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Weekly and Monthly Events

Over the Hills Gang
The Over the Hills Gang ATV club meets the first Saturday of the month at Granny's Bar on Hwy. 6 located between Outing and Emily at 10 a.m.

All club events, ride schedule and training events can be found on the club’s website at www.overthehillsgang.org

The club is always seeking new members that want to promote safe and fun riding in the area.

Cuyuna Iron Range Riders
We are a family style ATV club located in the Crosby /Ironton area. We are dedicated to responsible riding for all ages, youth safety training and trail ambassadorship. We plan activities centered around riding in Minnesota’s great outdoors.

The Cuyuna Iron Range Riders club has been activity in the Cuyuna Range community since 2004. We volunteer our time to host youth safety training and trail ambassadorship. We are actively pursuing grant in aid trails in Crow Wing County. The club offers memberships to anyone interested in trail riding and exploring nature. For more information, go online to www.cuyunaironrangeriders.com or contact  club President Russ Heittola at 825-0441 or email heittola@brainerd.net and visit us on Facebook.

Crosslake Food Shelf
The Crosslake Food Shelf is located at 34212 County Highway 3 in Crosslake, MN. We are open the first and third Fridays of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. When you come in for the first time, please bring a driver’s license and a current utility bill no more than one month old. If you have any questions or need emergency assistance, you may call: Doris Mezzenga: 218-692-1004 Fred Walch: 218-270-0646 Nancy Rudberg: 218-692-2309

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

Free Programs for Adults at the City of Emily Gymnasium
Exercise program— For all fitness levels, seated and standing exercise to vintage music on CD. Chairs provided. Mon & Wed 9- 10am.

Pickleball—
All skill levels: Teams or singles welcome. Tue 1-3 p.m. Equipment provided as needed.

Ladies and Beginners: Learn to play. Mon 10-Noon & Fri 9-11am. Equipment provided.

Line Dancing— Beginner dances, senior friendly. Wed 10am-11am. No boots or hats needed.

Wednesdays: Line Dance classes return to Emily
Starting Feb 5th at the City of Emily Gymnasium, come join the fun on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. This class for adults offers multiple health benefits and a fun way to exercise. All sessions are free, senior friendly and use a wide variety of music. No previous dance experience is needed—new members are welcome at any time.

‘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.

To donate:
Monetary donations may be made to Emily Emergency Food Shelf, P.O. box #93, Emily, MN 56447
 
Food donations may be made at the Food Shelf building (old Unity Bank building) 20948 Cty Rd #1, on the third Tuesday of the month,  8:30 -11:00 when volunteers are present. Additional volunteers are needed and welcome.

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
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
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 last Tuesday of the month
Crosslake Lutheran will be hosting a monthly Caregiver Support Group to be held on the last Tuesday of each month from 3 to 4:30 pm at the church. The group is geared to those who are caring for others with health issues and is open to all area residents.
 
The group is facilitated by Gail Smith, RN, and Parish Nurse, with over 45 years of clinical experience and will feature educational topics each month of interest to caregivers.
 
The next session will be held April 30th and will review caregiver stress and strategies to deal with issues that arise in caring for others.
 
If you would like to bring your loved one to the afternoon session, we will have activities for them as well so that you are able to attend. Please call 218-692-3682 if you would like to take advantage of that process or if you have questions.
 
Crosslake Ideal Lions
The Crosslake Ideal Lions Club meets the 1st Wednesday of each month for the Board Meeting 6 PM at Old Milwaukee Club. The 2nd Wednesday each month for the General Meeting 5:30 Social, 6 PM meeting, at Maucieri’s. For interest in joining our club of 75 local members helping the community please call Connie at 218-692-1267 or email at: crosslakeideallions@gmail.com.

New members wanted
Looking for new members willing to serve our community by volunteering your time to support local organizations. Crosslake Ideal Lions support the Crosslake Food Shelf by stocking shelves every Tuesday, sponsoring the Free Concert @ Town Square in the summer months in Crosslake, sponsoring a weekly Flea Market June through September, in addition to annual events. Crosslake Ideal Lions donate all proceeds from fund raising to local organizations. Support your community by joining us by emailing us at CrosslakeIdealLions@gmail.com. OUR MOTTO IS TO SERVE!


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


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

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
 
Donate your used eyeglasses
Crosslake Ideal Lions are collecting used eyeglasses to donate to the visually impaired. Drop off sites are located at Crosslake Drug, Crosslake Community Center, Black Ridge Bank, First National Bank, Crosslake Clinic, Reeds,and Crosslake Lutheran Church.

Pine River-Backus Free Community Meals
The Free Weekly Community Meals initiative in the Pine River and Backus communities began on April 22, 2019. The overarching goal is to connect families with weekly access to restaurant quality food, prepared by area Chefs, and be a catalyst to continue building the solid network of support within our community.

Free Weekly CommUnity Meals are provided every Monday, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, at the Riverside Church, located at 310 Norway Ave, in Pine River, and every Tuesday, 5:00-6:00 pm, at the Pine Mountaineer Senior Citizens Club, located at 131 Front Street North, in Backus.

These healthy meals are Chef prepared and open to the public. If you are interested in providing a monetary donation to support the CommUnity Meals they may either be mailed to: CommUnity Meals, P.O. Box 1, Pine River, MN or dropped off in person at the Pine River-Backus Family Center, located at 245 Barclay Avenue, Pine River. Your support and financial contributions to this valuable community resource are both respected and deeply appreciated.


Wednesdays: Breezy Point Quilters
Breezy Point Quilters are extending an invitation to others who sew, embroider, needlepoint and quilt to join our group on Wednesdays. We meet at the Breezy Point Conservation Club from 9:00 to 12:00. Come make new friends, For more info call Lois 218 779-1930.

1st and 3rd Mondays: Healthcare Directives

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Advance Care Planning Facilitators are available in Crosby to answer questions and assist in completing a healthcare directive on the first and third Monday of each month from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To schedule a free appointment, call 218-546-7462.

The facilitator will assist in determining wishes for end-of-life care and who will make medical care decisions for you if you cannot speak for yourself. The sessions are being provided to encourage everyone to make their healthcare wishes known to their family members and physician. The advanced care planning process involves conversations about values, beliefs, and goals for future health care. The document helps prepare for the unexpected by outlining values and priorities for future medical treatment and identifies a health care agent.

For more information, contact Deb Bergsnev at deb.bergsnev@cuyunamed.org or 218-851-5430.

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.

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.

4th Tuesday: Living Well with Heart Failure Support Group
The Marilyn Covey Heart and Vascular Heart Failure team invites those dealing with heart failure and their loved ones to a support group held at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center.
 
The monthly hour-long small group session provides a space to openly share, support others or simply connect with members who are impacted by living with heart failure. The support group is mediated by certified heart failure nurse staff to help address your concerns and answer questions. Our goal is to create an atmosphere of support. Anyone feeling the impact of this condition is welcome to attend.

The group meets the 4th Tuesday of each month from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Please call 218-828-7526 to register.

1st Monday: Crosslakers: All Aboard
If you live, work, recreate or have a passion for Crosslake, you’re a Crosslaker! Meetings held the first Monday, monthly at Crosslake Communications 35910 County Road 66 at 7:45 – 9 a.m. Everyone welcome to bring ideas and the desire to responsibly guide Crosslake’s future!

Tuesdays: Free Blood Pressure Monitoring

Free blood pressure checks are being given by a Registered Nurse at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby on Tuesdays each week from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hospital’s main entrance lobby. No appointment is necessary.

Regularly checking your blood pressure is important because the higher your blood pressure is, the higher your risk of health problems. If your blood pressure is high, it is putting extra strain on arteries and on the heart, which can cause a heart attack or stroke.

The risk for high blood pressure goes up as people get older. Individuals are also at increased risk for blood pressure if they are: overweight or have obesity; don’t’ get enough physical activity; drink too much alcohol; don’t eat a healthy diet; have kidney failure, diabetes or some types of heart disease.

Thursdays April 9 - June 11: Special Class Session for People Newly Diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease
The American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA) Minnesota is proud to partner with the Brainerd Lakes Area Parkinson’s disease support group to offer a special 8-week program for people who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease within the last 5 years.

This unique program, titled PRESS, melds education about different aspects of living well with Parkinson’s disease with psychosocial support and sharing. Care-partners and adult family members of the person with Parkinson’s are encouraged to attend the PRESS sessions as well. There is no cost to attend the PRESS program, but pre-registration is required.

The group will meet every Thursday from April 9 to June 11 at Lord of Life Church in Baxter, MN – 6190 Fairview Rd, Baxter MN 56425. Meetings take place from 12 – 2 PM.

Each week covers a different topic.
Session 1: What’s Next After Diagnosis (April 9)
Session 2: Medication Management of Parkinson’s Disease (April 16)
Session 3: Importance of Exercise in Parkinson’s Disease (April 23)
Session 4: Dealing with Physical Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease (April 30)
Session 5: Impact of Parkinson’s on Daily Coping and Relationships (May 7)
Session 6: Tips for Daily Living (May 28)
Session 7: Caring for Others, Caring for Yourself (June 4)
Session 8: Building Your Healthcare Team (June 11)

The group will be facilitated by Lynda Erickson, BSW, facilitator of the Brainerd Lakes Area Parkinson’s disease support group. To register or for additional information please contact Anushka Mohideen at (651) 241-8297.

This PRESS program has been offered at locations around the country and has received excellent feedback from past participants. Previous PRESS locations in Minnesota include Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

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February Events

February 26: Community invited to CLC Law Enforcement Job Fair
Community members are invited to a Law Enforcement Job Fair at Central Lakes College from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26 in the gym of the Brainerd campus.

This event is perfect for those who are thinking about a career in law enforcement, corrections or probation. Representatives of the career field from across the region will be there to speak with visitors.

The career fair is sponsored by the CLC Criminal Justice Program. Questions? Contact CLC Counselor Suzie Karsnia at suzanna.karsnia@clcmn.edu or 855-8015 or CLC Criminal Justice Instructor Gae Davis at gae.davis@clcmn.edu or 855-8264.

February 28 - March 1: Cast announcement for the PLCT’s upcoming production of Jane Eyre
A cast of 16 area performers will appear in the gothic drama Jane Eyre to be staged by Pequot Lakes Community Theater on February 28th, 29th, March 1st, 6th-8th in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium.

Christina Calvit dramatizes Charlotte Bronte’s novel which details Jane Eyre’s (Stephanie White, Pequot Lakes) trials and tribulations as she comes to terms with her past and her feelings toward the solitary Edward Rochester (Harry J. Samuels, Pine River) master of Thornfield. The actions of Aunt Reed (Nicole Rothleutner, Pequot Lakes), Mr. Brocklehurst (Peter Herzog, Pequot Lakes), and Richard Mason (Phyl Bell, Brainerd) threaten Jane’s future… and happiness.

The cast also includes: Helen Burns (Claire Lundstrom, Backus), Mrs. Fairfax (Deb Binda, Merrifield), Adele Varens (Kari Brooks, Hackensack), Grace Poole & Diana Rivers (Shaina Walker, Pine River) Blanche Ingram & Bertha (Brianna Engels, Pequot Lakes), Mary Ingram (Lily Bleichner, Brainerd), Lady Ingram (Karin Johnson, Pillager), Amy Eshton & Mary Rivers(Abby Pratt, Merrifield), Dr. Carter & Rev. Wood (Eddie Binda, Brainerd), Hannah (Beva Olson, Baxter), St. John Rivers (also Phyl Bell), and the Porter (Gary Binda, Merrifield).

Ben Gordon (Pine River) directs with assistance from BriOnna Haag (Pequot Lakes) as stage manager and featuring costumes by Sarah Jo Armstrong (Pine River), set design and construction by Mike Anderson (Baxter), and tech direction by Trevor Kile (Pine River). C.J. Anderson (Pequot Lakes) will supervise the special effects.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. February 28th, 29th and March 6th, 7th and 2:00 p.m. March 1st and 8th. For information on tickets, visit www.glapa.org or call Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200.

The performances are presented through special arrangement with Playscripts Inc.

By February 28: DNR solicits park and trail grant applications for 2020

Now is the chance for local governments and tribes to request funding for natural resource improvements.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Trails is accepting applications to improve outdoor recreation facilities, natural and scenic areas, regional trails, local trail connections, and motorized, nonmotorized, and multi-use recreational trails.

Every year, the DNR distributes millions of dollars of federal and state assistance grants to help local governments throughout Minnesota improve local outdoor recreation. The agency solicits applications in anticipation of federal and state appropriations for the programs.

The application due dates are Friday, Feb. 28, for the Federal Recreational Trail Grant Program, and Friday, March 30 for the other programs. Although funding has not yet been appropriated, the DNR anticipates that both federal and state funding will be available during 2020 for these programs. The DNR will announce preliminary awards in the summer of 2020, with final awards made upon receipt of federal and state appropriations.

For information about eligible projects and how to apply for a grant, visit the Recreation Grants page of the DNR website.

For more information, prospective applicants may contact the grants staff listed online, or the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or 888-646-6367 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday)

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March Events

By March 1: Healthy Community Grants available through Crow Wing Energized
Would you like to create a community project to encourage healthy activity? Crow Wing Energized has simple, short grant applications currently open to community members for projects that make impactful healthy change in Crow Wing County. Applications are due March 1, 2020.

Past grant recipients have leveraged funds to build community gardens, bike racks, resources to help Farmers Markets, healthy vending, food shelf supplies,physical activity equipment, and  bike fix-it stations. Over $56,000 in grant funds were given out to the community in 2019.

Any organization serving or within Crow Wing County can apply for up to $2,000. Applicants are not required to be incorporated 501(c)3 organizations.

Grants with at least one of these strategies will be given priority:
• ReThink Your Drink – educational campaign on the importance of drinking water instead of sugar sweetened beverages

• One Vegetable One Community – unites our community around one vegetable, showcasing how to plant, grow, cook and share the importance of a selected vegetable. The vegetable of the year for 2020 is the carrot.

• Point-of-decision prompts – motivational signs placed in strategic locations to encourage physical activity. (Ex: stairs or elevators, to encourage using the stairs)

To apply, download the grant application at http://crowwingenergized.org/grants/ or contact Kalsey Stults, Crow Wing Energized Community Health and Wellness Specialist at kalsey.stults@essentiahealth.org or 218-828-7343. Deadline is March 1, 2020. The Grant Review Committee will then be grading applications, and grantees will be notified on or by April 1, 2020.

Crow Wing Energized is a grassroots community movement led by Essentia Health and Crow Wing County Community Services to improve health and wellness in the community. To learn more about Crow Wing Energized, visit www.crowwingenergized.org or find us on Facebook.

March 4, 9 & 19: Community invited to Women’s History Month events at CLC
In honor of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, Central Lakes College is hosting the following activities at the Brainerd campus. Each is free and open to the public.

On March 4 at noon in the cafeteria: A celebration of Women's History Month, featuring speakers, a slideshow and cake.

On March 9 at 7 p.m. in the Chalberg Theatre, “The Champion of Persistence,” a play on the life and legacy of Jeannette Rankin, the first US Congresswoman elected in 1916 from Montana. With grace and humor she battled for women’s suffrage, labor rights, social justice and children. She was one of the first citizens to speak out against the Vietnam War.

J. Emily Peabody wrote and performs this one-woman play. This event is brought in collaboration with AAUW, Brainerd Lakes League of Women Voters and the CLC Office of Diversity.

On March 19 in room E203, Betty Folliard, founder of ERA Minnesota and former three-term state representative, will give an up-to-the-moment presentation on the state of the Equal Rights Amendment that is now getting national attention. There will be a 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. session. This event is brought in collaboration with AAUW, Brainerd Lakes League of Women Voters and the CLC Office of Diversity.


March 5: CLC announces spring Cultural Thursday dates
March 5 “An Update on Venezuela” with presenter Rosymar Hjermstad
In conjunction with International Women’s Day events, Rosymar Hjermstad, who is originally from Venezuela, will give an update on what is currently happening in her native country. Since the Bolivarian Revolution of 1999, there has been great upheaval in this Spanish-speaking South American nation. By mid-2019, more than four million Venezuelans, about 13 percent of the country’s population, have left the country or emigrated (most of them in the last five years). Get a better understanding of this country’s ongoing political and economic crisis. Hjermstad is the project director of Raider Connect Services at Central Lakes College. Live stream the event here: https://youtu.be/NC0ZvTz2sT4

April 9 “Tanzania: Teaching and Growing” with presenter Helene Danielson
Please note: This is the second Thursday of the month.
Helene Danielson spent the month of June 2019, teaching English to under-resourced children in Tanzania. She came home filled with gratitude and hope, a desire to simplify life, and a disdain for plastic bags. Through a partnership between Concordia College and the Grumeti Fund, community outreach is provided to children in villages bordering the Grumeti Game Reserve, just north of Serengeti National Park. Danielson will discuss her experiences with the children she served, as well as the animals she saw while living on the game reserve (think elephants every day, baboons that stole supplies, and two amazing game drives to observe wildlife). When Helene is not off on an adventure, she can be found teaching Language Arts at Forestview Middle School. Live stream the event here: https://youtu.be/OVaZKUp8sQs

May 7 “My Life in Norway” with presenter John Lund
John Lund is a 2016 graduate of Staples-Motley High School and is a current student of Central Lakes College. For most of 2017 and 2018, Lund was a student living in the beautiful Nordic nation of Norway. Minnesota is known for its heavy Norwegian heritage, but what is it really like for a young American to live in Norway and experience the language and culture along with the natives? Live stream the event here: https://youtu.be/Qfn_exXPB9g

These events are being co-sponsored by the CLC Office of Equity and Inclusion. Each is held in the Chalberg Theatre, CLC Brainerd campus, and are free and open to the public.

March 5: Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Monthly Meeting
The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet on Thursday, March 5, at 1:00pm at Lord of Life Church, 6190 Fairview Rd N. Baxter. There will be a presentation from the county Veteran’s Services about benefits that are available to veterans with Parkinson’s Disease. There will also be discussion about upcoming training events in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Please bring questions or concerns to share. The purpose of this group is sharing information, support and concerns for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their care partners. Questions, call 218-829-4017.

March 6: Emily Loon Crafters Quilt Guild
The Emily Loon Crafters Quilt Guild will meet Tuesday March 10th at 9:30 a.m. in the Sewing Room at Emily City Hall. Visitors and new members are welcome. Alice Heglund and Jessie Guelich will be the hostesses.


March 6: Grassroots Concerts announces spring season
NISSWA – Five Friday night concerts are scheduled for the Spring 2020 Grassroots Concerts season at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar in Nisswa. Starting time is 7:30 p.m.

The all-volunteer series began in 1988 and has hosted 340 concerts in 32 years.

Friday, March 6 – Courtney Yasmineh, a Chicago native who ran away from home at age 17 and discovered the music of Bob Dylan. For more on Yasmineh, go to www.courtneyyasmineh.com

Friday, March 29 – Claudia Schmidt, a Grassroots favorite in seven previous concerts here, brings her quirky hodge-podge back to town. For more on Schmidt go to www.claudiaschmidt.com

Friday, April 20 – Ellis brings stirring lyrics and an open heart back to Nisswa for her third show on the Grassroots stage. For more on Ellis, go to www.ellismusic.com

Friday, May 1 – John Gorka, one of the most beloved Minnesota artists hailed as “the preeminent male singer-songwriter of the New Folk Movement” by Rolling Stone magazine. For more on Gorka go to www.johngorka.com

Admission for general seating at all concerts is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult. Seating is first-come, firstserved. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30).

The Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar, 5459 Lakers Lane, Nisswa, is located at the Journey Church next to the school.

Grassroots is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the Internal Revenue Code.

The concert series welcomes your nonperishable food or cash donation to a local food shelf. For information go to www.grassrootsconcerts.org, the series Facebook page, or call 218-829-4092.

March 18: Crosslake Area Garden Club

The Crosslake Area Garden Club meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 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 continue to think “Gardening” in in the winter months, so come and join us!!

2020 Programs:
March 18th: Cauliflower the New Potato – Jody from Landsburg’s Nursery

April 15th: How to Design a Beautiful Entry Garden – Joann Weaver

March 21: Wild & Scenic Film Festival
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, a collection of films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet, is coming to Brainerd on Saturday, March 21, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Tornstrom Auditorium, 804 Oak St.

Featured at the event sponsored by the Northland Arboretum and Lakeland Public Television will be a series of 10 films which were chosen from the annual festival held the third week of January in Nevada City, Calif. There will also be a silent auction of items donated by community businesses and artists.

Viewers will be invited to look inward and rediscover their connection with and responsibility to the natural world. They will be taken to the Arctic Coast, Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda, Acadia National Park in Maine and the stunning Oregon Coast. They’ll hike with an autistic person through 900 miles of the Great Smoky Mountains and see the Sacramento River as a place of surprising beauty, home to otter, eagle and osprey and endangered salmon. Viewers will also see the efforts of East Detroit urban beekeepers, follow a man with a traumatic brain injury making Lake Tahoe a better place and see parents adventuring with a two-year-old hoping to inspire the next generation to care about wild places.

The festival is a natural extension of the Northland Arboretum’s mission of education, recreation and conservation work to inspire people to act on behalf of the environment. Tickets are now available at the Arboretum, 14250 Conservation Drive in Baxter. They are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Children 10 and younger $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and shows start at 2 p.m.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba Citizens League in 2003. The five-day event features over 150 award-winning films and welcomes over 100 guest speakers, celebrities and activists who bring a human face to the environmental movement. The home festival kicks off the international tour to communities around the globe.

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