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Upcoming events Aug. 11-30

Saturday, Aug. 11

The Northern Knights celebrate their 29th annual Run to the Rapids street rods show is today (Saturday), Aug. 11 in Park Rapids.

Today kicks off with registration at 8 a.m. on Main street in downtown Park Rapids, following that will be the show-n-shine and trophy presentation at noon.

There will be drawings for cash and prizes all morning for registered participants. Must be present to win; club members not eligible.

A "fire shower" benefit for Jeff and Lydia Krueckeberg, who lost their home and possessions to fire in June, will begin at 4 p.m. today (Saturday) hosted by the Akeley VFW and friends.

Games for kids and adults begin at 4 p.m. A freewill donation picnic dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. with entertainment from 8 p.m. to midnight. Raffle drawings will be ongoing.

A "wish list" is available at the VFW. An account has been set up at the First National Bank in Akeley. Gifts may be dropped off at the Akeley VFW.

Sunday, Aug. 12

A free concert at the New York Mills Cultural Center, featuring Brothers Burn Mountain, will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12.  

The Duluth-based music duo has been featured at Hewitt's annual "Barter Fest" and at the Harvest Thyme Bistro in Wadena in recent months where they have been developing a local following.  

Ryan and Jesse Dermody's first visit to New York Mills will be a concert of blues-infused music with vocals supported by drum and electric guitar.  

Monday, Aug. 13

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club Auxiliary will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13 at the clubhouse.

Members will also meet at noon at Emmaville for lunch. Contact Helen Marsh at 652-3295 for reservations.

A Park Rapids blood drive will be held Aug. 13-15 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The drive will be held from noon to 6:30 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 7:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Call Lynn at 732-8250 or Rose at 732-3892 for an appointment.

Tuesday, Aug. 14

The Nevis Red Hat Ladies will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 at Summerhill Farm.

Meet for rides at 11 a.m. at the Muskie.

For reservations, call Mary at 652-4232.

The Healthy Moms Network will have a chapter meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Park Rapids Area Library.  

Lorri Jager will share "A Healing Miracle" from her personal experience.  Jager had 8 percent functioning in her gall bladder and was scheduled for emergency surgery.  She prayed and felt directed to try a functional medicine protocol instead.  

Five years later, Jager now has full functioning in her gall bladder using natural treatment methods. She uses food to illustrate a story, and will have a snack to share with the group.  All meetings are free and open to women of all ages.   Supervised children are welcome to attend and engage in quiet activity.  For more information, call Nicole Guida at 732-5229.

Wednesday, Aug. 15

An organizational planning meeting for the 2013 Governor's Fishing Opener is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 at C'mon Inn. Anyone interested in being a part of the planning is welcome to attend.

The Park Rapids area multiple sclerosis support group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 at St Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids. 

Anyone affected by MS is invited to attend. Contact Susan Monsrud at 237-2067 or Denise Pederson at 763-350-6957 or for more information.

Thursday, Aug. 16

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council will showcase the artistic talents of area youth during Youth Music and Arts Showcase IV Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16-18 in downtown Park Rapids.

Student artists' works, including paintings, photography, sculpture and pottery, will be shown at businesses in downtown Park Rapids.

A panel of judges will view the students' works. Four $100 scholarships will be given to high school students and four $25 scholarships to middle school age students.

A schedule of the young artists and venues will be available to guide people to all locations. Daycare providers and parents of preschoolers are invited to do chalk art on downtown sidewalks Friday morning.

Free chalk will be available at Wildwood Enchantment, 209 South Main Ave.

The showcase provides young musicians with an opportunity to perform downtown Friday, Aug. 17 and play in a concert from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, the last in the 2nd Street Stage summer music series.

Friday, Aug. 17

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will host a chicken fried steak dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at the clubhouse located 1.5 miles east of Emmaville on CSAH 24.  

The meal includes chicken fried steak with country style gravy and mashed potatoes, corn, salad and homemade pies. 

A free will donation will be accepted.  The donation will be used towards sponsored projects and renovations.

Grace Community Church of Osage will host a fundraising dinner to benefit Haley Crandall from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17.

The 2-year-old was born with heart defects requiring open heart surgery. Parents are Lance and Trish Crandall and grandparents are Bill and Joann Cristlieb and Dan and Deb Crandall.

She is scheduled for surgery Tuesday, Aug. 21.

The Lake Itasca Pioneer Farmers, Inc. (LIRPF) host the 37th annual three-day reunion/show Aug. 17, 18 and 19 on its show grounds located adjacent to the north side of Itasca State Park on Highway 200.

Incorporated in 1976, the LIRPF is dedicated to the preservation and display of historic, rural/logging related Americana for the cultural, educational, entertainment and heritage-related benefits of the public. They are also a non-profit corporation.

During the reunion/show, there will be many attractions including log-handling and loading using horses, lumber sawing on a 95-year-old sawmill, lumber planning, shingle and lath making, birdhouse, broom and rope making and grain threshing and grinding, tractors, vehicles, antique tools, model engines and machines and more.

Displays include a 100-year-old rural schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, log house, church, store, women's activities building and more.

Admission is $10 per day and children 12 and under are free. Food and refreshments are available including lefse and corn on the cob.

Over two dozen rustic-framed buildings are located in the par-like area on the grounds, which contain an auditorium, logging museum, kitchen, blacksmith shop, engines, models and toy displays, hot-air engine displays and other activities.

Some exhibits include the historic Lake Itasca Post Office, with completely restored 1940 interior and early Redby Machine Shop with machines and equipment. Adjacent to this site is another area housing the historic Itasca Park sawmill, the historic A.J. Levorsen sawmill engine and the Roy Hemmerich Logging Memorial.

For more information on this event, go to the LIRPF website at www.itascapioneer

The Weston A. Price Nutrition Foundation will meet at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at the Evergreen Church west of Park Rapids.  

Tanja Larson and Tanya Miller will demonstrate how to make traditional brined pickles, sauerkraut and other vegetables.  

Finished samples will be available to taste.  

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

The Park Rapids Lions Club will host a family burger and corn feed night from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu includes burgers, corn on the cob, beans, ice cream and bars.

There will be hula hoop contests, face painting for a freewill donation) and classic cars.

Saturday, Aug. 18

Marlene Meyer will be demonstrating the Nifty Knitter (those plastic round looms) when the Twisted Stitchers meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18 at Third Street Market.   Come see what all can be done on one.  For further information, contact Kathy at 732-0978.

A corn and meatball dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at Akeley United Methodist Church.

The menu includes meatballs and mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, tomatoes, cupcakes and ice cream.

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13 at the clubhouse.

Sunday, Aug. 19

St. Theodore's Church, Ponsford and Pine Point, will host the annual spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19.

From Highway 34 west of Osage, head north on Co. Rd. 225 to Co. Rd. 129 to 124.

All are welcome.

The Park Rapids Area Community Band will be performing for the Wolf Lake Harvest Festival at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19 at the Waterfront Recreational Park.

The park is located a half-mile west of Wolf Lake and a half-mile mile north on Wolf Pack Road.

Bring a chair, blanket and a little lunch and enjoy music by the lake.

Wednesday, Aug. 22

Individuals who will be 11 years old by Aug. 22 are invited to enroll in the Minnesota Firearms Safety course to be held at the Environmental Education building on the fairgrounds in Park Rapids.

The class will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.

Registration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 at the Environmental Education building, at which time books will be distributed.

There is no maximum age limit for participants.

Topics covered will include safe firearm handling, firearm care, hunter ethics and responsibility, wildlife management, field testing and other pertinent topics.

For more information, call Russ Johnsrud at 732-8411 or Ron Norenberg at 237-9356 after 5 p.m. All students must register Aug. 22 in order to participate in the course.

Friday, Aug. 24

  The Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota and its Planned Gifts committee will present a seminar, Estate Planning with Life Insurance, from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 in Sanford Bemidji Medical Center's Education Center.

n This session will provide life insurance basics including financial ratings and contract options;

n The importance of the structural triangle - who is the owner, insured and beneficiary;

n How insurance can be used as a planning tool;

n How life insurance can be used to cover unanticipated expenses, health care needs, anticipated expenses for debt and taxes and legacy intentions for gifts to family and charitable inclinations.

Monday, Aug. 27

The Hubbard County Historical Society will present Alice and her friends, the suffragettes, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27 in the downstairs meeting room of the "new" courthouse, which is handicap accessible.

Local women will portray famous females and present the history of women's rights in  Park Rapids and beyond. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, Aug. 30

Basic computer classes are being held at the Park Rapids Area Library.  

The free classes, the next to be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, includes hands-on practice on the Internet to locate useful information, basics on navigating the computers and how to set up a free Web-based e-mail account.

This class is for beginners only, but all ages are welcome.  Call the library at 732-4966 to register.