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Upcoming events Oct. 30 - Nov. 2

Saturday, Oct. 30

The Park Rapids Area Community Band will rehearse at 10 a.m. today (Saturday) in the Park Rapids Area High School band room.

The fall concert will be performed Sunday, Nov. 21.

Century PTA's Halloween Fest will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. today (Saturday) at Century School.

The event is for all Century School families with children in grades K-8.

A $3 wristband gives kids unlimited games with prizes. There will be six large inflatables in the gymnasium.

Parking is available in the Century lot and bus loop.

PTA concessions will include taco in a bag, hot dogs, water Gatorade and cookies. All proceeds will be used to purchase pencil sharpeners.

Trick or Treat Park Rapids will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today (Saturday) following the PTA event at Century School.

While parking will not be available on Main, all sidewalks and streets will be pedestrian friendly.

Parking is available in the municipal lot on Pleasant Avenue with direct access to Main through Pioneer Park.

Other options for parking are the south end of the J&B Foods parking lot and the Law Enforcement Center.

Local Girl Scouts will host a chili and soup fundraiser dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Eagles Club.

The menu includes homemade chili and chicken noodle soup, corn bread, beverage and desert.

Music will be performed by the Shenanigans, starring Fran Gack and Friends.

There will be a silent auction for a handmade quilt and gift basket items.

Sunday, Oct. 31

The Nevis Department will host a fire prevention open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 at the fire hall.

The event will include pulled pork with all the fixin's while it lasts, prizes for kids, fire extinguisher demonstrations and education materials.

Monday, Nov. 1

Chapter FJ of the PEO sisterhood will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1.

The hostess will be Eileen Bolton with Betty Thomsen as assistant hostess.

The program for the evening will be "A lifetime of Thanksgivings to share."

The Headwaters Remote Control Flying Club will meet the first Monday of the month, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. in the Park Rapids Area Library's lower level meeting room.

Anyone interested in building, flying or learning more about R/C aircraft is invited to attend.

Hubbard County Historical Society's annual meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1 in the Northwoods Bank community room.

Mark Bridge of Vintage Chef will present a program on "Cowboys and Chuck Wagons."

The Park Rapids chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1 in the Park Rapids Area Library basement meeting room.

Tuesday, Nov. 2

Chapter T of the PEO Sisterhood will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2 at the Blank Canvas Gallery.

The program will be a tour of the gallery, followed by a soup and salad luncheon served by members who are participating artists.

Robert Ley, professor of economics at Bemidji State University, will discuss China's rapid emergence as a global power as part of the University's Adventures in Lifelong Learning lecture series from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2 at Optivation's 3801 Bemidji Ave. N. facility.

Ley will provide an overview of Chinese economic and social progress since the late 1970s, contrasted against a current atmosphere of increased environmental issues and growing political pressures.

Ley will argue that even in the absence of cross-cultural misunderstandings, there would still remain areas of conflict between China and the West, and China and the United States in particular.

Ley will also make a case for China's rapid emergence onto the global scene being key to resolving its differences with other nations.