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Upcoming events April 8 - May 5

Sunday, April 8

First English Lutheran Church of Dorset is having its 7th annual Community Easter Meal on Easter Sunday, April 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This free meal is open to anyone in the community and will include ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, slaw, roll, and dessert.

Free meal delivery is available by calling the church at 732-9466.  

First English is located at 20252 State 226, Dorset.

Monday, April 9

A joint meeting of the Mantrap Valley Conservation Club and Auxiliary will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, April 9 for spring cleaning of the clubhouse.

A potluck supper and meeting will follow.

Tuesday, April 10

The Nevis Red Hat Ladies will meet for their April luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 10 at Northern Lights Casino.

Meet at the Muskie at 10:30 a.m. for rides.

Call Mary at 652-4232 for reservations or questions.

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning welcomes Mike Hansen, retired social studies teacher from Southwest High School in Minneapolis.

Hansen will reveal the real Billy the Kid from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

  In legend, Billy the Kid has been described as a vicious and ruthless killer, an outlaw who died at the age of 21, but not before raising havoc in the New Mexico Territory.

According to his biography by Marcelle Brothers, "It was said he took the lives of 21 men, one for each year of his life, the first one when he was just 12 years old.

"He was a rebel without a cause who killed without reason, other than to see his victims kick. These and many more accusations of callous acts are examples of the myth of Billy the Kid," Brothers said.

"In real form, the Kid was not the cold-blooded killer he has been portrayed, but a young man who lived in a violent dog-eat-dog world, where knowing how to use a gun was the difference between life and death," Hansen said.

Hansen has presented several programs previously to HCLL - the Lewis and Clark Expedition,  World War II - 60 Years Ago and Minnesota in the Civil War.

He is the founder and past president of the Minnesota chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.  He has led students to Russia, Finland, United Kingdom, France and Washington, D.C.  He has also visited World War II battlefields in Germany, Belgium and Luxemborg.

  For more information call LuAnne White at 732-7939 or e-mail hclifelong   Friend HCLL on Facebook.

Healthy Moms Network will host a chapter meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 at Heartland Center of Natural Healing (one mile east of Park Rapids).  

"Plastic Peril" is the topic, with guest speaker Deb Montzka, DC, sharing information about the dangers of plastic.

Membership is free, and women of all ages are welcome to attend, and are encouraged to bring or share plastic alternatives.

Children are welcome, but they must be supervised or be engaged in quiet activity.  For more information, contact Nicole Guida at 732-5229.

Wednesday, April 11

The Park Rapids Red Hat members will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 at the Dairy Queen for lunch and/or dessert.

The Park Rapids Retired Military Group will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday April 11 at the Northern Inn.

Northern Inn is west on Highway 34, 3 miles past Snellman. Make a left (south) on Becker County Road 117 (Toad Lake Road) located on the right.

Come and enjoy the company of others with retired military background and their families.

Call commander Bill at 732-0205 for more information.

Thursday, April 12

Sanford Bemidji's Diabetes Support Group will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at Sanford Bemidji.

  Anyone with diabetes or anyone who lives with someone with diabetes is welcome to join the group.

Jessica Carter, a student intern at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, will be leading a discussion on nutrition and diabetes. 

The theme of the session will be "Make MyPlate Your Plate." She will be discussing the MyPlate method of healthy eating and how it can work for individuals with diabetes.

MyPlate is the current nutrition guide published by the USDA and replaced the former food pyramid.  

Auditions for the Northern Light Opera Company's production "The Sound of Music" will be held April 12-14.

Auditions Thursday will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in Walker; Friday's auditions will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. Saturday, vocal auditions will be held at 10 a.m. with call backs beginning at 1 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church.

Friday, April 13

Pop rock singer Amy Courts will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13 in the Laporte School commons.

The concert is a fundraiser for the preschool program at Laporte.

Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested donation, but no one will be turned away for inability

to pay.

The freewill offerings will go to support Laporte School Readiness for the 2012-13 school year.

With her trademark vocals, captivating melodies, and audacious honesty, Amy Courts takes on love, loss, heartache, spirituality and personal demons. Though her voice and songs invoke comparisons to great singer-songwriters like Patty Griffin, Jennifer Knapp and Derek Webb, her sound and experience are uniquely her own and delivered with a rare distinction.

Courts' music will appeal to teens and adults. Learn more about her and her music at

The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host their Spring Fling square dance Friday, April 13 at Century School.   There will be a "plus" workshop from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.  The caller will be Larry Johansen and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips.

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

Saturday, April 14

The Northwoods Riders OHV Club will hold an annual meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 14 at the Blue Moon Saloon, 48220 Reserve Trail, Bemidji.

Lunch will be available after the meeting. RSVP to Blue Moon Saloon at 218-751-1195 or Cindi at 218-854-7456.

"You don't need a club to ride, but you need to have a club to have a place to ride."

New members are welcome.

A children's carnival benefiting Relay for Life will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14 in the Park Rapids Area High School commons.

The event is geared for preschool through 1st grade, but siblings are welcome.

The carnival will be a learning experience as well as a lot of fun. Bars, popcorn, and juice will be served.

Donations of cookies or bars are sought; contact Tricia at 255-5364.

Sunday, April 15

St. Theodore's Church in Ponsford-Pine Point will host games of meat bingo beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15.

Twenty games will be played with 20 winners taking home turkeys, hams and more. A free lunch will be served.

Heading west from Osage, turn north on Co. Rd. 225 to Co. Rd. 129.

The event is sponsored by St. Theodore's Parish Guild.

Monday, april 16

Peace Lutheran Women of the Word are hosting a Kids Against Hunger meal packaging night from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 16 at the Nevis Senior Center.  

Women, men and children are invited to join in.   It's a great way to help others.  WOW is encouraging $10 per person to help cover the cost of supplies.   

Every $1 donated pays for six servings, and is tax deductible.

Kids against Hunger makes a difference in feeding those who are in need of food locally and around the world.  

For more information, call 252-3816 or visit PeaceLu

Tuesday, April 17

Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival and The Center for Lifelong Learning will present a "pre-Nisswa-stämman" Swedish folk music concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 in the music recital hall at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

Ellinor Fritz on violin and Leonor Palazzo on cello are guest performers at this event, which includes a free-will offering at the door. All proceeds go to the artists.

Coffee and snacks will be served after the performance.

The 13th Nisswa- stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival is set for June 8 and 9. The Saturday line-up has more than 100 musicians on three stages, two dance floors with free instruction, a children's activity tent, and great Scandinavian food under the Norway pines of the Nisswa Pioneer Village.

For information, e-mail or go to

Wednesday, April 18

Park Rapids Area High School parent-teacher conferences will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 and Monday, April 23.

Friday, April 20

A North Country Trail chapter meeting will be held Friday, April 20 at Terrapin Station in Nevis.  

A potluck begins at 5:15 p.m. followed by a short business meeting and stories from Anne Dunne, an Anishinabe story teller.  Live music begins at 7 p.m.

The public is invited to come and learn about the NCT.  

Saturday, April 21

Lake George Senior Citizens will host a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21 at the senior center on Highway 71.

The menu includes pancakes, sausages, fruit and coffee.

Robyn Cunningham of Smokey Hills Art will show the Twisted Stitchers the basics of wire wrapping a crystal Saturday, April 21.

Members will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Bella Caffé.  

For more information, contact Kathy Belt at 732-0978.

A "wrangler's chuck wagon dinner" will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at the Park Rapids American Legion as a benefit for the Hubbard County Historical Museum.

The roast beef dinner will include baked potato,

baked beans and a sourdough biscuit with an ice cream sundae for dessert. Tickets are being pre sold and are available at the


Call Cookie to reserve tickets at 255-2448.

Silent auction items are needed also. All proceeds benefit the Hubbard County

Historical Museum.

Sunday, April 22

In celebration of Earth Day, LuAnne White is inviting the public to arrive at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 22 at 14388 Chippewa Loop (6 miles south of 34 on CSAH 6 from Park Rapids, then left for a quarter mile on Chippewa Loop). 

Participants will gather there and then walk into the woods, find trees that call to us or gather at the great white pine in the beaver pond meadow and sing for the trees and for us. 

If you have questions e-mail LuAnne White at or call 732-7939.

Thursday, April 26

The Park Rapids Area Library will be hosting a Senior Surf Day to assist seniors in learning some basics about computers and using the Internet.

The class will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26.

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

Friday, April 27

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, April 27 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 Roger Lueth with round dancing between tips.  

Club members will furnish a potluck lunch after the dance.  All square dancers and spectators are welcome.  The annual meeting with election of officers will also be held after the dance.

Saturday, May 5

Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative employees and members will join forces from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at Itasca State Park for the annual project GreenTouch.

Volunteers are needed for pruning, transplanting trees and shrubs, removing bud caps, raking and various other projects. All volunteers will receive a free lunch and no park pass is required that day.

This annual event is sponsored by Minnesota's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives in partnership with Minnesota State Parks. Minnesota's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives that participate in project GreenTouch are part of a group of rural electric cooperatives throughout the state.

This year marks the 13th year of project GreenTouch. Over the past 12 years, 7,350 people have volunteered their time to Minnesota State Parks and have worked more than 24,750 hours.

Participation is open to the public; volunteers are asked to RSVP by calling Itasca-Mantrap at 732-3377 or 888-713-3377.