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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 Hours
Winter Hours:
Monday 10-12; Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 2-4; Thurs. Closed
Friday 9-11; Saturday 10-12

Storytime begins May 27 at 10. Book Sale Sat., May 27 from 9- 4 and Sun., May 28 from 9-2 at the Crooked Lake Town Hall

Exercise programs for adults at Emily City Gymnasium
No membership required. M on-Wed-Fri 9-9:45 Free low-impact exercise program featuring vintage music on CD. Work at your own pace; keep it low-impact, kick up your heels, or simply walk. Chairs provided.

Mon and Thurs 10:30-11:30 Yoga 101, a kind and gentle approach to flexibility, balance, strength, and breathing control.

Wednesdays 10:00-10:50 Free, senior-friendly line dance program offered. No boots or hats required—just a desire to have fun!

New! Pickleball equipment is available for City gym use. Check with staff at front desk for availability.

Mondays and Thursdays: Yoga for All
Discover the kind and gentle way to improve flexibility, balance, lung capacity and overall well being.
Emily City Hall
Mondays and Thursdays
10:30 – 11:45 am

‘Bone Builders’ exercise program in Outing

The Bone Builders strength-training program, promoted by RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), helps prevent and reverse osteoporosis, improves balance, enhances energy and well-being, increases socialization, and provides senior friendly health information.

Volunteer trainers lead Bone Builder sessions each Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. at the Outing/Crooked Lake Township Hall on Highway 6 in Outing.

There is no charge for the sessions –hand and leg weights are provided. The program, sponsored by Outing Seniors, serves seniors in Outing, Emily, and Fifty Lakes.

For information on how to get started, contact Jack Schuller 218-792-5256.

Emily Food Shelf
The Emily Area Food Shelf regular hours are on the third Wednesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The additional day, will be the following Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for those who are unable to pick-up at the regular time.
An additional distribution day will now be added for fruits, vegetables,and bakery items ONLY; on the first Wednesday of the month from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

For more information please call the Emily Food Shelf at 763-3663.

Local area AA
• Mon Night AA Meeting, 7:00 PM at Crosslake Luthern Church, 35960 Cty Rd 66

• Tue Night AA Meeting, 7:00 PM at Presbyterian Church, 14444 Daggett Pine Road

• Thur Night AA and Alanon Mtgs, 7:00 PM at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church South of Reeds Market on CR 37

The Closet
The Closet of Narrows Community Church offers gently loved clothing for men and women who are in need of a helping hand. There is no charge for the clothes and no restrictions apply. What you will find at The Closet, in addition to some lovely clothing selections, is a warm smile, some tasty treats and very friendly volunteers to assist you.

Our shopping hours are 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month. If you have clean, repair-free clothes you want to donate, we’ll gladly accept them during this time as well or you can call at 218 792-5530 for more information or to make other arrangements.

Narrows Community Church is located in Outing at 6297 Woods Bay NE, across the street from the Crooked Lake Town Hall. Please look for the yellow directional signs we’ll place for you just north of the Hwy. 6 bridge. If you’d like more information about The Closet, please call the number listed above.

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

Wednesdays:  Care 'N Share meals in Emily
Come and join us on Wednesday's at the Care N Share Community Cafe for a delicious community meal, 5-6 pm. The Care ‘N Share Cafe is located in the fellowship hall in the Emily Wesleyan Church on Highway #6 in Emily, MN. Come, meet, share with your neighbors and community friends. This is a great way to make new friends and have a good meal. This is a community activity open to all. Please join us!

Caregiver Support Group in Crosslake
Caregiver Support Group meets the 1st Tuesday of the Month at10:30 am at Crosslake Lutheran Church. This will feature a facilitator trained through the Alzheimers Association andgeared toward families who have loved ones that experience memory loss. Open to the community and will include speakers on a variety of topics related to memory loss.

Crosslake Ideal Lions
The Crosslake Ideal Lions Club meets the 2nd Wed. of every month at Maucieri’s 6PM for board meeting and 6:30 for the general meeting. For more information about joining the Lions please call Connie at 218 839-1267.

Heartland Hospice Volunteer Training
Heartland Hospice is looking for caring and dedicated people with an interest in serving terminally ill patients and their families in Breezy Point, Crosslake, Outing and the outlying communities. Volunteers provide services such as friendly visiting, pet visits, musical enrichment, art enrichment, Veteran to Veteran visits and clerical services. Volunteer classes are available to fit each person’s schedule.

Please call Keshia Kettler-Herrmann at Heartland Hospice at 218 829-1252 for further information.
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.

Faith in Action Volunteer Drivers Needed to Help Your Neighbors
Many people in rural Minnesota depend on friends or neighbors for rides to medical appointments, grocery shopping and errands. For some, this is the only way they can connect with community, especially during the winter months. At times, finding a driver can be difficult.

In this Season of Giving, consider giving of your time and yourself by becoming a volunteer with Faith in Action and providing rides to someone in your community. Faith in Action Volunteers can choose to drive once or twice a month or weekly as their time allows.

“Without your help I would not be able to live in this community. Each person that has helped me is terrific!” exclaimed Jeannette. And Fred from Pine River said, “Thanks for sending the driver to help me get groceries. I didn’t know how I would get it done. You are lifesavers!”

If you like spending time with people and can transport them to their appointments, shopping and errands, Faith in Action is the place for you to volunteer. Volunteers receive liability insurance coverage, coordination, recognition, mileage reimbursement, and the satisfaction of knowing they are making a difference. An application with background check and orientation session are required.

Faith in Action is currently seeking compassionate drivers in your area to help people like Jeannette and Fred to connect with community. Volunteer drivers give them the freedom to manage their health and well-being, and the freedom to remain in their homes for as long as possible. Your neighbors need you! For more information on Faith in Action services and volunteer opportunities, call 218-209-9608 or email cassfia@uslink.net.
Crooked Lake Township Property Owners: Become a Road Ambassador
The Crooked Lake Township Emergency Management Planning Team is seeking property owners who would be available during storms or other emergencies as a point of receiving and providing information for your local neighbors. For more information please contact Keith Ahlquist 612-799-5787.

Saving Hearts Suicide Support Group
A confidential and non-judgemental group for those who have been affected by suicide. The group meets at CRMC Ambulatory Room every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 pm.

For more information call or text Michelle Houck 218 251-7230 or Patty Fonda 218 851-6270. Saving Hearts is a committee of The Crisis Line and Referral Service.

CRMC volunteers needed
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby is seeking volunteers to assistant patients in wheelchairs get to their destination. Volunteers are needed in four-hour shifts from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and must be able to walk long distances.

CRMC volunteers must be 18 years or older, flexible and be willing to provide excellent customer service. Benefits of becoming a CRMC volunteer include tremendous self-satisfaction from helping others, social interaction and the opportunity to make new friends, and seeing first-hand what various professions are really like.

To submit an application, visit cuyunamed.org and under the About Us tab, select Volunteer. For more information, please call 218-545-4447.

BUNCO Card Group in Crosslake
Mondays at 1 pm at the Crosslake Community Center. Beginners welcome, $1 fee. Call Jena for more information: 763-441-6417

Crosslake Area Library Preschool Story Time
The Crosslake Area Library will have a Preschool Story Time with Mr. Tom on Thursday Mornings at 10:15 a.m. (except for school breaks and holidays.)

Please call 218 692-7323 for more information

Laker Lions News
Mobility Equipment available for use
The Emily, Outing, 50 Lakes Lions has mobility equipment for you to use. These articles include: Wheel Chairs, Walkers, Crutches, etc. Please contact Larry @ 218-763-5022 or Kathy @ 218-821-4668. Please call us—We are here to serve our communities.

Emily City Library Hours
The Emily Library is located within the Emily City Hall building and is open year round. Hours are Mon - Wed 8 am to 4:30 pm, Thur and Fri from 8 am –12 pm. In addition to a variety of books, the library offers audio books, music CDs, magazines, movies (DVD/ VHS), and puzzles for your enjoyment. Wi-Fi is free at the library.

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, and the Emily Wesleyan Church.

We and you Serve!!

Crosslake Food Shelf needs your help
For some time now, our fantastic “Mitten Lady” has been making beautiful 100% all wool mittens which she sells to benefit the Crosslake Food Shelf. She is currently in need of donations of 100% wool sweaters and vests (no blends, please), especially in the colors of black, gray and red, and with any stripes or patterns. She could also use decorative 1/2 to 1 inch buttons. If you can help, materials may be dropped off at Lakes Area Gallery and Frame Shoppe in Town Square or the Crosslake Food Shelf (located at 34212 County Road 3 in Crosslake) during our open hours, which are the first and third Fridays of every month from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

If you have any questions or need a special pick up, please call Nancy Rudberg at 218-692-2309. The community has been very supportive of the Crosslake Food Shelf over the years, and we hope you will continue to help with your donations of wool.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Mixed Doubles Tennis in Emily
Please join us on Monday Wednesday and Friday mornings at 9AM at the tennis courts in Emily for mixed doubles. We welcome players of all abilities for great tennis fun and exercise. For more information call Peggy or Milt at 218-792-5786. The courts are located on County Road 1 just west of Highway 6 in Emily adjacent to the Firehall.

Volunteer Opportunity to Serve Camp Knutson
Volunteers are the life blood of Camp Knutson serving kids with special needs for over 50 years. Located on the shores of Trout and Lower White Fish Lake part of the Whitefish Chain in Crosslake, the Camp Knutson staff and Camp Knutson Volunteers organization serve campers throughout the summer.

The Camp Knutson Volunteers, Chaired by Lori Nelson of Crosslake not only organizes volunteers but also raises money for the campers. Volunteer opportunities are wide ranging including working directly with the kids, keeping the physical plant a beautiful place, and fundraising to serve campers.

At the May 31, Camp Knutson Volunteer meeting folks signed up to serve in many different capacities. You are invited to sign up to serve by calling Jared Griffin, Camp Knutson Director, at 218-543-4232. Also go on-line to the website at campkfriends.com to review opportunities for your volunteer expertise.

Many of you already know about the Night Under the Stars, this year on July 21, with the theme “At the Hop.” So get out that poodle skirt and blue jeans and come join the fun. A fundraising golf tournament scramble has been added this year, A Round for the Kids on September 16. The Annual Quilt Auction is August 11 at the Camp and the Annual Pancake Breakfast is September 1 at Camp Knutson.

Whatever your skills are, the Camp Knutson Volunteers invite you to join up and enrich your lives in ways you could not have expected.

Emergency Service Classes
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center this Fall is offering a class for people wanting to help save lives and contribute to the health of their community.

An Emergency Medical Technician and Emergency Medical Responder class is planned for Fall semester. Tentative classes would start the third week of September and continue until the third week of January at CRMC in Crosby. Upon completion of a course, students are eligible to become a licensed member of Minnesota's Emergency Medical Services community.

CRMC's graduates have achieved a 92 percent first attempt pass success rate on the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Exam. Many area first responder groups, emergency medical service, police and fire include alumni from CRMC's programs. Class hours are 6 to 10 p.m. to accommodate working schedules; a payment plan is available. For more information or to register, please contact instructor Bryan Krantz at 218-546-2344.

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July Events

July: Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless 2018 fundraising July challenge
The Emily Emergency Food Shelf is enrolled in the “Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless 2018 Fundraising July Challenge” sponsored by Hunger Solutions Minnesota. This matched grant is proportional to funds that the Emily Food Shelf raises during the month of July with a minimum grant reward of $150 and a maximum of $4000.

The Food Shelf appreciates all of the donations that the surrounding communities contribute to our ongoing food shelf operation.

Monetary donations for the Emily Food Shelf can also be left at the Pine River State Bank or Ace Hardware in Emily or mail to: Emily Food Shelf, c/o Nancy Moritz, Director at 42145 Birchwood Drive, Emily, MN 56447.

July 16-20, and 23-27: WCYC Free Swimming Lessons
2018 dates are:
Session II July 16 - 20
Session III July 23 - 27

Lessons are held at the Corps of Engineer Campgrounds Swimming Beach on Cross Lake. Registered swimmers must be 4 by Jan. 1, 2018. This year's info can be found here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07effs838w12d06787&llr=ufgf8qcab

17-19: Pequot Lakes Community Theatre presents comedy ‘Bus Stop’
July 11-13 & 17-19 at 7:30 p.m. Pequot Lakes High School Theater. Tickets $14 adults, $12 seniors, $10 youth. Reserve seats at www.glapa.info or Pequot Lakes Community Education, 218-568-9200.

July 18: Crosslake Area Garden Club
The Crosslake Area Garden club meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Crosslake Community Center. New members are always welcome. For more information contact Jayne at 218-763-1222 or visit our website at: crosslakegarden.org .

July 18 10:00 Field Trip: Tour Clements & Munsinger Gardens, St Cloud. Meet at Community Center Parking Lot for map and carpooling.

August 15 10:00 Board of Director's Meeting-all are invited. 1:00 General Meeting "When to Trim Trees, Shrubs and Perennials" Presenter: Jackie Forsberg

September 19 1:00 "Dahlias" Presenter: Jackie Burkey.

October 19 1:00 "Spring and Autumn Bulbs" Presenter: Jennifer Knudson.

July 18: “Downsizing Your Stuff”
Please join Kathy Gilbride as she presents “Downsizing Your Stuff” on Wednesday, July 18, 1-3 p.m. at the Crosslake Presbyterian Church, 14444 Daggett Pine Road.

Learn some steps and actions to consider when planning for downsizing and disposing of property and possessions
• Planning ahead for the inevitable changes in your life
• Deciding what is important to keep or pass on
• Passing special items to family members
ü• Getting rid of “stuff” you don’t want or can no longer use

Everyone is welcome and please bring a friend! Light refreshments will be served at this Free event! Sign up is not mandatory but helpful for the refreshment count. Call Emilie at church office: 218-692-4769.

About Kathy Gilbride, M Ed: Kathy coordinates the Development team at Central MN Council on Aging. She interacts with communities to develop and design programs and services for the aging population. She is actively working with communities in Cass, Crow Wing, Todd, Wadena, Stearns and Benton counties on several initiatives.

July 21: 2018 Crow Wing Paddlers schedule
The Crow Wing Paddlers club has released the proposed schedule for 2018. The exact locations and times will be posted nearer to the paddling season. The paddling club is open to anyone who wants to paddle with others, and there is no cost to join.
This year will feature a fundraising event called “Paddle to the Moon....and back!” on Friday, July 27th at 6:00 pm (night of the full moon). There is a $25 fee per paddler that will be donated to the new Crosslake Community School project. The club will be paddling from the USAC Campground Beach to Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant for a meal/drink and then paddle back. This event is open to any non-motorized craft. Pre-registration required.
For more information or to submit event suggestions for the season, call Jim Bergquist at (612) 581-2144.
Sat., July 21 - Mid Afternoon
Fri., July - Moon Light Fundraiser Paddle, 6pm
Wed., August 1 - Noon
Sun., August 12 - Mid Afternoon
Sat., August 25 - Evening
Fri.-Sat., September 8-9 Overnight trip.
Sun., September 23 - A.M.
Sat., October 6 - Early Afternoon

July 21-22: Concerts set the stage for 10th Lakes Area Music Festival
Fans and newcomers alike will have at least two opportunities in July to enjoy “Prelude” concerts by musicians of the Lakes Area Music Festival before its 10th anniversary season officially begins on August 4. Concerts on consecutive weekends will feature two entirely different programs, so audience members are encouraged to attend a concert each weekend. The events will take place at several venues in central Minnesota, and are free of charge.

Concerts on the weekend of July 21-22 will feature mezzo-soprano Abigail Levis, returning after her LAMF debut in 2015. Levis spent the past year with the Deutsche Oper Berlin and has also performed with the Los Angeles Opera, the Utah Opera, the Dallas Opera, the Toronto Symphony and the Cincinnati Symphony, among many others. She and Ward will sing the delightful duet “Pa-pa-pa-pa…” from “The Magic Flute.” Levis will also perform “La Dame de Monte Carlo” by Francis Poulenc, an aria from Rossini’s version of the Cinderella story, and a selection of songs by Gustav Mahler.

Ward will sing “Bought Me a Cat” from Copland’s Old American Songs, selections from “The Southern Harmony” by William Walker. Lykins will accompany the program and perform J. S. Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue in C Minor” on the piano.

The schedule of performances will be as follows:
• Motley: Saturday, July 21, 7 p.m., United Methodists Church
• Deerwood: Sunday, July 22, 2 p.m., Salem Lutheran Church
• Nisswa: Sunday, July 22, 7 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Cross

The Lakes Area Music Festival, an annual summer series attracting many leading instrumental and vocal performers, will take place August 4-26. All regular performances are at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd and are free of charge. In total, 53 different events will take place during the 22 days of this year’s Festival season. More than 150 all-star musicians from top orchestra and opera companies across the globe will be in the Brainerd Lakes area this year as guest artists. For more information visit www.lakesareamusic.org.

July 21: Emily Day
The annual Emily Day celebration will be held Saturday, July 21 at the Emily City Park located just east of Highway 6 on CR 1.
Due to the ongoing State Highway 6 reconstruction in downtown Emily, the Emily Day committee cancelled the parade due to safety concerns.
All the other scheduled events will go on as planned including live music all day, kid’s games, craft and vendor booths, kids tractor pull, medallion hunt, paintball gallery, chainsaw carving exhibition and auction. There will also be several food vendors and a beer garden.
As always the day will close with a spectacular fireworks display over Lake Emily.
The annual raffle features several prizes including the grand prize of a Polaris 570 Sportsman ATV. The drawing will be held at 8 pm in Emily City Park.

July 21: Camp Knutson Night Under the Stars
Camp Knutson Volunteers invite you to stop by for a glass of wine, or stay for dinner, at the beautiful Camp Knutson camp grounds on Trout Lake near Crosslake Saturday evening July 21.

The Camp K volunteers will host the annual fundraising Night Under the Stars event celebrating the “At the Hop” era featuring 1950 icons familiar to young and old. If you don’t own a poodle skirt, no worries, one will be furnished for a souvenir photo opportunity commemorating the evening.

Camp Knutson, is a service of Lutheran Social Services and provides a unique camping experience to kids who live with heart disease, chronic skin disease, autism, Down syndrome HIV/AIDS and youth experiencing homelessness. One comment by a Camp Knutson camper was “At camp you get to be your true self because you get to be around other people that know exactly what life is like for you. You don’t have to hide anything because there’s no judging.” Be part of supporting these special campers by attending the Camp Knutson fundraiser Night Under the Stars, or volunteer your time and talents serving these kids while they enjoy a unique camping experience.

Buy your “At the Hop” tickets for the July 21 Night Under the Stars event by visiting www.campkfriends.com and click on Night Under the Stars or call Sharon Elmquist for tickets at 218-692-1142. To check volunteer opportunities visit the site and click on Volunteer Opportunities or call Jared Griffin at 218-543-4232 and leave a message.

July 21: Clamshell and Bertha Lakes Association annual membership brunch and meeting
The Clamshell and Bertha Lakes Association annual membership brunch and meeting will be Saturday, July 21, 2018, 9:30 am at Ideal Town Hall, Ideal Corners. Eggs dishes, fruit, pastries, juice and coffee with be provided by the Board.

Our guest speaker this year is Sergeant D. J. Downie, Supervisor of the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office Boat and Water Divison. Sergeant Downie will tell us the very important role his division plays in patrolling over 92,000 acres of water from early May through mid-September. He will share the importance of enforcing safety regulations and responding to accidents and incidents on our lakes.

Visitors can consider joining the CBLA at the brunch. All current members are welcome. Membership is $20 per family, which goes to support CBLA’s commitment to fostering the long-term health of the lakes and lands for future generations. Keeping members well informed of lake activities is also a group goal.

RSVP to Tom Skluzacek at 612-369-1881 or skluzacek@msn.com

July 23: Lakers Lions
The Emily, Outing, 50 Lakes Lions will meet July 23 at 5:30 at Granny’s. Plans for the August Corn Feed will be finalized followed by dinner and social time. For more information see www.lakerslions.org.

July 24: Crosslake Mid-Town Block Party
To celebrate summer, Crosslake Mid-Town Businesses are throwing a good old fashioned block party on Tuesday, July 24 at 5 pm. The block party will stretch from Whistling Wolf Mini-Golf on the south end to Zorbaz on the north end.

Enjoy music, food, games, shopping and lots of fun. Norman’s Bait & Tackle Choir will be playing at Kicks on 66 and Reed Nelson near Riverwood Bank.

Did you know that City of Crosslake has the same land area as St. Paul, 36 square miles! In the heart of Crosslake are the Mid-Town businesses: Holly’s Hair and Nails, Whistling Wolf Mini Golf, The Candy Den, Kicks on 66, Lake Country Crafts and Cones, Riverwood Bank, Seaberg Motorsports, Zorbaz, Lake Luxe Beauty Bar, The Crossfire, Northern MN Railroad Heritage Assoc, and Nordic Haus.

Come on out and have some fun at the Crosslake Mid-Town Block Party.

July 24: Concert and Community Picnic, at Emily United Methodist Church
Emily United Methodist Church again welcomes the Jumpin’ Jehosafats in concert on Tuesday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m., following a 5:30 Free Community Picnic in the church yard. The public is invited to enjoy a spirit-filled evening of food and fellowship with friends plus this energetic combo playing Dixieland, jazz and gospel music. The group is currently on their 2018 annual “world tour of northern Minnesota.”

The Jumpin’ Jehosafats, together since 1985, have played over seven hundred benefit concerts in the Midwest and Caribbean. Proceeds from the free will offering at this concert will benefit the Emily Food Shelf and other ministries. To date, they have helped raise close to $500,000 for United Methodist related ministries such as Operation Classroom, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), and many other ecumenical causes such as Habitat for Humanity and disaster relief.

The band’s philosophy can be summed up in the words of one of their leaders when he says, “I believe God wants us to have fun. We’re designed to laugh and sing and dance. That’s one of the ways God lifts our spirits. It’s a way of remembering that the world is not on our shoulders, but that God is in charge.”

The church is located across from the Emily Post Office, just west of the intersection of Highway 6 and Co. Rd 1.

Everyone invited. Bring your chair or blanket and bug repellent! Rain location: Indoors at Emily United Methodist Church.

Questions? Call Judy at 218 566-2220.

July 25: Wave action? Raining again? How does the high water levels impact the Whitefish Chain of Lakes and area lakes? Workshop
The Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA), together with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, encourages watercraft operators to use caution on our lakes and be thoughtful about the wave action resulting from your watercraft.

Due to the frequent, heavy rains in recent days and weeks, our lakes and rivers are experiencing increasing higher water levels. As a result, excessive wave action resulting from watercraft and winds can cause shoreland erosion, negative impacts to fish and bird habitat, and unsafe consequences to other parties boating and using our lakes.

Watercraft operators, especially wake boaters pulling wake boarders, are requested to operate far from shorelands, generally in the middle of the lakes. The high water levels can wash docks and woody debris into the lakes and in those instances create unsafe conditions.

As a reminder, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office notes that Minnesota Statute states “no person shall operate watercraft in such a manner that its wash or wake will endanger, harass, or unnecessarily interfere with any other person or property”.

Workshop Scheduled
We invite our members, lake associations, neighbors and all interested persons to our next workshop/seminar. The workshop/ seminar will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, July 25 at the Crosslake Community Center, 14126 Daggett Pine Road, Crosslake, MN 56442

WAPOA has invited representatives of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office to provide information about watercraft operations during periods of high lake levels, no wake zones, and advice for venturing out on our area lakes.

Join us to learn more about enjoying our lakes during periods of high water levels. You will also have an opportunity to participate in an interactive question and answer period.

July 26: “A Festival of Tables” event for Nisswa Garden Club meeting
The Nisswa Garden Club will hold its special annual “A Festival of Tables” event on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, Cty. Rd. 13, Nisswa.

Club members have created unique and lively themed garden tables for display. It is open to the public, free of charge to view the tables, and to vote for your favorites from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon. There will also be displays of potted plants, flowers, and vegetables grown by club members. At 12:30 p.m. a buffet lunch will be served by reservation only. To reserve tickets, contact Betty Ramsbacher, Coordinator of the event, at 651-336-6072 no later than July 23rd.

Upcoming programs include the “Garden Tour” on August 9 and general meeting on August 23 with Jeff Dirks of the CLC Horticulture Department speaking on “Growing Vegetables with Hydroponics”.

Call Barb Bogdanovich at 218-330-6661 for further upcoming meeting details. The club meets the fourth Thursday of each month. New members are always welcome.

July 28: Pine River High School Class of 1963 Reunion: “Take Time to Spend Time”
Because we don’t often “take time to spend time” with old high school friends, the Pine River High School Class of 1963 invites all classmates of the years before and after them to join together July 28, 6:30 p.m. at the Pine River Legion Club meeting room.

It’s been 55-years since the class of ’63 crossed that gym stage to be congratulated by Jim Filibeck and Allan Fields.

It’s an informal gathering, no program is planned, just to take a couple of hours enjoying refreshments, greeting old friends, trying to remember names, chatting and listening to the stories of other people who are also from your home town; Pine River.

People learn about themselves when they listen to others about their lives, especially when they have the same common denominator of coming from the same high school and home town.

Speaking of common denominators, did you have Mrs. Sontag as a teacher? What about tail gunner Rezanka, Mister West or hear Kellet’s heels clacking? Did you know anyone who climbed the old water tower? Did you dance at the Purple Peanut?

If any of these things ring a bell with you, then you need to get over to the Pine River Legion Club meeting room on the Saturday evening during Pine River SummerFest later this month, July 28, 6:30 p.m.

For a couple of hours this is your perfect opportunity to learn about life from the stories of the “kids” that grew up much like you did...swimming at the dam, going to the creamery and feed store, drinking Coke at Torske’s and going to the Cass County Fair.

Whether you stuck around Pine River most of your life, or toured the world a dozen times, your schooling and the waters of Pine River still run through your blood.

Bring your spouse, friend, another class mate; it’s an open gathering.

Each year the Pine River High School (pre-PRBHS) graduating class of 1963 gathers informally at the PR Legion at 6:30 p.m. on the Saturday night of PR Summer Fest. Other graduates of PRBHS are invited.

For more information, contact: Barb Brezinsky at: barbbrezinsky@gmail.com Phone: (218) 429-0069

July 28: “Because of Brandon”
Because of Brandon, a fund raiser in memory of Brandon Houge, a young man from Ironton who unexpectedly passed away from complications of diabetes, will be Saturday, July 28, in Crosby. All proceeds will be used to fund youth diabetes camps, patient travel expenses, and educational events.

"My son, Brandon, was only 13 when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes," said event Chair Doug Houge. "Despite excellent care and his best efforts, complications arose and Brandon passed away in December 2015 at the age of 27. We miss him every day and still cry over losing him. But, we are determined to help others avoid the same loss. Please help us honor his memory by supporting this fun event."

The benefit for Cuyuna Regional Medical Center's Diabetes Education Department will include a beer and wine tasting, silent auction, barbecue, raffle, and street dance featuring Pandemic from St. Cloud, all at the Crosby Bar & Grill. New this year will be an ATV ride to benefit Because of Brandon. Riders will be driving through Crosby to raise funds. For details, contact ironrider@comcast.com

The raffle is for a 2018 Alterra 500 ATV from Brothers Motor Sports ($4,999 value), Ruttger's weekend with meals and golf ($1,150 value), .22 LR Barracuda gun donated by Magnum Research ($840 value), $150, and $50. Tickets are $10 each and are available at CRMC's Cuyuna Lakes Pharmacy, the Crosby Bar & Grill and Culver's in Baxter.

Since Because of Brandon was established two years ago, more than $100,000 has been raised to fund youth diabetes camps, patient travel expenses, and educational events. Most of the funds provide scholarships for youth to attend Camp Needlepoint, a week-long, summer outdoor camp on the St. Croix River in Hudson, Wisc., for youngsters with diabetes. The camp lets children have a great time participating in traditional activities while connecting with others with diabetes. Healthcare professionals oversee daily diabetes care and help campers learn to manage and live successfully with their disease. Scholarship recipients have been from Crosby, Aitkin, Pequot Lakes and Longville.

More than 18,000 youth are diagnosed with diabetes every year. Nearly 30 million people in the United States, or about 10 percent of the population, have diabetes and over one-third of adults have pre-diabetes. When diabetes is not well controlled, people with diabetes are at an increased risk of serious health complications including blindness, amputation, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and premature death. Because of Brandon funds go toward initiatives to promote awareness of this serious disease as well as programs to support those living with diabetes.

For more information, send a message to Peggy.Stebbins@cuyunamed.org or call 218-545-4447. Event updates are available at http://brandon18.gesture.com.

August 4: Lakes area gears up for 10th anniversary music festival season with two events
Proceeds to support music education, public concerts With the upcoming season just weeks away, the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd has announced plans for two special events: Summer Solstice and Symphony Under the Stars.

One hundred fifty all-star musicians from the top orchestras and opera companies across the U.S. and abroad will converge in Brainerd to kick off the 10thanniversary season of the Festival, featuring 53 events over 22 days. Chamber music, symphony orchestra, opera and ballet performances will be featured.

New this year, Symphony Under the Stars will launch the 2018 season on Friday, August 4 with an outdoor gala on The Pines at Grand View Lodge. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with all-inclusive gourmet food stations, wine and beer selections, and a live auction. Then – as the sun sets over the fairway – musicians from top orchestras around the world will take the stage under the direction of German conductor Christian Reif, performing favorite film scores from Harry Potter, Superman, Star Wars and more by the legendary John Williams.

Seating limited; for tickets, visit www.lakesareamusic.org/gala. Funds raised during Symphony Under the Stars will help support Lakes Area Music Festival concerts in August that are offered at no charge, ensuring everyone can attend regardless of age and income.

For more information about all the concert, educational and social activities during the Festival season, August 5 – 26, or to volunteer, visit www.LakesAreaMusic.org. The Prelude Concert Series and Community Showcase will take place in July.

August 4: "Gone Fishing" Bible Day Camp at Emily Wesleyan
On Aug.4 from 1-6 PM, the Emily Wesleyan Church is having a Bible Day Camp with the theme "Gone Fishing."

The ages for the camp are age 4 through 5th grade. There will be fun, crafts, games, and music while learning what it means to be fishers of men. The camp will end with a picnic supper starting at 5:30 for the entire family to enjoy.

We hope to see you all there! For further information please call the church at 218-763-4673.

August 4-26: LAMF Annual children and youth workshops open registration
School is out, but the learning has just begun at the Lakes Area Music Festival! Audiences of all ages  will find numerous opportunities to experience music and the arts in a new way through the programs of the LAMF’s tenth annual season, running August 4 through August 26.

Registration is open for Explore Music!, the Festival’s annual weeklong day camp for students entering grades 1-5. Now in its seventh year, the program will take place July 30 through August 3, from 9 a.m. to noon at Washington Educational building in Brainerd. Each day will be full of activities learning about music and the arts through numerous creative outlets including movement, dance, singing, and playing instruments – all while exercising their creative muscles through guided improvisation. Last year’s camp sold out, so early registration is encouraged.

At the end of the camp, student participants will have a chance to share what they have discovered by participating in a special performance preceding the Lakes Area Music Festival’s family concert on Sunday, August 5 at 2 p.m. This concert, titled Carnival of the Animals, is designed to entertain audiences of all ages and will feature conductor Marlene Pauley leading an orchestra of world-class artists in musical storytelling by Camille Saint-Saens and Sergei Prokofiev. Like all concerts presented by the Festival, this family concert is presented free of charge ensuring complete access to any person or family interested in attending.

A new program will be added this season for older students as well. ExplorePerformance is open to students entering grades 6-9 and will provide individualized performance-based training and stage presence experiences to students with an interest in any performing arts related activity: singing,  playing an instrument, acting, public speaking, and more. Running August 6-10, this program will help guide the skills of these youth in presenting their art to a public audience.

Both invigorating musical exploration will be led by Alexander Peña, a classical musician and teaching artist from the Eastman Community School in Rochester, NY, along with his team of teachers from New York. "The Lakes Area Music Festival understands the importance of inspiring our youth and is committed to music education. These programs provide Lakes Area children and their families a week of exploration through the lens of engaging activities in theater arts, instrumental study, visual arts, movement, voice, and more,” Peña said.

Need-based scholarships are available in order to ensure any student interested is able to attend. Please contact Brainerd Community Education when registerting to inquire.

The Explore programs are cosponsored with Brainerd Community Education, with support from the Twin Cities Opera Guild and Bud and Cindy Bergrem. To register, visit the LAMF website, lakesareamusic.org or sign up through Brainerd Community Education.

Through August 14: Big Fun Tuesdays
Starting today Big Fun Tuesday will be held in Crosslake Town Square at 1-3 pm from June 19 through August 14.

Activities include Minnow races, Pancake Toss, Gunny Sack Races, Build a S’more Game, Face Painting, tattoos and more!

Big Fun Tuesday is sponsored by participating Crosslake Merchants and the Crosslake Community School.

Through August 31: Lunch Bunch
Nutritious lunches will be available to area youth again this summer through the Cuyuna Lakes Lunch Bunch, a free program organized by area churches and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.

The lunches are available on weekdays starting Monday, June 4, through Friday, August 31, except Wednesday, July 4. They will be at the following locations: 11:15 to 11:35 a.m. in Deerwood Veteran's Park across from the American Legion; 11:45 a.m.- 12:05 p.m. at Crosby Food Shelf, 302 Cross Ave.; and 12:15 to 12:35 p.m. in Ironton at Grandpa's Park behind Wells Fargo.

The Cuyuna Lakes Lunch Bunch's goal is to provide meals for students who normally receive free or reduced lunches through school programs. The lunches are prepared and distributed by several local volunteers including members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby; Cascade Methodist Church and Salem Lutheran Church, both in Deerwood; St. Joseph Chapter of St. Vincent de Paul in Crosby and Deerwood; and employees of Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.

Last year, a total of 4,861 lunches were served through the program. That amount compares to 4,650 lunches in summer 2016; 3,820 in 2015 and 900 in 2014, the program's first year. For more information or to contribute to the Lunch Bunch, contact Ellen Brandt at St. Vincent de Paul, eltrbrandt@gmail.com

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