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Around the Arts, Jan. 13

Children can paint a mini hockey stick on Hockey Day Minnesota, Saturday, Jan. 19, at Watermark Art Center. Submitted photo.

Hockey Day painting at Watermark Art Center

BEMIDJI—In honor of Hockey Day Minnesota, children will have the chance to paint a traditional or personalized mini hockey stick from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave. N.

Cost is $5 per child, paid at the door. All paint and decorative pieces are supplied. Limit one stick per child, parents must stay and help their kids. No pre-registration necessary.

Headwaters to hold paint and pottery classes

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, will hold Paint & Sip and Pottery & Pints events, 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. For ages 21 and older; no art experience necessary.

Paint & Sip: Area artist Laura Schmeling will go through the steps of creating an original painting, offering tips and tricks. There will be a cash bar on campus from Brigid's Pub. Supplies are provided, advance registration required. Cost: $35 ($30 for Headwaters members). Register by calling (218) 444-5606 or online at

Pottery & Pints: Headwaters' resident potter Tom Daly will walk through the process of glazing two pottery pieces created by Daly, such as a beer mug or bowl. There will be a cash bar from Brigid's Pub. Advance registration required. Cost: $45 ($40 for Headwaters members). Register by calling (218) 444-5606 or online at

Packer kicks off storytelling series

BAGLEY—Laura Packer will lead the first event of the Farm By The Lake Storytellers series at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Bagley Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Laura PackerPacker is a nationally honored storyteller, teacher, coach and the sole proprietor of think story llc, one of the foremost organizational storytelling groups in the United States.

She has performed at venues as wide-ranging as Ciudad de las Ideas; the National Storytelling Festival Exchange Place Stage; the National Storytelling Conference; Tejas Storytelling Conference; Type-A Parent; The International Listening Association; fringe and arts festivals; schools; assisted living facilities and more.

Packer is the winner of the 2010 National Storytelling Network Oracle Award, the 2012 League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling Brother Blue Award and was a finalist in the Boston Story Slam series for three years running. Her 2016 Kansas City Fringe show won Best in Fringe. Most recently she was co-awarded the 2017 J.J. Renaux Mentorship grant from the National Storytelling Network and won the 2018 StorySlamMN championship.

The series is free and open to the public. Here is the schedule:

• Jan. 27—Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux

• Feb. 10—Louis Alemayehu

• Feb. 24—Free writing workshop from 3-6 p.m. with Wendell Affield titled "Reawakening Memory through our Senses."

• March 10—Chad Filley

• March 24—Paulette Friday

For more information, go to or call 218-694-2084