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Upcoming events Sept. 24 - Oct. 13

Monday, Sept. 24

Science and religion - friend or foe? This age-old question with heavily debated answers on both sides will be the subject of Professor Allan Chapman's annual lecture at Bemidji State University.

Chapman, a professor and member of the Faculty of History from Wadham College of Oxford University in England, presents an annual fall program at Bemidji State as the official kickoff to the university's EuroSpring program.

EuroSpring is Bemidji State's oldest international study program, offered during the spring semester.

Chapman's 2012 lecture is Monday, Sept. 24 in Hagg-Sauer Hall 100. The lecture will begin at 3 p.m. and is open to the public free of charge.

Chapman's lecture will explore whether anything has changed in the nature of scientific discovery to allow for the modern pervasiveness of atheistic interpretations of science that did not exist in the past.

He also will examine whether modern discoveries in biology, brain science, cosmology and physics seriously undermine religious belief.

Tuesday, Sept. 25

The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will present "Travels Abroad" with Flo and Carter Hedeen from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the Northwoods Bank community room.

The Hedeens of Park Rapids will share a narrative of their extensive journey to the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

During their travels, these volunteers experienced the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information call Kristen Partlow at 218-255-1178 or e-mail partlow@arvig. net.

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."

Thursday, Sept. 27

The FQ chapter of PEO will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at the home of Sharon Gorden with Roxy Wickre as co-host.

The program will be the "bring and buy" auction.

Driver improvement full and refresher courses will be offered at the Menahga High School media center.

The full course will be offered from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 27 and 28. The refresher course will be offered from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1.

Register by noon Monday, Sept. 24 to Minnesota Highway Safety Research Center at 888-234-1294 or the Menahga School at 564-4141, extension 3.

The course saves drivers who are 55-plus 10 percent on auto insurance. There are no written tests.

The Wadena Whirlaways will host a dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Wadena VFW.

Larry Johansen will call the tips. Pie is the theme. Lunch will follow.

Friday, Sept. 28

The Park Rapids Lions will host a chicken dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu includes baked chicken with potatoes and gravy, coleslaw and vegetables.

The Becker County Area Republicans will hold their third annual fall fundraiser dinner and auction Friday, Sept. 28 at the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn. Social hour will begin at 5 p.m. with a sandwich buffet at 6 p.m.

The evening will provide an opportunity for guests to meet candidates running for local and state positions representing this area.

Among those attending will be state Senate candidate Dennis Moser; state House candidates Steve Green and Paul Sandman; and county commissioner candidate Ben Grimsely.

A live auction will be held as well as a silent auction.

Tickets may be purchased at the Republican Victory Headquarters, 1358

Washington Ave., or call Ben Farner 218-844-6803, or Pete Balega 218-234-6644 for information and tickets.

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.   A "plus" workshop begins 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.  

Sunday, Sept. 30

The Bemidji State University Department of Music offers a preview of its 2012-13 performance season Sunday, Sept. 30 with the annual Carl O. Thompson Memorial Concert.

The show will be held at 3 p.m. in the Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. 

In addition to performances by BSU's major performing ensembles, the concert will feature student performances by the two winners of the Carl O. Thompson scholarship. 

Concert proceeds fund two $1,000 Carl O. Thompson scholarships, awarded to outstanding BSU music students who excel in the classroom and as performers.

Monday, Oct. 1

Powerful Tools for Caregivers will be taught from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 1 -Nov. 5 at Riverside United Methodist Church

When you are busy taking care of a loved one, who takes care of you? Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six- session class which provides family caregivers with the skills and confidence they need to better care for themselves while caring for others. 

The "Caregiver's Handbook" is included in the cost for the class taught by Beth Waller and Laurel Hed. Financial assistance may be available. 

Call Living at Home of the Park Rapids Area at 732-3137 with questions and to pre-register. Pre-registration is required.

The annual meeting of the Headwaters Animal Shelter will be held Monday, Oct. 1 in the Fellowship Hall of Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.

The meeting will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with a presentation by Jimmy Pichner, long-time avian supervisor at the Minnesota Zoo. Pichner retired in August after 34 years as a zookeeper on the Tropics Trail. While at the zoo, he was an integral part of several successful bird conservation projects, including the reintroduction of trumpeter swans in Minnesota.

Pichner will discuss the restoration program and how it brought Minnesota's trumpeter swan population from zero to its current 6,000.

The annual meeting will include the election of new members of the board of directors and other shelter business.

Calvary Lutheran Church is located at the intersections of highways 71 and 34. For more information, call the shelter at 237-7100.

The Park Rapids chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 at the Environmental Education building on the fairgrounds.

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.

Have you been curious about your ancestors?  Who you are and how you got to this place are questions that lead one to search out their past.  

A unique, free Legacy workshop, Ancestry Detectives 201, is being offered at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 at Park Rapids Area Library There is a beginning (101) workshop, offered previously in Park Rapids, and an advanced (201) workshop being offered via the Kitchigami Regional Library System.  

The beginning class, AD101, covered the general principles of genealogy research. The class brings the focus to library edition as the best source to begin since documentation of primary sources is readily available online.  

The final goal of this class is for each participant find at least one item of new information before leaving the class.   

"Having these resources available to library users is a wonderful asset for beginners in exploring their family genealogy and learning how to locate and process the information they find," said Rosemary Susens, instructor for the workshops.  

The advanced class, AD201, assumes that participants have done the basic research work of AD101.   This class covers more difficult search challenges such as name changes, immigration records, military records, women ancestors and county materials.   More resources will be shared that will continue to aid participants in their research.

It is recommended that those who register for the classes have a basic knowledge of computer use. For those needing specific assistance on how to access the library Internet services, there is a 30-minute workshop prior to the class start time.

Registration is required as space is limited. To register, call the Park Rapids Area Library at 732-4966.   Upon registration, participants should inform library staff if the computer orientation session prior to the class is needed.  

Participants may bring their own laptop if they have one. The classes are free as part of the Legacy Program.

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.

Sunday, Oct. 7

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, will open its 2012-2013 subscription concert series, "Tunes & Topics," at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

Doors open for seating at 2:30 p.m. for the "Music & Change" performance.

Brett and Brayden Drevlow, brothers from Thief River Falls, are quickly becoming two of northern Minnesota's prominent and promising young talents in classical music.

The program features Brayden Drevlow on piano in Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, and Brett Drevlow on bass in Capuzzi's Concerto for Double Bass.

Also on the program are Barber's Essay No. 1 and Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony. Join Dr. Everett immediately after the concert for a post-concert conversation.

Tickets for the concert are available at the door or in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North, Brigid's Pub, or online at brownpaper All seats are general admission.

Season tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of the concert or through the BSO website at

Saturday, Oct. 13

Happy Dancing Turtle, a sustainable-living, educational organization in Pine River, will present a free workshop for kids on literacy, art and the environment at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

"Upcycled Quilt," for children in kindergarten through third grade, includes reading "Joseph had a Little Overcoat." After the story, each child will create a design on a piece of old fabric. The squares will be made into a small quilt for display in the library.

The project will enhance children's understanding of the book topic related to reusing, reducing and recycling.

The program is funded with money from the Legacy amendment. Registration is required as space is limited. Call the library at 732-4966.

Happy Dancing Turtle teaches about environmental sustainability through a variety of learning activities to the public.  Learn more at