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Upcoming events Sept. 1-14

Wednesday, Sept. 1

Faith Baptist Church announces the beginning of the AWANA Clubs for the 2010-2011 year. 

Youth from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 are invited to participate in the Wednesday evening activities.

Pre-registration will take place from 5 to 6:30 tonight  (Wednesday).

AWANA will be held from 6:55 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Sept. 8.

The clubs - Cubbies; Sparks, grades K-2 and Truth and Training, 4-6 - meet weekly unless canceled by weather or holidays. 

Faith Baptist Church is located on Highway 71, one mile south of the Highway 34/71 intersection.

AWANA Clubs are a Bible-centered, youth oriented, weekly club program for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade. 

Club night is divided into three sessions: game time, handbook time (reciting memorized sections and having one-on-one time with the leaders) and council time (singing, stories, contests and handing out awards).

Uniform awards are given for learning sections and doing activities in the AWANA handbooks. 

AWANA culminates on award night in May when parents are invited to see clubbers receive special trophies and ribbons for completed work done throughout the club year.

Faith Baptist Church also sponsors grades 7-8 Cornerstone and 9-12 Rock Solid youth groups that meet during the same time. Cornerstone youth meet in the chapel and Rock Solid in the Family Life Center. 

Adults are invited to join a weekly Bible study and prayer group, a women's Bible study, or a parents' time-out that meets in the coffee shop.  A nursery is available for those attending the Bible study and AWANA.

Children of any denomination are welcome to attend and parents are encouraged to come and visit the meetings throughout the year.  

Families who are not able to pre-register Sept. 1 are welcome to register on the first night of club or on the first night they attend throughout the year. 

For more information, call the church office, 732-1404, or Judd Fischer, 732-2025.

Saturday, Sept. 4

Ruby's Pantry food distribution will be held Saturday, Sept. 4 at the Menahga VFW Club. 

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the food distribution following at 10:30 a.m. 

The cost is $15 per share.  Bring your own baskets and boxes for food. 

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

The White Birch Artists group will exhibit their works at the North Country Museum of Arts Sept. 4-29 with a reception to be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12.

The group has existed in Park Rapids for about 30 years.  There are currently 28 members representing a variety of mediums.  They gather to support each other and the arts in our area.

Admission is free; donations are appreciated.

Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through September

The NCMA is located on the second floor of the historic Hubbard County Courthouse.

Long Lake Theater's third annual food drive begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4.

Enjoy the tunes of "The Silk Strings," featuring Brian Keske. Local musician Brian Keske and his teenage granddaughter will perform an eclectic mix of bluegrass, gospel and classical music on cello, mandolin, violin and guitar.

Writers, actors, musicians and comedians are also invited to the open mic session.

Admission is a cash donation or nonperishable food item for the Hubbard County Food Shelf. For more info, call 732-0099 or visit www.longlaketheater. com.

Tuesday, Sept. 7

Chapter T of the PEO Sisterhood will meet at 9 a.m.   Tuesday, Sept. 7 in the lower level meeting room of Citizens National Bank

The program is the annual Noisy Auction. Hostesses are Renee Bexell and Char Westrum.

The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will once again engage intellect and the imagination with classical learning sessions from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Northwoods Bank community room.

Sessions - ranging from fine arts, liberal arts, philosophy, literature, history, comparative religion and languages - are free and open to the public. Refreshments are served.

Members of the Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center will kick off the season Sept 7, explaining the mission and expectations of this new cooperative of local artists.

The Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center (BCG) is an artist co-op representing the north central Minnesota lakes area based in Park Rapids.

An incorporated nonprofit art cooperative, the Blank Canvas Gallery's purpose is to showcase the significant originality and scope of artistic talent in the north central Minnesota lakes region. 

BCG plans to offer opportunities for people to participate in co-op functions and gain deeper experience in artistic interests.

Motion, performance and written arts will also find Blank Canvas Gallery support and staging.  

The gallery has more than 16 artists represented at present.  Shows will include: digital art, enamel, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, line drawing, mixed media, painting, paper, photography, pottery, printmaking, sculpture, and wood.

If you have any questions or need a season brochure, contact LuAnne White at 732-7939 or at hclifelong

Car pooling is requested due to limited parking.

Social justice activist Audrey Thayer will speak on "The Five Freedoms of the First Amendment" at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Thayer has been employed by the American Civil Liberties of Union-Minnesota (ACLU-MN) since 2004, creating the first model project in the country that specifically focuses on Native American racial justice issues.

She has worked in the areas of domestic violence, racial justice and anti-war/peace issues. She has been engaged in many other aspects of social justice issues including woman's issues; gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender issues and the arts.

Thayer is an enrolled member of the White Earth Reservation.

Thayer's presentation is hosted by the Park Rapids League of Women Voters (PRLWV). The public is invited to attend. The regularly-scheduled monthly business meeting of the PRLWV will follow the program. Those who wish to attend the business meeting are welcome to stay.

An initial defensive driving course will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7 and Thursday, Sept. 9 at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

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

Wednesday, Sept. 8

The Hubbard County Historical Society will host a soup and salad luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8 at the museum.

The public is welcome.

Detroit Lakes NARFE (National Active & Retired Federal Employees) chapter 1842 will meet Wednesday, Sept. 8 at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes.

Lunch, at participants' expense, begins at noon with the business meeting beginning at 1 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 10

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, Sept. 10 at the Century School in Park Rapids. 

There will be a "plus' workshop from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.  The caller will be Abe Maier and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips.

Club members will furnish a potluck lunch after the dance.  All square dancers and spectators are welcome. 

An introduction to square dancing will be offered at the high school in Park Rapids at 7 pm on Monday, Oct. 4.

SAturday, Sept. 11

Slip on your running shoes Saturday, Sept. 11 and head to Detroit Lakes for the 15th Annual Dick Beardsley Marathon, two-person relay, 5K walk/run and Kids' 1K run, with hometown hero Beardsley and guest running legend Kathrine Switzer.

  Start time is 8:30 a.m. near the DL Pavilion, and course will close at 11:30 a.m. Kids' 1K run with Beardsley begins at 11 a.m. near the DL Pavilion.

  There will be a spaghetti feed featuring Beardsley and Switzer from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10 at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center. Beardsley and Switzer will be speaking at 7:30 p.m.

Beardsley is known throughout the running world. He holds the Grandma's Marathon course record, is a two-time champion of the Grandma's Marathon, and is the fifth fastest U.S. male runner. His most famous run was his second place finish in the 1982 Boston Marathon, known as "The Duel in the Sun."

  Switzer "broke the gender barrier" by being the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Switzer has since won the New York City Marathon (1974), created running events for over a million women in 27 countries and led the drive to get the women's marathon event into the Olympic Games (1984). She is also an Emmy Award-winning TV commentator and author. 

Register online at through Sept. 6 or send in an entry form to the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center. To be eligible for the pre-registration discount, entries must be postmarked by Sept. 1.

Race packets and registration will be available at the DL Pavilion from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10 or the morning of the races from 7 to 8 a.m.

  Call Brent Wolf at 218-844-4221 ext. 118 with questions or to volunteer.

The First City Ethnic Arts Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Sept. 11 and 12 at the Hungry Bear Banquet and Conference Center, 2300 24th St. NW in Bemidji.  

The event is free and open to the public.

Hosted by Gallery North Art Gallery and the Northern Artists Association, the event will offer a little bit of fun for young and old.

Over 35 vendors will have their wares for sale with entertainment throughout the event.

This event is sponsored, in part, by a Community Arts Support Grant.

A limited number of vendor spaces are available. Contact Jeannine Brooks 218-444-4482 for more information or to reserve a space.

Thursday, Sept. 16

The ACLU-MN, Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project is hosting an evening dinner, "Five Rights of Freedom, Our First Amendment," beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 at Sparkling Waters Restaurant in Bemidji

The event will feature a panel of guest speakers. Peter Erlinder, professor at William Mitchell College of Law, will speak about our freedom of speech and our right to petition the government. 

Brad Swenson, Bemidji Pioneer political editor, will speak about the freedom of the press. 

Tim Faver, Beltrami County Attorney, will speak about our right to assemble. 

Chuck Samuelson, executive director, ACLU-MN, will speak about the freedom of religion. 

Jim Allen, of Leech Lake, will moderate. 

To reserve your place please call ACLU-MN, GMRJP at 218-444-2285.

The dinner event is limited to 50 people.

Saturday, Sept. 18

The third annual Leather & Leavez Motorcycle Rally will take place Saturday, Sept. 18 in Detroit Lakes.

There will be a freewill pancake feed at 10 a.m., and the ride will start at noon in the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center parking lot.

  Riders will say farewell to summer as they travel through the vibrant autumn colors of Minnesota lakes county. 

There will be free chips and salsa at the stops for all riders and pre-registered riders (by Thursday, Sept. 2) will receive a free t-shirt.

The day will wrap up with food, music and fun. There will be a grand prize vacation raffle, 50/50 raffles, door prizes and more. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the DLCCC.

  For more information or to register, call Becky Mitchell at 218-844-4221 ext. 117 or go online to  

Monday, Sept. 20

The Park Rapids Classic Chorale, under the interim direction of Paul Dove, Anita Hannemann and Gary Stennes, will begin rehearsals for the fall/Christmas season at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. 

Potluck treats will be shared mid-rehearsal to welcome returning and new members. Plan to come early and visit as well.

  "Caroling, Caroling" will be the title of the fall/winter concert to be performed Dec. 10 and 12. Singers will be gathering Monday evenings to work on carols by such composers as Alfred Burt, John Rutter, Rene Clausen, Morten Lauridsen and others.

  New members in all voices are welcome.  For further information, contact Bob White at 732-9310 or any of the directors.

Wednesday, Sept. 22

The Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center will host a watercolor workshop, "Plant Portraits in Nature," from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the visitor center at Itasca State Park.

Levels are beginning, intermediate and advanced. Sandy Miles is the presenter.

Bring a sack lunch.

Friday, Sept. 24

A square dance will be hosted by the Friendly Squares Friday, Sept. 24 at the Century School. 

There will be a "plus" workshop from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.  The caller will be Jim Lizakowski and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips. 

There will be a potluck lunch furnished by the club members.  All dancers and spectators are welcome. 

The club will offer square dance lessons starting Monday, Oct. 11 at the high school.

Friday, Oct. 14

Bemidji State University's Optivation venture will sponsor an Adventures in Lifelong Learning fall conference in collaboration with the Park Rapids Area Headwaters and the Bagley Area Northern Exposure Lifelong Learning Centers Thursday and Friday, Oct. 14-15.

Feature speakers are Art Lee, professor emeritus of history at Bemidji State University, and Janet Jacobson.

The Bemidji site will sponsor eight lectures this fall on topics ranging from the glacial geology of north-central Minnesota to nature photography to an examination of China's emergence as a world power.

The fall lecture series begins Tuesday, Sept. 21 and runs weekly through Tuesday, Nov. 9. The presentations will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Optivation's off-campus facility at 3801 Bemidji Ave. N. in Bemidji.

For more information, contact Optivation at 218- 755-4900 or optivation@