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May 13

Norwegian Folk Music: The Immigrants' Story

Join Arna Rennan at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13 at Armory Square as she presents a musical performance featuring translated stories about Norwegian immigrants. She will include music from a variety of genres, including simple four-lined poems, broadsides, waltz tunes and Vaudeville songs from “Snoose Boulevard” sung in “Swenglish,” along with well-known favorites here in Minnesota. This program is sponsored by the Park Rapids Area Library and funded in part or in whole with money from the voter of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.

 

May 14

Minnesota poet will read

Minnesota poet James Bettendorf will read from his collection of poems, "swimming in the earth" at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14 at the Park Rapids Area Library. This event is free and open to the public. Bettendorf taught math for 34 years at various levels and in his retirement began writing classes at The Loft in Minneapolis. He completed a two-year poetry internship in The Loft Master Track program in 2009 and has published a book of poems, “swimming in the earth,” which includes art by his daughter. He has also had poems published in several journals including Rockhurst Review, Light Quarterly, Star Line, Ottertail Review, Talking Stick Vols. 18 - 25 and Free Verse along with several on-line publications.

May 20, 21, 22

Park Rapids Spring Preview

Surrounding the Chamber's Minnesota Bike Opener, the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association welcomes all to a Park Rapids Spring Preview to see what’s new in their stores before the summer rush. Visit downtown stores Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 20-22, and register to win an adult bicycle.

May 21

Minnesota Bike Opener

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Minnesota Bike Opener, celebrating all things BIKE from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at Red Bridge Park. The 2nd annual Bike Opener will feature kids games, giant trike races, bike decorating, musical entertainment and, of course, food! There will be a non-competitive, costumes-encouraged 2-, 12- or 22-mile bike ride on the Heartland Trail with snack stops along the way. Email chamber@parkrapids.com for a bike swap spot. (There is no consignment fee.) 

June 2

Annie Get Your Gun Kickoff Event

Dust off your Stetson, trade in your sandals for cowboy boots and meet the cast for this summer’s Northern Light Opera Company production of Annie Get Your Gun. The kickoff will start with a Wild West Jamboree from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 2 at Armory Square with entertainment and dancing, games, food and fun for families. There will be a costume contest. Entry is $2 per person. Afterward, an adult event will be held downstairs at the Wild West Saloon from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. with entertainment and dancing, games, food, adult beverages and another costume contest. Entry for this part of the evening is $25 per person, $40 per couple.

June 11

Lakes to Pines 5K Fun Run

Introducing the Lakes to Pines 2016 5K Fun Run fundraiser for the at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 11. The Lakes to Pines 5K Fun Run is a great way to enjoy our community. As a fundraiser for the Park Rapids Swimming & Diving programs, your participation benefits more than 100 kids annually. The 5K run will depart from the Park Rapids Area High School and finish on the High School track. (Same route as the triathlon runners ran.) Fee is $25 per individual (10 and older) via online pre-registration through June 8 only through RaceEntry (No mail-in registration) https://www.raceentry.com/races/lakes-to-pines-fun-run/2016/register. Onsite registration is $35 Friday, June 10 from 6 to 7:30 pm or Saturday, June 11 from 7 to 8:30 am at the High School Football Concession building. For more information, go to http://www.lakestopines.com/.

July 29&30

Chase the Outdoors Expo

A new event - Chase the Outdoors Expo - is planned Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30 at the Hubbard County Fairgrounds in Park Rapids. Hours will be noon to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. The expo already has 14 vendors signed up; more are welcome. For more information, contact Tony Meech at 218-255-5422 or by e-mail at chasetheoutdoorsexpo@gmail.com.

Upcoming events

Check back for more details on these and other events

May 3 Hubbard County Historical Museum opens for the season
May 5 Nemeth Art Center opens for the season
May 8 Park Rapids Area Community Band Spring Concert at Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium
May 13 Norwegian Folk Music: The Immigrants' Story at Armory Square
May 14 Minnesota Fishing (Walleye/Northern) Opener
May 20, 21, 22 Park Rapids Spring Preview in Downtown Park Rapids
May 21 Minnesota Bike Opener
May 28 Park Rapids Farmers Market opens for the season
June 2 Annie Get Your Gun Kickoff Event
June 5 Northern Lights Dance Academy Spring Recital at Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium
June 10 Relay for Life of Hubbard County at the Park Rapids High School Track
June 11 Lakes to Pines 5K Fun Run
June 11 Tails on the Trail Walkathon, sponsored by the Headwaters Animal Shelter
July 13-17 Hubbard County Fair at the Fairgrounds in Park Rapids
June 16 2nd Street Stage starts
June 17 Paul Bunyan: Loggin', Legends & Lore
June 18 Author Fest at Armory Square
July 1-3 PBR Bull Ride
July 4 Firecracker Foot Race
July 4 Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery's annual Pie Contest and Auction
July 4 Independence Day Parade
July 4 Park Rapids Area Community Band Pre-fireworks Concert at Red Bridge Park
July 4 Rotary Fireworks
July 10 Bite of Park Rapids Street Fair
July 28-29 Crazy Days
July 29, 30, 31 Happy Birthday Itasca Weekend


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