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Weekly and Monthly Events

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 exercise opportunities foradults offered at City of Emily
Monday, Wednesday, Friday at  the City Gymnasium 9:00—9:45a.m., walk or exercise to old timemusic. This ongoing exercise program on CD allows you the flexibility to work at your own pace! Chairs are provided. Keep it low-impact, pick up your feet, or just walk indoors during our Minnesota-cold winter and wet spring.

Wednesdays at the gym from 10:00—10:45 a.m. check out the Line Dance Classes for adults.Returning Jan 18 and offered through mid-May, this is a great way to exercise while you learn fun dances to a variety of music types – something for everyone. Participants may join at any time. No boots or hats needed –just a desire to have fun!
 
Emily Food Shelf
The Emily Area Food Shelf regular hours are on the third Wednesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The additional day, will be the following Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for those who are unable to pick-up at the regular time.
 
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 and Al-Anon
Crosslake AA and Al-Anon meet Monday at 7:00 p.m. at CrosslakeLutheran Church. Crosslake AA Open meets Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Crosslake Presbyterian Church.  For info. AA call: 218-692-1845 or218-232-3558; Al-Anon call: 218-821-4621. 


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.
 
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!

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 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.

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.
 
Engravable Paver Brick Opportunity
A new gift-giving opportunity is available this year that’s a guaranteed pleaser for both the recipient and the giver. Engravable paver bricks are here!

The Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens (LUMG), a partner project between the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association, has been taking shape over the past two summers. Located along the south side of the entrance to the Crosslake Campground and Recreational Area, the LUMG has drawn accolades from many already and will see future development continue in the same welcoming and attractive style that has already pleased residents and visitors.

One of those developments is the upcoming paver paths, scheduled for spring installation. As a part of that, folks now have a new opportunity to purchase one or more engraved paver bricks at $60 per brick. Messages of one or two lines can honor, memorialize, celebrate or highlight something or someone, or an organization or business. The engraved bricks will become a permanent part of the garden’s paver paths.

Any questions about the engravable paver opportunity or the LUMG in general, or to place an order, call Lynn Scharenbroich at 218-543-4714 or Corrine Hodapp at 651-290-5790. Or, email the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association: http://paulbunyanscenicbyway.org/contact_us

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February Events

February 1 - April 12: Income Tax Preparation Free E-File Emily, Outing, Fifty Lakes AARP Tax-Aide Program
Free income tax preparation, for all ages, is available Feb 1 through Apr 12, at the Crooked Lake Town Hall in Outing, MN. Wednesdays: 2:00pm-6:00pm. Appointment only.

After receiving your tax information, call Tom Martin (MON through THUR ONLY) for an appointment. (218-792-5903)

ALL appointments to be scheduled later than Mar. 15 should be made prior to Mar. 15. This assures we can assist all members in the communities. A valid photo ID, Social Security card, and a copy of last year's tax return MUST be brought with you.


February 23: Nisswa Garden Club to meet
The Nisswa Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.

Social hour and check-in will begin at noon. Lunch will be served by Ernie’s Restaurant at 12:30 p.m. followed by the business meeting.

The program entitled “Miniature Gardening” will be presented by Jennifer Knutson, a Crow Wing County UMN Extension Master Gardener. Coordinator is Jill Macnamera. Hosts are Ginger Hustvedt and JoAnn Weaver.

Non-members with an interest in gardening are welcome. For lunch reservations, call Marie Boudrye at 218-963-7494. Program presentation begins after 1:00 p.m.

Visit www.nisswagardenclub.org for further information on the Club.

Starting February 28: Toastmasters - Moving to Noon
Starting on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 we will be meeting at noon at the Members Cooperative CU, 108 Minnesota Ave N. in Aitkin, MN 56431. We will regularly meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.

This week we have 2 prepared speeches. The first is Sarah Kate Chapman, an Aitkin resident and long-time member of our club. The second will be delivered by Paul Bunyan, himself, a resident of Outing and also a long-time member. We also have impromptu speeches and evaluations of the speeches. We learn by seeing/hearing, doing and evaluating at Toastmaster meetings, Communication and Leadership skills are our game; THEY build confidence.

Everyone in the community is welcome to visit. Bring a bag lunch and knock on the side door and we will let you in. We WILL ask for your thoughts about the meeting and we will ask you to join the club.

February 28: 23rd Annual Cribbage Tournament
The 23rd Annual Cribbage Tournament will be held at Pequot Lake Legion beginning February 28th at 7PM. The cost is $16 for all 8 weeks followed with a Banquet.

For more information call Nancy 1-218-568-5980.

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March Events

March 14: Lakes Area Unlimited Learning upcoming events
March
Crafting Stories with Truth and Fiction
Writing historical fiction while forming accurate and informative images, developing characters and telling stories of the Scandinavian immigrants who came to America in the turbulent 1860’s is Candace Samar’s passion. This Pequot Lakes resident skillfully crafts facts and imagination into unforgettable stories. Her latest of six books “Shelterbelt” was a finalist for the 2016 Willa Award for Historical Fiction. She will speak about the techniques and challenges of writing historical fiction. Tuesday, March 14, 1:30-3:30 P.M Heartwood Senior Living, Lakes Area Unlimited Learning. Non-members are welcome $5.00.

March
Tour of the Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley
Dr. Jon van der Hagen M.D. will conduct a tour Friday, March 17, 1:30, at the Military Museum at Camp Ripley in anticipation of his presentation on European and U.S. Battlefields for Lakes Area Unlimited Learning event, Tuesday, April 11. Transportation can be provided and carpooling is encouraged. Organized by Lakes Area Unlimited Learning, nonmembers welcome, no fees. Call Joanna Pierce (218.534.4946) if you wish to attend this tour.

April
Stories The Battlefields Tell
Passionate about military history, Dr. Jon van der Hagen M.D. will share stories and slides of lessons learned while traveling to European and U.S battlefields. Dr. Van der Hagen is an M.D. in the Brainerd area and is a docent at the Camp Ripley museum. This event was presented in 2015 to a small, dedicated group who braved a snowstorm. The overwhelming positive evaluation justifies another opportunity to experience his program. Tuesday, April 11, 1:30-3:30 P.M. Lakes Area Unlimited Learning, Heartwood Senior Living, non-members welcome $5.00.

May
Crow Wing Energize Movement: Creating a Healthier Community
Attend an energized group of change agents for a panel discussion by leaders who are creating health and wellness in our community through partnering for more healthy choices, mental fitness, workplace wellness and community connections. The panel will identify how this collaborative and goal oriented approach can build individual resilience for health issues such as the harmful effects of Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), trauma, addictions, emotional neglect, abuse and mental illness. Tuesday, May 9, 1:30-3:30 P.M. Lakes Area Unlimited Learning, Heartwood Senior Living, non-members welcome, $5.00.

June
Norway’s Untold Stories: Life During World War II
Dr. Jan Hansen grew up in Alesund, near Bergen, Norway during WWII, during the Nazi occupation. He will explore survival and resistance during this difficult period in Norwegian history with video and slides. Dr. Hansen and his family immigrated to NYC, then Chicago in 1950 when he was 14 years old. He graduated from St. Olaf College and University of Missouri-Columbia, and is currently retired from teaching Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Tuesday, June 13, 1:30-3:30 P.M. Lakes Area Unlimited Learning, Heartwood Senior Living, non-members welcome, $5.00.

March 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/

March 14: Board of Directors' Meeting TBA

March 15: "Insects and Garden Diseases" Presenter: Shelley Boser

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