Coming events for December

Saturday, Dec. 1 Akeley United Methodist Church will host a Cookie Walk beginning at 10 a.m. today (Saturday). The sale also features lefse, rosettas, krumkaka, Amish friendship breads, caramel rolls, Swedish tea rings, almond cakes, sweet breads...

Saturday, Dec. 1

Akeley United Methodist Church will host a Cookie Walk beginning at 10 a.m. today (Saturday).

The sale also features lefse, rosettas, krumkaka, Amish friendship breads, caramel rolls, Swedish tea rings, almond cakes, sweet breads and candies.

Gift baskets ready for giving will also be available. Last year's cookie "stampede" resulted in 6,000 cookies sold in an hour. Proceeds benefit the church and missions.

Minnesota author Mark Munger will sign copies of his newest book, " Laman's River," at noon today (Saturday)


at Beagle Books.

Mormons. Murder. Minnesota. Montana. Follow Cook County sheriff Deb Slater and Lakota FBI special agent Herb Whitefeather as they trail a zealous religious serial killer from the wilds of Minnesota to the mountains of Montana.

Munger, a lifelong resident of Minnesota, serves as a District Court judge in northeastern Minnesota.

Sunday, Dec. 2

Games of turkey bingo will be played beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at St. Theodore's Church, Ponsford and Pine Point.

Twenty games will result in 20 winners with free lunch served.

From Highway 34 west of Osage head north on Highway 225 to Co. Rd. 129 north.

The event is sponsored by St. Theodore's Parish Guild.


Lakes Plus will have a square dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 in the Odd Fellows Hall at 118 W. Holmes St., Detroit Lakes. 

Larry Johansen will call the tips. A finger food potluck lunch will be served. All dancers and spectators are welcome.

Sarah Carlson, organist from Bemidji and St. Olaf alum, along with Jon Romer, Native American flute player and former director of choirs at Gustavus Adolphus College, will present a recital on the new Berghaus organ at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.

The program will consist of unique and traditional works for the organ including pieces by Grayston Ives, J. S. Bach, Robert Elmore, Frederik Karam, Norwegian composer, Bjarne Slogedal, and others. 

Part of the recital will integrate the unique voices of the organ with the pure and poignant sound of the Native American flute.

Grace Community Church of Osage will be the site of a community Christmas sing-along at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.

Soup will be served. Donations for the food shelf are requested.

For more information, call Kathy at 573-3299.


MondAy, Dec. 3

The Menahga High School Senior Class will hold a "Tip Night" fundraiser from 5 to 8 pm. Monday, Dec. 3 at the Park Rapids Pizza Hut.

Seniors will be greeting and serving customers to earn tips that will be used to pay for their class trip and graduation expenses.

The class invites everyone to attend and appreciates all support. 

"Christmas In Wadena," a free, fully-animated computerized musical Christmas light show, runs nightly from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 414 3rd St. SW.

Upon arrival turn the radio to FM 88.1 and listen to the musical light show in your vehicle.

This year's show is over one hour in length with new additions in music, sponsors and pieces. The show raises money and food for Project Share, the local food shelf.

Additional information can be found on the Web at .


Chapter FJ of the PEO Sisterhood will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday Dec. 3 at the home of Kathy Hollenbeck.

Jan Rumpza and Jennie Anderson will act as co-hostesses.There will be a small wrapped gift exchange with a candy cane

theme. Be prepared for surprises.

Those unable to attend are asked to give Kathy a call.

The Center for Lifelong Learning at Central Lakes College in Brainerd will host Matt Lindstrom, professor of political science at St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict, for a Monday, Dec. 3 program, Analyzing the 2012 Elections: Key Variables and Impacts for the Future."

The program will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room E 354, a large lecture hall on the Brainerd campus.

What happened Nov. 6 and why?  This presentation examines the causes and consequences of the significant national and state electoral results.

Lindstrom will discuss campaign strategies in terms of their effectiveness on Nov. 6 and their implications for the future.


The Republican and Democratic political parties have changed over the years, leaving many voters hoping for more compromise and less gridlock.

Audience members will be invited to share their experiences and reactions to the 2012 results and ideas for improving elections in Minnesota and the U.S.            Admission for the event is free for CLL members and $6 for non-members. For information, call 218-855-8142 or e-mail .

Tuesday, Dec. 4

The Northwest Minnesota Small Business Development Center (NW MN SBDC) is partnering with Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission (HCREDC) to offer local office hours.

A consultant from the NW SBDC will be at the Hubbard County Courthouse, room B-11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 to meet with small business owners and entrepreneurs.

  The goal of the NW SBDC is to stimulate the economy and promote new job opportunities through small business.

The SBDC provides free information and confidential consulting to assist people to start, build, and grow their businesses.

SBDC consultants will meet with small businesses owners who have businesses in any stage, working with individuals who are just getting started in developing their business plans to those who have been in business for many years.


The SBDC provides consulting, training, and information in all aspects of small business management and development including (but are not limited to): strategic planning, financial projections, market analysis, mergers and acquisitions, expansion, diversification, franchising, loan packaging, accounting and record keeping, patents, human resources, marketing plans and business planning.

In addition to the one-on-one consulting services, the SBDC will partner with many organizations to provide a variety of business training workshops and events.

  The services of the SBDC are confidential, one-on-one, and are provided at no charge. Scheduled appointments with a SBDC consultant are recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome.

  To schedule an appointment, contact the SBDC at 218-299-3037 or e-mail .

Nevis elementary students will present Christmas concerts at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 in the original gym.

The public is welcome.

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, will present its 8th annual Geoffrey Woodley Holiday Concert and Messiah Sing-a-Long at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 in the Bemidji High School auditorium. 

  Featured in this concert will be selections from George F. Handel's beloved Messiah with Bemidji State University students as soloists.  

New this year is an invitation to audience members to join the orchestra on stage for the Messiah sing-a-long choruses. Audience members planning to sing are encouraged to bring Messiah music scores to the concert. Scores will also be available at the door.

  The concert also includes holiday favorites such as "Carol of the Drum" by Katherine Davis, Leroy Anderson's "Christmas Festival," "Sleigh Ride," "White Christmas," "Let it Snow" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."    

  Tickets for the concert are available at the door.

Thursday, Dec. 6

 The Park Rapids Area Library is hosting the Everett Smithson Band who will perform at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at Care-Age Country Home.

The New Orleans/ French Quarter style music includes Zydeco, Blues, Rockin Roots, Hillbilly Hoedowns, gospel and more. 

This program appeals to many ages. Space is limited, so advance tickets are required. Tickets are available at the Park Rapids Area Library. If you need directions to Care-Age Home, call 732-3721.

With infectious music and a playful stage presence, the Everett Smithson Band connects with their audience. Their vast repertoire spans the generations and includes songs from Fats Domino, Johnny Cash, Howlin Wolf, Rosie Ledet, Wanda Jackson and Allison Krause.

They have played nationally and internationally with big name acts such as Bo Diddley, Lynwood Slim, Big George Jackson, Gary Primich and many others.

They have played together for a long time and when they get together on stage they really tear it up with their solid rhythms and red hot instrumentals.

Schoolcraft Learning Community will be presenting its 13th annual winter concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Bemidji High School Performing Arts Center, showcasing the choirs, orchestras and the French program.  

This event is free and open to the public. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Friday, Dec. 7

Hubbard County Senior Nutrition will host "A Taste of Christmas" from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

At 3:30 p.m., cookies, donuts, lefse and pies go on sale, available while supplies last.

A silent auction will be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. with distribution at 6:15 p.m. A raffle begins at 6:10 p.m., with drawings and a cash prize.

A ham and Swedish meatball Christmas dinner will be served from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The menu includes scalloped potatoes, glazed carrots, red cabbage, rolls, relish trays, assorted bars and beverage.

Take out is available; order by 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 by calling Cal Kehr at 732-3430 or 218-821-2153.

An application has been made for supplemental funds through Thrivent.

Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels, supporting Hubbard County seniors.

Park Rapids Classic Chorale will present holiday "Reflect, Celebrate" concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at St. Johns Lutheran Church, Park Rapids.

These will be Jim Wheeler's final concerts as artistic director and conductor of the Classic Chorale.

A freewill offering will be received. Refreshments follow.

Sunday, Dec. 9

First City Squares of Bemidji is hosting a square dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at The United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 9th and Beltrami.

Plus tips will be offered in the first half hour. Royce Nelson will be the caller. Visitors are welcome.

For information, contact Scott Burgoon at 218-759-2776.

The Detroit Lakes Area Community Concert Band, directed by Gene Gaffney, will present their annual Christmas concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at First Lutheran Church, 912 Lake Ave.

A freewill donation will be received.

Selections include: "Do You Hear What I Hear/Snow Bells," themes from the "Nutcracker Suite,"  "A Home Alone Christmas,"  "Gloria!," "Sleigh Ride," the Hallelujah Chorus from "The Messiah" and more. 

Rehearsals are typically held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays in the Detroit Lakes Senior High School band room. Anyone interested in playing with the band may contact a band member or manager Rick Olson at 218-847-4281 or .

Monday, Dec. 10

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club Auxiliary will meet at noon Monday, Dec. 10 at the clubhouse for the Christmas potluck.

Donations to the food shelf as well as dues will be collected.

Nevis High School students will present a Christmas concert at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10 in the original gym.

The public is welcome.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

A "Serving It Safe" review course will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.

This course provides four hours of continuing education for certified food managers.  It will address food sanitation and safety, emerging trends in food preparation and handling sanitation and prevention of food-borne illness.

Colette Pohlkamp is the instructor. Tuition is $70.

Payment is required at the time of registration, and the deadline is Dec. 4.

Participants may park in the main entrance parking lot near the Business & Industry Center at Central Lakes College, 501 W. College Drive. Enter Door #6 (Business and Industry Center).  Signs will be posted directing you to the appropriate classroom.

Register for this workshop online at and click on courses.

For information, e-mail or call 800-933-0346, ext. 8142, or 218-855-8142. 

The Park Rapids Healthy Moms Network presents "Homeopathy for the Cold and Flu Season" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

  Guest speaker Dr. Rachel Oppitz, N.D. will explain more about homeopathy as a safe, natural, effective and relatively inexpensive resource that has been in use for over 200 years. 

Homeopathic medicines are employed as: a preventive, to ease symptoms, and to shorten the duration of colds and the flu.

  All meetings are free and open to women of all ages.  Children may attend, but must be able to engage in quiet activity.  For more information, contact Nicole Guida 732-5229

Wednesday, Dec. 12

The days preceding Christmas are not always cheerful.

Rev. Jean McKinney and Rev. Doyle Turner will present a special program, "It is a Blue Christmas for Some of Us!" at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Trinity Episcopal and Presbyterian Church.

The event is free and open to the public.

  Bring a friend and come to listen or to share.  Coping skills and the power of prayer will be discussed for those experiencing health concerns, stress, loneliness, depression, loss of a loved one, job loss, divorce, financial concerns or hurting of any kind.

If desired, there will be laying on of hands and annointing. 

Trinity Church is located at 212 Court Avenue in Park Rapids.  Call Rev. Jean at 732-4245 for more information.

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