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Artists, authors, scholars present 'Everyone Has a Story' workshops

The "Everyone Has a Story" program continues with a special summer program offering opportunities to learn, explore and enjoy Alexandria with visiting and local artists, authors and scholars.

Visiting artists include award-winning author and poet Athena Kildegaard, University of Minnesota film enthusiast Steve Benson, and celebrated public artist Marcia McEachron. McEachron is installing Alexandria's first public art sculpture this summer.

Local artists include Mikko Cowdery, balladeer; David Bengtson, singer/poet; Paulette Friday, storyteller; Terry Kennedy, guitar and harmonica player; Bill Riggs, trumpet player; and Mary Pohl, singer.

Rachel Barduson, local historian, will lead tours to explore Alexandria history - some on foot, some by boat, some by bus.

The "Everyone Has a Story" series is a unique partnership of area organizations joining together to offer interactive experiences for the community to explore story and history through a variety of perspectives.

Partners include Alexandria Adult Education, the Douglas County Historical Society, Friends of the Library, Lakes Area Theater, Alexandria Branch of American Association of University Women, Diversity Resource Action Alliance and the Alexandria Cultural Inclusiveness Committee.

Special funding was provided by the Minnesota Humanities Center and Alexandria Community Foundation.

For detailed session descriptions, dates and to register, visit the website

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Alexandria Adult Education offers a range of programs to inspire people to embrace life-enhancing experiences by providing engaging opportunities and innovative services, empowering them to serve and enrich the world.

This short course format is one of several new initiatives responding to interests of Alexandria's growing population of active adults.

For more information about this series, call Amy Sunderland at (320) 762-3310, extension 4277 or e-mail


June 4: Film - House of Angels, single or double feature followed by discussion, from 1:30 to 7 p.m. at the Grand Arbor Theater, Alexandria. Cost is $5. The film is a comic romp of city meets country in Swedish with subtitles. Led by University of Minnesota film enthusiast Steve Benson.

June 7: Art - A Workshop in Creating Mobiles in the tradition of sculptor Alexander Calder with artist Marcia McEachron. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jefferson High School art room, Alexandria. Cost of $31 includes supplies.

June 20: Song and Stories - 'Round the Campfire: A Celebration of Summer. An evening of stories and song with balladeer Mikko Cowdery, storyteller Paulette Friday, jazz trumpeter Bill Riggs, guitarist/harmonica player Terry Kennedy, singer Mary Pohl and more. 7 to 9 p.m. at Carlos Creek Winery near Alexandria. Cost is $5.

June 28: Writing - Writing on the Shore. Write about the natural world - prose or poetry - on the shores of Lake Geneva with award-winning author and poet Athena Kildegaard. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lakes Area Theater in Alexandria. Cost is $26.


By foot:

June 1: Walk 'n Talk: Alex Lakes and Trails, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Meet at Big Ole Park, Alexandria . Free.

June 22: Alexandria's Silk Stocking District, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Meet at Big Ole Park. Free.

By bus:

May 30: Tour of Cemeteries: Settlement History, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Meet at Douglas County Historical Society, Alexandria. $39.

June 9: Regional Public Art Tour with Marcia McEachron and other public artists, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Meet at Woodland School, Alexandria. $39.

By pontoon:

Lake Stories Shape Our History with Rachel Barduson, Douglas County Historian. $25. Meet at docks at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center, Alexandria on any of the following dates:

June 21, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

July 19, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

August 23, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

September 13, 1 to 3:30 p.m.