Always wanted to learn to play an instrument but never had the time for it? This Just ONCE Guitar class is tailor-made for you. The instructor will give you a crash course in fundamental guitar skills, teaching basic chords that will impress your friends and get you strumming along with your most beloved tunes. As a bonus, the course fee includes a workbook and practice DVD so your newfound skills won’t get rusty as soon as you get home. Ages 13 and up. 651.653.2920.
Arts & Performance
Head to the White Bear Lake Area High School-South Campus to see some of the area’s most talented kids battle it out to be crowned the best band in the area. Last year’s event featured six student bands with musical styles that ran the gamut from acoustic guitar to heavy metal, as well as a special appearance by a teacher band. Support your favorite young music-makers and get your groove on (just leave your lighter at home). 651-773-6200.
Support the White Bear Lake High School Band at its big spring concert at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church as talented young musicians perform the music of several famed composers. 651.426.3261.
Are April showers keeping the kids stuck inside? Lila and Claudine’s Yarn & Gifts offers a Thursday knitting group for 8- to 12-year-olds who love to knit or want to learn. Qualified instructors are happy to teach the basics or new techniques, and the after-school group is a great way to meet new friends and make progress on a special handmade project. 651.429.9551.
Don’t miss this season’s Art Extravaganza at Central Middle School, where students will showcase their art in the corridors. The next van Gogh may be hanging on the walls at Central, so stop by and support the students. Times vary. 651.653.2888.
The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra is coming to Mahtomedi, and it’s an event that shouldn’t be missed. The orchestra will perform jazz great Dave Brubeck’s haunting Regret, Dominick Argento’s cheery Valentino Dances complete with an accordion soloist, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s powerful Fifth Symphony. 651.426.3261.
Celebrate the start of spring at the Grand Symphonic Winds concert. This 90-member wind ensemble is based in the Twin Cities, but has been playing at famous concert halls around the globe for the past 25 years. A part of the Wildwood Artist Series, this concert will feature songs with a bit of South American flair to showcase the ensemble’s recent tour in Brazil. 651.269.9888.
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church is hosting the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) in Mahtomedi. The orchestra will be performing the Baroque classic that invites you to on a journey as one season musically moves into the next. Ticket information available on the SPCO website. 651.291.1144(SPCO).
Gear up for a spooky experience at this bone-chilling adaptation of Agatha Christie’s most popular murder mystery. Watch as 10 characters are trapped on an island mansion with only themselves and their secrets for company—not knowing that once their secrets are revealed, death is sure to follow. 651.429.5674.
The kids of Central Middle School have talent and they’re ready to show it off. Head to the school for an evening of song, dance, instrumental performances and fun. 651.653.2888.