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Upcoming events March 5-26, 2013

Thursday, March 7

                  Sons of Norway Nordskogen Lodge, Park Rapids, will hold a board meeting at 6 p.m. and regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at Riverside United Methodist Church.

                  Al and Jo Judson will share information about their trip to Norway.

            Servers are Al and Jean Flack and Glenys Hotzler.

Friday, March 8

            The Friendly Squares will host a square dance on Friday March 8 at Century School

            A plus workshop will be from 7:30 to 8 p.m. with mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. The caller will be Roger Lueth and Donna Stone will cue rounds between tips.

            A potluck lunch will be furnished by the club. All square dancers  and  spectators are welcome.

Saturday, March 9

            Artists, performing artists and artists of any kind in middle school, high school, college or fresh out of college who are considering pursuing an arts career or love doing art are invited to attend JumpstART! from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday March 9 at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW in Bemidji.

            Springboard for the Arts and Region 2 Arts Council are hosting the free program designed to support young artists on the path as an artist.            

            The day’s topics include:

             n 10 to 11:30  a.m. –Artist skills workshop, portfolios, artist statements, resumes and grants;

            n 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. –Panel discussion with artists and arts professionals; 

            n 1 to 2 p.m. – Artist mentoring; see what R2AC artist mentors and students are doing, get more info on Artist Mentor Grant Program for 8th-12th grade artists, and learn about Individual Artist Grants for adult artists seeking mentors.  This is for mentors and those willing to be a mentor

             Snacks will be provided. RSVP to 218-751-5447 or by March 7.

             Springboard for the Arts’ mission is to cultivate a vibrant arts community by connecting artists with the skills, contacts, information and services they need to make a living and a life.

sunday, march 10

            Itascatur is hosting an open house at Soaring Eagle Cross Country Ski Trails Sunday, March 10 to give the public an opportunity to check out equipment and be introduced to skiing. The open house is from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

            Club members invite people to come out and enjoy the beautiful ski trails and have a cup of hot chocolate in the warming house. People can bring their own skis or check out new ski equipment available at Soaring Eagle.

            Volunteers will be available to help people get started and answer questions about the trails.

            The ski center has 10k of marked and groomed trails through balsam pines and spruce. All trails are groomed classical and skate and are designed for beginner to expert skiers.

            Soaring Eagle, located 8 miles north of Park Rapids on Highway 71, is maintained by the Itascatur Ski/Bike/Run club. Look for sign on the west side of highway that leads to the trailhead.

            For more information, go to Ski trail conditions can be found at

Monday, March 11                 

            The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will host a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Monday, March 11 at the clubhouse.

            All members and guests are invited.

            The Hubbard County Relay for Life first captain’s meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 11 at Riverside United Methodist Church, Highway 71 North.

            All returning teams and any new team captains are strongly encouraged to attend. Those interested in starting a team may also attend.

            Team packets, fundraising ideas and online team registration will be discussed. Those unable to attend or who want more information may call Kristi at 732-8844.

            The 19th annual Relay for Life will be held from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, June 14. Note the time change.

            Sitting in the middle of a continent, halfway between the equator and the North Pole, Minnesota experiences a wider range of "normal" weather conditions than nearly any other place on earth.

            Our weather extremes follow a predictable timeline that is driven almost entirely by the cyclical changes in the intensity and duration of available sunlight.

             Join the discussion regarding weather extremes when the Center for Lifelong Learning at Central Lakes College presents “The True Story of Minnesota Weather Extremes,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 11 on the Brainerd Campus of CLC.

            This discussion, led by Kenneth Blumenfeld, will stimulate the audience to consider the subtlety, the beauty, and the wonder of our atmosphere.

            The presentation will include examples from the real world, elements of personal storytelling and limited use of props. Blumenfeld has spent three decades studying, chasing and researching extreme and hazardous weather and is currently working on a four-piece documentary regarding weather in Minnesota and the upper Midwest.

             Cost is $6 for non-members or free for those with a Center for Lifelong Learning membership. Pre-registration is recommended and can be made by calling 218-855-8142.

Tuesday, March 12

            The effects of social media are global.

                  The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning brings Laura Dehler-Seter, associate professor of communications, Bemidji State University, to share her knowledge of “Communications Skills in a Digital Age,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 in the community room of Northwoods Bank, Park Rapids.

            Cell phones, chat rooms, Facebook, Twitter….the world has become a smaller place, bringing unfamiliar places and people into our homes, offices and everyday lives.

            With text messaging and e-mail providing the most popular forms of communication today, is human interaction suffering? Are we losing personal touch and adversely affecting interpersonal relationships and social skills? How will all of this impact tomorrow’s world and the people living within it?

            Join HCLL, free of charge, for refreshments and a look into this compelling and emergent phenomenon.

            For more information, call Kristen Partlow at 255-1178 or e-mail

            The Healthy Moms Network will meet at 5:30 p.m.  Tuesday, March 12 at the Park Rapids Area Library.             

            Tracy Lance from TJL Farm Community Supported Agriculture will demonstrate hot process soap making.  Lance will show from start to finish how easy and enjoyable making homemade soap can be. 

            While the soap is processing, an open discussion of other homesteading skills will be shared. 

            All meetings are open to women of all ages.  Children may attend, but must be supervised or able to engage in quiet activity. 

            For more information, contact Nicole Guida 732-5229.

            Laughter Club of Park Rapids will be having a laugh event at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 at Brigid's House.

            Laughter Yoga is a breakthrough exercise routine, which allows people to practice laughter without depending upon outside conditions and reasons of life.

            The event will be in the ground floor of the garage/loft where classes are normally held, so it is handicapped accessible.

            This is free and open to all, “though donations are accepted with a hearty hahahaha and a thank you.”

            To learn more about Laughter Yoga visit laughter No need to bring a mat or wear special clothing.

Wednesday, March 13                 

            American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days will bloom Wednesday through Friday, March 13-15.

            Daffodils will be sold from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Coborn’s and Hugo’s.

            A bouquet of 10 daffodils will cost $10 and “Dainty Potted Daffodils” are selling for $15.

            Call Coral at 732-5187 for more information.

            Join the next Legacy program, “A Visit with Emily Dickinson: Dwelling in Possibility,” presented by Rhoda Jackson of Park Rapids at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 at the Park Rapids Area Library. 

            Jackson will present a side of Dickinson that may be unfamiliar and yet expand the image of Dickinson to a broader understanding of this American poet who seemed so isolated and focused on death.

            Dickinson is one of America's best-loved poets and perhaps one of the least understood.  In the program, Jackson has created a setting which may seem a bit far-fetched to those who think of Dickinson as the solitary reclusive poet who only wore white. 

            Dickinson was quite well known in her hometown of Amherst for her gifts of flowers and baked goods that she often sent to neighbors, along with a verse or two. 

            In addition to 1,800 poems, there are thousands of letters that she wrote in her 55 years.  The majority of these were written when she was in her late 20s to early 30s. 

            By the time she turned 35, she had written more than 1,100 poems, and had recorded 800 of these in small hand-sewn booklets. 

            This dramatic presentation finds Dickinson at age 34 in 1865 as she returns to her childhood home in Amherst, Mass.  The Civil War has ended and Dickinson has started creating her booklets of poems.

             Jackson has been involved with community theater in Park Rapids since 2002. She recently began studying the poems and letters of Dickinson and has created the program, primarily using Dickinson’s own words from her letters and poetry. 

            The poet revealed is strong-willed, witty and unconcerned with the social norms of her time.

Thursday, March 14

            PEO Chapter FQ will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, March 14 at the home of Linda Williams with Barb Haugen as co-hostess.  

            The program is the election of officers.

Saturday, March 16

            The Current Events book group will meet at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at Beagle Books and Bindery to discuss “The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity” by Jeffrey D. Sachs.

            Sachs offers a searing and incisive diagnosis of our country’s economic ills, and an urgent call for Americans to restore the core virtues of fairness, honesty and foresight as the foundations of national prosperity.

            Sachs finds that both political parties – and many leading economists – have missed the big picture… He describes a political system that is beholden to big donors and influential lobbyists and a consumption-driven culture that suffers shortfalls of social trust and compassion.

            He bids readers to reclaim the virtues of good citizenship and mindfulness toward the economy and each one another. Most important, he urges each of us to accept the price of civilization, so that together we restore America to its great promise.

          The Current Events book group meets at Beagle Books on the third Saturday of each month. Both men and women are welcome.

Sunday, March 17

            The 23rd annual St. Patrick’s Day beef dinner will be served from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17 at the Guthrie Community Center – Ye Olde School Grounds.

            All proceeds go to the maintenance and improvement of the grounds.

Monday, March 18

                  United Blood Services is coming to Park Rapids for its annual March blood drive  to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 18 and from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

            Those who are 16 years or older and in good health are asked to consider being a donor.

            For an appointment, call Elayne Luiken at 732-3935 or 255-4865 or sign up online by going to www.blood, sponsor code: parkrapids.

            United Blood Services relies exclusively on communities’ citizens to roll up their sleeves and generously donate a pint of blood.

Wednesday, March 20                 

            The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will be offering an eight-hour, first time 55+ driver improvement course from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 at Northwoods Bank’s community room.

            The course is open to the public; pre-registration is required. A Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center certified instructor teaches this class. 

            By utilizing the most up-to-date research in the field, participants will be provided the latest information in driver safety, new laws and vehicle technology.  The fee for the eight-hour course is $24.

            For more information or to register, visit or call 1-888-234-1294.

Friday, March 22 

            The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, March 22 at Century School.

            There will be plus workshop from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and mainstream from 8 to 10 p.m. The caller will be Dan Sahlstrom and Donna Stone will cue rounds between tips.             A potluck lunch will be furnished by members. All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

Sunday, March 24

            Games of ham bingo will be played beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24 at St. Peter’s Catholic parish center.

            Twenty hams, plus a ready-to-cook ham dinner, will be won. Free lunch will be served to participants.

            All proceeds benefit the Hubbard County Food Shelf. The event, open to the public is sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 3278.

Tuesday, March 26

            Long Lake Theater in Hubbard will host open auditions from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 and Thursday, March 26.

            Show up anytime.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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