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Upcoming events March 22-27

Thursday, March 22

Widowed Friends Fellowship (for men and women) will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday March 22 at the West Forty for dinner with Dominos to follow.  

For more information, call Karla at 732-0424 or Joan at 732-4917.

Friday, March 23

Nevis Boy Scouts Troop 56 will be selling and distributing roses from 9 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 23 and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 24 at T&M stations in Park Rapids, Nevis and Akeley.

Take a step back in time with Virginia Mae Hope, portrayed by Melissa Friedmann of the Minnesota History Players, when she arrives at 1 p.m. Friday, March 23 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Hope was a pilot and member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Her life was short but exciting. Learn what it was like growing up on a farm in Winnebago during the Great Depression and serving as a female pilot during World War II.  

There will be information about the bombing of Pearl Harbor and its national impact, and the changing roles of women during World War II.

The WASP performed wartime duties in the United States, freeing male pilots for combat. Hope was one of only 1,074 women to receive the WASP "silver wings" after completing rigorous training at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas.

After graduation, she was assigned to the Weather Wing and stationed at Patterson Field in Dayton, Ohio.

Hope was known to say, "Isn't it just wonderful!" about her WASP career, though she and other female pilots faced blatant discrimination because they were women.

Not until 1977, 33 years after the program was disbanded, did Congress recognize the WASP as military pilots or grant them veteran status.

Hope died Dec. 7, 1944, in Omaha, Neb. when the plane on which she was a passenger crashed after takeoff.

"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.

Saturday, March 24

Chasing Clarence will have a CD release show at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at The Good Life Café.

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

Parents are helping each other strengthen families at Parent Cafés - intimate, energetic conversations where moms and dads build off of each other's experiences.

The second Parent Café in Hubbard County will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 26 at the Century School in Park Rapids.

The Parent Café event starts with a time for families to eat supper together, a free meal of pizza. This will be followed up by parents attending the Parent Café and children enjoying games and crafts sponsored by the Nevis STAR (Students Teaching Attitudes of Respect) Team.

The Parent Café will cover the topic of media by discussing the following three questions:

n How involved should I be in the content of my child's interactions online?

n How much time is considered reasonable and healthy for my child to be "using" media, - television, video gaming, smart phone, iPod, computer?

n How can I help my kids be safe from cyber bullying?

Those interested in attending are asked to contact Park Rapids Community Education at 237-6600. RSVPs will be accepted through March 26.

Funding for this event has been provided by funds from the Radiothon to End Child Abuse, Northwest Minnesota Foundation and Park Rapids Community Education.

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.

Tuesday, March 27

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning (HCLL) searches for the "Future Park Rapids -Artistically Imagined" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 at the Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

Mayor Nancy Pemberton Carroll explains where Park Rapids is heading in the future from her point of view as mayor and as an active volunteer in area arts.

Carroll has been serving the area for most of her 16 years here.  She has worked on zoning committees for Thorpe and Mantrap townships, spent 12 years on the City Planning Commission and 8 years on the city council.

She is a founding member of the community stewardship group, Progress Park Rapids.  Her volunteer activities have included the Lake Country Scenic Byways, the Heartland Concert Series and the Park Rapids Area Arts Council.  

     The four winners in the student art contest will be announced at the program. They will give a short chat on their artwork and their vision of Park Rapids in the future. Local artist and Blank Canvass Gallery member and teacher was the judge for the artwork.

Contact LuAnne White at 732-7939 or e-mail for more information.      

Friend HCLL on Facebook; HCLL is seeking input on the programs and suggestions for future topics.

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.

The annual Pregnancy Resource Center benefit concert will be at 7 p.m. Friday, March 30 at Evergreen Church in Park Rapids. The concert features Chasing Clarence, La Poema (a group from Minneapolis) and Bill and April Hodge. A free will offering will be accepted and coffee and cookies will be provided.

Wednesday, April 4

  To help people with an ongoing health condition live fuller, healthier and more active lives, Sanford Health is offering a free Better Choices, Better Health workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 9 at Bemidji Evangelical Covenant Church.

Effective self-management skills have proven to help people with arthritis, fibromyalgia, heart disease, depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, cancer and those who are overweight or have other ongoing health conditions.

  Participants will learn important skills such as problem solving, goal setting, relaxation techniques and ways to deal with difficult emotions, pain, fatigue and stress. 

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.