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Upcoming events April 30 - May 6

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

Proceeds will defray medical expenses for Jim Simpson, who has faced numerous medical issues in the past year.

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

Anyone willing to donate items for the silent auction can contact Justin Clack at 252-4682. Items are being collected at the Coldwell Banker office on Main street.

An all-you-can-eat smelt fry will be served from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Saturday) at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Snellman.

The menu includes smelt, flat bread, chips, potato salad, coleslaw, dessert and a beverage.

Sunday, May 1

The second annual Park Rapids Walk MS (multiple sclerosis) will be held Sunday, May 1, rain or shine.

Registration will be held from 11 a.m. to noon.

The walk begins at the Heartland Park Shelter and follows the paved Heartland Trail.

Walkers choose their distance. Mile markers will be placed at one, two and five miles.

In the event of inclement weather, registration will be held in the Riverside United Methodist Church gymnasium and the walk will be in the gymnasium and the halls.

A silent auction will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday, May 2

Chapter FJ of the PEO sisterhood will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, May 2, at the home of Cindy Kelly. 

Co-hostesses are Alexis Peters and Linda Smith. 

Chapter members are reminded to notify the hostess as early as possible if they will be unable to attend.

Tuesday, May 3

Chapter T of the PEO Sisterhood will meet Tuesday, May 3 at the home of Carol Wall with Coco Cohrs and Linda Wurm as co-hostesses.

The business meeting will begin promptly at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by a potluck supper with the theme "Family Favorites".

Members should note that this is a change in the starting time.

   Program for the evening is a study of the state chapter by-laws.

An Adoption Support Network panel presentation and community forum will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 in Room C101 at the Minnesota Community and Technical College-Detroit Lakes campus.

Participants will hear adoption and foster care experiences from youth and young adults.

Questions and public participation are welcome in the forum to discuss how communities can better serve adoptive families.

Thursday, May 5

Dennis Warner and his band, the D's, will present a concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

This concert is free and suitable for all ages.

Americana/folk singer and songwriter Warner blends humor, audience participation and serious music into a memorable and fun concert for adults and families.

Warner's song, "Beads on One String," is about our "connectedness" in the world, and how we are all much more alike than we are different.

The song became the basis of "Beads on One String" children's book. The book has become a favorite with parents, teachers and librarians.

Warner has toured extensively, performing as a solo artist in all 50 states during his 20-plus year career, including over 1,000 public libraries.

Many of Warner's songs speak to his love for the environment and the outdoors.

Chasing Clarence (Eric Bervig) will perform "All My Life" with Sir Avery as a Haitian benefit concert from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at Terrapin Station in Nevis.

Bervig plays an original blend of folk-jazz, incorporating acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, a loop station and vocals with harmonizer.

"I delve into the breadth of life lyrically while exploring the tonal landscapes that flow from within," he said of his music.

Schoolcraft Learning Community will present its spring concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at the Bemidji High School Performance Arts Center. 

The concert, open to the public, will showcase choirs, orchestras and French programs. Admission is free.  This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Nordsksogen Lodge of the Sons of Norway will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at Riverside United Methodist Church.

Member Marion Holtley, will read from her recently published book and tell of the experience of publishing.

Four foreign exchange students will tell about their lives, one from Germany and three from Finland.  

Lunch will be served. Any interested persons are welcome.

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.

Minnesota Folklore Theater presents the Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice musical, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat," May 5-15 in a new partnership with Nevis School.

All performances of "Joseph" will be held at Nevis High School.

Thursday and Friday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Tickets are available at Minnesota Folklore Theater on Broadway (Highway 34) in Akeley and at Beagle Books in Park Rapids.

Friday, May 6

The North Country Health Services Foundation will present "Hazards of the Great Outdoors" with Dr. Rod Will at noon Friday, May 6 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center's education center.

A complimentary light lunch will be provided. RSVP to 218-333-5505 by Tuesday, May 2.

Mosquitoes, ticks, poison ivy...the joys of summer fun! Come and learn how to enjoy the great outdoors and also be prepared for the hazards it may bring.

First City Squares of Bemidji is hosting a square dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 6 at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 9th and Beltrami.  

Plus tips will be in the first half hour.  Jim Jirak will be the caller.  Visitors and spectators are welcome.  

Call Ray or Carole at 218-444-5904 for more information.

Saturday, May 7

A defensive driving refresher course will be offered in Laporte from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday, May 7 in the Lakeport Township Hall, which is attached to the fire hall.

Persons 55 years and older who complete the initial defensive driving course, or take the refresher every three years are eligible for a 10 percent discount on automobile insurance. There is no driving and there are no tests.

Instructor Ryan Grow will cover several aspects of safe driving including a demonstration on air bags.

There will be no formal breaks, but participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

Register by Friday, May 6 with Laporte Community Education at 218-224-2288, ext. 141 or diane@laporte. us.

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.

Park Rapids Classic Chorale will present spring concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6 and 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

Dr. Paul Dove will be directing "The Peaceable Kingdom" by Randall Thompson.

Anita Hannemann will conduct a variety of songs including "How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place" by Johannes Brahms and John Rutter's The Lord is my Shepherd.

Gary Stennes will wrap up the concert featuring a variety of music, including classical choral literature, spirituals and other popular arrangements such as the powerful "Prayer of the Children."

Park Rapids Classic Chorale is a community choir serving the north central communities of Park Rapids, Nevis, Menahga, Walker, Osage, and surrounding areas. The purpose of the choir is to provide community access to quality performances through the gifts of local vocalists.