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Upcoming events May 4-11


Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Snellman will host an all-you-can-eat smelt fry from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Saturday).

The menu includes smelt, flat bread, chips, potato salad, cole slaw, dessert and beverage.

Heartland Homes will host a fundraising dinner and silent auction from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The dinner, prepared by the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, will include ham, turkey and all the trimmings, including mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, desserts and beverage.

Fran Gack will provide musical entertainment.

Heartland Homes, celebrating 35 years, provides “residential services which will empower persons with disabilities to live the best life possible.”

A Ducks Unlimited banquet will be held today (Saturday) at the Eagles Club in Park Rapids.

Social hour begins at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door or by calling Darrin Hoverson at 252-8488 or Royce Holland at 732-4038.

The event will include door prizes and raffles.

Park Rapids Area High School prom is today (Saturday).

This year’s theme is Forever Young – a classy, elegant, typical prom setting.

A Grand March will be held at the Century gym starting at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $2 per person, $5 per family.

Post Prom is being held at Lori Lea Lanes from midnight – 5 a.m.


Walk MS, an event to create a world free of multiple sclerosis, will be held Sunday, May 5 at Heartland Park.

Registration will be from 11 a.m. to noon with the mass start at noon. Participants may choose a one-, two- or five-mile walk.

Walk MS connects people living with multiple sclerosis and those who care about them. It’s a day to come together to celebrate the progress made and the power of connections.

Register by going to or by calling 800-582-5296.

Park Rapids Fun and Dance will host a dance from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The public is invited to dance to the Countrymen. The fee pays for the band and rent of the facility.

Call Jan at 237-6037 for more information.

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, presents Brahms’ German Requiem in “Music & Words,” the final concert in their series “Tunes & Topics,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

Doors open for seating at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door.


Dr. Janice Haworth, professor of music and chair of the Bemidji State University Depart- ment of Music, is leading a new summer program on campus, “Bemidji Global Grooves,” beginning in June.

This workshop, which will focus on the traditional music of the West African country of Guinea, will be held in four sessions that can be attended individually, beginning June 1.

The sessions are scheduled for June 1, June 15, July 6 and July 27 and will be held from 9 a.m. until noon in the Thompson Recital Hall of BSU’s Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

Registration is available online at 1V4.

Chapter FJ of the PEO Sisterhood will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 6 at North Star Orthodontic Studio.

Eileen Bolton will serve as co-hostess. The program will be exemplification. Contact Cindy Kelly with regrets.

The Park Rapids chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, May 6 in the Park Rapids Area Library meeting room.


The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will be offering a 55+ driver improvement refresher course from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 at Primerica Insurance, 114 South Main, Park Rapids.

The Driver Improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is required. A MN Highway Safety & Research Center certified instructor teaches this class. By utilizing the most up-to-date research in the field, participants will be provided the latest information in regards to driver safety, new laws, and vehicle technology.

For more information or to register, visit or call 888-234-1294.


Springtime ECFE Fun, for children birth to 5 years, will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, May 8, 15 and 29 in the Sunshine Room at the Frank White Education Center.

Kids, grab Mom, Dad, Grandpa or Grandma and frolic with friends. Little ones will get a “taste” of school without separating from adults.

Register by calling 237-6600.

The Region 2 Arts Council will hold a public hearing at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 to present and obtain feedback and comments on the 2014-2015 Biennial Plan.

The plan includes the needs assessment process and summary, overview of R2AC goals and objectives and the programs and services.

The hearing will be held at the R2AC office at 426 Bemidji Ave. Email staff or call 800-275-5447 to RSVP.

The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will be offering a first-time 55+ driver improvement course from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 8 and 9 at Primerica Insurance, 114 South Main, Park Rapids.

For more information or to register, visit www.mnsafe or call 888-234-1294.


Friends of the Park Rapids Area Library will hold a spring book sale from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9 in the handicap-accessible library basement.

Featured at this sale will be all books for children and young adults at 10 cents and all marked hardcover books, both fiction and non-fiction, at half-price.

As always, the sale includes gently-used hardcover and paperback books, sheet music, videos and DVDs, audio books, magazines, puzzles and more at bargain prices.

Chapter FQ of PEO will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday May 9 at the home of Charlotte Peterson and co-hosted by Jill Eisele.

Melissa Fogarty will give the program.

The Park Rapids Retired Military Club will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday May 9 at Blueberry Pines.

All retired military and family are welcome. For more information, call Archie at 573-3591


n The Hubbard County Historical Museum, open for the season, will host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday May 10 at the Hubbard County Historical Museum.

In honor of the governor’s visit, egg coffee and homemade cookies will be served. Everyone is welcome.

Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, May through September.

The museum is located on the first floor of the original courthouse at 301 Court Avenue.

Call 732 5237 for more information.

n A Hubbard County Historical Museum program, “1953 Remembered,” will be presented by Dick Nunn at 7 p.m. Monday, May 20 in the lower level of the “new” courthouse.

Film footage will be shown of James Nunn Sr. and the Park Rapids High School Band being inducted into the Chippewa Tribe,

The meeting room is handicap accessible. Call 732-5237 for more information.

“Do You Hear What I Hear?” will be presented by audiologist Dr. Lynn Siepker from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, May 10 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center’s education center.

May is Better Speech and Hearing month. Statistics show 36 million American adults have some degree of hearing loss. They also show one out of two people born before 1938 will have hearing loss.

Dr. Siepker will review how hearing loss impacts our lives and why rehabilitation could include medical care, amplification, assistive devices, or communication strategies. Each area will be explored to help in making decisions and address hearing needs.

A complimentary meal is catered by Sanford Bemidji Food Services.

RSVP is required; call or email by Monday, May 6 at 218-333-5505 or founda

Ely author, artist and adventurer Nancy Scheibe will present a Kitchigami Legacy program, “River stories, making dreams come true,” at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 10 at the Park Rapids Area Library

As an avid paddler and camper, Scheibe has led women’s paddling groups into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Turning 50 created a turning point for her.

A desire to fulfill a childhood dream of paddling the Mississippi River combined with a need to hear women’s stories gave birth to the project, Ripples of Wisdom.

She divided the river into three sections and with a team of volunteers in 2004, 2007, and 2011, led the kayaking expedition that ensued. She had never kayaked prior to these trips.

She’s written three books that vividly capture the flavor and adventures of each section of the river and the heartwarming and inspiring stories of the women she met along the way.

After the program all are invited to downtown Park Rapids to participate in the festivities connected with the Governor’s Fishing Opener.

Bemidji Community Theater presents “Arsenic and Old Lace” with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12 at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji

Remember when you were young and there was that one house in your neighborhood. The one that everyone was afraid of and the rumors about what happened inside abounded. Well, you are finally invited to come on in and see just what does go on inside that house that is next door to a graveyard.

Meet the delightful, “innocent” Brewster sisters and their nephews. The Brewster sisters are some of the most hospitable people you will ever meet. Just don’t mention that you are lonely and have no family.

Tickets are on sale at Shannon’s Art and Soul, Iverson Drug downtown and Ken K. Thompson Jewelry in the Paul Bunyan Mall. They will also be on sale at the box office.


Saturday, May 11 is the 21st annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, hosted by the National Association of Letter Carriers and National Rural Letter Carriers Association.

The Park Rapids Post Office, supporters of the event, is asking residents to collect and bag non-perishable food items and place them by mailboxes. A donation bag, provided by Hugo’s, will be placed in mailboxes prior to the collection date.

The letter carriers will pick up donations and they will be delivered to the Hubbard County Food Shelf.

Last year, area postal customers contributed more than 3,200 pounds of food.

“Together we can stamp out hunger.”


Mark Martin, a veteran Minneapolis police officer and instructor and curriculum developer for the National Gang Center, will present “Understanding Minnesota Gangs,” a gang awareness and identification workshop, May 13 at Bemidji State University.

The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to noon in Hagg-Sauer Hall 100 on the Bemidji State campus; the workshop carries a fee of $25 per person, and registration is available online at Peace Officer Standards and Training credits are available for licensed peace officers who participate in the workshop.

The training session is intended to be the most comprehensive overview of gangs available. It is designed for teachers; police, corrections and probation officers; social workers and others who work with children.

Workshop topics will include: gang definitions and statutes in Minnesota; reasons why children join gangs; factors that pre-dispose children to gang membership; varying levels of gang involvement.

Martin will then provide a thorough overview of known gangs operating in Minnesota, from larger gangs based in Chicago and Los Angeles to homegrown gangs and modern hybrid gangs. He also will provide an overview of Latino, White Supremacist and Native gangs.

Martin has been investigating and tracking intelligence on street gangs for 19 years. He has served as a patrol officer, investigator and supervisor in the Minneapolis Police Department’s Gang Unit, served as metro commander for the Minnesota Gang Strike Force and has testified in dozens of homicide trials as an expert witness on gangs and gang activity.

He currently is an instructor and curriculum developer at the National Gang Center, which trains police officers across the country in local, tribal, state and federal agencies.

The workshop is sponsored by Bemidji State University’s Department of Public Safety and the BSU Criminal Justice Club.

For more information, call (612) 290-3487.

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club Auxiliary will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 13 at the clubhouse.

Donations to the food shelf as well as dues will be collected.

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


Schoolcraft Learning Community will present its spring concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at the Bemidji High School Performance Arts Center.

The concert, open to the public, will showcase the choirs, orchestras and French programs. Admission is free.

This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.


Mark Perlman, a nationally recognized parenting educator and facilitator of fathering program from Sarasota, Fla., will lead a workshop Friday, May 17 at Northern Pines Camp and Retreat Center, St. Joseph’s the host.

Those who work with families and/or fathers, or have an interest in this topic, are invited to attend.

The day begins with a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with “the importance of fathers” and a” nurturing fathers program” to be addressed from 9 a.m. to noon.

Citizen Fathers from Minneapolis will present over the noon hour followed by “10 tips for being a great dad” from 1 to 4 p.m.

Citizen Fathers is an extension of the FATHER Project, providing an opportunity for fathers to develop as leaders, applying personal lessons they’ve learned to impact the broader community.”

Perlman is the author of the Nurturing Fathers Program, an evidence based program used throughout the country by father advocates and consultants. See for more information on Perlman.

To RSVP, call Cleo Hartung at 237-5475.


Grace Community Church in Osage will host their annual community spring luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18.

The event will feature missionary Kristina Schmoll who will present a Mother’s Day message.

For more information or to RSVP, call Pastor Paul McKibben at 573-3143 or Kathy at 573-3299.


A child-only ECFE and School Readiness Safety Camp for ages 3.5 to 5 years will be offered from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, May 21-23 at the Frank White Education Center.

In the past, the class was called Stranger Danger until it was learned most kids are hurt by someone they know.

Kids will learn what to do in all situations, who they can trust, what to do when (calling 911, yelling, running and telling parents) and more.

Kids will sing safety songs, make safety projects, meet safety people and puppets and practice being safe.

Parents are invited to camp graduation from 11 to 11:30 a.m. May 23.

Camp size is limited. Register by calling 237-6600.

Sanford Bemidji Diabetes Resource Center (DRC) is hosting its monthly Hot Topics meeting from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 in conference room C at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.

Presenting on the topic of stress and diabetes/ chronic illness management are Dr. Michael Hill, PhD, LP, and Dr. Jean A. Christensen, PSYD, LP, LICSW, from Great River Psychological Services. Great River Psychological Services, PA, offers professional mental health services for individuals, couples, children and families in Bemidji.

Stress affects everyone, young and old, rich and poor. Life is full of stress. There is work stress, family stress, financial stress and emotional stress, to name a few. When dealing with stress and chronic illness, it’s important to know how to cope with stressors that are specific to your condition.

In addition to allowing yourself to go through a grieving process when you learn of your diagnosis, it can be important to know how to organize your life to save energy, and maintain an attitude that helps you cope more effectively.


A Lyme awareness and support group will meet at 6 p.m. Friday, May 24 at Bella Caffe.

The group raises awareness of ticks and Lyme disease. Naturopathic and homeopathic doctors are welcome to share their knowledge.


A scrapbooking workshop for girls in grades 3-6 will be offered from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at Faith Baptist Church.

Bring photos and (needed but not required) double sided tape, three-ring binder, colored pens or markers and other scrapbooking items.

A snack will be provided.

Call Kory James at 714-423—5069 for more information.


A scrapbooking workshop for girls in grades 6-12 will be offered from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at Faith Baptist Church.

Bring photos and (needed but not required) double sided tape, three-ring binder, colored pens or markers and other scrapbooking items.

Call Kory James at 714-423—5069 for more information.