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Coming events July 2-22

 Saturday, July 2

The lakeside village of Laporte will celebrate the 4th on the 2nd, today (Saturday).

The Independence Day event schedule includes the second annual build-your-own soapbox derby at 1 p.m., the kids' parade at 3 p.m. grand parade at 4 p.m., a cream puff eating contest at 8:30 p.m. and fireworks when the sun goes down.

A flea market opens at 11 a.m. with the Wildcat baseball team selling root beer floats. There will be games for kids.

Registration for the soapbox derby begins at 11:30 a.m. and the food booth opens at noon.

Following the derby and parades, bingo begins at 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Laporte Grocery at 218-224-2202 or Miller's Gas and Service at 218-224-2774.

Wednesday, July 6

The 116th Hubbard County Fair, hosted by the Shell Prairie Ag Association, will feature spills, thrills and chills July 6-10 in Park Rapids.

The event includes a demo derby, carnival, tractor pull and a talent show.

The classic 4-H exhibit has chickens, bunnies, horses, pigs, sheep, goats and cattle for the viewing.

This year, a Christian rock concert featuring Ballast will kick off the five-day event at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the arena.

Area entertainers will take the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday for the talent show. Friday, comedian C. Willi Myles will perform at 7 p.m.

Saturday, an out-of-field tractor pull begins at 2 p.m. The Heartland Truck Pullers will put engines in gear at 6 p.m.

The demo derby, one of the fair's most "smashing" events, begins at 1 p.m. Sunday. A bike giveaway follows.

The midway is open all five days with wristband days July 7, 8 and 10. A $20 wristband entitles fairgoers to unlimited rides.

Long Lake Theater presents the musical comedy mystery "The Last Resort."

Seven wacky guests at a rundown resort become suspects in this madcap whodunit by Norm Foster and Leslie Arden.

Performances are at 3 p.m. Wednesday and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday July 6-29 with an additional 7:30 p.m. performance Wednesday, July 27.

Reservations are recommended. Call 732-0099 or visit

Tickets also available at Beagle Books and Sister Wolf Books.

Ticketholders to the July 6 opening matinee are invited to a gala following the show at Jewel of the Northwoods Bed & Breakfast.

Meet the cast and enjoy light refreshments from 5 to 7 p.m.

Long Lake Theater is located in downtown Hubbard, about 8 miles southeast of Park Rapids.

Thursday, July 7

The Region 2 Arts Council will offer free grant writing workshops Thursday, July 7 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Information on Individual Artist Grants or a McKnight Career Development Fellowship will be offered from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The workshop for Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants and Community Arts Support Grants will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

n The Arts and Cultural Heritage grant writing session will be open to artists in all art disciplines, any non-profit organization, school (including community education offices) and units of government.

These grants support three key areas: 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 $1,500.

n The Community Arts Support grant writing session will be open to any arts organizations.

These grants are two-year awards that help provide some measure of funding stability for arts organizations so that their energy can be better focused on increasing the quality and availability of the arts to their communities.

Arts organizations can apply for grants up to $6,000 depending on the their annual revenues.

  n The R2AC/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 per year.

  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.

  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

Friday, July 8

Free drinking water testing will be conducted from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, July 8 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at the Hubbard County Fair.  

The water testing, offered by the Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, will be done in the Environmental Education Building.

Bring one cup of drinking water from the house in a ziplock bag. Results will be available in two or three minutes.  

Having water tested is important if infants or young children reside in the house.

Call the Hubbard County SWCD at 732-0121 for more information.   

The All Vets Memorial and Interpretive Center's annual fish fry will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu includes fish with all the trimmings.

Proceeds will benefit the completion of the interior.

Thursday, July 14

A Sanford Health Foundation seminar, "No Pain, No Pain," will be presented at noon Thursday, July 14 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center Education Center.

Presenter is Dr. Maxwell Gessner, interventional pain medicine practitioner.

Four out of five adults experience back pain at least once during their lifetime. Ranging from mild discomfort to severe injury, back pain can prevent people from performing many daily activities.

But there is help.

Hear about the latest advances in back care that can help you or a loved one get back to leading an active life.

A complimentary light lunch will be catered by Sanford Bemidji Dining. Call 218-333-5505 before Monday, July 11 to register.

The Sanford diabetes support group will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 14 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center in Conference Room A/B; 1300 Anne Street NW, Bemidji.

This month's presenter is Donna Symanietz who has been in the professional medical sales industry for 14 years.  

Currently she is in the diabetes sales industry with LifeScan, the makers of the OneTouch product line.  

       The support group is open to anyone who has diabetes or lives with someone who has diabetes. For more information, contact Sanford Bemidji's Diabetes Resource Center at 218-333-5976.

Saturday, July 16

The Central Lakes College European Tour Band, under the direction of Steve Anderson, will perform a free outdoor concert at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 16 at on the south lawn of the Brainerd campus.

The program features the same music that will be performed by the CLC Community Concert Band on its European tour.

The band is scheduled to depart on Monday, July 18. for 11 days in Central Europe with concerts in Prague, Karlovy, Vienna, and Budapest.

The 44-member CLC Community Concert Band will perform a program of Americana, with selections by George Gershwin, J.P. Sousa, Morton Gould, Frank Tichelli.

Also on the program is the performance of a composition by Jeff Liebsch, a former band member.

Audience members are encouraged to bring picnic dinners to enjoy while listening to the concert. There is ample parking along Mississippi Parkway at the concert site.

Thursday, July 22

The 9th annual healing pow wow will be held Thursday, July 21 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.

Opening ceremonies are at 3 p.m. with an Honor Guard and veterans with the feast from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Registration opens at 2 p.m. for dancers.

Master of ceremonies is Vince Beyl, Darrell Kingbird is spiritual advisor and Gary Charwood is arena director.

Invited drums are Battle River, Leech Lake Nation and Smokey Hill.

The event is free and open to the public. For information, call 218-333-5745.