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 email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-545-8522.
Outing Volunteer Library Hours
Winter hours as of October 1:
Monday 10-12; Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 2-4; Thurs. Closed
Friday 9-11; Saturday 10-12
Exercise programs for adults at Emily City Gymnasium
No membership required. M on-Wed-Fri 9-9:45 Free low-impact exercise program featuring vintage music on CD. Work at your own pace; keep it low-impact, kick up your heels, or simply walk. Chairs provided.
Mon and Thurs 10:30-11:30 Yoga 101, a kind and gentle approach to flexibility, balance, strength, and breathing control.
Wednesdays 10:00-10:50 Free, senior-friendly line dance program offered. No boots or hats required—just a desire to have fun!
New! Pickleball equipment is available for City gym use. Check with staff at front desk for availability.
Mondays and Thursdays: YOGA 101
The kind and gentle way to improve flexibility, balance, strength and breath control.
Emily City Hall
Monday & Thursday
10:30 – 11:30
Instructor: Lynne Marchese
‘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.
For more information please call the Emily Food Shelf at 763-3663.
Local area AA
• Mon Night AA Meeting, 7:00 PM at Crosslake Luthern Church, 35960 Cty Rd 66
• Tue Night AA Meeting, 7:00 PM at Presbyterian Church, 14444 Daggett Pine Road
• Thur Night AA and Alanon Mtgs, 7:00 PM at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church South of Reeds Market on CR 37
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.
Our shopping hours are 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 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 at 218 792-5530 for more information or 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.
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 located 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 at Maucieri’s 6PM for board meeting and 6:30 for the general meeting. For more information about joining the Lions 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
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: 763-441-6417
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 information
Laker Lions News
Mobility Equipment available for use
The Emily, Outing, 50 Lakes Lions has mobility equipment for you to use. These articles include: Wheel Chairs, Walkers, Crutches, etc. Please contact Larry @ 218-763-5022 or Kathy @ 218-821-4668. Please call us—We are here to serve our communities.
Lakers Lions accepting recycled item donations
The Emily, Outing, 50 Lakes Lions are collecting used eye glasses to be recycled for foreign mission projects, used hearing aids to be recycled for our Hearing Foundation Projects, used cell phones to go to battered woman’s shelters, and used ink cartridges to be recycled for Pediatric cancer patients. If you have any of these items you would like to donate to the cause, please deposit these items in our donation boxes at these locations: Outing—Village Inn and Outing Station. Emily—Pine River State Bank, Ace Hardware, Kut & Kurl, Granny’s Bar and Grill, and the Emily Wesleyan Church
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Emily City Library Hours
The Emily Library is located within the Emily City Hall building and is open year round with free Wi-Fi. Hours are Mon-Wed 8 am to 4 pm, Thurs and Fri from 8 am-11:30 am, and on the 2nd Tue of the month open 8 am-8 pm or until the end of the council meeting.
Donation based Yoga
Donation based Yoga Located at 456 Birch Ave Outing - (behind Land O'Lakes).
Chair - A gentle form of Yoga practiced sitting on a chair or standing using a chair for support - Tuesday @6 pm
Flow - Tuesday @4:30 pm; Sunday @9 am
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 inkind support from the agencies they serve at.
Thursdays: Crosslake Area Library Hosts Preschool Story Time
The Crosslake Area Library will host Preschool Story Time with Mr. Tom on Thursday mornings at 10:15 am. Storytime will be held every Thursday except for school breaks and holidays
Gymnasium Play Time for Tots will follow. For more information call 218-692-7323.
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Dec 1 - 31 Sertoma Winter Wonderland, Drive tour of animated lit displays. Northland Arboretum, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 5:30-8:30 pm
Dec 1-Dec 28 Holly Days in Crosslake. www.crosslake.com Download the Crosslake App on your mobile device and visit participating Holly Days businesses.
December 9-15: “Joy to the World” A Celebration of Carols from Around the Globe
Featured Music includes: “International Carol Suites,” arranged by Mark Hayes, contains 30 carols, representing 20 countries, arranged in a group of five geographically themed suites with both English and native languages. Other songs performed will include the Hanukkah song “Dai Diddle Dai,” a rip-roaring rendition of the gospel spiritual “Go Where I Send Thee,” and the ironic, new millennial holiday song, “I Want to Stare at my Phone with You.” Singers will be accompanied by a 10-piece chamber orchestra.
Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 3:30 pm | Tornstrom Auditorium, Brainerd
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | 7:30 pm | Crosby-Ironton High School, Ironton
Saturday, December 15, 2018 | 7:30 pm | Salem Lutheran Church, Longville
Free Will Donations Accepted
December 11: Emily Loon Crafters Quilt Guild
The Emily Loon Crafters Quilt Guild will meet Tuesday December 11th at 9:30 AM in the Sewing Room at Emily City Hall. Visitors and new members are welcome. We will continue to work on quilts. We will have our Christmas Party. Please bring the food you signed up to bring.
December 12: Crosslake Area Garden Club
The Crosslake Are garden Club meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 PM at the Crosslake Community Center. Visitors are always welcome and hoping you will join us as members.
For more information contact Linda at 218-765-3246. or visit our website at crosslakegarden.org.
December 12 at 12:00PM (note date & time change) - Our Holiday Party - location TBD
December 13: Brain Injury Support Group
People with brain injuries and their caregivers and those who lives are affected by stroke are welcome to attend Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Brain Injury and Stroke Support Group on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the hospital’s Clinic Conference Room.
The group’s facilitator is Russ Philstrom, a member of the Brain Injury Alliance of Minnesota. There is no charge and no reservation is necessary. Call 651-329-1373 for more information.
December 14-15 & 21-22: Meet Santa Event 2018
Our Neighbors in Crosslake and Emily are all invited to Fifty Lakes! The Fifty Lakes Property Owners Association would like all area Children to drop by the Fifty Lakes City Hall parking lot where Santa will be in his Workshop! His Elf’s will invite all families to take their own personal pictures with Santa! Bring your Camera!
When? The last two weekends before Christmas. December 14 and 15 (Friday and Saturday,) then again on December 21 and 22nd (Friday and Saturday.) All times are 4pm to 6pm
“Meeting Santa” coincides with Customer Appreciation Night for the “Muni” in Fifty Lakes on the 15th! These are “Days to Remember!” FLPOA welcomes ALL to our beautiful Lake Country and our Special Events!
Dec 14 & 15 Fifty Lakes Property Owners Association “Meet Santa” Event, Fifty Lakes City Hall Lot, 4-6 pm
Dec 17 Pine River Backus HS Band and Choir Concert, Performance Gymnasium, 7pm
Dec 17 Pequot Lakes School Holiday Choir Concert, Auditorium, Middle School 6 pm, HS 7:30 pm
December 17: Northland Superintendent to visit Outing
Do you have questions about Northland Community Schools that you’ve wanted to ask? On Monday, December 17 at 8:00 a.m., John McDonald, Superintendent of Northland Community Schools is visiting Outing Station for an informal coffee and conversation time. Mr. McDonald will be joined by Principal Mary Yakibchuk.
They look forward to meeting with residents and having conversation about education with residents. Outing Station is located along State Highway 6 in Outing.
December 18: Advance Care Planning
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is hosting a free meeting about end-of-life decisions on Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 10 to 11 a.m. in its Clinic Conference Room.
A trained Honoring Choices facilitator will discuss how to start the discussion with those close to you, determining wishes for end-of-life care and who you want to make medical care decisions for you if you could not speak for yourself, the importance of an advance care directive and more.
The sessions are being provided monthly to encourage everyone to make their healthcare wishes known to their family members and physician and to go through an advanced care planning process. Advance care planning is preparing for when a person may not be able to make his or her own medical decisions. The process involves conversations throughout life about values, beliefs, and goals for future health care. Revisiting decisions and plans regularly and documenting wishes in a Health Care Directive is important. The document helps prepare for the unexpected by outlining values and priorities for future medical treatment and identifies a health care agent.
Anyone over age 18 is welcome to attend, no registration is required. For more information, contact Deb Bergsnev at email@example.com or 218-851-5430.
Dec 19 Crosby-Ironton 3rd Grade Winter expo (music, technology and art) 8:30 am
December 19-20: Lakers Lions Gift Program
The Emily, Outing, 50 Lakes Lions will distribute the Christmas gifts families have applied for at the December food shelf in Emily which will be December 19th and 20th. Food shelf hours are 9:30 - 11:00 on Wednesday and 5:30 - 6:30 on Thursday.
Dec 20 Eagle View Elementary School Winter Concert, K-2nd 6 pm
Through December 20: CRMC accepting donations for Care Center residents
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Care Center is now accepting donations of Christmas presents for its residents. Please bring unwrapped donations marked male or female to the Center’s Activities Department by Thursday, Dec. 20, so gifts can be personalized for individual residents.
Staff will personalize all gifts to residents based upon need, cognitive ability, diet, and dexterity. Clothing gift suggestions are night gown/ pajama sets size medium to XXL, men’s short sleeve undershirts, women’s long sleeve and sleeveless undershirts, slippers with rubber soles, slipper socks, socks, sweatshirts, sweatpants, shirts and cardigan sweaters. Sizes needed vary from small to XXXXL.
Other gift suggestions include: colored pencils, markers, adult coloring books, electric razors, cologne/after shave, lotions, body sprays, shampoo and conditioner for men and women, body wash, individually wrapped Debbie cakes, rolls/candy, large numerical universal television remotes, universal headphones for televisions, postage stamps, ITUNE gift cards and gift certificates to Wal-Mart and McDonald’s.
For more information, contact Ali Meyer at 218-546-4353.
December 20: CRMC Cancer Support Group to celebrate Holidays
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Cancer Support Group is celebrating the holidays at its regular meeting on Thursday, Dec. 20, from 12 to 2 p.m. in the hospital’s Clinic Conference Room. Those who are interested should bring a $5 gift for a gift exchange or unwrapped donations for Care Center resident gifts.
People who are newly diagnosed with cancer, undergoing treatment or post treatment and their significant others are invited. The group is an opportunity to share experiences and support one another, to listen and learn.
Registration for the support group is not required and there is no cost to attend. A new topic is discussed each month and a complimentary lunch is provided.
Groups are scheduled the second Thursday of each month. For more information, call 218-546-4319 or 218-546-4302.
Dec 21 Rock N Roll Christmas Spectacular, Tornstrom Auditorium, Brainerd, 7:30-10 pm
Dec 21 & 22 Fifty Lakes Property Owners Association “Meet Santa” Event, Fifty Lakes City Hall Lot, 4-6 pm
Dec 24-25 Christmas Eve…Merry Christmas!
Through December 25: Christmas Fundraiser for Homeless and Wounded Warriors MN
Homeless and Wounded Warriors MN has kicked off it's Christmas Fundraiser 2018 and is seeking donations to assist needy veteran families during the holidays. Nominations are submitted by friends, families, neighbors as well as County and State agencies.
All families are screened for need and monthly budgets are looked at in order for us to select the 10 neediest families.
Cash Donations may be dropped off at the Crosslake Legion or mailed to Homeless and Wounded Warriors MN, 36200 Pondview Lane, Crosslake, MN 56442. There will be a Dropbox for kids gifts at both the Crosslake Legion and the Courier office in Crosby.
For further information please call 320-267-0376 and ask for Steve.
Dec 29 Outing Chamber Winter Fireworks over Lawrence Lake, 6 pm
Dec 31 New Year’s Eve
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January and February Events
Jan 5 24th Annual Ice Fest, Etta Steffen Memorial on Pelican Lake, Breezy Point Resort, Pond Hockey, horse-drawn hay rides, bonfires, snow golf, ice slide, dog sled rides
Jan 10 Full Moon Snowshoe Hike, Northland Arboretum, Brainerd, $10 for members, $20 for non-members, 7-8pm
Jan 18-19 26th Anniversary Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous, Trailside Park, Pequot Lakes
Jan 19 Outing Ice Fishing Contest, sponsored by Outing Area Chamber of Commerce & Crooked Lake Fire Dept., Lawrence Lake, Outing, 11 am-2 pm Weather Permitting
Jan 26 Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza at Hole-In-The-Day Bay, Noon-3pm
Jan 31 – Feb 2 Crosslake 16th Annual Winterfest begins with medallion hunt/Community Center 7-9 pm Pond Skating, Snow Mountain, Bonfire & S’mores, Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides. Fireworks at 9 pm. See full calendar of events on Crosslake Chamber website
Feb 1 Crosslake Community School Cabin Fever Carnival, 3:30-6:30 pm
Feb 2 13th Annual Back To Basics Day, co-sponsored by Happy Dancing Turtle and Pine River Backus Schools, Vendors free to public, Pine River Backus High School gymnasium, Pine River, 8am - 5pm
Feb 2 Ice Car Racing on Big Pine Lake, The Cedar Chest, off Cty Rd 3, Noon-3pm
Feb 2 Crosslake Firefighters Pancake Breakfast, Crosslake Lutheran 8-11:30am
Feb 2 Bocce Ball Tournament – Riverside Saloon & Eatery at 12 Noon
Feb 2 Italian Outdoor Olympics-all NEW games, bonfires, s'mores & cocao, Maucieri’s, 1 pm
Feb 2 Radar Runs on the Bay at Moonlite Bay 1-4pm
Feb 2 16th Annual Crosslake Soup Fest, tasting begins at 12 Noon
Feb 22 Snowshoe by Candlelight, sponsored by the LAHFH Women Build team, Legacy Golf Course at Cragun's, 5-9pm
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