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Upcoming events March 26- April 8

Saturday, March 26

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

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

Nevis High School students are performing the spring musical "Guys and Dolls" at the Nevis School small gym today (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 (Grider) is the upright mission doll out to reform evildoers of Times Square. Sky Masterson (Howes) is the slick, high rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love. Adelaide (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 (Bolling) for 14 years. Nathan Detroit is also constantly desperate to find a spot for his infamous floating craps game.

Minnesota Folklore Theater in Akeley will present "Little Women," an original play from Louisa May Alcott's famous story through April 3 at the theater on Broadway. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 3 p.m. Saturdays and 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.

Sunday, March 27

The Northern Minnesota Square Dance for Heart is Sunday, March 27 at the Waubun Community Center. The dance is from 2-5 p.m. and a silent auction will be held during the dance. For more information call Jim at 218-233-6212 or Roger at 701-293-6620.

Wadena VFW Post 3922 is serving a dinner honoring Vietnam veterans and spouses from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 27 at the Post Home, 213 SE 1st Street, Wadena.

All are welcome to enjoy a meal with fellow veterans.

MONday, March 28

Mary Harrison will present the free 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.

Call 652-2666 for more information.

Auditions are being held for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 28 at Nevis High School. Minnesota Folklore Theater is looking for all who want to have their time on the stage. Performances will be held at Nevis High School from May 5-19. For more information call 652-2666.

tuesday, march 29

The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will host an afternoon at the auction with the Jokela Family sharing stories from their 60 years in auctioneering in "Selling Northern Minnesota." The program will be held on Tuesday, March 29, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

"Auctions are rapidly becoming the first choice for dispersing not only personal property, but real estate as well, according to Joleen Jokela Veo, 2008 MN State Champion Auctioneer. As a leading auction company in northern and central Minnesota, they conduct all types of auctions, specializing in Real Estate, Estate/Personal property, Farm and Construction Auctions. Jokela Auctions has won more National Awards than any other Minnesota auction firm. The firm, started by Eddie Jokela, now includes Randy Jokela, Jolene Jokela Veo and David Veo.

If you have any questions, please call LuAnne White at 732-7939 or e-mail at

thursday, march 31

Century Elementary will be holding Family Math Fun Night on Thursday, March 31 from 5:30-7 p.m. Students in Grades K-4 should come to the Century School Cafetorium accompanied by a parent. Math games, estimation jars and door prizes will be included in this evening of family math interaction.

Seniors: Are you interested in learning some basics about computers? Come and surf the web. The Park Rapids Area library will be hosting a Senior Surf Day for senior citizens to come and learn some basics about computers and using the Internet.

Join in on the fun on Thursday, March 31 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Space is limited so you will need to call the library at 732-4966 to reserve your space. There is no charge for this training.

Friday, April 1

Memoirist and poet Angela Foster will present "Memoir Building Blocks," a four-week writing class, from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by "office hours" from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Fridays, April 1, 8, 15 and 29 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Do you have a story to tell but need a nudge to get it on paper? Or are you ready to revise some of the work you have already written? In this four-week class, students will study some of the elements of writing an engaging memoir - character development, setting, dialogue, tense, story and the use of scene, summary and reflection.

In addition to lectures and in-class writing exercises, each student will have an opportunity to meet privately with Foster and receive feedback on his or her work.

Her work has been published in "Minnesota Literature," "Talking Stick," "Dust and Fire," "Poetry Midwest," and "Lake Country Journal."

Foster has received many awards, including the Carol Bly Award in Creative Nonfiction from Bemidji State University in 2004 and 2006.

Foster's "Memoir Building Blocks" writing classes are free to Kitchigami Library patrons. Space is limited and registration is required. The classes are part of the Kitchigami Reads/Kitchigami Writes Legacy project with funding from the State of Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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 Face

The Historic Holmes Theatre presents Commonweal Theatre's "An Enemy of the People" on Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. This show is underwritten by Detroit Lakes Newspapers.

For 2011, as part of the 14th Annual Ibsen Festival, the Commonweal Theatre is presenting "An Enemy of the People" - the story of a small-town doctor who finds himself standing alone against his neighbors, friends, and even members of his own family when he discovers that the waters of the town's famous health springs are dangerously polluted.

Tickets for the show can be purchased online at by calling the Box Office at 218-844-7469 or by visiting the office at 806 Summit Ave. For more information visit

Saturday, April 2

North Country Museum of Arts and The Good Life Cafe are hosting the first annual "Eat Your Art Out" event on Saturday, April 2 from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Good Life Café.

"Eat Your Art Out" aims to celebrate the amazing local art scene in the Park Rapids Lakes Area and to promote The North Country Museum of Arts in Park Rapids, which will be opening for the season May 1.

Nine local artists will showcase their skills - ranging from painting and printmaking to photography and sculpture. Attendees will be able to meet with the artists and view their work while enjoying live music by local guitarist Ben Ranson, appetizers, and cocktails. Prize drawings and gift certificates will also be awarded throughout the night.

Tickets for Eat Your Art Out can be purchased in advance by visiting or calling The Good Life Cafe at 237-4212. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the evening of April 2. More information on each artist, including an example of their work, can be found at

Osage Lions Club is sponsoring a pancake and sausage feed (freewill 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 Bear will be welcoming children.

A Pancake and Sausage Breakfast fundraiser will be held Saturday, April 2, from 7 to 11 a.m. in the Laporte Baptist Church basement. This is a Fundraiser for the Laporte Area Take A Kid Fishing project.

The project started with the goal of having Laporte area kids, 10 to 15 years old, experience the fun of fishing on Saturday, June 11. This kickoff fundraiser will start the ball rolling, allowing purchase of needed items for the project like safety items for the kids.

Tentative plans for the Laporte Area Take A Kid Fishing project are to fish on Garfield Lake on Saturday, June 11 from noon to 5 p.m., followed by an evening fish fry. This year the day of fishing is limited to youth between the ages of 10 and 15. Every interested youth must turn in an application to be accepted. Application forms will be available at the pancake breakfast, at Laporte School and area businesses. All applications must be turned in by May 10 to give time to match kids to adults in boats. Every dollar donated goes directly to the project.

If you have a conflict but still want to help by providing fishing experience and/or a boat, contact Dwight Powell at 224-3367. Contact Judy Honer at 224- 2732 to donate time, items or dollars for the first annual Laporte Area Take A Kid Fishing project.

"Deborah Elias Danza Española - Flamenco, Pure & Strong" will be presented at the Wild Rose Theatre (501 Bemidji Ave. N. - Masonic Lodge building) on Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m.

This program brings the trilogy of traditional flamenco - dance, guitar, and song - together for a magical evening of pure flamenco. Special guest singers La Conja and Vicente Griego from New York City and Albuquerque share the powerful flamenco singing that is the foundation of the flamenco art form - singing so difficult and unique it is rarely heard in the Midwest!

Tickets may be purchased at the door the evening of the performance or reservations can be made by calling 556-1777.

monday, April 4

A mobile blood drive will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 4 at Akeley United Methodist Church.

Sharon Busch, coordinator of the drive, would like every person to consider this drive an invitation for personal action - the simple, satisfying action of donating blood for a person in great need. In this area, approximately 350 units are needed each day to supply the needs of patients in 71 hospitals served by United Blood Services.

To make an appointment, call Sharon at 652-4239.

Friday, April 8

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

More than 60 area children are involved. Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life some of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little kid with a big imagination - Jojo.

Horton finds himself faced with a double challenge. Not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (and all the invisible Whos) from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg. This spectacular exploration through the world of Whoville and Nool features an astonishingly creative musical, full of heart and imagination.

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 or Beagle Books.

Aglow International is having a northwest Minnesota area retreat from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 8 and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at 1st Assembly of God Church, 1015 4th St SE, Bemidji, MN 56601. Registration begins an hour before starting times.

The speakers/worship leaders are Gary and Nancy Szymik from Wisconsin. The theme is, "Lion of Judah - Roar!" We welcome everyone to participate in this weekend of prophetic worship and prayer. Contact Sally Hansey at 218-444-2759 or salmic@paulbun