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Upcoming events May 8-18


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.

Crazy Quilters Guild of Park Rapids will hold its monthly business meeting at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, May 9 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

All area quilters are invited to attend.


Members of the Park Rapids American Legion Auxiliary and volunteers will distribute memorial poppies Friday, May 10 “in remembrance of those who have given so much, and still are, to ensure our freedom.”

Honor the war dead and assist living veterans and families by “wearing a poppy and a smile.”

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.

The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a square dance at the Century School Friday, May 10.

The caller will be Larry Pfenning and Donna Stone will cue rounds between tips.

There will be a “plus “ workshop from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. There will be a potluck lunch after the dance furnished by the club.

All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

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

Tickets are on sale at the box office.


The Park Rapids Lions Club will host a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11 at the Park Rapids American Legion Club.

Pancakes, sausage, eggs, milk and milk, juice and coffee will be served. A freewill donation will be received. Proceeds benefit Lions community projects.

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.

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.

A Relay for Life captains meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, May 13 at Riverside United Methodist Church.

Relay for Life will be from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, June 14 at the Park Rapids Area track.


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.

The Greenwood Cemetery annual meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16 in the lower level of the courthouse.


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.

The Park Rapids Area Community Band will present a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium.

The concert will feature a drum solo and euphonium solo.


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.

The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a square dance at Century School Friday, May 24.

Larry Johansen will be the caller and Donna Stone will cue rounds between tips.

There will be a “plus” workshop from 7 to 8p.m. and mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. There will be a potluck lunch after the dance furnished by the club members.

All square dancers and spectators are welcome.


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.