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Upcoming events Feb. 5 - March 4

Sunday, Feb. 5

The Boy Scouts will host a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

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.

Park Rapids Assembly of God will host a Super Football Party at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5.

The party is free and open to all ages.

The event will include the Super Bowl game on big screen TV, food and beverages, NFL player testimonies at half-time, activities for kids and drawings for prizes.

The community is invited to attend.

For more information, call the church at 732-8818.

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.

The Park Rapids Area High School Concert Band will perform its winter concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 in the auditorium.

The concert will be an evening of traditional and modern band music. Admission is free.

The Park Rapids chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association will convene a chapter meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 in the Park Rapids Area Library basement meeting room.

Thursday, Feb. 9

Friends of Park Rapids Area Library will hold a book sale from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 in the library basement.

Featured at this sale are Western novels and books related to the military. Fill a bag with romance novels or a box of books from the 10- cent room for a dollar. Most other books cost less than a dollar.

The library basement is accessible to all.

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.

Friday, Feb. 10

The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, Feb.10, at the Century School in Park Rapids.   A plus workshop will be held from 7:30 to 8 p.m. with mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.

The caller will be Abe Meier and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips.  The club members will furnish a potluck lunch after the dance.  All square dancers and spectators are welcome.  

Saturday, Feb. 11

GriefShare, a special help seminar and support group for people experiencing grief and loss, will meet Saturday mornings at Park Rapids Assembly of God beginning Feb. 11.

Childcare is available.

GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief recovery topics.

Seminar topics include the "journey of grief," "effects of grief," "your family and grief," "why?" and "stuck in grief."

For more information, call the church at 732-8818.

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.

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will present present "History Meets Music: An Afternoon with J. Robert Oppenheimer, featuring historical re-enactor Clay Jenkinson as Oppenheimer, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Bemidji High School auditorium. Doors open for seating at 2:30 p.m.

Oppenheimer, the brilliant yet deeply complex American physicist, has been called the "father of the atomic bomb."

The concert, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, features music closely connected to Oppenheimer and his times and highlights tenor Brad Bradshaw and pianist Matt Seiberg.

Advance tickets are available at Lueken's North, Brigid's Cross, and at the door, and online at brownpa

In preparation for Sunday's concert, Clay will give a free lecture at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Thompson Recital Hall in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Center on the Bemidji State University campus.

Included on Sunday's program are Beethoven's "Prometheus Overture," the "Stravinsky Octet", Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings," Elgar's "Nimrod" from the "Enigma Variations," Britten's "Holy Sonnets of John Donne" and, from the 1964 movie classic "Dr. Strangelove," the songs "We'll Meet Again: and "When Johnny Comes Marching Home."

Jenkinson and Everett will host a post-concert talk immediately after the performance and take questions from the audience.

Monday, Feb. 13

Park Rapids Retired Military Group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday Feb. 13 at the Hill Top in Hubbard for the chocolate buffet.

All retired military and family are welcome to attend. Call commander Bill at 732-0205 for more information.

Wednesday, Feb. 15

David Treuer, originally from the Bemidji area, will entertain audiences with readings from his recently released book, "Rez Life," and talk about his writing, stories and life as an Ojibwe at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Park Rapids Area Library.  

Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is the recipient of, a Pushcart Prize, the 1996 Minnesota Book Award and fellowships from the Bush Foundation and Guggenheim Foundation. He divides his time between his home on the Leech Lake Reservation and Ontario, Calif., where he teaches at the college level.

He is the author of three novels and a book of criticism. His essays and stories have appeared in Esquire, TriQuarterly, The Washington Post, the LA Times, and  His most recent release is Rez Life.

David is the younger brother of Anton Treuer, author and professor at Bemidji State University.

     The son of Robert Treuer, an Austrian Jew and holocaust survivor, and Margaret Seelye Treuer, a tribal court judge, David Treuer grew up on the Leech Lake Reservation. After graduating from high school he attended Princeton University where he wrote two senior theses -in anthropology and creative writing.

Treuer graduated in 1992 and published his first novel, "Little," in 1995. He received his PhD in anthropology and published his second novel, "The Hiawatha", in 1999. His third novel, "The Translation of Dr Apelles" and a book of criticism, "Native American Fiction; A User's Manual" appeared in 2006. "The Translation of Dr Apelles" was named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, Time Out, and City Pages.

tuesday, Feb. 21

The public is welcome to hear Dr. Jill Langlie, DVM, speak on horse vaccinations, health problems and answer questions at Midwest Minnesota Harness Club's meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 at American Legion Post 15, 810 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes.

Friday, Feb. 24

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, Feb. 24 at the Century School in Park Rapids.

A plus workshop begins at 7:30 p.m. with mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.

The caller will be Royce Nelson and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips.

The club members will furnish a potluck lunch after the dance.

All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

Saturday, Feb. 25

    A Hand Bells for Habitat concert, benefiting Northwoods Habitat for Humanity, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Evangelical Free Church,  155 Carr Lake Rd. SW, Bemidji.

A freewill donation will be received.

The grand finale number will include 30-plus bells.

     Refreshments will be served following the performance

Friday, March 2

The Akeley Chamber of Commerce will host its 3rd annual fish fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. (or until gone) Friday, March 2 at the Akeley VFW.

Proceeds benefit area improvement projects.