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Upcoming events Sept. 14 - Oct. 6

Wednesday, Sept. 14

The Park Rapids Retired Military Club will meet for a potluck dinner and a campfire at 6 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the home of Bill and Barry Buggert, 20352 Hunter Road.

Bring a dish to share, favorite campfire munchies, beverage and something for the raffle (any craft item, garden item, jams etc.)

Dress for the weather; we will meet rain or shine.

Any questions, call Bill 732-0205. All retired military personnel and family are welcome.

Thursday, Sept. 15

For three weeks following Seal Team Six's daring raid into Pakistan, a raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, University of Kentucky professor Dr. Stanley Brunn examined more than 400 political cartoons about the raid and bin Laden's death from all over the world, looking for dominant themes.

Thursday, Sept. 15, Brunn will be at Bemidji State University for a presentation on his findings, "Cartooning bin Laden's Death: Celebration, Deception and Electoral Politics."

The presentation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Hagg Sauer 102 on the Bemidji State campus.

While many of the cartoons Brunn examined depicted multiple themes, he was able to identify dominant themes celebrating bin Laden's death, American hubris, President Obama as a victor and Pakistani military incompetence.

Cartoons by these visual gatekeepers, Brunn claims, provide useful barometers to measure the national and international impact of major political events.

Admission is free.

Bemidji Community Theater will hold auditions for "A Christmas Carol," the musical, from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 15 and 16 at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse.

Those auditioning should come prepared with 16 bars of music and a short monologue. Show dates are set for Dec. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11.

The show is under the direction of Mary Knox-Johnson, with music direction by Karen Bradley and accompaniment by Wayne Hoff.

"A Christmas Carol," is a collaboration between Bemidji Community Theater and The Paul Bunyan Playhouse. Any volunteers willing to work on sets, costumes, props etc. are also welcome.

The Hubbard County Master Gardeners will present "Division and Creation" from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Konshok Airport, Highway 71 South.

A demonstration on dividing perennials and installing them will be at the airport entrance. Fee is $5.

For more information, call 732-9782. No pre-registration is required.

Friday, Sept. 16

A Weston A. Price Nutrition Foundation meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 at at the Evergreen Church.  

All meetings are free and open to the public.  

For more information, contact Tanja Larson at 732-9402.

The Park Rapids Education and Activities Foundation is hosting a turkey with all the fixings meal, with serving to begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club is hosting chicken fried steak dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 at the clubhouse located 1.5 miles east of Emmaville on CSAH 24.

The meal includes chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, corn, salad and homemade pies.

A freewill donation will be accepted which will be used for sponsored projects and renovations.

Saturday, Sept. 17

The next Ruby's Pantry Food distribution will be held Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Assumption of our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga.

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

The cost is $15 per share. Bring baskets and boxes for food.  

Volunteers are also needed and much appreciated.  If you have any questions, contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501.

The Twisted Stitchers will be learning a variety of methods to create cord and braid at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at 201 Main Street (Monika's), Park Rapids.  

Join members for loop braiding, stick weaving, finger weaving and using a lucet.  

For more info, call Kathy Belt 732-0978.

The Jackpine Writers' Bloc of Park Rapids and Menahga will host a book release party celebrating Volume 20 of "The Talking Stick" at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Northwoods Bank community room.

The event is open to the public.

The Becker County area Republicans are holding the second annual fall fundraiser dinner and auction Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn.

The social hour begins at 5 p.m. and the sandwich buffet begins at 6 p.m. There will be an opportunity to meet elected officials and visit with friends and neighbors throughout the evening.

Auctions and raffles will be held during the event with donated items from the community. The profits from the event will be used to support candidates in the coming 2012 election who will further Republican ideals.

Tickets may be purchased from Joe at Mac's Inc. 501 Highway 10 East, Detroit Lakes, or call John Moberg for information and tickets at 218-847-4638.

Sunday, SEpt. 18

A wild mushroom hike will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 in the Paul Bunyan State Forest.

Contact forays2011@ for more information.

The internationally acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors basketball team will match up against the "Park Rapids Dream Team" at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Century School gymnasium.

The Harlem Ambassadors offer a unique brand of basketball featuring entertaining comedy routines, dazzling ball-handling skills and high-flying slam dunks.

"At our shows, we want kids to know that they're part of our team, too," Coach Lade Majic says, "so we invite them to sit on the bench, have a front row seat, and get involved."

The Harlem Ambassadors work with local not-for-profit and service organizations to support communities. They have previously partnered with Rotary Club of Park Rapids to raise funds for Park Rapids Education and Activities Foundation as well as other community projects.

Advance tickets can be purchased at Coborn's or J & B Foods in Park Rapids. Tickets are also available at the door.

Monday, Sept. 19

The Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota will present "Women's Self Defense and Assault Prevention" at noon Monday, Sept. 19 at the hospital's Education Center.

In the interactive class, women will be taught and encouraged to practice self defense and assault prevention techniques taught by a professional and certified martial arts instructor.

     A complimentary lunch will be catered by Sanford Bemidji Dining. Register by Friday, Sept. 16 by calling 218-333-5505.

Tuesday, Sept. 20

PEO Chapter T will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the home of Mary Beth Anderson. 

Joyce Cowman and Mary Peterson are co-hostesses.  The program will be Rhonda Lageson explaining the "Helping Hands" program at Park Rapids schools.

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will take a bus trip to Moorhead to the Hjemkomst Viking Ship and Stave Church Building  (a full-scale replica of the Hopperstad Church in Vik, Norway) Tuesday, Sept. 20.

    The bus leaves from the south side of Walmart's parking lot at 10 a.m. sharp and returns about 4 p.m.   Ticket payment in advance is required and includes transportation on a coach bus, museum tour, gratuities and box lunch from J & B.

Only 45 bus seats are available for this field trip.  Reserve a place by completing the form at HCLL programs, at Beagle Books, calling LuAnne White at 732-7939, or e-mailing hclife

Reservations are first-come, first-served.   

 This event is partially subsidized by the Itasca-Mantrap Operation Roundup grant to help pay for the bus.

The Cass County Celebration - a morning of learning about issues that impact everyone as they age - is back for the fourth year.

The free public event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Hope Lutheran Church in Walker. Formerly called the Senior Celebration, the event name was changed to reflect the event is for all adults in the area.

This year's theme is "Remember when..." and offers an opportunity for the public to bring in favorite family treasures for an Antiques Critique; attend three workshops - Be Aware, Be Prepared, and Be Engaged, and visit dozens of booths in the exhibit hall.

A free continental breakfast will be available. Free blood pressure and blood sugar testing will be available in the exhibit hall too.

Musician and storyteller Paul Nye will present songs and stories for little people from 6:30 to 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Frank White Education Center gym.

The event is for children ages 0 to 5 and families.

There is no charge for the Park Rapids Early Childhood "welcome back" concert.

The Park Rapids Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Trinity Church.

Mary Lou Klepperich will lead a program on "Dividing and Sharing Roots and Seeds."

Visitors are welcome.

Wednesday, Sept. 21

Minnesota Folklore Theater in Akeley announces the premier of "Judy, Why Can't I?" set in Hollywood.

The play offers a glimpse into the life of Judy Garland up to her final days when she died at the age of 47.  The audience will see Judy at three stages in her life - as a youth from Grand Rapids to her growth in Hollywood and "what if" an older Judy lived on, when she reflects on her use of drugs and alcohol.

The show features some of Garland's most memorable songs, including "The Man That Got Away," "The Trolley Song" and "Over the Rainbow."  

The 7:30 p.m. performances are Sept. 21, 22, 23, 24 and 28, 29 Oct. 1, 2. The 3 p.m. matinee dates are Sept. 21, 24, 28 and Oct 2.

Tickets are available at Beagle Books.

This show is not appropriate for small children.  

Friday, Sept. 23

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Guild will be hosting the third annual Desserts by Design Friday, Sept. 23 at the Hungry Bear banquet and conference center located at 2300 24th St. NW in Bemidji.  

This event, sponsored by RiverWood Bank, is an evening featuring exclusively designed tables, unique desserts, musical entertainment and a silent auction.

Viewing of the tables begins at 7 p.m. with seating at 7:30 p.m.   Reservations can be made at Lueken's North in Bemidji.

All proceeds will benefit the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra.  

For more information, contact Jeanette Halcrow at 218-444-2689 or Carol Milowski 218-444-4344.

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, Sept. 23 at the Park Rapids Area High School.  

A "plus" workshop begins at 7:30 p.m. and mainstream dancing is from 8 to 10 p.m.  

Caller will be Phil Miller and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips.

Club members will furnish a potluck lunch.  All square dancers and spectators are invited.

Saturday, Sept. 24

The 31st Annual Headwaters 100 Bike Ride will be Saturday, Sept. 24, with routes of 45, 75 and 100 miles, beginning at Century School in Park Rapids.

Join about 600 other cyclists on a tour over scenic rural roads going through the heart of the lake country and into Itasca State Park, Headwaters of the Mississippi and along a segment of the forested Heartland Trail.  

The ride is fully supported with several rest and food stops, as well as sag wagons for those needing assistance. For more information, go to

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council (PRLAAC) will sponsor Art Leap 2011 Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25.

Art Leap is an "open studio event" featuring artists' studios and culturally rich destinations in the Park Rapids area.

For the sixth year, art lovers can use the map to find their way to area artists' and artisans' studios, workshops and other featured locations.

There are familiar studio names to visit, as well as several new sites where visitors will have opportunities to meet mature artists/artisans who have been practicing their individual skills and talents in their chosen fields for decades. Studios will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

For 2011, Park Rapids Community Education is offering a handicapped accessible bus tour to Art Leap destinations. (A fee will be charged to cover bus expense.) Call 237-6600 to reserve a seat.

Live performances will be featured Saturday at Moose Creek/Moose Creek Village in downtown Park Rapids and Paul Albright's Sculpture Studio in rural Akeley. Terrapin Station, Nevis, will host the 2nd Annual Art Leap Music Festival and Open House.

Art Leap activities and performances are free and open to the public.

Maps are available at the Community Education office, Blank Canvas Gallery in Park Rapids and the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce or may be downloaded at

Art Leap is part of Legacy Weekend Sept. 23-25 in the Park Rapids area, with events celebrating the importance of arts, history and outdoor resources to the community and the local impact of funding provided through the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment.

Art Leap 2011 is sponsored by the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council and is funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

The musical play, "Deer Camp, the Musical" will be coming to the Bemidji High School auditorium Saturday Sept. 24 with shows at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The lighthearted comedy follows the escapades of four lifelong friends as they make one last trek to their deer shack in the annual fall tradition that so many Minnesotans know so well.

This group of hunters has the distinction of having never fired a shot in 30 years of hunting, but this year the wives have laid down an ultimatum, bring home a deer or this will be the last year.

Advance tickets for the Bemidji performance are available through Great North Show Providers by calling 218-536-0589, or locally at Marketplace Foods and both Luekens locations.

Sunday, Sept. 25

Grace Community Church will host a concert by the Mercy 5 quartet at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.

The group is from Detroit Lakes and several of them have made recordings.  

The music will be classic and contemporary Christian.

There will be a freewill offering that will go entirely to the Haiti mercy mission.

Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Thursday, Sept. 29

The Park Rapids Area Library will host a Senior Surf Day from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.

The event gives senior citizens the opportunity to 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, Oct. 1

The Forest Riders ATV Club is hosting an ATV safety training class at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at St. Mary's Church in Two Inlets.  

A CD portion must be completed prior to the class.

This class is for ages 11-16 with the permit valid at 12.  

Register with Teresa Ohm at 255-1244.  Class includes written exam and driving course.  The CD is available from the Department of Natural Resources.

Monday, Oct. 3

May Creek Senior Living Campus in Walker is offering "A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls" from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays for eight weeks beginning Oct. 3.

Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater.

Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends. "A Matter of Balance" can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent.

Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.

Cost is $5 and is open to the public to attend. Advance registration is required as space is limited.

A workbook is provided and refreshments are served.

Call Lori Hilsabeck at 547-7511 to register or for more information.

Thursday, Oct. 6

Joe Kelly, a.k.a. "The Dad Man," will address the "Future of Fatherhood" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 in St. Joseph's Area Health Services lower level conference rooms.

Kelly is a communications strategist/fathering educator for The Emily Program as well as a father, activist, author, blogger and consultant who seeks to change both the image and actions of fathers in society.

"Fathers are a powerful yet largely untapped resource," says Kelly. "Fathers themselves along with their spouses and other support can strengthen our families, communities, organizations, workplaces and schools."

The Minnesota Conference on Adolescent Females calls Kelly's presentations "warm, engaging, fun, motivating, compelling, and clearly based on years of listening to thousands of real fathers, stepfathers, mothers, stepmothers and children."