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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.
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.
Crosslake Art Club Scholarship applications available to PLHS seniors
Pequot Lakes High School who plans on majoring in art or in an art-related field. The scholarship will be awarded to one student enrolled at an accredited postsecondary institution of higher learning or an accredited vocational technical school. Application forms may be obtained from visual art instructor Dave Guenther, or a guidance counselor at Pequot Lakes High School.
The Art Club’s scholarship is known as the Jim Stevenson Memorial Scholarship. The late Mr. Stevenson was a highly accomplished commercial artist and was a long-time member of the Crosslake Art Club. An example of his work is a large mural hanging on the wall of the Crosslake Library.
Funds for this student scholarship are raised through the sale of small “Scholarship Paintings” that are painted and donated by members of the Crosslake Art Club and sold at the club’s annual August Art Show. The original small paintings (not prints) sell for $10 and all proceeds go to helping a local student pursue education in an art-related field. The dates for this year’s Crosslake Art Show are August 6, 7 and 8; and the show is held at the Crosslake Community Center.
Crosslake Community Ctr. expands hours
The Crosslake Community Center now opens at 5 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. Monday thru Thursday. Hours on Friday will be 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday will be 8 to 4. The facility’s basketball court is free to use during open gym times for a variety of recreation and the fitness room is well equiped. Contact the Community Center with questions at 218-692-4271.
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April 24 -26: “Songs on the Water” Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota Spring concert series
The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota Spring concert series runs April 24, 25 and 26 and features “Songs on the Water”, a show that takes you down by the water, on the river and across the ocean. You’ll be entertained with soothing sounds that reflect the feeling of water through music under the direction of Legacy Chorale founder Sarah Aamot, accompanied by Laura Raedeke.
Concerts are scheduled for Friday, April 24 at 7:30pm at St. Francis Chapel (116 8th Avenue SE) in Little Falls, Saturday, April 25 at 7:30pm at Lutheran Church of the Cross (County Road 13, just East off Hwy 371 at Schaefer’s Foods) in Nisswa, and on Sunday, April 26 at 3:30pm at Tornstrom Auditorium (804 Oak St) in downtown Brainerd.
A variety of venues will be represented including folk, blues and spiritual with pieces like Bridge Over Troubled Water, Bring Me Little Water Sylvie, Loch Lomond and even a sea chanty piece.
The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota has graced area stages since 2001 under the direction and leadership of Sarah Aamot. They are a group of “ordinary people” presenting “extraordinary performances”. Their mission is “to ensure the legacy of excellence in choral music in the greater Minnesota area while enriching, inspiring and renewing the communities in which we live.” They are governed by a nine member board and group membership is by audition, which are held twice a year.
The Legacy Chorale includes 40 and 65 singers at any time of all ages, representing a number of greater Minnesota communities. They are committed to performing in a broad area in order to bring quality choral music to greater Minnesota. The Legacy Chorale has held performances in Aitkin, Brainerd, Baxter, Bemidji, Crosby, Crosslake, Hackensack, Little Falls, Longville, Minneapolis, Moose Lake, Pequot Lakes, Staples, Perham, St. Cloud, Wadena, Walker, Willmar, and White Bear Lake.
Concert tickets are available at the door, or in advance at the Brainerd Dispatch and Lakes Printing in Brainerd, Little Falls Radio in Little Falls, and at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. The concert is free to students age 18 and under.
The organization is funded by member fees, fundraisers, community donations, ticket sales, and grants. They will be performing as part of the Summer Lake Area Music Fest and their next event will be the annual “Autumn in New York” hosted at Madden’s Resort, Saturday, October 10. More information and full schedule can be found at www.legacychorale.org, and you can “like” the organization on Facebook to get current notices of concerts and activities.
April 24: Clean Water Grants for Project Work Available
Are you thinking and starting to plan for your spring projects? The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) have grants to help with physical work to complete erosion control, runoff, and shoreline restoration projects. The grants cover the cost of 4-6 person crew from the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa (CCMI).
The crews will assist with: tree and shrub planting, erosion control fabric, installing erosion control logs, removing sediment, maintenance on past project, sod removing, prescribed burns, and weeding.
“For four years, I have worked with CCMI Crews. The CCMI has a great program and the best way to get a lot of work done in one day. They have assisted projects at Fritz Loven Park, Bar Harbor, the City of Fifty Lakes and Crosslake, Big Island, and much more” said Darren Mayers, District Technician.
Eligible applicants include: SWCD Community Partnership Grantees, private landowners, businesses, nonprofit groups, lake associations, and local government units.
Available dates for the Crews are August 11, 12, and 13, 2015. The CCMI Crews are valued at $880 (5 hours) to $1760 (10 hours). Landowner costs are $ 150 for ? day and $300 for full day.
Projects must have community involvement and address Crow Wing County Water Plan priorities and concerns. Priority will be given to Community Partnership Grantees. Ineligible actives include: in-lake treatments, Aquatic Invasive Species, and Rock Rip Rap.
Applications are due April 24, 2015. For application materials: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org call: 218-828-6197 or visit: http://crowwingswcd.org/grants/
Funds for this program are provided by the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources through the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment of 2008.
If you have questions contact the SWCD, Phone: 218-828-6197 or e-mail email@example.com
April 25: Annual Lions Roadside Cleanup
The Crosslake-Ideal Lions will again host their annual Roadside Cleanup day in Crosslake on Saturday, April 25th.
Interested volunteers are to meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Reed's Market parking lot. Bags are provided and manpower is much needed.
Following the cleanup, all participants are invited to enjoy complimentary pizza at Zorbaz on CR 66 (approximately 11:30 a.m).
Certificates for community service are available for anyone requiring one.
For more information, please contact Jim Gallaway at 218-838-8220, or meet at Reed’s.
April 27: Lakers Lions
Lakers Lions April 27th membership meeting will be held at Granny's at 5:30 with dinner to follow. The club will be having 2 meetings a month for the balance of the year usually on the 3rd and 4th Monday of the month.
For further information contact President Roger Richters at 218-792-5211 or see www.lakerlions.org
April 28: Community Conversation on Mental Health in Pequot Lakes
NAMI Minnesota will host a Community Conversations on Mental Health in Pequot Lakes on April 28, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Pequot Lakes High School, 30805 Olson Street, in Room K114. (No registration required.)
Community Conversations on Mental Health encourage people to talk about mental health and mental illnesses; challenge myths and misinformation; increase community knowledge and support; make communities inclusive and free from discrimination; promote prevention and early intervention; and agree to steps that communities can take. The session features a speaker followed by group discussion.
For more information contact Genna at 651-645-2948 ext. 117 or 1-888-NAMI-Helps.
April 30: Day-long trip to “Art In Bloom” MIA exhibit open to all
Do you enjoy seeing creative floral arrangements and art? The Crosslake Art Club is hosting a day-long bus trip that is open to anyone in the community, to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ “Art In Bloom” exhibit on Thursday, April 30.
A comfortable coach-style bus will deliver you from the Hallett Library in Crosby, MN you right to the doors of the Institute, where you will be free to wander alone or in small groups to see over 100 floral arrangements that interpret pieces of art that are in the permanent collection of the Institute.
Cost of the bus ride is only $24 and will include coffee and a donut, the round-trip ride to Minneapolis, You may bring your own lunch or eat in the Institute’s café. Admission to the event is free, as the MIA’s mission is to keep art accessible to all. The bus will depart from the Hallett Library in Crosby (101 1st Street, Crosby, MN 56441) promptly at 9 a.m. and will return by 5 p.m.
Please call Joan Hallada at 218- 546-6218 to get information about sending a check to reserve your spot on the bus. Advance payment must be made by April 15 to hold your seat.
More information about the exhibit is available on the Minneapolis Institute of Arts website at new.artsmia.org.
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May 3: Afternoon Tea for Hope
Bridges of Hope will host their first annual Afternoon Tea for Hope on Sunday, May 3rd at 3 p.m. The event will take place at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa and will feature fine tea served butler-style by local firemen, savory noshes from Prairie Bay, delightful desserts from Edible Art Bakery, musical entertainment, décor by Bloom Designs, silent auction, photo booth, and much more!
Tickets are available on Bridges of Hope’s website: www.bridgesofhopemn.org
Proceeds from the event will benefit Bridges of Hope’s Side by Side Mentoring Program for women.
Sponsors of the event include Thrivent Financial – Tara Hemsing Woitalla, Lake Country Journal, Bloom Designs, Bremer Bank, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Dermatology Professionals, Edgewood Dental, Lakewood Health System, Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, Nisswa Smiles, Nisswa Tax Service, Northern Pacific Center, and Zaiser’s.
May 3: 13th annual Agate & Mineral show
The Cuyuna Rock , Gem, and Mineral Society will be hosting the 13th annual Agate & Mineral show on Saturday May 2nd from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday May 3rd from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Crow Wing Fairgrounds, 2000 SE 13th street in Brainerd Minnesota.
In addition to agates and minerals from around the world, there will be a variety of offerings such as polished specimens, precious and semi-precious gems, fossils, petrified woods hand-crafted jewelry, decorator pieces and gifts, presented by more than 50 top vendors. Special displays and demonstrations will be on-going throughout the day. Watch arrowheads being knapped and rocks being cut. There are fun activities just for children in the kids Korner, Plus outdoor vendors in our big "tailgating" area where you can sell, buy, or trade your best stones!
This is a great family outing. So bring the family and learn how to, identify agates, cut and polish your finds and all about the equipment used to turn your rocks into gems. Look for the Wizard of Rocks roaming the show to answer your rock questions.
Adults $1.00, Kids FREE! Everyone gets one free entry for quality door prizes with names being drawn throughout the event. Great concessions will be available on site.
If you are a "ROCKHOUND" you won't want to miss this show!
Our club enjoys sponsering rock hunting trips for our members. We are currently looking for agate hunting areas. If you have farm land or gravel works which could be used by our members to search for agates please contact us.
For more information on our show or rock trips contact show chair Sharon Smith at 218-343-7037 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
May 4 - June 15: Grief Support Group
Individuals who are grieving the death of a loved one are welcome and encouraged to participate in the Grief Support Group. This supportive and caring group is facilitated by professionals and meets Mondays from 3-5 p.m. May 4 through June 15 at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center.
Through individual reflection, grief-related tasks, and group sharing, participants will:
- Understand the grief process
- Identify normal manifestations of grief and learn healthy coping behavior
- Develop a realistic memory of the deceased, remembering the life shared, not primarily the death
- Create a support system for one’s self within and outside the group
- Decrease emotional pain (sadness, helplessness, etc.)
- Recognize, express and accept one’s feelings
- Be able to access on-going spiritual and pastoral grief resources
The Grief Support Group is for those who have had a relative, friend, or significant person die. Common experiences of those who are living with grief include poor sleep, poor appetite, problems concentrating, and no energy for things that used to be enjoyable. The purpose of this group is to equip each person with the tools and resources to reinvest oneself in life.
For more information about Grief Support and to register for the seven-week session please call (218) 828-7442 or (218) 828-7531.
Through May 4: Pine Ridge Cemetery cleanup
Cleanup for Pine Ridge Cemetery in the City of Emily has begun. All weathered or broken ornaments, flowers, etc. will be removed.
Please refrain from placing decorations on grave sites until May 4th or until maintenance cleanup is complete.
May 9: 3rd Annual Sand Box Days Free Sand-Box Sand
When: May 9, 2015
Where: Wild Acres Gravel Pit 7233 Wild Acres Road, Pequot Lakes
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Limit 5 yards of material (pick- up only)
May 20: 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.
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.
May 23: Emily/Outing Youth ATV Safety Course set
The Over the Hills Gang ATV club will host their annual youth safety training course from 8 am - 1 pm on Saturday, May 23rd at Granny's Bar & Grill.
There is a limit of 30 students for the course. Interested students should pre register by contacting Perry May at 612-919-5806. Granny’s is located on Hwy. 6 between Outing and Emily.
The club is always seeking new members. All club events, including ride schedules and training sessions can be found on the club’s website at overthehillsgang.org
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