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Upcoming events July 24-29

Saturday, July 24

The Pine Point Music Festival, promoting nonviolence through service to community, will be held today (Saturday) from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the pow wow grounds.

Music by local and regional artists will be featured, including Pat Moran and the Jackson Family, the Hanks Family Band, County 20, Eddie Kidd, SkyBlues Band, the Merhar Family, Hatfield Bay Band, Raven Darkcloud and George Goggleye 111.

Admission is a free will donation. Proceeds will be split equally with artists' and organizers' nonprofits of choice. This is a drug and alcohol free event. Bring a chair.

Lake George will celebrate the 27th annual Blueberry Festival with blueberries and fun today (Saturday) and Sunday, July 25.

Saturday's events kick off with a pie sale at the Senior Center at 10 a.m. followed by a pedal tractor pull at 11 a.m.

This year is the second annual $100 medallion hunt sponsored by Pine Motel. Clues will be given at the Pines Motel sign. Clues will be given at 9 a.m. and noon Friday, 9 a.m. and noon Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. The game ends at 3 p.m. Sunday or when someone finds the medallion.

Two book signings will take place this year. At 11 a.m. Dana Holm, a Minnesota photographer who published a book on Itasca State Park, will sign books at the Schoolcraft Gallery. From 1 to 3 p.m. Jim Proebstle will have a book signing for his book "Absence of Honor" also at the Schoolcraft Gallery.

Also new this year is midget wrestling from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday by the Lake George Café.

Other afternoon activities include bingo at the Senior Center from 1 to 3 p.m. and a carnival for the kids at the town hall. A drawing will be at 3 p.m.

A K-9 demonstration by the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department will be at 4 p.m. at Lake Paine Park.

The annual firemen's bean feed is from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall with a raffle at 7 p.m.

A beer garden is from 2 to 11:30 p.m. and there will be karaoke at the Lake George Café with Ted Stillwell as the DJ.

Sunday morning from 7 to 11 a.m. is the firemen's blueberry pancake breakfast at the fire hall. The sawdust money pit is at 10 a.m. at the Lake George Café. The parade is at 1 p.m. Sunday with registration at noon at Lake Paine Park.

Blueberry pies will be sold at the café with $1 from each sale going toward Camp Courage North. The Lake George Area Association will have a booth set up with many blueberry items for sale.

For more information call 218-266-3977 or 218-699-3080.

The North Country Trail Association, Itasca-Moraine chapter, is inviting hikers on a 3.3-mile hike beginning at 9:15 a.m. today (Saturday).

The starting point is where the North Country Trail crosses Hubbard Co. Rd. 91 approximately 15 miles north of Nevis/Dorset or 5.3 miles south of the intersection of Co. Rd. 91 and Highways 71/200. 

See  www.northcountry for detailed instructions to the starting point from several towns or call 218-675-5448. 

The hike goes from Steamboat Forest Road southeast to Refuge Road.

Hikers may take the Nelson Lake Campground Spur which will add a 1.6 mile hike around Nelson Lake.  The hike passes through spruce and red pine plantations with some terrific vistas.

The All Veterans Memorial Committee will be at the Park Rapids Farmers Market on Main Saturday, July 24.

They will have memorial stones available and will take donations for ongoing work for the memorial.

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 p.m. 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

A Haiti outreach benefit dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 25 at Our Lady of the Pines parish hall in Nevis.

The menu includes roast pork, cooked on site by Dave Luedke on site, cheesy potatoes, buns, coleslaw, desserts and beverages.

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.

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.

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.

Come early to hear the Hubbard Brass Quintet as they will be playing the prelude. The finale for the recital will include organ, brass, and choir in a special arrangement of "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee."

A reception will follow the concert.

Lauren Nickisch will perform Hephzibeth, Woman of Iron at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 25 at the ITOW Veterans Museum in Perham. 

This one-woman play, written by Nickisch, is based on the life of a northern Minnesota pioneer woman, Hephzibeth Jewett Merrit. 

  In the fall of 1856, Hephzibeth arrived at the head of the Great Lakes, pioneering the forested wilderness with her husband and eight boys.  Together, they helped to shape what eventually became the city of Duluth. 

Nickisch is a professional actress, playwright and music educator from the Brainerd Lakes area. 

The ITOW Veterans Museum is located at 805 West Main, Perham, For ticket reservations call 218- 346-7678.  

Monday, July 26

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development veterans employment representative Brian Ophus will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every other Monday starting July 26 at the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

Contact Kelly Simonson at the Chamber at 800-247-0054 to set up an appointment.

Ophus will offer employment services to military veterans as well as résumé assistance, job counseling and job placement.

Tuesday, July 27

The Central Lakes College Veterans' Resource Center in Brainerd will host an afternoon for American Indian military to explore higher education and educational benefits that are available.

The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 27 in C226, which is the Veterans' Resource Center at CLC.

A traditional blessing will open the event, followed by a feast, a tour of the campus and a presentation about the programs and services available to veterans, spouses and dependents.

Staff from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Higher Education Program and Veterans Upward Bound will be available to provide one-to-one guidance.

For information, contact Deb Dewey, Veterans' Resource Center civic

engagement coordinator, at 218-855-8279 or e-mail at

The Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) will offer a free grant writing workshop for anyone interested in applying for grants through the R2AC Tuesday, July 27 in the Park Rapids Area Library basement meeting room.

Individual artist grant/ McKnight career development fellowship grants will be discussed from 5 to 6:30 p.m., arts and cultural heritage grants from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and arts projects grants from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Advance registration is required. To reserve a place in a free workshop or for further information, call 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447 or email

The workshops will familiarize potential applicants with the application process, what projects are eligible, how to develop a project budget and other tips.

n The McKnight career development fellowship is open to established artists in all disciplines who show a commitment to their career. This 18-month fellowship provides the opportunity for career development experiences that will add depth and advancement to any artistic career. Two $6,000 fellowships will be awarded each year.

n The arts and cultural heritage grant writing session will be open to all art disciplines, any non-profit, school (including community education offices) and units of government. These grants support arts activities and arts access, education, and cultural heritage.

Individual artists can apply for grants up to $3,000 and organizations can apply for grants up to $6,000.

n The arts project grant writing session will be open to any non-profit organization, school (including community education offices), and units of government.

These grants offer funding for a variety of art projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, and artists-in-residence. Organizations can apply for grants up to $3,000.

n The individual artist grant writing session will be open to artists in all art disciplines. These grants offer funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities.

Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

Thursday, July 29

The Hubbard County Historical Society will be serving root beer floats from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 29 at the museum in conjunction with Crazy Days.