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Upcoming events June 16-27

Wednesday, June 16

A support group for kids with diabetes who are entering grades 6 to 8 will be offered Wednesdays, June 16-Aug. 25 at Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center, 826 Summit Ave.

The first meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 16 with a potluck with parents. Remaining sessions will begin at 7 p.m.

A different activity is planned for each night, including bowling or a movie. A support group for parents will also be held on occasional Wednesdays, featuring a school nurse or dietitian to discuss meal planning.

The kids will name the group to enhance ownership.

For more information, call 218-844-4221, ext. 215.

The support group is sponsored by St. Mary's Innovis Health and the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center.

Thursday, June 17

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council is beginning its fifth annual noon-hour concert series Thursday, June 17 at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

Performing from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. will be the North Star Ensemble.

Members of the group are Donna Neuman on flute, Walt Hannemann on classical guitar, Anita Hanneman on violin and mandolin, and Kathy Gorentz on keyboard. They have been playing together for several years, primarily as an addition to church services and for outdoor weddings in the area.  Gorentz appeared on the scene last fall and provides the group with a varied and complimentary sound.

The group recently performed at the Minnesota Pastors' Conference at

Madden's Resort near Brainerd.

Other performances this summer are at various churches in the community.

Friday, June 18

Osage Lions will host White Cane Day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 18 in Park Rapids.

White Cane Day, sponsored annually by Lions nationwide, is a fundraiser for prevention of blindness with used glasses accepted.

Lions will be at J&B Foods, L&M Fleet, Coborn's Foods, Ace Hardware and Walmart.

A fish fry benefiting the Let's Go Fishing for Seniors program will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 18 at the Mantrap Valley Conservation Club, 10 miles north of Park Rapids on CSAH 4.

The menu includes fish, coleslaw, cheesy hashbrowns, buns and homemade pie. A free will offering will be received.

Let's Go Fishing helps area seniors enjoy the outdoors by taking them on fishing trips on area lakes.

Saturday, June 19

The Hackensack Chamber of Commerce will present the 13th annual Sweetheart Canoe Derby Saturday and Sunday, June 19-20 at the Hackensack city park.

Participants may register the day of the race. Food will be provided to all racers.

Saturday's events, beginning at 9 a.m., include the Minnesota C-1 championship canoe race and women's pro tandem race.

A citizen solo canoe race will also be held.

Sunday at 11 a.m. the pro tandem canoe race will begin, along with a citizen tandem race.

Sunday's citizens' divisions are women, men, business, sweetheart/mixed and adult/youth.

There will be cash prizes and food available for purchase.

For more information, call 218-675-6580.

The 10th annual Sebeka Red Eye River Run/Walk will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 19 beginning in the Sebeka City Park.

Pre-register by contacting Patty Anderson at or 218-837-5677.

All participants receive a T-shirt and are eligible for door prizes. Medals and trophies will be awarded.

The Headwaters chapter of the Minnesota Forestry Association is sponsoring a pine plantation management field day Saturday, June 19 at the Sam Erickson property, located west of Highway 87 and CSAH 20 junction (with MFA signs).

Sessions start at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The public is welcome; light refreshments will be served.

The Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center on Main will present 25-minute mini seminars on comic book art at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, June 19.

Scott Stewart will address the history and appreciation of comic book art, recognizing the birthday of noted artist and Menahga native, the late Wally Wood.

The "legendary" Wood is known for his science fiction illustration and approach to humor cartooning in Mad Magazine.

Original art by well- known comic book artists will be displayed and shown against published pieces.

Stewart will be available throughout the day for questions and further discussion.

Three internationally known Minnesota authors will appear at Wadena's first Affaire des Artes art festival Saturday June 19 in Burlington Northern Park in downtown Wadena on.

n Lois Greiman, a romance and mystery writer, will appear to read and sign books at the Depot at 2 p.m. Her Highland novels have received Affaire de Couer's Critic's Choice Award, Romantic Times K.I.S.S. Award and nominated for Romance Writer's of America's prestigious Rita.

n Erin Hart writes a series of archaeological crime novels set in the mysterious boglands of Ireland. She will visit and sign books at 2:45 p.m. at the Depot. Her debut novel, Haunted Ground, introduced readers to pathologist Nora Gavin and archaeologist Cormac Maguire.

In addition to winning the Friends of American Writers award and Romantic Times Best First Mystery, the book was shortlisted for Anthony and Agatha awards.

n Faith Sullivan is the author of three novels set in the fictional town of Harvester, Minnesota - The Cape Ann (Penguin), The Empress of One, and What a Woman Must Do, the latter two published by Milkweed.

She will be at the Depot at 3:45 p.m. to visit and sign books.

The Headwaters Animal Shelter will be represented at the Park Rapids Farmers Market Saturday, June 19 to offer information on what they do and what they need from the community.

Donations are welcome. Shelter pets will accompany the representatives.

Sunday, June 20

The annual Masonic pancake breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, June 20 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and grits, coffee and juice.

Tickets are available at the door or from a Mason.

Emma Taggart, an accomplished 7-year-old classical pianist, will present a concert, open to the public, at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 20 at Hubbard United Methodist Church.

Emma, who's from the Twin Cities, is the granddaughter of Margi and Ron Taggart of Park Rapids.

The one-hour concert will feature Emma's full recital program of classical music by Bach, Chopin, Schumann and many more. Refreshments and a reception will follow at 8 p.m.

Freewill donations will be accepted to help defray the costs of Emma's upcoming trip to the Varallo International Music Festival in Varallo, Italy, in July. Emma, along with some of the other top young pianists from the United States, Mexico, Italy and Japan will receive intense one-on-one and master class instruction from some of the top master pianists in the world.

Last year, Emma auditioned and was chosen to play at the Gabala International Piano Festival and Competition held in Gabala, Azerbaijan. At the end of the festival, Emma was one of two pianists chosen to play an upcoming honors concert to be held at Steinway Hall in New York.

  Additional information can be found at Emma's website at

Tuesday, June 22

The Menahga community is invited to a picnic from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 22 at the Menahga city campground pavilion. 

Hot dogs, polish sausage, coleslaw, beans and other picnic favorites will be served. 

Free will donations will be received to benefit the Menahga Senior Center. 

This event is sponsored by TruStar Federal Credit Union; TruStar will match the first $250 in donations.

Friday, June 25

A Festival of Authors and Artists will be held in Dorset Friday, June 25.

The event is an expansion of festivals held previous summers. This year it will be from noon to 8 p.m.

People can receive signings from many local authors and attend many other special events put on by the shops.

Sister Wolf Books is hosting the literary guests. Head to Dorset to enjoy many authors from the area who have published material locally as well as nationally.

Also, event-goers can enjoy other events from painters to carvers.

The festival is a way for Dorset to highlight some of the local Minnesota authors and artists.

Restaurants other shops will offer specials during the day.

Authors include William Kent Krueger, who writes the Cork O'Connor mystery series; Dana Holm, who has published Itasca State Park photography; Joseph Plut, who wrote a biography about conversations he had with Jon Hassler; Anton Treuer, who wrote a history novel about Ojibwe in Minnesota; and Maureen Gibbon, fiction author.

Artists will line the streets to demonstrate and sell their work. The art show is by invitation only.

Artwork will include mosaics, blown glass, bead work, pottery, acrylic artistry, jewelry, designing, glass fusing, stained glass and photography.

For more information about the festival and for a complete list of authors go to www.sisterwolf or call 732-7565.

The Minnesota Folklore Theater of Akeley - now on Broadway - will host a gala grand opening during Paul Bunyan Days, June 25-27.

The celebration will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday in the former Akeley Hardware building.

The event will include music, a silent auction and raffle for Guthrie Theater tickets.

Sunday, June 27

St. Peter's Catholic Church will host its 20th annual turkey dinner and parish festival from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 27.

The event includes a community dinner and festival, a bake sale, cake walk, "bottle of something," a silent auction, bingo and games for kids.

The Hubbard County Sheriffs office will be holding ATV youth CD safety training from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 27 at the law enforcement center.

Students must be 11 years old by class start date. Fee is $5.

CD's are available for pickup at the sheriffs office and must be completed prior to class.

Register by calling Lana-Jo at 252-1854.

Don't miss the boat. Join the Becker County Historical Society for a Sunday History Cruise at Fair Hills Resort on Pelican Lake.

The cruise will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 27 aboard the 60-foot Big Pelican excursion boat.

Learn about how steamboats traveled the Pelican River.

Tickets for the cruise must be purchased in advance. Snacks will be provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are available at the Becker County Museum during regular museum hours. Proceeds benefit the Becker County Historical Society's local history programming.