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September 10

Park Rapids Area Community Band rehearsals

The Park Rapids Area Community Band will begin rehearsing for its winter concert from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 10. Rehearsals will continue September 17, October 1, October 15, October 29, November 5 and November 19 at the Park Rapids Area High School band room. Dr. Russell Pesola is directing. The band’s Winter Concert will be held Sunday, November 20.

September 21

Itasca’s Presenters Under the Pines: Barren-ground Caribou

Caribou in Minnesota? Woodland caribou were found in northern forests in Minnesota until the mid-1930s, but now woodland caribou and barren-ground caribou only live farther north in Canada. Ross Thompson, caribou biologist, turned Itasca Campground host, will discuss barren-ground caribou management in Canada’s Arctic from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, September 21 inside Forest Inn. The program will feature management techniques including co-management involving five governments and aboriginal caribou users in northern Canada for two significant herds. Find out what the future holds for a spectacular resource.

September 23

Heartland Concert Series: Seraph Brass

The all-female brass quintet, Seraph Brass will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 23 at the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium with admission by season ticket. The five women of Seraph Brass represent a new generation of brass players committed to challenging audiences with engaging and exciting programming, including well-known classics, original transcriptions, and newly commissioned works. Membership packets are available at Beagle Books and Wolf Books in Park Rapids and Thrifty White Drug in Walker. For more information, go to www.heartlandconcertassociation.org.

September 23

Kinship Spaghetti Dinner

Kinship will host the annual pre Headwaters 100 spaghetti dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 23 at the Century School. The event will include music by Unpolished and Laura Lobo and a silent auction to support youth mentoring. On the menu are spaghetti, garlic toast, tossed salad and dessert.

September 24

Itasca’s Presenters Under the Pines: Dana Holm, Nature Photographer and Author

Visit with Minnesota photographer and author Dana Holm as he shares stories behind the images from his series of coffee table style books, Itasca State Park and Loons and Lady’s Slippers of Itasca State Park. These books capture amazing photographs of the beauty of Itasca State Park and our favorite Minnesota symbols - the common loon and the Showy Lady’s Slipper. This is your chance to have the author personalize your purchased copy. Holm will be at Forest Inn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Saturday, September 24.

September 24

Art Leap 2016 & Sculpture Tour

Art Leap, an “open studio event” featuring artists’ studios and culturally rich destinations in the Park Rapids area, will include a sculpture tour in 2016. Art Leap dates are Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25. Studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Highlights of Art Leap include music, hors d’oeuvres and seeing fall colors at their peak while driving from studio to studio. It’s a great time to purchase original art for your home and meet the artist who created it. Enjoy live demonstrations and other art activities at some locations. Brochures with maps, sculpture tour directions and descriptions, performance times and other information are available at the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, Park Rapids Area Library, Community Education office and other locations or may be downloaded at www.prlaac.org.

September 24

Itasca’s Music Under the Pines: Jim and Molly Bauer

Join Jim and Molly at historic Forest Inn as they perform familiar folk and folk rock songs from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, September 24. This Minnesota-based duo with Jim playing acoustic guitar will share stories and songs and, of course, you can’t miss the “Jim and Molly Bauer concert” collector T-shirts. meet at Forest Inn (across from Douglas Lodge).

September 24

Itasca’s Autumn Harvest Festival & Lantern Lit Hike: Making Itasca Memories

Itasca State Park's 9th Annual Lantern Lit Hike will be held Saturday, September 24. “Making Memories" is this year's theme. Guides with lanterns will lead hikers down the kerosene lantern-lit trail on a walk through the photo album of Itasca's past. Pictures will come to life as you meet characters who will share stories about recreating in Itasca State Park during this family-friendly evening hike. Group hikes will last about 30 minutes, departing every 10 minutes from the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. Registration for hikes begins at 6 p.m. The first hike leaves at 6:30 p.m. and the last hike will begin at 8:10 p.m. Other activities will be posted closer to the date.

September 24

Great American Story Inaugural Event

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council is sponsoring a new event - the Great American Story as part of Art Leap weekend. Four finalists will tell their winning stories as part of the program from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Armory Square. They are Anne Dunn from Deer River, Leigh Harper from Ponsford, Steve Maanum from Park Rapids and Amy Salloway from Minneapolis. In addition, Dr. Carson Gardner, will be guest storyteller and will share the Chi-Dewe`igan, Big Drum, story, rarely if ever told to an off-the-rez audience in English and when it's not part of the drum ceremony itself. Emcee will be Bruce Bolton, founder, owner and artistic/managing director of Long Lake Theater. Advance tickets will be available at Beagle and Wolf Books, Smoky Hills Art and the Chamber Visitor Center and at the door the evening of the event. For more information, go to www.thegreatamericanstory.org.

September 26

Experiences While Running a Resort on Skunk Lake

Norm and Marty Leistikow will present the Experiences While Running a Resort on Skunk Lake for the September program at 7 p.m. Monday, September 26 in the Northwoods Bank Community Room.

September 27

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: World War II Memories

Local legend Edric Clarke will impart his first-hand impressions of World War II service in England’s Royal Air Force for the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 27 at Armory Square. The sessions are free. Refreshments are served.

October 4

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Park Rapids Then and Now

The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 4 at Armory Square will feature history buff Rod Nordberg and Park Rapids Chamber of Commerce Director Nicole Lalum. Nordberg will delve into changes in Park Rapids’ appearance through the decades and Lalum will illustrate the current state of tourism and business. The sessions are free. Refreshments are served.

October 11

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Collector's Extravaganza

The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will host individuals who have been invited to bring and display their personal collections for a Collector’s Extravaganza from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 11 at Armory Square. You are invited to wander through a wide range of interesting and unusual collections, such as dolls, stamps, trolls, toys, tools, buttons, etc. The sessions are free. Refreshments are served.

October 18

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Jesse James in Minnesota

Retired Minneapolis Police Captain and amateur historian Loren Evenrud will present the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 18 at Armory Square. Evenrud will recount the exploits of the infamous James gang in Minnesota. The sessions are free. Refreshments are served.

October 22

"Take a Walk on the Wild Side" - a Wild Rice Festival

The Nemeth Art Center, in partnership with the White Earth Nation, Park Rapids Downtown Business Association and Park Rapids Chamber of Commerce is hosting "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" - a Wild Rice Festival at Armory Square Saturday, October 22. The event will run from 10 a.m. to midnight with performances by Corey Medina, Elisa Korenne, Sonny Johnson, Amanda Standalone, Eddie Lee Kid, Karen Townsend and Annie Humphrey. The Duluth Spin Collective (a fire dancing troupe) will perform in the evening and regional artists' work will be on display throughout the day. Along with showcasing regional artists and musicians, the Wild Rive Festival will present an opportunity for attendees to stock up on authentic wild rice, discover the terroir of the different strains of wild rice found in the rivers and lakes throughout the region and learn how local wild rice is harvested and processed. Last but not least, there will be a wide variety of food available for purchase at the Wild Rice Festival.

October 25

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Images of Mexico

The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning’s fall schedule will close with Lowell Wolff’s mages of Mexico from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 25 at Armory Square. Wollf’s unique photography has earned him a reputation as having a sharp eye and memorable photographs from his travels. The sessions are free. Refreshments are served.

November 3

Heartland Concert Series: A Band Called Honalee, tribute to Peter, Paul & Mary

A Band Called Honalee will entertain at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 3 at the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium with admission by season ticket. Three talented young artists take you for a stroll down memory lane. A Band Called Honalee is a modern-day folk trio inspired by the music and legacy of Peter, Paul and Mary. They believe the melodies and messages of the 1960s folk era are just as relevant today as when they were first sung. Their mission is to share this uniquely American music with new audiences, and most of all they celebrate the power of these songs to inspire people and bring them together again. Membership packets are available at Beagle and Wolf Books in Park Rapids and Thrifty White Drug in Walker. For more information, go to www.heartlandconcertassociation.org.

Upcoming events

Check back for more details on these and other events

Sept. 17 Color Dash 2016 5K Fun Run/Walk - CANCELLED
Sept. 20 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Retracing a Voyageur's Journey
Sept. 23 Heartland Concert Series: Seraph Brass
Sept. 23 Kinship Spaghetti Dinner at Century School
Sept. 24-25 Art Leap 2016 & Sculpture Tour
Sept. 24 Headwaters 100 Bike Ride
Sept. 24 Great American Story at Armory Square
Sept. 24 Itasca's 9th Annual Harvest Festival and Lantern Lit Hike
Sept. 27 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: World War II Memories
Oct. 3-7 Panther Homecoming Week
Oct. 4 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Park Rapids Then and Now
Oct. 11 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Collector's Extravaganza
Oct. 18 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Jesse James in Minnesota
Oct. 22 "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" Wild Rice Festival at Armory Square
Oct. 25 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Images of Mexico
Oct. 31 Trick or Treat Park Rapids
Nov. 3 Heartland Concert Series: A Band Called Honalee, tribute to Peter, Paul & Mary
Nov. 20 Park Rapids Area Community Band Winter Concert
Nov. 25 Light Up a Life Tree Lighting Ceremony on Main Street
Nov. 26 Small Business Saturday


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