- Feb 12 – Book Talk & Signing with Marty Seifert
Monday • 6:30pm
Marty Seifert, former State Rep. and MN gubernatorial candidate in both 2010 and 2014, and now an author, has written a novel based on a true incident that occurred in southwestern Minnesota over 100 years ago. Seifert grew up on a farm in the same area and repeatedly heard little bits of the story. As an adult, his curiosity compelled him to investigate further and he ended up doing extensive research about what happened. He calls the book Sundown at Sunrise: A Story of Love and Murder. The historic event upon which it is based is known as one of the most notorious and brutal ax murders in American history. He will give a lively and interesting presentation about the event and his work to uncover details. All are welcome to what will surely be a most interesting evening. The book is on our shelves now and will be available also at the event.
- Feb 17 – Booksigning with author Alisa Star
Saturday • 1:30-3:30pm
We will host a book signing and reading by local author Alisa Star. Her new children’s book, Birdie Takes the Stage, is illustrated by Heather Rolin. Alisa will do a reading of the story at noon and will be signing books until 1:30 PM. Cherry Street Books congratulates this local author/illustrator team!
- Feb 17 – Music Event at Andria Theatre
Saturday • 7:30pm Concert
A lovely event is coming up at the Andria Theatre that we want you to know about. On February 17th at 7:30 PM they will host a performance by the Minneapolis based Lux String Quartet. The cellist in the group is former Alexandria resident, Eric Graf. The group is offering a smorgasbord of Scandinavian music including Danish and Norwegian folk music and classics by Finnish composer Sibelius and Norwegian composer Grieg.
High School Workshop
In conjunction with their Alexandria visit, the quartet will be offering a workshop with the high school orchestra students; students will be joining them for some of the works to be performed at the concert on the 17th. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.andriatheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at 320-762-8300 or stopping at the theatre between 11 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday.
- Feb 19 – Booksigning by author Jodi Hills
Monday • 4–5:30pm
Jodi Hills grew up in Alexandria. She has developed a very successful career as an artist and writer and has published quite a number of books. Jodi is married now and lives in France. Her art continues to evolve and her work is really lovely. We have prints to frame and darling little gift enclosure cards as well as many of her books. Jodi will be visiting Alexandria this month and will be at Cherry Street Books on Monday, February 19th from 4–5:30 to connect with friends and readers and sign her work for you. Welcome home to Alexandria, Jodi! Let’s make it a little party; we’ll provide the refreshments.
- Mar 1 – Senior College Kick-off!
Thursday • 3:15pm
Blue Zones: Secrets of a Long Life
Tony Buettner, Blue Zones Project
There are five Blue Zone areas around the world, communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record setting ages, documented in National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner’s New York Times bestselling book, “The Blue Zones—Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest.” This research, coupled with a fifteen-year longevity study, has been leveraged to develop a community transformation program to create new Blue Zones Communities® across the U.S. Blue Zones Project takes a unique, systematic approach to improving well-being—focusing on our “life radius.” By optimizing the settings where we routinely spend our time, we make healthy choices easier—and naturally adopt healthier behaviors.
Blue Zones and its brand have attracted global recognition. Since its launch in 2008, Blue Zones Project has been heralded for innovative approaches to population health management in such publications as The New York Times, National Geographic, Scientific America, and Oprah Magazine. The Blue Zones TED Talk has been viewed over 2 million times, and the Buettners have appeared on shows like CNN, NPR, Good Morning America, ABC World NewsTonight, and CBS’s The Early Show.
Cherry Street Books will be at this event selling the Blue Zones Solution book. It’s a great opportunity to learn about this project and we encourage anyone interested to attend! This first kick-off session of Senior College is free.
- Story Time – Saturday mornings at 10am
Saturday mornings are exciting times at Cherry Street! Kids are invited for story time with Lee every Saturday at 10AM; it’s free and open to all. Geared for kids ages 3–5, there are always fun stories, activities and surprises.
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