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Upcoming events Oct. 16-20

Saturday, Oct. 16

The Headwaters Intervention Center fall fundraiser, a spaghetti and meatball dinner and silent auction, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Park Rapids American Legion.

Eddie Kidd will provide music. Door prizes will be awarded.

The Wolf Lake Lions will host a wild game feed from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Saturday) in the Lions Hall.

The menu includes salmon, halibut and other fish as well as goose, moose, wild turkey and more.

Sunday, Oct. 17

The Nevis Red Hat Ladies are going to the Geritol Frolics Sunday, Oct. 17 in Brainerd.

Meet at Muskie Park at 10:30 a.m. for rides.

For more information, contact Mary at 652-4232. Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Nevis will host a turkey dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17.

The menu includes turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, vegetable, coleslaw, cranberries and apple pie with ice cream.

First City Squares of Bemidji is hosting a square dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17 at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 9th and Beltrami. 

Plus tips will be in the first half hour.  Royce Nelson will be the caller and Donna Stone will be cueing rounds.  

Visitors and spectators are welcome.  For more information, call Ray or Carole at 444 - 5904.

Monday, Oct. 18

Ancestry Detectives 101; Beginning Genealogy will be offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

The class is free, the project funded by Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund, but size is limited.

Register at the library or call 732-4966.

A defensive driving refresher course will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18 at Northwoods Bank, Park Rapids.

To register, call instructor Dave Free at 732-7008 or Bemidji Community Education at 218-333-3100, ext. 301.

The public is invited to Meet the Candidates Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18 at the Helga Township Hall in Nary.

Fielding audience questions will be Don Dearstyne and Nathaniel Welte, candidates for Hubard County Attorney, and Frank Homer and Cory Aukes, candidates for Hubbard County Sheriff.

The audience is asked to submit questions to the candidates. Pencil and paper will be provided or bring your questions with you. The questions will be collected, screened and asked by League members and a moderator.

The League is sponsoring this and other candidate forums to educate the public about issues in the campaigns, provide an opportunity for voters to hear candidates discuss those issues face-to-face, stimulate public interest and participation in the elections and provide an opportunity for the candidates to engage their constituents.

Coffee and cookies will be provided following the event.

For more information, contact Lu Ann Hurd-Lof, LWV forum coordinator, at 652-4081.

The Park Rapids Area Library is hosting a community Read Together on Will Weaver's new book, "The Last Hunter," from Oct. 18 to Nov. 20.

The book is available at the library or at the bookstores.

Tuesday, Oct. 19

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning continues with "Hmong Arts, Culture and Heritage" to be presented from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 19 at Northwoods Bank community room in Park Rapids.

  Lee Pao Xiong, director and professor at the Center for Hmong Studies at Concordia University, St. Paul, explains the culture, arts and heritage of the Hmong in Minnesota. 

This Southeast Asian (from areas in China, Laos, Thailand, Burma and Vietnam) ethnic group is expanding in Minnesota with a rich cultural heritage that dates back at least 5000 years. 

Hmong are known for their silverwork, textile work, food, music and storytelling.  It is estimated that there are between 50,000 and 70,000 Hmong in Minnesota most of whom live in the Twin Cities.

The Park Rapids Garden Club will hold its annual harvest dinner at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 at Trinity Church.

Members, please note the change in time and location.

Thursday, Oct. 21

A lutefisk and meatball supper will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji.

Friday, Oct. 22

Bemidji's third annual First City of the Arts Studio Cruise will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct 22 and 23 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Oct 24 from 10am to 3pm.

The self-guided tour of area artist studios and art venues are free and open to the public. Meet the artists, witness the creative process and purchase artwork.

Studio Cruise brochures with a detailed map are available at the Bemidji Community Art Center, Tourist Information Center or at

An artists' reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct 23 at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub in downtown Bemidji.

The Hubbard County Sheriff's Department will host a spaghetti dinner as a fundraiser for K-9 Vulcan from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

A silent auction will be held during the dinner, with many local businesses contributing.

This is the first fundraiser for Vulcan in the two years the dog has been on the force.

Proceeds will go towards Vulcan's continuing training and maintenance.

East Otter Tail County Historical Society extends an invitation to visit the Haunted Village from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 22, 23 and 24 at the Pioneer Village Park, a half mile north of Perham on CSAH 8.   

The village includes a haunted maze, a haunted hayride and a community bonfire

The Police Reserve will be on hand to provide security and accept donations for the food shelf.  

For more information, call 218 841-3683.

An adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder stories, "Prairie Songs," will be performed Friday evenings at 7:30 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-30 at the Minnesota Folklore Theater, located on Broadway (Highway 34) in Akeley.

For reservations, call 218- 652-2666. Tickets for the MFT Children's Theater production are also available at Beagle Books.

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, Oct. 22 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 Roger McNeil and Bernadette McNeil will cue round dancing beteen tips. 

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

Saturday, Oct. 23

Author Diane Wilson will present a writer's workshop at 1:30 p.m. followed by a 3 p.m. presentation about her book "Spirit Car:  Journey to a Dakota Past" Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Perham Area Public Library, 225 2nd Avenue SE.

The events are free and open to the public. 

Wilson, winner of the 2007 Minnesota Book Awards, is a creative nonfiction writer whose essays and memoir use personal experience to illustrate broader social and historical context. 

  For more information call 218-346-7676 or 218-346-4892.   

Will Weaver will discuss "The Last Hunter, An American Family Album" at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at Beagle Books.

"The Last Hunter is an examination of family, life on the land, and those things we hold dear enough to want to carry along, one generation to another.

Minnesota's Will Weaver has been a hunter since he was a young boy, following in the footsteps of his father, a dedicated and seasoned outdoorsman.

Hunting frames Weaver's childhood memories, his relationship with his father and his own definition of self.

And although one side of his family lineage includes men who would not hunt, or go to war or carry a rifle, Weaver is caught off guard when his son and daughter show no interest in upholding the tradition of the hunt.

The Last Hunter is a 21st century collection of deeply personal tales - a truly American story.

Weaver's heartfelt rendering sweeps the reader along on a family journey from an isolated North Dakota farm "built around a fork and shovel" to postmodern America.

"In the family Way," an original musical comedy, will be performed in 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances Oct. 23, 24, 30 and 31 at the Lake George Senior Center.

Julie Kaiser, who also acts and sings in the production, directs the play written by Beverlee Olson and Jane Mueller.

Tickets are available at   Beagle Books in Park Rapids and the Lake George Café.

The senior center is handicapped accessible.