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Upcoming events Sept. 12-Oct. 6

Wednesday, Sept. 12

The Park Rapids Retired Military Group meet at 6 p.m. today (Wednesday) at The Good Life Café on Main street in Park Rapids. Fellowship will be at 5:30 p.m. with dinner to follow. All retired military and family are welcomed to come and enjoy the company of others with retired military backgrounds.

For more information, call president Archie at 573-3591.

Dr. Mark Christensen, professor of English at Bemidji State University, will deliver the university's first Honors Council Lecture of the fall semester today (Wednesday).

Christensen's presentation, "Broken Welds: A Prose Poem Study of Human Separation," will be held at 7 p.m. in the Thompson Recital Hall in Bemidji State's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Honors Council Lectures are open to the public free of charge.

The lecture will feature a reading from a new collection of prose poems that examines loss and separation. Though unusual in form, the collection resembles a memoir.

"It reaches for resolution and even redemption while confronting those losses," Christensen said.

For more information about the Honors Council Lecture Series, contact the honors program at 218-755-3984.

Thursday, Sept. 13

An ECFE 'Make it and Take it' open house will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon or 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Frank White Education Center.

Children and parents are invited to visit the Early Childhood Family Education rooms and meet staff. Kids can take home a project, play in the gym and share treats in the parent room.

There is no charge; register at the door.

"Of Vikings and Voyageurs," a free Legacy presentation by author Jack Salmela, will engage an audience at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

The power point presentation with a costumed interpreter and artifacts will bring this part of Minnesota history to life.

     During his research, Salmela learned the Cistercian monks and Templars in Gotland, Sweden were very advanced by the 14th Century. These are the people who had been to North America long before Columbus.

He learned Grand Portage was the gateway to the west long before St. Louis was considered to be. Grand Portage was a commercial gateway that benefited both the Europeans (furs) and the Native Americans (wool blankets, pots, pans, and other metal goods).

The St. Louis gateway, on the other hand, was the "death knell" for Native Americans as it brought white settlement to Indian lands.   And he contends fur traders don't get the historical credit they deserve; Sir Alexander McKenzie made it to the Pacific Ocean 12 years before Lewis and Clark.

This presentation will take participants into the world many as yet know little about.

The Voyageur interpreter will bring a bit of this history to life with an actual musket, furs and more. The voyageurs carried a lot of furs along the waterways of the north. At least at one point, they carried real treasure...and lost it. The rumor of treasure came down to the present, sparking a search that attracted both treasure hunters and historians alike. The key lay in rune stones left by Vikings centuries before the Voyageurs paddled their canoes on the wilderness lakes and rivers.

The Crazy Quilters Guild of Park Rapids will hold a business meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 in the Park Rapids Area Library meeting room.

All interested quilters are invited to attend.

The Wadena Whirlaways will have a potluck dinner dance Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Wadena VFW.

The potluck dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Bring a dish to share. The dance will be from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Abe Maier will be the caller.

Friday, Sept. 14

The Hubbard County Historical Society will host Alice's (Holz) soup and salad luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 in the Great Hall, upstairs in the museum.

Tickets are on sale in the museum office or call 732-5237 to reserve your tickets.

The Park Rapids Class of 1962 will hold a 50th reunion the weekend of Sept. 14-16.

Alums will meet at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 at the American Legion.

Saturday, bike to Dorset for breakfast at LaPasta at 10 a.m.

Dinner at Blueberry Pines will be at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Classmates will meet for a picnic at 3 p.m. Sunday at Birch Harbor Resort.

For more information, call Don at 715-671-5749.

Two programs will be presented at Perham's In Their Own Words Veterans Museum to expand understanding of America's Greatest Generation exhibit.

n At 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, John Cox, PhD, will talk about the growth of totalitarianism (Nazism and Stalinism), their problems and their strengths. Cox is a professor of history and the department head at North Dakota State University at Fargo.  

n At 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept 16, WWII Veteran Paul Ceynowa will talk about his experiences in the battle of Iwo Jima, a journey of 36 days from landing through the annihilation of the defense forces to the precise taking of Mt. Surabachi.

  Both programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 218 346-7678 or visit www.ITOW The museum is located at 805 West Main, Perham.   

Ronny Cox, who performed at Central Lakes College in Brainerd last fall, returns with his folksy, down-home style of music at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14.

The actor-singer will perform in the intimate, 120-seat Dryden Theatre as part of a series coordinated by Patrick Spradlin, a CLC faculty member.

Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. the public is invited back to campus to meet Cox, who will discuss his experience making the film "Deliverance."

His off-screen easy going, friendly nature is at odds with the persona Cox has cultivated in his acting. With a career that spans over 125 films and television shows, Cox is usually identified with the villains he has played in movies such as "Robocop" and "Total Recall," or the cable TV series "Dexter." He's also known for his role as the ruthless politician in the hit TV series "Stargate."

His first film, marking the first time he acted in front of a camera, was as the guitarist in the famous dueling banjos scene in 1972's "Deliverance."

Cox has written a book for the 40th anniversary of the film's making, titled "Dueling Banjos: The Deliverance of Drew." He'll discuss the book, and the experiences behind it, on Saturday's 90-minute event, 10-11:30 a.m., in the Dryden Theatre.

Tickets can be purchased online at

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance at Century School in Park Rapids Friday Sept. 14.  

There will be a "plus" workshop from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.  The caller will be Tom Allen and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips.  

There will be a potluck lunch furnished by the club members.  All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

Saturday, Sept. 15

Ruby's Pantry Food distribution will be held Saturday, Sept. 15 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 much appreciated.  Contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501 for more information.

The Jackpine Writers' Bloc will host a book release party in celebration of Volume 21 of "The Talking Stick" from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Blueberry Pines Golf Club, located on Highway 71 between Park Rapids and Menahga.

The event is open to the public. Books will be available at bookstore and via

Sunday, Sept. 16

The Rising Sun Dancers will have a dance starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Waubun Community Center.

Larry Johansen will call the tips. Lunch will be served by the club. Spectators are welcome.

Monday, Sept. 17

A Hubbard County DFL meeting will convene at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at the Lake George Town Hall.  

Participants will discuss the results of the August walleye and wild rice dinner as well as strategy planning for support of DFL candidates in the upcoming general election.

Square dance lessons will be offered by the Friendly Squares at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at the Eagles Club in Park Rapids.  

For more information, call Joy and Gary at 564-6098 or Mike and Donna at 218-837-5077.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

PEO Chapter T will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday Sept. 18, in the lower level of the hospital. 

Lunch will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the Good Life Café. 

Arvig is offering free Smartphone workshops to the community from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays in September.

All are welcome, Smartphone owners and those who want to learn more.

Android operating systems will be addressed Sept. 18 and advanced applications is the focus of the Sept. 25 workshop.

Pre-registration is appreciated, but not necessary. Call 237-9378.

Wednesday, Sept. 19

The Park Rapids Area multiple sclerosis support group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the St. Joseph's Area Health Services.  

"Live Fully, Live Well," a DVD presentation that addresses an array of topics affecting the whole family living with multiple sclerosis, will be the topic of discussion. 

Learn ways to strengthen relationships, increase understanding and promote health and quality of life. 

People with MS and their care partners and anyone affected by MS are invited to attend. Contact Susan Monsrud at 237-2067 or Denise Pederson at 763-350-6957 or pedersondenise@gmail. com for more information. 

Friday, Sept. 21

The Weston A. Price Nutrition Foundation will have a chapter meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at the Evergreen Church west of Park Rapids.  

Tanja Larson, chapter leader, will demonstrate how to make sourdough bread. Samples of baked sourdough bread will be available.  

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

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club Auxiliary will host a pork roast supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at the clubhouse located 1.5 miles east of Emmaville on CSAH 24.

The menu includes pork roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw, corn, rolls, dessert and beverage. A freewill donation will be accepted.

First City Squares of Bemidji will host a square dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at the United Methodist fellowship hall, 9th and Beltrami.

Plus tips will be in the first half hour. Jim Lizakowski will be the caller. Visitors and spectators are welcome.

For information, contact Scott Burgoon at 218-759-2776.

Saturday, Sept. 22

The Twisted Stitchers' meeting is moved one week to Saturday, Sept. 22.  

Members will be going on the Art Leap.  Anyone interested in joining is asked to meet in the city parking lot (behind Pioneer Park) at 9 a.m.  

For further information, contact Charlene Smith 732-2784.

A Walk to Remember, raising funds and awareness for Alzheimer's disease, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 22 at May Creek Senior Living Campus in Walker.

This is a time when senior service providers, area businesses and those affected by Alzheimer's will join forces to raise funds and awareness for the work of the Alzheimer's Association in our region.

Those who would like to participate in the walk are encouraged to form teams and challenge others in raising funds for the Alzheimer's Association.

Call Melanie at 218-547-7513 for more information.

Donations to the 2012 Walk to Remember can be made the day of the walk, or made payable to Alzheimer's Association and sent c/o May Creek Senior Living Campus, PO Box 530, Walker, MN 56484.

Find current politics intriguing?

The Northern Light Opera Company (NLOC) will present the concert version (no costumes/sets) of George and Ira Gershwin's parody of the 1930s presidential elections, "Of Thee I Sing," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at Armory Square, Highway 71 and 2nd Street, Park Rapids.

The story line of this satirical musical, set on American politics in the 1930s, has John P. Wintergreen, running for President of the United States on the "love" platform.

However, when he falls in love with sensible Mary Turner instead of Diana Devereaux, the beautiful pageant winner selected for him, he finds himself in political hot water.

"Of Thee I Sing" was the first American musical with a consistently satirical tone to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, in 1932.

NLOC presents the concert version - main characters and a chorus to provide the entertainment. Although there will be no sets or costumes, the audience will be surprised at how eerily some of the productions jokes seem to take precise aim, from decades back, at current affairs.

Tickets are available at Beagle Books or call 866-766-7372. Seating is limited.

Check for additional information on the NLOC website, www.northernlight

Monday, Sept. 24

The Hubbard County Historical Society invites the public to join in on their take on "Antiques Roadshow" at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 in the lower level of the courthouse next to the museum.

Bring in items and receive an idea of their value. A freewill donation will be appreciated.

The event is handicap accessible. Refreshments will be served

Tuesday, Sept. 25

The Region 2 Arts Council is inviting public feedback at a listening session to be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Coldwell Banker, 101 South Main in Park Rapids.

The intent is to gather community input on the needs of the community at-large. Schools, city/county government, non-profit organizations, artists, art organizations and others are encouraged to attend and to give feedback on Region 2 Arts Council's grant programs, workshops and other arts activities.

This is an opportunity to discuss your thoughts and ideas on how to better meet the needs of artists, art organizations and the arts in your communities.

  Register in advance via e-mail,, or call 800-275-5447.

  Listening sessions will be scheduled throughout the fall in each of R2AC's five counties.  

Area churches are coming together to sponsor two presentations by Impact World Tour in September. Both events will take place at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The group of athletes, "Team Extreme," will amaze with feats of great strength at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25.

"Island Breeze" will delight the audience with their colorful, Polynesian dance presentations at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Both groups will also be sharing their faith in Jesus Christ and the hope that he offers to the world.

Impact World Tour is an international Christian ministry of  "Youth With A Mission."

Wednesday, Sept. 26

An Itasca State Park fall color tour - for preschoolers accompanied by an adult - will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, departing from the Frank White Education Center.

A park naturalist will guide a tour of the park that includes a visit to the Headwaters of the Mississippi and romping on the playground.

For more information or to register, contact Community Education at 237-6600.

Friday, Sept. 28

The Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF), will present the 9th Annual OOM PAH FOR THE ARTS from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at the Hungry Bear Banquet and Conference Center, 2300 24th St. NW, Bemidji.

The public is invited to join the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment Advisory Committee for an evening of food, fun and entertainment.

Reserved event seating for OOM PAH FOR THE ARTS is now available. Tickets can be purchased by calling Marilyn Miller at 218-243-3030. The evening includes wine and beer tasting, German dinner and live music provided by Dennis Doeden, Tuba Jim and Friends.

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, Sept. 28 at Century School.   There will be a "plus" workshop at 7:30 p.m. and mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.

The caller will be Dean Fishel; Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips.   There will be a potluck lunch furnished by the club members.  All square dancers and spectators are invited.  

Tuesday, Oct. 2

Faithfully Fit Forever / Bone Builders begins the season Tuesday, Oct. 2, meeting from 9:45 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Riverside United Methodist Church gym.

The health program focuses on the body, mind and spirit. The free, nondenominational program includes Tai Chi, stretching, strength, balance and aerobic exercise. It's geared to allow for any level of physical ability. A short health topic presentation and a brief devotion are included during the water breaks.

Classes meet until the end of April and are open to the public (both men and women). Leg weights are available for everyone, but participants are asked to bring hand weights.

For further information call Trudy Overmyer, 732-3638.

Thursday, Oct. 4

The Pregnancy Resource Center's annual fall banquet will be held Thursday, Oct. 4 at St. Peter's Catholic Church.

Seating begins at 6:45 p.m. with a specialty dessert bar and program from 7 to 8:45 p.m.

This year's event will include meat and cheese platters in place of the sit- down dinner.

An opportunity to make a financial gift will be extended. Dessert is complimentary.

Friday, Oct. 5

The sixth annual Walk From Obesity will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at the Smokey Hills Wilderness Retreat and Conference Center in Osage.

Nearly 93 million Americans are currently affected by obesity and that number is predicted to be 120 million by 2017.

The walk is a means to promote research, education, prevention and treatment of obesity and to see firsthand how a jaunt through the gorgeous Minnesota autumn can bring together people from all walks of life for an important cause.

St. Joseph's Area Health Services Center for Weight Management and Essentia Health Park Rapids Clinic join again to sponsor the Walk From Obesity, held in conjunction with the Weekend in the Pines retreat. Geocaching will be a part of this year's event and equipment will be provided for anyone who would like to participate.

"The 2012 Walk From Obesity and the Weekend in the Pines events are terrific ways to raise awareness, to educate, motivate, and ultimately heal and inspire our friends and participants," says Missy Lindow, lifestyle counselor for St. Joseph's Center for Weight Management.

Register and pay on event day or online at Registration is free for children 12 and under. All registrants receive a free T-shirt and a one-year membership to the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC).

Funds raised through the Walk From Obesity support the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Foundation and the Obesity Action Coalition in their research and educational efforts.

For more information, please contact Missy Lindow at 218-255-4311.

Saturday, Oct. 6

First Lutheran Church Women of Akeley will host "Taste of the Seasons" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at First Lutheran Church on the corner of Highway 34 and Pleasant Avenue.  

The event will feature a variety of handcrafted gifts for purchase as well as home baked goods and a Danish meatball lunch, served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a choice of ethnic dessert.

The 5th annual Walk to Remember, a way for parents to connect with other people who have lost a child, will be held Saturday, Oct. 6 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center's, east lobby.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. followed by the walk at 10 a.m. A memorial service will follow the walk and a silent auction will conclude at 11:30 a.m. Participants are encouraged to create a poster or bring a photo for the memory wall.

The event is organized by Sanford Bemidji staff and PETAL (Parents Embracing Time After Loss) Program committee members.

  This event is free to the public. Participants are encouraged to pre-register, but it is not required. To obtain a registration form, go to and click on the Walk to Remember link. Registration forms must be received by Wednesday, Sept. 26. For more information or questions, call 218-333-5755.

Proceeds from the walk will benefit the PETAL program by providing mementos and support information to every parent who experiences a loss to remember their child by when they leave the hospital.