Upcoming events April 29-May 2
Thursday, April 29
A computer training class for seniors will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 29 at the Park Rapids Area Library.
Senior Surf Day introduces computer basics, including navigating the Internet.
Space is limited; call 732-4966 to reserve a space. There is no charge for the training.
U.S. Census basic skills testing will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29 in the large meeting room of the Park Rapids Area Library.
Walk-ins are welcome.
Call 866-861-2010 for more information.
The Park Rapids Eagles Club is sponsoring the José Cole Circus with a 7 p.m. performance Thursday, April 29 at the Ted O. Johnson Arena.
Tickets may be purchased at the arena.
friday, april 30
Barbara Sommer, author of "Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota," will visit the Park Rapids Area Library at 4 p.m. Friday, April 30.
The Civilian Conservation Corps, born out of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal at the height of the Great Depression, supplied jobs to more than 77,000 Minnesotans in need.
The aim of the program was to put jobless men to work on the land. Their work left a lasting legacy, visible today in Minnesota's thriving forests, state park amenities and soil conservation practices.
They planted trees, fought forest fires, and erected 150 fire towers. The combined camps eventually planted over 120 million trees statewide.
Sommer, an oral historian, conducted interviews with hundreds of CCC "boys" in the process of writing the book. These personal accounts bring to life the history of the CCC in Minnesota as camps were created and projects tackled throughout the state.
For many, this program was their introduction into the workforce and to life away from home. Many enrollees learned life-long trades in the CCC camps.
Many CCC camps were located in the five counties served by Kitchigami Regional Library, including the Paul Bunyan and Badoura camps in Hubbard County.
Sommer's visit is part of the Kitchigami Reads/ Kitchigami Writes project, made possible with funding from the Minnesota Legacy Fund to preserve arts and cultural heritage.
A Park Rapids All-School Reunion fundraising dinner will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30 at the Park Rapids American Legion.
The menu includes Evie Hagen's "world famous" meatloaf dinner with all the trimmings.
The Friendly Squares will host a square dance on Friday, April 30 at the Century School in Park Rapids.
A "plus" workshop will be from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., 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. This is "western" night. All dancers and spectators are invited.
Saturday, May 1
Faith Baptist Church welcomes men of all ages to a breakfast and seminar on walleye fishing from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Saturday, May 1.
Steve and Aaron Bradt will be sharing some walleye fishing tips they have learned while participating in the walleye tour. They will also be sharing about the importance of their faith in Jesus as they face the challenges of everyday life.
Fishing related prizes will be given away. A donation towards the cost of the breakfast will be received.
Please call the church office at 732-1404 to indicate attendance.
Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative employees and members will join forces from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 1 at Itasca State Park for the annual Project GreenTouch.
Volunteers are needed for pruning, transplanting trees and shrubs, creating and installing tree cages, high pruning, painting, removing bud caps, raking and various other projects. 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.
Participation is open to the public; volunteers are asked to RSVP by calling Itasca-Mantrap at 732-3377.
The Pregnancy Resource Center will hold a Walk for Life Saturday, May 1.
Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at the center located at 200 West 6th St. with the walkers departing at 11. A picnic follows with activities for kids, including a beanbag toss, fish pond, tattoos, lasso golf, balloons and a sawdust pile.
All are invited to a "day of food, fun and fellowship while supporting the ministry of the unborn."
Ruby's Pantry food distribution begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 1 at Assumption of Our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga.
Registration begins at 8 a.m.
Bring baskets, totes or coolers for food.
Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Snellman will host a smelt fry from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 1.
The menu includes smelt, flat bread, chips, potato salad, coleslaw, dessert and beverage.
As a special fundraiser for the Park Rapids pool, Community Education is starting swim lesson registrations a week early.
For the fee plus a donation of $10 parents will have the first chance to register for their child's swimming lessons.
This will be an on-line option only beginning Saturday, May 1.
General registration will begins Saturday, May 8 and office registration begins Monday, May 10. Register at www.parkrapidscomed.com.
Classes begin the week of June 28.
Sunday, May 2
The first-ever Park Rapids Walk MS, supporting research and services for those with multiple sclerosis, will set off from Heartland Park at noon Sunday, May 2.
Family members, friends and those with MS are welcome to join. Walkers may choose to walk a mile or up to five miles
Teams of four or individuals may head down the trail. Teams are asked to appoint a captain and choose a name.
Walkers are being asked to each raise $100 in donations.
Lunch, prizes, games - and interaction are on the agenda.
The Park Rapids MS support group meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at St. Joseph's Area Health Services.
For more information on sponsorship or forming a team, contact Monsrud at 237-2067.