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Upcoming events March 12- April 1

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. today (Saturday).

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.

Monday, March 14

St. Johns Lutheran Church is hosting the United Blood Services blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 14 in the fellowship hall.

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.  

The Hubbard County DFL will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 14 at the Park Rapids Area Library, an accessible site.  

Participants will discuss plans for the upcoming year. All are welcome and encouraged to take part.  

tuesday, March 15

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning presents Alice Holz with "Early Opera in Minnesota" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 at Northwoods Bank's community room in Park Rapids.

In the late 1800s opera houses were built in many towns in Minnesota.  Park Rapids had an opera house in the Rima Building on the corner of 3rd and Main, the building that now contains Buster's Barber shop.  

The opera house was on the second floor. Traveling troupes went from town to town giving performances.

The entertainment ran from comic revues, singing sacred music to opera performances.

Alice DuBois Holz, who holds a bachelor's degree from Hamline University and a master's degree from University of Minnesota, was a teacher and assistant librarian in the Bloomington and Edina school systems for 26 years before retiring to Park Rapids with husband, Del, in 1999.  

Her maternal grandfather was from the Andrews family who established the first opera company in Minnesota.

    Contact LuAnne White at 732-7939 or e-mail at hclife for more information.

Pauline Winge, a social worker at Bemidji Middle School, will discuss bullying as part of Bemidji State University's Adventures in Lifelong Learning lecture series.

The lecture will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 15 at Optivation's off-campus facility at 3801 Bemidji Ave. North.

Bullying has had a devastating effect on students, families, schools and communities. Winge will discuss the current trends in bullying, give some pointers on what schools are doing to address it, and what community members can do to recognize the symptoms of bullying and support intervention efforts.

Winge is part of Bemidji Middle School's Student Mental Health Awareness Team, providing basic problem-solving, crisis intervention and teacher consultation services. She also is a referral agent for community services.

Wednesday, March 16

The Becker County Historical Society and Museum will celebrate St. Urho's Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Wednesday, March 16.

The Metha-Jarvi (Lake and Woods) Chapter of the Finnish American Historical Society will have a display of Finnish artifacts and crafts, along with the story of St. Urho and his fight to remove the grasshoppers from the vineyards of Finland at the museum.  

Finnish treats will be served.

The Multiple Sclerosis Group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services.

Anyone affected by MS is invited. Participants share experiences and questions. Planning for the May 1 Walk MS will be discussed.

Contact Susan Monsrud at 237-2067 for more information.

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.

Thursday, March 17

The Arts Downtown PR series will continue from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17 in downtown Park Rapids.

County 20 will entertain with a mix of Bluegrass, country, folk and gospel from 5:30 to 6 and from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at The Good Life Cafe.

At Bella Caffè, Eddie Kidd and J.R. Warren will perform original works from their new CD, "Natural Disaster," from 5 to 5:30 and from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, fiber artist Kathy Belt will set up her "castle style" spinning wheel and spin Shetland wool (not Irish, but close), starting at 5 p.m. at Beagle Books.

This event is designed to bring audiences to see and hear visual artists, musicians, writers and other artists in businesses in downtown Park Rapids on the Third Thursday of the month year round.

The public is invited to attend and encouraged to make a freewill donation to the artists. Contact Lu Ann Hurd-Lof at 652-4081,

The Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes will present Ann Reed's theatrical presentation of "Heroes: A Celebration of Women Who Changed History and Our Lives" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17.  

"Heroes," a song written and performed by Reed (1991), was her response to hearing a call-in show on the radio and reading several articles arguing that there were no real women role models left for children or adults.

Remembering her history classes and that little was mentioned of women's accomplishments, she went to work. Starting with a long list of women from all over the world and a variety of careers, she chose 40 women.

They were chosen without regard to nationality, political ideology or religious affiliation, but rather for the place they hold in history.

The song struck a universal chord and grew to anthem proportions. The next step for Reed was to expand the concept of the song into something larger and enhanced by mixed media.

In 2007 that dream came to fruition when she completed the play and cast performers and enlisted a local choir.  

The first performance was produced by Minnesota Public Radio and received critical acclaim.

Tickets for the show can be purchased online at, by calling the box office at 218-844-7469 or by visiting 806 Summit Ave.

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

A Panther golf fish fry fundraiser will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 18 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

Saturday, March 19

Ruby's Pantry food distribution will be held Saturday, March 19 at Assumption of Our Lady of the Pines in Menahga.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with distribution at 10:30 a.m.

A $15 cash donation at the door is appreciated. Bring baskets, totes and coolers for food.

For more information, call Karol or Dave at 564-4501.

Twisted Stitchers will host the RailRiver Folk School creators from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 19 at 201 Main Ave (Monika's).    

They will be talking about their vision to pass on traditions and preserve heritage while creating a healthy sustainable cooperative. For further information contact Kathy 732-0978

Sunday, March 20

The Wadena Area Community Band, under the direction of John Lindlief, will present its annual spring concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20 in the Wadena Memorial Auditorium.

The free concert will suit many tastes, including light classical, a hymn tune, marches and show tunes.

Wadena Area Community Band members represent the Bertha, Eagle Bend, Henning, Long Prairie, Park Rapids, Perham, Staples, Verndale and Wadena communities.

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.

First City Squares of Bemidji is hosting a square dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 9th and Beltrami.  

Plus tips will be in the first half hour.  Roger McNeil will be the caller and Bernadette McNeil will be cueing rounds.  Visitors and spectators are welcome.  

Friday, March 25

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.

Saturday, March 26

Kitchigami Regional Library is sending buses down to view the King Tut exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota Saturday, March 26.

A bus will be coming through Park Rapids at 9:30 a.m. and return around 7:15 p.m. Tickets are free but seating is limited.

Children under 10 must be with an adult.

Contact Park Rapids Area Library at 732-4966 to reserve a seat or go to for more information.

A benefit spaghetti and fettuccini alfredo dinner for Larry (Jiggs) and Jean Tretbar will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Osage Fire Hall and Community Center.

A freewill offering will be received to defray the couple's medical costs.

Friday, April 1

Memoirist and poet Angela Foster will present "Memoir Building Blocks," a four-week writing class, from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by "office hours" from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Fridays, April 1, 8, 15 and 29 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Do you have a story to tell but need a nudge to get it on paper? Or are you ready to revise some of the work you have already written? In this four-week class, students will study some of the elements of writing an engaging memoir - character development, setting, dialogue, tense, story and the use of scene, summary and reflection.

In addition to lectures and in-class writing exercises, each student will have an opportunity to meet privately with Foster and receive feedback on his or her work.

Her work has been published in "Minnesota Literature," "Talking Stick," "Dust and Fire," "Poetry Midwest," and "Lake Country Journal."

Foster has received many awards, including the Carol Bly Award in Creative Nonfiction from Bemidji State University in 2004 and 2006.

Foster's "Memoir Building Blocks" writing classes are free to Kitchigami Library patrons. Space is limited and registration is required.

Saturday, March 26

Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center in Park Rapids is offering an introductory pottery workshop with artist Peter Young from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 26-27 and April 17 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids.

Participants will be introduced to a brief history of pottery and learn pottery vocabulary and basic techniques to construct a pinch pot and a coil pot using various glazes and glazing techniques.

Materials needed will be a mold/bowl, rolling pin, texturizing tool, newspaper, hair dryer, towel and a one- gallon bucket.

To register and for information on cost, contact Judy Wegenast at 218-847-3519 or The registration deadline is March 18.

Friday, April 1

The Menahga Arts Guild (MAG) will be sponsoring a scholarship fundraiser dinner along with a silent and dollar auction Friday, April 1 at the Menahga VFW.

Members of the guild are contacting local businesses and supporters for donations (monetary or items that can

be used in gift baskets) to help with raising funds that will be used to establish new scholarship(s) for students going into the arts or arts related field.

If you or your business would like to help, call Dawn Rossbach at 564-4405 after 5 p.m. or leave a message

through the Menahga Arts Guild group page on

Saturday, April 2

Osage Lions Club is sponsoring a pancake and sausage feed (free-will offering) from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 2 at the Osage Community Center on CSAH 48.

A door prize drawing for a boy's or girl's 20-inch bicycle will be held. All proceeds benefit the local community.

The Lions will concurrently be hosting a Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon. During the pancake feed, blood pressure and diabetes checks, glaucoma and macular degeneration testing and complimentary ear reflexology by Katie Engst (certified ear, hand and foot reflexologist) will be available.

Also during the event, the Carsonville Fire Station 2 (same community building) will be having an open house and equipment display.

Smokey the Bear will be welcoming children.

Friday, April 8

Long Lake Theater Kids Academy presents "Seussical Jr.", the smash-hit children's musical based on Dr. Seuss' most cherished characters.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, April 8 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium.

Tickets are available by calling Long Lake Theater 732-0099, visiting www.long or Beagle Books.

Saturday, April 9

The 10th annual United for Children Conference on Early Care and Education will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at the Park Rapids Century School.

Pre-registration closes April 3. More information and online registration is available at or by calling the Northwest Minnesota Foundation at 218-759-2057.

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the United for Children conference, all registered participants will receive a free United for Children t-shirt.  Pertussis vaccinations are also being offered at no cost to all participants.

The United for Children Conference is a day-long event offering sessions on building vocabulary; infant/toddler development; literacy planning; the impact of grief, loss and trauma; social-emotional development; self-regulation; understanding autism; and, developing a child care business model.

The opening keynote "How Do We Get What We Want for Our Children" will be given by Cindy Croft, the director of the Center for Inclusive Child Care at Concordia University in St. Paul.

Croft believes that helping children to be all that they can be is not just a cliché.  She will explore the role that childcare plays in achieving a happy and healthy early childhood for each child.

The afternoon keynote "Using Your Personal Power Tools" will be given by Cory Woosley, who is the program manager for Eager to Learn at the Minnesota Child Care Resource and Referral. She will speak about the strengths each person applies in the workplace and how identifying personal "power tools" and knowing how to use them can help in every aspect of life.

Contact Holly with questions at 218-759-2057 or

Tuesday, April 12

Region 2 Arts Council will sponsor "Reflections on Little Mantrap," a tole painting class, from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 at Nevis Church of Christ, located at the corner of Bunyan Trails and Pleasant Street in Nevis.

Melody Bowles will instruct.

    This session focus on capturing a scenic lake view on canvas. Students should have some experience in tole or method painting.   

Bowles has been tole painting for 30 years. She has studied the Priscilla Hauser technique and has taken numerous classes in which she painted on wood, canvas, tin, slate, and glass with both acrylics and oils.  

She is accomplished in reverse glass painting as well as rub-outs. Through the years she has taught numerous classes in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota. She has sold her work at craft fairs and through individual orders.

The students will provide their own canvas, brushes and tubes of acrylic paint. Upon registration, the instructor will provide students with a list of the brushes, paints and other needed items.

  For information on cost or to register, contact or call 218- 751-5447.The registration deadline is Friday, April 1.   There will be no refunds unless the workshop is cancelled.