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Upcoming events Jan. 22- Feb. 13

Saturday, Jan. 22

Minnesota Folklore Theater will hold auditions for "Little Women" from noon to 3 p.m. today (Saturday) and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23 at the theater located on Highway 34 in Akeley.

Females are needed for the roles of Mrs. March, Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy and Hannah and males to play Laurie and Mr. Laurence.

Rehearsals begin Wednesday, Jan. 26. The show opens Friday, March 4 and will run for two weeks. All youth who perform in four shows are put into a pool for a $500 youth scholarship.

The theater is also looking for a musical director, lighting designer and costume designer for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat."

First City Squares of Bemidji is hosting a square dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 9th and Beltrami.  

Plus tips will be in the first half hour.  Royce Nelson will be the caller.  Visitors and spectators are welcome.  For more information, call Ray or Carole at 218-444-5904.

Thursday, Jan. 27

Members of Bemidji TOPS Club 1464 will host an informational open house on meeting health and weight goals at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 at First Baptist Church, 1555 Paul Bunyan Drive NW, Bemidji.

America is facing an epidemic of overweight and obese people, including children. Research shows people who lose the most weight and are able to keep it off have done it with the support of groups such as TOPS, a nonprofit. For more information about TOPS call 800-932-8677 or check out the website at

Friday, Jan. 28

St Joseph's Area Health Services Auxiliary is sponsoring a chicken dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 at the Park Rapids American Legion Club.  

The menu includes oven baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, coleslaw, cranberries, coffee, lemonade and dessert.  

All proceeds will go toward the Auxiliary's $100,000 pledge to "Helping Our Growing Area Grow Healthier."

The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will square dance Friday, Jan. 28 at the Century School.

There will be a "plus" workshop from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and mainstream dancing from 8 to 10pm.  

Larry Johansen will be the caller and Donna Stone will cue round dances between tips.  

There will be a potluck lunch after the dance furnished by the club members.  All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

Saturday, Jan. 29

Dancing Light, the music duo of Kiki and Greg Webb, will offer a songwriting workshop and concert Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Park Rapids Area Library

The songwriting workshop will begin at 1 p.m.

followed by a concert at 3 p.m. Both programs are free.

It's not necessary to register for the concert; all are welcome. Space is limited for the songwriting workshop, however. Call the library at 732-4966 to register for the songwriting workshop.


Sunday, Jan. 30

Bemidji State University's Office of Financial Aid will be hosting a Minnesota College Goal Sunday event from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30 at Bemidji High School to provide free information and assistance to families of high school seniors, regardless of the student's future college plans.

The event will be held at Bemidji High's Lumberjack Room. Bemidji High School is located at 2900 Division St. West. Participating students will be entered in a scholarship drawing.

College Goal Sunday is a national program that provides free information and assistance to families who are filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the federally required form for students seeking financial aid such as grants and loans.

The workshop is designed for those who are low income or have no family history of attending college. However, any student who feels that financial aid is needed to attend college and who needs help applying for that aid is encouraged to attend the workshop.

The workshop is not limited to students who plan to attend Bemidji State University; it is open to all college-bound high school seniors.

Students should attend with a parent or guardian if possible, and should bring their parents' completed federal income tax return, W-2 statements and other income and benefits information.

If parents are unable to attend, students may attend alone and bring this information. Independent students may bring their own income and asset information.

For more information, contact Bemidji State's Office of Financial Aid at 218- 755-2034.

Tuesday, Feb. 1

Aaron Hautala, the photographer of the new sauna book, "The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition" will present a slideshow of the photographs and discuss history, culture and practice of Finnish saunas in the north woods at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Hautala grew up in northern Minnesota in a Finnish family that regularly experienced the ritual of sauna. His essay is a nostalgic look on growing up with this tradition.

thursday, Feb. 3

The North Country Health Services Foundation will host a seminar, "Reducing Pain and Tension, A Different Approach to Physical Therapy through Postural Restoration," at noon Thursday, Feb. 3 at the NCRH education center.

The topic will be resented by Megan Bollinger and Kris Naig, physical therapists from North Country Peak Performance. 

Learn how to get comfortable in your body, relieving pain and reducing muscle tension.  Based on research and the work of Ron Hruska, founder of the Postural Restoration Institute in Lincoln, Neb., postural restoration uses a complex series of techniques and therapies to identify the problem and restore natural musculoskeletal balance providing flexibility and healing.

A complimentary light lunch will be served. RSVP to 218-333-5505 by Tuesday, Feb 1.

Friday, Feb. 4

A class on raising bees in the backyard will be offered from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 and from 8:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 in Northwoods Bank's community room.

The class will be offered at no charge.

Would you like to create a sustainable future in bees by raising bees in your backyard? Honeybees are a gardener's best friend; they pollinate fruit trees, vegetables and other garden plants plus provide a valuable product, honey.

JoAnne Sabin, an educator on honeybees and a Dakota County Master Gardener, will instruct the course is designed to encourage, assist and educate on the experience of keeping honeybees.

Materials will cover fundamental bee basics - apiary equipment and hive assembly; selecting a site; feeding and treating bees; queen, worker and drones' behavior; nectar and pollen plants; honey extracting, seasonal management and more.

Contact Sally Shearer, Hubbard County Extension program coordinator via e-mail at or at 732-3391 (office) or 237-1245 (direct) to register. Registration deadline is Jan. 28. Participants are asked to provide their own lunch.

The program is sponsored by the Hubbard County University of Minnesota Extension and Hubbard County Master Gardeners.

Saturday, Feb. 5

A snowshoe hike on the

North Country National Scenic Trail will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 beginning from CSAH 4 at Halvorson Forest Road, 3 miles south of Lake George.

Abundant snow and an un-packed footpath will require snowshoes for the two-mile hike.

Hikers should dress in layers appropriate for the weather and carry water and trail snacks. 

Children are welcome, but must be with a responsible adult.

  Snowshoe rental is available at the Jacob V. Brower Center and R & R Rental, Park Rapids.

Carpool from Park Rapids ACE Hardware at 12:30 pm

Other carpools can be arranged.

Contact: Florence Hedeen 218-732-9226

Sponsored by: Itasca Moraine Chapter, North Country Trail Association

Sunday, Feb. 6

Itascatur Club is hosting Sunday open houses at Soaring Eagle Cross Country Ski Trails in January and February.

Open houses will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 6 and 20.

Soaring Eagle Cross Country Ski Trails are located 8 miles north of Park Rapids on Highway 71, across from the Eagle View Golf Course. Look for the sign on the west side of highway that leads to the trailhead.

Ski equipment can be checked out free of charge by youth or adult groups interested in having a fun outdoor winter activity. Such groups could include church groups, youth groups, Kinship, service organizations, businesses, etc.

A Minnesota Ski Pass is required for skiers 16 years old and over. Ski Passes are available through the Department of Natural Resource's electronic licensing system at many convenience stores and outdoors stores in the area. A pass can also be purchased online at

Interested groups can coordinate their ski event by calling 218-732-4589. For more information go to

Wednesday, Feb. 9

First, second and third graders seeking high adventure are invited to come to the Park Rapids Area Library and experience history.

"Time Travel Minnesota Style; An adventure in history" will be offered from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 9, Feb. 16, Feb. 23 and March 2.

Pre-register at the library. Enrollment is limited to 15.

Students will travel back in time and become a pioneer, a voyageur and learn about ricing and logging. Participants will prepare and taste food, learn some of the popular songs, create theme-related crafts and keep a travel log to share with the people at home.

Sunday, Feb. 13

The Arc United is holding the second annual Buddy Walk Sunday Feb. 13, at Gillette Rec Center, Bemidji State University, 1500 Birchmont Dr., Bemidji.

Registration starts at 1:30 p.m. and the walk begins at 2:30 p.m.

There will be live music, door prizes, face painting and other crafts. Refreshments will be served after the walk.

Although it is not required to take pledges to enjoy the fun of the day it would be greatly appreciated. All money raised will be used to raise awareness of Down syndrome and other disabilities in and around the Bemidji area. Call the Arc United office at 218-759-0097 or 800-450-7338 for pledge sheets.