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Upcoming events July 9- Aug. 22

Saturday, July 9

May Creek Senior Living Campus in Walker is hosting a quilt show through Monday, July 20, featuring family heirloom to modern day works of art.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

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.

The Hubbard County DFL will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, July 11 at the Lake George Town Hall.  

Those coming from Park Rapids should meet in the Ace Hardware parking lot to car pool to the meeting.  

All are Welcome.  We will be discussing plans for the next couple of months.  Please try to attend.

Tuesday, July 12

The Nevis Red Hat Ladies will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 12 at the Enchanted Cottage in Walker.

Meet at the muskie at 11 a.m. for rides.

For more information and reservations, call Mary at 652-4232.

Holistic Living, a moms' social network, will host a chapter meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12 at Itasca Naturopathic Clinic.

Guest Speaker will be Rebekah Knapp, explaining the reasons people choose home birth vs. hospital birth. Knapp will also share what a homebirth midwife does, with a list of her favorite resource books.  

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

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

Wednesday, July 13

Public informational meetings on Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State) will be held at 3:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 in the Northwoods Bank community room.

M State staff and community task force members will provide information and answer questions.

Appointments for a one-on-one session may be made by calling 255-4881.

The Park Rapids Retired Military Group will meet for their monthly dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday July 13 at the Logging Camp for a family style dinner.

All retired military personnel and family are welcome. Call commander Bill at 732-0205 for any additional information.

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.

Flutist Jennie Anderson and pianist Roz Pederson will perform from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Thursday, July 14 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids as part of the noon hour concert series.

The two will perform music ranging from Baroque to romantic to the contemporary eras, with a little Spanish and Celtic music as well.

Anderson is the principal flutist with the Park Rapids Community Band and

Pederson is an accompanist, organist and piano teacher. Both have degrees in music.

The audience is invited to bring lunch; bars and beverages will be served.

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

Ruby's Pantry food distribution will be held Saturday, July 16 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.

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 218-732-0978.

The Bemidji Community Art Center will host the 44th annual Art in the Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 16 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17 in Library Park, located on the shores of Lake Bemidji.

Over 100 artists showcasing ceramics, wood furniture and accessories, jewelry, glass, paintings, sculpture, fabrics, weaving and more will be featured at the festival.

For more information go to or call the BCAC at 218-444-7570.

  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.

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, presents "American Fun!" a summer pops concert, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

The concert features guest artist band Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome, Fargo's newest and hottest classic rock horn band. This 12-piece group includes six horns, keyboard, drums and guitars along with male and female vocalists.

Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome joins the orchestra to produce a full-energy sound for classic rock/pop/ jazz hits by artists including Chicago, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Kansas, Earth, Wind and Fire, Procal Harum, Maceo Parker, Patti LaBelle, Ides of March, James Brown, and the Commodores.

The concert will open with patriotic selections including John Phillip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever", conducted by this year's Mystery Maestro.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North, Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and at Art in the Park in Bemidji. They will also be available online at Brown Paper Tickets, and at the door. Students through grade 12 will be admitted at no charge. Doors open for seating at 7 p.m.

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.

Tuesday, July 19

PEO, Chapter T will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday July 19. 

Hostess is Marge Herr and the co-hostesses are Bicky Bender and Janine Merrick. 

The program will be the convention report.

Thursday, July 21

Friends of the Park Rapids Area Library will hold their two-day summer book sale from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 22 at the library.

At this sale, all children's and young adult books and romance novels (except historical romances) will sell for 10 cents. Friday, all books in the 10-cent room will be one dollar per box.

As always, the sale includes a wide variety of inexpensively priced novels, non-fiction works, videos, cassettes, CDs, DVDs, puzzles and maps.

The library basement is accessible to all.

The Park Rapids Area Library will host a Senior Surf Day from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 21.

The event affords an opportunity for senior citizens to learn the basics about computers and using the Internet

Space is limited; call the library at 218-732-4966 to reserve a space.  

There is no charge for this training.

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.

Saturday, Aug. 6

Park Rapids Antique Tractor and Engine Club's 19th annual Field Days will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7.

Gates open at 7 a.m. Saturday with breakfast served until 10 a.m. A sawmill demo begins at 10 a.m. with the tractor parade at noon.

Pull tractor weigh-ins are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a field demonstration at 11 a.m. A tractor parade begins at noon, the tractor pull at 1 p.m.

Additional afternoon activities will be announced.

Square dancing in the pavilion is from 3 to 5 p.m. with supper served at 5 p.m. Musical entertainment will be from 7 to 9 p.m.

Gates open at 7 a.m. Sunday with breakfast in the pavilion. Devotions in the church will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. with gospel music performances from 11 a.m. to noon.

Field and sawmill demos are from 11 a.m. to noon with a tractor parade at 1 p.m. The youth pedal tractor pull is from 2 to 3 p.m. with the tractor raffle at 4 p.m.

Frank Lamb will provide musical entertainment Saturday; the Melody Boys will perform from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

There will be a flea market and swap meet with vendors welcome.

Ongoing activities include combining, threshing, tractor plowing, sawmill people movers, a silent auction, shingle making, a blacksmith shop, a miniature railroad, a petting zoo, food and prize giveaways

Thursday, Aug. 11

The Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota will be holding its annual taco meal with American Indian drumming and dancing from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at the downtown Bemidji Waterfront Rotary Pavilion.

     This year, the taco meal benefit will support the purchase of digital mammography at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center and Sanford Bemidji Clinic.

    Tacos will be served on fry bread or flour tortillas with all the trimmings, ice cream, and pop.

Monday, Aug. 22

Are there stories in your life that you have always wanted to write but have never gotten around to writing?

Central Lakes College in Brainerd is offering "Creative Nonfiction," a popular new writing genre, for the first time this fall when the term starts Aug. 22.

"This course provides an opportunity for students to record significant memories, experiences, and observations through imaginative, purpose-driven prose," said instructor Leane Flynn.

"Creative Nonfiction is a highly interactive, online, entry-level creative writing course that covers a variety of creative nonfiction subgenres: memoir, personal essay, literary journalism, biography, and travel/place-based writing."

Flynn said the major components of the three-credit course are reading and analyzing some of the best examples of creative nonfiction while writing original stories, engaging in peer discussion and review, and conferencing regularly with the instructor.

"Students will learn about publishing options and free online networking sites for creative writers," she said, adding that those taking the course can create something special for their children and grandchildren. "Begin writing the stories of your life."

For information, contact Flynn at or call admissions at 800-933-0346, ext. 8037, or e-mail