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Upcoming events April 2-12

Saturday, April 2

Women of Nevis Church of Christ will host a Spring Tea from 1 to 3 p.m. today (Saturday) at the church.

Women of the community are invited to attend. Featured speaker is Beverly Snyder, a book reviewer and freelance writer for the Minnesota Christian Chronicle in Minneapolis.

She will speak on starting a book club. The Church of Christ will be starting a book club, open to men and women of the community.

Tea and dessert will be served. For more information, contact Joyce Alto at 652-0114.

Park Rapids Amateur Hockey Association's annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction fundraiser will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Park Rapids American Legion Club.

Tickets will be available at the door.

Donations for the silent auction are being accepted. Contact 237-7170 for more information.

The 2011 Miss Park Rapids Pageant will begin at 6 p.m. tonight (Saturday) at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium.

The Miss Park Rapids Pageant is returning for a second year after a successful reprise last year.

The pageant will include four age categories. For more information, go to www.parkavenuecosmetology.


North Country Museum of Arts and The Good Life Cafe are hosting the first annual "Eat Your Art Out" event from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight (Saturday) 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.

Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

monday, April 4

The Century PTA spring buy-one-get-one-free book fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, April 4-7 at the Century Middle School.

Family shopping night is from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5.

There will be great deals and a large selection of books.

Community members are welcome.

St. Joseph's Area Health Services foot care clinics will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays by appointment in Park Rapids.

n The April 4 clinic will be at SummerField Apartments. For an appointment call 732-4283.

n The April 11 clinic will be at Park Villa Apartments. For an appointment call 237-5463.

n Court Apartments will be the site of the April 18 clinic. Call 732-8138.

n The April 25 clinic will be held in the Community Health office at 323 So. Main Ave. Call 237-5463 for an appointment.

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.

Chapter FJ of the PEO Sisterhood will meet at 7 p.m. Monday April 4 at the home of Jan Rumpza.

Beth Krueger will be the co-hostess.  The program will be a review of chapter outcomes and future goals.

Call the hostess with regrets.

The Park Rapids chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 4 in the basement meeting room of the Park Rapids Area Library.

Tuesday, April 5

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning concludes the season with Alan Zemek's "Generation Busted: How America Went Broke in the Age of Prosperity" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

  The Baby Boomers were the generation of idealism and hope, but also expected instant gratification and lived with an exaggerated sense of entitlement.

Now, after six decades of wanting it all and having it all, the consequences are inescapable. In an age of prosperity, America is going broke.

Zemek will explore how and why it happened in plain language, and provide a straightforward, common sense solution to avoid national bankruptcy.

Zemek, a Park Rapids native, has a master's degree in international management and finance at the American Graduate School of International Management, and undergraduate degrees in economics and East Asian history from Macalester College.

Zemek is a general management and corporate executive, with broad-based experience in strategic planning, new business development and corporate growth. He is well versed in the operations, finance and marketing disciplines vital to the success of any organization. He has worked, lived and traveled in more than a dozen countries, and learned to speak Japanese fluently, and is also proficient in spoken Mandarin Chinese.

As an entrepreneur, he has received several awards that recognized his innovative marketing campaigns and his commitment to excellence in business achievement. He also has extensive practical experience in business law, commercial transactions, real estate development, economic development and public policy.

For more information, call LuAnne White at 732-7939 or e-mail at hclifelonglearners

Registration for this summer's Park Rapids youth baseball programs will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 5-6 at the Century School cafetorium.

Fees will be $50 for the morning program (ages 5-8), $50 for the evening program (ages 9-12) and $75 for the Babe Ruth program (13-15).

New players are urged to bring a copy of birth certificates.

The Park Rapids Amateur Hockey Association annual meeting and election of board members and officers will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.

The Park Rapids League of Women Voters will host Dan Hegstad, station manager from Lakeland Public Television (KAWB), and Kristi Booth, regional network director of Minnesota Public Radio, at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 in the Park Rapids Area Library's basement meeting room.

Join the LWV as they address the role of public funding and the league's position on the Citizen's Right to Know/Citizen Participation regarding government decision-making.  

Questions and answers will follow. Refreshments will be served.  

For further information, contact co-president Annamae Holzworth at 564-4613 or

Thursday, April 7

Sons of Norway, Nordskogen Lodge 1-626, will convene a board meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 7 at Riverside United Methodist Church.

      A general membership meeting will follow at 7 p.m.

Karen Lenius Mahube senior coordinator will discuss "Wellness: Physical, Emotional, Financial, Spiritual."

The Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes will present the gleeful string band of Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7.

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

Friday, April 8

The Bemidji State University theater program presents "A Midsummer Night's Dream," a Shakespearean comedy with a steampunk twist, opening Friday, April 8 with a 7:29 p.m. opening curtain, and will be performed Saturday, April 9 and Friday and Saturday,

April 15-16, also with 7:29 p.m. opening curtains.

The production will close Sunday, April 17 with a 2 p.m. matinee. All performances will be held on the main stage of Bemidji State's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" is intended for a high school or older age audience and contains some adult content.

Tickets are available in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex box office, located in Bangsberg 101 on the BSU campus. The box office is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; call 218-755-3935 for more information.

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

Sunday, April 10

Park Rapids Early Childhood Family Education will host the Week of the Young Child Sunday through Saturday, April 10-16 at various times and locations throughout Park Rapids.

Activities are for kids 5 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Businesses and programs will provide adventures throughout the week. There is no charge and registration is not required.

An informational flyer with a complete schedule is available at the Community Education office and in the Parenting section of the Enterprise.

Speaker Ron Smith will be coming to Akeley Sunday, April 10 to speak on the "Choose to Lose" program for youth and families from 4 to 6 p.m. at Akeley United Methodist Church.

Choose to Lose is an outreach intervention and prevention program addressing social, emotional, behavioral and spiritual needs of youth and families.

The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact the Akeley Police Department at 652-4440.

Tuesday, April 12

Holistic Living (a Moms Social Network) will hold a monthly chapter meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 at Itasca Naturopathic Clinic in Park Rapids.