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Upcoming events Jan. 11-27

Wednesday, Jan. 11

The Park Rapids Retired Military Group will meet at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday) at Bullwinkle's on Highway 34 in Nevis.

All retired military personnel and family are welcome. For more information, call commander Bill at 732-0205.

Thursday, Jan. 12

The Park Rapids Area Library and Itascatur Club will present a free Legacy program featuring Charlotte Wolf, musher and veterinary technician, at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 at Soaring Eagle Cross Country Ski Trails.

Wolf will do a brief presentation on the history of Minnesota dog sledding, and offer dog sled rides.

Open spinning will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 at 201 Main Street, (Monika's).

Bring your wheel, spindle or curiosity.  For further information, call Kathy Belt 732-0978.


Friday, Jan. 13

The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, Jan. 13, at Century School in Park Rapids.  

A plus workshop will be from 7:30 to 8 p.m. with mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.  The caller will be Jim Lizakowski and Rita Lisakowski will cue round dancing between tips.

The club will furnish a potluck lunch after the dance.

Saturday, Jan. 14

2011 was a record year for the Kids Against Hunger Satellite in the Park Rapids area.

Saturday, Jan. 14, all are invited to come and help celebrate the packaging of the two-millionth meal. The goal is for 60 people to come and package 20,000 meals. Volunteers may arrive any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Park Rapids Area High School commons area.

Suggested donation for participation is $10 per person per hour to help offset the cost of supplies. Each meal packaged costs about a dollar and feeds six people.

Organizers are continually grateful for all who have supported this outreach to the hungry through prayers, finances and time. Consider coming as an individual or as a group to help us celebrate this important milestone.

Contact Carla Michels at 652-2569 or cmichels@kids to participate. For more info about our local Kids Against Hunger and the meals go to

The Nevis Red Hat Ladies will have their monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at Northwind Café.

For reservations, call Mary at 652-4232.

Sunday, Jan. 15

A 13-week DivorceCare group will begin meeting at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 at Faith Baptist Church in Park Rapids.

DivorceCare is a weekly seminar and support group for people who are separated or divorced. It's a place where you can be around people who understand what you are feeling. It's a place where you can hear valuable information about ways to heal from the hurt of divorce.

DivorceCare group will help you face the challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. A trained counselor will facilitate each group.

For more information or to register, call 732-1404. Faith Baptist is located on Hwy. 71 South, one mile south of the Hwy 34/71 intersection.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

First Lutheran Church in Akeley will host a six-week session of Stretch and Pray classes at noon Tuesdays beginning Jan. 17 and at 6 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 19.

Suggested donation is $5 per class or $25 for six sessions.

See the church website,, for more details. Contact the church office at 652-3335 or e-mail to register.

Sessions will last approximately an hour and are open to the public. A minimum of five pre-registrations is required to hold the class.

The Park Rapids Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Trinity Church.

Mary Jane Lentsch will present a program on "Creating Garden Art."

Guests are welcome.

Applications are now available for Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants, open to artists in all art disciplines, any non-profit organization, school (including community education offices) and units of government.

These grants support three areas - arts activities and arts access, arts education and cultural heritage.

Individual artists can apply for grants up to $3,000 and organizations can apply for grants up to $6,000 at the Region 2 Arts Council office, 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601 or downloaded from http//

Deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Projects funded through R2AC's grants programs should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties.

R2AC staff will discuss ideas and assist in completing the application form. Call 800-275-5447, or e-mail

This grant is funded, in whole or in part, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008.

Wednesday, Jan. 18

A financial aid information meeting for parents of seniors and other interested parties will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 in the choir room at Park Rapids Area High School.  

Steph Bard, assistant director or financial aid at Bemidji State University, will explain the FAFSA and any changes from the previous year.

This meeting will cover what financial aid is, applying for it with the FAFSA and how to fill it out. Any student who wants to get a federally funded student loan must fill out a FAFSA.

This also covers federal and state grants, work study, some scholarships and of course loans. The FAFSA must be filed every year a student plans to attend college.

Contact Susan Rassier, Park Rapids Area High School counselor, at 237-6406.

Thursday, Jan. 19

"Making folk toys with Kent Scheer," a class for preschoolers and parents, will be presented from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Frank White Education Center.

Class size is limited. Pre-register by calling 237-6600.

The Legacy-funded event is hosted by the Park Rapids Area Library, ECFE and Head Start.

TOPS - Take Off Pounds Sensibly - will host an open house with a weigh in at 6 p.m. and meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 at Riverside United Methodist Church.

The open house is no charge, no obligation.

TOPS is a nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness education organization that promotes healthy eating and regular exercise and provides wellness information and support through weekly chapter meetings.

For more information, contact Charlotte at 255-4340.

Friday, Jan. 20

Living at Home is offering free training from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 for individuals who are willing to be assigned to family caregivers caring for a loved one.

Lunch will be provided.

Trained volunteers will spend three or four hours with an individual who should not be left alone while the caregiver gets a break.  

There will be no lifting or personal care involved.

Call the Living at Home office with questions and to register at 732-3137.

Registration is required.  

  Alzheimer's Education will be included from 1 to 3 p.m.  If you are interested in attending this portion without becoming a volunteer, please register as well. A freewill offering will be received.

Home school basketball will begin Friday, Jan. 20.  

A short meeting will be held at 1 p.m., in the Akeley Regional Community Center gymnasium.  Teams, coaches, referees and score keepers will be chosen.  

Contact cheriholker for more information.

The Weston A. Price Nutrition Foundation will host a chapter meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 at the Evergreen Church.   A DVD presentation by the WAP Foundation will be shown covering the following topics:  scary cereal, the skinny on fat, the ploy of soy, protein bars and quality water.  

All meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tanja Larson at 732-9402.

Saturday, Jan. 21

Ruby's Pantry Food distribution will be held Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Assumption of our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at First English Church with the food distribution following at 10:30 a.m. at the Catholic Church.

Cost is $15 per share.  Bring baskets and boxes for food.  

Volunteers are also needed and much appreciated.  Contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501 for more information or to volunteer.

Join the Twisted Stitchers who will be exploring buttons and other fasteners from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at 201 Main Street (Monika's) in Park Rapids.     Participants will be dyeing white buttons (bring your own buttons), exchanging those odd buttons lying around taking up space and creating new, using a variety of techniques.  

Other than frogs, toggles and grommets, what other kinds of fasteners can you share?  

For more information call Kathy Belt 732-0978.

Deep Portage Learning Center in Hackensack will hold its 31st annual Winter Rendezvous from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Step back in time and try your hand at lumberjack, voyageur and Native American games and skills, such as tomahawk throwing, snow snakes, spear throwing with Atlatls, cross-cut sawing, a snowshoe relay and more.

Bring the whole family to join in a friendly, community competition while learning about the area's cultural history.

Participation fee is $6 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Lunch is available.

For reservations or additional information, call Deep Portage at 218-682-2325 or 888-280-9908 or e-mail

Deep Portage is located 10 miles east of Hackensack, off Co. Rd. 46. The website is

Bemidji State University Jazz Band, Blue Ice, will present the 33rd annual Remember When dances at 7 p.m. Saturday Jan. 21 in the Beaux Arts Ballroom on the BSU campus.

The performance will take music lovers and dancers back to the Big Band Era in a music-filled evening consisting of music stylings related to jazz, including cha-cha, waltz, ballad, Dixieland and swing numbers.

Admission is $10 per couple or $5 for single tickets.  Tickets will be available at the door.

For more information, call the Department of Music at 218-755-2915.

Sunday, Jan. 22

The Rising Sun Dancers will have a square dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22 at the Waubun Community Center.

Jim Lizakowski will call the tips for us. The club will serve lunch. All dancers and spectators are welcome.

Thursday, Jan. 26

Basic computer skills classes will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

The free class includes hands on practice on the Internet to help participants locate useful information, basics on navigating the computers, and how to set up a free Web-based e-mail account.

This class is for beginners only.  Call the library at 732-4966.

Friday, Jan. 27

St. Joseph's Area Health Services Auxiliary is sponsoring a chicken dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at the Park Rapids American Legion.  

Menu includes oven-baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, coleslaw, cranberries, coffee, lemonade and dessert.

All proceeds will go toward the auxiliary's new $60,000 pledge to "Helping our growing area grow healthier."

The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, Jan. 27 at Century School in Park Rapids.  

A plus workshop will be from 7:30 to 8 p.m. with mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.  Caller will be Roger McNiel and Bernadette McNiel will cue round dancing between tips.   The club will furnish a potluck lunch after the dance.

A winter retreat for writers, "Dreams as Portals for Creative Energy," will be presented by Dr. Carol Ann Russell Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27 and 28 at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, Bemidji.

Russell, a poet and professor of creative writing and women's studies at Bemidji State University, will guide participants in the purpose and nature of dream imagery to dramatize creative energy and awaken "The Sacred Feminine" within.

The workshop will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The registration deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 24.  

To register, send a check in the amount of $100 made payable to Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, at 519 Minnesota Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601. Call 218-444-5646 with any questions.

Friday, Feb. 3

Would you like to create a sustainable future in bees by raising bees in your backyard? 

Do you need a refresher course to learn more about beekeeping? Honeybees are a gardener's best friend; they pollinate fruit trees, vegetables and other garden plants plus provide a valuable product - honey.

Hubbard County University of Minnesota Extension and Hubbard County Master Gardeners are offering two free workshops on beekeeping.

n The Art of Beekeeping will be presented from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Town Hall in Nary, Co. Rd. 9.

n Advanced Beekeeping will be addressed from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at Faith Baptist Church, Highway 71 South, Park Rapids.

Both classes are offered at no charge.

Taught by JoAnne Sabin, a well-known educator on honeybees and a Dakota County Master Gardener, the course is designed to encourage, assist and educate others in the experience of keeping honeybees.

The class will cover fundamental bee basics, apiary equipment and hive assembly, selecting a site, feeding and treating bees, queen, worker and drones behavior, nectar and pollen plants, honey extracting and seasonal management.

Advanced Beekeeping will cover current events, pesticides (CCD research, pesticide activity), more detailed bee biology, experience with various bee races, equipment beyond the basics, importance of feeding (stimulate brood-rearing in spring, keep them healthy), honey characteristics for some plant nectars (some crystallize faster than others), other bee-related products and how to make them (creamed honey, candles, lip balm), and how to make splits, either by locating the queens or without locating queens, queen grafting, winterizing, expanding your hives and diseases.

Call Sally Shearer, Hubbard County Extension program coordinator at 732-3391 (office) or 237-1245 (direct) or e-mail to register.

Registration is free. Participants are asked to provide their own lunch.

The program is sponsored by the Hubbard County University of Minnesota Extension and Hubbard County Master Gardeners.

Local fabric artist Kristin Majkrzak will lead an introductory course in the fundamentals of tapestry weaving Friday, Feb. 3, Saturday, Feb 4 and Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, Bemidji.

Students will be provided a basic frame loom and yarn for weaving and will learn basic weaving techniques, such as how to use color, create shapes and finishing methods.

The workshop will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 3 and from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 4 and 11.

Registration deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 31. 

To register, send a check in the amount of $75 made payable to Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, at 519 Minnesota Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601. Call 218-444-5646 with questions.