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Upcoming events Feb. 21 - April 20

SATURDAY, FEB. 21

Enjoy a winter evening on snowshoes as the light of lanterns guides your way along the Schoolcraft Trail in Itasca State Park between 5:30 and 8 p.m.

Meet at the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center and snowshoe at your own pace during this drop-in program. For added fun, bring along s’mores fixings or hot dogs for cooking at the campfire. Limited snowshoes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Members of “Alabaster Falls,” Bill and Julie Kaiser will perform inside the Mary Gibbs Café from 6:30-8 p.m. They are an acoustic folkgrass band based in the Northwoods.

TUESDAY, FEB. 24

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning presents Mike Roberts’ “The Last Keeper at Split Rock,” from 1-2:30 p.m. at Northwoods Bank community room.

Roberts travels throughout Minnesota giving speeches about his U.S. Coast Guard experience on the North Shore of Lake Superior, including search and rescue at the Duluth Lifeboat Station and the North Superior Lifeboat station in Grand Marais.

Friends of Headwaters Lifelong Learning Center are also invited to arrive early and attend the noon annual corporate meeting of HCLL’s 501c3 corporation, where the annual financial report will be available, and board members and officers will be elected.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25

The Headwaters Adult Slow Pitch Softball league will be meeting 7 p.m. in the basement of the Park Rapids Eagles Club to organize for the season. Mens, Womens, Over 35 and Co-Ed leagues are available. All new and returning teams are invited to attend this important informational meeting. Team registration begins on Feb. 25. There will also be discussion about starting a Co-Ed Kickball night this year. Let’s play ball!

SATURDAY, FEB. 28

Monroe Crossing, fast becoming America’s favorite bluegrass band, returns to the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji for a concert from 7:30-1 0 p.m.

SUNDAY, MARCH 1

The Nevis-Pam Lindow Foundation Dollars for Scholars will host a February Follies and Pie Social at Nevis School. Homemade, baked pies will be on sale, with all proceeds going to Nevis student scholarships.

A Wild Game Benefit Dinner for the Park Rapids Eagles Club will be held from 1-5 p.m. Freewill donations accepted. Proceeds go toward the Eagles’ building fund. Enjoy wild game and drink specials.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4

Joel Karsten, author of “Straw Bale Gardens,” visits the Park Rapids Area Library at 10:30 a.m. Learn how to create your own straw bale garden during this entertaining and educational program. There’ll be time for questions and answers and an opportunity to purchase Karsten’s popular book.

Local chili chefs will compete in the 6th annual Chili Challenge, hosted by the Park Rapids Enterprise, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Park Rapids American Legion. Teams, individuals, businesses, civic organizations and church groups cook up a pot of hot chili and serve their specialty concoction – a dollar per dollop (a cupful) – to hungry participants. Proceeds benefit the Hubbard County Food Shelf.

For more information or to sign-up as a chili chef, contact Candy Parks at 732-3364 or cparks@parkrapidsenterprise. com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 6

Tenor Ben Gulley will entertain at 7:30 p.m. at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium with admission by Heartland Concert season ticket. Met Opera award-winner and PBS favorite, Gulley sings a program of well-known operatic arias, spirituals and Broadway favorites. His career is growing with lead and feature roles in opera, solo engagements, concert work, film work and nationwide touring as well as prestigious appearances abroad. Heartland Concert series membership packets are available at Beagle Books in Park Rapids and Thrifty White Drug in Walker. For more information, go to www.heartland concertassociation.org.

THURSDAY, MARCH 12

Join Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) staff for an “Ooey Gooey” Open House 6-7:30 p.m. at the Frank White Education Center. Children, ages birth to 5 years, and their families meet ECFE staff while enjoying messy, fun activities. Wear old clothes to get messy in! No charge. Register at the door.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14

“Seeds to Bees to Table: How local agriculture has changed” will be presented from 1-4 p.m. at the Century Elementary School cafetorium.

This free program will feature Ojibwe presenters speaking about their history of agriculture in Minnesota, the impact of white people’s agricultural practices on indigenous farming and how resulting conflicts are addressed.

The panel of presenters includes the University of Minnesota Extension Service, Master Gardeners, a bee expert and one man’s experience with a Victory garden in World War II.

Exhibitors will provide information about their approaches to growing and marketing safe and sustainable food. Participants include the Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, farmers markets, community garden organizers and others.

This program is sponsored by the Park Rapids League of Women Voters, Park Rapids Public Library and Ojibwe Farmers Conference.

SUNDAY, MARCH 29

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra presents a “Presidents, Portraits and Paradigms” concert 3 p.m. at the Bemidji High School auditorium.

Mount Rushmore is coming to you! Humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson presents presidents while the BSO paints their musical portraits. Musical selections include Aaron Copland’s “A Lincoln Portrait,” Christ Brubeck’s “Roosevelt in Cowboy Land,” plus the music of Haydn and Correlli. For more information, visit www.bemidjisymphony.org.

MONDAY, APRIL 13

Vickie Wendel presents “Quilt Facts, Folklore and Fabrication” at 2:30 p.m. at the Park Rapids Library. What do we really know about the history and traditions of quilt making? Many stories have been handed down, but they don’t always hold up under the close scrutiny. View quilt squares, small quilts and pictures of actual period pieces.

FRIDAY, APRIL 22

Award-winning author Lauraine Snelling will be touring the Kitchigami Regional Library system this April. She’ll visit the Park Rapids for a special program and book signing 6:30 p.m. at the Armory. Snelling is the author of over 80 widely popular books, some of which take place in Minnesota. This Legacy-funded program is sponsored by the Park Rapids Library.

FRIDAY, APRIL 24

Enjoy the Classic Chorale spring concert 7:30 p.m. at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

SUNDAY, APRIL 26

Enjoy the Classic Chorale spring concert 3 p.m. at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

FRIDAY, MAY 1

The Nemeth Art Center and Hubbard County Historical Society open for the season. Art center hours are 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. History center hours are 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

SUNDAY, MAY 3

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra presents a “Mozart, Magic and Mystery” concert 3 p.m. at the Bemidji High School auditorium.

The Mozart “Requiem” is one of the most beautiful and profound works of all time. The BSO is joined by the Bemidji Chorale, The Bemidji Choir and four outstanding soloists for a memorable performance. For more information, visit www.bemidjisymphony.org.

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