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Upcoming events April 10 - May 7

Sunday, April 10

Park Rapids Business Professionals of America will host a fundraiser breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 10 at the Eagles Club.  

Pancakes, eggs and sausage will be served.

Proceeds will fund the trips of three students who are going on to national BPA competition in Washington, D.C.

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 and in the Parenting section of the Enterprise.

Speaker Ron Smith will be coming to Akeley Sunday, April 10 to speak on the "Choose to Lose" program for youth and families from 4 to 6 p.m. at Akeley United Methodist Church.

Choose to Lose is an outreach intervention and prevention program addressing social, emotional, behavioral and spiritual needs of youth and families.

The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact the Akeley Police Department at 652-4440.

Monday, April 11

St. Joseph's Area Health Services foot care clinics will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays by appointment in Park Rapids.

n The April 11 clinic will be at Park Villa Apartments. For an appointment call 237-5463.

n Court Apartments will be the site of the April 18 clinic. Call 732-8138.

n The April 25 clinic will be held in the Community Health office at 323 So. Main Ave. Call 237-5463 for an appointment.

A Zumba class will be offered in Laporte from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. beginning Monday, April 11 in the school's community room.

Zumba is the Latin-inspired dance and exercise program that has become a recent fitness trend. Licensed instructors teach the classes.

Participants must register with Laporte Community Education by calling

218-224-2288 ext. 141, or

A support group for celiac disease will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, April 11 at the Wadena Alliance Church, 1428 S. Jefferson St., Wadena.

The free monthly meetings address what to eat, how to cook and bake using gluten-free flours and ingredients and sharing recipes.

A gluten-free potluck supper is served each month.

For more information, contact Meagan Ferris at 632-5322.

A joint meeting of the Mantrap Valley Conservation Club to conduct spring cleaning of the clubhouse will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, April 11.

A potluck supper and meeting will follow.

Tuesday, April 12

Nevis Red Hat ladies will gather for a luncheon Tuesday, April 12 at Northern Lights Casino.

Meet at 10:30 a.m. at Muskie Park to carpool.

Call Mary at 652-4232 with questions.

In collaboration with National Healthcare Decision Day, Essentia Health St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes will present "Health care directives, reasons for making one and how to prepare and make legal the document."

The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 at Lake Agassiz Regional Library, 1000 Washington Ave.

No RSVP is required.

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.

wednesday, April 13

A Matter of Balance, an eight-week exercise and information class, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. beginning Wednesday, April 13 in Laporte the Trinity Lutheran Church social hall.

Anyone interested in learning exercises that increase balance and strength and in changing their environment to reduce dangers of falling is invited to attend.

Classes will take participants through an evidence-based program sponsored through St. Joseph's Area Health Services.

"A Matter of Balance" was developed by the Maine Initiative and Boston University and earned endorsement from the Land of the Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging.

Classes are open to all. A workbook and refreshments will be provided.

Pre-registration is required. Call Mary at 218-333-3747 or Winnie at 218-224-2516.

Park Rapids Area High School parent-teacher conferences will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. April 13 and 18.

The Park Rapids Retired Military Group will meet at 6 p.m. for fellowship with a 6:30 p.m. dinner Wednesday, April 13 at the Iron Horse Bar and Grill in Nevis.

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 Headwaters Softball League will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 at the Eagles Club in Park Rapids.

All sponsor fees ($450) are due at this time. Call Liz Stone at 252-2954 with questions.

Bemidji State University's Varsity Singers will present their spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 in the Thompson Recital Hall of Bemidji State's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

The concert is open to the public; admission fee is a donation of canned or other non-perishable goods for the Bemidji Food Shelf.

The concert will feature a variety of music, including a pair of 18th Century counterpoint pieces, songs in English and German, a medley of songs by The Beatles, contemporary and traditional spirituals and the 1940s swing song, "Jump, Jive and Wail."

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.

Sanford Bemidji's Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group, PETAL (Parents Embracing Time After Loss) Program will hold its monthly meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center Conference Room D; 1300 Anne Street NW, Bemidji.

The PETAL Support Group is open to anyone who has experienced the loss of an infant.

For more information, contact Cathy Nash at 218-333-5756 or 218-556-2368.

Friday, April 15

"Our Energy Future" is the topic of a forum to be held. Friday, April 15 at Bemidji State University's Hagg Sauer 100.

A presentation on tar sands by a research and policy analyst from the Pembina Institute in Canada will be at 4 p.m.

A panel discussion on energy options for the next 50 years begins at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Erika Bailey-Johnson at 218-755-2560.

First City Squares of Bemidji is hosting a square dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 15 at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 9th and Beltrami.  

Plus tips will be in the first half hour. Royce Nelson will be the caller and Donna Stone will cue rounds.

Visitors and spectators are welcome.  For more information, call Ray or Carole at 218-444-5904.

Saturday, April 16

Ruby's Pantry food distribution will be held Saturday, April 16 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.

Allison Barta, a published creator of delightfully simple yet interesting knitted cable patterns, will join the Twisted Stitchers to share her road to discovery from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16 at 210 Main Ave., Park Rapids (Monika's).

How to create patterns and get them published will be the focus of the discussion.  The public is welcome.

For more information, call Kathy Belt 732-0978.

Performances of Central Lakes College's Children's Theatre production of "Tinytown -A Very, Very Poor Village" will be staged at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday April 16 in the Dryden Theatre on the Brainerd campus

The production is written for audiences pre-school and older; tickets can be purchased by calling the theatre box office at 218- 855-8199 or online at

The Artists Mall of Walker will be hosting a sneak-preview book signing of "A Crooked Number," the newest novel by local author Nathan Jorgenson, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

Jorgenson is the author of the acclaimed "Waiting for White Horses," for which he won the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction.

An old-fashioned turkey dinner and silent auction will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Nevis.

Proceeds benefit the local high school graduates through scholarships and honor awards for post-secondary education.

A dinner benefiting the Turkey Federation will be held Saturday, April 16 at the Harold Harris VFW in Akeley.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.

The Friendly Squares will host a "Spring Fling" square dance Saturday, April 16 at the Park Rapids American Legion Club.  

There will be a "plus" workshop from 7:30 to 8 p.m. with mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.  The caller will be Dan Sahlstrom and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips.

Club members will furnish a potluck lunch.  All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

Sunday, April 17

St. Theodore's parish guild, Ponsford and Pine Point, will host games of meat bingo at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17 at the church.

Twenty winners will claim turkeys and hams. A free lunch will be served. Door prizes will be awarded.

St. Theodore's is located on Co. Rd. 124. Head north on Co. Rd. 225 west of Osage to Co. Rd. 129 to 124.

Tuesday, April 19

Chapter T of the PEO Sisterhood will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 19 in Northwoods Bank's community room.

Janet McMillen will present the program, "Birding." Hostesses are Mary Berdahl, Diane Guinn and Jo Ashmore.

Northern Light Opera Company announces auditions for "The Music Man," to be presented the last weekend in July and first weekend in August at Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium.

Singer/actors of all ages including youngsters who play musical instruments (76 trombones?) are needed for this delightful family musical.

Auditions in Park Rapids will be at 4 and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 (children are encouraged to come at 4 p.m.) at Calvary Lutheran Church and at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday April 20 at Hope Lutheran Church in Walker

There are many wonderful parts to be filled in "The Music Man" - Harold Hill the con man band instrument salesman; Marian, the librarian; Winthrop, her young brother with a lisp; Amaryllis, Marian's piano student; a school board barber shop quartet; as well many other wonderful town characters.

"This is a big musical," said Paul Dove, NLOC Artistic Director. "And should be a great opportunity for parents, grandparents, and children to get involved."

Singer/actors should come prepared to sing a song of their choice with piano accompaniment (pianist provided, if needed.)

This Meredith Wilson musical plot concerns a con man, Harold Hill who poses as a boys' band organizer and leader. He sells band instruments and uniforms to naïve townsfolk before skipping town with the cash. However, in River City, prim Marian the librarian sees through him. When Hill helps her younger brother overcome his fear of social interactions due to his lisp, Marian begins to fall in love with Harold. Harold, in turn falling for Marian, risks being caught to win her. Great songs include "Iowa Stubborn," "Trouble," "Goodnight My Someone," "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Marian The Librarian," "Gary, Indiana" and "Till There Was You."

If further information is needed, contact Paul Dove at or call 732-7096.

After a winter hiatus, Blue Star Mothers Northwoods Chapter 9 will resume meetings.

The chapter will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Members are mothers of military sons and daughters but associate members - those with nieces, nephews, grandchildren or friends in the military - are welcome.

When a soldier dies in action, the blue star is replaced with gold.

The group offers support to families during deployment and remembers troops during the holidays with care packages and cards.

Blue Star Mothers have been part of wartime history since 1917.

For more information, contact chapter president Connie Carmichael at 252-0086.

Wednesday, April 20

The Park Rapids Red Hatters will host an Easter bonnet parade at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 at Northwoods Bank's community room.  

Wear an Easter-decorated red hat. Prizes will be awarded.

Contact Alice Holz at 732-6754 for more information.

A free workshop for visual artists sponsored by the Region 2 Arts Council will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 in the Northwoods Bank community room.

Any visual artist whose work has gone before a jury knows the importance of professionalism while promoting ones art. Whether you are a visual artist who is answering a call for artists, or you are presenting your art for exhibition or for sale, you want to put your most professional foot forward and let the quality of your work speak for itself.

  Artists both experienced and new to presenting their art professionally will benefit from Juried Works.  

This workshop will be presented by Kathleen Richert, an accomplished artist and workshop facilitator. Juried Works will focus on readying, refining and, in some cases, revamping visual artists' promotional presentation.

RSVP to the R2AC office by Monday, April 18 by e-mailing or by calling 800-275-5447.  

Monday, April 25

Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center in Park Rapids is offering an introductory woodcarving workshop with Richard Vandever from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25-26 and 27hat the Northwoods Bank community room.

This is an introductory class and materials will be provided. The participant will understand and apply basic wood carving skills, understand and practice safety with carving tools, learn to sharpen carving tools and

design and carve a two-dimensional crappie.

Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 20.

For information on cost or to register for the workshop contact Jerry Wegenast, 218-847-3519, check the BCG website, blankcanvas

Tuesday, April 26

Hubbard Senior Citizens Club meets for a potluck lunch at noon every fourth Tuesday, April 26, at the Hubbard Community Center.

Everyone is welcome. Bingo follows.

For more information, call 732-4916.

Wednesday, April 27

Joe Johnson, parenting education assistant, will lead a13-week series of fatherhood skills classes from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, April 27 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services.

All fathers are welcome to join the free series for dads which will be held in St. Joseph's third floor conference room.

The class will be a place for dads to learn new parenting skills, develop community relationships and share experiences.

Dads will be better equipped to build more effective relationships with their children and feel confident in their fatherhood skill sets.

For more information or to register, call Joe at 255-2063.

Thursday, April 28

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will present the Nautilus Music Theater's production of "I am Anne Frank" April 28-30 at Bangsberg Main Theater at Bemidji State University.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a 3 p.m. matinee also Saturday

Tickets are available in Bemidji at Lueken's Village Foods North, Brigid's Cross, and at the door. Online tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets

Saturday, April 30

The Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force will be conducting a prescription drug drop off and disposal day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30 in the Bemidji Law Enforcement Center's lobby, 613 Minnesota Ave. NW (across from the Judicial Center).

This program is part of the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration's National Take Back Initiative.

During this time, any person may bring controlled, non-controlled and over the counter substances.

All drop offs will be anonymous and no questions or request for identification will be made.

Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal container.

All solid dosage pharmaceutical products in consumer containers will be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container.

Intravenous solutions, injectibles and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens. No Sharps will be accepted.

The Law Enforcement Center is located at 613 Minnesota Ave. NW, Bemidji (across from the Judicial Center). Questions should be directed to 218-333-8353.

A benefit dinner and silent auction for Jim and Karla Simpson will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at the Osage Community Center.

Proceeds will defray medical expenses for Jim Simpson.

The silent auction will run from 4 to 7:30 p.m. with winners announced at 7:45 p.m.

Sunday, May 1

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will perform "The Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín" at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1 at the Bemidji High School auditorium.

The "Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín" tells the true story of Rafael Schaëchter, a composer and pianist, who used a smuggled score to teach Verdi's Requiem Mass to fellow Jewish prisoners in the Terezín concentration camp.

Between October 1943 and June 1944, Verdi's Requiem was performed 16 times at Terezín by the prisoner choir in front of other prisoners, before their Nazi guards, and once to a Red Cross delegation.

Over that time period Schaëchter was forced to reconstitute the choir three times as performers were taken away to their deaths at Auschwitz.

Schaëchter told the choir, "We will sing to the Nazis what we cannot say to them."

  The performances came to symbolize resistance and defiance; a means of answering the worst of human cruelty with the best of the human spirit.

This is a multi-media event, combining the magnificent music of Verdi with testimony from survivors of Terezín, as well as footage from the original Nazi propaganda film on Terezín.

Tickets and free K-12 student tickets are available in Bemidji at Lueken's Village Foods North and Brigid's Cross.

Advance tickets are also available online through Brown Paper Tickets Any remaining tickets will be available at the door prior to the performance.     

Thursday, May 5

The Park Rapids Eagles Club will present the José Cole Circus at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at the Ted O. Johnson Arena.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Saturday, May 7

Heartland Homes' annual turkey and ham fundraising dinner with all the trimmings will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The meal will be prepared by the Park Rapids American Legion Women's Auxiliary.