“CLOSE TO YOU”, Music of the Carpenters

Saturday • March 18, 2017 • 7:30pm
See details below!


Music of the Carpenters
Saturday, March 18 • 7:30pm
Music of the Carpenters
Saturday, March 18 • 7:30pm
Pope County Expo
Saturday, April 8, 2017 • 9am–3pm
Ring of Kerry
Saturday, April 29 • 7:30pm
Ring of Kerry
Saturday, April 29 • 7:30pm
The Looney Lutherans
Saturday, May 13, 2017 • 5:30 dinner, 7:30 performance
The Looney Lutherans
Saturday, May 13, 2017 • 5:30 dinner, 7:30 performance

“CLOSE TO YOU”—The Music of the Carpenters
Saturday, March 18, 2017 • 7:30pm

Considered one of the best vocalists of all time, Karen Carpenter captured the attention of a generation with her unabashedly catchy pop music. The Carpenters’ beautiful, memorable love songs topped the Billboard charts with more than a dozen number one hits. Since 2010, singer Lisa Rock and her 6-piece band bring the music of The Carpenters back to the stage with their spot-on renditions of Carpenters classics with Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters.

For more info on this group, go to our Concert Series webpage.


Featured Artist

Mar 13–Apr 20
Formal Reception Show March 18, 2017 • 5:30–7:30pm

Fine Art • Mixed Media

Mary Jo has exhibited her art in solo and shared art exhibits in Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, and North Carolina and has been juried into numerous notable art exhibitions. Along with this she has received private commissions for paintings. Mary Jo has demonstrated as well as conducted workshops in painting with alcohol ink. She also works in the area of fiber arts and photography.

For more details, go to our Featured Artist page.

Painting Class

Thursday–Friday • June 8–9, 2017 • 9am–4pm
“Painting a Small Still Life of Fruit in Oil”

Class limit: 10 students
Class fee: $40 per student

To register, call the office at 320-634-0400. Registration is not complete until money is received. For more details, go to our Art Education webpage.

This class has been subsidized through a grant from the Lakes Region Arts Council.

2017 Concert Series


March 18 • “Close to You”, the Music of the Carpenters
April 29 • Ring of Kerry
May 13 • Looney Lutherans Dinner Show
September 16 • Forever Elvis: The Spirit Lives
October 14 • Matt Vee: “I Am, He Said”; Celebrate the Music of Neil Diamond
December 17 • ‘The Nutcracker Ballet’, by the Continental Ballet Company

2017 Summer Art Program

July 5–August 10
Wednesdays • ages 7–11, 9–11:30am
Thursdays • ages 12–adult, 9–11:30am
$60 for the 6-wk session or $15 per class.
Call the office for information & registration.


Thanks to the Lakes Region Arts Council for their continued support of Central Square. These activities are funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation.

We also want to thank the Gladys Ness Brang Foundation, the David Larson Foundation, REA and Shopko for their funding of our activities.

As a non-profit organization, Central Square Cultural and Civic Center—YOUR community center—appreciates all you can do to help us promote our events.

Thanks for keeping arts education and programming alive in West Central Minnesota!

We welcome you to Central Square!

The old Glenwood High School is a restored, historic landmark and under the care of Central Square Cultural and Civic Center, a non-profit organization. We are the home to concerts, events, galleries, exhibitions, art classes, individual businesses, and more. Central Square is dedicated to fostering the arts in our community, by hosting world-renowned musicians and artists.