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Upcoming events DEC. 10-18

Saturday, Dec. 10

The third annual Taste of Christmas event will be held from 1 to 6:30 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The Taste includes a Scandinavian Christmas buffet, a cookie and donut sale and silent auction.

Complimentary rides are available for seniors in Park Rapids. Call Jan at 732-4051 or 255-2404.

The event is hosted by Hubbard County Senior Nutrition with proceeds benefiting Meals on Wheels.

Park Rapids Women of Faith will host a Pink Lemonade Party from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Northwoods Bank conference room.

This is an interdenominational Women of Faith educational community event.

The Becker County Historical Society, Becker County Friends of the Library and ITOW Veterans Museum present "Hi, I'm Ernie Pyle" at 3 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Detroit Lakes Public Library.  

This one-man show performed by Michigan's Gary Morrison is a dramatization of the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist's WWII dispatches that became America's window to the war.

Morrison's presentation is a hard-hitting, humorous and poignant look at how American servicemen fought, lived, died and survived the war to bring freedom to the world.

Coffee, cookies and conversation wlll follow the program.  The event is free and open to the public  

Come to share your family's memories of Pearl Harbor and the 70th anniversary of the start of WWII.  

Morrison will perform again at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at the ITOW Veterans Museum in Perham.

Monday, Dec. 12

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club Auxiliary will meet at noon Monday, Dec. 12 at the clubhouse for the Christmas potluck luncheon.

Donations to the food shelf as well as dues will be collected.

The Hubbard County DFL will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 at the Park Rapids Area Library (an accessible site).

Participants will be working on the coming caucus events and reviewing the tasks that need to be done for the Feb. 7 caucus night.

Members will also work on planning for the March 11 convention.  One or more of the candidates for Congress will be at or represented at the meeting.  Input and help in planning is encouraged.  Everyone is welcome.  

TuesDay, Dec. 13

The Nevis Red Hat Ladies will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Bullwinkle's.

Call Mary at 652-4232 for reservations.

The annual potluck Christmas party of the Park Rapids American Legion Post 212, Auxiliary, SALs and spouses will be held Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

Social hour is at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. A food shelf donation will be appreciated.

The Healthy Moms Network will host a chapter meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the Park Rapids Area Library.  

Christine Horvath, an Erzdal zone therapist who is trained in a sophisticated form of reflexology, will explain how to exercise nutritional caution this holiday season.  

Topics explained include: what really makes us fat and how to lose weight, hormones, sleep, and also causes of disease, rising cholesterol and a sluggish metabolism.  

Meetings are free and open to women of all ages. For information, contact Nicole Guida 732-5229.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

The Nemeth Art Center annual membership meeting will convene at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the Northwoods Bank community room.

All members are urged to attend.

Park Rapids Retired Military Group will have their holiday meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 at North Point Lodge on Highway 34.

Members will be doing a gift exchange, bring a gift of $10 or less if you would like to participate.

All retired military personnel and family are welcome.  For further information, call commander Bill at 732-0205.

Thursday, Dec. 15

The History Museum of East Otter Tail County will host its annual Christmas open house from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15.

The public is invited to attend.  Cider and home-made Christmas treats will be served.  

The history museum is located at 230 First Ave. North, Perham. For further information call 218-346-7676.

The Rock & Roll Christmas Spectacular, a multimedia, musical extravaganza, will be appearing in Detroit Lakes at the Historic Holmes Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 218-844-7469 or visiting 806 Summit Ave. Tickets can also be purchased online at

Friday, Dec. 16

Fatherhood Leadership Circle provider training, featuring a professor of child and family studies at St. Cloud State University, will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 16 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services lower level meeting room A.

The training is offered at no charge.

Dr. Glen Palm has studied ethics in parent and family education, fathers' perceptions on attachments, the influence of fathers on social-emotional development of young children and the father's role in literacy development.

Early childhood is a critical time for the healthy development of children. Between the ages of 2 and 7, the human brain grows to 70 to 90 percent of its adult size.

The quality of nurturing and education during this time significantly impacts not only and child's individual capacities, but the child's ability to ultimately contribute to a healthy community.

Research shows fathers matter a great deal in the education of their children, regardless of income, cultural background or education level.

Palm has written extensively on the subject and has co-authored two books on the subject.

To register or for more information, call 237-5725.

Laporte School Singers will perform a concert at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at the Lake George Sr. Center.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The Weston A. Price Nutritional Foundation will host a chapter meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at the Evergreen Church in Park Rapids.

Members will be watching a colorful DVD presentation for introducing people to nourishing foods.  

All meetings are free and open to the public.  

For more information, contact Tanja Larson at 732-9402.

The Central Lakes College Adventures 'N Theatre musical, "A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail," will be staged in Dryden Theatre on the Brainerd campus Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16 and 17.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. both days, with matinees at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Dec. 17.

Adventures 'N Theatre is a young people's acting troupe designed for performers ages 7 to 17.

Written by James W. Rodgers and based on the stories by A.A. Milne, the 12-song musical tells the story of how a bear with a very little brain, Winnie the Pooh, and his friends help the gloomy, tail-less donkey Eeyore have a very merry Christmas.

For information call Lamberson at 218-855-8202 or

Saturday, Dec. 17

Ruby's Pantry Food distribution will be held Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Assumption of our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the food distribution following at 10:30 a.m.

Cost is $15 per share.  Bring baskets and boxes for food.  

Volunteers are also needed and much appreciated.  Contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501 for more information or to volunteer.

The Backus American Legion will host the annual kids Christmas party from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. 

Designed for children up to age 10, Santa will be there. A complimentary lunch will be served, children will receive goodie bags and be involved in a special gift project.

Accompanying adults are encouraged to bring their cameras.

     The party is sponsored by the Backus American Legion Auxiliary with the help of a donation from the Backus American Legion.

Park Rapids resident Amy Larson, illustrator of the children's book, "Oh Mighty Mississippi," and author Melissa Vocelka will sign books from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at Beagle Books.

Also signing at the same

time will be Jeff Berg, the author and illustrator of the

recently-released "Mrs. Claus and the Batty Christmas." 

The Erickson Brothers will perform a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

The church is located off Highway 34 West; turn right on Elisha Drive.

Sunday, Dec. 18

Students from Walker Hackensack Akeley High School will be joining the professional music ensemble From Age to Age for a 1 p.m. performance Sunday, Dec. 18 at the Union Congregational Church n Hackensack.

The choir will perform several carols with From Age to Age throughout the concert. Additionally, the choir will join From Age to Age on "Carol of the Bells",  and PDQ Bach's "O Little Town of Hackensack".

Tickets will be available at the door.

Saturday, Dec. 31

The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a New Year's Eve dance Saturday, Dec. 31 at the Century School.

Caller will be Larry Johansen and Donna Stone will cue rounds between tips.  

The dance will start at 8 p.m.  Dancers will break for a potluck dinner at 10 p.m.

The club will furnish meat; members are asked to bring a potluck dish.  

Dancing will resume at 11 p.m. until midnight.