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Upcoming events March 5-25

Saturday, March 5

A dinner and silent auction with proceeds benefiting the Bethany Lutheran of Nevis Tanzania Mission Team will be held from 4:30 to 8 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu will include burgers, fries, beans and floats.

The Park Rapids Figure Skating Club will perform their 22nd annual show, "A Night at the Grammys," at 7 p.m. tonight (Saturday) and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6 at the Ted O. Johnson Arena.

Advance tickets are available from figure skaters or Park Rapids Floral, Ark Animal Hospital and Park Rapids BP.

Sunday, March 6

"Testament of Renewal", the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra's third subscription concert, will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6 in the Bemidji High School auditorium under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett.

Doors will open for seating at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North and Brigid's Cross in Bemidji. They will also be available at the door.

Join Ring of Kerry for an evening of Irish and Celtic music at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 6 at the ITOW Veterans Museum in Perham.  

This bursting-with-energy music group consists of five musicians, all of whom sing and play several instruments. With sounds that range from the thunder of the Irish bodhran drum to the sparkle of the hammered dulcimer, from the lilt and rhythm of fiddle and guitar to the haunting wails of the flute and pennywhistle, the band has developed a blend that is animated, ruggedly beautiful and fun.

The group takes its name from a beautiful craggy drive in southwestern County Kerry, Ireland. For ticket information, call 218 346-7678 or e-mail museum   

Monday, March 7

"A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls," an eight-week program for seniors, will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays beginning March 7 on the May Creek Senior Living Campus in Walker.

Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater.

Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends.

A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.

Program cost is $5 and is open to the public. Advance registration is required as space is limited. A workbook is provided and refreshments are served.

Call Lori Hilsabeck at 218-547-7511 to register or for more information.

Chapter FJ of the PEO Sisterhood will meet at 6 p.m. Monday March 7 at the home of Jane Bair.  

Harriet Green will serve as co-hostess. Call the hostess with your regrets.

New officers will be elected and installed.

Tuesday, March 8

Nevis Red Hat ladies will have their March luncheon at noon Tuesday, March 8 at Steve and Jill's.

For reservations, call Mary at 652-4232.

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning presents Mark Bridge with "Song of Cattle Drives from 1865-1885" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

Bridge is the owner of Vintage Chef.  He has been active in historical re-enactment and antiques for many years and is currently the Dutch Oven - Chuckwagon chef and performer for the Smokey Hills Wilderness Retreat in Osage.

Bridge has performed his music programs throughout the country.

He believes music of the era is an integral facet of history. Songs about common heroes such as cowboys, pioneers, settlers, miners, explorers and every day folk lend insight to the nation's creation.

    According to Bridge's website, it is "through music that we learn of people's goals, passions, concerns, thoughts and, most importantly, their humor.

How can a person listen to the song "Clementine" and not smile at the tragic dying scene? "Ruby lips above the water, blowing bubbles soft and fine". Clementine is a song that has endured for 150 years. It still teaches us and entertains us.

Songs like "The Gal I Left Behind Me" and "Cowboys Prayer" had melodies that were developed long before the folks in the old west adapted them to fit their situations. In many cases a melody can be traced back hundreds of years and through many variations. Songs are history."

For more information, contact LuAnne White at 732-7939 or hclifelonglearn  This is a free program, open to all ages.

Holistic Living, a moms' social network, will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 at Itasca Naturopathic Clinic in Park Rapids.  

The topic is "Natural Sugar Alternatives" by Dr. Rachel Oppitz, N.D.  All meetings are free and open to women of all ages.  

For more information, contact Nicole Guida at 732-5229

Also, the Weston A. Price Nutrition Foundation will be hosting a monthly chapter meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, March 18 at the Evergreen Church west of Park Rapids. 

Wednesday, March 9

The Park Rapids Retired Military Group will meet for their monthly dinner Wednesday, March 9, at 6 p.m. for fellowship and dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Dorset Cafe, east of Park Rapids.

Come and enjoy the company of others with retired military background and their families.

Call President David Buchholz at 652-4378 for more information.

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance from 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 at the Park Rapids Area High School commons area.  

The caller will be Phil Miller and Donna Stone will cue round dances between tips. New dancers are invited and encouraged to come to this dance.  

The club members will furnish a potluck lunch.  All dancers and spectators are welcome.

Thursday, March 10

PEO Chapter FQ will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 10 at Marylen Veden's residence with Jennifer Therkilsen-Gebbhard as co- hostess.

There will be an election and installation of officers.

Friday, March 11

Menahga will host the annual St. Urho's Day celebration Friday and Saturday, March 11-12.

Events start at 7:30 p.m. Friday with the coronation of the St. Urho King and Queen at the high school, followed by a musical variety show.

The VFW is dishing up a corn beef and meatball supper at 5 p.m. Friday.

A pancake breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12 at the senior center. A freewill offering will be accepted.

A quilt raffle and craft and bake sale will also be held at the senior center.

A volleyball tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. at the school.

New this year is the St. Urho's snow sculpture contest just south of the St. Urho statue. Sculptors can begin Saturday morning and will be judged at 3 p.m. Preregister by contacting the Cottage House Café at 564-4533 by Friday, March 11.

At noon, the Nytes of St. Urho march to the St. Urho statue and pay respects to the Finnish saint by participating in a playful twist on the "changing of the guards."

A short parade follows, at 12:30 p.m. from Cottage House Café along Main Street to the west.

The 6th annual bar stool race at the Spirit Lake beach.

A "kolf" kame is also held on the iced-over lake after the parade.

The Menahga VFW will serve a mojakka at noon, with a meat raffle at 3 p.m., bingo at 5 p.m. and live music starting at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 12

The Osage Sportsman's Club is having a pancake breakfast, miscellaneous sales and a sloppy Joe lunch starting at 7 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. Saturday March 12.

The event will be held at the new Osage Community Center (north on CSAH 48).

For more info contact Steve or Marleen Seach, 252-2658.

Sunday, March 13

Northwind Crossing will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.

Tickets may be picked up at the Park Rapids Area Library during regular hours.

Northwind Crossing is a quintet of local musicians drawn together by a common love of traditional Celtic music.

The musicians and their instruments include Tamie Jensen, Irish tin whistles, recorders, accordion, mountain and hammer dulcimer, Celtic harp and vocals; Larry Kimble, six- and 12-string guitar and vocals; Elijah

Jensen, bodhran, autoharp, Celtic harp, accordion and vocals; Jake Geise, fiddle and vocals and Willis Mattison, bass.

Mattison also serves as the group's historian and moderator. Northwind Crossing's performances include storytelling that provides the historical context for many of the tunes and songs they perform. The group has researched and rediscovered songs that were played in the Irish and Scottish countryside on fiddle, harp, pipes

and tin whistles in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Northwind Crossing preserves the ancient sounds of Celtic music with traditional instruments, and augments them with guitar, mandolin and bass.

Monday, March 14

A blood drive will be held Monday, March 14 at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

Call United Blood Services at 888-293-8203 to make an appointment.

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club is hosting a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Monday, March 14 at the clubhouse.

All members and guests are invited.  

Wednesday, March 16

Headwaters Softball League will hold its first meeting of the season at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 in the basement of the Eagles Club.

A representative from any men's, women's, over 35 or co-ed team who wishes to participate in the upcoming 2011 softball league should be in attendance. Direct questions to

Liz Stone, league president, at 252-2954.

Friday, March 18

Boy Scout Troop 56 of Nevis will have its "Roses for Spring" sale at T &M Express stores in Nevis and Park Rapids from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 18 and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 19.

To ensure you get all the

roses you need, pre-order by

calling call Dan Stacey at 652-3145. Otherwise you can buy them at both locations the days of the sale.

Sunday, March 20

The Guthrie Community Center-Ye Olde School Grounds, will be the site of the 21st annual St. Patrick's Day dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20.

The menu includes roast beef with all the trimmings.

All proceeds will go toward the maintenance and improvement of YOSG.

Tuesday, March 22

Tole painting classes will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning March 22 at Nevis Church of Christ, located at the corner of Bunyan Trails and Pleasant Street in Nevis.  

The focus is painting sunflowers.  Students should have some experience in tole or method painting.   

Instructor Melody Bowles has been tole painting for 30 years. 

Students will provide their own painting surface - canvas, board, tray, slate, etc. They will learn how to fit and copy the pattern to their individual painting surface.

This project will be taught in oils. Instructions will also be provided for acrylics. Students will need to provide their own brushes and acrylics (if desired.)  Some oils and other painting supplies will be provided. Upon registration the instructor will provide you with a list of the brushes you need.

To register, send a $15 check made payable to the Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601. The registration deadline is March 12.

Friday, March 25

Dr. Larry Burd, professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, will speak on the impact of and interventions for fetal drug and alcohol exposure Friday, March 25 at Northern Lights Casino and Conference Center in Walker.

This presentation is geared for parents and for professionals who work with young children.

Registration for the 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. event is due by March 10. The $30 cost includes lunch and certificate of attendance. Registration can be done online at or by calling 218-444-2845.

Stellher Human Services, Inc., based in Bemidji, is coordinating the event.

For 30 years, Burd has been with the children's program at Altru Health System and director of the North Dakota Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center. He has evaluated and developed intervention programs for over 15,000 children with developmental disorders. 

He has made nearly 500 presentations on the topic of FASD and published over 120 professional papers on topics dealing with development and behavior in children and adolescents, including the impact of fetal drug and alcohol exposure. 

Burd is currently a co-principal investigator of the PASS Network which examines maternal and environmental risk factors for stillbirth and infant mortality including SIDS and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

Minnesota Folklore Theater in Akeley will present an original play from Louisa May Alcott's famous story, "Little Women," March 25 through April 3 at the theater on Broadway.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays,

Join Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy in this original play adapted by Elizabeth Lincoln Gould in 1900.

Call 652-2666 for reservations. Tickets are also available at Beagle Books in Park Rapids.

A Victorian "Little Women" Tea will precede the March 26 performance Call 652-2666 for pricing and reservations for this event.

n Calling all "wanna be" singers and dancers: Minnesota Folklore Theater is looking for all who want to have their time on the stage.  

The theater is casting for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Call for audition dates and locations. Performances will be held at Nevis High School in May.

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, March 25 at Century School.   A mainstream workshop will be from 7:30 to 8 p.m. with mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.  Caller will be Jim Jirak with round dances between tips cued by Donna Stone.

A potluck lunch will be furnished by the club members.  All dancers and spectators are welcome.