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Upcoming events May 17 - June 6

Thursday, May 17

A session addressing "When Kids Lie: The Truth about Why They Do It and How to Deal With It" will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17 in the Century School cafetorium.

Ellie Anderson, a licensed therapist with Stellher Human Services, will share advice on dealing with the issue that may surprise the audience.

Open to the public, this session will be especially informative for parents, grandparents, teachers, law enforcement personnel, social workers, health care workers and child care providers.

This presentation is co-sponsored by Kinship in observation of its 20th anniversary year, and Park Rapids Community Education.

Certificates of attendance will be available.

There will be no admission charge; however, a freewill offering will be received.

friday, May 18

A World War II Medal of Honor recipient is being honored by local military organizations in a ceremony Friday, May 18 at Greenwood Cemetery in Park Rapids.

A new monument will be unveiled at the gravesite of Lloyd C. Hawks, who is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Park Rapids. The ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. May 18 at the cemetery. A gathering will be held at the Park Rapids American Legion following the ceremony.

If someone needs a ride to the Legion, one can be arranged. A bus will transport all World War II veterans from the Legion to the cemetery.

For more information, contact Dave "Lefty" Anderson at 732-4273 or

The Weston A. Price Nutrition Foundation will host a chapter meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, May 18 at the Evergreen Church just west of Park Rapids.  

Tanja Larson, chapter leader, will be demonstrating how to make liver paté, and will offer samples afterward. 

All meetings are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Tanja at 732-9402.

Girls Scouts will celebrate their 100th anniversary with a short ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, May 18 at the Red Bridge Park.

The community, past Girls Scouts and family members of current Girl Scouts are invited to join the celebration and enjoy Girl Scout cookies and punch as the girls "bridge to a new century." Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low (portrayed by Mary Harrison) will make a special appearance.

Saturday, May 19

A Ruby's Pantry Food distribution will be held Saturday, May 19 at the Assumption of Our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at First English Lutheran Church with the food distribution following at 10:30 a.m. at the Catholic Church.  

The cost is $15 per share. Bring baskets and boxes for food.  Volunteers are also needed and appreciated.  

Contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501 for more information.

A Walk for Let's Go Fishing, presented by the Headwaters chapter, will be held Saturday, May 19 at Heartland Park.

The walk is an avenue to raise awareness for an organization that enriches the lives of people age 55 and older through free fishing and boating excursions. The initiative strengthens communities, builds relationships and creates memories.

The Walk for Let's Go Fishing is 5 kilometers. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. Fee is $10 per walker and includes a free T-shirt.

Participants can register for the walk on the day of the event, or online at For more information about the walk or how to become a Let's Go Fishing volunteer, contact Diane George at 237-8315.

The Twisted Stitchers own Betty Dotschkal will be showing T-shirt embellishments followed by show and tell from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19 at 210 Main Ave (Monika's).  

Call Kathy for more information 732-0978.

The Nevis girls softball team is having a hamburger/ cheeseburger dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday May 19 at the Park Rapids American Legion.   

Menu will be hamburgers or cheeseburgers, coleslaw, baked beans, French fries, and root beer or orangesicle floats.

Monday, May 21

The Hubbard County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, May 21 in the basement meeting room in the new courthouse.  

David Anderson will present a program on the "Battlefields of WWII Europe." The program will begin at 7:30 p.m.  The public is encouraged to attend.

Refreshments will be served.  The courthouse meeting room is handicap accessible.

A free public forum examining cost efficiency and accountability in Minnesota's health care delivery system will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 21 at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.

It will be hosted by the Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government at CLC.

     The forum will focus on three questions: As premiums keep rising, can health care delivery ever become affordable again for most consumers, should there be better accountability for how premium dollars are spent, and can financing health care be less complicated?

The event in the Chalberg Theatre features a panel of four speakers:

n Dane Smith is a 30-year journalist with the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune. He is president of Growth and Justice, a progressive think tank committed to making Minnesota's economy simultaneously more prosperous and fair.

 n David Feinwachs is a former chief counsel for the Minnesota Hospital Association.

 n Dr. Chuck Sawyer, with the Minnesota Physicians for a National Health Program, is a member of the Health Care For All Minnesota board and senior vice president of Northwestern Health Sciences University.

 n Phil Griffin, a lobbyist for Preferred One, is with the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, a nonprofit trade association which advocates for Minnesota's current HMO-dominated system.

     Each panelist will present for 15 minutes.

The audience will be invited to write advance questions, which will be sorted by the moderator for duplicates and topic relevancy.

Tuesday, May 22

A blood drive will be held in Park Rapids from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 and from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 at the American Legion.

To schedule an appointment, call Bob Cadreau at 237-3772.

Friday, May 25

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, May 25 at Century School in Park Rapids.  

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

Caller will be Abe Maier and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips. Club members will furnish a potluck lunch after the dance.  

All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

Wednesday, May 30

Anton Treuer, Minnesota Ojibwe author and professor of Ojibwe studies at Bemidji State University, will visit the Park Rapids Area library at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 30.

He'll present on his most recently released book, "Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask."  More than 100 stereotyped questions will be answered with solid information, humor and compassion.  

He'll also present on his children's book, "Awesiinyensag," published in 2011. This book presents original stories, written in Anishinaabemowin, that delight readers and language learners with the antics of animals who playfully deal with situations familiar to children in all cultures.

He is also author of "The Assassination of Hole in the Day" and "Ojibwe in Minnesota," recently named "Minnesota's Best Read for 2010" by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.  

Monday, June 4

"A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls" will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. for eight weeks beginning Monday, June 4 at the May Creek Senior Living campus in Walker.

Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater.

Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends.

A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent.

The class is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.

Cost is $5 and is open to the public to attend. Advance registration is required as space is limited. A workbook is provided and refreshments are served.

Call Lori Hilsabeck at 218-547-7511 to register or for more information.

Wednesday, June 6

The 31st Conference on Aging for the 55+ age group will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 on the Staples campus of Central Lakes College.

This event will offer a day of health, wellness and fun for the 55+ population in Central Minnesota. More than 30 organizations and agencies will display relevant products and services throughout the day.

Attendees will also enjoy breakfast and lunch, various health and wellness breakout sessions, musical entertainment and door prizes.

This year's theme is "The Magic of Health & Happiness," which celebrates the happiness and health that can be experienced in this "magical" stage of life.

The purpose of the Conference on Aging is to provide information, educate, and provide a social environment for the senior population in Central Minnesota.

Best-selling authors Janie Jastin and Chez Raginiak are the keynote speakers.

Jasin has been igniting energy in audiences for more than three decades. She delivers a powerful message, laced with stories and humor that move audiences. Through music, story-telling, and audience participation, senses are awakened, stress is relieved, creativity soars, and enthusiasm grows.

Raginiak is an award-winning speaker, author and songwriter. Born and raised in communist Poland, he made a decision at the age of 25 to escape. With nothing more than a dream, Raginiak sought asylum in United States. His determination, perseverance, and vision for the future continually fueled his soaring spirit.

Sponsor and exhibitor inquiries may be directed to Kori Busho, Central Lakes College, at 218-855-8139.

Thursday, June 7

Artists of all arts disciplines are invited to attend Marketing for Artists, a free Region 2 Arts Council professional development workshop, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at Coldwell Banker Clack & Dennis Real Estate, 101 South Main.

This workshop is devoted to identifying the right audience for your artistic output, positioning yourself and developing marketing strategies and a marketing plan geared for that audience.

Registration Deadline is May 30.   Call R2AC at 800 275-5447 or e-mail to reserve a space.

Monday, June 11

Central Lakes College will conduct a music video camp June 11-15 for senior high school students (grades 10 to adult) on the Staples campus.

The day camp (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) will instruct up to 15 participants in the creation of a professional-looking music video in just five days. The fee for instruction and all supplies is $75, including daily lunch, discs, and tapes.

Students will get together in groups of two to four and select a song. They write a script, set up and film the shots with digital video recorders and use computers to produce and edit the timeline using Apple's Final Cut Pro software.

When completed, students will author a DVD for final presentation.

      For information or to register, contact instructor Leon Dahlvang at 800-247-6836, ext. 5142, or e-mail


The 2012 Lakes to Pines Triathlon is June 16 in Park Rapids.

The fifth-annual triathlon, sponsored by the Park Rapids Swim Boosters, includes a 500-yard swim in the Park Rapids Area High School pool, a 14.7-mile bicycle ride and 5K run.

Participants can compete as an individual or on a two or three person team.

The day of the race, registration opens at 7 a.m. with the race starting at 9 a.m.

A kids triathlon is also part of the event. Ages 9 and under swim 50 yards, bike .48 miles and run .3 miles. Ages 10-12 swim100 yards, bike 1.1 miles and run .3 miles.

The kids races will start at about 11:30 a.m. after the adult triathlon is completed. Awards will be handed out at about noon.

For more information or to register for the event go to