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Upcoming events Feb. 18 - March 14

Saturday, Feb. 18

Ruby's Pantry Food distribution will be held today (Saturday) at the Assumption of our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at First English Church with the food distribution following at 10:30 a.m. at the Catholic Church.

Cost is $15 per share. Bring baskets and boxes for food.

Volunteers are also needed. Contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501 for more information or to volunteer.

Ever wanted to create sox without knitting? Charlene Smith will be demonstrating using a knitting loom to create a variety of items from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. today (Saturday) at Monika's (210 Main Ave, Park Rapids).

For further information contact Kathy Belt 218-732-0978.

The Laporte Comets 4-H Club will host a Breakfast for Supper meal from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Laporte Baptist Church. 

The meal will feature pancakes, sausage and biscuits and gravy.  The 4-H members and leaders will be making and serving the food as part of a service learning project. This freewill donation meal is a fundraiser for the 4-H club's upcoming projects.

Sunday, Feb. 19

The Rising Sun Dancers will have a dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Waubun Community Center.

Roger Lueth will call the tips and Donna Stone will cue rounds.

Lunch will be served. All are welcome.

The Menahga Area Museum will host a hot sandwich supper from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Menahga Senior Citizens Center.

The menu will be a choice of turkey or pork with mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing and a dessert bar and beverage.

tuesday, Feb. 21

Chapter T PEO will meet at noon Tuesday, Feb. 21 in the lower level of Citizens National Bank. 

Bring a bag lunch.  There will be a meeting and Bunco games. RSVP to Jo at 652-0239.

Helene Hedlund, M-State, will present "Envisioning the Future of Education" for the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

According to John Naisbitt, author of Megatrends, "Education is now the number one economic priority in today's global economy."  

Hedlund will explore how education is expanding from non-traditional methods, including access to the Internet.  

While the traditional classroom is still the standard in education around the world, on-line education is a fast growing alternative to the classroom.  Thomas Frey, executive director of the Davinci Institute, predicts that all education, kindergarten through doctoral degree, will be done virtually.

Schools will become tutoring centers and access points for courses rather than disseminators of instruction.

Hedlund, has worked on the administrative side of education for the last five years. She is currently the dean of Academic and Student Affairs for M- State based in Detroit Lakes. She also taught for many years.

For more information on the program, call LuAnne White at 732-7939 or e-mail hclifelonglearners@

Thursday, Feb. 23

The Park Rapids Area library will host a Senior Surf Day to teach the basics about computers and using the Internet from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.  Thursday, Feb. 23.  

Space is limited; call the library at 732-4966 to reserve a space.

There is no charge for this training.

Friday, Feb. 24

The Staples campus of Central Lakes College will host the second Ag & Energy Expo from 9:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, a free event featuring Michael Reese, the Renewable Energy director at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center at Morris.

Reese has participated as project manager or coordinator on several renewable energy research and demonstration projects including large scale wind energy, biomass gasification, renewable hydrogen, and other renewable energy systems.

Exhibitors registered for this annual event include several companies emphasizing conservation and natural resource stewardship with wind energy and solar power technological advancements and considerations for both home and commercial utilization, soil and water, and energy project funding.

      For information or to register, contact Julia Palmer at 218-639-7615 or 218-640-0193.

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, Feb. 24 at the Century School in Park Rapids.

A plus workshop begins at 7:30 p.m. with mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.

The caller will be Royce Nelson and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips.

The club members will furnish a potluck lunch after the dance.

All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

Saturday, Feb. 25

    The Menahga Senior Center is hosting a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.

The event is a fundraiser for the center; a freewill offering will be received.

There will also be a quilt raffle.

Angie's Groom 'n Board is holding a dog wash from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb 25 with all proceeds benefiting the Headwaters Animal Shelter.

Angie Walther and her staff are donating their time. Appointments are recommended. A freewill offering will be received for the wash that will include nail trimming, anal gland expressing, ear cleaning, blow-drying and a light brush out.

Angie's Groom 'n Board is located at 1109 Western Ave. South, next door to Headwaters Animal Shelter in Park Rapids.

For information or appointments, call 732-9862.

A Hand Bells for Habitat concert, benefiting Northwoods Habitat for Humanity, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Evangelical Free Church, 155 Carr Lake Rd. SW, Bemidji.

A freewill donation will be received.

The grand finale number will include 30-plus bells.

     Refreshments will be served following the performance.

Sunday, Feb. 26

The Bemidji State University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. in the Thompson Recital Hall in Bemidji State's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

The concert is the first of the Wind Ensemble's regional tour around northwest Minnesota. The concert will consist of several pieces for band, as well as chamber music by BSU Chamber Ensembles.

The Symphonic Band's program will include a Salute to Glenn Miller and "The Minnesota March" by John Philip Sousa. The Wind Ensemble's program will include "El Salon Mexico" by Aaron Copland, "William Byrd Suite" by Gordon Jacob, and "Strange Humors" by John Mackey.

Monday, Feb. 27

Parents are helping each other strengthen families at Parent Cafés - intimate, energetic conversations where moms and dads build off of each other's experience to solve problems that could affect their kids.

The Parent Cafés are "the best thing I've ever done for my kids and myself," says Letechia Holmes, a mother of five who helped develop the Parent Café process and now trains teams to provide Parent Cafés through Strengthening Families Illinois.

The first Parent Café in Hubbard County takes place from from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb 27 at the Century School in Park Rapids.

The Parent Café event will start with a time for families to eat supper together, a free meal of pizza.

This will be followed up by parents attending the Parent Café. Children will be entertained with a magic show by Calvin Gunn and learning some new games taught by the Nevis STAR (Students Teaching Attitudes of Respect) Team.

The Parent Cafés cover three themes: Taking Care of Ourselves, Being a Strong Parent, and Building Strong Relationships with Our Children. These themes tie into six core messages about what it takes to keep families strong:

n Be strong and flexible;

n Parents need friends;

n Being a great parent is part natural and part learned

n We all need help sometimes;

n Parents need to help their children communicate and

n Give your children the love and respect they need.

Those messages are at the center of a campaign to make Hubbard County a great place for families to live.

Those interested in attending this event are asked to contact Park Rapids Community Education at 237-6600. Funding for this event has been provided by funds from the Radiothon to End Child Abuse, Northwest Minnesota Foundation and Park Rapids Community Education.

Minnesota mystery writer William Kent Krueger will discuss his works at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

    Krueger's mystery series is set in the north woods of Minnesota. His protagonist is Cork O'Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of mixed heritage - part Irish and part Ojibwe.

His work has received a number of awards including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. "Vermilion Drift," released in September 2010, was a New York Times bestseller.

Friday, March 2

The Akeley Chamber of Commerce will host its 3rd annual fish fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. (or until gone) Friday, March 2 at the Akeley VFW.

Proceeds benefit area improvement projects.

No plane ticket to Maui? Don't need one.

Instead book a reservation for the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber's Life's a Beach Party Saturday, Feb. 25 at North Point Lodge.

The lodge is transformed to become the tropics and the menu will add to the adventure. The evening includes a gourmet menu of tropical delights - appetizers, tropical fruit salad, popovers, rotisserie prime rib of pork on a bed of cranberry rice pilaf with lingonberry sauce and grilled pineapple chicken cordon bleu, colcannon potatoes, vegetable and Hawaiian paradise meringue.

Specialty beach drinks will be available for an additional charge.

Instead of street vendors, party-goers will find tables filled with silent auction goodies donated by local businesses. Imaginick will be strolling and performing his magic, too.

Dance until midnight to one of the Midwest's most popular bands, Bob & the Beachcombers, returning this year by popular demand, to entertain with music from the 50s, 60s and beyond.

The party, which is the Chamber's annual fundraiser, starts with a social at 5 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and dancing at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25.

Book your night out by Monday, Feb. 20 by calling the Chamber at 732-4111. Tables of eight may be reserved.

Saturday, March 3

Weight-management patients or those interested in learning more about surgical or non-surgical weight-loss solutions are invited to attend "Live Healthy Now: Solutions for Weight Management."

The Fargo expo and day of education is set from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at the Ramada Plaza & Suites.

The Center for Weight Management providers and multi-disciplinary teams from Essentia Health and St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids have invited experts and associates to motivate, educate and share the latest medical information about living a healthy lifestyle.

Contact Arlys to learn more or to register at 237-5588 or

The Ramada Plaza & Suites is located at 1635 42nd Street SW in Fargo.

Wednesday, March 7

Jess Lourey, author of "November Hunt," will sign copies of her seventh Murder-by-Month mystery from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 at Beagle Books.

The book, set in the tundra of northern Minnesota, follows hunting buddies Tom and Clive, one ending up dead in a hunting accident.

Mira James, former amateur sleuth and soon-to-be private investigator, is hired to inspect the death. Her investigation reveals nasty secrets, incriminating the town's most prominent families...

After the book signing, Lourey will conduct a workshop for aspiring writers from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 at the Park Rapids Area Library, a Legacy funded event.

"If you wish to be a writer, write." But how? You've got the great idea, the one that won't let you go, that embellishes itself as you walk around your day. How do you turn that good idea into a great novel, and what do you do with it after you write it? Join author and college professor Jess Lourey for the answers.

Participants will be shown how to go from idea to completed novel in seven steps and receive detailed information on cracking the world of publishing.

This seminar has been taught by Jess in New York City, New Orleans, Bethesda and San Francisco, and now it's coming to "this neck of the woods!"

The workshop is free and open to the public. Bring a writing utensil and a notebook.

Thursday, March 8

Heart o' Lakes Genealogical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8 at the Becker County Museum.

The meeting is being held by special arrangement with the Becker County Historical Society and is open to the public and anyone interested in researching their family history is invited to attend.

There will be some time to research following the meeting. In case of inclement weather, there will be a radio announcement canceling the meeting. Call Virginia Weston at 218-847-6483 with questions.

Sunday, March 11

The 22nd St. Patrick's Day roast beef dinner will be served from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11 at the Guthrie Community Center Ye Olde School Grounds.