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Upcoming events May 5-20

Saturday, May 5

A flag raising ceremony and dedication will be held at 3 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Lakeview Cemetery in Nevis.

At the request of local veterans, the new flag pole was purchased by the Uff Da! Days organization of Nevis.  

The ground breaking took place at the site in mid-April with Uff Da! Days members, area veterans, and other volunteers completing the project.

The Marine Color Guard will be in attendance at the ceremony, with the National Anthem being sung by Autumn Rose Pendegayosh.

Seating will be available.

Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Snellman, will host an all-you-can-eat smelt fry from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Saturday).

The menu includes smelt, flat bread, chips, potato salad, cole slaw, dessert and beverage.

Sunday, May 6

A Walk for MS (multiple sclerosis) will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6 at Century School.

For more information, call Sue at 237-2067.

Monday, May 7

Chapter FJ of the PEO Sisterhood will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, May 7 in the home of Kay Hamblin.

Harriet Green will act as co-hostess.  Jan Rumpza will give the program "Happy 10-Year Birthday."  

Call Hamblin with regrets.

Tuesday, May 8

In celebration of National Hospital Week May 6-12, Sanford Bemidji offers health screenings from 7 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 8 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center in the east lobby.

  Health screenings include the annual reduced-cost cholesterol screening for only $25. (Normally this screening costs over $300.)

The cholesterol screening includes: cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, calculated LDL cholesterol, calculated cardiac risk and glucose. 

For accurate test results, fast after 6 p.m. Monday, May 7. You may have water and take medications as prescribed.

For information about the cholesterol test, call 218-333-5552.

  Additional free health screenings that day include balance, body fat, blood pressure, carotid artery, flexibility and more.  

The Nevis Red Hat Ladies will meet for a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 8 at Third Street Market in Park Rapids.

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

The Healthy Moms Network will host a chapter meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 at the Park Rapids Area Library.   The topic is "medicine in your backyard."  Guest speaker Julie Steen will demonstrate the simple steps to making herbal tinctures, including identification of plants, harvest, preparation, and storage.  

Steen will also highlight some of the common "weeds," such as dandelion, plantain, and violet, that are actually powerful remedies.  

All meetings are free and open to women of all ages.  Children are welcome, but need to be supervised or able to engage in quiet activity.  For more information, contact Nicole Guida 732-5229.

Wednesday, May 9

Woodcarvers from Park Rapids and Bemidji are hosting an open house to display carving projects completed during workshops on Scandinavian flat plane woodcarving from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 9 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Instructor Harley Refsal will share information on Scandinavian folk art and carving techniques.

The event is funded, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council grant.

The Park Rapids Retired Military Group will be meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday May 9 at the Hubbard County Historical Museum (301 Court Ave) in Park Rapids.

Dinner will follow afterwards at Necce's Italiano Ristorante on Main street. Any questions, call commander Bill at 732-0205

Thursday, May 10

Friends of the Park Rapids Area Library will hold a spring book sale from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10 in the handicap-accessible library basement.

The sale includes hardcover and paperback books for all ages, sheet music, videos, audio books, magazines and much more.

Special features include all books for children and young adults for 10 cents, large print books, DVDs and puzzles.

The Park Rapids Area library will be hosting a Senior Surf Day, to assist seniors with computer basics and using the Internet, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 10.   

Space is limited; call the library at 732-4966 to reserve a space.  There is no charge for this training.

PEO Chapter FQ will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 10 at the home of Nancy Novak

"Herbs" will be the topic of Novak's program.

The Headwaters Intervention Center, Inc., is hosting an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 10 at 500 South Main in Park Rapids.

Tour the facility, meet the staff and board members, learn about the programs and enjoy refreshments with others who have helped to make the services available to victims of domestic violence and their families.

The annual meeting of the Paul Bunyan Historical Museum in Akeley will convene at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10 at the Akeley Senior Center.  

All are welcome.  For information, call Frank Lamb at 652-2885.

Friday, May 11

Kinship's 20th anniversary fish fry will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 11 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu includes fish, baked potatoes, pineapple/traditional coleslaw, flatbread and homemade desserts. There will be a silent auction and Kinship clubhouse raffle kickoff.

"Invest in a child; support Kinship."

Bemidji Community Theater presents "Kiss or Make Up," a Jack Sharkey play, where imaginary husbands, mistaken identity, and crocodile crabs add up to a night of comedy

Performances at the Wild Rose Theater, on the corner of Paul Bunyan Drive and 5th Street, are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday, May 11, 12 and 14 and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13.

Tickets are available at the door.

Saturday, May 12

The Itasca Moraine Chapter will host the 8th annual wildflower hike Saturday, May 12.  The hike, which is open to the public, commences at 9 a.m. at the North Country Trail parking lot west of Longville on the Woodtick Trail. 

To reach the starting point from Hackensack, drive east on CSAH 5 (Woman Lake Road) for approx 15.5 miles to the intersection of the Woodtick Trail. This intersection is 2.5 miles west of Longville on CSAH 5. 

From this intersection take the Woodtick Trail to the northwest one mile to the NCT parking lot. 

  The hike is four miles in distance, passing by Hazel Lake, thorough pine forests and ends at Co. Rd. 125 northwest of Longville. 

This point is the eastern boundary of the Itasca Moraine Chapter.  At the beginning, the trail is maintained by the Cass County Izaack Walton League. 

Following Hazel Lake, the chapter is recruiting adopters for the remaining three miles to Co. Rd. 125.  Those interested in adopting a section of the NCT can learn about the process on the hike.  Persons familiar with wildflowers are leading the hike.

Menahga First Response's annual fish fry fundraiser will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at the Menahga VFW.

Presale tickets are available from members.

Sunday, May 13

The Bemidji Chorale will present its 33rd annual Spring Mother's Day Concert and Ice Cream Social at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 13 at the Beaux Arts Ballroom on the campus of Bemidji State University.

This concert will have some surprises as well as a wide variety of literature. The theme of the program is "Reflection, Possibility, and Whimsey," which opens the door to some unique musical styles.

Some featured soloists include Jim Dougherty, Josh Gunderson, Eric Benson, Carla Norris Raynbird, Sharon Shuster, Sutton Stewart, Maddy Lawrence, and accompanist Wayne Hoff.

The concert is conducted by Patricia Mason. A freewill offering will be received. An ice cream social will follow. Everyone is welcome.

Monday, May 14

"Powerful Tools for Caregivers," focusing on the needs of those caring for older adults with long-term conditions, will be held from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Mondays, May 14-June 25 at Riverside United Methodist Church, Highway 71 north.

The Living at Home-sponsored class provides participants with skills and confidence needed to care for themselves while caring for others.

Topics include reducing personal stress, communicating needs and concerns, communicating during challenging situations, learning from our emotions and mastering caregiver decisions.

Cost is $40 with an handbook included. Instructors are Laurel Hed and Beth Waller. Pre-registration is required by calling 732-3137. Inquire if you need someone to stay with a loved one.

Tuesday, May 15

St. Josephs Area Health Services Auxiliary Group 6 will host a Spring Salad Buffet Luncheon fundraiser Tuesday, May 15 in the Community Room at SummerField Place, 705 E. River Drive.  

Two servings are available:  11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.  

The luncheon menu includes salads, rolls, dessert and beverage.  

Call to reserve seating at 732-0487 or 732-3633.  All proceeds benefit St. Josephs Area Health Services Foundation.

Thursday, May 17

After years of touring the Midwest with their bluegrass band, childhood best friends Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing, originally of Denver, Colo., decided to return to where it all began: childhood imagination.

That's when they moved to Minneapolis to start their family music band called The Okee Dokee Brothers. They will perform a free concert at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

     The Okee Dokee Brothers have a mission to remind children - and adults - of their intrinsic ability to discover, imagine and create through music. By appealing to the musical needs of the entire family and recognizing that kids deserve quality music, they are working full-time to regain the integrity of the children's music genre.

hey believe that music should be an energetic, interactive and fun experience where kids can enjoy dancing, singing, and playing instruments with their families.

Their songs provide opportunities to be both silly and serious. And their show will serve as a connecting point for families as every song makes room for kids to dance, parents to feel like kids again, and everyone to gain respect for nature, each other and the world we live in.

Saturday, May 19

A Walk for Let's Go Fishing, presented by the Headwaters chapter, will be held Saturday, May 19 at Heartland Park.

The walk is an avenue to raise awareness for an organization that enriches the lives of people age 55 and older through free fishing and boating excursions. The initiative strengthens communities, builds relationships and creates memories.

The Walk for Let's Go Fishing is 5 kilometers. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. Fee is $10 per walker and includes a free T-shirt.

Additional donations are appreciated.

Participants can register for the walk on the day of the event, or online at For more information about the walk or how to become a Let's Go Fishing volunteer, contact Diane George at 237-8315.

The Twisted Stitchers own Betty Dotschkal will be showing T-shirt embellishments followed by show and tell from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19 at 210 Main Ave (Monika's).  

Call Kathy for more information 732-0978.

Tuesday, May 22

A blood drive will be held in Park Rapids from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 and from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 at the American Legion.

To schedule an appointment, call Bob Cadreau at 237-3772.

Wednesday, May 30

Anton Treuer, Minnesota Ojibwe author and professor of Ojibwe studies at Bemidji State University, will visit the Park Rapids Area library at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 30.

He'll present on his most recently released book, "Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask."  More than 100 stereotyped questions will be answered with solid information, humor and compassion.  

He'll also present on his children's book, "Awesiinyensag," published in 2011. This book presents original stories, written in Anishinaabemowin, that delight readers and language learners with the antics of animals who playfully deal with situations familiar to children in all cultures.

He is also author of "The Assassination of Hole in the Day" and "Ojibwe in Minnesota," recently named "Minnesota's Best Read for 2010" by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.  

Wednesday, June 6

The 31st Conference on Aging for the 55+ age group will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 on the Staples campus of Central Lakes College.

This event will offer a day of health, wellness and fun for the 55+ population in Central Minnesota. More than 30 organizations and agencies will display relevant products and services throughout the day.

Attendees will also enjoy breakfast and lunch, various health and wellness breakout sessions, musical entertainment and door prizes.

This year's theme is "The Magic of Health & Happiness," which celebrates the happiness and health that can be experienced in this "magical" stage of life.

The purpose of the Conference on Aging is to provide information, educate, and provide a social environment for the senior population in Central Minnesota.

Best-selling authors Janie Jastin and Chez Raginiak are the keynote speakers.

Jasin has been igniting energy in audiences for more than three decades. She delivers a powerful message, laced with stories and humor that move audiences. Through music, story-telling, and audience participation, senses are awakened, stress is relieved, creativity soars, and enthusiasm grows.

Raginiak is an award-winning speaker, author and songwriter. Born and raised in communist Poland, he made a decision at the age of 25 to escape. With nothing more than a dream, Raginiak sought asylum in United States. His determination, perseverance, and vision for the future continually fueled his soaring spirit.

Sponsor and exhibitor inquiries may be directed to Kori Busho, Central Lakes College, at 218-855-8139.

Monday, June 11

Central Lakes College will conduct a music video camp June 11-15 for senior high school students (grades 10 to adult) on the Staples campus.

The day camp (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) will instruct up to 15 participants in the creation of a professional-looking music video in just five days. The fee for instruction and all supplies is $75, including daily lunch, discs, and tapes.

Students will get together in groups of two to four and select a song. They write a script, set up and film the shots with digital video recorders and use computers to produce and edit the timeline using Apple's Final Cut Pro software.

When completed, students will author a DVD for final presentation.

      For information or to register, contact instructor Leon Dahlvang at 800-247-6836, ext. 5142, or e-mail


The 2012 Lakes to Pines Triathlon is June 16 in Park Rapids.

The fifth-annual triathlon, sponsored by the Park Rapids Swim Boosters, includes a 500-yard swim in the Park Rapids Area High School pool, a 14.7-mile bicycle ride and 5K run.

Participants can compete as an individual or on a two or three person team.

The day of the race, registration opens at 7 a.m. with the race starting at 9 a.m.

A kids triathlon is also part of the event. Ages 9 and under swim 50 yards, bike .48 miles and run .3 miles. Ages 10-12 swim100 yards, bike 1.1 miles and run .3 miles.

The kids races will start at about 11:30 a.m. after the adult triathlon is completed. Awards will be handed out at about noon.

For more information or to register for the event go to