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Upcoming entertainment in the lakes area - Aug. 22

Kingery Family
The Kingery Family will perform 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, near the large pavilion at Lum Park in Brainerd. This is their 11th year performing at Concerts in the Park. Submitted Photo

Kingery Family to perform at Concert in the Park

The Kingery Family will perform 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, near the large pavilion at Lum Park in Brainerd. This is their 11th year performing at Concerts in the Park.

The Kingery family, from central Minnesota, began as a family of 10 -- Mike and Chris and their eight children singing and ministering together through music, a news release stated. It has grown to include three sons-in-law and seven grandchildren, and they have sung together for 16 years. They sing primarily gospel bluegrass music while also incorporating fiddle, patriotic and Americana music and a capella.

“Their combination of tight harmonies, uplifting songs and family unity are sure to encourage,” a news release stated. “The Kingery family’s hope is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and to point others to Him.”

These free concerts are at Lum Park due to construction at Gregory Park. People who attend may bring their lawn chairs or blankets while they listen to the music.

Concerts go on rain or shine with the rain site at The Center, 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd.

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Concerts in the Park are a collaboration between the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department and The Center. Concerts are made possible by funding from grants. Organizers thank the Brainerd Community Foundation and the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Nonprofit receives grant to lower ticket price

HomeFront Resource Center was announced as a grant recipient of A Community Thrives, a grant-making and crowdfunding program from the USA TODAY NETWORK and a part of the Gannett Foundation.

HomeFront Resource Center will receive a $25,000 local grant for a reduced price ticketing program for the Fabulous Armadillos “What’s Going On: Songs From The Vietnam War Era” tour. The amount will be split evenly -- $5,000 available -- between five communities in Minnesota to offer a reduced price ticket program for all veterans or active duty military to attend the show. The communities are Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, Grand Rapids, Worthington and St. Cloud, a news release stated.

Tickets for veterans and active duty military for the Brainerd show are at a reduced price of $15 per ticket, available from the Central Lakes College Theatre Box Office by calling 218- 855-8199.

A Community Thrives supports nonprofit organizations with projects focused on community building and has helped to contribute more than $6.5 million since 2017, a news release stated. This year, A Community Thrives engaged participants in 46 states.

Ruttger’s changes venue for fashion show

DEERWOOD -- Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge changed its venue for its Fall Fashion Show scheduled at noon Aug. 24. The event now will be in Ann’s Bay Lake Boutique.

The event will feature complimentary wine and cheese instead of a sit-down luncheon, as originally planned. The event is free and open to all.

The shops at Ruttger’s will unveil their latest fall and winter fashions.

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Brainerd library hosts dedication

The Brainerd Public Library will host a brief ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, to dedicate its new outdoor sculptures and memorial bench at the Brainerd Public Library. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

Four kinetic wind sculptures, one nearly 20 feet tall, were installed earlier this spring by Minnesota artist Lynn M. Charls. Over the summer, thanks to the work of several volunteers, new landscaping was added around the sculptures.

Charls will be at the event, discussing her work and answering questions. The Brainerd Kinetic Wind Art project by Charls is supported by the city of Brainerd, Brainerd Public Library and Friends of the Brainerd Public Library, and was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

A bronze bench in honor of longtime Brainerd resident Ruth Gogolin who died last year also will be dedicated. An active volunteer throughout the community, but especially with the library and the Friends of the Library, the bench is in recognition of Gogolin’s love of the library.

Minnesota Salsa Fest set

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The Minnesota Salsa Fest provides an opportunity to celebrate all things salsa and enjoy a local farmers market, regenerative agriculture classes, live music, food, beer and artisan vendors and the Minnesota salsa contest. Submitted Photo

WADENA -- The Minnesota Salsa Fest, the Sustainable Farming Association Central Chapter’s signature event, will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 14, at Burlington Northern Park in Wadena.

The Minnesota Salsa Fest provides an opportunity to celebrate all things salsa and enjoy a local farmers market, regenerative agriculture classes, live music, food, beer and artisan vendors and the Minnesota salsa contest.

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Admission is free and the performance lineup includes: The Duluth Spin Collective, Stearns County Pachanga Society, Elisa Korenne, Ben Ranson and Der Heiser Challah.

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Ben Ranson will perform Sept. 14 at the Minnesota Salsa Fest at Burlington Northern Park in Wadena. Submitted Photo

A full day of free regenerative agriculture classes and demonstrations will be offered, including Seed Saving by Kathy Connell, Fruit Trees by Thaddeus McCarmant, Livestock and Grazing plus Soil Health Test by Kent Solberg, Growing Garlic by the Garlicky Bohemian Farm, and Mushroom Growing by Ronald and Margaret Stelck.

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Elisa Korenne will perform Sept. 14 at the Minnesota Salsa Fest at Burlington Northern Park in Wadena. Submitted Photo

Free salsa dance lessons will be provided by Bailame Dance Festival, a "Clean Energy for Your Home, Farm, and Business" presentation will be hosted by the Clean Energy Resource Team and youth activities will be offered throughout the day by the Paint Traveler.

To participate in the professional or amateur salsa contest there is a $10 entrance fee. Sign up for the salsa contest or participate as a vendor or volunteer by contacting Michael at central@sfa-mn.org. Find a complete schedule and more information on the event at www.sfa-mn.org/salsafest or at facebook.com/salsafestmn .

The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota supports the development and enhancement of sustainable farming systems through farmer-to-farmer networking, innovation, demonstration and education, a news release stated.

This activity is funded in part by Sourcewell and made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Quilt exhibit to be on display

HACKENSACK -- “Creations @ The Lake” exhibiting quilts created by local artists will be on display 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31 at the residence of Jim and Jennifer Lewis, 3552 Eighth Ave. NW, Hackensack.

The quilts will be displayed in the gardens.

Crossing hosts ‘Studio Wednesday’

Artist Trading Cards
The Crossing Arts Alliance will introduce its “Studio Wednesday” class, which will feature Artist Trading Cards from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 28 at its downtown location. Cost is $3 per child and $5 per adult. Submitted image

The Crossing Arts Alliance will introduce its “Studio Wednesday” class, which will feature Artist Trading Cards 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 28 at its downtown location. Cost is $3 per child and $5 per adult.

Trisha Peterson will be the guest artist leading the exploration of creating Artist Trading Cards. Artist Trading Cards are miniature pieces of art that are traded around the world. Participants will explore a wide array of media such as watercolors, pastels, collage, printmaking and more. Students will have the opportunity to keep their Artist Trading Cards, or trade with a fellow artist. This class is open to ages 5 and up. No experience is necessary.

Call TCAA at 218-833-0416, visit crossingarts.org , or stop in at 711 Laurel St. to enroll. Registration and payment is required. Cancellations made fewer than 48 hours before the class may not be eligible for a refund.

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