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Upcoming events May 31 - June 6

Monday, May 31

The Wolf  Lake chapter of the Minnesota Finnish American Historical Society will host a pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, at the Wolf Lake Lions Hall. 

The menu will include pancakes, ham and homemade fruit syrups. 

A free will donation will help fund scholarships to Salolampi, the Finnish language camp at Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji. Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, June 1

Brush up on basic tennis skills with classes to be offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 1-3 at Depot Courts. 

Advanced players will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. and intermediate from 6 to 7 p.m. 

Barb Thomason and Lois Nordman will be instructing. To register or for more information, contact Community Education at 237-6600.

Wednesday, June 2

The ninth annual St. Joseph's Area Health Services Foundation golf benefit will be held Wednesday, June 2, at Blueberry Pines Golf Club.


There are many ways to support this fundraiser, which benefits St. Joseph's Hospice program and provides scholarships for area students pursuing health care degrees.

By being a sponsor, giving an in-kind gift, playing the 18-hole scramble or volunteering to help, you can be part of the community celebration.

Registration is at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The helicopter ball drop is at 5:30 p.m. with a chipping contest at 6 p.m. and closing ceremony and barbecue at 6:30 p.m.

Community support helps Hospice make over 3,000 home visits to more than 100 families in our area and provides scholarships to selected area college-bound students.

Contributions to St. Joseph's are charitable donations.

Contact St. Joseph's Communication/ Development office at 237-5711 for registration information, in-kind gift forms, or volunteer opportunities.

Thursday, June 3

A defensive driving refresher course will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 3 at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

To register, call Dave Free, instructor, at 732-7008.

Saturday, June 5

A Ruby's Pantry Food distribution will be held Saturday, June 5 at the Assumption of Our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga. 

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the food distribution following at 10:30 a.m.  The cost is $15 per share.  Bring baskets and boxes for food. 

Volunteers are also needed "and much appreciated."  Contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501 for more information.

Audrey's Purple Dream ATV ride, benefiting a fund for area residents battling cancer and their families, will set off at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 5 from the Stompin' Grounds, two miles north of Akeley on Highway 64.

The event is sponsored by the Timberland Dirt Devils. Participants need not ride but simply come out in support of those in need of services.

A ladies luncheon benefiting Haiti school children will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 5 at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Nevis.

The event's menu includes a mandarin chicken salad with programs by local artists and door prizes.

RSVP to 652-4005 by Tuesday, June 1.

Saturday, June 5

.Celebrate National Trails Day Saturday, June 5 with a guided hike on the North Country National Scenic Trail with the Laurentian Lakes chapter.

The hike begins at 1 p.m. at the Old Headwaters (Clearwater CSAH 39) Trailhead.

This is an easy to moderate hike with shuttle service for 4 miles on the North Country National Scenic Trail between the Old Headwaters and Highway 113 trailheads.

The western portion of the hike follows the north/south continental divide in northeastern Becker County. This includes an unnamed 1,700-foot hill with views for miles, including Tim-Don-Del Hill eight miles to the east.

A chapter meeting follows at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. at Bad Medicine Resort.

An RSVP for the roasted chicken family style dinner is required by Monday, May 31.

Contact Ray Vlasak at 573-3243 or highpines

This is a rain or shine event.

The trailhead is located 1.3 miles north of Highway 113 on Clearwater CSAH 39 (Becker CSAH 37. Bad Medicine Resort is located two miles south of Highway 113 on East Bad Medicine Lake Road.

A kick-off-to-summer picnic and silent auction will be held Saturday, June 5 at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

Games begin at 3 p.m. with food - burgers, brats, fish and more - served from 5 to 7 p.m.

Proceeds benefit St. Johns Lutheran Youth to defer costs for a national youth gathering in New Orleans.

Everyone is welcome.

Sunday, June 6

The fifth annual Ride for the Troops fundraiser will be Sunday, June 6.

Riders will leave from Bemidji at noon and take a route through Becida, Zerekel, Naytahwaush, Lake Itasca and Shevlin, arriving