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Upcoming events April 17 - May 17, 2013


Park Rapids Area High School parent-teacher conferences will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) and Monday, April 22.

The final Headwaters Adult Slow Pitch Softball League meeting will be held at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) in the basement of the Eagles Club.

All new and returning teams should attend this meeting. The Headwaters

softball league offers teams for men, women, over 35, and co-ed.

For more information visit www.headwaterssoftball. org.


Widowed Friends will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 18 at Pizza Hut with dominos to follow.

New friends are welcome.

Call Karla at 732-0424 or Joan at 699-3322 (this is a local number) for more information.


The Headwaters Science Center will be at the Frank White Education Center Friday, April 19 as part of the Week of the Young Child.

Families are welcome to check out the animals from 10 to 11 a.m.

The event is sponsored by Mahube-OTWA Community Action Partnership.

The Weston A. Price Foundation will have a free movie event, “Statin Nation, the Great Cholesterol Cover-up,” at 5 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the Evergreen Church just west of Park Rapids.

This is a film that exposes the over-prescription of cholesterol-lowering medications and the misrepre- sentation of medical evidence.

Health care professionals are encouraged to attend this meeting; feel free to invite your doctor.

All meetings are free and open to the public. Non-GMO buttered popcorn will be served.

For more information, contact Tanja Larson at 732-9402.

The Park Rapids Eagles Auxiliary 870 will serve dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the Eagles Club.

The dinner will include roast beef, potato, vegetable, soup, salad bar and dessert.

Proceeds will benefit the Headwaters Intervention Center.

Kinship will host a fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

All proceeds benefit local mentoring program.

First City Squares of Bemidji will host a square dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the United Methodist fellowship hall, 9th and Beltrami.

Plus tips will be in the first half hour. Abe Maier will be the caller.

Visitors and spectators are welcome. For more information, call Scott Burgoon at 759-2776.

The Barley Jacks will play a concert of old time and bluegrass/newgrass music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the New York Mills Cultural Center.

Virtuosity, magic and a little danger combine to make every performance unique. The first thing an audience notices is how much fun the Barley Jacks have when they perform.

Reserve tickets at 218-385-3339 for the concert.


Ruby’s Pantry food distribution will be held Saturday, April 20 at the Assumption of Our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga.

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

The cost is $15 per share. Bring baskets and boxes for food. Volunteers are also needed and much appreciated.

For more information, contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501.

The Current Events book group will meet at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at Beagle Books to discuss “Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power” by Rachel Maddow.

Maddow’s “Drift” argues that we’ve drifted away from America’s original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war.

Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, “Drift” reinvigorates a “loud and jangly” political debate about our vast and confounding national security state.

The club meets at Beagle Books the third Saturday of each month. Men and women are welcome.


Northern Minnesota Square Dancers will have a benefit dance for the American Heart Association from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 21 at the Waubun Community Center.

A silent auction will be during the dance. Everyone is welcome to bid on items. All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association.


World Book Night is Tuesday, April 23. Beagle Books in Park Rapids will be a World Book Night drop-off site for the event and volunteer book givers will be handing out free books around town that evening.

Each year, 30 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions.

Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers. Each volunteer will receive 20 copies of a certain book to give out to light readers they find on April 23.

An event is being planned for the volunteer book givers after World Book Night where they can discuss how the evening went.

For more information about World Book Night, go to

In an effort to help Park Rapids achieve “Bike-Friendly Community” status, a community bike ride will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at Heartland Park followed by a kick-off meeting at 3 p.m. at Northwoods Bank.

The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, Active Living Hubbard County and Healthy Park Rapids are coordinating the initiative.

Those interested in community building, bicycle awareness and the health of the city are invited.

RSVP to bikefriendly For more information, contact Kurt Wayne at kwayne


The Nevis Dollars for Scholars annual turkey dinner and silent auction will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church, Nevis.

Funds benefit local Nevis High School graduates through scholarships and awards for post-secondary education presented through the Nevis Dollars for Scholars/Pam Lindow Foundation.

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Saturday, April 27 at Century School.

There will be a plus workshop from 7:30 to 8 pm. and mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. The caller will be Roger Lueth and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips.

Potluck lunch will be furnished by the members. All square dancers and spectators are welcome.


A spaghetti dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Laporte.

Everyone is welcome. A freewill offering will be collected to help fund a new organ.


The submission deadline for the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association’s winter/spring photo contest is Tuesday, April 30.

Whether photography is a passion, a hobby or just an occasional pastime, you are invited to participate in the PRDBA’s photo contest, see your photo on the association’s website and be automatically entered in the contest.

Max Bailey Photography is contest sponsor, offering a professionally finished, 11X14-inch mounted picture of the winning photograph in each category.

The contest is intended to celebrate the beauty and unique character of Park Rapids and the surrounding area. View the winning entries as well as all of the photo contest submissions, by visiting and clicking on the Photo Contest link.

Entries will be judged and prizes will be awarded to winners in the following categories: Park Rapids Area Lake Scenes, Park Rapids Area Recreation & Wildlife and Park Rapids Main Street Scenes.

Both amateur and professional photographers are welcome to participate. Photos must be submitted in digital format. Entry rules and guidelines and the entry form are online at


Ministry of Caring will sponsor its 16th annual caregivers conference from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at the Hampton Inn & Suites, located on the south shore of Lake Bemidji.

This year’s conference theme, “Mindfulness: Healing into Wholeness,” is designed to provide caregivers doctors, nurses, clinical psychologists, chiropractic staff, social workers, pastors, chaplains and students of the same disciplines - an opportunity to explore personal and professional ways to be present to themselves and others in the healing process.

Through the use of guided meditation, self-reflection, movement, drawing and group discussion, participants will experience a variety of practices to enhance their ability to live their lives with increased awareness.

Didactic material will also be presented on the scientific research related to the value of practices to reduce stress and enhance well-being.

The fee of $85 includes a continental breakfast, breaks and lunch. Pre-registration deadline is Thursday, April 25. A check made payable to Ministry of Caring in the amount of $85, mailed to Cheryl Yarnott, at 1520 Calihan Avenue, Bemidji. MN, will secure registration to the conference.

For a more information or for a printable brochure, visit:, or contact Cheryl Yarnott 218-444-7901.


Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative is seeking volunteers for the annual project GreenTouch, to be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at Itasca State Park.

Volunteers are needed for pruning, transplanting trees and shrubs, removing bud caps, raking and various other projects. Help us spruce up the park for visitor season! 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 14th 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 and volunteers are asked to RSVP by calling Itasca-Mantrap at 732-3377 or toll-free at 888-713-3377.

Trinity Lutheran Church of Laporte’s annual women’s spring luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4.

Come and enjoy delicious salads and listen to a talk about “The Personality of Purses” by Solveig Krafnick.


Walk MS, an event to create a world free of multiple sclerosis, will be held Sunday, May 5 at Heartland Park.

Registration will be from 11 a.m. to noon with the mass start at noon. Participants may choose a one-, two- or five-mile walk.

Walk MS connects people living with multiple sclerosis and those who care about them. It’s a day to come together to celebrate the progress made and the power of connections.

Register by going to or by calling 800-582-5296.


Springtime ECFE Fun, for children birth to 5 years, will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, May 8, 15 and 29 in the Sunshine Room at the Frank White Education Center.

Kids, grab Mom, Dad, Grandpa or Grandma and frolic with friends. Little ones will get a “taste” of school without separating from adults.

Register by calling 237-6600.


Schoolcraft Learning Community will present its spring concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at the Bemidji High School Performance Arts Center.

The concert, open to the public, will showcase the 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.


Mark Perlman, a nationally recognized parenting educator and facilitator of fathering program from Sarasota, Fla., will lead a workshop Friday, May 17 at Northern Pines Camp and Retreat Center, St. Joseph’s the host.

Those who work with families and/or fathers, or have an interest in this topic, are invited to attend.

The day begins with a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with “the importance of fathers” and a” nurturing fathers program” to be addressed from 9 a.m. to noon.

Citizen Fathers from Minneapolis will present over the noon hour followed by “10 tips for being a great dad” from 1 to 4 p.m.

Citizen Fathers is an extension of the FATHER Project, providing an opportunity for fathers to develop as leaders, applying personal lessons they’ve learned to impact the broader community.”

Perlman is the author of the Nurturing Fathers Program, an evidence based program used throughout the country by father advocates and consultants. See for more information on Perlman.

To RSVP, call Cleo Hartung at 237-5475.


A child-only ECFE and School Readiness Safety Camp for ages 3.5 to 5 years will be offered from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, May 21-23 at the Frank White Education Center.

In the past, the class was called Stranger Danger until it was learned most kids are hurt by someone they know.

Kids will learn what to do in all situations, who they can trust, what to do when (calling 911, yelling, running and telling parents) and more.

Kids will sing safety songs, make safety projects, meet safety people and puppets and practice being safe.

Parents are invited to camp graduation from 11 to 11:30 a.m. May 23.

Camp size is limited. Register by calling 237-6600.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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