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Upcoming events March 19 - April 12

Saturday, March 19

Ruby's Pantry food distribution will be held today (Saturday), March 19 at Assumption of Our Lady of the Pines in Menahga.

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

A $15 cash donation at the door is appreciated. Bring baskets, totes and coolers for food.

For more information, call Karol or Dave at 564-4501.

Spring Fever Family Night will be held at 5:30 p.m. today (Saturday), March 19 at Grace Community Church of Osage. A lasagna dinner with dessert will be available, along with games for the whole family. A free will offering will be accepted.

Twisted Stitchers will host the RailRiver Folk School creators from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. today (Saturday), March 19 at 201 Main Ave (Monika's).

They will be talking about their vision to pass on traditions and preserve heritage while creating a healthy sustainable cooperative. For further information contact Kathy 732-0978

Sunday, March 20

The Wadena Area Community Band, under the direction of John Lindlief, will present its annual spring concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20 in the Wadena Memorial Auditorium.

The free concert will suit many tastes, including light classical, a hymn tune, marches and show tunes.

Wadena Area Community Band members represent the Bertha, Eagle Bend, Henning, Long Prairie, Park Rapids, Perham, Staples, Verndale and Wadena communities.

The Guthrie Community Center-Ye Olde School Grounds, will be the site of the 21st annual St. Patrick's Day dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20.

The menu includes roast beef with all the trimmings.

All proceeds will go toward the maintenance and improvement of YOSG.

First City Squares of Bemidji is hosting a square dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 9th and Beltrami.

Plus tips will be in the first half hour. Roger McNeil will be the caller and Bernadette McNeil will be cueing rounds. Visitors and spectators are welcome.

Tuesday, March 22

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning welcomes Lonnie Skrentner speaking about perceptions of the U.S. and Russia in "Russia - Up Close and Personal" on Tuesday, March 22, from 1 to 2:30 p.m at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

Lonni Skrentner was a national representative of the League of Women Voters on a trip to Russia, and she has hosted a delegation of journalists from Moldovia through the League's Open World Leadership Center. She has also presented programs with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in the Twin Cities.

Skrentner has been a professional educator since 1968. She has taught grades 7-12 in social studies and language arts. She served two years as a teacher on special assignment in Edina mentoring new staff and revising district wide social studies curriculum. She was active on the state level in the writing and revision of content standards for No Child Left Behind. She is currently retired from full time teaching, but tutors students from Edina's A Better Chance Program. During her career Lonni received the Ashland Teacher Achievement Award, a Christa McAuliffe fellowship and the Gilder-Lehrman American History Teacher of the Year Award. She was elected to the Edina School Board in November 2009.

If you have any questions regarding this program or HCLL, please call LuAnne White at 732-7939 or e-mail to

Thursday, March 24

Century School third and fourth graders will present a concert, "We Are the Children," at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24 in the cafetorium. Those who attend are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to help with Century School's Food Drive.

Friday, March 25

The Osage Lions Club is hosting a fish fry at the American Legion from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 25. The menu includes hand breaded deep fried fish, oven roasted red potatoes, coleslaw, carrots and desserts. All proceeds go toward helping community activities.

Nevis High School students are performing the spring musical "Guys and Dolls" at the Nevis School small gym on Friday, March 25 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

"Guys and Dolls" is a romantic comedy that soars with the spirit of Broadway. The show involves a cast of vivid characters and upbeat music. Sarah Brown (Rachel Grider) is the upright mission doll out to reform evildoers of Times Square. Sky Masterson (Sean Howes) is the slick, high rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love. Adelaide (Brianna Fynboh) is the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact that she has been engaged to the same man, Nathan Detroit (Joe Bolling) for 14 years. Nathan Detroit is also constantly desperate to find a spot for his infamous floating craps game.

The cost to attend the musical is $5 for adults, $3 for children, $3 for senior citizens and a maximum cost of $15 per family.

Minnesota Folklore Theater in Akeley will present an original play from Louisa May Alcott's famous story, "Little Women," March 25 through April 3 at the theater on Broadway.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

Join Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy in this original play adapted by Elizabeth Lincoln Gould in 1900.

Call 652-2666 for reservations. Tickets are also available at Beagle Books in Park Rapids.

A Victorian "Little Women" Tea will precede the March 26 performance Call 652-2666 for pricing and reservations for this event.

n Calling all "wanna be" singers and dancers: Minnesota Folklore Theater is looking for all who want to have their time on the stage.

The theater is casting for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Call for audition dates and locations. Performances will be held at Nevis High School in May.

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, March 25 at Century School. A mainstream workshop will be from 7:30 to 8 p.m. with mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. Caller will be Jim Jirak with round dances between tips cued by Donna Stone.

A potluck lunch will be furnished by the club members. All dancers and spectators are welcome.

Saturday, March 26

Kitchigami Regional Library is sending buses down to view the King Tut exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota Saturday, March 26.

A bus will be coming through Park Rapids at 9:30 a.m. and return around 7:15 p.m. Tickets are free but seating is limited.

Children under 10 must be with an adult.

Contact Park Rapids Area Library at 732-4966 to reserve a seat or go to for more information.

A benefit spaghetti and fettuccini Alfredo dinner for Larry (Jiggs) and Jean Tretbar will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at the Osage Fire Hall and Community Center.

A freewill offering will be received to defray the couple's medical costs.

Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center in Park Rapids is offering an introductory pottery workshop with artist Peter Young from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 26-27 and April 17 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids.

Participants will be introduced to a brief history of pottery and learn pottery vocabulary and basic techniques to construct a pinch pot and a coil pot using various glazes and glazing techniques.

Materials needed will be a mold/bowl, rolling pin, texturizing tool, newspaper, hair dryer, towel and a one- gallon bucket.

To register and for information on cost, contact Judy Wegenast at 218-847-3519 or The registration deadline is March 18.

MONday, March 28

Mary Harrison will present the program "Anecdotes from the North Country - Minnesota in the 1800s" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 28 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Harrison is an actor, director, writer, artist and avid storyteller. She has put together a program of anecdotes from the 1800s, gleaned from diaries, records and family tales, which makes history live in a different way.

Friday, April 1

The Menahga Arts Guild (MAG) will be sponsoring a scholarship fundraiser dinner along with a silent and dollar auction Friday, April 1 at the Menahga VFW.

Members of the guild are contacting local businesses and supporters for donations (monetary or items that can be used in gift baskets) to help with raising funds that will be used to establish new scholarship(s) for students going into the arts or arts related field.

If you or your business would like to help, call Dawn Rossbach at 564-4405 after 5 p.m. or leave a message through the Menahga Arts Guild group page on

Saturday, April 2

Osage Lions Club is sponsoring a pancake and sausage feed (free-will offering) from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 2 at the Osage Community Center on CSAH 48.

A door prize drawing for a boy's or girl's 20-inch bicycle will be held. All proceeds benefit the local community.

The Lions will concurrently be hosting a Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon. During the pancake feed, blood pressure and diabetes checks, glaucoma and macular degeneration testing and complimentary ear reflexology by Katie Engst (certified ear, hand and foot reflexologist) will be available.

Also during the event, the Carsonville Fire Station 2 (same community building) will be having an open house and equipment display.

Smokey the Bear will be welcoming children.

Friday, April 8

Long Lake Theater Kids Academy presents "Seussical Jr.", the smash-hit children's musical based on Dr. Seuss' most cherished characters.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, April 8 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium.

Tickets are available by calling Long Lake Theater 732-0099, visiting www.long or Beagle Books.

Saturday, April 9

The 10th annual United for Children Conference on Early Care and Education will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at the Park Rapids Century School.

Pre-registration closes April 3. More information and online registration is available at or by calling the Northwest Minnesota Foundation at 218-759-2057.

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the United for Children conference, all registered participants will receive a free United for Children t-shirt. Pertussis vaccinations are also being offered at no cost to all participants.

The United for Children Conference is a day-long event offering sessions on building vocabulary; infant/toddler development; literacy planning; the impact of grief, loss and trauma; social-emotional development; self-regulation; understanding autism; and, developing a child care business model.

The opening keynote "How Do We Get What We Want for Our Children" will be given by Cindy Croft, the director of the Center for Inclusive Child Care at Concordia University in St. Paul.

Croft believes that helping children to be all that they can be is not just a cliché. She will explore the role that childcare plays in achieving a happy and healthy early childhood for each child.

The afternoon keynote "Using Your Personal Power Tools" will be given by Cory Woosley, who is the program manager for Eager to Learn at the Minnesota Child Care Resource and Referral. She will speak about the strengths each person applies in the workplace and how identifying personal "power tools" and knowing how to use them can help in every aspect of life.

Contact Holly with questions at 218-759-2057 or

Tuesday, April 12

Region 2 Arts Council will sponsor "Reflections on Little Mantrap," a tole painting class, from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 at Nevis Church of Christ, located at the corner of Bunyan Trails and Pleasant Street in Nevis.

Melody Bowles will instruct.

This session focus on capturing a scenic lake view on canvas. Students should have some experience in tole or method painting.

Bowles has been tole painting for 30 years. She has studied the Priscilla Hauser technique and has taken numerous classes in which she painted on wood, canvas, tin, slate, and glass with both acrylics and oils.

She is accomplished in reverse glass painting as well as rub-outs. Through the years she has taught numerous classes in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota. She has sold her work at craft fairs and through individual orders.

The students will provide their own canvas, brushes and tubes of acrylic paint. Upon registration, the instructor will provide students with a list of the brushes, paints and other needed items.

For information on cost or to register, contact or call 218- 751-5447.The registration deadline is Friday, April 1. There will be no refunds unless the workshop is cancelled.