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Upcoming events July 13 - 29


This year’s Ror Schach Music and Arts Festival continues today (Saturday), July 13 at the Hubbard County Fairgrounds.

The 2013 event features 22 bands of every genre, a weekend musical feast. The festival has expanded one-half day to accommodate all the acts.

Overnight camping gives the event a Woodstock-like feel.

The festival took a 16-year hiatus and came roaring back with a vengeance in 2012. It was pronounced a huge success.

Many of the bands are local or have Park Rapids area ties.

Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., numerous kids’ activities are available. Last year youthful participants painted a huge wall mural.

Many artists sold their wares on site, including potters, jewelers and craft items. T-shirts were the biggest seller.

Reduced ticket sales are offered after 9 p.m. each night.

For more information, band lineups and ticket pricing, check out Ror Schach’s Facebook page or go to

An “urban varmint shoot” – pop bottles and milk jugs – will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today (Saturday), July 13 at the Osage Sportsman’s Club Range, from Highway 34 in Osage, turn north on CSAH 48, 1.3 miles on the left.

Cost is $2 per shooter. Ages 12-16 must have a firearms certificate and parent accompanying.

If you bring a gun, it must be .243 or smaller.

For more info, go to www.osagesportsmansclub. com or find us on Facebook at or call Allen Belt at 732-0978.

Children’s author and Menahga native Deb Lund will sign copies of her latest book, “Dinosoaring,” at noon today (Saturday), July 13 at Beagle Books.

Her past books are “Dinosailors,” “All Aboard the Dinotrain” and “Monsters on the Machines.”


Visitors to the 3rd Annual Bite of Park Rapids Food & Art Fair will find food and much more on the menu Sunday, July 14 on Main Street.

In addition to local restaurants serving “bites” of interesting fare, the event will feature live music, face painting, caricatures, bouncing houses and an art fair, showcasing original works in wood, fabric, pottery, mosaics, visual art, jewelry and more.

The fun starts at 9 a.m. with food booths opening at 11 a.m. Spend the day until 4 p.m. tasting, sampling, enjoying music and shopping on Main street. Join in on fun food contests from 1:15-2 p.m.

The band line up has changed and is: 11 to noon Chasing Clarence, noon to 1:15 Absolute Grüv, 2 to 2:45 Rio Trio and 2:45 to 4 Absolute Grüv.

The five-piece international indie ensemble, Chasing Clarence, finds its soul deeply rooted in the forests of Minnesota and Malaysia. With musical influences as wide ranging as the Mississippi River, their tenacious blend of vocal harmony and acoustic wittiness provides a true feeling of fresh. Prone to wander into territories uncharted, they offer up soul stirring songs with a pinch of sonic salt.

Absolute Grüv is a Minnesota-based band committed to reinventing classic rhythm and blues and blues sounds with a modern twist. With a core sound from guitar, bass, drums and the Hammond b3 organ, their combined jam band style and the Grüv’s roots in rock and blues make the band’s growing repertoire of originals truly unique.

Rio Trio, from the Walker area, has been playing weekly at Benson’s patio on Thursday nights with good reviews. Their music is Folk Americana with many covers including Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons and the like.

This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

As part of the 2013 Featured Artist program the Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center in Park Rapids will host a reception for area artist Terri Young from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, July 14.

In addition, four new guest artists, Anne Crabbe, potter, Byrdie Thompson, painter, Jim Kropp, jeweler and Glenn Anderson, wood carver, are being represented in the gallery for varying periods staring in July. This is done so visitors to the gallery have the opportunity of viewing not only member artists’ artwork but also other artists’ creations they may otherwise not have the opportunity to appreciate.

Plan to enjoy refreshments and mingle with Terri, other BCG artist members, and guest artists at the gallery, 311 Main Ave. S., in downtown Park Rapids.

The subjects and styles of Terri’s artwork are varied. For this show Terri is featuring a selection of her pastel landscape paintings including a number of new pieces not shown before.

This activity is funded in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts, and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.


Fellowship Baptist Church in Nevis is having Vacation Bible School for first-sixth graders from July 15-19 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

This year’s theme is Bible Boot Camp. It will be a great time of crafts, games, treats, skits, singing and learning. Please join us!

The church is located at 200 Main Street E. (between the Muskie and the fire department) in Nevis.

Contact Pastor Tom at 218-252-5834 with any questions.

The Hubbard County DFL will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, July 15 at the Lake George Town Hall.

Pre-sale tickets for the August Walleye and Wild Rice Dinner will be available at the meeting. The DFL field manager from Moorhead will be in attendance.


The two guest artists, appearing in the Northern Light Opera Company’s upcoming production of “Carousel,” will be giving master classes in singing, emphasizing “singing for theater.”

A soprano from La Crosse, Wis., Karla M. Hughes has a Master of Music in opera performance from Wichita State University. Since 1999, she has performed in various roles with Ohio Light Opera and more recently with The Messiah Choral Society of Colorado and as a guest artist with the Minnesota Concert Opera.

Gary Moss’ honors include being a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and a European debut as a soloist in Mozart’s “Requiem” in Rimini, Italy. More recently he has performed roles in “The Mikado” with Skylark Opera, St. Paul, and the Winter Opera in St. Louis. Since 2006, Moss also has sung various roles with Ohio Light Opera.

The public is welcome to observe the master classes at noon Wednesday, July 17 at the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium.

Long Lake Theater presents “The Dixie Swim Club,” starting Wednesday, July 17 in Hubbard.

Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. “The Dixie Swim Club” focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of 33 years.

Sheree, the spunky team captain, desperately tries to maintain her organized and “perfect” life, and continues to be the group’s leader. Dinah, the wisecracking overachiever, is a career dynamo. But her victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life.

Lexie, pampered and outspoken, is determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married – over and over and over again.

The self-deprecating and acerbic Vernadette, acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos.

And sweet, eager-to-please Jeri Neal experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise.

As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them.

And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of “teamwork,” rally ‘round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. “The Dixie Swim Club” is the story of these five unforgettable women – a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever.

Long Lake Theater is south of Park Rapids, in the village of Hubbard.  Call 732-0099 or check out for more information.

Christian Bible Services will be offered Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. July 17 and 24 at the Court Apartments Community Room, 300 Court Ave., Park Rapids.

There is no charge for the non-denominational service. Everyone is welcome.

 More than 113,000 people are currently waiting for an organ transplant nationwide, and that number continues to grow each day.

Because of the need for more people to register their decision to give the gift of life through organ, tissue and eye donation, St. Joseph’s Area Health Services is hosting “Blooming Wednesdays” July 17, 24 and 31.

The Let Life Bloom is a campaign of LifeSource, our region’s organ and tissue donation procurement organization, in tandem with the Donate Life initiative.

Did you know one person can save and heal up to 60 lives through organ and tissue donation? That is why St. Joseph’s is continuing this blossoming effort to recruit more heroes to sign on as organ, eye and tissue donors.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during “Blooming Wednesdays,” volunteers will be on hand in St. Joseph’s south lobby to make it easy to register your intent. The process is easy, confidential and will ensure your wish to save lives through donation is honored.

If you have questions about organ, eye, and tissue donation or to register today online, visit

You can also register by checking the box on your driver’s license application, renewal, or ID card holder form at Hubbard County’s Driver’s License Bureau.


The Noon Hour Concert for July 18, performed from 12:15-12:45 p.m. at St. Johns Lutheran Church, will feature Hawken Paul, a 14-yr old violinist from Brooklyn, N.Y., who comes every summer to Park Rapids with his family to help with the Northern Light Opera Company. (This year he’s playing Charlie Brown in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at the Armory.)

In NYC, he goes to school at Laguardia High School for the Arts, where he was concertmaster this past year for the Intermediate Orchestra. He also will be playing for the ISO Symphony Orchestra this year, which will perform in NYC at Symphony Space and Lincoln Center, and has been invited to play for the Aberdeen Youth Festival next summer in Scotland. Hawken enjoys cartooning and cross-country running, and playing mind games with his younger brother Finn.

Hawken will be accompanied by his mom, Lisa Dove, a composer and theater artist, who is here in Park Rapids directing “Carousel” for NLOC.

People are invited to bring their lunch. Bars and beverages will be provided.

Friends of the Park Rapids Area Library will hold their two-day summer book sale at the library on Thursday, July 18, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At this sale, children’s and youth books along with romance novels will sell for 10 cents. On Friday, all books in the 10 cent room will be one dollar per box, and all remaining newer marked books will be half-price.

As always, the sale includes a wide variety of inexpensively-priced novels, non-fiction works, videos, cassettes, CDs, DVDs, puzzles and maps.

The library basement is accessible to all.


The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club is having a fish fry supper from 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 19 at the clubhouse, located 1.5 miles east of Emmaville on County Road 24.

Meal includes fish, cheesy potatoes, coleslaw, roll, dessert and beverage.

A free will donation will be accepted. The donation will be used towards sponsored projects and renovations.

 Emily and Abby Eystad are performing a pink piano recital fundraiser from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. at Bella Caffé.

The sisters describe why they are having the piano recital.

“Almost 5 years ago we lost our grandma to breast cancer. It was awful to lose her and to such a nasty disease. We are doing this in memory of her and so that we can help find a cure!” the girls wrote.

The same year they lost their grandma, their mom participated in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk. The walk is a 60 mile walk over the course of 3 days. Each year since then she has participated. They knew that they would someday be a part of the walk as well.

This year Abby is going to be a part of the Youth Corps., which includes mini crew members (ages 10-16) who will help out at the pit stops by filling water bottles, handing out snacks and cheering the walkers on. During lunch time Abby will help fill up ice bags for those who need them, fill up water bottles and keep cheering the walkers on. For Abby to be a part of the Youth Corps., she is being asked to raise $500. This money will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. 

Emily will be participating in the Young Women Walking program, which is also known as YW2. This program was set up for women ages 16-21 who want to take part in the walk. She will be walking about 20 miles the second day of the walk. As a part of this program, she is asked to raise $750. 

The pink recital is a creative way for the girls to share their talents while raising money. Consider helping them participate in the Susan G. Komen walk.

A Monkey Mind Pirates Family Yoga Party will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 19 at Century School.

The program, presented by Z Puppets Rosenschnaz of Minneapolis, is created for children ages 2 and up, including families, and has been called “the world’s only puppet, rock, yoga adventure for families in search of calm”.

Get the whole family moving with this mix of puppets, music, and yoga fun. Help Captain Fitz navigate the stormy seas of stress and tame the unruly Monkey Mind Pirates. Join the Quest for Calm with catchy, original songs, simple yoga poses and playful approach to mindfulness. Turn your family’s “arrghs” into “Oms” with this award-winning musical performance.

Z Puppets Rosenschnoz delights children and adults with feats of imagination, mixing hand-crafted puppetry and quirky comedy with live music.

Z Puppets artists Shari Aronson and Chris Griffith have earned many awards, including support from the Jim Henson Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Puppeteers of America and the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Based in Minneapolis, Z Puppets tour their family-friendly comedies across the country. Z artists have an extensive background teaching classes, workshops and residencies for students of all ages.

Summer’s hot. Let us do the cooking for a finger-lickin’ feast and fundraiser to benefit St. Joseph’s Area Health Services Hospice.

Now in its 26th year, St. Joseph’s Hospice Chicken Dinner will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, July 19 at the Park Rapids American Legion Club.

On the menu is a full chicken dinner with all of the fixins plus the famous brownie sundae dessert bar.


The Green Valley Fire benefit will take place from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at the Menahga Elementary parking lot and gym.

Bring the whole family to enjoy food, music and games. All funds raised will go to the Green Valley Fire Relief Fund.

The event is designed to raise money for those who lost their homes and belongings in the Green Valley Fire. Many Menahga groups and surrounding communities are involved in planning this event.

The organizers are seeking silent auction items. If you or your organization would like to donate an item, please drop it off between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at either the Menahga School District office or with Kari Weise at Northway Insurance in Park Rapids.

If you have questions about the event or want to volunteer to help, email

The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a square dance at the Eagles Club on Saturday, July 20 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The caller will be Tom Allen and Donna Stone will cue round dances between tips. There will be mainstream dancing with occasional plus tips. There will be finger food available after the dance furnished by the club members.

All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

The next Ruby’s Pantry Food distribution will be held on Saturday, July 20 at Assumption of our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at First English Lutheran Church with the food distribution following at 10:30 a.m. at the Catholic Church.  The cost is $15 per share.  Please bring your own baskets and boxes for food.

Volunteers are also needed and much appreciated.  If you have any questions, please contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501.


The annual Masonic Lodge Pancake Breakfast promoting Bikes for Books is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 21 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

Tickets are available at the door or from any Mason.


The Park Rapids graduating class of 1993 will have a 20 year class reunion the weekend of July 26-27.

Festivities include socializing at Zorbaz Friday evening, July 26.

Saturday, July 27 at 1 p.m. will be a family picnic at Heartland Park. Bring your own food. At 6 p.m. there will be an appetizer buffet at Bogeys with deck seating and sand volleyball.

Please email photos to for a memory slide show.


The Hubbard County Historical Museum will present “The Minnesota Fur Trade” at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 29 in the lower level of the “new” courthouse, which is handicap accessible.

Refreshments will be served. Call 732-5237 for more info.