A classically trained pianist with a degree in music from the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse, Parker sang in church and with a wedding band, until receiving an invitation to join a blues band. Accustomed to studying music formally, she immersed herself in the blues.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and admission is $8 at the west garden gate. Guests are asked to bring lawn chairs, and a limited number will be available for rent.
Sinatra, Streisand and Looney Lutherans
Theatre L’Homme Dieu will host several performances this weekend and next week.
“From Ava to Eternity” continues through Sunday, July 22. A full-length dramatic musical, this tells the story of Francis Albert Sinatra, a kid from Hoboken who wanted to make it big and become a star. Accompanied by the sounds of an on-stage orchestra, it features hits including “I’ve Got the World On A String,” “All of Me” and “New York, New York.”
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
On Tuesday, July 24, and Wednesday, July 25, the Looney Lutherans will take the stage for “Livin’ La Vida Lutheran!” Offered only as 2 p.m. matinees, this interactive, family-friendly show follows three women on tour promoting their new cookbook. The show’s roots are in the musical “Church Basement Ladies.”
The week will wrap up at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26, with a single showing of “Memories… Celebrating the Music of Barbra Streisand, Featuring Patty Peterson.” With a full band and backup from Mary Jane Alm and Aimée Lee, Peterson will perform hits including “People,” and “On a Clear Day.” Peterson has received the Minnesota Music Award seven times for best vocalist and in 2010 was inducted into the Mid America Hall of Fame.
The 2018 Minnesota Motorcycle Rally is back in Alexandria Friday and Saturday.
Registration for the two-day event is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days at Apol’s Harley-Davidson, 1515 42nd Ave. W. That is the site for everything except for the city’s street dance, which is in downtown Alexandria beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, and the bike show, which is also downtown from 5-7 p.m. Friday.
The rally also includes guided rides departing from Apol’s from 10 a.m. to noon both days, field events from 1-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and on Saturday a dealer-led ride from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and a fashion show from 4-5 p.m.
Quilters announce block contest
The Lakes Area Quilters will again sponsor a block contest at the Douglas County Fair. The blocks submitted will be made into quilts for the Quilts of Valor program, which provides comforting quilts to service members and veterans touched by war.
This year’s blocks are to be a design of the quilter’s choice made with red, white and blue quilter’s cotton. The block should measure 12.5 inches unfinished. Pressed and squared blocks may be dropped off at Dawn’s Quilt Shop or Community Vac & Sew before Tuesday, Aug. 14, or at the Heritage (Johnson) Building at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on entry day Aug. 14. Blocks will be displayed at the Douglas County Fair in the Johnson Building. Viewer’s choice winner will receive a free one-year membership to Lakes Area Quilters.
Kids art day
The Alexandria Brush and Palette Club will hold a Kids Fun Day for ages 7 and up from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 6, at United Methodist Church. Artists will teach classes in string art, pounded floral art, drawing games, painting bags and stone painting, and snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Sharri Bolstad at 320-760-6463.