Find your inner artist with zentangle® pattern drawing

Take a break from your computers and cell phones and discover the relaxation, focus and inspiration that comes with the zentangle® method of pattern drawing. East Central Regional Library presents zentangle® pattern drawing with Esther Piszczek, CZT, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at the North Branch Area Library and again from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at the Milaca Community Library. Participants will create this art form on a 3.5-inch by 3.5-inch paper tile with pen and ink and pencil shading. No previous drawing experience is necessary. Pre-registration is required.

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American Revolution program brings history to life

East Central Regional Library is pleased to present Birth of Our Nation: The American Revolution, a special presentation by Arn Kind at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19 at the Milaca Community Library.

Kind, a teacher of 40 years, will appear in period attire, portraying the people who participated in the events that gave birth to our nation. His use of drama, role-playing, living history experiences and displays give audiences an understanding of this turbulent time and make history come alive.

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Reach for the stars with origami

Learn the basics of paper folding and making a variety of origami stars during a special workshop from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at the Milaca Community Library. Minnesota Center for Book Arts instructor Kathleen Sheridan will show how origami stars can be used as ornaments or strung together to create garland. This workshop is for ages 18 and up, and pre-registration is required. Drop by or call the library at 320-983-3677.

This project, presented by East Central Regional Library, was funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more programs and events, check out our events calendar!

His Irish tunes are smiling on Irish tradition

East Central Regional Library presents the traditional Irish music of Sean Gavin, accompanied by bandmate Brian Miller, coming up at branch libraries in North Branch, Aitkin and Milaca. Gavin’s play on the Irish flute and uilleann pipes—the national bagpipe of Ireland—reflect his lifelong love for Irish traditional music. Originally from Detroit, he was first encouraged to take up Irish music by his Irish-born father. Gavin went on to win the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal in 2016 for his flute playing.

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Celebrated cook to discuss ‘Homemade’ at Milaca Library

An author and celebrated cook from the land of 10,000 lakes has a new book out, chock-full of recipes, anecdotes and humor that bring to life the Finnish culture of northern Minnesota as well as the wider culinary world.

Beatrice Ojakangas will discuss her book, “Homemade,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Milaca City Hall. Folks of all ages are invited to this free program presented by the East Central Regional Library and funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Milaca City Hall is located right next door to the library at 235 1st St. E. in Milaca. For more information about other ECRL events, check out the Events Calendar.