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Marge Gibson keynote speaker at Owl Festival


Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

If anyone can speak bird, it's Marge Gibson. There is a special understanding that exists between Gibson and birds that is key to her success as a wildlife rehabilitator. But rehabilitation isn't what she set out to do.

Although she was known as the "Bird Girl" because she started rehabbing birds at the tender age of nine, she went on to become a wildlife biologist who worked on some very high profile projects. She was a team captain in the Bald Eagle Capture and Health Assessment Program after the Exxon Valdez oil spill and was a member of the California Condor Recovery Team.

She founded the Raptor Education Group, Inc. (REGI) in her hometown of Antigo, Wisconsin in 1990, fully intending to focus her efforts on using raptors in education. But her remote location and rehabilitation skills soon led REGI to become the largest avian rehabilitation facility in the state. Her skills have led her to serve as the president of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council and teach rehabilitation internationally.

Gibson has seen nearly everything during her lifetime working with birds. A gifted storyteller, she has true tales to tell that are heart-wrenching, infuriating, hilarious, heart-warming, inspiring, and just plain miraculous. She has dealt with a turkey vulture shot up on drugs, a gay alcoholic trumpeter swan, a great horned owl with both feet cut off and much, much more.

People of all interest levels will enjoy Gibson's keynote presentation entitled "Owls: Personal Stories of Wonder and Inspiration" at the International Festival of Owls banquet on Saturday, March 6, at Valley High Golf Club near Houston, Minnesota. Tickets are $28/person and include the banquet, a live auction to benefit the Houston Nature Center, the presentation of the World Owl Hall of Fame Awards, and a presentation by Englishman Colin Shawyer titled "Conserving Britain's Barn Owls."

For more information about the International Festival of Owls and to register for the banquet and other events, visit www.festivalofowls.com or contact the Houston Nature Center at 507-896-4668. The banquet is expected to sell out, so purchase tickets soon.

Merger is official: Cornucopia Art Center & Lanesboro Art Council become Lanesboro Arts Center

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

As of January 1, 2010, the merger of the Cornucopia Art Center and the Lanesboro Art Council is official, creating the newly named Lanesboro Arts Center. Governed by a board of directors made up of representatives from both organizations, the Lanesb ..... 
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Maple Syrup Program

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

John Carlin will be speaking at the Preston Public Library on February 23, 2010, at 7:00 pm about the process of making maple syrup. He and his son, David, have been making maple syrup for the past eight years. They tap more than 50 trees and make a ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company announces 13th annual Ibsen Festival

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Commonweal Theatre announces its 13th Annual Ibsen Festival April 16-18, 2010, in downtown Lanesboro. Named for the acclaimed "Father of Modern Drama," the Festival is a celebration of Scandinavian theatre, visual art, music and dance and centers ar ..... 
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Writer Sarah Stonich is Lanesboro Arts Center Artist in Residence

Mon, Feb 1st, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Lanesboro Arts Center is hosting writer Sarah Stonich as Artist in Residence for four weeks: Jan. 11 - Feb. 8, 2010. During her residency, Sarah will be working on finishing a volume of essays about northern Minnesota entitled: Shelter: Places Lost ..... 
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Arts and cultural heritage fund grant program

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) is pleased to announce the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Grant Program, which will provide grants up to $10,000 for innovative arts activities that increase access to the arts, life-long arts l ..... 
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"Birds, beasts & figures" ceramic sculpture exhibit

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Lanesboro Arts Center in Lanesboro, Minnesota, will present a new exhibit: "Birds, Beasts and Figures" Feb. 6 - April 4, 2010. Free to the public, the exhibit will feature ceramic sculpture by Robin Murphy, an artist from Bayfield, Wisconsin. An Ope ..... 
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Tell me a story...with art!

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

We invite you to help us celebrate the Chatfield Public Library's 95th birthday!

Youth ages one to 18 are invited to submit an original piece of artwork to be displayed at the Chatfield Public Library during the celebration.

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Hot reads for cold nights

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

As part of its adult reading program, Hot Reads for Cold Nights, Preston Public Library invites the public to join a local book club in their discussion of "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society," by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, o ..... 
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