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Upcoming events March 3-26

Saturday, March 3

An Energy and Wellness Expo - an interactive event on energy, the environment, health and how they are intertwined - will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (Saturday) at Park Rapids Century School.

Education sessions at 10:30 a.m. include health benefits of pet ownership, essential oils and an intro to kick boxing.

Sessions at 11:30 a.m. address nutrition and wellness, heartburn and green energy.

The 12:30 p.m. topics are healthy dog food, health benefits of hiking and area trails and an intro to personal safety.

Topics include energy efficiency, fitness, mental health, natural healing, nutrition, organic foods, parenting, renewable energy, senior care, wellness, aromatherapy and pet health.

Sunday, March 4

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra presents the concert, "American Kids," at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4 in the Bemidji High School auditorium.

Doors open for seating at 2:30 p.m.

Featured on the program is guest artist Dr. Nicholas Hardie playing Robert Schumann's Cello Concerto in A Minor. As a special treat, a number of talented area strings students will join the BSO on stage in the performance of Gustav Holst's "St. Paul's Suite."

Also on the program is the "Academic Festival Overture" by Johannes Brahms. The concert is under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett.

Hardie, a resident of Connecticut, holds a doctorate in cello performance from Boston University and a master's in music from Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins.

He is a founding member of the Stratus Chamber Players. Immediately following the performance, Hardie and Everett will talk briefly about the music and take audience questions.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance at Lueken's North, Brigid's Cross, and online at brownpapertick Students grades K through 12 are admitted free. For those who hold BSO season tickets, this concert is included in the season. More information is at www.bemid

Monday, March 5

Chapter FJ, of the PEO sisterhood will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, March 5 in the basement of the Hubbard County Courthouse.

Julie Kingsley will have some wild rice soup and either breads or sandwiches will be available.  Members not attending are asked to contact Julie.

There will be an election and installation of officers.

Jennie Anderson is co-hostess.

The Park Rapids chapter of Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5 in the Park Rapids Area Library basement meeting room.

Tuesday, March 6

PEO Chapter T will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 6 in the Northwoods Bank community room.

Members are asked to park in the north lot. 

There will be an installation of officers.

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning welcomes Darby Nelson, conservation activist and author of "For Love of Lakes," examining "The Future of Minnesota's Waters" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

      Darby Nelson's first book, "For Love of Lakes," is one of four finalists for the Minnesota Book Award, creative nonfiction category.

  Minnesota's water resources are poised to undergo significant changes in the coming decades. In a recent interview, Jim Perry, professor of fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology at the University of Minnesota, says, "There is an urgent need for assessment as only 18 percent of our waters have been assessed. Ground water monitoring is even less effective.

Nelson, born and raised in Minnesota, is a freelance writer and conservation activist. He received his Ph.D. in aquatic ecology at the University of Minnesota and taught college biology and environmental science for 35 years.

He did contract writing of ancillaries and selected text material in environmental science books for McGraw-Hill Publishers for six years. He has written numerous magazine articles on environmental and ecological topics.

Nelson has received many awards for his writing.

     Call LuAnne White at 732-7939 or e-mail at hclifelon Friend the organization on Facebook.

The property tax assessment process in Hubbard County, a program sponsored by the League of Women Voters Park Rapids, will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 in the Park Rapids Area Library lower level meeting room.

Presenting will be Bob Hansen, the Hubbard County tax assessor. The program focuses on the process of property tax assessment itself, and how consistency of valuations is accomplished.

Questions from the audience will be welcomed. Refreshments will be available. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

LWVMN supports a balanced and diversified revenue system that is equitable, competitive with other states, progressive and reliable.

The LWV PR member meeting is held following the program. For more information contact Annamae Holzworth, president, at 564-4613.

The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a square dance Tuesday, March 6 at Century school.  

A "plus" workshop will be from 7:30 to 8 p.m. with mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.   

The caller will be Jim Jirak 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.

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.

An artist mentor grant program informational meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8 at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Avenue NW, Bemidji.

The workshop is geared for 8th-12th grade students (in school or home-schooled) with talent and a passion for the arts; the parents of 8-12 grade student artists; teachers who wants to learn about a grant opportunity for students in the arts or artists interested in mentoring a young artist.

Region 2 Arts Council is hosting a panel discussion featuring local artists Jake Baggenstoss, Malisa VanMaasdam, Nicholas Jackson, and Al Belleveau and the students who have mentored with these adult artists. RSVP by March 6. Contact or 800-275-5447.  Can't make it to the meeting? Download a copy of the artist mentor grant application at Applications are due April 11.  

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.

Monday, March 12

A blood drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Monday, March 12 at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

Call Elayne at 732-3935 to schedule an appointment to donate.

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will host a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Monday, March 12 at the clubhouse.

All members and guests are invited.

A support group for celiac disease will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, March 12 at the Wadena Alliance Church, 1428 Jefferson St.

The free, informational session helps those with the disease learn more about it and what to eat and how to cook using gluten-free flours and ingredients.

A Hubbard County Relay for Life captains' meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 12 at Riverside United Methodist Church, Highway 71 North.

All returning teams and any new team captains are encouraged to attend. Those interested in starting a team may also attend.

Team packets, fundraising ideas and online team registration, will be discussed. Those unable to attend or who want more information may call Carolyn at 218-366-1129.

The 18th annual Relay for Life will be held from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, June 15.

Tuesday, March 13

Healthy Moms Network will host a chapter meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 at the Park Rapids Area Library.  

Guest speaker is Kathy Connell from Redfernfarms CSA.  Connell is a Master Gardener and an organic farm inspector who will share information on seeds.

Some of the seed topics she will cover include hybrids, heirlooms, open pollenated, and the difference between determinate and indeterminate.  

She will explain what it means to be an organic gardener, and provide advice on how to select the best seeds for your purpose.  

All meetings are free, but a freewill offering will be available to thank Connell for her time.

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

Saturday, March 16

Grace Community Church of Osage will host an "Art of Marriage" video conference March 16 and 17.

Friday night's session is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday's is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost of $35 includes workbooks.

For more information or to register, contact Pastor Paul McKibben at 573-3143 or 218-841-9047.

Friday, March 23

"To Save a Life," a movie addressing teen suicide, will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, March 23 at Menahga A/G Church, located one mile north of Menahga.

There will be popcorn and pop and tacos in a bag served after the movie

Youth 13-18 are welcome.

Call 564-4807 (church) or 320-630-3756 for more information.

The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, March 23 at the Century School.

The caller will be Myron  Hollatz. Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips. A plus workshop will be from 7:30 to 8 p.m. followed by mainstream dancing.

The club will furnish a potluck lunch after the dance. All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

Monday, March 26

Long Lake Theater announces an open casting call for the June, July and August shows.

Newcomers and all ages and abilities are welcome.

Those interested in performing in the musical are asked to bring a song to sing. Auditions are from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 26 or Tuesday, March 27. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 732-0099 or visit

Long Lake Theater is located 8 miles southeast of Park Rapids.