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Upcoming events July 14-30


A wild mushroom hike will begin at 9 a.m. today (Saturday), July 14 at Deep Portage near Hackensack. For more information contact

monday, July 16

The Hubbard County DFL will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, July 16 at Lake George Town Hall.

Tuesday, July 17

PEO Chapter T will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 17 at Itasca State Park.

Connie Cox will present a program on Mary Gibb. Lunch will follow in the Red Pine Room at Douglas Lodge.

The MS Support Group for the Park Rapids area will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services.

The group meets the third Wednesday of each month. Anyone in the area affected by Multiple Sclerosis is invited to attend.

The topic this month is "Minimizing Your Risk of Falls, A Guide for People With MS," with a DVD presentation and handout from the MS Society. For more information contact Denise Pederson at 763-350-6957 or pedersondenise@gmail. com or Sue Monsrud at 218-237-2067 or

The Park Rapids Healthy Moms Network will have a chapter meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 17 at the Park Rapids Library.

  "Baby Talk" is the topic, which will include Elimination Communication (infant or early start potty training), the Baby Whisperer (all newborn babies have an "off" switch to help calm and quiet them), and Cloth Diapering options.  

All meetings are free and open to women of all ages.   Children are welcome, but must be supervised, or able to engage in quiet activity.  Women who cloth diaper should bring their cloth diapering options to share with the group.  

For more information, contact Nicole Guida at 732-5229.

The Park Rapids Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17 at Trinity Church.

The program will feature Tyler White, an agronomist with Prairie Lakes Cooperative. He will discuss the what, why, and how of fertilizers, providing knowledge and insight into the application of crop nutrients.

Wednesday, July 18

The Park Rapids Military Group will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 for a tour of the Leech Lake Brewing Company in Walker.

Dinner will follow at the Ranch House, 9420 Highway 371 NW in Walker.

All retired military and family are welcome to join. Call club president Archie at 573-3591 for more information.

thursday, July 19

Friends of the Park Rapids Area Library will hold their two-day summer book sale from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the library on Thursday, July 19, and Friday, July 20.

At this sale, all children's and young adult books and romance novels (except historical romances) will sell for 10 cents. On Friday, all books in the 10-cent room will be $1 per box, and all remaining newer marked books will be half price.

The sale includes a wide variety of inexpensively priced novels, non-fiction works, videos, cassettes, CDs, DVDs, puzzles and maps.

The library basement is accessible to all.

The Region 2 Arts Council will offer free grant writing workshops Thursday, July 19 at Clack and Dennis Coldwell Banker on Main.

Grants for organizations, schools and units of government will be addressed from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Information on grants for individuals will be presented from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Workshops for organizations, schools, and units of government will cover the Arts and Cultural Heritage grant (deadline Aug. 16) and Arts Project Grant (deadline Sept. 12). Special attention will be given to Outcome-Based Evaluations for Arts and Cultural Heritage grants.

  Workshops for individuals will cover R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowships (deadline Sept. 12), Individual Artist Grants (deadline Oct. 4), and Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants (deadline Oct. 3).

Advance registration is required. E-mail or call 800 275-5447.

The workshops will familiarize potential applicants with the application process, what projects are eligible, how to develop a project budget and other tips.

n The Arts and Cultural Heritage grants support three key areas: Arts Activities and Arts Access, Education, and Cultural Heritage. Individual artists can apply for grants up to $3,000 and organizations can apply for grants up to $6,000.

n The Arts Project grants offer funding for a variety of art projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, and artists-in-residence.

Organizations can apply for grants up to $1,500.

n The R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship is open to established artists in all disciplines who show a commitment to their career.

This 18-month fellowship provides the opportunity for career development experiences that will add depth and advancement to any artistic career.

Two $6,000 fellowships will be awarded per year.

n The Individual Artist grants offer funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities.

Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

n The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects.

Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

friday, July 20

The Weston A. Price Nutrition Foundation will have an annual Nourishing Picnic at 4 p.m. Friday, July 20 at the Evergreen Church west of Park Rapids.

Prepare a nourishing dish to share. Make it easy; just bring fruits or vegetables. Families are welcome. For more information, contact Tanja Larson at 732-9402.

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will host a fish fry supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 20 at the clubhouse located 1.5 miles east of Emmaville on CSAH 24.

The menu includes fish, cheesy potatoes, coleslaw, roll, dessert and beverage. A freewill donation will be accepted.Donations are used toward sponsored projects and renovations.

Saturday, July 21

A book signing for Robert C. Eelkema's book, "Medicine in the Back of Beyond," will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21 at Book World in Park Rapids.

The book describes how a savvy North Dakota public health doctor helped pioneer a radical strategy that extended the reach of doctors into rural America.

St. Joseph's Area Health Services Foundation will host its 25th annual Hospice Chicken Dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 20 at the American Legion Club in Park Rapids.

All proceeds support St. Joseph's Hospice. On the menu is a full home-style chicken dinner including mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberries, rolls, a beverage and the famous brownie sundae.

dessert bar.

The hospice event is an opportunity to learn more about St. Joseph's Hospice work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to bring the "We Honor Veterans" program to patients. The program is a way to recognize a veteran's unique life story and needs while receiving hospice care.

Saturday, July 21

Ruby's Pantry Food distribution will be held Saturday, July 21 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 needed and much appreciated.  

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

The Twisted Stitchers will be working outside from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at Pioneer Park, located on the west side of Main Avenue across from Monika's.

Bring a lawn chair. (Members will meet at Monika's in the event of inclement weather).  

Everyone is welcome to bring a project and join in.   For further information contact Kathy Belt at 732-0978.

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance at the American Legion Club in Park Rapids on Saturday, July 21.

The dance will be from 7:30 to 10 p.m. with mainstream dancing and several plus tips.

The caller will be Tom Allen 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, July 30

Hubbard County Historical Society will conduct a short meeting at 7 p.m. Monday July 30 in the museum basement with a program presented by Dean Urdahl to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Urdahl is a retired teacher, state representative, author and expert on the U.S. - Dakota War of 1862.

His program is entitled "The Dakota Conflict." Refreshments will be served. The museum is located at 301 Court Ave. The meeting room is handicap accessible.

Everyone is welcome. For more info call the museum at 732-5237.