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Upcoming events July 30 - Aug. 18

Monday, July 30

White Birch Artists: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Park Rapids Area Library's lower level meeting room. All levels and mediums welcome. Bring lunch. Park in the lot on the east side of library. For more info, call 732-9208.

TOPS 887: 8:30-9 a.m. weigh-in, 9 a.m. business and lesson at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

Moms in Prayer (formerly Moms in Touch): 9 a.m. at Evergreen Church, Park Rapids.

Park Rapids Area Library: Open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Noon meal: 11:30 a.m. at the Nevis Senior Center.

AA: noon at Calvary Lutheran Church. For information call 800-462-5525.

Carvers: noon-4 p.m. at the Park Rapids Area Library large meeting room (bring a sheet or drop cloth). Park in the lot on the east side of library. Call 732-9643 with questions.

Headwaters Educational Learning Program (HELP): 3-7 p.m. in the Park Rapids Area High School.

Al-Anon & Nar-Anon: 6:30 p.m. at Riverside United Methodist Church. Call 218-255-0338 or 800-620-1662.

Tuesday, July 31

Adult tennis: 8 a.m. at Depot Courts. Players welcome.

TOPS 800: 8:30 a.m.

weigh-in, 9:15 a.m. meeting at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

Park Rapids Area Library: Open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bridge: 12:20-3:30 p.m. at Park Rapids Senior Center.

Al-Anon: 6 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church. Call 732-9662 or 732-1141.

AA-Big Book Study: 6 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church.

UPBEAT - Understanding Positive Bunch Enjoying Affirmative Talk, a mental health support group, 7 p.m. at Akeley Regional Community Center. Call 237-0869 for more information.

AA: 8 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church. Call 800-462-5525.

Wednesday, Aug. 1

Curbside pick up of recyclables: 8 a.m. in Akeley and Nevis.

Hubbard County Commissioners: 9 a.m. in the basement of the courthouse in Park Rapids.

TOPS 1220: 9 a.m. weigh-in, 9:30 a.m. meeting at the Hubbard Community Center.

Park Rapids Area Library: Open 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Akeley/Nevis Ecumenical Bible Study Group: 10 to 11:15 a.m. at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church, Nevis. For more information, contact Pastor Duane Gebhard at 652-2572.

Headwaters Ladies Bridge: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Citizens National Bank, lower level. Call Joan at 732-4917, Faye at 732-5315 or Edith at 573-3011 for a reservation.

Noon meal: 11:30 a.m. at the Nevis Senior Center.

AA: noon at Calvary Lutheran Church. For information call 800-462-5525.

Al-Anon: noon at Calvary Lutheran Church. Call 732-0506 or 732-9662.

Rotary: noon at St. Joseph's Area Health Services lower level conference room.

Duplicate bridge: 12:30 p.m. at the Park Rapids Senior Center. All are welcome. Coffee and goodies provided.

Knitters', Crocheters' and Needleworkers' Support Group: 2-4 p.m. at Monika's, 210 So. Main.

Got Recovery, Narcotics Anonymous: 6 p.m. in St. Joseph's Area Health Services lower level conference room. A business meeting follows.

AA: 8 p.m. at Pine Manors.

AA: 8 p.m. at the Senior Citizens building in Menahga.

Saturday, July 28

Twenty bands will arrive for the Ror Schach Music and Art Festival, to be staged from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. today (Saturday) at the Hubbard County Fairgrounds, rain or shine.

Musical genres range from blues/Indie to jazz to punk to folk to old school rap, country, ska and more.

Food, beer and soft drinks will be available. Art activities will entertain all ages.

Tickets are available for $25 and $5 for kids.

For information, go to

Park Rapids Class of '82 will meet for a 30-year reunion at 5 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Antique Tractor Club grounds.

Anyone with friends in the Class of '82 is welcome to attend.

For more information, call Shari (Terhark) Carlson at 732-4726.

The Anderson Family Singers will perform "Southern Spirituals" at 7 p.m. tonight (Saturday) at the Finn Creek Museum in New York Mills.

There is no charge. Refreshments will be served. All donations support the Finn Creek Museum.

Sunday, July 29

A turkey dinner will be served from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29 at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Nevis.

The menu includes turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, vegetables, coleslaw and cranberries with apple pie and ice cream for dessert.

Tickets are $9 for adults, $6 for students and free for preschool and under. Family rate is $30.

For more information, call 652-4005 or visit www.olp

The Hubbard County Historical Museum will present "Civil War Sunday" from 1 to 4 p.m. July 29 on the old courthouse lawn, 301 Court Ave.

Meet and talk with Union soldiers. Find out what a soldier carried and what his day was like.

The event will be held indoors if it rains. Call the Hubbard County Historical Museum at 732 5237 for more info. Refreshments available.

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.

Tuesday, July 31

Area resident Steve Beaubien will be the featured artist at the Blank Canvas Gallery in August.

  His artwork will go up in a special display Tuesday, July 31 and continue through the month of August.

There will be a public reception celebrating the new show from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at the gallery.

Beaubien will be displaying recent paintings of Park Rapids area landscapes and also from his travel this last winter to South Carolina. He paints primarily "en plein air" which means out in the open. He takes his paint box and easel outside and paints directly from nature.

Beaubien can be seen in and around Park Rapids out painting. If you see someone along the road or in a ditch painting a picture it is very likely Beaubien at work. A favorite genre of his rivers, streams and ponds.

"I like to paint scenes that people travel past every day as they go about their lives," he said. "I am hopeful people seeing my paintings of these scenes will be encouraged and inspired to be more conscious of nature's beauty all around them. There certainly is a lot of wonderfully beautiful scenery around the Park Rapids area. I want my paintings to help people to appreciate more the things we all too often take for granted as we drive back and forth to work and play."

  Some new guest artists will also be featured at the gallery in August. The Park Rapids area quilters' group, the Crazy Quilters, will display works as well as the Minnesota Lakes Woodturners, a regional group of artisans who will be showing artwork in wood that may be hard to believe is even possible to make. 

Thursday, Aug. 2

The Noon Hour Concert series will feature Brian Perez on saxophone from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug.2 at Calvary Lutheran Church.

Perez is an instructor and doctoral student at Maryland University.

Bring lunch and beverage; bars will be served."

The Sons of Norway will have a board meeting at 6 p.m. followed by a picnic at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 at Riverside United Methodist Church.

Bring a plate, utensils, and a dish to share.

Author Eric Dregni, professor at Concordia College in St. Paul, will talk about his latest book.

Saturday, Aug. 4

The Park Rapids Antique Tractor and Engine Club will salute Allis-Chalmers tractors and equipment at the 20th annual Field Days from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 4-5 at the East 40 grounds south of Park Rapids on County Road 6.

Admission is $5 per day and children under 12 are admitted with no cost. With each paid admission a collector button is included.

Gates open at 7 a.m., serving breakfast at the pavilion until 10 a.m. at the beginning of both days. A flea market/swap meet will feature antiques, crafts and collectables.

Saturday's events include sawmill demonstrations from 10 to 11 a.m., a tractor parade around the grounds, a tractor pull with weigh-ins starting at 11 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m., field demonstrations at 11 a.m. After lunch the tractor pull will be held at 1 p.m., with nine farm classes and three open classes and the afternoon activities will be announced.

Saturday's entertainment features Akeley resident Frank Lamb from mid-morning to mid-afternoon.

Sunday morning after breakfast, devotions will be held in the church from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m., gospel music at the pavilion starts at 11 a.m. and going until noon. Also during that time there will be field and sawmill demonstrations. Lunch at the pavilion starts at 11 a.m.

Following that, from 1 to 2 p.m., there will be the tractor parade around the grounds followed by the youth pedal tractor pull in the pavilion from 2 until 3 p.m. The tractor raffle will start at the end of the day.

Sunday's entertainment will feature Michael James from 1 to 4 p.m.

Other ongoing activities on both days are combining, threshing, tractor plowing, sawmill, shingle making, blacksmith shop, lath making, snow fence making, tractor dyno, tractor displays, parades, horse related machinery, vintage implements, stationary gas engines working displays, miniature railroad, petting zoo, ice cream and popcorn, prize giveaways every half-hour, silent auction and items in the office.

"People movers" will take participants around the grounds both days.

For more information, contact Noel Allard at 732-5100 or Jim Wright at 732-8567.

Sunday, Aug. 5

Area residents are invited to hear the amazing story of survival and hope as Craig and LaDonna Smith speak and sing at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 at Faith Baptist Church, located at 1505 Park Ave S. (Highway 71 South) in Park Rapids.

  The Smiths' lives were changed dramatically in June 2009 when they were involved in a near fatal auto accident in northern New Mexico. They were on their way to Minnesota, Craig's home state, for meetings and to be with family in Cass Lake.

Their miraculous recovery from near-death injuries is a testimony to the miraculous grace and power of God.  Many people have been impacted through their remarkable story.

    The mission statement of their organization, Tribal Rescue, "is reaching the lost in our tribes and helping everyday believers become everyday spiritual rescuers."

Craig and his father, Ray Smith, are members of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe Indians and LaDonna is a Navajo from the American Southwest. Together, they have impacted audiences with their gospel music renditions and public speaking.   Whether it be a small Native church on a remote Indian reservation, or among the Aborigines in the Outback of Australia, or on the stage of a Promise Keeper's stadium event, the Smith's ministry brings encouragement and hope for people of all ages.  

Learn more of their ministry and story of hope and faith at their website,

  For more information, call 732-1404.

The proclaimed "Restaurant Capital of the World" will be holding their annual Taste of Dorset festival on Sunday, Aug. 5 to give everyone a chance to enjoy the unique qualities of this little restaurant hot spot.

The festivities begin at 11 a.m. and go until 3 p.m.

Walk the main street of Dorset for all kinds of food, entertainment, games and socializing.

Live music will be played throughout the town with games galore for kids. Parking is free and transportation is provided from parking areas downtown. The drawing of the yearly mayor of Dorset begins at precisely 2 p.m. and the next year's balloting starts immediately after.

Become the Mayor of Dorset by sending your name, address and phone number along with $1 for your vote to Dorset General Store, 20470 State Highway 226, Park Rapids, MN 56470.

There are no qualifications to become the Mayor of Dorset. Any residency or age is accepted.

Some of the food options include pizza, tacos, fried chicken, corn on the cob, pies, spaghetti balls, shaved ice, pork on a stick, frozen bananas and more.

Wednesday, Aug. 8

The Jumpin' Jehosafats, a jazz and gospel group from Minneapolis, will perform Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Akeley United Methodist Church.

A dinner, with a freewill offering, begins at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall followed by a 7 p.m. concert.

The United Methodist Church sponsors the performance.

This year the featured vocalist is Nedra Groggins, a jazz and gospel singer from Cincinnati, Ohio, who has entertained in clubs and churches for the past 30 years.

She will join the Jumpin' Jehosafats in "rocking the house" with vocals and music provided by the group's brass, keyboard, percussion and guitar artists. Lyndy Zabel will direct the show.

Proceeds will benefit the Jericho Ministry Vision Clinic, a Methodist mission that supplies free prescription eyeglasses to the needy in developing countries. This ministry is based in Akeley.

All are welcome.

Long Lake Theater presents Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park," a sparkling comedy about newlyweds facing a cramped apartment, meddling neighbors and mothers, set in 1964.

Performances are Aug. 8-26, Wednesdays at 3 p.m., Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 19 and 26 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are available at 732-0099,, Beagle Books or Sister Wolf Books.

Ticket holders for the Aug. 8 performance are invited to an opening night gala at Jewel of the Northwoods Bed & Breakfast to mingle with the cast and enjoy light refreshments.

Thursday, Aug. 9

Nedra Groggins, noted vocalist and speaker, will present "Journey on the Underground Railroad with Harriet Tubman" at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at Riverside United Methodist Church.

Through song and narrative, Groggins will portray Tubman's experiences as she helped slaves escape from the South.

From Ohio, Groggins is active in Christian mission work, public speaking and gospel and jazz singing.

Harriet Tubman (1820-1913) was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian and spy during the Civil War. After escaping from slavery, she made 13 missions to rescue hundreds of slaves using a network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.

The Riverside United Methodist Women will host the event. Refreshments will follow the presentation with a freewill offering received. The funds will benefit Jenni Keller with the Jericho Ministry Clinic.

The Hubbard United Methodist Church will host its annual pig roast from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 with tickets available for purchase at the door.

"We served a record 500 people last year," said Karen Lundstrom, who heads the kitchen crew. "We are preparing for the same number this year, as we know that most people return each year."

The meal features roast pork, corn-on-the-cob, potato salad, broccoli salad, fresh rolls and homemade pies.

According to the Rev. Laurie Kantonen, the pig roast is a major event for the congregation, with most of the members involved in some manner.

"It is a fun day and a perfect opportunity to visit with friends and neighbors," she said.

Proceeds from the annual dinner benefit the United Methodist Women Missions program. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children five to 10, and children under five free.

Friday, Aug. 10

The Park Rapids Area High School class of 1972 will be holding a 40th reunion Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 and 11. 

A meet and greet socializing event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Royal Bar. A golf tournament will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday for those interested at Headwaters Country Club. A potluck picnic begins at 11 a.m. at Heartland Park with dinner at 6 p.m. at Summerhill Farm, followed by a brief program. 

For more information, contact Vicki at or 701-367-9893, Pam at or the reunion website,

The Northern Knights celebrate their 29th annual Run to the Rapids street rods show Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 and 11 in Park Rapids.

Registration begins at 4 p.m. on Friday at the C'mon Inn. Registration fee is $25 and includes two $6 meal tickets for Saturday's dinner (participating restaurants' name will be on meal card). Make payments payable to "Northern Knights".

Following that there will be food and soda served, with rock-n-roll music to top it all off. This event is free to all participants.

Saturday kicks off with registration at 8 a.m. on Main street in downtown Park Rapids, following that will be the show-n-shine and trophy presentation at noon.

There will be drawings for cash and prizes all morning for registered participants. Must be present to win; club members not eligible.

After a meal at a restaurant of your choice from 5-7 p.m., stop by the C'mon Inn for a free root beer float.

For more information on this year's Run to the Rapids contact Dave at 218-732-0020, Mike at 218-732-9445 or Fred at 218-732-0252.

The 13th annual Laporte Days will be held Aug. 10-12 "in the small town with the big heart/big celebration" - Laporte.

Rollerskating for kids will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Laporte School. Come in the main entrance of the school. Vendors have supplied over $200 in prizes with 75 chances to win door prizes to be given away throughout the evening.

Lions will be serving a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday in the Baptist Church basement.

The second annual Memorial Run/Walk Saturday will take place on the Paul Bunyan Trail.

Registration for the event will be at the DNR parking lot from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. with the race beginning at 8 a.m.

Diabetes screening will be from 9 a.m. to noon in the Lions' tent.

Paul Bunyan Radio Control Flyers will demonstrate their aircraft at the mini airfield at 10 a.m.

Kids can search for coins in the money pit south of the flagpole at 2:30 p.m.

Young kids will enjoy games and races at 4:30 p.m., including a scavenger hunt.

NSE Pro Wrestling returns at 5:30 p.m. in the school commons.

Bingo will be played from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Lakeport Fire Hall.

Sunday, area churches invite all for worship.

Organizers are inviting local businesses and neighboring towns from Lake George to Wilkinson, Walker to Bemidji to bring a float to the 3 p.m. Sunday parade.

Line-up is at top of the schoolhouse hill at 2:30 p.m. Call 218-760-3972 for parade information.

The kiddie parade begins at 2:30 p.m. with line-up at the Baptist Church parking lot at 2 p.m. A new ruling this year for the kiddie parade is no animals or motorized vehicles allowed.

Post-parade entertainment begins at 4 p.m. Raffle winners will be announced at 5 p.m.

The event also includes a flea market, crafts and food vendors, with the Lion's lunch wagon opening at 11a.m. each day.

Thursday, Aug. 16

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council will showcase the artistic talents of area youth during Youth Music and Arts Showcase IV Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16-18 in downtown Park Rapids.

Student artists' works, including paintings, photography, sculpture and pottery, will be shown at businesses in downtown Park Rapids.

A panel of judges will view the students' works. Four $100 scholarships will be given to high school students and four $25 scholarships to middle school age students.

A schedule of the young artists and venues will be available to guide people to all locations. Daycare providers and parents of preschoolers are invited to do chalk art on downtown sidewalks Friday morning.

Free chalk will be available at Wildwood Enchantment, 209 South Main Ave.

The showcase provides young musicians with an opportunity to perform downtown Friday, Aug. 17 and play in a concert from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, the last in the 2nd Street Stage summer music series.

For art entry information, call 237-6600. For musician entry information, call 255-1120.

Friday, Aug. 17

The Lake Itasca Pioneer Farmers, Inc. (LIRPF) host the 37th annual three-day reunion/show Aug. 17, 18 and 19 on its show grounds located adjacent to the north side of Itasca State Park on Highway 200.

Incorporated in 1976, the LIRPF is dedicated to the preservation and display of historic, rural/logging related Americana for the cultural, educational, entertainment and heritage-related benefits of the public. They are also a non-profit corporation.

During the reunion/show, there will be many attractions including log-handling and loading using horses, lumber sawing on a 95-year-old sawmill, lumber planning, shingle and lath making, birdhouse, broom and rope making and grain threshing and grinding, tractors, vehicles, antique tools, model engines and machines and more.

Displays include a 100-year-old rural schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, log house, church, store, women's activities building and more.

Admission is $10 per day and children 12 and under are free. Food and refreshments are available including lefse and corn on the cob.

Over two dozen rustic-framed buildings are located in the par-like area on the grounds, which contain an auditorium, logging museum, kitchen, blacksmith shop, engines, models and toy displays, hot-air engine displays and other activities.

Some exhibits include the historic Lake Itasca Post Office, with completely restored 1940 interior and early Redby Machine Shop with machines and equipment. Adjacent to this site is another area housing the historic Itasca Park sawmill, the historic A.J. Levorsen sawmill engine and the Roy Hemmerich Logging Memorial.

For more information on this event, go to the LIRPF website at www.itascapioneer

Saturday, Aug. 18

A corn and meatball dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at Akeley United Methodist Church.

The menu includes meatballs and mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, tomatoes, cupcakes and ice cream.