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Weekly and Monthly Event

Care-n-Share pick-up meals
The Care-N-Share free weekly pick-up meal program is scheduled to continue through spring 2022 at which time the Board will again review opening to in-house meals. The need for additional volunteers to package the free pick-up meals is an ongoing need.

Call 952-240-7936 to reserve your free meals for pick-up between 1:00 & 2:30 PM at Emily Wesleyan Church on Wednesday. Your name can also be added to a distribution list for routinely receiving free meals every Wednesday.


Free Online Mental Health Peer Support Groups for Individuals and Families
NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) sponsors a variety of online peer support groups for adults and young adults living with a mental illness, their families, friends, spouses/partners, as well as parents of children and teens. Led by trained peer facilitators the support groups help individuals and families learn coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. When joining an online group, please add only your first name. Also, the groups are specifically for those individuals suggested by the group’s title. For example, Family Support Group is only for family members and NAMI Connection is only for those who live with a mental illness and are over 18 years old, etc. Find a complete listing of group meetings and how to join in by going to namimn.org and clicking on “Support Groups” or go straight to https://namimn.org/support/namiminnesota-support-groups/.

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 open the first and third Fridays of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.. It is located at 34212 County Highway 3 in Crosslake, MN. 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

Monetary donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 253, Crosslake, MN 56442

Outing Volunteer Library
The Outing Volunteer Library hours are:
Monday from 10-12
Wednesday from 1-4
Saturday from 10-1

The Outing Volunteer Library is located at:
6300 Woods Bay Dr NE,
Outing, MN 56662

Emily Public Library
The City of Emily Public Library in Emily City Hall is now open. Hours are Mon-Wed 8 -4:00, Thur & Fri 8-11:30.

The option to request materials remains for in-house pickup. To request items or for more info log on the city website at www.cityofemily.com and select the library tab.


Emily Food Shelf
The Emily Food Shelf located at 20948 County Road 1 in Emily is open the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30pm and the following Wednesday from 9:30 to 11:00am.
 
Call the Emily Food Shelf at 218- 763-3663 for further information and emergency assistance.
 
Financial contributions s/b sent to our mailing address: PO BOX 93, EMILY MN 56447
 
We sincerely thank all of you who continue to support the food shelf and the local communities we serve: Emily, Fifty Lakes, Outing, Fairfield, Little Pine, Ross Lake, Perry Lake.

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

We and you Serve!!

Donate your used eyeglasses
Crosslake Ideal Lions are collecting used eyeglasses to donate to the visually impaired. Drop off sites are located at Crosslake Drug, Crosslake Community Center, Black Ridge Bank, First National Bank, Crosslake Clinic, Reeds,and Crosslake Lutheran Church.

Pine River-Backus Free Community Meals
The Free Weekly Community Meals initiative in the Pine River and Backus communities began on April 22, 2019. The overarching goal is to connect families with weekly access to restaurant quality food, prepared by area Chefs, and be a catalyst to continue building the solid network of support within our community.

Free Weekly CommUnity Meals are provided every Monday, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, at the Riverside Church, located at 310 Norway Ave, in Pine River, and every Tuesday, 5:00-6:00 pm, at the Pine Mountaineer Senior Citizens Club, located at 131 Front Street North, in Backus.

These healthy meals are Chef prepared and open to the public. If you are interested in providing a monetary donation to support the CommUnity Meals they may either be mailed to: CommUnity Meals, P.O. Box 1, Pine River, MN or dropped off in person at the Pine River-Backus Family Center, located at 245 Barclay Avenue, Pine River. Your support and financial contributions to this valuable community resource are both respected and deeply appreciated.

Monday nights: AA Meeting
Those with a desire to stop drinking are invited to attend the Crosslake Monday Night’s AA Meeting. The open meetings will take place from 7-8 p.m Mondays at Crosslake Lutheran, 35960 County Road 66, Crosslake, MN

Tuesday nights: AA Meeting
Those with a desire to stop drinking are invited to attend the Crosslake Tuesday Night’s AA Meeting. The open meetings will take place from 7-8 p.m Tuesdays at The Log Church, 37218 County Road 66 Crosslake, MN

Thursday nights: AA Meeting
Those with a desire to stop drinking are invited to attend the Crosslake Thursday Night’s AA Meeting. The open meetings will take place at 7 p.m. Thursdays downstairs at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church of Crosslake


Crosslake Ideal Lions Seek Donations

One of the missions of Lions, worldwide, is in the collection of eyeglasses and hearing aids. If you have any glasses you no longer use, please drop them off at one of our sites where we have collection boxes. The locations are as follows: Crosslake Drug Store, Crosslake Clinic, Crosslake Community Center, Blackridge Bank, First National Bank, and Crosslake Lutheran Church. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Outing Bone Builders

Bone Builders, the strengthening program for men and women to help prevent osteoporosis and rebuild bone density for vaccinated seniors. The hour-long classes, held every Tue & Thurs at the Crooked Lake Town Hall in Outing begin promptly at 9 am. There is no charge to participate. Hand and leg weights are provided in class or bring your own. New to the program? Contact Jack Schuller 218-792-5256 to learn more and find out how to get started. The program is sponsored by the Outing Seniors, serving Outing, Emily, and Fifty Lakes.

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December Events

December 1: Crosslake Mayor to hold Listening Session/Townhall Meeting
Crosslake Mayor, Dave Nevin, is inviting the public to a town meeting on Wednesday, December 1st. The meeting will be held at 6:30pm at Moonlite Bay Bar & Family Restaurant in Crosslake.

Mayor Nevin is interested in hearing the public’s opinion on any topic of concern in the City of Crosslake. Anyone with an interest in Crosslake is invited.


December 2: Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Meeting
The Brainerd Lakes Area Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet at Lord of Life Church, 6190 Fairview Road, Baxter on Thursday, December 2 at 1:00pm. There will be a potluck lunch. Sub sandwiches will be provided. Please bring a side dish to share. Please call 218-829-4017 if you have questions. Masks are required at the church.

December 2, 7, 16 & 21: Makers’ Place of Emily

Learn, Create, Collaborate
All are welcome to come to the Makers’ Place of Emily located at the Emily City Building. Open studio time is from 6-9 p.m. on
Tuesdays: Dec. 7 & 21
Thursdays: Dec. 2 & 16

Afternoons can be made available with interest and participation. Contact: makersplaceofemily@gmail.com

December 2-4: A Cuyuna Christmas
Celebrate the sights and sounds of the holiday season at Cuyuna Christmas, a myriad of events the first weekend of December throughout the Cuyuna Lakes Area, and support Smiles for Jake, a local suicide prevention movement that spreads positivity through the message that everyone should have hope.

The free and fun events featuring a Nashville duo’s performance, spectacular fireworks, candlelight snowshoeing, games, crafts, food, shopping and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus, is open to all families and individuals in the area.

Most of the events will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Snow Many Smiles in Crosby’s Memorial Park. Tigirlily, an upand- coming country band from Nashville, will present an outdoor performance at 4 p.m. From 2-6:30 p.m. there will be a variety of activities and entertainment for the entire family. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be on hand to spread Christmas cheer and free yuletide snacks will be served. The grand finale of fireworks will be at 6 p.m. over Serpent Lake at 6 p.m. Also, part of the event is a youth art contest, cookie bake-off, free family photos, cash raffle, find a  medallion contest, and the Tree of Love ceremony.

Earlier on Saturday, Lunch with Santa will take place at the Deerwood Auditorium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Garrison Bay Lake Area Lions and The Deerstand are sponsoring the event with the support of Deerwood Civic & Commerce and Deerwood Firefighters Relief Association. Children 12 years and younger and special needs youth are asked to register online at cuyunachristmas.com by Friday, Nov. 19. Each child will receive lunch donated by the Deerstand, visit Santa, and receive a treat bag and gift appropriate to their age, enjoy entertainment, and go home with a bag full of all the ingredients for a holiday ham dinner.

The weekend’s other events will begin with Girls Night Out. Participants will have three days to shop at various businesses where they will receive stamps. Stamped entry forms delivered to the Ironton Legion by 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, will be eligible to win $500 and several door prizes. A designer handbag raffle is also planned that evening as well as burger specials and there will be a Bonanza at the Deerwood Auditorium from 1 to 6 p.m.

Fun will continue in the area’s beautiful outdoors on Friday, Dec. 3, with a candlelight snowshoe and hiking event along the Cuyuna State Recreation Area State Trails. Later Friday, a Jingle Bell Jam with live music and a holiday attire contest will take place at 7 p.m. at the Deerwood American Legion. The Legion will also hold a Reindeer Rump Mega Meat Raffle beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Sponsored by CRMC and Smiles for Jake, event supporters to date include the Cuyuna Fire Relief Association, Crosby-Ironton Courier, CTC, Dairy Queen, Deerwood Bank, Deerwood American Legion, Ironton American Legion, Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, Mixed Co., Nelson, Inc., Range Disposal, Spalding, Super One, and numerous volunteers.

For a full schedule, details, list of sponsors, and current information about all the activities visit cuyunachristmas.com.

December 4: 37th annual Tree of Love fund-raising event for Hospice

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Home Health & Hospice department is now accepting memorial and honor gifts for the 37th annual Tree of Love fund-raising event for Hospice. The official tree lighting and dedication of the Hospice tree is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Crosby’s Memorial Park.

Tree of Love is a special fundraiser memorializing and honoring loved ones that benefits CRMC Hospice. Memorials and gifts are used to make  compassionate, end-of-life care available to people in the area who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, regardless of their ability to pay. Hospice involves a team approach to expert medical care, pain management, emotional and spiritual support. A vital part of hospice care is providing support to the family and loved ones of patients.

This year, the live Tree of Love evergreen will be located on the west side of Crosby Memorial Park, adjacent to Highway 210. At the ceremony which will be part of Cuyuna Christmas on December 4, the Tree of Love will be illuminated with lights in memory or honor of loved ones and continue to shine throughout the holiday season.

The names of those being remembered will be displayed at the ceremony, near a smaller Tree of Love replica in CRMC’s Cornerstone Lounge and be published on cuyunamed.org. Home Health & Hospice accepts donations all year and the Tree of Love accepts donations through the end of December. To make sure the names of loved ones are received in time for recognition, please complete the form at Treeoflove2021.givesmart.com by November 30. Donate $10 for each person to be honored or remembered. Contributions may also be sent to: CRMC Tree of Love, 320 E. Main St., Crosby, MN 56441. Provide the name of the person the gift is in memory or in honor of, and to whom a card of notification should be sent.

For more information, visit www.cuyunamed.org or call 218-546-2311.

December 4: 2021 Christmas for Kids

There will be something for everyone at the 15th Annual Christmas for Kids Crosslake Fundraiser to be held Saturday, December 4th from 4-7 pm at Maucieri’s Restaurant.

Take part in the silent auction from 4-6pm. The live auction starts at 6pm and all proceeds will be put toward local children. Make a donation of a new unwrapped gift or cash to Christmas for Kids and receive a free beverage.

For more information, contact Holly Chase at 218-838-5017, Tracy Halverson at 651-238-9648 or Dawn Maucieri at 218-692-4800.

December 4: 8th Annual Holiday at the Dam

The 8th Annual Holiday at the Dam will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 12-3 p.m. featuring outdoor fun for the whole family.

Take your family photo with a Holiday backdrop, sip hot cocoa while you roast a S'more over a warm campfire and grab your 2021 Holiday ornament branded by Jeremy Knippel, to decorate at home.

Stay for the day and visit Crosslake businesses decorated for the holidays and offering discounts, specials, treats and gift wrapping.

Bring a new unwrapped gift and we'll deliver it to Maucieri's for the 15th Annual Christmas for Kids, or bring it yourself from 4 to 7p.m. This gift drive offers less fortunate families living in our community the opportunity to receive gifts and a meal to make their holiday special.

Holiday at the Dam is brought to you by Crosslake's Light Up the Dam, a 100 percent volunteer driven initiative to adorn the Pine River Dam and Corps property with Holiday lights.

Look for beautiful colored lights on the dam, shelter, pier and trees as well as a hanging wreath, Santa & his reindeer and other displays for the Holidays.

In March, you'll find a shamrock, and in the summer months an American Flag adorns the Dam.

For more information about the Light Up the Dam initiative, or to make a donation please contact
president Tim Schalow at nmn@crosslake.net or 218-692-3377.

December 4: Holiday Open House and School Tour at Crosslake Community School
Make CCS your first stop on your way to Crosslake’s “Holiday at the Dam” Event. Holiday Open House and School Tour December 4, 2021 from 10 am to noon.

• Judge our classroom door decorating competition while touring the school
• Make and take a recycled (“stained glass”) or outdoor (birdseed pinecone) ornament
• Warm up with a holiday treat
• Create a Poured Paint Ornament $5 per ornament with a maximum of 4 ornaments per person. Julie Riley, Instructor
• Meet Santa and have your photo taken

Crosslake Community School 35808 County Road 66 Crosslake MN 66442 218 692-5437. Follow us on Facebook at Crosslake Community Schools.

December 5: Community Sing Along Caroling Event

This year, instead of traveling around the area bringing holiday music to residents at their doors, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Outing will host a Holiday sing along caroling event on Sunday December 5, at 3:30 PM. Voices from all area communities are welcome to participate. Children are welcome and encouraged to add their voices as well! There is no charge. Music sheets will be provided for attendees. Following the music, refreshments will be offered in the Church basement.

To share the holiday spirit, the sing along caroling will be streamed live on the Our Savior’s Facebook page: [@OSLCOuting]

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church is located at: 525 State 6 NE, Outing. Telephone: 218-792-5346. email: oslc@brainerd.net

December 7: Pop-Up Food Pantry at Emily Wesleyan Church
Pop-Up Pantry: Free food for anyone in need.
Date: DECEMBER 7, 2021
Time: 1:00pm -2:00pm or until food is gone
Please don’t arrive more than 15 minutes before start time
Location: Emily Wesleyan Church
40141 State Hwy 6
Emily, MN 56447

Instructions
• Stay in your car at all times.
• Line up on the southbound shoulder of Hwy 6. Please DO NOT line up on the northbound side of Hwy. 6
• No restrooms will be available

A Pop-Up Pantry is a traveling food shelf that delivers nutritious food directly to families in need. It is Second Harvest North Central Food Bank’s priority to increase access to fresh, healthy food in every community throughout north central Minnesota.

December 11: Home for the Holidays Great River Strings Orchestra’s Winter Concert
The Great River Strings Orchestra, under the baton of Musical Director Richard Aulie, will present their 2021 Winter Holiday Concert at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, at Cascade United Methodist Church in Deerwood, Minnesota. The concert will be repeated at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 12, at the Butler Building in Aitkin, Minnesota. These concerts are made available through generous contributions from the Aitkin Lions Club, Aitkin Friends of the Arts, and Cascade United Methodist Church. There will be no charge for admission to the concerts, but a free will offering will be taken at both events.

Titled “Home for the Holidays”, the concert features classical music by Antonio Vivaldi, Arcangelo Corelli, and Leroy Anderson, seasonal fiddle tunes, and a Christmas sing along for the audience. Great River Strings members represent communities from three Minnesota counties- Crow Wing, Aitkin, and Mille Lacs. The orchestra is excited to be back together again after a two-year sabbatical due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please come welcome the orchestra back and join us in celebrating: “There’s no place like home for the holidays”.

December 11: 50th Annual Hoop Shoot
Parents! Don't let your youngster(s) miss this fun opportunity! Brainerd Elks Lodge 615 will host their 50th annual hoop shoot for youth ages 8-13 on Saturday, December 11 at Forestview Middle School in Baxter. Registration opens at 12 noon and the contest begins at 1:00.

This event is open to all boys and girls in the Brainerd Lakes area and entrants will compete in one of six age groups. The age groups are Boys 8–9-year-old, 10–11-year-old, and 12–13-year-old plus Girls 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13. Ages are determined by what the Shooters age will be by March 31, 2022.

Winners at the local level will advance to the Central District Hoop Shoot January 22, 2022, at Lake Region Christian School in Baxter.

Winners from the District will advance to the State Hoop Shoot in Hutchinson, the Regional Hoop Shoot in Iowa City, and the National Hoop Shoot in Chicago.

Questions may be directed to Dick Lyscio (218) 851-1753 or the Elks (218) 829-2643.

Visit https://www.elks.org/hoopshoot/ to learn more!

December 15: Crosslake Area Garden Club
Crosslake Area Garden Club meets the third Wednesday of the month at 1:00PM in the meeting room at the Crosslake Community Center. The upcoming programs are listed below:

November and through December 15th: We will have a tree in the Community Center lobby and collect hats, mittens and scarves for the Crosslake Community School Children Holiday Giving. All are welcome to participate.

2022 programs schedule will be available soon! Everyone is welcome to join our meetings. For questions call Linda Gates @ 507-202-9374.

December 16: Free Online Suicide Prevention Class for Agricultural Communities
NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is offering a free online suicide prevention class tailored to farming communities. Called QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) for Agricultural Communities, the program helps individuals learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent a suicide. More than one million adults in the U.S. have been trained in QPR. This 1.5-hour class is for members of rural and agricultural communities over the age of 16 who want to learn best practices in suicide prevention. It will be offered from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on Dec. 16. To register, see “Classes” at namimn.org. For further information, call 651-645-2948.

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