Upcoming events June 16 - July 9

Saturday, June 16 The 2012 Lakes to Pines Triathlon is June 16 in Park Rapids. The fifth-annual triathlon, sponsored by the Park Rapids Swim Boosters, includes a 500-yard swim in the Park Rapids Area High School pool, a 14.7-mile bicycle ride and...

Saturday, June 16

The 2012 Lakes to Pines Triathlon is June 16 in Park Rapids.

The fifth-annual triathlon, sponsored by the Park Rapids Swim Boosters, includes a 500-yard swim in the Park Rapids Area High School pool, a 14.7-mile bicycle ride and 5K run.

Participants can compete as an individual or on a two or three person team.

The day of the race, registration opens at 7 a.m. with the race starting at 9 a.m.


A kids triathlon is also part of the event. Ages 9 and under swim 50 yards, bike .48 miles and run .3 miles. Ages 10-12 swim 100 yards, bike 1.1 miles and run .3 miles.

The kids races will start at about 11:30 a.m. after the adult triathlon is completed. Awards will be handed out at about noon.

For more information or to register for the event go to .

The 12th annual Sebeka Red Eye River Run/Walk will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 16 at Sebeka City Park.

A revised route makes it easier for those with strollers. Family rates are available and grandparents of youth may participate together.

To register, contact Patty Anderson at pmanderson or 218-837-5677.

Twisted Stitchers' own Linda Norwood will be demonstrating creating a headband on a simple loom at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 16 at 210 Main Street, Park Rapids (Monika's).  

It's a grand introduction to weaving for children, and fun for adults too. She'll show how to make a beaded band - perfect for a headband - using the simplest of looms.  It is quick to make, requiring only a dowel or old fishing pole, paper clips, tape, heavy thread, a beading needle and beads.    


For further information contact Kathy at 732-0978.       Eight local authors will be at Blank Canvas Gallery for a book signing from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 16.

The authors and their writings are Sharon Harris - "Unspoken," "Timeless Tracks" and "Life Savers;"

  Marion Holtey - "Seasons of Light;"

  Jill and Deane Johnson - "Little Minnesota: 100 Towns Around 100;"

  Jerry Mevissen - "Nimrod Chronicles" and "Broken Heart;"

Betty Porter - "Gramma & Gramp's House in the North Woods," with illustrations by Betty Porter and writing by Dr. Michael Porter, University of St. Thomas, College of Business;

Richard Sederstrom - "Fall Pictures on an Abandoned Road," "Disordinary Light" and "Folly, A Book of Last Summers;"

Lu Anne White - "The Perfect Man," and


Tarah Wolff - "Embraced By Darkness - Book One (Sacrifices)."

  The public is invited to meet the authors, learn about the books they have written and acquire a copy signed by the author at the gallery, located at 311 Main Ave. S. in Park Rapids.

Sunday, June 17

The Itasca Moraine Chapter has scheduled a 5.2-mile Father's Day hike Sunday, June 17. 

Hikers are to meet at the North Country Trail kiosk/parking lot at the intersection of Highwat 64 and East Steamboat Forest Road, 4 miles north of Akeley. 

The hike will commence at 1 p.m. and ends at Akeley Cutoff Forest Road, northwest of Akeley.

Tuesday, June 19

PEO Chapter T will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 19 at the home of Sue Harmon. 


Jan Swedberg and Joyce Cowman are co-hostesses.  The program is "A Quilt Walk", a trunk show of quilts from the 1800s to the present with Harmon as presenter. 

Visiting PEOs may call Joan at 732-5856 for more information.

Wednesday, June 20

Bemidji Area Church Musicians will present Eve Sumsky and Bonnie Swanson, French horn,  Lizette Grinden, violin, and Becky Haugen, piano, at noon Wednesday, June 20 at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 1800 Irvine

Ave., Bemidji.

The concert will feature music from the 18th Century to the present including works by composers Rohan Kriwaczec, C.W. Gluck, Edward S. Solomon, G. Faure, J.S. Bach, Gunther Schuller, and Lowell E. Shaw.

The pieces include music for solo French horn, solo violin, and French horn



A freewill offering will be received. A luncheon will follow.

An "all swings for Kinship" mini golf tournament will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 at Evergreen Gifts and Fun Park.

Golfers can sign up for fun play at 5, 6 or 7 p.m.

Cost is $60 per teams of up to four people. All ages are welcome.

The event features "wacky holes" with prizes and a traveling trophy. All proceeds benefit Kinship.

Pre-registration forms are available by e-mailing kinship or visiting or by visiting Beagle Books, MinneSoda Fountain, Gliks, Good Life Café, Beyond Juice, Nick's Service, TruStar Federal Credit Union or Max Bailey Photography.

The Park Rapids area Multiple Sclerosis support group will start meeting again at 6:30 p.m.  Wednesday, June 20 at St Joseph's Area Health Services.

Meeting will continue on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at St Joseph's Area Health Services. 


Anyone in the area affected by MS is invited to attend.  Discussion this month will be on "Mood Changes and MS" and we will listen to experts in a DVD series discuss and help us manage the emotional impact of MS.   

Contact Denise Pederson at 763-350-6957 or pederson or Sue Monsrud at 237-2067 with questions.

  Thursday, June 21

The new Park Rapids Area Energy Expansion (PRAEEx) group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21 at the Northwoods Bank community room.

The meeting topic will be solar energy with guest speaker Roger Garton, technical director and mechanical engineer with Rural Renewable Energy Alliance, Pine River. 

This presentation will be covering basics of solar electric, solar water heat and solar air heat systems. Hands-on demonstration models for each of these technologies will be on display. Attendees will be able to see and ask specific questions.

For more information, contact Brita Sailer at 732-4562 or or Ken Smith at 732-4602.

Saturday, June 23

Dorset's Festival of Authors and Artists will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 23.

In addition to authors, the event includes jewelers, basket weavers, wood workers, quilting and embroidery, pottery, painters and live music on the boardwalk.

Authors and their works include:

Noon to 2 p.m. - Christopher Valen, "Bad Weeds Never Die;" Jess Lourey, "November Hunt;" Connie Lounsbury, "Thrift Store Shoes;" Beth Dooley, "The Northern Heartland Kitchen;" Anita Diffley, "Turn Here, Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works;" Will Weaver, "The Survivors;" Paul Sailer, "The Oranges are Sweet;" Tarah Wolff, "Embraced by Darkness," and Phletus Williams, "Peter the Polar Bear."

Authors from 2 to 4 p.m. are Beryl Bissell, "View of the Lake: Living the Dream on Lake Superior;" Danielle Sosin, "The Long-Shining Waters;" Peter Smith, "A Cavalcade of Lesser Horrors;" JoAnn Guernsey, "Glass Asylum;" Mark Munger, "Laman's River;" Mary Rockcastle, "In Caddis Wood;" Sally and Doug Mayfield, "Angle of Declination;" Cary Waterman, "Book of Fire;" Louane Beyer, "Six Days Inside a Mountain;" and Jenny Pachel, "Joey's Pants."

Featured authors from 4 to 6 p.m. are Joel Arnold, "Ox Cart Angel;" Peter Geye, "Safe from the Sea;" Jeanne Foley, "Shooting Two;" Jill and Deane Johnson, "Little Minnesota;" Ren Holland, "Early Resorts of Minnesota;" Kent Nerburn, "Ordinary Sacred: The Simple Beauty of Everyday Life;" Elise Dunn, "Feed the Mice;" Athena Kildegaard, "Clover and Honey;" Wendell Affield, "Muddy Jungle Rivers," and Jennifer LeClair, "Danger Sector."

Authors meeting readers from 6 to 8 p.m. are Amanda Hughes, "Beyond of Cliffes of Kerry;" Wendy Potratz, "Agnes Plays Soccer;" Kurtis Scaletta, "Tanglewood Terror;" Judy Merritt, "Ghost Dancer;" Gail Rosenblum, "A Hundred Lives Since Then," and James Mohs, "The Fed Man."

Thursday, June 28

The Park Rapids Area Library will offer a free basic computer class from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 28 at the library.

Call 732-4966 to register or for more information.

Saturday, June 30

Friends and family of Kathy Keske are sponsoring a spaghetti and meatball dinner and silent auction to help with Keske's medical expenses for cancer treatments.

The event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at the Park Rapids American Legion with a freewill donation received.

  Call 732-7878 or 732-3404 or 564-5606 for more information on silent auction donations or to donate a new or collectible item.

County 20 will provide special music. Supplemental funds will be provided by Thrivent For Lutherans and a matching fund of up to $5,000 by Becker Farms.

Monday, July 9

Central Lakes College and the Center of Excellence at Bemidji State University have scheduled the Summer Engineering and Manufacturing (SEaM) Camp for July 9-13 at the Staples campus of CLC.

SEaM camp is for students in grades 6-12 and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. during each of the five days. The camp will accept up to 38 students.

It is an opportunity to experience hands-on electronics, motor controllers, mechanical drafting, manufacturing machining, and robotics automated systems.

Need-based scholarships are available. For information or to register, call 800-247-6836 and ask for the SEaM Camp Registration Line.

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