Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Mary Beth Carlson, recording pianist and entertainer, will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Gull Lake Conference Center at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa. The concert will feature specially chosen songs from the 24 piano orchestral CDs she has produced and recorded, several of which have been distributed internationally.
Germaine Gemberling and Rich Mattson, the "first couple" of the Iron Range music scene, will be the next performers in the Grassroots Concerts series at7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar in Nisswa. They are lifelong musicians who play classic country music. Gemberling is a singer-songwriter born and raised in St. Paul. A student of Suzuki music at age 5, she studied piano until she was 12.
The Crossing Arts Alliance (TCAA) presents The Beyond the Bricks Art Exhibit from Sept. 25-Oct. 11 at the Franklin Art Center in Brainerd. The community art exhibit is the combined art and writing of the Jail Art Project with originals from the inmates along with the companion pieces from artists and writers in the community.
Students from 19 area school districts, including Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus, will participate in the Real Men Sing concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Staples Motley High School. Registered performers totals 595, including men ranging in age from early teens to 85. The concert will feature students, the Staples Area Men's Chorus and a Twin Cities-based guest choir, the Great Northern Union Chorus. Tickets are available online at www.staplesmen.org or call 218-895-5045. Tickets are $10 per person, which includes admission to the concert and the AfterGlow concert following.
The mission for the Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts (GLAPA) organization is to provide high-quality, affordable performing arts to the greater Brainerd lakes area. Season passes to all six shows are available now.
The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) announces the 2014 Plant & Tree Photo Contest winners: John Bonde for Marsh Milkweed, Wild Bergomot and Rough Blazing Star; Rose Zak for Juneberry and Fireweed; Deanie Nelson for Sky Blue Aster, Stiff Goldenrod and Fireweed; Mitch Brinks for three photos of Little Bluestem; and Dan Froemming for Sneezeweed. All photos were taken in Crow Wing County. Visit Facebook to see the winners' photos. All entries were judged by University of Minnesota Master Gardeners, Brainerd.
For a limited time, the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has funds for landowners who live within tulibee lake areas and own 20 acres or more. Funds provide assistance to write a woodland plan. "Active plans will keep your woods healthy, help to enjoy your land, create homes for critters, know what to harvest and when, and help you look after your land into the future," said Darren Mayers, SWCD district technician.
The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has easy-to-plant, bare-root trees and shrubs available through a miscellaneous tree/shrub pre-order sale. Availability of the following is limited. • Shrubs: 150 High-Bush Cranberry, 50 Red-Osier Dogwood, and 20 Nanking Cherry. • Trees: 75 American Plum and 50 Black Cherry. Cost is $2 per tree or shrub, or $1.50 each if ordering 50 or more trees/shrubs. They are all approximately 18 inches to 24 inches tall. Deadline for pre-ordering is Oct. 3. Pay with credit card, check or cash. Pick up is from 3-5 p.m. Oct.
The Pine River-Backus eighth-grade volleyball team placed first in the Laporte tournament Saturday, Sept. 20. Submitted Photo
The Pine River-Backus seventh-grade volleyball team placed second in the Laporte tournament Saturday, Sept. 20. Submitted Photo