Itasca State Park - Celebrating 125 years in 2016: View the Mississippi Headwaters in spring.
Park Rapids Area Community Band rehearsals
The Park Rapids Area Community Band is rehearsing for its winter concert from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, October 1, October 15, October 29, November 5 and November 19 at the Park Rapids Area High School band room. Dr. Russell Pesola is directing. The band’s Winter Concert will be held Sunday, November 20.
"Take a Walk on the Wild Side" - a Wild Rice Festival
The Nemeth Art Center, in partnership with the White Earth Nation, Park Rapids Downtown Business Association and Park Rapids Chamber of Commerce is hosting "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" - a Wild Rice Festival at Armory Square Saturday, October 22. The event will run from 10 a.m. to midnight with performances by Corey Medina, Elisa Korenne, Sonny Johnson, Amanda Standalone, Eddie Lee Kid, Karen Townsend and Annie Humphrey. The Duluth Spin Collective (a fire dancing troupe) will perform in the evening and regional artists' work will be on display throughout the day. Along with showcasing regional artists and musicians, the Wild Rive Festival will present an opportunity for attendees to stock up on authentic wild rice, discover the terroir of the different strains of wild rice found in the rivers and lakes throughout the region and learn how local wild rice is harvested and processed. Last but not least, there will be a wide variety of food available for purchase at the Wild Rice Festival.
Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Images of Mexico
The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning’s fall schedule will close with Lowell Wolff’s mages of Mexico from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 25 at Armory Square. Wollf’s unique photography has earned him a reputation as having a sharp eye and memorable photographs from his travels. The sessions are free. Refreshments are served.
Trick or Treat Park Rapids
Trick or Treaters are invited to see what’s in store Downtown from 4 to 6 p.m. on Halloween Monday, October 31. Main Street turns magical when traditional witches and ghosts and miniature Cinderellas and Ninja turtles fill the sidewalks. Some businesses offer a few surprises of their own! Trick or Treating starts at 6 p.m. at the Park Villa dining room entrance entrance from 6th Street (due to construction at Heritage Living Center) and continues until the candy runs out. During Trick or Treat Park Rapids, look for the Park Rapids Rotary Club tent on the second block of Main Street and drop off a nonperishable item or make a cash donation to the Hubbard County Food Shelf.
Heartland Concert Series: A Band Called Honalee, tribute to Peter, Paul & Mary
A Band Called Honalee will entertain at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 3 at the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium with admission by season ticket. Three talented young artists take you for a stroll down memory lane. A Band Called Honalee is a modern-day folk trio inspired by the music and legacy of Peter, Paul and Mary. They believe the melodies and messages of the 1960s folk era are just as relevant today as when they were first sung. Their mission is to share this uniquely American music with new audiences, and most of all they celebrate the power of these songs to inspire people and bring them together again. Membership packets are available at Beagle and Wolf Books in Park Rapids and Thrifty White Drug in Walker. For more information, go to www.heartlandconcertassociation.org.
Discovering the Civilian Conservation Corps: Exploring the North Country Trail and Itasca along the Dr. Roberts Trail
Many of the hiking trails (including portions of the North Country Trail within Itasca State Park), are the result of the boys of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) of the 1930s. During the depths of the Great Depression, young men joined the conservation movement when they enrolled in the CCC. Learn about the boys, their work projects and even tour the Old Timer’s Cabin, one of the buildings they constructed, on a hike along the Dr. Robert’s Trail. Part of this hike can be challenging as it will pass along the rolling hills along the east arm of Lake Itasca, past Lyendecker Lake and through stands of towering red pine, oak and aspen. The hike is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, November 19. Meet outside Forest Inn. Notes: Dress for being outdoors, including sturdy boots that can get wet/muddy, water, energy snack, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, insect repellent, including tick gaiters, and hiking/trekking poles. The route may change based on weather and trail conditions.
Enjoy hot cider, hot chocolate and other treats at the Yuletide Sampler from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, November 25. 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.
CHI St. Joseph's Hospice Care Light Up a Life Community Tree LIghting Ceremony
Gather at 6 p.m. Friday, November 25 for the CHI St. Joseph’s Hospice Care Light Up a Life Community Tree Lighting Ceremony on Main Street. The tree lighting ceremony is a celebration of life and memories. This year’s event will honor the memory of Bert Ahern, distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, Morrris, who moved to the area with his spouse, Janet, when they retired. 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. All donations are used locally. In the spirit of the season, A Live Nativity, Christmas carol sing-along, roasting marshmallows over fire pits, Santa’s arrival 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.
Christmas Sweets, Treats & Treasures
CHI St. Joseph’s Health Auxiliary will host the 4th annual Christmas Sweets, Treats & Treasures from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at Riverside United Methodist Church. Enjoy the holiday cookie walk, handcrafted items and gently used holiday decor.
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Oct. 20 LWV Candidate Forum for Park Rapids Mayor and Council
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