Upcoming events Aug. 17-31

Wednesday, Aug. 17 A "back to school bash" for students in grades 7-12 will be held today (Wednesday) at the Faith Baptist Church parking lot. Games of volleyball and basketball, Frisbee tossing and music begin at 7 p.m. An outdoor movie, "Soul S...

Wednesday, Aug. 17

A "back to school bash" for students in grades 7-12 will be held today (Wednesday) at the Faith Baptist Church parking lot.

Games of volleyball and basketball, Frisbee tossing and music begin at 7 p.m.

An outdoor movie, "Soul Surfer," begins at 8:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair. (Will be held inside if weather interferes.)

Door prizes will be awarded, with an iPod Touch the grand prize. Pizza and Smoothies will be served. Bring a friend.


Thursday, Aug. 18

A workshop on medications and affordability for seniors will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Coborns' pharmacist Bryan Ridgley, will discuss medications. Carol Bye of the Senior LinkAge Line and Camille Hurtado of Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota will discuss programs that help seniors pay for medications.

The session is free and the public is welcome.

For more information, call 800-450-9201.

Widowed Friends Fellowship (for men and women) will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday Aug. 18 at the Hilltop Restaurant in Hubbard for dinner with dominos to follow.

For more information, call Karla at 732-0424 or Joan at 732-4917.

Friday, Aug. 19


The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will host a burger and corn dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 at the clubhouse located 1.5 miles east of Emmaville on CSAH 24.

The menu includes burgers, corn on the cob, baked beans and homemade pies.

A freewill donation will be accepted. The donation will be used toward sponsored projects and renovations.

A free presentation on "Art and the Spirit World" will begin at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 at Jack Pine Cafe.

Bob Mansfield, tenured professor from San Diego State University, will present a program that will reveal how the ancient indigenous peoples of the North American continent used art as a vehicle to connect to the spirit world.

He will show the importance of the Shaman as the spiritual leader and artist. He will examine the cultures of the Inuit, Maya, Native American tribes and places like the Yucatan, Chaco Canyon, Serpent Mound, Poverty Point, Bear Butte and Sierra San Francisco.

He will also examine the nomadic designs of the Native Americans such as tepees, papooses and canoes and show how remarkably sophisticated they were.

The 45-minute presentation will be illustrated with digital images he has collected and taken over the last 40 years.


This is part of the annual August free lecture series at Blank Canvas Gallery. 

Mansfield was here last year to share his experiences as a sculptor working internationally with projects in China and in the United States.

Social time will start at 5:30 p.m.; the lecture is from 6:15 to 7 p.m.

The Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers 36th annual show will be held Aug. 19-21 on the north side of Itasca State Park.

The show features a 1939 Massey-Harris serial one prototype combine. The J. Neils/Red Lake bandsaw mill is nearing completion.

The event includes a hot air engine display, arts and crafts demos, parades at 1 p.m., scale railroad rides, kids activities, a tractor pull and more.

Primitive camping is available.

For more information, call Bob at 657-2233 or go to .


The Weston A. Price Nutrition Foundation will host a chapter meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 at Evergreen Church west of Park Rapids. The topic will be fermentation and probiotics. For more information, contact Tanja Larson at 732-9402

Saturday, Aug. 20

A North Country Trail day hike will be in the Lake George area and span 8.7 miles Saturday, Aug. 20.

Hikers should meet at 9 a.m. at the trailhead, located at the intersection of CSAH 4 and Halverson Trail, 2.5 miles south of Lake George. 

This hike proceeds west from the trailhead to Spider Lake Forest Road, just east of Itasca State Park.  The trail crosses the historic Schoolcraft River and features a magnificent balsam forest. 

For more information, call 218-675-5448.

A benefit supper for Carol Werner of Lake George will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at Lake George Town Hall, Highway 71 in Lake George. A silent auction is from 4 to 6 p.m., bake sale from 4 to 7 p.m. Funds raised will help defray recent medical expenses. Supplemental funds will be provided by the Thrivent Foundation Cass/Hubbard County Chapter. To donate items for the silent auction or bake sale, please contact 218-699-3025.

The Osage Environmental Association is sponsoring a public meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Lion's Park shelter on Washington Avenue north of Osage.


Barbara Halbakken Fischburg, board member of the Coalition of Lakes Association for Becker County will be addressing the potential impact of invasive species on area lakes. A brief meeting of the OEA will follow the discussion. For more information call 218-573-3572.

The next Ruby's Pantry Food distribution will be Saturday, Aug. 20 at Assumption of our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the food distribution following at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $15 per share. Please bring your own baskets and boxes for food. Volunteers are also needed and much appreciated. Please contact Karol or Dave with questions at 564-4501.

The Twisted Stitchers have a rich resource in Betty Dotschkald.  

She'll be sharing information on Lockerhooking at the Saturday, Aug. 20 meeting that begins at 9:30 a.m. at 201 Main Ave. (Monika's), Park Rapids.  

For more information, call Kathy Belt at 732-0978.

Sunday, Aug. 21

The Fishhook Challenge half marathon and 5K run will be held Sunday, Aug. 21, with an out and back loop that starts and finishes in Heartland Park.

Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. The marathon starts at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K at 9:30 a.m.


The half marathon is a scenic run around Fish Hook Lake (clockwise). The middle miles have rolling hills. At mile 12, runners are back on the Heartland Trail for a flat and fast finish into the park.

There will be four aid stations available at mile 4, 10km, 9, and 11 with sports drinks and water.

The 5K route is fairly flat and fast. It starts by the tennis courts in the middle of Heartland Park. There will be one aid station at the turn-around point with sports drinks and water.

The half marathon and 5K courses are USATF certified with accurate miles marked.

Both races finish at Heartland Park.  Awards are given in 10-year age groups, as well as the overall male and female.

Runners can take the "dual challenge," run the half marathon and make it back in time to participate in the 5K at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, go to www.fishhookchallen or call Anne Ellefson at 970-799-5646.

Author Norma Thorstad Knapp will sign books Sunday, Aug. 21 at Sister Wolf bookstore in Dorset.

Knapp's eclectic background - living in 18 different houses during her first 21 years - plus her numerous losses gives her a rich foundation for writing. Knapp spent summers on Fish Hook Lake for almost 40 years and was a member of the Jackpine Writers for a number of years before moving to Alexandria. "Missing My Best Friend" is her first book. Visit her website at www.normak

Monday, Aug. 22

The Hubbard County Republicans annual social dinner will be held Monday, Aug. 22 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

Visit with speakers from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. with speakers from 7 to 8 p.m.

Confirmed speakers are keynote speaker are U. S. Rep. Chip Cravaack of the 8th Congressional district and Rep. Dave Hancock, Dist. 2B, and Rep. Larry Howes, Dist. 4B.

Tickets may be reserved by calling Paul Utke at 255-1131.

Wayne Hankel will be teaching a three-day wood carving class Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 22-24 at the Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center, located at 311 Main Ave. S. in Park Rapids.

Class time will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The class projects will utilize carving cut-outs that are pre-cut by the instructor.

Hankel has conducted classes in wood carving for over 20 years. His primary interest centers on realistic wildlife carving but he also does chip carving and relief carving.

Participants will learn proper wood carving techniques and should be able to carve two or three realistic wildlife carvings during the three-day class.

To register or for information on cost, contact Jerry Wegenast at 218-847-3519 or or check the BCG website   http://blankcan

Tuesday, Aug. 23

Park Rapids Disabled American Veterans and DAV Auxiliary Chapter 38 are having their annual picnic at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 at Park Rapids Depot Park, 4th Street East, in the shelter.  

All DAV and DAVA members and prospective members are invited to attend.

Bring a dish to pass.


Wednesday, aug. 24

Individuals who will be 12 years old in 2011 are invited to enroll in the Minnesota firearm safety course to be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Environmental Education building at the fairgrounds.

Registration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the Environmental Education building at which time the books will be handed out and fees collected.

There is no maximum age limit for participants taking the course. Each student will be required to bring a self-addressed, stamped, letter size envelope at the time of registration.

For more information, call Russ Johnsrud at 732-8411 or Ron Norenberg at 237-9356 after 5 p.m. All students must register on Aug. 24 in order to participate.

Thursday, Aug. 25

The Park Rapids Area Library will host a Senior Surf Day from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25.

Participants will learn some basics about computers and using the Internet.  

Space is limited; call the library at 732-4966 to reserve a space.  

There is no charge for this training.

Saturday, Aug. 27

A Shoreland Expo will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 in the Faith Baptist Church fellowship room, located on Highway 71 South, Park Rapids.

Registration and classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A bus tour will take participants to three shoreline restoration projects; pre-registration is required by calling Hubbard County Extension at 732-3391.

The expo will provide information about rain gardens and the benefits of rain barrels, protecting and enhancing water quality, shoreland integrity, valued property and plants, fish and other wildlife diversity.

Speakers include Kelly Condiff, Cass County Soil and Water Conservation District; Steve Hall, Shoreline Creations; Shane Foley, Hubbard County SWCD and Cassie Novak, Minnesota Master Naturalist.

This workshop is sponsored by Hubbard County University of Minnesota Extension in collaboration with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Hubbard County and Cass County SWCD; Shoreline Creations and Coalition of Lake Associations.

The expo is free and open to the public. For more information call Sally Shearer, Hubbard County Extension program coordinator at 732-3391.

Tuesday, Aug. 23

St. Joseph's Area Health Services is offering an "I'm going to be a big brother/ sister" class for siblings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 in the hospital's lower level conference room.

The class is offered at no charge.

Kids are invited to bring Mom and Dad for a party atmosphere that includes a "silly siblings" video (geared for ages 2 to 6). Kids will receive instruction with a doll on how to hold a baby and be a hands-on helper.

To register, call Janine at 237-5730.

Another class will be offered Nov. 15.

Thursday, Aug. 25

Nemeth Art Center will host a members show and fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 at The Good Life Café on Main.

All are welcome for an evening of art, food and music. All works of art are part of the members' collections or personally created pieces.

Tickets are available at the café; the price includes hors d' oeuvres and evening's entertainment.

Saturday, Aug. 27  

A flag raising and all-veterans memorial program will be at Howard Maninga's residence, 33517 Bunker Hill Road, Ponsford, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Everyone is welcome. For more information or directions call 218-573-3825.

The North Central Gobblers of Akeley and the Tall Pine Toms of Park Rapids will hold a first ever Jakes Day event Saturday, Aug. 27 at Camp Wilderness.

    Kids ages 9 to 17 are invited to attend with their parents. Participants will receive instructions in shooting archery equipment, as well as muzzleloaders, rifles, and shotguns. Participants also will learn to identify animals and recognize safe shots, and learn strategies for hunting deer and turkeys.

    Registration runs from 8 to 9 a.m., with the field portion of the day beginning at 9. Lunch, sponsored by the Park Rapids chapter, is at noon and door prizes will be presented during the meal.

For questions, call Jared at 732-3347, Richard at  255-0428, Terry at  732-0181, or Armin at  732-5182.

Sunday, Aug. 28

St. Theodore's Church of Ponsford and Pine Point will host the 12th annual spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28.

Raffle drawings begin after dinner, with top prizes of $150 and $100 in cash, a hand-carved Santa and queen-size quilt, as well as gift certificates and other "treasures."

wednesday, aug. 31

The Art of Ekphrastic Poetry - A Writers' Workshop    Instructor: LouAnn Muhm

August 31st - September 21st (optional reading on September 24th)

Wednesday Evenings, 6:30 - 8:00pm

Nemeth Art Center

301 Court Avenue

Park Rapids, MN

Ekphrastic Poetry is poetry written about or in response to other forms of art, usually visual art.  In this workshop, we will explore Exphrasis - reading Ekphrasitic poems by well-known and not-so-well-known poets, and trying our own writing in this genre.  All the while, we will be surrounded by Old Masters' paintings from the 16th through 19th centuries and Nigerian art and artifacts, as well as more modern works.  We will take some of our inspiration from these works, and some from the participants' favorite artwork from outside the art center.  The emphasis will be on generating new poems and bringing them to the group for sharing, discussion and gentle critique.  The class will culminate with a reading (optional) on Sept. 24th, 2:30 - 4 pm at the Nemeth Art Center, as part of Park Rapids' annual Art Leap event, and some poems may be hung next to the artwork that inspired the poem.  This class is for adults and teens 17 or older.

To Register , contact Kelly at 218.237.5900 or

Register by August 21st

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