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Upcoming events Oct. 31 - Nov. 17


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

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.

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.

Park Rapids area resident Lisa Cassman will sign her book, "The Road Less Traveled, A Guide to a Positive Marriage," from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at Bella Caffé.

Cassman's book was inspired by a road trip in a semi truck with her husband. The Christian counselor and pastor shares insight on relationships. She plans to host marriage seminars based on the book and travels with her husband.

Joel Arnold, author of "Ox Cart Angel", will hold a reading and discussion at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Perham Area Public Library. 

"Ox Cart Angel" is an historical novel that recently won the Midwest Book Award for Best Young Adult Novel of 2011.  It takes place in 1862 along the ox-cart trails of Minnesota and North Dakota


In the book, Claire Dumont and her father set out on a journey from the Dakota Territory, hoping to catch up to the large caravan of Métis fur traders that left the day before. Their destination is the bustling city of St. Paul, where Papa wishes to open a photography studio. But with only Bone Bag, their one-horned ox, to pull their squeaky cart, they soon realize they just might have to make their treacherous journey alone. Braving bad weather, packs of wolves, dangerous river crossings, starvation and exhaustion, Claire and her father try their best to survive the deeply rutted ox cart trails.

  "Ox Cart Angel" is the first in a series of programs sponsored by the Friends of the Museum to celebrate Minnesota in the 1800s. 

These programs are free and open to the public.  For more information call 218 346-7678 or e-mail

A hunters' supper will be served from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Akeley United Methodist Church.

The traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings will include turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, cranberries, rolls and butter, homemade pie and a beverage.

Sunday, Nov. 4

A hunters breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Guthrie Community Center.

Hosted by the Guthrie-Nary Lions Club, the meal will include pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee, juice and milk.

A freewill donation will be received.

Proceeds benefit Guthrie-Nary Lions projects.

Monday, Nov. 5

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.

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.

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.

Caller is Roger McNeil.

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 Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, presents "Music & War," the second concert of the series "Tunes & Topics," at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Bemidji High School auditorium. Doors open for seating at 2:30 p.m.

  Special guest artist Wesley Baldwin, cellist, will be featured on Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85. Dr. Baldwin performs throughout the United States and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician and is a professor in the School of Music at the University of Tennessee where he received the Chancellor's Award for Professional Promise.

As a member and principal cellist of the New World Symphony, Dr. Baldwin performs with many of the world's great conductors, and has toured Japan, Scotland, England, Argentina and Brazil.

  Also on the program are Wagner's Prelude to Act II of Tannhauser, Blades of Grass by Cascarino, and Beethoven's familiar Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67.  Join Dr. Everett immediately after the concert for a post-concert conversation.

  As a tribute to Veteran's Day, all veterans of the United States Armed Forces are invited to attend the concert free of charge. Complimentary tickets can be picked up at the door on the day of the concert.

  Tickets for the concert are available at the door.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

The Healthy Moms Network will host a chapter meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Family Natural Healthcare building (Intensive Hair Unit) on Highway 71 (two houses south of J&B Foods). 

The topic is zone therapy for the cold and flu season - the healing power of touch by Chris Horvath, Ersdal zone therapist for 22 years. 

All meetings are free and open to women of all ages.  For more information, contact Nicole Guida at 732-5229.

Carpenter and May, playing a repertoire of swing, rock, blues, jazz, Celtic and original material rooted in the acoustic music tradition, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium.

The musicians perform on fiddle, guitar, bass, mandolin, along with vocals to engage the audience.

Admission is by Heartland Concert Association season tickets, available at Beagle Books or by contacting Bobbi Zigmant at 732-9293.

Wednesday, Nov. 14

Author Alison McGhee will be at the Park Rapids Area Library to make an interactive presentation for adults on her writing process at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov 14.

McGhee is a Minnesota award-winning author of books for all ages. She is a Pulitzer Prize nominee and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. She writes in all forms - from poetry and stories to novels and picture books and essays. Her books are popular with critics and readers alike. 

McGhee is an associate professor of creative writing at Metropolitan State University, where she coordinates the creative writing program. She is originally from the Adirondak Mountains for New York State.

Friday, Nov. 16

"Tiptoe Through the '60s," a multi-media Legacy program featuring original music, dialogue and photos highlighting Minnesota during the 1960s, will be presented by Minnesota natives Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium.

Johnson's career has taken her from honky-tonks to Carnegie Hall, from the theater stage to the Silver Screen, from the Midwest to the Middle East.

She is a regular guest on Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion," broadcast on National Public Radio stations across the country, and appears as one of the "regulars" in Robert Altman's 2006 "A Prairie Home Companion" movie.

Her film credits also include Robert Redford's "A River Runs Through It" in a role she was born to play - a singer. In 2005, Johnson gathered together an all-star ensemble for "Gales of November" producing the CD release, and directing and co-starring in the theatrical concert production.

Pianist, accordionist and occasional storyteller Dan Chouinard is a Minneapolis native who plays, tours and records regularly with an ever-expanding roster of musicians and writers. Chouinard regularly creates special programs which blend storytelling, interview and music, many of these for Minnesota Public Radio.

Two recent shows, "Cafe Europa" (2005, 2008) and "Mambo Italiano" (2006), have been aired on Twin Cities public television and broadcast statewide on MPR.

When not working as a musician he travels the world by bicycle, with tent and accordion in tow, seeking out new repertoire and music-making opportunities.

This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota's art and cultural heritage.

Saturday, Nov. 17

St. Peter's Catholic Church will host a fall bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.

The event will feature crafts, bake sale and door prizes with coffee and rolls served at 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids can enjoy an activity room while parents shop.

Admission is free.