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Community Calendar Dec. 3-15

Saturday, Dec. 3

Akeley United Methodist Church will host the 10th annual Cookie Walk at 10 a.m. today (Saturday).

Assorted cookies will be sold by the dozen as well as homemade breads, candies, krumkake and rosettes.

Sunday, Dec. 4

The Bemidji Chorale, under the direction of Patricia Mason and accompanied by Wayne Hoff, will present their 33rd annual Christmas concert at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 at First Lutheran Church on the corner of Bemidji Ave. and 9th Street in Bemidji.

This year's concert will begin with literature celebrating the bounty of the harvest and the passage into winter.

Arrangements of "Autumn Leaves", "A 'Soalin'," and "The Road Home" by Stephen Paulus will lead the listener into more familiar carols of the season.

Admission is free although donations to the chorale will be accepted. Coffee and cookies will be served afterwards.

Tim and Cindy Roggenkamp of the Pequot Lakes area will present a toe-tapping, traditional bluegrass-country-gospel concert from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

The concert is free. Pick up a ticket at the library. For more information call the Park Rapids Area Library 732-4966.

     Tim and Cindy Roggenkamp have been entertaining audiences throughout Minnesota and surrounding states and Canada for over 30 years. They are members of the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame, have recorded several CDs and have made many television and radio appearances.


Monday, Dec. 5

Schoolcraft Learning Community will present a winter concert at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 at the Bemidji High School Performance Arts Center.

The concert, open to the public, will showcase Schoolcraft Learning Community's choirs, orchestras and French programs.

Admission is free.

The Bemidji State University Faculty MIDI Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 in the Thompson Recital Hall in Bemidji State's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

The ensemble, also known as the MIDIots, consists of Dr. Del Lyren and Dr. Erika Svanoe on the electric wind instrument, Eric Sundeen on the MalletKat, Greg Gaston playing the wavedrum and MIDI percussion, and Lee Foster on bass and FX. 

The group performs an eclectic mixture of musical genres ranging from contemporary instrumental compositions to atmospheric soundscapes.  Educational demonstrations of the MIDI instruments will be presented during the concert.

 Tuesday, Dec. 6

A public informational meeting about Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State) geared to Hubbard County area residents will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6 in the lower level meeting room of Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

There will be three sessions from which to choose, 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. each approximately 30 minutes.

M State staff and community task force members will provide information on classes to be offered in Park Rapids for spring 2012, the application process, financial aid and degree programs.

There will be opportunities for questions and answers at each session.

Appointments to schedule a one-on-one session with an M State advisor may be made by calling 255-4881.

Call 732-2256 with questions.

The Lakes Area Vineyard Park Rapids small group is serving free chili Tuesday, Dec. 6 as part of an outreach to the community.

"Meal 25:35" starts at 5:35 p.m. Tuesday at Bella Caffé/Third Street Market.

The name is based on the gospel passage from Matthew 25:35, "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in."

Sara Swenson, a member of the ecumenical group, said she and others wanted to do some outreach in Park Rapids.

"We thought of the idea of doing a free meal because we thought there was a need," she said. "Our ultimate goal would be to continue offering free meals" periodically.

There is no charge for the meal. All are welcome to attend and eat homemade chili and hot cocoa.

League of Women Voters -Park Rapids will show the 17-minute LWV Minnesota-produced documentary "Democracy for All? The Barriers of Voter ID" at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 in the lower level of the Park Rapids Area Library.

A guided discussion will follow. Rep. David Hancock, GOP, Bemidji, and Rep. Carly Melin, DFL, Hibbing, will be present to respond to the documentary. The event is free and open to the public.

This documentary puts the current debates around voter photo ID in the context of earlier efforts to expand the voting franchise. "Democracy for All?" features individuals whose right to vote will be threatened if a voter photo-ID requirement were put in place in Minnesota.

The film includes interviews with election officials on Minnesota's election safeguards. These safeguards make a voter photo-ID requirement a costly and unnecessary barrier in our already sound election system.

"It may be difficult for many Minnesotans to understand the problems with voter photo identification requirements," said LWV Park Rapids president Annamae Holzworth. "The brave individuals featured in "Democracy for All?" are proud voters, many who have voted for decades, who now fear that their right to continue voting could be in jeopardy. Their right to vote matters and must be protected."

"LWV Minnesota is proud to share this video that will help all of us understand why we are better off by making our elections more accessible to voters, not erecting barriers that may disenfranchise eligible voters," said Stacy Doepner-Hove, LWV Minnesota president. "While working to follow the path laid out by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution to 'form a more perfect union,' we have always found America is stronger by including more voices in our democracy."

For more information about this presentation, future LWV events or membership, contact Annamae Holzworth at 218-564-4613.

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, will present its 7th annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 in the Bemidji High School auditorium.  

Along with selections from the "Messiah," the focus will be on the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, including a commentary by Dr. Everett on her visit to Mozart's homeland this past summer.

As is the tradition, audience members are encouraged to bring their "Messiah" scores and sing along on the choruses.  Musical scores will be provided at the door for those who need them.

Tickets are available at the door. Children in grades K through 12 are admitted free.  For those who hold BSO season Ttckets, the holiday concert is included as part of the season.

Thursday, Dec. 8

Open spinning will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at Monika's, 201 Main, Park Rapids.  

Bring your spindles, wheels or curiosity.

For further information, call Kathy Belt 218-732-0978

Sanford Bemidji's diabetes support group will be holding its monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center in the Education Center, 1300 Anne St. NW, Bemidji.

  December's speaker is Dr. Zach Hazelton, DDS. Dr. Hazelton will speak on the connection between oral health and overall health as it relates to diabetes.

The Crazy Quilters Guild of Park Rapids will meet from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

The agenda includes a work session, holiday party and business meeting.

Members are encouraged to bring donations for the food shelf.

 Friday, Dec. 9

The Park Rapids Classic Chorale will perform a Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

A second performance will be performed at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.

The concert will feature chamber orchestra accompaniment.

A country-style barbecue rib dinner will be served from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

All proceeds benefit the Community Fish House project, giving senior citizens, handicapped, disabled, veterans, social organizations and others the opportunity to ice fish free of charge.

Advance tickets are available through Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Legion, Delaney's, Northern Bait, Smokey Hills Outdoors or from Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association members.

Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will host a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at the clubhouse.

Meat will be furnished; bring a side dish to share.

All members and guests are invited.

Saturday, Dec. 10

First Lutheran Church youth (and a few adults) are offering babysitting services from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at the church located on the corner of Highway 34 and Pleasant Avenue in Akeley.

Children will be able to participate in supervised games, crafts, lunch and a movie.

Parents can enjoy four hours of kid-free time for shopping, cleaning, wrapping, baking, cooking or resting.

Children must be at least 3 years old and potty-trained and can be as old as 11 to participate.

The cost is $8 for the first child and $5 for each additional child (from the same family). Proceeds go to the FLC Youth Camp Scholarship Fund.

Pre-registration is requested, E-mail or call 652-3335 from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Thursday.

The third annual Taste of Christmas event will be held from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The Taste includes a Scandinavian Christmas buffet, a cookie and donut sale and silent auction.

Complimentary rides are available for seniors in Park Rapids. Call Jan at 732-4051 or 255-2404.

The event is hosted by Hubbard County Senior Nutrition with proceeds benefiting Meals on Wheels.

Monday, Dec. 12

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club Auxiliary will meet at noon Monday, Dec. 12 at the clubhouse for the Christmas potluck luncheon.

Donations to the food shelf as well as dues will be collected.

TuesDay, Dec. 13

The Nevis Red Hat Ladies will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Bullwinkle's.

Call Mary at 652-4232 for reservations.

The Healthy Moms Network will host a chapter meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the Park Rapids Area Library.  

Christine Horvath, an Erzdal zone therapist who is trained in a sophisticated form of reflexology, will explain how to exercise nutritional caution this holiday season.  

Topics explained include: what really makes us fat and how to lose weight, hormones, sleep, and also causes of disease, rising cholesterol and a sluggish metabolism.  

Meetings are free and open to women of all ages. For information, contact Nicole Guida 732-5229.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

The Nemeth Art Center annual membership meeting will convene at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the Northwoods Bank community room.

All members are urged to attend.

Friday, Dec. 16

Fatherhood Leadership Circle provider training, featuring a professor of child and family studies at St. Cloud State University, will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 16 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services lower level meeting room A.

The training is offered at no charge.

Dr. Glen Palm has studied ethics in parent and family education, fathers' perceptions on attachments, the influence of fathers on social-emotional development of young children and the father's role in literacy development.

Early childhood is a critical time for the healthy development of children. Between the ages of 2 and 7, the human brain grows to 70 to 90 percent of its adult size.

The quality of nurturing and education during this time significantly impacts not only and child's individual capacities, but the child's ability to ultimately contribute to a healthy community.

Research shows fathers matter a great deal in the education of their children, regardless of income, cultural background or education level.

Palm has written extensively on the subject and has co-authored two books on the subject.

To register or for more information, call 237-5725.

Saturday, Dec. 17

The Erickson Brothers will perform a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

The church is located off Highway 34 West; turn right on Elisha Drive.