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Upcoming events March 14 - April 8

Wednesday, March 14

American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days will be today (Wednesday) through Friday, March 16.

Daffodils will be sold from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at J & B Foods and Coborn's.

Park Rapids Retired Military Group will meet at 6 tonight (Wednesday) at Steve & Jill's in Nevis.

All retired military personnel and family are welcome.

Call commander Bill at 732-0205 with questions.

Thursday, March 15

The Arts Downtown PR series continues from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15 in downtown Park Rapids.

Pianist Jason Wright will be featured from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Bella Caffè, 116 3rd Street West. Wright shines a new light on familiar sacred melodies with his unique, peaceful style. For the past eight years, Jason has been located in New Prague, where he performed and taught private piano and voice lessons.

He has recently relocated to Menahga and has enjoyed meeting other local musicians. Wright is continuing his work with the nationally recognized pianists, Tim and Ryan O'Neill, selling music, editing sheet music and traveling as an associate pianist to promote their albums.

He will be performing a blend of sacred, familiar and Irish music. CDs will be available during the performance and Wright will be available to autograph copies afterward.

The new band, Better Than Nothin', will play classic rock from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at The Good Life Cafe, 220 South Main Avenue. Members are Alex Ziemann, lead guitar and vocals; Roger Fenzel, lead singer and guitar; Jerry Snow, bass guitar and vocals; and Brian Hitchcock, drums and vocals. This will be their first acoustic show.

Third Thursday events are designed to bring audiences to see and hear visual artists, musicians, writers and other artists in businesses in downtown Park Rapids on the Third Thursday of the month.

The public is invited to attend and encouraged to make a freewill donation to the artists. Contact Lu Ann Hurd-Lof at 652-4081 or

Friday, March 16

The Weston A. Price Nutrition Foundation will host a chapter meeting at 4 p.m. Friday March 16 at the Evergreen Church.  

Tanja Larson, chapter leader, will discuss healthy gut flora, the importance of fermented foods in the diet, as well as explain more from the book, "The Gut and Psychology Syndrome" (GAPS diet) by Natasha Campbell-McBride.  

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

All-you-can-eat fish fry dinners will be prepared for the public at First Lutheran Church of Akeley, served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Fridays in Lent, March 16, 23 and 30.

Donations will go to sanctuary renovations.  No reservations are required.

First Lutheran Church (ELCA) is located on the corner of Highway 34 and Pleasant Avenue in Akeley.

Grace Community Church of Osage will host an "Art of Marriage" video conference March 16 and 17.

Friday night's session is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday's is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost of $35 includes workbooks.

For more information or to register, contact Pastor Paul McKibben at 573-3143 or 218-841-9047.

The annual Laporte Community Talent Show will be Friday March 16 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Laporte School commons.

The event will feature

several student solos and groups, as well as community members performing.

Tickets may be purchased at the door - students $5, adults $6, or $25 for the family. The show is a fundraiser for the school's music and drama departments.

The Fabulous Armadillos and Collective Unconscious are teaming up to perform the greatest hits from the Eagles during "Takin' it to the Limit, A Tribute to the Eagles," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 16 at the Historic Holmes Theatre.

The Fabulous Armadillos have become one of the most popular acts in Central Minnesota. A musical group in a constant stage of metamorphosis, every show they bring to the stage is different. They start with a core band of five seasoned pros and bring in guest artists to fit each "themed" show they perform. Each theater show, a sit-down, multi-media, story-telling event has a new theme.

Collective Unconscious is a group of musicians who believe in making good music, whether it's their own originals or covers. CU has packed houses throughout Minnesota with their jam-based acoustic and electric music.

Tickets for this performance can be purchased online at, by calling 218-844-7469 or by visiting our Box Office at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.

Saturday, March 17

The Menahga Senior Center will host a pancake and sausage breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17 as part of the St. Urho Day celebration.

A freewill offering will be received. Drawing for a quilt raffle will be at 11 a.m.

A "bake-less" bake sale will be held to benefit Meals on Wheels.

Felting vs Fulling.  Do you know the difference?  

The Twisted Stitchers will be creating small items out of hand-made felt from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17 at Kathy Belt's house.  

Call Kathy for directions at 732-0978.

Multiple performing groups from the Bemidji State University Department of Music will take the stage at the Spring Choir Festival Saturday, March 17.

The festival will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Thompson Recital Hall in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on the Bemidji State campus. 

The Varsity Singers, BSU Choir, Chamber Singers, and the Men's and Women's Groups will be performing throughout the evening.

Some of the pieces to be performed include "Thy Truth Within" by Leland Sateren, "Ascendit Deus" by Jacob Gallus, "In Mirth and in Gladness" by Fredric Niedt, "Gloria" by Jeffrey Rickard, "Our Father" by Alexander Gretchaninoff, "Ye Shall Have a Song" by Randall Thompson, and "Rainsong" by Houston Bright.

More information on the recital is available by contacting the Department of Music at 218-755-2915.

Tuesday, March 20

The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning heads back to the past with the Park Rapids Historical Society's Rod Nordberg and Connie Henderson from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at the Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

It has often been said that if we don't learn from the past, we are destined to repeat it. This program is designed to demonstrate what Hubbard County's past has been to prepare and provide a backdrop for the upcoming program -"The Future of Park Rapids -Artistically Imagined."

 The historical society has an extensive collection of old photographs many of which they will share in the presentation.

In 1882 the water was thought to be inexhaustible and pure. There were superior waterpower capabilities.  Merchandise of all kinds was sold at reasonable prices.  "Fuel costs but little."

The population was described as "clear headed and energetic people who are animated by the praiseworthy desire of 'getting on in the world' and helping others to do the same." Life has changed greatly since then.

Would that description instill a desire in you to move to the Park Rapids you know today?

Nordberg is current vice president of the Hubbard County Historical Society. He also serves as vice president for the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council.   He is a retired Emmy winning film editor and teacher (universities of Southern California, Illinois, Columbia).  He's also put in time as a journalist covering the Cannes Film Festival.   On retiring to Park Rapids, he became the chair and project director of the Red Bridge Film Festival from 2009-2011.

Director of the Hubbard County Historical Museum, Henderson is an expert in old photographs.  She wrote "Forgotten Old Photos," a blog that received the Blog of Note Award in November 2010.  The Blog of Note award is given to only 200 blogs a year worldwide.   "Forgotten Old Photos" reunites marked and unmarked photographs with relatives so they are no longer forgotten.

Hubbard County Historical Museum  has just begun to scan, digitize and document all of their old photographs.

Contact LuAnne White at 732-7939 or e-mail hclifelong for more information.      Friend HCLL on Facebook; HCLL is seeking input on the programs and suggestions for future topics.

Walker area musician Paul Nye will perform a children's concert at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 in the Laporte School Commons.

The concert is free and open to all area families with young children. It is sponsored by Laporte ECFE as part of the program's celebration of 25 years of working with parents and young children.

Nye will be singing songs from his soon-to-be-released CD "My Favorite Teddy Bear Is You," plus songs from his popular children's CD "Don't Lick a Flagpole When It's Cold."

In addition to the concert, there will be a family potluck, serving at 5:45 p.m. in the commons, and a drawing for prizes.

Friday, March 23

"To Save a Life," a movie addressing teen suicide, will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, March 23 at Menahga Assembly of God Church, located one mile north of Menahga.

There will be popcorn and pop and tacos in a bag served after the movie.

Youth 13-18 are welcome.

Call 564-4807 (church) or 320-630-3756 for more information.

The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, March 23  at the Century School.

The caller will be Myron  Hollatz. Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips. A plus workshop will be from 7:30 to 8 p.m. followed by mainstream dancing.

The club will furnish a potluck lunch after the dance. All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

Sunday, March 25

Ham bingo will be played beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25 at St. Peter's Catholic Parish Center.

Twenty hams and a ready-to-cook ham dinner will be awarded. Proceeds benefit the Hubbard County Food Shelf.

The event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 3278.

Wadena VFW Post 3922 is sponsoring a meal for veterans who served in Vietnam and their significant other from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 25 at the post home located at 213 1st Street SE in Wadena.

This is a time to have a good meal, relax and visit with fellow Vietnam veterans.

Monday, March 26

Long Lake Theater announces an open casting call for the June, July and August shows.

Newcomers and all ages and abilities are welcome.

Those interested in performing in the musical are asked to bring a song to sing. Auditions are from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 26 or Tuesday, March 27. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 732-0099 or visit

Long Lake Theater is located 8 miles southeast of Park Rapids.

Thursday, March 29

Build, pound and more for ages 3-5 will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29 at the Frank White Education Center.

Preschoolers and parents/guardians can build a fun birdhouse with master carpenter Terry DeYoung.

Other toys and activities will be set up for children to explore. Building supplies and tools will be provided but hammers, with identification, are appreciated.

Pre-registration is required; call 237-6600.

Friday, March 30

Interested in learning some basics about computers? Come and surf the Web at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Library staff will host a Senior Surf Day from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, March 30 to share some basics about computers and using the Internet.

Space is limited; call the library at 732-4966 to reserve a space.  There is no charge for this training.

Sunday, April 8

First English Lutheran Church of Dorset is having its 7th annual Community Easter Meal on Easter Sunday, April 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This free meal is open to anyone in the community and will include ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, slaw, roll, and dessert.

Free meal delivery is available by calling the church at 732-9466.  

First English is located at 20252 State 226, Dorset.