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Upcoming events March 24 - July 19

TUESDAY, MARCH 24

The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning presents the talented speech competitors from the Park Rapids High School from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Northwoods Bank of Park Rapids community room. Students will perform a variety of speeches, ranging from dramatic interpretation to persuasion. This program is free of charge.

The “Geritol Frolics” will conduct auditions for singers and dancers age 55 or older who are interested in joining the show.

There will be two audition sessions conducted. Both will be at Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd. The first will be 2-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 and 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 28. The second session will be 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 2 and 2-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5.

No formal training or on-stage experience is required. Singers may bring a prepared piece, if they wish. Dancers will be asked to perform some basic dance steps and demonstrate a sense of rhythm.

The “Geritol Frolics is a musical variety show performed by area residents age 55 and older. Now in its 12th year, the show is presented in October on the Franklin Arts Center Stage at 1001 Kingwood in Brainerd.

For more information visit our website at www.geritolfrol ics.com or call 218-825-3777.

THURSDAY, MARCH 26

The Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations will present a survey on existing lake monitoring/early detection efforts on member lakes at its monthly board meeting, held at 7 p.m. at the Northwoods Bank community room in Park Rapids. A social gathering will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Burney Fischer, Doug Kingsley and others will discuss where to focus future efforts and to understand how the activities interrelate.

The HCCOLA Communication and Education teams will introduce new strategies to better communicate with members and the public.

All are invited to learn about HCCOLA’s vision, mission and values.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27

The Hubbard County Master Gardeners presents “Plant a Basket” from 3-6 pm. Friday, March 27 or from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28

at Flying W Gardens (32517 Hwy. 71, Park Rapids).

Topics will include straw bale gardening, tips and tricks from Master Gardeners, planting your own hanging basket, plus a tea party luncheon. Pre-register at 732-9782 or email flyingwgardens@live.com.

The annual Laporte Community Talent Show will be 7 p.m. in the Laporte School commons. The event features performances by several student soloists, groups and community members.

Tickets may be purchased at the door. The show is a fundraiser for the school’s music and drama departments.

SATURDAY, MARCH 28

Lost Voices Corp. will be holding a fundraiser from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Akeley Regional Community Center gymnasium with a lunch, silent auction and activities for children.

Lost Voices will explain its mission during the event, which is to obtain grants and other funding to open a safe haven to help low-income families with their children’s needs.

Donations for the silent auction and food for the lunch are being accepted.

For more information, contact Dustie Swanson at 252-2109 or email lostvoices2015 @outlook.com.

Enjoy Northern Light Opera Company’s evening of theatre improv games, audition tips and techniques, vocal and dance exercises from 7-9 p.m. at the Park Rapids Library. No admission cost. Taught by NLOC veteran cast members, this fun workshop is for anyone 12 years old and up. For more info, contact info@northernlightopera .org.

SUNDAY, MARCH 29

Bring friends and dance to great music by “Stan’s Country Dutchman” from 1-5 p.m. at the Park Rapids American Legion. Free and open to the public.

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra presents a “Presidents, Portraits and Paradigms” concert at 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.

TUESDAY, APRIL 7

The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning presents the “Bombing the Bogs” from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Northwoods Bank of Park Rapids community room.

Doug Easthouse, of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, explains how bogs near Washkish were used by bombers for target practice in World War II. This program is free of charge.

THURSDAY, APRIL 9

Auditions for Northern Light Opera Company’s production “West Side Story” start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9 and Friday, April 10 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.

One of America’s best-loved musicals, “West Side Story” explores the rivalry between two teenage street gangs and the fateful love story of Tony and Maria. Bursting with drama, excitement and high-energy choreography, it is the masterpiece of two theater geniuses – composer Leonard Bernstein and lyricist Stephen Sondheim.

Be prepared to dance, sing 32 bars of a song of your choice and read excerpts of the script or your own monologue.

Performances are July 31, Aug. 1-2 and Aug. 6-8 at Armory Square, Park Rapids. For more information, contact info@northernlightopera.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 11

Enjoy a luncheon with speaker, author and weekly columnist Eric Bergeson from noon-2 p.m. at First Lutheran Church of Akeley. Tickets are limited. Reserve by calling 652-3335 or emailing firstchurchl@arvig.net. Proceeds benefit the Park Rapids Area Living at Home Program.

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.

THURSDAY, APRIL 16

Hubbard in Prevention presents Dr. David Walsh and his lecture “Alcohol, Drugs and the Young Brain”at the Park Rapids High School auditorium.

All parents want their children to be healthy and safe. With this spirit of love and concern, parents should take time to understand the harmful effects of underage drinking.

A free dinner to the first 150 participants begins at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Walsh’s presentation is at 6:30 p.m. Childcare will be provided. Visit hubbardinprevention.org.

WEDNESDAY, 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 at 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.

SUNDAY, APRIL 26

Bring friends and dance to great music by “Jerry’s Dance Band” from 1-5 p.m. at the Park Rapids American Legion. Free and open to the public.

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.

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

SATURDAY, MAY 2

The “Geritol Frolics” will conduct auditions for singers and dancers age 55 or older who are interested in joining the show.

Auditions will be held at Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 2 and 2-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5.

No formal training or on-stage experience is required. Singers may bring a prepared piece, if they wish. Dancers will be asked to perform some basic dance steps and demonstrate a sense of rhythm.

The “Geritol Frolics is a musical variety show performed by area residents age 55 and older. Now in its 12th year, the show is presented in October on the Franklin Arts Center Stage at 1001 Kingwood in Brainerd.

For more information visit our website at www.geritolfrolics.com or call 218-825-3777.

SUNDAY, MAY 3

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

Walk MS will be held on the Heartland Trail at Heartland Park. Check-in begins at 11 a.m.

Walk MS connect people living with MS and those who care about them. This community event raises critical funds to support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. For more information and to register, visit myMSwalk.org.

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.

SUNDAY, MAY 31

Northern Lights Dance Academy presents “In the Colors” at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Park Rapids High School auditorium.

Bring friends and dance to great music by “Frankly Country” from 1-5 p.m. at the Park Rapids American Legion. Free and open to the public.

SUNDAY, JUNE 21

Bring friends and dance to great music by “Jerry’s Dance Band” from 1-5 p.m. at the Park Rapids American Legion. Free and open to the public.

SUNDAY, JUNE 28

Bring friends and dance to great music by “Stan’s Country Dutchman” from 1-5 p.m. at the Park Rapids American Legion. Free and open to the public.

SUNDAY, JULY 19

Bring friends and dance to great music by “Wingin’ It” from 1-5 p.m. at the Park Rapids American Legion. Free and open to the public.

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