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Upcoming events Dec. 29 - Feb. 3

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Thursday, Dec. 29

With a little help from Mother Nature, Itascatur Club will host a skiing open house

from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29.

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Additional open houses will be the second and fourth Sundays in January and first and third Sundays in February: Jan. 8 and 22, and Feb. 5 and 19.

Enjoy the beautiful ski trails and have a cup of hot chocolate in the warming house. Bring your own skis or check out equipment purchased by the club. A new addition this year is a pulk sled that can be used to pull young children while skiing.

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

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

Soaring Eagle is located 8 miles north of Park Rapids on Hwy 71, across from the Eagle View Golf Course.

A Minnesota Ski Pass is required for all skiers age 16 and over.

Thursday, Dec. 29

Chasing Clarence will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29 at Calvary Lutheran Church.

The concert will feature guest Sir Avery.

Chasing Clarence includes Eric Bervig, Ezra Overly and Phoebe Mathius and friends Anna Erickson and Jeff Menten.

A freewill offering will be received for ELCA World Hunger.

Saturday, Dec. 31

The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a New Year's Eve dance Saturday, Dec. 31 at the Century School.

Caller will be Larry Johansen and Donna Stone will cue rounds between tips.  

The dance will start at 8 p.m.  Dancers will break for a potluck dinner at 10 p.m.

The club will furnish meat; members are asked to bring a potluck dish.  

Dancing will resume at 11 p.m. until midnight.

Monday, Jan. 2

Registration for the 10th annual Northwoods Triathlon opens at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 2.

Last year's event filled in seven hours; early registration is a must for the 350 spots.

Go to midwestevents.com to register.

An organizational meeting for a resurrection of the Hubbard Prairie Sleigh Festival will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2 at the Hubbard Community Center.

The event, focusing on the historical tradition of the Hubbard Prairie, has been scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 26.

Bring recollections, ideas and a desire for fun. All are welcome.

Call Jim at 413-464-1057 for more information.

Thursday, Jan 12

The Park Rapids Area Library and Itascatur Club will present a free Legacy program featuring Charlotte Wolf, musher and veterinary technician, at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 at Soaring Eagle Cross Country Ski Trails.

Wolf will do a brief presentation on the history of Minnesota dog sledding, and offer dog sled rides.

Open spinning will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 201 Main Street, (Monika's).

Bring your wheel, spindle or curiosity.  For further information, call Kathy Belt 732-0978.

Saturday, Jan. 14

2011 will be a record year for the Kids Against Hunger Satellite in the Park Rapids area.

It took six years to reach the first million and only three years to achieve the second million. The meals packaged this year alone will surpass 400,000.

Since the birth of the local Kids Against Hunger satellite in 2003, groups from Park Rapids and surrounding areas have assembled nearly two million meals. These meals have gone to local food shelves and around the world - particularly to Haiti after residents were devastated by an earthquake.

Saturday, Jan. 14, all are invited to come and help celebrate the packaging of the two-millionth meal. The goal is for 60 people to come and package 20,000 meals. Volunteers may arrive any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Park Rapids Area High School commons area.

Suggested donation for participation is $10 per person per hour to help offset the cost of supplies. Each meal packaged costs about a dollar and feeds six people.

Organizers are continually grateful for all who have supported this outreach to the hungry through prayers, finances and time. Consider coming as an individual or as a group to help us celebrate this important milestone.

Contact Carla Michels at 652-2569 or cmichels@kidsagainsthungerpr.org to participate. For more info about our local Kids Against Hunger and the meals go to www.kidsagainsthungerpr.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

Applications are now available for Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants, open to artists in all art disciplines, any non-profit organization, school (including community education offices) and units of government.

These grants support three areas - arts activities and arts access, arts education and cultural heritage.

Individual artists can apply for grants up to $3,000 and organizations can apply for grants up to $6,000 at the Region 2 Arts Council office, 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601 or downloaded from http//r2arts.org.

Deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Projects funded through R2AC's grants programs should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties.

R2AC staff will discuss ideas and assist in completing the application form. Call 800-275-5447, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org.

This grant is funded, in whole or in part, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008.

Thursday, Jan. 19

"Making folk toys with Kent Scheer," a class for preschoolers and parents, will be presented from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Frank White Education Center.

Class size is limited. Pre-register by calling 237-6600.

The Legacy-funded event is hosted by the Park Rapids Area Library, ECFE and Head Start.

Saturday, Jan. 21

Deep Portage Learning Center in Hackensack will hold its 31st annual Winter Rendezvous from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Step back in time and try your hand at lumberjack, voyageur and Native American games and skills, such as tomahawk throwing, snow snakes, spear throwing with Atlatls, cross-cut sawing, a snowshoe relay and more.

Bring the whole family to join in a friendly, community competition while learning about the area's cultural history.

Participation fee is $6 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Lunch is available.

For reservations or additional information, call Deep Portage at 218-682-2325 or 888-280-9908 or e-mail portage@uslink.net.

Deep Portage is located 10 miles east of Hackensack, off Co. Rd. 46. The website is www.deepportage.org.

Shannon Lucas Westrum of Wildflower Design Studios will teach a number of acrylic painting techniques and mediums in a no-pressure, creative environment Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Headwaters School of Music and Arts, Bemidji.

The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to noon with a break for lunch and then from 1 to 4 p.m.

Students will be provided an easel, canvas, palette, paints and brushes for their use and will take home their canvas at the end of the day.

  Registration deadline is Thursday, Jan. 12.   

  To register, send a check in the amount of $40 made payable to the Region 2 Arts Council, at P.O. Box 542, Bemidji, MN 56601.

Friday, Jan. 27

A winter retreat for writers, "Dreams as Portals for Creative Energy," will be presented by Dr. Carol Ann Russell Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27 and 28 at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, Bemidji.

Russell, a poet and professor of creative writing and women's studies at Bemidji State University, will guide participants in the purpose and nature of dream imagery to dramatize creative energy and awaken "The Sacred Feminine" within.

The workshop will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The registration deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 24.  

To register, send a check in the amount of $100 made payable to Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, at 519 Minnesota Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601. Call 218-444-5646 with any questions.

Friday, Feb. 3

Local fabric artist Kristin Majkrzak will lead an introductory course in the fundamentals of tapestry weaving Friday, Feb. 3, Saturday, Feb 4 and Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, Bemidji.

Students will be provided a basic frame loom and yarn for weaving and will learn basic weaving techniques, such as how to use color, create shapes and finishing methods.

The workshop will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 3 and from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 4 and 11.

Registration deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 31. 

To register, send a check in the amount of $75.00 made payable to Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, at 519 Minnesota Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601. Call 218-444-5646 with questions.

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