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Upcoming events June 2-8

Wednesday, June 2

Master Gardeners Arthur Yliniemi and Maurice Spangler will be at the Park Rapids Farmers Market (on Main St.) from noon to 5 p.m. today (Wednesday).

They will be available to help identify local garden and lawn weeds and can discuss methods of control.

They will also have potted weeds on hand to help in identification. Bring in your own weeds if you need to have them identified.

Thursday, June 3

A defensive driving refresher course will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 3 at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

To register, call Dave Free, instructor, at 732-7008.

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.

Audrey's Purple Dream ATV ride, benefiting a fund for area residents battling cancer and their families, will set off at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 5 from the Stompin' Grounds, two miles north of Akeley on Highway 64.

The event is sponsored by the Timberland Dirt Devils. Participants need not ride but simply come out in support of those in need of services.

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.

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.

Sunday, June 6

The Hubbard County sheriff's office will hold ATV youth CD safety training from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 6.

CDs are available at the sheriff's office and must be completed prior to the class. Youth attending must be at least 11; a copy of a certified birth certificate is needed at the time of registration.

Call LanaJo at 252-1854 to register.

Monday, June 7

Yoga strength, a dynamic movement-based class combining Yoga poses with moves from Pilates, kickboxing and ballet for total body toning, will meet from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, June 7-Aug. 2 (not July 5) or from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 8-July 29 at Century School. 

Participants will build powerful, lean bodies. Bring your own mat.  Sarah Frieden will instruct.

To register or for more information, contact Community Education at 237-6600.

Relax and recharge in the summer air with outdoor yoga to be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, June 7- Aug. 2 (not July 5) at Century School bus loop.

Class will meet inside the school on rainy days). 

This class is for all ability levels. The focus is on basic yoga poses and breathing, with movement to increase mobility, flexibility and body consciousness.

Bring a mat. Sarah Frieden will instruct.

To register or for more information, contact Community Education at 237-6600.

Pilates, a series of exercises designed to strengthen the core and provide expanded flexibility, will be offered from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Mondays, June 7-July 19 (not July 5) at the Frank White Education Center gym. 

These exercises are geared to all ages and fitness levels. Eric Boe will instruct. 

To register or for more information, contact Community Education at 237-6600.

  Beginning adult tennis will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays, June 7-28 at the Depot Courts. 

Barb Thomason will instruct.

To register or for more information, contact Community Education at 237-6600.

The Talley Gallery of Bemidji State University's Education Arts Complex will feature works of the late Eugene Dalzotto, one of the first art professors at Bemidji State, in an exhibition titled, "This is what it is," beginning Monday, June 7.

Dalzotto, who was instrumental in the formation of Bemidji State's Department of Visual Arts, was a master printmaker and Fulbright Scholar who studied in Europe and settled in Bemidji. He taught art and art history at the University until his retirement in 1985. He remained in Bemidji after retirement, producing works in his home studio until the late 1990s. Dalzotto died in 2009.

The exhibition will feature works spanning more than five decades of Dalzotto's life, reflecting his time spent in the military during World War II through the 1990s. The works reflect his view of the world and the values he held dear.

An opening reception will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, June 7 at the gallery.

Dalzotto's exhibition will run from June 7-July 2 and again from Aug. 23-Sept. 3.

Tuesday, June 8

Kick start your day with cardio kick boxing to be offered from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 8-July 29 at the Frank White Elementary gym. 

Sarah Frieden's unique style combines kickboxing conditioning and plyometrics with heart-pumping music for challenging total body workout.

Participants will blast through 40 minutes of cardio followed by 15 minutes of serious core work, finishing with 5 minutes of stretching. 

To register or for more information, contact Community Education at 237-6600.

Elementary volleyball for girls in grades one through four will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 8-July 1 at the Century Elementary gym.