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Faith Events: Mr. History, Host Fest on horizon

As Calvary Lutheran celebrates this year's Hostfest, preparations are already underway for the 2018 celebration. On Tuesday, a long-arm, computer-directed quilting machine at Dawn's Quilt Shop in Alexandria stitches a flower pattern into the quilt for the 2018 Hostfest raffle. (Karen Tolkkinen | Echo Press)

Mr. History visits

"Mr. History" will visit Mount Carmel Camp and Conference Center at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. Also known as actor, speaker and editorial cartoonist and illustrator Steve Stark, Mr. History will present "An Illustrated History of the Red River Valley."

Dressed in historical costume, Stark tells stories from history while fast-drawing them in charcoal on rolls of mounted paper. A native Minnesotan who lives with his family in Fargo, Stark presents to 5,000 students a year in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Stark began his drawing presentations as a Sunday School teacher and the idea expanded to stories and drawings now seen by thousands in at least 27 states.

The presentation is open to the public and a free-will offering will be received. Mount Carmel is at 800 Mount Carmel Drive NE in Alexandria

Country Fair

First Lutheran Church in Kensington will hold a country fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16. Sponsored by Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, it will include lunch, crafts, produce, bake sale, Scandinavian dessert table, grab bags, a trash-to-treasure sale and a quilt raffle. Everyone is welcome.

Host Fest

The Calvary Lutheran Church Women will hold Host Fest, or a Scandinavian Fall Festival, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. The event includes a sale of traditional baked goods and treats, Scandinavian goodies and fresh soups. New this year will be home-made frozen pizzas. Other items for sale will be crafts, garden produce, a silent auction for gift baskets and a quilt drawing, The salad/meatball luncheon begins at 10:30 a.m.

Fall Festival

St. Ann's Catholic Church of Brandon will hold its fall festival starting with 10:30 a.m. mass on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 402 Nelson Ave. N. in Brandon. Lunch includes chicken and dressing, grilled pork chops and homemade pie and will run from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A raffle drawing is set for 2 p.m. The festival will offer children's games, a cake walk, farmers market and silent auction. The dining room is now air-conditioned and the church has a new elevator. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for children ages 5 and under.

Investigating Christianity

Alexandria Covenant Church is offering a course for those interested in investigating Christianity or Christians wishing to brush up on the basics or deepen their faith. Called The Alpha Course, it explores the meaning of life, the identity of Jesus, why Jesus died and reasons and method for reading the Bible.

The course will take place at 6 p.m. on Mondays beginning Sept. 18 at the church at 4005 Dakota Street and include a dinner, video series and small group discussion where any question is welcome. The course and weekly dinners are free, and childcare is available from infants to age 5. For more information, visit or call 320-763-5659.