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Are you looking for an opportunity to meet new people from the lakes area and also do something worthwhile? Emily Quilters meet every Monday (excluding legal holiday) in a room at Emily City Hall next to the library. They assemble quilts for Retired Senior Volunteer Program to distribute to people in need who live in Crow Wing County. Quilts are also given to area Hospice Programs, the Women’s Shelter in Brainerd and one is donated to Camp Knutson for their annual auction. They made and donated 151 quilts in 2014.

You do not have to show up every week. Come when you can. Quilting starts between 9 and 9:30 and continues until around noon. The time you can offer is completely flexible to fit into your schedule. Jobs in addition to sewing include yarn tying the completed quilts and cutting squares to be sewn.

If you can’t help on Mondays, other ways of assisting include donating quilt tops you have sewn at home. The recommended size is 62" x 82". The size for Hospice is 45”- 48” wide x 72” long. The quilters also can use washed sheets in good condition for backing quilts and large pieces of cotton fabric that they can cut into squares to make quilts.

Donations can be brought to Emily City Hall any Monday morning. Both men and women are invited.

For more information, call Shirley Anderson 218 763 - 8019 or Bette Swensen 218 763 - 2385.

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

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 or contact  club President Russ Heittola at 825-0441 or email 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, or 218-545-8522.

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
Free adult exercise program at City of Emily Gym
Mon, Wed, Fri at 9:00 a.m. Begin your day with this ongoing, 45-min, low-impact program set to vintage music. Chairs provided. Exercise at your own pace. Walkers are encouraged to join us during this program –walk the perimeter while we exercise.

Wednesdays, at 10:00 a.m., improve your balance and coordination by learning some dance moves to a variety of music with emphasis on country. No experience required for this 45-min class –all dances are for beginners. No boots or hats needed, just a desire to have fun!

YOGA HAPPY HOUR in Outing Yoga
Happy Hour at Crooked lake Town Hall in Outing. BYOB (Bring your own body.... and a yoga mat and a blanket). Tone and Zone Mondays 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

City of Emily Yoga 101 Classes
This class is postponed and scheduled to resume Monday May 2.

Classes held at Emily City Hall Mon. and Thurs. 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Start anytime. No restrictions apply!
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.
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.
Narrows Community Church Clothes Closet
The Clothes Closet at the Narrows Community Church in Outing in open from 8 am to 12 noon on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. The church is located at 6297 Wood Bay Drive in Outing. For more information call 218-792-5530.

Brainerd Gamblers Anonymous Monday Night Meetings
Gamblers Anonymous meetings in Brainerd at 7 pm on Monday nights at the St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 408 N. 7th Street, Brainerd. Contact person is Sheila at 218 820-5903.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: City of Emily Yoga Classes

Introductory yoga classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Emily City Hall gym.
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 ocated 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!

FASD Caregiver Support Group
For caregivers of individuals with a diagnosed or suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Meet with other caregivers (adults only please) for support, understanding, and networking. Meetings are 9:00 am the second Saturday of each month at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 8th Ave. NE, Brainerd.

For more information, please contact Sheila York at 218-820-5903 or

Crosslake Ideal Lions
The Crosslake Ideal Lions Club meets the 2nd Wed. of every month for the board meeting at Old Milwaukee Club. On the 3rd Wed. of every month at Maucieri’s for the General Meeting. For information about joining our club please call Doreen at 218-838-8219.
Linda Ulland Memorial Scholarship application
The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association (PBSBA) provides a yearly opportunity for graduating seniors from Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus schools to apply for a $1000.00 scholarship.

The scholarship, known as the Linda Ulland Memorial Scholarship, was established by the PBSBA board shortly after Linda’s passing December 26, 2011, and has been available to seniors from these two Scenic Byway route schools since 2012. One scholarship is available each year.

Linda Ulland was instrumental in helping the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association organize as a non-profit group and in crafting the bedrock documents that continue to guide the Association today. Her dedication and many volunteer hours assured the establishment and longevity of the Scenic Byway. The Linda Ulland Memorial Scholarship provides the PBSBA with an opportunity to honor Linda’s commitment, recognize the results of that commitment, and challenge others to follow in her Paul Bunyan-sized footsteps of community service and volunteerism.

Students with a strong interest in community service and environmental issues who wish to apply for this scholarship can get an application at their high school counselor’s office or by clicking ‘scholarship application’ in the right sidebar on the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway website, .

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

The grants are funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Minnesota Board on Aging, with inkind support from the agencies they serve at.

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 therapy, 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.

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May Events

May: May is Mental Health Month: Support is Available
During May is Mental Health Month, NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and dozens of other organizations are involved in community education about mental illnesses, including creating awareness that effective treatments are available and that people can and do recover. NAMI Minnesota offers over 300 free educational classes statewide each year, along with help in navigating the mental health system. NAMI also has more than 70 free support groups living with a mental illness and their families. To reach NAMI Minnesota, call 651-645-2948 or 1-888-626-4435, or go to

May 3: Outing Seniors Club
The Outing Seniors Club will meet on May 3rd at 1:30 PM at the Crooked Lake Township Hall in Outing, MN. One topic for the business meeting will be the Outing Seniors Club annual bake and plant sale to be held on May 28th from 9:00 AM to noon at the Crooked Lake Fire Hall in Outing, MN. Membership in the Outing Seniors Club is open to all seniors 55 and older. For more information contact Club President Grace Werner at 218-792-5500.

May 5: City of Fifty Lakes Land Use Map Update Community Open House
The City of Fifty Lakes will hold an open house on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Fifty Lakes City Hall. The purpose of the open house is to review the draft land use map that has been updated to reflect proposed amendments to the land use ordinance. Various Land use districts are proposed to be removed while others are being added. With the proposed changes, many properties in the city will be reclassified. This meeting is being held to provide information to property owners regarding the proposed changes. No formal decisions will be made at the community open house.

More information regarding the proposed map and land use ordinance updates are available at city hall and online at

Property owners that are unable to attend the open house are encouraged to contact the city’s zoning administrator, Justin Burslie, at (218)763-3113 pr if they have questions regarding the land use map update.

May 5: Geritol Frolics Auditions

Are you a singer or a dancer who would like to fulfill a secret desire to perform? Are you 55 years old or older? If the answer to both questions is yes the Geritol Frolics may just be what you are looking for.

The Geritol Frolics is a vaudeville- style musical variety show that is in its 13th season at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd and will run Oct. 20-23 and 27-30, 2016.The cast of performers are a lively, fun-loving group of senior citizens age 55 and older

Auditions for the show will be held on Thursday, May 5 from 6:30-8 PM at Franklin Arts Center, 1001 Kingwood, Brainerd MN. No prior training or experience is required. Singers may bring a prepared piece if they wish.

If you can’t make it to one of the auditions or need more information call 825-3777. Come join the fun.

May 7: 4th Annual Sand Box Days!
Free Sand Box Sand: Bring the kids!
When: Saturday May 7, 2016
Where: Wild Acres Gravel Pit 7233 Wild Acres Road Pequot Lakes, MN
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Questions: 218-851-7651

Limit 5 yards of material (pick-up only)

May 10: Emily Loon Crafters Quilt Guild
The Emily Loon Crafters Quilt Guild will meet Tues. May 10th at 10:30 a.m. at Emily City Hall in the room next to the library. Members will vote for the offices of president and secretary. If you want to know the names of the candidates, please call Shirley Anderson or email Devera Gruber. Visitors and new members are welcome.

May 12: Norwegian Folk Music with Arna Rennan
Arna Rennan will be presenting a musical performance featuring translated stories about Norwegian immigrants on Thursday, May 12th at 2:00 pm at the Crosslake Community Center. Rennan will include music from a variety of genres including the simple four lined poems, broadsides, waltz tunes, vaudeville songs from “Snoose Boulevard” sung in “Swenglish” along with well-known favorites here in Minnesota.

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.

May 14: Essentia Health Hosts Annual Brainerd Lakes Bicycle Safety Clinic
Teach, Test, and Reward bike safety
Children are invited with their parents to the Brainerd Lakes Bicycle Safety Clinic from 10:00 a.m.–Noon on Saturday, May 14 at the Brainerd High School’s lower parking lot, or Brainerd High School gym in the event of inclement weather. And don’t forget to bring your bike and helmet!

Bicycling is a favorite past time for all ages, but understanding safety first is the key to staying safe and having fun! Children and their bike will visit various stations for a review of bicycle safety rules, a bicycle safety check, and be checked for a properly fitted helmet. Then they will put the knowledge they gained to the test by riding a mock course. Once complete, they will be awarded a coupon for a free Dairy Queen treat and can enter a drawing for a $100 gift certificate toward a bike purchase.

If a child does not have a bike helmet or the one they have does not fit properly, they will receive one from Essentia Health. “We are excited to bring this event to our community,” said Naomi Mowers, Trauma Coordinator at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center. “Learning bicycling safety at a young age will stick with someone for life, just like riding a bike.”

The Bicycle Safety Clinic is open to riders of all ages free of charge. The event will be held rain or shine and is brought to you by: Essentia Health, Crow Wing County Passenger Safety Coalition, Baxter Police Department, Brainerd Police Department, Brainerd Parks & Recreation, Brainerd School District 181, Easy Riders Bicycle and Sport Shop, Dairy Queen, Lakes Area Law Enforcement Association (LALEA), and Trailblazer Bikes.

“This (Bike Safety Clinic) is an opportunity for us to provide the community with injury prevention,” said Mowers. “It’s a way to actively engage kids and inform them of some of the things that they can do to prevent injuries while riding a bike.”

May 16: Laker Lions meeting
Emily,Outing,50Lakes Lions will return to their schedule of 2 meetings a month beginning May 16th. The business meeting will be at 5:30 at Granny's with the Membership meeting on May 23rd at 5:30 at Granny's with dinner following the meeting. For more information see

May 18: American Red Cross Bloodmobile: Returning to Emily Give the Gift of Life, Be a Blood Donor
Spring is here, and everyone is anxious to be outdoors and get their summer projects started. Red Cross is trying hard to once again, build up the supply of blood on hand. The need for blood is high for patients, whether it is a young child or an elderly person who may have been involved in a car accident, one who may be suffering from illness or have surgical complications or cancer. Regardless what might be the situation, the blood supply on hand for the state of MN is very low.

Red Cross lost over 30,000 units of blood due to cancellation of blood drives in MN during the winter months. We need to help eliminate the problem before someone that we know, needs an emergency transfusion.

Now is the time to make the phone call or go online at . Donors are needed for the Wednesday, May 18, 2016, Noon to 6PM Bloodmobile, being held at the new Emily City Hall, formally the Emily Charter School located at 39811 Highway #6 in Emily.

Donors need to be 17 years or older, no upper age limits, at least 110 pounds and in general good health. Sixteen year olds can now donate when a parent or guardian signs a Red Cross permission slip for them.

Four double red cell machines will be available for donors with blood types O+, O-, A- and B-. These blood types are the ones most in demand but all blood types are always needed.

Red Cross is using the appointment program for donors. Walkins are welcome and will be given the next available appointment.

Fifty-six days between Regular Single Unit blood donations and 112 days between Double Red Cell Donors are required, so anyone who donated at Emily's bloodmobile in January is also eligible to be a donor in May.

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, molasses, beans, raisins, baked potatoes, and breads and pasta made with iron-enriched flour are also 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 now hosts three bloodmobiles each year with this being the 70th held over the past 28 years. It is open to anyone; all blood types are needed. Donors are invited to help recruit new donors. Blood donors who were previously deferred, may now be eligible for the Red Cross Reinstatement program. Previous deferred donors should call the Red Cross Reinstatement Center at 866-236-3276 for instructions.

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.

Door Prize drawings will be given out to donors who sign up at the Blood Drive.

The Bloodmobile is a community project sponsored by the Emily, Outing, Fifty Lakes Lakers Lions. Fresh homemade Cookies and lemonade will be served in the canteen area.

To sign up to be a donor at Emily's blood drive please call coordinator Nancy Moritz, RN at 763-3097 or Kathy Harvet at 792-5314 for an appointment.

May 18: Crosslake Area Garden Club
Our club meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Crosslake Community Center. For more information contact Jayne at 218-763-1222.

Mark your calendars so you don't miss any of our informative meetings!

May 17: Board of Directors' Meeting location and time TBA
May 18: "Native Woodland Plants" Presenter: Cora Lee Fox
June 4: Plant Sale - 8:30-11:30 at the Crosslake Community Center Picnic Shelter
June 15: Potluck Lunch - NOON Meeting at 1:00 - Celebrating Our Club's Twentieth Birthday

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June Events

June 13-16: Vacation Bible School at Crosslake Log Church
The Crosslake Log Church (Evangelical Free Church) Invites Children to Cave Quest VBS: Following Jesus: The Light of the World!

A summer kids’ event called Cave Quest VBS will be hosted at The Log Church (Evangelical Free Church) in Crosslake, MN from June 13th to June 16th daily from 9:00am-12:00pm. At Cave Quest, kids explore what it means to follow Jesus through dark times. Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of Jesus’ love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with a Cave Quest Closing that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time at 11:30 am.

To register children for VBS, parents can either register online at or call 218-692-4141 to register.

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