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Upcoming events Feb. 21-25

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Thursday, Feb. 21

Minnesota peony expert Harvey Buchite will present information on the history and role of Minnesota peonies within the state as well as across the country at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at Park Rapids Area Library.

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The free presentation is part of the Kitchigami Regional Library System's Legacy Program

Original archive materials from the Brand Peony Farm, the first nursery in Minnesota, were digitized to bring a first-hand look at our Minnesota Peony Heritage.

Dr. Stephen Carlson, associate professor of music at Bemidji State University, will perform his annual piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 in the Thompson Recital Hall in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on the BSU campus.

Admission is free.

Carlson began teaching in the music department in 2006 and has performed at a variety of colleges, universities and festivals throughout the United States.

His recital will include works composed by musicians Franz Joseph Haydn, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, and Igor Stravinsky. 

For more information about Carlson's recital, contact Bemidji State University's Department of Music, 218-755-2915.

Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theater.

For nearly 30 years, Grammy award-winning artist Simien, an eighth generation Louisiana Creole, and his band, The Zydeco Experience, have been taking audiences on a multicultural musical tour of the world.

The audience will be transported to Bourbon Street via a hypnotic blend of Zydeco, Cajun, roots, funk and reggae music. 

Tickets can be purchased online at www.dlccc.org, by calling 218-844-7469, or by visiting the box office at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.

Friday, Feb. 22

Angie's Groom 'n Board is holding its second annual dog wash Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23.

Angie Walther and her staff donate their time, so all proceeds go to Headwaters Animal Shelter. Last year's event raised more than $2,000 for the shelter.

The dog wash is a freewill offering, and includes nail trimming, anal gland expressing, ear cleaning, blow-drying and a light brush out.

Openings are limited, so call 732-9862 for an appointment. Angie's Groom 'n Board is located at 1109 Western Ave. South, next door to Headwaters Animal Shelter in Park Rapids.

The Park Rapids Eagles Auxiliary will serve a dinner benefiting the local K-9 fund (police dogs) from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at the Eagles.

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

Dr. Heidi Manning, professor of physics at Concordia College in Moorhead, will lecture about her work on the Mars "Curiosity" rover project at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 in Hagg-Sauer 100 on the Bemidji State University campus.  

Manning is spending this academic year working with the Mars Science Laboratory Mission; her work focuses on the rover's Sample Analysis on Mars (SAM) instrument suite. The suite is a complex chemistry laboratory that measures chemical composition of atmosphere, soil and rock samples.

Manning's presentation will include an overview of the Curiosity mission, some details on the SAM instrument suite and a summary of the results obtained on the mission so far.

The "Curiosity" rover was launched on Nov. 26, 2011, as part of the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft. "Curiosity" successfully landed on Mars on Aug. 5, 2012, completing a 36-week flight; its mission on Mars is planned to last for two years. 

The rover carries 10 science instruments with a total mass 15 times as large as the science payloads on previous Mars rovers "Spirit" and "Opportunity." It includes tools that are new to Mars exploration missions, including a laser-firing instrument for checking elemental composition of rocks from a distance.

"Curiosity" uses a drill and scoop at the end of its robotic arm to gather soil and powdered samples of rock interiors, then sieves and parcels the samples into analytical laboratory instruments inside the rover.

Manning helped develop the SAM instrument suite during a summer research assignment at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in 2011, and also worked on the development and calibration team for the ion and neutral mass spectrometer for NASA's Cassini Orbiter, which is studying the atmospheric composition of Titan and Saturn.

The event is free and open to the public.

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.mnsafetycen ter.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 Hubbard Prairie Sleigh Festival will be held from 11 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 in Hubbard.

The day's events from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. include horse-drawn wagon/sleigh rides, sled dog rides, hot chocolate at the Hilltop and "The Way it Was" memorabilia on display at the Community Center.

Chili and cornbread will be served from noon to 3 p.m. at Hubbard United Methodist. Head to the Community Center for musical entertainment by Park Rapids middle school students, "Incredibly Real."

A "giddy-up" cart race begins at noon followed by the sleigh festival parade at 1 p.m.

At 2 p.m. the Long Lake Theater will present a history play based on characters from Jim Johnson's book, "Heyday, 20 upstart years on the Hubbard Prairie, 1880-1900."

County 20 will take the stage at 2:30 p.m.

A trapper encampment will revisit history with demonstrations of early life and games.

Snow sculptures (if flakes fall) will be created near the Community Center.

Head to Hubbard Prairie Sleigh on Facebook for updated information on the event.

Sunday, Feb. 24

The Hubbard Prairie Sleigh Festival will be held from 11 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 in Hubbard.

The day's events from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. include horse-drawn wagon/sleigh rides, sled dog rides, hot chocolate at the Hilltop and "The Way it Was" memorabilia on display at the Community Center.

Chili and cornbread will be served from noon to 3 p.m. at Hubbard United Methodist. Head to the Community Center for musical entertainment by Park Rapids middle school students, "Incredibly Real."

A "giddy-up" cart race begins at noon followed by the sleigh festival parade at 1 p.m.

At 2 p.m. the Long Lake Theater will present a history play based on characters from Jim Johnson's book, "Heyday, 20 upstart years on the Hubbard Prairie, 1880-1900."

County 20 will take the stage at 2:30 p.m.

A trapper encampment will revisit history with demonstrations of early life and games.

Snow sculptures (if flakes fall) will be created near the Community Center.

Head to Hubbard Prairie Sleigh on Facebook for updated information on the event.

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