Kinship Partners' annual End of Summer Picnic is scheduled Aug. 20 at Lum Park in Brainerd.

All Kinship kids who attend will receive a new backpack full of school supplies and a bag of personal hygiene items.

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Kinship is in need of new school items such as three-ring binders, loose-leaf paper, scissors, glue sticks, school glue, pencil bags or boxes, pencils, pencil sharpeners, pens (blue, black and red), rulers, notebooks (college and wide-ruled), folders, markers, erasers, crayons and highlighters. Also needed (all new, full size): shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, dental floss, toothbrushes, body lotion, combs, brushes, washcloths and feminine hygiene products.

To donate, bring items to the Brainerd or the Pequot Lakes Kinship Partners offices by Friday.

For more information about Kinship Partners, call 829-4606 in Brainerd, (877) 730-5437 outside of Brainerd, e-mail mail@kinshippartners.org or visit the Web site at www.kinshippartners.org.

CLC only Minn. college to host CCID international students

For 2009-2010, Central Lakes College is the only college in Minnesota to host international students through a global education initiative backed by the Department of State.

Community Colleges for International Development approved CLC for placement of three students from Brazil and one from South Africa for one year of study. CCID directs the Community College Initiative in partnership with the U.S. State Department and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The initiative, in its third year, gives under-served, non-elite young adults from 14 countries an expense-paid year of training in their choice of seven study areas. The four incoming CLC students will focus on applied engineering.

Housed near campus with American students, the international students are matched with mentor families for support, said Joan Jenkins, project coordinator at CLC.

CCID students from Brazil are Stefanno Lira, 22; Andrea Schlittler, 23; and Raoni Marinho, 22; and the South African is Nondumiso Ndumo, 21.

Each will participate in 15 credit hours per semester at CLC and at least 60 hours of unpaid internships as well as volunteer activities. A key component is leadership and acquisition of knowledge essential to economic and democratic development for their home nations.

The program was created to reinforce the community college role in building international ties that enable nations to move forward economically and politically. To date, more than 500 international young adults have participated and returned home to contribute to the development of their countries.

Mentor families sharing responsibilities for the CLC students are Dr. Charles and Mary Benson, John and Shelly Richardson, Claudia Allene, Dr. William Faber, Ingrid Anderson, Dr. Rob and Rachel Posch, and Nikki and Cary Shoutz.

The students were scheduled to arrive the week of Aug. 9. The fall semester begins Aug. 24 at CLC.

Conservation and Wildlife Expo scheduled

The fourth annual Conservation and Wildlife Expo is scheduled Saturday and Sunday at the Wadena County Fairgrounds.

Included will be trap shooting and 3D archery competition, as well as a falconry demonstration, hourly presentations, free bird-house and duck-call building for kids, sporting goods and food vendors, scrapbooking and more.

Admission is $5 for adults; kids 14 and younger get in free.

Miracle of the monarch butterfly presentation

BREEZY POINT - Learn about the biology and migration of the monarch butterfly at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Breezy Point City Hall.

Grant Bowers, program coordinator at the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab, will talk about the monarch's life and metamorphosis from egg to adult butterfly. Bowers also will explain the journey monarchs embark on every August to reach their wintering sites in the mountains of Mexico.

Conservation and political issues related to the monarch migration also will be discussed. Those who attend will learn how they can help the monarch scientists by participating in the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project.

The hour-long presentation will conclude with a question-and-answer session.

This program is sponsored by the Breezy Point Parks and Recreation Committee, with a grant from the Pelican Lakes Conservation Club. Admission is free. For additional information, contact Breezy Point City Hall at (218) 562-4441.

Following the program at 3:30 p.m., more than 100 monarch butterflies will be released at the fifth annual butterfly event at the Pelican Woods Cemetery at Breezy Point. Featured soloist will be Paige Reiger. Butterflies are available for purchase for $10 each.

Bald eagle featured at CWEPA meeting

The Crow Wing Environment Protection Association's annual meeting is scheduled at 10 a.m. Aug. 20 at the Nisswa Community Center.

On hand will be a representative of the National Eagle Center in Wabasha. There will be an informative lecture on American bald eagles, complete with a live eagle that was injured and has been rehabilitated.