Upcoming events Feb. 18-March 25

Friday, Feb. 18 The Weston A. Price Nutrition Foundation will host a homemade mayonnaise demonstration at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at the Evergreen Church in Park Rapids. Discussion will also cover the characteristics of traditional diets with help...

Friday, Feb. 18

The Weston A. Price Nutrition Foundation will host a homemade mayonnaise demonstration at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at the Evergreen Church in Park Rapids.  

Discussion will also cover the characteristics of traditional diets with help for practical application for everyday living.  All meetings are free and open to the public.

Boy Scout Troop 58 will host a fish fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu will include Alaskan Pollock, coleslaw, baked potato, garlic toast and bars for dessert.


First City Squares of Bemidji is hosting a square dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 9th and Beltrami.  

Plus tips first half hour. Myron Hollatz will be the caller and Donna Stone will be cueing rounds.   

Visitors and spectators are welcome.  For more information call 218-444-5904.

Saturday, Feb. 19

The Menahga Senior Center will host a pancake and sausage fundraising breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19.

A free will offering will be received and a quilt raffled.

Ruby's Pantry Food distribution will be held Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Assumption of our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga.  

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the food distribution following at 10:30 a.m.


A $15 donation per share is requested. Please bring baskets and boxes for food.   Additional volunteers would be appreciated from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501 for more information.

All distributions will be held on the third Saturday of each month this year.

Twisted Stitchers Fiber Guild will welcome Diane Mistelske of Frazee as guest speaker from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at 210 Main Ave (Monika's), Park Rapids.  

Not content to follow knitting patterns, Mistelske gathers inspiration from various sources and uses her imagination to create unique Christmas stockings and miniature sweaters. She will explain her techniques and share her joy of creativity.

For more information contact Kathy Belt at 732-0978.

Monday, Feb. 21

Long Lake Theater is issuing an open casting call for summer shows.

Auditions for the June, July and August shows will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21 and from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28.


Newcomers and all ages and abilities are welcome. Those interested in performing in the July musical, are asked to bring a song to sing. For more information, call 732-0099 or visit .

Long Lake Theater is located eight miles southeast of Park Rapids.

Tuesday, Feb. 22

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will present an outreach lecture in preparation for its May performance of the "Defiant Requiem" by Murry Sidlin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22 in the Thompson Recital Hall located in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on the Bemidji State University campus.

The "Defiant Requiem" is based on the performances of Guiseppe Verdi's "Requiem" in the Terezin Concentration Camp during World War II.

The guest lecturer for this outreach opportunity is humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson from Bismarck, N. D. Jenkinson's lecture will be titled "Relating the Holocaust to Native American Issues."

The lecture is free and open to the public; no advanced tickets are required.

Jenkinson is a humanities scholar, author and social commentator who has devoted most of his professional career to public humanities programs. He is considered to be an entertaining public speaker.

Wednesday, Feb. 23

They got together to play music in 1995 at O'Brien's Tavern in Santa Monica, Calif., but destiny had other plans for Gaelic Storm.

The internationally acclaimed Celtic quintet blazed into the independent music spotlight and has amassed a loyal cadre of Storm chasers.

In Brainerd, on Wednesday, Feb. 23 they look to bring an audience of music lovers into the family.

The Central Lakes College Cultural Arts Series will host the artists for a 7:30 p.m. performance in Tornstrom Auditorium at the Washington Education Building, 804 W. Oak Street.            

While Gaelic Storm plays Celtic music that hearkens back to the traditional music of Ireland, they are hardly traditionalists, adding modern sounds and drawing influences from American rock and pop as well as music styles from around the world.

Tickets are on sale at the CLC box office (218-855-8199) and online at .

Thursday, Feb. 24

The Park Rapids Area Library will host a free basic computer class from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24.

The class includes hands on practice on the Internet to locate useful information, basics on navigating the computers and how to set up a free Web-based e-mail account.

This class is for beginners only, but all ages are welcome.  Call the library at 732-4966 to register.

Friday, Feb. 25

Sean Fahrlander, an Ojibwe storyteller, will present a workshop and storytelling session from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Fahrlander, an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, was born in Minneapolis and raised on the White Earth and Leech Lake Reservations.

After serving in the U.S. Navy during the first Gulf War, he returned to Minnesota and finished his degree in American Indian studies at Leech Lake Tribal College.

Fahrlander has worked with youth in various settings while honing his skills as a traditional storyteller, writer and poet. His greatest wish is to share the stories that have been given to him.

In 2004, Sean Fahrlander was honored to perform for the grand opening celebration at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Fahrlander's visits to Kitchigami Libraries and communities are part of the Kitchigami Legacy "Say It, Sing It" Storytelling project with funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a square dance at the Century school on Friday, Feb. 25.

This is the graduation dance for student dancers. Caller will be Royce Nelson and Donna Stone will cue round dances between tips.

At 7:30 to 8 p.m. there will be a workshop for student dancers and from 8 to 10 p.m. mainstream dancing for all dancers.  

There will be a potluck lunch after the dance furnished by the club members.

All spectators and square dancers are welcome.

Saturday, Feb. 26

First English Lutheran Church of Dorset will host a wild game feed from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 in Dorset.

All are welcome.

Monday, Feb. 28

Steve Maanum will present "Through the Lens of a Camera" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 28 and March 7 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Maanum will demonstrate technological advances in digital photography. The two-session workshop is designed for people with a strong interest in photography and some computer knowledge.

The workshop is free but space is limited. Register at the library.

Friday, March 4

Author Erin Hart and musician Paddy O'Brien will present workshops from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 4 in the Park Rapids Area Library.

Hart will present "Writing from Place:  What's in Your Site Kit?"

Hart writes a mystery series set in Ireland (and occasionally in Minnesota). In this 90-minute workshop, she will talk about how she conjures up vivid settings, convincing readers that they're walking the peat bogs of Ireland and digging up ancient treasures.  

Just as archaeologists wield the tools of their trade - trowel and brush - writers also have many tools at their disposal. Hart will talk about her research and all the various items she keeps in her writer's site kit, then ask participants to assemble their own kits, and use them to create unforgettable places.

O'Brien will present "Sitting by the Fire: Where Irish Traditional Music Lives."

Button accordion master O'Brien first began playing Irish traditional music as a child, growing up in a thatched house outside the village of Daingean, County Offaly, in the Irish midlands.

Today he plays and records all over the world, and leads three traditional ensembles. But he has never strayed from the philosophy of sharing music, passing along his vast store of tunes and lore to the next generation, as they were passed along to him.

O'Brien will talk about the long history of Irish music and the various instruments that have found a home in the tradition, and about the social settings for Irish music - the session, the house party, the ceili dance.

Saturday, March 5

The VFW and Auxiliary of Perham's Post 4020 will host games of old-fashioned bingo beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at Mulligan's at the Perham Lakeside Golf Club.

There will be approximately 30 games played that night with two special games and a final blackout with a payback of 50 percent of the sales for that game.  All the paybacks will be cash.  

 Proceeds from the Bingo will be split between the Veterans Museum and the VFW Post 4020 and Auxiliary.  For more information call 218 346-7676 or 218 346-7678 or e-mail .

Sunday, March 13

Northwind Crossing will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.

Tickets may be picked up at the Park Rapids Area Library during regular hours.

Northwind Crossing is a quintet of local musicians drawn together by a common love of traditional Celtic music.

The musicians and their instruments include Tamie Jensen, Irish tin whistles, recorders, accordion, mountain and hammer dulcimer, Celtic harp and vocals; Larry Kimble, six- and 12-string guitar and vocals; Elijah

Jensen, bodhran, autoharp, Celtic harp, accordion and vocals; Jake Geise, fiddle and vocals and Willis Mattison, bass.

Mattison also serves as the group's historian and moderator. Northwind Crossing's performances include storytelling that provides the historical context for many of the tunes and songs they perform. The group has researched and rediscovered songs that were played in the Irish and Scottish countryside on fiddle, harp, pipes

and tin whistles in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Northwind Crossing preserves the ancient sounds of Celtic music with traditional instruments, and augments them with guitar, mandolin and bass.

Friday, March 25

Dr. Larry Burd, professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, will speak on the impact of and interventions for fetal drug and alcohol exposure Friday, March 25 at Northern Lights Casino and Conference Center in Walker.

This presentation is geared for parents and for professionals who work with young children.

Registration for the 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. event is due by March 10. The $30 cost includes lunch and certificate of attendance. Registration can be done online at or by calling 218-444-2845.

Stellher Human Services, Inc., based in Bemidji, is coordinating the event.

For 30 years, Burd has been with the children's program at Altru Health System and director of the North Dakota Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center. He has evaluated and developed intervention programs for over 15,000 children with developmental disorders. 

He has made nearly 500 presentations on the topic of FASD and published over 120 professional papers on topics dealing with development and behavior in children and adolescents, including the impact of fetal drug and alcohol exposure. 

Burd is currently a co-principal investigator of the PASS Network which examines maternal and environmental risk factors for stillbirth and infant mortality including SIDS and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

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