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Upcoming events Sept. 30 - Oct. 25

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.

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.

The Community Ladies Aid 50th annual harvest supper will be held Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Deerfield Town Hall.

Serving begins at 3 p.m. for the dinner that includes turkey and ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, homemade pie and buns, rutabagas, cranberries and cabbage salad.

The event includes a bazaar and quilt raffle.

From Akeley, head nine miles south on Highway 64. Signs will be posted.

The annual hog roast at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Snellman will be held Saturday, Oct. 1.

Roast pork with all the trimmings will be served from 4 to 8:30 p.m. A free will offering will be received.

There will also be a craft and bake sale.

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.

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 Becker County Museum in Detroit Lakes will host an exhibit, "Why Treaties Matter: Self Governance in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations, " from Oct. 3-31 with an opening reception at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 at the museum located at 714 Summit Ave.

This traveling exhibit is sponsored by the Minnesota Humanities Council and produced by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and the Minnesota Council on Indian Affairs.

The exhibit helps establish American Indian sovereignty as a continental reality and provides a vehicle for Minnesotans to learn innovative ways to create a community and relate to one another.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free.

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.

The Friendly Squares will present square dance lessons at 7 p.m. starting Monday, Oct. 3 at Century School, Park Rapids.  

Couples and singles are welcome. Square dancing is great exercise and a good way to meet new friends.

The instructor will be professional square dance caller Roger Lueth.  

For more information call Joy and Gary at 564-6098 or Roger and Karen at 218-699-3436.               

Tuesday, Oct. 4

Faithfully Fit/ Bone Builders exercise program begins at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Riverside United Methodist gym.

The Tuesday and Thursday, non-denominational program is offered at no cost. The class features Tai Chi, stretching, strengthening, aerobics and balance exercises followed by health information and devotions.

The program is open to the public, men and women invited to participate. Leg weights are available; bring hand weights.

For more information, contact Trudy Overmyer at 732-3638.

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will present "A Woman's Heart" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.  

This program, including poets Penelope Swan and Laura Hansen, is the second of the three programs and a play. It is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.        

"To write is a spiritual undertaking into the unknown," said Swan. "What's meaningful is making meaning. I treasure the company of creative people engaged in serious and imaginative play."             Swan's profession as a public school teacher was enhanced by a generous community of poets and writers in residence through COMPAS (Community Programs in Arts and Sciences) in St. Paul.

In 1995, Swan moved to northern Minnesota and reading and writing became her avocation. She's been affiliated with Heartland Poets, Poets' Salon, Jackpine Writers' Bloc, and her mainstay group, Bards of a Feather. For several years, she served on the Loonfeather Press Board, Bemidji.

     Laura Hansen, owner of Bookin' It book shop in Little Falls, has won awards from Great River Arts Association as Artist of the Month, was nominated for the MBA Booksellers Choice Award (poetry) and numerous LOMP (League of Minnesota Poets) awards.

For further information about this or any HCLL programs, contact LuAnne White at 732-7939 or hclife longlearners@yahoo. com.

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.

Contact the clinic at 218-333-5171 for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Thursday, Oct. 6

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

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.

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

Actor-musician Ronny Cox will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 in the Bob Dryden Theatre as part of the Cultural Arts Series hosted by the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.

Cox's acting career spans more than 125 films and TV shows. He's played villains and good guys since his film debut as the guitarist in the famous "dueling banjos' scene in "Deliverance." He is also known for his roles in "The Onion Field," "Beverly Hills Cop," "Robocop," and "Total Recall."

With several CD's and numerous national and international tours in four decades of performance, he blends a folksy sound with an eclectic approach to arrangements and delivery.

Only in the last 10 years has the world seen Cox evolve from being an "actor who sings" into knowing him as a "singer who happens to have a pretty fair career acting."  

Tickets can be purchased at, or by contacting the CLC Theatre Box Office at 218-855-8199.

Cultural Arts Series information, including links to each artist's website, can be found at tre.

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.