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Upcoming events June 23- July 10

Saturday, June 23

Dorset's Festival of Authors and Artists will be held from noon to 8 p.m. today (Saturday).

In addition to authors, the event includes jewelers, basket weavers, wood workers, quilting and embroidery, pottery, painters and live music on the boardwalk.

Authors and their works include:

Noon to 2 p.m. - Christopher Valen, "Bad Weeds Never Die;" Jess Lourey, "November Hunt;" Connie Lounsbury, "Thrift Store Shoes;" Beth Dooley, "The Northern Heartland Kitchen;" Anita Diffley, "Turn Here, Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works;" Will Weaver, "The Survivors;" Paul Sailer, "The Oranges are Sweet;" Tarah Wolff, "Embraced by Darkness," and Phletus Williams, "Peter the Polar Bear."

Authors from 2 to 4 p.m. are Beryl Bissell, "View of the Lake: Living the Dream on Lake Superior;" Danielle Sosin, "The Long-Shining Waters;" Peter Smith, "A Cavalcade of Lesser Horrors;" JoAnn Guernsey, "Glass Asylum;" Mark Munger, "Laman's River;" Mary Rockcastle, "In Caddis Wood;" Sally and Doug Mayfield, "Angle of Declination;" Cary Waterman, "Book of Fire;" Louane Beyer, "Six Days Inside a Mountain;" and Jenny Pachel, "Joey's Pants."

Featured authors from 4 to 6 p.m. are Joel Arnold, "Ox Cart Angel;" Peter Geye, "Safe from the Sea;" Jeanne Foley, "Shooting Two;" Jill and Deane Johnson, "Little Minnesota;" Ren Holland, "Early Resorts of Minnesota;" Kent Nerburn, "Ordinary Sacred: The Simple Beauty of Everyday Life;" Elise Dunn, "Feed the Mice;" Athena Kildegaard, "Clover and Honey;" Wendell Affield, "Muddy Jungle Rivers," and Jennifer LeClair, "Danger Sector."

Authors meeting readers from 6 to 8 p.m. are Amanda Hughes, "Beyond of Cliffes of Kerry;" Wendy Potratz, "Agnes Plays Soccer;" Kurtis Scaletta, "Tanglewood Terror;" Judy Merritt, "Ghost Dancer;" Gail Rosenblum, "A Hundred Lives Since Then," and James Mohs, "The Fed Man."

sunday, June 24

Three Menahga students, Samantha Acuff, Brianna Paulson and Bailey Yliniemi, have advanced to the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Florida in July and are looking for community support to get there.

A car wash fundraiser will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 24 at the Menahga Elementary parking lot.

Stop by with dirty cars, trucks or vans and they will wash them, (tires included). Cars are $5, trucks are $8 and vans are $10.

Wednesday, June 27

Kids, put on your chef's hat, grab a spatula and head to the Park Rapids Area Library.

The first of three kids' cooking classes with a St. Joseph's dietitian intern will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 27 at the library.

The class is for children 8 years and up.

Call the library at 732-4966 to register.

Bemidji Area Church Musicians will host a recital showcasing the 2011 recipients of the Bemidji Area Church Musicians scholarships at noon Wednesday, June 27 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 2220 Anne Street NW.

This recital will feature

Eric Haugen on cello who's completed his first year at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He will perform

"Sonata in D minor" by C. Debussy and "Variations on One String on a Theme" by Rossini, composed by

N. Paganini. Sarah Carlson will accompany him on the piano.

Aaron Schnackenberg, a student at Concordia College, Moorhead, will play "Tableaux de Provence" by P. Maurice on alto saxophone and Partita in D minor by J. S. Bach, on bass guitar. His accompanist is Matt Bock.

Thursday, June 28

The Park Rapids Area Library will offer a free basic computer class from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 28 at the library.

Call 732-4966 to register or for more information.

The second noon hour concert performance of the summer, featuring Jennie Anderson and Donna Neumann on flutes and Kathy Gorentz on piano, will be held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Thursday, June 28 at Faith Baptist Church.

The concert will be light, easy-listening music, with solos and duets, classical to Gershwin.

Coffee and dessert will be served. Bring lunch.  

The Crazy Quilters Guild of Park Rapids will hold a work meeting from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 28 at the Park Rapids Area Library.  

All quilters are welcome.

Friday, June 29

The Headwaters chapter of Let's Go Fishing will host a chicken dinner benefit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 29 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

Area residents Judy Wegenast and Jerry Wegenast will be the featured artists at the Blank Canvas Gallery in July.

A reception for the artists will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 29 at the gallery.

  Judy Wegenast will be displaying a new group of paintings, some of which have been inspired by the students at Northland Dance Studio, Park Rapids. Wegenast worked with Denise Gulbranson, director of the studio, to produce paintings of dancers.

Jerry Wegenast is the other half of this dynamic artistic duo. Jerry produces wood-turning and custom furniture items. His highlight for this opening will be a red birch with walnut inlay wine rack, a true piece of art in wood.

In addition, several new guest artists are displaying artwork at the gallery in July and will be available to discuss their work at the reception and open house. Artists for July include gourd artist Connie Schindle, glass blower Jon Offutt, members of the Park Rapids White Birch Artists group and jewelry maker Pat Doughty.

Games of bingo will be played at 7 p.m. Friday, June 29 at the Lake George Senior Citizens Center, 37260 Highway 71.  

The event is open to the public.

Saturday, June 30

Moonlight Venues and Productions will host a craft fair, Park Rapids Summer Splash - Crafts, Treasures and Beyond, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at Century School.

Concessions are available. Admission is $2.

For more information, contact Ruth Pachel at 252-7884 or Laura Jordahl at 255-3032.

Three Menahga students, Samantha Acuff, Brianna Paulson and Bailey Yliniemi, have advanced to the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Florida in July and are looking for community support to get there.

A pulled pork sandwich dinner and silent auction will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at the Menahga City Park.

Stop by for a delicious homemade pulled pork sandwich and all the side dishes, (drink and dessert included).

Friends and family of Kathy Keske are sponsoring a spaghetti and meatball dinner and silent auction to help with Keske's medical expenses for cancer treatments.

The event will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at the Park Rapids American Legion with a freewill donation received.

  Call 732-7878 or 732-3404 or 564-5606 for more information on silent auction donations or to donate a new or collectible item.

County 20 will provide special music. Supplemental funds will be provided by Thrivent For Lutherans and a matching fund of up to $5,000 by Becker Farms.

Wednesday, July 4

The 34th annual Firecracker Footrace will take off at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 from Heartland Park.

Registration for the 5K and 10K races/walks is from 6:30 to 8:15 a.m. Cost is $20 and includes a T shirt. A free kids fun run for ages 12 and under starts after the races.

Racers can pick up

T shirts and materials from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 3 at Heartland Park or prior to the race.

Proceeds benefit Park Rapids Area High School track and cross country program.

Monday, July 9

Central Lakes College and the Center of Excellence at Bemidji State University have scheduled the Summer Engineering and Manufacturing (SEaM) Camp for July 9-13 at the Staples campus of CLC.

SEaM camp is for students in grades 6-12 and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. during each of the five days. The camp will accept up to 38 students.

It is an opportunity to experience hands-on electronics, motor controllers, mechanical drafting, manufacturing machining, and robotics automated systems.

Need-based scholarships are available. For information or to register, call 800-247-6836 and ask for the SEaM Camp Registration Line.

Friday, July 6

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and Hubbard County will offer a free nitrate water-testing clinic from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 6 and 7 at the Hubbard County Fairgrounds, in Park Rapids.  

The clinic is the latest in a series of water-testing clinics sponsored by MDA. Nitrates are the most common contaminants in Minnesota's groundwater, and in some areas of the state a significant number of wells have high nitrate levels.  With that in mind, experts recommend that homeowners who get their drinking water from wells should test their water regularly.

"Nitrates in drinking water can be a risk to human health," MDA Commissioner Dave Frederickson said.   "Public drinking water supplies are monitored for nitrates, but it's important for homeowners with private wells to check their water and take action if their water has high nitrates levels."

To participate in the testing, homeowners are asked to bring at least one-half cup of water in a plastic baggie or container.  To get a good sample, allow the tap to run 5 to 10 minutes before filling the container.   Homeowners with distillation units, reverse osmosis or other nitrate removal systems should take two water samples - one before and one after the treatment process.  This will determine if the system is working.  

Homeowners with just a water softener need to take one sample, either before or after the water passes through the water softener.

Samples should be taken no more than 24 hours before the testing and must be kept refrigerated prior to testing.

To ensure accurate results, homeowners should mark the container with their name, phone number and a well identification number if more than one well is sampled.

Homeowners who wish to remain anonymous should choose an easily recognized "code number" to identify their sample. It is not necessary to provide information about the well or well location.

Contact Mark Sommer at 732-0121 for additional details.

Tuesday, July 10

Curtis and Loretta, a husband and wife folk duo, will perform at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 at the Park Rapids Area Library, a free concert sponsored by the Legacy Program of the Kitchigami Regional Library System.

"Curtis and Loretta are in many ways the quintessential folk duo: finely honed vocal harmonies of multidimensional intrigue, abundant talent on an array of stringed instruments, deep traditional roots, great originals and equally strong strains of gravity and playful irreverence," Rick Mason wrote in the Minneapolis City Pages A-List.

 This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota‚s art and cultural heritage.