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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.

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

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 or contact  club President Russ Heittola at 825-0441 or email 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, or 218-545-8522.

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
Free adult exercise program at City of Emily Gym
Mon, Wed, Fri at 9:00 a.m. Begin your day with this ongoing, 45-min, low-impact program set to vintage music. Chairs provided. Exercise at your own pace. Walkers are encouraged to join us during this program –walk the perimeter while we exercise.

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

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

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

Classes held at Emily City Hall Mon. and Thurs. 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Start anytime. No restrictions apply!
Emily Food Shelf
The Emily Area Food Shelf regular hours are on the third Wednesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The additional day, will be the following Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for those who are unable to pick-up at the regular time. For more information contact Nancy Moritz, 218 763-3097.
Local Area AA groups
The Emily-Outing AA group meets in Emily each Sunday at the Emily Wesleyan Church 40141 Hwy 6 in Emily. Meeting time is at 4 pm. Call Rich at 218 792-5881 for more information.

The Crosslake AA and Alonon meet every Monday at 7 pm at the Crosslake Lutheran Church, information call 692-4113

The Crosslake AA also meets Tuesday night at 7 pm at the Crosslake Presbyterian Church, information call 692-1845.

Officers are Justina Richter, President; Margie Young, Vice President; Sandi Day, Secretary; and Larry Embertson, Treasurer. Support group meetings are held the first Monday of every month at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Justina at 218- 963-7421, or Margie at 218-829-3509.
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.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: City of Emily Yoga Classes

Introductory yoga classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Emily City Hall gym.
Wednesdays:  Care 'N Share meals in Emily
Come and join us on Wednesday's at the Care N Share Community Cafe for a delicious community meal, 5-6 pm. The Care ‘N Share Cafe is ocated in the fellowship hall in the Emily Wesleyan Church on Highway #6 in Emily, MN. Come, meet, share with your neighbors and community friends. This is a great way to make new friends and have a good meal. This is a community activity open to all. Please join us!

FASD Caregiver Support Group
For caregivers of individuals with a diagnosed or suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Meet with other caregivers (adults only please) for support, understanding, and networking. Meetings are 9:00 am the second Saturday of each month at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 8th Ave. NE, Brainerd.

For more information, please contact Sheila York at 218-820-5903 or

Crosslake Ideal Lions
The Crosslake Ideal Lions Club meets the 2nd Wed. of every month for the board meeting at Old Milwaukee Club. On the 3rd Wed. of every month at Maucieri’s for the General Meeting. For information about joining our club please call Doreen at 218-838-8219.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: Tennis in Emily
If you are interested in joining the Emily tennis group, call Milt at 218.792.5786 or Mary Jo at 218.763.2648 for more information, or just show up on at 9 AM for mixed doubles; great tennis fun and exercise. The courts are located on County Road 1 just west of Highway 6 in Emily.
Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity builds next two homes in Brainerd
Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity has begun building the first of two homes in Brainerd. Shifts for building are 8:30 am – noon, 12:30 – 4:30 during the weekdays; 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm most evenings and Saturdays 8:00 am – noon and 12:30 – 4:30. 15-25 volunteers are needed for each shift. Volunteers can sign up individually or as a group. No experience is required. Volunteers will receive instruction and supervision by LAHFH Construction Managers, Keith Schaefbauer and Mark Almen.

Each build will take approximately three to four weeks. For more information or to sign up for a shift, contact Beth Ann Norrgard at 218-828-8517 or on the web at

Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that serves Cass, Crow Wing and Hubbard Counties. Since 1991, LAHFH has worked with 68 families to provide a hands-up opportunity for decent and affordable homeownership.
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

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.

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June Events

June 18-25: Emily and Garrison Food Shelves are Fishing for Healthy Foods and Funds
The most recent Crow Wing County Community Health Survey found that one in three adults have worried about running out of food during the past 12 months. Our local food shelves help address this need on a daily basis in our community.

Watch for a fishing boat parked at your local grocery store in Emily and Garrison and consider filling it with healthy foods and funds to support the local food shelf:

Emily Food Shelf collection will be on Saturday, June 18 from 10am-4pm at the Lake Country Foods and Gas Inc., located at 40327 Minnesota State Highway 6 in Emily.

Garrison Food Shelf collection will be Saturday, June 25 at the Supervalue, located at 178 Monroe Street in Garrison.

These food shelves along with Cuyuna Range, Crosslake Emergency and Lakes Area in Pequot Lakes have worked with Crow Wing Energized to organize their food shelf to showcase and promote healthy choice first. When donating to the food shelf please consider these healthy items first: grains like oats and brown rice; proteins like nuts, beans and canned fish; and fruits and vegetables.

When you are buying an item or two to place in the boat from the healthy foods list, consider changing out a sugary item in your cart for a healthy one as well to impact the health of your own household.

Crow Wing Energized, a grassroots community movement led by Essentia Health and Crow Wing County Community Services to improve health and wellness in our community by making healthy choices essential.

June 21: Open House at Camp Cuyuna
Camp Cuyuna will hold an open house for the community on Tuesday, June 21st with tours available beginning at 10:30 a.m. and lunch at noon. This is a free event.

The camp is a non profit Boy Scout Camp located in Crosslake at 38598 County Rd 3, Crosslake MN 56442. For more information please call 218-692-3612.

June 23: Nisswa Garden Club
The Nisswa Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2016 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 “New and Underused Perennials” will be presented by Jodie Ramsay and Julie Schroer from Jean’s the Right Plant Place in Perham, MN. Coordinator is JoAnn Weaver. Hosts are Doreen Mahoney and Nancy Schmidt.

Upcoming events include the Festival of Tables and Horticulture Show on July 28 and a program on choosing and properly planting trees on August 25.

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. For further information on the Club, visit .

June 25: Learn to mountain bike at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area
Experience the fun of mountain biking during introductory skillbuilding programs at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Ironton, about 140 miles northwest of the Twin Cities.

“Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is the premier mountain biking destination in Minnesota,” said Erika Rivers, director of Minnesota State Parks and Trails. “It has miles of scenic, single-track trails for mountain bikers of all abilities, including beginners, and we want to spark interest in more families to get out and enjoy them.”

The first I Can Mountain Bike! program of 2016 will be Saturday, June 25. The class will be offered again on Saturday, July 23, and Saturday, Aug. 20. Register for one of three sessions each day: 9-11:30 a.m., noon-2:30 p.m. and 3-5:30 p.m.

During the first half of the program, participants will practice shifting, braking and body position in a wide open setting. During the second half, they’ll take a guided ride and explore the trails.

Use of bikes and helmets will be included with the registration fee ($15/child, $25/adult). A Minnesota state parks vehicle permit ($5 value) is also included.
Children must be at least 10 years old to participate and should be able to comfortably ride a bike on pavement prior to attending this program. Anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Reservations are required and can be made online or by phone.

CLICK: (24 hours a day).

CALL: 866-857-2757 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily, excluding holidays.

This is part of a series of skillbuilding programs offered by the Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division. Other programs in the series introduce beginners to camping, fishing, rock climbing, paddling and archery.

The I Can! programs are made possible with support from the Parks and Trails Fund, created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in November 2008. The Parks and Trails Fund receives 14.25 percent of the three-eighths percent sales tax revenue that may only be spent to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance.

For more information about I Can Mountain Bike! or any of the other I Can! programs, visit the I Can! page or contact the DNR Information Center at or 651- 296-6157 or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

June 25: Crosslake/Fifty Lakes American Legion Auxiliary to Host Rummage Sale
The Crosslake/Fifty Lakes American Legion Auxiliary will be holding a rummage sale on Saturday, June 25th at the Legion, on Cty Rd 3, Crosslake. The sale will run from 9am to 4pm under the tent in the Legion parking lot. This is an annual event to raise funds to donate to the Motorcycle Rally riders that cruise around the lakes area every year to raise funds for veterans. Items for the rummage sale are donated by Auxiliary and Legion members, and friends of the Legion.

The Auxiliary donated the entire $850 raised at the 2015 rummage sale to the Motorcycle Rally event last August. These funds were given directly to two local families of wounded warriors. The Auxiliary and Legion are happy to support the fundraising by the Motorcycle Rally, and hope to raise $1000 at the 2016 rummage sale.

For the third year in a row, on August 27, 2016, the Auxiliary and Legion will serve a free meal to the riders and host the Motorcycle Rally’s final stop and silent auction. This event will be held at the Legion about 4:00-7:00 on the 27th. The public is invited to shop at the rummage sale on June 25th and to attend the Motorcycle Rally event on August 27th.

June 25: Crow Wing Paddlers Club
The Crow Wing Paddlers Club is open to everyone. If you don't have something to paddle on we can supply you with a kayak, paddle and PFD. Contact us for exact time, locations and more information. Call Jim at 612-581-2144. Sponsored by Crow Wing Kayaks and Wind, Water & Wheels.

2016 Scheduler:
Saturday, June 25th Evening
Tuesday, July 12th Evening
Sunday, July 24th Afternoon
Saturday ,August 6th Afternoon
Thursday, August 18th Evening
Saturday, September 17th Evening

June 26: Lamont Cranston Band to help feed Malawi orphans
Popular rhythm and blues group The Lamont Cranston Band will be this year's headliner for Manna for Malawi 2016. The four hour event will be held at the Woodtick Inn in Cuyuna Sunday, June 26th. Proceeds from the event will support the  feeding program at the Malawi Orphan Care Project (MOCP) in Malawi, Africa. The band opened for the Rollng Stones in the 1980s and have played with Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Muddy Waters.

“We just got word that our Malawi mission feeding program will be cut back to four days a week because of drought conditions in Malawi,” said Immanuel Lutheran Church Pastor Paul Mattson. “We knew conditions had not been good for farming this year but we didn't know it would be this bad. The southern region of Africa is entering a second year of drought and will threaten the lives of 50 million people. Now our Malawi partners need out support even more. All the money raise from Manna for Malawi goes directly to feed orphaned children and their families.”

Immanuel Lutheran Church first sent a mission team to the southern African nation in 2012 and helped build a water well close to the mission site. Church members and other members of the Malawi Orphan Care Project have been supplying the mission ever since with donations for food and education. A mission team from a member church in Ohio just returned from Africa. The United Nations has determined that Malawi is one of the five poorest nations on the planet.

“The people at the mission began this effort themselves, to feed orphans and other children in the rural eastern part of the country, where life is most challenging,” said Mattson. “Through the years, we've seen progress, the mission elders have started a chicken and egg business and a local taxi service but getting things off the ground has been the challenge. That's what we're raising the money for. And everything we raise at Manna for Malawi goes to their feeding program.”

The opening act for this year's event will be an up and coming rock band from Duluth, Fearless Moral Inventory. They will perform from 4-5pm Sunday afternoon. Lamont Cranston featuring Pat Hayes and Bruce McCabe will take the stage at 5:30p and play until 8pm. A pasta dinner from Maucieri's will be served to the first 300 attendees. The Kava House in Crosby will furnish beverages. The event will also include a silent auction. A free will offering will be taken to support the mission. For more information about the orphan project or to make a donation, go to

June 27: Laker Lions meeting
Emily, Outing, 50 Lakes Lions will have their June membership meeting on June 27 at Granny’s at 5:30 pm. A rib dinner will follow the meeting. For more information see

Starting June 30: Day Camp at Crosslake Presbyterian Church

Creation themed, environmentally focused Day Camps will be held at Crosslake Presbyterian Church on Thursdays beginning June 30

Day Camps for children entering kindergarten through 5th grade will be held at Xrosslake Presbyterian on Thursdays from June 30 through August 11 this year. The say will be from 10:00 am till 2:30 pm and will include lunch. The program is open to the entire community both permanent residents and visitors alike. There will be rotating learning centers through-out the day such as Arts & Crafts, Bible Story and Environmental. The Environmental segment will be led by Rangers and interns with the Army Corps of Engineers at Crosslake Dam while the others will be volunteers from within the church family. Children may attend one, several or all of the sessions as they are connected by theme and music but each one stands alone. Registration forms may be found at the church’s website or at the church at 14444 Daggett Pine Road, just past the Crosslake Community Center and must be submitted to the church no later than noon Tuesday before the camp day Thursday. Registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis as space is limited.

There is no fee to attend but campers are encouraged to bring a donation to Heifer International. Heifer International’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the earth. For 70 years, they have provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle for reliable sources of food and income, currently in 30 countries.

Crosslake Presbyterian is a caring and progressive congregation that is summoned by God to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in the greater Crosslake community. The church’s pastor is Reverend Kate Stangl. Worship service is held each Sunday at 9:30 am.

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July Events

July 1: Land & Waters Preservation Trust to award 2016 Grant
The Land & Waters Preservation Trust Endowment will be awarding a $3,000 grant to a worthy project again this spring. Land & Waters, administered by the Initiative Foundation, is a joint endowment of WAPOA and the Pine River Watershed Alliance (PRWA).

Projects that protect and preserve the waters of the Pine River Watershed are eligible for the grant. Applicants can be Lake Associations, environmental groups or individuals. Projects proposed by the two parent organizations, WAPOA and PRWA, will also be considered.

Application deadline is July 1, 2016.To apply contact the Initiative Foundation to get grant guidelines and application. Application Link: SA=SNA&FID=35047.

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

July 2: ELRA Fundraiser Golf Tourney
Emily Lakes and River Association (ELRA) and Emily Greens Golf Course will be sponsoring a 9-hole, 4-person scramble golf tournament (cart included) for ELRA on Saturday, July 2 from 1 pm to 4 pm. We will be raising funds for Eurasian milfoil control efforts on Lake Emily. Cost: $25 per person. Proceeds will go towards the milfoil control efforts.

Community businesses and individuals have donated door prizes and cash contributions for the event. Prizes will be drawn following the tournament for people participating in the event.

Call Emily Greens Golf Course at 218-763-2169 to reserve your spot or signup at the clubhouse. The public is welcomed to participate. Cash donations also can be mailed to PO Box 111, Emily, MN 56447 or donated via our web site ( at any time. Your participation will help keep our lakes and river safe from aquatic invasive species.

July 2: Kayak Class Cross Lake Recreation Area
The Saturday dates for the Kayak Class at Cross Lake Recreation Area park are as follows and they all begin at 10:30 am: 7/2, 7/16, 7/30, 8/13, 8/27, 9/10.

For more information please contact Jason Hauser, Park Ranger at the Cross Lake Recreation Area 651-290-5791.

July 4: Help make a real wish come true

You may know Joe Plut as the “the mad hugger.” He’s a local celebrity and community figure.

A retired educator from Central Lakes College, Joe’s legacy at the college lives on through The Joseph Plut Scholarship Fund, which started 15 years ago from a $3,000 donation by a former student, Mildred Stave (‘77). With additional contributions over the years, the permanently endowed scholarship fund has reached $41,000. Since, it’s helped more than 50 students get an education.

Now, Joe is hoping to expand that reach and raise another $9,000, which would bring his scholarship fund to $50,000. It is a great hope of Joe’s that he will see his scholarship fund reach $50,000 within his lifetime.

It’s an effort he’s turning to the community for help.

While at Central Lakes College (formerly Brainerd Community College), Joe created a culture that fostered creative communication. He began teaching there in 1965, and spent his teaching career at the Brainerd campus and also taught an off-campus course at Minneapolis Community and Technical College on Saturdays in the fall of 2003. He retired in 2001.

In honor of Joe Plut, please consider making a donation to his scholarship fund. A gift of any size will help Joe reach his goal and make his wish come true. So, let’s help our friend, mentor and favorite “Mad Hugger” out! Your gift will also undoubtedly help students achieve their academic goals at Central Lakes College.

Come celebrate Joe’s 80th birthday with the world’s biggest hug: Joe recently shared that he has had a grand life, and it shall continue to be so. He looks forward to turning 80 years old this summer and invites you to his birthday celebration on July 4. Alumni, friends and community members will attempt the "world’s biggest hug” with Joe! The event runs from 2-5 p.m. at Prairie Bay in Baxter. The hug is at 3 p.m.! Free hors d’oeuvres and pizza.

Thank you for your support for the opportunity to allow Joe Plut’s legacy to live on forever. #madhugger.

July 7: Baby Shower to Benefit Orphaned Nigerian Infants
Area women are invited to a very special baby shower at noon on Thursday, July 7. The event is hosted by the Emily United Methodist Women and Mission Team and includes a salad luncheon and shower fun.

Your ticket to the event is an item of new or very gently used baby clothing. Things for young babies are especially needed, but sizes up to 24 months are welcome as well. Please do not bring toys or diapers, and do not wrap your gift. All clothing will be delivered in person to the mission hospital in Gembu, Nigeria.

Gembu missionaries Dan and Tina Gibbs, who graduated from Pine River schools, have put out a call for donations of clothing for babies whose mother have died in childbirth. This year alone, the mission has assisted 85 infants.

Emily United Methodist Church is located on Co. Rd. 1 just west of Hwy 6. RSVP by June 27 to Mickey Smith, 218-763-2133. (Leave a message.)
July 7-August 4: Register for Summer Club at the Crosslake Area Library!
Once again this summer, the library will offer this FUN five-week program for kids who are in grades K-5. Track your summer reading for great incentives, and enjoy super entertainment. This year we will be entertained by Raptor Program from the U of M, Fabulous Hands on Rocket Launching, Have fun with an exceptional Dog Demonstrations, and other special events! Everyone gets a Summer Club tshirt, free books and prizes. The Club will meet Thursday mornings starting July 7th thru August 4th. Kid’s ages 5-7 will sign-in at 9:15 am and kids who have completed grades 2-5 will get signed in at 9:45 am. Library time will be after the entertainment around 11:15 am at which time parents may pick up their children. A $5 fee covers all five weeks and a shirt! Class size is limited. Time is running out, please register at the Crosslake Area Library before June 21st. Questions, call the library at (218)692-READ (7323).

July 11-15: Swimming lessons offered by Whitefish Yacht Club in Crosslake
Registration is now open for July 2016 swimming lessons sponsored by the Whitefish Chain Yacht Club.

Session I will be held July 11-15; Session II from July 18-22; and Session III July 25-29.

Classes are a half-hour long, starting at 10:30 am for the Advanced group and run until 12:30 pm finishing with the Beginners group.

There is no cost for the lessons and they are held at the Corps of Engineer Campgrounds Swimming Beach on Cross Lake.

The registration form can be found on the club’s website:

The WCYC has been sponsoring accredited swimming lessons since 1967. Over that time more than 1000 swimmer sessions have been taught. Lessons are offered each July to children 5 years of age and older.

July 13-15: Outing Seniors’ Club

What’s brewing with the Outing Seniors’ Club is a 3-day, 2-night trip to New Ulm, MN, sometimes called “The City of Festivals”. Highlights of this adventure from July 13 to July 15 are activities with a German flavor including Millner Vineyard, Domeiers German Store, Glockenspiel performance, Schell’s Brewery, the Rasthskeller and the Bavarian Blast festivities at the County Fairgrounds plus more. Motor coach transportation, lodging, meals, entertainment, a city tour and entrance fees make the trip a breeze. All are welcome so please join us. We have great pricing so give us a call at 218-792-5568.

July 16: Camp Knutson Night Under the Stars gala
The 13th annual “Night Under the Stars” gala is set for Saturday, July 16th at Camp Knutson. Join us as we celebrate “Magnificent Minnesota” and the “Camp Knutson Stars” (special needs campers).

Enjoy social time with wine, appetizers served by camp counselors and live music by Kai and Bridget Allen starting at 4:30P. During this time you can also bid on exceptional silent auction items in the camp dining hall. Dinner catered by Jason Freeman starts at 6:30P with the live auction and program starting at 7:30P.

Dinner ticket sponsorships are: Laughing Loon: $85; Norway Pine: $150; Lady’s Slipper: $300; Soaring Eagle: $5,000 (table of 8 and VIP parking).Wine and Silent auction only: $35

Proceeds benefit the campers at Camp Knutson. Your help allows kids with autism, Down syndrome, heart disease, severe skin disorders and families affected by HIV and AIDS to attend Camp Knutson for a fun, safe week with kids just like them. Participation in activities is made possible with medical teams and counselors specially trained at Camp Knutson.

Tickets go on sale June 3rd. You can register online at or contact Sharon Elmquist at 218-692-1142 or email Seating is limited so please act quickly.

July 20: 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:

July 20: Living Legacy Gardens Tour. Meet at REED's at 10:45 a.m. For car pool. We will be leaving at 11:00 a.m. Sharp! Lunch at the Shell Station at 210/10 intersection. We will depart for a tour and information of Living Legacy Gardens west of Staples

August 16: Board of Directors meeting. Community Center Garden, 10:00 a.m.

August 17: "Mushrooms" Matt Radecliff, presenter

July 23: Bridges of Hope “Run for Hope"
Glow On! The fourth annual “Run for Hope,” a benefit for Bridges of Hope, is set for Saturday, July 23rd at the Northland Arboretum.

Set to take off after the sun goes down, this run is a unique glow-in-the-dark event offering a two-mile option and a full 5K. Music and pre-race festivities begin at 7:30 pm with a kids’ 1K at 8:30 pm. The event wraps with awards beginning at approximately 9:45 pm.

Prizes will be awarded to top finishers in each age group and to individuals and teams with the ‘Best Glow,’ or creative glow-in-the-dark attire.

Register online at: An early bird registration rate of $30 is available until June 30th or $35 after. Registration for the race includes race participation, a t-shirt and commemorative race bib. Children 12 and under can register for the 1K fun run for $10 and receive a t-shirt.

Sponsorship opportunities are available through May 20th by calling Jana Shogren at (218) 825-7682.

Proceeds from the event benefit individuals and families served by Bridges of Hope’s programs. More than 2,200 households in Crow Wing County and surrounding communities benefit from services provided. Bridges of Hope is a faith-based nonprofit organization that has been serving the Lakes Area for 14 years.

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