Coming events April 5-18

Monday, April 5 Minnesota's "renaissance man" - author, musician, artist, naturalist and wilderness guide" - Doug Wood will visit the Park Rapids Area Library at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 5. He will present, A Writer's Path: Motivation, Perspiratio...

Monday, April 5

Minnesota's "renaissance man" - author, musician, artist, naturalist and wilderness guide" - Doug Wood will visit the Park Rapids Area Library at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 5.

He will present, A Writer's Path: Motivation, Perspiration, Inspiration.

Wood's books, for children and adults, include the classics "Old Turtle" and "Grandad's Prayers of the Earth."

His honors and awards include the Christopher Medal, ABBY Award, Minnesota Book Award and Parent's Choice Award.


Wood reaches audiences of all ages through storytelling and musicianship, personal warmth and light-hearted humor. The program, outlining Doug's journey from reluctant reader to writer, is designed to empower people to pursue their dreams and goals, including writing, and to emphasize the power and importance of reading.

This is a free event funded by the Legacy Amendment.  Those interested in attending are asked to contact the Park Rapids Area Library at 723-4966.

Chapter FJ of the PEO sisterhood will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 5 at the home of Jan Long.

The agenda includes discussion of chapter goals.

U.S. Census basic skills testing will be conducted at 7 p.m. Monday, April 5 at Hubbard United Methodist Church.

Walk-ins are welcome. Call 866-861-2010 for more information.

The Park Rapids chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 5 in the Park Rapids Area Library.

Tuesday, April 6


The Quilts of Valor meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 6 in the Park Rapids Area Library meeting room.

The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will offer a 55+ driver improvement refresher course from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 6 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

The course is open to the public; pre-registration is requested by visiting or calling 888-234-1294.

Audrey Thayer, an enrolled member of the White Earth Reservation, will present a program on social justice issues at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 6 in the basement meeting room of the courthouse.

Thayer has been focused on social justice issues throughout her life.  She began her commitments at age 18 organizing for woman rights. By 24, Thayer was organizing, educating and working in the areas of domestic violence, racial justice and anti-war/peace issues.

Thayer has an associate degree in social work and secretarial science, a bachelor of arts from the University of Minnesota-Minne- apolis in Native American studies and a master's degree in education from Cambridge College in Massachusetts.

  Her work experience in the last 40 years has been in tribal, non-profit, private business and with local, state and federal agencies.

The program is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Park Rapids. 


Century PTA will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 6 in the elementary teachers' workroom, across from the kindergarten pod.

New members are welcome. Free childcare is available; call Marie at 732-5499.

Thursday, April 8

Author Dr. David Walsh will offer two parenting presentations free of charge in the Park Rapids High School auditorium; they are open to all.

"Say Yes to No", a campaign to instill self-discipline in children, will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8.

"Screen Violence and Real World Violence: What's the Connection?" will be presented 9 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 9.

Walsh is the author of nine books, including the national best seller "Why Do They Act That Way?" "A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen."

His latest book is "No: Why Kids - of All Ages - Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It."

For more information, contact Barb Martin at 218-847-1385.

Auditions for the Northern Light Opera Company's production of the acclaimed musical, "Godspell," will be held in Walker at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8 at Hope Lutheran Church and in Park Rapids at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 9 and 10 a.m. Saturday, April 10 at Calvary Lutheran Church.

Singers should come prepared to sing a song with accompaniment (pianist will be provided). Call back auditions for specific roles will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10 at Calvary.

Friday, April 9

The Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes will present "The Passing Zone" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 9.

The comedy duo of Jon Wee and Owen Morse will entertain audiences away with their award-winning juggling.

  Roaring chainsaws flying through the air, guys zipping around the stage on Segway scooters, audience members swinging around the stage on cables - it's all in a day's work for the comedy duo known as "Passing Zone." 

Wee and Owen Morse have earned 18 gold medals including the honor of the International Jugglers' Association's Award of Excellence - the highest honor awarded to a juggling act, appearances on the "The Tonight Show," four Guinness world records, and an invitation to perform at The White House.

Country Kitchen will be hosting a pre-party dinner in the Holmes Ballroom at 6 p.m. 

Tickets for the show can be purchased by visiting the Historic Holmes Theatre Box Office at 806 Summit Ave., online at , or by calling 218-844-SHOW.

Monday, April 12

A blood drive, sponsored by the Akeley Lions Club, will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 12 at Akeley United Methodist Church on Highway 64.

Generally, most healthy people whose age is at least 16 (a minor consent form must be signed by a parent) and weigh at least 110 pounds may donate.  People taking vitamins, hormones, birth control pills, diet pills, or antibiotics (for acne) may donate.

Each donor must bring an ID to the blood drive. The ID must include legal name plus one of these:  date of birth, United Blood Services assigned number or photo. Conditions precluding donations are those who do not know the name of their medications and the conditions for which they are taken and those who have had a blood transfusion within the past 12 months. Donors must wait a day after last dosage of antibiotics has been taken for an infection.

Donors must be symptom free of colds and flu on the day of donation.

Tattoos defer a donor for 12 months.

To schedule an appointment or receive additional information on donor qualifications, call Sharon Busch at 652-4239 or Deloris Lamb at 652-2885.

The 16th Annual Hubbard County Relay for Life will have a team meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 12 at Riverside United Methodist Church.

Team captains and members and anyone interested in forming a team are welcome.

For more information call Carolyn Shogren at 652-0261.

The Relay will be held Friday, June 25 this year. This is a change from previous years' weekend.

Tuesday, April 13

St. Joseph's diabetes support group will meet from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 13 in the lower level A meeting room of St. Joseph's Area Health Services.

Arlys Hess, MSW, will speak on controlling "diabetes burnout."

A Nevis Red Hat luncheon will be Tuesday, April 13 at Northern Lights Casino.

Meet at the Muskie at 10:30 a.m. Call Jeannine for more information at 652-2759.

Wednesday, April 14

A support group for caregivers who have loved ones with memory loss (Alzheimer's or dementia) will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 14 at Diamond Willow of Park Rapids, 911 Crocus Hill St.

Coffee and treats will be provided.

For more information, call Susan Ross at 252-0824.

Problem gambling and its impact on families and the community will be the focus of a special panel group at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the Great Room of Bemidji State's American Indian Resource Center.

A panel of recovering problem gamblers and family members of a problem gambler will share their experiences.

Additional panel members include Lynn Kistler, Bemidji Area Program for Recovery, and Roger Svendsen of the Northstar Gambling Alliance in Roseville.

The program is open to the community

Friday, april 16

The Red Bridge Film Festival will screening seven feature films plus documentary programs with visiting filmmaker Deb Wallwork Friday, April 16 through Tuesday, April 20 at the Park Theatre in Park Rapids.

This year's featured films include "The Hurt Locker," "Crazy Heart," "Fantastic Mr. Fox." "Clash of the Titans," Mino-Bimadiziwin: The Good Life," "An Education," "A Serious Man" and "Sita Sings the Blues."

Admission to all programs is with a $28 festival pass, or to individual films at the theater's regular price. Schedule times will be available at .

This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Many local businesses and organizations have also provided support. Red Bridge Film Festival is an activity of the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council.

Dale Wasserman's "Man of La Mancha," a play-within-a-play illustrating Miguel De Cervantes' Don Quixote, opens for five performances by the Bemidji State University theatre program Friday, April 16.

The run begins a 7:30 p.m. opening curtain, and continues Saturday, April 17 and Friday and Saturday, April 23-24, also with 7:30 p.m. opening curtains. The production will close Sunday, April 25, with a 2 p.m. matinee performance.

The play will be held on the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex Main Stage on the Bemidji State campus.

"Man of La Mancha" is intended for audiences of high-school age and above and features some adult themes.

Tickets are available in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex box office, located in Bangsberg 101 on the BSU campus, beginning Monday, April 5. The box office is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 2-4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Saturday, April 17

Dr. Juanita Copley will be the opening keynote speaker for the United for Children Conference Saturday, April 17 at Park Rapids Area High School.

"Where's the Math? Teaching Mathematics Intentionally in Everyday Activities" will explore young children's understanding of mathematical concepts.

She will also present a session dealing with activities for the young child in geometry and spatial sense, "The Triangle Gots To Look Like the Girl".

In addition to writing and editing three books about early childhood mathematics, Copley has served as a consultant for the National Head Start Bureau in Washington, D.C., working with their new mathematics initiative for young children.

She has trained hundreds of early childhood leaders and has indirectly or directly influenced the mathematics teaching/ learning of all early childhood teachers.

The United for Children Conference is the ninth annual conference on early care and education held in Park Rapids.

This day-long conference also offers sessions on emergent literacy, art for toddlers, suggestions for picky eaters, music for young children, the importance of father involvement in the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers and techniques for teaching science to preschoolers.

Six clock hours are offered. One college credit is also available for an additional fee.

For registration information contact Holly at 800-659-7859.

Sunday, April 18

St. Theodore's Parish Guild will host games of meat bingo at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18 at the church located at the intersection of Co. Rds. 124 and 129 north of Ponsford.

Twenty games will be played with turkeys and hams presented to winners. Lunch is free.

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