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Upcoming events Aug. 18 - Sept. 22

Saturday, Aug. 18

Kerry Casey, author of "Fall to Grace" and "Singer," will be signing his books from noon to 1 p.m. today (Saturday) at Beagle Books and from 1:30 to 2:30 today at Sister

Wolf Books in Dorset.

A corn and meatball dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today (Saturday) at Akeley United Methodist Church.

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

Sunday, Aug. 19

The Fish Hook Challenge 5K run and half marathon will be held Sunday, Aug. 19 in Heartland Park.

Registration and bib pick up for the half-marathon begins at 6:30 a.m. with the start at 7:30 a.m.

Registration and bib pick up for the 5K run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m. with the start at 9:30 a.m.

Awards will be presented at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments will be available after the race.

For more information, go to

St. Theodore's Church, Ponsford and Pine Point, will host the annual spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19.

From Highway 34 west of Osage, head north on Co. Rd. 225 to Co. Rd. 129 to 124.

All are welcome.

The Park Rapids Area Community Band will be performing for the Wolf Lake Harvest Festival at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19 at the Waterfront Recreational Park.

The park is located a half-mile west of Wolf Lake and a half-mile mile north on Wolf Pack Road.

Bring a chair, blanket and a little lunch and enjoy music by the lake.

Monday, Aug. 20

The Hubbard County Republicans will host the annual social dinner, featuring roast beef with all the trimmings, Monday Aug. 20 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The social is from 5:30 to 6 p.m., when dinner will be served. House and Senate candidates will speak from 7 to 8 p.m.

The menu includes roast beef, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls and dessert bars.

The event includes a silent auction. Tickets are available from Hubbard County Republicans or at the door.

The Hubbard County DFL will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Participants will be making final plans for the walleye and wild rice dinner.

Tuesday, Aug. 21

The Antique Tractor Club will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, Aug. 21 on the club grounds.

The board meets at 6 p.m. with the general membership meeting at 7 p.m.

The Park Rapids Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Trinity Church.

Cheryl Wilke, Master Gardener from Flying W Gardens, will present a program on pruning shrubs and fruit trees.

Guests are welcome.

Wednesday, Aug. 22

Individuals who will be 11 years old by Aug. 22 are invited to enroll in the Minnesota Firearms Safety course to be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 23 and 24 at the Environmental Education building on the fairgrounds in Park Rapids.

Registration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 at the Environmental Education building, at which time books will be distributed.

There is no maximum age limit for participants.

Topics covered will include safe firearm handling, firearm care, hunter ethics and responsibility, wildlife management, field testing and other pertinent topics.

For more information, call Russ Johnsrud at 732-8411 or Ron Norenberg at 237-9356 after 5 p.m. All students must register Aug. 22 in order to participate.

Thursday, Aug. 23

The Upper Mississippians will entertain from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. at the noon hour concert Thursday, Aug. 23 at Calvary Lutheran Church. They will play hot ensemble jazz from New Orleans to New York, from 1915 to 1934.

Bring lunch; beverages and bars will be served.

The Crazy Quilters Guild of Park Rapids will have a work meeting from 3 to 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 at the Park Rapids Area Library meeting room.  

Following the work meeting, at 7 p.m., all are invited to a quilting presentation, "Oh, My Backside," by Sue Harmon at Riverside United Methodist Church.

Her trunk quilt show brings examples of how to be creative on the backside of a quilt.

Harmon is affiliated with the American Quilters Society as a certified quilt appraiser and the Professional Association of Appraisers in Quilted Textiles.

Cost is $5. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, Aug. 24

Hubbard County DFL's walleye and wild rice dinner and silent auction will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu includes walleye and wild rice, coleslaw, potato salad, veggies, rolls, bars and beverages.


Saturday, Aug. 25

The Headwaters Radio Control Flying Club will host a fun fly from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25 and 26 at the field located four miles west of Park Rapids on Highway 34 and 1.5 miles south on 109th Avenue.

Admission is free. Prize drawings will be held daily. Concessions available.

Pilots are asked to pre-register. The public is welcome to watch and talk to pilots.

A wild mushroom hike will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 in the Paul Bunyan State Forest. 

For more information contact

Monday, Aug. 27

The Hubbard County Historical Society will present Alice and her friends, the suffragettes, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27 in the downstairs meeting room of the "new" courthouse, which is handicap accessible.

Local women will portray famous females and present the history of women's rights in  Park Rapids and beyond. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, Aug. 29

A Healing Celebration and Feast will be held from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.

A traditional feast begins at 4:30 p.m.

The Sanford Center, Cass Lake Indian Health Service Hospital and Red Lake Indian Health Service Hospital are hosting the 10th annual event with exhibition style performances by singers, dancers and musicians.

Thursday, Aug. 30

Basic computer classes are being held at the Park Rapids Area Library.  

The free classes, the next to be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, includes hands-on practice on the Internet to locate useful information, basics on navigating the computers and how to set up a free Web-based e-mail account.

This class is for beginners only, but all ages are welcome.  Call the library at 732-4966 to register.

SAturday, Sept. 1

Hungry Kids 350, a Turning Miles into Meals event, will be held Saturday, Sept. 1 in Nevis.

The Labor Day weekend fundraiser offers three options - a 5K run on the Heartland Trail beginning at 9 a.m., with registration and $20 entry fee required prior to the start at the Muskie.

A run, walk, bike, etc. event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants determine the starting point. No registration is required; donations will be accepted at the Nevis Muskie.

Refreshments will be available Saturday and Sunday at the Muskie Pavilion.

Or join a three-day, 50-mile hike from Remer to Nevis, beginning at 7 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31 through Sunday, Sept. 2. To register, contact Doug Dickson at 218-889-2706 or 218-368-3762.

Donate online at

The event benefits Kids Against Hunger Park Rapids. TransCanada Pipeline Corporation will match donations up to $10,000.

Thursday, Sept. 6

The fall series of Cultural Thursday presentations at Central Lakes College, Brainerd, will commence with two presentations on Cuba by CLC sociologist Gary Payne Thursday, Sept. 6.

Both presentations will be in room E354 (lecture lab). The first presentation starts at noon and the somewhat longer evening presentation at 7 p.m.

Payne has made three trips to Cuba, accompanied twice by his son Sayer in 1997 and in 2005. Cameras in hand, they traveled on foot, by taxi and in rented cars around the island but spent most of their time in Havana, staying with Cuban families.

Payne will cover the turbulent history of this nation, U.S. involvement in Cuban affairs, the nature of Cuba's unique brand of socialism and the culture that sprang from it.

The presentations are free and seats are limited; early arrival is suggested for seating.

Saturday, Sept. 22

A Walk to Remember, raising funds and awareness for Alzheimer's disease, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 22 at May Creek Senior Living Campus in Walker.

This is a time when senior service providers, area businesses and those affected by Alzheimer's will join forces to raise funds and awareness for the work of the Alzheimer's Association in our region.

Those who would like to participate in the walk are encouraged to form teams and challenge others in raising funds for the Alzheimer's Association.

Call Melanie at 218-547-7513 for more information.

Donations to the 2012 Walk to Remember can be made the day of the walk, or made payable to Alzheimer's Association and sent c/o May Creek Senior Living Campus, PO Box 530, Walker, MN 56484.