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Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals to Seniors
The Senior Nutrition Site in Pequot Lakes the serves the Nisswa and Pequot Lakes area are in need of volunteers that would deliver meals to seniors Monday through Fridays. You would only need to volunteer one day a week and it only would take an hour normally. Please call 218-568-4909 and leave a message. These neighbors are depending on your help.

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

** NEW HOURS
 
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 info@plbplionsclub.com.

Crosslake Food Shelf Needs Wool Mittens
A benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous has been making beautiful 100 percent all wool mittens which she sells to raise money to benefit the Crosslake Food Shelf.

So many mittens have been sold for this wonderful cause that there is a problem with a sufficient supply of all-wool product. 100% wool sweaters and vests are preferred. Donations of up to 1 inch buttons are also needed.

If you can help, materials may be dropped off at the Crosslake Welcome Center, Crosslake Hair Company, Haven Book Store, Frandsen Bank Crosslake, or the Crosslake Food Shelf during normal hours.

If you have any questions or need a special pick up, please call Nancy Rudberg at 218 692-2309.
 
Crosslake "Clothes Closet" Announces Summer Hours
Crosslake: the Clothes Closet at 37560 Ox Lake Landing announces its summer hours as the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 5 PM to 8 PM. The closet will not be open Tuesday mornings during the summer months of June, July or August.

The Closet offers clothing and shoes for men, women and children, some small appliances, kitchen items, knick knacks, etc at no charge! Donations are accepted during business hours. For information please call Dodo Fraser at 218-692-4056 or Arlyn Carlson at 218-543-6509.

 
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: Adult Exercise Program - Emily
FREE 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.)
 
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: Tennis in Emily
If you are interested in joining the Emily tennis group, call Milt at 218.792.5786 or Mary Jo at 218.763.2648 for more information, or just show up on any Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday morning at 9 AM for mixed doubles; great tennis fun and exercise. We have a group of very enthusiastic players! The courts are located on County Road 1 just west of Highway 6 in Emily.

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

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 Shelf
The Emily Area Food Shelf regular hours are on the third Wednesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The additional day, will be the following Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for those who are unable to pick-up at the regular time. For more information contact Nancy Moritz, 218 763-3097.
 
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. Join the fun and camaraderie-become a member today!
 
Crosslake Area MOPS
The Crosslake Area MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group group is a great place to come, just as you are, to be rejuvenated and inspired. We provide a caring, accepting atmosphere for today's mothers of preschoolers.

You will have an opportunity to share concerns, explore areas of creativity, and hear instructions that equip you for the responsibilities of family and community. New friendships and smart approaches to tackling the challenges of motherhood are waiting for you.

We will meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, September thru May. Free childcare is provided for members.

Drop-off is at 9:00 am, meetings start at 9:15 and end at 11:15 am. For more information please contact Deb at The Log Church at 218-692-4141 or find Crosslake Area MOPS on Facebook.
 
Local Area AA groups
The Emily-Outing AA group meets in Emily each Sunday at the Emily Wesleyan Church 40141 Hwy 6 in Emily. Meeting time is at 4 pm. Call Rich at 218 792-5881 for more information.

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

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

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

Cass County Triad
Cass 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!
 
Care Center in Crosby seeks volunteers
The Care Center at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby is seeking volunteers to assist with evening activities four to five nights a month.

Volunteers are sought from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. on any evening to help get people to and from the activity center, have fun singing, dancing, or with other pastimes, and assist residents back to their room. Generally, there are more than 100 residents living at the center.

Those who are interested or would like more information may contact Activity Director Ali Engler at 545-4353 or aengler@cuyunamed.org.
 
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 timspeldrich@gmail.com or (218) 838-8431; or Mindy at speldrichm@yahoo.com or (218) 839-1488.
 
Wednesdays: Farmers’ Market Wed. 9am-1pm • Crosslake Town Square
The Farmers Market is back in Town Square. The lead person for the farmers market in Crosslake passed away this winter. It took a little while to put together another group but they are back! We missed out of some of the early season items, but it is prime time now. Please show your support! Every Wednesday 9am to 1pm in the Crosslake Town Square. Any vendors interested in participating can contact Sheila at 218-839-0493 or email sheilacec@live.com
 
Tuesdays: Well Woman lecture series
A new monthly, free Well Woman lecture series is being brought to the communities of Crosby, Aitkin and Baxter by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center obstetrician/gynecologists and other providers on Tuesdays this year.

The topic for September is “Surviving and Thriving through Menopause” and in October “Until There’s a Cure—Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment” will be discussed. In November the specialists will present “It’s a Stall World— Bladder Health” and in January “planning for Pregnancy.” February’s topic is “Passport to Health, Preventing and Recognizing Gynecologic Cancers” and March’s topic is “Pain Down There.” In April, “All Stressed Up and Nowhere to Go” will be offered and May’s topic is “Love and Laugh through Life—Pelvic Health.”

All of the presentations are open to the public. The Crosby talks will be at Heartwood Senior Living Community from 6 to 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month; the Aitkin talks from 12-1 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Riverwood Healthcare; and the Baxter presentations from 6-7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Baxter Clinic.

The presenters include Obstetrician/Gynecologists Dr. Leigh Bauer, Dr. Michael Cady, Dr. Rachel Cady, and Dr. Christina Kramer and Family Physician Dr. Monica Goodwin. No reservation is necessary, light refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit cuyunamed.org or call 218-545-4447

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September Events

September: Well Woman lecture series
A new monthly, free Well Woman lecture series is being brought to the communities of Crosby, Aitkin and Baxter by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center obstetrician/gynecologists and other providers on Tuesdays this year.

The topic for September is “Surviving and Thriving through Menopause” and in October “Until There’s a Cure—Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment” will be discussed. In November the specialists will present “It’s a Stall World— Bladder Health” and in January “planning for Pregnancy.” February’s topic is “Passport to Health, Preventing and Recognizing Gynecologic Cancers” and March’s topic is “Pain Down There.” In April, “All Stressed Up and Nowhere to Go” will be offered and May’s topic is “Love and Laugh through Life—Pelvic Health.”

All of the presentations are open to the public. The Crosby talks will be at Heartwood Senior Living Community from 6 to 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month; the Aitkin talks from 12-1 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Riverwood Healthcare; and the Baxter presentations from 6-7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Baxter Clinic.

The presenters include Obstetrician/Gynecologists Dr. Leigh Bauer, Dr. Michael Cady, Dr. Rachel Cady, and Dr. Christina Kramer and Family Physician Dr. Monica Goodwin. No reservation is necessary, light refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit cuyunamed.org or call 218-545-4447.

September 2: Outing Senior Club
The Outing Seniors Club regular monthly meeting is on Tuesday, September 2nd at 1:30 PM in the Crooked Lake Township Hall in Outing, MN. A short business meeting and update on the August 30th Bazaar will proceed an individual from Tastefully Simple showing and some sampling of their products. For more information contact Club President Loraine Dorn at 218-792-5954.


September 3: Breezy Point Area Women's Club

Regular meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month and begin at 11:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. The meeting programs scheduled for 2014 are:

Sept. 3 – Wine Tasting with Hors D’oeuvres, Deacon’s Lodge in Breezy Point.
Oct. 1 – Women’s Heart Health, potluck lunch at Breezy Point City Hall.
Nov. 5 – Craft for Care Centers, Pelican Lakes Conservation Club in Breezy Point.
Dec. 3 – Annual Christmas Party/Silent Auction, location to be announced.

Membership is open to all women of the area and guests are welcome at all meetings and social events. If you are interested in becoming a member, please call 218-820-3668. If you would like to attend a meeting, please call 218-562-4111, 218-562-4991 or 218-765-3589.

September 3: Council will hear report on Crosslake Communications
A special Crosslake City Council meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, to hear the findings of the Charlesmead company, which has been evaluating Crosslake Communications. The meeting will be at Crosslake City Hall.

The council hired Charlesmead last May, spending $40,000 for the Boston-based consultant to take a look at Crosslake Communications’ operations, staffing and more.

September 4: Legacy Program: Local Musician, Shannon Murray, to Perform “People's Music: Songs of the Industrial Workers of the World”
Local songwriter, singer and guitarist, Shannon Murray, will perform at the Crosslake Community Center on September 4th, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. Her show, “People's Music: Songs of the Industrial Workers of the World” will feature some of her original music, as well as music of the early 1900’s.

Shannon will share her research on IWW (Industrial Workers of the World), some general history of the time, and how music was used by the IWW as an organizing tool within the labor movement. She will perform cover songs from that era, along with songs she has written inspired by the labor movement. Shannon will relate this national movement to her personal history with Eugene Debs and his visit to Bemidji, local IWW organizing, and the riots. This event is appropriate for all ages.

This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage. For the complete schedule of Legacy funded events at Kitchigami Libraries, visit the Kitchigami Regional Library website: www.krls.org and click on Legacy Events.

September 5: Free Community Educational Seminar and Vein Screening in Crosslake Feel  confident and pain free again
Painful veins in your legs can be a symptom of serious health problems. Yet many people defer treatment, thinking that varicose veins are merely cosmetic, and they don’t want to appear vain. Others grow accustomed to the swelling and pain because their condition progresses slowly, creating a “new normal.”

Learn more about vein conditions and treatment options from Dr. Ross Bengtson and have an initial screening during a complimentary educational seminar from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, September 5, at the Crosslake Community Center, located at 14126 Daggett Pine Road in Crosslake. Space is limited, so please register by calling 218.828.7414 or online at EssentiaHealth.org/VeinServices.

“Vein conditions are not solely a cosmetic problem,” according to Dr. Bengtson, General Surgeon at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Clinics. Swollen or discolored veins can be symptoms of other medical conditions that need to be treated to avoid serious complications, he explains.

“If your legs are swollen, fatigue easy, or have unsightly or painful leg veins, you should talk to your primary care physician or a surgeon experienced with treating veins.”

Venous diseases are caused by poorly functioning valves within veins. This inefficiency causes spider veins – red or blue web-like veins on the skin’s surface. Untreated, they can grow into varicose veins, which appear as bulges on the leg’s surface. The disease can progress to include swelling, pain, clotting, ulceration and skin inflammation.

An additional evening seminar and screening will be held on Thursday, September 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes located at 6967 Lake Forest Road in Baxter. You may also register for this session at 218.828.7414 or at EssentiaHealth.org/VeinServices.

September 6: Mounted Eagles Walk n Roll
Mounted Eagles Therapeutic Horsemanship will hold their annual Walk N Roll, So They Can Ride on September 6, 2014.

Registration begins at 2 pm at the Nisswa Gazebo and requires a minimum $25 pledge. The Walk/Roll begins at 3 pm and participants will travel along the Paul Bunyan Trail to Pequot Lakes Baptist Church Trailside Center where there will be an all you can eat spaghetti dinner and silent auction. Participants and the public are welcome to attend the dinner.

All proceeds go to board and care of our 6 program horses. Dinner tickets are $8 for adults, $5 ages 5 to 13 and ages under 5 years are free. There will be live music and fun activities.

Mounted Eagles is a non-profit organization providing therapeutic horsemanship to persons of all ages with physical, mental, social and emotional challenges throughout the Brainerd Lakes area. Please join us on the trail or at the dinner and auction.

For more information and pledge/registration forms, please visit www.mountedeagles.org events page.


September 6: Ted Leagjeld to present Book Talk and signing at PL Library
Local resident, Ted Leagjeld, former teacher, retired resort owner and lifelong writer, will give a Book Talk and sign books at the Pequot Lakes Community Library on Saturday, September 6 at 1 p.m. Leagjeld has recently published his fifth book, “Prairie Wind Rural School,” and will relate his experiences as an educator starting in a one-room school in Jessie, North Dakota. Having had only two months of education at Valley City (North Dakota) State University, Leagjeld and fellow students in his field, were told by the school’s dean that North Dakota had a dire shortage of rural teachers, and would any of them take jobs there. That was a challenge 18-year-old Mr. Leagjeld could not pass up.

Thus starts the story chronicled in “Prairie Wind Rural School.” Leagjeld has kept journals throughout his subsequent life which help keep his memories alive. His book is full of interesting, funny and heartrending anecdotes which affect the reader in many ways. As he has said, “Teaching is my passion,” and his enthusiasm shows in the way he describes his years as an educator.

His talk will end with a question/ answer period and light refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited to this free program and encouraged to attend. Leagjeld will have copies of all his books on hand for purchase and for him to sign.

September 8: Joint Pain Seminar in Emily
If joint pain keeps you from doing the things you enjoy, consider attending the free educational seminar “What is my joint pain telling me?”. Essentia Health and Northern Orthopedics have partnered to share information on warning signs and treatment options. The event is from 4-5:30 p.m. on Monday, September 8 at the Emily City Hall, 39811 State Highway 6 in Emily.

Topics include surgical and nonsurgical treatment options by Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Paul Rud of Northern Orthopedics, Ltd. While joint replacements used to be recommended only for people age 70 and older, many younger people now get the work done and experience lasting relief from the chronic pain of arthritis allowing them to return to the activities they enjoy.

Attendees will also hear from a joint replacement patient sharing their personal journey, and learn stretching activities they can do at home from Physical Therapist, Mike Steichen at the Essentia Health - Baxter Clinic.

Everyone will have an opportunity to ask the experts questions, as well as enjoy light appetizers and beverages.

Registration is requested for this free education event. Register online at EssentiaHealth.org/JointWellnessCenter or call 218-828-7414.

September 8-9: Auditions for Singing’ in the Rain in Pequot Lakes
The Pequot Lakes Community Theater is holding auditions for the fall musical production Singin’ in the Rain. The community theater production process begins with auditions on Monday, September 8 and Tuesday, September 9. Auditions are open to actors age 15 and up. Auditions will be at 6:30 pm both dates. You select one day to audition. The auditions take place in the Pequot Lakes High School Theater and will include a singing audition and dance steps. Prepare a song from any musical to use for your audition. Please bring your own sheet music with you to the audition as the accompanist may not have your selected music memorized.

Singin’ in the Rain tells the story of one particular movie studio in the twenties making the transition from silent movies to talkies. With a very funny script, it has a well-known sound track including “All I Do is Dream of You”, “Make ‘Em Laugh”, “You Were Meant for Me”, “Good Morning”, “Broadway Melody” and of course, “Singin’ in the Rain”.

Directed by Gary Hirsch and choreographed by Wendy DeGeest, Singin’ in the Rain will require a large cast including a large chorus and over 20 speaking roles. Gary and Wendy worked together as a director/choreographer team last year on the production Oliver! They are excited to be working together again on a Pequot Lakes Community Theater production.

Singin’ in the Rain is a tap dancing show. If you know how to tap dance that is great. If you would like to brush up on your tap dance skills or are new to tap dancing consider taking the Pequot Lakes Community Education class, Basic Tap Dance, taught by Wendy DeGeest. The class sessions are on Tuesdays and Thursdays August 26, 28 and September 2 and 4 at 6:30 m in the Pequot Lakes High School Theater. To register for Basic Tap Class call Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218 – 568-9200. The class fee is $5.00 for all four sessions.

Check your calendar before the audition to make sure you will be able to be at rehearsals and performances. Rehearsals begin on September 11 at 6:30 pm. Rehearsals will be on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Solos and some scenes will be worked on Wednesdays. About three weeks before the show opens rehearsals will be held every week night. A rehearsal schedule will be handed out at the first rehearsal. Show dates are November 14, 15, 16 and November 21, 22 and 23. The Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 pm and Sunday performances are 2:00 pm matinee shows.

We hope that you will be a part of this outstanding musical production. “Step Out of that Dream” and onto the stage beginning with your audition for a role in the Singin’ in the Rain production in Pequot Lakes.

September 9: Emily Loon Crafters Quilt Guild
The Emily Loon Crafter’s Quilt Guild will meet Tuesday Sept. 9th in the Fellowship Hall of St. Emily’s Catholic Church. Members should bring supplies for making zipper pins (zippers, pliers, needle, thread, glue guns.) The green/yellow nine patch block quilt will be tied. Bring scissors, yarn needles, and yarn.

Visitors and new members are welcome. Hostess will be Kathy Olander and Beth Miskowie.

September 10: Emily Blood Drive: Help the American Red Cross Prepare for Emergencies by Donating Blood
Eligible Donors are encouraged to give blood during September’s National Preparedness Month. This is a community project sponsored by the Emily, Outing, Fifty Lakes Lakers Lions.

Red Cross reports that the blood supply is at a critical low level and desperately needing all blood types. Blood products are being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations come in and are processed properly. The need for blood is high for patients involved in accidents, and for children and elderly, who suffer from illness, surgical complications or cancer.

Donors are needed for the Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 12:00 to 6:00 PM Blood Drive, at the Emily City Hall with a goal of 107 pints to be collected.

Donors need to be 17 years or older, no upper age limits, at least 110 pounds and in general good health. Sixteen year olds are eligible to donate with a parental or guardian’s signature on a Red Cross permission form.

The American Red Cross announces that Red Cross blood donors that were previously permanently deferred from donating blood, may now be eligible for the Red Cross reinstatement program. Previously deferred donors should call the American Red Cross Reinstatement Center at 866-236-3276 for instructions. A kit will be sent out to those eligible for reinstatement, and the donor may go to the Emily Blood Drive on Wednesday, September 10, from noon to 6:00 pm, at the Emily City Hall to be tested for donor reinstatement.

Red Cross uses the appointment program for donors. They are allowed 15 minutes after the scheduled time, to arrive at the blood drive before they lose their appointment. Walk-ins will be given the next available appointment and usually the blood drive is less busy after 3pm. By this procedure, Red Cross feels that donors will have less of a wait. Call if an appointment needs to be changed.

Donors now have an option to fill out their own paper work on a computer. For those less familiar with computers, the Red Cross staff will fill out the paper work as usually has been done.

Fifty-six days between blood donations are required, so anyone who donated single units at Emily's blood drive in May is eligible to donate in September. Donors who occasionally have low iron counts are reminded to improve their iron levels by either taking over the counter iron supplements and/or adding iron rich foods to their diets. Meat, fish and poultry are the best absorbed iron rich foods. Iron fortified cereals, beans, raisins, baked potatoes, and breads and pasta made with iron-enriched flour are encouraged to be eaten. Foods high in Vitamin C will help absorb the iron; while tea, coffee, bran, and antacids block the absorption of iron.

The Emily area hosts three bloodmobiles each year with this being the 65th blood drive held over the past 26 years. It is open to anyone from the surrounding areas; all blood types are needed. Donors are invited to also help recruit new donors. Double Red Cell Donors are needed with Blood types of A-, B-, O+ and O- . There will be four double red cell machines available for use. Please call if you are interested in this option.

Root beer Floats will be served in the canteen area as a special appreciation of all of our donors.

We continue to dedicate our blood drives to all of our area friends and relatives who have required blood transfusions. We want to make sure that blood is available for them, whenever it is required.

To sign up to be a donor at Emily's bloodmobile and anyone who would like to volunteer to work with the bloodmobile, may call coordinator Nancy Moritz, RN at 763-3097 for an appointment.

September 9: Blood Drives in Crosslake
BLOOD DRIVE DATES/LOCATIONS ARE:

Tuesday September 9, 12-6PM at Crosslake Lutheran Church sponsored by Crosslake Lutheran Church. For information or to make an appointment, call Brenda 218-692-3682.

November 25, 12-6PM at Crosslake Lutheran Church sponsored by the Whitefish Area Lions. Free meal available after donation and hourly door prizes. For information or to make an appointment, call Susan 218-692-4646.

Walk-ins welcome after the first hour of drive. You may also make appointments on-line. Go to www.redcrossblood.org and click on “Find a blood drive”. Click on location and follow directions to set up an appointment.

If you are unsure if you can donate blood because of travel or medications, call the Donor Eligibility Line at 1-866-236-3276 and select Option 3.

Please remember if you are blood types O-, O+, A-, or B-, and you meet the requirements, you can do a Double Red cell donation. This procedure takes slightly longer to complete but is more comfortable as it uses a smaller needle for collection. The criteria for Double Red cell donation is:

FOR WOMEN: must be at least 5’5”, weigh 150 lbs. and hemoglobin must be at least 13.3g/dl.

FOR MEN: must be at least 5’1”, weigh 130 lbs. and hemoglobin must be at least 13.3g/dl.

Please mark your calendars to be a hero and save lives.

September 11: League of Women Voters presentation: Minnesota Election Law Changes
Wondering about the new “no excuses absentee voting policy? Confused about what kind of identification you need to present in order to register to vote in Minnesota? The League of Women Voters, Brainerd Lakes Area, has all the answers to your questions. In a succinct and complete presentation, Deborah Erickson, Crow Wing County Elections Coordinator and Taxpayer Services Manager, will explain recent changes in election law and help citizens navigate these changes.

Deborah Erickson has 19 years of experience as County Elections Coordinator under her belt . She also served as County Auditor for over five years. Debbi trains our local election judges and prepares them to preside over the voting process professionally and respectfully. She is an invaluable source of election information for our community, and we’re fortunate she’s making herself available to our community.

Several steps were taken by the state legislature last term to make absentee voting easier and to ensure the integrity of the election results. These changes will be shared at the League presentation at the Brainerd Library Conference room, 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, September 11. Refreshments and a social hour are at 5:30 with the program at 6 p.m. There is no charge for the program and everyone is welcome to attend.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization with a strong 90-year history educating Minnesota’s voters. It encourages informed and active participation in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership in the League of Women Voters is open to men and women of all ages. Join us in making democracy work! Information on League of Women Voter Minnesota can be found on the LWV Minnesota website at www.lwvmn.org or by calling 651-224-5445.

September 11: Heart & Soul V: An Evening for Women
Heart & Soul V, an evening of insightful information on women’s heart health, will be held on Thursday, September 11 from 6:30-9:00 PM at Crosslake Lutheran Church, 35960 County Road 66 in Crosslake. The doors will open at 6:00 PM. There is no cost to attend.
Presenters and topics include:
Cardiovascular Alphabet Soup- Dr. Jim Furda from Minneapolis Heart Institute-Baxter and Crosby will stir up your knowledge and simmer your soul as he presentsthe latest information on CTA, LVAD, MRI, TAVR, cardiovascular research and more.

Mind, Body & Spirit of Heart Surgery: A Patient Perspective- Crosslake resident, Gerry Gendreau will speak on her recent experience with heart surgery and will share her perspective on the mind/body/spirit connection to her recovery.

How To Be 7% Happier- Crosslake Lutheran Church Parish Nurse, Gail Smith, RN will leave you laughing with her insightful look at the role of laughter in our lives and how to live mindfully in the present moment. In her presentation, Gail willalso share tips on overcoming barriers to experience more happiness in our lives.

There is no need to pre-register; women of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. For questions, please call the church office at 218-692-3682.

This program is sponsored by the Health Ministry program at Crosslake Lutheran Church.

September 17: Crosslake Area Garden Club
Our club meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Crosslake Community Center.

September 17: "Our 2014 Successes and Failures" Plant Exchange and Election.

Oct. 15: Straw-bale Gardening. Presenter: Debbie Floerchinger

November 19: Winter Color Presenter: John Landsburg, Landsburg Nursery

For more information, contact Linda at 218-765-3246.
 
September 18: Camp Knutson Taste Luncheon
Join us for “Celebrate the Seasons” Taste Luncheon, giving the categories a new look. Each category will represent foods from each of the four seasons. The Annual Taste Luncheon and Camp Knutson Fundraiser will be September 18, 2014 at the Crosslake Lutheran Church.

Each attendee will receive a copy of the new cookbook. Doors open at 10:45 am, for raffle prize veiwing. “Where Spirits Fly”, the Camp Knutson story, will be for sale for $32, along with jewelry made by the campers, and Taste Luncheon Cookbooks from 2010 to the present. The luncheon begins at 11:30 am and concludes at approximately 2:30 pm..

For reservations contact Linda Johnson, at tandl31@gmail.com or via phone, Linda at 612-618-5045. Cost is $25 with all proceeds going to Camp Knutson.

The camp serves children with autism, Down’s syndrome, skin conditions, heart disease, and families and children affected by HIV and AIDS.

September 19-20: Screen Porch Productions to present “The Portrait”
Rehearsals are underway for “The Portrait”, the third annual Musical Theater Event to be performed on Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20 as Dinner Theater at the Emily Community Center. This totally original production is presented by Screen Porch Productions, your nonprofit community art organization.

“The Portrait” will be performed by a seasoned cast of 12 community members ages 17 to 80’s from Outing, Remer and Emily. Award winning singer/songwriter Patrick O’Brien has once again created original music for the play.

Tickets are advanced reserved seating and are available at Emily Ace Hardware starting August 22. Ticket includes show, dinner, dessert and beverage and are sure to go fast! Doors open at 5:45pm, dinner at 6pm with performance to follow.

For more information call 218 792-5779. Look for ad in upcoming weeks.

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