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Upcoming events Aug. 13-27

Saturday, Aug. 13

Don Legun will be signing copies of his book, "My Side of Depression," from noon to 2 p.m. today (Saturday) at Book World on Main.

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.

Monday, Aug. 15

A blood drive will be held from noon to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16 and from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

For an appointment, call Rose at 732-3892 or Lynn at 732-8250 or go online to, sponsor code parkrapids.

Tuesday, Aug. 16

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.

PEO Chapter T will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 16 at the home of Mary Peterson.  The program will be PEO projects and Home Fund. 

Members will be dining at Zorbaz following the meeting.

The Antique Tractor Club's general meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16 at the club's headquarters.

Wednesday, Aug. 17

The Park Rapids Red Hatters will get together for lunch and tea Wednesday, Aug. 17 at Miracle Bakery and Tea Room in Wadena.

RSVP ASAP to Carol at 252-2689 or Ginger at 252-9816 to coordinate rides.

A "back to school bash" for students in grades 7-12 will be held Wednesday, Aug. 17 at the Faith Baptist Church parking lot.

Games of volleyball and basketball, Frisbee tossing and music begin at 7 p.m.

An outdoor movie, "Soul Surfer," begins at 8:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair. (Will be held inside if weather interferes.)

Door prizes will be awarded, with an iPod Touch the grand prize. Pizza and Smoothies will be served. Bring a friend.

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.

Widowed Friends Fellowship (for men and women) will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday Aug. 18 at the Hilltop Restaurant in Hubbard for dinner.

Dominos will follow.

For more information, call Karla at 732-0424 or Joan at 732-4917.

Friday, Aug. 19

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will host a 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.

A free presentation on "Art and the Spirit World" will begin at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 at Jack Pine Cafe.

Bob Mansfield, tenured professor from San Diego State University, will present a program that will reveal how the ancient indigenous peoples of the North American continent used art as a vehicle to connect to the spirit world.

He will show the importance of the Shaman as the spiritual leader and artist. He will examine the cultures of the Inuit, Maya, Native American tribes and places like the Yucatan, Chaco Canyon, Serpent Mound, Poverty Point, Bear Butte and Sierra San Francisco.

He will also examine the nomadic designs of the Native Americans such as tepees, papooses and canoes and show how remarkably sophisticated they were.

The 45-minute presentation will be illustrated with digital images he has collected and taken over the last 40 years.

This is part of the annual August free lecture series at Blank Canvas Gallery. 

Social time will start at 5:30 p.m.; the lecture is from 6:15 to 7 p.m.

The Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers 36th annual show will be held Aug. 19-21 on the north side of Itasca State Park.

The show features a 1939 Massey-Harris serial one prototype combine. The J. Neils/Red Lake bandsaw mill is nearing completion.

The event includes a hot air engine display, arts and crafts demos, parades at 1 p.m., scale railroad rides, kids activities, a tractor pull and more.

Primitive camping is available.

For more information, call Bob at 657-2233 or go to

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.  

The Twisted Stitchers have a rich resource in Betty Dotschkald.  

She'll be sharing information on Lockerhooking at the Saturday, Aug. 20 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.

Monday, Aug. 22

The Hubbard County Republicans annual social dinner will be held Monday, Aug. 22 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

Visit with speakers from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. with speakers from 7 to 8 p.m.

Tickets may be reserved by calling Paul Utke at 255-1131.

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

Tuesday, Aug. 23

Park Rapids Disabled American Veterans and DAV Auxiliary Chapter 38 are having their annual picnic at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 at Park Rapids Depot Park, 4th Street East, in the shelter.  

All DAV and DAVA members and prospective members are invited to attend.

Bring a dish to pass.

Wednesday, aug. 24

Individuals who will be 12 years old in 2011 are invited to enroll in the Minnesota firearm safety course to be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Environmental Education building at the fairgrounds.

Registration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the Environmental Education building at which time the books will be handed out and fees collected.

There is no maximum age limit for participants taking the course. Topics covered include firearm handling and care, hunter ethics and responsibility, wildlife management, field testing and other pertinent topics.

Each student will be required to bring a self-addressed, stamped, letter size envelope at the time of registration.

For more information, call Russ Johnsrud at 732-8411 or Ron Norenberg at 237-9356 after 5 p.m. All students must register on Aug. 24 in order to participate.

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 3:30 p.m.

A bus tour will take participants to three shoreline restoration projects; pre-registration is required by calling Hubbard County Extension at 732-3391.

The expo will provide information about rain gardens and the benefits of rain barrels, protecting and enhancing water quality, shoreland integrity, valued property and plants, fish and other wildlife diversity.

Speakers include Kelly Condiff, Cass County Soil and Water Conservation District; Steve Hall, Shoreline Creations; Shane Foley, Hubbard County SWCD and Cassie Novak, Minnesota Master Naturalist.

This workshop is sponsored by Hubbard County University of Minnesota Extension in collaboration with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Hubbard County and Cass County SWCD; 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.

Thursday, Aug. 25

Nemeth Art Center will host a members show and fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 at The Good Life Café on Main.

All are welcome for an evening of art, food and music. All works of art are part of the members' collections or personally created pieces.

Tickets are available at the café; the price includes hors d' oeuvres and evening's entertainment.

Saturday, Aug. 27  

The North Central Gobblers of Akeley and the Tall Pine Toms of Park Rapids will hold a first ever Jakes Day event Saturday, Aug. 27 at Camp Wilderness.

    Kids ages 9 to 17 are invited to attend with their parents. Participants will receive instructions in shooting archery equipment, as well as muzzleloaders, rifles, and shotguns. Participants also will learn to identify animals and recognize safe shots, and learn strategies for hunting deer and turkeys.

    Registration runs from 8 to 9 a.m., with the field portion of the day beginning at 9. Lunch, sponsored by the Park Rapids chapter, is at noon and door prizes will be presented during the meal.

For questions, call Jared at 732-3347, Richard at  255-0428, Terry at  732-0181, or Armin at  732-5182.

Sunday, Aug. 28

St. Theodore's Church of Ponsford and Pine Point will host the 12th annual spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28.

Raffle drawings begin after dinner, with top prizes of $150 and $100 in cash, a hand-carved Santa and queen-size quilt, as well as gift certificates and other "treasures."