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Upcoming events Sept. 6 - Oct. 6

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.

John Latimer, a rural mail carrier and staff phenologist at KAXE Radio in Grand Rapids, will visit Bemidji State University Thursday, Sept. 6 to discuss the cycles of natural activities in the north woods.

His presentation will be from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in Hagg-Sauer 100 on the BSU campus; it is open to the public free of charge.

Latimer studies nature's cycles - when ice comes off the lake, when raspberries are ready to pick and when loons and monarch butterflies migrate.

For more information, contact Erika Bailey-Johnson, BSU sustainability coordinator, at 218-755-2560 or ebaileyjohnson@ bemidjistate. edu.

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 forays2012@

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.

MHMH - Men's Harmony from the Minnesota Heartland - will hold an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 at Hope Lutheran Church in Walker.

All ages are welcome; bring a friend.

"If you're too busy to sing, you're too busy."

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-manage- ment, 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 tiakocka@catholic

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Dr. Mark Christensen, professor of English at Bemidji State University, will deliver the university's first Honors Council Lecture of the fall semester Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Christensen's presentation, "Broken Welds: A Prose Poem Study of Human Separation," will be held at 7 p.m. in the Thompson Recital Hall in Bemidji State's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Honors Council Lectures are open to the public free of charge.

The lecture will feature a reading from a new collection of prose poems which examines loss and separation. Though unusual in form, the collection resembles a memoir.

"It reaches for resolution and even redemption while confronting those losses," Christensen said.

For more information about the Honors Council Lecture Series, contact the honors program at 218-755-3984.

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.

Friday, Sept. 14

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance at Century School in Park Rapids Friday Sept. 14.  

There will be a "plus" workshop from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.  The caller will be Tom Allen and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips.  

There will be a potluck lunch furnished by the club members.  All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

Saturday, Sept. 15

Ruby's Pantry Food distribution will be held Saturday, Sept. 15 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 much appreciated.  Contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501 for more information.

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

Sunday, Sept. 16

The Rising Sun Dancers will have a dance starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Waubun Community Center.

Larry Johansen

will call the tips. Lunch will be served by the club. Spectators are welcome.

Monday, Sept. 17

Square dance lessons will be offered by the Friendly Squares at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at the Eagles Club in Park Rapids.  

For more information, call Joy and Gary at 564-6098 or Mike and Donna at 218-837-5077.

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.

Saturday, Oct. 6

First Lutheran Church Women of Akeley will host "Taste of the Seasons" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at First Lutheran Church on the corner of Highway 34 and Pleasant Avenue.  

The event will feature a variety of handcrafted gifts for purchase as well as home baked goods and a Danish meatball lunch, served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a choice of ethnic dessert.