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Upcoming events Aug. 4-23

Thursday, Aug. 4

An adult vaccination clinic and adult health screenings are being offered for ages 19 and older from 9 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, beginning Aug. 4, at St. Joseph's Community Health office 323 Main Ave.

For more information, call 237-5463.

Sons of Norway, Park Rapids Nordskogen chapter, will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4 for a potluck picnic at Riverside United Methodist Church.

Members are encouraged to bring Scandinavian foods to share, in keeping with the program. Author Eric Drengi, professor at Concordia College in St. Paul, who will talk about Scandinavian customs and traditions and his latest book, "Vikings in the Attic."  Drengi previously authored "In Cod We Trust."

Board members should be at Riverside at 5 p.m. to set up for the potluck supper and bring hearty salads or main dishes.

Friday, Aug. 5

The Quilts for Veterans group will get together to work on quilts at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

All help is appreciated by the group, their works benefiting service men and women.

Tree Party, a Minneapolis Country band, will be playing at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 at The Good Life Café.

Two founding members of the band are Park Rapids natives - Andy Carroll (2000 graduate) and Travis Bolton (2001 graduate).

Visit Tree Party's YouTube channel to watch videos of their performances or to hear songs from their new album.

Saturday, Aug. 6

A North Country Trail day hike will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 in the Hackensack-Longville area.

To reach the starting point, take Cass CSAH 5 east from Hackensack 12 miles to where the Woodtick Trail (Forest Road 2107) meets CSAH 5. Turn left on the Woodtick Trail and drive approximately three miles west to the trailhead. The hike will be south and east from that point to Hazel Lake.

For more information, call 218-675-5448.

A 4-H Western Heritage Regional event will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 at Circle E Quarter Horses.

The event is for 4-Hers who have completed a safety clinic.

Twenty-four kids from Clay and Hubbard counties will be participating in break away, team and round pen roping. There will also be goat tying and pen to pen sorting.

Directions: Head east on Highway 34 from Park Rapids to East Long Lake Road. Go south 1.25 miles; it's on the left.

Call Keith or Sue Swanson at 732-0480 for more information.

Hubbard County 4-H will host a community picnic and family fun day Saturday, Aug. 6 at the fairgrounds.

Activities begin at 11 a.m. with a barbecue lunch at noon, closing at 2 p.m.

The day is an intro to 4-H, with activities that include building bird feeders, a petting zoo, a giant Twister game and tie-dying.

A freewill offering will be received to help with the cost of food and activities.

Door prizes will be awarded.

Monday, Aug. 8

Mantrap Valley Conservation Club Auxiliary will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8 at the clubhouse. 

For those interested, members will meet at noon in Emmaville for lunch. 

Contact Helen Marsh at 652-3295 for reservations.  

Tuesday, Aug. 9

Holistic Living, a moms' social network, will hold a chapter meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Itasca Naturopathic Clinic.  

Guest speaker will be Dr. Rachel Oppitz, N.D. on the topic of homeopathy.

Homeopathy is a natural remedy that has successfully treated people for over 200 years for both acute and chronic illnesses.   

Holistic Living is a free support and discussion network for women with an interest in holistic health and parenting.  

For more information, contact Nicole Guida at 732-5229.

Thursday, Aug. 11

Hubbard United Methodist Church will host its annual pig roast supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 with tickets available for purchase at the door.

"We served a record 500 people last year," said Karen Lundstrom, who heads the kitchen crew. "We are preparing for the same number this year, as we know that most people return each year."

The meal features roast pork, corn-on-the-cob, potato salad, broccoli salad, fresh rolls and homemade pies.

According to the Rev. Laurie Kantonen, the Pig Roast is a major event for the congregation, with most of the members involved in some manner. "It is a fun day and a perfect opportunity to visit with friends and neighbors," she said.

Proceeds from the annual dinner benefit the United Methodist Women Missions program.

The Region 2 Arts Council will offer free grant writing workshops for individual artists interested in applying for an Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant.

The workshop will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at the Minwanjige Café, near the Strawberry Lake Store in Ogema.

The workshop will familiarize potential applicants with the application process, what projects are eligible how to develop a project budget and other tips.

The grant is open to individual Native American artists in all disciplines. These grants offer funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities.

Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000. Grant deadline is Oct. 6.

Advance registration is required. To reserve a place in the free workshop or for further information, call 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447 or e-mail staff@r2arts. org. To download a copy of the application, visit

A Diabetes Support Group will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center in Conference Room A/B; 1300 Anne Street NW, Bemidji.

     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, Aug. 12

The Borderline Philharmonic Orchestra will once again stage a lakeside concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at the Hoot Owl Resort.

Now in its 46th year, the concert is a collaboration of 40-plus musicians playing classical music.

Bring a lawn chair.

From Park Rapids, head 16 miles north on Highway 71 and turn left at Co. Rd. 113. Round 68 curves to reach the Hoot Owl.

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.

A picnic will be held at noon Saturday at Heartland Park.

For more information, go to the class website at

Saturday, Aug. 13

The Anderson Family Singers of Menahga will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Finn Creek Museum in New York Mills.

There is no charge. Pie, pulla and coffee will be served. All donations go to support the museum.

Tuesday, Aug. 16

Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center in Park Rapids is offering a sculpture class with sculptor Mary Williams Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 16 and 17 at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

Class hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Upon completion of this class the participant will have learned to do quick studies of the female form with armature wire and,

transform the armatures into plaster sculptures.

Class size is limited. Registration deadline is Saturday, Aug. 6.

To register or for information on cost, contact Karen Sharbo at 732-5630 or 612-619-7506, or check the BCG website,

Thursday, Aug. 18

A workshop on medications and affordability for seniors will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Coborn's pharmacist Bryan Ridgley, will discuss medications. Carol Bye of the Senior LinkAge Line and Camille Hurtado of Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota will discuss programs that help seniors pay for medications.

The session is free and the public is welcome.

For more information, call 800-450-9201.

Sunday, Aug. 21

The Fishhook Challenge half marathon and 5K run will be held Sunday, Aug. 21, with an out and back loop that starts and finishes in Heartland Park.

Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. The marathon starts at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K at 9:30 a.m.

The half marathon is a scenic run around Fishhook Lake (clockwise). The middle miles have rolling hills. At mile 12, runners are back on the Heartland Trail for a flat and fast finish into the park.

There will be four aid stations available at mile 4, 10km, 9, and 11 with sports drinks and water.

The 5K route is fairly flat and fast. It starts by the tennis courts in the middle of Heartland Park. There will be one aid station at the turn-around point with sports drinks and water.

The half marathon and 5K courses are USATF certified with accurate miles marked.

Both races finish at Heartland Park.  Awards are given in 10-year age groups, as well as the overall male and female.

Runners can take the "dual challenge," run the half marathon and make it back in time to participate in the 5K at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, go to or call Anne Ellefson at 970-799-5646.

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

Thursday, Aug. 25

The Park Rapids Area Library will host a Senior Surf Day from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25.

Participants will learn some basics about computers and using the Internet.  

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

There is no charge for this training.

Saturday, Aug. 27

A Shoreland Expo will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 in the Faith Baptist Church fellowship room, located on Highway 71 South, Park Rapids.

Registration and classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with shoreline restoration to be addressed from 1 to 3 p.m.

The expo will provide information about rain gardens and the benefits of rain barrels, how to score and monitor shoreline, shoreland buffer gardening and shoreline restoration.

Participants will learn about available resources to create these gardens and how shoreline gardens can benefit property. The sessions provide basic design information with technical assistance available to create a shoreline garden.

These gardens are vegetative filters designed to create a buffer between the lawn area and lake or river shoreline. They are designed to catch and filter sediments and many pollutants before they enter the lake while adding beauty and diversity to the home landscape.

This workshop is sponsored by Hubbard County University of Minnesota Extension in collaboration with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Hubbard County and Cass County Soil and Water Conservation Districts; Shoreline Creations and Coalition of Lake Associations.

The expo is free and open to the public. For more information call Sally Shearer, Hubbard County Extension program coordinator at 732-3391.

Tuesday, Aug. 23

St. Joseph's Area Health Services is offering an "I'm going to be a big brother/ sister" class for siblings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 in the hospital's lower level conference room.

The class is offered at no charge.

Kids are invited to bring Mom and Dad for a party atmosphere that includes a "silly siblings" video (geared for ages 2 to 6). Kids will receive instruction with a doll on how to hold a baby and be a hands-on helper.

To register, call Janine at 237-5730.

Another class will be offered Nov. 15.