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Weekly and Monthly Events

Brain Injury Support Group
On the last Wednesday of each month there is a Brain Injury Support Group meeting from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at The Lighthouse. The address is 704 Norwood Street in Brainerd, MN. The purpose of these meetings is to share stories of living with a brain injury. They are for persons with a brain injury, their families, friends, and are open for all to attend. We provide coffee and cookies and there are no costs for persons who attend. No appointments necessary to attend and  persons with questions may call Meridith at 218-829-4492 or Russ at 218-763-3760.
MN Lyme Asso. Brainerd Lakes Chapter
The Minnesota Lyme Association Brainerd Lakes Chapter is operating a year round fundraiser to support it’s efforts in the fight against and the treatment of Lyme Disease.
Come and be a part of this effort at Papa’s Treasures of Hope, a Women’s Boutique and Thrift Shop located a 1/2 mile north of Pequot Lakes on Hwy 371.
Address is 4176 Langenbou Rd. Pequot Lakes. Hours Open are 10-4 Wed. to Sat. Volunteers always welcome.
Lyme support meetings are held every second Thursday of the month, 1:00 pm at Papa’s Treasures of Hope.

Lyme Disease Support Group
Monthly Lyme Disease Support Group meeting are the 2nd Thursdays of the month at 6 pm at the Trailside Center in Pequot Lakes. Everyone is welcome and the meetings are free.

May is Lyme Disease awareness month. We will have a garden flag available to buy for showing support for the life changing disease of Lyme. Contact Judy at 218 543-4945 for more information.
Tuesdays: Circle of Parents free community based support groups for parents and their children
Circle of Parents is a parent support group that is open to all families in the Pequot Lakes area. Based on the statewide Circle of Parent program model the local program is free and open to all families. The Pequot Lakes Circle of Parents group meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Trailside Center. Free childcare is available.

During the once a week meetings, parents come together to exchange insights into common parenting challenges. The program is free, confidential, nonjudgmental and designed to promote positive parenting skills. To find out more about the Pequot Lakes Circle of Parent group, call Joan at (218) 821-6429. The philosophy behind Circle of Parents is sharing ideas, sharing support. Parents in the lakes area do not have to feel alone with their parenting concerns, please call or drop in for the weekly discussion.
Bereavement/Family Support Group
The Bereavement / Family Support Group will meet the third Thursday of each month, at 4 pm, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Crosslake. For more information, please call Donna Keiffer 218-821-1158.
Outing Volunteer Library
Monday 10 am - 2 pm
Tuesday 1 pm - 4 pm
Wednesday 3-5 pm
Thursday 1-5 pm
Friday 9 am - 1 pm
Saturday 10 am - 1 pm
Crosslake Bereavement Group
Crosslake Evangelical Free Church “Log Church” Monday’s at 6:30 p.m. Meet in the church, use the back entrance. This is a local support group for those who have lost a loved one. Contact Jean Young 218-692-1854 if you have questions.
Pequot Lakes - Breezy Point Lions
The Pequot Lakes - Breezy Point Lions Club meets the second Monday of the month at the Pelican Lakes Conservation Club at 5:30 pm. All visitors welcome. For more information call 218-838-8002 or visit plbplionsclub. com or send an email to
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: Adult Exercise Program - Emily
FREE low-impact exercise program for men and women at the new City Hall in Emily on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9AM-10AM. (Note: Must sign waiver for City of Emily for use of city facility.)
Emily Food Shelf
The Emily Area Food Shelf regular hours are on the third Wednesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The additional day, will be the following Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for those who are unable to pick-up at the regular time. For more information contact Nancy Moritz, 218 763-3097.
Cuyuna Iron Range Riders
We are a family style ATV club located in the Crosby /Ironton area. We are dedicated to responsible riding for all ages, youth safety training and trail ambassadorship. We plan activities centered around riding in Minnesota’s great outdoors.

The Cuyuna Iron Range Riders club has been activity in the Cuyuna Range community since 2004. We volunteer our time to host youth safety training and trail ambassadorship. We are actively pursuing grant in aid trails in Crow Wing County. The club offers memberships to anyone interested in trail riding and exploring nature. For more information, go online to or contact club President Russ Heittola at 825-0441 or email and visit us on Facebook. Join the fun and camaraderie-become a member today!
Local Area AA groups
The Emily-Outing AA group meets in Emily each Sunday at the Emily Wesleyan Church 40141 Hwy 6 in Emily. Meeting time is at 4 pm. Call Rich at 218 792-5881 for more information.

The Crosslake AA and Alonon meet every Monday at 7 pm at the Crosslake Lutheran Church, information call 692-4113

The Crosslake AA also meets Tuesday night at 7 pm at the Crosslake Presbyterian Church, information call 692-1845.

Officers are Justina Richter, President; Margie Young, Vice President; Sandi Day, Secretary; and Larry Embertson, Treasurer. Support group meetings are held the first Monday of every month at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Justina at 218- 963-7421, or Margie at 218-829-3509.

Cass County Triad
Cass County Triad is a community- based partnership between senior citizens and law enforcement. The goal of Triad is to reduce criminal victimization of the elderly and to enhance communications between senior citizens and law enforcement. If you are interested in learning more about Triad, please call Pauline with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office at 218-547-7308.

Triad meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Hackensack Senior Center. Lunch is available at noon with the meeting at 1 p.m. All are welcome!
Brainerd Lakes Limbs & Things support group for Amputees
Brainerd Lakes Limbs & Things is a support group being organized by Tim and Mindy Speldrich working with Amputees and local professionals to help Amputees over limb loss and family questions and struggles.

“We have been inspired by the number of people who have spoken to us since sharing our journey with the community in recent articles,” said Tim Speldrich, a below the knee (BK) amputee for 20 years and an above the knee (AK) amputee for more than 9 years. “Mindy and I have been married for 20 years and have supported one another through all things.”

Amputees and families are welcome to come to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center at 6:30 p.m. on the 1st Monday of every month in the Kerst Meeting Room located in the lower level.

For more information contact Tim at or (218) 838-8431; or Mindy at or (218) 839-1488.
Narrows Community Church Clothes Closet
The Clothes Closet at the Narrows Community Church in Outing in open from 8 am to 12 noon on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. The church is located at 6297 Wood Bay Drive in Outing. For more information call 218-792-5530.

Brainerd Gamblers Anonymous Monday Night Meetings
Gamblers Anonymous meetings in Brainerd at 7 pm on Monday nights at the St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 408 N. 7th Street, Brainerd. Contact person is Sheila at 218 820-5903.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: City of Emily Yoga Classes

Introductory yoga classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Emily City Hall gym.
Mondays - Wednesdays: Crosslake Tennis
The Crosslake Parks Department is seeking tennis players. Come join our program and play on the nicest courts in the Brainerd Lakes Area. We offer mixed doubles on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9-11. Wednesdays from 9-11 is our women only session. If you like tennis and would like to see expanded tennis offerings please let us know.

Stop by the Community Center to register or call us with suggestions 692-4271.
Tennis in Emily
If you are interested in joining the Emily tennis group, call Milt at 218-792-5786 or Mary Jo at 218-763-2648 for more information, or just show up on any Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday morning at 9 AM for mixed doubles; great tennis fun and exercise. We have a great group of players! The courts are located on County Road 1 just west of Highway 6 in Emily.
Tuesdays: Wanted: a Few Good Readers for the Crosslake Literary Huddle
The Crosslake Literary Huddle is a read-aloud discussion group that focuses exclusively on selections from the great literature of the world, from Shakespeare to Dickinson to Camus. The Huddle provides an opportunity to learn and enjoy literature in a relaxed, supportive group of interested readers. We meet every Tuesday morning from 9 –11 at the Crosslake Presbyterian Church, 14444 Daggett Pine Road. When finished, we always lunch at a local restaurant. Other than buying a book now and then, there is no cost to participate. If you  love literature and the stimulation that comes from reading and discussing it with others, please join us. For additional information call Joe Albrecht at 218 562-5073.

Crosslake Clothes Closet Announces Summer Hours
Crosslake: the Clothes Closet at 37560 Ox Lake Landing announces its summer hours as the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The closet will not be open Tuesday mornings during the summer months of June, July or August. The Closet offers clothing and shoes for men, women and children, some small appliances, kitchen items, knick-knacks, etc at no charge! Donations are accepted during business hours. For information please call Dodo Fraser at 218-692-4056 or Arlyn Carlson at 218-543-6509.
New Volunteer Program at CRMC
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center has initiated a new volunteer program at its medical campus in Crosby and is seeking volunteers to help patients, visitors and staff by providing excellent customer service.

Positions are available in the Cancer Center, Care Center, Dietary, Emergency Department, Gift Shop, Reception, Laboratory, Marketing, Nursing Units, Resident Dining Room, and Wellness departments. Duties include clerical work, greeting guests, walking patients to destinations, delivering flowers, returning wheelchairs, and assisting with special projects and events.

Availability of positions is usually greatest during weekday, daytime hours. Volunteers must be 18 years or older, flexible and willing to do a variety of tasks. Benefits of becoming a CRMC volunteer include tremendous self-satisfaction from helping others, social interaction  and the opportunity to make new friends, and seeing first-hand what various professions are really like.

For more information, please call 218-545-4447.

Heartland Hospice Volunteer Training
Heartland Hospice is looking for caring and dedicated people with an interest in serving terminally ill patients and their families in the Northern Brainerd Lakes area and the outlying communities.

If you enjoy playing a musical instrument, sing or have a loveable dog you would like to register, please call Keshia Kettler-Herrmann at Heartland Hospice at 218-829-1252 for further information.

Volunteer classes are available to fit each person’s schedule.

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July Events

July 27-30: Grace United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School
Grace United Methodist Church of Pequot Lakes will hold Vacation Bible School July 27- 30th. Children will be enjoying a space theme. They will build and launch rockets, drive lunar rovers over an obstacle course, and get a visit from a drone. The program is for children of all ages, but parents with preschool children are encouraged to stay and assist them.  Registration begins on Monday, July 27th at the church at 4:45. The program is 5-7:30 pm daily. Dinner will be served each night at 6:00pm. Children are encouraged to wear space or alien costumes.

Grace UMC is located 2 miles south of Pequot Lakes on Highway 371. Email questions or preregister at

July 31: Jumpin’ Jehosafats concert to benefit Emily Food Shelf
Emily United Methodist Church will present the Jumpin’ Jehosafats on Friday, July 31, at 7:00 p.m., in the Emily city park. This will be the jazz and gospel group’s final stop on their 2015 tour of northern Minnesota. The public is invited and encouraged to contribute to the Emily Food Shelf.

The Jumpin’ Jehosafats have been together since 1985 and have played over seven hundred benefit concerts in the Midwest and Caribbean. All proceeds beyond expenses are given to charitable causes. To date, they have helped raise close to $500,000 for United Methodist related ministries such as Operation Classroom, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), and many other ecumenical causes such as Habitat for Humanity and disaster relief.

Their music is equal parts Traditional Jazz and Gospel. They have played in churches, prisons, nursing homes, homeless shelters, riverboats, the Minnesota State Fair, and hilltop Jamaican villages. They have played in Haiti and have future trips planned to Africa and India. Every summer they take a “world tour” of northern Minnesota.

The band philosophy can be summed up in the words of one of their leaders when he says, “I believe God wants us to have fun. We’re designed to laugh and sing and dance. That’s one of the ways God lifts our spirits. It’s a way of remembering that the world is not on our shoulders, but that God is in charge.”

Don’t forget your chair or blanket!

Questions? Call Judy at 218-566-2220.
July 30/Aug. 1: Crosslake Library’s Annual Book Sale , 9am-4pm
The 16th annual Crosslake Area Library Book Sale is Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 30 through August 1. This sale is a very large sale of high quality books. The books are displayed on shelves and are well organized for easy selection. There is a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books plus tapes and disks. Come and buy those special books you have been looking for. Many wonderful books are donated to the library each week. Those books that are duplicates or those we can’t use in the library, we sell at the annual book sale. You can find many great books at great prices among the nearly 10,000 books we will have for sale.

The sale will be inside the air conditioned Crosslake Community Center. All money raised will be used to support the library.

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August Events

August: 2015 Lakes Area Music Festival offers free educational opportunities
School’s out, but the learning has just begun at the Lakes Area Music Festival (LAMF). People of any age or any experience level can find an activity in the coming weeks to experience music and the arts in a new way through the following free opportunities.

• Master Classes: Budding instrumental and vocal musicians will be given amazing opportunities this summer to work one-on-one with the principal guest artists of the LAMF. On August 1, 8 and 15, 10 a.m. to noon - the public will have the opportunity to see what kind of work goes into a world-class musical performance, as young musicians from the Lakes Area are coached by members of the Minnesota Orchestra and international soloists from the Festival’s roster. These classes are free of charge for both participants and attendees.

• Side-by-Side: August 10, the LAMF will offer high school students a chance to play orchestral repertoire side-by-side with artists from the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and more. Registration is free of charge at .

• Music Appreciation Discussions: For adults and kids alike, the LAMF will offer many opportunities to engage with the pieces being performed during the season. At 6 p.m., before each of the Festival’s evening performances (July 29 and August 2, 5, 12 and 15), a guest lecturer will speak about the repertoire in musical and historical contexts. On August 8 at 2 pm, and August 9 at 6 pm, MPR’s Steve Staruch will join stage director, Leah Arrington, for a discussion about this year’s opera production, Puccini’s La Bohème. All lectures will be held at Tornstrom Auditorium.

• Open Rehearsals: LAMF invites all area residents and visitors to witness, first-hand, the hard work that goes into each performance. The doors to Tornstrom Auditorium will be open for the first rehearsal of each concert this summer, providing a glimpse at how musicians work from the initial read-through toward the final product. Each open rehearsal, which will be guided by a featured musician, begins at 1 pm: Monday, July 27: Gypsy Airs, with violinist Chloe Fedor; Friday, July 31: Symphonic Magic, with pianist and magician Igor Lipinski; Monday, August 3: Idyllic Settings (to be held in the music wing at CLC); Thursday, August 6: La Bohème, with soprano Amanda Kingston; Monday, August 10: Musical Translations, with violist Samantha Rodriguez; Thursday, August 13: Death and Transfiguration, with percussionist Kevin Watkins.

The LAMF is an annual summer series attracting some of the country’s leading orchestral and vocal performers. It will take place July 26 - August 16 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd and are free of charge. Approximately 120 instrumentalists and vocalists will again be in the Lakes Area as guest artists. For more information visit .
August 1: Kayak at the Crosslake Campgrounds
Presented by Crosslake Park & Recreation and Wind, Water & Wheels.

Location: Beach at US Army Corp Campground in Crosslake
Dates: Sat. – August 1st, 15th, 29th and September 12th
Time: 10:30 am
Cost: Free!
Register: To Sign up call: 651-290-5793

August 1: Emily Food Shelf Open House

The Emily Food Shelf, serving the communities of Emily, Outing, Fifty Lakes and Fairfield, invites you to an Open House in our new facility on August 1 from 1-5pm. We are located at 20948 County Road 1 in Emily, MN.

We would like to say Thank You for the great support we have received.

August 1: Bridges of Hope’s “Run for Hope” – Go for the GLOW

Bridges of Hope, a Lakes Area nonprofit, is announcing their 3rd Annual Run for Hope this Summer: “Go for the GLOW!” The 5k glow run will take place at the Northland Arboretum on Saturday, August 1st at 8:30 p.m. Music and pre-race activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a kids’ 1K at 7:30. The evening will be conclude with music & awards at 9:15.

Registration for the Run for Hope is now open at: Participants can register to run or walk in the 5k for an early bird rate of just $30 before July 1 or for $35 after that deadline. Registration for the 5K includes race participation, t-shirt, and a commemorative race bib.

Prizes will be awarded to top finishers in each age group and to individuals and teams with the “Best Glow;” those with the most creative glow attire.

Children 12 and under who wish to participate in the 1K fun run can register for just $10 which includes a t-shirt.

Jana Shogren, Bridges of Hope’s Executive Director, shares, “We were amazed at the turnout last year! We are excited to be working with Karma Race Management this year. They designed a new, improved race course for us and are timing the event.”

Sponsors for the event include Anderson Insurance Agency, Faster Solutions, Good Samaritan Society, Insty Prints, Lakewood Health System, Minneapolis Heart Institute, Nystrom & Associates,  td, Park Avenue School of Cosmetology, Thrivent Financial, and Weichert REALTORS/Tower Properties. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Jana at 218-825-7682.

All proceeds from the event benefit those served through Bridges of Hope’s programs. More than 2,400 households in Crow Wing County & surrounding communities benefited from these services in 2014. Bridges of Hope is a faith-based nonprofit organization and has been serving the Lakes Area for 13 years.

August 1: Clamshell & Bertha Lakes Association Annual Meeting and Brunch
CBLA’S Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 1 in the Ideal Town Hall not the Ideal Picnic Shelter as in the past.

Gather at 9:30 a.m.
Brunch served at 10:00 a.m.
Speaker at 10:45 a.m.

The CBLA Board is changing the gathering from a picnic to brunch. Egg dishes (casseroles), fruit, pastries and coffee will be served. No food items are being requested from CBLA members. All foods are provided by board members.

Our speaker in 2015 will be local DNR Conservation Officer, Patrick McGowan, who will address current Whitefish Chain issues. There will be a short Q and A time following his presentation.

If you are not a member of CBLA, we invite you to join at the brunch. Membership is $20 per family and it supports CBLA’s commitment to fostering the long term health of our lakes and lands for the good of future generations. Keeping you well informed of lake activities is one of our goals.

RSVP will be appreciated by calling Jean at 218-543-4771 or Tom at 612-369-1881. You can also respond by e-mail as follows: Jean - or Tom - Please join us on Saturday, August 1, 2015, for brunch. We hope this new format will be to your liking.
Aug. 1: 34th Annual Crosslake Dam Run, 5K & 10K, 8am

Aug. 2: 11th Annual Battle of the Bars Golf Tourney, Emily Greens

August 4: Outing Seniors
The Outing Seniors Club will meet on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 1:30 PM in the Crooked Lake Township Hall in Outing, MN. A routine business meeting will include a review of the arrangements for the annual Bazaar on September 5, 2015, to which all citizens are invited to partake of senior bake goods, plants and some homemade crafts. A report on raffle tickets for a queen size quilt (made by a Club member) a $150 gift card at Target, a $100 gift card at Emily Meats and other raffle prizes from area businesses will be given. Ice Cream Sundays will be served after a presentation on wild mushrooms.

Membership in the Outing Seniors Club is open to all seniors 55 and older. For more information contact Club President Grace Werner at 218-792-5500.

August 5: WAPOA to host Pipeline Information Meeting Regarding the Enbridge Sandpiper and More Pipelines
You likely have heard of the Sandpiper Pipeline. Have you heard about Line 3, Line 67 and other proposed pipelines?

The Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) has invited Richard Smith, President of Friends of the Headwaters (FOH), a local environmental group based in Park Rapids, to inform lake associations and groups, private property owners, and local governments about the impacts of pipelines – Sandpiper, Line 3, Line 67 and more - proposed to go through our lake country in northern Crow Wing, Aitkin, Cass and Hubbard Counties. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 5 at 2:00PM at the Fifty Lakes Foundation Building (one block north of the intersection of County Rd 1 and County Rd 3) in Fifty Lakes.

WAPOA is taking this opportunity again as we did last summer to coordinate and encourage lake associations, private property owners, and local governments in our area and along the proposed Enbridge route to hear the latest news about the pending proposals for routing the Enbridge Sandpiper, Line 3, Line 67 and more pipelines through this area. It is our understanding that the petroleum raw material being proposed for pipeline transport through our area will not be directly available to US residents and thus will not make us less dependent on foreign sources.

WAPOA is not opposed to pipelines as a method of transporting crude oil and tar sands, although that proposition is questionable. WAPOA is opposed to routing pipelines through a region of Minnesota that has some of the finest quality waters in the Midwest and creates a threat to a local and regional economy. This economy, based largely on tourism and seasonal and recreational uses, driven by the high quality public waters in this area, is being threatened by a Canadian company (Enbridge) with a documented record of over 800 pipeline breaches in the past ten (10) years seeking State of Minnesota approval to route multiple pipelines through our area. At more than one breach per week including major oil pipeline breaks like the Kalamazoo River in Michigan, the multi-million dollar local economy that depends on quality public water is placed at risk. Enbridge has submitted applications to route and obtain a certificate of need for a replacement Line 3, in addition to the proposed Sandpiper pipeline, with an expanded Line 67 (Alberta Clipper) and more pipelines “in the works”.

To learn more about the FOH about Enbridge and the Sandpiper Pipeline, and about the alternate route proposal(s), please go to

County maps that show the pipeline route through your county are available on the WAPOA website at On these websites, you can view the proposed route for the Sandpiper Pipeline through all the northern Minnesota counties. If you know persons or lake groups that might be interested, please invite them. If you have questions about the meeting, please contact Ken Neihart, WAPOA Director of Outreach [] or Tom Watson, WAPOA President [].
Aug. 5-8: Crow Wing County Fair

August 6-8: Crosslake Art Club will hold the 31st annual Crosslake Art Show
The Crosslake Art Club will be holding its 31st annual art show "The Rhythm of Art" on August 6, 7 and 8th at the Crosslake Community Center from 10-5 daily. The show will feature the work of the club's 50+ members with original paintings, prints, jewelry, pottery and more. Admission is free and artist demonstrations are planned daily, along with free refreshments and hourly door prizes.

The Club will hold a mini-workshop for club members on July 20th from 10 to noon, with a business meeting to follow at 1 pm. At the workshop, Sherry Wagner will demonstrate using "Yupo" paper, with alcohol inks and watercolors. Members are asked to bring their regular watercolor supplies.
Aug. 8: Crosslake Fire Dept Car Show and Pig Roast

Aug. 8: Kids Fishing Derby, US Army Corp, Crosslake, 8:30m-1pm

Aug. 8: 8th Annual Chokecherry Festival, Pequot Lakes, 9am-4pm

Aug. 8: Dru Sjodin Purple Elephant Run/Walk, Pequot Lakes, 8am

Aug. 8: 5th Annual Cardboard Boat Races, Moonlite Bay, Crosslake

Aug. 8: Camp Knutson Quilt Auction; silent/live auction, 12 noon

Aug. 8: Paddle in the Park; Kayaking at Crosslake Park & Rec., 10am

Aug. 9: Crosslake Artisan’s Fair, Historic Log Village, 10am-4pm

Aug. 9: Dru Sjodin Classic Golf Tourney, Whitefish GC, 12 noon

Aug. 9: Melanoma Open Golf Tourney, Breezy Point, 8am & 1pm

August 9: FASD Caregiver Support Group and Family Picnic
For caregivers of individuals with a diagnosed or suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Meet with other caregivers (adults only please) for support, understanding, and networking. Meetings are 9:00 am the second Saturday of each month at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 8th Ave. NE, Brainerd.

For more information, please contact Sheila York at 218-820-5903 or

We are also having a FREE family picnic for families affected by an FASD on Sunday, August 9, 2015, 1:00 pm at the Pavilion in Oscar Kristofferson Park, 5672 Baxter Lions Road, Baxter MN

August 9: Exploring the meaning of peace, one story at a time: Crosslake Lutheran Church
Please join us for an evening at Crosslake Lutheran Church on Sunday, August 9th at 6:30 pm. Sharing Stories based on a book by John Noltner “a peace of my mind”, exploring the meaning of peace, one story at a time. Narrations have been selected from his book, which our MC, Ted Silva, will read. The topics of the stories are Faith journeys, Peace from conflict, Peace from serving others and Peace from within.

In between the stories, we will have music selections by local musicians.

There will be a free will offering and the monies raised will be divided equally between New Pathways Brainerd and Phebe Hospital in Africa.

There will be refreshments served afterwards in the fellowship hall.

August 10-13: Emily Wesleyan Church invites children to Vacation Bible School
All children, ages 4 years through those who have completed fifth grade, are welcome to come to our no-fee Vacation Bible School to be held August 10th-13th, Monday through Thursday, at Emily Wesleyan Church. Each evening we begin at 6:00 and finish at 8:30 pm. On the final evening, Thursday, the 13th, all family members and the community are invited to our program at 7:45.

Your kids will experience the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of a unique culture at “Thailand Trek” VBS where they will discover how much God loves the world. Thailand Trek is a whole new environment filled with incredible Bible-learning activities, cultural experiences, team-building games, unique treats, and cool faith-building songs. They will also participate in a hands-on missions project, through a program called Operation Kid-to-Kid, that will let the kids in our community show God’s love by providing kid-friendly New Testaments for children in Thailand.

To pre-register your child, please call 218-763-1499, or 763-516- 1502, or we invite you to bring your kids to our pre-registration party at Emily Wesleyan Church on Wednesday, July 29th, from 6:15 to 7:30. Although pre-registration is preferred, you may also register on the first night of VBS.
Aug. 12: Ideal Beef Feed, Ideal Corners Fire Hall, 4-8pm

Aug. 13: Annual Ice Cream Eating Contest, Lake Country Crafts & Cones Crosslake, 3pm

August 19: Crosslake Area Garden Club
Our club meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Crosslake Community Center. For more information contact Jayne at 218-763-1222.

August 19: "Growing Lilies" Presenter: Nancy Koch, Northwedge Nursery

September 16: "Moon Gardening" Presenter: Jennifer Knutson Garden Club Member Plant Exchange

August 23: Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association First Annual Golf Tournament
(PEQUOT LAKES, MN) – Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association invites you to its first annual golf tournament scheduled for Sunday, August 23 with a shotgun start at 1:00 pm. The golf tournament is hosted by Deacon’s Lodge in Breezy Point.

The event’s proceeds will be used to pay for a dehumidification system at the Hallett Community Center, which is one of the two arenas utilized by the association.

To register or sponsor the event, please go to and click on the Fundraising Golf Event link.

About Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association
The Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association works to promote a fun, fair, and safe environment that maximizes participation and improves players' skills while developing sportsmanship, teamwork and self-confidence.

The Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) volunteer-driven organization servicing 250 youth in the school districts and communities Aitkin, Crosby-Ironton, Crosslake, Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus.

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September Events

September 8: Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Do you help an older relative or friend? Caring for someone with a chronic illness can be stressful physically, emotionally, and financially. Who takes care of you when you are feeling stretched, taking care of others? Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself. Whether you provide care for a family member or friend, either in your home or at a distance, this FREE class is for you.

Classes consist of six, 1 1/2 hour sessions held weekly.

Dates: Tuesdays: Sept 8 , 15, 29 , Oct. 6 & 13 from 1:30-3pm.

Location: Good Samaritan Society, Riverside Senior Living Apartments, 2189 White Pine Point Rd SW, Pine River, MN

To register contact Cindy Scott, 218-282-6572 or e-mail or Mary
Smith 218 203-7312, email:

If you or your spouse are a veteran, please pre-register with Mary Smith at 218-203-7312. We will have Americorp Volunteers available to supervise calls received if needed. Please let us know prior to class.

Funded in part under contract with the Central Council on Aging, St. Cloud, as part of the Older Americans Act Program.

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