Second Saturday set at Crossing

The Crossing Arts Alliance will host its Second Saturday events Saturday, March 9, which include Crossing Arts Kids, a featured artist and "The 3rd Dimension" exhibit.

Crossing Arts Kids art programming will consist of two sessions 10-11:30 a.m. and noon to 1:30 p.m. with Duane Barnhart, who will teach "Intro to Animation."

Registration is required, space is limited. Visit or call TCAA at 218-833-0416 to enroll. A $3 per child/$5 per family materials donation is requested but no child will be turned away due to need.

TCAA featured member artist is Gloria Leonard, whose artwork includes detailed pencil drawings and paintings. She will talk about her techniques and inspiration. Light refreshments will be served.

"The 3rd Dimension" is a sculpture exhibit featuring work from Carolyn Abbott, Laurie Borggreve, Millie Engisch, Andrea Luella Gohl, Molly Mae Krautkremer, Martin Nelson, Tony Powers, Cassi Rebman, Mary Schaefbauer, Lucas Schultz, Cyrus Swann and Chase Vreeland. The exhibit is on display through March 30.

All activities are at TCAA in downtown Brainerd.

Final writing workshop set at Brainerd library

The Brainerd Public Library will host its final writer workshop led by local indie author Carissa Andrews.

According to a news release, the workshops are for people who have thought about independently publishing their writing, have a great idea but are bogged down in questions about self-publishing a book, publishing questions or where to even get started.

The final workshop- "Author Confidence Booster: How to Push through Doubt"-will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 9. In this session, Andrews will teach writers about "Author Imposter Syndrome," and how to overcome it to keep writing. She will suggest online and in-

person ways to connect with other authors to create a support system for the writing life.

Andrews is an internationally bestselling author from central Minnesota who writes a combination of science fiction, fantasy and dystopia. As an expert in independent publishing

and audiobook production, Andrews continually writes and publishes books readers of all ages


These free classes are for teens and adults at all stages of writing their novel or creative

nonfiction work. Writers may attend one or all sessions. This series is funded in part with money

from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008, which dedicated funding to

preserve Minnesota's arts and cultural heritage.

Register by calling the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the library's Facebook page for more details:

Music Center seeks youths for choir

LITTLE FALLS-Area youths in third through eighth grades are invited to join the St. Francis

Music Center Youth Choir in Little Falls.

This short-term choir meets 6-6:45 p.m. Thursdays in Room 242 at St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls, beginning March 14.

This will be an opportunity for young people who love to sing and want more opportunities singing with a group. There are no auditions to be a part of the group.

Under the direction of Vicki Spofford and Joan Wingert, the group will learn songs for the Spring Chorale Concert set May 3. The group will sing two songs with the Chorale and two songs on their own. This concert also will be a celebration of the 40th anniversary of St. Francis

Music Center.

This free opportunity for area youths is thanks to a grant provided by the Five Wings Arts

Program with funds provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the

Minnesota State Legislature.

For more information, or to sign up, call the Music Center at 320-632-0637 or contact Spofford at 320-632-2360. Youths are also welcome to just show up at the first rehearsal.

St. Francis Music Center is a community school for the arts sponsored by the Franciscan

Sisters of Little Falls. The music school is open to all and offers a wide variety of lessons and

programs for all ages.

String duo presents free concert

LITTLE FALLS-St. Francis Music Center presents The OK Factor in a free concert at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 9, in Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent, Little Falls.

Playful and unexpected, The OK Factor writes and performs folk-inspired music influenced

by Americana and Irish fiddle styles, with an artistry that reveals their classical training, a news release stated. Cellist Olivia Diercks and violinist Karla Colahan put on a blend of original and popular selections, ranging from Beatles tunes to Scottish jigs. The two straddle the line between jazz, pop and classical music.

The OK Factor also will be a part of "String Expedition," an afternoon workshop Saturday for string students in first through 12th grade at the St. Francis Music Center. Students who participate in the workshop will have the opportunity to perform a song with The OK Factor at the concert.

Contact the music center at 320-632-0637 if interested in signing up for the workshop.

This activity is 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.

Just For Kix dance in competition

Brainerd Just For Kix dancers attended a competition Feb. 23 at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, competing in jazz, lyrical and kick.

Several teams took first place and included: fourth- and fifth-grade Starlites team with its jazz and kick routines; the sixth- through eighth-grade Shooting Stars and Rising Stars team with its kick routine; the sixth- through eighth-grade Shooting Stars team with its lyrical and jazz routine; and the sixth- through eighth-grade Rising Stars with its kick and jazz dances.

Students partake in annual piano festival

PEQUOT LAKES-A total of 152 students participated in the 36th annual Lakes Area Piano Festival Feb. 23 at Pequot Lakes High School. Established by the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Junior Festival program is for students age 18 and younger who study one piece from a required list of American composers and one of their own choosing. Students may work toward a gold cup, earning points on the basis of performance. A maximum of five points is given for a superior performance and 15 points are required to earn a gold cup, 30 for the second, and 45 for the third.

Renee Anderson, Pequot Lakes, is the festival chairperson and the judges were Lois Jensen, Patricia Lundeen, Julie Schreifels and Cathy Taylor. Teachers with students participating were Anderson, Schriefels, Taylor, Janet Carlton, Lila Clarke, Kara Craine, Rebecca Gordon, Sue Kavanaugh, Teresa Kingsley, Carolyn Nygard, Elizabeth Sawdey, Amy Stone and Lisa Walker.

Superior ratings

Callista Anderson, Scarlett Anderson, Vanessa Anderson, Violet Anderson, Anna Angland, Madeline Angland, Reanah Aune, Isaiah Aulie, Lyric Aulie, Madeline Ball, Madeline Bauman, Ethan Bergem, Kelsey Bergem, Abigail Bjorlo, Gabriele Bjorlo, Arabelle Boesen, Emmalyn Boesen, Isaac Boesen, Jovi Borland, Tana Borland, Audrey Breen, Julieanne Bresnahan, Kedra Brooks, Maddox Brooks, Savanah Butcher, Brynn Carlson, Emily Chen, Annie Close, Beckett Craine, Cooper Craine, Kenzie Crawford, Samantha Dabill, Otto Dahleen, Annika Dalzell, Cartier Diamon, Isaiah Downie, Jeremy Duff, Kyle Duff, Abraham Erfurth, Isabel Erfurth, Ronan Fornshell, Lydia Furst, Nora Furst, Scotlyn Gardiner, Cameron Gearns, Emma Gearns, Ellen Germundson, Brekkin Glazier, Landon Glazier, Daniel Goodwin, Raina Grant, Jack Grell, Molly Guderjohn, Christian Gunderson, Maghan Hamilton, Ava Hansen, Ella Hautala, Elijah Hayes, Hannah Hayes, Tyler Hidde, Rachel Hilton, Emerson Holcomb-Smith, Grace Holcomb-Smith, Ezra Hopman, Olivia Huisinga, William Huisinga, Mariah Hummer, Maegan Irish, Angus Jacobson, Ellie Jensen, James Johnson, Noah Johnson, Elizabeth Joque, Alli Krantz, Garrett Krantz, Joshua Larson, Annie Lindholm, Anneka Lindquist, Cora Lindquist, Maren Lindquist, Joseph Loschko, Lily Loschko, Rose Loschko, Samuel Loschko, Claire Lundstrom, Esme Malloy, Madeline Mandich, Mia Mandich, Raleigh Mann, Stella Marohn, Azriele Mattson, Katherine Mohar, Kristy Moore, Mary Moore, Nicholas Moore, Callie Norman, Madeline Norquist, Antje Northway, Sarah Nesheim, Ella Ostrowski, Autumn Paulus, Maureen Paulus, Caleb Pence, Isabel Pence, Micah Pence, Braeden Pontius, Walter Prahm, Avery Priscott, Isaac Quisbirg, Allison Rice, Deanna Root, Taylor Ruhl, Thomas Ruhl, Leif Rustad, Markus Rustad, Addison Ryan, Zendaya Sanguma, Kenzlee Sawyer, Charles Schiessel, Sophia Schram, Hazel Schwanke, Jonah Schwanke, Ashley Shamp, Eli Shamp, Ari Sibbert, Jeremiah Slaughter, Abby Smith, Kailee Sposito, Ethan Stohr, Alayna Svendsen, Axton Svir, Beckett Svir, Oliver Toftness, Addie Thielen, Avery Trout, Amanda Trusty, Keaira Vaughn, Alexander Weber, Samuel Weber, Catherine Welte, Teresa Welte, Caydence Wentzel, Gabrielle Wentzel and Cassidy Wick.

Excellent ratings

Joshua Close, Anabelle Holcomb-Smith, Holden Krantz, Ellie Ouradnik, Harper Palmer, Sloan Saffell and Livia Thompson.

1st gold cup

Callista Anderson, Isaiah Aulie, Madeline Ball, Ethan Bergem, Kelsey Bergem, Kedra Brooks, Cooper Craine, Otto Dahleen, Jeremy Duff, Kyle Duff, Lydia Furst, Nora Furst, Tyler Hidde, Ezra Hopman, Mariah Hummer, Maegan Irish, James Johnson, Anne Lindholm, Anneka Lindquist, Maren Lindquist, Kristy Moore, Caleb Pence, Isabel Pence, Charles Schiessl and Alayna Svendsen.

2nd gold cup

Scarlett Anderson, Vanessa Anderson, Savanah Butcher, Isaiah Downie, Emma Gearns, Grace Holcomb-Smith, Olivia Huisinga and William Huisinga.

3rd gold cup

Allison Rice.