Upcoming events September
TUESDAY, SEPT. 2
Dr. Haworth, Associate Professor of Music at Bemidji State University, explains that the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s was successful, at least partly, because of the music of the time period. The songs they sang pulled the people together and gave them a unified voice in their focus and their protests. This presentation examines the music of the time and its impact in the political changes of the 1960s. The program is open to the public, free of charge, and handicapped-accessible.Maximum capacity is 90. Refreshments will be served. Parking spaces facing the bank are reserved for bank customers, so please park away from the building or in overflow lot behind the liquor store. HCLL brochures are available at Beagle Books, the local library, and Northwoods Bank. HCLL is a 501c3 nonprofit educational organization that has served the Park Rapids area community since 2001.For additional information, contact Marty Leistikow at 218-699-3527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Chapter T P.E.O. will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 at Amish Oak.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3Faithbridge Church announces a pre-registration time for those children and youth wishing to attend AWANA Clubs this year. On Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 5-6:30 p.m., staff will be on hand to register new and returning clubbers. Registration forms have been mailed out or can be downloaded from www.faithbridgepr.org. Parents and youth are asked to enter by the East door (E2) or the South door (S1) of Faithbridge Church.AWANA Clubs are a Bible-centered, youth oriented, weekly club program for youth, ages two years prior to attending Kindergarten through sixth grade. AWANA Clubs is an acronym for “Approved Workman Are Not Ashamed.” It is taken from 2 Timothy 2:15 which states, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.First night AWANA Club activities begin at 6:55 - 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Parents may also choose to register youth on the first club night they attend during the year.Children and youth of any denomination are welcome to attend and parents are encouraged to come and visit the meetings throughout the year. For more information, you may call the church office, 732-1404.Local songwriter, singer and guitarist, Shannon Murray, will perform at the Park Rapids Area Library at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3. Her show “People’s Music: Songs of the Industrial Workers of the World” will feature some of her original music, as well as music of the early 1900s.Murray will share her research on IWW, some general history of the time and how music was used by the IWW as an organizing tool within the labor movement. She will perform cover songs from that era, along with songs she has written inspired by the labor movement. Shannon will relate this national movement to her personal history with Eugene Debs and his visit to Bemidji, local IWW organizing, and the riots. This event is appropriate for all ages.
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 arts and cultural heritage. For the complete schedule of Legacy funded events at Kitchigami Libraries, visit the Kitchigami Regional Library website: www.krls.org and click on Legacy Events.A study of the end times and the Book of Revelation will be at 7 p.m. every Wednesday beginning Sept. 3 at Assembly of God Church in Park Rapids. The interactive Bible study is with Terry Nelson. Bring a Bible and notebook.For more information contact Terry Nelson at 652-3394.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 4CHI St. Josephs Health Auxiliary will have a fundraiser from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 at CHI St. Joseph’s Health lower level conference room A. The “Fashion Accessory Spectacular” will have 100 percent of the profits donated to CHI St. Josephs Health Auxiliary. The event is sponsored by Downtown Diva.The Park Rapids Sons of Norway will have a board meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 followed by a general meeting at 7 p.m. at Riverside United Methodist Church.The program will be “Jailhouse Quartet” from Renville County. All group members are employed in law enforcement. Their mission is “...to better prepare inmates to live in the world.” Servers are Jo Ashmore, Frank and Sara Forsberg, Shirley and Emmett Lingle.The Park Rapids Mah Jongg League will have a tournament to benefit the Headwaters Animal Shelter Thursday, Sept. 4 at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.Mah jongg is an old, Chinese tile game of skill, strategy and calculation spiced with a degree of chance. It is played with 152 tiles with the goal of claiming and discarding tiles to form combinations or hands. It is estimated that at least a half million people in the U.S. play the game.The tournament will be from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Northwoods Bank community room.All levels of players – novice to experienced – a re welcome. Registration is $25 but greater contributions are welcome. Lunch will be provided.To register for the tournament, send checks to Sheila Hastings, 14355 Hummingbird Drive, Park Rapids, MN 56470. She can be contacted at 732-3260.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 5A free nitrate clinic will be offered the first Friday of every month in Park Rapids. Water testing will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 at the Soil and Water Conservation District office behind Park Rapids City Hall.How to collect your sample:Please bring at least one-half cup of water in a Ziploc-type bag or clean container. In order to get a good sample, allow the water to run five minutes before filling the bag. Homeowners with distillators, reverse osmosis or other nitrate removal systems should take two water samples – one before and one after the treatment process. This will determine if the nitrate removal system is working. Homeowners with just a water softener need to take one sample, either before or after the water passes through the water softener.Samples should be taken no more than 24 hours before the testing and they must be refrigerated. Samples should be cool when arriving at the clinic.Samples are analyzed on the spot and the process takes less than 5 minutes. Results will be given directly to the homeowner.For more information on the clinic, contact Melissa Koebernick at 732-0121.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 6The Park Rapids Class of 1954 is celebrating their 60th class reunion Saturday, Sept. 6. They will meet from 3-5 p.m. for a social and 78th birthday party at the home of Armin and Lois Hawkins, 19099 U.S. Highway 71 N., Park Rapids. After the social, they will go to the Y Steakhouse for a meal.
MONDAY, SEPT. 8The Park Rapids Classic Chorale begins rehearsals for the 2014-15 season Monday, Sept. 8 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Park Rapids, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Rehearsals are every Monday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m.Anyone interested in singing with this group are welcome to join. For more information, please contact the group’s conductor, Jason Wright at 237-8902 or email@example.com.Northern Lights Chorale, under the direction of Gary Stennes, will begin rehearsals for the Christmas concert on Monday, Sept. 8. Rehearsals will be every Monday night at 7 p.m. in the choir room at the Sebeka High School. Use the No. 8 entrance door on the east (alley) side of the school.NLC is a non-auditioned community choir that welcomes anyone who likes to sing, improve their voice and expand their vocal abilities. They perform two concerts a year – one in December and one in April. They also sing at the Empty Stocking fundraiser concert in Wadena, two nursing homes and any other community event when requested.They welcome all singers who want to have a fun night each week singing with others and improving their voices.If you have any questions, please call Anne Graham at 218-837-6141 or Margaret Pohlman at 218-837-5920.Chapter FJ of the P.E.O. Sisterhood will meet at the home of Jan Rumpza at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 pm. They will finalize plans for the reciprocity meeting on Sept. 27 and will have a state officer as a guest. Please contact Jan Rumpza with your regrets.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 9Historian Michael Hansen will present “Life of Sacagawea” for Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning, 1-2:30 p.m. at Northwoods Bank Community Room, Park Rapids.Hansen, from Minneapolis, is past president of the Lewis and Clark Society, and returns to HCLL by popular request. This program is rescheduled from spring, when a snowstorm forced cancellation. The Sacagawea Historical Society notes that Sacagawea was born in approximately 1788 in Lemhi County, Idaho, and belonged to the Agaidika band of the Northern Shoshone tribe, also known as the Snake Indians. Around the year 1800, in a confrontation between the Hidatsas and the Shoshones, Sacagawea was captured and sold to French Canadian fur-trader Toussaint Charbonneau, who made her one of his wives. Hansen will fill in her life story with some lesser-known details and stories.HCLL, a nonprofit educational organization that has served the Park Rapids community since 2001, is supported by individual donors, by the townships of Mantrap, Arago, Clay, Hubbard, and Lake Emma, and by a grant from Itasca-Mantrap’s Operation Round Up program to help purchase sound equipment. Programs are presented free of charge, are open to the public for up to 90 per session, and are handicapped-accessible. Refreshments are provided. Parking spaces facing the bank are reserved for bank customers.HCLL brochures are available at the Park Rapids library, at Beagle Books, and at Northwoods Bank. For additional information, call board chair Marty Leistikow at 218-699-3527 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 11The Becker County Republicans will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Detroit Lakes city office.The Retired Military Group will be meeting at the Y Steak House, Park Rapids, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11. Call Commander Erland Alto if you have any questions at 652-0114. All retired military and their family members are welcome.League of Women Voters Park Rapids, a non-partisan political organization, will be hosting voter registration at residential and public sites around town.Voter registration site will be set up from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Park Rapids Area Library.Also look for signs in the following apartment buildings as to when LWV Park Rapids will be setting up registration tables: Heritage Manor, Court Apartments, SummerField Place, Park Villa and River Heights.For more information on the voting process and how to register, check out the LWV Minnesota page on voting at http://www.lwvmn.org/voterregistration.A voter can also register at the County Auditor’s Office at the local courthouse or online at the Secretary of State Office website Minnesota Votes http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=134.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 16Wellspring for the World, Park Rapids Chapter, will have its fourth annual Wine Into Water reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 at Bella Café. The public is invited to attend and learn more about Wellspring and its mission of raising money for the drilling of wells in Africa to provide fresh, clean water. Admission is free and a free will donation will be gladly accepted.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 23League of Women Voters Park Rapids, a non-partisan political organization, will be hosting voter registration at residential and public sites around town.Voter registration site will be set up at Park Rapids Area High School commons during lunch time Tuesday, Sept. 23.Also look for signs in the following apartment buildings as to when LWV Park Rapids will be setting up registration tables: Heritage Manor, Court Apartments, SummerField Place, Park Villa and River Heights.For more information on the voting process and how to register, check out the LWV Minnesota page on voting at http://www.lwvmn.org/voterregistration.A voter can also register at the County Auditor’s Office at the local courthouse or online at the Secretary of State Office website Minnesota Votes http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=134.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 27The annual Headwaters 100 bicycle ride is Saturday, Sept. 27.The ride includes 100-, 75- and 45-mile rides throughout Hubbard County.The 100-mile ride goes past the Mississippi headwaters and follows Wilderness Drive through the park. The ride then goes through Lake George, Emmaville, Dorset and Nevis, and will then take the Heartland Trail to the finish at the Park Rapids Century School.The 75-mile ride will go throughout Itasca State Park on Wilderness Drive, and follow the path toward the Park Rapids Century School by way of Lake George, Emmaville and Dorset. The 75-mile ride will end on the Heartland Trail.The 45-mile ride will pass through Emmaville and Nevis, and end at the Century School in Park Rapids.Maps and additional information are also available at www.itascatur.org.