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Upcoming events May 19 - 22

Thursday, May 19

Hubbard County will be hosting two pasture walks Thursday, May 19, at 10 a.m. near Park Park Rapids and 4 p.m. near Laporte Each walk is open to the public, unique and approximately two hours long.

Led by northwest regional grazing specialist Mark Hayek, they will be localized for issues pertaining to a particular area and offer tips on rotational grazing.

Livestock producers are encouraged to attend and ask questions and discuss pasture management. Demonstrations will include estimating pasture production and clipping forages to determine dry weight production.

For information on specific locations, call 732-9723 ext 3.

Pat and Donna Surface will perform at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 19 at Heritage Living Center, bringing music and performance signing to the residents.

Pat is a singer/ songwriter whose blend of folk, Celtic, blues gospel and bluegrass reflect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, their home. He refers to the genre as "canoegrass."

Donna is a Performance Artist in Sign, a blend of sign language, dance and mime so people can "see the music."

She lost her father to Alzheimer's disease in 2004 and the Surfaces formed the Spiritwood 'Forget me Not' Foundation to support caregivers and raise awareness of the disease.

Donna's story with her father can be found at www.SpiritwoodFoundation. org.

Park Rapids Lions will be picking up bags of leaves inside the city limits beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 19.

Place bags by the curb for pick-up. No loose leaves, sticks, rocks or garbage will be accepted.

Widowed Friends Fellowship (for men and women)will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday May 19 at LaPasta in Dorset for dinner.

Questions may be addressed to Karla, 732-0424, or Joan 732-4917.

Friday, May 20

The Weston A. Price Nutrition Foundation will hold a chapter meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, May 20 at the Evergreen Church in Park Rapids.  

All meetings are free and open to the public.

Kinship of the Park Rapids Area will host a fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 20 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu includes fish, baked potato, pineapple and plain coleslaw, flatbread and homemade desserts.

All proceeds benefit the local mentoring program.

Travel back in time when Courier-de-Bois (ranger of the woods) will share the life of a voyageur at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20 Itasca State Park. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and come prepared to interact and participate in a fur trader's life and ways as we discover how it might have been living many years ago by river and paddle.

The program will be held at the lakeside amphitheater, located below Wegmann's Store.

In case of bad weather, this event will be held inside the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.

For weather updates, directions to the park, and information, call 218-699-7251, or visit the park's web page at

This event is free, but a vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks.

Saturday, May 21

A 5K walk for the Headwaters Area chapter of Let's Go Fishing will be held Saturday, May 21 on the Heartland Trail. The walk begins at Heartland Park.

Registration is at 9 a.m. with the walk at 10 a.m.

Fee is $10 with donations welcome; proceeds benefit the pontoon for seniors.

Prizes will be awarded, T-shirts distributed and water available.

Ruby's Pantry food distribution will be held Saturday, May 21 at Assumption of Our Lady of the Pines in Menahga.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with distribution at 10:30 a.m.

A $15 cash donation at the door is appreciated. Bring baskets, totes and coolers for food.

Volunteers are needed and much appreciated.

For more information, call Karol or Dave at 564-4501.

Rae Keashly will be sharing her interest in Romanian Point Lace with the Twisted Stitchers at 9:30 a.m. Saturday May 21 at 201 South Main St. (Monika's).

For more information, call Kathy 732-0978.

The Hubbard County DFL will conduct a ditch clean up at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21 on a section of Highway 34.  

The public is invited to participate.  Meet one mile west of the Dorset corner at 189th Avenue.  

In case of inclement weather the alternate date will be Monday, May 23.

The Hubbard County Historical Society will host an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday May 21 at the museum.

Learn about the scientific study of ancient cultures through examination of material remains during Minnesota's Archaeology week.  

Jean and Dick Axelson will be on hand to share their hobby of archaeology.

The museum is located at 301 Court Street in the original county courthouse built in 1900.  

The event is free and open to the public.   

The Park Rapids Police Department is in the process of adding a drug detection dog to the force, Carrie Parks to be the K9 handler.

A fundraising fish fry is planned from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

Pax, the department's first K9, recently retired. His role with the department was considered "invaluable." Dan Kruchowski served as the K9 handler.

Fundraising has begun for the purchase of the dog, with a goal of $12,000 to $15,000. The K9 program runs solely on donations.

For more information, or to make a donation, contact Police Chief Terry Eilers or Parks at 237-2711.

The Bemidji Sculpture Walk Committee invites artists and art enthusiasts to the 2011 artist reception, awards ceremony and beaver auction from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at the Hampton Inn, Bemidji.

Registration for the auction begins at 4 p.m.

All 11 beavers will be sold to the highest bidders.

Sunday, May 22

First City Squares of Bemidji is hosting a square dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at the United Methodist fellowship hall, 9th and Beltrami.  

Plus tips first half hour.  Larry Johansen will be the caller and Donna Stone will be cueing.  Visitors and spectators are welcome. For more information, call Ray or Carole at 218-444 - 5904.

Monday, May 23

St. Joseph's Area Health Services foot care clinics will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays by appointment in Park Rapids.

The May 23 clinic will be held in the Community Health office at 323 So. Main Ave. Call 237-5463 for an appointment.

The Park Rapids Lions Club is sponsoring a blood drive from 11:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, May 23 and from 11:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 24 at the American Legion.

Persons 16 and older are eligible to donate.

Call Zelda Novak at 732-9295.

The Hubbard County Historical Society will resume monthly meetings Monday, May 23.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the museum. Frank Mitchell will present information on the Jefferson Highway.

Tuesday, May 24

Park Rapids early childhood screening, for children 3.5 to 5 years (optimal age is 3.5), will be conducted Tuesday through Thursday, May 24-26 at Frank White Education Center.

For more information, call 237-6600.

Thursday, May 26

Seniors, are you interested in learning some basics about computers?

Come surf the Web at the Park Rapids Area Library from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 26.

The library is hosting a Senior Surf Day for senior citizens to come and learn some basics about computers and using the Internet.  

Space is limited; call the library at 732-4966 to reserve a space.  There is no charge for this training.

Friday, May 27

The Park Rapids Disabled American Veterans and Auxiliary 38 will host a fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 27 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu will include fish, potatoes, coleslaw, flatbread, bars, coffee and lemonade.

The Itasca Moraine Chapter of the North Country Trail will meet Friday, May 27 at Terrapin Station in Nevis.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. with a potluck supper.  Non-alcoholic beverages are available at Terrapin Station.  A short business meeting will address the expansion of the chapter boundary. 

The membership is being asked to consider moving the eastern boundary of the Chapter from the Cass/ Hubbard County line to where the NCT crosses Highway 125 northwest of Longville. 

With this expansion, many Walker and Hackensack area people who are active in the chapter will be included within the chapter boundary.  Most of the NCT from the Hubbard/Cass County boundary to Highway 125, all within the Chippewa National Forest, has been adopted by Cass County residents.

A short program on the hiking plan for this summer will follow the business meeting. The public is invited to this meeting.  Call 218-675-5448 with questions.

Wednesday, June 1

The Staples campus of Central Lakes College will host "On the Road to a Healthier You," the 30th Conference on Aging, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 1.

Sixteen workshop topics range from "Why So Much Medical Research is Wrong" to "How to Be in the Driver's Seat When It Comes to Your Health Care."

Participants may choose three workshops to attend.

Registration is from 8 to 8:45 a.m., with workshops from 9 to 9:45 a.m., 10 to 10:45 a.m., and 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Two 15-minute periods are scheduled for exhibits/activity.

Lunch, entertainment, and door prizes conclude the event at 11:45 a.m., with exhibits remaining in place until 2 p.m.

For more information and registration fees call 800- 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 218-855-8142 or e-mail

Mary the Kayak Lady will pay a call at the Park Rapids Area Library at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 1.

Mary Shideler's book, "Mary the Kayak Lady: One Woman, One Kayak, 1007 Lakes," chronicles her experiences kayaking the 1,007 lakes in Itasca County over 15 years.

Long on spirit, Shideler did not let her short stature interfere with a quest to paddle the lakes. Sometimes with the help of friends, but often on her own, she carried her kayak through brush, trudged across bogs in tall boots, and put up with hordes of mosquitoes and legions of wood ticks.

In close-up encounters, she observed birds and animals in their forest and wetland habitats and became adept at identifying wildflowers. Along the way, she learned to trust her own capacity to overcome obstacles, including her fear of being alone. "The Kayak Lady" is a collection of stories and photos - a mix of adventure and fun - that documents Mary's experiences over 15 years.

The Kitchigami tour is made possible with funding from the Minnesota Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Wednesday, June 8

Photographer Doug Ohman will present his Prairie, "Lake, Forest: Minnesota's State Parks" at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Whether you've visited all of Minnesota's State Parks or just a few, you will enjoy this tour of Minnesota's popular state parks.

Ohman's photographs and the text by Chris Niskanen capture the unique character and history of each park. "Prairie, Lake, Forest" explores the waterfalls, underground caves, lady slippers and dwarf trout lilies, cross-country skiing and fishing adventures in alluring photographs and stories.

Ohman is well known as the photographer for the Minnesota Byways series on Minnesota Historical Press.

"Prairie, Lake, Forest: Minnesota's State Parks" is the fifth book in the series that includes "Barns of Minnesota," "Cabins of Minnesota," "Churches of Minnesota" and "Courthouses of Minnesota."

The sixth book in the Minnesota Byways series, "Libraries of Minnesota," is now available.

Ohman's Kitchigami READS/ Kitchigami WRITES author visit is made possible with funding from the State of Minnesota Legacy Amendment, Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For the complete schedule of Doug Ohman's visits, visit the Kitchigami website at, and select Legacy Events.

Thursday, June 9

The Northwoods State Retirees Club will hold a spring luncheon at noon Thursday, June 9 at the Bemidji Eagles Club.

All MSRS, PERA and TRA retirees are invited.

Call Ted Spencer at 732-7083 by Thursday, June 2 for reservations.

Saturday, June 11

The third annual Tails on the Trail walkathon -and pet expo - for hounds and humans alike - will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11 in Heartland Park.

"Spritzle" has dampened the past two dog trots. To guarantee sunshine at this year's event, the organizers are giving away umbrellas to walkers raising $40 and an umbrella and T-shirt to those raising $75 via pledges.

Food, vendors and fun for the entire family are on the dogget (docket) including a pet fashion show, best trick contest, dog paw flower art, a kissing booth, coloring contest, face painting and a 4-H dog agility demo.

A reduced cost micro-chip clinic will be in the shelter pavilion.

Head to headwatersanimal to register or for more info.

Proceeds from the dog walk and pet expo will support the Headwaters Animal Shelter and its programs. Last year's event raised over $3,300 for our furry friends.

Monday, June 13

A six-week writing group geared for teens will be meeting from 10 a.m. to noon beginning Monday, June 13 at the Nemeth Art Center, formerly known as the North Country Museum of Arts.

Learn writing tips and ideas. Share your poems, stories and essays. Learn the fine art of giving helpful feedback.  Group size is limited. It's open to ages 14-18. Scholarships are available through the support of the Friends of the Library.

For more information, including cost, contact group leader, Cindie Ekren at 652-4257 or Kelly Grossman at 237-5900 kelly@

The Nemeth Art Center is located at 301 Court Ave., Park Rapids.

The Minnesota Folklore Theater will present a two-week summer youth theater workshop June 13-26.

June 13-19, Emily Meyer from First Lutheran Church of Akeley and friends will lead local 4th-12th graders through the audition process.

They will also go behind the scenes into the theatrical world of lighting, sound, set and prop production, box office and publicity, script writing, costuming, directing and acting.

The week will conclude with a polished production, presented Sundays, June 19 and 26 (before the Paul Bunyan Days parade).

June 20-26, Beth Grafenstein and Meyer will help young people sharpen their musical theater gifts.

Along with the areas covered in the first week, we'll explore vocal auditions, vocal technique, interpreting music for the stage and choreography. This is an initial week of preparation for the Nevis

School/Minnesota Folklore Theater presentation of the "Wizard of Oz."

Workshops will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The $15 registration fee includes a "fantastic" theatrical experience, lunch every day, one ticket to the final performance (for each performance if attending both weeks), and a donation to the Akeley Revitalization Project in participants' names. Scholarships are available. Pre-registration is required. Participation will be capped at 25 youth.

Contact Minnesota Folklore Theater for more information and a registration form at, or 652-2666.