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March 19

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Life of a National Geographic Photographer

Richard Hamilton Smith will share some of his award-winning photos for the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program March 19. 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 22

Minnesota State Band Concert

The Minnesota State Band will give a concert at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22 at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium. The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council and Park Rapids Community Education are sponsoring the event which will include a program for band students during the school day. Admission will be free but donations will be taken to offset expenses. The concert with Keith Liuzzi conducting, will feature two band members as soloists: Tom Wells on tuba (Park Rapids) and Fred Larson on clarinet (Wadena). The band will also perform its most recent  commissioned work, One Fair Summer Eve by David Evan Thomas. This four-movement suite (Pronto, Carousel, Princess Kay of the Milky Way, On Machinery Hill) depicts different aspects of the Minnesota State Fair. The Minnesota State Band is the state’s official band. Founded in 1898, the 60-piece concert band is the only remaining State Band in the nation.

March 26

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Eleanor's Wars

Novelist Ames Sheldon will discuss her novel about a female ambulance driver in World War I and the impact her experience had on her descendants for the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program March 26. 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 28 & 29

Northern Light Opera Company auditions

Whether you’re a retiree or a teenager, Northern Light Opera Company (NLOC) has a challenge or opportunity for you. Auditions for The Drowsy Chaperone will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 28 and 29 at Calvary Lutheran Church, Park Rapids. Some of the principal roles are: Man in Chair, Groom, Best Man, Starlet, Chaperone, Wealthy Widow, Latin Lothario, Butler, Gangsters, Producer, Aviatrix as well as numerous ensemble members. Those auditioning should be prepared to sing a short song and deliver a one- to two-minute monologue. For additional information and to sign up for a time slot, go to www.northernlightopera.org.

April 2

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Preserving South Africa's Wildlife

Fanie Ernst, who recently retired to Park Rapids from his home in South Africa, will speak about some large game reserves in South Africa April 2 at the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning. 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.

April 9

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Ole's Trunk

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will host Roger Hellesvig, speaking as his great-grandfather Ole Oleson, for the program April 9.  Hellesvig will describe some of the challenges faced by a Norwegian immigrant to Minnesota in the mid-1800s. 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.

April 12

Park Rapids Lakes Area Fishing Expo

Chip Leer will be the featured guest speaker at the Park Rapids Lakes Area Fishing Expo from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 12 at Riverside United Methodist Church. Leer is a 2019 Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame inductee, fishing guide, outdoors communicator, product promoter and developer as well as the stage and TV host for Cabela’s Walleye Tour. He will speak at 6:50 p.m. Special guests are Jason Durham, Brian “Bro” Brosdahl, Jason Freed, Paul Nelson and Kev Jackson. There will be a panel discussion and expo open house style gathering for those attending to learn about the latest equipment and how to protect our fishing resources. The Expo is free and sponsored by is the Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations, MN Department of Natural Resources, Riverside Church and Hubbard County Environmental Services.

April 14

Heartland Concert Association: Brassfire

The Heartland Concert Association concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 will feature Brassfire at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium. Jens Lindemann, Brassfire, is hailed as one of the most celebrated trumpet soloists in the instrument's history. He has played in every major venue in the world, playing exclusively on 24k gold plated trumpets. Jens redefines the idea of a concert artist by transcending stylistic genres and the very stereotype of his instrument with "impeccable attacks, agility and amazing smoothness."

April 16

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Sleep and Health - Dream Your Way to a Better Brain

Diane Pittman, MD, explores the way sleep impacts our memory, immune system, weight, aging and more. She will speak on sleep and health at the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program April 16. 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.

May 2

Nemeth Art Center opens

The Nemeth Art Center (NAC) has a wonderful season of exhibits and events planned from May through September. The NAC will open May 2 with a nationally recognized, award-winning, traveling exhibit in partnership with the Minnesota Humanities Center, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian: "Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations.” Alongside this exhibit, Minnesota artist Kyong Juhn’s “Walk for Hope and Peace” exhibit will take visitors along a 330-mile journey through Minnesota that pays homage to the long walk Juhn’s mother took from North to South Korea after the war. The Nemeth Art Center is located in the Historic Hubbard County Courthouse, 301 Court Avenue, Park Rapids. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Open hours are Thursdays-Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

May 4

Park Rapids Area Community Band Spring Concert

Adam Tervola Hultberg of New York Mills will conduct the Park Rapids Area Community Band’s Spring Concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at the Park Rapids High School auditorium. Titled “Around the World in 90 Minutes,” the program will begin in the United States by presenting a rendition of “Amazing Grace” by California composer Frank Ticheli. The sonic experience will sojourn to the United Kingdom (Gustav Holst), Germany (J.S. Bach), Armenia (Alfred Reed), Italy (Luigi Denza), France (Alexandre Guilmant) and Africa (Robert W. Smith). As if this journey is not extensive enough, the band wishes to go to a galaxy far away with a montage of themes from Star Wars (John Williams). All Park Rapids Area Community Band concerts are free and open to the public. A free will offering will be taken.

Upcoming events

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March 19 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Life of a National Geographic Photographer
March 22 Minnesota State Band Concert
March 26 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Eleanor's Wars
March 28 & 29 Northern Light Opera Company auditions
April 2 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Preserving South Africa's Wildlife
April 9 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Ole's Trunk
April 12 Park Rapids Lakes Area Fishing Expo
April 14 Heartland Concert: Brassfire
April 16 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Sleep and Health
May 2 Nemeth Art Center opens
May 3 and 5 Park Rapids Classic Chorale Concerts
May 4 Park Rapids Area Community Band Concert
May 8 Park Rapids Area High School Choir Concert
June 6 Noon Hour Concerts start
June 13 2nd Street Stage starts
July 25 & 26 Crazy Days

 

 

 

 

 

 


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