Area Briefs 9/5/13

Llamas on the run in Hammond
HAMMOND, Wis. — The streets of Hammond will be humming with all things Llama Sept. 14 for the 17th annual Running of the Llamas, a full day of activities, fun and games for all ages.

The race starts at 3 p.m. as 12 llamas vie for the chance to take home the biggest basket of vegetables. There will be three llamas in each of four heats with the winners of each heat running in a final race to determine the 2013 champion. Alpacas will have their own heat this year to show they have the same racing genes as their llama cousins.

Vendors will have items for sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Little Tykes Express returns this year.

The community band plays at 1 p.m. followed by a 2:30 parade. Foster Hall across from the library is llama central, selling this year’s official event t-shirts. The Hammond Arts Alliance presents an art show at Foster Hall.

There also is a rib fest from 3:30 to 6 p.m in the Hammond Hotel parking lot. Live music featuring Boondoggle is on stage from 4 to 7 p.m.

Jim Weber benefit Sept. 15

Weber was diagnosed with ALS more than two years ago and now could use some help.
There will be a benefit for Weber from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 at Withrow Ballroom In Hugo.

The event features a silent auction paid with cash or check only, a 50/50 raffle and music by “Touch of Rust,” sponsored by Bremer Bank. Also featured is food from Brines at $10 per plate (cash or check) Children ages 12 years and younger are free and tickets are sold at the door.

Proceeds from the event will help pay for Weber’s in-home care.

For financial or silent auction donations, contact Greg or Barb Lehmicke at 651-439-6830 or 612-325-1942 or by email at [email protected]

SPCO to perform

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto at 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at St. Andrew’s Church in Mahtomedi as the first performance in the SPCO’s new series.

The program features Haydn’s symphony No. 91 in e-flat, Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony no. 2 op. 38a, and Beethoven’s Concerto.

Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, $25 for adults, and $5 for children. Call 651-291-1144, visit or stop by the ticket office at third floor, the historic Hamm Building 408 Saint Peter Street, St. Paul.

Christian Zacharias will direct the performance and play piano. Zacharias is one of the world’s most celebrated pianists and has made his mark as a conductor, festival director, musical thinker, writer, and broadcaster. Since 2000, Zacharias has been Principal Conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Swtizerland, with which he has made a number of critically acclaimed recordings.

Since 2002-03, Zacharias has also been principal guest conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and in 2009, he became an SPCO artistic partner.