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Upcoming events Oct. 13-Nov. 10

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Saturday, Oct. 13

Christmas in the Country, hosted by Akeley United Methodist Church, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (Saturday), Oct. 13.

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The event features brunch, handcrafted gifts and a bake sale, with homemade lefsa and breads. A "Grandma's Attic" section features gently used antiques and collectibles.

Happy Dancing Turtle, a sustainable-living, educational organization in Pine River, will present a free workshop for kids on literacy, art and the environment at 10:30 a.m. today (Saturday), Oct. 13 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

"Upcycled Quilt," for children in kindergarten through third grade, includes reading "Joseph had a Little Overcoat." After the story, each child will create a design on a piece of old fabric. The squares will be made into a small quilt for display in the library.

The project will enhance children's understanding of the book topic related to reusing, reducing and recycling.

The program is funded with money from the Legacy amendment. Registration is required as space is limited. Call the library at 732-4966.

Happy Dancing Turtle teaches about environmental sustainability through a variety of learning activities to the public. Learn more at www.happydancingturtle.org.

St. Mary's Catholic Church of Two Inlets annual fall dinner will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today (Saturday), Oct. 13 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu includes roast beef and pork, mashed potatoes and gravy and all the trimmings, along with homemade pies and desserts.

Sunday, Oct. 14

All are invited to a public forum and discussion led by the League of Women Voters concerning the proposed state amendment to restrict voting rights in Minnesota.

The forum will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 14 at Union Congregational Church, Hackensack.

Florence Hedeen of Park Rapids and Wayne Holtmeier of Pequot Lakes will lead the conversation in opposition to the proposed amendment.

The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Minnesota has established a position in opposition to the ballot question on Photo ID. LWV is the oldest women's political organization in the United States and was born out of the Women's Suffrage Movement.

Voting rights continues to be a priority issue for the LWV.

The church is located across the ball field in Hackensack, 401 Lake Avenue East.

Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center will host an open house reception from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at 311 Main Avenue South, Park Rapids.

Artwork by all of the gallery members will be on the "Featured Artist" wall. New works by the following guest artists will be throughout the gallery: Kayleen Horsma, oil painter; Kay Wagner, photographer; Marcella Rose, painter and sculptor; Jo Hill, hand painted silk pillows; Gina Singer, pottery; and Tom Carew, floral designs.

This is an opportunity to purchase holiday gifts from the large array of wall art, jewelry, wood sculpture, stained glass, pottery, books and more.

Monday, Oct. 15

Parent/teacher conferences at Park Rapids Area High School will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 and Tuesday, Oct. 16 and from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Akeley will have a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 at the ARCC gymnasium.

The meeting, sponsored by the Akeley Chamber of Commerce, is a chance for the citizens of Akeley to hear what the candidates for City Council have to say.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

Spring forest qigong, a gentle exercise for health, stress reduction and inner peace, will be offered from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays at Terrapin Station.

Bring a yoga mat or blanket.

Call Sandy at 252-3205 for more information.

The Park Rapids Garden Club will hold its annual Harvest Potluck at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Trinity Church. Members will exchange seeds and plan the 2013 program.

The public is invited to Meet the Candidates Night at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Northwoods Bank Community Room. The Park Rapids League of Women Voters is sponsoring this two-part candidate forum.

Fielding audience questions from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. will be candidates for mayor and Park Rapids City Council.

Invited are Mayor Nancy Carroll and Pat Mikesh, who currently serves on the council and is seeking election for the two-year term as mayor. Also invited are council candidates David W. Konshok, Rod Nordberg, Dick Rutherford and Joel Vorhes. Konshok is seeking re-election. Voters will be choosing two council members this fall, one to succeed Sue Tomte, who is not seeking re-election.

From 8 to 9:15 p.m. the forum will host candidates for County Commissioner Dist. 2.

They are Matt Dotta and Jason "Buck" Johnson. Long-time commissioner Dick Devine is not seeking re-election. Commissioner Dist. 2 covers the west side of the city of Park Rapids, and Todd and Arago townships. Commissioners serve 4-year terms.

The audience is asked to submit written questions to the candidates. For the first time this year, questions may be submitted by e-mail to prapidsleague@gmail.com up to 24 hours prior to the event. For more information, contact Lu Ann Hurd-Lof, LWV forum coordinator, at 652-4081.

Wednesday, Oct. 17

The Park Rapids Area Multiple Sclerosis Support Group will meet Wednesday, Oct. 17 (the third Wednesday of the month) from 6:30-8 p.m. at St. Joseph's Area Health Services, 600 Pleasant Ave in Park Rapids. This month's topic will be, "Working for me: Research in understanding and treating progressive MS." Disease progression is one of the most frustrating and elusive aspects of multiple sclerosis. What causes MS to get worse? Who is likely to have a more progessive course and why? What can be done to slow its progression?

Anyone affected by MS is invited to join the group to watch a DVD program featuring scientists and clinicians who are working to find answers to these questions and more. Any questions contact Denise Pederson at 763-350-6957 or pedersondenise@gmail.com or Susan Monsrud at 237-2067 or sjm@arvig.net.

An informational open house to hear about upcoming projects at Red Bridge Park will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Hubbard County Courthouse.

The city has received $137,000 in grant funding to develop a trailhead facility, parking lot and kiosk at the park. The red bridge will also be replaced by the Department of Natural Resources.

During the open house, city staff will present about the trail and beach house project and DNR staff will have board showing the red bridge project. The community will have an opportunity to ask questions and give feedback during this time.

Bemidji State University's Talley Gallery will feature an exhibition of work by a number of noted Minnesota ceramic artists in October.

The exhibition also will feature a workshop and gallery talk.

"Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire," will exhibit the work of four of the best-known potters in Minnesota - Richard Bresnahan, Robert Briscoe, Linda Christianson and Warren McKenzie.

A reception for "Minnesota Potters" will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 and will feature a gallery talk and documentary presentation by Briscoe. Following the reception, Briscoe will hold a ceramics workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. The reception and workshop are free and open to the public.

THURSDAY, Oct. 18

Celebrate 100 years of Woody Guthrie's music with Tony Glover, Charlie Maguire and Pop Wagner at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at Calvary Lutheran Church.

The Park Rapids Area Library and Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council are collaborating to host this free program, a celebration of the music and the icon Woody Guthrie represented.

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.

friday, Oct. 19

The Hubbard County Mounted Posse organization is having a spaghetti fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The volunteer organization will use money earned at the fundraiser to pay for much needed equipment, training and upkeep of the meeting and training headquarters.

Saturday, Oct. 20

The Osage Sportsman's Club will be opening its range to the public for muzzleloader and deer rifle sight-in.

Muzzleloader sight-in will be Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21. Deer rifle sight-in will be Friday, Oct. 26 to Friday, Nov 2.

The range is open every day from 9 a.m. to dusk except Sunday when there is no morning shooting.

The cost is $5 per gun. The range is located in Osage. From Highway 34, go north 1.5 miles on Co. Rd. 48.

For more information, call Al Belt 732-0978.

Lake George Senior Citizens will hold a raffle drawing and meal from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 the Senior Center located at 37260 U.S. Highway 71 in Lake George. Raffle prizes include a Browning 30-06 rifle with scope, $100 Visa gift card, and a Big Mr. Buddy heater. The drawing will be at 6:30 p.m.

The public is invited to the Terrapin Station in Nevis for the End of Season Celebration of the local chapters of the North Country Trail Association Saturday, Oct. 20. The event begins at 5 p.m. with social time followed by a picnic supper with meat and beverage furnished by the chapters. The program includes the Executive Director of the NCTA and Anne Dunn, local Anishinabe Storyteller.

Twisted Stitchers will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, member Barb Johnson demonstrating Ukranian White Work at Third Street Market in Park Rapids.

Call Charlene for more information at 732-2784.

Toad Mountain Ranch will host a Fall Family Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 27-28.

Enjoy the fall colors, along with a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, hay rides, face painting and more.

Visit the pumpkin patch to choose a pumpkin.

There will be a best decorated pumpkin contest. Bring in a carved pumpkin or decorate one at the ranch. Winner receives a free trail ride. Drop off the pumpkin by Oct. 20 to be displayed.

The ranch is located west of Osage off Highway 34. Parking is in the meadow of Toad Mountain, located off Highway 34 on West Toad Lake Drive.

monday, Oct. 22

Park Rapids Area Schools invites all interested educators, students, parents and community members who want to a program called "Transforming the Classroom - Explore the Possibilities!"

The program is from 3:15-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22 at the Century School Cafetorium. The free program is for all interested educators, students, parents and community members.

Topics of discussion will include:

n What are the expectations of today's students in respect to technology?

n How are schools using technology to change their instructional practices?

n What results have schools seen in their transformed classrooms and programs?

n How can formative assessments be a game changer in student achievement?

n What does a transformed classroom look like?

Join us on a journey exploring a combination of technology tools and effective instructional practices transforming the classrooms of the 21st century.

Many schools around the nation have been implementing digital learning programs that showcase technology tools and innovative teaching strategies.

Now is the time to review those successes and explore the possibilities of transforming classrooms in our schools!

For more information, contact 237-6500.

FRIDAY, Oct. 26

A square dance will be hosted by the Friendly Squares Friday, Oct. 26, at the high school in Park Rapids. There will be a "plus" workshop from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. The caller will be Royce Nelson and Donna Stone will cue round dancing. The club members will furnish a pot-luck lunch. All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

SAturday, Oct. 27

The loss of a loved one can feel especially intense during the holiday season.

"Preparing for the Holidays," a course that explores the way grief interacts with these activities and rituals, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 in St. Joseph's lower level conference rooms B&C.

Lunch will be provided.

Pre-register (required) by calling Laurel Hed at 237-5744.

The 2013 pet calendar of the Headwaters Animal Shelter will be unveiled at a free party from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Terrapin Station, 115 Main Street in downtown Nevis.

The premiere party will include a guest appearance by this year's cover models, plus live music performed by Taylor Schroeder and Brian Skinness.

The pet calendar features the winning dogs and cats from this summer's pet photo contest. The calendar also includes photos of all the runner-ups. Cover models Cecil, Georgie and Joey are scheduled to attend, and have promised to enjoy all the petting and hugging that top models typically receive from their admiring public. The winners are from Plymouth.

Calendars will be on sale for $13. Homemade desserts will also be available. The pet calendar is a fundraising effort of the Headwaters Animal Shelter. All proceeds will go to the shelter to help provide loving care to homeless cats and dogs.

The Headwaters Animal Shelter is a non-profit organization, and receives no state or national funding.

For more information on the party or to order copies of the 2013 pet calendar, contact the shelter at 237-7100.

Toad Mountain Ranch will host a Fall Family Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28.

Enjoy the fall colors, along with a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, hay rides, face painting and more.

Visit the pumpkin patch to choose a pumpkin.

There will be a best decorated pumpkin contest. Bring in a carved pumpkin or decorate one at the ranch. Winner receives a free trail ride. Drop off the pumpkin by Oct. 20 to be displayed.

The ranch is located west of Osage off Highway 34. Parking is in the meadow of Toad Mountain, located off Highway 34 on West Toad Lake Drive.

MONDAY, Oct. 29

The Park Rapids Area Schools Continuing Education Committee will be meeting Monday, Oct. 29 to approve clock hours for licensed teachers. If teachers would like to submit hours please turn them in by Oct. 26.

Tuesday, Oct. 30

St. Joseph's Obstetrics will host a free sibling class for expectant sisters and brothers from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 in St. Joseph's lower level conference room A.

Education and activities are introduced in a party atmosphere. Mom and Dad are encouraged to attend.

Call Janine at 237-5730 to learn more.

Saturday, Nov. 10

The Laporte-Benedict Lions will hold their annual fall bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 in the small gym of the Laporte School.

The Lions soup and sandwich lunch will be in the community room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bars and beverage will be available throughout the day.

The sale includes baked goods for Thanksgiving tables and Christmas shopping opportunities. Last year 45 tables were filled with a variety of items such as cedar wreaths, poinsettias, Christmas cactus, paintings, scroll-carved wood, a multitude of Christmas decorations large and small, Avon, Tupperware, Watkins, and a wide selection of handmade items - from afghans to stocking stuffers.

Baked and canned goods were also part of the variety.

Anyone wishing to have a table to sell items should call Shirley at 218-224-2601. The Lions do not charge youth groups for table space, but would appreciate knowing if a youth group plans to participate.

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