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Upcoming events Nov. 5 - Dec. 4

Saturday, Nov. 5

Headwaters Animal Shelter volunteers will host a hunters' supper from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu will include turkey and dressing, potatoes and gravy, cranberries, coleslaw and dessert.

The event will include a silent auction and raffle. Tickets are available at the animal shelter, area merchants and the night of the event.

Turkeys will be roasting in Akeley United Methodist Church kitchens for the annual hunters' supper to be served from 4:30 to 8 p.m. today (Saturday).

The menu is a traditional "Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings"- turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, cranberries, fresh veggies, rolls and butter, homemade pie and beverages.

Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 4-11 with children 3 and under eating free.

Trinity Lutheran Church in Lake George will host the annual hunters' supper from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Saturday) at the church located on Highway 71.

The meal will include turkey with all the trimmings and pie.

Cost is $10 for adults, kids 3-8 $4 and children under 3 free.

St. Mary's Catholic Church in Two Inlets will host a chili feed with cornbread, bars and a beverage from 5 to 8:30 p.m. today (Saturday).

A freewill offering will be received.

Boys and men 15 years and older will admitted free of charge to 7 p.m. showings of the PG-13 movie "Courageous" at Park Theatre Nov. 4-17.

This is a special incentive from area churches; donations will be received to help offset the cost.

Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson, and Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.

Filled with action-packed police drama, "Courageous" is the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures of Albany, Ga. Moviegoers will find themselves laughing, crying and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children.

Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That's courageous.

For more information, check out the website at


Sunday, Nov. 6

The Guthrie-Nary Lions Club will host a hunters' breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 at the Guthrie Community Center.

The menu includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee, juice and milk.

A freewill donation will be received with proceeds benefiting Guthrie-Nary Lions projects.

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 Luiken 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.

Drew Stevens will give a presentation to the community about the importance of being kind at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 at Century School.

Drew's son, Josh, lost his life in a tragic accident one month before his 13th birthday.

The Josh Stevens Foundation was created to honor his life and the example he set for us all to follow. Josh was always doing something kind for someone else and Drew will talk about ways students can do the same.

He will also give presentations to students during the school day Nov. 7 and 8.

Chapter FJ of the PEO sisterhood will meet at 6 p.m. Monday Nov. 7 at the home of Marsha Smith.

Betty Thomsen will be the assistant hostess. Linda Smith will give the program, "Traveling Tales."

Call Marsha with regrets.

Tuesday, Nov. 8

The Nevis Red Hat Ladies will have their monthly luncheon Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Jimmy's in Walker.

Meet at the Muskie at 11 a.m. for rides. Call Mary at 652-4232 for reservations.

The Healthy Moms Network will hold a chapter meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the Park Rapids Area Library.  

Guest speaker Sue Benjamin will explain why milk is only as good as the source material it's made from.  A cultured milk product will also be on hand for sampling and taking home (bring a small pint sized jar and lid).

All meetings are free and open to women of all ages.

For more information, contact Nicole Guida 732-5229.

Thursday, Nov. 10

A Veteran's Day program will be presented by Century students in grades five through eight at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Century School cafetorium.

The public is welcome.

Also participating will be the Marine Corps League Color Guard, the Legion Women's Auxiliary and Ray Vaadeland.

The hour-long program will honor all veterans, those who've served in times of war and peace.

Open spinning will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 at 201 Main Street, (Monika's), Park Rapids.

Bring spindles, wheels and/or curiosity.  For more information, call Kathy Belt 732-0978.

The Bemidji Trombones ensemble will host their fall concert Thursday, Nov. 10 at Bemidji State University.

The concert, featuring solo performances and music from multiple centuries, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

Admission is free.

Under the direction of Sarah Paradis, assistant professor of music at Bemidji State, the concert will include music from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.  Specifically, the ensemble will be playing a transcription of J.S. Bach's Toccata, originally written for organ and dating back to the early 18th century.  There will be eight pieces performed throughout the program.

The Bemidji Trombones is an ensemble of 12 trombone players comprised of music majors, community members, current music faculty, and music faculty emeritus.  The group meets weekly to rehearse and performs one concert each semester. 

Friday, Nov. 11

A roast pork dinner benefiting Heritage Living Center and Community will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Proceeds benefit Friends of Heritage projects.

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, Nov. 11 at the Century School in Park Rapids.  

A "plus" workshop will be from 7:30 to 8 p.m. with mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.  

Caller will be Jim Jirak and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips. This will be red, white and blue night.  

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

Sunday, Nov. 13

Turkey bingo will be played from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church, Nevis.

A drawing for quilts will also be held. Coffee and lunch are included.

For more information, call 652-4005.

New York Juilliard flutist Carol Wincenc will perform Christopher Rouse's Flute Concerto with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Bemidji High School auditorium.

Doors open for seating at 2:30 pm.  Tickets are available at the door or in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North, Brigid's Cross, or online through brownpaper  BSO season tickets are still available at the door, or visit

Wincenc, a professor of flute at the Juilliard School and a longtime member of the New York Woodwind Quintet, is one of the most respected and acclaimed flutists performing today, appearing with orchestras worldwide and premiering works written for her by prominent composers.

Also on the program are Edward Elgar's "Serenade for Strings" and Mozart's Symphony No. 31 "Paris." This concert is the second in the BSO's 2011-2012 season, "Made in America."

Monday, Nov. 14

Zumba, the Latin-inspired dance and exercise program for adults or children will be offered at Laporte School this winter.

Two classes are planned.

Zumba for adults will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Mondays, Nov. 14-Jan. 30 in the school's community room. The fee is $25 for the 10-class session, or $5 per day.

Zumbatomics is for children ages 4 - 12 and will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 18-Jan. 27 in the community room.

The fee is $20 for the eight-class session, or $4 per day.

To register, or for more information contact Diane Sauer, Laporte Community Education at 218-224-2288 est. 141 or diane@laporte.

A support group for Celiac Disease will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 at Wadena Alliance Church, 1428 Jefferson St., Wadena.

The monthly, free informational meeting is to help people with Celiac Disease learn more about what to eat and how to cook and bake using gluten-free flours and ingredients.

The meeting includes a gluten-free potluck supper. Bring copies of the recipe to share. Call Pat Johnson at 218-631-2170 for more information.

Saturday, Nov. 19

Twisted Stitchers' topic for November is gadgets.  

Those who have something that is used to help with fiber arts are asked to bring it to the Saturday Nov. 19 meeting (whether you know what it is or how to use it).

The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. at 201 Main Street, (Monika's), Park Rapids.

For more information, call Kathy Belt 218-732-0978

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.

A benefit fundraiser for Kristine Maninga Hazelton will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Detroit Lakes American Legion.

Hazelton, of rural Ponsford, is battling bone cancer. A freewill offering will be used for medical expenses.

The supper will include hotdishes, bread, veggies and dessert. A silent auction will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Saturday, Nov. 19 at Century school in Park Rapids.  

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

Lanny Weakland will be the caller and Donna Stone will cue  round dancing between tips.

The club will furnish BBQs; club members are asked to bring potluck lunch. All square dancers and spectators are welcome

Sunday, Nov. 20

The Rising Sun Dancers will have a square dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Waubun Community Center.

Roger McNeil will call the tips and Bernadette McNeil will cue rounds.  All dancers and spectators are welcome.

The Park Rapids Area Community Band will present a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 in the high school auditorium.

Clarinetist Dr. Deane Johnson is the featured soloist.

A freewill offering will be received.

Sunday, Dec. 4

Tim and Cindy Roggenkamp of the Pequot Lakes area will present a toe-tapping, traditional bluegrass-country-gospel concert from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

The concert is free.

    Tim and Cindy Roggenkamp have been entertaining audiences throughout Minnesota and surrounding states and Canada for over 30 years. They are members of the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame, have recorded several CDs and have made many television and radio appearances.

They are also well known in bluegrass circles for founding the Lakes Bluegrass Festival that takes place in Pine River in 2012 and running a nationally known bluegrass music website named PlayBetter

     Tim Roggenkamp is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He is best known for his hard-driving banjo playing, but is also accomplished on lead and rhythm guitar, mandolin, fiddle and bass and has recently taken up the dobro as well.  Cindy Roggenkamp plays standup bass and rhythm guitar and sings heart-warming and honest vocal leads and harmonies.          

This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people to preserve Minnesota's art and cultural heritage.