Upcoming events for 5-17-14 through 6-5-14

SATURDAY, MAY 17 The Haiti Committee is sponsoring a fundraising activity today, May 17. Pillow cleaning will take place between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Bring pillows to St. Peter's Parish Center to be cleaned, deodorized, sanitized and fluffed. New ti...

The Haiti Committee is sponsoring a fundraising activity today, May 17. Pillow cleaning will take place between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Bring pillows to St. Peter’s Parish Center to be cleaned, deodorized, sanitized and fluffed. New ticking of your choice, on the spot cleaning, ready the same day. New pillows and down comforters can be purchased.
Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Snellman will have a smelt fry from 4-8 p.m. today, May 17. For more information contact Hazel Eskola at 573-3691.
There will be a luncheon at 1 p.m. today (Saturday), May 17 at Third Street Market for the clarinet soloist Myroslava Hawryluk Hagen and her husband, Scott Hagen, formerly of Park Rapids area before moving to Utah. Interested people will need to call for reservations at 732-9063. The lunch follows Saturday’s rehearsal.
The joint P.E.O. meeting of Chapters T, FJ, and FQ will be held Saturday, May 17 at Riverside United Methodist Church social hall. Chapter FJ is hosting and will give a short skit for Founders’ Day.  Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with the meeting at 9:30 a.m.

The Park Rapids Area Community Band will present its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18 at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium. The concert will include featured artist Myroslava Hawryluk Hagen, who is a professional clarinetist and Yamaha clinician from Utah.
She is married to Scott Hagen, a graduate of Park Rapids High School, Concordia College, the University of Minnesota and is Director of Bands at the University of Utah. He will be featured at the PRACB concert as a guest conductor.
The two concert selections Myroslava Hagen will perform with the PRACB are “Concertpiece for Clarinet, Winds and Percussion” by James Curnow, written for the 100th anniversary of the University of Illinois Band and “Viktor’s Tale” by John Williams for the soundtrack of the movie, “The Terminal.”
First City Squares of Bemidji is hosting a Square Dance from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18 at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 9th and Beltrami. Plus tips first half hour. Myron Hollatz will be the caller. Visitors and spectators are welcome.
For more information call Denise Houle at 444-7741.

The Heartland Concert Association’s final concert of the season is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 19 at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium and features Les Trompettes de Lyon.
Admission is by season membership ticket only, which may be purchased at Beagle Books in Park Rapids, Thrifty White Drug in Walker.
Les Trompettes de Lyon, five prodigiously talented trumpeters, will guide the audience through a show that’s sure to spark chuckles.
For more information, contact Bobbi Zigmant at 732-9293 or Kathy Hollenbeck at 237-6004.
The Park Rapids American Legion Family Blood Drive is from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, May 19, 12:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 and 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21 at the Legion.
Walk-ins are welcome. A queen size blood drive t-shirt quilt will be given away and every donor will have one chance to win.
Call Pat or Bob Cadreau 218-237-3772

Park Rapids Antique Tractor Club has a monthly general membership meeting Tuesday, May 20, at the tractor club grounds at 7 p.m.
Join the Jolly Jammers at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 at the Akeley Methodist Church. If you play an instrument, sing or have a listening ear you are welcome. Microphones and electric (if needed) will be furnished. Bring a treat, (cookies, bars etc.) to share and a beverage will be provided. For more information call 652-2885.
Trap Shooting at Osage Sportsmans Club is now available Tuesday and Thursday evenings, starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 20. To get to the range from Highway 34 in Osage, turn north on County 48, 1.3 miles on the left side. For more information go to or find us on Facebook at www.facebook . com/OsageSportsmansClub or call Doug Geise at 573-3090.
A North Country Trail hike is scheduled for Wednesday, May 21. Meet at 1 p.m. at the trailhead on Highway 4, two miles south of Lake George. The hike progresses east to Highway 91, a distance of 8 miles. This hike passes by the Teepee Lakes, Island Lake and 5 other lakes.

Duplicate bridge will be held Thursdays from 12:30-4 p.m. at the Park Rapids Senior Center. Interested people should contact Sheila Tuhy at 732-3246.


A North Country Trail hike is scheduled for Sunday, May 25. Meet at 2 p.m. where the trail crosses the Woodtick Trail 6/10th of a mile east of Highway 371. The Woodtick Trail departs Highway 371 four miles south of the Y (Northern Lights Casino). This 3-mile hike will feature a classic beaver dam a world class display of Trillium and a mixed hardwood and conifer forest.

The Wolf Lake Chapter of the Minnesota Finnish American Historical Society will be hosting their 28th Annual Pancake Breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 26 at the Wolf Lake Lions Hall. The menu will include pancakes, ham and homemade fruit syrups. A freewill donation will help fund scholarships to Salolampi, the Finnish language camp at Concordia Language Villages. Everyone is welcome.


The Park Rapids Lions Club will host a special meeting for those interested in getting information on becoming a P.R. Lions Club member on Tuesday, May 27 at 6:15 p.m. in the lower level conference room of Essentia Clinic. A free light dinner will be served, Master Gardener Dr. Maurice Spangler will speak and door prizes will be awarded. RSVP for this event by Sunday, May 25 by calling 732-9295.
The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will be offering a 55+ Driver Improvement Course from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, May 27. The four hour refresher course will be at the Northwoods Bank community room in Park Rapids.
The Driver Improvement course is open to the public but pre-registration is required. A Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center certified instructor teaches this class. By utilizing the most up-to-date research in the field, participants will be provided the latest information in regards to driver safety, new laws, and vehicle technology.
For more information or to register, visit or call 888-234-1294.

A North Country Trail hike is scheduled for Wednesday, May 28. Meet at 10 a.m. where the NCT crosses Highway 4 north of Remer. Take Highway 4 north out of Remer for 7 miles. The hike will progress east by Milton Lake and climb perhaps the most magnificent esker in Minnesota, a dramatic hike of 6 miles.

One in three U.S. adults has pre-diabetes. Their blood sugar levels are higher than normal putting them at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Fortunately, there are ways to prevent or delay your chances of getting type 2 diabetes. I CAN Prevent Diabetes! is an evidence-based prevention program taught by a Registered Nurse/trained facilitator. This 16-week class meets weekly to help you create a healthy lifestyle and reduce your risk for disease.
Once the classroom session ends, classes meet once a month for six months to reinforce positive lifestyle changes.
Weekly classes start at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 29 at St. Joseph’s Area Health Services Community Health. Please note that Community Health offices are newly relocated at 14150 1st St. East, Suite 2 (RE/MAX building) in Park Rapids.
To register, please call the Community Education office at 237-6600. For questions specific to the class, please call Diane Brophy, St. Joseph’s Public Health Nurse, at 218-255-1270.

The 3rd annual international conference of the Jefferson Highway Association will be headquartered at the C’mon Inn Hotel & Suites, Park Rapids, Friday and Saturday, May 30-31.
On Friday, May 30, conference attendees will be able to interact with several presenters on topics related to the conference theme: The Jefferson Highway in the Land of Lakes & Pines. The Northern Knights Car Club will host a Back to the ’50s and ’60s event Friday evening.
On Saturday, May 31, the conference will hit the road for a motor coach tour of Itasca State Park, with park naturalists showing the 1925 route of the Jefferson Highway in the park and a visit to the headwaters of the Mississippi River. After lunch at historic Douglas Lodge in Itasca State Park, the tour will make several stops, including historical museums in Menahga and Park Rapids.
The conference will conclude with an awards ceremony, walleye and wild rice dinner and music by the Upper Mississippians, ’20s-’30s jazz band.
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The Northern Light Opera Company invites you to a delightful evening as we launch the summer opera season from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, June 5 at Blueberry Pines Golf Club, 39161 U.S. Highway 71, Menahga.
The entertainment will feature many songs from “Guys and Dolls,” NLOC’s July/August show, plus all-time favorites. Hearty hors d’oevres, cash bar, $15 per person payable at the door. Limited tickets are available to purchase at Beagle Books, Park Rapids, or reserve with “will call” by calling 237-0400.

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