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October 1-31

Shoptoberfest fun in store

Do you have your Passport yet? Twenty-two Park Rapids Downtown member businesses are participating in Shoptoberfest October 1-31. Each participating store will create their own October festive fun from sale items to treats and games. Pick up a free Shoptoberfest Passport to be stamped and entered into drawings for gift certificates. Completed Passports will be drawn for five $100 gift certificates and placed in a second chance drawing. The second chance drawing of completed and 50 percent completed Passports will award 20 $25 gift certificates. Winners will be announced at 2 p.m. Friday, November 1. Participating businesses are listed in the Passports and will have posters on their doors. No purchase will be required to receive a stamp or signature.

October 15

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Vietnam Today

Polly Scotland’s 13-day trip with her husband, Lee, took her from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Siem Riep along the muddy waters of the Mekong and Tonla Sap rivers. She’ll give a first-hand glimpse of life today for the people of Vietnam at the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program October 15. HCLL programs are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Park Theater. The sessions are free and handicapped accessible. Refreshments and treats provided.

October 18

Science in Nature: Minnesota's Natural History: Pretty good, not bad or just different?

Are you curious how nature functions? Uncover the mysteries of nature with George Weiblen, Science Director of the Bell Museum and a Professor of Plant & Microbial Biology at the University of Minnesota. In a program from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, October 18, George will take us back in time from the Itasca we know today, where North America's three largest life zones meet, to glaciers and even deeper into Minnesota's history when ancient seas, massive lava flows and early forms of life changed Earth's atmosphere forever. The program will be at the Biome Center at the University of Minnesota Biological Station in Itasca State Park.

October 19

2nd Annual Tri Wizard Tournament

Register for the fun Saturday, October 19 at Diagon Alley (Pioneer Park) for the day’s events, organized by the Park Rapids Water Ski Team. A Quidditch Tournament will begin at 11 a.m. for teams of five or seven people. Winners will be crowned the Tri Wizard Champion! A Scavenger Hunt with $500 in prizes will start at 2 p.m. While you’re searching for hidden items, you will have a chance to play a round of Quidditch at Depot Park. Other locations will be giving lessons on how to duel as well as other Harry Potter-themed games. The hunt will end at 4 p.m. when winners will be announced. Cost will be $5 per participants ages 5 and up; free for those under 5. All are invited to dress up or come as you are. Other activities will include Care of Magical Creatures (crafts), potions, divination, N.E.W.T.S./O.W.L.S., photo booth and table top Quidditch.

October 22

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Climbing Denali

Explorer and mountaineer Lonnie Dupre highlights the challenges of climbing North America’s highest peak solo and in winter for Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning’s Bella Sanders Memorial Program October 22. HCLL programs are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Park Theater. The sessions are free and handicapped accessible. Refreshments and treats provided.

October 28

Hubbard County Historical Society: Stories from a Highway Patrolman and Annual Meeting

The Hubbard County Historical Society will host retired State Trooper Dick Devine for program on Stories from a Highway Patrolman at 7 p.m. Monday, October 28 in the Northwoods Bank Community Room. The Historical Society’s annual meeting will follow the program.

October 31

Trick or Treat Park Rapids

Creatively costumed characters of all ages are invited to Downtown Park Rapids from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, October 31. Park Rapids Rotary Club will be accepting “treats” of nonperishable items or cash donations for the Hubbard Country Food Shelf on the second block of Main. Starting at 6 p.m. all are welcome at Heritage Living Center and the Park Villa dining room. (Please park in the front parking lot and enter from 6th Street for both locations. There will be signs.)

November 11

Heartland Concert Association: Timothy Chooi

Violinist Timothy Chooi will take the stage for the Heartland Concert Association concert at 7 p.m. Monday, November 11 at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium. A Canadian, Chooi has been described by Montreal Lapresse as "the miracle.” Chooi is currently pursuing his Masters of Music at the Juilliard School. A first prize winner of the 2018 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover, Germany, he most recently won first prize of the Schadt Violin Competition in the United States. He had already made a name for himself as recipient of numerous prizes. Season ticket packets are available at Beagle and Wolf Books, Park Rapids; Thrifty White Drug, Walker; Northwoods Grocery, Nevis: and Headwaters School of Music, Bemidji. Additional funding has been provided in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Community Arts Support Grant through an appropriation by the MN Legislature, and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by MN voters November 4, 2008.

November 17

Park Rapids Area Community Band Fall Concert

The 50-member Park Rapids Area Community Band (PRACB) will present “American Sketches” for the fall concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 17 at the Area High School auditorium. Under the baton of Adam Tervola Hultberg, the band will play selections by Edwin Bagley, Carolyn Bremer, John Williams, Irving Berlin and Charles Ives. A special highlight will be clarinet soloist Dr. Leigh Wakefield, Professor of Music at Concordia College in Moorhead. Dr. Wakefield teaches applied private clarinet lessons and courses in woodwind pedagogy. Together, the PRACB and Dr. Wakefield will present “Concertino for Clarinet and Band” by Dr. Frank Bencriscutto. For an added nugget of fun, Dr. Wakefield will collaborate with the clarinet section on "The Clarinet Polka.” Each selection on this program is intended to evoke a variety of American images:  The American flag, Appalachia, Cajun culture, cowboys and more. A free will offering will be accepted.

Upcoming events

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October 1-31 Shoptoberfest

October 15 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Vietnam Today
October 19 Tri Wizard Tournament
October 22 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Climbing Denali
October 28 Hubbard County Historical Society: Stories from a HIghway Patrolman and Annual Meeting
October 31 Trick or Treat Park Rapids
November 11 Heartland Concert Association: Timothy Chooi
November 17 Park Rapids Area Community Band Fall Concert
November 29 Yuletide Sampler in Downtown Park Rapids
November 29 Heartland Lakes Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 30 Small Business Saturday


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