Entertainment Briefs - Dec. 9

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

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Crossing Arts to distribute creativity kits

The Crossing Arts Alliance will distribute creativity kits 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 12.

Anyone interested can pick up a free kit from tables in front of The Crossing Arts Alliance on Laurel Street in downtown Brainerd. In case of inclement weather, the distribution will take place indoors.

Kits include materials for two art projects of a yarn wrapped sheep ornament and paper snowflake; and a coloring sheet and more. Two hundred kits will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Sponsors for the activity kits include Crossing Arts supporters, and sponsored by Pam Thomsen and Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union.

This month's creativity kit distribution will feature bags with artwork created from the following artists Trisha Peterson, Lisa Jordan, Kit Lane, Laurel LaBorde and Karen Cheney.


For more information, contact The Crossing Arts Alliance at 218-833-0416 or .

Simar named as Laura Literary Award Finalist

Pequot Lakes author Candace Simar was recognized as a Laura Literary Award finalist for her short fiction titled “Taking the Bull by the Horns.” The Laura Award, named in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder, is sponsored by Women Writing the West, an organization that supports authors and other professionals in promoting the contributions made by women to the history, culture and growth of the American West. Membership is open to all interested persons worldwide. Simar’s story was recently recognized at the 25th annual virtual convention.

One of the literary judges commented on Simar’s story by stating: "Ada is fully alive in these pages, a fallible, peevish, middle-aged woman who is 'too old to learn something new' but whose open heart and compassion are visible in all the contours of her story. I believe in her, never more than when circumstances challenge her family, and she discovers the courage to chart a new path for herself."

The full story can be found at .

Simar is an award-winning author of eight books, including the “Abercrombie Trail Series”, “Shelterbelts,” “Dear Homefolks” and her most recent book, “Escape to Fort Abercrombie.”

Visit to read more about Simar and her recent young adult novel.

New Year’s annual Candlelight Hike set

LITTLE FALLS — For the past several years, three adjoining sites devoted to local history and nature on the southwest side of Little Falls have rung in the New Year with a Candlelight Hike. During the 2020 event, Charles A. Lindbergh State Park, The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum and the Charles A. Lindbergh House and Museum saw around 1,000 visitors to this event. This event normally features trails lit with luminaries leading hikers between the sites, where they could view exhibits and grab refreshments.

Due to the pandemic, representatives of the three sites redesigned the event for 2021. The goal was to continue the New Year’s tradition while allowing small household groups and individuals to enjoy the natural surroundings of the sites and engage with history.


The upcoming event is called “A Candle-less Hike & Scavenger Hunt” and is scheduled Jan. 1-10, 2021.

Hikers, snowshoers, and skiers — as conditions allow — can follow the groomed trails between the three sites between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day of the event. To take part in the scavenger hunt, people can start by picking up a scavenger hunt form at the self-registration station on the exterior of the park office at Lindbergh State Park. When finished with the hike and scavenger hunt, they can drop off the completed form in the State Park permit dropbox, which is the mail slot in the park office door. Those who answer all the questions correctly will be entered to win a prize.

Hikers may park in the lots at the Lindbergh House & Museum, Weyerhaeuser Museum or Lindbergh State Park. A state park permit is required for those parking at Lindbergh State Park.

For more information, call the Weyerhaeuser Museum at 320-632-4007 or the Lindbergh House & Museum at 320-616-5421.

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