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Upcoming events May 2-19

Sunday, May 2

The first-ever Park Rapids Walk MS, supporting research and services for those with multiple sclerosis, will set off from Heartland Park at noon Sunday, May 2.

Family members, friends and those with MS are welcome to join. Walkers may choose to walk a mile or up to five miles

Teams of four or individuals may head down the trail. Teams are asked to appoint a captain and choose a name.

Walkers are being asked to each raise $100 in donations.

Lunch, prizes, games - and interaction are on the agenda.

Sponsors and volunteers are also being sought for the event.

Sponsors' names and/or company logos will be printed on walkers' T-shirts as well as promotional materials for the event.

Cash and in-kind donations, such as food or use of vehicles, are welcome.

The Park Rapids MS support group meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at St. Joseph's Area Health Services.

For more information on sponsorship or forming a team, contact Monsrud at 237-2067.

Everyone is invited to Gonvick's Samhold Lutheran Church's annual supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 2.

The menu includes roast pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy, buttered carrots, lefse, dark and light rolls, coleslaw, baked beans, sweet soup, rice pudding, Scandinavian sweets, coffee and lemonade   (All prepared by the good cooks at Samhold.)

The local Kids Against Hunger chapter will be packaging food from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 3 at the Faith Baptist Church Family Life Center. 

All ages are welcome.  Please call 732-7230 to let the church know how many want to help package food for those in Haiti and other needy places around the world. 

A $15 donation will be appreciated to help defray some of the costs.

Monday, May 3

The Minnesota Safety Center will be offering a full 55+ driver improvement course from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, May 3 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

The course covers driver safety, new laws and vehicle technology.

For more information or to register, visit the Web site at www.mnsafetycen or call 888-234-1924.

Third and fourth grade girls softball will be offered from after school until 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, May 3-26 on the Park Rapids Area High School fields. 

Students should bring gloves. 

To register or for more information contact Community Education at 237-6600.

A defensive driving initial course with Dave Free will be offered from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, May 3 and 5 at Northwoods Bank, Park Rapids.

To register, call 732-7008.

The Park Rapids chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, May 3 at the Environmental Education Building on the fairgrounds.

Chapter FJ of the PEO sisterhood will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, May 3 at the home of Kathy Ahrens. 

Eileen Bolton is assistant hostess.

Tuesday, May 4

PEO Chapter T will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 4 at the home of Joyce Lunke.

Joyce Cowman and Jo Ashmore are the co-hostesses.

The program is, "Healthy Recipes from our Sisters."

Becker County will host a program to recruit and support Foster to Adopt families from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 4 at Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Detroit Lakes.

The "myths and facts of adoption through the foster care system" will be addressed by a panel of professionals, foster and adoptive parents.

They will provide information on the high need for permanent homes for children in the foster care system, including, but not limited to children with special needs, sibling groups, teens and Native American children.

For more information, call Children and Family Services at 218-847-5628, ask for Jennifer.

Thursday, May 6

The Nordskogen Lodge of the Sons of Norway will hold the monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 6 at Calvary Lutheran Church. (Note location change.)

Foreign exchange students will present the program. All are welcome. Lunch will be served.

U.S. Census basic skills testing will be conducted at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, May 6 at Nevis High School.

The testing will also be held at 7 p.m. at the Akeley Senior Citizens Center/City Hall.

Walk-ins are welcome

Call 866-861-2010 for more information.

Friday, May 7

A 16-hour pre-adoptive parent training course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 7 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 8 at the Permanent Family Resource Center in Fergus Falls.

To register, call 218-998-3400.

U.S. Census basic skills testing will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, May 7 at the Park Rapids Area Library large meeting room.

Walk-ins are welcome

Call 866-861-2010 for more information.

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

Plus tips will be in the first half hour.  Royce Nelson will be the caller and Donna Stone will cue rounds.   

Visitors and spectators are welcome.  For more information, call Kurt or Patti at 218-444-8328.

Saturday, May 8

Heartland Homes will host a fundraising turkey dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The meal, prepared by the American Legion Women's Auxiliary, will include turkey with all the trimmings, mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, bars and beverage of choice.

The event will be accompanied by a silent auction from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 11

U.S. Census basic skills testing will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 11 at the Hubbard Community Center.

Walk-ins are welcome.

Call 866-861-2010 for more information.

Thursday, May 13

Greenwood Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13 in the Hubbard County Courthouse basement.

Wednesday, May 19

First Lutheran Church of Akeley will host "Sexual Boundaries - Healthy Communities" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays beginning May 19.

n The May 19 event will focus on "Engaging the Web of Support." This will include a basic overview of adult and child sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape and what can be done to prevent them.

n Mandated reporting will be addressed May 26, including what individuals are obligated to report and to whom.

n Engaging bystanders in sexual assault prevention will be discussed June 2. Topics will include media influence and pornography, their effects on society and what can be done to change the social norm.

n Healing and recovery will conclude the discussion June 9. Breaking the silence, what it takes to recover from sexual assault and how victims and survivors can be helped will be addressed.

There is no charge; the public is welcome to attend one or all of the events. Call 652-3335 to RSVP but walk-ins are welcome.

Coffee and cookies will be served. Children under 18 are encouraged to attend with an adult.