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Upcoming events Jan. 25 - Feb. 12

Wednesday, Jan. 25

A workshop addressing merchant services - credit and debit card processing - will be offered from 3 to 4 p.m. (today) Wednesday 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. today (Wednesday) 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

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.

Saturday, Jan. 28

A benefit dinner and silent auction will be held for Chuck Burns from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

Burns was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer that has metastasized to his liver.

Dinner will include smoked pulled pork with cheesy potatoes and salads. A freewill donation will be received.

Call 252-6910 for more information.

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.

The BSU Jazz Band is set to perform four tunes with Turre at the concert.

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 are available at the door.

For more information, 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.

Monday, Jan. 30

Auditions for the play "Cinderella" will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 30 and 31 in the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School auditorium.

Auditions are open to all students in grades 7-12.

Cinderella is sponsored by the Minnesota Folklore Theater and Community Education.

For further information, contact Fred Rogers at 218-547-4044 or mnfltheater

Performances will open March 17 the WHA School.

Wednesday, Feb. 1

All fathers are welcome to join a free, 13-week series of fatherhood skills classes sponsored through St. Joseph's Area Health Services.

The class is a way for dads to learn new parenting skills, share experiences and develop community relationships. It prepares fathers to build more effective relationships with their children and feel confident in their fatherhood skill sets.

The series is conducted by St. Joseph's Joe Johnson, a Nurturing Fathers Program master trainer and consultant.

Classes are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Feb. 1 in the new FATHER Project offices located in downtown Park Rapids at 322 Main Ave. So., Suite 2 (between the Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicles and Four Seas Chinese Restaurant).

For more information, or to register for the series, call Joe at 255-2063.

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.

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.

Monday, Feb. 6

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club is hosting a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 at the clubhouse.

All members and guests are welcome.

Sunday, Feb. 12

The Ultimate Chocolate Challenge, with professional, amateur and youth chocolatiers creating masterworks, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Northern Lights Event Center, Walker.

Sample chocolate entries and vote for a favorite. A $10 ticket allows samples of six entries - or buy more tickets and sample them all.

A variety of specialty coffees will complement the tasting.

An auction for plates of chocolates will be held. A cookbook will be available with participant recipes.

Local guitarist Paul Jones will entertain.

The event benefits Faith in Action for Cass County and HOWA (Hackensack, Onigum, Walker, Akeley) Family Center.

For more information, contact Theresa Eclov at 218-675-5435.