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Upcoming events May 31 - June 15


Celebrate Recovery is sponsoring a special viewing of the movie “Home Run” at 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, May 31 and June 1 and 2 at the Park Theatre.


A scrapbooking workshop for girls in grades 3-6 will be offered from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at Faith Baptist Church.

Bring photos and (needed but not required) double sided tape, three-ring binder, colored pens or markers and other scrapbooking items.

A snack will be provided.

Call Kory James at 714-423-5069 for more information.


Park Rapids Fun & Dance will host a dance from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 2 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The public is invited to dance to “Michael James & Midi.” Proceeds pay for the band and rent of the facility.

Contact Jan at 237-6037 for further details.


Chapter FJ of the PEO Sisterhood will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 3 at North Star Orthodontics.

Contact Marsha Smith with regrets.


A shared burial service in memory of all pregnancies lost during the past year is planned at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 5 at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Bemidji.

Anyone who has experienced a loss, along with family and friends, is invited to attend the shared burial in remembrance of their baby.

The service will consist of a brief committal service provided by St. Phillips Catholic Church, Cease Family Funeral Home and Sanford Bemidji Medical Center’s PETAL Program.

Participants may bring flowers or mementos to leave at the gravesite. The cemetery is located on Ridgeway Ave. NW, across the street from Herberger’s.

Riverside Cemetery Association, Osage, will hold an annual meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 at the Osage Community Center, 24770 Co. Rd. 48.

The agenda will include reports from the board, election of officers and review of current and future projects.

All are welcome.

For more information, call 573-3572.


A weekend video and interactive “How We Love” seminar will be presented by Faith Baptist Church Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8.

Marriages and other relationships often end up in very predictable cycles when disagreements occur. Even though the issues change, both persons end up defaulting to the same, often destructive, patterns of withdrawal, aggressive confrontation, manipulation, etc.

The seminar looks at some of the root issues regarding why we respond the way we do and how we do relationships.

How We Love is designed to help identify and understand our response patterns and develop a way to healthier patterns in all relationships (including marriage) Single or married individuals will benefit from this seminar.

The seminar will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the church’s Fireside Room, 1505 Park Ave South.

The cost is $10 per person for the seminar (which includes a Saturday noon meal, handouts and snacks). A book may be purchased for $10.

Advance registration by Sunday, June 2 is encouraged. Call Faith at 732-1404 to sign up.


The Akeley Garden Club will host a perennial plant sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8 at Paul’s Patio.

There will be numerous varieties of plants. No early sales.

The fifth annual Tails on the Trail walkathon and pet expo – for hounds and humans alike – will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8 in Heartland Park.

Rules are simple. Register at headwatersanimalshelter. org/walkathon. Then start collecting funds for the Headwaters Animal Shelter.

On June 8, leash your dog, collect your pledges and head to the park for the walk and expo. Prizes will be awarded for the Top Dog pledge earners.

This year’s theme is to celebrate the many rescues and adoptions the Headwaters Animal Shelter implemented in its 10 years of operation.

The “tail-abration” begins with grand marshal April Canada, who has the first pet adopted from the shelter, leading the pack on the pledge trail.

Food, vendors and fun for the entire family are on the dogget (docket). Live demos will include the Central Lakes Search & Rescue Team, flyball teams, agility and freestyle dancing dog.

A reduced cost micro-chip clinic will be in the shelter pavilion. Pre-registered dogs will receive personalized bandanas and prizes will be awarded for “top dog” pledge earners.

Proceeds from the dog walk and pet expo will support the Headwaters Animal Shelter and its programs.

The third annual Laporte Area Take a Kid Fishing will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 8 on Garfield Lake.

Registration is from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at Pine Beach Resort and Campground. An invasive species demonstration will be held at 11:30 a.m.

A fish fry will follow at 5:30 p.m. in downtown Laporte.

Guides are being sought for the event taking kids ages 10 to 15 years old out on the lake for an afternoon of fishing.

Donations both monetary and in-kind are being sought.

For more information, call Dwight Powell at 218-760-9445. Registration information is available online at

A scrapbooking workshop for girls in grades 6-12 will be offered from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at Faith Baptist Church.

Bring photos and (needed but not required) double sided tape, three-ring binder, colored pens or markers and other scrapbooking items.

Call Kory James at 714-423-5069 for more information.


The Park Rapids Lions will host a pancake and sausage feed from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 9 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

Proceeds benefit community projects.


Louise Erdrich’s book, “The Round House,” will be discussed at the Union Congregational Church’s Monday Morning Book Group at 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 10 in Hackensack.

“Round House” tells the story of a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota who is attacked one Sunday in the spring of 1988.

The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son Joe. In one day, Joe’s life is irrevocably transformed.


St. Joseph’s Area Health Services Auxiliary Group 2, is hosting a Flag Day Picnic from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13 at the American Legion.

A flag folding ceremony will be held at noon.

The menu includes potato salad, baked beans, sloppy joes, coleslaw, pickles, cupcakes and beverage.

Everyone is welcome.

The Northwoods State Retirees Club will have their spring meeting and luncheon at noon Thursday, June 13 at the Becida Bar and Grill, southwest of Bemidji on CSAH 9.

All MRSEA, PERA and TRA retirees and guests are invited.

Call LaVerne Kennedy at 218-547-1364 for information, reservations or directions by June 3.


Relay for Life, a benefit for the American Cancer Society, will be held from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, June 14 at Park Rapids Area High School track.

Survivors and caregivers are asked to register by 6:30 p.m. under the tent in the center of the track.

The program begins at 7 p.m.

New this year is a caregivers’ walk during the evening program.

Campsites with food and games will be ongoing during day, with team lap walk at 4 p.m. and lighting of luminaries following.

Live music will entertain in the afternoon and evening with a DJ also providing tunes.

The Minnesota Dental Association and the Minnesota Dental Foundation are bringing the Minnesota Mission of Mercy to northern Minnesota on Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15 to provide free dental care to children and adults who are uninsured, underinsured and not able to obtain dental treatment.

The Sanford Center in Bemidji was chosen as the site to accommodate the massive dental clinic which will treat as many as 2,000 patients from a wide geographic area. The signature sponsor of the event is Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation.

Free care being provided includes cleanings, fillings, extractions and limited treatment for partial dental appliances. There is no advance sign up and patients will be seen on a first come, first served basis each day. The doors open at 5:30 a.m. and early arrival is encouraged.

The free care is being provided by more than 1,000 volunteers, including dentists from Minnesota and surrounding states, as well as hygienists, dental assistants, translators and lay volunteers.

Dental services not provided are implants, crowns and root canals on molars, full dentures and removal of unexposed wisdom teeth.

Adults and children of all ages who do not have a medically compromising condition that prohibits safe treatment are welcome. There will be no photo identification, social security number or any other personal documentation required. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

To learn more about the event, or to volunteer, go to


The Kinship mini golf tournament will be held Wednesday, June 19 at Evergreen Gifts and Fun Park.

Start times are 5, 6 or 7 p.m. with a rain date of Wednesday, June 26.

Cost is $60 per team and all ages can vie for the coveted traveling trophy.

And the challenge is on. Last year’s winner - Northwoods Bank – sent in their registration, with aspirations to reclaim the distinction.

All ages can claim fame. Last year, a 3-year-old was the lone winner on one of wacky holes.

To learn more or to register, go to www.kinship or pick up a registration form at local businesses, email kinship or call 732-0058.