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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.

November 24

Tree "planted" on Main Street

Watch the giant tree go up on Main Street (time to be announced) Sunday, November 24. The “decorators” will move in at 9 a.m. Monday, November 25 (Tuesday if the weather is bad on Monday) to trim the conifer from top to bottom.

November 28

Turkey Trot /5K Fun Run and Walk

The 5th Annual Turkey Trot/5K Fun Run and Walk will start and finish from the Essentia Clinic/CHI St. Joseph’s lobby. The event starts at 9 a.m. Heartland Homes sponsors the event with proceeds going to benefit their clients. Entry fee is $25, including a complimentary T-shirt. To register in advance, call 218-732-4572.

November 29

Free Park Friday

Itasca State Park and the 74 other Minnesota state parks and recreation areas will be open for you to explore Friday, November 29. Go camping, walk along the river, reserve a cabin and more. Get out there!

November 29-December 21

Santa Visits

Kids can bring their wish lists to Santa and Mrs. Claus after the tree lighting ceremony Friday, November 29. The jolly souls will be at Bella Caffé that evening with a listening ear and reindeer corn. Santa and Mrs. Claus also will be at Bella Caffé from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, November 30, December 7, 14 and 21.

November 29

Yuletide Sampler

Enjoy hot cider, hot chocolate and other treats at the Yuletide Sampler from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, November 29 in Downtown Park Rapids. Participating businesses host this annual event as a way to thank the community for their support all year and invite the start of your holiday shopping. Free will offerings from the Yuletide Sampler will be donated to CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care.

November 29

Heartland Lakes Community Tree Lighting

Join the community gathering at 6 p.m.Friday, November 29 for the Heartland Lakes Community Tree Lighting on Main. The tree lighting ceremony is a celebration of life and memories. This year’s event will honor the memory of Libby Tweedale. By giving a gift in honor or in memory of a loved one, you are helping to bring individualized care to Hospice patients in our area. In the spirit of the season, a Christmas carol sing-along, roasting marshmallows over fire pits, the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and the countdown to light the beautifully decorated Main Street tree complete the celebration. Many people describe the annual event as a Norman Rockwell moment.

November 30-December 21

Free Kids Movie Matinees

Local businesses sponsor free children’s Christmas matinees at Park Theater at 1 p.m. Saturdays starting November 30 with Angry Birds 2. On December 7 kids will see Fantastic Beasts 2, December 14 The Lego Movie 2 and December 21 Secret Life of Pets 2. Children are asked but not required to bring a nonperishable food item for the Hubbard County Food Shelf.

December 7

Christmas Sweets, Treats & Treasures

CHI St. Joseph’s Health Auxiliary hosts their 6th annual Sweets, Treats & Treasures from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 7 at Calvary Lutheran Church. Enjoy the holiday cookie walk, handcrafted items and gently used holiday decor.

December 16

Itasca State Park Winter Bird Count

This holiday season take part in the annual winter bird count Monday, December 16 at Itasca State Park. This year marks the park’s 24th year of participation in the nation-wide Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Explore Itasca’s count area in search of our winter bird residents. Stay a few hours or spend the whole day. Information collected is used to track migration patterns and changes in winter bird species abundance throughout North America. To learn more about this nation-wide bird survey go to: Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center lobby between 7:30 and 8 a.m. for assignment of count area. Bird count will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. NOTES: Entire program is held outdoors. Dress warmly for outdoor winter conditions. Bring your lunch if staying the entire day. 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 17. Check with the park to confirm.

December 19

A Magical Medora Christmas

“North Dakota’s Christmas show” returns to Park Rapids for its third year! A Magical Medora Christmas 2019 brings an all-new family-friendly holiday show to the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 19. A Magical Medora Christmas features vocal performances by the stunning Emily Walter, the suave Broadway soloist Job Christenson and the dynamic Chad Willow, who also plays piano and banjo. New to the show are Kimberly Willow on piano and vocals and Travis Smith, who accompanies on piano, guitar and banjo and performs vocally. Throughout the show Bill Sorensen, Wild West Prestidigitator, will wow you with magic true-to-the-season and light-hearted humor the whole family will love. All are former performers in the Medora Musical. Tickets are available at and the Park Rapids Chamber Visitor Center. Group rates are available at 1-800-Medora1 for groups of 20+.

Upcoming events

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November 17 Park Rapids Area Community Band Fall Concert
November 24 Tree "planted" on Main Street
November 28 Heartland Homes Turkey Trot 5K/Fun Run and Walk
November 29 Free Park Friday
November 29 Yuletide Sampler in Downtown Park Rapids
November 29 Heartland Lakes Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 30 Small Business Saturday
November 30 Santa Visits begin at Bella Caffe
November 30 Free Movie Matinees begin at Park Theater
December 6 & 8 Park Rapids Classic Chorale Concerts
December 7 Christmas Sweets, Treats and Treasures
December 16 Itasca State Park Winter Bird Count
December 19 A Magical Medora Christmas

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