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Upcoming events Nov. 10-19

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

Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, is a free day at the In Their Own Words Veterans Museum in Perham.  

This Veteran's Day, the ITOW Veterans Museum will be featured on Minnesota Public Radio's "Morning Edition" with an interview by Cathy Wurzer of Kirk Van Dorn.  

Van Dorn has interviewed hundreds of veterans for the ITOW Veterans Museum since the oral history project began in 2002.

Also, this Veteran's Day, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Perham VFW and American Legion and their Auxiliaries will be serving a free lunch of beef stew with bread and bars.  

The lunch is sponsored by United Community Bank who will hold a drawing for their flag giveaway at noon.

For more information, call 218-346-7678

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.

Saturday, Nov. 12

The BJQ (Bemidji Jazz Quartet) will be performing to celebrate the release of their second CD, "Return To Oz," from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday Nov. 12 at Brigid's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave., downtown Bemidji.

The release party will feature the quartet performing all of the selections from the CD during their second set. The music of traditional and contemporary jazz artists along with the projects centerpiece, "Oz Medley" will be featured.

Members of The BJQ are Kevin Daley on guitar; Steve Konecne, saxophones and flute; Pat Riley, bass and Greg Gaston, drums.

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 www. brownpaper  BSO season tickets are still available at the door, or visit www.bemidji

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

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club Auxiliary will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 at the clubhouse. 

For those interested, members will meet at Emmaville at noon for lunch. 

Contact Helen Marsh at 652-3295 for reservations.  

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.

The Hubbard County DFL will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 in the Lake George Town Hall, an accessible site.

Members will be discussing the February caucuses and the March county convention, as well as other issues concerning the coming elections.  

All are welcome to attend.  

Thursday, Nov. 17

Region 2 Arts Council staff will be on hand between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at Coldwell Banker Real Estate on 101 South Main in Park Rapids to discuss grant opportunities and share effective grant writing strategies.

The grants are for individual artists, non-profit organizations and schools.

Interested persons can pick up a grant application and chat with R2AC executive director Terri Widman about grants and grant ideas.

R2AC program coordinator Laura Dehler-Seter will present targeted grant writing workshops for the following grants:

n Community arts support grants will be discussed from 5:30 to 6 p.m. These grants are to be used for fostering the development and sustainability of new and existing arts organizations.

n Arts and cultural heritage grants, addressed from 6 to 7 p.m., provide opportunities for arts, arts access, arts education, and cultural heritage activities.

n Individual artist grants, discussed from 7 to 8 p.m., support individual artists in creating and promoting their art.

To reserve a space in one or all of the grant writing workshops, call or e-mail Region 2 Arts Council, 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447 or

Friday, Nov. 18

The Weston A. Price Nutrition Foundation will host a chapter meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 at Evergreen Church.  

Tanja Larson will discuss good quality fats and will be demonstrating how to make homemade mayonnaise.  

All meetings are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Tanja at 732-9402

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, Nov. 27

St. Theodore's Catholic Church, Ponsford-Pine Point, will host games of turkey bingo beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, 27.

Twenty games will be played with 20 going home with gobblers.

A free lunch will be served.

St. Theodore's Parish Guild sponsors the event.

Head west of Osage on Highway 34 and head north and west on Co. Rd. 225 to Co. Rd. 129, travel north to Co. Rd. 124, where the church is located.

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.