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Weekly and Monthly Events

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.

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

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

The club is always seeking new members that want to promote safe and fun riding in the area.


Cuyuna Iron Range Riders
We are a family style ATV club located in the Crosby /Ironton area. We are dedicated to responsible riding for all ages, youth safety training and trail ambassadorship. We plan activities centered around riding in Minnesota’s great outdoors.

The Cuyuna Iron Range Riders club has been activity in the Cuyuna Range community since 2004. We volunteer our time to host youth safety training and trail ambassadorship. We are actively pursuing grant in aid trails in Crow Wing County. The club offers memberships to anyone interested in trail riding and exploring nature. For more information, go online to www.cuyunaironrangeriders.com or contact  club President Russ Heittola at 825-0441 or email heittola@brainerd.net and visit us on Facebook.


Crosslake Food Shelf
The Crosslake Food Shelf is located at 34212 County Highway 3 in Crosslake, MN. We are open the first and third Fridays of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. When you come in for the first time, please bring a driver’s license and a current utility bill no more than one month old. If you have any questions or need emergency assistance, you may call: Doris Mezzenga: 218-692-1004 Fred Walch: 218-270-0646 Nancy Rudberg: 218-692-2309

Memory Loss Support Group
A memory loss support group for the caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s Disease will be held Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Heartwood Senior Living Community in Crosby.

The group’s facilitators are Karen Ford and Pam Wachholz who have been trained through the Alzheimer’s Association to lead memory loss support groups. Both women have loved ones in their lives with Alzheimer’s, a disease that attacks the brain. A session will also be held that day from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Home Instead in Brainerd.

The group is free and open to the public; no reservations are necessary. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. For more information, contact Tammy Jo Johnson at Heartwood, tjohnson@cuyunamed.org or 218-545-8522.

Outing Volunteer Library

Winter hours
Monday 10-12; Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 2-4; Thurs. Closed
Friday 9-11; Saturday 10-12
 
Free adult exercise program at City of Emily Gym
Mon, Wed, Fri at 9:00 a.m. Begin your day with this ongoing, 45-min, low-impact program set to vintage music. Chairs provided. Exercise at your own pace. Walkers are encouraged to join us during this program –walk the perimeter while we exercise.

Wednesdays, at 10:00 a.m., improve your balance and coordination by learning some dance moves to a variety of music with emphasis on country. No experience required for this 45-min class –all dances are for beginners. No boots or hats needed, just a desire to have fun!

YOGA HAPPY HOUR in Outing Yoga
Happy Hour at Crooked lake Town Hall in Outing. BYOB (Bring your own body.... and a yoga mat and a blanket). Tone and Zone Mondays 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

City of Emily Yoga 101 Classes
This class is postponed and scheduled to resume Monday May 2.

Classes held at Emily City Hall Mon. and Thurs. 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Start anytime. No restrictions apply!
 
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.

Gamblers Anonymous
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.

The Closet at Narrows Community Church
If you are in need of clothes or know someone who is, The Closet, located in the lower level of Narrows Community Church in Outing, offers gently loved clothing for men and women at no charge. Shopping hours are 8 a.m. - noon the second and fourth Saturday of each month; clean, repair free clothing donations are accepted during this time as well.

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

For more information, call Pastor Stanley Mikles at 218.820.5365.


Brainerd Gamblers Anonymous Monday Night Meetings
Gamblers Anonymous meetings in Brainerd at 7 pm on Monday nights at the St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 408 N. 7th Street, Brainerd. 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.
 
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 syork@mofas.org

Caregiver Support Group in Crosslake
Starting November 1, a Caregiver Support Group will begin at Crosslake Lutheran Church. This will feature a facilitator trained through the Alzheimers Association and geared toward families who have loved ones that experience memory loss. Open to the community and meets monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at 10:30am will include speakers on a variety of topics related to memory loss.

 
Crosslake Ideal Lions
The Crosslake Ideal Lions Club meets the 2nd Wed. of every month for the board meeting at Old Milwaukee Club. On the 3rd Wed. of every month at Maucieri’s for the General Meeting. For information about joining our club please call Doreen at 218-838-8219.
 
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 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 at 9 AM for mixed doubles; great tennis fun and exercise. The courts are located on County Road 1 just west of Highway 6 in Emily.
 
National Senior Service Corps
Make a difference in your community by joining the National Senior Service Corps.

Here are two opportunities to serve locally: Foster Grandparents tutor and mentor children in schools, head starts and shelters working 1:1 and in small groups with children in need of extra assistance.

Senior Companion volunteers are assigned to seniors they visit each week to keep them living independently: assisting them with grocery shopping, getting to medical appointments and helping them get out into the community.

Retirees (age 55+) receive a small tax-free stipend and mileage for serving 15-20 hours a week. For more information on how to volunteer and an application: call 218-839-6650 or email Marcia.Ferris@lssmn.org

The grants are funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Minnesota Board on Aging, with in-kind support from the agencies they serve at.

Crosslake Historic Log Village season ends
With the conclusion of the Haunted Village event, the Historic Log Village is closed until spring of 2017. Many activities took place this summer and the board wishes to express  thanks to all those whether volunteers or sponsors for making the season successful.

On July 21, 2016, a major storm hit our area and the Jack Pine Cabin was crushed by a huge pine tree that went down in the high winds. Thanks to Ted Strand and his crew from the City of Crosslake, the tree was removed without the buildings sustaining any further damage. Thank you, TED! At this writing, the building has not yet been repaired, but we anticipate its completion later this fall and its opening for visitors again in the spring.

Thanks also is extended to Tom Zeman of Lakeside Lawn & Landscape, Inc of Pequot Lakes for maintaining our lawns free of charge during the summer. His crew kept the Village grounds nicely manicured for our visitors. We thank Ron Harrington from Lands End for his help in repairing the Village parking lot. Fill was delivered and graded.

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December Events

December 1-31: Land & Waters Preservation Trust Announces Grant Fund Opportunity for 2017
The Land & Waters Preservation Trust Endowment will be awarding $7,200 in grants to worthy projects in March, 2017. Land & Waters, administered by the Initiative Foundation, is a joint endowment of Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) and the Pine River Watershed Alliance (PRWA).

Application period starts December 1, 2016 with a deadline of January 15, 2017. Further information may be requested with a deadline of February 15, 2017. Grants will be made on March 1, 2017 and projects should be completed in 2017. Grants will be made for proposals that fit one or more of the following priorities: 1. Projects that enhance and protect surface and aquifer water quality in the Pine River Watershed, 2. Support sustainable riparian land management practices, 3. Protect habitat for native plants and animals. Applicants can be lake associations, environmental groups or individuals. Projects proposed by the two parent organizations, WAPOA and PRWA, will also be considered.

To apply, go to the Pine River Watershed Alliance website (www.prwa.us), click “Resources & Links” to get grant guidelines and application. If there are questions, contact Ron Meyer at rnsmeyer@tds.net.

Land & Waters Preservation Trust was created by Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) and the Pine River Watershed Alliance (PRWA) and is a Turn Key Fund of the Initiative Foundation. Land & Waters Trust is a grant making endowment fund directed to preserving and protecting the water quality in the Pine River Watershed. More information is available from WAPOA, PRWA, or the Initiative Foundation.

December 5 & 7: Brainerd Community Theatre to hold “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” auditions
Brainerd Community Theatre will hold auditions for Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” on Monday, Dec. 5 and Wednesday, Dec. 7. Auditions will be at 7 p.m. in the Chalberg Theatre, Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.

The play is an adult drama, with roles for five men and three women. There are also roles for three to five children, ages 6 to 10. Only one child role has scripted lines. Parents are cautioned that the play contains adult language and themes. The adult language and subject matter do not take place on stage when the children are present, but are part of the production.

The men’s roles are: Brick: athletic male, age range 20s to mid-30s (or has a youthful appearance); Gooper: male, age range 20s to 40s; Big Daddy: male, 50s to 60s; Doctor Baugh: male, same age range as Big Daddy; Reverend Tooker: male, could be late 20s or 30s to as old as 60s.

The women’s roles are: Maggie: lovely female, same age range as Brick; Mae: female, same age range as Gooper; Big Mamma: female, same age range as Big Daddy.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Material for the audition can be requested from the director. Children who audition are asked to come with a short memorized story, poem, or monologue.

Questions about the play and the audition can be asked of the director, Patrick Spradlin, at 855-8199 or by email at pspradlin@clcmn.edu


December 6 & 12: Holiday Festival at CLC
Community members are invited to a free Holiday Festival at Central Lakes College. The events will be held at both the Brainerd and Staples campuses.

• Brainerd campus: 5-8 p.m. Dec. 12.
• Staples campus: 5-8 p.m. Dec. 6.

There will be photos with Santa, cookie decorating, face painting, caricatures, ornament making, crafts, and more.

The event is held by The Right Brain Media Club, CLC’s Graphic Design club. For more information call 218-855-8157.

Dec 7 Christmas for Kids Party, Riverside Inn, Crosslake, 7pm

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


December 7: Pine River Backus High School Blood Drive
On Wednesday, December 7, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., the Pine River- Backus High School will be partnering with Memorial Blood Centers for a blood drive at 810 First St. W., in Pine River.

Memorial Blood Centers is the sole blood supplier for Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital and the Northland. You can make a positive impact on your community by donating blood. Also, every time you donate you save 3 lives! Remember, 1 in 3 people will need blood in their lifetime.

To schedule an appointment, contact Shawn Howard at 218-587-3323.

Or schedule your appointment online at: www.mbc.org/searchdrives Sponsor Code: 4090.

December 8: League of Women Voters Brainerd Lakes Area 20th Anniversary Celebration
League of Women Voters Brainerd Lakes Area 20th Anniversary Celebration

LOCATION: First Presbyterian Church in Brainerd

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, December 8th to celebrate 20 years since the League of Women Voters was established in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Our program will be a presentation by the Brainerd Historical Society that will begin at noon. All are welcome.

All League presentations are open to the public, and there is never a charge for attending.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization with a strong 90-year history educating Minnesota’s voters. It encourages informed and active participation in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Membership in the League of Women Voters is open to men and women of all ages. Join us in making democracy work! Information on League of Women Voter Minnesota can be found on the LWV Minnesota website at www.lwvmn.org or by calling 651-224-5445.

Dec 10 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


Dec 10 Parade of Lights Day, Pine River. Parade at 5pm. Fireworks fol low the parade. Yuletide Bon Fire at Pine River Railroad Depot.

Dec 10
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 story time, 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 T rail, 6pm


Dec 11 Crosby-Ironton High School Holiday Choir Concert (A-K 1p.m. L-Z 3pm)

Dec 12 Pequot Lakes School Winter choir concert Middle at 6pm High School Choir Concert at 7PM in the Auditorium

Dec 12 Pine River Backus High School Holiday Concert, 7pm


December 12: 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 12. 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.

Dec 13 Crosslake Community School Winter Music Program, "A Season of Partner Songs.", 2pm (dress rehearsal open to public) and performance at 6 pm. students participating are in grades 1-4.

December 13: Emily Loon Crafters Quilt Guild
The Emily Loon Crafters Quilt Guild will have their annual Christmas Party at 11:30 a.m. on Tue. Dec. 13th in the sewing room at Emily City Hall.

A sign up list for potluck food was passed around at the Nov. meeting. If you were not there, surprise us.

Those attending should bring a wrapped, useful “white elephant” gift and twelve 2 1/2” x the width of the fabric strips for use during a game. Please iron the strips so they are ready to sew to make a future guild quilt.

December 14: Crosslake Area Garden Club
The Crosslake Garden Club meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Crosslake Community Center. New members welcome. For more information contact Jayne at 218 763-1222 or visit our website at: https://crosslakegarden.wordpress.com/

Wed, Dec 14: Holiday Party - noon. Pineview Townhomes dining room. Same location as always. Potluck and bring an exchange gift if you want to do the exchange. $10.00 amount suggested. This is always a fun Club event to celebrate Christmas!

Through December 14: Homeless & Wounded Warriors of MN Holiday Season Kickoff
Homeless & Wounded Warriors- MN is adopting disabled veteran families with small children for the holidays, both Thanksgiving and Christmas. So far we have adopted two. One family is a single parent with a son age 9 and and a 5 year old daughter, and the other is a two parent family with three little girls ages 11, 7. and 3. Because both these families are headed by totally disabled veterans, and must depend on VA compensation for their livings their finances are thin.

Homeless & Wounded Warriors- MN adopted a local family for Christmas two years ago and both communities and individuals responded very generously.

We will also be adopting two wounded warrior families for Thanksgiving and will begin collecting foods to put together two complete meal baskets.

Non-perishable items are welcome. Donations of new toys, clothes and cash for Christmas are now being accepted. More nominees for these holiday events are welcome and that may be done by contacting the phone numbers in this article. Food donations of non-perishable items for Thanksgiving can be dropped off at the Crosslake Legion, Bridge Tavern, Garrison VFW, the C-I Courier office the Brainerd Dispatch Offices, Emily Meats and the Jenkins VFW. Ham and Turkey cards as well as cash donations are welcome. Please help us serve our area's most vulnerable veterans and their families over this season of thanks and charitable giving.

New nominations can be submitted by email until 12/14/16. For more information on these two donation drives please contact Steve Eisenreich, Crosslake, at 320-267-0376, Randy Haag, Crosby, at 218-820-9845. Russell Philstrom, Emily at, 651-329-1373, or Crystal Addison, Pequot Lakes, at, 218-851-1052. Email is: vvzt013@hotmail.com.

Dec 15 Pequot Lakes School Holiday Band Concert, Middle 6PM, High School 7:30 PM

December 15, 19 & 20: DNR invites input on Taconite State Trail Master Plan
Anyone with an interest in the future of the Taconite State Trail in northeastern Minnesota is invited to review an updated master plan for the trail and submit ideas by Friday, Jan. 6.

Staff from the Parks and Trails Division of the Department of Natural Resources will be available to answer questions about the planning process and receive comments at the following informal open house meetings:

• Grand Rapids – Thursday, Dec. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Itasca County Fairgrounds, Trailhead Building, 1336 Fairgrounds Road.

• Ely – Monday, Dec. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Vermilion Community College, Classroom Building, Room CL 104, 1900 East Camp St.

• Side Lake – Tuesday, Dec. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the French Township Hall/Community Building, 7548 Highway 5.

The Taconite State Trail extends over 145 miles from Ely (in St. Louis County) to Grand Rapids (in Itasca County). It is a multiple- use, multiple-season trail, which has been used primarily for snowmobiling. Other proposed trail uses include hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and off-highway vehicle riding, where sustainable and practical.

“The Taconite State Trail provides amazing access to the beauty and variety of northeast Minnesota and brings many visitors to this area,” said Scott Kelling, northeast regional manager for the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. “This plan provides flexibility for deciding where various trail uses are allowed. It considers what uses are compatible and sustainable and weighs local needs and preferences. We look forward to receiving comments and feedback from the public as we refine this plan.”

The master plan was last approved in 1981. The new draft is available on the Taconite Trail planning webpage.

Anyone unable to review and comment on the draft at the open house meetings can submit comments by phone or email to:

• Diane Anderson, DNR principal planner (St. Paul), 651-259-5614, diane.k.anderson@state.mn.us.

• Guy Lunz, DNR area supervisor (Grand Rapids), 218-328-8984, guy.lunz@state.mn.us.

• Joe Majerus, DNR area supervisor (Tower), 218-300-7842, joseph.majerus@state.mn.us.


December 16: Gifts for CRMC 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 Friday, Dec. 16.

Staff will personalize all gifts to residents based upon need, cognitive ability, diet, and dexterity. Clothing gift suggestions are mens' short sleeve undershirts, womens' long sleeve and sleeveless undershirts, slippers with rubber soles, slipper socks, socks, sweatshirts, sweatpants, purses, shirts and cardigan sweaters. Sizes needed vary from small to XXXXL.

Other gifts needed include: electric razors, large numeral universal television remotes, wall clocks with large numbers, universal television headphones, large print books, night lights, jewelry (pins, necklaces, elastic bracelets, clip on earrings), postage stamps, envelopes, pen/pencils, colored pencils, markers, adult coloring books, cologne/after shave, lotions, body sprays, shampoo and conditioner, individually wrapped snacks/treat/candy (sugar free), IPODS and accessories (new or gently used), ITunes gift cards, gift certificates to Wal-Mart, McDonald's, and the Cornerstone. For more information, contact Ali Meyer at 218-545-4353.


December 16: Annual Holiday Bazaar at Essentia Health
Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center Auxiliary welcomes the community to their annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, December 16. The sights, sounds, and smells of the season will be showcased in the River Room Grille and meeting rooms on the lower level of Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 523 North 3rd Street, Brainerd.

Arrive early for the best selection on the Cookie Walk and skip your baking this year. With the purchase of a tin you will be able to hand select the sweets and cookies to fill it.

Hopefully you have made your list and checked it twice…because you will find gift items from crafters showcasing items for personal use and the home during the Holiday Bazaar. There will also be beautifully themed and wrapped gift baskets on silent auction during the entire week of December 12 to 16.

All funds raised by this event benefit direct patient care as gifted by the Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center Auxiliary.


Dec 16 Rock N Roll Xmas Spectacular, Cragan’s , 7:30-9:30 pm

Dec 20 Eagle View Elementary School Christmas Program K-2nd 6 pm

Dec 1-31 Sertoma Winter Wonderland, Drive tour of more than 80 colorfully animated lit displays Northland Arboretum, 5:30-8:30 pm

Dec 24-25 Christmas Eve…Merry Christmas!

Dec 31 New Year’s Eve

Dec 31 Outing Chamber Winter Fireworks over Lawrence Lake, 6 pm

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