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Saturday, July 7

With Minnesota charm, delight and musical adventure, For the Birds unites the creativity of the Twin Cities' music and arts community in a combination of new music, poignant stories, verbal artistry and innovative direction.

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The high-flying show will land in both Menahga and Park Rapids today (Saturday).

For the Birds will perform at 2 p.m. at the Menahga School and at 7:30 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.

Admission is $3 or a canned food item.

A painting workshop with Danielle Kimzey will be from 10 a.m. to noon today (Saturday), July 7. Kimzey will discuss her process for finding inspiration and creatively reinterpreting it, and then guide participants through downtown Park Rapids as they search for inspiration of their own. Expect to make colorful, abstract compositions. Meet at the Nemeth Art Center at 10 a.m. Participants are encouraged to bring their own preferred media, but some materials will be available. This event is free and open to the public.

An artist talk and reception with painter Mary Laube will be at 4 p.m. today (Saturday), July 7 at Nemeth Art Center. Laube will give a brief talk on her inspiration and process. A reception for the show "Nothing Touched Can Die," featuring paintings by Mary Laube and Danielle Kimzey will immediately follow. Plan to attend for some interesting dialogue and free food and beverages.

The Nevis Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department's annual fundraiser will be held today (Saturday) at the Nevis Municipal Liquor Store.

A hog roast will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. with a back to the '80s street dance with music by Work Release from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Prizes will be awarded for those dressed in '80s flashback.

The Laporte-Benedict Lions will be holding Saturday 7 p.m. bingo and meat raffles today (Saturday) as part of the Laporte July 4th on the 7th celebration, July 21, and August 11, (during Laporte Days) all dates at the Lakeport Township Hall.

Players are asked to be there early to select cards and be ready to play by 7 p.m.

All proceeds will be used by the Laporte-Benedict Lions for local community projects.

Monday, July 9

Mantrap Valley Conservation Club Auxiliary will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 9 at the clubhouse.

Members will also meet at noon for lunch in Emma-ville. Contact Helen Marsh at 652-3295 for reservations.

A support group meeting for those affected by Celiac Disease will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, July 9 at Wadena Alliance Church, 1428 South Jefferson.

Bring a potluck item and gluten-free recipes.

For more information, contact Pat Johnson at 218-631-2170.

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, July 9 at the clubhouse.

Tuesday, July 10

The Park Rapids Healthy Moms Network will have a chapter meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

"Baby Talk" is the topic, which will include elimination communication - infant or early start potty training, the baby whisperer - all babies have an "off" switch to help calm and quiet them, and cloth diapering options for 2012.  

All meetings are free and open to women of all ages. Children are welcome, but will need to be supervised, or able to engage in quiet activity.  

Women who use cloth diapers should bring their cloth diapering options to share with the group.  

For more information, contact Nicole Guida at 732-5229

Tuesday, July 10

Curtis and Loretta, a husband and wife folk duo, will perform at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 at the Park Rapids Area Library, a free concert sponsored by the Legacy Program of the Kitchigami Regional Library System.

"Curtis and Loretta are in many ways the quintessential folk duo: finely honed vocal harmonies of multidimensional intrigue, abundant talent on an array of stringed instruments, deep traditional roots, great originals and equally strong strains of gravity and playful irreverence," Rick Mason wrote in the Minneapolis City Pages A-List.

  This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota‚s art and cultural heritage.

A free seminar, "Acid Reflux: You Don't Have to Live with It," is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 in Sanford Bemidji Medical Center's Education Center. Presenting is Dr. Benjamin Roy, a surgeon at Sanford Bemidji.

  Sixty million Americans have been diagnosed with acid-reflux and many people have acid reflux without knowing. Acid reflux can be controlled. Join Dr. Roy to learn more. 

  To register, call 218 333-5505 or e-mail the Foundation at foundation-BEM@ sanfordhealth.org. A complimentary meal will be catered by Sanford Bemidji Medical Center Dining Services.

Wednesday, July 11

The Nevis Red Hat Ladies will have their July get together Wednesday, July 11.

The Red Hatters will go to the 3 p.m. Long Lake Theater matinee.

Meet at the Muskie for rides at 2 p.m.

Call Mary at 652-4232 for reservations.

Thursday, July 12

The third Noon Hour Concert of the summer will take place at St. Johns Lutheran Church from 12:15-12:45 p.m. Thursday, July 12, featuring Walt and Anita Hannemann.

Walt, on guitar, and Anita on violin and mandolin, have been making music together since college recital days. Here in Park Rapids, they have participated in St. Johns Choir, Park Rapids Community Choirs, are charter members of the Park Rapids Classic Chorale, and have played with many ensembles as well. They have shared their vocal and instrumental joy with these groups, as well as providing music for outdoor weddings, area events, and fundraisers at the Northern Lights Casino. They will be playing classical, sacred and popular duets, sprinkled with some downright foolishness!

Bring a lunch. Coffee, lemonade and bars will be provided.

The North Country Trail Association, Itasca Moraine chapter will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 12 at the Lake Erin Picnic Grounds, located on the east side of Highway 371, 2.6 miles south of the "Y."  

This hike is a 2.2-mile hike in the Chippewa National Forest from Lake Erin east to the Woodtick Trail.  The hike passes through mixed hardwood and conifer forests and features a classic ancient beaver dam. 

The 8th Crow Wing Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 12 at 20769 Flying Eagle Dr., Nevis.

Members will read "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" by Helen Simonson.

The Park Rapids Area Library has provided a "book basket" with 10 copies as well as CDs.

Contact Mary Moucha at 652-3227 to borrow a book.

All are welcome. RSVP to Moucha.

Sanford Bemidji's diabetes support group will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center's Education Center. Diabetes educator Sue Davis, RN, will host an Ask the Expert session. 

The group is open to anyone who has diabetes or lives with someone who has diabetes. For more information, contact Sanford Bemidji's Diabetes Resource Center at 218-333-5976.

Friday, July 13

The Guthrie-Nary Lions will host a hamburger social from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 13 at the Guthrie Community Center.

The Lake George Senior Center will have bingo that same evening starting at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 28 as part of the annual Lake George Blueberry Festival.

SATURDAY, July 14

A wild mushroom hike will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 14 at Deep Portage near Hackensack. For more information contact forays2012@gmail.com.

Tuesday, July 17

PEO Chapter T will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 17 at Itasca State Park.

Connie Cox will present a program on Mary Gibb. Lunch will follow in the Red Pine Room at the Douglas Lodge.

thursday, July 19

Friends of the Park Rapids Area Library will hold their two-day summer book sale at the library on Thursday, July 19, from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and Friday, July 20, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

At this sale, all children's and young adult books and romance novels (except historical romances) will sell for 10 cents. On Friday, all books in the 10 cent room will be $1 per box, and all remaining newer marked books will be half price.

The sale includes a wide variety of inexpensively-priced novels, non-fiction works, videos, cassettes, CDs, DVDs, puzzles and maps.

The library basement is accessible to all.

Saturday, July 21

St. Joseph's Area Health Services Foundation will host its 25th annual Hospice Chicken Dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 20 at the American Legion Club in Park Rapids.

All proceeds from the dinner support St. Joseph's Hospice.

On the menu is a full home-style chicken dinner including mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberries, rolls, a beverage and the now-famous brownie sundae dessert bar.

The hospice event is a great time to learn more about St. Joseph's Hospice work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to bring the "We Honor Veterans" program to patients. It is a way to recognize a veteran's unique life story and needs while receiving hospice care.

Saturday, July 21

The Twisted Stitchers will be working outside from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at Pioneer Park, located on the west side of Main Avenue across from Monika's.

Bring a lawn chair. (Members will meet at Monika's in the event of inclement weather).  

Everyone is welcome to bring a project and join in.   For further information contact Kathy Belt at 732-0978.

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance at the American Legion Club in Park Rapids on Saturday, July 21.

The dance will be from 7:30 to 10 p.m. with mainstream dancing and several plus tips. The caller will be Tom Allen and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips. Club members will furnish a potluck lunch after the dance. All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

Curtis and Loretta, a husband and wife folk duo, will perform at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 at the Park Rapids Area Library, a free concert sponsored by the Legacy Program of the Kitchigami Regional Library System.

"Curtis and Loretta are in many ways the quintessential folk duo: finely honed vocal harmonies of multidimensional intrigue, abundant talent on an array of stringed instruments, deep traditional roots, great originals and equally strong strains of gravity and playful irreverence," Rick Mason wrote in the Minneapolis City Pages A-List.

  This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota‚s art and cultural heritage.

A free seminar, "Acid Reflux: You Don't Have to Live with It," is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 in Sanford Bemidji Medical Center's Education Center. Presenting is Dr. Benjamin Roy, a surgeon at Sanford Bemidji.

  Sixty million Americans have been diagnosed with acid-reflux and many people have acid reflux without knowing. Acid reflux can be controlled. Join Dr. Roy to learn more. 

  To register, call 218 333-5505 or e-mail the Foundation at foundation-BEM@ sanfordhealth.org. A complimentary meal will be catered by Sanford Bemidji Medical Center Dining Services.

Wednesday, July 11

The Nevis Red Hat Ladies will have their July get together Wednesday, July 11.

The Red Hatters will go to the 3 p.m. Long Lake Theater matinee.

Meet at the Muskie for rides at 2 p.m.

Call Mary at 652-4232 for reservations.

Thursday, July 12

The third Noon Hour Concert of the summer will take place at St. Johns Lutheran Church from 12:15-12:45 p.m. Thursday, July 12, featuring Walt and Anita Hannemann.

Walt, on guitar, and Anita on violin and mandolin, have been making music together since college recital days. Here in Park Rapids, they have participated in St. Johns Choir, Park Rapids Community Choirs, are charter members of the Park Rapids Classic Chorale, and have played with many ensembles as well. They have shared their vocal and instrumental joy with these groups, as well as providing music for outdoor weddings, area events, and fundraisers at the Northern Lights Casino. They will be playing classical, sacred and popular duets, sprinkled with some downright foolishness!

Bring a lunch. Coffee, lemonade and bars will be provided.

The North Country Trail Association, Itasca Moraine chapter will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 12 at the Lake Erin Picnic Grounds, located on the east side of Highway 371, 2.6 miles south of the "Y."  

This hike is a 2.2-mile hike in the Chippewa National Forest from Lake Erin east to the Woodtick Trail.  The hike passes through mixed hardwood and conifer forests and features a classic ancient beaver dam. 

The 8th Crow Wing Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 12 at 20769 Flying Eagle Dr., Nevis.

Members will read "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" by Helen Simonson.

The Park Rapids Area Library has provided a "book basket" with 10 copies as well as CDs.

Contact Mary Moucha at 652-3227 to borrow a book.

All are welcome. RSVP to Moucha.

Sanford Bemidji's diabetes support group will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center's Education Center. Diabetes educator Sue Davis, RN, will host an Ask the Expert session. 

The group is open to anyone who has diabetes or lives with someone who has diabetes. For more information, contact Sanford Bemidji's Diabetes Resource Center at 218-333-5976.

Friday, July 13

The Guthrie-Nary Lions will host a hamburger social from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 13 at the Guthrie Community Center.

The Lake George Senior Center will have bingo that same evening starting at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 28 as part of the annual Lake George Blueberry Festival.

SATURDAY, July 14

A wild mushroom hike will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 14 at Deep Portage near Hackensack. For more information contact forays2012@gmail.com.

Tuesday, July 17

PEO Chapter T will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 17 at Itasca State Park.

Connie Cox will present a program on Mary Gibb. Lunch will follow in the Red Pine Room at the Douglas Lodge.

thursday, July 19

Friends of the Park Rapids Area Library will hold their two-day summer book sale at the library on Thursday, July 19, from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and Friday, July 20, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

At this sale, all children's and young adult books and romance novels (except historical romances) will sell for 10 cents. On Friday, all books in the 10 cent room will be $1 per box, and all remaining newer marked books will be half price.

The sale includes a wide variety of inexpensively-priced novels, non-fiction works, videos, cassettes, CDs, DVDs, puzzles and maps.

The library basement is accessible to all.

Saturday, July 21

St. Joseph's Area Health Services Foundation will host its 25th annual Hospice Chicken Dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 20 at the American Legion Club in Park Rapids.

All proceeds from the dinner support St. Joseph's Hospice.

On the menu is a full home-style chicken dinner including mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberries, rolls, a beverage and the now-famous brownie sundae dessert bar.

The hospice event is a great time to learn more about St. Joseph's Hospice work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to bring the "We Honor Veterans" program to patients. It is a way to recognize a veteran's unique life story and needs while receiving hospice care.

Saturday, July 21

The Twisted Stitchers will be working outside from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at Pioneer Park, located on the west side of Main Avenue across from Monika's.

Bring a lawn chair. (Members will meet at Monika's in the event of inclement weather).  

Everyone is welcome to bring a project and join in.   For further information contact Kathy Belt at 732-0978.

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance at the American Legion Club in Park Rapids on Saturday, July 21.

The dance will be from 7:30 to 10 p.m. with mainstream dancing and several plus tips. The caller will be Tom Allen and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips. Club members will furnish a potluck lunch after the dance. All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

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