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Upcoming events Dec. 4 - 9


Nevis Public School is holding its annual book fair this week. This school book fair is unique because it makes use of local resources including Beagle Books & Bindery. The book fair is being held in Nevis’s new community education building. The book fair is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Today and Thursday, Dec. 4-5 and 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 6.


The Sons of Norway, Park Rapids Nordskogen Lodge will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at Riverside United Methodist Church.

It will be the Christmas membership and Kinship party. Members are asked to bring a substantial dish for a potluck meal. They will be entertaining Kinship children at the December meeting again this year. A program on Scandinavian Christmas traditions, including that of the trolls and other cultural information, will be presented by Bob Paulson, a retired Lutheran minister from Shevlin.

Long Lake Theater will present the traditional Christmas Carol from Dec. 5 through Dec. 15 in Hubbard.

“This has always been a popular show for us. I’m really glad we’re bringing it back,” said Bruce Bolton, theater manager. “Every time we produce this show we tend to get a lot of groups and families that want tradition around the holidays.”

The classic Dickens tale of the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge will be presented this holiday season at Long Lake Theater. First published in 1843, it has never been out of print and has been adapted to film, stage, opera and other media multiple times.

The production features a large cast involving people from Nevis, Menahga and Park Rapids.

Experienced actor and director Bryan Gallagher, who joined the Long Lake Theater troupe this summer as an actor and stage manager, is the director.  Long Lake Theater will be beginning its 13th year in operation.

This year’s family presentation includes a choral music segment under the direction of Brian Hobson, complimentary hot cider and chocolate, and of course, several varieties of Christmas goodies.

Show dates will be Dec. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and matinees Dec.

7, 8, 14 and 15 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are available at Beagle Books, online at and by calling 732-0099.

Calvary Lutheran Church in Bemidji, 2508 Washington Avenue SE, will host its annual Lutefisk and Meatball Supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. A Scandinavian bake sale and silent auction will also be held, and musical entertainment will be provided in the sanctuary. Takeout meals are available. For additional information, call the church at 218-751-1893.


The Park Rapids Area High School Drama Club is presenting “Snow Angel” by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7 in the high school auditorium. When the quiet town of Deerpoint, Vermont is hit by the biggest blizzard in 107 years, a mysterious girl named Eva steps out of a snow bank and into the lives of 15 confused teenagers who are asked to help her in her search. What Eva’s searching for - and who she truly is - becomes a mystery that baffles, divides, and energizes the teens. Told through journal entries and interactions among the students over the course of a single snow day, Snow Angel is a funny and eerie tale of teen angst, discovery, and the power of believing. Juliann Kjenaas is the director.

Bemidji Community Theater, in collaboration with the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, will present “The King and I,” the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical masterpiece Dec. 6 through Dec. 15.

Discover 19th century Siam through the eyes of a British schoolteacher hired by the King to modernize his country. It’s the 1860s and the western world in closing in on Siam. Hoping to give his family the necessary knowledge to survive in this New World, the King of Siam hires Anna, a British governess for his children. At first, Anna and the King struggle to find common ground between Siamese and British attitudes. Soon though, the two opposites fall in love.

The musical is complete with lavish costumes and a lush score of classics including “Getting to Know You,” “Hello Young Lover,” and many more. This Tony Award-winning Broadway phenomenon is under the direction of Mary Knox-Johnson and Karen Bradley will leave you whistling a happy tune.

The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

First City Squares of Bemidji is hosting a square dance from 7:30-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 9th and Beltrami. Plus tips will be the first half hour. Roger Lueth will be the caller and Donna Stone will be cuing. Visitors and spectators are welcome. For more information call Denise Houle at 218-444-7741.


A Christmas Showcase will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at Armory Square in Park Rapids. The event will feature many vendors. Bring a donation for the Hubbard County Food Shelf. A silent auction to benefit Pregnancy Resource Center and Headwaters Intervention Center. Bring the kids to meet Santa.

The inaugural Christmas Sweets, Treats & Treasures will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church.

Sponsored by St. Joseph’s Area Health Services Auxiliary, this event will raise funds used to enhance patient comfort and healing.

This fundraiser will include a Cookie Walk featuring over 100 kinds of sweets and treats and a Holiday Décor Sale featuring gently used holiday treasures. A coffee room will provide an opportunity for socializing during shopping.

The Cookie Walk will include thousands of cookies, bars and candies. Treats will include many holiday items such as lefse, krumkake, kringla, holiday breads, Biscotti, assorted cookie platters and fudge, just to mention a few.

Door prizes will be drawn at 2 p.m.; Guests do not have to be present to win.

The annual Akeley Methodist Church Cookie Walk starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The event features lefse, rosettes, krumkaka, Amish friendship breads, caramel rolls, Swedish tea rings, almond cakes, sweet breads, candies, pastry braids and more. Refreshments will be served.

The Nevis Red Hat Ladies will have their December luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Bullwinkles. Call Sue at 652-3884 for reservations.

Celebrate Christmas for Kamp Kace Kids (Kids Against Cancer Everywhere) Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Osage Community Center. The event is from 1-4 p.m. and will include Santa’s workshop, Frosty’s face painting, Mrs. C’s sweet treat, Christmas storyland and Santa’s arrival by the Carsonville Fire and Rescue crew.

Donations will go toward Kamp Kace. The event is sponsored by the Osage Lions.

The annual Backus American Legion Christmas Party is from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. It includes complimentary food and door prizes, a visit from Santa Claus, a 50-package ham and turkey raffle and musical comedy at 5:45 p.m. presented by the post’s Usual Suspects Theater Co.


The Park Rapids Area Home School Association will have its winter choir concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at Faithbridge Church in Park Rapids. The concert features musical sections that will delight the whole family. Free admission.

St. Theodore’s Church in Ponsford will have turkey bingo at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. There will be 20 games and 20 turkey winners. Free lunch will be available. The event is sponsored by St. Theodore’s Parish Guild bingo at Parish Kateri Guild Hall.


The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club Auxiliary will meet at noon Monday, Dec. 9 at the clubhouse for the Christmas potluck luncheon. Donations to the food shelf as well as dues will be collected.

Century Middle School’s winter choir concert is at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 in the cafetorium.

The concert is free and everyone is invited. The concert will feature a variety of music that we have been working on this fall – including the pop piece “Home,” recorded by Phillip Phillips, “Thank You Soldiers,” performed at our Veterans Day program – “Imagine,” the 1971 hit by John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band.

Other songs include “Come Join In Singing,” which first appeared in 1559 during the Renaissance written by French composer Jacques Arcadelt, “A Time for Peace,” and of course some traditional holiday tunes including “Deck the Hall,” “Jingle Bells,” “Oh Christmas Tree,” “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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