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Upcoming events June 8-15


Visiting artist Brad Kahlhamer will be at the Nemeth Art Center at 4 p.m. today (Saturday) for a reception and meet and greet. A lecture by the artist will follow.

For more information on Kahlhamer and his work, go to

The third annual Laporte Area Take a Kid Fishing will be held from noon to 5 p.m. today (Saturday) 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.

Donations both monetary and in-kind are being sought.

A scrapbooking workshop for girls in grades 6-12 will be offered from 1 to 5 p.m. today (Saturday) 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.

Nevis will be the site of a Back to the ’50s and ’60s Celebration and Car Show from 2 to 6 p.m. today (Saturday).

The event will include vintage vehicles rolling into town, karaoke, a beer garden, live music and a hula hoop contest at 4 p.m.

Area businesses will feature specials with prices reminiscent of days of yore, including cherry cokes, root beer floats and burgers.

An all-you-can-eat fish fry or chicken dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Eagles Club.

The dinner, in conjunction with Tails on the Trail, will include homemade soup, salad bar and dessert. All proceeds benefit the Headwaters Animal Shelter.


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.


The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club Auxiliary will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 10 at the clubhouse.

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

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 10 at the clubhouse.


Nevis Red Hat Ladies will meet for a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 11 at Vallarta’s Mexican Restaurant in Armory Square.

Meet at the Muskie at 11 a.m. for rides. For reservations or more information, call Mary at 652-4232.

“Chasing the Moon” author Carolyn Boehlke will sign copies of her book at noon Tuesday, June 11 at Book World in Park Rapids.

The book explores the plight of a lost immigrant. Every year, hundreds of thousands of immigrants arrive on the borders of the United States from Mexico. These families are all in search of an elusive dream – one that promises a better life than what they are leaving behind.

While many are deported back to their homelands, there are those who slip through, travel anonymously through the country, still searching for a life that offers more than they had. This is the story of an immigrant girl following that dream.


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 first Noon Hour Concert of the summer season will feature Eric Bervig and family Thursday, June 13 at Faith Baptist Church in Park Rapids.

Noon hour concerts are planned with talented musicians performing at churches in Park Rapids throughout the summer. The concerts are held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

Those attending are invited to bring their lunch. Beverages and bars and cookies will be served.

Hubbard County Historical Museum in Park Rapids, 301 Court Ave., announces its June events.

Call 732-5237 for more information.

n At noon Thursday, June 13, local author Jill Johnson will discuss “Little Minnesota - 100 Towns under 100.”

n At noon Friday, June 14 Flag Day will be commemorated with flag folding and discussion on what each fold represents.

The American Legion Honor Guard will lead the presentation.

A Minnesota Firearm Safety course for individuals who will be 11 years old by June 12 will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 13-14.

Registration will be held on Wednesday, June 12 from 5-7 p.m. at the Environmental Education Building at the Hubbard County Fairgrounds in Park Rapids.

There is no maximum age limit for participants taking the course. Topics covered in the course 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 on June 12 in order to participate in the course.

Park Rapids Retired Military Club will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 13 at the Y Steak House.

All retired military and family are welcome.

For more information, call Archie at 573-3591

The Headwaters Chapter – Minnesota Forestry Association will have a presentation by Mark “Chip” Lohmeier, Hubbard County Land Commissioner, on “Hubbard County Aspen Management” at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13 at 101 Crocus Hill St. in Park Rapids (Public Works Building).

Take Highway 71 one mile south of Highway 34 then turn east on County Highway 15.

Detroit Lakes’ Historic Holmes Theatre will host a presentation of “Beyond the Rainbow”, a celebration of the iconic Judy Garland, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 13.

“Beyond the Rainbow” is the story of a child actor turned Hollywood star who captivated a nation with her incredible talent, rollercoaster life style, and in the end, a tragic death. Like many “child stars” of the studio era, Garland never had a childhood or the privacy that is afforded most of us.

Tickets are available at the theatre Box Office (806 Summit Ave), by calling 218-844-7469, online at or at the door the night of the concert.


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 Park Rapids Fire Department will host its 10th annual firemen’s open house and feed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at the fire hall.

Come and meet local firefighters. They will be serving BBQ pork, the famous firemen beans, French fries and coleslaw.

The Fire Prevention Fun House, equipment and Smokey the Bear will be out for kids to see. There also will be a visit from the Medivac chopper (weather permitting). Other demonstrations include smoking up a trailer with their smoke simulator and the Jaws of Life. The dunk tank will be back again this year.

A free will offering will be collected. There will be a drawing for 20 smoke detectors.

In the past year the department responded to 62 service calls, resulting in 1,325 man hours of service from the 26 firefighters. This year 1,272 hours of training were put in.

A Passion for Fashion style show, sponsored by St. Joseph’s Area Health Services Auxiliary, will be held Saturday, June 15 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

Brunch is at 11 a.m. with the fashion show at noon in the church multi-purpose room.

Tickets are available at the hospital gift shop or from auxiliary members. Call 732-8831 for more information.

The Park Rapids Area Library will host Kids Read Books with Dogs (KRBWD) program this summer.

Cindy Morgan of Triple M Assistance Dogs will bring dogs to the library to help promote literacy and make reading enjoyable for kids.

The program will be from 9:45 a.m. to noon Saturdays, June 15 and 29, July 13 and 27 and Aug. 10 and 24.

The KRBWD program builds confidence in young readers. Some children who are hesitant to read aloud are less inhibited with the dogs.

Children who have completed first through third grades can sign up to read to the dogs. They may get kisses or a high five from the dogs in return.

A parent or guardian must call the library at 732-4966 or come to the library to sign a permission slip and choose a time slot.

Beagle Books and League of Women Voters, Park Rapids, will host a book group meeting to discuss “The Grace of Silence” by Michele Norris at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Beagle Books.

While exploring the hidden conversation on race unfolding throughout Minnesota in the wake of President Obama’s election, Norris discovered there were painful secrets within her own family that had been withheld.

These revelations - from her father’s shooting by a Birmingham police officer to her maternal grandmother’s job as an itinerant Aunt Jemima in the Midwest – inspired a bracing journey into her family’s past, from her childhood home in Minneapolis to her ancestral roots in the deep South.

The extraordinary family memoir is filled with stories that elegantly explore the power of silence and secrets, examining racial legacy and what it means to be an American.

Park Rapids Area High School Class of 1973 is in the final planning stages for a 40-year summer reunion. The final and second deadline for registration returns is June 15.

Friday evening, July 12, there will be a “meet and greet” at Bogey’s Bar and Grill.

Saturday, July 13, a dinner and fun evening is planned at the Park Rapids American Legion Club.

The reunion committee is still in search of contact info for seven classmates: Chester (Chet) Diestler, Barbara (Barb) Dudley (maiden name), MaryBeth Houger (maiden name), Debbie Kostal (maiden name), Marjorie (Marge) Potter (maiden name), Russell (Russ) Smith and Richard (Rich) Welle.

Anyone with info can contact Mary (Jindra) Lehrke,, Wanda (Peterson), wandal. or Lenny Sunram, lasunram@


Itasca State Park will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 18.

The events include a presentation on the CCC from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at Forest Inn.

A Logs and Stone luncheon will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Forest Inn. (To participate, contact a guest service representative at 218-699-7217 or 218-699-7223. All payments must be made prior to the luncheon.)

A walking tour will begin at 12:30 p.m., departing from Forest Inn.

A car tour to Bear Paw Campground and the Headwaters of the Mississippi River area is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (Bring your vehicle to the Douglas Lodge parking lot.)

For more information, contact Itasca State Park at 218-699-7251 or email

A Lyme disease awareness support group meeting will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 at Bella Caffe.


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.


The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will host an open house in celebration of 60 years of fostering wildlife conservation from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 30 at the MVCC Clubhouse, 20115 Jewel Drive.

Food and beverages will be served throughout the afternoon. Conservation literature from the regional office of the DNR will be available as well as free coloring books for all children.

There will be a live raptor presentation at 3 p.m., presented by Chris Tolman of the Bemidji Science Center.