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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

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, tjohnson@cuyunamed.org or 218-545-8522.

Outing Volunteer Library Hours
Winter Hours:
Monday 10-12; Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 2-4; Thurs. Closed
Friday 9-11; Saturday 10-12

Storytime begins May 27 at 10. Book Sale Sat., May 27 from 9- 4 and Sun., May 28 from 9-2 at the Crooked Lake Town Hall

Free exercise programs for adults continue at Emily City Gym
Walkers are welcome to use the gym during open/unscheduled times and during the Mon–Wed–Fri 9:00 program. Take advantage of a dry place to walk during our Minnesota winter. Also, if you’re curious about any of the exercise programs, stop in and check them out. If not for you, you can always visit the Emily Library, right down the hall.

Mon-Wed-Fri at 9:00 a.m., this free 45 minute ongoing low-impact program to vintage music on CD allows you to work at your own pace. Chairs are provided. Keep it low-impact, kick up your heels, or simply walk.

Wednesdays 10-10:50 a.m., Line Dance classes return on Feb 7th. This is a free exercise/dance program for adults. Our goal is to have fun learning dance moves while improving coordination and balance to a variety of music, heavy on country. No boots or hats needed. Join any time –no previous experience required.

Mondays and Thursdays: Yoga for All
Discover the kind and gentle way to improve flexibility, balance, lung capacity and overall well being.
Emily City Hall
Mondays and Thursdays
10:30 – 11:45 am

‘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.
An additional distribution day will now be added for fruits, vegetables,and bakery items ONLY; on the first Wednesday of the month from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

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 in Crosslake
Caregiver Support Group meets the 1st Tuesday of the Month at10:30 am at Crosslake Lutheran Church. This will feature a facilitator trained through the Alzheimers Association andgeared toward families who have loved ones that experience memory loss. Open to the community and will include speakers on a variety of topics related to memory loss.

Crosslake Ideal Lions
The Crosslake Ideal Lions Club meets the 2nd Wed. of every month at Maucieri’s 6PM for board meeting and 6:30 for the general meeting. For more information about joining the Lions please call Connie at 218 839-1267.

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.
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 in-kind support from the agencies they serve at.

Faith in Action Volunteer Drivers Needed to Help Your Neighbors
Many people in rural Minnesota depend on friends or neighbors for rides to medical appointments, grocery shopping and errands. For some, this is the only way they can connect with community, especially during the winter months. At times, finding a driver can be difficult.

In this Season of Giving, consider giving of your time and yourself by becoming a volunteer with Faith in Action and providing rides to someone in your community. Faith in Action Volunteers can choose to drive once or twice a month or weekly as their time allows.

“Without your help I would not be able to live in this community. Each person that has helped me is terrific!” exclaimed Jeannette. And Fred from Pine River said, “Thanks for sending the driver to help me get groceries. I didn’t know how I would get it done. You are lifesavers!”

If you like spending time with people and can transport them to their appointments, shopping and errands, Faith in Action is the place for you to volunteer. Volunteers receive liability insurance coverage, coordination, recognition, mileage reimbursement, and the satisfaction of knowing they are making a difference. An application with background check and orientation session are required.

Faith in Action is currently seeking compassionate drivers in your area to help people like Jeannette and Fred to connect with community. Volunteer drivers give them the freedom to manage their health and well-being, and the freedom to remain in their homes for as long as possible. Your neighbors need you! For more information on Faith in Action services and volunteer opportunities, call 218-209-9608 or email cassfia@uslink.net.
Crooked Lake Township Property Owners: Become a Road Ambassador
The Crooked Lake Township Emergency Management Planning Team is seeking property owners who would be available during storms or other emergencies as a point of receiving and providing information for your local neighbors. For more information please contact Keith Ahlquist 612-799-5787.

Saving Hearts Suicide Support Group
A confidential and non-judgemental group for those who have been affected by suicide. The group meets at CRMC Ambulatory Room every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 pm.

For more information call or text Michelle Houck 218 251-7230 or Patty Fonda 218 851-6270. Saving Hearts is a committee of The Crisis Line and Referral Service.

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.

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

Crosslake Citizens urged to participate in Comprehenive Plan Update Survey
The City of Crosslake is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan, the documents that the current and future City Councils use to help guide their policy making decisions. The Steering Committee working on the update is interested in your opinion on several key issues. Please go to the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MZX8X32 to let the City know how you feel on these issues.

Crosslake Area Library Preschool Story Time
The Crosslake Area Library will have a Preschool Story Time with Mr. Tom on Thursday Mornings at 10:15 a.m. (except for school breaks and holidays.)

Please call 218 692-7323 for more information

New Pathways is launching Path to Home 350
The homeless shelter program run by New Pathways, with day centers in Brainerd and Cambridge, was recently informed that they will lose their HUD funding, effective June 2018. As the HUD contribution makes up half of the program budget, this is threatening the future services for homeless families in Aitkin, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, and Todd counties.

New Pathways is the only family shelter program operating in the 10-county area, and turns families away frequently due to lack of capacity. The need becomes even greater in the winter as people find it more difficult to stay in temporary dwellings like tents or cars. “We are very grateful to the communities who have supported us for over 15 years, and we are hoping they will help us continue to serve them for many years to come”, said Pamela Streed, Executive Director.

To offset the loss of Federal financing, New Pathways is launching Path to Home 350, an emergency fundraising campaign, immediately. “350 pledges of $50 per month would cover our loss”, said Pamela. “We are hoping to find 35 generous donors in each of the counties we serve”. If you would like to learn more about New Pathways or make a contribution, please visit: www.newpathwaysmn.com.

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.

Emily City Library Hours
The Emily Library is located within the Emily City Hall building and is open year round. Hours are Mon - Wed 8 am to 4:30 pm, Thur and Fri from 8 am –12 pm. In addition to a variety of books, the library offers audio books, music CDs, magazines, movies (DVD/ VHS), and puzzles for your enjoyment. Wi-Fi is free at the library.

Crow Wing Paddlers
Our paddling club is open to everyone that wants to paddle (kayak, canoe, paddle board etc.) with others. All we need is an email to be notified of our events.

We started in 2012 and have over 140 members! We want your ideas for our 2018 schedule. Call Jim 612-581-2144.
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, and the Emily Wesleyan Church.

We and you Serve!!

Crosslake Food Shelf needs your help
For some time now, our fantastic “Mitten Lady” has been making beautiful 100% all wool mittens which she sells to benefit the Crosslake Food Shelf. She is currently in need of donations of 100% wool sweaters and vests (no blends, please), especially in the colors of black, gray and red, and with any stripes or patterns. She could also use decorative 1/2 to 1 inch buttons. If you can help, materials may be dropped off at Lakes Area Gallery and Frame Shoppe in Town Square or the Crosslake Food Shelf (located at 34212 County Road 3 in Crosslake) during our open hours, which are the first and third Fridays of every month from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

If you have any questions or need a special pick up, please call Nancy Rudberg at 218-692-2309. The community has been very supportive of the Crosslake Food Shelf over the years, and we hope you will continue to help with your donations of wool.

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid awarded Older Americans Act funds to provide legal services for seniors
The St. Cloud office of Mid- Minnesota Legal Aid has received a grant of Older Americans Act funds from the Central Minnesota Council on Aging to provide legal services for seniors residing in ¬-Cass County. The funds will be used to provide legal advice, counseling and representation in court and administrative hearings. There is no cost for these services.

If you are 60 years or older and reside in Cass County, you can get help with legal problems involving Medicare, Social Security, eviction or other housing problems, public benefits, such as medical assistance, food support and fuel assistance, family law issues, including domestic abuse and income maintenance, nursing home problems, home care services, powers of attorney, health care directives and debt collection. NO help is provided for criminal matters, wills, estate planning, or real estate transactions.

Seniors can also call the St. Cloud office of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid toll free at 1 (888)  360-2889 for help scheduling an appointment.

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid accepts contributions for the legal services, but contributions are not required to receive legal help.

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March Events

March: Emily’s MN Foodshare Campaign Kick-off
March is MN FoodShare Fundraising Campaign Drive. This also starts the Emily Area’s 2018 Annual Food Shelf Fundraiser. During this month, larger corporations, individuals and foundations will make contributions to the MN Food Share program at the state level. This money will be allocated to MN food shelves throughout the year. This additional monetary incentive allocation will be made to the Emily Food Shelf based on the number of pounds of collected items and dollars raised in the Emily area during the month of March.

All food items and monetary donations raised in our local area will stay in our area, to help provide food to the families of Emily, Outing, Fifty Lakes, Little Pine, Ross Lake, Fairfield and Perry Lake townships.

Hunger Solutions is another program that helps MN food shelves throughout the year, based on the amount of food and money that the individual food shelf raises during the March FoodShare Campaign. All items and money collected will be kept in the community. Area churches, local fire departments, service organizations and businesses will be asked to participate in the community wide collection.

Items being sought are nonperishable food products such as peanut butter, canned meats and tuna, soups, facial tissue, cleaning products, laundry soaps, and personal bath products such as tooth paste, soaps, shampoo and conditioner.

Designated collection sites for these items are the Emily, Outing and Fifty Lakes area churches and the Emily Ace Hardware Store.

With the greatly appreciated monetary donations the Emily Food Shelf is able to purchase food items, household and personal supplies from the Second Harvest Food Bank in Grand Rapids, at a fraction of the regular cost. This way donated money can be stretched to go further and purchase more food items from the Food Bank.

The Emily-Outing-Fifty Lakes Area Food Shelf served 549 families last year, feed over 1464 individuals and distributed 72,104 pounds of food.

This campaign is the major fundraiser that the volunteer Emily Food Shelf workers will do for the year. Other donations will be gladly accepted at any time.

The food shelf is open on the third Wednesday of each month from 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and the following day, Thursday from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. and on the first Wednesday of the month for fresh produce and bakery products from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00; that’s located at 20948 Co. Rd. #1(former Unity Bank).

People wishing to make a financial donation may make checks payable to the “Emily Food Shelf” and leave at the Pine River Bank, in Emily or send them to: 42145 Birchwood Drive, Emily, MN 56447. Questions concerning the Emily Food Shelf or fundraising projects may be directed to the site director, Nancy Moritz at 763-3097.

March 21: Crosslake Area Garden Club
The Crosslake Area Garden club meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Crosslake Community Center. New members are always welcome. For more information contact Jayne at 218-763-1222 or visit our website at: https://crosslakegarden.wordpress.com/

March 21 "Landscaping" Presenter: James Kromwell

April 18 "Lawn and Ornamental Grasses and Care" Presenter: Shelly Boser

March 24: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Outing to host Spaghetti Dinner in support of Food Share Campaign
March Food Share Campaign
During the month of March, food shelves across the state collect donations of money and food for the Minnesota Food Share Campaign. This collection will support local efforts to help feed people in need and reduce hunger in the local community. When congregations, businesses, schools or service clubs participate in the Minnesota Food Share March Campaign, by donating to their local food shelf, their donation stays local but counts towards a statewide effort to help stock the shelves of every food shelf in the state. Local food shelves partner with Minnesota FoodShare to raise funds for food shelves in the state, all receiving matching funds for all donations to the local food shelf. This is the largest cash drive to fill the shelves of 300 food shelves.

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church located on Hwy 6 in Outing will once again be hosting a Spaghetti dinner to support this campaign for our local food shelves. The dinner will be held on Saturday, March 24th from 4 to 6:30 pm.

March 24: March for Our Lives rally planned for Brainerd
Stand Up Brainerd Lakes is partnering with the Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace to sponsor the Brainerd March for Our Lives Rally on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

The Brainerd march and rally will start at 2pm in Gregory Park, 511 North 5th Street, Brainerd, Minnesota. Students, teachers, families, and allies of March for Our Lives will march from the park, continuing down Washington Street, and returning to the park for a rally.

The student-led March for Our Lives movement features its main march in Washington D.C. that same day, with at least 689 sibling marches planned across the country and the world, including the event in Brainerd.

The movement, which arose after the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, demands that students’ lives and safety become a priority, and seeks an end to gun violence and mass shootings in our schools and communities. School safety is a core focus of the movement and the founders are pushing for legislative action to address gun violence issues.

Teachers, families and all other allies are welcome at this event, however students in particular are encouraged to attend, in the original spirit of this student-driven movement.

For more information on the movement or the planned events, see www.marchforourlives.com.

March 27: Northern Lakes Vets & Friends Support Group
A long-term support group for veterans who struggle with the effects of their military service including sleep problems, irritability, anxiety, stress, nightmares, flashbacks, guilt, anger and much more. We understand because we struggle to and it helps to talk about it with other veterans.

We meet weekly on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm at the Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) 2865 24th St SW Pine River, MN (located 1 1/4 miles west of Pine River on Cass Co. #2, enter around back).

We invite you to join us. Meeting are confidential and you may share as much or as little as you choose to.

For more information: call Doug at 218-587-3808 (weiss005@umn.edu)

Upcoming Special Educational Meetings at the DAC
*Spouses, families and the general public are encouraged to attend*

3) Tuesday March 27, 7:00 pm: Services offered to veterans by the Cass County Veterans Service Officers. Jeff Woodford, Steve Sether

4) Tuesday April 17, 7:00 pm: Lutheran Social Services Veterans C.O.R.E (Case Management, Outreach, Referral, and Education) Program

March 31: Impact Grant offered by Operation Round-Up
Crow Wing Power Community Trust (Operation Round-Up) is offering an Impact Grant of up to $12,000. The purpose of the Impact Grant will be to give a boost to a unique project/program, organization or community and insure its success.

Applicants must show that this one time grant would have a major impact for their project, organization or community. The organization needs to show that they have a history of success, or if a start-up project, the business plan must be strong and show large community support. Projects that focus on human health and well-being will be given additional consideration.

Operation Round-Up is funded by participating members of Crow Wing Power who allow the cooperative to round up their electric bills to the nearest whole dollar. The additional change is pooled and distributed quarterly to local community programs. To qualify for an application, contact Char or Jolene at Crow Wing Power, 218-829-2827 or 1-800-648-9401. Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2018.

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April Events

Lakers Lions Scholarships: Applications deadline April 1
The Lakers Lions of Emily, Outing and Fifty Lakes will be awarding their scholarships again this year. Interested individuals must intend to enroll in an accredited or certified-post-secondary school. Applications are available for electronic submission at www.lakerslions.org , and must be received by the deadline of April 1, 2018. IMPORTANT: Applicants must meet the criteria listed on the application form.

April 6: Grassroots Concerts spring schedule
Five Friday night concerts have been scheduled for the spring 2018 season of  Grassroots Concerts in the Live Well Night Club and Coffee Bar of the Journey Church at Nisswa.

Friday, April 6, 2018 – ANNIE HUMPHREY
Annie Humphrey is a singer, songwriter, and visual artist born on the Leech Lake Reservation. Humphrey says, “I write songs because there is so much beauty, injustice, sadness, and love in the world.” Poet John Trudell describes her music as “...An Ancient way/ For the healing/ A woman sings.”

Friday, April 20, 2018 - ANN REED
Ann Reed has performed for more than 40 years with songs that find a permanent place in the heart. A dedicated feminist, she has given her time and talent to raise funds and awareness for organizations that benefit women and children. As a special treat, Ann will be joined by bassist and instrumentalist Joan Griffith. Reed is a “tunesmith from the trenches.”—Tom Surowicz

Friday, May 4, 2018 – MARK OLSON
Jayhawks founding member Mark Olson currently lives in the California Desert with his wife and musical partner Ingunn Ringvold. “If you lost track of Mark Olson after he left the Jayhawks, you’re missing a lot of music that is as good as or better than any that that fine group produced.”— No Depression

Nonprofit Grassroots Concerts are held at the Live well Nightclub and Coffee Bar at the Journey Church, 5459 Co. Rd. 18, Nisswa, MN. Purchase tickets at the door. At all shows, seating is first-come, first-served.

Showtime is 7:30 PM (doors open at 6:30), and you're encouraged to come early to claim your choice of seats. At each concert, decidedly the best family entertainment in the Brainerd Lakes area, Grassroots Concerts welcomes your nonperishable food (or cash) donation to a local food shelf. Thanks for your support! For additional concert information, please call 218-829-4092.

Check out our website at www.grassrootsconcerts.org

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

April 7: A great opportunity for girl time... It’s tea time!
Bridges of Hope will host its annual Afternoon Tea for Hope at 2 pm April 7th in the Town Hall at Madden’s Resort on Gull Lake. Last year’s event attracted over 150 women, girls and even a few gentleman, as over $13,000 was raised for the Bridges of Hope Side by Side mentoring program.

This year’s event will include live entertainment, a silent auction, raffles, tea served by local firefighters, and much more.

Tickets are available now online at www.bridgesofhopemn.org. Make a date with your mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend or another important lady in your life for this unique event to benefit other women in our community.

Sponsorship opportunities are currently available to help support this event. To learn more, contact Nicholle Dean at 218-825-7682.

April 12: Free Screening for Women
Free breast and cervical cancer screenings will be offered at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center's Crosby Physician Clinic on Thursday, April 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. for uninsured and under-insured women age 40 years and older who meet income guidelines.

At the event, eligible women will receive clinical breast examinations, mammograms, Pap tests, pelvic examinations, Human papillomavirus (HPV) tests, diagnostic testing if results are abnormal, and referrals to treatment. Obstetrician/Gynecologist Rachel Cady, M.D.; Nurse Practitioner Donna Claypool; and nurses Melissa Zapzalka and Rhonda Swehla are volunteering their time to assist women.

CRMC hopes to make more women in the Cuyuna Lakes Area aware of this free program. "We think many women are not receiving these life-saving screening tests because they have no health insurance or their insurance has deductibles or co-payments they cannot afford to pay," said Oncology Care Coordinator Jill Wittrock, R.N.

All women are at risk for breast and cervical cancer, but regular screenings can prevent these diseases or find them early. Women between 50 and 74 years old should get a mammogram every two years. Those under 50 should talk with their health care provider about when they should be screened. Women should get their first Pap test at age 21 and continue screening until age 65. Light refreshments will be served at the event and ladies will receive a swag bag. For a screening appointment, call 218-546-7000, ext. 2135.

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