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Upcoming events June 5-19

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.

Join the thru-hikers who are hiking from the Chippewa National Forest to Lake Itasca State Park, one Saturday at a time, in short hikes that will culminate at Itasca at the North Country Trail Fest Saturday, Aug. 28.

This Saturday's hike, June 5, will be the fourth in the series. It will begin at Lake Erin, Chippewa Forest picnic area, southeast of Walker on HWY 371 at 9:30 a.m.

Hikers should arrive at the starting point at 9:15, wearing long pants, sturdy shoes and carrying water and a snack. The hike will be 4.9 miles and will go west to the Highwat 50 Shingobee River Bridge.

  Hikers in past weeks have watched the march of spring flowers across the forest floor and even experienced the sounds and sights of cracking trees during a wind storm. 

These hikes are sponsored and led by the Itasca Moraine Chapter of the North Country Trail, a national scenic trail that travels through Minnesota as it moves from Lake Champlain on the border of New York and Vermont to Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota.

  On hikes five through eight the hikers will move through the Chippewa National Forest, crossing into the Paul Bunyan State Forest, leaving Cass County and entering Hubbard County, on hike seven. 

For more information about the hikes, call 218-675-5448.

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 in Akeley.

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.

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 Riverside Cemetery Association will have its annual meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 9 at the new community center in Osage.

For more information call Barbara at 573-3572.

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.

The Hubbard County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 7 in the basement meeting room of the original courthouse.

Nels Kramer, who founded an Akeley museum on the logging era, will provide an update on the museum, which is now closed.

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. 

Coaches will cover basic ball handling skills and drills.   The fee includes a T-shirt. 

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

The Nevis Red Hats will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 8 at LaPasta in Dorset.

Call Jeannine for reservations at 652-2759.

A class presenting working knowledge of Microsoft Word will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, June 8 and 10 at the Century School.

Instructor Cal Rice will cover both the 2007 version and the 2003 version. Students will learn how to create letters, reports and invitations. This is a comprehensive class for people looking to learn the program or improve their job skills.  

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

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.

The Riverside Cemetery Association will have its annual meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 9 at the new community center in Osage.

For more information call Barbara at 573-3572.

The Park Rapids Retired Military Group will meet Wednesday June 9 at 6 p.m. for fellowship and dinner at 6:30 p.m. at North Point Lodge, east of Park Rapids on Highway 34. (formerly Goose Crossing).

Come and enjoy the company of others with retired military background and their families.

Call President Dan Paulson at 732-8401 for more information.

Thursday, June 10

A Minnesota firearms safety course will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 10 and 11 at the Environmental Education Building located on the fairgrounds in Park Rapids.

Registration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 9 at the Environmental Education Building Environmental Education Building; all students must register to attend.

Materials will be distributed and the fee of $7.50 will be collected June 9. Students should bring a self-ad-dressed, stamped envelope at the time of registration.

There is no maximum age limit but students must be at least 11 at the time of registration.

Topics covered in the course include safe firearm handling, firearm care, hunter ethics and responsibility, wildlife management, field testing and other topics.

For more information, call Russ Johnsrud at 732-8411 or Ron Norenberg at 732-9356.

Friday, June 11

The White Earth Land Recovery Project will hold a celebratory event for the installation of the 75kW Loland turbine at noon Friday, June 11 at the White Earth Land Recovery, formerly Callaway Elementary School.

All are welcome to celebrate the installation with food and ice cream served.

For more information, call 218-375-2600.

Saturday, June 12

The Akeley Garden Club will hold their annual plant sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 12 on Paul's Patio.

The Red Hat Ladies of Park Rapids will be going to Backus for tea with the Ravishing Reds Saturday, June 12. 

Meet at 1 p.m. at the old Pamida Parking lot for carpooling. 

This is a "regal" event with all the Bling, so wear an old prom dress or party dress and your red hat.  Bring you own teacup.

RSVP to Sharon Winter 732-4016 or Sandy Gyllander 732-8996 as soon as possible.

The Living at Home/ Interfaith Caregivers Program is sponsoring their "famous" rib dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 12 at the American Legion in Park Rapids. 

Ribs, baked potatoes, coleslaw, veggies and dessert will be served.

Living at Home is committed to mobilizing volunteers and other community resources to enable seniors to remain living in the home of their choice.

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

Saturday, June 19

The 10th annual Sebeka Red Eye River Run/Walk will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 19 beginning in the Sebeka City Park.

Pre-register by contacting Patty Anderson at or 218-837-5677.

All participants receive a T-shirt and are eligible for door prizes. Medals and trophies will be awarded.