HACKENSACK -- Deep Portage Conservation Reserve will offer a fall color hike from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $5 per person with discounts for children.
The reserve will offer hunters the chance to sight in rifles 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and 18 at the Deep Portage range. Hunters should bring rifle, ammo and eye/ear protection. Cost is $5 per person.
Call (218) 682-2325 to reserve a spot in these programs.
Nisswa celebrates fall with Fall Harvest Festival
NISSWA -- The Nisswa Chamber of Commerce celebrated the coming of the fall season this past weekend with the Fall Harvest Festival.
The festival included art and food vendors set up all around the chamber block with the finishing touches going to the Scarecrows on Parade in front of the chamber. Mike Hatrick won first place with his rendition of the scary fisherman.
There were horse 'n' buggy rides, music by the Cullen Cove String Band in the gazebo, as well as a haystack coin and toy find. Cindy Hard, Connie Wagner, Kayla Wagner and Gail Goble found the medallion after the fourth clue had been given.
Pine River-Backus Community Education offers classes
PINE RIVER -- Pine River-Backus Community Education is offering a variety of classes.
Openings still exist in the Vegetarian Delights cooking classes "Fall/Winter Foods & Dinners" on Thursday and "Fun, Gourmet World Foods" Oct. 2.
People interested in a hands-on learning experience can sign up for the "Solar Hot Water Heater Installation" series where participants will install a system and learn how it works. The class sessions are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 4, 11 and 25.
A "Simple Living Traveling Forum" that involves a field trip to Sebeka will occur 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to visit a homestead where the family is living completely "off grid" by generating their own energy source via solar energy. They also garden organically and have a walk-in buried refrigerator system.
Two sessions will focus on exploring how families can live more simply. "Affluenza" will run 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and "Escape from Affluenza" will be 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 17 where two documentary videos from a PBS presentation will take a look at overconsumption and materialism, and what people can do to change this in their lives. Discussion will follow each viewing.
More community education classes have openings, and a few courses are in danger of being canceled because of low enrollment. Visit the Pine River-Backus Community Education Web site at www.prbackus.k12.mn.us and click on "Community Education" to view current offerings.
Bulletins are available in the community at a variety of sites, including the Family Center and the Information Center in Pine River, and the Backus Corner Store in Backus.
For more information, contact Pine River-Backus Community Education at (218) 587-2080.
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