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Upcoming events July 7-22

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 staff@r2arts. org.

Friday, July 8

The Class of 1981 will be holding their 30th reunion July 8-9.

Friday night is a social gathering at Bogey's starting at 6:30; Saturday there will be a dinner and dance at the Eagle's Club with social hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. Contact Bill Fischer at 707-280-9233; Lezli (Parks) Zimmerman at 732-3903 or Katie (Oftedahl) Petermeier at 218-259-3820 for more information.

The All Vets Memorial and Interpretive Center's annual fish fry will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 8 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu includes fish with all the trimmings.

Proceeds will benefit the completion of the interior.

Monday, July 11

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club Auxiliary will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 11 at the clubhouse.

Members will meet at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at Emmaville. Contact Helen Marsh for reservations at 652-3295.

The speaker will be the college scholarship recipient.

A support group meeting for those affected by celiac disease will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, July 11 at Wadena Alliance Church, 1428 S. Jefferson St. in Wadena.

The monthly, free informational meetings are held to help those with celiac disease learn more about what to eat and how to cook and bake using gluten-free flours and ingredients.

The meeting includes a potluck supper. Bring a gluten-free dish to share and eight copies of the recipe.

Wednesday, July 13

Cyclists riding in support of Habitat for Humanity will be riding in the area Wednesday, July 13.

Riders and volunteers will travel 500 miles through north-central Minnesota in seven days to raise money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat 500 hopes to raise $300,000 this year for Habitat affiliates.

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.

Friday, July 15

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club is hosting a fish fry supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 15 at the clubhouse located 1.5 miles east of Emmaville on CSAH 24.

The meal includes fish, cheesy potatoes, coleslaw, rolls, pie and a beverage. A freewill donation will be accepted.

Proceeds will benefit projects and renovations.

Saturday, July 16

The Itasca Moraine Chapter of the North Country Trail Association will host a 6.6-mile hike Saturday, July 16.

Meet at 9 a.m. where the North Country Trail crosses Hubbard County 91 north of Nevis/Dorsett, a few miles south of Highways 71/200. 

The hike goes south and east to the Thorpe Tower Site featuring a view of Nelson Lake en route.   

Call 218-675-5448 if questions.

The Twisted Stitchers are going to Bemidji Saturday, July 16.  

The main focus will be the Bemidji Woolen Mills and the Rail River Folk School, but participants will also visit other spots, time permitting

Those who want to carpool should be at the Nevis Musky at 9:15 a.m. We will gather at the Paul and Babe parking lot in Bemidji at 10:15 AM and pass out the itinerary.  If you have questions, or want to carpool from another spot, call Kathy Belt at 732-0978.

  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.

sunday, July 17

The Jackpine Writers' Bloc is hosting a benefit golf tournament Sunday, July 17 at Fair Havens Golf Course.

Check in is at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner and prizes follow.

First place wins $300, second $160.

Pre-register by calling 732-0519.

Proceeds go to the local non-profit writers group to be used for workshops and book publishing for local writers.

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.