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Upcoming events Jan. 21-Feb 4

Saturday, Jan. 21

Ruby's Pantry Food distribution will be held today (Saturday) 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. today (Saturday) 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.

A PEO Founder's Day meeting will convene at 10 a.m. today (Saturday) at the Hubbard United Methodist Church. 

This is a joint PEO meeting. Chapter T is having the program.

For more information, call Jo at 652-0239.

Deep Portage Learning Center in Hackensack will hold its 31st annual Winter Rendezvous from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (Saturday).

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

A roast beef dinner, benefiting the Headwaters Animal Shelter, will be served from 4 to 7:30 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, baby carrots, coleslaw, dessert and a beverage.

The event includes a silent auction. Reduced price pre-event tickets may be purchased at the shelter.

Bemidji State University Jazz Band, Blue Ice, will present the 33rd annual Remember When dances at 7 p.m. today (Saturday) 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. The club will serve lunch. All dancers and spectators are welcome.

Tuesday, Jan. 24

The Bemidji Area CHIP (Coronary Health Improvement Project) will resume, with sessions beginning Feb. 12 and running twice weekly through March 25.

Free information sessions will be held Tuesday, Jan. 24. The sessions will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Sanford Bemidji Main Clinic administration room, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Marketplace Foods and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center education center.

CHIP addresses weight loss, lowering blood pressure, improving cholesterol levels, preventing or reversing Type 2 diabetes and heart disease and stroke risk.

Call 218-224-2612 or 612-387-2086 for a brochure and more information. Class size is limited; pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, Jan. 25

A workshop addressing merchant services - credit and debit card processing - will be offered from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 in Northwoods Bank community room.

The workshop is geared to businesses that are currently using or considering using the service. It will help participants understand the industry and maximize the service to create cash flow and customers.

Jeff Byrd of Sage Payment Solutions is the presenter. Cost is $15.

Park Rapids Area High School parent-teacher conferences will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 and Monday, Jan. 30.

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

Sanford Health Foundation will present a wellness seminar, "Are You Glued to the Couch?" at noon Friday, Jan. 27 at the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.

Find out how to get unglued from the couch and increase motivation to live a healthy life. Healthy habits will be addressed, including being active, getting energized with food and decreasing stress.

Sanford Bemidji Dining will cater a complimentary light lunch. Call 218-333-5505 by Tuesday, Jan. 24 to register.

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.

Saturday, Jan. 28

Minneapolis-based Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum will present an evening of dance and percussion during "The Percussion Project" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes.

Tickets for this performance can be purchased online at or by calling 218-844-7469 or by visiting the box office at 806 Summit Ave.

Members of the Flying Foot Forum will be putting on a free workshop, "Dance That Makes Music," at 9:30 a.m.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn to stomp, clap, hit, shout, sing and slap, making music while dancing, by dancing. The class begins with improvisations and exercises that teach some of the methods the Flying Foot Forum uses to create their dances.

By the end of the workshop, students have created a group percussive dance piece that is partly choreographed by the company and partly created by each member in the workshop.

Dancers should wear comfortable clothes and hard soled shoes, if possible. Class length is 1-1.5 hours, ages 9-adult.

The Bemidji State University Department of Music will hold their annual JazzFest Invitational at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 in the Thompson Recital Hall in Bemidji State's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

The event will feature three bands from Bemidji, Thief River Falls and Brainerd. The bands will perform with guest trombonist Steve Turre.

Turre is considered one of the world's preeminent jazz innovators in the music world. He has worked with a diverse list of musicians from the jazz, Latin and pop worlds including Dizzie Gillespie, Van Morrison and Herbie Hancock. Turre also plays with the Saturday Night Live band when he's not touring.

Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for all students. They are available at the door.

For more information about the invitational, contact the Department of Music at 218-755-2915.

The Community Snowball Dance, hosted by the Forest Riders Snowmobile Club, will be from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Eagles Club in Park Rapids.

The event includes a $100 door prize drawing and a chance to win $50 in lottery tickets.

All proceeds benefit the club's equipment fund.

Friday, Feb. 3

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.

Sunday, Feb. 5

Lakes Plus will have plus square dance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 at the Odd Fellows Hall at 118 W. Holmes Street in Detroit Lakes.

Roger McNeil will call the tips. Potluck finger foods will be served for lunch.

Thursday, Feb. 9

The public is invited to rally behind the fight against heart disease in women during a Go Red For Women luncheon sponsored by St. Joseph's Area Health Services Auxiliary.

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at Riverside United Methodist Church in Park Rapids. Cost is $10 per person.

The American Heart Association notes that heart disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 women in 2004. They created Go Red For Women, a passionate initiative designed to empower women to take control of their heart health.

In addition to a heart-healthy luncheon, participants can enjoy educational opportunities.

Guest speakers will include: "Women's Heart Health" by St. Joseph's Internal Medicine physician ; "Healthy Nutrition" by dietitian Lisa Marthaler; and Amy Erickson, exercise physiologist, and Angel Clark, personal trainer, who will share expertise on cardio exercise.

Free blood pressure and body mass index screenings will be available from 1 to 2 p.m. following the educational sessions. Door prizes will be awarded.

To make reservations, call St. Joseph's Shoppe on Pleasant at 237-5522 or Auxiliary president Joyce Cowman at 732-0992. Auxiliary members should make reservations through their group president. Reservations will be accepted through Feb. 3.