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June 30
Bugs and Blooms at Itasca

Itasca State Park is noted for its diverse plants and animals. Join in on this walk and discover which flowers are blooming and what common and uncommon critters are pollinating them. The program will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 30. Meet outside Forest Inn (across from Douglas Lodge).

July 2
Aiton Heights Fire Tower Hike

Learn about the history of fire in Itasca State Park, then enjoy the spectacular views as you climb to the top of the 100-foot tall fire tower. The 2-hour hike starts at 10 a.m. in front of Douglas Lodge. NOTES: Hike is 3 miles round trip. Bring insect repellant, sunscreen, drinking water and wear sturdy shoes.

July 2
2nd Street Stage: The Fattenin’ Frogs
The Fattenin’ Frogs play rock and roll music in its original spirit by turning up the intensity on traditional American music. With a style developed by electrifying a mix of early blues, country, folk, gospel and jazz, they aim to bring rock music back to its roots. The Fattenin’ Frogs play a mix of original songs and interpretations of classics by the likes of Robert Johnson, Son House, Etta James, Blind Willie Johnson and Muddy Waters. The Minneapolis band consists of Chris Holm on harmonica and vocals, Mark Larson on drums, Paul Delong on bass guitar, Danielle Scofield and Amanda White, vocals, and Michael Lloyd, guitar and piano. Celebrate summer from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 2 with free music, a beer garden and family activities on 2nd Street in Downtown Park Rapids. Bring your own chairs. Paul Bunyan Communications is the sponsor July 2 and kids are especially invited to meet Nickelodean's Dora the Explorer and have their picture taken with her.

July 2
Stripes, Stingers and Smells! Campfire

Bring a camp chair or blanket, gather around the campfire to learn about Itasca State Park's smelly, stinging and prickly animals and their defenses at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2. Bring your marshmallows for roasting after the program. Meet in Bear Paw Campground (the grassy area near the tiny log pump house and campsite #70 near the bike trail).

July 2, 3 and 4
Rodeo and Bull Ride
PRCA rodeo action returns Thursday, July 2 at the Jokela Rodeo & Auction Grounds followed by two nights of the PBR Challenger Tour Bull Ride Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. See 80 of the Nation's Top Bull Riders go head to head with the toughest bulls in the country and enjoy “after party” concerts all three nights. For more information, go to www.parkrapidsbullride.com.

July 3
Animal Legends, Campfire

Gather around for an evening of animal legends. Hear the legend of Sky Woman and the creation of earth on the turtle’s back, how fisher brought summer to the people and more. The campfire will be held from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 3 in the picnic grounds at the museum amphitheater located below Wegmann’s Store ruins. (The program will be inside the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center classroom if it rains.)

July 4th
Independence Day like no other
From the early morning Firecracker Footrace to the fabulous fireworks at dusk, July 4th promises picnics and time at the lake. Sign up for the footrace at www.firecrackerfootrace.com. Then visitors can head into Park Rapids for a pie contest and auction, sponsored by Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery. The old-fashioned parade honoring America’s Superheroes starts at 5 p.m., the Park Rapids Area Community Band Pre-fireworks Concert at Heartland Park at 7:30 and the Rotary Fireworks display at dusk.

July 5
Itasca’s Music Under the Pines: Lori Goulet Reich

Join Lori Goulet Reich, a Lake Itasca transplant from the suburbs of Minneapolis, as she performs a variety of music best described as acoustic folk and alt-country flavored music. Lori also has played in various bands both classic rock and country, so come enjoy a variety of well-known tunes. She will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 5 at Forest Inn (across from Douglas Lodge).

July 7
Bugs and Blooms at Itasca

Itasca State Park is noted for its diverse plants and animals. Join in on this walk and discover which flowers are blooming and what common and uncommon critters are pollinating them. The program will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 7. Meet outside Forest Inn (across from Douglas Lodge).

July 8
Poetry and Pizza for Kids and Teens: Poetry Workshop

A workshop for ages 6-18 will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 8 at the Nemeth Art Center (301 Court Ave.). The Friends of the Library will provide lunch (pizza). Public performances are planned at noon and 7 p.m. As part of the Read to the Rhythm summer reading program at the Park Rapids Area Library, the library and Nemeth Art Center are offering this free poetry event, led by area poets, teachers and library staff. Preregistration is requested as it will help the teachers and facilitators prepare, but it is not an absolute requirement. Participants will be divided into three groups; ages 6-8, ages 9-12, ages 13-18. Content and activities will vary according to age and interests of participants. All groups will explore poetry and its unique rhythms through reading, reciting and writing. Some participants will have the option of using iPads to write and record their poetry. A media specialist will record the students’ work and create an online album to view and share. All will be invited to perform selections for the public at an outdoor evening event. For more information, or to register, call the Park Rapids Area Library at (218)732-4966.

July 8
Birds Beyond Your Backyard: Unraveling Mysteries of the Common Loon

Join Kevin Kenow, Research Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey as he shares his work with radio-marked loons. Learn about geo-locator tags to look at migration and foraging patterns of common loons breeding in the Upper Midwest. The program will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 8 at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center classroom.

July 9
Minnesota Sings at Bite of Park Rapids

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council is soliciting YouTube submissions for the local Bite of Park Rapids Minnesota Sings contest. Five submissions will be chosen as contestants at the Bite of Park Rapids Sunday, July 12. The Minnesota Sings contest is scheduled to start at 2:15 p.m. The winner July 12 will compete in September in the Twin Cities and represent Park Rapids in the statewide competition. In 2014, Faith Kern represented Park Rapids and placed well. Winners at the state competition receive prize money for themselves and their communities. To enter, e-mail the link to your YouTube video to Emma at the Chamber Visitor Center (emma@parkrapids.com) by noon Thursday, July 9.

July 9
Noon Hour Concert: Beverly Everett
Beverly Everett, music director of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony and the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, will perform on the Berghaus Pipe Organ at St. Johns Lutheran Church for the Noon Hour Concert Thursday, July 9. The concerts are from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Bring your lunch to eat before the concert; coffee and beverages will be served.

July 9
2nd Street Stage: Hardwood Groove
Hardwood Groove will play at 2nd Street Stage at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 9 on 2nd Street in Downtown Park Rapids. Hardwood Groove is rooted in Detroit Lakes and draws inspiration from bluegrass, blues, folk, rock and funk. Celebrate summer Thursday evenings with free music, a beer garden and family activities on 2nd Street in Downtown Park Rapids. Bring your own chairs. Lamb Weston/RDO is sponsoring the night’s event and will be serving fries.

July 12
5th Annual Bite of Park Rapids Food & Art Fair
The 5th Annual Bite of Park Rapids Food & Art Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 12 - rain or shine - on the second block of Main Street. Join us for food sampling, an art fair, kids inflatable park, No. 24 Chevrolet SS Simulator, live music, food contests, beer garden, kids activities and a lot of fun. The schedule is as follows: 11:00am Art Fair and Food Booths Open, 11-Noon Music by Hog Rooster, 12:15-12:45pm Food Contests, 12:45-2pm Music by Evergreen Grass Band, 2:15-3pm Minnesota Sings Contest, 3:15-4pm Music by Mike Daum.

July 15
Nature for the Nation, Outdoor Walking Play
The highly acclaimed Twin Cities outdoor show, Nature, will be presented at the Park Rapids Antique Tractor Club Grounds at 2 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 15. There will be no admission charge, but free will offerings will be gratefully accepted. TigerLion Arts produces this family-friendly outdoor experience. An award-winning ensemble of actors brings audience members into a playful outdoor journey filled with music, song, story and celebration through the natural environment as scenes unfold around them. Audience members will need to wear comfortable shoes and may want to bring folding chairs for the 90-minute production. Nature was honored in the Minneapolis Star Tribune as the “Best of 2014: Striking performances mark best in theater” after presenting at the MN Landscape Arboretum. The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council and partners, including Minnesota Power and Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Round-up grants, will sponsor the shows in Park Rapids.

July 16
2nd Street Stage: Useful Jenkins

Useful Jenkins will entertain for 2nd Street Stage at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 16 on 2nd Street in Downtown Park Rapids. Useful Jenkins is a four-piece contemporary acoustic band with a foundation rooted in bluegrass, and readily taps into other genres, such as folk, funk, rock and hip hop. Celebrate summer Thursday evenings with free music, a beer garden and family activities on 2nd Street in Downtown Park Rapids. Bring your own chairs.

July 17
Read to the Rhythm Story Time: Preschool Marching Band

John Cook, band teacher at the Park Rapids Area High School, will lead a special story time culminating in a parade of preschool marchers. This program will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 17. In the afternoon third through sixth graders are invited to have Fun with Rhythm with Lisa Moses, Nevis School band teacher. She will lead games and activities using objects like basketballs and rhythm sticks from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Both programs will be held at the Park Rapids Area Library.

July 17
Nature for the Nation, Outdoor Walking Play
The highly acclaimed Twin Cities outdoor show, Nature, will be presented at 2 and 6 p.m. Friday, July 17 at the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Grounds near the north entrance to Itasca State Park. There will be no admission charge, but free will offerings will be gratefully accepted. TigerLion Arts produces this family-friendly outdoor experience. An award-winning ensemble of actors brings audience members into a playful outdoor journey filled with music, song, story and celebration through the natural environment as scenes unfold around them. Audience members will need to wear comfortable shoes and may want to bring folding chairs for the 90-minute production. This summer marks the launch of the nationwide tour of Nature at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts with their fourth stop among many at Gustavus Adolphus Linnaeus Arboretum. The Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers will sponsor the shows with a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.  

Upcoming events
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July 2 2nd Street Stage: The Fattenin' Frogs
July 2 PRCA Rodeo at the Double J Rodeo Grounds
July 3 & 4 PBR Bullride at the Double J Rodeo Grounds
July 4 Fourth of July Parade
July 4 Park Rapids Area Community Band Pre-fireworks Concert
July 4 Rotary Fireworks over the Fish Hook River
July 8 Poetry and Pizza for Kids and Teens: Poetry Workshop
July 9 Wet and Wild Mississippi River Day at Itasca State Park
July 9 Noon Hour Concert with Beverly Everett at St. Johns Lutheran Church
July 9 2nd Street Stage: Hardwood Groove
July 12 Bite of Park Rapids Food & Art Fair
July 15 Itasca's 20th Annual Butterfly Hike
July 15 Nature for the Nation - A Walking Play at the Antique Tractor Club Showgrounds
July 15-19 Hubbard County Fair
July 16 2nd Street Stage: Useful Jenkins
July 17 Nature for the Nation - A Walking Play at the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Showgrounds
July 23 Downtown Dash
July 23 & 24 Crazy Days
July 23 Smokey Bear Day at Itasca
July 23 Noon Hour Concert with Julie Kaiser at St. Johns Lutheran Church
July 23 2nd Street Stage: Natty Nation
July 30 Noon Hour Concert with Brian Perez at Calvary Lutheran Church
July 30 2nd Street Stage: Kind Country
July 31 Where's Waldo Party at Beagle Books & Bindery
July 31, August 1 & 2 Northern Light Opera Company: West Side Story
August 6 Noon Hour Concert with Hawken Paul at Calvary Lutheran Church
August 6, 7 & 8 Northern Light Opera Company: West Side Story
August 6 Legends & Logging Days Water Wars on Main Street
August 6 2nd Street Stage: Urho
August 7 & 8 Legends & Logging Days at the Antique Tractor Club Showgrounds
August 7 & 8 32nd Annual Northern Knights Car Club Run to the Rapids
August 13 Noon Hour Concert with the Upper Mississippians at Calvary Lutheran Church
August 13-16 Park Rapids All School Reunion www.prhsreunion.com
August 13 2nd Street Stage: Incredibly Real and Tree Party
August 14 Youth Music Showcase at Pioneer Park
August 20 2nd Street Stage: The Woodpicks
August 29 9th Annual North Country Trail Hiking Festival at Itasca State Park
September 26 & 27 Art Leap 2015
September 26 Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council's 10th Anniversary Celebration at Armory Square
September 26 8th Annual Autumn Harvest Festival at Itasca State Park