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Upcoming events Nov. 11-21

Thursday, Nov. 11

The In Their Own Words Veterans Museum in Perham will offer free admission to all visitors on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov 11.

Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. the VFW Post 4020 and Auxiliary and Legion Post 61 and Auxiliary will prepare a free beef stew meal for veterans and their families. 

The ITOW Veterans Museum in Perham is a place to remember veterans every day.  Based on the oral histories of area veterans, this museum features state-of-the-art audio-visual exhibits where the stories of these remarkable men and women are told...In Their Own Words. 

In addition to the permanent exhibits, a traveling exhibit, Seeds of Victory, is on display through Nov. 12. The exhibit features 34, full-color, war garden posters, reproduced from the originals held by the North Dakota State Archives.

The ITOW Veterans Museum is located at 805 West Main, Perham. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 218-346-7678 or visit

A veterans program to honor all veterans will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 at Century School.

The program will be put on by Century School students along with the Park Rapids Honor Guard and members of the Park Rapids American Legion.

The public is welcome.

PEO Chapter FQ will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 at the home of Nancy Novak with Pauline Fuglestad as co-hostess.

Novak will present the program, "Wine and Chocolate."

The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 at the Perham Area Public Library as part of the History, Heritage and Heroes series, jointly produced by the Friends of the History Museum of East Otter Tail County and the Perham Area Public Library. 

Founded in 1986, this group is regarded as one of North America's leading guitar ensembles. 

Friday, Nov. 12

Peppermint and Pinecones, a holiday craft show, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 at Park Rapids Century School.

St. Mary's Foundation, Detroit Lakes, will present information on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 at St. Mary's Innovis Health, conference rooms A & B.

Speaker is Jonathan Aligada, PsyD, LP.

While some find the winter long and arduous, others may find that they feel a marked change in mood. SAD, a form of depression that has a fall onset, will be discussed along with its treatment.

Reserve a spot by calling 218-844-0719.

The Singing Ranger, Charlie Maguire, will perform a concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 at Park Rapids Area Library. 

The concert is free but tickets should be picked up at the library prior to the event.

Maguire is something of a legend in Minnesota.  As a musician, singer and songwriter, Maguire has been turning Minnesota life into art for more than three decades. 

He was a regular performer on "The Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor for 10 years.  During that time he wrote and performed some of his most-requested songs, "Play Us A Waltz," "I'm from Minnesota," and "Getting in the Cows." 

Now with some 800 songs to his credit, he brings Minnesota culture and history to life with an infectious energy that has his audience tapping and clapping along to the music within minutes.

Saturday, Nov. 13

The Laporte-Benedict Lions will be holding their annual fall bazaar from 8 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 in the commons area of the Laporte School.

The Lions soup and sandwich lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the community room. Bars and beverage will be available throughout the day.

Last year, 27 tables were filled with a variety of items such as: cedar wreaths, poinsettias, Christmas cactus, paintings, scroll-carved wood, a multitude of Christmas decorations large and small and a wide selection of handmade items from afghans to stocking stuffers.

Anyone wishing to have a table to sell their items should call Shirley at 224-2601 to reserve a table for just $10.

Sunday, Nov. 14

Games of turkey bingo will be played from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Nevis.

There will be a drawing for quilts with coffee and lunch served.

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, will feature soprano Jennifer Swanson in Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4 at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 in the Bemidji High School auditorium.

The doors will open for seating at 2:30 p.m. Season memberships may be purchased on the day of the concert as well as in advance by visiting the BSO website for information: Tickets may also be purchased in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North in Bemidji.

tuesday, Nov. 16

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will present "German and Venezuelan culinary arts and traditions" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the Northwoods Bank community room, Park Rapids.          

"Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture." (Mark Kurlansky, 'Choice Cuts' (2002)

      The two presenters for this program, Joseph Phelps, from Concordia Language Village German kitchen and Rosymar Hjermstad representing Venezuela, will explore the types of foods that make up the culinary traditions and also explain how it meshes with the culture of their countries.

Phelps has worked for Concordia Language Village since 2002 and has traveled to Germany many times.

Hjermstad came to Park Rapids area as a foreign exchange student in 1994.  She was taught to cook both in the Venezuelan-Hispanic tradition and also Italian by her grandmother and mother.

She graduated from Bemidji State University in marketing communications and Spanish.  She teaches Spanish in Community Education in Park Rapids and works as a housing advocate for Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation. 

The culmination of the Legacy Heritage and Arts programs will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 with the Culinary Arts, Heritage and Cultural Festival at the Park Rapids Area High School cafetorium.

Participants can sample the food of these traditions and browse through quilts, Hmong arts and crafts and related books from Beagle Books.  Buy advance tickets from Beagle Books or the board members.   

These activities are funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

To receive more information and brochures or tickets to the Festival, please contact LuAnne White at or 732-7939.

Thursday, Nov. 18

Author Will Weaver will visit the Park Rapids Area Library to discuss his new book, "The Last Hunter," from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 in conjunction with the library's Community Reads Together.

Light refreshments will be served.

The Bemidji Community Theater will present Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite" with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, Nov. 18, 19 and 20 and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Nov. 21 at the historic Chief Theater, in downtown Bemidji.

The play is composed of three acts, each involving different characters, but all set in Suite 719 of New York City's Plaza Hotel.

Tickets are available at Ken K. Thompson Jewelry in the Paul Bunyan Mall and at Iverson Corner Drug in downtown Bemidji. Tickets are available at the door.

Saturday, Nov. 20

A benefit dinner and raffle for the Mike and Melanie Johnson family will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Guthrie Community Center.

A ham dinner will be served with a free will offering received.

Mike recently underwent heart and vascular leg bypass surgery and will be recovering for several months before returning to work.

The dinner is sponsored by the Guthrie-Nary Lions Club.

Sunday, Nov. 21

Auditions for the 2011 Summit Productions show "Dearly Departed" will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, and from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 22 and 23 at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes.

Callbacks will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29.

The show includes a cast of as few as 10 and as many as 18 adults, most of whom are "middle aged" or older.

Meet the Bible Belt kin of Bud Turpin. They've got a funeral to plan and between the feuds, marital flings and Macaroni and Ham Loaf Surprise.

Rehearsals will begin the week of Jan. 3, with practices being held at the Historic Holmes Theatre four evenings per week (which four days will be determined by the cast). The production will be presented March 3, 4 and 5 at the Historic Holmes Theatre.