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Upcoming events July 13 - Aug. 6

Wednesday, July 13

Public informational meetings on Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State) will be held at 3:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. today (Wednesday) in the Northwoods Bank community room.

M State staff and community task force members will provide information and answer questions.

Appointments for a one-on-one session may be made by calling 255-4881.

The Park Rapids Retired Military Group will meet for their monthly dinner at 6 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Logging Camp for a family style dinner.

All retired military personnel and family are welcome. Call commander Bill at 732-0205 for any additional information or directions.

Thursday, July 14

A Sanford Health Foundation seminar, "No Pain, No Pain," will be presented at noon Thursday, July 14 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center Education Center.

Presenter is Dr. Maxwell Gessner, interventional pain medicine practitioner.

Four out of five adults experience back pain at least once during their lifetime. Ranging from mild discomfort to severe injury, back pain can prevent people from performing many daily activities.

But there is help.

Hear about the latest advances in back care that can help you or a loved one get back to leading an active life.

PEO Chapter FQ will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 14 at the home of Bonnie Miller with Sharon Gorden as co-hostess.  

The program will be massage therapy with Hagit Tsoref.

The Sanford diabetes support group will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 14 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center in Conference Room A/B; 1300 Anne Street NW, Bemidji.

This month's presenter is Donna Symanietz who has been in the professional medical sales industry for 14 years.  

Currently she is in the diabetes sales industry with LifeScan, the makers of the OneTouch product line.  

   The support group is open to anyone who has diabetes or lives with someone who has diabetes. For more information, contact Sanford Bemidji's Diabetes Resource Center at 218-333-5976.

Friday, July 15

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club is hosting a fish fry supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 15 at the clubhouse located 1.5 miles east of Emmaville on CSAH 24.

The meal includes fish, cheesy potatoes, coleslaw, rolls, pie and beverage.

A freewill donation will be accepted.

Proceeds will benefit projects and renovations.

The Weston A. Price Nutrition Foundation will be hosting a Nourishing Traditions Summer Picnic at 5 p.m. Friday July 15 at Heartland Park under the pavilion.  

If possible, bring a nourishing dish to share, fermented food or vegetables or fruit.  

Families, individuals, and friends are invited to attend.  Please bring plates and utensils.  

Kombucha will be available for sampling.  For more information, call Tanja Larson at 732-9402.

Saturday, July 16

The Bemidji Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association is hosting its annual Young Eagles Flight Day from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16 at the Bemidji Regional Airport.

Young people between the ages of 8 and 17 years are invited to experience the freedom of flight in one of our members' personal aircraft.

A parent or legal guardian must be present to be able to fly. This is an introductory flight for young people who are interested in aviation and want to learn more about the sport of general aviation.

In case of rain, the event will be held Sunday,July 17.

Contact Harold Cotant at 218-224-2585 or Steve Mcguirk at 218-44-4709 for more information.

Ruby's Pantry food distribution will be held Saturday, July 16 at Assumption of Our Lady of the Pines in Menahga.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with distribution at 10:30 a.m.

A $15 cash donation at the door is appreciated. Bring baskets, totes and coolers for food.

Volunteers are needed and much appreciated.

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

The Itasca Moraine Chapter of the North Country Trail Association will host a 6.6-mile hike Saturday, July 16.

Meet at 9 a.m. where the North Country Trail crosses Hubbard Co. Rd. 91 north of Nevis/Dorset, a few miles south of Highways 71/200. 

The hike goes south and east to the Thorpe Tower Site featuring a view of Nelson Lake en route.   

Call 218-675-5448 if questions.

The Twisted Stitchers are going to Bemidji Saturday, July 16.  

The main focus will be the Bemidji Woolen Mills and the Rail River Folk School, but participants will also visit other spots, time permitting.

Those who want to carpool should be at the Nevis Muskie at 9:15 a.m. We will gather at the Paul and Babe parking lot in Bemidji at 10:15 a.m. and pass out the itinerary.  If you have questions, or want to carpool from another spot, call Kathy Belt at 218-732-0978.

The Bemidji Community Art Center will host the 44th annual Art in the Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 16 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17 in Library Park, located on the shores of Lake Bemidji.

Over 100 artists showcasing ceramics, wood furniture and accessories, jewelry, glass, paintings, sculpture, fabrics, weaving and more will be featured at the festival.

For more information go to or call the BCAC at 218-444-7570.

  The Central Lakes College European Tour Band, under the direction of Steve Anderson, will perform a free outdoor concert at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 16 on the south lawn of the Brainerd campus.

The program features the same music that will be performed by the CLC Community Concert Band on its European tour.

The band is scheduled to depart on Monday, July 18 for 11 days in Central Europe with concerts in Prague, Karlovy, Vienna, and Budapest.

The 44-member CLC Community Concert Band will perform a program of Americana, with selections by George Gershwin, J.P. Sousa, Morton Gould, Frank Tichelli.

Also on the program is the performance of a composition by Jeff Liebsch, a former band member.

Audience members are encouraged to bring picnic dinners to enjoy while listening to the concert. There is ample parking along Mississippi Parkway at the concert site.

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, presents "American Fun!" a summer pops concert, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16 at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

The concert features guest artist band Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome, Fargo's newest and hottest classic rock horn band. This 12-piece group includes six horns, keyboard, drums and guitars along with male and female vocalists.

Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome joins the orchestra to produce a full-energy sound for classic rock/pop/ jazz hits by artists including Chicago, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Kansas, Earth, Wind and Fire, Procal Harum, Maceo Parker, Patti LaBelle, Ides of March, James Brown, and the Commodores.

The concert will open with patriotic selections including John Phillip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever", conducted by this year's Mystery Maestro.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North, Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and at Art in the Park in Bemidji. They will also be available online at Brown Paper Tickets, and at the door. Students through grade 12 will be admitted at no charge. Doors open for seating at 7 p.m.

sunday, July 17

The Jackpine Writers' Bloc is hosting a benefit golf tournament Sunday, July 17 at Fair Havens Golf Course.

Check in is at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner and prizes follow.

First place wins $300, second $160.

Pre-register by calling 732-0519.

Proceeds go to the local non-profit writers group to be used for workshops and book publishing for local writers.

Monday, July 18

Parents, grandparents and child care providers have the opportunity to tune in for information that can be used every day in raising and caring for children from birth through 5 years of age.

The THRIVE Initiative, a program of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, is partnering with Lakeland Public Television (LPTV) to support a series of programs for families with children.

Throughout the summer, programming on all areas of child development will be aired, with tips on how to encourage and support learning. There will be comprehensive information about health and safety to help support children's physical and mental health.

Programs will air at noon every Monday beginning through Oct. 3 on Lakeland Public Television's main channel, Lakeland Prime.  

Repeats can be seen on the Lakeland Kids channel the following Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. and 9 p.m.  Check local cable company listings to find the Lakeland channels.

Tuesday, July 19

PEO, Chapter T will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday July 19. 

Hostess is Marge Herr and the co-hostesses are Bicky Bender and Janine Merrick. 

The program will be the convention report.

Thursday, July 21

Friends of the Park Rapids Area Library will hold their two-day summer book sale from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 22 at the library.

At this sale, all children's and young adult books and romance novels (except historical romances) will sell for 10 cents. Friday, all books in the 10-cent room will be one dollar per box.

As always, the sale includes a wide variety of inexpensively priced novels, non-fiction works, videos, cassettes, CDs, DVDs, puzzles and maps.

The library basement is accessible to all.

The Park Rapids Area Library will host a Senior Surf Day from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 21.

The event affords an opportunity for senior citizens to learn the basics about computers and using the Internet

Space is limited; call the library at 218-732-4966 to reserve a space.  

There is no charge for this training.

The 9th annual Healing Pow Wow will be held Thursday, July 21 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.

Opening ceremonies are at 3 p.m. with an Honor Guard and veterans with the feast from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Registration opens at 2 p.m. for dancers.

Master of ceremonies is Vince Beyl, Darrell Kingbird is spiritual advisor and Gary Charwood is arena director.

Invited drums are Battle River, Leech Lake Nation and Smokey Hill.

The event is free and open to the public.

For information, call 218-333-5745.

Friday, July 22

A North Country Trail two-day canoeing, hiking and camping event at Lake Waboose in the Paul Bunyan State Forest will be held Friday evening, July 22 and Saturday, July 23. 

Camping will be at the Waboose Campground with tent pads and a wilderness latrine. 

Participants Saturday can join trail building, fishing, swimming or just hanging out.  Rides to the campground commence at 4 p.m. Friday evening at the Lake Waboose public access north of Nevis. 

Participants need to bring food for Friday evening and Saturday plus a tent and sleeping bag.  The NCT local chapter will furnish fresh water.  For questions, call 218-675-5448.   

Saturday, July 23

The Friendly Squares will host a "Mississippi Hoedown" square dance Saturday, July 23 at the Park Rapids American Legion Club, Highway 34 east.

The caller will be Tom Allen and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips.  Mainstream dancing will be from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

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

Wednesday, July 27

Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center in Park Rapids is offering a workshop to learn about oil painting techniques, "Improving Your Oil Painting Workshop..."See-ology 101,"  from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 27-29 at Toad Mountain Ranch, 42273 Highway 34, Osage.

Noted artist and teacher Sheila Rieman will teach this three-day class.

In this exploratory workshop participants will:

n Learn to override the brain in terms of what is seen;

n Learn the use of a palette knife for oil painting;

n See colors and shapes accurately and place them on the canvas;

n Learn about color spotters - characteristics of light and its effect on colors;

n Learn about local and environmental color and creative use of color in the painting.                           

Class size is limited; registration deadline is July 17.

For details and information on cost or to register for the workshop contact:

Karen Sharbo, 732-5630 or 612-619-7506, karensharbo or check the BCG website, blankcanvasgal

Saturday, Aug. 6

Park Rapids Antique Tractor and Engine Club's 19th annual Field Days will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7.

Gates open at 7 a.m. Saturday with breakfast served until 10 a.m. A sawmill demo begins at 10 a.m. with the tractor parade at noon.

Pull tractor weigh-ins are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a field demonstration at 11 a.m. A tractor parade begins at noon, the tractor pull at 1 p.m.

Additional afternoon activities will be announced.

Square dancing in the pavilion is from 3 to 5 p.m. with supper served at 5 p.m. Musical entertainment will be from 7 to 9 p.m.

Gates open at 7 a.m. Sunday with breakfast in the pavilion. Devotions in the church will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. with gospel music performances from 11 a.m. to noon.

Field and sawmill demos are from 11 a.m. to noon with a tractor parade at 1 p.m. The youth pedal tractor pull is from 2 to 3 p.m. with the tractor raffle at 4 p.m.

Frank Lamb will provide musical entertainment Saturday; the Melody Boys will perform from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

There will be a flea market and swap meet with vendors welcome.

Ongoing activities include combining, threshing, tractor plowing, sawmill people movers, a silent auction, shingle making, a blacksmith shop, a miniature railroad, a petting zoo, food and prize giveaways

Thursday, Aug. 11

The Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota will be holding its annual taco meal with American Indian drumming and dancing from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at the downtown Bemidji Waterfront Rotary Pavilion.

     This year, the taco meal benefit will support the purchase of digital mammography at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center and Sanford Bemidji Clinic.

    Tacos will be served on fry bread or flour tortillas with all the trimmings, ice cream, and pop.

Friday, Aug. 12

Park Rapids High School class of 1976 will celebrate its 35th class reunion at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

For more information, go to the class website at

Monday, Aug. 22

Are there stories in your life that you have always wanted to write but have never gotten around to writing?

Central Lakes College in Brainerd is offering "Creative Nonfiction," a popular new writing genre, for the first time this fall when the term starts Aug. 22.

"This course provides an opportunity for students to record significant memories, experiences, and observations through imaginative, purpose-driven prose," said instructor Leane Flynn.

"Creative Nonfiction is a highly interactive, online, entry-level creative writing course that covers a variety of creative nonfiction subgenres: memoir, personal essay, literary journalism, biography, and travel/place-based writing."

Flynn said the major components of the three-credit course are reading and analyzing some of the best examples of creative nonfiction while writing original stories, engaging in peer discussion and review, and conferencing regularly with the instructor.

"Students will learn about publishing options and free online networking sites for creative writers," she said, adding that those taking the course can create something special for their children and grandchildren. "Begin writing the stories of your life."

For information, contact Flynn at or call admissions at 800-933-0346, ext. 8037, or e-mail