West news briefs: Talk set at arboretum about Japanese gardens book

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 20, 2013 - 4:06 PM

Author Kendall H. Brown will discuss his new book about Japanese gardens this week at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

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Japanese gardens are subject of new book

Kendall H. Brown will give a talk about his new book “Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America” at noon Wednesday at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

The talk will be followed by a guided walk to the arboretum’s Japanese garden at 12:30 p.m. Brown will sign books beginning at 11:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. after the walk.

His book surveys the history of public Japanese gardens in North America, including a section on the arboretum’s Japanese garden.

Brown, a professor of Asian art history at California State University in Long Beach, writes about their styles, stories and status as living markers of American attitudes toward Japan through history.


A tractor! (Tractor!) Pull! (Pull!)

Need some noise in your Saturday night?

The Corcoran Lions will sponsor a tractor pull at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Corcoran Lions Park near the intersection of County Roads 101 and 10.

The event will feature heavy super stock, two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, super stock, pro farm vehicles and semis from the National Tractor Pullers Association. Admission is $15 for those 12 years and older, $5 for 4- to 11-year-olds, and free to tots 3 and under.

For more information, go to www.corcoranlions.com.


Pies and books: What could be better?

The Plymouth Senior Program will host its annual Pie Day and Book Sale fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Plymouth Creek Center, 14800 34th Av. N.

Freshly baked apple, cherry, strawberry-rhubarb and cream pies will be sold for $5 per slice, with a scoop of ice cream. Items for sale include used books, used scarves and wares created by the Plymouth Handycrafters.

Money raised will help to support senior programs. It will fund supplies, equipment and guest speakers, as well as veteran and senior events and the annual 90-year-old party.

For more information, call the Plymouth Creek Center at 763-509-5280.

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