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Now-March 31

Artists invited to submit 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 ten 2nd Street Stage events June 15 through Aug. 17 will be helping to sponsor this fun summer event and will receive a free stadium cup or koozie at the beer garden. Five hundred buttons will be made and available for purchase this spring and at the beer garden. Please draw your design within a 4-inch circle. Designs must include “2017,” “2nd St Stage” and “Park Rapids, MN.” They may be full color or black and white with color accents. Please remember this is a fun, summer, live music event. Deadline for submissions is March 31. 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. It is the PRDBA’s intent to continue the button design contest annually and create buttons that will become collectibles. New this year, the beer garden will open for a social hour before the concerts while people arrive, the bands set up and do sound checks, etc.

March 28

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Tornado Bob

Tornado-chaser, meteorologist and Grand Rapids radio personality Bob Conzemius will give the program at the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 at Armory Square. He will enlighten and entertain with information on tornadoes and aurora phenomena. The sessions are free. Refreshments are served. If weather conditions cause Park Rapids Schools to close, the program will be canceled with the hope of rescheduling.

March 29-31

Northern Light Opera Company auditions

Auditions for the Northern Light Opera Company’s summer production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29 at Pine Point School; from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 30 at the Bemidji High School choir room; and from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 31 at Calvary Lutheran Church, Park Rapids. Be prepared to sing one verse of a song and give a one- to two-minute monologue (Google “South Pacific”).

April 12

Northern Light Opera Company auditions, dance call & callbacks

Auditions for the Northern Light Opera Company’s summer production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 1 at Calvary Lutheran Church, Park Rapids. Be prepared to sing one verse of a song and give a one- to two-minute monologue (Google “South Pacific”). Dance call and callbacks will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at Calvary Lutheran Church, Park Rapids.

April 4

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Itasca State Park’s Little Known Secrets

Keith Butler will artfully recount some of the lesser known and intriguing historical tidbits from the park’s early days for the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 at Armory Square. The sessions are free. Refreshments are served. If weather conditions cause Park Rapids Schools to close, the program will be canceled with the hope of rescheduling.

April 9

Chatting in Real Time Event

The Park Rapids Area Library will host a casual symposium, Chatting in Real Time, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9 in the large meeting room. The second event in a series is titled Growing Up Girls with three young women visiting with three older women, prompting stories of growing up in different times and places. With a 75-year age span between some of the panelists, a variety of experiences and perspectives can be expected. Girl Scout Troop 330 will provide treats. These events provide opportunities to connect, view the world through a different lens, and expand understanding of history and society in relation to other people’s experiences.

May 9

Heartland Concert Series: America’s Roots of Pop

America’s Roots of Pop will entertain at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 9 at the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium with admission by season ticket. A multi-instrument phenomenon, Dave Bennett is a clarinet virtuoso who also plays electric guitar, piano and drums and vocalizes. One of the only artists saluting the Roots of Pop, Bennett covers music from the swing era and rock-n-roll to country, Elvis and the Beatles. His quartet consists of Bennett on clarinet, guitar, piano and vocals; Doug Cobb on drums; Todd Weed on piano; and Kurt Krahnke on bass. This show will not only showcase Bennett’s clarinet, but his fine voice as well as his famous “rockabilly” guitar and wild piano. Backed by their full repertoire of Swing, Dixieland and Benny Goodman standards, they will branch out with Elvis, Roy Orbison and other country and rock music. Membership packets are available at Beagle and Wolf Books in Park Rapids and Thrifty White Drug in Walker. For more information, go to www.heartlandconcertassociation.org.

Upcoming events

Check back for more details on these and other events

March 25 & 26 Park Rapids Area Reads Together / Teens Read Together
March 25 Firemen's Ball
March 28 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Tornado Bob
April 4 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Itasca State Park's Little Known Secrets
April 9 Chatting in Real Time Event
May 2 Hubbard County Historical Museum opens for the season
May 4 Nemeth Art Center opens for the season
May 7 Park Rapids Area Community Band Spring Concert
May 9 Heartland Concert Series: America's Roots of Pop
May 20 Minnesota Bike Opener at Red Bridge Park
May 21 Color Dash 5K Run/Walk
May 27 Amy Thielen book signing for "Give a Girl a Knife" at Nemeth Art Center in partnership with Beagle and Wolf Books
May 27 Park Rapids Farmers Market at Cwikla Ace Hardware opens for the season
June 10 Author Fest at the Park Rapids American Legion
June 15 2nd Street Stage starts
​June 27 Jefferson Highway Association/Lincoln Highway Association Northwoods Tour overnight in Park Rapids
​June 30-July 1 Park Rapids PRCA Rodeo
July 2-3 PBR Challenger Tour Bull Ride
July 4 Independence Day Celebration and Parade
July 12-16 Hubbard County Fair
July 27-28 Crazy Days
July 28-30, Aug. 2-5 Northern Light Opera Company presents "South Pacific"
July 28-Aug. 13 Quilt Minnesota / 11th Annual Shop Hop
July 31 Where's Waldo Party at Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery
Aug. 10-12 Legends & Logging Days

 


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