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Upcoming events week of Feb. 20

Saturday, Feb. 20

Widowed Friends Fellowship (for men and women) will meet at 11:30 a.m. for lunch today (Saturday) at the West Forty.

For more information, call Karla at 732-0424 or Joan at 732-4917.

Sunday, Feb. 21

The Hubbard County DFL Convention will be held Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Laporte School. 

Registration of delegates starts at noon and the convention will convene at 1 p.m. 

Visitors are welcome to attend. Laporte School is an accessible site.

  A "moo-ve over meat!" cooking demonstration on heart-healthy cuisine will be offered from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21 at Share n' Care located on Highway 371 in Hackensack.

The cooking demo will feature plant-powered recipes to help prevent and reverse heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes and depression.

The event is free and includes complimentary recipes, taste samples and a door prize.

Monday, Feb. 22

The Park Rapids Farmers Market will hold an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 in the lower level meeting room of the Park Rapids Area Library.

The meeting is for those who would like to sell food or related products at the market.

Expert help from the local Master Gardeners will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 in the Park Rapids Area High School. 

The Master Gardeners will discuss tips for successful gardening focusing on soil content, seeds, insects, diseases and harvesting information. 

They will also cover how and when is the right time to prune shrubs, trees and fruit trees.  Cheryle Wilke will be leading the class.

Contact Community Education at 237-6600 for more information.

Teens and children, ages 6 to 18, are invited to audition for a musical adaptation of the fairytale "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 and Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Long Lake Theater, located eight miles southeast of Park Rapids.

Call 732-0099 or visit for more information on the Long Lake Theater Kids Academy production.

Long Lake Theater is issuing an open casting call for a June family comedy.

Roles are available for teens (10 and up) and adults. Newcomers are welcome.

Auditions are from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 at Long Lake Theater.

Call 732-0099 or visit

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will present "Five Weeks and Five Days," the story of the Village of the Smoky Hills by entrepreneur Lorelei Kraft from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Northwoods Bank community Room.

Kraft created the idea for a "heritage handcrafts village" in northern Minnesota.

    Called "crazy" by the locals, she and 11 other "Founding Mothers" did what all the experts said was impossible:  They built and opened The Village of the Smoky Hills which became a major tourist attraction, drawing 100,000 visitors its first year of operation. 

Kraft, an inspirational speaker, recently produced a documentary that she will share at the program.  

Due to strong attendance HCLL asks attendees to carpool.    

    The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning is supported in part by a grant from the Minnesota Humanities Center.

Sessions are free. Refreshments are served.

The Park Rapids class of 1980 will have a reunion planning meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Good Life Café.

Everyone is invited to attend and share ideas.

Artists of all abilities are welcome to learn how to create waterfall pictures from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 23 -March 23 at the Park Rapids Area High School. 

Oil paints will be used as participants practice strokes and build in stages, thin to thicker.  Ron Dirlam will instruct the class.

Contact Community Education at 237-6600 for more information.

The local farmers market will hold an organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Members will also organize a seed-buying club for local gardeners interested in buying bulk at lower prices.

Anyone interested in purchasing seed or selling vegetables at the market is invited to attend.

Local crafters will be included in this year's market.

For more information, contact Eva Fritz at 732-1693.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

An H1N1 flu vaccination clinic for those 6 months and older will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the Laporte School community room.

Vaccinations are free. Parents or legal guardians of children 18 years and younger must be present.

Second doses are available for children 9 and under. To ensure the proper time span is in place, the date of the first vaccination will be required.

Thursday, Feb. 25

A defensive driving refresher course will be offered from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Frank White Education Center.

Terry Schroeder will instruct the class.

Contact Community Education at 237-6600 for more information.

Friday, Feb. 26

"Mystery at Shady Shores" by Michelle Davis will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28 at Long Lake Theater, Hubbard.

I-Play Production performers will take the stage.

Tickets are on sale at Beagle Books.

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, Feb. 26 at the Century School.

A "plus" workshop will be held from 7:30 to 8 p.m. with mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.

Caller will be Jim Lizakowski. There will be round dancing between tips.

A "chili dump" potluck lunch will be served. Dave and Gwen Lass will be servers and greeters will be Loren and Gladys Wigness.

All dancers and spectators are welcome.

Saturday, Feb. 27

Green Park Rapids Energy Fair and Health Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Saturday, Feb. 27 at Century School.

The free event will feature traditional, natural and community health experts, environmental specialists, funding opportunities and an expanded Kids' Corner.

More than 40 exhibitors and 10 presenters will share information on renewable energy, the environment and health.

Brita Sailer will address how energy production and its use impact health and the economy.

Solar power, geothermal heat, emerging energy technologies and money saving energy options workshops will be offered.

"The adolescent brain" and "maintaining the brain" for the elderly will be addressed. Anti-aging options for the skin will be presented.

Information on creating optimal health in children, heart disease in women and making healthy choices with local foods will be shared.

Aqua Bric paving will also be featured.

Door prizes will be awarded, concessions available.

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. 27 and includes the 2010 Northwest Minnesota Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremony, honoring Laddie Elwell of Bemidji.

This year's theme is "Writing Women Back into History." The event includes lunch and has moved this year to the American Indian Resource Center on the BSU campus. The induction ceremony will follow lunch.

Tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, Feb. 24 and are available by calling Pam Papp during business hours at 877-346-2539 or register and pay online at

Tuesday, March 2

Rebecca Barnard, forest certification coordinator for the Minnesota DNR, Division of Forestry will provide an overview and status update on forest certification at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 2 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

A total of 8.4 million acres of public and private forestlands are certified within Minnesota. The DNR manages 4.9 million acres of forestland that are certified through two forest certification systems, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council.

Each system has separate forest management and chain-of-custody standards.

Barnard will provide an overview of the requirements and differences of each of the systems and their related standards.

The program is sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Park Rapids.

Saturday, March 6

Park Rapids Community Education is offering a trip to Chanhassen Dinner Theatre for a viewing of "Footloose" Saturday, March 6.

Limited tickets are available for the trip that includes transportation on a coach bus a backstage tour, lunch and the show.

No refunds will be given after March 1.  The bus will board at 7 a.m. March 6 for a day that includes a back-stage tour, lunch and the show.

Contact Community Education at 237-6600 for more information.

The Hubbard County Republican convention will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 6 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The party platform will be discussed and delegates will be elected.

Coffee, rolls and lunch will be served.

The next Ruby's Pantry Food distribution will be held Saturday, March 6 at the Assumption of our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga. 

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the food distribution following at 10:30 a.m. 

The cost is $15 per share.  Please bring your own baskets and boxes for food. 

Volunteers are also needed and appreciated. For more information, contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501. 

Sunday, March 7

"Triumph of Youth", the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra's third subscription concert, will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 7 in the Bemidji High School Auditorium, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett. 

Doors will open for seating at 2:30 pm.  Season memberships will be available on the day of the concert as well as single concert tickets. 

Tickets may be purchased in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North in Bemidji. 

Monday, March 8

The 16th annual Hubbard County Relay for Life will have its first team meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 8 at Riverside United Methodist Church.

Team packets will be distributed and fundraising ideas will be discussed. Team captains/members and anyone interested in forming a team are welcome.

For more information call Carolyn Shogren at 652-0261. The Relay will be held

Friday, June 25 this year. This is a change from previous years' weekend.

Registration is open through Monday, March 8 for Bemidji State University's 32nd annual Early Childhood Mega Conference March 11-12, hosted by the Child Development Training Program.

Information on the mega conference and registration forms are available on the conference's Web site,, or by contacting Cherry Brouwer, coordinator of the Bemidji State Child Development Training Program, at 888-234-1305 or via e-mail at

tuesday, March 9

The Acting Company and Guthrie Theater will present "Romeo and Juliet" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9 in Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

The Acting Company, in its 36th year of touring classical productions, and the Guthrie Theater of Minneapolis are TONY Award winners for excellence in theater.

The touring company presents William Shakespeare's iconic romantic tragedy of innocent young lovers. Swords clash, everlasting love is promised and a treacherous sleeping potion is swallowed in the greatest love story of all time.

Tickets are available through the CLC Theatre Box Office at 218-855-8199 or by e-mailing clctheater