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August 29

A Different View of Itasca State Park

The Hubbard County Historical Society will host Deane Johnson on a Different View of Itasca State Park at 7 p.m. Monday, August 29 in the Northwoods Bank Community Room.

August 30

Itasca’s Mysteries in History: The Itasca Biological Station

In 1907 the University of Minnesota held its first field classes in Itasca State Park. From 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 30, visitors will tour the historic Itasca Biological Station and laboratories. Discover the old and the new! Tour the new Itasca Campus Center then head out to locate the site of the State Park House, where Mary Gibbs lived in 1903. See one of the few 1930s National Youth Administration constructed buildings in the state as the tour follows the route of the 1920s era Jefferson Highway as it passed through the field station. Meet at the new Bio Center located on the Itasca Biological Station campus (along Main Park Drive; watch for signs).

August 31

Itasca’s Mysteries in History: Life of a Wilderness Forest Ranger at Nicollet Cabin

Constructed as a patrol cabin in the early 1900s, Nicollet Cabin served as a ranger outpost during the early logging days. Later, used for fire detail in the 1930s, this cabin was restored to its original charm in the 1990s. Join the naturalist on this combination car/hiking tour and learn about the men who used this historic cabin tucked deep in the woods under towering pines. Bring your car and meet in the parking lot of the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center parking lot at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 31. Nicollet Cabin is located off Wilderness Drive. The hike to the cabin is approximately 3 miles round trip. Bring insect repellant, sunscreen, water and a hat.

August 31

Owls, Campfire

Whinnies, hoots and shrieks. Who is calling from the trees? Bring your blanket or lawn chair and gather around the campfire to learn about Itasca’s owls and how they are adapted for life at night. Remember to bring s’more fixings for after the campfire. The talk will be from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 31. Meet in Bear Paw Campground grassy area near the tiny log pump house and campsite #70 near the bike trail. If it rains, this program will be held inside the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.

September 2

Historic CCC Buildings Walk and Old Timer’s Cabin Tour

Learn about the “boys” who built Forest Inn, Old Timer’s Cabin and more on this walking tour of buildings around the Douglas Lodge area. A naturalist will talk about the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the walk from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, September 2, starting outside Forest Inn (across from Douglas Lodge) and ending at the CCC Old Timer’s Cabin. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. the Old Timer’s Cabin will be open to tour. This cabin is only 4 (massive) logs tall and is located along the boardwalk below Douglas Lodge.

September 3

Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Tour

Get a feel for the early 1900s community of Lake Itasca at the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers (LIRPF) Showgrounds from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, September 3. See the historic sawmill and explore various buildings from a country school to a dove-tail, one-room log house and a logging museum. The guided tour begins at the Levorsen Building on the showgrounds, located on the north side of Itasca State Park. The entrance is on the east side of the North Entrance Road (off state Hwy. 200) across from the church and gas station.

September 3

Geocaching 101

Join in a GPS sticker challenge and learn how to use a GPS device to go geocaching. You will learn how to use a GPS unit and then head out in the park to find some specially placed caches. A limited number of GPS units will be available for use. Come and go at your leisure between 2 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, September 3. Meet outside Forest Inn.

September 3

Animal Senses, Campfire

How many things can you identify by smell? How good is your hearing compared to a bat’s? Enjoy a warm fire and learn about animal senses from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, September 3. Remember to bring s’more fixings for after the campfire talk. Meet in Bear Paw Campground grassy area near the tiny log pump house and campsite #70 near the bike trail. If it rains, this program will be held inside the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.

September 4

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

Join Jim and Molly Bauer at historic Forest Inn as they perform familiar folk and folk rock songs from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, September 4. 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 13

Native Pride Dancer at Armory Square

Native Pride Dancer Larry Yazzie will perform through song and dance incorporating movements passed down by his ancestors in a program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 13 at Armory Square. The Park Rapids Area Library, a branch of Kitchigami Regional Library System, is sponsoring the event. Yazzie, founder and artistic director of Native Pride Productions, Inc., is an international lecturer, educator, performer, model, actor and recipient of the 2012 A.P. Anderson Award. He strives to educate and entertain audiences of all ages about the beauty, skill and majesty of Native American music and dance. His solo show leaves audiences with a sense of appreciation for the many cultures that surround us. Based in St. Paul, the Native pride Dancer’s mission is to educate, inspire, motivate and empower diverse communities to bridge cultural gaps through Indigenous traditions.

September 17

Color Dash 2016 5K Fun Run/Walk

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber is sponsoring Color Dash 2016 Saturday, September 17 at Heartland Park. This event is a non-competitive untimed, 5K run/walk where participants get covered with a lot of colors along the way! The goal of the event is to be active and have fun! Participants may begin picking up packets at 9 a.m. The dash starts at 11 and the color explosion/check presentation is set for 12:30 p.m. Register at www.CD5K.com.

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 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 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. 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 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.

Upcoming events

Check back for more details on these and other events

Aug. 29 A Different View of Itasca State Park
Sept. 17 Color Dash 2016 5K Fun Run/Walk
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
Oct. 13, 14, 15 Northern Light Opera Company presents "Of Thee I Sing" at Armory Square
Oct. 22 "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" Wild Rice Festival at Armory Square


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