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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 heittola@brainerd.net 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, tjohnson@cuyunamed.org 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.

NEW! Low-impact activity offered at the Emily City Gym on Thursdays at 10:45. A beginner level program on DVD will lead participants through guided exercises, such as a mile walk or low impact moves. DVDs are rotated weekly for variety. This is perfect for those who prefer a later morning activity and a complete low impact workout in under 30 min.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Yoga for Life
Integrate mind & body for peace & tranquility. Emily City Hall 9:00 - 10:15 am Tues. & Thurs. 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 at Narrows Community Church
If you are in need of clothes or know someone who is, The Closet, located in the lower level of Narrows Community Church in Outing, offers gently loved clothing for men and women at no charge.

Shopping hours are 8 a.m. - noon the second and fourth Saturday of each month; clean, repair free clothing donations are accepted during this time as well.

Narrows Community Church is located just north of the Outing bridge on Hwy 6, across the street from the Crooked Lake Town Hall on Woods Bay Drive NE. Follow the yellow signs!

For more information, call Pastor Stanley Mikles at 218.820.5365.


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 Doreen at 218-838-8219.

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 cassfia@uslink.net.
 
Engravable Paver Brick Opportunity
A new gift-giving opportunity is available this year that’s a guaranteed pleaser for both the recipient and the giver. Engravable paver bricks are here!

The Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens (LUMG), a partner project between the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association, has been taking shape over the past two summers. Located along the south side of the entrance to the Crosslake Campground and Recreational Area, the LUMG has drawn accolades from many already and will see future development continue in the same welcoming and attractive style that has already pleased residents and visitors.

One of those developments is the upcoming paver paths, scheduled for spring installation. As a part of that, folks now have a new opportunity to purchase one or more engraved paver bricks at $60 per brick. Messages of one or two lines can honor, memorialize, celebrate or highlight something or someone, or an organization or business. The engraved bricks will become a permanent part of the garden’s paver paths.

Any questions about the engravable paver opportunity or the LUMG in general, or to place an order, call Lynn Scharenbroich at 218-543-4714 or Corrine Hodapp at 651-290-5790. Or, email the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association: http://paulbunyanscenicbyway.org/contact_us

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May Events

May: National Poppy Month, In Honor of Our Veterans
At the end of World War I, the American Legion adopted the poppy as a symbol of freedom and the blood sacrifice made by troops in wartime. The symbol comes from the poem In Flanders Field, written by Lt. Col. John McCrae, which movingly begins, “In Flanders Fields the poppies blow, between the crosses row on row”. This refers to the poppies that sprang up in the churned-up earth of soldiers’ graves over parts of Belgium and France.

The Crosslake/Fifty Lakes America Legion Post 500 Auxiliary will be distributing poppies on Friday May 5 and Saturday May 6, and Friday May 12 and Saturday May 13 outside local businesses in Crosslake. The poppies are made by hospitalized veterans, and are distributed to remind the community of past sacrifices and the continuing needs of active service members and veterans. All donations are welcome, and are used exclusively to assist disabled, homeless, and hospitalized veterans and their families.

$2500 in donations was collected by the Crosslake/Fifty Lakes American Legion Auxiliary in 2016 through poppy distribution. These funds were used to support veteran’s programs such as the Veteran’s Child Welfare Foundation, Vet Rehabilitation, Shower Supplies for Vets, ALA Hospital Program, donating funds to wounded warriors, scholarships for children of veterans, and other Auxiliary projects that specifically support veterans.

The Crosslake/Fifty Lakes American Legion is located on Cty Road 3, just south of Crosslake. It is open to the public for socializing over a beer, eating one of our nightly dinner specials, playing cards and bingo, attending and supporting our special events. There are over 100 women in the Auxiliary. New members are always welcome and more are needed to support our community projects and events. Come see what we are all about, support our veterans, and make new friends.

Be sure to wear your poppy proudly, in honor of our veterans! “Yes, wear a Poppy everyone, Lest we just might forget, The Sacrifice that these men made, And the burdens which they met” (Lillian Thune).


Starting May 1: The Closet
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.


May 16: 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/

Meeting Presentations:
May 16th: Board of Director's Meeting Pine Peaks, 9:00am

May 17th: "Colorful Containers for all Seasons" by Julie Foster

June 10th: Crossslake Garden Club Plant Sale 8:30am until 11:30am

June 21: Potluck Lunch, and " Low Maintenance Gardening & Pollinator Habitat" by Beth Hippert

May 16: Crosslake Historical Society Spring Fundraiser planned at Whitefish Lodge & Suites
The Crosslake Area Historical Society maintains the Historic Log Village and Museum in  Crosslake. Each building is furnished to depict the industries and daily life of Crosslake in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Preservation and administration of this Village is expensive. Most recently, a log cabin was donated to be used as a visitor center, but the Historical Society must cover the cost of having it moved to the site as well as other costs to permanently placing the building in the Village.

A fundraiser is planned for Tuesday, May 16 at Whitefish Lodge and Suites. Tickets for the dinner are set $25.00 each and are available for purchase at Whitefish Lodge and suites or by contacting Mary Dischinger at 612-940-1575 or Joan Callender at 218-692-3482. The evening begins with a social hour and silent auction at 6:00 followed by the dinner designed and served by Manhattan’s staff.

Monetary donations, sponsorships, silent and live auction items and volunteers are needed from Historical Society members, businesses and the public to make this event a success. Sponsorships are $200.00. If you are interested in supporting this event with a donation of a silent or live auction item, please contact Mary or Joan to arrange for a drop-off location or pick-up.

The Historical Society is an independent organization, not subsidized by any governmental agency. It is funded by memberships, donations and several dedicated events and fundraisers.

May 16: TRIAD of Crow Wing County invites Seniors to meeting. Consumer issues affecting seniors
The guests of Crow Wing County Triad will have the opportunity to listen to a consumer advocate from the Office Of MN Attorney General Lori Swanson. The speaker will open a discussion about consumer issues affecting seniors, including ways to protect their pocketbook and combat fraud and scams.

When: Tues., May 16, 2017 1-2pm
Where: Crow Wing County - Land Services Building Meeting Room 322 Laurel St., Brainerd, MN

There is no charge for this event. Cookies and coffee will be provided.

Register by calling the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office at: 218 829-4749

May 17: Turkey Dinner
Faith Lutheran Church of Swansburg will have a Turkey Dinner with fixings and pie for dessert on Wednesday, May 17th from 4-6pm. Adults $10, Kids (12 & under) $5. The church is located at 10973 County Road 1 (north of Crosslake). For more information call 218 543-4878.


May 17: American Red Cross Blood Drive
Sponsored by Emily- Outing –Fifty Lakes Lions Club Give the Gift of Life, Be a Blood Donor
Spring is here, and everyone is anxious to be outdoors and get their summer projects started. Red Cross is trying hard to once again, build up the supply of blood on hand. The need for blood is high for patients, whether it is a young child or an elderly person who may have been involved in an accident, or one who may be suffering from illness, surgical complications or cancer. Regardless what might be the situation, the blood supply on hand for the state of MN is very low. Red Cross lost over 30,000 units of blood due to cancelation of blood drives in MN during the winter months. We need to help eliminate the problem before someone that we know, needs an emergency transfusion.

Now is the time to make the phone call or go online at redcrossblood.org. Donors are needed for the Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Noon to 6PM Bloodmobile, being held at the Emily City Hall, formally the Emily Charter School located at 39811 Highway #6 in Emily.

Donors need to be 17 years or older, no upper age limits, at least 110 pounds and in general good health. Sixteen year olds can now donate when a parent or guardian signs a Red Cross permission slip for them. Four double red cell machines will be available for donors with blood types O+, O-, A- and B-. These blood types are the ones most in demand but all blood types are always needed.

Red Cross is using the appointment program for donors. Walkins are welcome and will be given the next available appointment.

Fifty-six days between Regular Single Unit blood donations and 112 days between Double Red Cell Donors are required. Donors who occasionally have low iron counts are reminded to improve their iron levels by either taking over the counter iron supplements and/or adding iron rich foods to their diets. Meat, fish and poultry are the best absorbed iron rich foods. Iron fortified cereals, molasses, beans, raisins, baked potatoes, and breads and pasta made with iron-enriched flour are also encouraged to be eaten. Foods high in Vitamin C will help absorb the iron; while tea, coffee, bran, and antacids block the absorption of iron.

The Emily area now hosts three bloodmobiles each year with this being the 72nd held over the past 29 years. It is open to anyone; all blood types are needed. Donors are invited to help recruit new donors. Blood donors who were previously deferred, may now be eligible for the Red Cross Reinstatement program.Previous deferred donors should call the Red Cross Reinstatement Center at 866-236-3276 for instructions.

We continue to dedicate our blood drives to all of our area friends and relatives who have required blood transfusions. We want to make sure that -blood is available for them, whenever it is required. Door Prize drawings will be given out to donors who sign up at the Blood Drive. The community project is sponsored by the Emily, Outing, Fifty Lakes Lakers Lions. Fresh homemade Cookies and lemonade will be served in the canteen area. To sign up to be a  donor at Emily's blood drive please call coordinator Nancy Moritz at 763-3097 or Kathy Harvet at 792-5314 for an appointment.


May 18: Saving Hearts Suicide Support Group
The Saving Hearts Suicide Support group is a confidential and non-judgemental group for those who have been affected by suicide.

Place: Cuyuna Regional Medical Center
Date: Thursday, May 18th
Time: 7 p.m.

If you have questions or want more information please call or text:

Michelle Houck 218 251-7230 Patty Fonda 218 851-6270

Saving Hearts is a committee of the Crisis Line and Referral Service.

May 19: CRMC Free Blood Pressure Monitoring and education
In observation of National Stroke Awareness Month, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Registered Nurse Cassie Piepkorn will offer free blood pressure monitoring and education on Friday, May 19, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Super One in Crosby.

Stroke is a leading cause of death and severe, long-term disability, according to the American Heart Association. Most people who've had a first stroke also had high blood pressure. High blood pressure damages arteries throughout the body, creating conditions where they can burst or clog more easily. Weakened arteries in the brain, resulting from high blood pressure, put people at much higher risk for stroke, which is why managing high blood pressure is critical to reduce changes of having a stroke.

Strokes occur when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and vital nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures. When this occurs, part of the brain is deprived of blood and oxygen, destroying millions of valuable nerve cells within minutes. The resulting damage can lead to significant disability including paralysis, speech problems and emotional difficulties.

Treatment may be available if people get to an emergency room immediately upon recognition of stroke symptoms. Leading a healthy lifestyle, including lowering risk factors like high blood pressure and weight can also help reduce stroke risk.

May 19: Corps of Engineers to host ribbon cutting at Cross Lake Recreation Area
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, and the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association are hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Cross Lake Recreation Area, in Crosslake, Minnesota, May 19 at 1 p.m.

Corps and association volunteers invite the public to celebrate the grand opening and dedication of the Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens.

This new community garden is a unique collection of representational gardens including forest foraging, wildflower, butterfly gardens, deer-resistant garden plantings, rain garden, foot prints and a ‘house’ garden for bees, bats, toads, and insects. The garden was designed and planted by a collaborative effort of local landscapers, gardeners, partners and volunteers, and is a result of numerous volunteer hours.

Linda Ulland was a leader in the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association and in many other organizations. Prior to passing away in 2011, she was actively involved in promoting environmental stewardship, a mission shared by the Corps of Engineers.

The event is a celebration of all the hard work and donations that partners, volunteers and organizations provided to make projects like this possible, said Corrine Hodapp, supervisory park ranger in charge of Cross Lake and Gull Lake, in Brainerd, Minnesota. The recreation area is located at 35507 County Rd. 66. For more information on the event, contact Hodapp at 651-290-5790.

The nearly 600 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the St. Paul District Fiscal Year 2016 $78 million budget, nearly 1,250 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $120 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.

May 20: 6th annual Emily Spring Fling
The town of Emily is the place to be on Saturday, May 20th. The 6th Annual Emily Spring Fling is full of events and activities for the whole family that promises to be the biggest and best Spring Fling yet.

If you are looking for shopping opportunities, there will be craft vendors, a huge community garage sale, and sales at many of the stores, markets and churches.

The Landing, our area’s new Welcome Center and Marketplace, will be ready for visitors and customers.

If you are looking for activities, there is a morning 9 Hole Scramble golf tournament, a mega meat raffle, live music, horse racing (video) and other activities and events throughout the day and evening. Kids activities include a Gardening Seminar with a Master Gardener. There are food and drink specials galore at the restaurants and bars. There is even free ‘stuff’ throughout town including hot dogs; beer and wine tasting; and smoked sausage samples.

If you are in the area this weekend, make a point to visit beautiful Emily, Minnesota on Saturday the 20th and put it on your annual ‘must do’ spring schedule. See newspaper ads or stop by one of the Emily businesses for our Spring Fling Flyer with the schedule of events.

May 20: Brainerd Lakes Bicycle Safety Clinic and Pequot Lakes PTA Bike Rodeo
Children and their parents are invited to attend one of the two local Bike events on Saturday, May 20. Both events are open to riders of all ages free of charge.

Brainerd Lakes Bicycle Safety Clinic from 10:00 a.m.–Noon at the Brainerd High School’s lower parking lot, in the event of inclement weather in the Brainerd High School gym; or Pequot Lakes PTA Bike Rodeo from 9:00 a.m.-Noon at Eagle View Elementary. Don’t forget to bring your bike and helmet!

Bicycling is a favorite past time for all ages, but understanding safety first is the key to staying safe and having fun! Children and their bike will visit various stations for a review of bicycle safety rules, a bicycle safety check, and be checked for a properly fitted helmet. Then they will put the knowledge they gained to the test by riding a mock course. Once complete, they can enter a drawing for a bike, and other treats.

If a child does not have a bike helmet or the one they have does not fit properly, they will receive one from Essentia Health. “We are excited to bring these events to our communities,” said Heather Nixon, Trauma Coordinator at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center. "Learning bicycling safety at a young age will stick with someone for life, just like riding a bike.”

Events will be held rain or shine and are brought to you by: Pequot Lakes PTA, Essentia Health, Crow Wing County Passenger Safety Coalition, Baxter Police Department, Brainerd Police Department, Brainerd Parks & Recreation, Brainerd School District 181, Easy Riders Bicycle and Sport Shop, Lakes Area Law Enforcement Association (LALEA), Lifecycle, and Dairy Queen.

“These Bike Safety Clinics are an opportunity for us to provide the community with injury prevention,” said Nixon. “It’s a way to actively engage kids and inform them of some of the things that they can do to prevent injuries while riding a bike.”

May 21: Big Bird Day/Potluck at Northland Arboretum
May 21, Sunday, 8 A.M. at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd

Sponsored by the Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society (BLAAS)

Come join the fun! It’s our annual Birding Big Day. Join with amateurs and experts alike to identify and count birds at the Northland Arboretum. It is a mildly competitive event where participants are divided into teams to see how many species of birds they can find during the morning on the trails within the Arboretum. We will gather at 8 AM in the parking lot at the Arboretum and divide into teams. Each team will have an experienced birder as their leader and then head out on the trails until noon.

It's a great way to get some exercise and enjoy a May morning on the Arboretum trails!! So bring your binoculars and a potluck item to share, as there is a potluck tally party with grilled items and beverages provided by Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society. For more information contact Sandra Holm, Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Secretary at 218 765 3309 or RNSholm@brainerd.net or the Northland Arboretum at arboretum@brainerd.net.

May 22: New Members welcome to join the Lakers Lions Club
Would you like to “pay it forward?” Would you like to be a part of an International Organization that benefits our communities through you? Would you like to know you make a difference to the kids in our Communities? The Lakers Lions of Emily, Outing, and 50 Lakes are looking for “some good men and women” who would like to make this work for you.

Please join us at Granny’s Bar and Grill in Emily (our regular meeting place) for an informal get together on Monday, May 22nd. Social time and appetizers start at 5:00 and we will have lots of information about who Lions are and what we do. Please call Carol at 612-581-2469 or Terry at 218-820-9602 by May 15th to RSVP. See you there!

May 25: Outing Senior Club sponsors AARP Driving Course
The Outing Senior Club will sponsor AARP Smart Driver Courses at the Outing/Crooked Lake Town Hall. Four hour refresher courses will be held on Thursday, May 25 and on Thursday, June 1st both from noon to 4 p.m. To register or for more information call 218-251-6730. If interested in the eight hour introductory course call the same number.

May 25: Traditional Anishinaabe Music with Lyz Jaakola at Crosslake Community Center
Join Lyz Jaakola at the Crosslake Community Center on Thursday, May 25th at 1:30pm. Lyz will be providing a wonderful program on the importance of music and its value in the Ojibwe-Anishinaabe culture. She will be performing a variety of traditional songs she has arranged and discussing the traditions behind these songs. History pertaining to music and some of the different instruments in the Ojibwe-Anishinaabe will also be shared by Lyz during the program. Come and learn more about the Ojibwe-Anishinaabe culture and the importance of music at your local library with presenter Lyz Jaakola.

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.

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June Events

June 1: Camp Knutson Spring Volunteer Spring meeting/social
Mark your calendars and join us Thursday, June 1st for the Camp Knutson Volunteer Spring meeting/social. This is the perfect opportunity to meet new volunteers and greet old friends. The meeting will convene at 10:30A at the Camp Knutson Dining Hall with a meet and greet, time to sign up for your favorite camp activity(ies) followed by the general meeting and conclude with a salad luncheon. Please bring a dish to share serving approximately 6-8 people and Invite a neighbor or friend to join you.

We welcome new faces, new ideas and your willingness to get involved to make a difference in the lives of these special kids.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at Camp Knutson please contact Jared at 218-543-4232.

Through June 23: Register for Summer Club at the Crosslake Area Library
Once again this summer, the library will offer this FUN five-week program for kids who are in grades K-5. Track your summer reading for great incentives, and enjoy super entertainment.

This year we will be entertained by the Mad Scientist, Raptor Program from the U of M, Fabulous Hands on Rocket Launching, Have fun with an exceptional Dog Demonstrations, and other special events!

Everyone gets a Summer Club tshirt, free books and prizes. The Club will meet Thursday mornings starting July 6th thru August 3rd. Kid’s ages 5-7 will sign-in at 9:15 am and kids who have completed grades 2-5 will get signed in at 9:45 am.

Library time will be after the entertainment around 11:15 am at which time parents may pick up their children.

A $5 fee covers all five weeks and a shirt! Class size is limited. Please register at the Crosslake Area Library before June 23rd. Questions, call the library at (218)692-READ (7323).

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