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Saturday, Feb. 19

The Kids Championship Power Racing Organization will have snowmobile races for children ages 4-14 this weekend in Park Rapids.

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KC PRO is a nonprofit organization that promotes safe riding practices and friendship.

Kids will participate in races Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19-20 at a field on south Pleasant Avenue near TEAM Industries.

Races begin at 9 a.m. both days with Kitty Cats racing first Saturday and 120s racing first Sunday.

Sunday, Feb. 20

Itascatur Club is hosting its final Sunday open house at Soaring Eagle Cross Country Ski Trails.

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. Volunteers can help you get started and answer your questions about the trails.

An open house will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 20.

Soaring Eagle Cross Country Ski Trails are located 8 miles north of Park Rapids on Highway 71, across from the Eagle View Golf Course. Look for the sign on the west side of highway that leads to the trailhead.

Ski equipment can be checked out free of charge by youth or adult groups interested in having a fun outdoor winter activity. Such groups could include church groups, youth groups, Kinship, service organizations, businesses, etc.

A Minnesota Ski Pass is required for skiers 16 years old and over. Ski Passes are available through the Department of Natural Resource's electronic licensing system at many convenience stores and outdoors stores in the area. A pass can also be purchased online at www.dnr.state.mn.us/

licenses/skipass/index.html.

Interested groups can coordinate their ski event by calling 218-732-4589. For more information go to www.itascatur.org.

Monday, Feb. 21

Long Lake Theater is issuing an open casting call for summer shows.

Auditions for the June, July and August shows will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21 and from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28.

Newcomers and all ages and abilities are welcome. Those interested in performing in the July musical, are asked to bring a song to sing. For more information, call 732-0099 or visit www.longlaketheater.com.

Long Lake Theater is located eight miles southeast of Park Rapids.

Tuesday, Feb. 22

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning continues its Minnesota Humanities Center-funded "Absent Narratives" programs with "Education is the Key - A Journey from the Barrio" with William Medellin from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22 at Northwoods Bank, Park Rapids.  

Medellin was born and raised in Los Angeles, Calif. of parents born in Mexico who came to the United States in the late 1800s.

During the Korean War (1951), he entered the United States Air Force. In July 1953, he completed pilot training as a single engine jet fighter pilot and was commissioned a second lieutenant in November 1954.  

After the Korean War, he was sent to Europe.  In 1957, while stationed in France, he married a teacher from North Dakota, Kathy Kirmis. He retired in June 1973 with the rank of lieutenant colonel after active duty in France, Greece and Vietnam, among other assignments.

    He holds a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in education. He obtained a degree in counseling psychology from Arizona State University in 1976.  He then worked for the Arizona Departments of Child Protective Services and Vocational Rehabilitation for 15 years, retiring in June 1991.

From 1995 Bill and Kathy traveled various parts of North America, mostly while pulling their home, a fifth wheel travel trailer.  Giving up the nomadic life in 2002, the Medellins settled in near Park Rapids where Bill is active as a board member of the Heartland Concert Association and as a reading buddy for Kinship.

       For more information, call LuAnne White at 218-616-0953.

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will present an outreach lecture in preparation for its May performance of the "Defiant Requiem" by Murry Sidlin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22 in the Thompson Recital Hall located in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on the Bemidji State University campus.

The "Defiant Requiem" is based on the performances of Guiseppe Verdi's "Requiem" in the Terezin Concentration Camp during World War II.

The guest lecturer for this outreach opportunity is humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson from Bismarck, N. D. Jenkinson's lecture will be titled "Relating the Holocaust to Native American Issues."

The lecture is free and open to the public; no advanced tickets are required.

Jenkinson is a humanities scholar, author and social commentator who has devoted most of his professional career to public humanities programs. He is considered to be an entertaining public speaker.

Wednesday, Feb. 23

They got together to play music in 1995 at O'Brien's Tavern in Santa Monica, Calif., but destiny had other plans for Gaelic Storm.

The internationally acclaimed Celtic quintet blazed into the independent music spotlight and has amassed a loyal cadre of Storm chasers.

In Brainerd, on Wednesday, Feb. 23 they look to bring an audience of music lovers into the family.

The Central Lakes College Cultural Arts Series will host the artists for a 7:30 p.m. performance in Tornstrom Auditorium at the Washington Education Building, 804 W. Oak Street.            

While Gaelic Storm plays Celtic music that hearkens back to the traditional music of Ireland, they are hardly traditionalists, adding modern sounds and drawing influences from American rock and pop as well as music styles from around the world.

Tickets are on sale at the CLC box office (218-855-8199) and online at www.clctickets.com.

Thursday, Feb. 24

The Park Rapids Area Library will host a free basic computer class from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24.

The class includes hands on practice on the Internet to locate useful information, basics on navigating the computers and how to set up a free Web-based e-mail account.

This class is for beginners only, but all ages are welcome.  Call the library at 732-4966 to register.

Friday, Feb. 25

Sean Fahrlander, an Ojibwe storyteller, will present a workshop and storytelling session from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Fahrlander, an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, was born in Minneapolis and raised on the White Earth and Leech Lake Reservations.

After serving in the U.S. Navy during the first Gulf War, he returned to Minnesota and finished his degree in American Indian studies at Leech Lake Tribal College.

Fahrlander has worked with youth in various settings while honing his skills as a traditional storyteller, writer and poet. His greatest wish is to share the stories that have been given to him.

In 2004, Sean Fahrlander was honored to perform for the grand opening celebration at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Fahrlander's visits to Kitchigami Libraries and communities are part of the Kitchigami Legacy "Say It, Sing It" Storytelling project with funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a square dance at the Century school on Friday, Feb.25.

This is the graduation dance for student dancers. Caller will be Royce Nelson and Donna Stone will cue round dances between tips.

At 7:30 to 8 p.m. there will be a workshop for student dancers and from 8 to 10 p.m. mainstream dancing for all dancers.  

There will be a potluck lunch after the dance furnished by the club members.

All spectators and square dancers are welcome.

Saturday, Feb. 26

March is nationally recognized as Women's History Month and it will be kicked off again this year with an opening celebration at Bemidji State University.

The event will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 and includes the 2011 Northwest Minnesota Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremony, honoring Norma Hanson of Goodridge.

This year's theme for the opening ceremony is "Our History is Our Strength." Keynote speaker will be Cheri Register, a writer and teacher of creative non-fiction writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.

The event will include a women's historical display and entertainers, including Shannon Murray. It will be held this year in the Beaux Arts Ballroom on the BSU campus in Bemidji. The induction ceremony will follow lunch.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. The deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 23. Call 877-346-2539 or register and pay online at www.nwmf.org.

First English Lutheran Church of Dorset will host a wild game feed from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 in Dorset.

All are welcome.

Monday, Feb. 28

Steve Maanum will present "Through the Lens of a Camera" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 28 and March 7 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Maanum will demonstrate technological advances in digital photography. The two-session workshop is designed for people with a strong interest in photography and some computer knowledge.

The workshop is free but space is limited. Register at the library.

Tuesday, March 1

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning welcomes Audrey Thayer, Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project coordinator, to the final Minnesota Humanities Center-funded "Absent Narratives" program.

She will speak on "Racial Justice" from 1 to 2:30 p.m, Tuesday, March 1 at Northwoods Bank community room in Park Rapids.

Thayer was born to a first generation full-blooded German father and a full-blooded Ojibwe from White Earth who provided her with the gifts of caring for people.

The Cambridge College graduate has worked as a community organizer in Bemidji in racial, social and peace issues in northern Minnesota with the Red Lake, White Earth and Leech Lake reservations and is an enrolled member of the White Earth Reservation.

She works with the ACLU in Minnesota as part of the Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project. She teaches as an adjunct professor at Bemidji State University.

Thayer is on the board of directors of the Green Institute. She sat on the executive board for the last five years on the Northwood's Coalition of Battered Women, and five years on the Anishinabe Region Two Arts Board, She is chairperson of the Bemidji Indian Center Planning Committee.

Friday, March 4

Author Erin Hart and musician Paddy O'Brien will present workshops from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 4 in the Park Rapids Area Library.

Hart will present "Writing from Place:  What's in Your Site Kit?"

Hart writes a mystery series set in Ireland (and occasionally in Minnesota). In this 90-minute workshop, she will talk about how she conjures up vivid settings, convincing readers that they're walking the peat bogs of Ireland and digging up ancient treasures.  

Just as archaeologists wield the tools of their trade - trowel and brush - writers also have many tools at their disposal. Hart will talk about her research and all the various items she keeps in her writer's site kit, then ask participants to assemble their own kits, and use them to create unforgettable places.

O'Brien will present "Sitting by the Fire: Where Irish Traditional Music Lives."

Button accordion master O'Brien first began playing Irish traditional music as a child, growing up in a thatched house outside the village of Daingean, County Offaly, in the Irish midlands.

Today he plays and records all over the world, and leads three traditional ensembles. But he has never strayed from the philosophy of sharing music, passing along his vast store of tunes and lore to the next generation, as they were passed along to him.

O'Brien will talk about the long history of Irish music and the various instruments that have found a home in the tradition, and about the social settings for Irish music - the session, the house party, the ceili dance.

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