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Upcoming events Jan. 28 - Feb. 12

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Saturday, Jan. 28

A benefit dinner and silent auction will be held for Chuck Burns from 5 to 9 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Park Rapids American Legion.

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Burns was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer that has metastasized to his liver.

Dinner will include smoked pulled pork with cheesy potatoes and salads. A freewill donation will be received.

Call 252-6910 for more information.

The Bemidji State University Department of Music will hold their annual JazzFest Invitational at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Saturday) in the Thompson Recital Hall in Bemidji State's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

The event will feature three bands from Bemidji, Thief River Falls and Brainerd. The bands will perform with guest trombonist Steve Turre.

The BSU Jazz Band is set to perform four tunes with Turre at the concert.

Tickets are available at the door.

The Community Snowball Dance, hosted by the Forest Riders Snowmobile Club, will be from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. tonight (Saturday) at the Eagles Club in Park Rapids.

The event includes a $100 door prize drawing and a chance to win $50 in lottery tickets.

All proceeds benefit the club's equipment fund.

Monday, Jan. 30

Auditions for the play "Cinderella" will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 30 and 31 in the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School auditorium.

Auditions are open to all students in grades 7-12.

Cinderella is sponsored by the Minnesota Folklore Theater and Community Education.

For further information, contact Fred Rogers at 218-547-4044 or mnfltheater @aol.com.

Performances will open March 17 the WHA School.

Tuesday, Jan. 31

Jodi Schwen, editor-in-chief of the Lake Country Journal Magazine, will share insight from her award-winning, 14-year writing career at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

      Schwen's address, "Sparking Your Creativity," is part of the series hosted by the Center for Lifelong Learning based at CLC. The program will be held in room E151 near Entrance No. 6 (Business and Industry Center).

Where does creativity come from? How can one capture it? Schwen will demonstrate the value - and fun - of using words to express yourself. The goal of the program is to stimulate writers to preserve memories by blending written word and images to produce creative photo books, quilts, collages, and products of purpose and permanence.

      For information, contact Bill Brekken, coordinator, at 218-855-8146 or e-mail bbrekken@clcmn.edu.

Wednesday, Feb. 1

All fathers are welcome to join a free, 13-week series of fatherhood skills classes sponsored through St. Joseph's Area Health Services.

The class is a way for dads to learn new parenting skills, share experiences and develop community relationships. It prepares fathers to build more effective relationships with their children and feel confident in their fatherhood skill sets.

The series is conducted by St. Joseph's Joe Johnson, a Nurturing Fathers Program master trainer and consultant.

Classes are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Feb. 1 in the new FATHER Project offices located in downtown Park Rapids at 322 Main Ave. So., Suite 2 (between the Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicles and Four Seas Chinese Restaurant).

For more information, or to register for the series, call Joe at 255-2063.

Friday, Feb. 3

Would you like to create a sustainable future in bees by raising bees in your backyard?

Do you need a refresher course to learn more about beekeeping? Honeybees are a gardener's best friend; they pollinate fruit trees, vegetables and other garden plants plus provide a valuable product - honey.

Hubbard County University of Minnesota Extension and Hubbard County Master Gardeners are offering two free workshops on beekeeping.

n The Art of Beekeeping will be presented from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Town Hall in Nary, Co. Rd. 9.

n Advanced Beekeeping will be addressed from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at Faith Baptist Church, Highway 71 South, Park Rapids.

Both classes are offered at no charge.

Taught by JoAnne Sabin, a well-known educator on honeybees and a Dakota County Master Gardener, the course is designed to encourage, assist and educate others in the experience of keeping honeybees.

The class will cover fundamental bee basics, apiary equipment and hive assembly, selecting a site, feeding and treating bees, queen, worker and drones behavior, nectar and pollen plants, honey extracting and seasonal management.

Advanced Beekeeping will cover current events, pesticides (CCD research, pesticide activity), more detailed bee biology, experience with various bee races, equipment beyond the basics, importance of feeding (stimulate brood-rearing in spring, keep them healthy), honey characteristics for some plant nectars (some crystallize faster than others), other bee-related products and how to make them (creamed honey, candles, lip balm), and how to make splits, either by locating the queens or without locating queens, queen grafting, winterizing, expanding your hives and diseases.

Call Sally Shearer, Hubbard County Extension program coordinator at 732-3391 (office) or 237-1245 (direct) or e-mail

sshearer@umn.edu to register.

Registration is free. Participants are asked to provide their own lunch.

The program is sponsored by the Hubbard County University of Minnesota Extension and Hubbard County Master Gardeners.

Sunday, Feb. 5

Lakes Plus will have plus square dance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 at the Odd Fellows Hall at 118 W. Holmes Street in Detroit Lakes.

Roger McNeil will call the tips. Potluck finger foods will be served for lunch.

Park Rapids Assembly of God will host a Super Football Party at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5.

The party is free and open to all ages.

The event will include the Super Bowl game on a big screen TV, food and beverages, NFL player testimonies at half-time, activities for kids and drawings for prizes.

The community is invited to attend.

For more information, call the church at 732-8818.

The Park Rapids Area High School Concert Band will perform its winter concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 in the auditorium.

The concert will be an evening of traditional and modern band music. Admission is free.

Thursday, Feb. 9

The public is invited to rally behind the fight against heart disease in women during a Go Red For Women luncheon sponsored by St. Joseph's Area Health Services Auxiliary.

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at Riverside United Methodist Church in Park Rapids. Cost is $10 per person.

The American Heart Association notes that heart disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 women in 2004. They created Go Red For Women, a passionate initiative designed to empower women to take control of their heart health.

In addition to a heart-healthy luncheon, participants can enjoy educational opportunities.

Guest speakers will include: "Women's Heart Health" by St. Joseph's Internal Medicine physician ; "Healthy Nutrition" by dietitian Lisa Marthaler; and Amy Erickson, exercise physiologist, and Angel Clark, personal trainer, who will share expertise on cardio exercise.

Free blood pressure and body mass index screenings will be available from 1 to 2 p.m. following the educational sessions. Door prizes will be awarded.

To make reservations, call St. Joseph's Shoppe on Pleasant at 237-5522 or Auxiliary president Joyce Cowman at 732-0992. Auxiliary members should make reservations through their group president. Reservations will be accepted through Feb. 3.

Monday, Feb. 6

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club is hosting a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 at the clubhouse.

All members and guests are welcome.

Sunday, Feb. 12

The Ultimate Chocolate Challenge, with professional, amateur and youth chocolatiers creating masterworks, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Northern Lights Event Center, Walker.

Sample chocolate entries and vote for a favorite. A $10 ticket allows samples of six entries - or buy more tickets and sample them all.

A variety of specialty coffees will complement the tasting.

An auction for plates of chocolates will be held. A cookbook will be available with participant recipes.

Local guitarist Paul Jones will entertain.

The event benefits Faith in Action for Cass County and HOWA (Hackensack, Onigum, Walker, Akeley) Family Center.

For more information, contact Theresa Eclov at 218-675-5435.

Wednesday, Feb. 15

David Treuer, originally from the Bemidji area, will entertain audiences with readings from his recently released book, "Rez Life," and talk about his writing, stories and life as an Ojibwe at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Park Rapids Area Library.  

Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is the recipient of, a Pushcart Prize, the 1996 Minnesota Book Award and fellowships from the Bush Foundation and Guggenheim Foundation. He divides his time between his home on the Leech Lake Reservation and Ontario, Calif., where he teaches at the college level.

He is the author of three novels and a book of criticism. His essays and stories have appeared in Esquire, TriQuarterly, The Washington Post, the LA Times, and Slate.com.  His most recent release is Rez Life.

David is the younger brother of Anton Treuer, author and professor at Bemidji State University.

     The son of Robert Treuer, an Austrian Jew and holocaust survivor, and Margaret Seelye Treuer, a tribal court judge, David Treuer grew up on the Leech Lake Reservation. After graduating from high school he attended Princeton University where he wrote two senior theses -in anthropology and creative writing.

Treuer graduated in 1992 and published his first novel, "Little," in 1995. He received his PhD in anthropology and published his second novel, "The Hiawatha", in 1999. His third novel, "The Translation of Dr Apelles" and a book of criticism, "Native American Fiction; A User's Manual" appeared in 2006. "The Translation of Dr Apelles" was named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, Time Out, and City Pages.

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