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Upcoming events Oct. 6-29

  Thursday, Oct. 6

The Friends of the Library will celebrate their 30th anniversary with an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

The public is invited to visit with members - past and present - and thank the group for three decades of service.

Wellspring for the World - Park Rapids chapter is hosting a "Wine Into Water" kickoff fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at Bella Caffé in Park Rapids. Juice tasting is also available as an alternative.

The non-profit organization is seeking funds to provide much needed clean water by drilling deep-water wells in Africa.

Of the $15 cost, two-thirds will go directly toward drilling a deep-water well in Africa.

The Pregnancy Resource Center will host its 16th annual ministry support banquet Thursday, Oct.6 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 305 5th Street West, Park Rapids.

Seating starts at 6 p.m. with the meal starting at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge for the banquet.

There is open seating available. To make reservations, call the PRC at 732-5212.

Joe Kelly, a.k.a. "The Dad Man," will address the "Future of Fatherhood" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 in St. Joseph's Area Health Services lower level conference rooms.

Kelly is a communications strategist/fathering educator for The Emily Program as well as a father, activist, author, blogger and consultant who seeks to change both the image and actions of fathers in society.

"Fathers are a powerful yet largely untapped resource," says Kelly. "Fathers themselves along with their spouses and other support can strengthen our families, communities, organizations, workplaces and schools."

The Minnesota Conference on Adolescent Females calls Kelly's presentations "warm, engaging, fun, motivating, compelling, and clearly based on years of listening to thousands of real fathers, stepfathers, mothers, stepmothers and children."

Friday, Oct. 7

St. Joseph's Area Health Services Center for Weight Management and Essentia Health Park Rapids Clinic joins cities across America to help those affected by obesity during a walk on behalf of research, education, prevention and treatment of this life-threatening disease.

A fifth annual "Walk From Obesity" event is planned for 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at the Smokey Hills Wilderness Retreat and Conference Center in Osage.

The Center for Weight Management hosts the Walk From Obesity in conjunction with its annual fall retreat.

This year's "Weekend in the Pines: Breaking Barriers" to be held Oct. 7-8 invites surgical and non-surgical weight-loss patients or anyone interested in a weight management program to attend a weekend of supportive, educational and fun activities.

Register for the walk online at

For more information, contact Missy Lindow at 255-4311.

Central Lakes College Theatre presents "The Miracle Worker" in Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus, opening at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7.

William Gibson's powerful drama, one of the most-produced plays of the 20th century, dramatizes the volatile relationship between a lonely teacher, Annie Sullivan, and her blind, deaf and mute charge, Helen Keller.

Trapped in time in a secret, silent world unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled and almost sub-human; only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence.

Tickets can be purchased with a credit card by calling 218-855-8199 or online at

Saturday, Oct. 8

A wild mushroom hike will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Foothills State Forest.

For more information, e-mail

Monday, Oct. 10

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club Auxiliary will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 at the clubhouse.

For those interested, members will meet at noon at Emmaville for lunch.

Contact Helen Marsh at 652-3295 for reservations.

Long Lake Theater will hold auditions for its upcoming Christmas show, "Fruitcakes," from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 and Tuesday, Oct. 11.

There are roles for men, women and children of all ages and abilities.

"Fruitcakes," by Julian Wiles, is a charming, holiday comedy celebrating small-town life at Christmastime.

Performances are Dec. 1-4 and 8-11. For more info, call the theater at 732-0099, e-mail longlaketheater or visit the website at

The Hubbard County DFL will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 in the large conference room of the Park Rapids Area Library.  

This is an accessable site. Participants will be discussing the plans for the caucus and the county convention to be held in February and March.   

All are welcome to attend and contribute.

tuesday, Oct. 11

The Nevis Red Hat Ladies will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Northern Lights Casino.

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

Call Mary for reservations at 652-4232.

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning invites everyone to Search for Family with genealogist Dick Bernard from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Northwoods Bank.

Genealogy is the study of family ancestors. When people become involved with researching their family tree, they reach a point when they suddenly realize that it is much more than just filling out the blanks in a tree.

Genealogy plays a role in how we view ourselves, our history, and the connections we have around the world.

Bernard was involved, often intensively, in family history research since 1980. This has resulted in three books, totaling over 1,200 pages about his family's roots.

From 1985-2002, he edited a newsletter called Chez Nous for persons of French-Canadian ancestry. In all, there were 125 issues of this newsletter, totaling about 900 pages.  All have been indexed and filed with assorted historical societies.

The results of these assorted projects has been a comprehensive background in what family history means to common people.

Some of Bernard's material is on the web at www.chez- (German-American); www.chez-nous. net/fc.html (French-Canadian).

Call LuAnne White at 732-7939 or email at for more information.

Thursday, Oct. 13

Friends of the Park Rapids Area Library will hold their fall book sale from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 in the library basement.

Featured at this sale are books for children and youth, priced at 10 cents.

Shoppers will also find many bargains on like-new or gently used hard cover and paperback books, magazines, CDs, movies and puzzles for all ages.

The library basement is accessible to all.

Sons of Norway, Park Rapids Nordskogen Lodge, will hold the annual membership fall banquet Thursday, Oct. 13 at North Point Lodge.

Social begins at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m.

Call Marylen Veden at 732-7615 by today (Wednesday) for reservations or more information.

Open spinning will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at 201 Main Street, (Monika's), Park Rapids.

Bring your spindles, wheels or curiosity.

For more information, call Kathy Belt 219-732-0978.

Friday, Oct. 14

Native artists interested in developing their business as artists are invited to attend a free day-long workshop presented by First Peoples Fund out of Rapid City, South Dakota.

This workshop will assist native artists in expressing individual vision and values;

defining the foundation of one's own business; determining arts marketing, business and financial management abilities; understanding and using planning and budgeting tools and developing key business skills.

The workshops will be held in two locations, from

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday Oct. 14 at Leech Lake Tribal College in Cass Lake and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 15 at White Earth Tribal and Community College in Mahnomen.

A light lunch will be provided at both workshops.

An RSVP is required. Interested individuals must call or e-mail Region 2 Arts Council at or 800-275-5447 by Friday, Oct. 7 to reserve a spot in one of these two workshops.

To learn more about the First Peoples Fund, go to Go to for more information about arts programming and grant opportunities in and around Region 2's Hubbard, Mahnomen, Beltrami, Lake of the Woods, and Clearwater counties.

The Headwaters Intervention Center will host a fall fundraiser and silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

Diners will have a choice of harvest beef stew or hearty chicken noodle soup in a fresh baked bread bowl with dessert.

The HIC is a 30-year-old non-profit agency in Park Rapids dedicated to helping all victims of domestic violence and child abuse. As the economy tightens, the demand for services increases.

Sponsorships are invited at the harvest stew level of $250, hearty chicken noodle soup level of $150, bread bowl at $100, advertising sponsor of $50 or dinner roll at $25.

Donations for the silent auction - including gift certificates - are also welcome.

Call 732-7413 or fax 732-8386.

Saturday, Oct. 15

Ruby's Pantry Food distribution will be held Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Assumption of our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the food distribution following at 10:30 a.m.

The cost is $15 per share. Bring baskets and boxes for food.  

Volunteers are also needed. Contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501.

The Twisted Stitchers Fiber Guild will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at 210 Main, (Monika's), Park Rapids.

Guild members will

share their favorite gadgets for stitching, weaving, spinning, knitting,

crochet, and many other fiber techniques. Come and learn some tips and

tricks from our fiber affictionados as we demonstrate our most useful and

sometimes surprising tools of the trade. For more information, contact

Arleen Larson 218-652-4816.

Bethany Lutheran Church Women, Nevis will host a luncheon and "Conversations with Corrie" at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.

Corrie ten Boom and her Christian family helped hundreds of Jewish people during the Nazi occupation of Holland during WWII. The story of their work in "God's Underground" is retold in this one-woman dramatization.

Dressed in costume and with Dutch accent, professional Christian storyteller Pati Kachel portrays Miss Corrie ten Boom, recalling "The Hiding Place" years.

Advanced reservations are required. Contact the church office at 652-2030.

Thursday, Oct. 20

The Park Rapids Area Library will host a Senior Surf Day from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20.

The event provides an opportunity for seniors to learn some basics about computers and using the Internet.

Space is limited; call the library at 732-4966 to reserve a space.  There is no charge for this training.

Saturday, Oct. 22

First Lutheran Church Women of Akeley will host "Taste of the Seasons" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, a handcrafted gift sale and ethnic lunch.  

This is the event was formerly known as "Taste of Christmas" but now holds items for year 'round festivities.  

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include Danish meatballs and gravy, "exceptional" mashed potatoes, pickled beets, scones, aebleskiver and oriental coleslaw.  

A sampling of desserts is included in the lunch price and will include rice pudding, rommegrot and giftas. Home baked goods (caramel rolls, cookies and breads, pies, lefse and almond cakes) can also be purchased.

Tuesday, Oct. 25

A free workshop for visual artists will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 in the Coldwell Banker Real Estate conference room, 101 South Main, Park Rapids.

"Juried Works" is sponsored by Region 2 Arts Council and presented by Kathleen Richert of Springboard for the Arts.

Artists both experienced and new to presenting their art professionally will benefit from Juried Works.  The workshop will focus on readying, refining and, in some cases, revamping visual artists' promotional presentation.   

RSVP to the R2AC office before Tuesday, Oct. 18 by emailing or by calling 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447.  

Saturday, Oct. 29

A "Photography 101 for Artists" workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Headwaters School for Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave., in Bemidji.

The workshop is for artists who create two- or three-dimensional art and wish to present the work in photographs (website, gallery, juried exhibitions, portfolio, catalog, etc).

The workshop will help with improving skills to create images with correct exposure, color, background, focus and impact that are commensurate with the quality of the art.

    Participants will need a camera (best with an SLR camera with manual exposure settings and manual white balance settings), the owner's manual, and if possible, a piece of art that may be photographed as a demo in class.

Participants will receive a gray card to assist in getting correct color and exposure and notes covering most of the topics covered in class.

There is a limit of 16 participants. To register, send a check in the amount of $25 made payable to the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts (HSMA), at P.O. Box 542, Bemidji, MN 56619-0542.

The registration deadline is Thursday, Oct. 20.   (There will be no refunds unless the workshop is cancelled.) 

    Call the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts at 218-444-5606 with any questions.