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Upcoming events April 3-18

Saturday, April 3

Laporte's annual Easter egg hunt will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 3 in the Laporte School commons area.

The event holds candy, prizes and fun for kids in sixth grade or younger. It's sponsored by the Laporte-Benedict Lions Club.

Monday, April 5

Minnesota's "renaissance man" - author, musician, artist, naturalist and wilderness guide" - Doug Wood will visit the Park Rapids Area Library at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 5.

He will present, A Writer's Path: Motivation, Perspiration, Inspiration.

Wood's books, for children and adults, include the classics "Old Turtle" and "Grandad's Prayers of the Earth."

His honors and awards include the Christopher Medal, ABBY Award, Minnesota Book Award and Parent's Choice Award.

Wood reaches audiences of all ages through storytelling and musicianship, personal warmth and light-hearted humor. The program, outlining Doug's journey from reluctant reader to writer, is designed to empower people to pursue their dreams and goals, including writing, and to emphasize the power and importance of reading.

This is a free event funded by the Legacy Amendment.  Those interested in attending are asked to contact the Park Rapids Area Library at 723-4966.

Chapter FJ of the PEO sisterhood will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 5 at the home of Jan Long.

The agenda includes discussion of chapter goals.

U.S. Census basic skills testing will be conducted at 7 p.m. Monday, April 5 at Hubbard United Methodist Church.

Walk-ins are welcome. Call 866-861-2010 for more information.

Tuesday, April 6

The Quilts of Valor meeting for April has been changed to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 6 in the Park Rapids Area Library meeting room.

The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will offer a 55+ driver improvement refresher course from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 6 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

The course is open to the public; pre-registration is requested by visiting or calling 888-234-1294.

Audrey Thayer, an enrolled member of the White Earth Reservation, will present a program on social justice issues at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 6 in the basement meeting room of the courthouse.

Thayer has been focused on social justice issues throughout her life.  She began her commitments at age 18 organizing for woman rights. By 24, Thayer was organizing, educating and working in the areas of domestic violence, racial justice and anti-war/peace issues.

Thayer has an associate degree in social work and secretarial science, a bachelor of arts from the University of Minnesota- Minneapolis in Native American studies and a master's degree in education from Cambridge College in Massachusetts.

  Her work experience in the last 40 years has been in tribal, non-profit, private business and with local, state and federal agencies.

The program is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Park Rapids. 

Thursday, April 8

Auditions for the Northern Light Opera Company's production of the acclaimed musical, "Godspell," will be held in Walker at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8 at Hope Lutheran Church and in Park Rapids at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 9 and 10 a.m. Saturday, April 10 at Calvary Lutheran Church.

Singers should come prepared to sing a song with accompaniment (pianist will be provided). Call back auditions for specific roles will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10 at Calvary.

Friday, April 9

As a final stop on its 2010 spring concert tour, the Bemidji Choir and Chamber Singers will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 9 at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

The Bemidji Choir, founded in 1937 by Carl O. Thompson, has gained an international reputation for excellence.

Under the direction of his successor, Dr. Paul Brandvik, the choir represented the United States five times at the international choral festival, The Europa Cantat, in France, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland and Spain. They have appeared in the Israel Festival and at the Zimriya, World Festival of Choirs in Israel.

Dr. P. Bradley Logan, conductor of the Bemidji Choir and the Chamber Singers, is professor of music, and director of choral activities at Bemidji State University, where he also teaches.

Logan made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting René Clausen's "A New Creation" in 2002. In the spring of 2003 he conducted the BSU Chamber Singers on the Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.

Nick Dahn, one of the singers in the Bemidji Choir and Chamber Singers, will once again be heard in his hometown of Park Rapids. The Park Rapids Classic Chorale is actively promoting this concert as another opportunity for the community to hear high quality choral music.

The concert is free to the public, however, there will be a freewill offering taken to help defray tour costs.

Saturday, April 10

Central Lakes College Law Enforcement will hold a class for individuals applying for the civilian handgun permit from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 10.

The class meets at the Business and Industry Center of the Brainerd campus and will also use an off-campus firing range.

     This course meets state certification standards on "carry and conceal."  Participants must show experience with handguns through a previous handgun permit, completion of an NRA course, DNR course, law enforcement courses or experience, or military experience.

The course will consist of 3.5 hours of classroom information and 4.5 hours on firearm certification at a shooting range. The lab will consist of 100 rounds of practice. Only unaltered firearms in original configuration can be used for the certification process.

Participants must supply their firearm, 100 rounds of ammunition, a holster, hat/cap, ear protection, safety glasses, and rain gear.

    Fee is $85, including a book. Instructor is Skip Rudquist.

Deadline for payment and registration is April 2. For information or to register call 800-933-0346 ext. 8142.

Tuesday, April 13

St. Joseph's diabetes support group will meet from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 13 in the lower level A meeting room of St. Joseph's Area Health Services.

Arlys Hess, MSW, will speak on controlling "diabetes burnout."

Wednesday, April 14

A support group for caregivers who have loved ones with memory loss (Alzheimer's or dementia) will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 14 at Diamond Willow of Park Rapids, 911 Crocus Hill St.

Coffee and treats will be provided.

For more information, call Susan Ross at 252-0824.

Sunday, April 18

St. Theodore's Parish Guild will host games of meat bingo at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18 at the church located at the intersection of Co. Rds. 124 and 129 north of Ponsford.

Twenty games will be played with turkeys and hams presented to winners. Lunch is free.