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Upcoming events Aug. 11-13

Wednesday, Aug. 11

The Park Rapids Retired Military Group will meet tonight (Wednesday) at 6 for fellowship with dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Payne Park north of Park Rapids on Highway 71 or north on CSAH 4 at Lake George, just south of the intersection.

Come and enjoy the company of others with retired military background and their families. Bemidji RMG is joining us for a picnic. We will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and brats, with buns and condiments. You need to bring your own eating/drinking items and a dish to share. We have both charcoal and gas grills. The lake is nearby with a super playground.

Call President David Buchholz at 652-4378 for more information.

The Brothers Burn Mountain will perform at the Park Rapids Farmers' Market today (Wednesday), Aug. 11. The market hours on Wednesday are from noon to 5 p.m.

The duo is made up of two brothers, Ryan and Jesse Dermody. According to Brian Skinness from the Terrapin Station in Nevis "The Brothers Burn Mountain are an all original acoustic guitar and drum duo. Fresh and new, yet hauntingly familiar roots, bluesy folk Americana style music with hints of Neil Young, Old Moody Blues, John Denver and Big Hard Sun. Captivating and paradoxical music that's worth a listen. Bring chairs to sit and listen.

Thursday, Aug. 12

The North Country Health Services Foundation will host the annual taco meal with American Indian drumming and dancing from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12 at the Bemidji Waterfront Rotary Pavilion.

The menu includes tacos served on fry bread or flour tortillas with all the trimmings, ice cream and pop.

A raffle drawing will be held at 7 p.m.

Proceeds benefit the Spoken Patient Menu System.

St. Mary's Innovis Health, Detroit Lakes, will address "Coping with Anxiety" from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 12 in conference rooms A & B.

Speaker is Jonathan Aligada, a licensed psychologist.

Anxiety, dread and fear are common human experiences. However, sometimes anxiety can spin out of control and interfere with your daily life. In this talk, you will learn about the various forms of anxiety disorders and how to cope with them. Reserve a spot by calling 218-844-0719.

PEO Chapter FQ will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12 at the Citizens National Bank with Carol Waters as co-hostess.

Beth Palm will deliver the program, an homage to grandmothers.

Brian Perez, a woodwind artist specializing in the saxophone who's equally versed in jazz and classical styles, will perform from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.

Perez is professor of woodwinds at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and is currently pursuing a doctorate of musical arts in classical saxophone performance from the University of Maryland College Park.

The audience is invited to bring lunch; coffee and bars will be provided and served by the church.

The Hubbard United Methodist Church will host its 6th annual pig roast supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12 with tickets available for purchase at the door.

"The pig roast has become a tradition for our church," said Arlene Valentin of Park Rapids. "Last year we served more than 450 dinners, with people coming from throughout the lake country area. It is a great opportunity to visit with friends while enjoying great food in a wonderful setting."

The Rev. Laurie Kantonen, Hubbard's new minister, is looking forward to the event.

Proceeds from the dinner, complete with roast pork, corn-on-the-cob, potato salad, broccoli salad and homemade pies, benefit the United Methodist Women Missions program.

The Becker County Republicans will be meeting at the Party Headquarters at 90 West Lake Drive (across from the Pavilion) on Thursday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m.

Friday, aug. 13

The Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center will present Professor Robert Mansfield, environmental artist, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug 13.

The event is the debut of the Blank Canvas lecture series. Admission is free. There will be a cash yogurt bar next door at the Jack Pine Café that will include the makings for brownie sundaes during an informal mixer at 6:30 p.m. Mansfield will speak at 7 p.m.

Mansfield is an internationally acclaimed artist and tenured professor at San Diego State University in California as well as in Hangzhou, China. He has taught at the University of Minnesota and is a visiting professor to Suzhou, China.

Legends and Logging Days 2010 will celebrate our area's history, culture, artisans and food Friday and Saturday, Aug. 13 and 14 at Red Bridge Park on the Fish Hook River.

Skilled chainsaw artists will sculpt masterpieces before your eyes and fiercely competitive loggers will thrill the crowd. Loon calling contestants will compete for the best calls in their age category.

This has been Park Rapids' signature event for more than 30 years and was established to honor the rich heritage of logging in this neck of the woods.

In recognition of World Breastfeeding Month, the public is invited to "Smoothies in the Park" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13 at the Detroit Lakes City Park.

The event will be in one of the shelters near the pavilion.

Learn how to help keep Minnesota's lakes and rivers healthy by installing a shoreland buffer garden in a workshop to be presented Friday and Saturday, Aug. 13 and 14 in Park Rapids.

Friday's session will focus on shoreland garden design and will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Faith Baptist Church, 1505 Park Ave. So. The Saturday session will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon and will include a hands-on planting demonstration at the Kath Residence at 21133 Eden Dr., Nevis.

Shoreland gardens are vegetative filters designed to create a buffer between the lawn area and lake or river shoreline. They catch and filter sediments and many pollutants before they enter the lake.

In this workshop, participants will discover how these gardens can benefit their property, gain basic design information and learn about resources available to create gardens on their own, or receive technical assistance to create shoreland gardens on their property.

This workshop is free and open to the public. To receive more information or to register, contact Sally Shearer, Hubbard County Extension at or 732-3391.

This workshop is sponsored by the Hubbard County Extension, Hubbard County Master Gardeners, Hubbard County Lakes and Rivers Coalition and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. It is offered though the University of Minnesota Extension Shoreland Education Program.