Arts Briefs, May 23

Free summer movies for kids
Paragon Odyssey 15 IMAX in Burnsville is offering free movies for children at 10 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday in June, July and August.

Titles and dates include:
• June 17-19: “The Croods”
• June 24-26: “Epic”
• July 1-3: “Walking with Dinosaurs”
• July 8-10: “Ice Age: Dawn of Dinosaurs”
• July 15-17: “Ice Age: Continental Drift”
• July 22-24: “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel”
• July 29-31: “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked”
• Aug. 5-7: “Mr. Peabody and Sherman”
• Aug. 12-14: “Rio 2”

The movie series is free to the public, with the exclusion of large groups. Space is limited and attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. The theater is located at Burnsville Center, 14401 Burnhaven Drive.

Children’s theater classes
Rosemount Area Arts Council’s Backyard Bunch Children’s Theater is offering summer classes for children ages 8-17.

Classes include: Puppeteer, Everyone Improvs, Special Effects Make-up, Intro to Voice Overs, Preparing for Auditions, Stage Combat, Balloon Artistry, Develop an Accent and Juggling.

Classes are limited to 10 students. To register or for more information, visit or call 651-600-8693.

Mystery writers workshop
Award-winning local mystery writers Marilyn Jax and Craig MacIntosh will lead a free Mystery Writers Workshop from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Apple Valley Barnes & Noble, 14880 Florence Trail.

Another ‘Rudy’ book for Waibel
Children’s author Stacy Raye Waibel has published the sixth book in the Rudy’s Little World series – “What’s it Like in Heaven, Rudy?”

Thinking with a child’s perspective, Waibel discusses the questions children may have, “Why did you leave?” “Were you unhappy?” “Do you still love me?” and “What’s it like in Heaven?”

Casper’s Cherokee in Eagan will host an open house from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 1, to introduce “What’s it Like in Heaven, Rudy?” Waibel is available for speaking engagements, book signings and children’s programs. Contact information can be found at

County calls for nature art
Submissions for Dakota County’s fourth community art exhibit are due by Tuesday, July 15. Art will be displayed in county buildings beginning in September.

Artists are encouraged to submit original two-dimensional art in one or both of the following theme areas: Critters of the Minnesota Zoo and Natural Wonders of the Parks of Dakota County.

Artists must be at least 8 years old and live in Dakota County, and subjects of the art must be from within Dakota County. Artwork is limited to 36-by-36 inches. It must be prepared for hanging on a wall.

Submissions are limited to one per artist per theme and must meet the full criteria outlined by the Dakota County Public Art Citizen Advisory Committee at, search art exhibit.

For more information, artists can also contact Jean Erickson, deputy director of Dakota County’s Public Services and Revenue Division, 651-438-4286, or [email protected].

The committee will review the submissions and make a recommendation to the Dakota County Board of Commissioners. The board will make the final decision on which works of art will be exhibited.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Dakota County Public Art Citizen Advisory Committee, whose mission is to showcase and celebrate local talent while making community art more accessible to residents. The committee includes seven members who have backgrounds in art and have been selected by the County Board. This exhibition is the fourth open exhibition of work by local artists sponsored by the committee and its 19th overall.