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Coming events March 1-9

Monday, March 1

U.S. Census basic skills testing for job applicants will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 1 in the Park Rapids Area Library small meeting room.

Chapter FJ of the PEO Sisterhood will be meeting at 6 p.m. Monday March 1, at the home of Jennifer Geraedts.

Assistant hostess is Lori Goebel.  The program will be election and installation of officers.

Census testing will be conducted at 7 p.m. Monday, March 1 at Hubbard United Methodist Church.

Tuesday, March 2

Nature photographer Steve Maanum will present "Get Plugged into Nature Through Digital Photography" from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 2 in the Northwoods Bank community room in Park Rapids.

(This is a Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning schedule change.)

During his years as a educator, Maanum believed in combining traditional classroom lessons with hands-on experiences. Now, in his retirement, he is still connecting kids to nature through photography, writing and environmental education projects.

One of those projects involves using digital photography as a means of teaching about the environment through the lens of a camera.

Manuum's presentation will begin with samples of his own nature photography and end with some of the efforts taking place to get kids unplugged from their "inside technology" just long enough to get them plugged into "outside technology" through the use of digital photography.

Contact LuAnne White at 732-7939 or e-mail to hclifelonglearn  HCLL encourages you all to car pool with your friends and neighbors.

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning is supported in part by a grant from the Minnesota Humanities Center.

Rebecca Barnard, forest certification coordinator for the Minnesota DNR, Division of Forestry will provide an overview and status update on forest certification at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 2 at the courthouse.

A total of 8.4 million acres of public and private forestlands are certified within Minnesota. The DNR manages 4.9 million acres of forestland that are certified through two forest certification systems, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council.

Each system has separate forest management and chain-of-custody standards.

Barnard will provide an overview of the requirements and differences of each of the systems and their related standards.

The program is sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Park Rapids.

"Parenting with Love and Logic" will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, March 2, 9 and 16 at the Frank White Education Center.

Tired of the same old battles? Do you sometimes feel like your children are smarter than you are? You are not alone. 

Parents need different techniques with children living in today's complex and rapidly changing world.  Learn an approach that can help your children become more responsible by thinking through and happily living with the decisions they make. 

Parents and caretakers of all ages of children can attend but childcare is for 0 to 5-year-olds.

For more information or to register contact Community Education at 237-6600.

Wednesday, March 3

Basic skills testing for U.S. Census applicants will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 3 at Northwoods Bank community room.

St. Joseph's Area Health Services will offer a health assessment clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 3 at Park Villa.

This is by appointment only; call 237-5463.

St. Joseph's Community Health will offer free H1N1 vaccinations from 2 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday beginning March 3.

Anyone is welcome to get their H1N1 vaccination at St. Joseph's community health office located at 205 Pleasant Ave. in Park Rapids.

The clinic is open to all ages with no appointment necessary.

Call 218-237-5463 for more information.

Thursday, March 4

The Wadena Whirlaways will be square dancing from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, March 4 at the Wadena Elks Lodge.

Roger Lueth will be the caller.

Friday, March 5

Dr. Kevin Schoepel, MeritCare Clinic, Bemidji, will present information on varicose veins and leg pains at noon Friday, March 5 in North Country Regional Hospital's education center

The event is free and open to the public with a light lunch provided.

  Call 218-333-5505 for seat reservations, class size is limited.

Celebrate Recovery, a 12-step, Christ-centered program to deal with "hurts, habits and hang-ups," meets Friday nights at Assembly of God Church, a mile north of Menahga on Highway 71.

Fellowship is at 6:30 p.m. with a large group meeting at 7 p.m. and small groups meeting at 8 p.m.

Call Paul at 218-616-0390 or Bob at 218-252-8286 for more information.

First City Squares of Bemidji is hosting a square dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 5 at the United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 9th and Beltrami. 

Plus tips will be in the first half hour.  Jim Lizakowski will be the caller. 

Visitors and spectators are welcome.  Call Kurt or Patti at 218-444-8328.

Saturday, March 6

Park Rapids Community Education is offering a trip to Chanhassen Dinner Theatre for a viewing of "Footloose" Saturday, March 6.

Limited tickets are available for the trip that includes transportation on a coach bus a backstage tour, lunch and the show.

No refunds will be given after March 1.  The bus will board at 7 a.m. March 6 for a day that includes a back-stage tour, lunch and the show.

Contact Community Education at 237-6600 for more information.

The next Ruby's Pantry Food distribution will be held Saturday, March 6 at the Assumption of our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga. 

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the food distribution following at 10:30 a.m. 

The cost is $15 per share.  Please bring your own baskets and boxes for food. 

Volunteers are also needed and appreciated. For more information, contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501. 

The Hubbard County Republican convention will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 6 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The party platform will be discussed and delegates will be elected.

Coffee, rolls and lunch will be served.

A benefit for Leonard and Kathy DeWitt will be held Saturday, March 6 at the Akeley VFW Post 8508.

A silent auction, with donations welcome, will be open from 3 to 7 p.m., a spaghetti dinner will be served from 5 to 6 p.m. and music will be from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Proceeds will be used to cover medical costs for the couple.

Sunday, March 7

Lakes Plus-Detroit Lakes will have a plus square dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7 at the Odd Fellows Hall, 118 W. Holmes.

Roger McNeil will call the tips. All dancers and spectators are welcome.

Potluck finger food will be served for lunch.

"Triumph of Youth", the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra's third subscription concert, will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 7 in the Bemidji High School Auditorium, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett. 

Doors will open for seating at 2:30 pm.  Season memberships will be available on the day of the concert as well as single concert tickets. 

Tickets may be purchased in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North in Bemidji. 

Monday, March 8

The 16th annual Hubbard County Relay for Life will have its first team meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 8 at Riverside United Methodist Church.

Team packets will be distributed and fundraising ideas will be discussed. Team captains/members and anyone interested in forming a team are welcome.

For more information call Carolyn Shogren at 652-0261. The Relay will be held

Friday, June 25 this year. This is a change from previous years' weekend.

Registration is open through Monday, March 8 for Bemidji State University's 32nd annual Early Childhood Mega Conference March 11-12, hosted by the Child Development Training Program.

Information on the mega conference and registration forms are available on the conference's Web site,, or by contacting Cherry Brouwer, coordinator of the Bemidji State Child Development Training Program, at 888-234-1305 or via e-mail at cbrou

Tuesday, March 9

The Acting Company and Guthrie Theater will present "Romeo and Juliet" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9 in Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

The Acting Company, in its 36th year of touring classical productions, and the Guthrie Theater of Minneapolis are TONY Award winners for excellence in theater.

The touring company presents William Shakespeare's iconic romantic tragedy of innocent young lovers. Swords clash, everlasting love is promised and a treacherous sleeping potion is swallowed in the greatest love story of all time.

Tickets are available through the CLC Theatre Box Office at 218-855-8199 or by e-mailing clctheater