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Upcoming events Nov. 27 - Dec. 5

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entertainment Park Rapids, 56470

Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Saturday, Nov. 27

A craft show will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (Saturday) at the C'Mon Inn, Park Rapids.

Items include lighted birdhouses, wreaths, candle arrangements, centerpieces, fall floral arrangements, pillows, towels, recipe card holders and homemade jams and jellies.

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Sunday, Nov. 28

The Rising Sun Dancers will have a square dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28 at the Waubun Community Center.

Jim Jirak will call the tips.

Lunch will be served. All dancers and spectators are welcome.

Wednesday, Dec. 1

North Country Regional Hospital is offering an infant massage course for parents and their babies from birth to 6 months from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 1, 3 and 8.

The three-session course will be held at NCRH in conference room C. The hospital is located at 1300 Anne Street, NW, in Bemidji.

Massage has been shown to benefit both baby and parent.  It promotes attachment between parents and their babies, improves digestion and relieves gas. 

The classes will be taught by certified infant massage instructor Deb Vikre. The instructor demonstrates the massage strokes on a doll, while the parents practice them with their baby.  Parents may find their gentle touch helps baby to relax and sleep better.

Parents are encouraged to attend each class. New information is covered in each class and the previous day's information is also reviewed.

To register, call NCRH Education Department at 218-333-5578 or 218-333-5702.

Thursday, Dec. 2

The Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) is seeking community input regarding the needs in Hubbard County.  

The public is invited to attend a listening session and informational meeting about art opportunities at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 at the Park Rapids Area Library.  

Information about grant programs available through the R2AC will also be provided. 

Anyone working in schools, city or county governments, or non-profit organizations is encouraged to attend.

Artists and art enthusiasts are strongly encouraged to be present; this includes art leaders, teachers, appreciators and any other interested parties. 

The R2AC is convening this listening session to gather information to make informed decisions on how to better serve Hubbard County.

This is an opportunity to discuss  thoughts about how to meet the arts needs in the Park Rapids community.  The goal of the discussion is to share feedback and ideas.

Facilitators for the listening session will be R2AC staff.  A board member from Hubbard County will also be in attendance.

There is no charge to attend this meeting, but participants are asked to register in advance by calling the R2AC office at 800-275-5447 or email staff@r2arts.org.

    Nordskogen Lodge 1-626 of the Sons of Norway will host Kinship children and their mentors at a potluck supper Thursday, Dec. 2, at Riverside United Methodist Church, Park Rapids.

SON board members should come at 5 p.m. to set up. Dinner will be served promptly at 6 p.m. All lodge members and Kinship mentors are to bring a dish to pass.

    A short program and singing around the Christmas tree will follow.

Friday, Dec. 3

Lemongrass Salon will host a cut-a-thon to benefit Justin and Kelsey Price from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3.

The Prices lost their home and belongings in a fire in October.

Minimum donation is $10 with all proceeds going to the Price family.

Call 237-2550 to schedule an appointment and mention it's for the cut-a-thon.

An early childhood holiday activity fair for ages 0 to 5 and parents/guardians will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 in the Frank White Education Center.

(Big sisters and brothers may accompany their siblings.)

Kids can meet with Santa, make reindeer food or a pinecone birdfeeder, jump in the bounce house and make glitter snowflakes. There will be face painting, Playdoh play, a frosty snowball toss and fingerprinting.

The menu includes pizza, yummy reindeer pudding and ho ho ho hot cereal.

Holiday shopping opportunities include Panther Pride wear and bake sale goods.

The Law Enforcement Explorers are hosting an all-you-can-eat fish fry beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The Explorers program is a career study program for youth ages 14 who have completed the 8th grade to 20 years. 

The program is sponsored by local law enforcement agencies.

The Explorers program provides the opportunity to learn first hand the duties and responsibilities of police officers. It is also designed to incorporate career opportunities, life skills, service learning, character education and leadership experience.

The Explorers meet on a regular basis for classroom instruction and skills training.  They have an opportunity to compete in the Minnesota Law Enforcement Conference.  In the competition, participants utilize what they have learned and apply it in mock situations.  

Hubbard County Law Enforcement Explorers are raising funds to participate in April at the conference in Rochester.    

The evening will include a silent auction.

Step back in time Friday, Dec. 3 to "The Golden Age of Radio."

A free concert will be performed at 7 p.m. at Riverside United Methodist Church with acclaimed vocalist Prudence Johnson and celebrated pianist Dan Chouinard.

The concert, hosted by Park Rapids Area Library and Kitchigami Regional Library, will feature an entertaining, interactive performance of classic radio standards from the 1930s and '40s brought to life with photos and stories from the era. This show offers a wonderful opportunity for all generations to learn about the history of radio while enjoying an amazing performance by two extraordinary musicians.

Pick up free tickets at the library. For more information, call 732-4966.

"The Golden Age of Radio" performance is funded with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and is a partnership between Minnesota Regional Public Libraries and the Minnesota Historical Society.

First City Squares of Bemidji will host a square dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 9th and Beltrami. 

Plus tips will be in the first half hour.  Roger Lueth will be the caller and Donna Stone will be cueing rounds.  

Visitors and spectators are welcome.  For more information, call Ray or Carole at 218-444-5904

Saturday, Dec. 4

Snowmobile safety training will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Two Inlets.

Those turning 12 by April 1 are required to take training. A CD can be picked up at State Bank (ask for Sharon Weaver), Two Inlets Store or from Cheryle Wilke.

The information is to be studied before Dec. 4 when a written test will be taken and driving test given.

To register, call Wilke at 732-5992 or 255-1233.

Artisans of the Lakes and Woods craft show will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 in the C'mon Inn meeting room in Park Rapids.

A variety of handcrafted articles will be for sale.

Ruby's Pantry food distribution will be held Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Assumption of our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga. 

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the food distribution following at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $15 per share.  Bring baskets and boxes for food.  Volunteers are needed. 

For more information, contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501. 

All distributions in 2011 will be held on the third Saturday of each month.

The Akeley Methodist Women will host their annual Cookie Walk from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Akeley United Methodist Church, located on Highway 64 south.

They will beselling many types of decorated cookies, also available are several types of sweet breads, candies, almond cakes, lefse, rosettes and baskets filled with holiday treats ready for giving.

First Lutheran Church Women of Akeley will hold their annual "Taste of Christmas" handcrafted gift sale and ethnic lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.   

Coffee and home baked cookies may be purchased the first hour.  The lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include Danish meatballs and gravy, mashed potatoes, pickled beets, scones, aebleskiver and oriental cole slaw. 

A sampling of all desserts is included in the lunch price and will include rice pudding, rommegrot, & giftas. 

Home baked goods (caramel rolls, cookies and breads, pies, lefse and almond cakes) may be purchased.

The Minnesota-based O'Neill Brothers are bringing their dueling piano Christmas show to the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

They will be joined by the internationally renowned singer and harpist, Katie McMahon, the original voice of Riverdance.

Tim and Ryan O'Neill will play and sing beloved Christmas classics on two pianos. 

Dubliner-turned Minnesotan McMahon will play the harp and sing Christmas carols, joined by her guest musicians and Irish dancers.

Tickets for the show can be purchased online at www.dlccc.org, by calling the box office at 218-844-7469.

Sunday, Dec. 5

St. Theodore's Church, Ponsford and Pine Point, will host turkey bingo at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

Twenty games will be played with 20 turkeys awarded.

Lunch is free.

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