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Upcoming events June 13-25

Saturday, June 11

Nevis will be boppin' Saturday, June 11 when the C&C hosts the first Bop 'til You Drop event from 1 to 6 p.m. in Muskie Park.

'50s and '60s music will be playing on the nickelodeon with a rock 'n roll band slated to take the stage from 4 to 6 p.m.

Elvis is expected to make an appearance. Vintage cars will line the boulevard. A hula hoop contest and a nerds vs. jocks showdown are on the docket.

Northwind Grocery will be selling 99-cent burgers. Muskie Waters will have malts for the slurping at '50s prices.

Gas stations will hold drawings with the winners buying gas at 1950s pricing. The purchase of 10 gallons of gas throws your name in the bucket.

The Hubbard County Historical Society will host a BBQ pulled pork dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at the Park Rapids American Legion.   

A silent auction will be held and musicians will entertain after 6 p.m.   

Sunday, June 12

The annual Masonic Lodge pancake breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 12 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and grits with coffee and juice.

Tickets are available at the door. Proceeds benefit Bikes for Books.

Monday, June 13

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club Auxiliary will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 13 at the clubhouse.

For those interested, members will meet at Emmaville at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. Contact Helen Marsh at 652-3295 for reservations.

Guest speaker is John Weber who will be talking about butterflies.

A support group for those with celiac disease will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, June 13 at Wadena Alliance Church, 1428 S. Jefferson St.

The monthly, free informational meeting is held to help people with celiac disease learn more about the disease -  what to eat, how to cook and bake using gluten-free flours and ingredients. 

 Call Pat Johnson at 218-631-2170 for more information.

Zumba, The Latin-inspired dance fitness program, will be available in Laporte this summer, with classes Monday, Thursday and every other Saturday, beginning June 13. The classes will meet 6:30 -

7:30 p.m. in the school commons.

Participants may purchase a punch card from the instructor to receive a reduced rate or pay per class.

To register or for more information, contact Laporte Community Education at 218-224-2288 ext. 141 or diane@laporte.k12.

The Hubbard County DFL will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 13 at the Park Rapids Public Library, an accessible site.

Members will be discussing plans for the upcoming year including the next walleye and wild rice dinner June 17.  

All are welcome and encouraged to take part.  

Tuesday, June 14

St. Joseph's Area Health Services Auxiliary is hosting a Flag Day Picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 at the Park Rapids American Legion.  

Menu is sloppy joes, potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, pickles, dessert and beverage.

All proceeds will go toward the Auxiliary's new $60,000 pledge to "Helping Our Growing Area Grow Healthier."

Holistic Living (a moms' social network) will host a chapter meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 at Itasca Naturopathic Clinic in Park Rapids.  

Guest speaker Christine Horvath will be explaining an effective, safe, drugless Ersdal Zone Therapy, primarily used for natural pain relief.

All meetings are free and open to women of all ages.

For more information, contact Nicole Guida at 732-5229.

Wednesday, June 15

Nevis Red Hat Ladies' June luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 15 at Bullwinkle's.

For reservations, call Mary at 652-4232.

Author Jim Proebstle will discuss his new book, "Fatal Incident," at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 15 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

It's been more than 65 years since Japan's surrender marked the end of World War II, but many questions remain unanswered.

In 1944, an Army Air Transport Command plane flown by a young pilot from Minnesota crashed in Alaska's Mount McKinley Range. The cause of the crash remains a mystery.

Proebstle was inspired by these true-life events to further research and write "Fatal Incident" as a novel that explores the possibility that a conspiracy involving espionage was to blame for the crash.

Public information meetings on Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State) for Hubbard County area residents will be held Wednesday, June 15 at 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. in Northwoods Bank's community room.

The meetings will address classes to be offered in the fall, applying, financial aid and degree programs.

Chapter T of the PEO Sisterhood will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday June 21 at North Point Lodge. 

Program will be "Life in the 1760's" presented by Steve Orr. 

Dinner will follow.  Spouses are invited.  RSVP to Mary Peterson or Jo Ashmore by June 15.

Central Lakes College Summer Theatre presents the Ray Cooney farce, "It Runs in The Family," June 15-25 in Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.

The fun includes Dr. Mortimore's hapless colleague, a police sergeant, a senile patient, an assortment of matrons, a syringe full of tranquilizer and costume from the Christmas pantomime.

What ensues is a madcap romp in the tradition of farce.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. June 15-18 and 22-25. For general admission tickets call the box office at 218-855-8199 or go to

The Multiple Sclerosis support group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15 at St Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids. 

Members will discuss the May 1 Walk MS and its success.  Local businesses that sponsored the walk have been invited to thank them for their support. Anyone affected by MS is invited to attend.  Contact Susan Monsrud at 237- 2067 for more information. 

Friday, June 17

Osage Lions will be hosting White Cane Day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 17 at several locations in Park Rapids.

White Cane Day is sponsored annually by Lions nationwide to donate money for prevention of blindness.

Osage Lions will be at J&B Foods, L&M Fleet, Coborn's Foods, Park Ace Hardware and Walmart.

Used eyeglasses will be accepted at the locations.

Cancer survivors, family members and volunteers will converge at the Park Rapids Area High School track Friday, June 17 for the 17th annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

This year's theme is "Imagine a world with more birthdays - celebrate, remember, fight back."

From 1 p.m. to 1 a.m., more than 20 teams will pace the track in an effort to raise money for cancer research.

At 8 p.m. everyone is welcome to a ceremony introducing participating teams and cancer survivors.

You don't have to be on a team to participate. Come out and enjoy a fun evening, walk the track, visit with friends and enjoy a carnival-like atmosphere, play a few games and watch the poignant survivor lap.

The Hubbard County DFL have a walleye and wild rice dinner Friday, June 17 at the Park Rapids American Legion.  

The dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. and will feature walleye and wild rice, salads, veggies, bars, rolls and beverages.  

Presale tickets can be purchased at Beagle Books for a savings off the regular price.

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will host a fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 17 at the clubhouse located 1.5 miles east of Emmaville on CSAH 24.

A freewill donation will be accepted. The donation will be used toward sponsored projects and renovations.

Saturday, June 18

The Twisted Stitchers will be visiting the Foothills Alpaca Farm in Backus Saturday, June 18.

Members should be at either the south parking lot of the hospital/clinic in Park Rapids at 9:30 a.m. or at the Muskie in Nevis at 9:45 a.m. to carpool. Everyone is welcome.

"Be prepared to drool over their fleeces."  

For more info, contact Kathy Belt at 732-0978.

Ruby's Pantry food distribution will be held Saturday, June 18 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.

A Moorhead State alumni reunion will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at Blueberry Pines, Menahga.

The evening includes a social, food and program at 6:30 p.m.

Golf is available before 5 p.m.

Music "For the Ages" will be performed by Dragon alum Terry Harrington.

The In Their Own Words Veterans Museum in Perham will host the 42nd Street Jazz Band in "A Tribute to the Big Band Era" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday June 18.

This free concert is sponsored by the Viking Library System in celebration of a year of regional Legacy sponsored programs honoring Minnesota's Greatest Generation.  

42nd Street Jazz Band, a.k.a. Ministry of Jazz, features some of the area's best jazz musicians. The group includes Kathie Brekke on keyboard and vocals; Harley Sommerfeld on sax, clarinet and flute; Kent Karch on bass; John Pederson on trumpet and flugelhorn and Joe Riewer on drums.  

  This project is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

The ITOW Veterans Museum is located at 805 West Main, Perham.  For information call 218 346-7678 or visit

Monday, June 20

Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center in Park Rapids is offering Imagination Soars, a creative art camp for kids ages 6-12, from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, June 20, 22 and 24 at Century School.

Students will explore a variety of mediums while developing their own personal artistic expression. Students will be introduced to the elements of art and create two- and three-dimensional projects. Drawing, printmaking and wire

sculpture will be the primary instructional experiences.

Students will learn to critique their own work and select work for the youth

art show.

All art supplies will be provided.

Class size is limited to 10 students; registration deadline is Wednesday, June 15.

For details and information on cost or to register for the class contact Judy Wegenast, 218-847-3519, or check the BCG website, www.blankcan vas 

This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota Legislature.

An "all swings for Kinship" mini golf tournament will begin at 5 p.m. Monday, June 20 at Evergreen Gifts and Fun Park on Highway 71 north.

All ages can play. Teams will consist of four persons. There will be "wacky" holes with prizes for individuals and teams. The food stand will be open. A raffle for a small Hummer Power Wheels will be held.

Registration forms are available at kinship@unitel, Beagle Books, MinneSoda Fountain, Glik's, Beyond Juice and Aunt Belle's Confectionary.

Contact Kinship at 732-0058 for more information.

Thursday, June 23

A youth ATV safety class for ages 11-16 will be offered June 23 and 25 at Nevis School.

Pre-registration is from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday with the class to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, students will have a practical drive experience from 9 to 11 a.m.

Students completing the class will receive Department of Natural Resources certification.

Register with Nevis Community Education prior to the class to acquire a CD from the DNR for pre-test purposes. Call 652-3500, ext. 108 or e-mail

Friday, June 24

Dorset will be hosting its Festival of Authors & Artists beginning at noon Friday, June 24 with authors scheduled at Sister Wolf Books throughout the day.

The tentative schedule of authors from noon to 2 p.m. includes Will Weaver, Jess Lourey, Molly Beth Griffin, John Reminger (Winner of 2011 Minnesota Book Award for Fiction), Allan and Linda Anderson and Chris Monroe.

Authors scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. are Mike Roberts, Peter Smith, Mary Westra, Kitty Gogins, Melissa Vocelka, Mary Ann Wendt, Jim Proebstle and LouAnn White.

Mike Fedo, Sara Forsberg, Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer, Pam Leonard, Chris Husom, Marion Holtey, Pat Helmberger, Sally West will greet readers from 4 to 6 p.m.

And from 6 to 8 p.m. Nate Jorgenson, Judith Borger, Linda Kantor, David Holmes and Joe Brandmeier will discuss their work.

Artists will also display their work, including quilts, silk painting, rosemaling, stained glass, oil paintings, jewelry and pottery. Some will be selling their work and others will have demonstrations. Quilters and silk painters exhibit their works, as well.

Restaurants will be offering specials throughout the festival.

Saturday, June 25

The Itasca Moraine chapter will host a North Country Trail five-mile day hike Saturday, June 25.

Meet at 9 a.m. at the Chippewa National Forest picnic area pm Lake Erin, four miles southeast of the Walker Y junction on Highway 371. 

The hike will be west to Highway 50.  Call 218-675-5448 with questions.