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Upcoming events Nov. 26 - Dec. 11

Monday, Nov. 26

A representative from the office of admission at North Dakota State University, Fargo, will visit Park Rapids High School at 12:30 p.m. Monday,

Nov. 26.

Information will be shared about NDSU's leading academic programs, admission requirements, cost, financial aid and how students can get involved in nearly 300 student organizations.

NDSU has about 14,400 students. The institution offers more than 100 baccalaureate programs. NDSU offers 63 master's degree programs, 43 doctoral programs and 10 certificate programs.

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.

In the spirit of love and remembrance, Sanford Bemidji Home Care and Hospice, Cease Family Funeral Home and Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home will host the annual Community Remembrance Service being held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at United Methodist Church, located at 902 Beltrami Ave. NW, in Bemidji.

  Holidays are a time of remembrance and sharing. They are a special time when many families exchange gifts with one another in the spirit of love and appreciation.

One of the gifts to be most thankful for is the life of another person. The Community Remembrance Service will help you honor the gift of a loved one by remembering them in a special service.

     This meaningful service includes a remembrance tribute, special music and readings. The service is intended to be of help and comfort to you and your family through this holiday season without the one you loved.

"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 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

Sanford Bemidji Clinic will host a lung cancer screening from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and 8 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, Dec. 1.  The screening cost is $25 and it includes a low-dose radiation lung CT.

  To be eligible for the screening you will be asked questions about your smoking history.  If you qualify, you will be scheduled for an appointment. Those interested should contact the clinic at 218-333-4600 for more information.

  You may qualify for this screening if you are 55-74 years of age, have a heavy smoking history and are a former smoker who has quit within the past 15 years.

  Sanford is hosting this screening to educate the community about lung cancer, risk factors, prevention, and treatment options.

Lung cancer causes more deaths than the next three most common cancers combined: colon, breast and prostate.  During 2012, an estimated 226,160 new cases of lung cancer were expected to be diagnosed, representing almost 14 percent of all cancer diagnoses.

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.

Saturday, Dec. 1

Akeley United Methodist Church will host a Cookie Walk beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

The sale also features lefse, rosettas, krumkaka, Amish friendship breads, caramel rolls, Swedish tea rings, almond cakes, sweet breads and candies.

Gift baskets ready for giving will also be available. Last year's cookie "stampede" resulted in 6,000 cookies sold in an hour. Proceeds benefit the church and missions.

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 on Highway 225 to Co. Rd. 129 north.

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

Lakes Plus will have a square dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 in the Odd Fellows Hall at 118 W. Holmes St., Detroit Lakes. 

Larry Johansen will call the tips. A finger food potluck lunch will be served. All dancers and spectators are welcome.

Sarah Carlson, organist from Bemidji and St. Olaf alum, along with Jon Romer, Native American flute player and former director of choirs at Gustavus Adolphus College, will present a recital on the new Berghaus organ at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.

The program will consist of unique and traditional works for the organ including pieces by Grayston Ives, J. S. Bach, Robert Elmore, Frederik Karam, Norwegian composer, Bjarne Slogedal, and others. 

Part of the recital will integrate the unique voices of the organ with the pure and poignant sound of the Native American flute.

Grace Community Church of Osage will be the site of a community Christmas sing-along at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.

Soup will be served. Donations for the food shelf are requested.

For more information, call Kathy at 573-3299.

MondAy, Dec. 3

The Center for Lifelong Learning at Central Lakes College in Brainerd will host Matt Lindstrom, professor of political science at St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict, for a Monday, Dec. 3 program, Analyzing the 2012 Elections: Key Variables and Impacts for the Future."

The program will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room E 354, a large lecture hall on the Brainerd campus.

What happened Nov. 6 and why?  This presentation examines the causes and consequences of the significant national and state electoral results.

Lindstrom will discuss campaign strategies in terms of their effectiveness on Nov. 6 and their implications for the future.

The Republican and Democratic political parties have changed over the years, leaving many voters hoping for more compromise and less gridlock.

Audience members will be invited to share their experiences and reactions to the 2012 results and ideas for improving elections in Minnesota and the U.S.            Admission for the event is free for CLL members and $6 for non-members. For information, call 218-855-8142 or e-mail

Tuesday, Dec. 4

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, will present its 8th annual Geoffrey Woodley Holiday Concert and Messiah Sing-a-Long at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 in the Bemidji High School auditorium. 

  Featured in this concert will be selections from George F. Handel's beloved Messiah with Bemidji State University students as soloists.  

New this year is an invitation to audience members to join the orchestra on stage for the Messiah sing-a-long choruses. Audience members planning to sing are encouraged to bring Messiah music scores to the concert. Scores will also be available at the door.

  The concert also includes holiday favorites such as "Carol of the Drum" by Katherine Davis, Leroy Anderson's "Christmas Festival," "Sleigh Ride," "White Christmas," "Let it Snow" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."    

  Tickets for the concert are available at the door.

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.

Thursday, Dec. 6

Schoolcraft Learning Community will be presenting its 13th annual winter concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Bemidji High School Performing Arts Center, showcasing the choirs, orchestras and the French program.  

This event is free and open to the public. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature.

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.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

A "Serving It Safe" review course will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.

This course provides four hours of continuing education for certified food managers.  It will address food sanitation and safety, emerging trends in food preparation and handling sanitation and prevention of food-borne illness.

Colette Pohlkamp is the instructor. Tuition is $70.

ayment is required at the time of registration, and the deadline is Dec. 4.

Participants may park in the main entrance parking lot near the Business & Industry Center at Central Lakes College, 501 W. College Drive. Enter Door #6 (Business and Industry Center).  Signs will be posted directing you to the appropriate classroom.

Register for this workshop online at and click on courses.

For information, e-mail or call 800-933-0346, ext. 8142, or 218-855-8142.