Arts & Performance

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Thanks to a new partnership between the Metropolitan Library Services Agency  (MELSA) and 3M Library Systems, users of the 100 metro public libraries in the seven-country metro now have free and fast access to thousands of additional eBooks.

To celebrate there will be a demonstration open to the public at the George Latimer Central Library in downtown St. Paul at 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 4 and pop-up stands providing more information at Park and Rides and Farmers’ Markets.

Pub Night Dockside

Join CG Hooks Eatery and Tally’s Dockside as they wrap up a summer of live music. Artists include Jake Nelson, Bill Woodson, Lightning Creek and Jim Czechowicz. Free. 6–9 p.m. 4441 Lake Ave. S., White Bear Lake; 651.429.2633; cghooks.com

Pops on the Porch

Gather around the porch at the historic Fillebrown House for an evening of music from the Moonlight Serenaders. This event is presented by the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on, and pack a picnic supper or some snacks as you enjoy the evening and swinging tunes. Free. 6–8 p.m. 4735 Lake Ave., White Bear Lake; 651.407.5327; whitebearhistory.org

Live Music by the Lake

Join CG Hooks Eatery and Tally’s Dockside as they wrap up a summer of live music. Performances are scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. And the best part: no cover charge. Artists set to perform include Billy McLaughlin, Under Cover, the Ross William Perry Band, Repath, Clint Rowles and many more. See website for a complete schedule. Free. 6–9 p.m. 4441 Lake Ave. S., White Bear Lake; 651.429.2633; cghooks.com

Uptown Art Fair

The Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis is the winner of more than 115 International Festivals and Events Association Awards, and it isn’t hard to see why. The Art Fair is three days of creative fun, from art activities to wine tasting to a Culinary Arts competition. There is non-stop entertainment ranging from reggae to magic on the performance stage, and festival food galore. The main star of the show, however, is the art: ranging from limited editions to one-of-a-kind treasures from more than 350 talented artists from around the world. Free. Times vary; check website for details.

Gary Louris Live at the Hilde

We’ve all had those moments during the long frigid winter where we closed our eyes and pictured a balmy evening spent listening to strands of live music melt into the warm summer breeze.  It helped us survive the cold (and yes, despite our moments of doubt, we did), and now the fun is finally beginning.

Sleeping Beauty, Kids

Bring the kids to enjoy this fun hour-long Disney musical featuring Lakeshore's youngest players. Senior and student tickest $8; adults $10. Lakeshore Players, 4820 Stewart Ave., White Bear Lake. For more information call 651.429.5674 or email office@lakeshoreplayers.com.

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Tamarack Nature Photography Club

Experts from the 3M Camera Club will coach interested shutterbugs in all aspects of photography, including techniques, types of equipment and photo projects. Adults only. Free. 10 a.m.–noon. Tamarack Nature Center, 5287 Otter Lake Road, White Bear Township; 651.407.5350; parks.co.ramsey.mn.us

Imagine Art

This summer, kids ages 6–14 can enjoy spending time working in a variety of media, including clay, painting and drawing at the White Bear Center for the Arts. Class costs range from $23–$87. 9:30 a.m.–noon, 12:30–3 p.m. White Bear Center for the Arts, 4971 Long Ave., White Bear Lake; 651.407.0597; whitebeararts.org

Swing Dance with The Saints of Swing Big Band

The 21-piece Saints of Swing Big Band is one of the newest big bands in the Twin Cities. This popular ensemble will play music of the Big Band era for your listening and dancing pleasure. The evening will include free swing dancing lessons, open dancing and a cash bar. Put on your dancing shoes and head over to the Withrow Ballroom for a fun evening of swing! $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Lessons, 7:15–7:45 p.m., dancing, 8–11 p.m. Withrow Ballroom, 12169 Keystone Ave.

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