Weekly and Monthly Events
Over the Hills Gang
The Over the Hills Gang ATV club meets the first Saturday of the month at Granny's Bar on Hwy. 6 located between Outing and Emily at 10 a.m.
All club events, ride schedule and training events can be found on the club’s website at www.overthehillsgang.org
The club is always seeking new members that want to promote safe and fun riding in the area.
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 www.cuyunaironrangeriders.com or contact club President Russ Heittola at 825-0441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and visit us on Facebook.
Crosslake Food Shelf
The Crosslake Food Shelf is located at 34212 County Highway 3 in Crosslake, MN. We are open the first and third Fridays of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. When you come in for the first time, please bring a driver’s license and a current utility bill no more than one month old. If you have any questions or need emergency assistance, you may call: Doris Mezzenga: 218-692-1004 Fred Walch: 218-270-0646 Nancy Rudberg: 218-692-2309
Memory Loss Support Group
A memory loss support group for the caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s Disease will be held Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Heartwood Senior Living Community in Crosby.
The group’s facilitators are Karen Ford and Pam Wachholz who have been trained through the Alzheimer’s Association to lead memory loss support groups. Both women have loved ones in their lives with Alzheimer’s, a disease that attacks the brain. A session will also be held that day from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Home Instead in Brainerd.
The group is free and open to the public; no reservations are necessary. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. For more information, contact Tammy Jo Johnson at Heartwood, email@example.com or 218-545-8522.
Outing Volunteer Library Hours
Summer hours :
Mon. 10-2; Tues. 9-1
Wed. 3-5; Thurs. 1-5
Fri. 9-1; Sat. 10-1
Storytime begins May 27 at 10. Book Sale Sat., May 27 from 9- 4 and Sun., May 28 from 9-2 at the Crooked Lake Town Hall
Free exercise opportunities for adults offered at City of Emily
Monday, Wednesday, Friday at the City Gymnasium 9:00—9:45a.m., walk or exercise to old time music. This ongoing exercise program on CD allows you the flexibility to work at your own pace! Chairs are provided. Keep it low-impact, pick up your feet, or just walk indoors during our Minnesota-cold winter and wet spring.
LINE DANCE CLASS returns Sept 13th on Wednesdays from 10:00 to approx. 10:45 a.m. This ten-week session will explore beginner line dances to a variety of music as we dance our way through the decades from the roaring 20’s to present-day with plenty of country included. Classes are free. No hats or boots required –just a desire to have fun!
Mondays: Yoga for Life
Integrate mind & body for peace & tranquility. Emily City Hall Mondays 10:00 - 11:45 am. Lynne Marchese, instructor
‘Bone Builders’ exercise program in Outing
The Bone Builders strength-training program, promoted by RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), helps prevent and reverse osteoporosis, improves balance, enhances energy and well-being, increases socialization, and provides senior friendly health information.
Volunteer trainers lead Bone Builder sessions each Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. at the Outing/Crooked Lake Township Hall on Highway 6 in Outing.
There is no charge for the sessions –hand and leg weights are provided. The program, sponsored by Outing Seniors, serves seniors in Outing, Emily, and Fifty Lakes.
For information on how to get started, contact Jack Schuller 218-792-5256.
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.
An additional distribution day will now be added for fruits, vegetables,and bakery items ONLY; on the first Wednesday of the month from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
For more information please call the Emily Food Shelf at 763-3663.
Local area AA and Al-Anon
Crosslake AA and Al-Anon meet Monday at 7:00 p.m. at CrosslakeLutheran Church. Crosslake AA Open meets Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Crosslake Presbyterian Church. For info. AA call: 218-692-1845 or218-232-3558; Al-Anon call: 218-821-4621.
The Closet of Narrows Community Church offers gently loved clothing for men and women who are in need of a helping hand. There is no charge for the clothes and no restrictions apply. What you will find at The Closet, in addition to some lovely clothing selections, is a warm smile, some tasty treats and very friendly volunteers to assist you.
Effective May 1st, our shopping hours will change to 8A - noon the fourth Saturday of each month. If you have clean, repair-free clothes you want to donate, we’ll gladly accept them during this time as well or you can call JoAn at 320.857.0182 to make other arrangements.
Narrows Community Church is located in Outing at 6297 Woods Bay NE, across the street from the Crooked Lake Town Hall. Please look for the yellow directional signs we’ll place for you just north of the Hwy. 6 bridge. If you’d like more information about The Closet, please call the number listed above.
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.
Wednesdays: Care 'N Share meals in Emily
Come and join us on Wednesday's at the Care N Share Community Cafe for a delicious community meal, 5-6 pm. The Care ‘N Share Cafe is ocated in the fellowship hall in the Emily Wesleyan Church on Highway #6 in Emily, MN. Come, meet, share with your neighbors and community friends. This is a great way to make new friends and have a good meal. This is a community activity open to all. Please join us!
Caregiver Support Group in Crosslake
Caregiver Support Group meets the 1st Tuesday of the Month at10:30 am at Crosslake Lutheran Church. This will feature a facilitator trained through the Alzheimers Association andgeared toward families who have loved ones that experience memory loss. Open to the community and will include speakers on a variety of topics related to memory loss.
Crosslake Ideal Lions
The Crosslake Ideal Lions Club meets the 2nd Wed. of every month for the board meeting at Old Milwaukee Club. On the 3rd Wed. of every month at Maucieri’s for the General Meeting. For information about joining our club please call Connie at 218 839-1267.
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 Breezy Point, Crosslake, Outing and the outlying communities. Volunteers provide services such as friendly visiting, pet visits, musical enrichment, art enrichment, Veteran to Veteran visits and clerical services. Volunteer classes are available to fit each person’s schedule.
Please call Keshia Kettler-Herrmann at Heartland Hospice at 218 829-1252 for further information.
National Senior Service Corps
Make a difference in your community by joining the National Senior Service Corps.
Here are two opportunities to serve locally: Foster Grandparents tutor and mentor children in schools, head starts and shelters working 1:1 and in small groups with children in need of extra assistance.
Senior Companion volunteers are assigned to seniors they visit each week to keep them living independently: assisting them with grocery shopping, getting to medical appointments and helping them get out into the community.
Retirees (age 55+) receive a small tax-free stipend and mileage for serving 15-20 hours a week. For more information on how to volunteer and an application: call 218-839-6650 or email Marcia.Ferris@lssmn.org
The grants are funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Minnesota Board on Aging, with in-kind support from the agencies they serve at.
Faith in Action Volunteer Drivers Needed to Help Your Neighbors
Many people in rural Minnesota depend on friends or neighbors for rides to medical appointments, grocery shopping and errands. For some, this is the only way they can connect with community, especially during the winter months. At times, finding a driver can be difficult.
In this Season of Giving, consider giving of your time and yourself by becoming a volunteer with Faith in Action and providing rides to someone in your community. Faith in Action Volunteers can choose to drive once or twice a month or weekly as their time allows.
“Without your help I would not be able to live in this community. Each person that has helped me is terrific!” exclaimed Jeannette. And Fred from Pine River said, “Thanks for sending the driver to help me get groceries. I didn’t know how I would get it done. You are lifesavers!”
If you like spending time with people and can transport them to their appointments, shopping and errands, Faith in Action is the place for you to volunteer. Volunteers receive liability insurance coverage, coordination, recognition, mileage reimbursement, and the satisfaction of knowing they are making a difference. An application with background check and orientation session are required.
Faith in Action is currently seeking compassionate drivers in your area to help people like Jeannette and Fred to connect with community. Volunteer drivers give them the freedom to manage their health and well-being, and the freedom to remain in their homes for as long as possible. Your neighbors need you! For more information on Faith in Action services and volunteer opportunities, call 218-209-9608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tennis in Emily Monday, Wednesday & Friday
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 at 9 AM for mixed doubles; great tennis fun and exercise. The courts are located on County Road 1 just west of Highway 6 in Emily.
Crooked Lake Township Property Owners: Become a Road Ambassador
The Crooked Lake Township Emergency Management Planning Team is seeking property owners who would be available during storms or other emergencies as a point of receiving and providing information for your local neighbors. For more information please contact Keith Ahlquist 612-799-5787.Saving Hearts Suicide Support Group
A confidential and non-judgemental group for those who have been affected by suicide. The group meets at CRMC Ambulatory Room every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 pm.
For more information call or text Michelle Houck 218 251-7230 or Patty Fonda 218 851-6270
Saving Hearts is a committee of The Crisis Line and Referral Service. CRMC volunteers needed
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby is seeking volunteers to assistant patients in wheelchairs get to their destination. Volunteers are needed in four-hour shifts from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and must be able to walk long distances.
CRMC volunteers must be 18 years or older, flexible and be willing to provide excellent customer service. 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.
To submit an application, visit cuyunamed.org and under the About Us tab, select Volunteer. For more information, please call 218-545-4447.BUNCO Card Group in Crosslake
Mondays at 1 pm at the Crosslake Community Center. Beginners welcome, $1 fee. Call Jena for more information: 763-441-6417Crosslake Citizens urged to participate in Comprehenive Plan Update Survey
The City of Crosslake is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan, the documents that the current and future City Councils use to help guide their policy making decisions. The Steering Committee working on the update is interested in your opinion on several key issues. Please go to the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MZX8X32
to let the City know how you feel on these issues.Crosslake Area Library Preschool Story Time
The Crosslake Area Library will have a Preschool Story Time with Mr. Tom on Thursday Mornings at 10:15 a.m. (except for school breaks and holidays.)
Please call 218 692-7323 for more informationLaw Enforcement Scholarship Program
Sheriff Tom Burch of Cass County announced the commencement of the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2017. Sheriff Burch proudly announced that the MSA Board of Directors has established a scholarship fund for the awarding of up to 15- $600 scholarships for this year. These scholarships are due to the coordinated efforts of the 87 Sheriffs of the State of Minnesota.
The Members of MSA gives special recognition to the financial needs of students attending the peace officer skills course, or one of the two or four year law enforcement degree colleges. “The Board of Directors feel peace officers in our democratic society have complex duties to perform” said Sheriff Burch. MSA recognizes the importance of pre-entry training for people considering law enforcement as their career choice. MSA recognizes some students need outside help in meeting the costs of such training, even though they excel academically.
The Scholarship Committee, in making its selection of awards, intends on achieving representation from all geographical areas of the state. Scholarship awards will be announced by December 30th of the same year. Application forms and a statement of procedures are available at the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Scholarships are only available to students currently enrolled in one of the following three categories:
1. Mandated POST Skills Program
2. In their second year of a two year law enforcement program.
3. In their third or fourth year of a four year college criminal justice program.
In order to qualify, students must have completed at least one year of the two year program or two years of a four year program. Students meeting these criteria are invited to obtain a scholarship application form from their local sheriff’s office or online at www.mnsheriffs.org
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October EventsOctober 17: Screen Porch Productions Introduces New Story Gathering/Writing Project: “Our Lives as Art: Celebrating Our Collective Stories & History”
Everyone has a story to tell about how they came to live in this place we call home. Whether we were born here or found our way here later in life, the questions are the same: What roots us to this place? Where does our sense of this particular place come from? How do our personal memories fit into the collective history of this area?
You are invited to participate in a project that honors the individuals’ story and be part of creating a collection of stories that will be recorded-- a testament to our lives and the place we all live; personal stories woven together to tell the bigger story of who we are as a community, where we’ve been and where we might want to go, stories of history of place, family history, and personal memories.
We begin with a writing workshop that provides the framework, inspiration and guidance as you uncover and write down your stories. This will take place on three consecutive Tuesdays, October 17, 24, and 31 at 1:30 -3:30 PM at Crooked Lake Town Hall in Outing. The next three sessions will take place November 14, 21, and 28, from 1:30-3:30 PM. There is no cost to participate, please register for one or both months by calling (218) 792-5779.
This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
October 18: Crosslake Area Garden Club
The Crosslake Garden Club meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Crosslake Community Center. New members welcome. For more information contact Jayne at 218 763-1222 or visit our website at: https://crosslakegarden.wordpress.com/
October 18: "Bees", presented by Mann Lake
November 15: 11:00 Board of Directors' Meeting at Crosslake Community Center (Please bring your own lunch)
November 15: 1:00 "Holiday Pizzazz: Using Plants in Holiday Decor", presented by Joann Weaver
December 13: Noon our "Holiday Pot Luck" and gift exchange (optional) at the Crosslake Community Center
October 18: Eagles Nest Church Women’s Ministry Community Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction
The Eagles Nest Church in Breezy Point will host a Community Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction Oct. 18th from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Ticket prices are ages 13 yrs. and up $9.00 ages 6 to 12 yrs. $5.00 and under 5 yrs. is FREE. Funds raised will go to our Women's Ministry to help with our outreach to assist women in our community.
Tania Melby Women's Ministry Director shares how this ministry was birthed out of her own brokenness and the many similar stories and cries for help of women in her church and our community: “I was one of those women needing so desperately a place to heal. I had found that it was hard to find a place that fit my desperate need for help. Most programs focus on treatment not transformation.”
Through our ministry we offer a safe refuge for broken women to come just as they are, to be loved, valued, hearts healed and made whole through the touch of Jesus. We help women deal with the deep pain of all kinds of life issues getting to the root of the problem instead of putting a band aid on it.
If your hurting going through abuse, divorce, chronic illness, depression, death of a loved one, single mom, what ever your struggle please don't go through it alone. God sees your pain and we are here to walk with you through your journey to find hope, freedom and transformation. Eagles Nest Church is located at 6714 County Rd. 11 Breezy Point The public is invited for a delicious meal and a heart of giving hope and redefining the future of countless women and their children and generations to come.
October 19: Crosslake Community Center to host “Music of the Mississippi” with Everett Smithson Band
The public is invited to attend the ‘Music of the Mississippi’ with the Everett Smithson Band. They will be performing a free concert at the Crosslake Community Center on Thursday, October 19th at 1:30 pm.
The band consists of Phil Schmid on Guitar, Jeremy Johnson on Drums and the ubiquitous Bill Black on Standup Bass along with Everett and Kathy Smithson.
After the concert be sure to stick around for a free, all-ages, harmonica lesson given by Everett Smithson himself and sponsored by the Minnesota Blues Society.
This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage. For the complete schedule of Legacy funded events at Kitchigami Libraries, visit the Kitchigami Regional Library website: www.krls.org and click on Legacy Events.
October 19: Care Center fund-raiser
The public is invited to Cuyuna Regional Medical Center's Care Center on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a soup and sandwich lunch. All fund raised from the luncheon will go toward purchasing candy for Halloween trick or treaters. There will be a choice of two soups and a build your own turkey or ham sandwich bar as well as desserts and a beverage, all for $7. The lunch will be served in the Activity Day Room, to go boxes will be available.
October 21: October Family Fest Crosslake Historical Village
There is a new event this fall at the Crosslake Historic Log Village on Saturday, October 21st. It will be an entertaining day for the whole family, including live music by Virg and the Eldorados, a band that has played locally for many years.
Food from Jr’s #19 BBQ including brats, burgers, ribs, brisket and special ice cream treats will be available for purchase, as well as offerings from Gull Dam Brewery, Big Axe Brewer, and Roundhouse Brewery. For discerning taste buds, locally brewed root beer will be offered. Other features will be story telling for the kids, pumpkin painting, giant Jenga, ladder golf, ring toss and face painting. Prizes will be awarded to winners!
The event will be held from 12 noon to 5 pm. For more information on volunteering at the Crosslake Historic Village, call (513) 807-0392.
October 23: Lakers Lions
Lakers Lions will meet at Granny!s in Emily October 23rd at 5:30. Dinner will follow the meeting. For more information please see lakerslions.org.
October 27: Grassroots Concerts fall schedule announced
Five Friday night concerts have been scheduled for the fall 2017 season of Grassroots Concerts in the Live Well Night Club and Coffee Bar of the Journey Church at Nisswa.
Oct. 27 - JILLIAN RAE www.jillianraemusic.com Jillian Rae is a multi-talented violinist, and songwriter whose creative and dynamic style of violin playing underscore her stage presence. Reared in the musicrich Iron Range of northern Minnesota, Jillian has become “a triple treat on vocals, fiddle and composition…a joyous expression of strength and resilience.” —Star Tribune
Nov. 17 - ACTUAL WOLF www.redhouserecords.com/artists/actual-wolf Actual Wolf, aka Eric Pollard, is a Grand Rapids, Minn. native. He is the dude with red glasses who blends the grit and soul of country music with the rhythm of rock and the twang of Americana. “Listening to him is like hearing a wolf trying on a sound; a vocal chameleon, channeling Roy Orbison, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, or a nameless country singer drifting in on AM signal.” —MINNESOTA BROWN
Dec. 8 - SALLY BARRIS www.sallybarris.com Sally Barris is a Nashville songwriter whose songs have been covered by many top-level artists. Fans are equally impressed with her song writing and expressive mountain soprano conveyed in a bright spirit. “Barris knows how to write lyrics that are forthright as a stream of clear water.” —Dirty Linen
The Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar is located in the Journey Church next to the school in Nisswa. Doors open at 6:30 and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. General admission at the door.
Grassroots Concerts are made possible in part by a grant provided by the Five Wings Arts Council with funds through the Minnesota State Legislature.
For more information go to grassrootsconcerts.org or visit Grassroots Concerts on Facebook.
October 31: 4th Annual Emily Fire Dept. Trunk or Treat
October 31, 5 – 8pm
20837 West County Road 1
behind Emily Fire Hall
A SAFE place for trick-or-treating and family friendly fun! Hot dogs, chips, water & hot cocoa! Prizes for best decorated trunks!
This is a FREE community event sponsored by the Emily Fire Dept., Emily First Responders, Lakers Lions, Outing Chamber & Fifty Lakes Fire Dept.
November: ‘My Fair Lady’ cast and crew announcedDirector Gary Hirsch of Brainerd has announced the 33 members of the cast and crew for “My Fair Lady” to be staged by Pequot Lakes Community Theatre on Nov. 10-12 and 17-19 in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium.They represent 13 area communities.Hailed by critics and audiences for its heart and its wit, “My Fair Lady” is a beautiful musical about transformation, patronage, gender politics and class, based on George Bernard Shaw’s play, “Pygmalion.”Pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins (Mark Liedl, Pequot Lakes) is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society.His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle (Jenny Kiffmeyer, Baxter), who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond -- one that is threatened by an aristocratic suitor.The rest of the cast and crew:Baxter -- Sharon Hartley, Miranda Ostlund, and Mike Anderson.Brainerd -- Mark Ford, Jared Foss.Breezy Point -- Marjorie Harris.Crosslake -- Gary and Deb Binda, and Craig Friday.East Gull Lake -- Tech Director Mark Oehrlein and Kim Huether.Emily -- Laura Leckband.Jenkins -- Tim Leagjeld.Little Falls -- Jessie Brutscher.Merrifield -- Eddie Binda.Nisswa -- Larry Petron and Ashley Mixer.Pequot Lakes -- Vocal Director Renee Anderson, Peter Herzog, Heather Pearson, Ashlyn Reynolds, Jana Johnson, Mollie Pierson, Megan Buffington, Shayna Schmidt, Brianna Engels, and Molly Krauthremer.Pillager -- Taisha Linder.Pine River -- Ben Gordon, M.S. Bernard, and Stage Manager Kim Utesch.For information on tickets go to www.glapa.info or call Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200.November 6: Hospice Book Fair
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center's HomeHealth Partnership-Hospice will hold a Fall "Books Are Fun" book and gift fair fund-raiser on Monday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. just inside the hospital's main lobby entrance.
The event will feature a huge selection of books and gifts at 30 to 70 percent off retail prices. Proceeds from sales will benefit hospice patients in the community.
November 24: Lakers Lions Christmas gifts for families in need
The Lakers Lions will once again be providing Christmas gifts to families in need for children up to 12 years of age. Parents or guardians must apply by November 24th to be eligible. Applications will be available at the Wednesday and Thursday food shelf.
December 2: Youth Snowmobile Safety Training
The Emily-Outing Snowmobile Club in conjunction with the Minnesota DNR will conduct Youth Snowmobile Safety training Saturday December 2nd at the Emily City hall located at 39811 State Highway 6, Emily, MN.
Participants must be between ages of 11 and 15 and have successfully completed the DNR required on line training course. The cost associated with this course is $29.50. Please see the DNR web site for details at www.dnr.state.mn.us and search for snowmobile safety training.
The class begins at 9:00 on December 3rd with registration beginning at 8:30. To be accepted into the class the student must present their certificate of completion from the on line course and bring appropriate clothing and helmet to participate in a snowmobile driving test. Snowmobiles will be provided. Parents and guardians are encouraged to stay for this event. There is no cost for this class.
Class size is limited so please sign up early. For additional information and to pre-register for this class call Jim Johnson at 218-820-1966.
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