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August 5, 2021(1 event)

7:00 pm: Around the World with Karen & Nicole “Precious Friend”

August 5, 2021

Thursday, August 5, 2021 (7:00 PM)

First Thursdays Arts Walk

with Inlandia Institute and Riverside Public Library

Around the World with Karen & Nicole “Precious Friend”

FREE and in person in the new Main Library Community Room (street level, on Mission Inn Ave.)

3900 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, CA 92501

In celebration of the Friends of the Riverside Library and National Friendship Day August 1, storyteller Karen Rae Kraut and puppeteer Nicole Cloeren will present “Precious Friend” stories, poems, puppets, and a song or two about friendship. Is it true that with a friend joys are doubled and sorrows cut in half?  What do you think?

Karen Rae Kraut has been blending story, song, and creative movement in schools, libraries, museums, and theaters from California to East Tennessee since 1990. She has toured for the Smithsonian, and was commissioned by the McCallum Theatre to create a storyteller’s version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Karen’s CD, Cooler Water Cora and Other Stories, is the winner of an iParenting Media Award for Audio Excellence and a National Parenting Publications Honors Award.

Nicole Cloeren is the founder of Puppets a la Carte, where she uses puppets and techniques of improvisation to create a space of surprise and wonder in which we can all learn from one another. She is a resident artist at Riverside Studios, has performed with puppets at numerous indoor, outdoor, and online events around Southern California, and loves partnering with other artists.

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September 1, 2021
September 2, 2021(1 event)

7:00 pm: 2020 Writing From Inlandia Book Launch Celebration!

September 2, 2021

Thursday, September 2, 2021 (7:00-8:00 PM)

First Thursdays Arts Walk

2020 Writing From Inlandia Book Launch Celebration

FREE and in person at the new Main Library

3900 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, CA 92501, Community Room (ground level)

Masks required.

Come out for Riverside Arts Walk on Thursday, September 2, 2021, and join Inlandia Institute at the new Main Library for the launch of 2020 Writing from Inlandia! This yearly anthology has been published since 2011 and is an Inlandia tradition, with contributors from sixteen of Inlandia’s creative writing workshops in the 2020 edition. Packed with over 300 pages of stories, poems, and essays, 2020 Writing from Inlandia explores the experience of being alive through memoir, food writing, reflections on the COVID pandemic, and more. Participants will read their work aloud in reflection of the myriad challenges – and rewards – of being human. Don’t miss it!

In memory of Candace Shields, Morris Mendoza, and CelenaDiana Bumpus.

All 2020 Inlandia workshops were supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council, a state agency. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit Learn more about the California Arts Council at

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