With the recent hurricanes in Florida, the Caribbean, the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast and Mexico and the wildfires in the northwestern U.S. and western Canada, the incredible need for relief funds grows exponentially each day. One of the organizations stepping into this vast need is the Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF). Since its founding in 1968, LCIF has awarded more than 13,000 grants totaling over $1 billion. LCIF will continue to work every day to support humanitarian service projects all over the world and give hope to those who need it.
Representatives from Cass County, Cass Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Hubbard County, and Hubbard SWCD have partnered to begin the development of the Leech Lake River One Watershed One Plan. "This plan will serve as a comprehensive implementation plan for the recently completed Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS) plan. The plan will focus on determining the best ways to protect our surface water (lakes, streams, and wetlands) and groundwater," said John Ringle, Cass County Environmental Services Director.
Long Lake Theater presents its third show of the summer season, "Souvenir" by Stephen Temperley. "I'm so pleased that this show is on our summer schedule. Our audiences are going to love this," says Bruce Bolton, theater manager. Under the direction of Cate Belleveau of The Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective, this comedy flashes back to the musical career of Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy socialite with a famously uncertain send of pitch and key. "I've known Cate for years and admire her ambition. I know she will deliver a great show," says Bolton.
Adam McCauley, an artist based in northern Minnesota, will be featured in the Nemeth Art Center's community gallery this month. An opening reception is Friday, Aug. 5 from 4:30-7 p.m. Originally from Superior, Wis., McCauley has lived in Duluth for a long time and considers it home. "I have found that while I am not inspired by the lake or Duluth's natural beauty, I find inspiration from the seasons and the weather," he said.
The Wadena County Sheriff's Office received a report of a motor vehicle crash at approximately 4:15 p.m. July 21 at the intersection of County Road 23 and County Road 12. A minivan driven by Diane Smith, 64, of Kasson, Minn. was traveling northbound and was stopped at the stop sign on County Road 23 when a pickup driven by Jamie Stone, 44, of Park Rapids, also traveling northbound on County Road 23, rear-ended the minivan, sending it into the intersection and onto County Road 12.
Hawken Paul will play violin solos from the classical repertoire for the Noon Hour Concert on Thursday, Aug. 3. The concert, held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., is free and open to the public. Audience members are invited to bring their lunch to eat before the performance. Bars and beverages will be served. Included Paul's musical selections are Saint Saen's "Violin Concerto No. 3," '"Nigun" from "Baal Shem" by Ernst Bloch, "Romance in F" by Beethoven, Bach's "Partita No. 3" and "Liebeslied" by Fritz Kreisler.
The Christopher David Hanson Band will play rock 'n roll, swing and soul at 2nd Street Stage at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3. The band presents a soulful blend of timeless rock and roll, and all-original American roots music with hints of Motown, swing and classic country. Formed in early 2013, the band hails from Babbitt on the Iron Range. The band has played with a host of national acts and also have been featured on the PBS television program "The Playlist."
Minneapolis performer Patrick Scully brings Walt Whitman to life in his show, "Leaves of Grass — Illuminated." The solo performance is 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4 at the Park Rapids Area Library. The event is sponsored by the library and Beagle and Wolf Books. Scully summons the spirit of America's great poet, revealing Whitman's many sides: from the furtive — changing genders to "straighten things up" to the fierce — defying the censors and getting banned in Boston.
The Spoken Word Committee of Watermark Art Center introduces "First City Poetry Reads," a new series that will take place in unique and nontraditional literary spaces around Bemidji. The series is designed to bring poetry to new venues and listeners in and around the first city on the Mississippi, adding a unique source of energy, interest and creativity to the spoken word. Each event will feature a local or regional poet, followed by short readings by other area authors. The inaugural event will be held Saturday, July 29 at 2 p.m. at the Bemidji Regional Airport.
"The Lucky Dutch" will play American roots and rock 'n roll at 2nd Street Stage at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 27 in Park Rapids. "The Lucky Dutch" formed in 2008 in Chicago by guitarist Nathan Graham and singer Claire Corriveau. Graham has been performing as a guitarist on the Chicago blues scene since he was 15. Over the years, he has worked with musicians, such as Buddy Guy, BB King and Koko Taylor and has toured extensively with Carl Weatherby. Corriveau has worked consistently as a performing musician since 2008, working with a wide variety of bands.