Public Art Buttons for sale as fundraiser

To raise money for its public art program, the Edina Public Art Committee is selling $5 public art buttons. Money raised through the button sales will help pay artists for the loan of their artwork to the city and will help buy sculptures that could be permanently on display.

The buttons, designed by Diana Hedges, director of the Edina Art Center, are available at the art center gift shop, at the City Hall reception desk or from Lois Ring at 952-806-9966.

New sculptures will be on exhibit at the Edina Promenade and Grandview Square by May 31. An opening event and reception for the artists will be held from 4:30- 6:30 p.m. June 16 at the Promenade.


Westwind band concert May 23

The Hopkins Westwind Concert Band's annual spring concert is set for 7 p.m. Sunday at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins. The concert is free, but you must have a ticket to reserve your seat. Call 952-979-1111 for reservations.


Plymouth Rockers' spring concert Sunday

The Plymouth Rockers Senior Chorus will present a spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Oak Knoll Lutheran Church, 600 Hopkins Crossroads, Minnetonka.

The choir of 65 singers age 55 and older will be joined by another adult chorus of 20 members, Choral Reflections of Minnetonka. For more information, call 952-945-5208.


MacPhail Allegro Orchestra Camp set

The registration deadline is Friday for the MacPhail Center of Music's Allegro Orchestra Camp in Wayzata.

The camp for students in grades 3-12 will be held June 14-24, with daily sessions from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Wayzata Community Church, 125 Wayzata Blvd. East. Placement auditions will be held June 1.

The camp, which costs $500 per student, offers high-quality orchestra experience for young musicians, with many of the leading professional musicians and music teachers in the Twin Cities leading the daily rehearsals, workshops, small group sectionals and performances.

For more information, call Melissa Falb at 612-767-5438 or go to www.macphail.org.


'Birdbrains' exhibition features post-9/11 reflections

"Birdbrains II" -- an exhibition of sculpture by Fawzia Khan that represents "reflections on themes of safety, patriotism, and economic and physical security" -- will be presented at the Hopkins Center for the Arts beginning Thursday. An opening reception is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Thursday. The exhibit will continue through June 20 at the arts center, located at 1111 Mainstreet in Hopkins.

Khan's work is rooted in terrorist situations such as 9/11 and subsequent responses. According to the arts center:

"Many of her birds reflect the optimism she finds an inherent part of the American psyche. Irony and humor provide a necessary balance to the serious subject matter. Small but heavy bronze birds swoop down on metal grid parachutes, build nests in barbed wire, march across the floor or simply look on.

"As an immigrant [born to Pakistani parents and raised in Nigeria until moving to the U.S. at age 12], Khan brings a special perspective to her subject matter and blends the desire of the immigrant to establish roots and a sense of belonging with her overall theme of the search for security."

The arts center's gallery hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.