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

Eating Disorder Association Formed
The Eating Disorder Association of Central Minnesota has been organized. Their mission is to educate the public and establish a greater understanding and awareness of eating disorders, while supporting those suffering with an eating disorder and all affected by it through education and creating a network of all available treatment options.
 
Brain Injury Support Group
On the last Wednesday of each month there is a Brain Injury Support Group meeting from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at The Lighthouse. The address is 704 Norwood Street in Brainerd, MN. The purpose of these meetings is to share stories of living with a brain injury. They are for persons with a brain injury, their families, friends, and are open for all to attend. We provide coffee and cookies and there are no costs for persons who attend. No appointments necessary to attend and  persons with questions may call Meridith at 218-829-4492 or Russ at 218-763-3760.
 
MN Lyme Asso. Brainerd Lakes Chapter
The Minnesota Lyme Association Brainerd Lakes Chapter is operating a year round fundraiser to support it’s efforts in the fight against and the treatment of Lyme Disease.
 
Come and be a part of this effort at Papa’s Treasures of Hope, a Women’s Boutique and Thrift Shop located a 1/2 mile north of Pequot Lakes on Hwy 371.
 
Address is 4176 Langenbou Rd. Pequot Lakes. Hours Open are 10-4 Wed. to Sat. Volunteers always welcome.
 
Lyme support meetings are held every second Thursday of the month, 1:00 pm at Papa’s Treasures of Hope.

Lyme Disease Support Group
Monthly Lyme Disease Support Group meeting are the 2nd Thursdays of the month at 6 pm at the Trailside Center in Pequot Lakes. Everyone is welcome and the meetings are free.

May is Lyme Disease awareness month. We will have a garden flag available to buy for showing support for the life changing disease of Lyme. Contact Judy at 218 543-4945 for more information.
 
Circle of Parents free community based support groups for parents and their children
Circle of Parents is a parent support group that is open to all families in the Pequot Lakes area. Based on the statewide Circle of Parent program model the local program is free and open to all families. The Pequot Lakes Circle of Parents group meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Trailside Center. Free childcare is available.

During the once a week meetings, parents come together to exchange insights into common parenting challenges. The program is free, confidential, nonjudgmental and designed to promote positive parenting skills. To find out more about the Pequot Lakes Circle of Parent group, call Joan at (218) 821-6429. The philosophy behind Circle of Parents is sharing ideas, sharing support. Parents in the lakes area do not have to feel alone with their parenting concerns, please call or drop in for the weekly discussion.
 
Bereavement/Family Support Group
The Bereavement / Family Support Group will meet the third Thursday of each month, at 4 pm, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Crosslake. For more information, please call Donna Keiffer 218-821-1158.
 
Outing Volunteer Library
Monday 10 am - 2 pm
** Tuesday 1 pm - 4 pm
Wednesday 3-5 pm
** Thursday 1-5 pm
** Friday 9 am - 1 pm
Saturday 10 am - 1 pm

** NEW HOURS
 
Crosslake Bereavement Group
Crosslake Evangelical Free Church “Log Church” Monday’s at 6:30 p.m. Meet in the church, use the back entrance. This is a local support group for those who have lost a loved one. Contact Jean Young 218-692-1854 if you have questions.
 
Pequot Lakes - Breezy Point Lions
The Pequot Lakes - Breezy Point Lions Club meets the second Monday of the month at the Pelican Lakes Conservation Club at 5:30 pm. All visitors welcome. For more information call 218-838-8002 or visit plbplionsclub. com or send an email to info@plbplionsclub.com.

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

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

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

If you have any questions or need a special pick up, please call Nancy Rudberg at 218 692-2309.
 
Crosslake "Clothes Closet" Announces Summer Hours
Crosslake: the Clothes Closet at 37560 Ox Lake Landing announces its summer hours as the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 5 PM to 8 PM. The closet will not be open Tuesday mornings during the summer months of June, July or August.

The Closet offers clothing and shoes for men, women and children, some small appliances, kitchen items, knick knacks, etc at no charge! Donations are accepted during business hours. For information please call Dodo Fraser at 218-692-4056 or Arlyn Carlson at 218-543-6509.

 
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: Adult Exercise Program - Emily
FREE low-impact exercise program for men and women at the new City Hall in Emily on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9AM-10AM. (Note: Must sign waiver for City of Emily for use of city facility.)
 
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 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 group of very enthusiastic players! The courts are located on County Road 1 just west of Highway 6 in Emily.

Over The Hills Gang
The Over the Hills Gang ATV club meets the first Saturday of the month at Granny's Bar on  Hwy. 6 located between Outing and Emily at 10 a.m.

All club events, ride schedule and training events can be found on the club’s website at www.overthehillsgang.org

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

The club is always seeking new members that want to promote safe and happy riding in the area.
 
Emily Food Shelf
The Emily Area Food Shelf regular hours are on the third Wednesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The additional day, will be the following Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for those who are unable to pick-up at the regular time. For more information contact Nancy Moritz, 218 763-3097.
 
Cuyuna Iron Range Riders
We are a family style ATV club located in the Crosby /Ironton area. We are dedicated to responsible riding for all ages, youth safety training and trail ambassadorship. We plan activities centered around riding in Minnesota’s great outdoors.

The Cuyuna Iron Range Riders club has been activity in the Cuyuna Range community since 2004. We volunteer our time to host youth safety training and trail ambassadorship. We are actively pursuing grant in aid trails in Crow Wing County. The club offers memberships to anyone interested in trail riding and exploring nature. For more information, go online to www.cuyunaironrangeriders.com or contact club President Russ Heittola at 825-0441 or email heittola@brainerd.net and visit us on Facebook. Join the fun and camaraderie-become a member today!
 
Crosslake Area MOPS
The Crosslake Area MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group group is a great place to come, just as you are, to be rejuvenated and inspired. We provide a caring, accepting atmosphere for today's mothers of preschoolers.

You will have an opportunity to share concerns, explore areas of creativity, and hear instructions that equip you for the responsibilities of family and community. New friendships and smart approaches to tackling the challenges of motherhood are waiting for you.

We will meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, September thru May. Free childcare is provided for members.

Drop-off is at 9:00 am, meetings start at 9:15 and end at 11:15 am. For more information please contact Deb at The Log Church at 218-692-4141 or find Crosslake Area MOPS on Facebook.
 
Local Area AA groups
The Emily-Outing AA group meets in Emily each Sunday at the Emily Wesleyan Church 40141 Hwy 6 in Emily. Meeting time is at 4 pm. Call Rich at 218 792-5881 for more information.

The Crosslake AA and Alonon meet every Monday at 7 pm at the Crosslake Lutheran Church, information call 692-4113

The Crosslake AA also meets Tuesday night at 7 pm at the Crosslake Presbyterian Church, information call 692-1845.

Officers are Justina Richter, President; Margie Young, Vice President; Sandi Day, Secretary; and Larry Embertson, Treasurer. Support group meetings are held the first Monday of every month at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Justina at 218- 963-7421, or Margie at 218-829-3509.

Cass County Triad
Cass County Triad is a community- based partnership between senior citizens and law enforcement. The goal of Triad is to reduce criminal victimization of the elderly and to enhance communications between senior citizens and law enforcement. If you are interested in learning more about Triad, please call Pauline with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office at 218-547-7308.

Triad meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Hackensack Senior Center. Lunch is available at noon with the meeting at 1 p.m. All are welcome!
 
Care Center in Crosby seeks volunteers
The Care Center at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby is seeking volunteers to assist with evening activities four to five nights a month.

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

Those who are interested or would like more information may contact Activity Director Ali Engler at 545-4353 or aengler@cuyunamed.org.
 
Brainerd Lakes Limbs & Things support group for Amputees
Brainerd Lakes Limbs & Things is a support group being organized by Tim and Mindy Speldrich working with Amputees and local professionals to help Amputees over limb loss and family questions and struggles.

“We have been inspired by the number of people who have spoken to us since sharing our journey with the community in recent articles,” said Tim Speldrich, a below the knee (BK) amputee for 20 years and an above the knee (AK) amputee for more than 9 years. “Mindy and I have been married for 20 years and have supported one another through all things.”

Amputees and families are welcome to come to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center at 6:30 p.m. on the 1st Monday of every month in the Kerst Meeting Room located in the lower level.

For more information contact Tim at timspeldrich@gmail.com or (218) 838-8431; or Mindy at speldrichm@yahoo.com or (218) 839-1488.
 
Wednesdays: Farmers’ Market Wed. 9am-1pm • Crosslake Town Square
The Farmers Market is back in Town Square. The lead person for the farmers market in Crosslake passed away this winter. It took a little while to put together another group but they are back! We missed out of some of the early season items, but it is prime time now. Please show your support! Every Wednesday 9am to 1pm in the Crosslake Town Square. Any vendors interested in participating can contact Sheila at 218-839-0493 or email sheilacec@live.com

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July Events

July 28-31: Eagles Nest Church to present Agency D3, Discover, Decide, Defend Vacation Bible School
Grab your ID and head on over to Agency D3! Come join us as we investigate the truth about Jesus! Kids will enter Worship Rally at the Headquarters and their first stop in the Evidence Vault for Bible Study. While collecting evidence, kids will also visit the Break Room,the Training Ground for recreation, the Communications Hub for music, the Map Room for MISSIONS, AND LAB for crafts.

It's Vacation Bible School at Eagles Nest Church, located across from the Eagles View Elementary School on County Road 11, Breezy Point! We invite children age 4 years through grade 4 Are admitted free from July 28th-31st at 5:45-8:30pm.

Call Mary 612-239-8349 or visit our website eaglesnestbaptistchurch.org for more information

Family Night is Thursday having dunks tank, food and games!

A VBS time that you won't want to miss!

July 30: Nisswa Garden Club presents “Melody of Flowers”
“Melody of Flowers” is the theme of the 76th Annual Garden Show sponsored by the Nisswa Garden Club on July 30, 2014. The show will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa from 2 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Members and non-members of the club will be displaying “fruits of their labor” in Artistic, Horticulture, Potted Plants, Fruits, Vegetables, and Herb Sections. A Seminar on “Tropicals for summer enjoyment and hints for over wintering”. A History, Educational table, also Master Gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions. Enjoy coffee, punch, and homemade cookies and bars amongst the flowers in the refreshment area during the show. There is also a silent auction, bake sale and plant sale.

Entries will be received on Tuesday, July 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, July 30, from 7 to 9 a.m. Entries must be picked up at the end of the show.

If you are interested in exhibiting or want further information or details of the show, check our website at www.nisswagardenclub.org or call Barb at 218 330-6661.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.
 
July 31 - August 1: Crosslake Area Library to host book sale
The book sale will be inside the air conditioned Crosslake Community Center from 9 AM to 4 PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 31st, August 1st and 2nd. All money raised will be used to support the library.

If you have books to donate, please bring them to the Crosslake Library now. If you can help, please call Mary at 218-692-4476 or Jan at 218-562-5073 to volunteer.

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August Events

August: Lyme Association to host Flea Market
The MN Lyme Disease Assoc. Brainerd Chapter has opened a year-round fund-raiser to support its efforts in the fight against Lyme disease. Papa’s Treasures of Hope is a Boutique and Thrift Store located 1/2 mile north of Pequot Lakes off Hwy. 371. Hours are Wed. thru Sat. 10-4.

For the month of August they will be offering a Friday Flea Market. Spots are still available.

If interested call the Boutique and Thrift store at 218-568-4854 during store hours.

August 6: Breezy Point Area Women's Club

Regular meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month and begin at 11:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. The meeting programs scheduled for 2014 are:

Aug. 6 – Visit to Model Railroads Museum, lunch at Maucieri’s, both located in Crosslake.
Sept. 3 – Wine Tasting with Hors D’oeuvres, Deacon’s Lodge in Breezy Point.
Oct. 1 – Women’s Heart Health, potluck lunch at Breezy Point City Hall.
Nov. 5 – Craft for Care Centers, Pelican Lakes Conservation Club in Breezy Point.
Dec. 3 – Annual Christmas Party/Silent Auction, location to be announced.

Membership is open to all women of the area and guests are welcome at all meetings and social events. If you are interested in becoming a member, please call 218-820-3668. If you would like to attend a meeting, please call 218-562-4111, 218-562-4991 or 218-765-3589.
 
August 7-9: Crosslake Art Club “Painting the Town” for 30th annual Show
The Crosslake Art Club will be hosting it's 30th annual art club show on August 7-9 at the Crosslake Community Center. The title of the show this year is "Painting the Town".

Some of the artist from the club will be painting around town in the park or on sidewalks as a way of letting public know about our show while carring out the theme.

Approximately 30 artist will take part in the show this year, showing their new art work and some from the past. Admission is free. Door prizes of original art will be given every half hour.

There will be a gift shop where cards, and other art work will be sold. Artists will be giving Demonstrations through out each day. The Club will once again have small original art, for $10 each, as a money maker for the Scholarship Fund, to be given to an art student from Pequot Lakes School.

We have always taken great pride in our show, and welcome all to view our paintings, pottery, of local artist from Crosslake, and surrounding communities.

 
August 9: Date Set for the 2014 Walk A Mile In Her Shoes
Saturday, August 9th will be the date of this year’s Walk A Mile In Her Shoes. Again this year the location will be Mills Ford in Baxter. Proceeds from both the registration and sponsored walkers will go to Sexual Assault Services and Mid-Minnesota Women’s Center. Walk A Mile In Her Shoes is An International Men's March to End Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence.

More information is available at: walkamilebrainerdbaxter.com
 
August 9: Youth Fishing Derby
8:30- Noon
Crosslake Recreation Area
For Youth 14 and Under
No Fishing License Required
Bait will NOT be provided.

August 11-15: Emily Wesleyan Church Invites Children to Vacation Bible School
A summer kids’ event called “SHINE” by GO FISH will be held at the Emily Wesleyan Church from Monday Aug. 11th through Friday Aug. 15th. Kids will participate in memorable Bible – learning activities, play exciting outdoor games , enjoy yummy snacks together, create awesome crafts , sing new songs filled with Bible truths, and learn to play a bucket drum. Each day they will see a skit about superheroes, performed by our wonderful teens. Kids, staff and assistants will join together in a missions’ project to help children at an orphanage in Haiti.

All kids from 4 years through those that have completed 5th grade are welcome to come to our no-fee Vacation Bible School. We will begin each evening at 6:00 and finish at 8:30 pm. A program to which relatives and the community are invited will begin at 7:45 on Friday evening.

For more information, call 218-763-1499.

August 11-14: Summer Visual Arts Camp for Kids
Brought to you by Northland Area Family Center and Screen Porch Productions
Once again, Northland Family Center and Screen Porch Productions are teaming up to bring quality arts programming to area families. This is a terrific opportunity for students to experience a wide array of art techniques and mediums including acrylic painting, watercolor/mixed-media and 3-D folk art. Three daily workshops are taught by experienced teaching artists. All participants will be encouraged to explore their creative potential in a fun and inspiring atmosphere! Art Camp takes place Monday through Thursday from 10am-4pm.Week one: Week two: Longville-August 11-14. There is a Free Friends and Family Art Showcase and pizza social from 4 to 5:30 pm on Thursday!

Camps are provided at no costs to students and are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. At this time there are very limited openings available, call the Northland Family Center at 218 566-3626 for more information.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

August 15-17: Ignite Conference 2014
It’s time to discover your purpose at the Ignite Conference: Igniting a passion for the presence of God.

You are invited to come to this conference which starts on Friday, August 15th at 7pm at the Log Church, 37218 County Road 66, Crosslake. The conference runs from August 15-17, 2014. Admission is free of charge.

For more information go to: www.facebook.com/igniteconference2014. The conference speaker is Dick Joyce (www.dickjoyce.org).

August 19: Families In Grief Panel Presentation
Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center is offering a panel presentation on the topic of Families In Grief. It will be presented from 6-8 pm on Tuesday, August 19, and offer education and support with respect to the unique process people can go through when they experience significant loss. Topics will include a variety of family situations and needs during this shared loss.

Families In Grief is for those who have had a relative, friend, or significant person die. Common experiences of those who are living with grief include poor sleep, poor appetite, problems concentrating, and no energy for things that used to be enjoyable. At Essentia Health our care team is here for the community not only when they are feeling ill, but also to encourage mental, emotional and physical wellbeing to equip individuals and families with the tools and resources to reinvest oneself in life.

No pre-registration or fees required. Session will take place in a meeting room located in the lower level of the Hospital, 523 North 3rd Street in Brainerd. For more information about this session or our Grief Support please call 218.828.7442 or 218.828.7531.
 
August 20: Crosslake Area Garden Club
Our club meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Crosslake Community Center. There are lots of fun and educational meetings planned for 2014. Come and check us out!

August 20: "Why Raise Strawberries?" Roger Marks, presenter.
 
September 17: "Our 2014 Successes and Failures" Plant Exchange and Election.

For more information, contact Linda at 218-765-3246.
 
August 23: The 10th Anniversary McRide for Homeless & Wounded Warriors
The 10th Anniversary Mc Ride for Homeless and Wounded Warriors will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014. The ride will start at the Brainerd American Legion (708 Front Street, Brainerd, MN) and finish at the Crosslake American Legion Post 500.

Registration is from 9:30 am - 11 am. The cost is $20 per rider or $30 per couple.

Camping and hotel accomodations available. All individuals and groups welcome. Route details available:
Randy 218 820-9845
Steve 320 267-0376
OD 763 244-5961

This event is sponsored by Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club, Chapter D, Minnesota

Through August 29: Grab Your Camera: Shoot, Click, & Win
Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) invite photographers of all ages and abilities to submit their photos for the 2014 Native Plant & Tree Photo Contest.

According to Beth Hippert, District Technician “This is a great opportunity for people to discover, explore, and learn about native plants that grow around the Brainerd Lakes Area and photograph the progression of plants and trees from spring to fall.”

Melissa Barrick, District Manager “Top twelve entries will be featured in a monthly facebook post and receive a gift certificate for the 2015 SWCD Tree and Plant Sale, good for a 6 pack of wildflowers or grasses”.

Eligible Plants and Grasses:
• Common Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)
• Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium)
• Great Blazing Star (Liatris pychnostacyia)
• Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scorparium)
• New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
• Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana)
• Oxeye Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides)
• Prairie Cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)
• Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepsis)
• Sneezeweed (Helenium atumnale)
• Stiff Tickseed (Coreopsis palmate)
• Wooly Sedge (Carex pellita)
• Zig Zag Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)

Eligible Trees and Shrubs:
• Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla ionicera
• Red-berried Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa)
• Serviceberry / Juneberry (Amelanchier species)
• White Spruce (Picea glauca)
• Yellow Birch (Betula alleghaniens)

How to Participate:
• E-mail your photos to tasha.lauer@crowwingswcd.org or mail to: Crow Wing SWCD, 322 Laurel St. Suite 13. Brainerd, MN 56401.
• Deadline: August 29, 2014.

Guidelines:
• Entries must feature one of the eligible species of native plants listed above, or be native to this area, to be eligible.
• Entries must be original work that is property of the person who submits the photo.
• Label each entry with your name, county where photo was taken, and name of the plant.
• One entry per specie, limit of five entries per person.
• Submit photo by email in digital format, 300 dpi or 6 Megapixel, jpg format preferred.
• Trademarks, commercial names, or advertisements may not appear in the photos.
• Entry will imply consent to use photos for SWCD promotional activities.
• Photos will be judged on shot composition, clarity, and the inclusion of stems, leaves, and flowers. Extra points will be awarded for shots that include wildlife.
• Area Master Gardeners will judge photos, according to the guidelines listed above.
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September Events

September 9: Blood Drives in Crosslake
BLOOD DRIVE DATES/LOCATIONS ARE:
Tuesday September 9, 12-6PM at Crosslake Lutheran Church sponsored by Crosslake Lutheran Church. For information or to make an appointment, call Brenda 218-692-3682.

November 25, 12-6PM at Crosslake Lutheran Church sponsored by the Whitefish Area Lions. Free meal available after donation and hourly door prizes. For information or to make an appointment, call Susan 218-692-4646.

Walk-ins welcome after the first hour of drive. You may also make appointments on-line. Go to www.redcrossblood.org and click on “Find a blood drive”. Click on location and follow directions to set up an appointment.

If you are unsure if you can donate blood because of travel or medications, call the Donor Eligibility Line at 1-866-236-3276 and select Option 3.

Please remember if you are blood types O-, O+, A-, or B-, and you meet the requirements, you can do a Double Red cell donation. This procedure takes slightly longer to complete but is more comfortable as it uses a smaller needle for collection. The criteria for Double Red cell donation is:

FOR WOMEN: must be at least 5’5”, weigh 150 lbs. and hemoglobin must be at least 13.3g/dl.

FOR MEN: must be at least 5’1”, weigh 130 lbs. and hemoglobin must be at least 13.3g/dl.

Please mark your calendars to be a hero and save lives.
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