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Upcoming events July 8-25

Thursday, July 8

Chapter FQ PEO will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 8 at the

home of Nancy Novak with Evonne Evans as co-hostess.

The program will be exemplification of ritual.

Teens ages 12-18 are invited to the Park Rapids Area Library Thursday, July 8 for "Dark Tales: A Program of Mystery and Intrigue."

"Spooky" snacks will be provided at 6:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 7 p.m., upstairs at the library.

Robert Holbrook will present a program combining spooky and mysterious effects that emphasize the works and the strange connections between the lives of Stephanie Meyers, P.C. Cast, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker and more.

In addition to the books, Holbrook brings his collection of "unusual" relics. These objects have been collected over many years and from many journeys.

Teens selected from the audience will personally experience the odd phenomena that results from an association with these artifacts while the entire audience witnesses what can only be intuition, hive-mind, compulsion, telekinesis, mind reading or... ?

Pre-registration is appreciated, but is not required. Call the library at 732-4966 or stop in to register.

Friday, July 9

A Summer Splash craft festival will be held July 9-10 at Century School.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

A fish dinner benefiting the All Veterans Memorial will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 9 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

All proceeds will go toward the completion of the interior of the interpretive center.

Saturday, July 10

The North Star Ensemble will perform an open rehearsal at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 10 at the Park Rapids Farmers Market.

The musicians are Anita Hannemann on violin and mandolin, Walt Hannemann playing classical guitar, Donna Neumann on flute and keyboardist Kathy Gorentz.

The music is classical, some of which will be an encore performance of the noon hour concert. Bring a chair.

A donation for the musicians is appreciated.

Pam Holland, internationally known for her expertise in designing, lecturing, photographing and writing about the art of quilting, will be at First Lutheran Church in Akeley Saturday, July 10. 

The "Quilting Around the World" afternoon tea and program will run from 1:30 to 4 pm. 

Tickets will be sold in advance and can be reserved by calling the church office at 652-3335 before July 7.

First Lutheran office staff will provide more information about this fundraising event.   For information about the presenter, go to

First Lutheran Church is located on the corner of Highway 34 and Pleasant Avenue in Akeley.

  Becker County Historical Society and Heart O'Lakes Genealogical Society will host a joint open house being held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 10 at the Becker County History Museum in Detroit Lakes. 

Attendees will be given the opportunity to learn how both societies assist in historical and genealogical research requests. 

The research holdings for both societies are located in the Becker County History Museum's Library.

Admission is free and staff is available for assistance. 

This open house will feature refreshments from the recently printed Heart O'Lakes Genealogical Society Cookbook.

The Becker County History Museum, Research Library and Gift Shop are located on the corner of Summit Ave and Front Street, next to the Historic Holmes Theatre. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The Northwoods Arts Council of Hackensack will present "Whaddaya Gonna Do in Vista View," a humorous story of a couple who live a hectic life in the city and decide to move to a lake home in a small town.

The performances will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday and Monday, July 10 and 12 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 11 in the community building.

Tickets are available in Hackensack at Loon's Unlimited, Southside, Sun and Fun or by calling Shirley at 675-6181.

The Park Rapids Area High School class of 1980 reunion planning committee requests classmates to RSVP to Vicki at

732-3747 or Jeff at by July 10 for the Aug. 14 class reunion.

The planning committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 13 at the

Good Life Café on Main street.

Sunday, July 11

Elisa Korenne returns to the ITOW (In Their Own Words) Veterans Museum in Perham to perform a one-woman show at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 11.

"Oy Vey is Jewish for Uff-da" is a unique, live performance that tells the stories of little known Jewish immigrants who settled in the Upper Midwest. 

Korenne, a professional writer, performer and composer, became fascinated with the Jewish immigrants to rural Minnesota when she herself arrived as a Jewish immigrant to rural Minnesota in 2007. 

Korenne spent the last year researching the Jewish pioneers of the 19th and early-20th centuries and then crafted original song-portraits that tell their stories. 

In her engaging live performances, Korenne intersperses her original songs with story-vignettes and explanations about Jewish culture.   

Monday, July 12

St. Joseph's Area Health Services diabetic support group will meet from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, July 12 in lower level A of the hospital.

Dr. Murry Westberg from Park Rapids Eye Clinic will address eye health.

Contact Tia Kocka for more information at 255-3684.

Thursday, July 14

The Headwaters Intervention Center will be at the Park Rapids Farmers Market Wednesday July 14 to answer questions about the services they provide and the needs presented in our community. Donations are welcome for their work.

Eddie Kidd will also be sharing music to support the work of the Headwaters Intervention Center.

Friday, July 15

St. Joseph's Hospice will host a chicken dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 16 at the Park Rapids American Legion Club.

The menu includes chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberries, roll, beverage plus the "famous" brownie sundae bar.

Saturday, July 17

An evening of fun, history and music will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 17 in the Bemidji High School auditorium when the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra and Bemidji Chorale are joined by acclaimed historian, Clay S. Jenkinson as Thomas Jefferson. 

Hear Randall Thompson's "Testament of Freedom" performed under the direction of Music Director, Dr. Beverly Everett. 

Based on four texts of Thomas Jefferson, this choral/orchestral work will be enhanced with commentary by Thomas Jefferson. 

The audience is invited to join Mr. Jefferson (Jenkinson) after the concert for an informal talk.

Jenkinson is a humanities scholar, author and social commentator trained in English Renaissance Literature, as well as a Jefferson scholar, a Lewis and Clark scholar, and a student of the future of rural America.

He is the director of the Dakota Institute in Washburn, N.D, the president of Dakota Sky Education and the chief consultant for the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University. He writes a weekly column for the Bismarck Tribune, in addition to authoring numerous books.

Saturday, July 24

The Friendly Squares will host the "Source of the Mississippi Hoedown" square dance on Saturday, July 24 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The event will start at 2 p.m. with a round dance workshop.  Then at 3 p.m. a "plus " square dance workshop, at 3:30 p.m. a mainstream workshop and at 4:30 pm a contra dance workshop.  

Club members will offer a supper at 5:30 p.m.  The evening dancing will start at 6:30 with round dancing and at 7 p.m. with mainstream square dancing with occasional plus tip and one contra dance.

Callers will be Tom Allen and Dick Rueter with Donna Stone cueing rounds and Duane Olson as prompter for contras. 

Visiting dancers and spectators are welcome.

Sunday, July 25

Hubbard United Methodist Church will dedicate its new organ at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 25 with the public invited to attend at no charge. Rev. Laurie Kantonen, the church's new minister, will welcome those in attendance.

Jim Hockin, guest organist, will play a varied concert on the Rodgers Signature 229 Organ, including works by Mozart, Bach, Haydn and an U.S. Armed Forces Tribute.

Hockin, who has been a piano soloist with the Minneapolis Symphony and Lake Harriet Orchestras, has studied organ with Edward D. Berryman. He recently retired from dental practice.

The Rodgers Signature Model 229 organ incorporates sound space technology, allowing the organist to select room sizes and wall types to create acoustic depth and realism, much like 3-D stereo.

The organ can be set to play pedal voices automatically so a pianist can comfortably play the organ without having to use the pedals. This organ utilizes USB memory stick technology for storage of sound settings. Performances may be recorded and re-played at a later time.

A reception will follow the concert.