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Upcoming events Sept. 4 - Oct. 1

Tuesday, Sept. 4

PEO Chapter T will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept 4 at Citizens National Bank's lower level meeting room.  Hostesses are Renee Bexell and Kathie Kavolak.  The program is our noisy auction.  This is a fundraiser for projects so bring an item to sell and checkbooks to buy. 

In celebration of the 92nd Women's Equality Day and the 47th anniversary of Voting Rights Act, the League of Women Voters Park Rapids Area will present a program at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 at the Northwoods Bank community room.

The program provides historical background on the 1965 act and its impact on the country.  Suffragist "Elizabeth Cady Stanton" will offer her views on the role of the suffrage movement in securing voting rights for all citizens of the United States.   The League of Women Voters is the oldest women's political organization in the United States and was born out of the Women's Suffrage Movement. It began in 1920 after 80 years of struggle by the suffragists to get the right to vote.  Voting rights continues to be a priority issue for the league.

All American citizens, including men, are welcome to join the League of Women Voters. Regular meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. the first Tuesdays, except November and January.  

For more information, contact co-presidents Annamae Holzworth or Carolynne White at prapidsleague or 564-4613.  Or follow the group on Facebook: League Of WomenVotersParkRapids StateUnit.

Wednesday, Sept. 5

Faith Baptist Church announces the beginning of the AWANA Clubs for the 2012-2013 year.  

Youth from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate in the Wednesday evening activities at Faith. Awana begins Wednesday, Sept.5 from 6:55 to 8:30 p.m.  Participants may register on the first night of Awana Club.

The clubs meet weekly unless canceled by weather or holidays.  Faith Baptist Church is located on Highway 71, one mile south of the Highway 34/71 intersection.

AWANA Clubs are a Bible-centered, youth oriented, weekly club program. AWANA is an acronym for "Approved Workman Are Not Ashamed."  It is taken from 2 Timothy 2:15, which states, "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth. Club night is divided into three sessions - game time, handbook time and large group.  

AWANA culminates on an award night when parents are invited to see clubbers receive special trophies and ribbons for completed work done throughout the club year.

Faith Baptist Church also sponsors Cornerstone for grades 7 and 8 and Rock Solid, grades 9-12, meeting from 6:55 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 

Adults are invited to join a weekly Bible study and prayer group, a women's Bible study or a parents' time out.  A nursery is available for those attending the Bible studies.

Children of all denomination are welcome to attend and parents are encouraged to come and visit the meetings throughout the year.    Registration forms can be downloaded from   

Call the church office, 732-1404, or the AWANA club commander, Judd Fischer, 732-2025 for more information.

Thursday, Sept. 6

Paul Skinner, executive chef at Essentia Health St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd, will present a cooking demonstration on "heart-healthy foods" from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6 in Room E203 of the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.

In this program hosted by the Center for Lifelong Learning, Chef Skinner will demonstrate how to add flavor without adding all the sodium, fat and calories to the foods we enjoy.

Guests may sample some delicious new ideas to incorporate into their daily meal preparation.

Chef Skinner will also present some tips on ensuring safe food preparation in our homes.

Admission is free for members of the Center for Lifelong Learning and $6 for non-members. For information, contact Bev at 218-855-8118 or bberg@clcmn. edu or go to lifelonglearning.

Sons of Norway Nordskogen Lodge, Park Rapids, will hold a board meeting at 6 p.m. and a general meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 at Riverside United Methodist Church.

Speaker is Cindy Olson, Sons of Norway Oslo 1002, Minneapolis. She is a 43-year member of Barnes Norke Troop and former District 1 youth director.

President Jerry Gorden will present the district convention report.  

Servers will be Emmett and Shirley Lingle, Bob and Barb Roble and Marilyn Veden.

Friday, Sept. 7

A fish fry fundraiser benefiting the Hubbard County K9 Unit will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu includes fish, baked potato, coleslaw, garlic bread and beverage.

K9 handler Deputy Dan Kruchowski and his K9 partner, Oakley, have been an

instrumental part of the department and with public support will continue their serviceto the community.

For more information or to make a donation, contact, Sheriff Cory Aukes or Deputy Dan Kruchowski at 732-3331.

Park Rapids area artist Karen Sharbo will be the featured artist at the Blank Canvas Gallery in September.

A public reception celebrating the new show will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 at the gallery.

Sharbo will be displaying recent as well as earlier artworks showing both her progression as an artist throughout her career and the varied subjects represented in her collection of works.

Sharbo paints in her studio north of Park Rapids and also does some plein air painting on occasion. She paints with acrylics, watercolors and creates multi-media collages.

Some new guest artists are also being featured at the gallery in September. The Leech Lake Art League will be displaying a wide variety of artwork created by a number of their area artist members. The league is an organization of more than 30 artists from Pine River, Walker, Park Rapids, Bemidji, Longville, Nevis and the surrounding area.

  Jewelry artist, Monica Hansmeyer, will also be a September guest artist. Hansmeyer specializes in etched, hand fabricated, silver and gold jewelry set with unique stones.

A fun-filled evening is planned beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 when the Living at Home program hosts a Celebrity Dinner at the Hubbard United Methodist Church.

"Celebrity" waiters will be serving and eliciting tips for entertaining guests at their tables.

Waiters for the evening are Dr. Dave and Amy Andersen, Jeff Anderson, Randy and LaPalma Anderson, Kim Berghuis, Joan Blumberg and Rosalia Lendt, Mark Bridge, Kelley Cirks and Jason Durham, Calvin Gunn, Shannon and Shelli Henrickson, Father Duane Pribula, Greg Remus, Frank Schaap, Will Weaver, Gary and Marsha Wolff, Jennie Anderson, Blake Johnson and Ben Koppelman.

Jolene Jokela-Veo will lead a live auction, offering an opportunity to bid on an "experience of a lifetime" as a chef, auctioneer, newspaper reporter, fishing guide, radio announcer, sheriff, floral designer, golf bum, premier gardener-farmer, artist or celebrity.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to Living at Home, a program that mobilizes volunteers and other community resources to enable seniors to remain in the homes of their choice.

For ticket information, call the Living at Home office at 732-3137.

First City Squares of Bemidji is hosting a square dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 9th and Beltrami.

Plus tips will be in the first half hour. Abe Maier will be the caller. Visitors and spectators are welcome.

For information, please contact Scott Burgoon 759-2776.

Saturday, Sept. 8

A wild mushroom hike will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at Coffee Pot Landing on the upper Mississippi off Hubbard Co. Rd. 9. 

For more information contact

The annual Hubbard County Mounted Posse fundraiser will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 at the posse training center north of Lake George. (Signs will be posted on Highway 71.)

The menu, served from 5 to 6:30 p.m., includes barbecue hog and smoked turkey with all the trimming. Drawings for door prizes will be at 6:30 p.m.

There will be trail riding and free camping Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

For tickets, call the sheriff's department at 732-3331. Tickets will also be sold at the gate.

Sunday, Sept. 9

St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids will have a polka service with Chuck Thiel and the Jolly Ramblers at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9.

A German dinner and more music will follow the service. An offering will be taken at mealtime.

Monday, Sept. 10

A joint meeting of the Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will convene at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 at the clubhouse for the annual potluck meal.

Dessert will be furnished. All members and guests are invited.

Regular meetings will resume in October.

A support group meeting for celiac disease will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 at the Wadena Alliance Church, 1428 S. Jefferson St.

The informational meeting helps people with celiac disease learn more about what to eat and how to cook and bake using gluten-free flours and ingredients.

The meeting includes a potluck supper with recipes shared;

Call 218-631-2170 with questions.

Tuesday, Sept. 11

Terry Wiley, diabetes patient and member of a patient-led A1C champions program, will share his story with the public and St. Joseph's Area Health Services diabetes support group at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 in St. Joseph's and Essentia Health's lower level conference room A.

His training and expertise help others learn how to take control of diabetes.

"I have diabetes and I understand the challenges you face," Wiley encourages others. "You are not alone on your journey with diabetes."

Wiley knows the obstacles of maintaining control of diabetes and will speak on topics including insulin misperceptions and control, glucose levels, self-management, developing a balanced and healthy lifestyle, prioritizing diabetes management, overcoming fears and finding resources.

The Centers for Disease Control estimate that more than 26 million Americans have diabetes and seven million are unaware that they have the disease.

The American Diabetes Association generally recommends that diabetics should strive for an A1C (test to assess blood glucose levels over a two- to three-month period) that is less than seven percent.

For more information, contact Tia Kocka at 255-3684 or

Thursday, Sept. 13

"Of Vikings and Voyageurs," a free Legacy presentation by author Jack Salmela, will engage an audience at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

The power point presentation with a costumed interpreter and artifacts will bring this part of Minnesota history to life.

    During his research, Salmela learned the Cistercian monks and Templars in Gotland, Sweden were very advanced by the 14th Century. These are the people who had been to North America long before Columbus.

He learned Grand Portage was the gateway to the west long before St. Louis was considered to be. Grand Portage was a commercial gateway that benefited both the Europeans (furs) and the Native Americans (wool blankets, pots, pans, and other metal goods).

The St. Louis gateway, on the other hand, was the "death knell" for Native Americans as it brought white settlement to Indian lands.   And he contends fur traders don't get the historical credit they deserve; Sir Alexander McKenzie made it to the Pacific Ocean 12 years before Lewis and Clark.

This presentation will take participants into the world many as yet know little about.

The Voyageur interpreter will bring a bit of this history to life with an actual musket, furs and more. The voyageurs carried a lot of furs along the waterways of the north. At least at one point, they carried real treasure...and lost it. The rumor of treasure came down to the present, sparking a search that attracted both treasure hunters and historians alike. The key lay in rune stones left by Vikings centuries before the Voyageurs paddled their canoes on the wilderness lakes and rivers.

Saturday, Sept. 15

The Jackpine Writers' Bloc will host a book release party in celebration of Volume 21 of "The Talking Stick" from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Blueberry Pines Golf Club, located on Highway 71 between Park Rapids and Menahga.

The event is open to the public. Books will be available at bookstore and via

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.

Thursday, Oct. 4

The Pregnancy Resource Center's annual fall banquet will be held Thursday, Oct. 4 at St. Peter's Catholic Church.

Seating begins at 6:45 p.m. with a specialty dessert bar and program from 7 to 8:45 p.m.

This year's event will include meat and cheese platters in place of the sit- down dinner.

An opportunity to make a financial gift will be extended. Dessert is complimentary.