ARENA Dances at CLC Brainerd

As part of the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center’s Cultural Arts Series, the dance program will present contemporary dance with messages for contemporary audiences.

The Chalberg Theatre stage will come alive with highly kinetic, exhilarating movement when Minneapolis dance company ARENA Dances performs at 7 p.m. Nov. 12.

ARENA Dances is an internationally-renowned contemporary dance company founded in 1995 by artistic director and choreographer Mathew Janczewski in Minneapolis. Its mission is to make dance accessible to all through the presentation of contemporary dance, educational outreach, and community gatherings to inspire, promote dialogue and diversity.

All tickets are $5 and are available on the center’s website at www.clcperformingarts.com or by calling the box office at 218-855-8199.

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Heikkila to appear at library event

Brainerd Public Library Brown Bag Lunch author Kim Heikkila will speak live on the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library Facebook page from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, about her recent book “Booth Girls: Pregnancy, Adoption, and the Secrets We Kept.”

Heikkila’s mother had a secret: In 1961, two years before her marriage, she became pregnant. After several months hidden in her parents’ attic bedroom, she gave birth to a daughter at the Salvation Army’s Booth Memorial Hospital, a home for unwed mothers in St. Paul, and surrendered her for adoption.

Heikkila’s older sister reunited with her birth family in the 1990s. Heikkila’s mother wrote about these experiences, but after she died, Heikkila still had questions. Using research and interviewing other “Booth girls,” she tells the stories of the Booth hospital and the women who passed through it — and she learned more about her own experience as an adoptive mother.

Heikkila is an independent scholar and president of Spotlight Oral History. She has also taught courses on U.S. history, U.S. women’s history, the Vietnam War and the 1960s at colleges and universities in the Twin Cities area. She is the author of “Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam.”

This presentation is 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 Friends of the Library’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Friendsofthebrainerdpubliclibrary.

Gingerbread Architecture: The Sweet Elements of Design

LITTLE FALLS — Love gingerbread? A fan of architecture and construction? Dream of building your own home or designing a structure? Engage your inner architect or builder while creating your own structural masterpiece using icing and gingerbread in Little Falls and St. Cloud.

Learn the basics of building construction and architectural design at an all-ages, family-friendly, child-oriented workshop by Eric Cheever, exhibits and collections curator for the Stearns History Museum, who will instruct participants about basic building elements during this hands-on class.

“Gingerbread Architecture: The Sweet Elements of Design” will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon at the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls on Nov. 20 and at the Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud on Dec. 4. Masks are required and class size is limited.

General admission is $10. Sliding scale admission options are also available. Register online at www.rethos.org/classes.

Verse Like Water set

Verse Like Water, the visiting poetry program of Central Lakes College, will present American poet Jenny Xie at noon Friday, Oct. 29 in the Chalberg Theater.

Xie is a professor at Bard College and her book “Eye Level” earned the Walt Whitman Award, judged by Verse Like Water poet Juan Felipe Herrera representing the American Academy of Poets. Verse Like Water's friendship with Graywolf Press in Minneapolis means attending high school students will receive a free copy of “Eye Level.”

This literary event will be followed by a book signing and a craft talk.