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Upcoming events Sept. 25 - Oct. 25

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.

Tuesday, Sept. 27

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning presents "Real Men Do Write Poetry" with award winning poet Marsh Muirhead and "From My Window" poet John Thornberg from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.  

    Muirhead, winner of the Great American Think Off essay, says poetry brings us comfort and company; it's the antidote to the crass commercialism and absurdity of daily life.  Poets make us laugh, allow us to dance on the edge of the abyss, to celebrate the lightness and darkness of our lives and reminds us the deepest thoughts and feelings are best expressed in poetry.

Muirhead is a writer and dentist, part-time flight instructor, and, long ago, a state bodybuilding champion, who lives and writes on the banks of the Mississippi River near Bemidji.  He has written for aviation and auto racing magazines, has done commentaries and reviews on public radio and his poems, haiku, and short stories have been published in numerous journals and magazines.

He won the Robert Frost Poetry Festival Poetry Prize in Key West in 2009 and won the Great American Think-Off debate in New York Mills this past summer, defending the question, "Does Poetry Matter?"   He is the author of "Key West Explained - A Guide for the traveler.

   Thornberg writes poetry and short essays from his backyard window, taking notes on a world he sees from both sides of the glass. He started writing not long after his first wife died in 1988.

"Somehow the wound that opened bleeds words." His poems and essays have been published in "ByLine Magazine," "Chrysanthemum," "Talking Stick," "Watershed" and several self-published "Chapbooks."

Contact LuAnne White for more information or to get on the mailing list at 732-7939 or hclifelonglearn

This program, the first of the three programs and play, 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.

The Forest Riders ATV Club will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Clover Town Hall to collect bags and vests for the roadside cleanup.

A dinner and meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m. at the Buck Stop.  For further details, contact president Ron Jensen at 255-3333.  

Wednesday, Sept. 28

A workshop for parents addressing teenagers and depression will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Calvary Lutheran's fellowship hall.

Dr. Joel Kirchner will discuss the warning signs of depression and equipping parents to talk to teenagers about depression.

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.

Bemidji State University's monthly traditional skills workshops return with a two-part introduction to food preservation.

The first workshop, presented by Karen Gebhardt, will provide an introduction to freezing, canning and drying Thursday, Sept. 29.

The introductory session will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Sustainability office in Bemidji State's lower Hobson Memorial Union.

Participation for the introductory course will be limited to 25.

The course continues Saturday, Oct. 1 with a hands-on workshop that involves creating a jar of a food item to take home.

The hands-on portion will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in the kitchen at Bemidji State's American Indian Resource Center. Participation for the hands-on workshop is limited to 15.

Both parts of the workshop carry a minimal fee. Payment can be made on the day of the workshop.

As space is limited, interested participants are encouraged to register in advance, either in person at the University's Sustainability office, located in the lower Hobson Memorial Union, or by contacting Erika Bailey-Johnson, Bemidji State University sustainability coordinator, at ebailey

Friday, Sept. 30

Living at Home's "famous" rib dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu includes barbecued ribs, baked potato, corn, coleslaw and assorted desserts, with strolling magician/comedian Nick Bretz entertaining.

Saturday, Oct. 1

The Hubbard County DFL will conduct a ditch clean up at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 on a section of Highway 34.

The public is invited to participate. Meet one mile west of the Dorset corner at 189th Avenue.

In case of inclement weather, the alternate date will be Saturday, Oct. 8.

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.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Headwaters Intervention Center will host a Walk Against Domestic Violence at noon Saturday, Oct. 1, departing from the Hubbard County Courthouse.

The walk route will go to Heartland Park then to the Headwaters Intervention Center for an open house.

Coffee, hot chocolate, water, cookies and snacks will be served.

St. Mary's Catholic Church of Two Inlets will host the annual fall dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu includes roast beef and pork and mashed potatoes and gravy with all the trimmings. This will be topped off with homemade pies and desserts.

The Wolf Lake Lions will host a wild game feed from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Lions Hall.

The menu will include halibut, salmon, wild boar, bear, turkey and more.

Sunday, Oct. 2

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, will open its 2011-12 subscription concert series at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 at the Bemidji High School auditorium with a program entitled "American Jazz."  

The doors will open for seating at 2:30 pm.  Season tickets may be purchased on the day of the concert as well as in advance by visiting the BSO website for information:

There is no admission charge for children and students through grade 12.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North and Brigid's Cross.  

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.

The Park Rapids Area Library, a branch of Kitchigami Regional Library System, is holding a meeting on the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage grant program for 2011/2012 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 in the downstairs meeting room at the library.  

Regional library director Marian Ridge will give a short presentation on the highlights of the last two years of legacy programs at the library before opening the floor for public comment on local interests for the next biennium.  

She will also outline the process for local grant applications.  Anyone interested in public programming at the library is welcome to attend.  

For further information, contact Jodi Schultz 732-4966.

Wednesday, Oct. 5

Sanford Clinic Bemidji will host a free varicose vein screening from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the main clinic located at 1233 34th Street NW in Bemidji.

Those interested in attending the screening, held to raise awareness for venous disease and available treatment options, may contact the clinic at 218-333-5171 for more information and to schedule an appointment.

An estimated 25 million people in the United States have varicose veins. A leading cause is venous reflux disease triggered by incompetent or "leaky" valves in the great saphenous vein running from ankle to groin in each leg.

In addition to varicose veins, other symptoms may include leg pain, fatigue, swelling and skin ulceration.  This condition can be progressive if left untreated and symptoms may worsen with time.

Thursday, Oct. 6

The Northwoods State Retirees Club will have a fall luncheon at noon Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Walker American Legion.

All MSRS retirees and guests are welcome. An RSVP by Tuesday, Sept. 27 is requested. Call Ted Spencer at 732-7083, Shirley Frederick at 218-675-6443 or Dorothy Hunt at 218-547-3738.

The Friends of the Library will celebrate their 30th anniversary with an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

The public is invited to visit with members - past and present- and thank the group for three decades of service.

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 www.walkfromobesity. com. 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.

Central Lakes College Theatre presents "The Miracle Worker" in Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus, opening at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7.

William Gibson's powerful drama, one of the most-produced plays of the 20th century, dramatizes the volatile relationship between a lonely teacher, Annie Sullivan, and her blind, deaf and mute charge, Helen Keller.

Trapped in time in a secret, silent world unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled and almost sub-human; only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence.

Tickets can be purchased with a credit card by calling 218-855-8199 or online at

Friday, Oct. 14

The Headwaters Intervention Center will host a fall fundraiser and silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

Diners will have a choice of harvest beef stew or hearty chicken noodle soup in a fresh baked bread bowl with dessert.

The HIC is a 30-year-old non-profit agency in Park Rapids dedicated to helping all victims of domestic violence and child abuse. As the economy tightens, the demand for services increases.

Sponsorships are invited at the harvest stew level of $250, hearty chicken noodle soup level of $150, bread bowl at $100, advertising sponsor of $50 or dinner roll at $25.

Donations for the silent auction - including gift certificates - are also welcome.

Call 732-7413 or fax 732-8386.

Saturday, Oct. 15

Bethany Lutheran Church Women, Nevis will host a luncheon and "Conversations with Corrie" at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.

Corrie ten Boom and her Christian family helped hundreds of Jewish people during the Nazi occupation of Holland during WWII. The story of their work in "God's Underground" is retold in this one-woman dramatization.

Dressed in costume and with Dutch accent, professional Christian storyteller Pati Kachel portrays Miss Corrie ten Boom, recalling "The Hiding Place" years.

Advanced reservations are required. Contact the church office at 652-2030.

Tuesday, Oct. 25

A free workshop for visual artists will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 in the Coldwell Banker Real Estate conference room, 101 South Main, Park Rapids.

"Juried Works" is sponsored by Region 2 Arts Council and presented by Kathleen Richert of Springboard for the Arts.

Artists both experienced and new to presenting their art professionally will benefit from Juried Works.  The workshop will focus on readying, refining and, in some cases, revamping visual artists' promotional presentation.   

RSVP to the R2AC office before Tuesday, Oct. 18 by emailing or by calling 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447.