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Upcoming events Feb. 13-22

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Wednesday, Feb. 13

Calvary Lutheran Church will host joint services with Hubbard and Riverside United Methodist Churches at noon and 7 p.m. today (Ash Wednesday) at Calvary, 112 South Park Avenue.  

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The theme is "O Sacred Head Now Wounded." Pastor Stephen Norby will share the sermon.  

The imposition of ashes will be at both services and the Lord's Supper will be celebrated at 7 p.m.

The Lenten series at Calvary Lutheran Church is  "I believe in Jesus Christ our Lord."  

Each week participants will explore one phrase of the Second Article of the Apostle's Creed.  Services will be held at noon and 7 p.m.  

For the noon service, bring lunch; coffee and water will be provided.  For those working, it is the hope that the 45-minute service will enable all to worship and have a noon meal.  

For the evening service all are invited to a soup supper, with serving from 5:30 p.m. until worship.  

All are welcome.

Thursday, Feb. 14

Friends of the Park Rapids Area Library will hold a winter book sale from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 in the handicap-accessible library basement.

One dollar will buy a bag of your choice of romance novels or a box of books, also of your choice, from the 10-cent room.  

Most other books are priced at a under a dollar. Also available are magazines, videos, CDs, DVDs and puzzles.

The Crazy Quilters Guild of Park Rapids will convene a monthly business meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Park Rapids Area Library. 

All area quilters are invited to attend.

The Becker County GOP will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Detroit Lakes city offices.

New members are welcome.

Friday, Feb. 15

The Park Rapids Weston A. Price Chapter is holding a movie event at 4 p.m. Friday Feb. 15 at the Evergreen Church  west of Park Rapids.

The movie "InGREEDients" is an eye-opening film about the causes of heart disease and diabetes in this country. It is a colorful, easy-to-understand introduction on how to survive and raise healthy children despite our food supply that is determined by greedy corporations.

The information in this movie may actually save a life. Come and join in for some organic popcorn and bring a friend.

Weston A. Price is a nutritional foundation that teaches traditional food preparation and supports local sustainable food producers.

For more information contact Tanja Larson 732-9402.

A fish dinner benefiting the Headwaters chapter of Let's Go Fishing will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

A freewill offering will be received and there will be a silent auction.

Proceeds benefit the program that offers a fishing trip to area residents who may not otherwise have the opportunity.

The Park Rapids Eagles Auxiliary will serve a meal benefiting the Park Rapids community Christmas dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at the clubhouse.

The dinner will include a choice of fried fish or chicken, potato, vegetable, soup, salad bar and dessert.

Proceeds benefit the annual holiday dinner.

The Park Rapids Retired Military Group will meet at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at the Hilltop restaurant in Hubbard for the chocolate buffet.

(Note the change of day.) All retired military and family are welcome. For more information, call Archie at 573-3591.

First City Squares of Bemidji is hosting a square dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at the United Methodist fellowship hall, 9th and Beltrami.

Plus tips will be in the first half hour. Royce Nelson will be the caller.

Visitors and spectators are welcome. For more information, call Scott Burgoon at 218-759-2776

Saturday, Feb. 16

Ruby's Pantry food distribution will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 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. 

Contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501 for more information. 

Dr. Mark Christensen, professor of English at Bemidji State University, will give a senior vocal recital in Bemidji State's Carl O. Thompson Recital Hall Saturday, Feb. 16.

The recital begins at 3 p.m. and is open free to the public.

Sunday, Feb. 17

The Rising Sun Dancers will have a square dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Waubun Community Center.

Roger Lueth will call the tips. Lunch will be served by the club. Visitors and spectators are always welcome.

Itascatur is hosting an open house at Soaring Eagle Cross Country Ski Trails Sunday, Feb. 17 to give the public an opportunity to check out equipment and be introduced to skiing. The open house is from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Come enjoy the beautiful ski trails and have a cup of hot chocolate in the warming house. Bring your own skis or check-out the new ski equipment at no cost. We also have a pulk sled that can be used to pull young children while skiing. Volunteers will be on hand to help people get started and answer any 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 and are designed for beginner to expert skiers.

Soaring Eagle, located 8 miles north of Park Rapids on Highway 71, is maintained by the Itascatur Ski/Bike/Run club. Look for sign on the west side of highway that leads to the trailhead.

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

For more information, call 732-4589 or go to www.itascatur.org. Ski trail conditions can be found at www.skinny ski.com.

Monday, Feb. 18

Doug Berger, associate professor of philosophy, will deliver an Honors Council Lecture on animals and their importance in philosophy and in understanding human behavior at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18 in Hagg Sauer 107 on the Bemidji State University campus.

Berger's presentation, "Animals as Exemplars in Classical Chinese Thought," is open to the public free of charge.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

  "Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg" comes to life from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 in the Northwoods Bank community room in Park Rapids.

This historical re-enactment will kick off the spring series of the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning (HCLL).

Four of the series' nine programs, entitled "Our Shared Heritage Shown Through Art," are presented through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council.

The Gettysburg Address is one of the greatest in American history. In this program, historical re-enactor Dale Blanshan will explore the Battle of Gettys- burg, from the circumstances that led to it to its conclusion with Pickett's famous charge.

Blanshan, in period costume, will share documents, stories and photographs from the 1860s, bringing this momentous time in history to life.

This program is free of charge. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Kristen Partlow at 255-1178 or e-mail partlow @arvig.net.

Thursday, Feb. 21

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF) is delivering a course to help grant writers learn the basics of putting together a successful grant application.

The first session will be held Thursday, Feb. 21 at the NMF Conference Center in Bemidji. Another session will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27 in Thief River Falls, at the Northwest Service Cooperative.

Early registration is encouraged; the deadline is Monday, Feb. 18. 

The workshop will cover writing styles, formatting, defining the problem, developing solutions, budget basics and supporting documentation.

This four-hour workshop is for professionals and nonprofit staff who are directly involved in grant applications.

Finding grants opportunities is not the focus, but will be covered. Participants will leave with techniques to find data for need statements, tips on writing effectively and discussing the importance of collaborating for effective grant applications.

Fee is $25 fee for the workshop; to register, visit www.nwmf.org, where a link will be available under upcoming events.

A second workshop, beyond Grant Writing Basics--Keys to Success will be offered in April for more info, visit www.nwmf.org.

Friday, Feb. 22

The Friendly Squares will hold a graduation dance Friday, Feb. 22 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. Royce Nelson will be the caller.

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