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Upcoming events April 8-30

Thursday, April 8

PEO Chapter FQ will hold its regular meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 8 at the home of Pauline Fuglestad with Bonnie Skjonsby as co-hostess.

Jennifer Therkilsen-Gebhard will present a program on Kinship.

Author Dr. David Walsh will offer two parenting presentations free of charge in the Park Rapids High School auditorium; they are open to all.

"Say Yes to No", a campaign to instill self-discipline in children, will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8.

"Screen Violence and Real World Violence: What's the Connection?" will be presented 9 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 9.

Walsh is the author of nine books, including the national best seller "Why Do They Act That Way?" "A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen."

His latest book is "No: Why Kids - of All Ages - Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It."

For more information, contact Barb Martin at 218-847-1385.

Auditions for the Northern Light Opera Company's production of the acclaimed musical, "Godspell," will be held in Walker at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8 at Hope Lutheran Church and in Park Rapids at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 9 and 10 a.m. Saturday, April 10 at Calvary Lutheran Church.

Singers should come prepared to sing a song with accompaniment (pianist will be provided). Call back auditions for specific roles will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10 at Calvary.

Friday, April 9

St. Joseph's Auxiliary will host a "Scrubs Sale" at the lower level conference room of the hospital from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 9. Proceeds from the sale go towards the $100,000 pledge to the "Helping our Growing Area Grow Healthier" renovation project.

The Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes will present "The Passing Zone" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 9.

The comedy duo of Jon Wee and Owen Morse will entertain audiences away with their award-winning juggling.

Roaring chainsaws flying through the air, guys zipping around the stage on Segway scooters, audience members swinging around the stage on cables - it's all in a day's work for the comedy duo known as "Passing Zone."

Wee and Owen Morse have earned 18 gold medals including the honor of the International Jugglers' Association's Award of Excellence - the highest honor awarded to a juggling act.

Country Kitchen will be hosting a pre-party dinner in the Holmes Ballroom at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the show can be purchased by visiting the Historic Holmes Theatre Box Office at 806 Summit Ave., online at, or by calling 218-844-SHOW.

saturday, April 10

The Osage Community Center and Fire Department will have a grand opening from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday with a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. The building is the culmination of several years of planning by the Osage Township board. The Fire Department will be staffed by Carsonville's firefighters.

The Park Rapids Area Community Band will have a rehearsal at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 10 at the Park Rapids Area High School band room. The rehearsal is to prepare for the spring concert, which will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2.

A presentation about the Bluebird Recovery Program will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10 at the Nevis Community Education office. Ron Jensen will be the speaker. Jacob Keranen is helping with the program as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Monday, April 12

A blood drive, sponsored by the Akeley Lions Club, will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 12 at Akeley United Methodist Church on Highway 64.

Generally, most healthy people whose age is at least 16 (a minor consent form must be signed by a parent) and weigh at least 110 pounds may donate.

Each donor must bring an ID to the blood drive. The ID must include legal name plus one of these: date of birth, United Blood Services assigned number or photo. Conditions precluding donations are those who do not know the name of their medications and the conditions for which they are taken and those who have had a blood transfusion within the past 12 months. Donors must wait a day after last dosage of antibiotics has been taken for an infection.

Donors must be symptom free of colds and flu on the day of donation.

Tattoos defer a donor for 12 months.

To schedule an appointment or receive additional information on donor qualifications, call Sharon Busch at 652-4239 or Deloris Lamb at 652-2885.

A joint meeting of the Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will meet at 3 p.m. Monday, April 12 for spring cleaning of the clubhouse.

A potluck supper will follow. A meeting will be held after the supper.

The Hubbard County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 12 at Northwoods Bank to reorganize and get ready for the summer.

The 16th Annual Hubbard County Relay for Life will have a team meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 12 at Riverside United Methodist Church.

Team captains and 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.

The 14th annual Ministry of Caring Conference: The Mind-Body-Spirit Connection will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 22 at El Lago del Bosque (Spanish Village), Concordia Language Village, Bemidji.

Registration deadline is Monday, April 12.

Presenters include Merra Young, who has over 30 years of experience with meditation and in the mental health field. Julie Flathers, a safe patient handling nurse consultant and a biofeedback therapist, and Megan Bollinger, a physical therapist at North Country Peak Performance in Bemidji.

Following this conference, participants will be able to describe the principles and practices of mindfulness meditations, discuss the wisdom of the mind-body-spirit connection and identify postural adaptations that affect respiration mechanisms.

The 2010 brochure and application form can be found online at

Tuesday, April 13

St. Joseph's diabetes support group will meet from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 13 in the lower level A meeting room of St. Joseph's Area Health Services.

Lisa Fuchs, Concordia Student Dietician, will be speaking on "Sugar Substitutes."

Please contact Tia Kocka at 255-3684 with questions or concerns.

A Nevis Red Hat luncheon will be Tuesday, April 13 at Northern Lights Casino.

Meet at the Muskie at 10:30 a.m. Call Jeannine for more information at 652-2759.

Wednesday, April 14

A support group for caregivers who have loved ones with memory loss (Alzheimer's or dementia) will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 14 at Diamond Willow of Park Rapids, 911 Crocus Hill St.

Coffee and treats will be provided.

For more information, call Susan Ross at 252-0824.

Problem gambling and its impact on families and the community will be the focus of a special panel group at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the Great Room of Bemidji State's American Indian Resource Center.

A panel of recovering problem gamblers and family members of a problem gambler will share their experiences.

Additional panel members include Lynn Kistler, Bemidji Area Program for Recovery, and Roger Svendsen of the Northstar Gambling Alliance in Roseville.

The program is open to the community.

Friday, april 16

The Red Bridge Film Festival will screening seven feature films plus documentary programs with visiting filmmaker Deb Wallwork Friday, April 16 through Tuesday, April 20 at the Park Theatre in Park Rapids.

This year's featured films include "The Hurt Locker," "Crazy Heart," "Fantastic Mr. Fox." "Clash of the Titans," Mino-Bimadiziwin: The Good Life," "An Education," "A Serious Man" and "Sita Sings the Blues."

Admission to all programs is with a $28 festival pass, or to individual films at the theater's regular price. Schedule times will be available at

This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Many local businesses and organizations have also provided support. Red Bridge Film Festival is an activity of the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council.

Dale Wasserman's "Man of La Mancha," a play-within-a-play illustrating Miguel De Cervantes' Don Quixote, opens for five performances by the Bemidji State University theatre program Friday, April 16.

The run begins a 7:30 p.m. opening curtain, and continues Saturday, April 17 and Friday and Saturday, April 23-24, also with 7:30 p.m. opening curtains. The production will close Sunday, April 25, with a 2 p.m. matinee performance.

The play will be held on the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex Main Stage on the Bemidji State campus.

"Man of La Mancha" is intended for audiences of high-school age and above and features some adult themes.

Tickets are available in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex box office, located in Bangsberg 101 on the BSU campus, beginning Monday, April 5. The box office is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 2-4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Saturday, April 17

Dr. Juanita Copley will be the opening keynote speaker for the United for Children Conference Saturday, April 17 at Park Rapids Area High School.

"Where's the Math? Teaching Mathematics Intentionally in Everyday Activities" will explore young children's understanding of mathematical concepts.

She will also present a session dealing with activities for the young child in geometry and spatial sense, "The Triangle Gots To Look Like the Girl".

In addition to writing and editing three books about early childhood mathematics, Copley has served as a consultant for the National Head Start Bureau in Washington, D.C., working with their new mathematics initiative for young children.

She has trained hundreds of early childhood leaders and has indirectly or directly influenced the mathematics teaching/ learning of all early childhood teachers.

The United for Children Conference is the ninth annual conference on early care and education held in Park Rapids.

This day-long conference also offers sessions on emergent literacy, art for toddlers, suggestions for picky eaters, music for young children, the importance of father involvement in the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers and techniques for teaching science to preschoolers.

Six clock hours are offered. One college credit is also available for an additional fee.

For registration information contact Holly at 800-659-7859.

The Friendly Squares will host the annual "Spring Fling" square dance on Saturday, April 17. It will start at 2 p.m. with a round dance workshop. Then at 3 p.m. a "plus" square dance workshop, at 3:30 p.m. a mainstream workshop and at 4:30 p.m. a contra workshop. The club will offer a supper at 5:30 p.m. The evening dancing will start at 6:30 p.m. with round dancing and at 7 p.m. with mainstream square dancing with occasional plus tips and one contra dance. The event will be held at the American Legion in Park Rapids. Callers will be Tom Allen and Dick Rueter with Donna Stone cueing rounds and Duane Olson as promter for contras. Visiting dancers and spectators are welcome.

An all-you-can-eat fish fry fundraiser will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17 at the Lake George Town Hall

Fish, potato salad, coleslaw, dinner roll, beverage and dessert will be served. All proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure of Breast Cancer.

Sunday, April 18

St. Theodore's Parish Guild will host games of meat bingo at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18 at the church located at the intersection of Co. Rds. 124 and 129 north of Ponsford.

Twenty games will be played with turkeys and hams presented to winners. Lunch is free.

Friday, April 30

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance on Friday, April 30 at the Century school in Park Rapids. A "plus" workshop will be from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. The caller will be Roger Lueth and Donna Stone will cue rounds between tips. A potluck lunch will be furnished by the club. This is "western" night. All dancers and spectators are invited.