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Upcoming events Dec. 4-17

Saturday, Dec. 4

Artisans of the Lakes and Woods craft show will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today (Saturday) and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 in the C'mon Inn meeting room in Park Rapids.

A variety of handcrafted articles will be for sale.

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

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the food distribution following at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $15 per share.  Bring baskets and boxes for food.  Volunteers are needed. 

For more information, contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501. 

All distributions in 2011 will be held on the third Saturday of each month.

A Christmas Showcase, featuring home-based business products, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (Saturday) at St. Peter's parish.

A silent auction from each group will be held with proceeds benefiting the Headwaters Intervention Center and Pregnancy Resource Center.

Shoppers are asked to bring a canned good to be donated to area food shelves.

The Akeley Methodist Women will host their annual Cookie Walk from 10 a.m. to noon today (Saturday) at the Akeley United Methodist Church, located on Highway 64 south.

They will be selling many types of decorated cookies, also available are several types of sweet breads, candies, almond cakes, lefse, rosettes and baskets filled with holiday treats ready for giving.

First Lutheran Church Women of Akeley will hold their annual "Taste of Christmas" handcrafted gift sale and ethnic lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (Saturday).   

Coffee and home baked cookies may be purchased the first hour.  The lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include Danish meatballs and gravy, mashed potatoes, pickled beets, scones, aebleskiver and oriental coleslaw. 

A sampling of all desserts is included in the lunch price and will include rice pudding, rommegrot, & giftas. 

Home baked goods (caramel rolls, cookies and breads, pies, lefse and almond cakes) may be purchased.

The Minnesota-based O'Neill Brothers are bringing their dueling piano Christmas show to the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

They will be joined by the internationally renowned singer and harpist, Katie McMahon, the original voice of Riverdance.

Tim and Ryan O'Neill will play and sing beloved Christmas classics on two pianos 

Dubliner-turned Minnesotan McMahon will play the harp and sing carols.

Tickets for the show can be purchased online at, by calling the box office at 218-844-7469.

Sunday, Dec. 5

St. Theodore's Church, Ponsford and Pine Point, will host turkey bingo at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

Twenty games will be played with 20 turkeys awarded.

Lunch is free.

From Highway 34 west of Osage, head north on Co. Rd. 225 to 129. The church is at the intersection of Co. Rds. 129 and 124.

The event is sponsored by St. Theodore's parish guild.

The public is invited to a Christmas concert presented by Kim Schnitzer and Vicki Marthaler of "Sing and Tell the Story," at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 at Grace Community Church in Osage.

No ticket is required; a free will offering will be taken. Lunch will be served. 

Monday, Dec. 6

The Park Rapids chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6 in the Park Rapids Area Library basement meeting room.

Tuesday, Dec. 7

The History Museum of East Otter Tail County will hold their annual holiday open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7

A special feature of this year's event will be the introduction of a new microfilm scanner which has been funded by a Legacy Grant from the Minnesota Historical Society.  

The new microfilm scanner will replace one that has been in use for nearly 10 years.  The History Museum's microfilm collection is currently 250 rolls and includes microfilm copies of the Perham newspapers and both the English and Finnish language newspapers of New York Mills.

Because an index to these newspapers is available on the Web, the museum receives frequent requests for copies of articles from genealogists and researchers throughout the world.  In addition, each year a significant number of people visit the museum to access historical documents so the microfilm scanner is in frequent use.

The History Museum is located at 230 First Ave. North, Perham. Cookies and cider will be served.  For more information call 218 346-7676.  

Minnesota had the second highest state participation in Census 2010.  Now the work of providing for fair and equitable representation at all levels of government begins. 

The public is invited to learn more about the process at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 at the Park Rapids Area Library meeting room. 

The program is free and lunch is served.

  Sponsored by the League of Women Voters Park Rapids (LWVPR), Florence Hedeen, who served on the LWVMN committee that developed the Redistricting Briefing Paper, will speak to their findings. 

A copy of the five-page paper can be found and downloaded at

  Simply put, redistricting is the process of redrawing legislative districts. In that process political parties seek to control government, incumbents seek job security, and minority groups seek representation.  By educating the public and keeping redistricting in the limelight LWV seeks to achieve its goal of representative, accountable and responsive government.

Following the program, LWVPR will hold its regular membership meeting at 6 p.m. 

League is open to men and women of all ages who are interested in non-partisan, grassroots, political action. 

For more information contact co-President Annamae Holzworth, 564-4613,

Wednesday, Dec. 8

The Park Rapids Retired Military Group will meet at 6 p.m. for fellowship and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8 in the Y Steakhouse's backroom, on Highway 71 north, Park Eapids.

Bring a gift of your gender to share in our gift exchange. Pie tins and dice are suggested.

Come and enjoy the company of others with retired military background and their families.

Call president David Buchholz at 652-4378 for more information.

Signup has begun for HORT 1003 Master Gardener Core Course / Horticulture for the Home Garden.

This is a series of University of Minnesota classes beginning Jan. 1 on horticultural and environmental topics such as soils, plant pathology, entomology, herbaceous ornamentals, fruits and vegetables, trees and others.

Course content is research-based, taught by University experts and geared toward use in the home landscape.

Classes are open to Master Gardener interns, ProHort students (those who enroll for personal education or continuing education related to industry certification), and university students, who may earn university credit.

The course is available online.

The largest student group in HORT 1003 is Master Gardener interns. These are adults who are being educated to bring university research-based information to the gardening public.

All registration is online, with payment by credit card only. Registration deadlines, class dates and times vary by location, as noted on, along with cancellation and refund policies and fees.

For registration questions contact Customer Service at 800-876-8636.

Registration deadline for Master Gardener Core Course at the Arboretum is Dec. 8. Registration deadline for Online Master Gardener Core Course is Dec. 11.

Contact Sally Shearer, Hubbard County Extension at 732-3391 for further information.

Thursday, Dec. 9

A fibromyalgia seminar will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 in Detroit Lakes at St. Mary's Innovis Health, conference rooms A and B.

Dr. Anita Jonason will speak on the condition that causes aches and exhaustion.

Reserve a spot by calling 218-844-0719.

ACLU-MN Greater Minnesota Justice Project will host a holiday open house from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 in the warehouse at 303 Railroad St. SW, Bemidji.

The project is celebrating six years in the community.

Friday, Dec. 10

The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, Dec. 10 at Century School.  

There will be a "plus" workshop from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. Caller will be Royce Nelson and Donna Stone will cue round dances between tips.  

Club members will furnish a potluck lunch after the dance.  All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

Saturday, Dec. 11

A Taste of Christmas, presented by Hubbard County Senior Nutrition and Meals on Wheels, will be held Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The event includes a cookie walk at 1 p.m., a silent auction from 1 to 6:30 p.m., photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus all afternoon and a Scandinavian Christmas buffet from 4 to 7 p.m.

The menu includes ham, Swedish meatballs, scalloped potatoes, glazed carrots, red cabbage, relish trays and assorted bars.

Raffle prize drawings begin at 6:40 p.m.

Thrivent will contribute matching supplemental funds.

Monday, Dec. 13

Schoolcraft Learning Community will present a winter concert at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec.13 at the Bemidji High School Performing Arts Center. 

The concert is open to the public and will showcase SLC's choirs, orchestras and French programs. Admission is free. 

This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

A benefit dinner and silent auction for Justin and Kelsey Price and sons Brayden and Mason, who lost their home and belongings in a fire, will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Osage Community Center.

Justin is a volunteer firefighter with the Carsonville Fire Department and a safety manager with Minnesota Limited. Kelsey is a dental assistant at Northwoods Dental.

A free will offering will be received for a dinner of pasta, salad and garlic bread.

A silent auction will run from 4 to 7:30 p.m. with the "winners" announced at 7:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 14

The Park Rapids American Legion, the Auxiliary and SAL are invited to the annual Christmas potluck dinner to be held Tuesday, Dec. 14 at the Legion.

Social hour is at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

Bring a non-perishable item or make a or cash donation for the food shelf. The Holistic Moms Network of Park Rapids will hold a chapter meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 at Itasca Naturopathic Clinic.

The topic is the "Gut and Psychology Syndrome" diet.

Visitors are welcome.

Ojibwe storyteller and author Anne Dunn will visit Park Rapids Area Library Thursday, Dec. 16 as part of her Legacy storytelling tour of Kitchigami Libraries.

She will present her story at 10:45 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.

Dunn is an Anishinabeg grandmother and elder storyteller. She is the author of 'When Beaver Was Great," "Grandmother's Gift" and "Winter Thunder: Retold Tales."

Dunn grew up in northern Minnesota. As a young girl, she received many gifts from the wonderful storehouse of oral legends and animal fables of the Ojibwe, especially from her mother, Maefred Vanos Arey, and her grandmother, Frances Vanoss.

Like many Native American children, Dunn experienced life on reservation land and also lived for a time as a child in the nearest big city, Minneapolis.

She grew up to become a licensed practical nurse, a mother of six, a newspaper reporter, and a professional storyteller. Dunn currently lives in Deer River.

Friday, Dec. 17

A country style barbecue rib dinner and silent auction benefiting the Community Fish House Project will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

Advance tickets are available at the American Legion, Northern Bait, Smokey Hills Outdoors or from a Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association member.

The 16-foot fish house will give senior citizens, handicapped, disabled, veterans, social organizations and others the opportunity to go ice fishing free of charge.

The event is hosted by the Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association. Members of MDAA will be coordinating the use of the fish house, keeping the holes drilled and the heat on. Smokey Hills Outdoors has agreed to hold the key and reserve spaces for fisher folk.

For more information on the event, call Albin Katzner at 732-3030.