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Wednesday, June 11

The Giziibii Resource Conservation and Development Council will meet in the basement meeting room of the Hubbard County Jail, 301 Court Ave. Park Rapids, at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 11. Community leaders are welcome.

Individuals who will be 11 years old by Wednesday, June 11 are invited to enroll in the Minnesota Firearm Safety Course at the Environmental Education Building at the Hubbard County Fairgrounds.

The class will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both Thursday and Friday, June 12-13. Registration will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 11 at the Environmental Education Building. Books will be handed out for the course at the registration.

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 and range testing, along with 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 June 11 in order to participate in the course.

Carolyn K. Boehlke, author of “Literaria,” is having a book signing from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12 at Book World.

Beginning in June, Long Lake Theater will recreate its enormously popular comedy “The Nerd.” Though it may seem like yesterday, it has been seven years, and many encore requests, since Bruce Bolton stepped so naturally into the character of Rick Steadman (The Nerd). Also, back for an encore performance is Mark Fickes who plays the uptight Warnock Waldgrave.

Performances are Wednesday, June 11 through July 12. There will be a special Sunday matinee on July 6 at 3 p.m. No performance on July 4.

Later this season, the touching comedy “Leaving Iowa” will open on July 16 and run through Aug. 16.

“We all have memories of family road trips and this show will take you back. This show covers the humor and the sentiment of those days,” says Bolton. “Our veteran director Julie Kjenaas always does a perfect job with this kind of show – and our cast is enormously talented.”

Show times for this season are 3 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

For reservations, call 732-0099 or visit Tickets are also available at Beagle Books (Park Rapids).

Ticket holders are invited to opening performance galas to mingle with cast members and enjoy light refreshments. The galas will be held 5-7 p.m. (immediately following the opening performance) at The Jewel of the Northwoods Bed and Breakfast, located on Lower Twin Lake, just south of the theater.

Thursday, June 12

The Noon Hour Concert summer series begins at 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 12 at Faithbridge (formerly Faith Baptist) Church featuring a northern Minnesota bluegrass band named Unpolished.

The group, consisting of Mark Bridge, Dick Max, David Karam and Sheldon Schiebe will be playing traditional bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, Western and Americana music. They feature beautiful three-part vocal harmonies backed by banjo, mandolin, guitar and string bass. They invite you to join them as they perform everything from bluegrass to Civil War music.

Audience members are invited to bring lunch to eat before the performance. Bars and beverages will be served. Faithbridge Church is located on south Hwy 71.

A benefit dinner for the U.S. Marine Corps League Honor Guard is from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, June 12 at Necce’s Italian Ristorante in Park Rapids. Tickets are available at Necce’s and Beagle Books.

The next business meeting of the Park Rapids Crazy Quilters Guild will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 12 in the Park Rapids Area Library basement meeting room. “Paint Chip” challenge projects are due at this meeting. Any outstanding 7 1/4” half square triangle squares are also due. Quilters welcome! Bring your show and tell.

The Northwoods State Retirees Club is having its spring meeting and luncheon at noon Thursday, June 12 at the First Base Bar and Grill in Laporte. All MSRS retirees and guests are invited.

The Becker County Republicans will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 12 in the Detroit Lakes City Hall meeting room.

Friday, June 13

The 20th anniversary of Relay for Life Hubbard County an American Cancer Society event will be held at the Park Rapids Area High School track Friday, June 13. From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., teams will walk the track while raising money to help end cancer. This year’s theme is “Finish the Fight” today, with the support of thousands of volunteers; the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 400 lives a day.

Luminaria can be purchased before and during the event and then displayed as a symbol of hope for those currently struggling with cancer and in remembrance of those who have lost the battle. Special yellow luminaria are displayed in a prominent place to thank caregivers for being there during a cancer survivor’s journey. The Hope and Cure luminaria will be lit during the 7 p.m. program. New this year, all caregivers who would like to walk the first lap should register at the registration table in the campsite area.

Everyone is invited to attend. No one has to be on a team to participate. During the 12-hour event, come out enjoy a fun day, walk the track, visit with friends, enjoy the carnival-like atmosphere, with entertainment, food and games being provided at the team campsites.

The Osage Lions will be hosting “White Cane Day” along with “Recycle for Sight” Friday, June 13, at select locations around Park Rapids and Osage.

This is the 19th year the Lions have raised funds. Money donated to the White Cane projects go directly to the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank, Macular Degeneration Center and Children’s Eye clinic.

The miniature white cane is a symbol of the white cane that makes blind people more mobile.

The Lions are collecting used eye glasses and hearing aids. You may drop them off at Hugo’s, Coborn’s, Ace Hardware and L&M Fleet in Park Rapids.

In Osage, drop-off sites include Osage Bait & Tackle and County Market from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.