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Houston's Festival of Owls


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

Fly on over to Houston, MN, to have a hooting good time at the International Festival of Owls March 5-7. There's no need to register to experience a Barn Owl flying over your head, make owl crafts, hoot it up at the kids' owl hooting contest, or to let experts call in wild owls for you. But, if you'd like to do more, you may want to register for some special programs with limited space available.

Those of you who have attended past festivals already know what a treat it is to experience a presentation by Marge Gibson of the Raptor Education Group in Antigo, WI. This year she'll give the keynote presentation at the Saturday evening banquet entitled "Owls: Personal Stories of Wonder and Inspiration." Banquet attendees will also get to join in a live auction that benefits the Houston Nature Center, witness the presentation of the 2010 World Owl Hall of Fame Awards (all winners will be present), and learn first-hand about efforts to save the Barn Owl in Britain from Colin Shawyer, a British owl conservationist.

Picking apart owl pellets and building owl nest boxes are great family activities. These programs usually sell out in advance of the festival, so register soon if you'd like to get in on the fun.

Cub Scouts can eat owl-shaped pizza and earn their wildlife conservation belt loop while learning about owls. This program includes food and an admission button for all participants, so adults are required to register also. (Belt loops not provided...only the activities to earn them.)

Get the inside scoop on the birds and natural history of the area on the Sunday morning birding bus trip. Bring your stomach as well as your binoculars because this trip ends with a scrumptious meal at the local German restaurant.

There is even an owl shoot. A photo shoot, that is. The owls are set up on natural perches outdoors so you can get amazing looking close ups of owls that will look for all the world like wild owls.

For more information, a full schedule of events and to register, go to www.festivalofowls.com or contact the Houston Nature Center at 507-896-4668 or nature@acegroup.cc.

For more information and high resolution images that may be printed with this article, go to the International Festival of Owls Press Room at http://www.festivalofowls.com/pressroom.htm.

Old-Time String-Band music from the Carolina Chocolate Drops coming to Preston Public Library

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

The Preston Public Library in collaboration with Riverside Concerts, Arts Midwest and the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council will present old-time string-band music from the Carolina Chocolate Drops on Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 7 PM in the Preston P ..... 
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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 know ..... 
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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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