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Benvenuti has written popular family films like “The Santa Clause,” “Space Jam” and “Kicking and Screaming.” He will cover tips for experienced and novice writers alike, including how to getting started, and pitching and selling your work. Hansen will provide insight on writing jokes for the screen.

Tickets for the seminar are $49 in advance and $59 at the door, which will include two complementary tickets to a stand-up comedy show the two will present that evening. Buy tickets online at

Benvenuti also is holding his debut Minnesota art exhibit now through April 6 at the Arts Center. His work is featured in many private collections in Los Angeles and elsewhere. Admission is free and gallery hours are Wednesdays-Saturdays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

The Maple Grove Arts Center is located at 7916 Main St. For information, call 763-250-1016 or go to www.maplegrove



Walk for cancer research is April 21

The 2013 Twin Cities “Get Your Rear In Gear” 5k run/walk to benefit the Colon Cancer Coalition will be held April 21 at Southdale Mall.

The family of Jonathan Groetsch, who died at age 26 following an 18-month battle with colon cancer, is also hosting an event the evening before the race.

Groetsch was a Wayzata High graduate and hockey player and an avid fisherman and boater. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in January 2004 at the age of 24. (For more on his story, go to thangroetsch.) Since his death, friends and family have participated each year in the “Get Your Rear in Gear” 5k.

The race this year falls on what would have been Groetsch’s 33rd birthday. The family is hosting a karaoke contest and silent auction on April 20 from 8:30-11:30 p.m. at the Wayzata Legion Hall, 949 Wayzata Blvd. E. Any individual or business interested in donating or getting involved can e-mail or call 612-723-1007.

In the past eight years, more than 25,000 runners, walkers, spectators and volunteers have contributed to the success of the “Get Your Rear in Gear” Twin Cities event and have raised over $800,000. Seventy-five percent of the funds raised in the Twin Cities stay local to increase colon cancer screening rates.

Race-day registration begins at 7 a.m. on April 21. The Kids’ Fun Run is at 8:30 a.m. The 5k timed run begins at 9 and the 5k walk at 9:05. Go to for more information.

Nominations accepted for vet memorial

The Eden Prairie Veterans Memorial Committee is accepting nominations until April 1 for the annual Memorial Day Celebration honorees.

Anyone in the community can nominate a veteran who served in the U.S. military and has an Eden Prairie connection. Preference is given to veterans who served in a combat zone and have been killed or wounded in action.

To submit a nomination form, go to and e-mail it to or mail it to Eden Prairie Veterans Memorial, 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344.


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