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Upcoming events March 19 - 24


Red Hats of Park Rapids will have lunch at 1 p.m. today, March 19 at Minnesoda Fountain in Park Rapids.


The Heartland Concert Association announces a concert by The Abrams Brothers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20 at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium.

Admission is by season membership ticket only, which may be purchased at Beagle Books in Park Rapids or Thrifty White Drug in Walker.

The Abrams Brothers will present a combination of bluegrass, country and folk-rock Thursday, March 20, adding their own distinct sound to the repertoire.

John, James and cousin Elijah skillfully combine the music of their roots with their own distinct sound.

The fourth-generation musicians – guitar, violin and bass – have a musical ancestry reaching back to their great-grandparents, with the Canadian festival circuit now cheering them on.

For more information, contact Bobbi Zigmant at 732-9293 or Kathy Hollenbeck at 237-6004.

Join Friends of the Headwaters for a presentation by attorney Roger Zahn, from the firm of Thomason, Swanson & Zahn, who will speak about the rights of landowners facing the threat of eminent domain on their property for the proposed Sandpiper Pipeline. The presentation will be from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 20 at the Northwoods Bank community room. Zahn will speak to the importance of understanding the contract you may be asked to sign and knowing what protections are needed in the contract.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Headwaters, a local citizen’s group organized for the purpose of protecting the area’s precious resources: Itasca State Park, the Mississippi River, clean lakes and trout streams, the aquifer for drinking water, forests and wildlife, productive farmlands, personal property and favorite fishing holes. For more information, find Friends of the Headwaters on Facebook or visit the website at www.friendsoftheheadwa

Widowed Friends will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 20 for lunch at Pizza Hut with dominoes to follow. New members are welcome. The group will also meet on March 26 and April 9 at 9:30 a.m. for coffee at Burger King.

Beagle Books will host a reading by poet Sean Hill from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20. Hill will read from his new book, “Dangerous Goods,” and talk about the art and process of writing poetry.


The Weston A. Price will host a chapter meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, March 21 at Evergreen Church west of Park Rapids. The topic for the evening is spring planting. We welcome group discussion and networking on starting and raising bedding plants for the 2014 growing season. For more information, contact Tanja Larson at 732-9402.

The Northern Light Opera Company is preparing a treat to break up the long winter doldrums with a performance of the comic opera “The Apothecary.”

Performances of “The Apothecary” will be at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 21, 22, 28 and 29 at Armory Square in Park Rapids.

“The Apothecary”, by Joseph Haydn, is a four person opera dealing with the intrigue of a love triangle. The story is simple, the music lively and witty, and changes of mood and character are reflected in the music. Sempronis, an old apothecary, will be sung by Jason Wright; Grilletta, Sempronio’s ward, will be sung by Gail Ahart; Mengone, Sempronio’s apprentice, will be sung by Brian Hobson; and Volino, a young rich dandy (pant role), will be sung by Mary Maxwell.

Sempronio is determined to marry his ward, Grilletta, for her money. His apprentice, Mengone, has taken the job only to be near Grilletta, even though he knows nothing about chemistry and mixing drugs. Volpino, a rich young aristocrat who enters the scene is also in love with Grilletta. The music is delightful, and the lengths the three suitors take to win the hand of Grilletta and beat their opponents is intriguing, even including the assistance of some Turks and a notary or two.

Tickets may be purchased at Beagle Books or at the door. Tickets may also be reserved by calling 237-0400.

The Nevis School spring musical, “Cinderella,” will be performed Friday-Sunday, March 21-23 at Nevis School. There will be general admission performances at 7 p.m. Friday, March 21 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23.

A dinner theater performance will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 22. On the menu will be stuffed chicken breast, green beans, wild/brown rice, salad, strawberry cheesecake and a beverage. Seating is limited so make reservations early by calling Lynne at 652-3500, option 1. There will be no general admission seating at the dinner theater.


Advanced Beekeeping in Guthrie is Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Guthrie Town Hall. The class is intended to promote discussion to develop successful beekeeping methods. Class participants will learn about the honeybees and how they do their jobs individually while contributing to the overall goal of the hive.

Led by two local experienced beekeepers, Brett Kent and Les Hiltz, this class will include a Powerpoint presentation covering more advanced management techniques, sustainable apiary management practices, problem solving and offering ideas on how to tackle difficult situations. Come and understand what is going on inside that “box” the honeybees call home.

The Guthrie Town Hall is at 44255 Rail Road.

Two motorcycle safety seminars will be offered Saturday, March 22 at the Fergus Falls Community Education Center.

Seminar 1 – Street Smarts – is from 10-11:30 a.m. It has several objectives related to factors that affect perception. How quickly can you perceive a situation such as traffic, traffic signs and situations that affect rider speed, lane position and path of travel? The goal is to increase your speed in identifying and reacting to these situations.

Seminar 2 – Seasoned Riders – is from 12:30-2 p.m. Find out if aging has had an effect on your reaction times and riding judgment. Find out what you can do to correct or compensate for the effects of aging.

For more information and to register call 218-998-0544 ext. 1600.


First City Squares of Bemidji is hosting a square dance from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23 at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 9th and Beltrami.

Plus tips will be the first half hour. Abe Maier will be the caller. Visitors and spectators are welcome.

For more information, call Denise Houle at 444-7741.


Long Lake Theater will have open auditions from 6-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 24-25 at the theater in Hubbard. All ages and abilities are welcome to the open casting call for the summer 2014 season.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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