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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.

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

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 or contact  club President Russ Heittola at 825-0441 or email 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, or 218-545-8522.

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
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.)

Free adult exercise programs at Emily City Gym
Low Impact Exercise -- Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 9:00 a.m. Begin your day with a 40-minute program exercising to a vintage music CD. Chairs provided. Exercise at your own pace.

Line Dancing -- Beginning Sept 30th, Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m., enjoy 40 minutes of line dancing (dancing solo without a partner). Explore popular dances from over the decades via a wide variety of music. No boots or hats needed –just a desire to have fun!
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.
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.
Narrows Community Church Clothes Closet
The Clothes Closet at the Narrows Community Church in Outing in open from 8 am to 12 noon on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. The church is located at 6297 Wood Bay Drive in Outing. For more information call 218-792-5530.

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

Tuesdays and Thursdays: City of Emily Yoga Classes

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

Stop by the Community Center to register or call us with suggestions 692-4271.
Tennis in Emily
If you are interested in joining the Emily tennis group, call Milt at 218-792-5786 or Mary Jo at 218-763-2648 for more information, or just show up on any Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday morning at 9 AM for mixed doubles; great tennis fun and exercise. We have a great group of players! The courts are located on County Road 1 just west of Highway 6 in Emily.
New Volunteer Program at CRMC
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center has initiated a new volunteer program at its medical campus in Crosby and is seeking volunteers to help patients, visitors and staff by providing excellent customer service.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

Join the National Senior Service Corps
Make a difference in your community - join the National Senior Service Corps. There 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 by 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. Marcia Ferris is the LSS Regional Senior Corps Manager. For more information on how to volunteer and an application - call or email 218-839-6650 or

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.
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.

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November Events

November 24: CLC to host first pow-wow since 1990
Central Lakes College will host its first pow-wow since 1990. The event helps promote the college's mission to support learning, service, community collaboration and cultural enrichment, said Mary Sam, director of Diversity, Equity and Tribal Relations at CLC.

“American Indian CLC alumni, employees and students are excited that after nearly 25 years, we are hosting this event to honor Native American Heritage Month and to showcase the Minnesota Humanities Center's 'Why Treaties Matter' exhibit. Planning this pow-wow has served as a service learning and leadership opportunity for our students. We hope to continue this tradition for years to come.”

The pow-wow will run from 1- 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24 in the gym at CLC’s Brainerd campus.

The host drum is Timber Trails. The invocation will be lead by Dorothy Sam and the emcee will be Byron Ninham. The posting of the flags will be done by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe American Indian Veterans Post #53. Audience members will be invited to participate. There will be snacks available for purchase.

The pow-wow will coincide with the college hosting a new traveling exhibition called “Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations,” which explores the Native nations in Minnesota and their history of treaty making with the United States. The exhibit will be on display Nov. 23-Dec. 18.

Bette Sam, chair of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Ladies Auxiliary, Mille Lacs Band Elder and Brainerd Community College (now CLC) graduate, said the pow-wow is an important event.

“There are many American Indians going to Central Lake College and it is good for all of them to be able practice our traditions and culture,” she said. Sam helped organize CLC’s last pow-wow in 1990.

Freedom Porter, a CLC graduate and co-coordinator of the upcoming pow-wow, said attendees will experience an ancient form of celebration, while gaining education and insight to the pageantry.

“A pow-wow is just that: a celebration of life. How that fits into our lives at CLC is to celebrate the sacrifices we make to further our education,” Porter said.

“It is important for people to come to learn more of the customs and traditions of their Anishinabe neighbors,” Porter continued. “It’s important for people to join their neighbors and celebrate. They should feel free to join in and dance as well. It is important to smile widely when the beat of the drum vibrates throughout them.”

Interested in participating in the pow-wow?
CLC is encouraging American Indian dancers from around the state to participate in the powwow. No need to RSVP. Registration for dancers will open at noon and closes at 12:45 p.m. Grand Entry will start at 1 p.m. sharp. Tiny tot dancers will be paid $5 and adults will be paid $10.

To coincide with the exhibit, CLC is hosting several events that are free and open to the public:
• Opening ceremony: A program starts at noon Nov. 23 outside the cafeteria, CLC Brainerd campus. It will include an elder invocation, a brief presentation by the honorable Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin will present, a drum ceremony and traditional fry bread will be served.

• Men's Moccasin Game Exhibition: Runs from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in the gym, CLC Brainerd campus. American Indian Elders from across Minnesota will be teaching the Moccasin Game and encouraging male students and employees to participate in this 'traditional men's game.

• Indigenous Women's Gathering of Voice, Song and Empowerment: Runs from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 1 in room E471, Brainerd campus. AnnaMarie Gutch, musician and former director of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, along with CLC’s Meta 5 Program and Office of Diversity will host this 'empowering women' program for female students, employees and the community.

• Why Treaties Matter presentation by Tadd Johnson: At noon Dec. 7 in the Chalberg Theatre, Brainerd campus. Co-sponsored by the Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government.

• Conversational Ojibwe mini lessons: The first lesson will be from 2-2:45 p.m. Dec. 8 in room C236, Brainerd campus. The second lesson will be from 4:30- 5:15 p.m. Dec. 10 in room C237, Brainerd campus.

November 26-December 31: Sertoma Winter Wonderland, Drive tour of animated lit displays. Northland Arboretum, Thursdays-Saturdays, 5:30-8:30 pm

November 26: Baxter Turkey Run, 5th annual. 7:30am register, 9am race, 5k run or 1-mile walk to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.

November 26: Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Brainerd American Legion #255 11 am-1 pm

November 26: Thanksgiving Dinner, Grace United Methodist, Pequot Lakes, Noon-2pm,
or until food is gone. Free to the public.

November 27-28: Festival of Lights in Walker, MN/ Santa at Village Square from 1-3pm. Parade at 6pm

November 27-28: Annual World Famous Fish House Parade, Aitkin at 1pm

November 27: Nisswa City of Lights – Holiday Lighting Event, activities begin at 2pm, Downtown Lights at 5:30 pm Fireworks at 7:30

November 27: Lakers Lions Tree/Wreath Lot Opens in Emily – 10am

November 27: “Free Park Friday”
Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr announced last week that entrance fees to all 76 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas will be waived on Friday, Nov. 27 for “Free Park Friday,” encouraging Minnesotans to spend time outdoors, and with family, on the day after Thanksgiving.

“At a time of year when Minnesotans pause to give thanks, I am so grateful for the incredible state parks and trails we have here in Minnesota,” said Smith. “Visiting these parks is a great way to spend time with family and loved ones, relieve stress, and enjoy exercise in the great outdoors.”

Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed Friday, November 27, 2015, to be “Free Park Friday” at all Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. The governor also directed the DNR Commissioner to exercise his statutory authority to issue a written order, waiving entrance fees to state parks on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

“We are very fortunate to have such outstanding state parks and trails in Minnesota,” said Landwehr. “So get out there, walk off your turkey dinner and have some fun on Friday!”

Research shows that spending time outdoors benefits children and adults, including improving mood, enhancing creative thinking and problem solving, promoting a conservation ethic, and improving physical fitness. On Thanksgiving Day, the average American consumes around 4,500 calories. A brisk walk can burn about 300 calories in one hour.

“There is a Minnesota state park within 30 miles of almost everyone,” said Erika Rivers, director of Minnesota State Parks and Trails. “So no matter where you live or celebrate Thanksgiving, the restorative power of nature is always nearby.”

Minnesota’s state parks contribute to a $13 billion tourism industry in Minnesota, a key sector of the state’s economy. At 2012 study from the DNR found that Minnesota state parks draw in over $230 million in spending to local communities each year. An estimated 69 million domestic travelers and 270,000 international travelers vacationed in Minnesota in 2013.

“Outdoor recreation is a main draw for visitors to Minnesota and numerous state parks and recreation areas are a big part of Minnesota’s tourism economy,” said John Edman, director of Explore Minnesota. “State parks are nestled near vibrant communities where you can find cozy hotels, B&Bs, resorts, dining options, unique festivals and something new to experience only in Minnesota this season.”

Those visiting Minnesota state parks and recreation areas on November 27th are encouraged to share their adventures on social media using #FreeParkFriday and #OnlyinMN.

With 76 state parks and recreation areas statewide, almost every Minnesotan lives within 30 miles of a free, outdoor adventure this Thanksgiving weekend. Here are a few of the great options to explore across Minnesota:

• Explore a three-mile loop around Pike Island at Fort Snelling State Park in St. Paul and keep an eye out for wild turkeys near the entrance to the park.

• Hike along the St. Croix River at Afton State Park in Hastings. View trumpeter swans at Lake Maria State Park in Monticello.

• Visit the headwaters of the Mississippi River at Itasca State Park in Park Rapids to watch for the first signs of ice between the rocks.

• Take the trail to Shovel Point at Tettegouche State Park in Silver Bay while listening to Lake Superior’s waves lapping on the shore.

• Check out the views of the Whitewater Valley from the Chimney Rock overlook at Whitewater State Park in southeastern Minnesota.

• See and hear thousands of waterfowl at Lac qui Parle (“the lake that speaks”) State Park in Montevideo.

• Hike the prairie at Blue Mounds State Park in Luverne, or drive through a restored prairie at Minneopa State Park in Mankato, and see what the bison are up to.

For more information on Minnesota state parks and recreation areas, visit the DNR website. For additional resources on things to do and places to stay across the state, visit , and share sights this season on social media using #OnlyinMN.

November 28: Crosslake Breakfast with Santa, Crosslake American Legion Post 500, 9am-Noon
November 28: Fun Times Ahead at the Crosslake Fifty Lakes American Legion!
Santa’s Breakfast and Fishpond
Nov. 28 at 9am-11am
Under 3yrs old Free; $3 if 4-10; $7 if over 10

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December Events

By December 1: Wreaths for our Fallen Warriors
This program places a wreath on the cross of Military Veterans who have been put to rest at Fort Ripley near Little Falls. The Emily Outing Fifty Lakes Lions club has purchased 10 wreaths for this program. If you would like to have a wreath placed on the cross of a Veteran at Fort Ripley, please visit our website at . The deadline to enter a name is December 1, 2015.

The National Remembrance Ceremony for honoring our country’s veterans takes place at 11:00 AM on the second Saturday of December. All are invited to attend and participate in honoring our country’s fall heroes. To learn more about this program visit

December 2: Christmas in the Park at Crosby Memorial Park 4:00-7:00 pm

December 3: Christmas Drama 11 AM Grace Methodist Pequot Lakes

December 3: Pequot Lakes School Winter Band Concert. Middle School at 6 pm; High School Ensembles at 7:30pm

December 4: Heartland Symphony Orchestra - Winter in Vienna 7:30 pm Crosslake Lutheran

December 4-6: The Heartland Symphony Orchestra to feature the music of Johann and Josef Strauss in a “Winter In Vienna”
The Heartland Symphony Orchestra continues its 39th season with winter concert selections depicting a “Winter in Vienna” on Friday, December 4, 2015, 7:30 p.m. at the Crosslake Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, Saturday, December 5, 2015, 7:30 p.m. at the Charles D. Martin Auditorium, and Sunday, December 6, 2015, 2:30 p.m. at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd, MN.

Performing under the direction of Maestro Chun-Ming Chen, the HSO features music by Johann Strauss Sr. and Jr. and Josef Strauss, opening their concert with the Radetzky March, continuing with five lively polkas, before slowing into intermission with the Emperors Waltz.

Leading off the second half, the orchestra performs A Christmas Festival by Leroy Anderson, moving into the Skaters Waltz by Emile Waldteufel, followed by O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen.

The orchestra closes with There’s Christmas in the Air by Carl Strommen and an audience Christmas Sing-Along, arranged by Bob Cerulli.

Tickets may be purchased at the door, online at or by calling 1-800-826-1997.

Heartland Symphony Orchestra is a 50-piece volunteer, nonprofit, community orchestra located in and serving the central Minnesota area of Brainerd, Little Falls, and the surrounding rural communities. Musicians, from amateurs to professionals, come together once a week from all over the region to rehearse and perform three full-length orchestral music concerts each season in both Little Falls and Brainerd.

Special guest artists and conductors, local soloists and ensembles, area youth concerto winners, and charming repertoire commentary all help to make each concert unique and entertaining. The HSO also contributes its service to communities through music education programs, special events, and ticket giveaways.

For more information about upcoming concerts or to get involved either as a player or HSO sponsor, please email or call the HSO at 1-800 826-1997.

December 5: Crosslake Legion Auxiliary to Host Santa’s Breakfast and Annual Craft Bazaar
The Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion Auxiliary will host the annual Santa’s Breakfast Saturday, November 28 from 9 to 11am. Their annual Craft Bazaar and Cookie Walk will be held in Saturday December 5 from 9am to 3pm. Both events will be held at the Legion.

Santa’s Breakfast is for area families and their children and grandchildren. Santa will be on hand to listen to all Christmas wishes and present each child with a bag of goodies provided by the Auxiliary. Breakfast will include scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, juice and hot chocolate or coffee. The cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children 4-10; children 3 and under are free. There will also be a free fishpond for children to fish for prizes.

The annual Craft Bazaar and Cookie Walk/Bake Sale will feature local crafters offering their wares for sale at the bazaar. The Auxiliary members each make 7 dozen cookies, of which you can purchase an assortment by the pound. Other holiday Bake Sale items will also be on sale. Shoppers can enjoy soup and bread from 11am-1pm for $5.

All Craft Bazaar proceeds will go towards the Auxiliary Scholarship fund. $500 scholarships will be awarded to local students in the spring of 2016. Santa’s Breakfast proceeds are used to support Auxiliary programs that benefit active duty soldiers, veterans and wounded warriors.

December 5: Pet Photo with Santa at Crosslake Veterinary Hospital 1-3 pm

December 5: Heartland Symphony Orchestra - Winter in Vienna 1-3 pm US Army Corps of Eng. Park

December 5: Holiday at the Dam in Crosslake, Meet Santa, enjoy games, hot cocoa, campfire, and s’mores! 1-4pm

December 5: Christmas Bazaar & Bake Sale with Raffle and Cookie Walk, Crosslake American Legion Post 500, 9am-3pm.

December 5: 9th Annual Fund Raiser, Christmas for Kids. Maucieri’s, Crosslake, 4-7pm

December 5: Annual Cookie Walk, 1st Lutheran Church, Pine River, 9am-Noon

December 5: Holiday Craft Fair, Fifty Lakes, 10 am-4 pm

December 5: Wild Game Dinner and Silent Auction, Immaculate Heart Church, Crosslake, 5:30 pm

December 5: Youth snowmobile safety training classes
Youth snowmobile safety training classes will be held at the Emily City Hall and Community Center on December 5th, 2015 at 9:00 A.M.

You must be 11-17 years old to attend the class. Class is limited to 20 Students max, so don’t be late to sign up. The training CD’s and instructions are available at the Emily City Clerks office during regular office hours. You can also call the DNR Information Center, to obtain a snowmobile training CD. Their Phone Number is: 888-646-6367.

For more information and to sign up for the class, please call: 218-763-2502. If there is no answer please leave a message and your call will be returned.

December 5: Christmas Bazaar, Cookie Walk and Bake Sale
Dec. 5, 9am-3pm; Crafters Wanted for Bazaar
Call Cheryl at 218-851-3465 to rent a table ($20ea)
Sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary, Crosslake

December 7: Tree of Life Memorial Service and Lighting Ceremony
Join Essentia Health - St. Joseph’s Foundation for the Tree of Life Memorial Service and Lighting Ceremony on Monday, December 7. The service begins at 4 p.m. in the River Room on the lower level of Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

The community is invited to the service offering family and friends the opportunity to honor a loved one and remember those lost. Scripture reading, music, reading of names, and hanging of a bulb by a family member will be followed by a reception time for sharing and support.

The Tree of Life has been a part of family remembrance since 1999. Bulb sponsorship raises funds to provide hospice care and grief support. Each donation will hang a bulb in memory or recognition of a loved one.

For more information about the Tree of Life Memorial Service or light donation call David Jeremiason at (218) 828-7362..

December 9: Rock N Roll Xmas Spectacular, Cragan’s , 7:30-9:30 pm

December 9: Christmas for Kids Party, Riverside Inn, Crosslake, 7pm

December 10: Crosslake Community School Winter Music Program, 2pm (dress rehearsal open to public) and performance at 6 pm

December 10: Pequot Lakes School Winter Choir Concert Middle at 6 p.m. High School, Concert Choir, & Ensembles, 7 pm

December 10: 7 PM Benefit Concert by Decade 7 for Lakes Area Food Shelf and Christmas for Kids at Grace Methodist Church, Pequot Lakes

December 11-26: Enchanted Village, Paul Bunyan Land, every Friday and Saturday evening only, bon fire and free admission. 6-9 pm

December 12: Pine River Business Holiday Open House Day. Free Goodies and Drawings. Pine River Library Holiday Bake sale 10am-1pm; Indoor Farmers Market 10am-2pm at the Warehouse; Lunch with Santa at Pine River Amer. Legion 11am; Horse drawn wagon rides at Legion noon-2pm; Free Kid’s Movie @ the Depot “Polar Express” 2 pm

December 12: Parade of Lights Day, Pine River. Parade at 5pm. Fireworks follow the parade. Yuletide Bon Fire at Pine River Railroad Depot.

December 12: Santa’s Bobbin’ Into Town in Pequot Lakes! Bonfire in Trailside Park with cocoa, s’mores and caroling hosted by Ms. Pequot Lakes Royalty, 3pm-ongoing. Mrs. Claus storytime, crafts, and goodies, at the library 3-3:45pm. Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Jack Pine Center, 4-5:30pm. “Light up the Night” Parade along the Paul Bunyan Trail, 6pm

December 13: Crosby-Ironton High School Holiday Choir Concert (A-K 1p.m. L-Z 3pm)

December 14:
Pine River Backus High School Holiday Concert, 7pm

December 16: 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.

December 16: "Holiday Potluck" -  NOON.Same place as last year.Call Jayne for more information: 218-763-1222

December 17: Eagle View Elementary School Christmas Program K-2nd 7 pm

December 22-31: Sertoma Winter Wonderland, Drive tour of more than 80 colorfully animated lit displays Northland Arboretum, 5:30-8:30 pm

December 31: Take the Dam Picture Contest
The Light Up Crosslake committee is sponsoring 2015 Take the Dam Picture Contest.The committee is excited to feature one of Crosslake’s beautiful landmarks again this year.

The lights on the Pine River Dam at Crosslake will be lit for the Holiday Season beginning Thanksgiving weekend Friday, November 27th. Take your best shot at capturing this landmark while the lights are on, and your photo could be selected as our 2015 photo contest winner.

The winning photo of the 2015 Light Up the Dam contest will be displayed at the Crosslake Chamber Welcome Center, Crosslake Community Center, City Hall and Andy’s Restaurant and Bar.

Contest Rules:
1. Entry forms are available at the Crosslake Chamber Welcome center, Crosslake City Hall, Crosslake community Center and the US Army Corps of Engineers office and at

2. Entry fee $10 per picture (check made to the PAL Foundation with “Dam Photo Contest” in the memo line) and mailed to PAL Foundation – 14126 Daggett Pine Road, Crosslake, MN 56442.

3. Picture(s) must be a minimum 300 DPI quality and emailed in JPEG format to Crosslake EDA at Deadline for submission is December 31, 2015.

4. Winning picture will be selected by Crosslake Idea Lions Club, January 2016.

5. Notification of winner will be announced in the Northland Press and by email or phone.

So grab your cameras and help support “Light Up Crosslake”

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