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Weekly and Monthly Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Book Sale at the Crooked Lake townhall will be held on Sat., Sept. 1 from 9-4.

Summer Hours:
Monday 10-2; Tuesday 9-1
Wednesday 3-5; Thurs. 1-5
Friday 9-1; Saturday 10-1
Last storytime is Sat., Sept. 1st

Exercise programs for adults at Emily City Gymnasium
No membership required. M on-Wed-Fri 9-9:45 Free low-impact exercise program featuring vintage music on CD. Work at your own pace; keep it low-impact, kick up your heels, or simply walk. Chairs provided.

Mon and Thurs 10:30-11:30 Yoga 101, a kind and gentle approach to flexibility, balance, strength, and breathing control.

Wednesdays 10:00-10:50 Free, senior-friendly line dance program offered. No boots or hats required—just a desire to have fun!

New! Pickleball equipment is available for City gym use. Check with staff at front desk for availability.

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 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

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.

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.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Mixed Doubles Tennis in Emily
Please join us on Monday Wednesday and Friday mornings at 9AM at the tennis courts in Emily for mixed doubles. We welcome players of all abilities for great tennis fun and exercise. For more information call Peggy or Milt at 218-792-5786. The courts are located on County Road 1 just west of Highway 6 in Emily adjacent to the Firehall.

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September Events

September 18: Meeting for End of Life Decisions at CRMC
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is hosting a free meeting about end-of-life decisions on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 10 to 11 a.m. in its Clinic Conference Room.

A trained Honoring Choices facilitator will discuss how to start the discussion with those close to you, determining wishes for end-of-life care and who you want to make medical care decisions for you if you could not speak for yourself, the importance of an advance care directive and more.

The sessions are being provided monthly to encourage everyone to make their healthcare wishes known to their family members and physician and to go through an advanced care planning process. Advance care planning is preparing for when a person may not be able to make his or her own medical decisions. The process involves conversations throughout life about values, beliefs, and goals for future health care. Revisiting decisions and plans regularly and documenting wishes in a Health Care Directive is important. The document helps prepare for the unexpected by outlining values and priorities for future medical treatment and identifies a health care agent.

Anyone over age 18 is welcome to attend, no registration is required. For more information, contact Deb Bergsnev at deb.bergsnev@cuyunamed.org or 218-851-5430.


September 19: Crosslake Area Garden Club
The Crosslake Area Garden club meets on 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: crosslakegarden.org.

September 19 1:00 "Dahlias" Presenter: Jackie Burkey.

October 19 1:00 "Spring and Autumn Bulbs" Presenter: Jennifer Knudson.

September 20: Cancer Support Group
Pharmacist Matt Rioux will be the guest speaker at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Cancer Support Group on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 12 to 2 p.m. in the hospital’s Clinic Conference Room.

He will present Information about Medication Therapy Management appointments available to CRMC patients, tips for medication adherence, and vaccines including the seasonal influenza shots available this year. The pharmacist will also be available to answer any specific medication questions.

People who are newly diagnosed with cancer, undergoing treatment or post treatment and their significant others are invited. The group is an opportunity to share experiences and support one another, to listen and learn.

Registration for the support group is not required and there is no cost to attend. A new topic is discussed each month and a complimentary lunch is provided. Groups are scheduled the second Thursday of each month. For more information, call 218-546-4319 or 218-546-4302.

September 20: Pork Dinner
Pork Dinner at Faith Lutheran Church, Swanburg.

Thursday, Sept. 20th 4-6pm

North of Crosslake to Co. Rd. 1 or East of Pine River 13 miles.

September 22: Emergency exercise in Crosby
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, area law enforcement, fire and first responder groups will be conducting an active shooter exercise around Crosby-Ironton High School on Saturday, Sept. 22.

There will be increased traffic including emergency vehicles and air medical transport services throughout the day.

The public is encouraged to remain clear of the area immediately around the high school and extending south to the practice ball fields off Hematite Street until  that evening.

September 23: 2018 Crow Wing Paddlers schedule
The Crow Wing Paddlers club has released the proposed schedule for 2018. The exact locations and times will be posted nearer to the paddling season. The paddling club is open to anyone who wants to paddle with others, and there is no cost to join.
 
This year will feature a fundraising event called “Paddle to the Moon....and back!” on Friday, July 27th at 6:00 pm (night of the full moon). There is a $25 fee per paddler that will be donated to the new Crosslake Community School project. The club will be paddling from the USAC Campground Beach to Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant for a meal/drink and then paddle back. This event is open to any non-motorized craft. Pre-registration required.
 
For more information or to submit event suggestions for the season, call Jim Bergquist at (612) 581-2144.

Sun., September 23 - A.M.
Sat., October 6 - Early Afternoon

September 25-26: LIFESTYLE CHANGE CLASS OFFERED IN CROSSLAKE National Diabetes Prevention Program
Learn how to create a healthier lifestyle and prevent diabetes in a 22-session diabetes prevention program. Groups will meet with a trained instructor to help participants lose weight, eat healthier and increase physical activity.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a community- based, lifestyle change program that offers diabetes prevention education and support for people with prediabetes.

Pre-diabetes involves blood sugar levels that are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diabetes. An individual with pre-diabetes can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes by making simple lifestyle changes.

Diet and moderate exercise resulting in a 5-7% weight loss (usually about 10 -15 pounds) often work to bring blood sugar levels back down to a healthy range.

There will be 16 sessions offered over 6 months, and 6 monthly follow-up sessions for the remainder of the year. Each session is one-hour long.

Crow Wing Energized’s grassroots efforts to make the healthy choice the easy choice happens through the volunteers that lead classes and trainings in our community. Interested in becoming a volunteer lifestyle change coach?

CERTIFIED LIFESTYLE COACH TRAINING
When: September 25 & 26 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Essentia Health SJMC, Brainerd
Register: Training is FREE ($750 value), but registration is required. http://crowwingenergized.org/events/lifestylechange-coach-training/

September 26: “Antarctica”
Speaker: Josh Knopik, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 26th, 2018, 7 pm
Location: Northland Arboretum, 14250 Conservation Drive, Baxter, MN 56425

Antarctica will be the topic of this September’s Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society program. Josh Knopik, of the Minnesota DNR will share slides and video clips from his two seasons of work in Antarctica, at McMurdo Station and the South Pole. Josh will share insights on the biology, geology, weather, and logistics and work life at this stunningly beautiful and mysterious land.

This program is sponsored by the Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society, and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. For more information please contact Lorrene Maroney at lgstoby@hotmail.com.


October 6: Fall Festival Fundraiser for Care N Share
The Fall Festival Fundraiser for Care N Share will be held on October 6 from 11am-3pm at the Weslayan Church in Emily.

• Brisket, Coleslaw, Beans, Chips (free will donation)
• Crafts, Bake sale, games and activities for all.

Care N Share serves over 300 free meals every week. Over 200 meals are delivered within a 25 mile radius of Emily, and over 100 meals are served in house every Wednesday. Thank You for your support!!

The Weslayan Church in Emily is located at 40141 Hwy 6, Emily, MN.


October 6: Central MN Sustainability Tour
The Central Minnesota Sustainability Tour will be held in the Pine River-Backus area on Saturday, October 6th, 2018. This is your chance to talk to your neighbors and ask questions about the sustainable features of their homes and businesses.

Destinations will include Deep Portage Environmental Learning Center and Paws and Claws in Hackensack, Hunt Utilities Group (HUG) in Pine River, and several area homes with sustainable features. The features at these sites include all kinds of green technologies like super energy efficient homes, electric cars, greenhouses, gardens, solar thermal, solar water heating, and classic solar photovoltaic panels.

A map of the tour can be found on at www.rreal.org/sustainability-tour-map or on RREAL’s Facebook page. The Sustainability Tour is part of the statewide Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) Sustainable Home Tour and The National Solar Tour across the country.

The self-guided tour beings at 10am and will end at 3pm. From 3-4pm there will be a celebration at RREAL in Backus, Minnesota with some refreshments to continue the connections and conversations.

If you are excited about the tour and would like to join or learn more, please send a message to erica@rreal.org or call 218 947-3779.


November 8: CRMC Book Fair to benefit Hospice Patients

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Home Health and Hospice Department will hold a Fall Book Fair fund-raiser for Hospice on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. just inside the hospital’s main lobby entrance.

The event will feature a huge selection of books, collective goods and gifts at 30 to 70 percent off retail prices. Proceeds from sales will benefit hospice patients in the community.

November 23: Lakers Lions: Applications available for Christmas Gifts
Emily, Outing, 50 Lakes Lions will again be providing Christmas gifts to needy families for children up to the age of 12. Parents or guardians must apply this year by November 23 Applications are available at the Emily Food Shelf on the usual Wednesday & Thursday distribution. Gifts will be available to pick up at the December Food Shelf.

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