Contest highlights National Poetry Month

Submit an original poem to the Dakota County Library for a National Poetry Month contest.

Entries can take a variety of forms — haiku, free verse, odes and raps among them — and should be dropped off at a Dakota County Library branch or sent via e-mail to between April 1 and April 30. Poems will be judged by age group: children 5 to 8 and 9 to 11, teens 12 to 14 and 15 to 18, and adults 19 and older.

Winners will be announced in May and will be published on the library website. For more information and an entry form, go to and search for "poetry contest."


Lorna Landvik will read from new book

Minnesota author Lorna Landvik will read from her latest novel, "Best to Laugh," at Pleasant Hill Library, 1490 S. Frontage Road, on Monday.

The event runs from 6 to 7 p.m. Landvik, a comedian, actor and playwright, will sell and sign copies of her books. She is the author of 10 novels.

For more information, go to


Bluegrass band plays at community center

Purdy River Band will play at the Rosemount Community Center, 13885 Robert Trail, on Thursday.

The show begins at 7 p.m. According to the band's website, Purdy River plays original music "in the traditional and contemporary style of bluegrass along with classic standards, instrumentals and gospel."

The concert is the fourth in the Rosemount Area Arts Council's bluegrass series. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased online at


'The Wizard of Oz' is Movie Night feature

The Lakeville Area Arts Center's Classic Movie Night on Saturday will feature "The Wizard of Oz." The show begins at 7 p.m. at the Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Av. Full concessions will be available.

Tickets are $5 per person; reservations are suggested. To purchase tickets, call 952-985-4640 or go to

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