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Upcoming events Nov. 26 - Dec. 4

Friday, Nov. 26

Park Rapids' annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration and Yuletide Sampler will be held Friday, Nov. 26 on Main, with Santa heading down from the North Pole to check out who's been naughty, who's been nice.

The Yuletide Sampler will be from 5 to 6 p.m. at participating downtown businesses.

At 6 p.m. community carol singing will begin, St. Joseph's Hospice Christmas tree will be lit and Rudolph and Santa will descend on Main Avenue.

Bob Seifert, Coborn's manager, will emcee the revelry.

This year's tree was donated by Mike and Helen Sheeran, owners of Superior Embroidery.

Dr. Paul Dove will conduct the Calvary Lutheran Choir and lead the audience in songs of the season.

Santa's House will be located at The Good Life Café on Main. Santa will lend an ear to children after the tree lighting ceremony and from 3 to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 18

The community tree lighting is done in partnership with St. Joseph's Hospice Light Up a Life program. A hospice family will be lighting the tree this year.

The tree will be lit by bulbs purchased in memory of a friend or loved one or honoring a survivor. A gift of $5 will light up a bulb on the community Christmas tree through Christmas.

To sponsor a bulb contact St. Joseph's Hospice at 732-3311.

A farmers holiday market will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, Nov. 26-Dec. 23 at Park Rapids Jewelry, 213 Main Avenue South.

The vendors will be selling homemade candies and cookies and craft items.

Saturday, Nov. 27

A craft show will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27 at the C'Mon Inn, Park Rapids.

Items include lighted birdhouses, wreaths, candle arrangements, centerpieces, fall floral arrangements, pillows, towels, recipe card holders and homemade jams and jellies.

Sunday, Nov. 28

The Rising Sun Dancers will have a square dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28 at the Waubun Community Center.

Jim Jirak will call the tips.

Lunch will be served. All dancers and spectators are welcome.

Wednesday, Dec. 1

North Country Regional Hospital is offering an infant massage course for parents and their babies from birth to 6 months from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 1, 3 and 8.

The three-session course will be held at NCRH in conference room C. The hospital is located at 1300 Anne Street, NW, in Bemidji.

Massage has been shown to benefit both baby and parent.  It promotes attachment between parents and their babies, improves digestion and relieves gas. 

The classes will be taught by certified infant massage instructor Deb Vikre. The instructor demonstrates the massage strokes on a doll, while the parents practice them with their baby.  Parents may find their gentle touch helps baby to relax and sleep better.

Parents are encouraged to attend each class. New information is covered in each class and the previous day's information is also reviewed.

To register, call NCRH Education Department at 218-333-5578 or 218-333-5702.

Thursday, Dec. 2

The Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) is seeking community input regarding the needs in Hubbard County.  

The public is invited to attend a listening session and informational meeting about art opportunities at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 at the Park Rapids Area Library.  

Information about grant programs available through the R2AC will also be provided. 

Anyone working in schools, city or county governments, or non-profit organizations is encouraged to attend.

Artists and art enthusiasts are strongly encouraged to be present; this includes art leaders, teachers, appreciators and any other interested parties. 

Extend invitations to friends and others who may be interested in participating.

The R2AC is convening this listening session to gather information to make informed decisions on how to better serve Hubbard County.

This is an opportunity to discuss  thoughts about how to meet the arts needs in the Park Rapids community.  The goal of the discussion is to share feedback and ideas.

Facilitators for the listening session will be R2AC staff.  A board member from Hubbard County will also be in attendance.

There is no charge to attend this meeting, but participants are asked to register in advance by calling the R2AC office at 800-275-5447 or email

    Nordskogen Lodge 1-626 of the Sons of Norway will host Kinship children and their mentors at a potluck supper Thursday, Dec. 2, at Riverside United Methodist Church, Park Rapids.

SON board members should come at 5 p.m. to set up. Dinner will be served promptly at 6 p.m. All lodge members and Kinship mentors are to bring a dish to pass.

    A short program and singing around the Christmas tree will follow the meal.

Friday, Dec. 3

Lemongrass Salon will host a cut-a-thon to benefit Justin and Kelsey Price from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3.

The Prices lost their home and belongings in a fire in October.

Minimum donation is $10 with all proceeds going to the Price family.

Call 237-2550 to schedule an appointment and mention it's for the cut-a-thon.

An early childhood holiday activity fair for ages 0 to 5 and parents/guardians will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 in the Frank White Education Center.

(Big sisters and brothers may accompany their siblings.)

Kids can meet with Santa, make reindeer food or a pinecone birdfeeder, jump in the bounce house and make glitter snowflakes. There will be face painting, Playdoh play, a frosty snowball toss and fingerprinting.

The menu includes pizza, yummy reindeer pudding and ho ho ho hot cereal.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Snowmobile safety training will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Two Inlets.

Those turning 12 by April 1 are required to take training. A CD can be picked up at State Bank (ask for Sharon Weaver), Two Inlets Store or from Cheryle Wilke.

The information is to be studied before Dec. 4 when a written test will be taken and driving test given.

To register, call Wilke at 732-5992 or 255-1233.