Updated on: 11/24/2015
Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk
Burn off a few of those feast day calories at the 1st Inaugural Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Thursday, November 26, starting and ending at the Essentia Health lobby. The race course is in the shape of a turkey in the southwest quadrant of the city of Park Rapids. A $25 fee gets you a T-shirt and water bottle upon registration. To register, call 732-4572, e-mail email@example.com or go to the Heartland Homes office, 609 7th Street SW. Sponsors are Essentia Health, Edward Jones, Park Ace Hardware and The Trading Post.
Free Park Friday
Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed Friday, November 27 to be "Free Park Friday" at all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. Spend time with your family outdoors on the day after Thanksgiving, and with free park entry all day, you have no excuse not to get out there and walk off your turkey dinner! While you're out there, snap a photo of your Black Friday free park adventure, and share it on social media using #FreeParkFriday and #OnlyinMN. Itasca State Park is open to limited hunting, meaning a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only.
November 27-December 19
Free Children's Matineesdren’s Christmas Matinees
Park Theater is showing free children’s Christmas matinees again this year. All movies start at 1 p.m. The first matinee will be Friday, November 27 showing Cloudy with a Chance of Meat Balls 2, showing again Saturday, November 28. On December 5, bring the kids to see Sponge Bob: Sponge Out of Water. December 12 the movie will be HOME and December 19 it will be Minions with a special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus after the show. Children are asked, but not required to bring a nonperishable item for the Hubbard County Food Shelf. All matinees are sponsored by your local business people.
November 27 and 28, December 5, 12 and 19
Santa Claus visits
Santa Claus will be at Bella Caffé after the Tree Lighting Ceremony Friday, November 27 and from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturdays, November 28, December 5 and December 12 and from 3 to 6 p.m. December 19. Santa also will be at the Holly Ball Thursday, December 17.
Yuletide Sampler/Light Up a Life Tree Lighting Ceremony
Enjoy hot cider and other treats at participating businesses in Downtown Park Rapids, starting at 5 p.m. Friday, November 27. Free will offerings from the Yuletide Sampler will be donated to Hospice. Then gather for the Light Up a Life for Hospice Care Tree Lighting Ceremony on Main Street at 6 p.m. Activities include a Live Nativity, Christmas caroling, Santa’s arrival and the countdown to light the giant tree he giant tree which stands as a symbol of small town cheer and good will and will light the way to a New Year. Donations of $25 or more in honor or memory of loved ones help provide individualized, quality care to Hospice patients and families. Call 218-732-4552 for more information or to make a donation.
PRDBA photo contest deadline
The deadline for the summer/fall Park Rapids Downtown Business Association (PRDBA) photo contest is Monday, Nov. 30. Max Bailey Photography sponsors the contest and awards a professionally finished, 11X14-inch print of the winning photograph in each of three categories: Park Rapids Area Lake Scenes, Recreation and Wildlife and Main Street Scenes. Amateur and professional photographers are welcome to participate. Contest rules, guidelines and the photo entry form are on the PRDBA website. The contest is intended to capture and celebrate the beauty and unique character of Park Rapids and the surrounding area.
December 4 and 6
Park Rapids Classic Chorale Concerts
The Park Rapids Classic Chorale will present its 25th annual Christmas Concert, “Be Still...Prepare the Way,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 4 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 6 at St. Johns Lutheran Church. Dr. Melanie Hanson will direct the chorale with Cheryl Steinborn, accompanist. Enjoy Christmas music both old and new. Free will offering is appreciated, but not necessary.
Christmas Sweets, Treats & Treasures
CHI St. Joseph’s Health Auxiliary hosts the 3rd annual Sweets, Treats & Treasures from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 5 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church. Enjoy the holiday cookie walk, handcrafted items and gently used holiday decor.
Bring your shopping list to a Christmas Showcase from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 5 at Armory Square. Thirty vendors will be on hand with new, fun and practical products to give or use this holiday season. Santa will be on hand, too. The Faithbridge Youth Group will be offering coffee and baked goods and a silent auction will benefit the Headwaters Intervention Center and Pregnancy Resource Center. The event is free and open to the public. Food shelf donations are welcome.
Holly Ball Community Celebration
The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Holly Ball Community Celebration at 5 p.m. Thursday, December 17 at Armory Square. The event will mark the culmination of the Heart of the Holidays effort. Grand prize winners will be announced for Small Business Saturday, the Enterprise Christmas Card promotion, the KK Radio Christmas Cash promotion and Chamber Love Local buttons. In addition, there will be entertainment, Santa will be there to take those last minute requests, food and refreshments will be available and door prizes will be given. Admission will be $5; free to those wearing Love Local buttons.
21st Annual Itasca State Park Winter Bird Count
This holiday season take part in the annual winter bird count at Itasca State Park. This year marks the park’s 21st year of participation in the nation-wide Audubon Christmas Bird Count Sunday, December 20. 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. Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center lobby between 7:30 and 8 a.m. for assignment of count areas. Bird count will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. You don’t need to leave the comfort of your home December 20 if you live within a few miles of the park. Your house might be in our count zone. Watch your feeders from the comfort of your cozy house. Record the highest number of bird types seen at any one time and let us know. Call Connie at 218-699-7259. for details. NOTES: Entire program is held outdoors. Dress for outdoor winter conditions. Bring your lunch if staying for the entire day. The group will gather at the visitor center at noon for a lunch break. For more information, call 218-699-7259.
Check back for more details on these and other events
November 27 Yuletide Sampler and Light Up a Life for Hospice Care Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 28 Small Business Saturday
December 5 Christmas Sweets, Treats and Treasures
December 5 Christmas Showcase
December 4 & 6 Park Rapids Classic Chorale Concerts at St. Johns Lutheran Church
December 7 Christmas Showcase at Armory Square
December 17 Holly Ball Community Celebration at Armory Square
December 20 Itasca State Park Winter Bird Count
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