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Upcoming events July 17- Aug. 9

Saturday, July 17

Bemidji Civil Air Patrol is hosting its annual open house from 7 to 11 a.m. today (Saturday) at the Bemidji Regional Airport.

Cadets will be on hand to talk about Civil Air Patrol, giving presentations and demonstrations about the program and answering questions about Civil Air Patrol opportunities.

For more information go to or email  BemidjiCAP

Diane Sauer will be providing music at 10 a.m. today (Saturday) at the Park Rapids Farmers' Market, located at Pioneer Park on Main Street.

Sauer lives near Lake George and has been a musician at the Woodtick Theater in Akeley for 10 years.

She performs a variety of folk, bluegrass and country music on guitar, banjo and ukulele.

Bring a chair.

Widowed Friends Fellowship will meet at 4:30 p.m. for dinner today (Saturday) at Compañeros in Dorset with dominos to follow.

An evening of fun, history and music will be presented at 7:30 p.m. today (Saturday) in the Bemidji High School auditorium when the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra and Bemidji Chorale are joined by acclaimed historian, Clay S. Jenkinson as Thomas Jefferson. 

Hear Randall Thompson's "Testament of Freedom" performed under the direction of Music Director, Dr. Beverly Everett. 

Based on four texts of Thomas Jefferson, this choral/orchestral work will be enhanced with commentary by Thomas Jefferson. 

The audience is invited to join Mr. Jefferson (Jenkinson) after the concert for an informal talk.

Jenkinson is a humanities scholar, author and social commentator trained in English Renaissance Literature, as well as a Jefferson scholar, a Lewis and Clark scholar, and a student of the future of rural America.

He is the director of the Dakota Institute in Washburn, N.D, the president of Dakota Sky Education and the chief consultant for the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University. He writes a weekly column for the Bismarck Tribune, in addition to authoring numerous books.

Sunday, July 18

A benefit pork/turkey dinner for Pastor Ron and Phyllis Winters will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 18 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

A free will offering will be received and a silent auction will be held.

The Winters were involved in a car accident in March, the driver of the other car without insurance. Proceeds will go toward medical bills. Both are going through extensive therapy.

Tuesday, July 20

PEO Chapter T will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 20 at the home of Kathy Kavolak with Char Westrum and Diane Guinn as co-hostesses.

The program will address "getting to know our PEO scholars and recipients," presented by Bickey Bender and Jan Swedberg.

The Park Rapids Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, July 20 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Members and guests will create cupboard and drawer

sachets under the direction of Master Gardener Margaret Dutch. The sachets are natural insect repellants made of herbs and spices.

The garden club welcomes summer guests.

Thursday, July 22

The Park Rapids Area Library summer books sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 22 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 23 in the library basement.

Sponsored by Friends of the Library, the sale includes gently used hardcover and paperback books and more for all ages. It will feature older Danielle Steel novels at a special price, magazines for five cents, craft books and books on digital photography.

The second day holds additional bargains.

Raffle tickets for the quilt that was pieced and donated to the Friends of the Library will be available.

All ages are welcome; the library is handicapped accessible.

The Hubbard County Master Gardeners, using a grant from ConAgra Foods, will be working at the DNR Fisheries site at the Fish Hook River dam in Park Rapids from 10 a.m. to noon. Thursday, July 22.

The public is invited to attend the event, either to help pull specific weeds, plant native plants or simply learn about those plants and the project. 

Anyone wishing to work should wear long sleeves, gloves and sturdy shoes.  Participants may wish to bring a sack lunch. 

Master Gardeners will provide dessert treats, water and lemonade. 

People may call 237-3704 to register

The Downtown Business Association is sponsoring a free community picnic from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 22 on the first four blocks of Main to generate support during the renewal project.

Aang, from the television series Avatar and the new film, "The Last Airbender," will greet fans at Pioneer Park, courtesy of Arvig Communication Systems.

Entertainment at Pioneer Park will include the following: Fran Gack, Ben Ranson, Northern Light Wind Quintet, Alabaster Falls and Northern Light Opera Company.

Nate Luetgers will do caricature drawings and the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office will be doing Kids IDs. There will be live radio coverage as well.

The first 200 kids who eat at the picnic will receive a sand pail and shovel they can use to dig for prizes in a giant sand pile. Kids through age 12 are asked to sign up from 5 to 6 p.m. and the dig will start at 6 p.m.

Hot dogs and hamburgers, chips, cookies and soft drinks are on the menu. Other beverages and treats will be available from downtown restaurants.

A brief groundbreaking ceremony is planned at 4:45 p.m.

Bring a camera to capture before and after picture of historic Main street. Visitors are invited to pick up the new Positively Park Rapids Destination Guide, including a map of the area featuring the best places to shop, dine and play.

Contact Lu Ann Hurd-Lof, Park Rapids Downtown Business Association, 652-4081 or

  Tonic Sol-fa, a four-member a cappella group, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 22 at the Historic Holmes Theatre.

  Tonic Sol-fa has spent the past decade on the road carving their niche as the nation's top vocal group.  In that time, this quartet has been named one of the top five "must see" groups in America, has been awarded numerous original song and album awards in pop, gospel and holiday genres, appeared on NBC's Today Show and in Newsweek magazine.   

For ticket information, call the box office at 218-844-SHOW, visit 806 Summit Ave., or buy online at

Saturday, July 24

The North Country Trail Association, Itasca-Moraine chapter, is inviting hikers on a 3.3-mile hike beginning at 9:15 a.m.  Saturday, July 24

The starting point is where the North Country Trail crosses Hubbard Co. Rd. 91 approximately 15 miles north of Nevis/Dorset or 5.3 miles south of the intersection of Co. Rd. 91 and Highways 71/200. 

See  www.northcountry for detailed instructions to the starting point from several towns or call 218-675-5448. 

The hike goes from Steamboat Forest Road southeast to Refuge Road.

Hikers may take the Nelson Lake Campground Spur which will add a 1.6 mile hike around Nelson Lake.  The hike passes through spruce and red pine plantations with some terrific vistas.

The Friendly Squares will host the "Source of the Mississippi Hoedown" square dance on Saturday, July 24 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The event will start at 2 p.m. with a round dance workshop.  Then at 3 p.m. a "plus " square dance workshop, at 3:30 p.m. a mainstream workshop and at 4:30 p.m. a contra dance workshop.  

Club members will offer a supper at 5:30 p.m.  The evening dancing will start at 6:30 with round dancing and at 7 p.m. with mainstream square dancing with occasional plus tip and one contra dance.

Callers will be Tom Allen and Dick Rueter with Donna Stone cueing rounds and Duane Olson as prompter for contras. 

Visiting dancers and spectators are welcome.

Sunday, July 25

A Haiti outreach benefit dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 25 at Our Lady of the Pines parish hall.

The menu includes roast pork, cooked on site by Dave Luedke on site, cheesy potatoes, buns, coleslaw, desserts and beverages.

Hubbard United Methodist Church will dedicate its new organ at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 25 with the public invited to attend at no charge. Rev. Laurie Kantonen, the church's new minister, will welcome those in attendance.

Jim Hockin, guest organist, will play a varied concert on the Rodgers Signature 229 Organ, including works by Mozart, Bach, Haydn and an U.S. Armed Forces Tribute.

Hockin, who has been a piano soloist with the Minneapolis Symphony and Lake Harriet Orchestras, has studied organ with Edward D. Berryman. He recently retired from dental practice.

The Rodgers Signature Model 229 organ incorporates sound space technology, allowing the organist to select room sizes and wall types to create acoustic depth and realism, much like 3-D stereo.

The organ can be set to play pedal voices automatically so a pianist can comfortably play the organ without having to use the pedals. This organ utilizes USB memory stick technology for storage of sound settings. Performances may be recorded and re-played at a later time.

A reception will follow the concert.

Tuesday, July 27

The Central Lakes College Veterans' Resource Center in Brainerd will host an afternoon for American Indian military to explore higher education and educational benefits that are available.

The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 27 in C226, which is the Veterans' Resource Center at CLC.

A traditional blessing will open the event, followed by a feast, a tour of the campus and a presentation about the programs and services available to veterans, spouses and dependents.

Staff from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Higher Education Program and Veterans Upward Bound will be available to provide one-to-one guidance.

For information, contact Deb Dewey, Veterans' Resource Center civic

engagement coordinator, at 218-855-8279 or e-mail at

The Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) will offer a free grant writing workshop for anyone interested in applying for grants through the R2AC Tuesday, July 27 in the Park Rapids Area Library basement meeting room.

Individual artist grant/ McKnight career development fellowship grants will be discussed from 5 to 6:30 p.m., arts and cultural heritage grants from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and arts projects grants from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Advance registration is required. To reserve a place in a free workshop or for further information, call 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447 or email

The workshops will familiarize potential applicants with the application process, what projects are eligible, how to develop a project budget and other tips.

n The McKnight career development fellowship is open to established artists in all disciplines who show a commitment to their career. This 18-month fellowship provides the opportunity for career development experiences that will add depth and advancement to any artistic career. Two $6,000 fellowships will be awarded each year.

n The arts and cultural heritage grant writing session will be open to all art disciplines, any non-profit, school (including community education offices) and units of government. These grants support arts activities and arts access, education, and cultural heritage.

Individual artists can apply for grants up to $3,000 and organizations can apply for grants up to $6,000.

n The arts project grant writing session will be open to any non-profit organization, school (including community education offices), and units of government.

These grants offer funding for a variety of art projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, and artists-in-residence. Organizations can apply for grants up to $3,000.

n The individual artist grant writing session will be open to artists in all art disciplines. These grants offer funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities.

Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

Thursday, July 29

The Hubbard County Historical Society will be serving root beer floats from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 29 at the museum in conjunction with Crazy Days.

Friday, July 30

A lunch with M State officials will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 30 at North Point Lodge.

The event, hosted by the Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission, will address how the community will benefit from the partnership with M State, which has opened an office at the Frank White Education Center in Park Rapids.

Cost is $15. RSVP by calling 732-2256 or e-mailing

Monday, Aug. 9

North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji is offering an infant massage program for parents/caregivers and their infants birth to six months of age from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, August 9, 16 and 23 in conference room C at the hospital.

     The classes will be taught by certified infant massage instructor, Deb Vikre. She will demonstrate each massage stroke on a doll while parents practice along with their baby.

New information is presented at each class and to fully understand the benefits and learn all the various techniques, participants are encouraged to attend all three classes in the series. 

Each series is $40, to be paid in advance to the education department at the NCRH or by mail to North Country Regional Hospital, Education Department, 1300 Anne Street NW, Bemidji, MN, 56601. Registration can be done by phone at 218-333-5578 or 218-333-5702, e-mail at, or by postal mail to the address above.

The benefits of infant massage have been shown to promote bonding between parents and their babies. Massage releases endorphins and therefore can assist the baby in by relieving discomfort from teething, congestion, colic and emotional stress. 

Other benefits include relaxation and enhancement of neurological development, relieves gas, promotes better sleep, improves digestion, enhances bonding, improves muscle toning, and aids growth and strengthening of the immune system.