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Upcoming events Sept. 17 - Oct. 6

Saturday, Sept. 17

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. today (Saturday) at the Northwoods Bank community room.

The event is open to the public.

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.

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 exciting field trip.  Reserve your place by completing the form at HCLL programs, at Beagle Books, calling LuAnne White at 732-7939, or e-mailing hclifelonglearn

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 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

Daughters of Destiny's 9th annual women's community luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Warehouse in Pine River.

Guest speaker is Debbie Griffith, host of the radio show, Everyday Matters.

Tickets can be purchased at Thomason, Swanson & Zahn, PLLC or by calling Nona at 252-1095.

Seating is limited.

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 by calling 218-536-0589, or locally at Marketplace Foods and both Luekens locations.

Sunday, Sept. 25

Grace Community Church in Osage 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.

Monday, Sept. 26

The Hubbard County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 in the "new" courthouse next door, which is handicap accessible.

After a short meeting, Connie Henderson will present the program, "Look what I found in the museum!"   

Refreshments will be served. The public is encouraged to attend.

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.

The event is open to the public. 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."

Friday, Oct. 7

St. Joseph's Area Health Services Center for Weight Management and Essentia Health Park Rapids Clinic joins cities across America to help those affected by obesity during a walk on behalf of research, education, prevention and treatment of this life-threatening disease.

A fifth annual "Walk From Obesity" event is planned for 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at the Smokey Hills Wilderness Retreat and Conference Center in Osage.

The Center for Weight Management hosts the Walk From Obesity in conjunction with its annual fall retreat.

This year's "Weekend in the Pines: Breaking Barriers" to be held Oct. 7-8 invites surgical and non-surgical weight-loss patients or anyone interested in a weight management program to attend a weekend of supportive, educational and fun activities.

The Walk from Obesity comes with a few fun twists this year, including scavenger hunts and geocaching.

Geocaching is the latest hobby for GPS or smart phone treasure hunters. Equipment will be provided for all those who wish to participate.

"The Walk From Obesity is a great opportunity for anyone to visit the Smokey Hills during peak fall colors," says Missy Lindow, St. Joseph's Center for Weight Management lifestyle counselor. "While having fun out on the forest trail, you are also helping all those affected by morbid obesity and its related health conditions."

Register for the walk online at

Funds raised through the event will support the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Foundation and the Obesity Action Coalition in their efforts to increase research funding for obesity, improve awareness of the negative stigma associated with obesity and provide educational resources for all those affected by this disease.

For more information, contact Lindow at 255-4311.

The Center for Weight Management will also be hosting a free weight-loss informational session from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 or Nov. 14 at the Ramada Plaza & Suites in Fargo. Call Stacey at 732-2837 to register.