East metro arts and leisure notes
Danette Olsen is the new board chair of ArtReach St. Croix. She was selected by other board members to assume the role last month, said Heather Rutledge, ArtReach St. Croix's executive director.
The nonprofit arts advocacy organization also welcomed three new board members. They are Sherry Akins, of Hastings, and Cheri Bell and John Vaughn, both of Stillwater.
Olsen, of Luck, Wis., is executive director of the Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls, Wis. She has been involved with ArtReach for three years. Olsen holds a degree in theater and English from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and has been an ArtReach board member since 2010.
Bell is owner and director of Belle Ballet, the Stillwater dance company that trains students in Russian ballet. Vaughn is the executive director of the Eastside Neighborhood Development Company and has been involved with several civic organizations. Akins is a master gardener in Washington County and a member of the Hastings Garden Club and involved with the Hastings Environmental Protectors.
A struggling songwriter finds success when he comes across a mischievous trio of singing chipmunks. That's the plot of the 2007 PG-rated animated comedy, "Alvin and the Chipmunks," which will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Central Park Amphitheater, 8595 Central Park Place.
The $3 admission includes unlimited popcorn and beverage. The movie is sponsored by the Woodbury Parks and Recreation department and the Southeast YMCA. For more information, call 651-714-3583.
Marlene Pauley will direct the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra when it makes its debut performance at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church on Sunday.
Bill Chouinard, the church's organist, also will play during the free concert that will feature Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations" and Léon Boëllmann's Fantaisie Dialogue for Organ and Orchestra.
The music starts at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary at 900 Stillwater Road. An offering will be collected. For more information, call 651-426-3261.
Stu Janis and Bill Cagley, better known as Greenwood Tree, will perform in a free concert of music of the British Isles and American folk songs at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Oakdale Library, 1010 Heron Av. N.
The duo, together since 1985, plays a wide array of instruments, including the hammered dulcimer, guitar, mandolin, bowed psaltery, concertina, bodhran and limberjack. The program of jigs, reels and waltzes will be interspersed with humor. For more information, call 651-730-0504.
Larry Millett will talk about the lost mansions of the Twin Cities in a free lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Century College West Campus Theatre, 3300 Century Av. N.
Millett, a former architecture reporter, has writtened several Sherlock Holmes books that are set in Minnesota. His most recent book is titled, "Once There Were Castles: Lost Mansions and Estates of the Twin Cities."
His appearance is part of Century's Speaker Series, which brings nationally known authors and speakers to campus. For more information, call 651-779-5531.
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