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Upcoming events March 31- April 14

Thursday, March 31

Century Elementary will be holding Family Math Fun Night on Thursday, March 31 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Students in grades K-4 are come to the Century School cafetorium accompanied by a parent.

Math games, estimation jars and door prizes will be included in this evening of family math interaction.

"A World of Music with Todd Green" will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31 at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium.

The Kitchigami Regional Library concert is free; tickets may be picked up at the library.

Multi-instrumentalist Green performs original music on over 30 acoustic string, flute and percussion instruments from around the world, inspired by the cultures of the Middle East, Central Asia, Far East and South America.

He uses digital samplers to record and overdub himself live on stage to become a one-man-orchestra of unique and exotic instruments from all over the world. Green takes his audience on an amazing world music tour, adding to his performance with entertaining and informative explanations of the music and instruments.

Green has been writing and performing his music professionally since the age of 15.

Green attended Berklee College of Music and studied with guitar greats George Benson, Pat Matheny, Christopher Parkening, and Mick Goodrick. He studied ethnic instruments, including the Indian Bansuri flute with masters Sachdev and Steve Gorn.

Green is known for his diverse talent on a multitude of string, flute and percussion instruments. He is acclaimed for his virtuosity on the Middle Eastern Oud or Kemenche, the South American Charango and Zamponia, and the East Indian Tablas or Santoor.

Seniors: Are you interested in learning some basics about computers? Come and surf the Web.

The Park Rapids Area Library will host a Senior Surf Day for senior citizens from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 31.

Space is limited; call the library at 732-4966 to reserve a space. There is no charge for this training.

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. The classes are part of the Kitchigami Reads/Kitchigami Writes Legacy project with funding from the State of Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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.

Individuals and businesses willing to assist may call Dawn Rossbach at 564-4405 after 5 p.m. or leave a message through the Menahga Arts Guild group page on

The Historic Holmes Theatre presents Commonweal Theatre's "An Enemy of the People" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1. For 2011, as part of the 14th Annual Ibsen Festival, the Commonweal Theatre is presenting "An Enemy of the People" - the story of a small-town doctor who finds himself standing alone against his neighbors, friends, and even members of his own family when he discovers that the waters of the town's famous health springs are dangerously polluted.

Tickets for the show can be purchased online at by calling the Box Office at 218-844-7469 or by visiting the office at 806 Summit Ave. For more information visit

Saturday, April 2

Park Rapids Amateur Hockey Association's annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction fundraiser will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at the Park Rapids American Legion Club.

Tickets will be available at the door.

Donations for the silent auction are being accepted. Contact 237-7170 for more information.

The 2011 Miss Park Rapids Pageant will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium.

The Miss Park Rapids Pageant is returning for a second year after a successful reprise last year.

The pageant will include four age categories. For more information, go to www.parkavenuecosmetology.


North Country Museum of Arts and The Good Life Cafe are hosting the first annual "Eat Your Art Out" event from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at The Good Life Café.

"Eat Your Art Out" aims to celebrate the amazing local art scene in the Park Rapids Lakes Area and to promote the North Country Museum of Arts in Park Rapids, which will be opening for the season May 1.

Nine local artists will showcase their skills - ranging from painting and printmaking to photography and sculpture. Attendees will be able to meet with the artists and view their work while enjoying live music by local guitarist Ben Ranson, appetizers, and cocktails. Prize drawings and gift certificates will also be awarded throughout the night.

Tickets for Eat Your Art Out can be purchased in advance by visiting or calling The Good Life Cafe at 237-4212. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the evening of April 2.

More information on each artist, including an example of their work, can be found at eat-your-art-out.html.

Osage Lions Club is sponsoring a pancake and sausage feed (freewill 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 Bear will be welcoming children.

A pancake and sausage breakfast fundraiser will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2 in the Laporte Baptist Church basement.

This is a fundraiser for the Laporte area Take A Kid Fishing project.

The project started with the goal of having Laporte area kids, 10 to 15 years old, experience the fun of fishing Saturday, June 11. This kickoff fundraiser will start the ball rolling, allowing purchase of needed items for the project like safety items for the kids.

Tentative plans for the project are to fish on Garfield Lake from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 11, followed by an evening fish fry.

This year the day of fishing is limited to youth between the ages of 10 and 15. Every interested youth must turn in an application to be accepted.

Application forms will be available at the pancake breakfast, at Laporte School and area businesses. All applications must be turned in by May 10 to give time to match kids to adults in boats. Every dollar donated goes directly to the project.

If you have a conflict but still want to help by providing fishing experience and/or a boat, contact Dwight Powell at 224-3367.

Contact Judy Honer at 224- 2732 to donate time, items or dollars for the first annual Laporte Area Take A Kid Fishing project.

"Deborah Elias Danza Española - Flamenco, Pure and Strong" will be presented at the Wild Rose Theatre (501 Bemidji Ave. N. - Masonic Lodge building) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2.

This program brings the trilogy of traditional flamenco - dance, guitar, and song - together for a magical evening of pure flamenco. Special guest singers La Conja and Vicente Griego from New York City and Albuquerque share the powerful flamenco singing that is the foundation of the flamenco art form - singing so difficult and unique it is rarely heard in the Midwest!

Tickets may be purchased at the door the evening of the performance or reservations can be made by calling 218-556-1777.

Monday, April 4

A mobile blood drive will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 4 at Akeley United Methodist Church.

Sharon Busch, coordinator of the drive, would like every person to consider this drive an invitation for personal action - the simple, satisfying action of donating blood for a person in great need.

In this area, approximately 350 units are needed each day to supply the needs of patients in 71 hospitals served by United Blood Services.

To make an appointment, call Sharon at 652-4239.

Chapter FJ of the PEO Sisterhood will meet at 7 p.m. Monday April 4 at the home of Jan Rumpza.

Beth Krueger will be the co-hostess.  The program will be a review of chapter outcomes and future goals.

Call the hostess with regrets.

Tuesday, April 5

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning concludes the season with Alan Zemek's "Generation Busted: How America Went Broke in the Age of Prosperity" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

  The Baby Boomers were the generation of idealism and hope, but also expected instant gratification and lived with an exaggerated sense of entitlement.

Now, after six decades of wanting it all and having it all, the consequences are inescapable. In an age of prosperity, America is going broke.

Zemek will explore how and why it happened in plain language, and provide a straightforward, common sense solution to avoid national bankruptcy.

Zemek, a Park Rapids native, has a master's degree in international management and finance at the American Graduate School of International Management, and undergraduate degrees in economics and East Asian history from Macalester College.

Zemek is a general management and corporate executive, with broad-based experience in strategic planning, new business development and corporate growth. He is well versed in the operations, finance and marketing disciplines vital to the success of any organization. He has worked, lived and traveled in more than a dozen countries, and learned to speak Japanese fluently, and is also proficient in spoken Mandarin Chinese.

As an entrepreneur, he has received several awards that recognized his innovative marketing campaigns and his commitment to excellence in business achievement. He also has extensive practical experience in business law, commercial transactions, real estate development, economic development and public policy.

For more information, call LuAnne White at 732-7939 or e-mail at hclifelonglearners

The Park Rapids Amateur Hockey Association annual meeting and election of board members and officers will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.

The Park Rapids League of Women Voters will host Dan Hegstad, station manager from Lakeland Public Television (KAWB), and Kristi Booth, regional network director of Minnesota Public Radio, at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 in the Park Rapids Area Library's basement meeting room.

Join the LWV as they address the role of public funding and the league's position on the Citizen's Right to Know/Citizen Participation regarding government decision-making.  

Questions and answers will follow. Refreshments will be served.  

For further information, contact co-president Annamae Holzworth at 564-4613 or

Thursday, April 7

Sons of Norway, Nordskogen Lodge 1-626, will convene a board meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 7 at Riverside United Methodist Church.

      A general membership meeting will follow at 7 p.m.

Karen Lenius Mahube senior coordinator will discuss "Wellness: Physical, Emotional, Financial, Spiritual."

The Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes will present the gleeful string band of Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7.

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

Friday, April 8

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

More than 60 area children are involved. Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life some of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little kid with a big imagination - Jojo.

Horton finds himself faced with a double challenge. Not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (and all the invisible Whos) from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg. This spectacular exploration through the world of Whoville and Nool features an astonishingly creative musical, full of heart and imagination.

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 or Beagle Books.

Aglow International is having a northwest Minnesota area retreat from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 8 and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at 1st Assembly of God Church, 1015 4th St SE, Bemidji. Registration begins an hour before starting times.

The speakers/worship leaders are Gary and Nancy Szymik from Wisconsin. The theme is, "Lion of Judah - Roar!" Contact Sally Hansey at 218-444-2759 or salmic

The Bemidji State University theater program presents "A Midsummer Night's Dream," a Shakespearean comedy with a steampunk twist, opening Friday, April 8 with a 7:29 p.m. opening curtain, and will be performed Saturday, April 9 and Friday and Saturday,

April 15-16, also with 7:29 p.m. opening curtains.

The production will close Sunday, April 17 with a 2 p.m. matinee. All performances will be held on the main stage of Bemidji State's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" is intended for a high school or older age audience and contains some adult content.

Tickets are available in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex box office, located in Bangsberg 101 on the BSU campus. The box office is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; call 218-755-3935 for more information.

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

Sunday, April 10

Park Rapids Early Childhood Family Education will host the Week of the Young Child Sunday through Saturday, April 10-16 at various times and locations throughout Park Rapids.

Activities are for kids 5 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Businesses and programs will provide adventures throughout the week. There is no charge and registration is not required.

An informational flyer with a complete schedule is available at the Community Education office.

Tuesday, April 12

Holistic Living (a Moms Social Network) will hold a monthly chapter meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 at Itasca Naturopathic Clinic in Park Rapids.

The guest speaker is Kathy Connell, a retired organic farm inspector. Connell will share her personal struggle to overcome a debilitating gluten sensitivity. All meetings are open to women of all ages.

For more information, contact Nicole Guida at 732-5229.

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.

Wednesday, April 13

A Matter of Balance, an exercise and information class, will start Wednesday, April 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Laporte Trinity Lutheran church.

Pre-registration is required. Call Mary at 218-333-3747.

Thursday, April 14

A free Region 2 Arts Council workshop to develop healthy arts nonprofits boards will be offered from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 14 at the North Country Museum of Art.

A strong, engaged board of directors is essential for the health of a nonprofit. This workshop will help participants build effective meetings that engage and interest board members, design strategies for working between meetings and provide ideas for recruiting members. This workshop will be useful to both board members and staff of nonprofit organizations.

Light snacks will be provided.

RSVP to the R2AC by Monday, April 11 by e-mailing or by calling 800-275-5447.