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Upcoming events May 27 - June 14

Thursday, May 27

Seniors are invited to learn to surf the Web from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 27 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Computer basics and using the Internet will be addressed.

Space is limited; call the library at 7324-966 to reserve a space. There is no charge for the training.

PEO Chapter FQ will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 27 at the home of Eunice Rothermel with Roxy Wickre as co-hostess.

Evonne Evans will present the program "Pastimes."

The Forest Riders ATV Club will conduct a roadside pick up from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 27 on Highway 71, meeting in front of the Clover Town Hall.

A dinner and meeting will follow at 6 p.m. at the Buck Stop.

Friday, May 28

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, May   28 at the Century School in Park Rapids. 

There will be a "plus" workshop from 7:30 to 8 p.m., mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. The caller will be Roger Lueth with Donna Stone cueing rounds between tips. 

Club members will furnish a potluck lunch.  Greeter will be Karen Lueth; servers will be the Benjamins. 

All dancers and spectators are welcome.

Saturday, May 29

The Park Rapids Garden Club plant sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 29 at Summerset Flea Market, Highway 34 east, Park Rapids.

This is the club's annual scholarship, grant money and community gardening events fundraiser.

Monday, May 31

The Wolf  Lake chapter of the Minnesota Finnish American Historical Society will host a pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, at the Wolf Lake Lions Hall. 

The menu will include pancakes, ham and homemade fruit syrups. 

A free will donation will help fund scholarships to Salolampi, the Finnish language camp at Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji. Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, June 2

The ninth annual St. Joseph's Area Health Services Foundation golf benefit will be held Wednesday, June 2, at Blueberry Pines Golf Club.

Swing a golf club. Volunteer on the registration table or food crew. Listen to the Upper Mississippi Dixieland Swing Band. Watch the helicopter ball drop.

There are many ways to support this fundraiser, which benefits St. Joseph's Hospice program and provides scholarships for area students pursuing health care degrees.

By being a sponsor, giving an in-kind gift, playing the 18-hole scramble or volunteering to help, you can be part of the community celebration.

Registration is at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The helicopter ball drop is at 5:30 p.m. with a chipping contest at 6 p.m. and closing ceremony and barbecue at 6:30 p.m.

Community support helps Hospice make over 3,000 home visits to more than 100 families in our area and provides scholarships to selected area college-bound students.

Contributions to St. Joseph's are charitable donations.

Contact St. Joseph's Communication/ Development office at 237-5711 for registration information, in-kind gift forms, or volunteer opportunities.

Saturday, June 5

A Ruby's Pantry Food distribution will be held Saturday, June 5 at the Assumption of Our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga. 

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the food distribution following at 10:30 a.m.  The cost is $15 per share.  Bring baskets and boxes for food. 

Volunteers are also needed "and much appreciated."  Contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501 for more information.

Saturday, June 5

A ladies luncheon benefiting Haiti school children will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 5 at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Nevis.

The event's menu includes a mandarin chicken salad with programs by local artists and door prizes.

RSVP to 652-4005 by Tuesday, June 1.

Celebrate National Trails Day Saturday, June 5 with a guided hike on the North Country National Scenic Trail with the Laurentian Lakes chapter.

The hike begins at 1 p.m. at the Old Headwaters (Clearwater CSAH 39) Trailhead.

This is an easy to moderate hike with shuttle service for 4 miles on the North Country National Scenic Trail between the Old Headwaters and Highway 113 trailheads.

The western portion of the hike follows the north/south continental divide in northeastern Becker County. This includes an unnamed 1,700-foot hill with views for miles, including Tim-Don-Del Hill eight miles to the east.

A chapter meeting follows at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. at Bad Medicine Resort.

An RSVP for the roasted chicken family style dinner is required by Monday, May 31.

Contact Ray Vlasak at 573-3243 or highpines

This is a rain or shine event.

The trailhead is located 1.3 miles north of Highway 113 on Clearwater CSAH 39 (Becker CSAH 37. Bad Medicine Resort is located two miles south of Highway 113 on East Bad Medicine Lake Road.

A kick-off-to-summer picnic and silent auction will be held Saturday, June 5 at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

Games begin at 3 p.m. with food - burgers, brats, fish and more - served from 5 to 7 p.m.

Proceeds benefit St. Johns Lutheran Youth to defer costs for a national youth gathering in New Orleans.

Everyone is welcome.

Sunday, June 6

The fifth annual Ride for the Troops fundraiser will be Sunday, June 6.

Riders will leave from Bemidji at noon and take a route through Becida, Zerekel, Naytahwaush, Lake Itasca and Shevlin, arriving back in Bemidji. 

A pancake breakfast precedes the ride at 9 a.m. All proceeds go to Bemidji area service members and their families for ongoing assistance to recover from hardships imposed by their recent extended tour of duty in the war on terror. 

For more information, or to register, go to rideforthe Contributions are accepted. Send to R.P. Broadcasting at 2115 Washington Ave. SE, Bemidji, MN 56601.

Wednesday, June 9

Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer will present information on scams from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 9 at Nevis Senior Center.

The talk is sponsored by Nevis Senior Center and Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota.

The event is open to the public.

Thursday, June 10

The Northwoods State Retirees Club invites any Minnesota State Retiree System retiree and guest to attend a spring luncheon to be held at noon Thursday, June 10 at the Becida Bar and Grill, located south of Bemidji at the intersections of CSAH 9 and 3.

Call Ted Spencer at 732-7083 or LaVerne Kennedy at 218-547-1364 by June 2 for reservations.

Monday, June 14

Central Lakes College will conduct a music video camp

June 14-18 for grades 10 to adult on the Staples campus.

The day camp, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is held in lab space to be shared with the new videography production degree program this fall.

Camp participants learn how to create a professional-looking music video in five days. The fee for instruction and all supplies is $50, including daily lunch.

Students work in small groups to select a song. They write a script, set up and film the shots with digital video cameras, and then use computers to produce and edit the timeline using Apple's Final Cut Pro software. When completed, students author a DVD for final presentation.

For information or to register contact instructor Leon Dahlvang at 800-247-6836, ext. 5142, or e-mail