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Upcoming events July 24 - Aug. 23

sunday, July 24

The "Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terazín" will be broadcast on Classical Minnesota Public Radio KCRB 88.5 FM from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 24. 

The broadcast will feature a performance recorded on May 1 in Bemidji under the direction of creator and conductor Murry Sidlin.  MPR's Michael Barone will host the two-hour broadcast which includes an interview with Sidlin.

"The Defiant Requiem:  Verdi at Terazín" tells the true story of Rafael Schaëchter, a composer and pianist, who used a smuggled score to teach Verdi's Requiem Mass to fellow Jewish prisoners in the Terezín Concentration Camp.

Between October 1943 and June 1944, Verdi's "Requiem" was performed 16 times at Terezín by the prisoner choir - in front of other prisoners, before their Nazi guards, and once to a Red Cross delegation.  Over that time period Schaëchter was forced to reconstitute the choir three times as performers were taken away to their deaths at Auschwitz.  

  The performances came to symbolize resistance and defiance; a means of answering the worst of human cruelty with the best of human spirit.  "Defiant Requiem:  Verdi at Terezín" is powerful, dramatic, and inspirational and leaves its audiences with a strong message of hope.

The broadcast is made possible in part by funding from the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Monday, July 25

The Hubbard County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday July 25 at the museum.

After a short meeting, Russ Brown will present the program, "Hubbard County in Postcards," on the big screen downstairs.

The public is invited and refeshments will be served.

Tuesday, July 26

Forest Riders ATV Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26 at the Clover Town Hall.  

(Note this is a Tuesday instead of Thursday.) Contact president Ron Jensen at 218-255-3333 for more information.

Thursday, July 28

The Hubbard County Historical Society and Museum will be selling root beer floats from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 28 and 29 at 303 Main St.

All proceeds will be donated to the museum.

"Have a float and help keep history alive in Hubbard County."

The noon hour concert series will feature Jane Wolff on the new Berghaus pipe organ from 12:15 to 12:45 on Thursday, July 28 at St. Johns Lutheran Church, Park Rapids.

She will play several pieces of Gordon Young: Prelude in Classic Style and three pieces from Impressions for Organ. Hymns and other pieces will be included in the program.

The recital will be held in the sanctuary; lunch can be eaten before the concert in the social hall. Bars and beverages will be served.

Concordia College will hold a Cobber Corn Feed at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 28 in Heartland Park.

The event is for all Concordia alumni, students, parents, friends and prospective students in the area.

Concordia provides the corn, butter, salt and napkins. Bring food. Reservations will be taken by Dave ('90) and Linda ('92) Skoglund Benson at 732-7971 or dlupnort

In the event of rain, the even will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church.

Friday, July 29

Author Jim Proebstle will sign copies of his new book, "Fatal Incident," from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 29 at Book World on Main.

The book is inspired by the true events of an Air Transport Command aircraft disaster in Alaska in 1944.

Saturday, July 30

The second annual Tyler Shipman Memorial Car Show will be held Saturday, July 30 on Frazee's Main Street.

Registration is at 10 a.m. with trophies awarded at 3 p.m. The Pontiac Fiero will be featured, but all cars and motorcycles are welcome, classic and new.

When Tyler Shipman was diagnosed with cancer, people from all over the country gathered to restore his 1986 Fiero GT before he died at 18.

A $10 entry fee benefits the Tyler Shipman Memorial Scholarship at Frazee High School.

Sunday, July 31

A turkey dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 31 at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church, Nevis.

The menu includes turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, vegetables, coleslaw, cranberries and apple pie and ice cream.

Monday, Aug. 1

Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center in Park Rapids is offering an introductory pottery workshop with artist Peter Young from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 1, 2 and 15 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids.

Participants will be introduced to a brief history of pottery and learn pottery vocabulary and basic techniques to construct a pinch pot and a coil pot using various glazes and glazing techniques.

Each participant will be able to design, glaze and fire a pot of his/her choice.

Materials needed will be a mold/bowl, rolling pin, texturizing tool, newspaper, hair dryer, towel and a one- gallon bucket.

Class size is limited. Registration deadline is Sunday, July 24.

To register or for information on cost, contact Judy Wegenast at 218-847-3519 or  or check the BCG website 

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

Tuesday, Aug. 2

Menahga will host the annual National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 2.

The event, coined as "a good night to get to know your neighbors," is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Menahga Memorial Forest Campground.

There will be games for all ages and food, as well as demonstrations from local police, emergency medical technicians and firefighters.

For more information about the nationwide event go to

Everyone is invited to join the fun as the Hubbard County Sheriff's department hosts the annual Night to Unite gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 in the parking lot of the Hubbard County Law Enforcement Center in Park Rapids.

Each year the first Tuesday in August is set aside for communities and counties throughout the state of Minnesota as well as nationally to celebrate local partnerships in preventing crime.  

This is the third year that a free community dinner and celebration event has been hosted by the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Cory Aukes will be on hand to meet residents and visitors along with every unit of the sheriff's office. They will be joined by other local public safety agencies, including the Sheriff's Mounted Posse, North Memorial Ambulance, Park Rapids Police, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota DNR, and fire departments from Park Rapids, Nevis, Akeley, Lake George and Laporte.  

Many of these agencies will have vehicles and equipment on display for a hands-on or up-close viewing.  Sign-ups will be located throughout the event for chances to win door prizes at the end of the night.

The big highlight of the evening will be Deputy Dan Kruchowski introducing the newest member of the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, his new K-9 partner Oakley, to the public.

Plans call for demos by Oakley throughout the Night to Unite event.  

The Hubbard County Explorers Post will again host a dunk tank to collect donations for K-9 program.  Many local "celebrity" volunteers will be taking turns in the tank, including Aukes and other members of the law enforcement community.

A special Child ID Station will be set up to provide a finger-print identification packet for every child in attendance. Each child in attendance will also have an opportunity to register for a chance to win a bike and helmet in a special door prize drawing just for the kids.

     The free community BBQ dinner, sponsored by Aviand's Food & Services Management and Pepsi, will be served from 5 to 6 p.m.

Over 300 people attended this dinner in past years, making this a fun get together for all ages.  New this year will be the addition of live music throughout the event provided by Krista Norquist of Nevis, as well as some fun-and-friendly competitions sure to bring a laugh to all in attendance.

This free public event is possible in part due to local sponsors, including R&R Rental, Kountry Kare Septic, and Itasca-Mantrap Operation Round-Up.  Donations of door prizes are welcomed. Contact Deputy Jeff Stacey at 732-3331 for more details or to make a donation.

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.

Hubbard County 4-H will host a community picnic and family fun day Saturday, Aug. 6 at the fairgrounds.

Activities begin at 11 a.m. with a barbecue lunch at noon, closing at 2 p.m.

The day is an intro to 4-H, with activities that include building bird feeders, a petting zoo, a giant Twister game and tie-dying.

A freewill offering will be received to help with the cost of food and activities.

Door prizes will be awarded.

Sunday, Aug. 7

Rev up your taste buds for Taste of Dorset, to be staged in the Food Capital of the Great North from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7    

Enjoy amazing tidbits of food at great prices, listen to good music throughout town and be there for the mayor's race finale.

Dorset restaurants present their great variety of foods - from Mexican

specialities, including fantastic mudballs, to tantalizing spaghetti balls, pork chops on a stick, mouthwatering pizza, broasted chicken and more.  

Dorset also has one of the most unique mayoral races. All through the year people

vote for of their choosing.

Residency is not required; the mayors have been from Chicago, Minneapolis and many other places.   Chickens, dogs and children

are eligible. The only requirement is a buck in the ballot box.  

At precisely 2 p.m. the drawing is held and a new mayor begins his/her/its


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.

Friday, Aug. 12

The Borderline Philharmonic Orchestra will once again stage a lakeside concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at the Hoot Owl Resort.

Now in its 46th year, the concert is a collaboration of 40-plus musicians playing classical music.

Bring a lawn chair.

From Park Rapids, head 16 miles north on Highway 71 and turn left at Co. Rd. 113. Round 68 curves to reach the Hoot Owl.

Park Rapids High School class of 1976 will celebrate its 35th class reunion at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

A picnic will be held at noon Saturday at Heartland Park.

For more information, go to the class website at

Thursday, Aug. 18

A workshop on medications and affordability for seniors will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Coborn's pharmacist Bryan Ridgley, will discuss medications. Carol Bye of the Senior LinkAge Line and Camille Hurtado of Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota will discuss programs that help seniors pay for medications.

The session is free and the public is welcome.

For more information, call 800-450-9201.

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

Saturday, Aug. 27

A Shoreland Expo will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 in the Faith Baptist Church fellowship room, located on Highway 71 South, Park Rapids.

Registration and classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with shoreline restoration to be addressed from 1 to 3 p.m.

The expo will provide information about rain gardens and the benefits of rain barrels, how to score and monitor shoreline, shoreland buffer gardening and shoreline restoration.

Participants will learn about available resources to create these gardens and how shoreline gardens can benefit property. The sessions provide basic design information with technical assistance available to create a shoreline garden.

These gardens are vegetative filters designed to create a buffer between the lawn area and lake or river shoreline. They are designed to catch and filter sediments and many pollutants before they enter the lake while adding beauty and diversity to the home landscape.

This workshop is sponsored by Hubbard County University of Minnesota Extension in collaboration with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Hubbard County and Cass County Soil and Water Conservation Districts; Shoreline Creations and Coalition of Lake Associations.

The expo is free and open to the public. For more information call Sally Shearer, Hubbard County Extension program coordinator at 732-3391.

Tuesday, Aug. 23

St. Joseph's Area Health Services is offering an "I'm going to be a big brother/ sister" class for siblings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 in the hospital's lower level conference room.

The class is offered at no charge.

Kids are invited to bring Mom and Dad for a party atmosphere that includes a "silly siblings" video (geared for ages 2 to 6). Kids will receive instruction with a doll on how to hold a baby and be a hands-on helper.

To register, call Janine at 237-5730.

Another class will be offered Nov. 15.