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Upcoming events Nov. 17- Dec. 7

Saturday, Nov. 17

St. Peter's Catholic Church will host a fall bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today (Saturday).

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.

The Akeley First Lutheran ladies are hosting a  Lutheran World Relief Fair Trade catalog party at 2 p.m. today (Saturday) at the church located on the corner of Highway 34 and Pleasant.

All are welcome for coffee, cider and pumpkin bars and shopping.

The handmade products are from around the world. Through purchases, the artisans who created them earn a fair income to improve their lives and affirm their dignity.

Those unable to attend may place an order in advance by contacting Peg Davies for a catalog.

Four members of the Bemidji State University Department of Music faculty will present a free recital at 3 p.m. today (Saturday) in the Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

The recital will feature soprano Linda Wagner, flutist Susan Nelson and percussionist Eric Sundeen, all adjunct faculty in music, and Dr. Erika Svanoe, assistant professor of music. Wayne Hoff will accompany on piano.

The program features unusual combinations, like flute and marimba, and works for voice with instruments. The concert will include works by contemporary American and British composers as well as traditional 19th-century pieces.

Beagle Books and Bindery will host a reading and book signing by author Peter Geye from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Saturday) at Bella Caffé.

Appetizers are complimentary; a cash bar will be available.

Geye is the author of novels "Safe from the Sea" and "The Lighthouse Road."

In "Safe from the Sea" a son returns home to reconnect with is estranged and dying father 35 years after the wreck of an ore boat on the Great Lakes.

"The Lighthouse Road" is the story of a young immigrant woman settling into life outside Duluth in the 1890s and her orphaned son in the 1920s.

Blue Star Mothers Northwoods Chapter 9 will be packing Christmas Care packages for local deployed military who are not able to be home at the holidays.

The work begins at 3 p.m. today (Saturday) at Riverside United Methodist Church with a potluck to follow.  

Those willing to make a donation or add a name to the deployed list so they can receive a care package may contact Connie at 252-0086.

A square dance hosted by the Friendly Squares will be held today (Saturday) at the Eagles Club in Park Rapids.

A "plus" workshop will be held from 7:30 to 8 p.m. with mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.

The caller will be Lanny Weakland and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips. 

Club members will furnish finger food. All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

 Sunday, Nov. 18

The Rising Sun Dancers will have a dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov 18 at the Waubun Community Center.

Roger McNeil will call the tips. Lunch will be served by the club. All dancers and spectators are welcome.

The Park Rapids Area Community Band will perform its annual fall concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium.

A freewill offering will be taken and coffee and cookies will be served after the concert.

Monday, Nov. 19

A Hubbard County DFL meeting will convene at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 at the Park Rapids Area Library.  Participants will discuss the results of the recent election and planning for 2013.

Tuesday, Nov. 20

The Antique Tractor Club will hold a monthly meeting Tuesday, Nov 20 at the tractor grounds, unless snow is too deep. (The meeting will be moved to the Eagles Club.)

The board meets at 6 p.m. followed by a general membership meeting at 7 p.m.

The annual board elections will be held.

The Park Rapids Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Trinity Church.

LaVonne Augustson will coordinate and assist in "Wreath Decorating." She requests members and guests bring a wreath, ribbons, a glue gun if available, assorted embellishments, and " a box brimming with holiday joy."

Thursday, Nov. 22

The 30th annual Community Thank Meal will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, at Riverside United Methodist Church.

The meal includes turkey with all the trimmings, including pie.

Home deliveries begin at 11 a.m. for those within the city limits. For deliveries, call the 24-hour hotline until noon Nov. 22 at 237-8759.

Friday, Nov. 23

A Country Holiday Boutique, hosted by "a few country women bringing you homemade gifts," will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24 at 45222 Highway 34, Osage (approximately two miles west of Snellman by mile marker 56).

Items include handmade cards, quilts, afghans, hot pads, table runners, tea towels, baby items, home décor and Christmas ornaments as well as homemade baked goods.

The call is out for singers to welcome in the Christmas season by caroling at the lighting of the Park Rapids Christmas tree on Main Street Friday, Nov. 23.

Paul Dove is issuing an invitation to anyone who would enjoy being a part of the Park Rapids Holiday Singers, a group of carolers that arrives each year on the Friday after Thanksgiving to lead the community carol-sing, ushering in the Christmas season and welcoming the arrival of Santa Claus. There are no rehearsals; the carols will be familiar. Just gather by the large Christmas tree on Main and take part in a Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce holiday event, reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell magazine cover.

Tuesday, Nov. 27

The Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota will host a heart and vascular seminar series every Tuesday, Nov. 27-Dec. 18 in Sanford Bemidji Medical Center's Education Center.

Beginning at 4:30 p.m. heart healthy appetizers will be served. The seminars will start at 5 p.m. followed by construction tours of the new Sanford Bemidji Heart & Vascular Center at 6 p.m.

The seminar schedule is as follows:

  n Nov. 27 - Women's Heart Health, presented by JoEllen Kohlman-Petrick, MD, cardiologist;

  n Dec.  4 - Advances in Cardiology, presented by Tom Haldis, MD, cardiologist;

  n Dec. 11 - Sanford Bemidji Cardiology, presented by Jeffrey Watkins, MD, cardiologist and Nur Jameel, MD, PhD, cardiologist;

  n Dec. 18 - Peripheral Vascular Diseases and Heart Disease, presented by Kevin Schoepel, MD, vascular surgeon and James Wagner, MD.

  These free educational seminars are open to the public.

  Space is limited and registration is required. To register, call 218-333-5505 or e-mail foundation-BEM@ one week prior to the seminar date.

"A Night with Jon Hassler" will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 in the Jon Hassler Library on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.

"The occasion marks the fourth anniversary of the naming of the library after the world renowned Minnesota author," said Larry Kellerman, librarian.

Hassler taught high school English in Park Rapids in the mid-'60s.

In honor of Hassler as a former instructor at Brainerd Community College and as a prolific author, many of the CLC English instructors have incorporated the reading of Hassler's "Staggerford" into curriculum during November.

The library presentation will feature a world premiere reading from "My Simon's Night Journal," edited and read by Joseph Plut, author of "Conversations with Jon Hassler."  Hassler wrote two of his novels, "Staggerford" and "Simon's Night," while an instructor at Brainerd Community College (now Central Lakes College) in the late 1970s.

In addition to the readings, there will be a review of related Hassler literature, memorabilia, and academic achievements of the author.

Some autographed and other copies of Hassler's novels will be available for purchase, with the proceeds being contributed to the Jon Hassler Scholarship at the college. 

An unveiling of donated photo portraits will conclude the event with a reception following.

Hassler died in 2008 at the age of 74 in St. Louis Park following complications from progressive super-nuclear palsy.

Thursday, Nov. 29

The first ever Frazee Snowplow Parade will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 with dozens of plows, pushers, loaders and scrapers joining in a pre-Christmas kickoff event.

The 2012 theme is: "This year, let your Christmas begin in Frazee."

The Frazee Area Community Club (FACC) is sponsoring the parade, which is just one part of a jam-packed evening of activities. The commercial district will host the parade, but businesses will also be open into the evening offering specials for shoppers. Many outlets will have treats and drawings.

The Minnesota Department of Transporation (MnDOT) will show off its newest rotary plow and local municipalities will have everything from pickup plows to Payloaders being saluted by the crowd.

Restaurants will be open with specials that evening, as well, with Hostel Hornet opening its doors for the first time in the location formerly known as George and Becky's.

Friday, Nov. 30

An Early Childhood Holiday Activity Fair for ages 0 to 5 years and parents/ guardians will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 in the Frank White Education Center.

The event is free; big sisters and brothers may accompany younger siblings.

Activities include photos with Santa (bring a camera); face painting; making a cereal necklace, an ornament, a pinecone birdfeeder, reindeer food, beaded candy canes and popcorn hands and jumping in the bounce house.

Pizza can be purchased by the slice with yummy reindeer pudding for dessert.

Holiday shopping opportunities include little Panther Pride wear and bake sale goodies, proceeds benefiting the Early Childhood programs.

Sunday, Dec. 2

Games of turkey bingo will be played beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at St. Theodore's Church, Ponsford and Pine Point.

Twenty games will result in 20 winners with free lunch served.

From Highway 34 west of Osage head north and on Highway 225 to Co. Rd. 129 north.

The event is sponsored by St. Theodore's Parish Guild.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Region 2 Arts Council will sponsor a Northern Artist Association workshop, "Painting Nature with Scott Fadness," from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 5 and 6 at the Beltrami Electric community room, 411 Technology Drive NW, Bemidji.

Participants will learn how to compose a 16- by 20-inch acrylic painting, including lessons in composition, layout, preliminary chalk drawing of the subject and acrylic painting techniques with Fadness.

There will be breaks throughout the day and a one-hour lunch break. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch or drive into town to buy lunch.

  The registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 30. To register, send a check in the amount of $50, made payable to the R2AC to 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601 or drop it off at Gallery North. There will be no refunds unless the workshop is cancelled.

For more information, call 800-275-5447 or Gallery North at 218-444-9813.

Friday, Dec. 7

Hubbard County Senior Nutrition will host "A Taste of Christmas" from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

At 3:30 p.m., cookies, donuts, lefse and pies go on sale, available while supplies last.

A silent auction will be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. with distribution at 6:15 p.m. A raffle begins at 6:10 p.m., with drawings and a cash prize.

A ham and Swedish meatball Christmas dinner will be served from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The menu includes scalloped potatoes, glazed carrots, red cabbage, rolls, relish trays, assorted bars and beverage.

Take out is available; order by 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 by calling Cal Kehr at 732-3430 or 218-821-2153.

An application has been made for supplemental funds through Thrivent.

Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels, supporting Hubbard County seniors.