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 email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-545-8522.
Outing Volunteer Library Hours
Winter hours as of October 1:
Monday 10-12; Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 2-4; Thurs. Closed
Friday 9-11; Saturday 10-12
Need an exercise activity?
The following programs for adults are free at the Emily Community Center Gymnasium. Join at any time.
Mon & Wed 9-9:45 a.m. Exercise program features vintage music on CD for all fitness levels. Chairs provided. Keep it low-impact, kick up your heels, or simply walk.
Tue 1-3:00 p.m. Pickleball for all skill levels –teams or singles welcome. Watch, learn, play. Equipment provided.
Wed 10-11:00 a.m. Line Dance for seniors. Solo dancing, no experience needed. Have fun, and enjoy multiple health benefits. (New session begins Jan 23rd)
Fri 9-11 a.m. Ladies /Beginner Pickleball. Learn to play. Equipment provided.
Walkers are invited to use the gym during unscheduled times and during the Mon & Wed 9 a.m. program.
Mondays and Thursdays: YOGA 101
The kind and gentle way to improve flexibility, balance, strength and breath control.
Emily City Hall
Monday & Thursday
10:30 – 11:30
Instructor: Lynne Marchese
‘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.
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 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 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
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.
Lakers Lions accepting recycled item donations
The Emily, Outing, 50 Lakes Lions are collecting used eye glasses to be recycled for foreign mission projects, used hearing aids to be recycled for our Hearing Foundation Projects, used cell phones to go to battered woman’s shelters, and used ink cartridges to be recycled for Pediatric cancer patients. If you have any of these items you would like to donate to the cause, please deposit these items in our donation boxes at these locations: Outing—Village Inn and Outing Station. Emily—Pine River State Bank, Ace Hardware, Kut & Kurl, Granny’s Bar and Grill, and the Emily Wesleyan Church
We and you Serve!!
Emily City Library Hours
The Emily Library is located within the Emily City Hall building and is open year round with free Wi-Fi. Hours are Mon-Wed 8 am to 4 pm, Thurs and Fri from 8 am-11:30 am, and on the 2nd Tue of the month open 8 am-8 pm or until the end of the council meeting.
Donation based Yoga
Donation based Yoga Located at 456 Birch Ave Outing - (behind Land O'Lakes).
Chair - A gentle form of Yoga practiced sitting on a chair or standing using a chair for support - Tuesday @6 pm
Flow - Tuesday @4:30 pm; Sunday @9 am
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 inkind support from the agencies they serve at.
Thursdays: Crosslake Area Library Hosts Preschool Story Time
The Crosslake Area Library will host Preschool Story Time with Mr. Tom on Thursday mornings at 10:15 am. Storytime will be held every Thursday except for school breaks and holidays
Gymnasium Play Time for Tots will follow. For more information call 218-692-7323.
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January and February Events
January 16: Emily Blood Drive
January is the official National Blood Donor Month, and this is a good time to make a New Year's resolution to be a regular blood donor. The Red Cross Blood Drive, sponsored by the Lakers Lions of Emily, Outing and Fifty Lakes, will be making its first of three blood drive visits to EMILY on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16th, 12:00 - 6:00 PM. Donors and volunteers are needed. Red Cross staff will be available to help make the blood drive run smoothly.
Each year, the demand for blood increases by up to 8%, while annual blood donations only increase 2 to 3%. currently, only 5% of eligible blood donors actually donate. The blood supply is at a dangerous low point now, following the flu and now the winter weather related drawbacks, resulting in blood donations being down. Winter weather throughout the Midwest has already caused cancellations of blood drives, impacting blood donations for our local American Red Cross. The Red Cross counts on our blood drives and donations to ensure an adequate supply for patients at area hospitals as well as throughout the country. To help ensure a sufficient blood supply, please make an appointment to donate blood and change a life, starting with your own. Giving blood now will help rebuild the blood supply and will help to ensure enough blood is on hand for all patients in the weeks to come.
Requirements to be a Blood Donor are at least 17 years old, weigh 110 lbs. or more and are in good health. Sixteen year olds, are now allowed to donate, with a parent or guardian’s signature on the Red Cross permission form. Diabetics are accepted, even when on insulin. Most other medications are accepted as long as the donor is healthy. Donors who have been on antibiotics, must be completed and symptoms resolved. Red Cross is using the appointment program for donors.
Walk-ins are Welcome and will be given the next available appointment. Fifty-six days between Regular Single Unit blood donations and 112 days between Double Red Cell Donors are required, so anyone who donated at Emily's bloodmobile in September.
Donors who occasionally have low iron counts are reminded to improve their iron levels by either taking over the counter iron supplements and/or adding iron rich foods to their diets. Meat, fish and poultry are the best absorbed iron rich foods. Iron fortified cereals, molasses, beans, raisins, baked potatoes, and breads and pasta made with iron-enriched flour are also encouraged to be eaten. Foods high in Vitamin C will help absorb the iron; while tea, coffee, bran, and antacids block the absorption of iron.
The Emily area now hosts three bloodmobiles each year with this being the 78th held over the past 31st years. It is open to anyone; all blood types are needed. Donors are invited to help recruit new donors.
Blood donors who were previously deferred, may now be eligible for the Red Cross Reinstatement program. Previous deferred donors should call the Red Cross Reinstatement Center at 866-236-3276 for instructions. /
We continue to dedicate our blood drives to all of our area friends and relatives who have required blood transfusions. Please do your part and make sure that blood is available for those in need of a transfusion. They are counting on us, so that they may live. Ask about Double Red Cell collection, which is available to donors with blood types O+, O-, A- and B-. For regular blood donations, all blood types are always needed.
Bring your donor card or a driver's license, or two other forms of identification when donating. To schedule an appointment or to volunteer to help at the blood drive, please call Nancy Moritz at 218-763-3097 or Kathy Harvet at 218-792-5314.
Jan 18-19 26th Anniversary Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous, Trailside Park, Pequot Lakes
Jan 19 Outing Ice Fishing Contest, sponsored by Outing Area Chamber of Commerce & Crooked Lake Fire Dept., Lawrence Lake, Outing, 11 am-2 pm Weather Permitting
January 19: It’s your climate too. Let’s get started.
Brainerd Lakers United for the Environment (BLUE) will host a presentation by Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) on Saturday, January 19. The CCL presentation will be held in the Brainerd public library's large conference room. The Brainerd public library is located at 416 South Fifth Street, Brainerd, near Brainerd High School and across from Mickey's Pizza and Subs.
The CCL presentation is scheduled to last from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. After the presentation ends at 2:30 p.m., there will be a question and answer session until 3 p.m.
The CCL presentation will discuss the proposed Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (S. 3791/ H.R. 7173) and the how the law, if enacted, would help curb climate change. The CCL presentation will discuss proven ways to speak effectively and powerfully about climate solutions to elected officials, business leaders, neighbors, and friends.
CCL is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization empowering people from all walks of life to become effective advocates for a livable world. For more information about CCL, please visit www.citizensclimatelobby.org
The CCL presentation hosted by BLUE is a free event open to the public. Beverages and snacks provided.
For more information about the CCL presentation, please contact BLUE member Pat Scott at (218) 330-3476 or at email@example.com
January 21: Trout Lake Camp Community Days
Monday, January 21 1-4pm
Fun for the entire family!
Free Rock Climbing Indoors
Free Laser Tag
Free Hot Chocolate & Cookies
Follow posted signs as you approach camp. Our staff will greet you and direct you.
10173 Trout Lake Drive,
Pine River, MN 56474
January 24: Menopause Mayhem
Women age 40 and older can learn how to live healthier and happier at Menopause Mayhem, a free community event planned for Thursday, Jan. 24, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Northern Pacific Center’s Luminary Fern building in Brainerd.
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Menopause and Healthy Aging team will make brief presentations and there will be numerous booths with educational information. Those attending will also enjoy mini spa services, Prairie Bay appetizers and wine, and receive a complimentary gift bag.
Among the topics to be discussed are controlling menopause symptoms, sexual dysfunction, options for low libido, hot flashes, causes of hormone imbalance, mood changes, sleep issues, painful intercourse, abnormal bleeding, pelvic floor treatments and other topics.
Registration is required at www.cuyunamed.org/newsevents/menopause-mayhem. For more information, call 218-545-4447.
Jan 26 Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza at Hole-In-The-Day Bay, Noon-3pm
Jan 31 – Feb 2 Crosslake 16th Annual Winterfest begins with medallion hunt/Community Center 7-9 pm Pond Skating, Snow Mountain, Bonfire & S’mores, Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides. Fireworks at 9 pm. See full calendar of events on Crosslake Chamber website
Feb 1 Crosslake Community School Cabin Fever Carnival, 3:30-6:30 pm
Feb 2 13th Annual Back To Basics Day, co-sponsored by Happy Dancing Turtle and Pine River Backus Schools, Vendors free to public, Pine River Backus High School gymnasium, Pine River, 8am - 5pm
Feb 2 Ice Car Racing on Big Pine Lake, The Cedar Chest, off Cty Rd 3, Noon-3pm
Feb 2 Crosslake Firefighters Pancake Breakfast, Crosslake Lutheran 8-11:30am
Feb 2 Bocce Ball Tournament – Riverside Saloon & Eatery at 12 Noon
Feb 2 Italian Outdoor Olympics-all NEW games, bonfires, s'mores & cocao, Maucieri’s, 1 pm
Feb 2 Radar Runs on the Bay at Moonlite Bay 1-4pm
Feb 2 16th Annual Crosslake Soup Fest, tasting begins at 12 Noon
February 20: Crosslake Area Garden Club
The Crosslake Area Garden Club meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at1:00 PM at the Crosslake Community Center. Visitors are always welcomed and members are encouraged! For more information contact Linda at 218-765-3246 or visit our website at: crosslakegarden.org. We never stop learning our gardens & lands around us!
Our 2019 Programs:
February 20th – “Getting Started with Garden Seeds” presented by JoAnn Weaver
March 20 – “Ornamental Grasses” presented by Landsburg’s Nursery -Shelly Boser
Feb 22 Snowshoe by Candlelight, sponsored by the LAHFH Women Build team, Legacy Golf Course at Cragun's, 5-9pm
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