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Upcoming events Sept. 23-26

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MONDAY, SEPT. 23

A workshop addressing Living Well with Chronic Conditions will be offered from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 23-Oct. 28 at Woodland Court Apartments.

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Contact Living at Home of the Park Rapids Area at 732-3137 to register.

Fee for the six-week workshop is $10 and includes a handbook.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF) will deliver a course to help grant writers learn the basics of putting together a successful grant application Tuesday, Sept. 24 in Bemidji, at the NMF Conference Center.

Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The workshop will cover writing styles, formatting, defining the problem, developing solutions, budget basics and supporting documentation.

This four-hour workshop is for professionals and nonprofit staff who are directly involved in grant applications. Finding grants opportunities is not the focus, but will be covered.

Participants will leave with techniques to find data for need statements, tips on writing effectively, and discussing the importance of collaborating for effective grant applications.

Early registration is encouraged; the deadline is Sept. 19. There is a $25 fee for the workshop; to register, visit www.nwmf.org, where a link will be available under upcoming events.

The workshop is limited to 40 participants. A limited number of scholarships is available. Contact Dawn

Ganje, dawng@nwmf.org to inquire.

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will present Brad Livingston who will share his knowledge of training service dogs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 in the Northwoods Bank community room in Park Rapids.

Livingston will bring his service dog Roxie and will demonstrate some of the many ways the service dog helps. He will explain how the dogs are chosen to become service dogs, how they are trained and how they are matched with their owners. The owners participate extensively in the training process.

The program is open to the public, handicapped-accessible, and free of charge. Refreshments will be served.   An Akeley community meeting to discuss the future of tourism in the area will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.24 at the Senior Center.

The Akeley Chamber of Commerce applied in the spring of 2013 to be involved in the Regional Sustainable Development Partnership through the University of Minnesota Extension in the area of tourism. The application was accepted.

The purpose of the program is to increase local understanding and knowledge of tourism development so a community can make informed decisions.

Inventories of natural attractions, cultural and historic sites, recreational activities, special events, private sector services and public services were conducted.

A group of people unknown to the committee made a “first impressions visit”. All the data was submitted to the U of M Tourism Center.

An expert team from the Center will visit Akeley Sept. 24.

The community meeting will follow. The team will listen to residents and share their insights as well as help develop a plan for Akeley’s tourism future.

The public is encouraged to attend. Coffee and goodies will be provided by the Akeley Lions Club and the Akeley Chamber.

A Girl Scout registration night will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Frank White Education Center.

Girl Scouts welcome any girl ages 5 to 17 as well as adults interested in the mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

For more information, contact Stephanie Lippert at 252-1128.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25

Happy Days Are Here Again – beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Park Rapids Area Library with Rhonda Laurie & Jazz Trio.

Laurie, a Twin Cities-based vocalist, teacher and former paralegal, spent childhood summers in the Catskills where her grandfather performed vaudeville shows. She got another taste of musical theater performing and directing high school productions. There was a detour working as a paralegal on Wall Street, a career she finally abandoned after years of trying to squeeze her music into her “free time.”

Now in Minnesota, she found her way into the Twin Cities jazz scene where she has become an increasingly popular and steady presence, both as a vocalist and music business instructor.

The public is welcome.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26

A fall color tour will explore unique businesses and spectacular autumn foliage along the Lake Country Scenic Byway on Thursday, Sept. 26.

The Lake Country Scenic Byway is one of more than 20 designated routes in Minnesota. Detroit Lakes is the western anchor of the 88-mile Lake Country Scenic Byway that travels along Highway 34 to Park Rapids and Walker, with a spur on Highway 71 North of Park Rapids to Itasca State Park.

At 9 a.m., participants in the tour will step off the coach bus to tour The Lodge on Lake Detroit, a luxury hotel on the shore of Big Detroit Lake.

At the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District, staff from the Fish & Wildlife Service and Department of Natural Resources will explain how their firefighting equipment is able to traverse marshes and other wetlands. The Marsh Master is fully amphibious, while the ASC Scout motors on tracks.

As the tour moves east, a step-on guide will inform the group about the Green Valley Fire that burned more than 7,000 acres this past May from Wolf Lake to Menahga.

Blueberry Pines Golf Club will serve the included hot lunch.

The group will next stop at the Finnish-designed museum that is situated by the famed St. Urho statue in Menahga.

Concluding the trip is a stop at West Central Telephone Association in Menahga, where solar-brewed coffee and the Menahga Bakery’s famous cardamom bread will be served.

The group will see and learn about WCTA’s solar and wind energy initiatives for residential and commercial clients.

The Detroit Lakes bus will make stops to pick up passengers in Perham, Frazee and at the Kent Freeman Sports Arena in Detroit Lakes.

For riders to the east, the route will run in reverse of the Detroit Lakes itinerary and the bus will stop at the C’Mon Inn in Park Rapids.

For more information, contact the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce at 732-4111.

or the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce at 218-847-9202 by the deadline of 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

The Wadena Whirlaways will host a square dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Wadena VFW.

Myron Hollatz is the caller. Theme is Garden Party.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 27

  The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, Sept. 27 at the Park Rapids Area High School. 

There will be “plus” dancing from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and mainstream from 8 to 10 p.m. The caller will be Mark Helfter and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips.

Club members will furnish potluck lunch after the dance.  All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

“The butler did it!”  Or did he?  Come and find out in Bemidji Community Theater’s production of “The Games Afoot” by Ken Ludwig.  

The play runs Sept. 27-29 with show times at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Bangsberg Theater on the Bemidji State University campus.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 28

Forest Riders ATV Club will host an ATV safety training class from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.

Meet at Two Inlets gravel parking lot by St. Mary’s Church.

Participants must be 11 years old; the permit is valid at 12 years. A DNR course on a CD must be completed prior to class.

The CD is available by calling the Department of Natural Resources at 800-366-8917.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 29

A Court of Honor ceremony, recognizing the lifesaving achievements of Julia Harmon and Parker Harmon, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 at Calvary Lutheran Church.

The two saved their little sister who fell through the ice on the lake. The ceremony is held through the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. and Boy Scouts of America.

Cake and punch will follow the ceremony. An RSVP is requested by Sunday, Sept. 22; email kpjaharmon@aol. Com.

MONDAY, SEPT. 30

The Hubbard County Historical Museum will present “Small Talks” by local men at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30 in the Law Enforcement Centers lower level meeting room, which is handicap accessible.

Topics will include constables, newspaper boys and more.

FRIDAY, OCT. 4

Replenish your spirit, strengthen your resolve, relax and prepare to be inspired during the 7th annual A Weekend in the Pines fall retreat set Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5.

St. Joseph’s Area Health Services Weight Management retreat is for anyone interested in weight management. This includes surgical and non-surgical weight-loss patients or anyone wanting to learn more about weight-loss treatment options available to them.

Register by Sept. 15 and take advantage of early-bird rates.

The retreat will be held at the Smokey Hills Wilderness Retreat and Conference Center in Osage. It offers a fall atmosphere with St. Joseph’s Center for Weight Management professionals available at a five to one ratio.

This year, A Weekend in the Pines theme will take participants on a journey to “Living Simply ~ Simply Living.”

Featured highlights will be a weight-loss experts “Dream Team” question and answer panel; cooking demonstrations; “There’s An App for That” session; a scavenger hunt; movement; a silent auction to benefit obesity research; spa treatments and many opportunities to learn about healthy, simple living.

A Weekend in the Pines is designed to motivate and empower participants.

For more information or to register, please contact Arlys at 218-616-3377 or arlyshess@catholic health.net, or find us at www.Weight Man agementMN.com.

SATURDAY, OCT. 5

St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Two Inlets will host its annual fall dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

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

A silent auction with many handcrafted items will be held.

MONDAY, OCT. 28

The Hubbard County Historical Museum’s annual meeting and elections will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 in the Law Enforcement Center’s lower level meeting room, which is handicap accessible.

The program will include popcorn and a silent movie or two.

Call 732-5237 for more information.

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