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Upcoming events March 21- April 10

Sunday, March 21

Ham bingo will be played beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 21 at St. Peter's Catholic parish center, Park Rapids.

There will be 20 hams plus a ready to cook ham dinner. Proceeds benefit the food shelf.

A free lunch will be served to participants.

The event is sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 3278.

A Move Over Meat cooking demonstration will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 21 at the Share 'n Care on Highway 371 in Hackensack.

The free event will introduce plant-powered recipes to help prevent and reverse heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes and depression.

The event will include recipe handouts, taste samples and a door prize. (Use the rear door.)

A 20th annual St. Patrick's Day dinner will be served from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 21 at the Guthrie Community Center.

The menu includes roast beef with all the trimmings and dessert.

Call 224-2379 for more information.

Monday, March 22

Learn to make quality jewelry using gemstone and mineral beads from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 22 at the Park Rapids Area High School. 

Students will start with earrings, learning the wrapped loop technique.  This technique will be used as the class progresses to pendants and necklaces.  The fee includes all supplies and handouts.  Students may bring their own treasures to incorporate into jewelry.  Robin Cunningham will instruct. 

To register or for more information call Community Education at 237-6600 or online at parkrapidscomed .com.

Tuesday, March 23

    Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning (HCLL) and Beagle Books will sponsor a day with award winning mystery and romance writer Lois Greiman Tuesday, March 23.  

Greiman will sign her books from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Beagle Books on Third Street.

She will then present "Not One Clue:  Mystery, Romance and More" from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

    Since selling her first book to Avon in 1992, she has sold 22 romance novels, five mysteries and the first in her Witches of Mayfair series.

Before becoming a full time writer, she professionally trained and showed Arabian horses for several years. She has been a fashion model, fitness instructor and a veterinary assistant.

    Greiman produces two or three novels a year. She won the Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence in mainstream mystery and romantic suspense, received the Affaire de Couer's Critic's Choice Award, Romantic Times K.I.S.S. Award and has been nominated for Romance Writer's of America's prestigious Rita.

  Questions? Call LuAnne White at 732-7939 or e-mail at hclifelonglearners@yahoo .com  

Programs are free and open to the public. Please carpool.

A class presenting a working knowledge of Microsoft Word will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, March 23 and 25 at the Park Rapids Area High School.

Students will learn to create letters, reports and invitations using the 2003 and 2007 versions.

Cal Rice is instructor.

To register or for more information call Community Education at 237-6600 or online at

Wednesday, March 24

The Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) will present a nationally recognized distance-learning program live via satellite from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 24 which may be viewed at North Country Regional Hospital Education Center, Bemidji.

For more than a decade, this annual educational program has been instrumental in educating healthcare professionals and families on issues affecting end-of-life care. The program provides an opportunity for a wide variety of professionals - including doctors, nurses, funeral directors, psychol- ogists, educators, social workers and bereavement counselors - to share and exchange ideas and obtain continuing education credits.

  This year HFA's 17th annual National Bereavement Teleconference focuses on "Cancer and End-of-Life Care."

It will address care options related to cancer diagnoses as well as loss and grief reactions for patients, families and professional caregivers. The teleconference will also examine psychosocial aspects of cancer, pain management, and ethical issues related to the disease.

The teleconference is moderated by Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University,

For details, contact the NCRH Education Department at 218-333-5578.

Thursday, March 25

A defensive driving refresher class for those needing to renew certification will be offered from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 25 at the Frank White Education Center.

Terry Schroeder is the instructor.

To register or for more information call Community Education at 237-6600 or online at parkrapidscomed .com.

Pre-schoolers (ages 3 to 5) and parents or guardians are invited to "build, pound and more" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 25 at the Frank White Education Center.

Kids can build fun wood projects with master carpenter Terry DeYoung instructing. All supplies and tools will be provided but hammers are welcome.

Enrollment is limited. To register or for more information call Community Education at 237-6600 or online at

The Headwaters Softball League will hold its first pre-season meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25 in the basement of the Eagles Club in Park Rapids.

Anyone interested in participating in the Headwaters Softball League should attend this meeting or send a team representative.

"Hear My Song," a Century third and fourth grade music concert, will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25 in the Century School auditorium.

Saturday, March 27

Photography A to Z will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 27 at the Park Rapids Area High School.

The "three classes in one" will include getting comfortable with a digital camera (bring your camera and owner's manual).

The second half of the morning will address improving photography through composition, lighting and working with people when taking pictures.

After lunch, participants will load cameras into Picasa and learn how to organize, edit, print and e-mail pictures.

Cal Rice is the instructor.

To register or for more information call Community Education at 237-6600 or online at parkrapidscomed .com.

A informational "Passport Day" will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 27 at the Hubbard County License Bureau in the courthouse.

The bureau will provide passport information to U.S. citizens and accept passport applications.

U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when re-entering the U.S. by air. Citizens re-entering from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport or other travel documents approved by U.S. Customs.

Information on cost and how to apply for a passport is available at travel.state. gov. Information is also available by calling 877-487-2778.

A pre-woodtick season hike on North Country Trail will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 27.

Hikers will gather at Highway 64 and East Steamboat Forest Road, located about 4 miles north of Highway 34, and east of Akeley. They will head east on the trail and return for about a four-mile round trip.

Hikers should dress in footwear and clothing appropriate for the weather and carry water and trail snacks. Children and pets are welcome, but must be with a responsible adult.

A carpool will leave from Ace Hardware in Park Rapids at 12:30 p.m. Other car pools can be arranged at alternate locations depending on interest.

Contact Carter or Florence Hedeen at 732-9226 or for more information.

Including this section, the Itasca Moraine Chapter of the North Country Trail Association has built and maintains about 46 miles of the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST) through the Paul Bunyan State Forest and Hubbard County administered land to Itasca State Park. Continuing to the west, the trail has been built and is maintained by the Laurentian Lakes Chapter.

The NCNST, 4,600 miles when complete, will be the longest continuous hiking trail in the United States. It links scenic, natural, recreation, historic and cultural areas through North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.

More information is available at

Tuesday, March 30

"Power Up in 2010" wellness challenge participants are invited to a final gathering Tuesday, March 30 at the Park Rapids Century School.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments, many door prizes and body composition testing from the Center for Weight Management in Park Rapids. 

The event will start at 7 p.m. with individuals given an opportunity to comment on how the challenge has made a difference in their lives, thank yous and the grand prize drawings (you do not have to be present to be eligible for a grand prize).

This program is sponsored by St. Joseph's Area Health Services Center for Weight Management and Park Rapids Community Education. 

Contact Community Education at 237-6600 for more information.

Auditions for the Long Lake Theater production of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 30 at the theater located in Hubbard.

This musical celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum know as "the relationship."

Act one explores the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, while act two reveals the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set.

This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, to those who have dared to ask, "Say, what are you doing Saturday night?"

Performances will run July 7-31, Wednesday at 3 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 10

Central Lakes College Law Enforcement will hold a class for individuals applying for the civilian handgun permit from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 10.

The class meets at the Business and Industry Center of the Brainerd campus and will also use an off-campus firing range.

     This course meets state certification standards on "carry and conceal."  Participants must show experience with handguns through a previous handgun permit, completion of an NRA course, DNR course, law enforcement courses or experience, or military experience.

The course will consist of 3.5 hours of classroom information and 4.5 hours on firearm certification at a shooting range. The lab will consist of 100 rounds of practice. Only unaltered firearms in original configuration can be used for the certification process.

Participants must supply their firearm, 100 rounds of ammunition, a holster, hat/cap, ear protection, safety glasses, and rain gear.

    Fee is $85, including a book. Instructor is Skip Rudquist.

Deadline for payment and registration is April 2. For information or to register call 800-933-0346 ext. 8142 or 218-855-8142.