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Upcoming events April 11 - May 17


Park Rapids Retired Military Club will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at the Stompin’ Grounds just north of Akeley on Highway 64.

All retired military and families are welcome. For more information, call Archie 573-3591.

The Crazy Quilters Guild of Park Rapids will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 11 in the basement meeting room of the Park Rapids Area Library.

All area quilters are invited to attend.


The American Legion Auxiliary will host a past presidents fundraising dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 12 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu will include Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, dinner roll and dessert.

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, April 12 at Century School.

There will be a plus workshop from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. The caller will be Royce Nelson and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips.

Potluck lunch will be furnished by the members. All square dancers and spectators are welcome.


The public is welcome to attend the Northwoods Riders OHV Club’s annual meeting to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13 at the Backwoods Bar and Grill, 48220 Reserve Trail, Bemidji.

Artists are sought for the 46th annual Hawley Art Show and Sale to be held April 18-21 at the Hawley Community Center.

Artists may enter artwork from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14. Registration fees are $5 per entry for professional and amateur classes and $3 for elementary and high school students, with a limit of three works per artist.

Call co-chairs Sandy Maydole at 218-483-3296 or Donna Noll at 218-483-4238 for more information.


A Green Eggs and Ham breakfast fundraiser will be served from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

A freewill offering will be received.

Face painting and Dr. Seuss stories will be ongoing from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the Reach Out and Read programs at Essentia Health, Park Rapids, Menahga and Walker.

This program is incorporated into regular pediatric checkups at 6 months to 5 years, advising parents of the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally-appropriate books to children.

The Bible epic miniseries, shown recently on the History Channel, can be viewed at 10 a.m. Sundays, April 14 through May 12 at Park Theatre.

The showings are hosted by Frontline Church. Admission is free. For information, call 252-0305.

Park Rapids Water Ski Team’s spring meeting, registration and pyramid practice will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 14 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

Cost is free. All participants must sign a waiver, which can be obtained by e-mailing requests to parkrapids or they are available at the door. Those 18 and under must have a waiver signed by a parent of guardian.


Certified financial planner Allen Zutz will present information on the recent tax law changes at 7 p.m. Monday, April 15 in the FACS room, Laporte School.

Zutz will discuss options for families and other taxpayers to consider “Beyond the Fiscal Cliff” in order to prepare for the financial future. He will also be sharing information on college savings plans for families.

The half hour class is free and no products or services will be sold at the event. Pre-registration is requested by April 12 with Laporte Community Ed. (218-224-2288 x 141 or diane@la


The final program of the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning’s spring series will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the community room of Northwoods Bank.

Michael Hansen, historian, will travel to Park Rapids to share “Expressions of Racism in the 20th Century.” This program is based on the novel “Ragtime” by Doctorow, and is centered on racial hostility in the early 20th Century.

Hansen also explores immigration and the “new rich.”

All are welcome, free of charge. For more information or questions, call Kristen Partlow at 255-1178 or e-mail

The annual meeting of the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 at the Creamery Restaurant in New York Mills.

A light lunch will be served from 5 to 6 p.m. before the meeting. Annual reports and information about plans for the Creamery and the Continental Divide Folk School will be presented. The center’s annual report will be distributed, and there will be election of new members of the board of directors.

Call 218-385-3339 for more information, or visit the cultural center website at

Five Bemidji State University music professors and instructors and their electronic music ensemble, the MIDiots, will collaborate for a 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 concert.

The concert will be held in the Thompson Recital Hall in Bemidji State’s Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex; admission is free.

The MIDiots include BSU faculty members Dr. Del Lyren, professor of music; Dr. Erika Svanoe, assistant professor of music; adjunct faculty members Greg Gaston and Eric Sundeen; and Bemidji State alum Lee Foster. Lyren and Svanoe play electronic wind instruments; Gaston plays the wave drum and electronic drum set; Sundeen plays a Malletkat; and Foster plays bass.

The group will perform all original music composed specifically for the MIDiots by Lyren, Svanoe and Gaston.

The group has been playing together for two years and recently played its first gig at a commercial venue as featured artists at The Dakota in Minneapolis.


The final Headwaters Adult Slow Pitch Softball League meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 in the basement of the Eagles Club.

All new and returning teams should attend this meeting. The Headwaters

softball league offers teams for men, women, over 35, and co-ed.

For more information visit


The Weston A. Price Foundation will have a free movie event, “Statin Nation, the Great Cholesterol Cover-up,” at 5 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the Evergreen Church just west of Park Rapids.

This is a film that exposes the over-prescription of cholesterol-lowering medications and the misrepresentation of medical evidence.

Health care professionals are encouraged to attend this meeting; feel free to invite your doctor.

All meetings are free and open to the public. Non-GMO buttered popcorn will be served.

For more information, contact Tanja Larson at 732-9402.

The Park Rapids Eagles Auxiliary 870 will serve dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the Eagles Club.

The dinner will include roast beef, potato, vegetable, soup, salad bar and dessert.

Proceeds will benefit the Headwaters InterventionCenter.


A four-hour defensive driving refresher course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at the Lakeporte Township Hall.

The fee is $20, payable to Laporte Community Education.

Persons 55 and older who take the original eight-hour course, or the refresher are eligible for a 10 percent discount on automobile insurance.

There is no driving and there are no tests, but the instructor will cover several aspects of safe driving including information on air bags, new laws and new recommended procedures.

There will be no formal breaks, but participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

Register by April 12 with Laporte Community Education (218-224-2288 ext. 141 or

The Current Events book group will meet at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at Beagle Books to discuss “Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power” by Rachel Maddow.

Maddow’s “Drift” argues that we’ve drifted away from America’s original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war.

Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, “Drift” reinvigorates a “loud and jangly” political debate about our vast and confounding national security state.

The club meets at Beagle Books the third Saturday of each month. Men and women are welcome.


New York Mills Regional Cultural Center announces a call for artists to participate in the annual regional art show to be held April 24-May 25.

This show is open to all artists working in any medium. A reception in honor of the artists will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 26.

Each artist may submit up to two works in any medium for inclusion in this non-juried art show.

Artists should bring their work to the Cultural Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 19 or from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20.

Work must have been completed in calendar years 2013, 2012, 2011 or 2010. You may choose to make your work available for purchase. Work must be ready for presentation. For example, photographs must be matted and framed. Paintings must be prepared for gallery hanging.

There will be a $50 “People’s Choice” award presented at the conclusion of the show. There will also be four $50 “best in category” awards given at the reception April 26.

Categories will be established after submissions are complete and will be based on the number of submissions in each medium. The People’s Choice award will be announced on May 25th at the conclusion of the show.


The Nevis Dollars for Scholars annual turkey dinner and silent auction will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church, Nevis.

Funds benefit local Nevis High School graduates through scholarships and awards for post-secondary education. presented through the Nevis Dollars for Scholars/Pam Lindow Foundation.

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Saturday, April 26 at Century School.

There will be a plus workshop from 7:30 to 8 pm. and mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. The caller will be Roger Lueth and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips.

Potluck lunch will be furnished by the members. All square dancers and spectators are welcome.


Region 2 Arts Council will present “Jumpstart Your Arts Career” from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27 at Rail River Folk School in Bemidji.

High school and college-aged artists of all mediums who are considering a career in the arts are invited. Michele Anderson from Springboard for the Arts in Fergus Falls will facilitate.

This event is free and refreshments will be provided. Participants must register in advance by April 23 with Region 2 Arts Council. Call 218-751-5447 or e-mail Rail River Folk School is located at 303 Railroad Street SW in Bemidji.


The submission deadline for the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association’s winter/spring photo contest is Tuesday, April 30.

Whether photography is a passion, a hobby or just an occasional pastime, you are invited to participate in the PRDBA’s photo contest, see your photo on the association’s website and be automatically entered in the contest.

Max Bailey Photography is contest sponsor, offering a professionally finished, 11X14-inch mounted picture of the winning photograph in each category.

The contest is intended to celebrate the beauty and unique character of Park Rapids and the surrounding area. View the winning entries as well as all of the photo contest submissions, by visiting and clicking on the Photo Contest link.

Entries will be judged and prizes will be awarded to winners in the following categories: Park Rapids Area Lake Scenes, Park Rapids Area Recreation & Wildlife and Park Rapids Main Street Scenes.

Both amateur and professional photographers are welcome to participate. Photos must be submitted in digital format. Entry rules and guidelines and the entry form are online at


Ministry of Caring will sponsor its 16th annual caregivers conference from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at the Hampton Inn & Suites, located on the south shore of Lake Bemidji.

This year’s conference theme, “Mindfulness: Healing into Wholeness,” is designed to provide caregivers doctors, nurses, clinical psychologists, chiropractic staff, social workers, pastors, chaplains and students of the same disciplines - an opportunity to explore personal and professional ways to be present to themselves and others in the healing process.

Through the use of guided meditation, self-reflection, movement, drawing and group discussion, participants will experience a variety of practices to enhance their ability to live their lives with increased awareness.

Didactic material will also be presented on the scientific research related to the value of practices to reduce stress and enhance well-being.

The fee of $85 includes a continental breakfast, breaks and lunch. Pre-registration deadline is Thursday, April 25. A check made payable to Ministry of Caring in the amount of $85, mailed to Cheryl Yarnott, at 1520 Calihan Avenue, Bemidji. MN, will secure registration to the conference.

For a more information or for a printable brochure, visit:, or contact Cheryl Yarnott 218-444-7901.


Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative is seeking volunteers for the annual project GreenTouch, to be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at Itasca State Park.

Volunteers are needed for pruning, transplanting trees and shrubs, removing bud caps, raking and various other projects. Help us spruce up the park for visitor season! All volunteers will receive a free lunch and no park pass is required that day.

This annual event is sponsored by Minnesota’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives in partnership with Minnesota State Parks. Minnesota’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives that participate in project GreenTouch are part of a group of rural electric cooperatives throughout the state.

This year marks the 14th year of project GreenTouch. Over the past 12 years, 7,350 people have volunteered their time to Minnesota State Parks and have worked more than 24,750 hours.

Participation is open to the public and volunteers are asked to RSVP by calling Itasca-Mantrap at 732-3377 or toll-free at 888-713-3377.


Schoolcraft Learning Community will present its spring concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at the Bemidji High School Performance Arts Center.

The concert, open to the public, will showcase the choirs, orchestras and French programs. Admission is free.

This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.


Mark Perlman, a nationally recognized parenting educator and facilitator of fathering program from Sarasota, Fla., will lead a workshop Friday, May 17 at Northern Pines Camp and Retreat Center, St. Joseph’s the host.

Those who work with families and/or fathers, or have an interest in this topic, are invited to attend.

The day begins with a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with “the importance of fathers” and a” nurturing fathers program” to be addressed from 9 a.m. to noon.

Citizen Fathers from Minneapolis will present over the noon hour followed by “10 tips for being a great dad” from 1 to 4 p.m.

Citizen Fathers is an extension of the FATHER Project, providing an opportunity for fathers to develop as leaders, applying personal lessons they’ve learned to impact the broader community.”

Perlman is the author of the Nurturing Fathers Program, an evidence based program used throughout the country by father advocates and consultants. See for more information on Perlman.

To RSVP, call Cleo Hartung at 237-5475.