Entertainment Briefs — June 15

A round-up of upcoming entertainment events, such as concerts, plays, music in the park, author events in the Brainerd lakes area.

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Pints for a Purpose at Jack Pine Brewery

Enjoy a beer and help out The Outreach at the same time from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 15.

Interested in learning more? Representatives from the senior-focused organization in Brainerd will be on hand to talk about its impact on the community.

For more information, call 218-270-8072 or email .

Author, illustrator Derek Anderson to present at Brainerd library

Minnesota author/illustrator Derek Anderson will give two presentations in the large meeting room of the Brainerd Public Library Thursday, June 16.

Anderson is the New York Times bestselling artist behind more than 25 books for children. He is the award-winning illustrator of “Little Quack” by Lauren Thompson, “Hot Rod Hamster” by Cynthia Lord and his own “Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure.”


Anderson’s “Croc and Ally” early readers feature a grumpy crocodile, a happy-go-lucky alligator, and their friendship. His early chapter book, “Benny McGee and the Shark: The Shark Report,” is about a boy who refuses to go in the water at the beach because of his fear of sharks.

Anderson will present a storytime geared for kindergarten and younger children and their families at 10:30 a.m. at the Brainerd Public Library He will read stories, talk about being an author, as well as draw during the storytime presentation.

The 2:30 p.m. presentation will be aimed at grade-school children and their families. It will include a short PowerPoint presentation about his journey to becoming an author and illustrator, as well as some behind-the-scenes of his books, a Q&A and a drawing demonstration.

To register for the library event, call 218-829-5574 or visit the library’s Facebook page at . For more information about the award-winning author and illustrator, visit .

This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota which dedicated funding to preserving Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.

Performances in the Park returns to Gregory Park

Performances in the Park continues with The District Band at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 16, in Gregory Park in Brainerd.

The District Band is a Brainerd-area-based cover band made up of seven current or former educators from the Brainerd lakes area. They have been entertaining and rocking out the northwoods of Minnesota for over 10 years.

The group plays an eclectic mix of classic rock, up-tempo country and a variety of new, contemporary artists. The band is known for their strong vocals, incredible harmonies and excellent instrumentals, according to a news release.


Performances in the Park is a collaboration between the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department and The Center. Those attending should bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Brown Bag Lunch series returns with Kim Heikkila

The Brown Bag Lunch Summer Author Series is back in person in the large meeting room of the Brainerd Public Library at noon Mondays in June and July.

Kim Heikkila will discuss her latest novel, “Booth Girls.” 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 .

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