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Saturday, Aug. 9

5 Alarm 5K run/walk from 8-10 a.m. at the Park Rapids Fire Department. There is transportation from the Antique Tractor Grounds after a breakfast there. Each entry is $30 and includes a T-shirt and a two-day pass to Legends & Logging Days. Proceeds benefit education and prevention training for the Park Rapids Volunteer Fire Department.

For more questions, call the Chamber of Commerce at 732-4111. Race starts at 8 a.m. Pre-registration is due by Friday, July 25.

Sunday, Aug. 10

Enjoy traditional and southern gospel music by Jerry and Ginger Dallin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 10 at Grace Community Church, 28066 Pine Ave N. Osage. There is a freewill offering.

The Dallins are known as the longest continuously-singing southern gospel group in the Midwest, now celebrating 56 years in Gospel music. Jerry grew up in Robbinsdale, while Ginger was born and grew up in Grand Marais, her dad being a Lake Superior commercial fisherman. The couple met in 1959 at Soul’s Harbor, Minneapolis and launched their musical career, appearing weekly on that telecast for 15 years.

Married in 1965, Jerry and Ginger have traveled extensively, singing the praises of God in churches, crusades, rallies, banquets, schools, county fairs and TV appearances. They have received recognition in several publications, won national acclaim on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and have recorded 33 albums. Jerry and Ginger have two married daughters and six grandchildren.

For many years Jerry and Ginger hosted the southern gospel concerts of the North Heights Concert Series, including a New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, bringing in the top southern gospel groups in the nation several times a year.

In 2008, Jerry and Ginger were presented with a letter of commendation from President George W. Bush as well as a proclamation from the Governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, proclaiming Oct. 4, 2008 as Jerry and Ginger Dallin, The Songmasters Day in Minnesota, and both documents recognizing their 50 years in gospel music.

Monday, Aug. 11

The Hubbard County DFL will meet at the Lake George Town Hall at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11.

#1 New York Times bestselling author of “Orphan Train”, Christina Baker Kline, will be visiting the Kitchigami Regional Library System for a presentation on her book and the actual historical events on which it was based.

There will be time allotted for book signing.

Park Rapids Area Library, a branch of KRLS, will be hosting the program at the Park Rapids Armory Monday, Aug. 11 from 2:30-4 p.m.

In her book, Kline weaves an almost forgotten piece of Minnesota history into a moving story about friendship, loss, and family. Throughout the 1850’s until the late 1920’s, “orphan trains” would come from the East Coast bringing thousands of orphaned or abandoned children bringing them to the Midwest for a new life. Sometimes they were adopted to become part of a family, other times for their use as labor. Find out more about this fascinating piece of history and Kline’s chart-topping story.

Kline has written six novels including “Orphan Train”, as well as editing and writing other nonfiction work. Be sure to check out “Orphan Train” from your local public library, available in print and electronic format.

This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.

The regular meeting of the Mantrap Valley Conservation Club Auxiliary will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11 at the clubhouse. They have a guest speaker, Elena Tech from the DNR to talk about trees.

For those interested we will meet at Emmaville at noon for lunch. Please contact Helen Marsh at 652-3295 for reservations.

The regular meeting of the Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11 at the clubhouse.

Tuesday, Aug. 12

The Nevis Red Hat Ladies will have their August luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12 at Leona’s restaurant in Nevis. In order to get a better estimate of the number of ladies attending, please call Joan at 732-7747 for reservations.

Thursday, Aug. 14

The noon concert series will be at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids, beginning at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14. Thursday’s program will feature a variety of music, mostly from modern composers, in a variety of styles. Performers will be Roz Pederson, piano; Dick Max, string bass; Jennie Anderson, flute; Sarah Schultz, piano; and Deane Johnson, woodwinds. Deane will open with Ballade for bass clarinet, and also play clarinet music by Nino Rota, Fellini’s favorite film score composer, and a dance from the ballet, Romeo and Juliet. Dick will play “Berceuse (a lullaby) for a Baby Hippopotamus” for bass and piano. Sarah will join Roz on the piano for one of Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, and Jennie and Deane will choose two of the Children’s Games by Bizet for flute, clarinet, and piano. The entire group will join together for a samba, “Come to the Mardi Gras.”

The audience is invited to bring lunch. Bars and coffee will be served.

The Hubbard United Methodist Church will host its annual Pig Roast on Thursday, Aug. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m., featuring roast pork, corn-on-the-cob, potato and broccoli salads and homemade pies.

There will be a business meeting of the Crazy Quilters Guild on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Park Rapids Library meeting room. Bring your show and tell to share.

The Retired Military Group will be meeting at the Logging Camp, Park Rapids, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14. Call Commander Erland Alto if you have any questions at 652-0114. All retired military and their family members are welcome.

The next meeting of the Becker County Republicans will be held on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes City Hall.