Entertainment Briefs – November 16 – Brainerd Dispatch

Second Annual Lakes Band Festival

Musicians from four bands from the region will perform a free concert at the Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts on Saturday, November 19 at 2:00 p.m.

The second annual Lakes Band Festival is an extravaganza open to anyone interested in hearing a variety of music.

The event will open with the Crosby-Ironton High School Symphonic Band, followed by the Milaca High School Wind Symphony and the Brainerd High School Wind Symphony.

The 86-piece Central Lakes Wind Symphony, a semi-professional ensemble conducted by Jonathan Laflamme, will perform in the second half of the show with film scores, classical melodies for Mozart and French Impressionist pieces.

Laflamme’s ensemble will also pay tribute to the area’s veterans with a song called “America Veteran.” The play is based on the true story of a Minnesota World War II veteran and will include narration and other sound effects.

Laflamme hopes to attract an audience to fill the Gichi-ziibi, located at Brainerd High School.

“You can expect to hear high school students at their best, living their souls, pumping their hearts out of their instruments — lots of energy and fun — and an absolutely top-notch band, a semi-professional band … and hearing the pinnacle of music from.” Music educators from the region who put their hearts and love into their instruments,” Laflamme said of the crowd at the concert, which he expects to last around two hours.

The Central Lakes Wind Symphony will join the St. Cloud Municipal Band for a free community concert on Monday, November 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Charles D. Martin Auditorium in Little Falls.

The 86-strong Central Lakes group will perform music from films, by Mozart, in a French impressionist style and a piece dedicated to local veterans. American Veteran tells the true story of a Minnesota World War II veteran through music, narration and the use of other sound effects.

Both groups are semi-professional bands.

Christmas market open at the Jacques Art Center

The Christmas Market is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 4pm until December 23rd at the Jacques Art Center, 121 2nd St. NW, Aitkin.

Over 50 artisans have set up their shops on the market square. Gift packaging is available.

For more information call 218-927-2363, email [email protected] or visit www.jaquesart.com.

Concert by the CLC Orchestra on Friday

The community is invited to “Strings in Europe”, a concert by the Central Lakes College String Orchestra, on Friday 18 November at 7:30pm at the Chalberg Theatre, Campus Brainerd.

A live stream is also available: https://youtu.be/hQLxfy0Cc6c .

Pints ​​for a Purpose at Jack Pine Brewery promotes Breath of Life

Jack Pine Brewery is hosting pints for a cause on Wednesday, November 16 from 5-8 p.m. from 5-8 p.m. to support the Breath of Life Adult Day Service

For every beer sold during this time, $1 goes directly to Breath of Life. Papa Murphy’s Pizza is offered free of charge. Representatives will be available to answer your questions about Breath of Life programming.

Learn more about Breath of Life at www.bolads.org. For more information, call 218-270-8072 or email [email protected]

Local author publishes book on epilepsy

A photo of a book cover.
Barbara Mack’s book The Hand I’ve Been Dealt: A Life With Epilepsy.


Barbara Mack of rural Brainerd released her book The Hand I’ve Been Dealt: A Life With Epilepsy this November. Mack grew up in a loving home on a typical hard working family farm. Her life as she knew it changed suddenly at the age of 20 when a near-tragic car accident changed her life forever. Being diagnosed with a seizure disorder when there was little information or support led her to rely even more on her close-knit family. Just as her seizures were becoming manageable, a new wild card was added to her already challenging life when an unexpected pregnancy struck. Barb’s new role as a single mother brought more challenges. But once again, the support of friends and family helped her get through difficult times. Through her quirky tales of family life and heartbreaking years of medical challenges, Barb’s story educates and inspires others to better handle the hand that has been bestowed upon them.

A book launch celebration is scheduled at the Green Lantern on Sunday, November 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. At 1:30 p.m. there will be a short presentation. Signed copies of the book are available for sale. The event is free and open to the public.


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