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February 15-March 11

Artists invited to enter button designs

The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association (PRDBA) is sponsoring a 2nd Street Stage button design contest with a $250 cash prize to the winner. Those who purchase and wear the $20 buttons for this season’s 10 2nd Street Stage events will be helping to sponsor this fun summer event and will receive $2 off beverages purchased at the beer garden all summer long. Five hundred buttons will be made and available for purchase at this summer’s events. Please draw your design within a 4-inch circle. Designs must include “2020,” “2nd St Stage” and “Park Rapids, MN.” They may be full color or black and white with color accents. Designs may be submitted on paper to the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association, P.O. Box 142, Park Rapids, MN 56470 or digitally as a pdf or jpg e-mailed to luann47@gmail.com. Submissions must be received by noon Wednesday, March 11. Last year’s 2nd Street Stage button design winner was Amy Gohman of Andover.

February 29

Get Outside and Snowshoe! A Beginner’s Guide

Ever wanted to find a fun, winter activity that will get you outside? Enjoy the beauty of winter on snowshoes! This beginner’s class from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, February 29 at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center classroom will teach you the basics from different types of snowshoes to how to walk in snowshoes as well as great places to visit in Itasca while wearing snowshoes. NOTES: Dress warmly and include snow boots. Part of the program will be outside on the trail trying out your new skills. Call ahead at 218-699-7254 to reserve a pair of snowshoes or bring your own. The number of snowshoes available is limited. Outdoor portion of program is dependent on snowfall.

March 3

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Aerial Firefighting

Dan Carroll, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources firefighting specialist, will reveal specialized techniques for preventing and battling wildfires for the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program March 3. HCLL programs are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Park Theater. The sessions are free and handicapped accessible. Refreshments and treats provided.

March 4

11th Annual Chili Challenge

The Park Rapids Enterprise will host the 11th Annual Chili Challenge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 at the American Legion. 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Hubbard County Food Shelf. Entry is free/pay to vote for your favorite chili.

March 5

Heartland Concert Association: The Hall Sisters

The Hall Sisters will perform as part of the Heartland Concert Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5 at the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium. Performing together since 2007, the sisters play violin, viola, cello, mandolin and piano. The four sisters have brought their unique blend of the Andrews Sisters and current country pop to the Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Tickets are available at the door. Additional funding has been provided in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Community Arts Support Grant through an appropriation by the MN Legislature, and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by MN voters Nov. 4, 2008.

March 10

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: The Great White North

Photographer Cal Rice's travels took him to Polar Bear territory at Churchill, where he also captured images of Arctic Fox, Ptarmigan and Snowy Owls. Rice will show his photos for the HCLL program March 10. Programs are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Park Theater. The sessions are free and handicapped accessible. Refreshments and treats provided.

March 12

Chasing the Northern Lights

Nature photographer and musician, Debbie Center will present a program featuring her photography and music, while sharing her passion for the Northern Lights in a program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 12 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

March 17

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: The Land Feeds Us, Body and Soul

The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program March 17 will feature Marcie Rendon, author of the novel, "Murder on the Red River.” She will talk about her history of writing and how her Ojibwe heritage has formed and shaped her story. HCLL programs are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Park Theater. The sessions are free and handicapped accessible. Refreshments and treats provided.

March 24

Headwaters Center for LIfelong Learning: Fish and Wildlife Enforcement - A Look Back

Tom Chapin will recall events and experiences from a 30-year career in poaching enforcement, for the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program March 24. Chapin relates dramatic and often humorous anecdotes of human behavior. HCLL programs are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Park Theater. The sessions are free and handicapped accessible. Refreshments and treats provided.

March 27 & 28

Northern Light Opera Company auditions

Whatever your age, if you like to sing, dance, build things, find new friends or do something to make others smile…check out Northern Light Opera Company (NLOC). The 2020 summer musical will be “Big Fish,” a rollicking fantasy set in the American South that premiered on Broadway in 2017. This is your invitation to become part of a fun/rewarding adventure and audition to become one of the characters telling this story. Auditions will be at Calvary Lutheran Church, Park Rapids as follows: Friday, March 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. sing one verse, recite one- to two-2 minute monologue and Saturday, March 28 dance auditions at 10:30 a.m. and invited call-backs at 1:30 p.m. For more information about characters, vocal range, sides, etc., check: www.northernlightopera.org or info@northernlightopera.org.

March 27 & 28

‘Spring’ Snowshoe Hike: A Backcountry Exploration

Get out and enjoy the last weeks of winter’s snow! Join in on an invigorating snowshoe hike to explore the area around the Mississippi Headwaters from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2 starting at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. The hike will go along the Schoolcraft Trail and out to Schoolcraft Island (conditions permitting). The first section of the hike will be easy. Notes: Dress for being outdoors, bring along your snowshoes, water and sunglasses. A limited number of snowshoes are available at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center for use during the program and are first-come, first-served. Please check out the snowshoes before the hike starts. Route may change based on weather and snow conditions.

March 31

Headwater Center for Lifelong Learning: A Farm, A Forest, A Little Blue Bird and the Future

Mary and Bill Bailey, 2015 Tree Farmers of the Year, will introduce the conservation practices that permeate their professions for the HCLL program March 31. Programs are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Park Theater. The sessions are free and handicapped accessible. Refreshments and treats provided.

Upcoming events

Check back for more details on these and other events

February 25 Precinct Caucuses
February 29 A Beginner's Guide to Snowshoeing at Itasca State Park
March 2 ‘Spring’ Snowshoe Hike: A Backcountry Exploration at Itasca State Park
March 3 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Aerial Firefighting
March 4 11th Annual Enterprise Chili Challenge
March 5 Heartland Concert Association: The Hall Sisters
March 10 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: The Great White North
March 12 Chasing the Northern Lights program at the Park Rapids Area Library
March 17  Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: The Land Feeds Us, Body and Soul
March 24  Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Fish and Wildlife Enforcement - A Look Back
March 27 & 28 Northern Light Opera Company auditions
March 31  Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: A Farm, A Forest, A Little Blue Bird, and the Future
June 11 2nd Street Stage Concerts start

 

 

 


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