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Upcoming events Jan. 16-23


-Northern Light Opera Company will present the one-act comic opera "The Old Maid and the Thief" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17 at Long Lake Theater in Hubbard.


-First City Squares of Bemidji is hosting a square dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17 at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall. Plus tips will be held the first half hour. Royce Nelson will be the caller. Visitors and spectators are welcome. For more information, call Kurt or Patti at 218-444 - 8328.

-A cooking demonstration will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17 at Share n' Care in Hackensack. Recipes to reverse and prevent obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol will be presented. Taste samples, recipe handouts and door prizes will be given. For more information, call Linda at 218-675-7235 or Marjorie at 218-224-3557.


-An H1N1 vaccination clinic will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids. Everyone ages 6 months and older is invited to come and get their free H1N1 vaccination during this public clinic sponsored through St. Joseph's Community Health. Parents or legal guardians of children 18 years and younger must be present for them to be eligible to receive the vaccine. Second doses available for children 9 and under. It is recommended that children ages 9 and under receive a second dose of the H1N1 vaccine. (Please note that there needs to be at least four weeks between doses given. To ensure the proper time span is in place, the date of the first vaccination will be required before the second dose will be given.)


-Dr. James White, assistant professor of physical education, health and sport at Bemidji State, will be exploring this correlation between built environments and physical inactivity and obesity trends as part of Bemidji State University's Honors Council Lecture Series Tuesday, Jan. 19. White's lecture will be held in Hagg-Sauer 112 on the BSU campus, beginning at 7 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.


-Northern Minnesota Safety Council will present Joe Kapaun who will speak on "Ergonomics and Reducing the Pain in Worker's Comp" from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 at the Bemidji State University Center for Research and Innovation. Kapaun, who holds a certification in workplace ergonomics from WorkWell, Inc., has been a regular presenter on workplace safety issues at the CRI and specializes in the prevention of workplace injuries. His presentation will focus on appropriate office ergonomics and equipment options to help reduce repetitive-stress injuries in the workplace.


-The Power Up in 2010 community wellness challenge will kick off from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 at the Frank White Education Center community room. Power Up 2010 is an eight-week challenge between all area communities. The Center for Weight Management, a service of St. Joseph's Area Health Services and Innovis Health, is sponsoring the challenge with Community Education.

-Each week, participants will set personal goals. Individuals who turn in their points will have an opportunity to win prizes on a weekly basis. Registration is through Community Education. To register, or for more information, call 237-6606.

-The Parker Quartet will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 at Thompson Recital Hall on the Bemidji State University campus. The concert is presented by Classical MPR and the Bemidji Concert Series. For ticket information, call 218-755-2915.


-A benefit concert for the Pregnancy Resource Center will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 at Faith Baptist Church in Park Rapids. Family bluegrass and old time gospel will be performed. A free will offering will be collected. For more questions, call 732-5212.

-The Friendly Squares will host a square dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 at Century School. The event includes a "plus" workshop during the first half hour and mainstream dancing for the rest of the night. This will be a brats/hot dogs night. Servers will be VanDeventers and greeters will be Hagens. All dancers and spectators are welcome.


-The Department of Music at Bemidji State University will host a chamber recital featuring members of its faculty at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 in the Thompson Recital Hall of Bemidji State's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Admission is free. For more information, call the Department of Music at 218-755-2915.

-First English Lutheran Church will have a lutefisk dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Menahga church. Lutefisk, meatballs and lefse will be served.

-A community snowball dance will be held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Eagles Club in Park Rapids. Door prizes and drawings will be given throughout the evening.