Upcoming events April 25-30

Monday, April 25 The misuse and abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs has significantly increased over the past decade. More people now report abusing of these drugs than all other drugs except alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. A communi...

 Monday, April 25

The misuse and abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs has significantly increased over the past decade. More people now report abusing of these drugs than all other drugs except alcohol, tobacco and marijuana.

A community presentation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 25 will examine how and why this has come about, which drugs are being abused and why.

Jay Jaffee will present information on the topic, which drugs are being abused and why, the harm they cause and suggestions for preventing the abuse in the lower level conference room of St. Joseph's Area Health Services.

Jaffee is the alcohol and drug abuse prevention coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Health. He has worked in the substance abuse field for 32 years, 16 at the Department of Health, 16 in schools, communities and at a substance abuse treatment center.


The Hubbard County Youth Drug and Alcohol Task Force is coordinating the event.

Wednesday, April 27

The 3rd annual Rush of Fools event, hosted by area churches, will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 305 West 5th Street, Park Rapids.

The event gathers junior high and senior high school students for a combined event that gives an encouraging Christian message in a fun-filled atmosphere.

  Coordinators are anticipating 300 to 400 youth from Park Rapids and the surrounding area. Adult leaders will be supervising the evening.

The evening begins with a light dinner consisting of sandwiches, chips, cookies or bars and bottled water.

  At 7 p.m., guest speaker Deb MeGregor-Pfleger will address the topic, "God has a Plan for You! Are You Ready to Bring It?" Visit her website at .


Community support is being sought in the form of door prizes and monetary and food donations. This includes luncheon meat for sandwiches, butter, mayo, mustard, ketchup, bottled water, small bags of chips and prayer support.

Area churches have been asked to help with the bars and cookies.

  Those willing to assist are asked to call Annette Haas at 701-219-9731 or 732- 5142 or committee members Phil Campbell of Faith Baptist Church, 732-1404; Dana Koch of Calvary Lutheran Church, 732-7284, or Linda Nicklason of Bethany Lutheran.

Joe Johnson, parenting education assistant, will lead a 13-week series of fatherhood skills classes from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, April 27 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services.

All fathers are welcome to join the free series for dads which will be held in St. Joseph's third floor conference room.

The class will be a place for dads to learn new parenting skills, develop community relationships and share experiences.

Dads will be better equipped to build more effective relationships with their children and feel confident in their fatherhood skill sets.

For more information or to register, call Joe at 255-2063.


Bemidji State University's Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will unite for the season's final group performance by the University's Department of Music Wednesday, April 27.

The concert is set for a 7:30 p.m. start in the Main Theatre of Bemidji State's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

The concert will feature retiring faculty members Dr. Pat Riley, cello; and Dr. Steve Konecne, saxophone. The BSU Wind Ensemble will perform "Prayer" by Michael Schelle, for solo cello and chamber winds featuring Riley.

The Wind Ensemble will also be performing Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Jesters," "Celebration Overture" by Paul Creston, and Vesuvius by Frank Ticheli. The Symphonic Band will be performing "Chorale and Alleluia" by Howard Hanson, "English Folk Song Suite" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and a medley of music from "The Wizard of Oz."

For more information, call the BSU Department of Music at 218-755-2915.

Thursday, April 28

Seniors, are you interested in learning some basics about computers?

Come surf the Web with Park Rapids Area Library staff from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 28.

Senior Surf Day provides senior citizens an opportunity to learn some basics about computers and using the Internet.  

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

Widowed Friends Fellowship (for guys and gals) will meet at 11:30 a.m. for lunch Thursday April 28 at the West Forty.

Dominos will follow. For more information, call Karla 732-0424 or Joan 732-4917.

The Forest Riders ATV Club will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at the Clover Township Hall for the annual roadside cleanup with dinner and meeting to follow at the Buck Stop on North Highway 71.  

If the weather is bad, the regular meeting will convene at 7:30 p.m. at the township hall.  

Call President Ron Jensen 218-255-3333 for more information.

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will present the Nautilus Music Theater's production of "I am Anne Frank" April 28-30 at Bangsberg Main Theater at Bemidji State University.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a 3 p.m. matinee also Saturday

Tickets are available in Bemidji at Lueken's Village Foods North, Brigid's Cross, and at the door. Online tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets .

Friday, April 29

Hubbard County Relay for Life will celebrate its golden birthday - 17th year on June 17.

The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, June 17 at the Park Rapids Area High School fields.

  Last year the event raised over $55,000; in 2009 over $64,000 was generated to benefit the American Cancer Society.

  To date, 18 teams have signed up with new teams welcome.  

Contact Carolyn Rugg at 652-0261 or 237-5325 by April 29 so T-shirt orders can be placed.  Teams usually have 6-20 members but any size team is welcome.

Each individual team member is responsible for raising $100 in luminary sales or other fundraising.   Each team is also asked to have a campsite for fundraising at the relay itself, but teams that just want to do luminary sales and other fundraisers are welcome.

All teams are encouraged to take part in the relay, where fundraising efforts are culminated and celebrated and more importantly, it's the time we honor survivors....the true reason we relay. 

This year's Red Bridge Film Festival will feature nine programs shown a total of 30 times at the Park Theatre Friday, April 29 through Tuesday May 3.

The films include "The Social Network," "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," "Waking Ned Devine," "Made in Dagenham," "Miscreants of Taliwood," "Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story," "The River," "Suddenly Sami" and "The Falun - Roros Expeditionae."

This year's visiting filmmaker, Dr. Roy Hammerling, will introduce and discuss his production of "A Message From the East."

Hammerling traveled from Concordia College in Moorhead to Pakistan with a Chicago crew to investigate the life and work of Pakistan's national poet, Muhammad Iqbal, who had been a friend of Gandhi and was instrumental in the creation of Pakistan as a nation.

"Happy Valley" is co-sponsored with Hubbard County Youth Drug & Alcohol Task Force.

See for schedules and ticket information.

Saturday, April 30

Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center in Park Rapids, a nonprofit organization, is offering an introductory stained glass workshop with Jon and Lucy Norman Saturdays, April 30 and May 7.

Class time each day is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Lightbenders Glass Studio, Rochert, west of Park Rapids.

Workshop participants will learn the proper method of cutting glass and build a beginner's panel of 15 pieces or less with a total size of 8.5X11 inches.

Registration deadline is Monday, April 25.

For more information or to register, contact Judy Wegenast at 218-847-3519 or .

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