Entertainment Briefs — May 18

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 Bridges of Hope at the same time from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18. With every beer sold, $1 will be donated to the nonprofit organization.

Interested in learning more? Representatives from the organization in Brainerd will be on hand at the brewery at 15593 Edgewood Drive in Baxter to talk about its impact on the community.

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

Northland Arb offers spring bird hikes

Want to get out this spring, and learn more about birds and have a morning hike on the trails at the Northland Arboretum? Kickoff spring at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, and Saturday at the Arb at 14250 Conservation Drive.

The Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society and the Arboretum will be sponsoring short, morning birding hikes this spring. Join an experienced birding guide and learn more about the many birds that inhabit or migrate through our area.


The cost is free for Northland Arboretum members and $5 at the gate for nonmembers.

For more information, call 218-829-8770, email or visit .

Crossing Arts offers silver spinner rings workshop

Crossing Arts presents its newest class with guest artist Jim Reed from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21.

In this class, you will be instructed on how to make a custom spinner/fidget ring from sterling silver. The ring will consist of a couple of bands that spin into motion on the main ring.

You will gain the knowledge and skills needed to create two to three solders in the making of this ring. Different metals will be implemented and manipulated to add interest and motion to the portion of the ring that spins.

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Reed has been making custom, sterling silver jewelry for more than four years and his work is available for purchase in the Crossing Arts gift shop. He teaches seventh grade technology at Forestview Middle School, and mines gems and minerals in the Colorado mountains.

Classroom instruction will take place at Reed’s workshop. Upon registration, a confirmation email will be sent disclosing directions of the class location.

The cost for the workshop is $125. (Crossing Arts members, as a benefit of membership, will receive a $10 gift card when attending the class) Class size is limited to three and to those over 16 years old.


To register for the workshop, visit . Cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to class may not be eligible for a refund.

Books, Burgers & Brews to meet via Zoom

Books, Burgers & Brews will meet from 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 23, online via Zoom to discuss “Ella Minnow Pea” by Mark Dunn about a girl living happily on the fictional island of Nollop off the coast of South Carolina.

Ella finds herself acting to save her friends, family and fellow citizens from the encroaching totalitarianism of the island's Council, which has banned the use of certain letters of the alphabet as they fall from a memorial statue of Nevin Nollop. As the letters progressively drop from the statue they also disappear from the novel.

“The result is both a hilarious and moving story of one girl's fight for freedom of expression, as well as a linguistic tour de force sure to delight word lovers everywhere,” according to library officials.

Pick up your copy at the Brainerd Public Library front desk by asking for the Books, Burgers & Brews title. The books at the library are first-come, first-serve and 25 copies have been set aside for the event.

Attendees of the Monday meeting will be able to enjoy a discussion and be introduced to books they may not be familiar with. Register online at .

This program is supported in whole or part by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteering and fundraising efforts. Find out more about how to get involved at .

NYM Cultural Center calls for artwork submissions

The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center announces the 2022 theme for its annual adult regional gallery show: “When the Work is Done.”


The exhibit is all about what you do when your work is done. Transform those feelings of accomplishment, contentment, celebration, satisfaction — whatever — into a work of art that you can share in the show, which begins May 25 and ends July 2.

Submissions will be accepted now through Tuesday, May 24, at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. All regional artists are welcome to submit one or two pieces of artwork in any medium that was completed in 2016 up until today.

The cost is $12 per entry for current NYM Cultual Center’s paid members or $20 per entry for nonmembers. Prefer work to be for sale, but not required, and must be gallery-ready — framed, hooks and wire, no sawtooth hangers — and attached labels to back, including retail price.

For more information, email , call 218-385-3339 or visit .

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