded in part or in whole 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, contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the library’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/brainerdpubliclibrary.

Little Falls art gallery features exhibit

LITTLE FALLS -- “Capturing The Light At Home & Abroad,” an exhibit featuring artwork from Kerry Kupferschmidt and Duane Barnhart, will be on display through Oct. 31 in the main gallery at Great River Arts in Little Falls, with an artist reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

Kupferschmidt’s recent work expresses the peaceful feel of central Minnesota, a news release stated. Favorite subjects include landscapes and wildlife in Minnesota and Alaska. After a trip to Prague, Czech Republic and Germany in 2018, he has been working on a series of city scenes expressing the unique character of European architecture. Watercolor has been Kupferschmidt’s primary media for many years, and he enjoys the spontaneity of it and readily accepts the challenges it presents.

Barnhart’s paintings on display represent his interests and travels in recent years. He is drawn to a scene by a combination of light, texture, and a subject that creates a feeling that entices him to explore it further, a news release stated. The more he paints, the better he gets at observing and capturing that spark of interest in a painting. Barnhart’s paintings reflect the fact that he has been fortunate enough to have painted in Europe and in many picturesque locations throughout mid-America.

In GRA’s front gallery, the Prairie Point Quilters will have their work on display, featuring more than 10 local artists. This exhibition will be on display through Sept. 28.

Veterinarian Dr. Katie Baratto of Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabilitation Program in Garrison readies a recovered owl for release at a previous Ripple River Gallery's annual fall open house. This year's open house is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 21.  Submitted Photo
Veterinarian Dr. Katie Baratto of Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabilitation Program in Garrison readies a recovered owl for release at a previous Ripple River Gallery's annual fall open house. This year's open house is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 21. Submitted Photo

Open house set at Ripple River Gallery

AITKIN -- Ripple River Gallery's 20th annual fall open house is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 21, and will be a celebration of the season with a colorful combination of art, fun and fall color, a news release stated. People who attend may meet artists and try their hand at birch bark weaving or nature printing, take a walk in the woods or read a story -- all while learning more about the Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabilitation Program in Garrison. Special feature this year is a tribute to trees -- Kristen Anderson’s wool felt “Overstories,” which merges science and art.

Activities begin around 10 a.m. Hands-on arts activities throughout the day include birch bark weaving with basketmaker Tina Fung Holder. A group reading of “The Lorax” and “The Giving Tree” will be at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Anderson will talk about her exhibit, “Overstories,” at 1 p.m.

At noon and again at 1:30 p.m. join Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Elizabeth Carls for a leisurely guided walk in the woods. Participants will learn to identify several species of native trees and plants, and perhaps spot some birds along the way. Closed-toe shoes and long pants are advised.

Volunteers with Wild and Free, a nonprofit organization, are dedicated to educating the public about wildlife and habitat will be on hand to talk about the program, a news release stated. Veterinarian Dr. Debbie Eskedahl heads the volunteer-based program, which provides food, shelter, medical and surgical care to orphaned or injured wildlife under permits from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Donations for Wild and Free will be accepted. Wild and Free functions completely on charitable donations, fundraising and the generosity of its members.

Recovered birds ready to fly will be released around 2 p.m.. In past years owls and several species of hawks were released.

For more information call 218-678-2575 or e-mail ripplerivergallery@gmail.com.

Program features Archaeology in Wadena County

WADENA -- The Minnesota Voices program -- scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 26 -- will feature discussions about archaeology in Wadena County at the Wadena County Museum.

For decades, Wadena County has been studied by archaeologists because of its important fur trade era sites, a news release stated. At this program a person will hear the stories that have been written about these excavations and learn why they are important to our knowledge of the past. Special guest, John Crandall, will talk about his latest efforts to renew the signage for the Red River Trail, or Woods Trail, the first traveled route through the county.

Minnesota Voices is a free series from the Wadena County Historical Society featuring programs with Minnesota writers, artists and scientists. The programs are usually hosted on the third Thursday of the month at the Wadena County Museum, unless otherwise noted.

For more information call 218-631-9079 or email 603wchs@arvig.net.

Historian and author to speak in Verndale

VERNDALE -- Historian and author Colin Mustful will speak at 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at Verndale High School about his latest book, “Resisting Removal: The Sandy Lake Tragedy of 1850.”

“Resisting Removal” is a historically detailed account of the 1850 removal efforts that resulted in the relatively unknown Sandy Lake Tragedy. Relying on real correspondence from the time period, the novel, through fictional scene and dialogue, exposes the corruption and negligence of the Indian System. It also brings to life important and sometimes controversial historical figures like Benjamin Armstrong, Chief Buffalo and Leonard Wheeler.

This is a free program for fall 2019 from the Wadena County Historical Society.

There will be a broasted chicken dinner preceding the program at 1 p.m. offered by the Verndale Historical Society. Tickets for the dinner are $12 and may be reserved by calling 218-639-1820.

Holiday festival set in November

Franklin Arts Center will host its annual Holiday Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9, with art, music, dancing, Santa and more.

This holiday shopping event features regional artisans and crafters. This year two local restaurants will also be selling food and beverages. To be a part of this event contact Franklin Arts Center at facholidayevent@gmail.com to get an application.

The event will feature booths along the halls of Franklin Arts Center at a cost of $50 for an 8-foot space. Spaces are already filling fast.

Franklin Arts Center is a nonprofit that supports the arts in the Brainerd lakes area. All the proceeds go to advertising.

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Comedy hypnosis show set

PEQUOT LAKES -- The Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts and Dynamite Reflections Entertainment presents a comedy hypnotist show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 at the Pequot Lakes High School Auditorium.

Karie Lynn, a Minnesota comedy hypnotist and a public and motivational speaker, will present the show and will seek volunteers to participate in a hypnosis demonstration.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors age 60 and older and $10 for students. Advance tickets are available at https://tinyurl.com/y6cs3l9m.

Zachary Broom, a pastor in Pequot Lakes area, released his first book Aug. 22 titled “Without God: Science, Belief, Morality, and the Meaning of Life.” Submitted Photo
Zachary Broom, a pastor in Pequot Lakes area, released his first book Aug. 22 titled “Without God: Science, Belief, Morality, and the Meaning of Life.” Submitted Photo


Pastor announces book release

Zachary Broom, a pastor in the Pequot Lakes area, released his first book Aug. 22 titled “Without God: Science, Belief, Morality, and the Meaning of Life.”

Broom, who graduated from Pine River-Backus High School in 2002 and grew up in Backus, described his book as, “Without God, how can we have hope or make sense of such a broken world? Skeptics believe we don’t need God to understand reality, and that science and reason hold the keys to building a better world. Faith is blind, and there is no credible evidence for God’s existence -- especially the God of the Bible. Science and religious belief are incompatible, and God is no longer relevant to our modern world.”

The book cover of author Zachary Broom's first book “Without God: Science, Belief, Morality, and the Meaning of Life.” Submitted Photo
The book cover of author Zachary Broom's first book “Without God: Science, Belief, Morality, and the Meaning of Life.” Submitted Photo

Broom states, by engaging with popular atheists and skeptics, both new and old, he writes of how God is just as relevant to understanding the world as He’s ever been.

“Not only is there powerful evidence for God’s existence, but without Him, we cannot make sense of human experience. If there is no God, most of what we intuitively believe about reality cannot be trusted, as God is the source of all meaning, rationality, truth, beauty and goodness.”

Broom stated the book is largely the result of real-life conversations he had with atheists and agnostics while living in the Twin Cities.

The book is available on Amazon, Audible and iTunes.

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Gina Singer will demonstrate her pottery making techniques at an art studio in Park Rapids as part of the Art Leap 2019 event with 20 sites in Hubbard, Becker and Wadena counties. Submitted Photo

Art Leap 2019 set Sept. 28-29

Art Leap, an “open studio event” featuring artists and guest artists, will offer 20 sites

and feature more than 65 artists and musicians at studios and other locations in

Hubbard, Becker and Wadena counties.

The event will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29. At some studios and other sites, visitors will find artists doing demonstrations, hear live music and enjoy treats. Go to www.prlaac.org for the site location map, that includes studios in Nevis and Akeley.

Heartland Arts, formerly Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council sponsors Art Leap with funding provided, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

The Mille Lacs Kathio State Park is hosting a Habitat Hike at 10:30-11:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. Photo // Kathio State Park
The Mille Lacs Kathio State Park is hosting a Habitat Hike at 10:30-11:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. Photo // Kathio State Park

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park offers programs

ONAMIA -- The Mille Lacs Kathio State Park offers several programs this month.

  • From 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, “Wolf Wonders.” A talk about the natural history of gray wolves will be followed by a family-friendly, nature film. Meet at the Interpretive Center.

  • 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Voyageur canoe tours on Mille Lacs Lake Meet at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum. Take a short drive to the museum to explore the new interactive exhibit "We Are Water MN" during an opening celebration highlighting wild rice and how it, and everything around people, is impacted by water. Join Kathio State Park staff at the museum for a chance to ride in a 10-person canoe on Mille Lacs Lake; these one hour tours are first-come, first-serve. For event details, call the museum at 320-532-3632 or visit their calendar page: http://www.mnhs.org/millelacs/activities/calendar.

  • 10:30-11:15 a.m. Sunday, Habitat Hike. A walk along a ½-mile trail to explore different habitats and learn about the importance of these natural homes. Meet at the Interpretive Center.

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28, Archeology Day. A full day of demonstrations and activities highlighting archaeology and the rich heritage of the Mille Lacs area. Demonstrations will include flint knapping, prehistoric pottery, primitive bows, spears and spear-throwers, and kids' activities. Displays from the Minnesota Archaeological Society, the Minnesota Historical Society, Office of the State Archaeologist, Maritime Heritage Minnesota and St. Cloud State University. Meet at the Interpretive Center.

  • 1-3 p.m. Sept. 28, Archery in the Park. A certified archery instructors will be on-hand coaching for participants who must be at least 8 years old. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Equipment is provided. In case of rain this program will be canceled.