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December 1-December 22

Santa Visits

Santa and Mrs. Claus welcome kids to bring their wish lists to Bella Caffé from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, December 15 and 22. The jolly couple will be giving out reindeer corn, too. 

 

December 1-December 22

Free Christmas Movie Matinees

Local businesses sponsor free children’s Christmas matinees at Park Theater at 1 p.m. On December 15 kids will see Sherlock Gnomes and December 22 Ferdinand. Children are asked but not required to bring a nonperishable food item for the Hubbard County Food Shelf.

December 15

Northern Lights Dance Academy fundraiser

The Northern Lights Dance Academy will hold a silent auction/bake sale/art party fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 15 at Calvary Lutheran Church. Northern Lights Dance Academy will be sending all competition teams to state and national competition in the Wisconsin Dells in June 2019. Dancers range in age from 5 to 18. Proceeds from the fundraiser will offset costs to the dance families and give dancers confidence this won’t be a hardship on their parents. 2018 Miss Minnesota Michaelene Karlen, who teaches dance, will attend the event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nate Luetgers will host a painting party with 50 percent of the fees going to the dance families. (Sign up by contacting Kori at 218-616-2071 or Rachel at 701-541-3273.) Santa also will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a photo. Hot cocoa and apple cider will be available, too.

December 18

22nd Annual Itasca State Park Winter Bird Count

Explore Itasca State Park’s count area in search of our winter bird residents. Stay a few hours or spend the whole day Monday, December 18. Information collected is used to track migration patterns and changes in winter bird species abundance throughout North America. Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Lobby between 7:30 and 8 a.m. for assignment of count area. NOTES: Entire program is held outdoors. Dress warmly for outdoor winter conditions. Bring your lunch. The group will gather at the visitor center at noon for a lunch break. For more information and further details, call 218-699-7259. If weather is bad, the alternate date will be Tuesday, December 19.

January 19 & 20

First Day Hike: A Backcountry Exploration at Itasca State Park

Get your New Year’s resolutions going on the first day of the New Year! Join in on an invigorating snowshoe hike to explore the Dr. Roberts Trail from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 1. Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center in Itasca State Park. Notes: Dress for being outdoors, bring along your snowshoes, water and sunglasses. A limited number of snowshoes are available at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center for use during the program and are first-come-first-serve. Please check out the snowshoes before the hike starts. Route may change based on weather and snow conditions.

January 12

Itasca’s Lantern Lit Snowshoe and Ski Event

Visit Itasca State Park and ski or snowshoe by the light of the moon and kerosene lanterns along the trail. Go at your own pace along the lantern lit route during this drop-in program between 5 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 12 starting at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. For added fun, bring along your s'mores fixings or hot dogs for cooking at the campfire. NOTES: Limited snowshoes will be available on a first come-first served basis. Program is held outdoors. Dress warmly for outdoor winter conditions. If snow conditions are poor, the event will become a snow boot walk.

January 12

Music Under the Pines: Lori Goulet Reich

Warm up after the ski or snowshoe Saturday, January 12 and enjoy an evening of music with Lori Goulet Reich from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. Lori will sing a variety of music best described as acoustic folk and alt-country flavored music. She also has played in various bands, both classic rock and country, so come listen to a variety of well-known tunes.

January 19-29

Park Rapids Heartland 200 Snowmobile Race (USXC Snowmobile Racing)

Race or watch snowmobiles traveling through the forests and lakes of the Park Rapids Lakes Area Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20. The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber is coordinating this year’s event which draws visitors from Canada, Michigan, Wisconsin and the Dakotas.

January 19 & 20

Night In at Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery

The popular winter event for book lovers is returning to Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery the evening of Saturday, January 19 and the day of Sunday, January 20 at the store. Jen and Sally recommend 20 books and publishers partner with them to provide refreshments and prizes. Space each day will be limited so reservations will need to be made ahead of time. More information will be coming closer to the date.

January 26

Get Outside and Snowshoe class

Ever wanted to find a fun, winter activity that will get you outside? Enjoy the beauty of winter on snowshoes! A beginner’s class from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, January 26 at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center classroom will teach you the basics: the types of snowshoes, how to walk in snowshoes and great places to visit in Itasca while wearing snowshoes. NOTES: Dress warmly and include snow boots. Part of the program will be outside on the trail trying out your new skills. Call ahead at 218-699-7251 to reserve a pair of snowshoes or bring your own. The number of snowshoes available is limited. Outdoor portion of program is dependent on snowfall.

February 2

Park Rapids American Legion Ice Fishing Contest and Raffle

Tickets are on sale for the 21st Annual Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Contest on Fish Hook Lake from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 2. The contest offers more than $150,000 in prizes. Your $40 ticket gives you access to the ice fishing contest and the raffle. The ice fishing contest grand prize for the 20th largest fish of the day is an Ice Castle RV Fish House. This year’s raffle grand prize is a $45,000 Thielen Motors Certificate. Other raffle prizes, including $1,000 cash prizes, will be awarded. Polaris ATVs top the list of prizes in four of the five fishing contest divisions: bluegill, sunfish and crappie; northern, walleye and largemouth bass; perch and rock bass. Cash prizes will be given in the white fish division. The awards presentation starts at 5 p.m. at the American Legion. In conjunction with the fishing contest, the American Legion also sponsors a Friday night Welcome Dance and Saturday night Fisherman’s Ball with the “Front Fenders.” Tickets are available at the American Legion or call 218-732-3360.

February 9

Old Time Logging Demo

Discover the history of early horse logging, an industry common to this area in the late 1800s at a program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, February 9 at Itasca State Park. Watch lumberjacks fell trees with a two-man cross-cut saw, buck the log into sections, skid and cross-haul logs onto a horse drawn sled. Members of the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers will be on hand to demonstrate these early logging methods. NOTES: Dress according to the weather. Program is held outside in the woods. (The location will be selected closer to the date.) Please be prepared with warm hats, gloves, snow pants and snow boots. Be prepared to walk/stand in deep snow. In case of poor weather, event will be cancelled. Duration of program is weather dependent.

February 16

Itasca’s Lantern Lit Snowshoe Event

Come out and snowshoe by the light of the moon and kerosene lanterns along the trail. Snowshoe at your own pace along the lantern lit route during this drop-in program between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, February 16 starting at the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center. For added fun, bring along your s'mores fixings or hot dogs for cooking at the campfire. NOTES: Limited snowshoes will be available on a first come-first served basis. Program is held outdoors. Dress warmly for outdoor winter conditions. If snow conditions are poor, the event will become a snow boot walk.

February 16

Music Under the Pines: Julie and Bill Kaiser

From the north woods of Minnesota, Bill and Julie Kaiser will be performing  from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the cafe at the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center the night of the Lantern Lit Snowshoe event. Bill and Julie’s music has been described as acoustic ‘folkgrass’ with a mix of bluegrass, folk and original. Warm up inside the Mary Gibbs Café and enjoy a wonderful night of music!

March 2

‘Spring’ Snowshoe Hike: A Backcountry Exploration

Get out and enjoy the last weeks of winter’s snow! Join in on an invigorating snowshoe hike to explore the area around the Mississippi Headwaters from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2 starting at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. The hike will go along the Schoolcraft Trail and out to Schoolcraft Island (conditions permitting). The first section of the hike will be easy. Notes: Dress for being outdoors, bring along your snowshoes, water and sunglasses. A limited number of snowshoes are available at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center for use during the program and are first-come, first-served. Please check out the snowshoes before the hike starts. Route may change based on weather and snow conditions.

Upcoming events

Check back for more details on these and other events

November 23 Santa Visits start at Bella Caffe
December 15 Northern Lights Dance Academy fundraiser
December 18 22nd Annual Itasca State Park Winter Bird Count
January 1 First Day Hike: A Backcountry Exploration at Itasca State Park
January 12 Itasca's Lantern Lit Snowshoe and Ski Event
January 19-20 Park Rapids Heartland 200 Snowmobile Race (USXC Snowmobile Racing)
January 19&20 Night In at Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery
January 26 Get Outside and Snowshoe class
February 2 Park Rapids American Legion Fishing Contest and Raffle
February 9 Old Time Logging Demo
February 16 Itasca's Lantern Lit Snowshoe Event
March 2 'Spring' Snowshoe HIke: A Backcountry Exploration at Itasca State Park

 

 

 

 

 

 


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