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Coming events April 15-30

Thursday, April 15

A defensive driving certificate renewal class will be offered from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 15 at the Frank White Education Center. 

Terry Schroeder will instruct.

Pre-register with Community Education at 237-6600.

The Wadena Whirlaways will be square dancing from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 15 at the Wadena Elk's Club. Jim Kooyer will be the caller.

Friday, April 16

"Beginning Memoir:  Finding Your Story" will be presented by memoirist and poet Angela Foster from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 16 at the Park Rapids Area Library. 

Have an idea for a short story or novel that you've been itching to write?  Have you thought about putting it down on paper, but didn't know where to begin? 

Guided writing exercises will help workshop participants get started.  The basics of good writing will be discussed and ideas will be provided to help participants move forward in the creative process. 

Class size is limited; registration is required by visiting the library.

Foster is a poet and memoirist who lives in Pine City, her work published in "Minnesota Literature," "Talking Stick," "Dust and Fire," "Poetry Midwest" and "Lake Country Journal." 

The multi-award winner, teaches memoir writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. 

The writing workshops are part of the Kitchigami Reads/Kitchigami Writes project, funded by the state of Minnesota with funds dedicated by Minnesota voters to preserve the arts and cultural heritage.   

The Red Bridge Film Festival will screen 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 www.redbridge

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.

A refresher course for defensive driving will be offered Saturday, April 24 in Laporte. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the basement of the Laporte Community Baptist Church.

Persons 55 and older who complete defensive driving, or take the refresher every three years, are eligible for a 10 percent discount on automobile insurance. There is no driving involved and no tests are given during the course.

Registration and payment are required by April 16. For more information, or to register, contact Diane Sauer at Laporte Community Ed.,, or 224-2288 ext. 141.

Saturday, April 17

A workshop, "Page to Screen: The Nuts & Bolts of Screenwriting," will be presented from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17 in the lower level conference room of Northwoods Bank, Park Rapids.

The workshop is available through the co-operation of the Jackpine Writers' Bloc and the Red Bridge Film Festival.

Attendance is $15 and includes class material. Registration is available through Beagle Books in downtown Park Rapids or by contacting Jackpine Writers' Bloc through e-mail: sharrick@ Prepaid registrants will be eligible for a door prize.

The workshop has been scheduled to avoid screening times for the Red Bridge Film Festival being held the same weekend. This is an opportunity for film buffs and writers to learn what goes into creating a movie's story and the dramatic and narrative decisions made to bring it to the screen.

The workshop will be led by Scott Stewart, a ghostwriter who has relocated to the area from the West Coast. Insider information will be provided on what studio readers look for in a script.

For more film festival and writing information you can visit the following Web sites: and

A Swiss and bacon meatloaf dinner will be served for the Laporte 4th of July celebration fundraiser will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 17 at the Laporte School commons. A free will donation will be collected. For more information contact Bill Karsten at 218-224-3452 or wkarsten@

The Nevis Dollars for Scholars Pam Lindow Foundation annual spring fundraising dinner and silent auction will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17 at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Nevis.

Volunteers are needed to assist with securing silent auction donations, food preparation and serving.

A barbecued pork dinner menu is planned, with all funds generated benefitting local Nevis High School graduates though scholarships and honor awards for post-secondary education.

For more information, or to sign-up for a work shift, call the high school office at 652-3500 option 1. Silent auction donations may be left at the school office. event.

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 prompter 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.

Conductor Stan Carlson will direct the Staples Area Men's Chorus for the last time at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17 at the 'Big Sing' concert extravaganza in the Staples Motley High School gymnasium.

The Big Sing concert will feature 300 voices from male choruses representing Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota.

Each chorus will perform individually and will join together for some powerful massed-choir selections, including, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," directed by Carlson.

The concert is the grand finale of the two-day Big Sing Convention, which consists of singing, choral workshops and special performances.

The 6th annual Comedy Night sponsored by Rotaract will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17 at Blueberry Pines in Menahga.

Comedian C. Willi Myles will return with all new material combining everyday people with everyday humor.

Tickets are available at Citizens National Bank, Northwoods Bank and State Bank of Park Rapids.

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.

A "Move over Meat, Disarming Diabetes" cooking demonstration will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18 at the Share 'n Care located on Highway 371 in Hackensack.

The free event includes recipes and taste samples.

Monday, April 19

English as a second language, for those who do not speak primarily English, meets Mondays and Thursdays at the Frank White Education Center. 

Beginners will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and intermediates meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  

There is no charge for this class.  To register or for more information, contact Community Education at 237-6600.

U.S. Census basic skills testing will be at 7 p.m. Monday, April 19 at Hubbard United Methodist Church.

Walk-ins are welcome. Call 866-861-2010 for information.

Tuesday, April 20

PEO Chapter T will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 20 at the home of Sandra Perez.

Co-hostesses will be Sheila Moe and Gayla Orr. The program will be presented by Perez, "Exemplification and Study of State Bylaws."

In conjunction with Professional Administrative Assistants Week, a luncheon will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 at Riverside United Methodist Church.

The meal, catered by Dorset Café, is an opportunity for employers to recognize the contribution of staff members.

Employees who have received a ticket from the employer will receive a meal, gift bag and a chance to win a door prize.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the adult basic education program administered through Community Education.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Community Education at 237-6600.

U.S. Census basic skills testing will be conducted at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 at the Akeley Senior Citizens Center.

Walk-ins are welcome. Call 866-861-2010 for information.

Softball for girls in grades 5 and 6 will be offered from after school until 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 20 through May 20 on the high school softball field. 

To register or for more information contact Community Education at 237-6600.

The Park Rapids Tractor and Engine Club will meet Tuesday, April 20 at the tractor grounds.

The board will meet at 6 p.m. with the general meeting at 7 p.m.

The Park Rapids Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Christine Jessen of Forest and Floral will speak on   "It Looked Good When I Bought It."

The public is invited to attend.

wednesday, april 21

U.S. Census Basic Skills Testing will be at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 21 at Nevis High School. Walk-ins welcome. Call 1-866-861-2010 for information.

Thursday, April 22

"Exercise for the busy body" will be offered from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22 at St. Mary's Innovis Health conference rooms A and B at 1027 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes.

Personal trainer Nancy Hebert will share advice on fitting exercise into daily activities and best foods to eat before and after a workout for optimal results.

An RSVP is required by April 15 by calling 218-844-0719.

The Headwaters Softball League, looking for new teams, will be holding its second pre-season meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22 at the Eagles Club in Park Rapids.

A representative from each team needs to be in attendance. New teams are welcome and encouraged.

Call 252-2954 with any league questions you may have.

friday, april 23

Long Lake Theater Kids Academy presents "Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs," a musical adaptation of the beloved fairytale.

This production showcases the talents of over 50 local children.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 23-24 and at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25 and April 30-May 2. Tickets are available by calling Long Lake Theater at 732-0099, or at Beagle Books.

The theater is located in Hubbard, about 8 miles southeast of Park Rapids.

sunday, april 25

Area cooks are being challenged to a meatball-making contest as part of the Lakeport Area First Responders Fundraiser on Sunday, April 25. Each contestant will make a pan of meatballs to be judged and a panel of area pastors will taste the samples and proclaim the winners.

The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. in the Laporte School Commons. A free will offering will buy attendees a dinner of meatballs, mashed potatoes, vegetable, Deb Roller's homemade buns and apple crisp.

Those wishing to enter meatballs for the contest may pick up a registration form at the school, Laporte Grocery or Miller's Gas and Service. The funds raised will help first responders update their emergency radios and supplies.

For more information contact Diane Sauer, Laporte Community Education, 224-2288, ext. 141.

Thursday, April 29

The Park Rapids Eagles Club is sponsoring the José Cole Circus with a 7 p.m. performance Thursday, April 29 at the Ted O. Johnson Arena.

Tickets may be purchased at the arena.

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.