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Entertainment briefs March 13

Five Wings Announces $43,000 Available for Artists

The Five Wings Arts Council announces that artists, residing in Wadena, Todd, Morrison, Cass, and Crow Wing Counties, may apply for over $43,000, through the newly revised Individual Artist grant program.

Artists may seek support to complete a project to further their career through training or purchase of equipment. Artists of any discipline are eligible, including those who work in the visual arts, music, dance, theater, literary arts, media arts, and across artistic disciplines. Applicants do not need to have art as their primary form of livelihood.

The Individual Artist Project Support Grant Program provides up to $2,500 to complete projects to advance the career of area artists. The Individual Artist Professional Development Grant Program will provide up to $1,500 for artists to attend workshop, work one-on-one with a master artist to strengthen their knowledge and skills. This may include workshop fees, mentor fees, travel costs, and supply costs. Artists must supply at least 25 percent of the total project cost in either cash or in kind support.

To apply, interested applicants should go to the Five Wings Arts Council website at and click on the Grants Page. Applications that are submitted by the first Friday of the month will be reviewed at that month's board meeting, typically the fourth Tuesday of each month, with the exception of July and December, when the board does not meet.

ECFE family fun nights set in March

Wadena ECFE is hosting its annual "March Cooking Madness" classes at Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School.

This hands-on cooking class will feature healthy dishes for families with young children to make and eat. It's also a chance to meet new friends and families while cooking up some fun.

Families with children five years old and younger are welcome to attend one of two nights: Tuesday, March 11 or Thursday, March 20. The class is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 2010.

Pre-registration is required; participation is limited to 45 each night. To pre-register, call Leanne Ries at (218)632-2364.

A New Gardening Event, Plant Swaps

Plant and Garden swaps are a way to diversify your vegetable garden, or landscape, without cost. The idea started with swapping seeds but gradually grew into an opportunity to trade all kinds of plants, plant materials, and garden supplies. Typically these are free events with few rules. Just prepare, or dig, your garden surpluses and bring them to trade according to your wishes.

But, prepare well ahead. You can start with an inventory of your garden extras. Outdoor or indoor plant cuttings are a ready resource especially if you include written instructions on their care. Seeds are easily collected, but label them very precisely by variety and description. You can later divide these into postage envelopes for trading purposes. Of course, if you are good at starting plants you're in luck because strong seedlings will be popular for trades. You may even have mature plants you need to remove from the house, or some which must be thinned from the garden. Finally, be aware that gardening supplies are also included. Extra gardening tools, pots, books, soil amendments, even garden ornaments can be good swapping material.

Watch for these opportunities any time of year. For this region there is a Spring Plant and Garden Swap coming on May 31 which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Green Island on the north edge of Wadena. The sponsor is the Wadena Garden Club and you can get more information from a garden club member or by emailing .

Daugherty to give reading from new novel March 14

Passionate romance, a tense courtroom battle and catastrophic family drama provide something for every reader in Kathryn Daugherty's debut novel, A Case of Hearts. The book follows Carol Matthews and Donovan Delaney as they fight to help Carol retain custody of her nephew, four-year-old Jeff. Kathryn will give a reading and sign copies of her novel (copies will be available for sale the night of the event) on Friday, March 14 at the Cultural Center in New York Mills at 7 p.m. There is no charge for this event.