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The Arts Consortium of Carver County hosts an open reading event "Close Encounters of Any Kind" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3 at the Chaska Community Center, 1661 Park Ridge Drive, Chaska.

"A 'close encounter' can be a close look at a specific person, place or thing. It could be getting pulled over, a mosquito that won’t buzz off, or an experience that is specific to a special place," a press release stated.

Authors of fiction, nonfiction and poetry are invited to share their work. Participants are asked to limit their selection to five minutes and arrive a few minutes early to sign up for a slot.

The public is invited. The event will follow current CDC protocols.

For more information, contact; 952-443-3200; or Anne Jackson at

Community Editor

Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.