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Upcoming events Oct. 2-6

Saturday, Oct. 2

Park Rapids Area Community Band rehearsals continue at 10 a.m. today (Saturday) in the Park Rapids Area High School band room for the Nov. 21 concert.

A complete schedule and history of the band can be found at

Fall into fun at Perham's 5th annual Harvest Fest today (Saturday).

Bob for apples, carve a pumpkin, go for a hayride and enjoy the food.

The event begins at 9 a.m. with the opening of a two-location flea market featuring log furniture, jelly, antiques and woodturning.

A live band (After Dark), a magician, petting zoo and community rummage sale are on the agenda.

For more information on the family event, contact Kathy at 218-346-7550.

Ruby's Pantry food distribution will be held today (Saturday) at the Assumption of our Lake Catholic Church in Menahga. 

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the food distribution following at 10:30 a.m.  Bring your own baskets and boxes for food. 

Volunteers are needed and much appreciated.  For more information, contact Karol or Dave at 218-564-4501. 

St. Theodore's Catholic Church in Laporte will host a harvest sale and luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. today (Saturday).

All are welcome.

Community Ladies Aid will host their 49th annual harvest supper with serving beginning at 3 p.m. today (Saturday) in the Deerfield Town Hall.

The menu includes turkey and ham, homemade pie and buns, rutabagas, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberries and cabbage salad.

There will be a bazaar and raffle.

From Akeley, head down Highway 64 nine miles. Signs will be posted.

First English Church of Dorset will host the annual harvest dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today (Saturday).

The menu includes roast beef and pork, mashed potatoes and gravy, squash, green beans, scalloped corn, coleslaw, bread, dessert and beverage.

A free will offering will be received.

Sunday, Oct. 3

The annual Masonic pancake breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 3 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and grits, coffee and juice.

Tickets are available at the door or from a Mason.

Wolf Lake Rescue Squad will host a fall feast from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 at the Wolf Lake Lions Hall.

The menu includes brats, burgers, potato salad, sauerkraut and baked beans. A free will donation will be received.

There will be a silent auction and door prizes.

A clay pigeon shoot, hosted by the Wolf Lake Shooting Club, will be held from noon to 2 p.m. with prizes awarded.

Join the Hike for Hope on the North Country Trail commemorating 9/11 Sunday, Oct. 3. 

The hike will commence in the Chippewa National Forest and end in the Paul Bunyan State Forest passing by a new campground established this fall. 

This 4.9 mile hike begins at 1 p.m. at the NCT trailhead 5 miles southwest of Walker on Cass CSAH 12.  

The hike ends at Parkway Forest Road.  Hikers should bring layered clothing, carry water and a snack.  Call 218-732-9226 with questions. 

The Bemidji State University Department of Music kicks off its 2010-11 performance season Sunday, Oct. 3, with the annual Carl O. Thompson Memorial concert.

The show is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

In addition to performances by BSU's major performing ensembles, the concert will feature student performances by the two winners of the Carl O. Thompson scholarship.

Performing ensembles will be the Bemidji State University Wind Ensemble,

Jazz Band I, the Bemidji Chamber Singers and the Bemidji Choir.


Monday, Oct. 4

Chapter FJ of the PEO sisterhood will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4 in the home of Jan Rumpza. 

Shirley Tobias will be the co-hostess.  Kay Hamblin will give the program on Mahube and the services they provide.  Call with regrets.

Tuesday, Oct. 5

 Chapter T of the PEO Sisterhood will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 9 a.m. at the home of Cheryl Steinborn.

Co-hostesses are Bobbi Zigmant and Jan Swedberg.

    New members will be initiated.

Dr. Bill Dicks and Mark Papke-Larson will discuss Advance Medical Directives from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 at Optivation's 3801 Bemidji Ave. N. facility.

The Bemidji State University's Adventures in Lifelong Learning lecture is free and open to the public.

Dicks, a pain management specialist at Sanford Clinic in Bemidji, and Papke-Larson, the chaplain at Bemidji's North Country Health Services, will provide a look at the often difficult discussions surrounding the use of life-sustaining medical treatments.

Tools such as Advance Medical Directives, written by patients, and Do Not Rescuscitate orders, initiated by physicians, have proven to be useful, but inadequate to the task.

Dicks and Papke-Larson will lead a discussion on a new tool called a Provider's Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment that promises to help guide quality end-of-life care.

Go on a Minnesota vacation with photographer Doug Ohman as he explores many of the state's most interesting state parks Tuesday, Oct. 5.

Ohman will sign books and chat with people from 11 a.m. to noon at the Park Rapids Area Library.  He will share photography from his book, "Prairie, Lake, Forest: Minnesota's State Parks," from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Northwoods Bank.

Ohman has visited all 66 parks and has stories, history and personal adventures to share. St. Paul Pioneer Press outdoors editor Chris Niskanen wrote the text of the book.

Ohman is a self-taught photographer who has traveled extensively throughout Minnesota capturing the historic flavor of the state through the lens of his camera.  He has a degree in history and geography from the University of Minnesota. 

He has published many books for the Minnesota Historical Society Press on Minnesota subjects such as cabins, schoolhouses, churches, courthouses, barns and libraries.

The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning and the Kitchigami Regional Library -Park Rapids are co-sponsors of the event.

For more information, call or e-mail LuAnne White at 732-7939 or hclifelonglearn

"Principles of mindful eating" will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 at St. Mary's Innovis Health conference rooms A and B in Detroit Lakes.

Social worker Michelle England will help participants create a beneficial relationship with food.

Reserve a spot by calling 218-844-0719.

Faith Baptist is sponsoring a 13-week DivorceCare support group and seminar for those who are separated or divorced at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 in the Family Life Center of Faith Baptist Church, Park Rapids. 

  DivorceCare offers information on ways to heal from the hurt of separation and/or divorce.  A trained counselor will facilitate each group. It will incorporate both small group discussions and DVD presentations from a variety of professionals.

Materials will be available at the meeting.  The cost is $25.  No childcare is available.  For more information or to register, call 732-1404.  Faith Baptist is located one mile south of the Highway 34/71 intersection.

Wednesday, Oct. 6

Using costume, props and storytelling, Laurie Johnson will portray Maud Hart Lovelace, a Minnesota writer, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Hart, born in 1892 in Mankato, believed she was born to write. Her happy childhood led to keeping diaries and scrapbooks from which she created her popular Betsy-Tacy series of children's books, the first published in 1940. The resonating theme throughout her books is the importance of friends and family in shaping her world view.

Lovelace also wrote many other books which included several historical novels set in Minnesota such as Early Candlelight published in 1929. It explored the lives of fur traders, Minnesota Indians and soldiers at Fort Snelling.

She married another writer, Delos Lovelace, in Minneapolis in 1917 and moved to New York. She always considered Minnesota "her home," but she retired to California and died there in 1980. She is buried in Mankato.