Events and activities

Sunday dance at Backus Legion

Monthly Sunday dances return to the Backus American Legion when Frankie Lamb’s Frankly Country Band appears from 2-5 p.m. Playing classic country, pop, old-time and swing, the band makes its first appearance of the summer July 25, then returns for afternoon dances Aug. 15 during Backus Cornfest Weekend, Sept. 19, Oct. 17 and New Year’s Eve.

Wednesday, July 21

Free Wednesday at Museum

Today’s Free Wednesday (free admission) at the Cass County Museum is sponsored by Benson’s Eating and Drinking Emporium and Turf Tech.

Fri.-Sat., July 23-24

G.R. Players auditions

The Grand Rapids players will hold auditions for the award-winning Broadway musical, “Anything Goes, Friday, 4-7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Reif Center’s Ives Theater. Actors, actresses, singers and dancers are needed.

Friday, July 23

Lakeside Concert Series

The Lakeside Concert Series in Hackensack welcomes Skippin’ Stones to Hackensack City Park for a free musical performance, 5-7 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets, or arrive by boat and drop anchor offshore. Picnicking or take-out from local restaurants are highly encouraged. The Lakeside Concert Series runs through Labor Day weekend and is presented by the Northwoods Arts Council. It is made possible by grants from the Five Wings Arts Council and Sourcewell, plus donations from the Hackensack Lions, Itasca-Mantrap Co-op and the HLACF. (Free-will donations gratefully accepted.)

Free Friday at Museum

Today’s Free Friday (free admission) at the Cass County Museum is sponsored by Jenny and Co. plus Anderson’s South Shore, Grand View and Pine Point resorts.

Saturday, July 24

Music Under the Pines

A Music Under the Pines concert will be held at 7 p.m. at Lake Bemidji State  Park, featuring The Northwinds Clarinet Quintet and sponsored by the North Country Snowmobile Club. In case of rain, performance will be in the Visitor Center.

Balsam Moon Workshop

Union Church UCC will host a Balsam Moon Workshop from 9 a.m.-noon. Learn about environmental living practices; special emphasis for youth and families. Hands on experiences possible. Light refreshments. Open to the public at no charge.

Sunday, July 25

Music Under the Pines

A Music Under the Pines concert will be held at 2 p.m. at Lake Bemidji State  Park, featuring the Bemidji Bogtrotters and sponsored by the North Country Snowmobile Club. In case of rain, performance will be in the visitor Center.

Dance at Backus Legion

Monthly Sunday dances return to the Backus American Legion when Frankie Lamb’s Frankly Country Band appears July 25, from 2-5 p.m. Playing classic country, pop, old-time and swing, the band makes its first appearance of the summer, then returns for afternoon dances Aug. 15 during Backus Cornfest Weekend, Sept. 19, Oct. 17 and New Year’s Eve.

Music in Staples

Country/Rock musicians Eric Neznik and Jason Franzen bring their acoustic sound to the Music in the Park series in Staples at 7 p.m. , held at the Northern  Pacific Park. Music in the Park concerts are held Sunday evenings, 7 p.m. through Aug. 8 For more info check out www.staplesmotleyarts.org

Mon-Fri, July 26-30

VBS at Salem Lutheran

Salem Lutheran Church, Longville, will host free Vacation Bible School, preschool through grade 6, from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Call (218) 363-2011 for info and to register your child or come to the church office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. through July 23.

Monday, July 26

Memory Cafe at Calvary

Memory Cafe meets 10:30 a.m.-noon at Calvary Church, 5925 Oberly Loop NW, Walker. Meet others with memory loss and their caregivers in a supportive, comforting environment. No cost or registration. Enjoy coffee, snacks, music, memory games, reminiscing and more. For questions or a Zoom option,  contact Simon at (218) 47-6843 or email to swhitehe@umn.edu.

Wednesday, July 28

Free Wednesday at Museum

Today’s Free Wednesday (free admission) at the Cass County Museum is sponsored by Lakeside Fireplace and Stove plus Piggy BBQ and Wilburs on Walker.

July Pop-up Pantry, Laporte

Ruby’s Pantry will hold a Pop-up Pantry in Laporte with distribution from 4:30-6 p.m. or until bundles run out. To make sure you get your bundle, pre-register at www.RubysPantry.org. To volunteer to help, sign up at the same site. We can always use more people on our team. Distribution is drive-through at the Laporte School Bus Garage, across from the Laporte School at 315 Main St. W. You don’t need to bring boxes or get out of your car. Shares are prepared for pick-up. No limit on bundles; a $20 per  bundle donation is requested.  You will receive an abundance of groceries. Trinity Lutheran Church, Laporte, is our sponsor.

Thursday, July 29

Hot Summer Nights

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Cloquet, announces two free concerts, July 29 and Aug. 5 at the college’s spectacular amphitheater featuring local bands Whiskey Trail July 29 and Rock-A-Billy Review Aug. 5. Open to the public, 7-9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, blankets or seat cushions. Held rain or shine.

Friday, July 30

Lakeside Concert Series

The Lakeside Concert Series in Hackensack welcomes New Riverside Ramblers to Hackensack City Park for a free musical performance, 5-7 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets, or arrive by boat and drop anchor offshore. Picnicking or take-out from local restaurants are highly encouraged. The Lakeside Concert Series runs through Labor Day weekend and is presented by the Northwoods Arts Council. It is made possible by grants from the Five Wings Arts Council and Sourcewell, plus donations from the Hackensack Lions, Itasca-Mantrap Co-op and the HLACF. (Free-will donations gratefully accepted.)

Saturday, July 31

Women of Hope Garden Tour

Women of Hope Lutheran Church, Walker, will host a local garden tour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This fund-raiser replaces “Christmas in July.” Eight beautiful Walker gardens will be featured. Come to the church to pick up a copy of garden locations with directions. Also a plant sale and sign up for door prizes from local greenhouses. Then you are free to tour the gardens at your leisure. Proceeds from the tour and plant sale will got to support the Akeley Regional community Center Women’s Shelter. In the event of rain, the tour will be cancelled.

Music Under the Pines

A Music Under the Pines concert will be held at 7 p.m. at Lake Bemidji State  Park, featuring The Lost River Band and sponsored by the North Country Snowmobile Club. In case of rain, performance will be in the Visitor Center.

Birch Lake Assoc. mtg.

The Birch Lake Association will meet at the Lakeside Pavilion, 5 p.m. happy hour, 5:30-6 p.m. meeting. From 5-6 there will be a “Get the Lead Out” tackle exchange. Turn in a few ounces of lead tackle and get some lead-free samples, a 4X6 inch look photo and some BLA bling. Bring your own food, drink and lawn chairs.

Sunday, August 1

Brainerd Ski Loons

The Brainerd Ski Loons will perform a free water ski show at Lum Park in Brainerd, 5 p.m., featuring human ski pyramids, ski jumpers and skiers pulled 360 degrees around the boat. Fun for the whole family; concessions available. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.

Hack Lions breakfast

The Hackensack Lions will serve their monthly pancake breakfast today, 8-11 a.m., at the Hackensack Community Building, one block east of Hwy. 371 on Lake Avenue. Buttermilk pancakes, sausage, coffee, water or juice, and condiment. Donations go to the Hackensack Dog Park.

Wednesday, August 4

Chicken dinner at Trinity

The annual chicken dinner fundraiser is back at Trinity Lutheran Church, Laporte, 5-7 p.m. No reservations needed; proceeds go to local and worldwide charities.

Thursday, August 5

PEO Chapter CY

PEO Chapter CY meets at Tianna Country Club, Walker. Meeting at 5:30 p.m., summer social at 6 p.m., hosted by the social committee.

Hot Summer Nights concerts

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Cloquet, announces two free concerts, July 29 and Aug. 5 at the college’s spectacular amphitheater featuring local bands Whiskey Trail July 29 and Rock-A-Billy Review Aug. 5. Open to the public, 7-9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, blankets or seat cushions. Held rain or shine.

Friday, August 6

Lakeside Concert Series

The Lakeside Concert Series in Hackensack welcomes Dick Kimmel and Kelly Coyle to Hackensack City Park for a free musical performance, 5-7 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets, or arrive by boat and drop anchor offshore. Picnicking or take-out from local restaurants are highly encouraged. The Lakeside Concert Series runs through Labor Day weekend and is presented by the Northwoods Arts Council. It is made possible by grants from the Five Wings Arts Council and Sourcewell, plus donations from the Hackensack Lions, Itasca-Mantrap Co-op and the HLACF. (Free-will donations gratefully accepted.)

Wednesday, August 11

Free Wednesday at the Museum

Today’s Free Wednesday (free admission) at the Cass County Museum is sponsored by Portage Brewery and Walker Eye Clinic.

Friday, August 13

Free Friday at Museum

Today’s Free Friday (free admission) at the Cass County Museum is sponsored by Frizzell Furniture Gallery and Hoss’ Liquor.

Saturday, August 14

Northwoods Art, Book Fest

Enjoy the 26th annual Art and Book Festival, Third St. and Lake Ave., Hackensack, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. With over 60 participating artists and more than 30 authors, this festival has something for everyone. Also children’s art tent, vision testing booth, and food, beverages, and craft beer from Hackensack’s own Rendezvous Brewing. This is the longest-running art and book festival in Minnesota. Presented by the Northwoods Arts Council.

Battle of the Bands, 5K

Foothills Christian Academy, Backus, will hold a Battle of the Bands Fundraiser and 5K Family Fun Run. For details call 947-3206.

Sunday, Aug. 15

Brainerd Ski Loons

The Brainerd Ski Loons will perform a free water ski show at Lum Park in Brainerd, 5 p.m., featuring human ski pyramids, ski jumpers and skiers pulled 360 degrees around the boat. Fun for the whole family; concessions available. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.

Wednesday, August 18

Brainerd Ski Loons

The Brainerd Ski Loons will perform a free water ski show at Lum Park in Brainerd, 6:30 p.m. p.m., featuring human ski pyramids, ski jumpers and skiers pulled 360 degrees around the boat. Fun for the whole family; concessions available. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.

Free Wednesday at Museum

Today’s Free Wednesday (free admission) at the Cass County Museum is sponsored by Anchored In and Laura Hansen, attorney.

Friday, August 20

Lakeside Concert Series

The Lakeside Concert Series in Hackensack welcomes Daybreak to Hackensack City Park for a free musical performance, 5-7 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets, or arrive by boat and drop anchor offshore. Picnicking or take-out from local restaurants are highly encouraged. The Lakeside Concert Series runs through Labor Day weekend and is presented by the Northwoods Arts Council. It is made possible by grants from the Five Wings Arts Council and Sourcewell, plus donations from the Hackensack Lions, Itasca-Mantrap Co-op and the HLACF. (Free-will donations gratefully accepted.)

Free Friday at Museum

Today’s Free Friday (free admission) at the Cass County Museum is sponsored by Loney Sales and Service, and D. W. Jones.

Saturday, August 21

Real Vikings. No horns.

The Crow Wing Viking Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds, presented by the Sons of Norway. Authentic Viking age costumes, weapons, crafts, music, games. An affordable family event with special activities for the kids. On-site food, free parking.

Wednesday, August 25

Free Wednesday at Museum

Today’s Free Wednesday (free admission) at the Cass County Museum is sponsored by Heritage and Hardee’s.

Friday, August 27

Lakeside Concert Series

The Lakeside Concert Series in Hackensack welcomes The Occasionals to Hackensack City Park for a free musical performance, 5-7 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets, or arrive by boat and drop anchor offshore. Picnicking or take-out from local restaurants are highly encouraged. The Lakeside Concert Series runs through Labor Day weekend and is presented by the Northwoods Arts Council. It is made possible by grants from the Five Wings Arts Council and Sourcewell, plus donations from the Hackensack Lions, Itasca-Mantrap Co-op and the HLACF. (Free-will donations gratefully accepted.)

Free Friday at Museum

Today’s Free Friday (free admission) at the Cass County Museum is sponsored by Art and Antique Mall of Walker and Heritage Custom Framing.

Wednesday, Sept. 1

Free Wednesday at Museum

Today’s Free Wednesday (free admission) at the Cass County Museum is sponsored by the Boulders and May Creek Senior Living Campus.

Friday, Sept. 3

Free Friday at Museum

Today’s Free Friday (free admission) at the Cass County Museum is sponsored by Mustang Sally’s and Kabekona Lake Foundation.

Saturday, Sept. 4

Lakeside Concert Series

The Lakeside Concert Series in Hackensack welcomes Rockin’ Hill to Hackensack City Park for a free Labor Day weekend musical performance (the last of the season), 1-3 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets, or arrive by boat and drop anchor offshore. Picnicking or take-out from local restaurants are highly encouraged. The Lakeside Concert Series runs through Labor Day weekend and is presented by the Northwoods Arts Council. It is made possible by grants from the Five Wings Arts Council and Sourcewell, plus donations from the Hackensack Lions, Itasca-Mantrap Co-op and the HLACF. (Free-will donations gratefully accepted.)

Sunday, Sept. 5

Hack Lions breakfast

The Hackensack Lions will serve their monthly pancake breakfasts, starting the first Sunday of each month, May-Oct., 8-11 a.m., at the Hackensack Community Building, one block east of Hwy. 371 on Lake Avenue. COVID guidelines will be followed. Free-will donations go to local causes.

Sunday, Oct. 3

Hack Lions breakfast

The Hackensack Lions will serve their monthly pancake breakfasts, starting the first Sunday of each month, May-Oct., 8-11 a.m., at the Hackensack Community Building, one block east of Hwy. 371 on Lake Avenue. COVID guidelines will be followed. Free-will donations go to local causes.

Sunday, Sept. 5

Hack Lions breakfast

The Hackensack Lions will serve their monthly pancake breakfasts, starting the first Sunday of each month, May-Oct., 8-11 a.m., at the Hackensack Community Building, one block east of Hwy. 371 on Lake Avenue. COVID guidelines will be followed. Free-will donations go to local causes.

Sunday, Oct. 3

Hack Lions breakfast

The Hackensack Lions will serve their monthly pancake breakfasts, starting the first Sunday of each month, May-Oct., 8-11 a.m., at the Hackensack Community Building, one block east of Hwy. 371 on Lake Avenue. COVID guidelines will be followed. Free-will donations go to local causes.

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