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Upcoming events April 25 - May 2

Wednesday, April 25

Take a trip half way around the world for free in the comfort of the local library with professional photographer Cal Rice.

The presentation begins at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Park Rapids Area Library.  

Rice will lead a "trip" to Bhutan: A View from the Top of the World, showing the beautiful landscapes and the people amidst massive changes.  

The presentation will show the beauty of the landscape and architecture; the acceptance by the people; the commitment to the Buddhist culture and, the pride of the people in their way of life.

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, April 28

The Hubbard County DFL will conduct a rescheduled ditch clean up at 10 a.m. Saturday April 28 on a section of Highway 34.  

The public is invited to participate.  Meet one mile west of the Dorset corner at 189th Avenue.

Nevis Boy Scout Troop 56 will hold an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Garrett Edelman of Akeley, Jacob Keranen of Nevis and Iain Wallace of Park Rapids at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Nevis.

All Eagle Scouts are encouraged to attend.

Eagle is the highest award in all Scouting, and the last major step in the advancement program.

The Eagle Scout award has always carried significance, not only in scouting but as the individual enters higher education, business or industry and community service.

The award is a performance-based achievement with only about 5 percent of all Boy Scouts earning the rank.

An all-you-can eat smelt fry will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Highway 71 South, Menahga.

The menu includes smelt, homemade potato salad, beans, coleslaw, hotdogs, fresh fruit, Finnish flat bread, pickles, bars and a beverage.

Door prizes will be awarded.

An old-fashioned turkey dinner with a silent auction, benefiting the Nevis Scholarship Fund, will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church.

Proceeds benefit local Nevis High School graduates through scholarships and honor awards for post secondary education.

Sunday, April 29

The Northern Minnesota Square Dancers will have a benefit dance for the American Heart Association from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 29 at the Waubun Community Center.

There will be a silent auction during the dance. Everyone is welcome to come and bid on the items.

All proceeds go to the American Heart Association.

Any questions, call 218-532-7891 or 701-293-6620.

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, will close its 2011-12 concert series with "American History at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Bemidji High School auditorium.

Clay Jenkinson returns to Bemidji to narrate the Minnesota premier of Chris Brubeck's new composition, "Roosevelt in Cowboy Land," a symphonic work that tells the story of Theodore Roosevelt's time in the Badlands of North Dakota.

The program also features music representative of the Roosevelt White House, including Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag," Saint-Saëns' "The Swan," David Popper's "Vito," and Virgil Thompson's "The Plow that Broke the Plains."

Tickets are available at the door or in advance at Lueken's North, Brigid's Cross, and online at brown Doors open for seating at 2:30 p.m. More information is at

Monday, April 30

Minnesota Folklore Theater will hold auditions for the summer season from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 1 at the theater located at 405 Minnesota Ave. in Walker, behind Aunt Belle's Candy.

The June production is "Judy, Why Can't I?" July's is "Nunsense" and August's is "On Golden Pond."

For more information, call 218-547-4044. Newcomers are welcome. No appointment is necessary; stop in any time during the scheduled hours.  

If interested in the "Nunsense" musical, bring a song to sing. Also needed are set design crews, a music director and backstage help.

Tuesday, May 1

St. Joseph's Area Health Services will host the Hospice Foundation of America "End-of-Life Ethics" program from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 in St. Joseph's lower level conference room A.

"Life is so fragile," says Lucinda Peterson, licensed social worker at St. Joseph's Hospice. "Patients and their loved ones facing end-of-life issues help to shape difficult decisions based on their values and beliefs... often through many tears."

The focus of this year's HFA annual education event speaks to this delicate issue.

The public, clergy, healthcare workers (CE credits), funeral directors, counselors and more are encouraged to attend the free forum.

Register with Peterson by Monday, April 30 at 237-5481 or lucindapeterson @catholic

PEO Chapter T will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 at the home of Renee Brauer. 

This meeting is a potluck taco salad.  To RSVP or for more information, call Joan at 732-5856.

Wednesday, May 2

The Local Farmers Market will hold an organizational meeting at noon Wednesday, May 2 in the basement of the Park Rapids Area Library.

Call Mary at 573-3602 or Marlene at 252-2658 for more information.

This market is held on Highway 34 in front of Itasca Naturopathic Clinic.

thursday, May 3

The Nordskogen Lodge of the Sons of Norway will hold a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3 at Riverside United Methodist Church.  

The program will be Jill and Deane Johnson telling of their experiences traveling around small towns in Minnesota for their book "Little Minnesota". The book came out in March 2012.

Lunch will be served. All interested persons are welcome.

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.

Trinity Lutheran Church of Laporte will hold its annual spring luncheon at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5 in the fellowship hall.

The theme for the luncheon is "May Melodies: Motherhood, Musicals and Memories." Sarah Lawrence, along with Emily Meyer and Maddy Lawrence, will present the program.

Lawrence has performed with symphony orchestras and opera companies throughout the Midwest. She appeared as Christine Daae' as a member of the Third National Tour of "The Phantom of the Opera."

All are welcome. There will be a freewill donation for the luncheon.

Sunday, May 13

The Bemidji Chorale will present its 33rd annual Spring Mother's Day Concert and Ice Cream Social at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 13 at the Beaux Arts Ballroom on the campus of Bemidji State University.

This concert will have some surprises as well as a wide variety of literature. The theme of the program is "Reflection, Possibility, and Whimsey," which opens the door to some unique musical styles.

Some featured soloists include Jim Dougherty, Josh Gunderson, Eric Benson, Carla Norris Raynbird, Sharon Shuster, Sutton Stewart, Maddy Lawrence, and accompanist Wayne Hoff.

The concert is conducted by Patricia Mason. A freewill offering will be received. An ice cream social will follow. Everyone is welcome.

Saturday, May 19

A Walk for Let's Go Fishing, presented by the Headwaters chapter, will be held Saturday, May 19 at Heartland Park.

The walk is an avenue to raise awareness for an organization that enriches the lives of people age 55 and older through free fishing and boating excursions. The initiative strengthens communities, builds relationships and creates memories.

The Walk for Let's Go Fishing is 5 kilometers. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. Fee is $10 per walker and includes a free T-shirt.

Additional donations are appreciated.

Participants can register for the walk on the day of the event, or online at For more information about the walk or how to become a Let's Go Fishing volunteer, contact Diane George at 237-8315.

Wednesday, June 6

The 31st Conference on Aging for the 55+ age group will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 on the Staples campus of Central Lakes College.

This event will offer a day of health, wellness and fun for the 55+ population in Central Minnesota. More than 30 organizations and agencies will display relevant products and services throughout the day.

Attendees will also enjoy breakfast and lunch, various health and wellness breakout sessions, musical entertainment and door prizes.

This year's theme is "The Magic of Health & Happiness," which celebrates the happiness and health that can be experienced in this "magical" stage of life.

The purpose of the Conference on Aging is to provide information, educate, and provide a social environment for the senior population in Central Minnesota.

Best-selling authors Janie Jastin and Chez Raginiak are the keynote speakers.

Jasin has been igniting energy in audiences for more than three decades. She delivers a powerful message, laced with stories and humor that move audiences. Through music, story-telling, and audience participation, senses are awakened, stress is relieved, creativity soars, and enthusiasm grows.

Raginiak is an award-winning speaker, author and songwriter. Born and raised in communist Poland, he made a decision at the age of 25 to escape. With nothing more than a dream, Raginiak sought asylum in United States. His determination, perseverance, and vision for the future continually fueled his soaring spirit.

Sponsor and exhibitor inquiries may be directed to Kori Busho, Central Lakes College, at 218-855-8139.

Monday, June 11

Central Lakes College will conduct a music video camp June 11-15 for senior high school students (grades 10 to adult) on the Staples campus.

The day camp (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) will instruct up to 15 participants in the creation of a professional-looking music video in just five days. The fee for instruction and all supplies is $75, including daily lunch, discs, and tapes.

Students will get together in groups of two to four and select a song. They write a script, set up and film the shots with digital video recorders and use computers to produce and edit the timeline using Apple's Final Cut Pro software.

When completed, students will author a DVD for final presentation.

      For information or to register, contact instructor Leon Dahlvang at 800-247-6836, ext. 5142, or e-mail