Entertainment Briefs — Sept. 28

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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Westgate Mall to host book sale fundraiser

BAXTER — The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library Big Fall Book Sale will be at the former MarJon’s store location near JoAnn Fabrics in the Westgate Mall.

The book sale will take place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

There will be limited entry on Thursday to allow for comfortable browsing, and no strollers will be allowed at that time. Booksellers are welcome after noon Friday.

The sale will include a huge selection of gently-used hardcover and paperback books, audiobooks, music CDs and DVDs.

Most adult books are priced at 50 cents each, and most children’s books are 25 cents. Premium books and special collector’s items are priced as marked.


All items were received as donations from community members or items withdrawn from the Brainerd Public Library, and all funds raised support the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library to bring programs and projects to the library every year.

Past projects have included new shelving and furniture, the Book Club in a Bag collection, Brown Bag Author Series and other author and artist visits, incentives for the Summer Reading Program, and much more.

For more information on projects and events of the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library, visit .

Crossing Arts to host canvas gala, fundraiser

BRAINERD — For the eighth year, more than a hundred community members and artists have taken paint to canvas to help support The Crossing Arts Alliance, an arts organization in downtown Brainerd that seeks to provide meaningful arts opportunities for everyone.

Crossing Arts provides the blank 8-by-8 canvases to the community, and the community responds by returning completed works of art done in paint, mixed media, metal and glass, showing the diversity of art mediums being explored in the Brainerd lakes area.

A display of the completed works will be on display in the Crossing Arts Gallery starting Tuesday, Oct. 4, until Oct. 8. An online auction of these pieces runs now through Oct. 8 at .

The public is invited to attend a gala and viewing from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 7 at 711 Laurel St. Light refreshments are provided by sponsors Cash Wise Liquors in Baxter and Morey's Seafood Market. A freewill donation is requested at the door.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit our Creativity Kit program, which is providing art tools and education to thousands of local children for free. The goal of the fundraiser is to raise $8,000.


For more information about the nonprofit or the fundraiser, call 218-833-0416, email or visit .

Mount Ski Gull to host guided night hike

NISSWA — Head on over to Mount Ski Gull in NIsswa for a guided night hike from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, on the property.

The family-friendly adventure activity will include stops to do fun educational night activities such as using your senses at night, nocturnal animals, predators/prey, astronomy and more.

The cost is $10 for adults and $2 for youths. (All children must be accompanied by an adult.) Participants must register ahead of time.

For more information, call 218-963-4353, email or visit .

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