Dance benefits vets and active military

Nonprofit motorcycle organization 1776 Riders Inc. will hold a fundraising dance Saturday, April 21, to honor and support veterans and active military with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Held at Bogart’s Entertainment Center, 14917 Garrett Ave., Apple Valley, the dance will feature the band Smokescreen performing top rock, country and pop hits.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with the band performing at 8. A $10 cover will be charged.

Library hosts poetry contest

Poets of all ages are encouraged to celebrate National Poetry Month by submitting original poems to any Dakota County Library branch from April 1-30.

Awards and prizes are presented to the top three entries in five age groups: children age 6-8, children age 9-11, teens age 12-14, teens age 15-18, adults age 19 and older.

For contest guidelines and submission information, visit any library branch or www.dakotacounty.us/library and search “Poetry.” Winning poets will be announced in May.

The Poetry Contest is supported by the Dakota County Library Foundation.

One Book, One Lakeville celebrates 10 years

Lakeville’s community reading program — One Book, One Lakeville — is encouraging residents to read and join in events surrounding this year’s featured book, “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.” This year marks the program’s 10th anniversary.

David Grann’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” is a true crime tale of dozens of murders in 1920s Oklahoma and the investigation that revealed sinister secrets. Along with being a New York Times bestseller, it was named best book of 2017 by multiple publications and was a National Book Award finalist.

All tickets for the main event featuring Grann have been claimed. However, Heritage Library will host related programming highlighting Native American history, the FBI and the role of journalism. The programs are free and open to the public. Community members will also have a chance to talk about the book with others during one of several discussion groups at the library.

The programs at Heritage Library include:

• In Context: Native American History, 7-8 p.m. Thursday, April 5. Steve Hahn, chair of St. Olaf College’s history department, will discuss the historical context of “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Attendees will learn about the history of Native Americans in Oklahoma and how it impacted events of the book.

• The FBI Investigates, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10. Learn about the history of the FBI and its investigative priorities from a special agent at the FBI’s Minneapolis office. Discover more about the federal agency that plays such a vital role in “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

• Reporting: The Art and Craft of Journalism, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 17. Explore the role of journalism in 1920s Oklahoma and in today’s culture. Panelists include Mary Lahammer of Twin Cities Public Television; Michael O’Donnell, chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of St. Thomas; reporters from the Star Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press; and moderator David Schultz, professor at Hamline University and the University of Minnesota.

Heritage Library is located at 20085 Heritage Drive, Lakeville. One Book, One Lakeville information and events can be found at www.dakotacounty.us./library.

Eagan Art House happenings

“Inspiration” exhibit call for artists – The Eagan Art House is accepting registrations for the upcoming visual art exhibition “Inspiration” to be displayed in May/June at the Eagan Community Center and Wescott Library. Artwork must be no larger than 9 square feet, two- and three-dimensional submissions welcome. Registrations are due April 25. Artists may submit up to two pieces of artwork and there is no fee to participate. Online registration available at cityofeagan.com. For complete registration information, visit www.eaganarthouse.org or call 651-675-5521.

Community Supported Art – The art house is seeking artists for its third annual Community Supported Art. Six artists will be selected to produce artwork for 25 shares of art that will be sold to the public. Each share will include a unique and exclusive piece of artwork produced solely for the CSA. Artists will receive a stipend, plus a packaging budget and free promotion throughout the summer, including exhibit space at the Eagan Art House Harvest of Art Celebration. All shares will be distributed at the annual event on Sept. 8. The CSA, mirroring the Community Supported Agriculture model, helps to promote local artists and provide beautiful and handcrafted artwork to the community. Artist applications are due April 9. For complete application guidelines, go to www.eaganarthouse.org. For questions, contact Julie Andersen, Eagan Art House supervisor, at 651-675-5521 or at jandersen@cityofeagan.com.

Dancing Heart Workshop (ages 50-plus) – This eight-week workshop is taught by professional artists and will connect participants to the benefits of creative arts involvement and health. Utilizing the art of dance, story, theater and music, Kairos Alive’s Dancing Heart program is designed to intrigue and warm the hearts of participants. Culminating in a performance for family and friends, this program is provided at a reduced fee through a grant from Aroha Philanthropies as part of the Seeding Vitality MN 2018 Program. All abilities welcome. Classes meet 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesdays, April 18 to June 13, at Raddtz Dance Studio Eagan. Cost is $65. Register by March 27 online at www.discovereagan.com or in person at the Eagan Community Center.

Teen Time Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 13 – With guidance from an Eagan Art House instructor, teens will make art, learn about art and explore their own artistic voice. Snacks and beverages will be served. Participants can bring some of their artwork to share. All supplies provided. Cost is $20. Register at www.discovereagan.com or in person at the Eagan Community Center.

Eagan Art Festival

The Eagan Art Festival will be held June 23-24. The festival is accepting applications in all media up through the postmark deadline of April 4.

The theme for the 24th Eagan Art Festival is Art & Nature. The festival will highlight some of the artists that use nature in their work.

Find the artist application or apply online at www.eaganartfestival.org.

Buck Hill concert series

The inaugural Buck Hill Concert Series launches July 10-13 on Buck Hill in Burnsville.

The series’ lineup includes Loverboy with Them Pesky Kids and Arena (6 p.m. July 10); Little Texas with Lost Highway and Shalo Lee Band (6 p.m. July 11); Starship featuring Mickey Thomas with Def Leggend (7 p.m. July 12); and Little River Band with Transit Authority (7 p.m. July 13).

Tickets are $35 general admission, $99 VIP, $125 general admission all concert package. Parking is $10 pre-purchased with the ticket. More information is at www.buckhill.com/buckconcertseries.

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