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Upcoming events Nov. 19 - Dec. 1

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 today (Saturday) 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 Park Rapids Eagles Club.

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 Park Rapids Area High School Business Professionals of America will host a fundraiser breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at the American Legion.   Eggs, sausage, and pancakes will be served. A freewill offering will be received.

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.

Dr. Russell Pesola will conduct the Park Rapids Area Community Band concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. The 20th annual fall concert will be held in the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium.

The concert will include a clarinet solo by Dr. Deane Johnson, "Clarinet on the Town" by Ralph Herman. He has been with the band for 20 years and performs in other bands in the area. Dr. Pesola is the band's second conductor.

The band has a spring and fall concert and four outdoor concerts each summer. The music has been written for college level and the players have improved throughout the years to tackle that level of music.

The Nov. 20 concert will include "The Merry Wives of Windsor" by Otto Nikcolai; "Symphonic Songs for Band #II Spiritual;" "Tahitio Trot" by Vincent Youmans; "Gallito," a Spanish march by S. Lope; and "Clarinet on the Town" by Ralph Herman.

Tuesday, Nov. 22

Members of the Park Rapids Class of 1982 will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Bogey's to begin planning for the 30th reunion.

All classmates are welcome.

Wednesday, Nov. 23

A representative from the office of admission at North Dakota State University will visit Park Rapids Area High School at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23.

   Information will be shared about NDSU's academic programs, admission standards, cost, financial aid and how students can get involved in nearly 300 student organizations.                 

NDSU has about 14,400 students. The institution offers more than 100 baccalaureate programs.

Saturday, Nov. 26

A spaghetti benefit dinner and silent for JoAnn Edelman Norberg Girtz will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

Girtz has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Freewill offerings will be received for the dinner. The auction ends at 6 p.m.

Monetary donations may be sent to the JoAnn Girtz Benefit Fund, c/o GateCity Bank, PO Box 2847, Fargo, ND 58108.

Sunday, Nov. 27

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

Thursday, Dec. 1

Long Lake Theater presents its Christmas production, "Fruitcakes," a charming comedy about a 12-year-old runaway boy who runs straight into the hearts of residents of a small town at Christmastime.

Written by Julian Wiles, this family-oriented story offers a heaping helping of holiday warmth.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-14.

Tickets are available at 732-0099, www.longlake or Beagle Books.

Bemidji Community Theater, in collaboration with the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, will present "A Christmas Carol, the Musical," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1, 2 and 3 and Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Dec. 11 at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.

Tickets may be purchased at Iverson's Corner Drug and Ken K Thompson Jewelry in the Paul Bunyan Mall. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office one hour before the performance.

Bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Shelf to the theater and receive a $1 refund on the price of a ticket.

This show is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.