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Upcoming events Dec. 8-31

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.

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 Hubbard County Food Shelf.

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.

Research shows that one of the major complications of diabetes is periodontitis (inflammatory diseases affecting the tissues that surround and support the teeth).

This may be explained by the fact that those living with diabetes are at increased risk of inflammation and are more susceptible to infection, including oral infection.

Hazelton will also discuss oral health conditions associated with diabetes, possible complications and treatments for those complications.

The Bemidji State University December Traditional Skills Workshop will focus on how to make this holiday season green. 

The workshop will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 in the Excellence in Leadership Center in the lower Hobson Memorial Union on the Bemidji State campus.

Participants in the workshop will discuss real versus artificial Christmas trees, sustainable gifts, sustainable gift-wrapping and decorations and play games.

As space is limited, interested participants are encouraged to register in advance.

For more information, contact Erika Bailey-Johnson, Bemidji State University sustainability coordinator, at 218-755-2560.

Friday, Dec. 9

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.

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, Dec. 9 at Century School.  

A plus workshop will be from 7:30 to 8 p.m. with mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.

The caller will be Roger Lueth and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips.  

This will be the Christmas dance.  Members will furnish a potluck lunch after the dance.  

All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

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.

The Becker County Historical Society, Becker County Friends of the Library and ITOW Veterans Museum present "Hi, I'm Ernie Pyle" at 3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 10 at the Detroit Lakes Public Library.  

This one-man show performed by Michigan's Gary Morrison is a dramatization of the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist's WWII dispatches that became America's window to the war.

Morrison's presentation is a hard-hitting, humorous and poignant look at how American servicemen fought, lived, died and survived the war to bring freedom to the world.

Coffee, cookies and conversation to follow the program.  The event is free and open to the public  

Come to share your family's memories of Pearl Harbor and the 70th anniversary of the start of WWII.  

Morrison will perform again at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at the ITOW Veterans Museum in Perham.

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.

The Hubbard County DFL will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 at the Park Rapids Area Library (an accessible site).

Participants will be working on the coming caucus events and reviewing the tasks that need to be done for the Feb. 7 caucus night.

Members will also work on planning for the March 11 convention.  One or more of the candidates for Congress will be at or represented at the meeting.  Input and help in planning is encouraged.  Everyone is welcome.  

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 annual potluck Christmas party of the Park Rapids American Legion Post 212, Auxiliary, SALs and spouses will be held Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

Social hour is at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. A food shelf donation will be appreciated.

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.

The Central Lakes College Adventures 'N Theatre musical, "A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail," will be staged in Dryden Theatre on the Brainerd campus Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16 and 17.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. both days, with matinees at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Dec. 17.

Adventures 'N Theatre is a young people's acting troupe designed for performers ages 7 to 17.

Written by James W. Rodgers and based on the stories by A.A. Milne, the 12-song musical tells the story of how a bear with a very little brain, Winnie the Pooh, and his friends help the gloomy, tail-less donkey Eeyore have a very merry Christmas.

For information call Lamberson at 218-855-8202 or

Saturday, Dec. 17

Ruby's Pantry Food distribution will be held Saturday, Dec. 17 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.

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

Volunteers are also needed and much appreciated.  Contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501 for more information or to volunteer.

Park Rapids resident Amy Larson, illustrator of the children's book, "Oh Mighty Mississippi," and author Melissa Vocelka will sign books from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at Beagle Books.

Also signing at the same

time will be Jeff Berg, the author and illustrator of the

recently-released "Mrs. Claus and the Batty Christmas."

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.

Saturday, Dec. 31

The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a New Year's Eve dance Saturday, Dec. 31 at the Century School.

Caller will be Larry Johansen and Donna Stone will cue rounds between tips.  

The dance will start at 8 p.m.  Dancers will break for a potluck dinner at 10 p.m.

The club will furnish meat; members are asked to bring a potluck dish.  

Dancing will resume at 11 p.m. until midnight.