Weekly and Monthly Events
Second Wednesdays: Quilting Opportunity
The Knotty Ladies Quilters of Our Savior’s would like to invite women in the community to join us to make quilts for Lutheran World Relief and others in need. No quilting experience is needed. Come learn how to quilt with mini quilt lessons at each meeting and help complete quilts. We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. in our Fellowship Hall. Hope to see you starting in September! Please contact us with any questions you may have at 218-792-5346. If no answer, please leave a message for Shirley S.
Emily Food Shelf
The Emily Food Shelf is located at 20948 County Road 1 in Emily, MN.
Food Shelf Hours
• First Tuesday of the month – 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
• Third Tuesday of the month – 5:00 -6:30 p.m.
• Wednesday following the third Tuesday of the month – 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
The Emily Food Shelf serves all neighbors in need within our local communities. Although we serve the communities of Emily, Fifty Lakes, Outing, Fairfield, Little Pine, Ross Lake and Perry Lake, all are welcome regardless of location.
Call the Food Shelf at 218-763- 3663 with any questions, or for emergency assistance.
Financial contributions may be sent to PO Box 93, Emily, MN 56447. We sincerely thank all who continue to support the food shelf.
Free Online Mental Health Peer Support Groups for Individuals and Families
NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) sponsors a variety of online peer support groups for adults and young adults living with a mental illness, their families, friends, spouses/partners, as well as parents of children and teens. Led by trained peer facilitators the support groups help individuals and families learn coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. When joining an online group, please add only your first name. Also, the groups are specifically for those individuals suggested by the group’s title. For example, Family Support Group is only for family members and NAMI Connection is only for those who live with a mental illness and are over 18 years old, etc. Find a complete listing of group meetings and how to join in by going to namimn.org and clicking on “Support Groups” or go straight to https://namimn.org/support/namiminnesota-support-groups/.Crosslake Food Shelf
Mental Health Support Group
People who need someone to talk to or listen are welcome to attend a mental health support group, I.O.U. (Importance of Unimpaired Mental Health) at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center. The group is open to anyone age 18 and older. The confidential, nonreligious based support group type environment allows those attending to share, learn, inspire, and more regarding all concerns about mental health, according to Facilitator Christina Mullen, a mental health advocate of Crosby. Meetings are held from 2-3:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Earl Bedard Board Room on the lower level of the hospital.
Mullen says as the I.O.U. implies, people owe it to themselves to keep their well-being healthy. Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of each month. Registration for the support group is not required. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/groups/inhonorofconner
The Crosslake Food Shelf is open the first and third Fridays of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.. It is located at 34212 County Highway 3 in Crosslake, MN. 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
Monetary donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 253, Crosslake, MN 56442
Saturdays: Outing Volunteer Library
Outing Volunteer Library hours:
Mon.10-12, Wed. 1-4,Sat. 10-1
The Outing Volunteer Library is located at: 6300 Woods Bay Dr NE, Outing, MN 56662
Emily Public LibraryThe City of Emily Public Library in Emily City Hall is now open. Hours are Mon-Wed 8 -4:00, Thur & Fri 8-11:30.
The option to request materials remains for in-house pickup. To request items or for more info log on the city website at www.cityofemily.com and select the library tab.
Lakes Area Food Shelf Now Open an Additional Day Wed. from 3-6 p.m.
Lakes Area Food Shelf is a community food shelf, open to any person from anywhere. To better serve our friends and neighbors, we are now open every Wednesday from 3-6 p.m., as of January 5. These new hours are in addition to our regular hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to Noon.
We have an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs and butter, a wide assortment of meats, bread, canned goods, baking supplies, and toiletries.
Our core values include:
• All are welcome at Lakes Area Food Shelf.
• We will help any person, from anywhere, needing food.
• We value all who use our services as friends, neighbors, and members of our community.
• We will serve all with compassion, dignity, and respect.
• We will do all we can to help friends and neighbors address barriers that prevent them from receiving food assistance through Lakes Area Food Shelf.
Physical address: 28316 Patriot Ave., Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
Mailing address: PO Box 724, Nisswa, MN 56468
Phone number: 218-568-8474
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site/Facebook: lakesareafoodshelf.org
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!!
Weekly Crosslake AA Meetings
There are three AA meetings in Crosslake held on different nights and in different locations. Those with a desire to stop drinking are invited to attend one or more of these meetings. They are all nondenominational and held as follows:
Monday Nights from 7-8 p.m. at the Crosslake Lutheran Church; 35960 County Road 66, Crosslake
Tuesday Nights from 7-8 p.m. at the Log Church; 37218 County Road 66, Crosslake
Thursday Nights from 7-8 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, 35208 Co. Rd 37, south of Crosslake.
Crosslake Ideal Lions Seek Donations
One of the missions of Lions, worldwide, is in the collection of eyeglasses and hearing aids. If you have any glasses you no longer use, please drop them off at one of our sites where we have collection boxes. The locations are as follows: Crosslake Drug Store, Crosslake Clinic, Crosslake Community Center, Blackridge Bank, First National Bank, and Crosslake Lutheran Church. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Tuesdays and Thursdays: Outing Bone Builders
Bone Builders, the strengthening program for men and women to help prevent osteoporosis and rebuild bone density for vaccinated seniors. The hour-long classes, held every Tue & Thurs at the Crooked Lake Town Hall in Outing begin promptly at 9 am. There is no charge to participate. Hand and leg weights are provided in class or bring your own. New to the program? Contact Jack Schuller 218-792-5256 to learn more and find out how to get started. The program is sponsored by the Outing Seniors, serving Outing, Emily, and Fifty Lakes.
Emily Gymnasium Schedule
• Exercise (low impact to vintage music): Mon &Wed 9 -10 am
• Ladies Beginner Pickleball: Mon 10 - Noon & Fri 9 - Noon
• Beginner Line Dancing: Wed 10 - 11 am
• Men's Pickleball: Mon 2 - 4 pm
• Youth Activities: Wed 4:30- 6 pm
• Open gym times: Call 218-763-2480 for availability.
• Prescheduled activities and events take precedence. Dry shoes MUST be worn in the gym.
Makers’ Place of Emily
All makers - (artists, crafters, writers, musicians, etc.) are welcome to come to the Emily City Building to meet, share, create, learn and collaborate.
Bring a project you are working on or bring ideas or interest in learning something new. A place to meet and make new friends, work individually or share/learn an art/craft or work together on collaborative ideas.
New Schedule Open Studio Times:
2nd Tues. 4-8pm
Most Thurs. 6-9pm (check FB)
3rd Mon. 10am-Noon then lunch
4th Mon. 1-4pm
For questions or interest contact email@example.com or find the Facebook group by the same name.
First Thursdays: Explore Crosslake Business Meeting
Join us for the monthly Explore Crosslake Business meeting of business owners, managers and key staff. Meet and network with others, learn more about events, activities and organizations in Crosslake, and share information about your business!
The event is Chamber facilitated, and all businesses are invited to attend regardless of Chamber membership. Always the first Thursday monthly beginning at 7:45 for coffee and networking, and the meeting runs from 8 - 9:15 a.m.
Businesses are encouraged to pick a month to host and can plan for 15-25 attendees monthly. Call Cindy at the Chamber if you'd like to host this meeting and highlight your business!
Fourth Tuesday: Dementia Caregivers Support Group
Caregivers, family, and friends of persons with dementia are invited to the monthly Dementia Caregiver Support Group in Crosby.
Meetings are scheduled the fourth Tuesday of each month. To learn more, contact Kent O’Grady at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-868-7260 or CRMC social workers at 218-546-2357.
Emily Care N Share
Care N Share in Emily serves free meals each Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. All are welcome to dine in or pick up a hot, nutritious meal at the Fellowship Hall inside the Wesleyan Church, on State Highway 6 just north of County Road 1. Delivery is also available for those without transportation.
Each week, Care N Share volunteers serve over 250 free meals to families and individuals from Emily, Outing, Crosby, Fifty Lakes, Crosslake, Merrifield, Pequot Lakes and Pine River.
We are adding to our list of volunteers at this time. To volunteer for food preparation on Tuesdays, or Wednesdays serving or providing meal delivery, please call Lori Nelson at 651-246-7292. Donations are always welcome. Please donate what you can, to help us feed families and strengthen local communities. Mail your tax-deductible donation to Care N Share, PO Box 354, Emily, MN 56447-0354 Thank-you for Caring and Sharing.
Promedica Hospice Volunteer Training
Heartland Hospice is looking for caring and dedicated people with an interest in serving terminally ill patients and their families in Crosslake, Breezy Point, Nisswa, Outing and the outlying communities. Volunteers provide services such as friendly visiting, pet therapy and musical enrichment. Volunteer classes are available to fit each person’s schedule. Please call Keshia Kettler at Promedica Hospice at 218-829-1252 for further information. Volunteers Needed for Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity
Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity is in need of volunteers to help us complete two current build projects, as well as in our bustling ReStore. If you want a rewarding volunteer experience, many of our volunteer say that they receive more by volunteering than they feel they give…and that there is so much to learn! Here are the areas where we need help right now: Construction
Get hands-on experience on with Habitat! You’re never alone building with us; a professional staff member is always on site to teach new skills or put your expertise to best use. Construction volunteers perform a variety of skilled and unskilled tasks including framing, vinyl siding, sheet rocking, painting, flooring, and installing trim. We work alongside each partner family for each home, so you will see and know the lives you are changing firsthand.
Opportunities change day-to-day, occur indoors and outdoors, and are typically four-hour shifts (morning or afternoon). Participating in build projects is an excellent opportunity for church and youth groups, local businesses looking for VTO, individuals in need of volunteer hours, or anyone with a desire to get involved with our community. We are currently building two homes in the Brainerd/Baxter area and have several projects coming in 2023.ReStore
Is HGTV your favorite channel? Our Brainerd ReStore is a retail outlet that deals in recycling new and like-new building and home improvement materials sold at discounted prices. We prevent quality items from crowding the landfill and reuse, repurpose, and recycle appliances and furniture, too.
Regular, weekly volunteers are needed to provide support to the ReStore staff, donors, and customers. Whether you’re a people person or you love seeing all the interesting things that come in, you’ll love the ReStore.
If you're a people person, your key responsibilities will be:
• Greet customers and answer questions
• Answer the phone/light office tasks between customers
• Assist customers in making purchases/cashier
• Help maintain a clean and attractive store
If you love to see all the donations that come in or like to fix things, your key responsibilities will be:
• Receive and organize donations
• Clean, repair, sort, and stock donations
• Help donors unload vehicles/trailers
• Fill out donation receipts Pickups/Salvages
We tear apart, too! Pickup volunteers take our trucks and trailers throughout the Brainerd lakes area, collecting new and gently used home accessories, appliances, and building supplies. Pickup volunteers go out daily (on a planned route, scheduled ahead of time) and deliver donations to our warehouse.
Salvage volunteers go to a site and save reusable, quality materials from demolition. All these items stock our ReStore, which is open to the public and sells merchandise discounted up to 75% off standard retail prices. All net proceeds support our mission to build affordable homes for working families. Plenty of volunteers like to do both! We need pickup volunteers every weekday and salvage volunteers roughly once per week.
For more information on how you can help, you can contact us at:
• Heidi Gould, Volunteer Director, email@example.com, 218-454-7021Lakesareahabitat.org
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Nov 23-30 Sertoma Winter Wonderland, Drive tour of animated lit displays, Northland Arboretum, Thurs-Sat 5:30-8:30 pm
Nov 25-30 Christmas Acres at Copper Creek, Light show displays, scheduled events, Saturday Santa visits 3-6:30pm, fun activities inside and out. MTh 10am - 6pm, Fri 9am-8pm, Sat. 10am-7pm, Sun. 10am-4pm.
Nov 29-30 A Cuyuna Christmas, in partnership with CRMC & Smiles for Jake. The Cuyuna Lakes Area hosts a holiday festival, events, glowing lights, activities for all ages, bring the whole family. For more info go to https://www.smilesforjake.org/cuyunachristmas/
November 30: Heartland Symphony Orchestra Returns to Crosslake
The Heartland Symphony Winter Concerts return this year and will be held November 30 at 7:30 PM in Crosslake at The Log Church.
Following the Crosslake appearance, the orchestra will perform December 2 in Little Falls at 7:30 PM and December 3 in Brainerd at 2:30 PM at the same locations.
“Shall We Sing?” will be presented in collaboration with the Brainerd High School Chamber Orchestra featuring soloist David Thompson, Principal Oboe, in the Minnesota premiere of Allen Stephenson's Concerto for English Horn and Strings.
These concerts are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. In Little Falls, the Laura Jane Musser Fund provides additional support.
HSO concerts are free and welcome an audience of all ages. Donations will be accepted at the door or online at www.heartlandsymphony.com
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Dec 1-2 A Cuyuna Christmas, in partnership with CRMC & Smiles for Jake at Memorial Park, Crosby. The Cuyuna Lakes Area hosts a holiday festival, events, glowing lights, activities for all ages, bring the whole family. For more info go to https://www.smilesforjake.org/cuyunachristmas/
December 1-3: Pequot Lakes Community Education Culinary Classes Offered Online
Monthly Meal Planning
Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned home cook, this live online class is perfect for anyone who wants to take their meal planning to the next level. From “a Month of Meatless Mondays” to “Taco Tuesdays Ten Ways” to “Souper Sundays”, there’s something for everyone. We’ll share our favorite tips and tricks for making meal prep a breeze— from grocery shopping to prepping ingredients in advance—in a handout full of recipes. The live classes will be recorded so you can rewatch at your convenience. Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM.
Air Fryer Finger Foods
Have some fun participating in this virtual air fryer demonstration and partial cook-along class as we dive into the world of air frying and learn how to create wonderful finger foods from scratch! Freezing tips will also be shared! Friday, December 1 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.
Copycat Cinnabon Rolls & Hot Cocoa Bombs
Homemade sweets and treats are always wonderful around the holidays and throughout the year as well. Add two wonderful treats to your holiday celebration as you learn to create freshly baked homemade cinnamon rolls, and luscious, velvety hot cocoa bombs! Saturday, December 2 from 4:00 - 6:30 PM.
Dec 1, 16, 30 & Jan 13 - the Whimsical World of Whoville in Crosslake Town Square. On Dec. 1st from 4:30-6:30 pm, the Mayor of Whoville & the other Whoville friends will flip to switch to light up the square, along with caroling, Santa, a hot chocolate bar, face painting, tattoos, photo ops, snacks & more! The site will be open daily until January 13th.
Dec 2 10th Annual Holiday at the Dam in Crosslake, 12 pm-3 pm at the US Army Corps of Engineers, Visit with Santa & snap a picture, hot cocoa, campfire with s'mores, and more. Bring a new unwrapped gift donation to the Dam, for the 17th Annual Christmas for Kids
Dec 2, 9, 16, 23 Northern MN Railroad Trackers, Visit O Scale, HO Scale and G Scale layouts, running trains on display. Small layout children can operate. Watch/help club members work on exhibits. Open 10am-2pm on Co. Rd. 66, Crosslake.
Dec 1-23 Sertoma Winter Wonderland, Drive tour of animated lit displays, Northland Arboretum, Thurs.-Sat. 5:30-8:30 pm
Dec 1-17 Christmas Acres at Copper Creek, Light show displays, scheduled events, Saturday Santa visits 3-6:30pm, fun activities inside and out. MTh 10am - 6pm, Fri 9am-8pm, Sat. 10am-7pm, Sun. 10am-4pm. Closed Dec 22-JanDec 2 10th Annual Holiday at the Dam in Crosslake, 12 pm-3 pm at the US Army Corps of Engineers, Visit with Santa & snap a picture, hot cocoa, campfire with s'mores, and more! Bring a new unwrapped gift donation to the Dam, for the 17th Annual Christmas for Kids
December 2: Christmas for Kids Crosslake Fundraiser Set
The 17th Annual Christmas for Kids Crosslake Fundraiser will be held Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 3-8 pm at Maucieri’s in Crosslake.
There will be silent and live auctions, all proceeds going to local kids. This event is 21+ and anyone making a donation of a new unwrapped gift or cash to will receive a complimentary beverage.
Donations are currently being accepted. For more information or for an applications please contact any of the following: Tracy Halverson 651-238-9648, Holly Chase 218-838-5017 or Elysha Novak 612-396-1909.
Donations can also be mailed to Christmas for Kids Crosslake PO Box 5 Crosslake, MN 56442
Dec 2 35th Annual Christmas Arts & Craft Show, Sponsored by Pine River American Legion Auxiliary Post 613, Vendors, arts and crafts 9 am-3 pm. Lunch available 11 am-2 pm.
Dec 2 Holiday Craft Fair, Free admission, crafts, food, at Fifty Lakes City Hall, Bar & Bottle Shop, 10 am-4 pm
Dec 3 Heartland Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert Series - Shall We Sing? Free for all ages, good-will donations encouraged, 7:30-9 pm, Gichiziibi Center for the Arts, Brainerd
December 4-8: Long Lake Offering Minnesota Master Naturalist Course
Long Lake Conservation Center is hosting a Minnesota Master Naturalist course, December 4-8, 2023. The focus of the course is the North Woods, Great Lakes biome.
The 40-hour, hands-on course will include field trips, guest speakers and winter-focused classes such as birding, tracking animals and wildlife, learning how the first Minnesotans survived in winter, forest treks, and winter tree identification. The course addresses natural history, environmental interpretation and conservation stewardship and will be led by expert instructors, including Long Lake staff.
“If you’re interested in nature, enjoy hiking, bird watching, following tracks, or simply being outside, this is a great opportunity for you,” Long Lake Education Coordinator Beth Haasken said.
People can sign up for the course alone, but meals and lodging options are also available. Register for the course at the Minnesota Master Naturalist website: www.minnesotamasternaturalist.org/courses . For more information, contact Haasken at 218-768-4653.
The Minnesota Master Naturalist program is part of the University of Minnesota Extension Service.
Sphagnum Moss Bog Trail Access Completed
As part of an ongoing effort to make Long Lake's campus available to everyone, an accessible trail connecting campus to the school’s sphagnum bog is now complete. The trail was widened, leveled, covered with Class 5 and topped with recycled blacktop.
The project was funded in part by the Lone Wolf Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation and the Long Lake Conservation Foundation. Work was completed by the Aitkin County Land Department.
“This is the first of what we hope will be many improvements so that every student who visits Long Lake, regardless of physical limitations, will be able to experience the wonders of nature,” Long Lake Manager Dave McMillan said.
Dec 5 Business After Hours Holiday Extravaganza 2023, mingle, network with old and new friends, savor appetizers, beverage samples, and more. Event costs $5 to attend and open to public, Chamber members, their employees, and potential members. Town Hall of Madden's Resort 4-7:30 pm
Dec 9 2nd Saturday Samplings, Tasty complimentary food samplings at Ideal Green Market, a community owned grocery store in Ideal Corners at 34988 Co. Rd. 39, Pequot Lakes. www.idealgreenmarket.com | Facebook.com/idealgreenmarket
Dec 9 Cookie Walk & Holiday Bake Sale. Choose from several homemade fresh baked goodsjams, jellies, preserves and homemade canned goods. Baked goods are $9 per pound. Proceeds go towards the Auxiliary Scholarship Fund. $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to two - three local students in spring 2024. Crosslake- Fifty Lakes American Legion Auxiliary Post 500, 9am-3pm
Dec 9 12th Annual Santa's Bobbin' Into Town, Activities and Fireworks, "The Amazing Hoopsters" 3 pm Cole Memorial Building, sponsored by Pequot Lakes Library, Pequot Lakes Trailside Park bonfire with cocoa, s'mores, horse & wagon rides 4-6 pm, Light Up the Night Parade 6 pm, Fireworks 6:20 pm.
Dec 9 Pine River Parade of Lights Day 10am-7pm. Lighted parade at 5pm. Refreshments and bonfire after the parade. Fireworks at 6 pm.
Dec 9 Lunch with Santa, Come see Santa. Ages 12 and under get lunch, picture with Santa and a goodie bag. Sponsored by Pine River Women's Auxiliary. Pine River American Legion Post 613 from 11 am-1 pm.
December 12: Tremolo Offering Free Winter Seminars
Plan to join Tremolo Communications, Powered by ECTC for the following FREE technology seminars, which will be held at the Crosslake Community Center at 10 a.m.
December 12: Streaming TV
Streaming TV is the future! While traditional TV has been good to us, streaming TV works with your internet connection, so you don’t need set-top boxes and you can watch TV on nearly any device. We will cover all things streaming, including devices, options, and our new tremoloTV app. After this seminar, you’ll be streaming like a pro and enjoying every minute of it.
Mark your calendars and plan to join us for these seminars held at the Crosslake Community Center, 14126 Daggett Pine Road, Crosslake. Come early for the best seat. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated on all Tremolo Communications events.
December 20: Crosslake Area Garden Club
Crosslake Area Garden Club meets the third Wednesday of the month at 1:00PM in the meeting room at the Crosslake Community Center. The upcoming programs are listed below:
December 20th – Holiday Party – location yet to be determined.
January 17th – Winter Seed Sowing by Debby Floerchinger, (our president)
February 21st – Raised Bed Gardening by Dan Lee, Crow Wing Co. Master Gardener (the presentation will be by Zoom).
Everyone is welcome to join our meetings. For questions call Linda @ 507-202-9374.
Dec 25-31 Sertoma Winter Wonderland, Drive tour of animated lit displays, Northland Arboretum, Mon.-Sun. 5:30-8:30 pm
Dec 30 Outing Chamber Winter Fireworks, Lawrence Lake, Fireworks at 6 pm
Through April 21: There's something for everyone with Pequot Lakes Community Education
Register for classes at ISD186.org or call 218-568-9200.
Little Tikes Open Gym (10 & Under w/Adult)
Join us for some gym time to burn off that extra energy! This open gym is especially designed for families with young children. Equipment such as balls, hula hoops, wiggle bikes and scooters will be provided. Please feel free to bring in other equipment to use. Parent/guardian must attend with children.
Sundays, Oct 1 - Apr 21, 2023 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM *Schedule subject to change PLHS Athletic Center
Family Membership Fee: $59 per season - includes access to gyms and equipment
Drop in Fee = $3 per time, per person - includes access to to gyms and equipment
Must register with Community Education before attending.
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