Entertainment Briefs — Dec. 29

A roundup of area concerts, shows, book and visual art events in the Brainerd lakes area.

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Library Brown Bag Lunch author Charles Marohn

While the Brainerd Public Library is not hosting in-person events, Brown Bag Lunch author visits will be presented as live events on the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library Facebook page.

Local author Charles Marohn will speak on his new bestseller, “Confessions of a Recovering Engineer: Transportation for a Strong Town.” from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3.

In the book, Marohn, an engineer with more than 20 years of experience, pulls back the curtain on the North American transportation system.

He explains how transportation got so bad and why it keeps getting worse. He writes about the deadly toll of bad design, why the conventional approach puts cities on the road to insolvency, and why public transit is in trouble.


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He also talks about how transportation can be fixed — and why fixing it will involve not just engineers, but local residents and officials who have become effective and empowered advocates, connected with others to make real change.

Marohn is the founder and president of Strong Towns. He is a professional engineer and a land-use planner with decades of experience. Marohn is the author of “Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity.”

He hosts the Strong Towns Podcast and is a primary writer for Strong Towns’ web content. He has presented Strong Towns concepts in hundreds of cities and towns across North America. Planetizen named him one of the 10 Most Influential Urbanists of all time.

This presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteer and fundraising efforts.

For more information, call 218-829-5574 or visit the Friends of the Library’s Facebook page at .

REHT Music Festival in Pine River

The Rotary Ends Human Trafficking Music Festival will take place Aug. 12-14 at the Lakes Music & Events Park a half-mile north of Pine River on Highway 371.

The public is invited to support Rotary’s effort to end human trafficking with a fundraising concert featuring live music with popular regional bands.


Camping with electrical hookup, primitive camping, a food court, food vendors and a beer garden will be on-site, according to the Central Lakes Rotary Charitable Foundation.

All profits will be used to bring awareness and education to Cass and Crow Wing counties about human trafficking and also to support survivors with their healing.

Ticket, camping prices and reservation information will be available soon at .

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