Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning announces spring programs

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Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning returns to Armory Square in Park Rapids, beginning Feb.14, with eight weekly programs.

The spring series features four topics of local interest: water testing, wildlife management, weather phenomena and Itasca State Park history.

In addition, presenters will delve into world affairs and creative efforts, sharing information about Middle Eastern cultures, World War II historical sites in Europe, playwriting and winemaking.

All programs run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. They are open to the public, free of charge and handicap-accessible.

If weather conditions cause Park Rapids schools to close, the HCLL program will be canceled as well, with the hope of rescheduling.

The spring series of presentations is as follows:

• Feb. 14: "Hubbard County Water Quality and You." Julie Kingsley, Hubbard County Soil and Water District Manager, will give an overview of water testing history, results and citizen participation.

• Feb. 21: "Cultures of the Middle East." Wayne Swanson of Park Rapids describes impressions and knowledge gained from business travel throughout the region.

• Feb. 28: "A Visitor's Glimpse of WWII in Europe Today." Jim and Jan Strandlie go beyond the museums and monuments to see much of World War II that is not included in a tourist package.

• March 7: "Inside the Creative Act of Play Writing." Jennifer Geraedts, author of the recently produced play "AH," takes the audience through stages from initial idea to production.

• March 14: "Local Wildlife Management." Eric Thorson of the Minnesota DNR will review wildlife management practices, challenges and successes in Hubbard County and the surrounding area.

• March 21: "Wine Making." Wine enthusiasts and hobby winemakers Paul Dove and Mary Adams share their knowledge and techniques.

• March 28: "Tornado Bob." Tornado-chaser, meteorologist and Grand Rapids radio personality Bob Conzemius will enlighten and entertain with information on tornadoes and aurora phenomena.

• April 4: "Itasca Park's Little-Known Secrets." Keith Butler artfully recounts some of the lesser-known and intriguing historical tidbits from the park's early days.

Brochures may be obtained at the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, the Park Rapids Area Library or Beagle and Wolf Books.