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Upcoming events Aug. 6-23

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. today (Saturday) and Sunday, Aug. 7.

Gates open at 7 a.m. today 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.

A 4-H Western Heritage Regional event will begin at 10 a.m. today (Saturday) 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.

Hubbard County 4-H will host a community picnic and family fun day today (Saturday) 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.

Sunday, Aug. 7

Rev up your taste buds for Taste of Dorset, to be staged in the Food Capital of the Great North from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7    

Enjoy amazing tidbits of food at great prices, listen to good music throughout town and be there for the mayor's race finale.

Dorset restaurants present their great variety of foods - from Mexican

specialities, including fantastic mudballs, to tantalizing spaghetti balls, pork chops on a stick, mouthwatering pizza, broasted chicken and more.  

Dorset also has one of the most unique mayoral races. All through the year people vote for of the candidate of their choosing. Residency is not required; the mayors have been from Chicago, Minneapolis and many other places.   Chickens, dogs and children

are eligible. The only requirement is a buck in the ballot box.  

At precisely 2 p.m. the drawing is held and a new mayor begins his/her/its


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.  

The Hubbard County DFL will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8 at the Park Rapids Area Library, an accessible site.

All are welcome.

Members will be discussing plans for the next walleye and wild rice dinner and other events coming in the future.   Input is welcomed.

Tuesday, Aug. 9

The Nevis Red Hat Ladies will have their monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Summerhill Farm.

Meet at 11 a.m. at the Nevis muskie to carpool.

For reservations or questions, call Mary at 652-4232.

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.

Wednesday, Aug. 10

The Park Rapids Retired Military Group will meet for their annual joint potluck picnic with the Bemidji Retired Military Club at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the Lake George Community Park, located on Higway 71 at the southwest edge of town.

A covered picnic area is available in the event of rain.

Bring a dish to share, beverage, plates and utensils. Brats and burgers will be provided.

Call commander Bill at 732-0205 for information or directions.

All retired military personnel and family are welcome."

Thursday, Aug. 11

The noon hour concert series will end its season Thursday, Aug. 11 at Calvary Lutheran, with Deane Johnson on clarinet and Roz Pederson on piano performing from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

They will perform two Russian pieces, "Joke," by Sirotkin, and Tchaikovsky's "Song Without Words," as well as "Arabesques," by Paul JeanJean and "Oblivion," a tango by Piazzolla.

The larger group, adding Jennie Anderson on flute Mari Willie, horn, and Dick Max, bass, will play arrangements of "Finlandia" and "Begin the Beguine."

The audience is invited to bring lunch. Bars and beverages will be served.  

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.

Open spinning will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at 201 Main Ave., (Monika's).

Bring your spindles, wheels or curiosity. For more information call Kathy Belt at 732-0978.

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.

Sunday, Aug. 14

Park Rapids Lions will host the 30th annual all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu includes pancakes, sausage, milk, coffee and orange juice.

Proceeds benefit community projects.

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 today (Saturday).

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

check the BCG website,

The Osage Senior Citizens will host their annual quilt raffle and pie and ice cream social from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16 at the Senior Center.

Proceeds fund scholarships for Osage students.

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.

Friday, Aug. 19

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will host and burger and corn dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 at the clubhouse located 1.5 miles east of Emmaville on CSAH 24.

The menu includes burgers, corn on the cob, baked beans and homemade pies.

A freewill donation will be accepted. The donation will be used toward sponsored projects and renovations.

Saturday, Aug. 20

A North Country Trail day hike will be in the Lake George area and span 8.7 miles Saturday, Aug. 20.

Hikers should meet at 9 a.m. at the trailhead, located at the intersection of CSAH 4 and Halverson Trail, 2.5 miles south of Lake George. 

This hike proceeds west from the trailhead to Spider Lake Forest Road, just east of Itasca State Park.  The trail crosses the historic Schoolcraft River and features a magnificent balsam forest. 

For more information, call 218-675-5448.   

Monday, Aug. 22

The Twisted Stitchers have a rich resource in Betty Dotschkald.  

She'll be sharing information on Lockerhooking at the Monday, Aug. 22 meeting that begins at 9:30 a.m. at 201 Main Ave. (Monika's), Park Rapids.  

For more information, call Kathy Belt at 732-0978.

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

Wayne Hankel will be teaching a three-day wood carving class Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 22-24 at the Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center, located at 311 Main Ave. S. in Park Rapids.

Class time will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The class projects will utilize carving cut-outs that are pre-cut by the instructor.

Hankel has conducted classes in wood carving for over 20 years. His primary interest centers on realistic wildlife carving but he also does chip carving and relief carving.

Participants will learn proper wood carving techniques and should be able to carve two or three realistic wildlife carvings during the three-day class.

To register or for information on cost, contact Jerry Wegenast at 218-847-3519 or or check the BCG website

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.