Thursday, July 24
Rain gardens are gardens with shallow depressions designed to capture rainwater. They can contain beautiful plants and function to slow runoff and filter pollutants before they reach streets, rivers, and lakes.
Eleanor Burkett, University of Minnesota Extension Water Resources Educator, will present a workshop on how you can create a rain garden in your own home landscape from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, July 24. You also will learn site considerations, construction and maintenance.
This event is free of charge and open to the public. It will take place at the Northwoods Bank basement conference room located at 1200 East First Street Park Rapids. For more information about the workshop and to register contact Sally Shearer at 732-3391 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This workshop is brought to you by Hubbard County Extension, and is part of the Watershed Education Program offered through the University of Minnesota Extension.
The Noon Hour Concert for Thursday, July 24, from 12:15 to 12:45 at St. Johns Lutheran Church will offer a program with an international taste titled “A European Tour.”
Julie Kaiser, soprano and pianist, Cheryl Steinborn will be performing music by British, French, Italian, German and Czechoslovakian composers, sung in the original language. Julie and Cheryl are both seasoned performers and this is their third noon hour performance. The audience is invited to bring their lunch. Coffee and bars will be served.
Crazy Days 2014 will begin with the 2nd Annual Downtown Dash and 5K Run at 8 a.m. Thursday, July 24. Both races will start and finish at 2nd Street and Main Avenue.
The Dash will be about a one-mile walk/run down Main to 8th Street and back. Participants are encouraged to wear crazy costumes with prizes for best costume (kids and adults).
5K Run participants will compete for Fastest Looneys in men’s, women’s and kids’ divisions.
Registration and sign in will be open from 6:45 to 7:30 a.m. prior to the race.
In addition to sidewalk sales all day Thursday and Friday, events Thursday will include live bands playing in Pioneer Park, a Pioneer Park dedication ceremony at 11 a.m., puppet shows at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Moose Creek Village, Arvig’s Summer Fun Event from 4 to 8 p.m. and 2nd Street Stage with The Limns from 6 to 8 p.m.
“The On-Time Circus,” a traveling puppet show, will be one of the featured live acts at Park Rapids Crazy Days this year, Thursday, July 24. Margo McCreary, renowned Minneapolis puppeteer, and a group of multi-talented artists, have created a show that delights audience members even before the show begins.
The traveling troupe arrives in a puppet wagon which magically unfolds into a stage. The creation, built by engineer/inventor, Willis Bowman, is made out of reused parts and recognizable objects that are “repurposed” and used in fanciful ways so that the overall effect is of wonder. Some of the many parts they have gathered include siding from a granary, and a topper from southwestern Minnesota, a ping pong table, lumber from a barn demolition, a curvaceous piano pedal stand, and a deco space heater.
“Curiosity is piqued, necks craned, questions asked, thoughts provoked! People love to see oddities! Our intent was to give audience members a unique look into the Middle Ages tradition of traveling performers,” said McCreary.
“On-Time Circus” features puppets, clowning, live music, and songs to create a circus that ﬁlls every moment with silliness, daring, and delight. Ms. Tock, played by Paulino Brener, alongside McCreary and her puppet creations, Jack the Dog and Jessamine, the Diva Chicken entertain audience members of all ages with a story about time. Original live music and songs are written by acclaimed Twin Cities composer Marya Hart, who plays alongside talented percussionist, Bruce Wintervold.
Margo McCreary’s “The On-Time Circus” is 45 minutes in length and appropriate for young children up to adults. The group will be touring throughout Minnesota this summer as part of an Arts Tour Grant. The Park Rapids Area Library and Downtown Business Association are partnering to present the show.
Crazy Days welcomes the show on Thursday, July 24 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. For more information on the show call Jodi at 732-4966.
Friday, July 25
The Northern Light Opera Company’s production of the delightful musical, “Guys and Dolls,” will be performed at the Park Rapids Area High School at 7:30 p.m. July 25, 26, 31 and Aug. 1.
Afternoon matinees are at 3 p.m. July 27 and Aug. 2. For ticket reservations call 237-0400 or 866-766-7372 or purchase them at Beagle Books in Park Rapids.
The Park Rapids High School Class of 1989 is holding their 25 year reunion on July 25 and 26. For information check out the class website at www.classcreator.com or call Kristi Smythe at 732-5876.
Each summer, Lake George hosts a three-day festival that is focused on blueberries.
This year it’s scheduled for July 25-27. The festival includes an outdoor gospel concert featuring the Needhams Bluegrass Band and a pie and ice cream social at Lake George Café Friday. A medallion hunt begins Friday, with clues revealed throughout the weekend.
Saturday’s events include a pie sale, games and inflatable rides, a kids pedal tractor pull, book signings from local authors, bingo and the annual Fireman’s Bean Feed.
Sunday is the Fireman’s Blueberry Pancake Breakfast with the Blueberry Festival Parade in the afternoon.
Nevis, home of the mammoth muskie, will celebrate the legendary lunker with a weekend of fun and music July 25-26.
Nevis Muskie Days now features a music extravaganza, with notable musicians performing on multiple stages during the event.
Bands will add a melodic mix of reggae, blues, folk, American and rock to the classic summer festival.
A community fish fry, 5K run, kids’ fishing tournament, parades and crazy competitions are on the agenda.
Pre-registration due for 5 Alarm 5K run/walk. The race goes from the Fire Department to the Antique Tractor Grounds, starting at 8 a.m. Aug. 9.
Saturday, July 26
The Lake George Senior Center will have bingo at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at 37260 Highway 71.
The Pine Point Music Fest will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at the powwow grounds in Pine Point.
The event highlights violence prevention through community and the arts and is sponsored by Pine Point Community Council and KKWE 89.9 FM Niijii Radio.
Local and regional artists include Sonny Johnson, The Torn Roses, Raymond Darkcloud, Stewartville Band, Red Cedar Lake Band and Hanks Family Band.
Admission is a freewill donation. For more information call 218-841-1207 or 218-255-1738.