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Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Wednesday, June 8

The Park Rapids Retired Military Group will meet for dinner today (June 8) at 6 p.m. for fellowship and dinner at 6:30 p.m. at La Pasta in Dorset.

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Call club president David Buchholz at 652-4378 for more information.

Thursday, June 9

Individuals who will be 12 years old in 2011 are invited to enroll in the Minnesota firearms safety course to be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 9 and 10 at the Environmental Education building at the fairgrounds.

Registration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. (today) Wednesday at the Environmental Education building. Books will be distributed and fees collected. Each student is required to bring a self-addressed, stamped, letter-size envelope at the time of registration.

There is no maximum age limit for people taking the course.

Topics to be covered include safe firearm handling, firearm care, hunter ethics and responsibility, wildlife management, field testing and other pertinent topics.

For more information, call Russ Johnsrud at 732-8411 or Ron Norenberg at 237-9356 after 5 p.m.

All students must register June 8 to participate.

PEO Chapter FQ will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 9 at the home of Liz Smith with Kaye Stacey as co-hostess.  

The program will be the report of state convention.

Bring your spinning wheels, drop spindles or just your interest to 201 Main Street (Monika's) in Park Rapids at 3 p.m. Thursday June 9.  

For more information, call Kathy 732-0978.

The Nevis Lions will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at Muskie Park.

Steve and Jill's will be taking orders for dinner.

In event of rain, the meeting will be held in the city hall.

Saturday, June 11

A North Country Trail day hike of 5.1 miles begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 11 on the Woodtick Trail.

To reach the meeting point, from the Y southeast of Walker drive four miles south on Highway 371, turn east on the Woodtick Trail and drive two miles east to the NCT trailhead. 

Call 218-675-5448 with questions.

The third annual Tails on the Trail walkathon -and pet expo - for hounds and humans alike - will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11 in Heartland Park.

Jena Stewart, Miss Teen Park Rapids, will serve as grand marshall.

"Spritzle" has dampened the past two dog trots. To guarantee sunshine at this year's event, the organizers are giving away umbrellas to walkers raising $40 and an umbrella and T-shirt to those raising $75 via pledges.

Food, vendors and fun for the entire family are on the dogget (docket) including a pet fashion show, best trick contest, dog paw flower art, a kissing booth, coloring contest, face painting and a 4-H dog agility demo.

A reduced cost micro-chip clinic will be in the shelter pavilion.

Head to headwatersanimal shelter.org to register or for more info.

Proceeds from the dog walk and pet expo will support the Headwaters Animal Shelter and its programs. Last year's event raised over $3,300 for our furry friends.

The Akeley Garden Club will host a plant sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11 on Paul's Patio.

There will be numerous plants from which to choose. No early sales.

Jack Pearson, award-winning Minnesota musician and storyteller, will be bringing his special blend of songs and stories for kids and families to the Park Rapids Area Library at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 11.

Pearson is well known in the upper Midwest and the West Coast for his vocal and instrumental skills on the guitar, banjo, and fiddle.

He will be sharing his trademark songs and stories and rumor has it that he'll even be playing his almost- famous amplified toy box lid.

The event is free.

Nevis will be boppin' Saturday, June 11 when the C&C hosts the first Bop 'til You Drop event from 1 to 6 p.m. in Muskie Park.

'50s and '60s music will be playing on the nickelodeon with a rock 'n roll band slated to take the stage from 4 to 6 p.m.

Elvis is expected to make an appearance. Vintage cars will line the boulevard. A hula hoop contest and a nerds vs. jocks showdown are on the docket.

Northwind Grocery will be selling 99-cent burgers. Muskie Waters will have malts for the slurping at '50s prices.

Gas stations will hold drawings with the winners buying gas at 1950s pricing. The purchase of 10 gallons of gas throws your name in the bucket.

The Hubbard County Historical Society will host a BBQ pulled pork dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at the Park Rapids American Legion.   

A silent auction will be held and musicians will entertain after 6 p.m.   

Sunday, June 12

The annual Masonic Lodge pancake breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 12 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and grits with coffee and juice.

Tickets are available at the door. Proceeds benefit Bikes for Books.

Monday, June 13

St. Joseph's Area Health Services Auxiliary will hold an informational coffee from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 13 in the lower level conference room.

Auxiliary members will share the volunteer activities and opportunities available via "Service, Support and Socializing.

Dessert and coffee will be served.

RSVP to Joyce Cowman at 732-0992 by Friday, June 10.

A support group for those with celiac disease will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, June 13 at Wadena Alliance Church, 1428 S. Jefferson St.

The monthly, free informational meeting is held to help people with celiac disease learn more about the disease -  what to eat, how to cook and bake using gluten-free flours and ingredients. 

Informational materials will be available along with some gluten-free recipes.   Each month we have a potluck supper.  Along with a gluten-free dish to share, bring eight copies of the recipe to share with the group.

  Call Pat Johnson at 218-631-2170 for more information.

Zumba, The Latin-inspired dance fitness program, will be available in Laporte this summer, with classes Monday, Thursday and every other Saturday, beginning June 13. The classes will meet 6:30 -

7:30 p.m. in the school commons.

Participants may purchase a punch card from the instructor to receive a reduced rate or pay per class.

To register or for more information, contact Laporte Community Education at 218-224-2288 ext. 141 or diane@laporte.k12. mn.us.

Openings remain for Minnesota Folklore Theater's two-week summer youth theater workshop June 13-26.

June 13-19, Emily Meyer from First Lutheran Church of Akeley and friends will lead local 4th-12th graders through the audition process.

They will also go behind the scenes into the theatrical world of lighting, sound, set and prop production, box office and publicity, script writing, costuming, directing and acting.

The week will conclude with a production, presented Sundays, June 19 and 26 (before the Paul Bunyan Days parade).

June 20-26, Beth Grafenstein and Meyer will help young people sharpen their musical theater gifts.

Along with the areas covered in the first week, we'll explore vocal auditions, vocal technique, interpreting music for the stage and choreography.

The classes will conclude June 26 with a reprise of the first week's production and a sneak peak of selections from the Wizard of Oz.

Workshops will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Scholarships are available. Pre-registration is required. .

Contact Minnesota Folklore Theater for more

information and a registration form at www.minnesota folkloretheater.org, or 652-2666.

The Hubbard County DFL will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 13 at the Park Rapids Public Library, an accessible site.

Members will be discussing plans for the upcoming year including the next walleye and wild rice dinner June 17.    

Tuesday, June 14

St. Joseph's Area Health Services Auxiliary is hosting a Flag Day Picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 at the Park Rapids American Legion.  

Menu is sloppy joes, potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, pickles, dessert and beverage.

All proceeds will go toward the Auxiliary's new $60,000 pledge to "Helping Our Growing Area Grow Healthier."

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