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Upcoming events Feb. 16-24

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Saturday, Feb. 16

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.

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

Christensen has been teaching at Bemidji State for 23 years, and will be "graduating" with a bachelor's degree in music this May. In addition, Christenson has bachelor's and master's degrees in English; master's and doctorate degrees in English education, and a master of fine arts degree in creative writing.

He will be performing pieces by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Verdi, and Puccini, Moses Hogan, Aaron Copland, along with a selection of family favorites from his childhood.

Christenson is a regular in Bemidji's annual Opera Night performances, and has held roles in many musicals including "Carmen," "The Marriage of Figaro," "The Medium," "Kiss Me Kate" and "The Christmas Carol."

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.

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, with sessions in both Bemidji and Thief River Falls, for more information, 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.

A potluck lunch will be furnished by members. All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

Saturday, Feb. 23

The University of Minnesota Extension will host an educational class on Beekeeping: Beyond the Basics from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

The class is free and open to the public.

JoAnne Sabin, a well-known educator on honeybees and a Dakota County UMN Master Gardener, will teach the beekeeping course which is designed to encourage, assist and educate others in the wonderful experience of keeping honeybees.

Beekeeping: Beyond the Basics will cover current events, diseases, pesticides, CCD research, bee biology, making splits, expanding your hives, queen grafting, winterizing, experiences with various bee races, equipment beyond the basics, the importance of feeding, honey characteristics, bee-related products and how to make them.

To register, call Sally Shearer, Hubbard County Extension program coordinator at 732-3391 (office) or 237-1245 (direct) or e-mail sshearer@umn.edu. All classes are free and open to the public.

Menahga Senior Center volunteers are hosting a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the center.

A freewill offering will be received. There will also be a multi quilt raffle. Proceeds benefit the senior center.

The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will offer an eight-hour, first-time driver improvement course for those 55 and older from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Akeley City Hall/Senior Center.

The Driver Improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is required. A Highway Safety and Research Center certified instructor teaches this class. 

By utilizing the most up-to-date research in the field, participants will be provided the latest information in regards to driver safety, new laws and vehicle technology.  The fee for the eight-hour course is $24.

For more information or to register, visit www.mnsafetycenter.org or call 1-888-234-1294.

Children ages 10 to 18 years old are invited to participate in a four-part workshop to create Paul Bunyan and logging themed banners to adorn Akeley's main boulevard.

The workshops, sponsored by the Akeley Chamber of Commerce, will feature artist Mary Therese Peterson working one-on-one with children.

The first two workshops will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Feb 23, and March 9, at the ARCC in Akeley. The last two dates have not been finalized.

Registration forms can be found at Headwaters Restaurant and city hall in Akeley. This workshop is free and limited to 20 children. It is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Sunday, Feb. 24

The Osage Sportsman's Club will hold the annual Dorothy Noeske Memorial Fishing Derby from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 on the Straight Lake Mill Pond in Osage.

  Tickets can be bought from any member or on the ice.  Grand prize is one of two Jiffy Ice Augers. A youth lifetime fishing license will also be awarded. The first 100 children get a free "goodie" bag.

  For more information call Allen Belt 732-0978 or visit the website, www.osage sportsclub.com.

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