A beginner-oriented, hands-on outdoor photography class is scheduled from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Charles Lindbergh State Park near Little Falls.
Participants will be introduced to photography techniques before trying them out in the park. Bring your own camera and meet at the picnic shelter. The program is free but a vehicle permit is required to enter the park.
For more information or to sign up, call (320) 616-2525.
The park entrance is located one mile southwest of Little Falls on Lindbergh Drive South.
Quilt show scheduled at Weyerhaeuser Museum
LITTLE FALLS - A much-anticipated event is returning to The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls.
Items from the Prairie Point Quilters, a local quilting group, will be available for viewing from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 25 and 1-4 p.m. April 26.
Admission is free and all ages are welcome.
For more information, call (320) 632-4007.
The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum is located at 2151 South Lindbergh Drive, Little Falls.
'Coffee with the President' planned April 29
Larry Lundblad, president of Central Lakes College, is making himself available for informal conversation and a listening period on the Brainerd and Staples campuses.
"Coffee with the President" sets aside about an hour for a mid-day conversation with students and any others to discuss college. A noon-hour availability period on the Brainerd campus is planned April 29.
Mother's Day tea scheduled at Salem Lutheran Church
DEERWOOD - "A Butterfly Garden Tea" is the theme for the Deerwood Lakes Lions' annual Mother's Day tea from noon to 2 p.m. May 9 at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood.
The hall will be transformed into a garden tea atmosphere complete with decorated tables, tea delicacies and dulcimer and piano music. A presentation on butterfly gardening also is planned.
Tickets are $15 per person. Space is limited; seating sold out early last year. Reservations must be made by contacting Diann Bates at (218) 546-5237 before May 1.
Earth Day Expo scheduled at Great River Arts in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS - The third annual Earth Day Expo is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25 at the Great River Art Center, 122 S.E. First St., Little Falls.
The event is free and open to the public and will include local artists, "green" businesses, music and activities for children.
The coordinator of the event, Heidi Steadman, is looking for additional participants who have information to share, alternative energy solutions and products with a "green" nature.
In 2008, approximately 150 people attended.
Each vendor donates one item to give away in a drawing and there's a small vendor entrance fee to help cover costs. Volunteers are welcome to participate and to help with kids activities, cleanup and various other tasks.
To participate or volunteer, contact Steadman at (320) 632-6632.
Elderquest film series slated to begin April 24
IRONTON - The first of four film discussion sessions, led by Prof. Robert Yahnke, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 24 at Gary's in Ironton.
Subsequent sessions will take place at the Heartwood Apartments meeting room on the main floor in Crosby.
Films in the series include "Young at Heart" and "Man on a Train," plus two others of particular interest to older adults.
A focus for this year's series is what makes critics rave or pan a film. Participants will be introduced to each film before viewing it. Bring a bag lunch to eat during the viewing. Coffee, tea, water and cookies will be provided.
The fee, which covers all sessions, is $10 for Unlimited Learning members, $25 for non-members. The series is funded in part by a Lifelong Learning Grant from the Minnesota Humanities Center,
Registration is limited to 35. Contact Larry Foote at (218) 678-3034 to sign up.
Retired state archaeologist to speak at Old Wadena meeting
STAPLES - The Old Wadena Society's annual meeting and spring program is scheduled at 1 p.m. April 19 at TMaxwells in Staples.
The program speaker is David Nysteun, retired state archaeologist and anthropologist. Nysteun has a wealth of experience, having worked in all 87 counties in Minnesota.
Using slides and narration, Nysteun will take the audience on a tour of little-known sites and happenings of historic significance.
Throughout his career, Nysteun held a number of posts with the Minnesota Historical Society. He organized and carried out archaeological excavations, was director of the society's historical tours program for 10 years and helped organize more than 250 nonprofit organizations. As supervisor of markers and monuments for more than 20 years, he researched, selected sites, erected historical markers and coordinated signs for museums and markers statewide.
The Old Wadena program is free and open to the public. Those attending may choose to come early for the breakfast buffet or order lunch from the menu before the program.
Annual reports, the election of three board members of the Old Wadena Society and the announcing of the Old Wadena Society's Founders Award also are scheduled.
Also, plans for the coming year at Old Wadena will be discussed.
The Old Wadena group, formerly known as the Wadena Historical and Environmental Learning Project, annually sponsors the Old Wadena Rendezvous and Folk Music Festival the second weekend of August at Old Wadena County Park just north of Staples on the Crow Wing River.
Archaeological field study planned at Old Wadena park
WADENA - The Wadena County Historical Society and the Old Wadena Society have scheduled an archaeological field study program in Old Wadena Park from June 15 to July 4.
Professor of Anthropology Katherine Hayes from the University of Minnesota will lead the program. Both graduate and undergraduate students will participate.
Hayes has previously explored sites connected with the fur trade era in upstate New York.
In Wadena County, the class will search for artifacts connected to the fur trade in the area - where the Leaf River and the Partridge River join the Crow Wing River.
Area residents will visit the site during the class, and a day will be set aside for those who want to learn more about the archaeologist's craft.
More information may be obtained by contacting the Wadena County Historical Society at (218) 631-9079.
Nominations open for SCF awards
The Staples Community Foundation seeks to honor those who have contributed to the community with the opening of nominations for its Distinguished Service Awards.
The Community Awards Celebration is scheduled Oct. 8 at T.Maxwell's Restaurant, Staples.
Nominations will be accepted through June 15 in six categories: Citizen of the year, group or organization of the year, business of the year, youth of the year, the Duane R. Lund Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Chairman's Award.
Emphasis of the Chairman's Award may be suggested by the person submitting the nomination. Possibilities might include volunteer, senior citizen, educator, police officer, firefighter, medical person, farmer, child care provider, etc. - anything that does not fit into the other five categories.
Nomination letters should include contact information (name, address, phone number and e-mail address) of the individual or organization making the nomination; contact information of the individual, group, business or organization being nominated; and a response to the following question: How has the individual or group contributed to the well-being of the Staples community?
Nomination letters should be sent to the Staples Community Foundation, P.O. Box 101, Staples, MN 56479.
Additional information and nomination forms may be found on the Staples Community Foundation Web site at www.staplesfound.org.
The Staples Community Foundation is a component fund in partnership with the Initiative Foundation. Its mission is to develop and strengthen community resources and to enhance the quality of life of individuals, families and organizations in and around the Staples community. Its focus is to strengthen youth and families, improve community appearance and increase community involvement and a sense of belonging.
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