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Upcoming events Oct. 15 - Nov. 12

Saturday, Oct. 15

The Roe Family Singers, a nine-member Mississippi headwaters music ensemble based in Minneapolis, will be performing at the Lake George Senior Center at 2 p.m. today (Saturday).

The band plays a mix of original music and contemporary takes on old-time tunes.  A freewill donation will be received.  

For more information, contact 218-699-3030.

A newly commissioned four-harpsichord concerto composed by Asako Hirabayashi will have its world premier today (Saturday) at Bemidji State University.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Thompson Recital Hall of Bemidji State's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

Tickets will be available at the door.


Monday, Oct. 17

Park Rapids Schools' parent-teacher conference times include:

n Century Elementary: 4:30 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 17 and 18 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.

nCentury Middle School: 4 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18 and 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19

n High School: 4 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18 and 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19

There is no school for students Oct. 19-21.

The Hubbard County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Monday Oct. 17 at the Northwoods Bank community room.

The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Minnesota photographer Doug Ohman will showcase "Libraries of Minnesota" from 1 to 2:30 p.m Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Northwoods Bank as part of the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning series.

Ohman has traveled extensively throughout Minnesota photographing its historic libraries. He is a self-taught photographer with a degree in history and geography from the University of Minnesota.

Ohman previously worked as the director of operations at the Mall of America's Camp Snoopy, but took to photography full-time starting in 2000. He has published many books on Minnesota subjects such as "Cabins" and "Barns".

Ohman will be at the Park Rapids Area Library at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 to discuss the book.

He will present visuals and stories about the photographs from his latest book.

The program, funded by the Park Rapids Area Library board, is free to the public.

The Park Rapids Garden Club will hold its annual harvest potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Trinity Church. (Note time change.)

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.

Friday, Oct. 21

The Weston A. Price Nutrition Foundation will host a chapter meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at the Evergreen Church west of Park Rapids.

Guest speaker Sari Mabbett will be giving a healthy- bread baking demonstration.

All meetings are free and open to the public.  

For more information, contact Tanja Larson at 732-9402

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will host a pork roast supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at the clubhouse located 1.5 miles east of Emmaville on CSAH 24.

The meal includes pork roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw, squash, green beans, roll, dessert and beverage.

A free will donation will be accepted.

The Osage community will present a prelude to Christmas, featuring the drama, "Is There Hope for Me?" at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at Grace Community Church on Pine Avenue.

Soup, homemade bread and dessert will be served.

For information and reservations, call 573-3143 or 573-3299.

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 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 gifts. Home baked goods (caramel rolls, cookies and breads, pies, lefse and almond cakes) can also be purchased.

Widowed Friends Fellowship, for men and women, will meet at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at Pizza Hut for lunch with dominoes to follow.

For more information, call Karla at 732-0424 or Joan at 732-4917.

Monday, Oct. 24

Living wills and resources will be addressed from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24 at the Community Health office, 323 South Main.

Licensed social worker Lucinda Peterson will present the information.

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.  

Tuesday, Oct. 25

The National Players, America's longest running classical touring company, will perform the stage version of John Steinbeck's immortal "Of Mice and Men" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 in Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.

Celebrating their 63rd year of touring, the National Players of Olney, Md., captivate with their telling of the story of friendship, loyalty and sacrifice during bleak times.

Published by the Nobel Prize-winning Steinbeck as a novella in 1937, "Of Mice and Men" tells the tragic story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers during the Great Depression in California.

Details and seating charts are at

Friday, Oct. 28

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, Oct. 28, at the Park Rapids Area High School.  

There will be a "plus" workshop from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and a mainstream square dance from 8 to 10 p.m.  

Caller will be Royce Nelson and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips.  

Club members will furnish a potluck lunch.  All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

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.   

Wednesday, Nov. 2

Region 2 Arts Council invites all regional artists and arts organization to Collaborating within Arts Disciplines - an evening of networking, goal setting, and planning for creative and effective collaboration within arts disciplines.

The workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave., Bemidji.

In this workshop, the presenter will discuss cross-promoting events hosted by different organizations and explore the value of coordinating arts events and activities with other regional partners.  

In addition, participants will learn the benefits of resource optimization and uncover the range of proven marketing and collaborative partnerships in small to mid-sized towns and cities.

Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 26 to reserve a space. Call 800-275-5447 or e-mail  

Saturday, Nov. 12

The Laporte-Benedict Lions will be holding their annual Fall Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 in the Commons area of the Laporte School.

The Lions' soup and sandwich lunch will be served in the community room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bars and beverage will be available throughout the day.

Baked goods for the Thanksgiving table and Christmas present items will be available. Last year, tables filled with a variety of items such as cedar wreaths, poinsettias, Christmas cactus, paintings, scroll-carved wood, a multitude of Christmas decorations large and small, Avon, Tupperware, Watkins, and a wide selection of handmade items - from afghans to stocking stuffers.

Anyone wishing to have a table to sell their items should call Shirley at 218-224-2601 to reserve a table for $10. The Lions do not charge youth groups for table space, but still would appreciate pre-registering.