Garrison Bay Lake Area Lions hosts fundraiser sale

DEERWOOD — The Garrison Bay Lake Area Lions will present its Minnesota Wild Rice Hot Dish Cook Off, craft, bake and fudge sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Deerwood Auditorium.

Members from area Lions clubs will submit their best recipe and a pan of Minnesota Wild Rice hot dish for the cookoff. Judging will take place at 10:30 a.m. and the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate. The Garrison Bay Lake Area Lions will serve lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., while supplies last.

Included in the free-will donation lunch is Minnesota Wild Rice hot dish, roll, water or coffee. The craft, bake and fudge sale begins at 9 a.m. and offers homemade baked goods, a variety of craft vendors with handmade items, quilts, fleece throws and blankets, holiday gift items, stocking stuffers, decorations and ornaments and more. Walnut Grove Mercantile Fudge will be on sale to take home and orders will be taken for delivery before Christmas.

Santa will be on hand 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Proceeds from this event support the Lions Clubs International Childhood Cancer Program. Each day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer and seven will die, a news release stated. Cancer remains the No. 1 disease killer of children; more than genetic anomalies, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, asthma and AIDS combined.

Donations of old/used eyeglasses and hearing aids to be recycled will be accepted at this event.

For more information about the Minnesota Wild Rice Hot Dish Cook Off or vendor participation, contact Cathe Picek at or call 218-330-7804.

A photo from the 2019 Mark Munson Rock Music Camp. Contributed / Michael Vogt
A photo from the 2019 Mark Munson Rock Music Camp. Contributed / Michael Vogt

Rock Music Camp - Jam Fundraiser set

The Mark Munson Rock Music Camp-Jam Fundraiser is scheduled 2:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at The Green Lantern Bar and Grill.

Rock Camp instructors and students will jam out on stage, raising funds to provide scholarships for students to attend the 2022 Mark Munson Rock Music Camp.

Organizers would like to raise $3,000, all while having people enjoy live music and supporting the arts in the community. For those who are unable to attend but would like to support this music camp program, they can go to to donate.

The Mark Munson Rock Music Camp, a program of The Crossing Arts Alliance, brings students in grades five through 12 together with some of the best area musicians for six days of learning how to perform in a rock band setting. The camp culminates with a final performance with each band performing on stage with professional lighting and sound.

Mark Munson Rock Music Camp is sponsored by Hubbard Radio and The Power Loon.

For more information contact Crossing Arts at 218-833-0416 or

The Crossing Arts will hand out its monthly creativity kits from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 9. Contributed
The Crossing Arts will hand out its monthly creativity kits from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 9. Contributed

Crossing Arts to distribute creativity kits

The Crossing Arts Alliance will hand out its monthly creativity kits 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 9.

The creativity kits will be available on tables inside Crossing Arts in downtown Brainerd. This month's kit has Halloween-themed projects to include a Monster Wreath and a Scratch Art Mask; a coloring sheet and more. Creativity Kits are free to the public. Kits are limited and are first come, first served.

Creativity Kits are a way of engaging young artists and spreading the joy of art to the community. According to a news release: “Our goal is to offer projects that show the many different ways of being creative, because you never know what's going to light up a kid's imagination and help their creativity bloom. We offer them for free so that everyone can enjoy them, and receive the support of numerous businesses, individuals, and Crossing Arts members who believe that the arts are for everyone.”

This month’s kits are brought by Crossing Arts members and supporters, and sponsored by a special supporter in memory of John Biederman.

This event is funded, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through grants from Five Wings Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information, contact Crossing Arts at 218-833-0416,

Brainerd Public Library hosts new art exhibit

Artist Lyn Carner will display her debut exhibit through December at the Brainerd Public Library.

The exhibit includes 11 pieces featuring various natural subjects and scenes in a variety of mediums. Carner’s inspirations for her work include scenes from her travels, nature, hiking and experimenting with different mediums.

Carner began her journey as an artist when she took a painting class with Dorothy Dent in the early 1980s. She had always been interested in art and the class helped expand her knowledge of materials, brushes and working with oil. The mediums used in Carner’s artwork on display at the library range from oil to acrylic, watercolor, pastel and even mixed medium.

Carner often paints with Sister Mary Zirbes at St. Francis in Little Falls. The painting on display, “Winter Sanctuary,” was done from a sketch that Sister Mary provided and Carner said she will gift a portion of the sale of that painting to the sisters, a news release stated.

A photo from a friend, taken in Bayfield, Wisconsin, was used to do a study in different mediums, with Carner using watercolor for “Spring Path” and acrylic in “Summer Path,” to paint the scene from the same photo.

When starting a piece, Carner will first sketch out the image on a piece of paper.

Once she has it how she wants, then she will transfer it to a canvas prior to painting. The mixed medium piece, “Free Spirit,” would be great for viewing with another, she said, as its abstract quality lends to the ability for each viewer to notice something different. Some have told Carner they see a woman dancing, others a ship, and still more details are described.

The “Cascade Trail” painting of one of the artist's favorite hiking trails has an almost three-dimensional aspect, as if a person could step onto the trail themselves.

The exhibit is free of charge and is coordinated by the Brainerd Area Art Guild and the Brainerd Public Library. For more information, contact the library at 218-829-5574.

Heartland Poets to meet

Heartland Poets, an area chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets, will meet 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, for its regular monthly meeting in the large room of the Brainerd Public Library. Poets will open the meeting by reading their favorite poems at the podium. Poets are asked to bring copies of two poems, chosen from their own poems or other people’s poems. Following this, poets will discuss upcoming conferences and writing/publishing opportunities for writers. People are asked to bring information to the meeting to share and discuss.

Heartland Poets encourages new work by sharing poems-in-progress. Copies are helpful so members can better appreciate the creativity and effort demonstrated in writing each poem. This meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

HSO announces 45th concert season

The Heartland Symphony Orchestra is back to live, in-person rehearsals and will present three themed concerts this 2021-22 season.

Based in west-central Minnesota, Heartland Symphony Orchestra presents a fall, winter and spring series with concerts in Brainerd and Little Falls. The theme of the fall concert is “Let’s Go to the Movies” and will feature classical pieces of music that have been made famous in the movies and various film medleys. The fall concerts will take place 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Charles D. Martin Auditorium in Little Falls and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

The winter concert will be Dec. 4 in Little Falls and Dec. 5 in Brainerd at the new performing arts center, Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts in Brainerd. “A Concerto for the Holidays” will be presented including the world premiere of the orchestra’s 2020 Youth Concerto Competition winner Quinn Mason’s Overture in a Classical Style, as the Spring 2020 concert had to be canceled. The program will also feature Hilary Lowery from Bemidji State, as well as holiday favorites.

There will also be an outreach concert Dec. 2 in Crosslake. The Heartland Symphony Orchestra will provide a second outreach concert this year, performing in Pequot Lakes for Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts on April 1; April 2 in Little Falls; and April 3 in Brainerd. The theme of the spring concert is “Youthful Classics” and will include Ingrid Stölzel’s “City Beautiful,” as well as the winners of this year’s Youth Concerto Competition.

These concerts are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. In Little Falls, the Laura Jane Musser Fund provides additional support.

As a way to welcome back the live audience, the orchestra is offering these concerts free of charge. Donations will be accepted at the door or online at

Audience members will be expected to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

Masks will be made available for audience members and maintaining 6 feet of social distancing is also requested.