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Upcoming events Nov. 14 - 27

Wednesday, Nov. 14

Author Alison McGhee will be at the Park Rapids Area Library to make an interactive presentation for adults on her writing process at 3:30 p.m. today (Wednesday) Nov 14.

McGhee is a Minnesota award-winning author of books for all ages. She is a Pulitzer Prize nominee and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. She writes in all forms - from poetry and stories to novels and picture books and essays. Her books are popular with critics and readers alike. 

McGhee is an associate professor of creative writing at Metropolitan State University, where she coordinates the creative writing program. She is originally from the Adirondack Mountains for New York State.

Park Rapids Retired Military Group will meet at 6 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Bogey's in Park Rapids.

All retired military and family are welcome. Call Archie at 573-3591 for more information.

The Star of the North Detachment 1109 Park Rapids invites all past, present and retired Marines to a USMC 237th birthday party at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Park Rapids American Legion Club.

The event will include a social, short program and cake cutting ceremony.

Semper fi!

Thursday, Nov. 15

Widowed Friends Fellowship (for men and women) will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at the West Forty for lunch with Dominos to follow.

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

Giziibii Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) and its board members invite community members to learn more about the services provided by RC&D at an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Northwoods Bank community room, Park Rapids.

RC&D is a unique program that helps people protect and develop their economic, natural, and social resources in ways that improve their area's economy, environment, and quality of life.

Giziibii RC&D is currently conducting its own strategic planning process to access its services and be sure that its assets are best directed toward the needs of the communities it serves.

For more information, contact Giziibii RC&D at 218-444-2432 or

The Arts Downtown PR series continues from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at four locations in downtown Park Rapids.

Jason Wright will be performing a blend of sacred, familiar and holiday music from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Bella Caffè, 116 3rd Street West.

Chef Tom Geraedts will show how to prepare artistic, decorative food trays for the holidays from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Beagle Books, 112 3rd Street West.

Singer/songwriter Trinity Junes will play his own brand of acoustic rock and blues from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Necce's Ristorante, 311 South Main Ave.

Taylor Schroeder will perform classic folk and folk/ rock from 5:30 to 6 and from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at The Good Life Café, 220 South Main Ave.

The ninth annual Holmes Art Show, featuring fine arts and crafts, will be held in the Holmes ballroom Nov. 15-17. Artists will display paintings, sculpture, glasswork, collage and more. The show is free and open to the public. Hours are 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, noon to 7:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

 Thursday, celebrated Navajo artist and educator from Kansas, Dennis Lee Rogers, will be performing in the Holmes Theatre at 7 p.m.

Luciano Floridi, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) chair in information and computer ethics, will visit Bemidji State University Thursday, Nov. 15 to deliver a joint Honors Council Lecture and Don and Gladys McDonald Philosophy Lecture in Combined Ethics.

Floridi's lecture, "Information Ethics, Governance and the Complexity of Global Problems," will be held at 7 p.m. in Hagg-Sauer 100 on the Bemidji State campus. The lecture is open free to the public.

Friday, Nov. 16

An All School Reunion fundraising dinner, featuring Evie Hagen's "world famous" meatballs, will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

"Tiptoe Through the '60s," a multi-media Legacy program featuring original music, dialogue and photos highlighting Minnesota during the 1960s, will be presented by Minnesota natives Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium.

Johnson's career has taken her from honky-tonks to Carnegie Hall, from the theater stage to the Silver Screen, from the Midwest to the Middle East.

She is a regular guest on Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion," broadcast on National Public Radio stations across the country, and appears as one of the "regulars" in Robert Altman's 2006 "A Prairie Home Companion" movie.

Pianist, accordionist and occasional storyteller Dan Chouinard is a Minneapolis native who plays, tours and records regularly with an ever-expanding roster of musicians and writers. Chouinard regularly creates special programs which blend storytelling, interview and music, many of these for Minnesota Public Radio.

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 art and cultural heritage.

Ryan D. G. Stout will present "Lincoln's God:  The Theology of Abraham Lincoln" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at the ITOW Veterans Museum in Perham.    The religious views of Abraham Lincoln and their effect on his presidency have been hotly debated.  Since his assassination, Lincoln has been claimed by atheists, Baptists, Spiritualists and Presbyterians. 

Just as his views on slavery and the Civil War evolved, so did his views on God.  There can be little doubt that by the end of his life he was a man deeply concerned with theology, God and the Bible. An examination of Lincoln's second inaugural address, delivered only weeks before his assassination - and which Frederick Douglass called more of a sermon than speech - reveals to us Lincoln's God.

Join the Minnesota Music Coalition and three Minnesota bands for the second annual Caravan du Nord at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at the Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes. 

Tickets can be purchased by calling 218-844-7469,  visiting the box office at 806 Summit Ave, or online at  

  The Caravan du Nord is the first project of The Minnesota Music Coalition. The tour is creating partnerships between independent musicians (who are not traditionally viewed as members of the fine arts community) and presenters who are excited to engage new audiences with the artists.

At the same time the program will educate developing artists with workshops that fit the needs for each town.

  In addition to the performance, there will be two free workshops Friday. The Artist Songwriting Workshop will be from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., featuring Jennings sharing insight on inspiration, motivation and methods for songwriting.

The second workshop, Building a Sustainable Career as an Independent Artist, will be a "study hall."

The workshop, from 5:30- to 6:30 p.m., features Smith and the Good Night Sleeps, along with Bob Burns of the Minnesota State Arts Board, representatives from McNally Smith College of Music and Lake Region Arts Council, moderated by Beth Burns.

Contact Becky at 218-844-4221 ext. 117 to sign up. Space is limited.

First City Squares of Bemidji will host a square dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at the United Methodist fellowship hall, 9th and Beltrami.

Plus tips will be in the first half-hour. Myron Hollatz will be the caller. Visitors and spectators are welcome.

For information, contact Scott Burgoon at 218-759-2776.

Saturday, Nov. 17

St. Peter's Catholic Church will host a fall bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.

The event will feature crafts, bake sale and door prizes with coffee and rolls served at 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids can enjoy an activity room while parents shop.

Admission is free.

The Akeley First Lutheran ladies are hosting a Lutheran World Relief Fair Trade catalog party at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at the church located on the corner of Highway 34 and Pleasant.

All are welcome for coffee, cider and pumpkin bars and shopping.

The handmade products are from around the world. Through purchases, the artisans who created them earn a fair income to improve their lives and affirm their dignity.

Four members of the Bemidji State University Department of Music faculty will present a free recital at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 in the Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

The recital will feature soprano Linda Wagner, flutist Susan Nelson and percussionist Eric Sundeen, all adjunct faculty in music, and Dr. Erika Svanoe, assistant professor of music. Wayne Hoff will accompany on piano.

The program features unusual combinations, like flute and marimba, and works for voice with instruments. The concert will include works by contemporary American and British composers as well as traditional 19th-century pieces.

Beagle Books and Bindery will host a reading and book signing by author Peter Geye from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at Bella Caffé.

Appetizers are complimentary; a cash bar will be available.

Geye is the author of novels "Safe from the Sea" and "The Lighthouse Road."

In "Safe from the Sea" a son returns home to reconnect with is estranged and dying father 35 years after the wreck of an ore boat on the Great Lakes.

"The Lighthouse Road" is the story of a young immigrant woman settling into life outside Duluth in the 1890s and her orphaned son in the 1920s.

A square dance hosted by the Friendly Squares will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Eagles Club in Park Rapids.

A "plus" workshop will be held from 7:30 to 8 p.m. with mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.

The caller will be Lanny Weakland and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips. 

Club members will furnish finger food. All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

 Sunday, Nov. 18

The Rising Sun Dancers will have a dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov 18 at the Waubun Community Center.

Roger McNeil will call the tips. Lunch will be served by the club. All dancers and spectators are welcome.

Monday, Nov. 19

A Hubbard County DFL meeting will convene at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 at the Park Rapids Area Library.  Participants will discuss the results of the recent election and planning for 2013.

Tuesday, Nov. 20

The Antique Tractor Club will hold a monthly meeting Tuesday, Nov 20 at the tractor grounds, unless snow is too deep. (The meeting will be moved to the Eagles Club.)

The board meets at 6 p.m. followed by a general membership meeting at 7 p.m. The annual board elections will be held.

Thursday, Nov. 22

The 30th annual Community Thank Meal will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, at Riverside United Methodist Church.

The meal includes turkey with all the trimmings, including pie.

Home deliveries begin at 11 a.m. for those within the city limits. For deliveries, call the 24-hour hotline until noon Nov. 22 at 237-8759.

Friday, Nov. 23

The call is out for singers to welcome in the Christmas season by caroling at the lighting of the Park Rapids Christmas tree on Main Street Friday, Nov. 23.

Paul Dove is issuing an invitation to anyone who would enjoy being a part of the Park Rapids Holiday Singers, a group of carolers that arrives each year on the Friday after Thanksgiving to lead the community carol-sing, ushering in the Christmas season and welcoming the arrival of Santa Claus. There are no rehearsals; the carols will be familiar. Just gather by the large Christmas tree on Main.

and take part in a Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce holiday event, reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell magazine cover.

Tuesday, Nov. 27

The Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota will host a heart and vascular seminar series every Tuesday, Nov. 27-Dec. 18 in Sanford Bemidji Medical Center's Education Center.

Beginning at 4:30 p.m. heart healthy appetizers will be served. The seminars will start at 5 p.m. followed by construction tours of the new Sanford Bemidji Heart & Vascular Center at 6 p.m.

The seminar schedule is as follows:

  n Nov. 27 - Women's Heart Health, presented by JoEllen Kohlman-Petrick, MD, cardiologist;

  n Dec.  4 - Advances in Cardiology, presented by Tom Haldis, MD, cardiologist;

  n Dec. 11 - Sanford Bemidji Cardiology, presented by Jeffrey Watkins, MD, cardiologist and Nur Jameel, MD, PhD, cardiologist;

  n Dec. 18 - Peripheral Vascular Diseases and Heart Disease, presented by Kevin Schoepel, MD, vascular surgeon and James Wagner, MD.

  These free educational seminars are open to the public.

  Space is limited and registration is required. To register, call 218-333-5505 or e-mail foundation-BEM@ one week prior to the seminar date.