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Upcoming events Oct. 24-Nov. 19

Saturday, Oct. 22

First Lutheran Church Women of Akeley will host "Taste of the Seasons" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (Saturday), a handcrafted gift sale and ethnic lunch.  

This event was formerly known as "Taste of Christmas" but now holds items for year 'round festivities.  

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include Danish meatballs and gravy, "exceptional" mashed potatoes, pickled beets, scones, aebleskiver and oriental coleslaw.  

A sampling of desserts is included in the lunch price and will include rice pudding, rommegrot and gifts. Home baked goods (caramel rolls, cookies and breads, pies, lefse and almond cakes) can also be purchased.

Monday, Oct. 24

Living wills and resources will be addressed from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24 at the Community Health office, 323 South Main, Park Rapids.

Licensed social worker Lucinda Peterson will present the information.

Tuesday, Oct. 25

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning presents Rhoda Jackson giving a talk on Emily Dickinson, the woman behind "The Belle of Amherst," from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

      "The Belle of Amherst" is a one-woman play by William Luce. Jackson will be performing this play at the Long Lake Theater for HCLL at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

Based on the life of poet Emily Dickinson from 1830-1886, and set in her Amherst, Mass. home, the play makes use of her work, diaries, and letters to recall her encounters with the significant people in her life.

Julie Harris performed the play on Broadway in 1976.

     Jackson has been involved in community theater since 2002, having acted in several productions at Long Lake Theater.

Tickets are available at Beagle Books or at HCLL meetings.  

     For more information, call LuAnne White at 732-7939 or e-mail hclifelonglearn  

Thursday, Oct. 27

The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC) will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 at Bella Caffé for a discussion on legislative advocacy work for social justice in Minnesota.

The event is being organized by the Rev. Duane Gebhard of the Akeley United Methodist Church.

JRLC is Minnesota's largest most inclusive interfaith public interest group with statewide membership of people of faith from the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim communities.

Founded in 1971, JRLC has an extensive body of public policy statements and influences Minnesota legislation in many policy arenas including welfare reform, housing, health care, human rights, criminal justice, tax policy, ethics in government, gambling, and other policy areas.

JRLC will be meeting with leaders from several area congregations and the community to discuss issues that will be facing our state's legislature in 2012, including the allocation of capital improvement projects, addressing poverty and homelessness, gambling and maintaining impartiality in our judicial system.

Each year JRLC authors a legislative agenda, indicating interfaith priorities for the year. This year poverty issues will be at the top of the list. Recently released census data indicates a rise in the rate of poverty in Minnesota and a decrease in average household earnings.

According to the American Community Survey, in 2010, 11.6 percent of Minnesotans lived in poverty, up significantly from 9.5 percent in 2007. This average figure masks much higher rates of poverty within Minnesota's minority populations.  

The Forest Riders ATV Club will convene for the annual meeting and election of officers at 6 p.m. Thursday Oct. 27 at the Buck Stop.  

All members are urged to attend.

For more information, call Ron Jensen, president, at 255-3333.

Friday, Oct. 28

The Park Rapids Area High School Drama Department will present "Bone Chiller," a "who done it and to whom" comedy murder mystery at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29 in the auditorium.

Josiah Travers has been mysteriously killed and 13 people get together Friday the 13th for the reading of his unusual will.

The audience is invited to try to solve the mystery, discover the murderer and decode where the inheritance is hidden.

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, Oct. 28, at the Park Rapids Area High School.  

There will be a "plus" workshop from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and a mainstream square dance from 8 to 10 p.m.  

Caller will be Royce Nelson and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips.  

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

Saturday, Oct. 29

The United Methodist Women will host a Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 29 with soup, sandwiches and desserts served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and a craft sale and Grandma's Pantry food sold from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The sale will feature homemade goodies and lefse "hot off the grill."

Proceeds will benefit Missions of United Methodist Women.

The Laporte Fall Carnival will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at the school.

There will be food, fun and games with a pirate flair. Proceeds go to scholarships. "We'll see you there or you'll be walking the plank. AARGH!

The Laporte PTO is looking for volunteers and donations for the carnival. Donations of prizes, cakes and time are welcome. Contact Sara at 224-2313 or 760-4578 to volunteer or donate.

Tuesday, Nov. 1

PEO Chapter T will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 at the home of Sandy Perez. 

Dee Smith and Janine Weideman are co-hostesses.  The program will be initiation and Judy Dulski will be sharing about her trip to Africa this past summer. 

Visiting PEO members may call Jo at 652-0239 for more information.

Wednesday, Nov. 2

Region 2 Arts Council invites all regional artists and arts organization to Collaborating within Arts Disciplines - an evening of networking, goal setting, and planning for creative and effective collaboration within arts disciplines.

The workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave., Bemidji.

In this workshop, the presenter will discuss cross-promoting events hosted by different organizations and explore the value of coordinating arts events and activities with other regional partners.  

In addition, participants will learn the benefits of resource optimization and uncover the range of proven marketing and collaborative partnerships in small to mid-sized towns and cities.

Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 26 to reserve a space. Call 800-275-5447 or e-mail  

Saturday, Nov. 5

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning presents "The Belle of Amherst," a one-woman play by William Luce, in a 7 p.m. performance, Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard.        

Rhoda Jackson, a popular local actor, will perform this play.

Tickets are available at Beagle Books in Park Rapids 237-2665 or at HCLL meetings.  

Based on the life of poet Emily Dickinson from 1830-1886, and set in her Amherst, Mass. home, the play uses her work, diaries, and letters to recall her encounters with the significant people in her life.

Jackson has been involved in community theater since 2002, having acted in several productions at Long Lake Theater. She produced and performed the one-woman play, "You Caught Me Dancing," portraying multiple characters in the life of Katy Leary, a longtime servant in the Samuel Clemens household.

Her work at Long Lake Theater includes: "Night at the Theater" (2002), stage manager for "Steel Magnolias" (2002), "Cemetery Club," "Christmas Carol - Voice of the Prairie Radio Theater" (2005), stage manager for "Nunsense," "A Christmas Stranger," "A Christmas Carol" directed by Hans Grinde (2006), "Farnsdale Avenue Women's Society Murder Mystery" (2006), "Dog Logic" (2007), "Best Christmas Pageant Ever," "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" (2008) and "Dearly Departed" (2009).          

For tickets, call Beagle Books at 237-2665.

Monday, Nov. 7

A community blood drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 at St. Johns Lutheran Church, Park Rapids.

To encourage blood donation, United Blood Services has expanded its rewards program. Donors can earn points for donating frequently (up to three times a year) and remaining involved year after year. Points are redeemable for movie and gift certificates and other prizes.

Potential donors may contact Elayne Wiken at 732-3935 to make an appointment.

Donors must be at least 16 years old (with signed permission from parent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.

Saturday, Nov. 12

The Laporte-Benedict Lions will be holding their annual Fall Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 in the Commons area of the Laporte School.

The Lions' soup and sandwich lunch will be served in the community room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bars and beverage will be available throughout the day.

Baked goods for the Thanksgiving table and Christmas present items will be available. Last year, tables filled with a variety of items such as cedar wreaths, poinsettias, Christmas cactus, paintings, scroll-carved wood, a multitude of Christmas decorations large and small, Avon, Tupperware, Watkins, and a wide selection of handmade items - from afghans to stocking stuffers.

Anyone wishing to have a table to sell their items should call Shirley at 218-224-2601 to reserve a table for $10. The Lions do not charge youth groups for table space, but still would appreciate pre-registering.

Saturday, Nov. 19

A benefit and welcome home for Sam Bell, a 14-year-old who was critically injured in the Nimrod Bull Bash in September, will be held Saturday, Nov. 19 in Nimrod.

A meat and mashed potato feed will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Nimrod Hall and J & J's Bar and Grill.

A live auction and raffle will begin at 8 p.m. at J & J Bar and Grill. A silent auction will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Nimrod Hall.

Donations may be sent to Nimrod Benefit for Sam Bell, c/o First National Bank of Menahga and Sebeka, P.O. Box 311 Sebeka, MN 56477. Supplemental funding is provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Proceeds will be used to offset the cost of medical bills and expenses incurred traveling to the Twin Cities.

The event is sponsored by the Nimrod Area Lions Club.