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Thursday, May 17

The Arts Downtown PR series continues from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17 in downtown Park Rapids.

n Brian Skinness will entertain from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Bella Caffè, 116 3rd Street West. He plays and sings a wide range of music he describes as "improvisational psychedelic country in the tradition of jazz."

n Judy Merritt, who is also from Nevis, will be signing and reading from her new novel, "Ghost Dancer," from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Beagle Books.

n "Chasing Clarence," a friendly international folk jazz trio, will play from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at The Good Life Café.

n From 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. Park Rapids students will share their speeches from this year's round of contests at Blank Canvas Gallery & Education Center, 311 South Main Ave.

Students participating are: Olivia Fischer - prose, Rachel Konshok - storytelling, Noah Schulz and Madi Griffith - duo interpretation (participated in state speech), Sarah Schultz - storytelling (participated in state speech), Myah Schultz - humor, Tori Campbell - poetry and Kalee Holland - extemporaneous reading.

The Park Rapids Area Energy Expansion group will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at the Northwoods Bank meeting room.

Presentations will address energy efficiency / conservation with discussion afterwards. The first step, and often the least expensive, is to make the most efficient use of the energy. There are always some new opportunities, new tools that can help reduce energy use and the bottom line on bills.

Future meeting and special workshop topics will be chosen by those in attendance.

For more information on the meeting, call Brita Sailer at 732-4562 or Ken Smith at 732-4602.

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. They 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.

A session addressing "When Kids Lie: The Truth about Why They Do It and How to Deal With It" will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17 in the Century School cafetorium.

Ellie Anderson, a licensed therapist with Stellher Human Services, will share advice on dealing with the issue that may surprise the audience.

Open to the public, this session will be especially informative for parents, grandparents, teachers, law enforcement personnel, social workers, health care workers and child care providers.

This presentation is co-sponsored by Kinship in observation of its 20th anniversary year, and Park Rapids Community Education.

Certificates of attendance will be available.

There will be no admission charge; however, a freewill offering will be received.

friday, May 18

The Weston A. Price Nutrition Foundation will host a chapter meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, May 18 at the Evergreen Church just west of Park Rapids.  

Tanja Larson, chapter leader, will be demonstrating how to make liver paté, and will offer samples afterward. 

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

Girls Scouts will celebrate their 100th anniversary with a short ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, May 18 at the Red Bridge Park.

The community, past Girl Scouts and family members of current Girl Scouts are invited to join the celebration and enjoy Girl Scout cookies and punch as the girls "bridge to a new century." Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low (portrayed by Mary Harrison) will make a special appearance.

Saturday, May 19

A Ruby's Pantry Food distribution will be held Saturday, May 19 at the Assumption of Our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at First English Lutheran Church with the food distribution following at 10:30 a.m. at the Catholic Church.  

The cost is $15 per share. Bring baskets and boxes for food.  Volunteers are also needed and appreciated.  

Contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501 for more information.

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.

The Nevis girls softball team is having a hamburger/ cheeseburger dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday May 19 at the Park Rapids American Legion.   

Menu will be hamburgers or cheeseburgers, coleslaw, baked beans, French fries, and root beer or orangesicle floats.

Sunday, May 20

First City Squares will host a square dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at the United Methodist Church, located on 9th and Beltrami Avenue in Bemidji.

  Caller will be Roger Lueth.

  Contact Greg Collins at 218-368-7825 with questions.

Monday, May 21

The Hubbard County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, May 21 in the basement meeting room in the new courthouse.  

David Anderson will present a program on the "Battlefields of WWII Europe." The program will begin at 7:30 p.m.  The public is encouraged to attend.

Refreshments will be served.  The courthouse meeting room is handicap accessible.

A free public forum examining cost efficiency and accountability in Minnesota's health care delivery system will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 21 at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.

It will be hosted by the Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government at CLC.

     The forum will focus on three questions: As premiums keep rising, can health care delivery ever become affordable again for most consumers, should there be better accountability for how premium dollars are spent, and can financing health care be less complicated?

The event in the Chalberg Theatre features a panel of four speakers, each presenting for 15 minutes. The audience will be invited to write advance questions, which will be sorted by the moderator for duplicates and topic relevancy.

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.

A meeting on Laporte's summer events - including Laporte Days - will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 at the Lakeport Township Hall.

All community groups are asked to attend to coordinate schedules. RSVP to 218-224-2331.

Thursday, May 24

Widowed Friends Fellowship, for men and women, will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 24 at Compañeros for dinner.

Dominos will follow.

RSVP for dinner and a ride share with Karla at 732-0424 or Joan at 732-4917.

Friday, May 25

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, May 25 at Century School in Park Rapids.  

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

Caller will be Abe Maier and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips. Club members will furnish a potluck lunch after the dance.  

All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

Monday, May 28

A veterans appreciation dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 28 at Laporte's Trinity Lutheran Church.

A freewill offering will be received, with the exception of veterans, who eat free.

The Wolf Lake Chapter of the Minnesota Finnish American Historical Society will be hosting their 26th annual pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 28 at the Wolf Lake Lions Hall.  

The menu will include pancakes, ham and homemade fruit syrups.  A freewill donation will help fund scholarships to Salolampi, the Finnish language camp at Concordia Language Villages.  

Everyone is welcome.

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 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.  

Monday, June 4

"A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls" will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. for eight weeks beginning Monday, June 4 at the May Creek Senior Living campus in Walker.

Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater.

Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends.

A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent.

The class is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.

Cost is $5 and is open to the public to attend. Advance registration is required as space is limited. A workbook is provided and refreshments are served.

Call Lori Hilsabeck at 218-547-7511 to register or for more information.

Thursday, June 7

Artists of all arts disciplines are invited to attend Marketing for Artists, a free Region 2 Arts Council professional development workshop, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at Coldwell Banker Clack & Dennis Real Estate, 101 South Main.

This workshop is devoted to identifying the right audience for your artistic output, positioning yourself and developing marketing strategies and a marketing plan geared for that audience.

Registration deadline is May 30.   Call R2AC at 800 275-5447 or e-mail to reserve a space.

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.

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

A free professional development workshop for artists will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday June 11 in the math computer lab at

Bemidji High School

Ryan Pesch of the University of Minnesota Extension will address using the Internet to expand arts businesses.

Explore the tools available to best connect with current and future customers.  Learn about selling your work online. Discuss major concerns related to online transactions like security, shipping and costs.  Examine the use of Paypal and online banking platforms.  

  All artists served by the Region 2 Arts Council are invited to attend. Call 800- 275-5447 or eemail to register.

  Registration eadline Monday, June 4.


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