PINE RIVER -- The Pine River-Backus Dollars for Scholars will present Ethnic Fest on Feb. 22 with dinner served from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pine River American Legion.
Cost is $8 per person.
Participants will have a chance to win items donated by area craftsmen and artists at this celebration of ethnic backgrounds and cultures. To date there are foods from Italy, Ecuador, Mexico, Hawaii, Sweden, Germany, the Orient, Native American and Jewish populations.
All items will be prepared at Pine River-Backus schools with "serve safe" staff available. There will be a drawing every 15 minutes for a door prize.
Items available include a playhouse, donated by Backus/Hackensack Lumber; full size quilt donated by First Lutheran Quilting Circle; and artwork by an area artist and woodworking by area crafters.
Herb harvesting program slated
PINE RIVER -- Master Gardener Liana McCoy will present a program on herb harvesting do's and don'ts at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Community Resource Center Meeting Room, 245 Barclay Ave., Pine River.
She'll also share the best methods to preserve herbs.
Pre-registration is required. For more information and to pre-register, call the University of Minnesota Extension ServiceCass County at (218) 587-8280 or toll free at (866) 587-8281.
Cass Council on Aging to meet
CASS LAKE -- The Cass County Council on Aging will meet 1 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Cass Lake Senior Center, Cass Lake.
Before the meeting the Cass Lake seniors will host a luncheon at noon for a small donation. Call Barb at (218) 547-7414 for reservations by noon Feb. 14 or call (218) 444-8701.
Maple syrup clinic set in Grand Rapids
GRAND RAPIDS -- The Forest History Center, 2609 County Road 76, Grand Rapids, will be the site for a maple syrup clinic from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 19.
Carl Vogt, forester with the University of Minnesota, will cover a variety of topics for the beginner or the experienced syrup producer. Topics will include maple syrup production, marketing, tapping trees stressed by insects or drought, future trends and observations.
Participants are invited to bring a sample of their maple syrup to check its intensity, color and overall quality.
John Zasada, a forest researcher with the U.S. Forest Service North Central Forest Experiment Station in Grand Rapids, will introduce the idea of tapping paper birch trees. Alaskans are currently tapping birch trees and producing a variety of products from the sap.
Registrations will be accepted until Feb. 14. For information contact the Itasca County Extension Service at (218) 327-4177.
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