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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 the Northern Brainerd Lakes area.
Volunteers provide services such as friendly visiting, pet therapy, musical therapy, errand running and clerical services. Volunteer classes are available to fit each person’s schedule.
Please call Keshia Kettler-Herrmann at Heartland Hospice at 320-333-6395 for further information.
Eating Disorder Association Formed
The Eating Disorder Association of Central Minnesota has been organized. Their mission is to educate the public and establish a greater understanding and awareness of eating disorders, while supporting those suffering with an eating disorder and all affected by it through education and creating a network of all available treatment options.
Brain Injury Support Group
On the last Wednesday of each month there is a Brain Injury Support Group meeting from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at The Lighthouse. The address is 704 Norwood Street in Brainerd, MN. The purpose of these meetings is to share stories of living with a brain injury. They are for persons with a brain injury, their families, friends, and are open for all to attend. We provide coffee and cookies and there are no costs for persons who attend. No appointments necessary to attend and persons with questions may call Meridith at 218-829-4492 or Russ at 218-763-3760.
MN Lyme Asso. Brainerd Lakes Chapter
The Minnesota Lyme Association Brainerd Lakes Chapter is operating a year round fundraiser to support it’s efforts in the fight against and the treatment of Lyme Disease.
Come and be a part of this effort at Papa’s Treasures of Hope, a Women’s Boutique and Thrift Shop located a 1/2 mile north of Pequot Lakes on Hwy 371.
Address is 4176 Langenbou Rd. Pequot Lakes. Hours Open are 10-4 Wed. to Sat. Volunteers always welcome.
Lyme support meetings are held every second Thursday of the month, 1:00 pm at Papa’s Treasures of Hope.
Lyme Disease Support Group
Monthly Lyme Disease Support Group meeting are the 2nd Thursdays of the month at 6 pm at the Trailside Center in Pequot Lakes. Everyone is welcome and the meetings are free.
May is Lyme Disease awareness month. We will have a garden flag available to buy for showing support for the life changing disease of Lyme. Contact Judy at 218 543-4945 for more information.
Circle of Parents free community based support groups for parents and their children
Circle of Parents is a parent support group that is open to all families in the Pequot Lakes area. Based on the statewide Circle of Parent program model the local program is free and open to all families. The Pequot Lakes Circle of Parents group meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Trailside Center. Free childcare is available.
During the once a week meetings, parents come together to exchange insights into common parenting challenges. The program is free, confidential, nonjudgmental and designed to promote positive parenting skills. To find out more about the Pequot Lakes Circle of Parent group, call Joan at (218) 821-6429. The philosophy behind Circle of Parents is sharing ideas, sharing support. Parents in the lakes area do not have to feel alone with their parenting concerns, please call or drop in for the weekly discussion.
Bereavement/Family Support Group
The Bereavement / Family Support Group will meet the third Thursday of each month, at 4 pm, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Crosslake. For more information, please call Donna Keiffer 218-821-1158.
Outing Volunteer Library
Monday 10 am - 2 pm
Tuesday 1 pm - 4 pm
Wednesday 3-5 pm
Thursday 1-5 pm
Friday 9 am - 1 pm
Saturday 10 am - 1 pm
Crosslake Bereavement Group
Crosslake Evangelical Free Church “Log Church” Monday’s at 6:30 p.m. Meet in the church, use the back entrance. This is a local support group for those who have lost a loved one. Contact Jean Young 218-692-1854 if you have questions.
Pequot Lakes - Breezy Point Lions
The Pequot Lakes - Breezy Point Lions Club meets the second Monday of the month at the Pelican Lakes Conservation Club at 5:30 pm. All visitors welcome. For more information call 218-838-8002 or visit plbplionsclub. com or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: Adult Exercise Program - EmilyFREE low-impact exercise program for men and women at the new City Hall in Emily on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9AM-10AM. (Note: Must sign waiver for City of Emily for use of city facility.)
Over The Hills GangThe Over the Hills Gang ATV club meets the first Saturday of the month at Granny's Bar on Hwy. 6 located between Outing and Emily at 10 a.m.All club events, ride schedule and training events can be found on the club’s website at www.overthehillsgang.org Currently the Over the Hills Gang are in the process of getting a GIA trail in the Outing/Emily area.The club is always seeking new members that want to promote safe and happy riding in the area. Emily Food ShelfThe Emily Area Food Shelf regular hours are on the third Wednesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The additional day, will be the following Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for those who are unable to pick-up at the regular time. For more information contact Nancy Moritz, 218 763-3097. Cuyuna Iron Range RidersWe 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. Join the fun and camaraderie-become a member today! Local Area AA groupsThe 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 692-4113The Crosslake AA also meets Tuesday night at 7 pm at the Crosslake Presbyterian Church, information call 692-1845.Officers are Justina Richter, President; Margie Young, Vice President; Sandi Day, Secretary; and Larry Embertson, Treasurer. Support group meetings are held the first Monday of every month at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Justina at 218- 963-7421, or Margie at 218-829-3509.Cass County TriadCass County Triad is a community- based partnership between senior citizens and law enforcement. The goal of Triad is to reduce criminal victimization of the elderly and to enhance communications between senior citizens and law enforcement. If you are interested in learning more about Triad, please call Pauline with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office at 218-547-7308.Triad meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Hackensack Senior Center. Lunch is available at noon with the meeting at 1 p.m. All are welcome!
Brainerd Lakes Limbs & Things support group for Amputees
Brainerd Lakes Limbs & Things is a support group being organized by Tim and Mindy Speldrich working with Amputees and local professionals to help Amputees over limb loss and family questions and struggles.
“We have been inspired by the number of people who have spoken to us since sharing our journey with the community in recent articles,” said Tim Speldrich, a below the knee (BK) amputee for 20 years and an above the knee (AK) amputee for more than 9 years. “Mindy and I have been married for 20 years and have supported one another through all things.”
Amputees and families are welcome to come to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center at 6:30 p.m. on the 1st Monday of every month in the Kerst Meeting Room located in the lower level.
For more information contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org or (218) 838-8431; or Mindy at email@example.com or (218) 839-1488.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: Whitefish “500”: New Groups Forming
Starting September 18 and every Thursday thereafter meet at the Crosslake Legion at 3:30 for 500. Starting September 23 and every Tuesday thereafter, meet at the Jenkins VFW at 3:30 for 500. Call Judy at 218-851-5136 to reserve a seat at either location.
Whitefish Dinner Club
Meet new single friends and fun married couples. We choose a variety of places and generally meet twice a week. Where do you prefer to dine? Locations with favorite weekly specials? By cozy fireplaces? Or with potlucks? For more information, please call Judy at 218-851-5136.
Narrows Community Church Clothes Closet
The Clothes Closet at the Narrows Community Church in Outing in open from 8 am to 12 noon on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. The church is located at 6297 Wood Bay Drive in Outing. For more information call 218-792-5530.
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.
Mondays: VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Are you looking for an opportunity to meet new people from the lakes area and also do something worthwhile? Emily Quilters meet every Monday (excluding legal holiday) in a room at Emily City Hall next to the library. They assemble quilts for Retired Senior Volunteer Program to distribute to people in need who live in Crow Wing County. Quilts are also given to area Hospice Programs, the Women’s Shelter in Brainerd and one is donated to Camp Knutson for their annual auction. They made and donated 151 quilts in 2014.
You do not have to show up every week. Come when you can. Quilting starts between 9 and 9:30 and continues until around noon. The time you can offer is completely flexible to fit into your schedule. Jobs in addition to sewing include yarn tying the completed quilts and cutting squares to be sewn.
If you can’t help on Mondays, other ways of assisting include donating quilt tops you have sewn at home. The recommended size is 62" x 82". The size for Hospice is 45”-48” wide x 72” long. The quilters also can use washed sheets in good condition for backing quilts and large pieces of cotton fabric that they can cut into squares to make quilts.
Donations can be brought to Emily City Hall any Monday morning. Both men and women are invited.
For more information, call Shirley Anderson 218 763 - 8019 or Bette Swensen 218 763-2385.
Crow Wing County seeks seasonal watercraft inspectors
Crow Wing County and Brainerd’s Employment Resource Center are currently seeking candidates for available seasonal watercraft inspector positions for the upcoming year. These positions conduct inspections of watercraft equipment at public water accesses, and will have frequent public contact with boaters to inform them about aquatic invasive species (AIS) rules.
The County encourages those who enjoy working outdoors and possess superior customer service skills to apply for one of these seasonal watercraft inspector positions.
Those interested in applying to be a seasonal watercraft inspector may do so online at www.ercstaffing.com or in person at ERC’s office located at 607 Washington Street in Brainerd.
“These positions provide important face-to-face contact with the public to increase awareness and prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species to our waters,” stated Mark Liedl, Land Services Director.
Recently approved by the Crow Wing County Board, the 2015 plan for the prevention of Aquatic Invasive Species includes funding for watercraft inspections at approximately 50 boat landings throughout the County this summer. Watercraft inspections were identified by lake associations and stakeholders as a top priority for AIS funding. AIS funding was allocated by the state legislature in 2014 as part of the program aid given to Minnesota counties.
A map identifying watercraft accesses the County plans to staff with inspectors is available with the approved 2015 AIS Plan. The AIS plan can be viewed on the county website at www.crowwing.us and by searching “AIS.”
The Land Services Department is committed to providing excellent customer service while helping landowners make wise choices that protect Crow Wing County’s extraordinary natural resources. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Environmental Services Office at (218) 824-1125 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss AIS or other land use related activities.
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March: Emily’s MN Foodshare Fundraising Campaign
March is MN FoodShare Fundraising Campaign Drive. This also starts the Emily Area’s 2015 Annual Food Shelf Fundraiser.
During this month, larger corporations, individuals and foundations will make contributions to the MN Food Share program at the state level. This money will be allocated to MN food shelves throughout the year. This additional monetary incentive allocation will be made to the Emily Food Shelf based on the number of pounds of collected items and dollars raised in the Emily area during the month of March.
All food items and monetary donations raised in our local area will stay in our area, to help provide food to the families of Emily, Outing, Fifty Lakes, Little Pine, Ross Lake and Fairfield townships.
Hunger Solutions is another program that helps MN food shelves throughout the year, based on the amount of food and money that the individual food shelf raises during the March FoodShare Campaign.
The Allen Shaw Feinstein Foundation sponsors another incentive program. They will divide $1 million among nonprofit agencies throughout the U.S. to help fight hunger, and are using this offer to help raise funds during the months of March and April, 2015. The more food and money donations that are made, the larger the check will be coming back from the Feinstein Foundation. All items and money collected will be kept in the community.
Area churches, local fire departments, service organizations and businesses will be asked to participate in the community wide collection. Items being sought are nonperishable food products such as peanut butter, canned meats and tuna, soups, facial tissue, cleaning products, laundry soaps, and personal bath products such as soaps, shampoo and conditioner.
Designated collection sites for these items are the Emily, Outing and Fifty Lakes area churches and the Emily Ace Hardware Store.
With the greatly appreciated monetary donations the Emily Food Shelf is able to purchase food items, household and personal supplies from the Second Harvest Food Bank in Grand Rapids, at a fraction of the regular cost. This way donated money can be stretched to go further and purchase more food items from the Food Bank.
The Emily-Outing-Fifty Lakes Area Food Shelf served 773 families last year, feed over 2000 individuals and distributed 100,646 pounds of food.
This campaign is the major fundraiser that the volunteer Emily Food Shelf workers will do for the year. Other donations will be gladly accepted at any time.
The food shelf is open on the third Wednesday of each month from 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and the following day, Thursday from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at their new site located at 20948 Co. Rd. #1(former Unity Bank).
People wishing to make a financial donation may make checks payable to the “Emily Food Shelf” and leave at the Pine River Bank, in Emily or send them to: 42145 Birchwood Drive, Emily, MN 56447.
Questions concerning the Emily Food Shelf or fundraising projects may be directed to the site director, Nancy Moritz at 763-3097.
March 23: Lakers Lions
Lakers Lions March 23rd meeting will be held at Granny's at 5:30. Dinner will follow the meeting.
For further formation contact Resident Roger Richters at 792-5211 or see www.lakerslions.org.
March 24: Geritol Frolics Auditions
The Geritol Frolics will conduct auditions for singers and dancers age 55 or older who are interested in joining the show. There will be two audition sessions conducted; both will be at Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.
The first will be Tuesday, March 24, 2-3:30 PM and Saturday, March 28, 10-11:30 AM.
The second will be Saturday, May 2, 10-11:30 AM and Tuesday, May 5, 2-3:30 PM.
No formal training or on-stage experience is required. Singers may bring a prepared piece if they wish. Dancers will be asked to perform some basic dance steps and demonstrate a sense of rhythm.
The Geritol Frolics is a musical variety show performed by area residents age 55 and older. Now in its 12th year the show is presented in October on the Franklin Arts Center Stage at 1001 Kingwood in Brainerd.
For more information visit our website at www.geritolfrolics.com or call 218 825 3777.
March 26: Nisswa Garden Club Meeting
The Nisswa Garden Club will meet Thursday March 26th at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. Check in and social time will begin at noon. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. followed by a business meeting. The program will be "Bunnies, Baskets & Blooms" - an Easter Arranging Demonstration. Speaker: Dyana Rasinski, Petals & Beans - Nisswa. Coordinator: Doreen Mahoney. Hosts: Charlie & Marie Boudrye. For reservations call Marie at 963-7494. For more information visit nisswagardenclub.org
March 27: Impact Grant offered by Operation Round-Up
Crow Wing Power Community Trust (Operation Round-Up) is offering an Impact Grant of up to $12,000. The purpose of the Impact Grant will be to give a boost to a unique project/program, organization or community and insure its success.
Applicants must show that this one time grant would have a major impact for their project, organization or community. The organization needs to show that they have a history of success, or if a start-up project, the business plan must be strong and show large community support. Projects that focus on human health and well-being will be given additional consideration.
Operation Round-Up is funded by participating members of Crow Wing Power who allow the cooperative to round up their electric bills to the nearest whole dollar. The additional change is pooled and distributed quarterly to local community programs. To qualify for an application, contact Char or Jolene at Crow Wing Power, 218-829-2827 or 1-800-648-9401. Applications must be submitted by March 27, 2015.
March 28: Cadet Awards and Spaghetti Supper Planned
BRAINERD-- The Crow Wing Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol will present three area teens with nationally recognized awards on Saturday, March 28 at the Brainerd VFW at 5:30 PM. A fundraising spaghetti supper will follow the ceremony from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Joshua Sechser, Jenkins, will receive the Wright Brothers Award; Timothy O'Reilly, Brainerd, will receive the Billy Mitchell Award; Emmett Richardson, Fifty Lakes, will receive the Amelia Earhart Award.
You may purchase advance tickets from any CAP member or by calling 218.829.7631. Tickets are available at the door. There is no charge to attend the awards ceremony.
The public is welcome for both events.
Crow Wing Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, in its capacity as the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, has served the Brainerd Lakes for nearly 60 years. Cadet and adult members are professionally trained volunteers, participating in leadership training for youth, advancing aerospace education, and providing emergency services to the area.
Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information. Contact 218.829.7631 www.mncap.org/crowwing for local information.
March 30, April 6, 13, 20, and May 4: Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Do you help an older relative or friend? Caring for someone with a chronic illness can be stressful physically, emotionally, and financially. Who takes care of you when you are feeling stretched, taking care of others? Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself. Whether you provide care for a family member or friend, either in your home or at a distance, this FREE class is for you.
Classes consist of six, 1 1/2 hour sessions held weekly.
Dates: Monday’s - March 23 & 30, April 6, 13 & 20 and May 4.
Time: 1pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Edgewood Vista, 14890 Beaver Dam Road, Brainerd, MN 56401, 218 828-3691, Billie.
To register contact Cindy Scott, 218-583-1031 or e-mail email@example.com or Mary Smith 218 203-7312, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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April: Celebrate National Volunteer Month by giving blood with the Red Cross
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April and make a difference in the lives of patients in need.
The Red Cross salutes the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who help fulfill its lifesaving mission and encourages others to join their ranks as volunteer blood donors. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions.
Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative are needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring. Those who are unable to give blood can support blood donations and invite others to make a lifesaving donation by creating a SleevesUp virtual blood drive at redcrossblood.org/SleevesUp.
To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
4/8/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hill City School, 500 E.Lone Ave.
4/9/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 35208 County Road 37
4/6/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St Mathias Catholic Church, 4529 County Road 121
4/6/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion, 232 4th St.
4/7/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pequot Lakes School, 30805
April 4: Lakers Lions Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 4th, 2015
Held at the Emily City Hall/Community Center
For kids ages 2-10
Three groups: ages 2-4, 5-7, & 8-10
Bring bags for eggs.
Fun & games with Mr. Easter Bunny & Chic n’ Little.
Through April 8: Income Tax Preparation Free E-File Emily, Outing, Fifty Lakes AARP Tax-Aide Program
Free income tax preparation, for all ages, is available Feb. 4 through Apr. 8, at the Crooked Lake Town Hall in Outing. The service is available on Wednesdays from 2-6 pm by appointment only.
After receiving your tax information, call Tom Martin (Mon-Thurs only) at 218-792-5903 for an appointment.
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 and Social Security card must be brought with you.
April 9: Festival of the Arts local artists sought
The Pequot Lakes Festival of the Arts has been a community wide celebration of artistic talents for over 30 years. Students from elementary, middle level and the high school will have items of their art work on display during the Festival. Local community artists are encouraged to set up a display and show your artistry.
Visual artists who would like to have a table at the Festival of the Arts on Thursday, April 9, 2015 should call Dave Guenther at (218) 568-9252.
Performing artists and local community performing groups are invited to perform on the stage of the Pequot Lakes Theater during the Festival. Call Pequot Lakes Community Education at (218) 568-9200 to schedule your time on stage. A schedule of the performances will be published before the Festival. This is a time to showcase the youth and adult performing arts skills. Individual acts, small groups or classrooms will be on stage.
The Festival of the Arts begins at 5:30 pm and continues until 8:00 pm. Reserve your place at the Festival of the Arts now. This is the 33rd annual celebration of arts in Pequot Lakes. Jot the date down now and make plans to join the evening of artistry.
Keeping the arts alive since 1982 has been a part of the focus for the Festival. Be a part of the history, the excitement and the sharing of talent.
April 9: Pequot Lakes Festival of the Arts set
The 33rd annual Pequot Lakes Festival of the Arts is coming in three short weeks. Join the festival activities on Thursday, April 9th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm in the Pequot Lakes High School new athletic complex and on the stage of the High School Theater. Student and community artists will have visual arts displays in the high school gym. Performing artists, dancers and elementary school students will be on stage in the high school theatre. There will be a food concession area, too.
Pick up a Festival of the Arts button in the elementary, middle school or high school offices. The buttons are on sale for $1.00 each. Support the Festival by purchasing a button.
Community artists are invited to set up exhibits or to perform. To arrange for an art display table or area, contact Dave Guenther at (218) 568-9252. Performance artists should contact Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218 – 568-9200 to schedule a place on the stage schedule.
The Festival of the Arts was started in 1982 and has grown and been improved through the years. Join the celebration of art talent in the Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point and Crosslake area. You will have a great evening of art.
April 15: Crosslake Area Garden Club
Our club meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Crosslake Community Center. For more information contact Jayne at 218-763-1222.
April 15: "Birdscaping in Your Gardens"
Presenter: Judd Brink
Judd Brink is the owner of MN Backyard Birds. Professional installation and maintenance of bird feeders for your enjoyment at home or work. He developed his passion for birding when he was young and lived near a major migration flyway.
May 20: "Flower Arranging at Home", Presenter: Danelle Johnson
May 30: Garden Club Plant Sale
Crosslake Community Center Shelter, 8:30 to 11:30
New this year is a merchandise corner. You can buy plants at our sale and also visit our merchandise corner for lots of great buys including garden books!!
June 17: "Growing Grapes in Central Minnesota", Presenter: Dennis Drummond. Potluck lunch at noon, meeting 1 pm
Come and see what we are all about. We welcome new members.
April 17: Lakers Lions Scholarship
The Lakers Lions of Emily, Outing and Fifty Lakes will be awarding their scholarships again this year.
Interested individuals must intend to enroll in an accredited or certified post-secondary school.
Applications are available for electronic submission at: http://www.lakerslions.org and must be received by the April 17, 2015 deadline.
Important: Applicants must meet the criteria listed on the application form.
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