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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
Winter hours as of October 1:
Monday 10-12; Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 2-4; Thurs. Closed
Friday 9-11; Saturday 10-12

Exercise programs at City of Emily Gymnasium
No fees – join any time. Walkers are invited to use the gym during unscheduled times.

Mon & Wed 9-10 a.m. Exercise program for all fitness levels features vintage music on CD. Chairs provided.

Tue 1-3 p.m. Pickleball for all skill levels –teams or singles welcome. Watch, learn, play. Equipment provided.

Wed 10-11 a.m. Line Dance exercise for adults. Senior friendly with no experience needed.

Fri 9-11 a.m. Ladies beginner Pickleball. Learn to play. Equipment provided

‘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.

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 last Tuesday of the month
Crosslake Lutheran will be hosting a monthly Caregiver Support Group to be held on the last Tuesday of each month from 3 to 4:30 pm at the church. The group is geared to those who are caring for others with health issues and is open to all area residents.
The group is facilitated by Gail Smith, RN, and Parish Nurse, with over 45 years of clinical experience and will feature educational topics each month of interest to caregivers.
The next session will be held April 30th and will review caregiver stress and strategies to deal with issues that arise in caring for others.
If you would like to bring your loved one to the afternoon session, we will have activities for them as well so that you are able to attend. Please call 218-692-3682 if you would like to take advantage of that process or if you have questions.
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
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

Laker Lions News
Mobility Equipment available for use
The Emily, Outing, 50 Lakes Lions has mobility equipment for you to use. These articles include: Wheel Chairs, Walkers, Crutches, etc. Please contact Larry @ 218-763-5022 or Kathy @ 218-821-4668. Please call us—We are here to serve our communities.

Lakers Lions accepting recycled item donations
The Emily, Outing, 50 Lakes Lions are collecting used eye glasses to be recycled for foreign mission projects, used hearing aids to be recycled for our Hearing Foundation Projects, used cell phones to go to battered woman’s shelters, and used ink cartridges to be recycled for Pediatric cancer patients. If you have any of these items you would like to donate to the cause, please deposit these items in our donation boxes at these locations: Outing—Village Inn and Outing Station. Emily—Pine River State Bank, Ace Hardware, Kut & Kurl, Granny’s Bar and Grill, and the Emily Wesleyan Church

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Emily City Library Hours
The Emily Library is located within the Emily City Hall building and is open year round with free Wi-Fi. Hours are Mon-Wed 8 am to 4 pm, Thurs and Fri from 8 am-11:30 am, and on the 2nd Tue of the month open 8 am-8 pm or until the end of the council meeting.

Donation based Yoga
Donation based Yoga Located at 456 Birch Ave Outing - (behind Land O'Lakes).

Chair - A gentle form of Yoga practiced sitting on a chair or standing using a chair for support - Tuesday @6 pm

Flow - Tuesday @4:30 pm; Sunday @9 am
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 inkind support from the agencies they serve at.
Wednesdays: Volunteers Needed
Care-N-Share is looking for a volunteer(s) to deliver meals to four (4) residences in northern Emily and Outing on Wednesdays. Meals are packaged and ready for delivery at 4:30 PM. The driver can also receive meals. Call 218-763 2104 and leave your name and phone number for a call back or see Kent at Wednesday’s Care-N-Share.

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.
Wednesdays: Care N Share of Emily receives grant from St. Joseph’s Foundation
Come and join us Wednesdays at the Care N Share of Emily for delicious community meals from 5-6 pm in the fellowship hall of the Wesleyan Church on Highway 6. The meals are a community activity open to all. The menu and schedule are often posted on our Facebook page.

We are pleased to announce that the St Joseph’s Foundation has given us a grant of $8,000 to help continue the Care N Share meals. The Care N Share budget is only supported by St Joseph’s Foundation, Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, grants from others and donations from caring people like you.

Emily Emergency Food Shelf “Open Your Heart's Summer Challenge"
Minnesota Summers are best known for trips to the cabin, boat rides on the lake, and farmer’s market outings. Not food shelf visits. Unfortunately, that is the reality for thousands of Minnesotans. In fact, the rates at which Minnesotans visit food shelves continues to rise; reaching over 3 million visits each year.

Turn a little into a lot by donating to “Open Your Heart’s Summer Challenge” to help Minnesota food shelves during these tough summer months. Every dollar donated will go directly towards supporting Minnesota food shelves serving those in need, helping them to restock their shelves.

Donate today and make a difference for the Emily Emergency Food Shelf, P.O. Box 93, Emily, MN 56447.

USDA Rural Development has home loan and home repair funds

USDA Rural Development has funding available for very low and low-income individuals and families seeking to purchase or repair a home in a rural area.

USDA’s Direct Home Loan Program offers financing to qualified very-low and low-income applicants that are unable to qualify for traditional financing. No down payment is required, and the interest rate could be as low as one percent with a subsidy. Applicants must meet income and credit guidelines and demonstrate repayment ability. Generally, rural areas with a population less than 35,000 are eligible.

The maximum loan amount for repair is $20,000 at a one percent interest rate, repayable for up to 20 years. Grants of up to $7,500 are available to homeowners 62 and older and must be used to remove health or safety hazards, such as fixing a leaking roof, installing indoor plumbing, or replacing a furnace.

Contact a USDA Rural Development employee today in your area to see if you qualify. For more information please contact USDA Rural Development at 7118 Clearwater Road, Baxter, MN 56425 or 218-829-5965 x 4. You can also visit USDA’s website at www.rd.usda.gov/mn.

Emily Emergency Food Shelf “Open Your Heart's Summer Challenge"
Minnesota Summers are best known for trips to the cabin, boat rides on the lake, and farmer’s market outings. Not food shelf visits. Unfortunately, that is the reality for thousands of Minnesotans. In fact, the rates at which Minnesotans visit food shelves continues to rise; reaching over 3 million visits each year.

Turn a little into a lot by donating to “Open Your Heart’s Summer Challenge” to help Minnesota food shelves during these tough summer months. Every dollar donated will go directly towards supporting Minnesota food shelves serving those in need, helping them to restock their shelves.

Donate today and make a difference for the Emily Emergency Food Shelf, P.O. Box 93, Emily, MN 56447.

Donate your used eyeglasses
Crosslake Ideal Lions are collecting used eyeglasses to donate to the visually impaired. Drop off sites are located at Crosslake Drug, Crosslake Community Center, Black Ridge Bank, First National Bank, Crosslake Clinic, Reeds,and Crosslake Lutheran Church.

2019 Law Enforcement Scholarship now accepting applications
Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard would like to make the public aware that the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2019 is now accepting applications.

The Minnesota Sheriff’s Association is awarding up to 15 $600 scholarships for 2019. The scholarships will be announced by December 28th, 2019. Students currently enrolled in one of the following three categories are eligible to apply:

1. Mandated post-secondary education skills program;
2. The second year of a two-year law enforcement program; or
3. The third or fourth year of a four-year college criminal justice program.

To qualify, students must have completed at least one year of a two-year program or two years of a four-year program. Applications for the scholarship are available at the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office or online at: www.mnsheriffs.org.

MN Sheriffs’ Scholarship Programs
Sheriff Tom Burch of Cass County announced today the commencement of the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2019. Sheriff Burch proudly announced that the MSA Board of Directors has established a scholarship fund for the awarding of up to 15- $600 scholarships for this year. These scholarships are due to the coordinated efforts of the 87 Sheriffs of the State of Minnesota.

The Members of MSA gives special recognition to the financial needs of students attending the peace officer skills course, or one of the two or four year law enforcement degree colleges. “The Board of Directors feel peace officers in our democratic society have complex duties to perform” said Sheriff Burch. MSA recognizes the importance of pre-entry training for people considering law enforcement as their career choice. MSA recognizes some students need outside help in meeting the costs of such training, even though they excel academically.

The Scholarship Committee, in making its selection of awards, intends on achieving representation from all geographical areas of the state. Scholarship awards will be announced by December 28th of the same year. Application forms and a statement of procedures are available at the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Scholarships are only available to students currently enrolled in one of the following three categories:

1. Mandated POST Skills Program
2. In their second year of a two year law enforcement program.
3. In their third or fourth year of a four year college criminal justice program.

In order to qualify, students must have completed at least one year of the two year program or two years of a four year program. Students meeting these criteria are invited to obtain a scholarship application form from their local sheriff’s office or online at www.mnsheriffs.org .

Pine River-Backus Free CommUnity Meals
Free Weekly CommUnity Meals are provided every Monday, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, at the Riverside Church, located at 310 Norway Ave, in Pine River, and every Tuesday, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, at the Pine Mountaineer Senior Citizens Club, located at 131 Front Street North, in Backus. These healthy meals are Chef prepared and open to the public.

Focused on Donations to support the Meals
The Free Weekly CommUnity Meals initiative in the Pine River and Backus communities began on April 22, 2019. The overarching goal is to connect families with weekly access to restaurant quality food, prepared by area Chefs, and be a catalyst to continue building the solid network of support within our community. To date, over 4,000 individual meals have been provided to those residing in these areas. Additionally, over 1,700 hours of service have been provided by volunteers. To continue providing this valuable service to these communities we are currently accepting donations. Monetary donations can be either mailed to Community Meals, P.O. Box 1, Pine River, MN or dropped off in person at the Pine River-Backus Family Center, located at 245 Barclay Avenue, Pine River. Your support and financial contributions to this valuable community resource are both respected and deeply appreciated.

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August Events

August: Crosslake Ideal Lion selling Peaches
The peaches are coming, the peaches are coming! Crosslake Ideal Lions will be receiving their Colorado peaches at the end of August. Dates are still undetermined as we are given one days notice as to when the peaches are perfect and the truck leaves Colorado. Look for us in the Moonlight Bay parking lot in Crosslake. Prices will remain the same as 2018.

August 20: Honoring Choices Meeting hosted by CRMC

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is hosting a free meeting about end-of-life decisions on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 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. Anyone over age 18 is welcome to attend, no registration is required.

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.

Trained Honoring Choices facilitators are also available at CRMC to help people complete a Health Care Directive by appointment the first and third Monday of each month. For an appointment or more information, contact Deb Bergsnev at deb.bergsnev@cuyunamed.org or 218-851-5430.

August 21: Crosslake Ideal Lions August meeting date change
Crosslake Ideal Lions Club has changed the date of their monthly meeting in August. The Firehouse Beef Feed is scheduled on Aug. 14 and in support of this community event, the monthly Crosslake Ideal Lions meeting will be held at Mauceries on Aug. 21,2019 at 5:30.

August 21: Crosslake Area Garden Club
The Crosslake Area Garden Club meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 PM at the Crosslake Community Center. Visitors are always welcomed and members are encouraged! For more information contact Linda at 218-765-3246 or visit our website at: crosslakegarden.org. We never stop learning about our gardens & the land around us! Join Us! Summer is coming!!!

2019 Programs:
August 21st – “Beware, within the Plant Kingdom Lurks Evil”, presenter is Master Gardener, Jennifer Knutson.

September 18th – “Mushroom Madness” by Sherrie Neutz and Plant Exchange, along with sharing of our success and failures of the season.

October 16th - Program – “Tree Trimming” by Master Gardener Jackie Forsberg.

August 24: Wounded Warriors Community Breakfast
Wounded Warriors Community Breakfast at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park, Crosslake Sat., Aug. 24th 8-11am

Therapy horses from Changing Strides Therapy 9:30am to Noon Games 7:30-8:30pm

Outdoor Movie 8:30pm at the Dam

All brought to you by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Wounded Warriors Guide Service.

August 24: 15th Anniversary Motorcycle Ride for Homeless and Wounded Warriors MN
Homeless and Wounded Warriors-MN will be hosting their 15th Anniversary Motorcycle Ride for Homeless and WoundedWarriors on August 24th from 9:30-5:00.

Registration will take place either online or at the Bridge Tavern from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Ride fees are $25.00 per rider or $35 with 2-up. Early brunch by the Bridge Tavern will cost $10.00.

This is a rain or shine event so pack proper clothing. This ride will make stops at Billy's at Breezy Point, the Green Lantern between Brainerd and Garrison, 50 Lakes Bar & Liquor, 4 miles East of Emily. Final stop with silent auction and Rib Feed w/all trimmings will be at the Crosslake American Legion in Crosslake, MN.

August 24: Fifty Lakes Outdoor Market
The Fifty Lakes Outdoor Market will be held on the 2nd and 4 Saturday in May through September from 9am-Noon.

The Market is back for its 8th year. Every Market is unique and items vary each time. Baked goods, jams, crafts, gifts, garage sale, antiques, plants and even free stuff are common items.

The Market is free for anyone who would like to come set up a space. It is a wonderful small town event for people to come out and visit with friends and neighbors.

If you would like to set up a space, just show up, or call Robin with any questions at 218 851-9582.

Market dates weather permitting: May 11& 25, June 8 & 22, July 13 & 27, Aug 10 & 24, and Sept. 14 & 28

August 24: Outdoor Movies at the Crosslake Campground
Help Support this Summer Tradition!

The US Army Corps of Engineers – Crosslake Recreation Area is partnering with the Light up the Dam project to bring a 5th season of outdoor movies to Crosslake. The Light Up the Dam Team and Corps volunteers happily organize and execute the movies, but we need your help to fund expenses. 100% of additional revenue generated supports seasonal decorations at the Dam and US Army Corps properties. The event is very popularity with more than 150 residents and visitors enjoying each free showing of the monthly movies. All movies are family friendly and begin at dusk.

Sat. Aug. 24 – Dumbo (Wounded Warrior Campout Weekend)
Fri. Sept 27 – Mighty Ducks

Expenses are approximately $1,500 each season to purchase the movie copywrites, advertising and to provide complimentary kettle corn and water. Because there is no charge to attend the movies, we are seeking financial donations to cover these expenses.

Send your financial donation by June 1, 2019 made payable to: LUTD – The PAL Foundation
c/o Crosslake Chamber
PO Box 315
Crosslake, MN 56442

For more information contact Cindy Myogeto – Crosslake Chamber, cindy@crosslake.com, 218 - 692-4027
Angela Awender – US Army Corps AngelaAwender@usace.army.mil, 218 - 692-2025

August 31: Outing Clothing Closet Holds Grand-Closing Event

You are invited to THE CLOSET’s Grand-Closing Sale of gently-used adult clothing on Saturday, August 31, 2019, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at The Closet, located in the lower level of Narrows Community Church, 6297 Woods Bay Road, Outing, MN.

Everything must go, and the price is right – FREE! If able, consider a donation to Faith in Action for Cass County, whose volunteers will be helping with the sale and closing of The Closet. Everyone is welcome!

THE CLOSET has been an outreach ministry of Narrows Community Church, for the past 5 years. “The Closet helped our community to help itself by providing quality, gently loved clothing for men and women once a month,” stated Coordinator Cindy Thompson. “It was a fun way to help in our community, but after struggling to find volunteers to keep it open, we’ve decided it is time to close.”

A locally supported, nonprofit charitable organization, Faith in Action for Cass County coordinates volunteers who provide nonmedical, neighborly assistance to seniors, the disabled, and people in need throughout Cass County. Faith in Action  volunteers help with transportation, friendly visiting, respite for caregivers, light homemaking and chores, and basic home repair, and they build accessibility ramps. “Your volunteers are so friendly and always helpful” stated a woman in the Pine River area. Volunteers receive much more than scheduling coordination and recognition. It’s all about making new friends and the smiles and joy of helping others.

For more information about The Closet Close-Out call the Narrows Community Church at 218-792- 5530. Learn more about Faith in Action volunteer services and volunteer opportunities or sign up for New Volunteer Training in Outing on September 11th in Outing, or to schedule a volunteer training in your community by calling 218-675-5435 or email cassfia@uslink.net. Faith in Action is “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.”

September 5: Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Monthly Meeting
The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet on Thursday, September 5, at 1:00pm at Lord of Life Church, 6190 Fairview Rd N. Baxter. There will be a speaker from Boston Scientific presenting on Deep Brain Stimulation. This group has met for 15 years sharing information, support and concerns. Caregivers also welcome. Questions, call 218-829-4017.

September 19: "New to Medicare" classes to be held at the YMCA August and September
The Brainerd Family YMCA is hosting a Medicare Basics class. Are you just getting started? Retiring soon or planning on working longer? almost age 65?

Review the four parts of Medicare, understand enrollment timelines, etc. Sharon Notch, local Medicare De-Complicator will be presenting. Dates scheduled with limited seating: Thursday, August 15th, 5 pm or Thursday, September 19th, 5 pm

Sign-up sheets are available at the front desk at the Brainerd Family YMCA, 602 Oak Street.

Any questions, please contact Member Services, 218-454-2550. Class lasts around 1 1/4 hours.

September 9: Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Do you help an older relative or friend? Caring for someone with a chronic illness can be stressful physically, emotionally, and financially. Who takes care of you when you are feeling stretched, taking care of others? Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself. Whether you provide care for a family member or friend, either in your home or at a distance, this FREE class is for you.

Classes consist of six, 1 1/2 hour sessions held weekly.

Dates: Tuesdays: Sept 9, 16, 30 , Oct. 7 & 14 from 1:00-2:30 pm. Location: Crosslake Lutheran Church, 35960 County Road 66 Crosslake

To register contact Mary Smith (218) 203-7312, email: mary.smith@lssmn.org or Alicia Truax (218) 640-7737 email: Alicia.truax@lssmn.org

If you or your spouse are a veteran, please pre-register with Mary Smith at (218) 203-7312. There will be Americorps volunteers available to supervise calls received if needed. Please let us know prior to class.

Sponsored by Lutheran Social Service of MN. Caregiver Support and Respite Program funded under contract with the Central MN Council on Aging as part of the Older Americans Act Program.

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