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Upcoming events Dec. 8-18

Wednesday, Dec. 8

Registration 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 (today) 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.

The North Country Regional Hospital Diabetes Resource Center will host a support group meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 in conference rooms A/B.

For more information, contact certified diabetes educator Sue Davis, RN, at 218-333-5976.

Friday, Dec. 10

Park Rapids Classic Chorale will perform a Christmas concert, "Caroling, Caroling," featuring a variety of popular holiday music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 with the grand finale at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

Featured are composers Alfred Burt and John Rutter. Additional music will include carols that are sure to get all audience members in the Christmas spirit.

Dr. Paul Dove, Anita Hannemann and Gary Stennes are once again sharing the duties of conducting the choir.

Park Rapids Classic Chorale has approximately 50 members of local talent representing Park Rapids and the surrounding communities.

Park Rapids Classic Chorale members will provide homemade holiday treats after the concert. Free will donations help defray the cost of music.

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.

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.

Please bring a side dish; main meat will be provided.

Bring a non-perishable item or make a 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 call Albin Katzner at 732-3030.

Saturday, Dec. 18

Twisted Stitchers will hold a holiday gathering from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 in the back room of Monika's on Main.

New members are welcome. For information, contact