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Upcoming events April 14 -20

Serving today at the PR American Legion until 12:30 p.m,. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)


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 mini series,

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 parkrapi or they are available at the door. Those 18 and under must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.


The Freedom, Liberty, Alliance group will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 15 at the Park Rapids Area Library lower level meeting room.

The group will have a discussion about what changes could be made in government and proposals for bills.


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

Sustainable Tuesdays, weekly presentations on topics related to environmental and sustainability issues presented by Bemidji State University’s Sustainability Office, will feature April presentations on vermiculture, genetically modified organisms and back-yard composting.

Sustainable Tuesdays are held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rail River Folk School, located at 303 Railroad St. SW in Bemidji, unless otherwise noted.

n April 16 - Vermiculture workshop - Indoor vermiculture, or composting using red wiggler worms, can help households reduce food waste and create nutrient-rich fertilizer for home lawns and gardens.

This event will teach the basics of vermiculture and provide Rubbermaid totes, bedding and worms for hands-on demonstrations.

The workshop is free, but participants can take their worm bins home afterward by paying $20 to cover the cost of materials.

To reserve a provided bin, contact Caitlyn Schuchhardt at the Bemidji State Sustainability Office, cschuchhardt Participants may also bring their own small Rubbermaid tote.

n April 23 - GMO labeling panel – A panel discussion on Minnesota’s bill to require labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), will be held in Hagg-Sauer 112 on the Bemidji State University campus.

The panel of students, local grocers, local farmers and policy experts will discuss the bill and issues surrounding genetic engineering and its impact on the health of people and the environment.

n April 30 - Backyard composting workshop -

Backyard composting can help reduce household waste. This workshop will teach participants how to set up a backyard composting bin, provide tips on what materials can and cannot be composted and provide basic maintenance tips for compost bins.

Local experienced composters will be sharing their expertise.

Sustainable Tuesdays are a partnership between Bemidji State’s Sustainability Office, the Indigenous Environmental Network, GreenCorps and the Rail River Folk School.

For more information, contact Caitlyn Schuchhardt in the BSU Sustainability Office, 218-755-3765, cschuch

Park Rapids Antique Tractor Club will resume meetings.

A general membership meeting will convene at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 at the Eagles Club downstairs meeting room.

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.


Park Rapids Area High School parent teacher conferences will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 and Monday, April 22.

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 www.headwaterssoftball. org.


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 misrepresent- ation 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 Intervention Center.

Kinship will host a fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

All proceeds benefit local mentoring program.

The Barley Jacks will play a concert of old time and bluegrass/newgrass music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the New York Mills Cultural Center.

Virtuosity, magic and a little danger combine to make every performance unique. The first thing an audience notices is how much fun the Barley Jacks have when they perform.

Reserve tickets at 218-385-3339 for the concert.


Ruby’s Pantry food distribution will be held Saturday, April 20 at the Assumption of Our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at First English Lutheran Church with the food distribution following at 10:30 a.m. at the Catholic Church.

The cost is $15 per share. Bring baskets and boxes for food. Volunteers are also needed and much appreciated.

For more information, contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501.

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.


Park Rapids Area High School parent teacher conferences will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 22.


World Book Night is Tuesday, April 23. Beagle Books in Park Rapids will be a World Book Night drop-off site for the event and volunteer book givers will be handing out free books around town that evening.

Each year, 30 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers. Each volunteer will receive 20 copies of a certain book to give out to light readers they find in April 23.

An event is being planned for the volunteer book givers after World Book Night where they can discuss how the eveningwent.

For more information about World Book Night, go to

In an effort to help Park Rapids achieve “Bike-Friendly Community” status, a community bike ride will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at Heartland Park followed by a kick-off meeting at 3 p.m. at Northwoods Bank.

The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, Active Living Hubbard County and Healthy Park Rapids are coordinating the initiative.

Those interested in community building, bicycle awareness and the health of the city are invited.

RSVP to bikefriendly For more information, contact Kurt Wayne at kwayne


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.


Region 2 Arts Council will present “Jumpstart Your Arts Career” from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, 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 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 27 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.


A spaghetti dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Laporte.

Everyone is welcome. A freewill offering will be collected to help fund a new organ.


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.

Trinity Lutheran Church of Laporte’s annual women’s spring luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4.

Come and enjoy delicious salads and listen to a talk about “The Personality of Purses” by Solveig Krafnick.


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.