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Coming events March 11-18

Thursday, March 11

Silly Monster Mania, a class for students in grades 3-6, will be offered after school until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11 at Century School.

A trio of colorful, friendly monsters will warm up the winter. Make a tied pillow, a monster magnet and a monster box to stash your treasures.

For more information or to register contact Community Education at 237-6600

The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will offer a full course 55+ driver improvement course from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 11-12 at Menahga High School.

The course is open to the public, however, pre-registration is requested.

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

A U.S. Census basic skills test for applicants will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11 at the Akeley Senior Citizens Center.

Call 866-861-2010 for more information.

Friday, March 12

Kinship friends, mentors and kids will be serving dinner at Kinship's fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 12 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu will include fish, baked potatoes, pineapple and plain coleslaw, flatbread and homemade desserts with beverages.

Guests are invited to bid on silent auction items to help raise funds for the local youth mentoring program.

saturday, March 13

The Menahga Senior Center will serve pancakes and sausages from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 13.

A free will offering will be received.

There will be a quilt and afghan raffle drawing. St. Urho souvenirs will be available.

A U.S. Census basic skills test for applicants will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 13 at the Nevis Church of Christ.

Call 866-861-2010 for more information.

Monday, March 15

4-H robotics training 2.0 will be offered after school until 4:50 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, March 15-25 at Century School.

Youth in grades 3-7 will build LEGO robots and learn to program with step-by-step instruction.

Working in groups they will learn the basics of robotics programming, while participating in a few challenges.

After completion of this course, youth will be able to join the 4-H Technology Club that participates in LEGO Robotics competitions.

Mark Haugen is the instructor.

For more information or to register contact Community Education at 237-6600.

A defensive driving refresher course with Dave Free will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

To register, call 732-7008 or 218-333-3100, ext. 301.

Tuesday, March 16

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will host Ed Ranson, director of the Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center, who will address "Saving the Planet One Can at a Time" from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 16 at the Northwoods Bank community room in Park Rapids.

Ranson has been director of the DAC since 1983. At the time it had 23 clients, and one small building. It now has about 100 clients at five locations.

A recycling program was started in the mid-'80s as a source of work for the clients. In addition to the DAC, they now run four recycling-related programs, Hubbard County Recycling, Bearly Used Thrift Store, the Tin Ceiling and soon-to-open DAC Salvage Depot.

Ranson earned a degree in psychology from Dartmouth College, then worked as a "garbage man" in Boston. He continued his education becoming a licensed psychologist from the University of California, Berkeley.

Questions? Call LuAnne White at 732-7939 or e-mail at hclifelonglearners@yahoo.com. Programs are free and open to the public. Please carpool.

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning is supported in part by a grant from the Minnesota Humanities Center.

Wednesday, March 17

The next GED test is scheduled for Wednesday, March 17.

Participants must have pre-tested with Adult Basic Education.

For the Adult Basic Education hours, contact Community Education at 237-6600.

The League of Women Voters in collaboration with The Whitehouse Project is hosting a workshop about women running for public office from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 17 at the Northwoods Bank meeting room in Park Rapids.

Nevada Littlewolf, a Virginia city councilwoman and Rural Leadership field organizer with The White House Project, will lead the workshop. A light supper will be served. The public is welcome. There is no charge.

Register for the workshop at nlittlewolf@thewhite houseproject.org or by writing Nevada Littlewolf, PO Box 495, Virginia, MN 55792.

Local elected officials have been invited to attend the workshop and share their experiences of deciding to run for office, running for office and actually holding office.

A panel of five local women with political experience will speak to "Why Do Women Matter?"

The participants will be Park Rapids mayor Nancy Carroll, former commissioner candidate Sally Shearer, former Thorpe Township supervisor Fran Laske, former Wadena County commissioner Mary Harrison and Menahga School Board member Sheila Parvi.

Representative Brita Sailer will bring a phone message of welcome.

Since 1998, the White House Project has worked as a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization to advance women's leadership in all communities and sectors by training for leadership a richly diverse, critical mass of women.

Since 1920, the League of Women Voters, a non-partisan, political organization has encouraged informed and active participation in government and works to influence public policy through education and advocacy.

Annamae Holzworth, 564-4613, annaholz@yahoo. com, co-president of the LWV Park Rapids, will receive inquiries.

A Multiple Sclerosis support group meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 17 at the St. Joseph's Area Services.

This meeting will be held in a third floor meeting room, with a video presentation, "Hold that Thought! Cognition and MS," followed by a group discussion.

Discussion will continue on the May 2 MS Walk. Anyone affected by MS is welcome. Contact Susan Monsrud at 237-2067 for more information.

Thursday, March 18

"Senior Surf Day," a computer class for seniors, will be offered from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 18 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

The class will assist seniors in navigating the Internet and general computer use.

Call 732-4966 to register.

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