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Coming events Oct. 27 - Nov. 8

SAturday, Oct. 27

Riverside United Methodist Church is having a Fall Festival today (Saturday).

Soup, sandwiches and pie will be served, along with homemade goodies and lefse hot off the grill.

The craft show is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A wild game feed will be hosted by the Wolf Lake Lions from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Wolf Lake Lions Hall.

The drawing is at 8 p.m.

The 2013 pet calendar of the Headwaters Animal Shelter will be unveiled at a free party from 1 to 4 p.m. today (Saturday) at Terrapin Station, 115 Main Street in downtown Nevis.

Calendars will be on sale. Acoustic Smoke, a folk-rock-blues band from Bemidji, will perform at Terrapin Station at 7 p.m. today (Saturday) with all proceeds donated to Headwaters Animal Shelter.

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

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

Visit the pumpkin patch to choose a pumpkin.

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.

Sunday, Oct. 28

  The Rising Sun Dancers will have a square dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Waubun Community Center.

Royce Nelson will call the tips. Lunch will be served by club members. Visitors and spectators are always welcome.

MONDAY, Oct. 29

The Park Rapids League of Women Voters is sponsoring a meet-the-candidates night for Menahga School Board from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 at the Menahga School gymnasium.

The candidates invited include four candidates for three positions - Brad Goehrig, Curtis Hasbargen, Al Peterson and Daniel Rippentrop; and special election for one position - Tim Ellingson and Durwin Tomperi.

For more information contact prapidsleague@

The Hubbard County Historical Society's annual meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 in the lower level of the courthouse, which is handicap accessible.

Elections will be held. What's new at the museum will be shared. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, Oct. 30

Minnesota author Paul Sailer will share the details of his book, "The Oranges are Sweet," for the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning audience from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 in Northwoods Bank's community room.

The biography is the deeply moving story about Major Don M. Beerbower and the men who served with him during World War II.

When he died strafing a German airdrome north of Reims, France Aug. 9, 1944, he was the leading ace in the Ninth Air Force with 15.5 aerial victories and the commanding officer of the 353rd Fighter Squadron.

The Fighting Cobras, as the unit was known, ended the war with 290.5 aerial victories, more than any other squadron in the United States Army Air Forces.

The event is offered at no charge. For more information, call Kristen Partlow at 255-1178 or e-mail

St. Joseph's Obstetrics will host a free sibling class for expectant sisters and brothers from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 in St. Joseph's lower level conference room A.

Education and activities are introduced in a party atmosphere. Mom and Dad are encouraged to attend.

Call Janine at 237-5730 to learn more.

Laporte area voters will have a chance to meet and ask questions of candidates for Hubbard County Commissioner and Laporte School Board during a forum co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and Laporte Community Education.

The event will be held Tuesday, Oct. 30 in Laporte School's community room. School board candidates are scheduled for 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. and Hubbard County Commissioner candidates from 8 to 9:15 p.m.

Those who would like to submit questions may bring them to the forum, or submit them to Diane Sauer, Laporte Community Education, diane@laporte.

Invited guests include commissioner candidates Lyle Robinson and Dan Stacey; school board candidates Cynthia Doke, Jean Lewandowski, David Patterson, Sally Raddatz and John Seegmiller.


Trick or Treaters are invited to see what's in store on Park Rapids' Main street from 3 to 6 p.m. on Halloween Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Businesses in downtown Park Rapids invite young visitors when they host Trick or Treat Park Rapids. Main street turns magical when traditional witches and ghosts and miniature Cinderellas and pirates fill the sidewalks. Some businesses offer a few surprises of their own.

Trick or Treating starts at 6 p.m. at Heritage Living Center and continues until the candy runs out.

thursDay, Nov. 1

Sons of Norway, Nordskogen Lodge, Park Rapids, will hold a board meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at Riverside United Methodist followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m.

Local woodcarver Ken Lymburner will present the program. Servers are Bill and Joyce Cowman, Jerry and Sharon Gorden and Bill and Jo Ashmore.

Saturday, Nov. 3

The 4th annual Menahga Holiday Boutique will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 3 and 10 at the Senior Citizens Center.

The event includes crafts, collectibles, a quilt raffle and bake sale with a soup and hot dog lunch served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New this year is a Senior Center Cookbook, with recipes by some of the best local cooks. Proceeds will help purchase a new dishwasher for the senior center.


St. Johns Lutheran Church is sponsoring a blood drive from noon to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5.

For an appointment to donate, call Elayne Luiken at 732-3935.

Tuesday, NOV. 6

PEO, Chapter T will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Citizens National Bank.

Hostesses are Sheila Moe, Janine Weideman and Janet McMillen. Judy Forcier from Moose Creek will present the program, "Holiday Decorating."

Thursday, Nov. 8

The public is invited to a veterans program to be presented by Century Middle School students at 1:40 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Century cafetorium.

The tribute will include the Park Rapids American Legion Color Guard, the Marine Color Guard, the Women's Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion, Boy Scouts of America and Ray Vaadeland.

The Wadena Whirlaways square dance club will hold a "patriotic" dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Wadena VFW.

Lunch will follow.

Friday, Nov. 9

Bemidji Community Theater, in collaboration with the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, will present "Oliver," a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic tale of an orphan who runs away from the orphanage and joins a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.

The 7:30 p.m. performances will be the weekends of Nov. 9 and 10 and Nov. 16 and 17 with 2 p.m. matinees Nov. 11 and 18 at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.

Tickets are available at Iverson Corner Drug (downtown Bemidji) and at Ken K. Thompson Jewelry at the Paul Bunyan Mall, or at the box office one hour before the show; check or cash only. Those bringing a non-perishable food item to the theater will receive a $1 refund on the price of a ticket.

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.

The 16th annual Holiday Boutique at the Hubbard Community Center will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4.

The event will feature holiday and handmade gift items by local artisans.

A light soup luncheon will be served with coffee and goodies. A freewill offering will be donated to the Hubbard First Responders.

The Park Rapids Eagle Auxiliary will host a Holiday Craft and Gift Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Park Rapids Eagles Club, Highway 34 East.

There is no admission. A light lunch will be available for purchase.

Monday, Nov.5

Chapter FJ of the PEO sisterhood will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 at the home of Beth Kruger.

Kathy Hollenbeck will serve as assistant hostess.  The program will be a report about the PEO projects.

Members who are unable to attend should call the hostess.