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Upcoming events Feb. 23 - March 14

Thursday, Feb. 23

The In Their Own Words Veterans Museum in Perham is hosting "Freedom Riders" in February, a traveling exhibit about the civil rights issues of 1961 when more than 400 Americans - old and young, black and white, men and women, Northern and Southern - rode buses through the deep South in order to pressure states to comply with a Supreme Court desegregation ruling.   

The exhibit traces the experiences of these courageous people who used non-violent protest to challenge the deeply entrenched habits of discrimination that resulted in segregated facilities and services for blacks and whites.

Schools, buses, restaurants, hotels, restrooms, and even drinking fountains all bore signs designating who could use them.   

To help promote discussion of this important issue, the exhibit at ITOW features roundtables, where visitors can select from a number of topic questions to consider and talk about with others.  

This exhibit was developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with American Experience.  Major funding for this exhibit is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Local partner for the exhibit is Prairie Public Television.  

The museum is located at 805 West Main, Perham.  This exhibit is free and open to the public.   For more information call 218-346-7678 or visit www.ITOW

The Park Rapids Area Library will host a Senior Surf Day to teach the basics about computers and using the Internet from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.  Thursday, Feb. 23.  

Space is limited; call the library at 732-4966 to reserve a space.

There is no charge for this training.

Jodi Schwen, editor of the Lake Country Journal Magazine, will lead a writers workshop, "Finding What's Right to Write (for You)" at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 in Room E203 on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.

The workshop is sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning at CLC.

The act of writing is hard work, said Schwen, who intends to help participants build on individual creativity and writing interests. She will discuss genres of writing (fiction, memoir, family history, etc.) and explore ways to bring your writing passions to life.

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Friday, Feb. 24

The Staples campus of Central Lakes College will host the second Ag & Energy Expo from 9:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, a free event featuring Michael Reese, the Renewable Energy director at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center at Morris.

Reese has participated as project manager or coordinator on several renewable energy research and demonstration projects including large scale wind energy, biomass gasification, renewable hydrogen, and other renewable energy systems.

Exhibitors registered for this annual event include several companies emphasizing conservation and natural resource stewardship with wind energy and solar power technological advancements and considerations for both home and commercial utilization, soil and water, and energy project funding.

      For information or to register, contact Julia Palmer at 218-639-7615 or 218-640-0193.

The White Earth Indian Reservation will host its first Snow Snake Festival at the new Circle of Life Academy beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24

Three schools, including the Circle of Life Academy, Naytahwaush Community Charter School and Pine Point, will compete in this year's festival. There is also an open class for adults.

Gooniginebigoog, or snow snakes, is an ancient Ojibwe winter game originally played in this region. Since its intermittent revival began if the early 1990s, the game has become increasingly popular on White Earth and other area reservations.

At this year's event, Snow Snakes will be played in its original form along with three other forms of competition.

In addition to the traditional rolling hoop, other divisions include the stationary target, the distance throw, and artistic expression that includes Ojibwe language and cultural representation.

A point scoring system has been created to allow for the large number of competitors expected for this year's festival. The public is invited to witness the first ever winter festival of this type.

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

    The Menahga Senior Center is hosting a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.

The event is a fundraiser for the center; a freewill offering will be received.

There will also be a quilt raffle.

Angie's Groom 'n Board is holding a dog wash from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb 25 with all proceeds benefiting the Headwaters Animal Shelter.

Angie Walther and her staff are donating their time. Appointments are recommended. A freewill offering will be received for the wash that will include nail trimming, anal gland expressing, ear cleaning, blow-drying and a light brush out.

Angie's Groom 'n Board is located at 1109 Western Ave. South, next door to Headwaters Animal Shelter in Park Rapids.

For information or appointments, call 732-9862.

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.

Sunday, Feb. 26

The Bemidji State University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. in the Thompson Recital Hall in Bemidji State's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

The concert is the first of the Wind Ensemble's regional tour around northwest Minnesota. The concert will consist of several pieces for band, as well as chamber music by BSU Chamber Ensembles.

The Symphonic Band's program will include a Salute to Glenn Miller and "The Minnesota March" by John Philip Sousa. The Wind Ensemble's program will include "El Salon Mexico" by Aaron Copland, "William Byrd Suite" by Gordon Jacob, and "Strange Humors" by John Mackey.

Monday, Feb. 27

Parents are helping each other strengthen families at Parent Cafés - intimate, energetic conversations where moms and dads build off of each other's experience to solve problems that could affect their kids.

The Parent Cafés are "the best thing I've ever done for my kids and myself," says Letechia Holmes, a mother of five who helped develop the Parent Café process and now trains teams to provide Parent Cafés through Strengthening Families Illinois.

The first Parent Café in Hubbard County takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb 27 at the Century School in Park Rapids.

The Parent Café event will start with a time for families to eat supper together, a free meal of pizza.

This will be followed by parents attending the Parent Café. Children will be entertained with a magic show by Calvin Gunn and learning some new games taught by the Nevis STAR (Students Teaching Attitudes of Respect) Team.

The Parent Cafés cover three themes: Taking Care of Ourselves, Being a Strong Parent, and Building Strong Relationships with Our Children. These themes tie into six core messages about what it takes to keep families strong:

n Be strong and flexible;

n Parents need friends;

n Being a great parent is part natural and part learned

n We all need help sometimes;

n Parents need to help their children communicate and

n Give your children the love and respect they need.

Those messages are at the center of a campaign to make Hubbard County a great place for families to live.

Those interested in attending this event are asked to contact Park Rapids Community Education at 237-6600. Funding for this event has been provided by funds from the Radiothon to End Child Abuse, Northwest Minnesota Foundation and Park Rapids Community Education.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning (HCLL) will present "Envisioning the Future:  Soup to Nuts" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

Yogi Berra was famous for saying, "The Future Ain't What it Use to Be."   His wry and somewhat pessimistic comment is not echoed by all the current research, much of which suggests areas of optimism in which imagining, anticipating and even dreaming about future possibilities can awaken desires to impact the future in a positive way.   

A panel forum presentation by HCLL board members will share insights and pose questions for response and discussion.  

"Envisioning the Future:  Soup to Nuts" will be a wide-ranging synopsis of a variety of predictions.  What will the jobs of the future look like?  How will resources be distributed?  What impact will the ever-increasing pace of technological advance have on daily life of the future?  What environmental trends can be predicted? What might future disasters and disaster response consist of?  What about the economy?  

As long as people have had language, they have used it to ask questions and to attempt to make predictions about the future.  The year 2012, of course, has been said to encompass the end of time in the Mayan calendar.

From fortune cookies to crystal balls and famous future predictors such as Nostradamus, people have tried to look ahead.  Which predictions should be believed, and what basis should be used to examine possible trends likely to affect everyone's life in the near and not so near future?

Possible scientific advancements, economic trends, potential disasters, advances that will affect daily living, population trends, environmental trends, global interconnectedness, and other areas of investigation will be explored by panel members who will summarize their research and pose questions for group discussion.  

For more information,e-mail hclifelonglearners Connect with HCLL on Facebook to share predictions for the future.

Friday, March 1

The Sons of Norway Nordskogen Lodge 1-626 of Park Rapids will meet Thursday, March 1 at Riverside United Methodist.

A board meeting will be held at 6 p.m. followed by the general meeting at 7 p.m.

Patricia Lundeen will perform Edvard Grieg's music and display her Norwegian treasures, as well as offer suggestions for off-the- beaten-path places to see. She will also reflect on how Norway has influenced her life.

There will be an election of officers and appointment of committee chairs for 2012-14.

Servers will be Irene Weis, Helen Peterson and Larry and Renee Bexell.

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.

No plane ticket to Maui? Don't need one.

Instead book a reservation for the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber's Life's a Beach Party Saturday, Feb. 25 at North Point Lodge.

The lodge is transformed to become the tropics and the menu will add to the adventure. The evening includes a gourmet menu of tropical delights - appetizers, tropical fruit salad, popovers, rotisserie prime rib of pork on a bed of cranberry rice pilaf with lingonberry sauce and grilled pineapple chicken cordon bleu, colcannon potatoes, vegetable and Hawaiian paradise meringue.

Specialty beach drinks will be available for an additional charge.

Instead of street vendors, party-goers will find tables filled with silent auction goodies donated by local businesses. Imaginick will be strolling and performing his magic, too.

Dance until midnight to one of the Midwest's most popular bands, Bob & the Beachcombers, returning this year by popular demand, to entertain with music from the 50s, 60s and beyond.

The party, which is the Chamber's annual fundraiser, starts with a social at 5 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and dancing at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25.

Book your night out by Monday, Feb. 20 by calling the Chamber at 732-4111. Tables of eight may be reserved.

Saturday, March 3

Weight-management patients or those interested in learning more about surgical or non-surgical weight-loss solutions are invited to attend "Live Healthy Now: Solutions for Weight Management."

The Fargo expo and day of education is set from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at the Ramada Plaza & Suites.

The Center for Weight Management providers and multi-disciplinary teams from Essentia Health and St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids have invited experts and associates to motivate, educate and share the latest medical information about living a healthy lifestyle.

Contact Arlys to learn more or to register at 237-5588 or

The Ramada Plaza & Suites is located at 1635 42nd Street SW in Fargo.

An Energy and Wellness Expo - an interactive event on energy, the environment, health and how they are intertwined - will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at Park Rapids Century School.

Topics include energy efficiency, fitness, mental health, natural healing, nutrition, organic foods, parenting, renewable energy, senior care, wellness, aromatherapy and pet health.

Ring of Kerry will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at the ITOW Veterans Museum in Perham.

Ring of Kerry is a musical group based in Minnesota, playing Irish music on a variety of Celtic instruments, including whistles, flutes, guitar, hammered dulcimer, fiddle and bodhran.  

At times, Ring of Kerry is a raucous pub band enticing its crowd to sing along, stomp their feet and to join in the merriment. Yet in other moments, they perform hauntingly beautiful serenades.  

Each band member brings his/her own musical influences and expertise to the group and takes an active roll in creating the Ring of Kerry sound. 

Tickets are available at the door.

The ITOW Veterans Museum is located at 805 West Main Perham. For more information call 218-346-7678 or visit

Wednesday, March 7

Jess Lourey, author of "November Hunt," will sign copies of her seventh Murder-by-Month mystery from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 at Beagle Books.

The book, set in the tundra of northern Minnesota, follows hunting buddies Tom and Clive, one ending up dead in a hunting accident.

Mira James, former amateur sleuth and soon-to-be private investigator, is hired to inspect the death. Her investigation reveals nasty secrets, incriminating the town's most prominent families...

After the book signing, Lourey will conduct a workshop for aspiring writers from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 at the Park Rapids Area Library, a Legacy funded event.

"If you wish to be a writer, write." But how? You've got the great idea, the one that won't let you go, that embellishes itself as you walk around your day. How do you turn that good idea into a great novel, and what do you do with it after you write it? Join author and college professor Jess Lourey for the answers.

Participants will be shown how to go from idea to completed novel in seven steps and receive detailed information on cracking the world of publishing.

This seminar has been taught by Jess in New York City, New Orleans, Bethesda and San Francisco, and now it's coming to "this neck of the woods!"

The workshop is free and open to the public. Bring a writing utensil and a notebook.

Thursday, March 8

Heart o' Lakes Genealogical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8 at the Becker County Museum.

The meeting is being held by special arrangement with the Becker County Historical Society and is open to the public and anyone interested in researching their family history is invited to attend.

There will be some time to research following the meeting. In case of inclement weather, there will be a radio announcement canceling the meeting. Call Virginia Weston at 218-847-6483 with questions.

Sunday, March 11

The 22nd St. Patrick's Day roast beef dinner will be served from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11 at the Guthrie Community Center Ye Olde School Grounds.