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Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals to Seniors
The Senior Nutrition Site in Pequot Lakes the serves the Nisswa and Pequot Lakes area are in need of volunteers that would deliver meals to seniors Monday through Fridays. You would only need to volunteer one day a week and it only would take an hour normally. Please call 218-568-4909 and leave a message. These neighbors are depending on your help.

Eating Disorder Association Formed
The Eating Disorder Association of Central Minnesota has been organized. Their mission is to educate the public and establish a greater understanding and awareness of eating disorders, while supporting those suffering with an eating disorder and all affected by it through education and creating a network of all available treatment options.
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.
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 info@plbplionsclub.com.

Crosslake Food Shelf Needs Wool Mittens
A benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous has been making beautiful 100 percent all wool mittens which she sells to raise money to benefit the Crosslake Food Shelf.

So many mittens have been sold for this wonderful cause that there is a problem with a sufficient supply of all-wool product. 100% wool sweaters and vests are preferred. Donations of up to 1 inch buttons are also needed.

If you can help, materials may be dropped off at the Crosslake Welcome Center, Crosslake Hair Company, Haven Book Store, Frandsen Bank Crosslake, or the Crosslake Food Shelf during normal hours.

If you have any questions or need a special pick up, please call Nancy Rudberg at 218 692-2309.
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 PM to 8 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.

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.)

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

Currently the Over the Hills Gang are in the process of getting a GIA trail in the Outing/Emily area.

The club is always seeking new members that want to promote safe and happy riding in the area.
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 www.cuyunaironrangeriders.com or contact club President Russ Heittola at 825-0441 or email heittola@brainerd.net 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!
Care Center in Crosby seeks volunteers
The Care Center at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby is seeking volunteers to assist with evening activities four to five nights a month.

Volunteers are sought from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. on any evening to help get people to and from the activity center, have fun singing, dancing, or with other pastimes, and assist residents back to their room. Generally, there are more than 100 residents living at the center.

Those who are interested or would like more information may contact Activity Director Ali Engler at 545-4353 or aengler@cuyunamed.org.
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 timspeldrich@gmail.com or (218) 838-8431; or Mindy at speldrichm@yahoo.com or (218) 839-1488.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: Whitefish “500”: New Groups Forming
Starting September 18 and every Thursday thereafter meet at the Crosslake Legion at 3:30 for 500. Starting September 23 and every Tuesday thereafter, meet at the Jenkins VFW at 3:30 for 500. Call Judy at 218-851-5136 to reserve a seat at either location.

Whitefish Dinner Club
Meet new single friends and fun married couples. We choose a variety of places and generally meet twice a week. Where do you prefer to dine? Locations with favorite weekly specials? By cozy fireplaces? Or with potlucks? For more information, please call Judy at 218-851-5136.
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.

Are you looking for an opportunity to meet new people from the lakes area and also do something worthwhile? Emily Quilters meet every Monday (excluding legal holiday) in a room at Emily City Hall next to the library. They assemble quilts for Retired Senior Volunteer Program to distribute to people in need who live in Crow Wing County. Quilts are also given to area Hospice Programs, the Women’s Shelter in Brainerd and one is donated to Camp Knutson for their annual auction. They made and donated 151 quilts in 2014.

You do not have to show up every week. Come when you can. Quilting starts between 9 and 9:30 and continues until around noon. The time you can offer is completely flexible to fit into your schedule. Jobs in addition to sewing include yarn tying the completed quilts and cutting squares to be sewn.

If you can’t help on Mondays, other ways of assisting include donating quilt tops you have sewn at home. The recommended size is 62" x 82". The size for Hospice is 45”-48” wide x 72” long. The quilters also can use washed sheets in good condition for backing quilts and large pieces of cotton fabric that they can cut into squares to make quilts.

Donations can be brought to Emily City Hall any Monday morning. Both men and women are invited.

For more information, call Shirley Anderson 218 763 - 8019 or Bette Swensen 218 763-2385.

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March Events

March 3: Outing Seniors Club
The Outing Seniors Club will meet on March 3th at 1:30 PM at the Crooked Lake Township Hall in Outing, MN. Following a short business meeting a hilarious game of Bunco will be played. Individuals need to bring a wrapped white elephant gift for the game exchange. Membership in the Outing Seniors Club is open to all seniors 55 and older. For more information contact Club President Loraine Dorn at 218-792-5954.

March 5: Straw Bale Gardening with MN Author Joel Karsten
Join MN author of Straw Bale Gardens, Joel Karsten at the Crosslake Community Center on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 1:00 pm to learn how you can create your own straw bale garden. Listen to Karsten explain the process and benefits of straw bale gardening, followed by an opportunity to ask him questions and purchase Straw Bale Gardens.

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.

March 5: Second City to perform at CLC
Be prepared to laugh out loud, perhaps at yourself, when the world-renowned Second City improvisational comedy troupe performs on Thursday, March 5 in the Tornstrom Auditorium. Presented by the Central Lakes College (CLC) Theatre Cultural Arts Series, the show begins at 7:30 p.m. under the title “Second City Hits Home.”

“I’ve presented Second City twice before,” says Series Producer Patrick Spradlin, “and they’ve never failed to leave everyone gasping for air from laughing so hard. This show is a little different from past shows, though, which makes it even funnier.”

“Second City Hits Home” includes much of the sketch comedy and improvisational fun that is the hallmark of all Second City shows. But, as Spradlin notes, there’s this one special element: “The company is researching the Brainerd lakes area for material to include in the show. They’re probably reading this article right now.”

The show will incorporate themes, news happenings, trends, institutions, perhaps even people from the local area into the sketch comedy. Audiences will find a familiarity with the subject matter, perhaps find themselves included in the comedy.

Spradlin is alluding to the rich 50+ year history of Second City and of the many comic geniuses the company has produced. Best known as the first ever on-going improvisational theater troupe in the United States, it began in the 1950 with a small groups of Chicago students, including young actors such as Mike Nichols and Elaine May. The Second City Theatre opened on December 16, 1959 and has since expanded its presence to several other cities, including Toronto and Los Angeles. The Second City has produced television programs in both the United States and Canada including SCTV, Second City Presents, and Next Comedy Legend. Since its debut, the Second City has consistently been a starting point for comedians, award winning actors, directors, and others in show business.

The roster of famous alumni is astounding. When ‘Saturday Night Live’ was launched in 1975, three of its main performers---John Belushi, Gilda Radner, and Dan Aykroyd---came directly from Second City. The TV series ‘Cheers’ drew upon the talents of two Second City actors, George Wendt and Shelley Long. Other Second City performers who’ve gone on to enjoy illustrious careers reads like a Who’s Who of comedy: Andrea Martin, John Candy, Dan Castellaneta, Mike Meyers, Harold Ramis, Martin Short, Dave Thomas, Stephen Colbert, Chris Farley, Steve Carrell, Tina Fey, and Bob Odenkirk.

“This show is such a fun time, and who doesn’t need a fun time in the last throes of winter?” Spradlin asks.

Tickets for Second City Hits Home are available from the CLC Theatre Box Office at (218) 855-8199, or online at clcmn.edu/arts

March 7: 13th Annual Kids’ Ice Fishing Tourney at Mary Lake in Emily
The 13th Annual Kids’ Ice Fishing Tournament sponsored by Redding’s Sports & Spirits, the Emily Fire Department and the Lakers Lions will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10 am - 12 noon.

The tournament will be held on Mary Lake. Use the Fun by the Lake resort access east on County Road 1, about 3 miles turn right. Signs will be posted. Holes will be drilled and bait supplied at the lake.

Prizes will be awarded for: First legal fish (perch, pan fish or crappie), Biggest Perch, Biggest Pan Fish, Biggest Crappie. Everyone who participates will receive a prize.

The tournament is open for 60 children ages 15 and under. Children must be registered by Thursday, March 5, 2015. Registration is at Reddings Sports & Spirits in Emily. An entry free is due at time of registration with 100 percent payback. The entry fee includes lunch at the Emily Fire Department at 12:30 pm. Prizes will be awarded after lunch. For more information call 218-763-2191.

March 7: Drum & Dance School Competition Powwow
Northland Community Schools in Remer, MN will hold their Drum & Dance School Competition Powwow on Saturday March 7th, 2015. Where schools from across the state of Minnesota will compete in powwow singing and dancing. This is an extracurricular event for students involved in their school's Drum & Dance Troupes. The event will start with a grand entry at 1pm, and competition will proceed through out the day and into the evening. For more information, contact: Leah Monroe, Indian Education Coord., Northland Community Schools, (218)566-2352 ext.2021

March 18: 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.

March 18: Peonies
Presenter: Shelly Boser

April 15: "Birdscaping in Your Gardens"
Presenter: Judd Brink

May 30: Plant Sale
Mark your calendars now so you don't miss it!!

Come and see what we are all about. We welcome new members.

March 20: Log Church to host Art of Marriage
Crosslake Evangelical Free Church (the Log Church) will hold the Art of Marriage Video Seminar on Friday, March 20th from 7-9:30pm and Saturday, March 21st from 9am-4pm.

The Art of Marriage weaves together expert teaching, real-life stories, humorous vignettes, And more to portray the challenges and the beauty of God's design for marriage.

There is a cost of $45.30 for couples or $24.73 for singles to cover the course materials. There is no charge for Pastoral staff members.

Call Crosslake EV Free Church at (218) 692-4141 or visit www.artofmarriage.com for more information or to register.

The Log Church is located at 37218 County Road 66 in Crosslake.

March 21-22: Skating Show in Breezy Point
The Breezy Point Figure Skating Club will host their annual skating show in March at the Breezy Point Ice Arena located at 7370 County Road 11 in Breezy Point. Fifty skaters from the local area will be demonstrating their skills on Saturday, March 21 at 6 pm and Sunday, March 22 at 1 pm. There will be a Silent Auction and Chuck-a-puck activities that everyone can enjoy. Tickets are available for pre-sale at a discount and are also available at the door.

March 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, and May 4: 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: Monday’s - March 23 & 30, April 6, 13 & 20 and May 4.
Time: 1pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Edgewood Vista, 14890 Beaver Dam Road, Brainerd, MN 56401, 218 828-3691, Billie.

To register contact Cindy Scott, 218-583-1031 or e-mail cindy.scott@lssmn.org or Mary Smith 218 203-7312, email: mary.smith@lssmn.org

March 27: Impact Grant offered by Operation Round-Up
Crow Wing Power Community Trust (Operation Round-Up) is offering an Impact Grant of up to $12,000. The purpose of the Impact Grant will be to give a boost to a unique project/program, organization or community and insure its success.

Applicants must show that this one time grant would have a major impact for their project, organization or community. The organization needs to show that they have a history of success, or if a start-up project, the business plan must be strong and show large community support. Projects that focus on human health and well-being will be given additional consideration.

Operation Round-Up is funded by participating members of Crow Wing Power who allow the cooperative to round up their electric bills to the nearest whole dollar. The additional change is pooled and distributed quarterly to local community programs. To qualify for an application, contact Char or Jolene at Crow Wing Power, 218-829-2827 or 1-800-648-9401. Applications must be submitted by March 27, 2015.

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April Events

Through April 8: Income Tax Preparation Free E-File Emily, Outing, Fifty Lakes AARP Tax-Aide Program
Free income tax preparation, for all ages, is available Feb. 4 through Apr. 8, at the Crooked Lake Town Hall in Outing. The service is available on Wednesdays from 2-6 pm by appointment only.

After receiving your tax information, call Tom Martin (Mon-Thurs only) at 218-792-5903 for an appointment.

All appointments to be scheduled later than Mar. 15 should be made prior to Mar. 15. This assures we can assist all members in the communities. A valid photo ID and Social Security card must be brought with you.

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