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Upcoming events April 22 - July 29

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22

Award-winning author Lauraine Snelling will be touring the Kitchigami Regional Library system this month. She’ll visit Park Rapids for a special program and book signing at 6:30 p.m. at the Armory. Snelling is the author of over 80 widely popular books, some of which take place in Minnesota. This Legacy-funded program is sponsored by the Park Rapids Library.

The Nevis School Spring Art Show will be on display in the lobby April 22- 24, featuring over 100 artworks by students in grades 7-12. The public is welcome to stop in and vote for “Best in Show.”

SATURDAY, APRIL 25

The 2015 Flower & Garden Home Show & Outdoor Showcase will be held at Armory Square, downtown Park Rapids, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Sunday. Free and open to the public.

A benefit breakfast and silent auction for Jenny (Smith) Sherman will be held 8-11 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Nevis. Sherman was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Freewill offerings will help offset her medical expenses.

Show support for survivors of sexual violence by attending the 8th Annual 5K Walk/Run (and now adding a 10K run) for Sexual Violence Awareness.

The event will take place 9 a.m. on the Lake Bemidji waterfront. To register for this event, go to http://supportwithinreach5k10k.zapevent.com.

SUNDAY, APRIL 26

Bring friends and dance to great music by “Jerry’s Dance Band” from 1-5 p.m. at the Park Rapids American Legion. Open to the public. Tickets available at the door.

MONDAY, APRIL 27

Kids of all ages can learn about fishing from experienced fishing guide Jason Durham at 6:30 p.m. at the Park Rapids American Legion. All kids receive a prize. This event is sponsored by the Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association Park Rapids Chapter.

FRIDAY, MAY 1

The Nemeth Art Center opens for the season. Art center hours are 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

The Wadena County Historical Society will host a free lecture by William E. Lass, “Shaping the North Star State: A History of Minnesota’s Boundaries” at 7 p.m. at the Wadena Public Library.

Lass is a professor of history emeritus from Minnesota State University Mankato and the author of eight history books. For more information, call the Wadena County Historical Society at 218-631-9079 or email 603wchs @arvig.net.

Enjoy the Classic Chorale 25th anniversary spring concert, “Let All the World in Every Corner Sing,” at 7:30 p.m. at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

SATURDAY, MAY 2

Help spruce up Itasca State Park for visitor season! Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative is seeking volunteers for its annual Project GreenTouch from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Itasca State Park.

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.

Participation is open to the public and volunteers are asked to RSVP by calling Itasca-Mantrap at 218-732-3377 or toll-free at 1-888-713-3377.

The Women’s Annual Salad Luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church, Laporte. The program this year will be “Native American Flutes,” presented by Jon Romer and Sarah Carlson. Romer is one of the country’s experts on the Native flutes and Carlson is an accomplished musician. No reservations are needed. A freewill donation will be accepted for the luncheon. All women are invited to attend this excellent program and enjoy the delicious salads.

Nevis high school prom will be held at the Firefly Event Barn The grand march begins at 6:30 p.m. in Tiger Arena at Nevis School. Students will board a bus for the dinner and dance at Firefly Event Barn. A post-prom event, including games, prizes, inflatables, food, will be held at the Nevis school from midnight until 5:30 a.m.

SUNDAY, MAY 3

Enjoy the Classic Chorale 25th anniversary spring concert, “Let All the World in Every Corner Sing,” at 3 p.m. at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

Walk MS Park Rapids will be held on the Heartland Trail. Check-in begins at 11 a.m.

Participants meet at the Park Rapids High School and walk a one-, two- or five-mile scenic route along the Heartland Trail.

Walk MS connect people living with multiple sclerosis and those who care about them. This community event raises critical funds to support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. For more information and to register, visit myMSwalk.org.

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra presents a “Mozart, Magic and Mystery” concert 3 p.m. at the Bemidji High School auditorium.

The Mozart “Requiem” is one of the most beautiful and profound works of all time. The BSO is joined by the Bemidji Chorale, The Bemidji Choir and four outstanding soloists for a memorable performance. For more information, visit www.bemidjisymphony.org.

THURSDAY, MAY 7

The Park Rapids Lions Club will pick up bags of leaves, inside the city limits, beginning at 4 p.m. Place your bags of leaves at the curb for free pick-up. The Lions will not pick up loose leaves, branches, rocks or garbage.

FRIDAY, MAY 8

The Wadena County Historical Society will host a free lecture by Lisa Westerberg Peters, “Fractured Land: The Price of Inheriting Oil” at 7 p.m. at the Wadena Depot.

In her book, Westerberg Peters explores the ties between frack sand mining on the St. Croix River and the development of North Dakota’s oil. She is a journalist and award-winning author.

For more information, call the Wadena County Historical Society at 218-631-9079 or email 603wchs@arvig.net.

MONDAY, MAY 11

Enjoy a five-piece Norwegian folk group, “The Twin Cities Hardingfelelag/Hardanger Fiddle Group,” as they perform traditional dance music from Norway in concert at 6:30 p.m. at Armory Square. The program will include a historical discussion and question-and-answer session. This concert is possible thanks to Kitchigami Regional Library Legacy Funds.

The Century Middle School band concert is 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, MAY 14

The Friends of the Library will host a book sale at the Park Rapids Area Library.

SUNDAY, MAY 17

The Park Rapids Area Community Band will perform its spring concert at 3 p.m. at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium.

“Six Appeal” performs classic oldies, current chart toppers and catchy original tunes, all in a cappella. This Heartland Concert Association presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Park Rapids High School auditorium. Season tickets available at Beagle Books or www.heartlandconcertassociation.org.

MONDAY, MAY 18

The Hubbard County Historical Museum presents John Weber’s “Butterflies” program at 7 p.m. at a location still yet to be determine. Weber has been studying butterflies since 1993, and has a great deal of knowledge about these beautiful little creatures. Refreshments will be served. Call 732-5237 for more information.

SATURDAY, MAY 23

The Nevis High School graduation ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. in the Tiger Arena. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, MAY 24

The Park Rapids High School graduation ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in the Tiger Arena. The public is welcome to attend.

SUNDAY, MAY 31

Northern Lights Dance Academy presents “In the Colors” at 4 p.m. at the Historic Holmes Theater in Detroit Lakes.

Bring friends and dance to great music by “Frankly Country” from 1-5 p.m. at the Park Rapids American Legion. Open to the public. Tickets available at the door.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13

The 7th annual Tails on the Trail will be held, rain or shine, beginning at 10 a.m. at Heartland Park. Proceeds from the two-mile walkathon benefit the Headwaters Animal Shelter.

The day-long event includes a family-friendly, educational pet expo, K-9 demonstrations, microchipping, flyball racing and much more.

To register as a team or individual for the walkathon, or to commit a pledge, visit the animal shelter (901 Western Ave. S., Park Rapids), call 237-7100 or go online www.headwatersanimalshelter.org.

A delicious fish and chicken fry will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting the animal shelter.

Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and site by the shore of Lake Itasca as the Park Rapids Community Band returns for another wonderful concert from 7-8 p.m. at Itasca State Park. These talented musicians will play music full of patriotic, popular and classic songs. Meet in the picnic grounds near the Lakeside Museum Amphitheater.

SUNDAY, JUNE 21

Bring friends and dance to great music by “Jerry’s Dance Band” from 1-5 p.m. at the Park Rapids American Legion. Open to the public. Tickets available at the door.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24

Julie Klassen , the author of historical romance fiction, will appear 6:30 p.m. at the Park Rapids Area Library.

SUNDAY, JUNE 28

Bring friends and dance to great music by “Stan’s Country Dutchman” from 1-5 p.m. at the Park Rapids American Legion. Open to the public. Tickets available at the door.

SUNDAY, JULY 19

Bring friends and dance to great music by “Wingin’ It” from 1-5 p.m. at the Park Rapids American Legion. Open to the public. Tickets available at the door.

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