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Upcoming events Sept. 18- Oct. 14

Saturday, Sept. 18

Rehearsals for the Park Rapids Area Community Band concert will begin at 10 a.m. today (Saturday) in the Park Rapids Area High School band room.

The band is composed of adult musicians arriving from a 100-mile radius.

There will be seven rehearsals leading up to the Nov. 21 concert.

Writers and lovers of the arts are invited to join the Jackpine Writers' Bloc for the Talking Stick 19 book release party today (Saturday) in the Northwoods Bank community room.

Books and refreshments will be available at 1 p.m. A program with readings and the announcement of winners starts at 2 p.m.

A community garden party will be held as a fundraiser for Laporte's Independence Day activities from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Saturday) at Pine Beach Resort in Laporte.

A barbecue rib free-will donation dinner will be served with free pontoon rides, live music and other activities.

The Kids Community Garden Club will be selling their fresh vegetables and homemade salsa.

Bring chairs; seating will be limited. All meal proceeds will benefit the Laporte Independence Day Celebration Fund.

Widowed Friends Fellowship (for men and women) will meet for dinner at 5:30 p.m. today (Saturday) at Dorset Café.

Dominos will follow. Call Karla at 732-0424 or Joan at 732-4917 for more information.

Long Lake Theater will host a food- and fund-raising performance for the Hubbard County Food Shelf at 7 p.m. tonight (Saturday) in Hubbard.

Two of a Kind will perform older country western tunes from the Bellamy Brothers, Statler Brothers and the Oak Ridge Boys along with Ricky Nelson, Elvis and others' hits.

Writers, actors, musicians and comedians are invited to the open mic.

Admission is a cash donation or nonperishable food item for the food shelf.

For more information, call 732-0099 or visit

Sunday, Sept. 19

Hikers are invited to join members of the Itasca Moraine chapter, North Country Trail Association Sunday, Sept. 19 for an easy three-mile hike that features fall colors as well as two new boardwalks around beaver dams in the Chippewa National Forest. 

Hikers should meet at 1 p.m. at the second crossing of the NCT on the Woodtick Trail. To arrive at the starting point, take Highway 371 south of Walker for seven miles, turn left (east) on the Woodtick Trail and travel two miles to the second crossing of the NCT.

Hikers should bring layered clothing and carry water and a snack. 

Monday, Sept. 20

May Creek Senior Living Campus in Walker is offering A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays for eight weeks beginning Sept.20. 

The program is open to the public to attend.

A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.

Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.

Advance registration is required as space is limited.  A workbook is provided and refreshments are served.

Call Lori Hilsabeck at 218-547-7511 to register.

  As a result of a grant from ConAgra Foods to the Hubbard County Master Gardeners, a walkway of permeable pavers will be installed at the fishing pier and dam adjacent to the DNR Fisheries building on the river in Park Rapids. 

Cheryle Wilke of Flying W Gardens will be presenting a class as the pavers are installed at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20 at the Fisheries building, located at 301 Grove Ave. South in Park Rapids. 

Wilke will prepare the 12-foot by 3-foot area ahead of time and will be ready to show those attending how to install the pavers over appropriate materials, allowing rain water to soak between the pavers, rather than running off into the river. 

The environmentally sound system keeps the river cleaner, since debris and contaminants are filtered by the earth below the walkway. 

  The public is welcome to attend the two-hour class.  A small fee will be charged to cover costs. 

Master Gardeners will provide bread, cheese, and vegetables during the break.  For further information and to register for the class, call 237-3704 or 732-0046. 

  Master Gardeners are volunteers trained to provide education based on topics researched by the University of Minnesota Extension Service.

Park Rapids yoga instructors will a host a free week of yoga instruction Sept. 20-24.

Participants are asked to bring a mat and comfortable clothing.

Monday, yoga will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. in the fifth grade pod of Century School.

Tuesday, the traditional physical and mental disciplines originating in India will be offered from 4:45 to 6 p.m. in Brigid's House loft.

Wednesday, Terrapin Station in Nevis will hold the class from 4 to 5 p.m.

Thursday, a morning class will be offered from 9:30 to 10:45 at Brigid's House loft.

Friday, happy hour yoga will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. at Brigid's House loft.

The Park Rapids Classic Chorale, under the interim direction of Paul Dove, Anita Hannemann and Gary Stennes, will begin rehearsals for the fall/ Christmas season at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. 

Potluck treats will be shared mid-rehearsal to welcome returning and new members. Plan to come early and visit.

  "Caroling, Caroling" will be the title of the fall/winter concert to be performed Dec. 10 and 12. Singers will be gathering Monday evenings to work on carols by such composers as Alfred Burt, John Rutter, Rene Clausen, Morten Lauridsen and others.

  New members in all voices are welcome.  For further information, contact Bob White at 732-9310 or any of the directors.

Tuesday, Sept. 21

Chapter T of the PEO Sisterhood will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21 at the home of Mary Beth Anderson.

Co-hostesses are Joyce Cowman and Jo Ashmore.

    Sara Forsberg will present the program, "The Joy of Connections".

Kevin Pelkey of the Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity will address "Social Justice through Housing" from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21 at the Northwoods Bank community room in Park Rapids.

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning is sponsoring the event.

Pelkey has been the executive director of Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity since 1997. 

In the last several years, the affiliate has been among the most productive rural Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the country in terms of home production and serving families in need with home ownership. 

Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity's goal is the elimination of poverty housing from throughout the lakes area.  It is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization.

Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged.

Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses.

Partner families invest hundreds of hours of labor - "sweat equity" - into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses.

For more information, call or e-mail LuAnne White at 732-7939 or hclifelonglearn

Northwoods Chapter 9 Blue Star Mothers will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the Park Rapids Area Library.

All military moms and dads are welcome to join in for fun and fellowship.

Call Connie at 252-0086 for more information.

The Park Rapids Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21 at Trinity Church.

Master Gardener LaVonne Augustson will

present "Tiptoe through LaVonne's Tulips."

Guests are welcome. Note the change in meeting place.

Wednesday, Sept. 22

The Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center will host a watercolor workshop, "Plant Portraits in Nature," from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the visitor center at Itasca State Park.

Levels are beginning, intermediate and advanced. Sandy Miles is the presenter.

The objective is to expand participants' knowledge of positive and negative painting to create a floral design.

Bring a sack lunch.

For more information, contact the gallery at 237-2770.

Minnesota history will be brought to life when folk musicians Loretta Simonet and Curtis Teague perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

The Minnesota Heritage in Song concert features traditional music, period instruments and costumes from the 1800s.

Learn of Minnesota's history and the music that helped shape our state 150 years ago.

Along with harmonies, the musicians will perform on the banjo, celeste - an antique keyboard that plays bells, folk harp, mandocello, harmonica and guitar.

The concert is free but tickets should be acquired prior to the concert at the library.

Thursday, Sept. 23

The Hubbard County DFL will conduct a ditch clean up at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 23 on a section of Highway 34. 

The public is invited to participate.  Meet one mile west of the Dorset corner at 189th Avenue.

Friday, Sept. 24

Park Rapids Lions Club members will serve an oven-baked chicken dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu will feature chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, rolls, bars, coffee and Kool-Aid.

A benefit dinner and silent auction for Lynne Gustafson will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Nevis.

The menu includes roast pork, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, coleslaw, abeverage and dessert.

The Nevis School secretary was recently diagnosed with cancer. All benefit proceeds will be used to defray medical expenses.

Kinship is hosting a spaghetti dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24 at the Century School cafetorium.

The menu includes spaghetti with meat and vegetarian sauce, garlic toast, coleslaw, beverages and homemade dessert.

Diners will enjoy an ambiance of Italian music, tablecloths and (unlit) candles.

Kinship is a nonprofit mentoring program that serves children and youth in southern Hubbard County.

A square dance will be hosted by the Friendly Squares Friday, Sept. 24 at the Century School. 

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 Jim Lizakowski and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips. 

There will be a potluck lunch furnished by the club members.  All dancers and spectators are welcome. 

The club will offer square dance lessons starting Monday, Oct. 11 at the high school.

Saturday, Sept. 25

Art Leap 2010, a driving tour of artists' studios and other cultural and musical destinations, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25 and 26

The event, free and open to the public, includes 14 sites featuring works by area artists.

Maps of the tour are available at Blank Canvas Gallery, 311 South Main.

n Terrapin Station in Nevis will be the site of an Art Leap Music Festival during the weekend event.

Terrapin Station's Saturday performers include Homegrown Tomatoes at noon, Greg Herriges at 1:30 p.m., Nolan James at 3 p.m., Kazyak at 4:30 p.m. and Acoustic Smoke at 7 p.m.

Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m., Terrapin Station will host an afternoon of improvisational jams featuring Amanda Snow, John Perry, Sharon Brewer and Brothers and Friends.

n The Northern Light Wind Quartet will perform from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at the North Country Museum of Arts' Great Gallery.

The Northern Light Wind Quintet was formed in 2008 by members of the Northern Light Opera Company orchestra.  They play a variety of classical music as well as jazz arrangements, opera overtures and excerpts from Broadway. 

Refreshments will be served.

n Long Lake Theater in Hubbard will stage live musical performances from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday

n And Minnesota Folklore Theater in Akeley will entertain from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Art Leap is sponsored by the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council with assistance from the North Country Museum of Arts. Funding is provided, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature arts and cultural heritage fund.

Lake George Senior Citizens will host an all you can eat fish fry fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Senior Center located along Highway 71 in Lake George.

Sunday, Sept. 26

St. Joseph's Auxiliary will host a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Park Rapids American Legion. 

Proceeds from the sale go towards the $100,000 pledge to the "Helping our Growing Area Grow Healthier" renovation project.

Monday, Sept. 27

The Hubbard County Historical Society will present 90 Years of Minnesota Suffragettes at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27 in the Hubbard County Historical Museum, located in the original courthouse  at 301 Court Ave. at Third Street in Park Rapids.

Learn about Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Clara Ueland, Alice Paul and Minnesota's involvement in the movement, as presented by Alice Holz.

Tuesday, Sept. 28

  St. Joseph's Auxiliary will host a "Books Are Fun" Fall Fair fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 in the lobby conference room. 

Proceeds from the sale go towards the $100,000 pledge to the "Helping our Growing Area Grow Healthier" renovation project.

The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning delves into early American history with a program on "Ben Franklin" from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 at Northwoods Bank community room in Park Rapids.

Herb Pagel, a retired Minnesota high school teacher delights in bringing history to life "... history can be fun," according to the former English teacher.  

This class will explore the life of Franklin, his wisdom, inventions, his work in creating a free America and his relationships with other major figures of his time. 

Pagel tells about Franklin the  scientist, printer, philosopher and diplomat who was one of the most colorful founders of our country.

For more information, call or e-mail LuAnne White at 732-7939 or hclifelonglearn

A free, weight-loss surgery information session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 at St. Mary's Innovis Health Therapy Center at 1112 Lincoln Ave., Detroit Lakes.

Bariatric surgeons along with the Innovis Health Park Rapids and the St. Joseph's Center for Weight Management multi-disciplinary team will be on hand to explain processes involved with bariatric surgery and to answer questions about individual weight-loss goals.

St. Joseph's Center for Weight Management offers laparoscopic gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable banding and non-surgical options to patients.

To pre-register (required) for this event, call Stacey Offerdahl at 732-2837 or e-mail: sofferdahl@innovis

Thursday, Sept. 30

The Park Rapids Area Library will host a Senior Surf Day for senior citizens to learn computer basics and use of the Internet from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday Sept 30.

Space is limited; call the library at 732-4966 to reserve a space. There is no charge for this training.

Saturday, Oct. 2

Fall into fun at Perham's 5th annual Harvest Fest Saturday, Oct. 2.

Bob for apples, carve a pumpkin, go for a hayride and enjoy the food.

The event begins at 9 a.m. with the opening of a two-location flea market featuring log furniture, jelly, antiques and woodturning.

A live band (After Dark), a magician, petting zoo and community rummage sale are on the agenda.

For more information on the family event, contact Kathy at 218-346-7550.

Tuesday, Oct. 5

Faith Baptist is sponsoring a 13-week DivorceCare support group and seminar for those who are separated or divorced at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 in the Family Life Center of Faith Baptist Church, Park Rapids. 

  DivorceCare offers information on ways to heal from the hurt of separation and/or divorce.  A trained counselor will facilitate each group. It will incorporate both small group discussions and DVD presentations from a variety of professionals.

Materials will be available at the meeting.  The cost is $25.  No childcare is available.  For more information or to register, call 732-1404.  Faith Baptist is located one mile south of the Highway 34/71 intersection.

Thursday, Oct. 7

The Northwoods State Retirees Club will have a fall luncheon at noon Thursday, Oct. 7 at the Chase on the Lake in Walker.

Call Ted Spencer at 732-7083 or Laverne Kennedy at 547-1364 for reservations by Wednesday, Sept. 29.

The Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center is offering Smorgasgourd - An Intro to Gourd Art from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 7 and 8 at Jerry Wegenast's Workshop, 23904 Vacation Lane in Rochert (west of Park Rapids).

Learn from gourd artist Connie Schindel, who has taken classes at the Wuertz Farm Gourd Festival in Casa Grande, Ariz. and has been teaching gourd art techniques since 2008.

The workshop will cover a brief history of the use of gourds and the types of gourds grown in the U.S.

Participants will learn to how to select gourds, clean and treat raw gourds, create a design, burn the design, and various techniques for coloring and finishing their gourd.

  Materials to bring include a dust mask and safety glasses; an X-acto knife and/or wood burner are optional and will be provided to share. The workshop is limited to 10 people. A light lunch will be provided on both days. 

To register, send a $75 check payable to the Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601. The registration deadline is Monday Sept. 27.  Call Judy Wegenast at 218-847-3519 for more information.  

Sunday, Oct. 10

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, will open its 2010-11 subscription concert series at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 at the Bemidji High School Auditorium with "Testament of Spirit".

The doors will open for seating at 2:30 p.m.

Season memberships may be purchased on the day of the concert as well as in advance by visiting the BSO website for information: bemidjisym Tickets may be purchased in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North in Bemidji.

The concert will include the world premiere of Joseph Adams' piece, "Soul Discovery." Joseph Adams was born and raised in Minnesota, but received his compositional training on the East Coast.

Adams was in Manhattan, finishing his bachelor's degree at New York University, on Sept., 11, 2001. Located less than three miles from the World Trade Center, the events of that day etched a permanent mark in his life, as it did with the rest of the nation.

Soul Discovery, which was composed as his graduate school thesis four years later, utilizes melodies and textures taken from traumatic life experiences, culminated by the events of that day.

Guest conductor Norman Gamboa will lead the orchestra in Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, op. 46. Gamboa currently is the artistic advisor of the Collegium Musicum in Santiago, Chile. He has been a guest artist in well-known festivals throughout Central and South America as well in the United States.

Capping off the afternoon will be a performance of the beloved and popular "Emperor Concerto" by Ludwig van Beethoven with Stephen Carlson at the piano. A member of the Bemidji State University Music Department since 2006, Stephen Carlson is a versatile soloist and chamber musician who has performed at many colleges, universities, and festivals throughout much of the U.S. and Eastern Canada.

Friday, Oct. 14

Bemidji State University's Optivation venture will sponsor an Adventures in Lifelong Learning fall conference in collaboration with the Park Rapids Area Headwaters and the Bagley Area Northern Exposure Lifelong Learning Centers Thursday and Friday, Oct. 14-15.

Feature speakers are Art Lee, professor emeritus of history at Bemidji State University, and Janet Jacobson.

The Bemidji site will sponsor eight lectures this fall on topics ranging from the glacial geology of north-central Minnesota to nature photography to an examination of China's emergence as a world power.

For more information, contact Optivation at 218- 755-4900 or optivation@