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Upcoming events Oct. 3 - Nov. 10

Wednesday, Oct. 3

The Kitchigami Regional Library System recently launched the 3M Cloud Library eBooks service to all Kitchigami cardholders.

The Park Rapids Area Library will offer eBook training for the public from 3 to 6 p.m. today (Wednesday).

The training includes and introduction at 3 p.m. followed by half-hour increments addressing specific devices or groups.

The schedule includes 3:30 p.m. - iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android-based tablets or Smartphones; 4 p.m. -  PC (running XP or higher); 4:30 p.m. -  all Nook devices; 5 p.m.  - other eReaders, including Sony, Kobo, Pandigital and Literati; and 5:30 p.m. - KindleFire.

The event is being held in conjunction with the library's open house.

The new service can be found on the Kitchigami webpage at www.

The 3M Cloud Library is a new way for users to borrow e-books on most devices - iPad, Android Smartphone, Kindle Fire, laptop -simultaneously for up to two weeks.

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.

Friday, Oct. 5

The Quilts of Valor group will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5 in the library basement meeting room.  Interested people are welcome.

The sixth annual Walk From Obesity will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at the Smokey Hills Wilderness Retreat and Conference Center in Osage.

Nearly 93 million Americans are currently affected by obesity and that number is predicted to be 120 million by 2017.

The walk is a means to promote research, education, prevention and treatment of obesity and to see firsthand how a jaunt through the gorgeous Minnesota autumn can bring together people from all walks of life for an important cause.

St. Joseph's Area Health Services Center for Weight Management and Essentia Health Park Rapids Clinic join again to sponsor the Walk From Obesity, held in conjunction with the Weekend in the Pines retreat. Geocaching will be a part of this year's event and equipment will be provided for anyone who would like to participate.

"The 2012 Walk From Obesity and the Weekend in the Pines events are terrific ways to raise awareness, to educate, motivate and ultimately heal and inspire our friends and participants," says Missy Lindow, lifestyle counselor for St. Joseph's Center for Weight Management.

Register and pay on event day or online at www.walk Registration is free for children 12 and under. All registrants receive a free T-shirt and a one-year membership to the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC).

Funds raised through the Walk From Obesity support the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Foundation and the Obesity Action Coalition in their research and educational efforts.

For more information, contact Missy Lindow at 255-4311.

Saturday, Oct. 6

A Harvest Holidays Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at Northwoods Bank's community room.

The event will feature the works and products of local vendors. Door prizes will be awarded.

A portion of the proceeds benefits American Cancer Society research.

The Hubbard County DFL will conduct a ditch clean up at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 on a section of Highway 34. 

The public is invited to participate. Meet one mile west of the Dorset corner at 189th Avenue

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.

The 5th annual Walk to Remember, a walk for the steps a baby never got to take or to support those who have lost a child or children, will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 beginning in Sanford Bemidji Medical Center's, east lobby.

The Walk to Remember is a way for parents to connect with other people who have lost a child.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. followed by the walk at 10 a.m. A memorial service will follow the walk and a silent auction will conclude at 11:30 a.m. Participants are encouraged to create a poster or bring a photo for the memory wall.

  This event is free to the public. Registration is not required to participate. For more information or questions, call 218-333-5755.

  Proceeds from the walk will benefit the PETAL program by providing mementos and support information to every parent who experiences a loss.

Photo enthusiasts are invited to join friends of the Nemeth Art Center for a Fall Photo Walk at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.

All levels of experience and camera equipment are welcome.

Meet at the Nemeth Art Center at 301 Court Avenue in Park Rapids where participants will review elements of composition while walking over to the Red Bridge Park.

Photographers will spend the afternoon shooting and then wrap up with a discussion and some hot coffee at Bella Caffé. Participants will then be given the opportunity to have their best photos displayed on the Nemeth Art Center website.

For more information, e-mail info@nemethart Weather permitting.

Sunday, Oct. 7

The 12th annual North Country Trail Hike for Hope begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at the trailhead on Steamboat Forest Road north of Thorpe Tower. 

The trailhead is 1.2 miles east of Thorpe Township Hall in Hubbard Country.   The township hall is located on Co. Rd. 91, which commences north of Nevis and Dorset and runs to Highway 200 east of Lake George. 

The 3.1-mile hike is to Forest Road Spur 1.

Park Rapids Figure Skating Club registration for ages 3 and up will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Ted O. Johnson Arena.

Lessons are offered to boys and girls.

Clafton skates for lease or purchase will be available.

For more information, call Kristin Robbins at 252-0349.

  First City Squares of Bemidji is hosting a square dance from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at the United Methodist fellowship hall, 9th and Beltrami.

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

For information, contact Scott Burgoon at 218-759-2776.

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, will open its 2012-2013 subscription concert series, "Tunes & Topics," at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

Doors open for seating at 2:30 p.m. for the "Music & Change" performance.

Brett and Brayden Drevlow, brothers from Thief River Falls, are quickly becoming two of northern Minnesota's prominent and promising young talents in classical music.

The program features Brayden Drevlow on piano in Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, and Brett Drevlow on bass in Capuzzi's Concerto for Double Bass.

Also on the program are Barber's Essay No. 1 and Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony. Join Dr. Everett immediately after the concert for a post-concert conversation.

Tickets for the concert are available at the door or in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North, Brigid's Pub, or online at brownpaper All seats are general admission.

Season tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of the concert or through the BSO website at

Monday, Oct. 8

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club Auxiliary will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 in the clubhouse.

Guest speaker is Steve Maanum, whose topic is bears.

Members will meet for lunch at noon at Emmaville. Contact Helen Marsh at 652-3295 for reservations.

Tuesday, Oct. 9

The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will present "Art and My Life's Journey," by Celia Littlecreek, a Native American artist and instructor, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 in the Northwoods Bank community room.

Littlecreek will share pieces of her life story and Minnesota Native American culture.

The Native American culture is an integral part of Minnesota life. Through its "Absent Narratives" series, the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning and the Minnesota Humanities Center will expand understanding of people from various backgrounds who share a common heritage - life in Minnesota.

Littlecreek specializes in pottery and quilting in Native American traditions, and will provide details and examples of her work. She will share the challenges she has faced as a Native American, and how these factors have affected or inspired her life's work.

Refreshments are available. For more information, call Kristen Partlow at 255-1178 or e-mail

Walker Area Memory Loss Support Groups will meet from 1:30 from 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Hope Lutheran Church in Walker. The Memory Loss Caregiver Support Group provides resources for caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.

The Memory Keepers Group offers individuals experiencing the early to mid-stages of dementia to gather together for meaningful social interaction.

For more information or to register, call 218-547-7555.

From rockin' "Sons Of Washington," the groovy/ psychedelic "I'm Not All Bad," to the twangy, horse-riding country western style of Ronald Reagan, Childsplay announces its "world tour" of its smash-hit musical "Rock the Presidents," to be staged on Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Embarking on its North American Tour of 35 U.S. cities, "Rock the Presidents" brings the history of our top executive office to life in this high-energy, multi-media extravaganza. 

Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 218-844-7469 or visiting the Holmes Theatre Box Office at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.

The Healthy Moms Network will host a "smell party" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Terrapin Station on Main Street (home of Imani Natural Oils) in Nevis.

Aromatherapist Brian Skinness will be the guest speaker, addressing "Essential Oils for the Cold and Flu Season." 

Skinness will provide  "smell samples" and explain the practical use of essential oils that are a "must" for every natural medicine cabinet this winter.   

All meetings are free of charge and open to women of all ages.  Children are welcome, but must be directly supervised by an adult. 

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

Thursday, Oct. 11

Friends of the Park Rapids Area Library will hold their fall book sale from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the library basement.

Shoppers will find plenty of bargains on books, magazines, puzzles, videos, DVDs and CDs for all ages to entertain them during the long winter months ahead.

The library basement is accessible to all.

The public is invited to attend a Scandinavian "Fish Boil" dinner, the Sons of Norway's annual dinner meeting.

Social time is at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Smokey Hills Wilderness Retreat in Osage.

The menu includes fish or meatballs, potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, dessert and other Scandinavian treats.

The program will be "Hjemkomst Voyage," presented by original crewmember Lynn Halmrast.

Reservations must be made by Oct. 5 by sending a check of $16 per person payable to Sons of Norway to Barb Roble, 320 E. River Dr., Park Rapids, MN 56470.

Sons of Norway membership is not required to attend. Should non-members choose to join that evening, the $16 will be refunded.

The Copper Street Brass Quintet, combining traditional classical music with jazz, pop and rock, will perform in concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 in the Nevis School's original gym.

The concert is a capstone event for the CSBQ's Oct. 11-12 residency at the school. During the two-day residency, the quintet will perform for and lead master classes for fifth and sixth graders, junior high and high school band students.

The concert music ranges from Mozart to Dave Bruebeck to Billy Joel. The quintet prides itself on shattering the divide between listener and performer with lively banter and audience interaction.

Tickets are available at the door.

The nationally acclaimed a cappella quartet, Tonic Sol-fa, will appear at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Bemidji High School auditorium. Although they are simply four voices and a tambourine, Tonic Sol-fa has spent considerable time on the road carving their niche as the nation's top a cappella group.

They have appeared on NBC's Today Show, the Jay Leno Show, and on the pages of Newsweek magazine. The New York Times describes Tonic Sol-fa's sound as "a vocal kaleidoscope...unique to the human voice."

Tickets are available at Marketplace Foods, Bemidji High School and at the downtown offices and studios of KB101, KZY-FM 95.5, Z99, 104.5 and KBUN.

Friday, Oct. 12

An Osage community "Fabulous Fall Frolic" will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 at Grace Community Church of Osage.

The event will feature Calvin Gunn's "Illusions with a Message."

The menu includes roast beef sandwiches, cheesy scalloped potatoes, coleslaw and a veggie tray, pumpkin bars and apple pies.

A freewill offering will be received.

For more information or reservations, call 573-3143 or 573-3299.

Saturday, Oct. 13

Happy Dancing Turtle, a sustainable-living, educational organization in Pine River, will present a free workshop for kids on literacy, art and the environment at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

"Upcycled Quilt," for children in kindergarten through third grade, includes reading "Joseph had a Little Overcoat." After the story, each child will create a design on a piece of old fabric. The squares will be made into a small quilt for display in the library.

The project will enhance children's understanding of the book topic related to reusing, reducing and recycling.

The program is funded with money from the Legacy amendment. Registration is required as space is limited. Call the library at 732-4966.

Happy Dancing Turtle teaches about environmental sustainability through a variety of learning activities to the public.  Learn more at

St. Mary's Catholic Church of Two Inlets annual fall dinner will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu includes roast beef and pork, mashed potatoes and gravy and all the trimmings, along with homemade pies and desserts.

Wednesday, Oct. 17

Bemidji State University's Talley Gallery will feature an exhibition of work by a number of noted Minnesota ceramic artists in October.

The exhibition also will feature a workshop and gallery talk.

"Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire," will exhibit the work of four of the best-known potters in Minnesota - Richard Bresnahan, Robert Briscoe, Linda Christianson and Warren McKenzie.

A reception for "Minnesota Potters" will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 and will feature a gallery talk and documentary presentation by Briscoe. Following the reception, Briscoe will hold a ceramics workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. The reception and workshop are free and open to the public.

Saturday, Oct. 20  

The Osage Sportsman's Club will be opening its range to the public for muzzleloader and deer rifle sight-in. 

Muzzleloader sight-in will be Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21.  Deer rifle sight-in will be Friday, Oct. 26 to Friday, Nov 2. 

The range is open every day from 9 a.m. to dusk except Sunday when there is no morning shooting. 

The cost is $5 per gun.  The range is located in Osage.  From Highway 34, go north 1.5 miles on Co. Rd. 48.

For more information, call Al Belt 732-0978.

Twisted Stitchers will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, member Barb Johnson demonstrating Ukranian White Work at Third Street Market in Park Rapids. 

Call Charlene for more information at 732-2784.

Toad Mountain Ranch will host a Fall Family Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 27-28.

Enjoy the fall colors, along with a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, hay rides, face painting and more.

Vist the pumpkin patch to choose a pumpkin.

There will be a best decorated pumpkin contest. Bring in a carved pumpkin or decorate one at the ranch. Winner receives a free trail ride. Drop off the pumpkin by Oct. 20 to be displayed.

The ranch is located west of Osage off Highway 34. Parking is in the meadow of Toad Mountain, located off Highway 34 on West Toad Lake Drive.

SAturday, Oct. 27

The loss of a loved one can feel especially intense during the holiday season.

"Preparing for the Holidays," a course that explores the way grief interacts with these activities and rituals, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 in St. Joseph's lower level conference rooms B&C.

Lunch will be provided.

Pre-register (required) by calling Laurel Hed at 237-5744.

Saturday, Nov. 10

The Laporte-Benedict Lions will hold their annual fall bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 in the small gym of the Laporte School.

The Lions soup and sandwich lunch will be in the community room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bars and beverage will be available throughout the day.

The sale includes baked goods for Thanksgiving tables and Christmas shopping opportunities. Last year 45 tables were filled with a variety of items such as cedar wreaths, poinsettias, Christmas cactus, paintings, scroll-carved wood, a multitude of Christmas decorations large and small, Avon, Tupperware, Watkins, and a wide selection of handmade items - from afghans to stocking stuffers.

Baked and canned goods were also part of the variety.

Anyone wishing to have a table to sell items should call Shirley at 218-224-2601. The Lions do not charge youth groups for table space, but would appreciate knowing if a youth group plans to participate.