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Upcoming events Jan. 10-21

Thursday, Jan. 10

The Wadena Evangelical Church is starting a DivorceCare group, meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning, Jan. 10.

  DivorceCare helps in recovery from the pain of separation and divorce and is led by people who have been through it and understand how you feel.

DivorceCare is a network of over 13,000 churches worldwide equipped to offer divorce support groups. This program is nondenominational and features biblical teaching for recovering from divorce or separation.

Learn more about Divorce Care at www.divorce

  Wadena Evangelical Church is located at 419 2nd St. NE in Wadena. For more information call the church at 218-631-1928 or 218-640-0462.

The Wadena Whirlaways square dance club will dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at the Wadena VFW.

Richard Miller will call the tips. A "chili dump" lunch will follow.

Dave and Ted's Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos is returning to Detroit Lakes and will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at the Holmes Theatre. 

  For a pair of self-taught pianists from Minnesota, Dave Charles Eichholz and Ted Manderfeld have mastered the sophisticated nuances of burlesque's best ribald and bawdy traditions, which made Las Vegas and Paris famous.

Eichholz and Manderfeld offer a Las Vegas-style show of comedy and extensive audience participation featuring an unlikely and surprising mix of music and parodies that range from classic rock and country to rap and show tunes. The key to their marathon of musical comedy, however, is the unabashed and completely liberated participation of audience members as young as 21 or as old as 80.

  Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 218-844-7469, or by visiting the box office at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.

Friday, Jan. 11

Homeschool basketball will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 at the Akeley Regional Community Center gym.

Participants will play a two-hour game every Friday at the ARCC. All home- educated children from 5- 18 years are encouraged to participate. Transportation is available.

For information call 218-566-1515.

Saturday, Jan. 12

PEO Chapter FQ invites Chapters T and FJ to celebrate Founders' Day Saturday, Jan. 12 at Riverside United Methodist Church.

Registration begins at 9 a.m.; breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m. A program and chapter meeting will follow.

The Itasca Moraine chapter of the North Country Trail will host a guided snowshoe hike beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 setting off from the Shingobee Recreation Area parking lot.

Come early and enjoy sliding and fire in the chalet.

Park on top of the hill just off Highway 34 southwest of Walker.

The public is invited to celebrate Winter Trails Day with the Laurentian Lakes Chapter of the North Country Trail at Maplelag Resort Saturday, Jan. 12.

Activities include:

n Join a group to cross-country ski or snowshoe at 1 p.m. (meet in the lodge lobby).

n Learn more about wolves and northern Minnesota ecology and environmental issues with environmentalist Barry Babcock at 3:30 p.m.

n Check out the silent auction featuring outdoorsy items and unique local

artisans' products from 1 to 6 p.m.

All proceeds will go toward building, maintaining and promoting the NCT.

Maplelag Resort is located north of Richwood off Becker County Highway 110. Check out Maplelag Resort's facilities and trails and get the latest trail conditions online at

Sunday, Jan. 13

Park Rapids Fun & Dance will host a dance from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at the American Legion.

The public is invited to dance to "Joe Carlson & Jim."

The fee pays for the band and rent of the facility. 

Contact Jan at 237-6037 for further details.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

The Center for Lifelong Learning at Central Lakes College in Brainerd will host "Spotlight on Religion: Judaism" with Dr. Robert Kapitzke from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 in E208 of the Business and Industry Center.

       A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Dr. Kapitzke attained a Master's degree in religious studies from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in religious studies at Indiana University. He is a former instructor at Central Lakes College and currently teaches religion and philosophy at St. Cloud Technical and Community College.

     The program will address the state and formation of a modern Judaism.

For information, call 218-855-8142 or e-mail

Thursday, Jan. 17

The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will offer a 55+ driver improvement refresher course from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Northwoods Bank community room.

A first-time, eight-hour course will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Walker Area Community Center.

The driver improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is requested. A certified instructor teaches this class. 

By utilizing the most up-to-date research in the field, participants will be provided the latest information in regards to driver safety, new laws, and vehicle technology. 

The fee for the four-hour refresher course is $20 and the eight-hour course is $24. For more information or to register, visit the website at www.mnsafety or call 888-234-1294.

Friday, Jan. 18

An "Animal Lovers Overnight," sponsored by Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines Council, will be held for girls in grades K-5 Jan. 18 and 19 and Feb. 1 and 2 at the Headwaters Science Center in Bemidji.

Girls can get up close and personal with the many interesting animals that inhabit Headwaters Science

Center. Visit Oswald the Owl. Hold soft and fuzzy critters as well as more unusual creatures such as

snakes and lizards and tarantulas.

Bring a friend and make new ones. Finish the evening

with a movie and popcorn. The overnight includes an activity patch, evening snack and light breakfast.

Not a Girl Scout? No problem; all girls are welcome.

Girl Scouts is a tradition that has stood the test of time. For a 101 years it has

been building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

For more information about these programs, how to join, volunteer, or donate to Girl Scouts of

Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines, visit or call Tricia at 218-308-8879

or e-mail tandrews@gslakes

The Park Rapids Eagles Auxiliary will serve an Italian dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at the Eagles Club.

The dinner will include soup, a salad bar and dessert.

Proceeds benefit the Park Rapids Area High School BPA.

The University of Minnesota Extension will host educational classes on the Art of Beekeeping, The Making of Maple Syrup and Beekeeping: Beyond the Basics in January and February.

The classes are free and open to the public.

The Art of Beekeeping, an introductory course, will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Hubbard Community Center, 12141 CSAH 6 in Hubbard.

The Making of Maple Syrup will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Town Hall in Guthrie, 44255 Rail Road.

And Beekeeping: Beyond the Basics will be presented from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

JoAnne Sabin, a well-known educator on honeybees and a Dakota County UMN Master Gardener, will teach the beekeeping courses which are designed to encourage, assist and educate others in the wonderful experience of keeping honeybees.

The Art of Beekeeping will cover fundamental bee basics, apiary equipment, hive assembly, selecting a site, feeding and treating bees, queen, worker and drones behavior, nectar and pollen plants, honey extracting and seasonal management.

Beekeeping: Beyond the Basics will cover current events, diseases, pesticides, CCD research, bee biology, making splits, expanding your hives, queen grafting, winterizing, experiences with various bee races, equipment beyond the basics, the importance of feeding, honey characteristics, bee-related products and how to make them.

Carl Vogt, a retired University of Minnesota Extension specialist, known for his dedication as a conservation educator, will teach the course on The Making of Maple Syrup.

The course will include what trees can be tapped; what tools are needed; when to tap trees, how to tap trees and how to process sap into syrup.

To register, call Sally Shearer, Hubbard County Extension program coordinator at 732-3391 (office) or 237-1245 (direct) or e-mail All classes are free and open to the public.