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KAXE/KBXE Best of the Weekend Ahead, April 8-10, 2022

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Among the many events happening this weekend, check out the Book Sale at the Hibbing Armory

Did the snow this past week get you itching to leave the house? If so, there’s something for everyone to do this weekend around the northland. Events cover all corners of the KAXE/KBXE listening area, and you’ll be able to find something whether you’re artsy or crafty, a reader or a writer, indoorsy or outdoorsy. Or do you prefer something a bit more... spicy? Take a look at the lineup of weekend events that are sure to have you forgetting about the weather and enjoying all northern Minnesota has to offer.

Up on the Range this weekend, The American Association of University Women – Hibbing Branch –is holding their annual book sale Friday, April 8 to Sunday April 10 at the Hibbing Armory. Browse over 70 thousand titles for purchase. And like any book sale worth its salt, the last day of the sale is a good, old-fashioned bag sale. One dollar per book Friday, fifty cents per book Saturday, and on Sunday bring home a bag of books for two dollars. For more information, click here to check out the event’s Facebook page.

If you’ve got little ones who want to do something crafty and magical, Crossing Arts in Brainerd will be giving out free creativity kits from 10 to noon on Saturday, April 9th. This month is Roy the Unicorn’s birthday, so the kits include a unicorn marionette, cupcake birthday cards, and other projects . Free to the public, but you must get yours before they disappear into sparkle dust. Click here to learn more about the art kits.

Have you been to see the Watermark’s ongoing exhibit “Rights of the Child” by mixed-media artist Moira Villiard? On Saturday at 2pm, the Watermark is hosting a panel discussion, in-person and virtually, that explores the ideas presented in Villiard’s work. The conversation will focus on rights and policies that invest in child development and safeguards intended to protect children from violence and exploitation. Panelists include Villiard and a distinguished gathering of speakers that will be able to provide insight on this important and challenging topic. For more information and to access the Zoom link, visit the Watermark’s website here.

If you’re ready to get outdoors, the Long Lake Conservation Center in Palisade will host a Stargazers Family Campout April 9-10, part of the Bell Museum’s Statewide Star Party. The event features a naturalist-led nature hike, a bonfire with smores, stargazing, and learning about Ojibwe and Dakota constellations. Meals and lodging are provided, but advanced registration is required. Access more information at the Long Lake Conservation Center website.

Or, if you’d like something with a bit of spice this weekend, The United Way 1000 Lakes and Klockow Brewing Company present the KBC Chili Cook-Off Sunday April 10th at 2pm at KBC in Grand Rapids. For $10, attendees will receive a tray of tasters from each chili chef and then cast a vote for their favorite. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of cold beverages on site if you accidentally wander into the 5-alarm section of the event. Bonus points for bringing your own chili spoon, carved from a bigger spoon. Click here for more information about the chili cook off. You may just find your soulmate, Homer.

Enjoy your weekend everyone! And please let us know if you have any questions about these events, or if you’ve got an event you’d like us to know about. Comments@KAXE.org or call/text us at 218 326 1234

Max Philbrook (he/him) is a Producer at KAXE focused on telling the stories of the people, events, and organizations that make up the fabric of northern Minnesota. Based out of Grand Rapids, Max spends his time reading fiction at the library, seeing sports and live music, and supporting the arts and cultural events in the area. Get in touch with Max if you have a story to tell, an event to publicize, or just want to chat about life in the northland.