Upcoming events Aug. 28 - Sept. 14

Saturday, Aug. 28 Nevis' 7th annual Uff Da! Days continues today (Saturday) with a bit of food (lutefisk and Swedish meatballs), fun (an egg toss, coin dig and ice cream eating contest) and laughter ("A Farewell to Nortland") on the stage. The fl...

Saturday, Aug. 28

Nevis' 7th annual Uff Da! Days continues today (Saturday) with a bit of food (lutefisk and Swedish meatballs), fun (an egg toss, coin dig and ice cream eating contest) and laughter ("A Farewell to Nortland") on the stage.

The flea market opens at 10 a.m., kids' games begin at 11 a.m. and lutefisk and meatballs will be served at Bethany Lutheran Church from 11 a.m. 'til gone.

The krone award winner will be announced at noon. An ice cream eating contest begins at 1 p.m. at Northwind Grocery. Eggs will be tossed at 2 p.m. with a coin dig at 3 p.m.

At 4 p.m. the "Farewell to Nortland" cast will take the stage to entertain.


The grand parade will head down Paul Bunyan's Boulevard at 6 p.m. with karaoke on Main to follow at 8 p.m.

A beer garden will be open from 3 p.m. 'til 1 p.m. at the muni.

Over 40 prizes to be given away, with the top prizes worth over $300.

It's fun for the whole family. You betcha!

The Headwaters Radio Control Flying Club will hold the annual fun fly from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today (Saturday) and Sunday, Aug. 29 at the club field located 4 miles west on Highway 34 and 1.5 miles south on Township Road 30.

Spectators are welcome.

The fifth annual Bemidji Women's Expo will be held today (Saturday) at the John Glas Fieldhouse on the campus of Bemidji State University.

The event begins at 8 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m.


The Expo is presented by the Bemidji Pioneer in conjunction with title sponsors Bemidji State University, Northwest Technical College, Paul Bunyan Television, Sanford Health and North Country Health Services.

Chad Crittenden, an amputee and cancer survivor who appeared on the television reality series "Survivor," will deliver the keynote address at 12:15 p.m. and will present one of the day's 15 breakout seminars at 1:15 p.m.

Other seminars will focus on health, food, exercise, jewelry, furniture and fashion.

The Expo will feature nearly 100 vendor booths.

Further information on the event is available online at

A cancer benefit for the Luekemia and Lymphoma Society will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Park Rapids Eagles Club.

The event will include a spaghetti dinner with a free will offering and a silent auction.

Proceeds will benefit research for leukemia, Hodgkins and non-Hodgkins, lymphoma and myloma as well as patient services.


Every 10 minutes, someone dies from blood cancer. That's nearly 146 people each day. Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children and young adults under the age of 20.

Minnesota Folklore Theater in Akeley will present An Evening with Patsy Cline, featuring Krista Norquist as the famed singer.

The audience will be taken back in time to 1958 at the Flame Café in Minneapolis and the Danceland Ballroom at Excelsior Park.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 5. Tickets are available at Beagle Books.

Monday, Aug. 30

The Hubbard County Republicans will hold the annual social dinner Monday, Aug. 30 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

A visit with speakers will be from 5:30 to 6 p.m. with a roast beef dinner served at 6 p.m. followed by speakers from 7 to 8 p.m.

Invited candidate speakers include Chip Cravaack, 8th Cong. Dist.; John Carlson, state Senate Dist. 4; Dave Hancock, state House Dist. 2B and Dennis Moser, state Senate Dist. 2.


Tickets are available from members of the Hubbard County Republicans or at the door.

The Hubbard County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30 at the museum.

Alice Holz will present a program on early Minnesota opera.

Saturday, Sept. 4

The White Birch Artists group will exhibit their works at the North Country Museum of Arts Sept. 4-29 with a reception to be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12.

The group has existed in Park Rapids for about 30 years.  There are currently 28 members representing a variety of mediums.  They gather to support each other and the arts in our area.

Admission is free; donations are appreciated.

Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through September


The NCMA is located on the second floor of the historic Hubbard County Courthouse.


Tuesday, Sept. 7

The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will once again engage intellect and the imagination with classical learning sessions from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Northwoods Bank community room.

Sessions - ranging from fine arts, liberal arts, philosophy, literature, history, comparative religion and languages - are free and open to the public. Refreshments are served.

Members of the Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center will kick off the season Sept 7, explaining the mission and expectations of this new cooperative of local artists.

The Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center (BCG) is an artist co-op representing the north central Minnesota lakes area based in Park Rapids.

An incorporated nonprofit art cooperative, the Blank Canvas Gallery's purpose is to showcase the significant originality and scope of artistic talent in the north central lakes region. 


BCG plans to offer opportunities for people to participate in co-op functions and gain deeper experience in artistic interests.

Motion, performance and written arts will also find Blank Canvas Gallery support and staging.  

The gallery has more than 16 artists represented at present.  Shows will include: digital art, enamel, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, line drawing, mixed media, painting, paper, photography, pottery, printmaking, sculpture, and wood.

For more info, contact LuAnne White at 732-7939 or hclifelonglearners 

Car pooling is requested due to limited parking.

Additional fall topics include:

n Sept. 14: Thirty years in South Korea by Ed Poitras;

n Sept. 21: Habitat for Humanity, the search for social justice through housing;

n Sept. 28: Herb Pagel investigates Ben Franklin;

n Oct. 5: Doug Ohman portrays Minnesota State Parks through photography;

n Oct. 12: American quilts, a unique tradition, by quilt pattern designer Pam Curo of Hackensack;

n Oct. 19: Hmong arts, culture and heritage by Lee Pao Xiong, director of the Hmong Cultural Center, St. Paul;

n Oct. 26: "Following the Silk Road," by Carolyn and Maurice Spangler;

n Nov. 9: Culinary heritage of Japan and Korea by Jason Rhea and Adam Eickstadt from Concordia Language Villages;

n Nov. 16: Culinary heritage of Germany and Venezuela, Joseph Phelps from Concordia Language Villages and Rosy Hjermstad.

A Culinary Arts, Heritage and Cultural Festival, culminating the season, will be held Nov. 20,

Wednesday, Sept. 8

The Hubbard County Historical Society will host a soup and salad luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8 at the museum.

The public is welcome.

Detroit Lakes NARFE (National Active & Retired Federal Employees) chapter 1842 will meet Wednesday, Sept. 8 at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes.

Lunch, at participants' expense, begins at noon with the business meeting beginning at 1 p.m.

SAturday, Sept. 11

Slip on your running shoes Saturday, Sept. 11 and head to Detroit Lakes for the 15th Annual Dick Beardsley Marathon, two-person relay, 5K walk/run and Kids' 1K run, with hometown hero Beardsley and guest running legend Kathrine Switzer.

  Start time is 8:30 a.m. near the DL Pavilion, and course will close at 11:30 a.m. Kids' 1K run with Beardsley begins at 11 a.m. near the DL Pavilion.

  There will be a spaghetti feed featuring Beardsley and Switzer from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10 at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center. Beardsley and Switzer will be speaking at 7:30 p.m.

Beardsley is known throughout the running world. He holds the Grandma's Marathon course record, is a two-time champion of the Grandma's Marathon, and is the fifth fastest U.S. male runner. His most famous run was his second place finish in the 1982 Boston Marathon, known as "The Duel in the Sun."

  Switzer "broke the gender barrier" by being the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Switzer has since won the New York City Marathon (1974), created running events for over a million women in 27 countries and led the drive to get the women's marathon event into the Olympic Games (1984). She is also an Emmy Award-winning TV commentator and author. 

Register online at through Sept. 6 or send in an entry form to the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center. To be eligible for the pre-registration discount, entries must be postmarked by Sept. 1.

Race packets and registration will be available at the DL Pavilion from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10 or the morning of the races from 7 to 8 a.m.

  Call Brent Wolf at 218-844-4221 ext. 118 with questions or to volunteer.

The First City Ethnic Arts Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Sept. 11 and 12 at the Hungry Bear Banquet and Conference Center, 2300 24th St. NW in Bemidji.  

The event is free and open to the public.

Hosted by Gallery North Art Gallery and the Northern Artists Association, the event will offer a little bit of fun for young and old.

Over 35 vendors will have their wares for sale with entertainment throughout the event.

This event is sponsored, in part, by a Community Arts Support Grant.

A limited number of vendor spaces are available. Contact Jeannine Brooks 218-444-4482 for more information or to reserve a space.

Thursday, Sept. 16

The ACLU-MN, Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project is hosting an evening dinner, "Five Rights of Freedom, Our First Amendment," beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 at Sparkling Waters Restaurant in Bemidji

The event will feature a panel of guest speakers. Peter Erlinder, professor at William Mitchell College of Law, will speak about our freedom of speech and our right to petition the government. 

Brad Swenson, Bemidji Pioneer political editor, will speak about the freedom of the press. 

Tim Faver, Beltrami County Attorney, will speak about our right to assemble. 

Chuck Samuelson, executive director, ACLU-MN, will speak about the freedom of religion. 

Jim Allen, of Leech Lake, will moderate. 

To reserve your place please call ACLU-MN, GMRJP at 218-444-2285.

The dinner event is limited to 50 people.

Friday, Oct. 14

Bemidji State University's Optivation venture will sponsor an Adventures in Lifelong Learning fall conference in collaboration with the Park Rapids Area Headwaters and the Bagley Area Northern Exposure Lifelong Learning Centers Thursday and Friday, Oct. 14-15.

Feature speakers are Art Lee, professor emeritus of history at Bemidji State University, and Janet Jacobson.

The Bemidji site will sponsor eight lectures this fall on topics ranging from the glacial geology of north-central Minnesota to nature photography to an examination of China's emergence as a world power.

The fall lecture series begins Tuesday, Sept. 21 and runs weekly through Tuesday, Nov. 9. The presentations will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Optivation's off-campus facility at 3801 Bemidji Ave. N. in Bemidji.

For more information, contact Optivation at 218- 755-4900 or optivation@

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