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

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

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 Hours
Summer hours :
Mon. 10-2; Tues. 9-1
Wed. 3-5; Thurs. 1-5
Fri. 9-1; Sat. 10-1

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

Free exercise opportunities for adults offered at City of Emily
Monday, Wednesday, Friday at  the City Gymnasium 9:00—9:45a.m., walk or exercise to old time music. This ongoing exercise program on CD allows you the flexibility to work at your own pace! Chairs are provided. Keep it low-impact, pick up your feet, or just walk indoors during our Minnesota-cold winter and wet spring.

NEW! Low-impact activity offered at the Emily City Gym on Thursdays at 10:45. A beginner level program on DVD will lead participants through guided exercises, such as a mile walk or low impact moves. DVDs are rotated weekly for variety. This is perfect for those who prefer a later morning activity and a complete low impact workout in under 30 min.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Yoga for Life
Integrate mind & body for peace & tranquility. Emily City Hall 9:00 - 10:15 am Tues. & Thurs. Lynne Marchese, instructor

‘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 and Al-Anon
Crosslake AA and Al-Anon meet Monday at 7:00 p.m. at CrosslakeLutheran Church. Crosslake AA Open meets Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Crosslake Presbyterian Church.  For info. AA call: 218-692-1845 or218-232-3558; Al-Anon call: 218-821-4621. 

The Closet at Narrows Community Church
If you are in need of clothes or know someone who is, The Closet, located in the lower level of Narrows Community Church in Outing, offers gently loved clothing for men and women at no charge.

Shopping hours are 8 a.m. - noon the second and fourth Saturday of each month; clean, repair free clothing donations are accepted during this time as well.

Narrows Community Church is located just north of the Outing bridge on Hwy 6, across the street from the Crooked Lake Town Hall on Woods Bay Drive NE. Follow the yellow signs!

For more information, call Pastor Stanley Mikles at 218.820.5365.

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.
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!

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 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.

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

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

Tennis in Emily Monday, Wednesday & Friday
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 at 9 AM for mixed doubles; great tennis fun and exercise. The courts are located on County Road 1 just west of Highway 6 in Emily.
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 and under the About Us tab, select Volunteer. For more information, please call 218-545-4447.

BUNCO Card Group in Crosslake
Modays at 1 pm at the Crosslake Community Center. Beginners welcome, $1 fee. Call Jena for more information: 763-441-6417

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June Events

June 5 - September 1: Cuyuna Lakes Lunch Bunch
Nutritious lunches will be available to area youth again this summer through the Cuyuna Lakes Lunch Bunch, a free program organized by area churches and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.

The lunches are available on weekdays starting Monday, June 5, through Friday, Sept. 1, with the exception of Tuesday, July 4. They will be at the following locations: 11:30 to 11:50 a.m. in Deerwood Veteran's Park across from the American Legion; 12-12:30 p.m. at Crosby Food Shelf, 302 Cross Ave.; and 12:30 to 12:50 p.m. in Ironton at Grandpa's Park behind Wells Fargo.

The Cuyuna Lakes Lunch Bunch's goal is to provide meals for students who normally receive free or reduced lunches through school programs. Fifty-seven percent of Crosby area school students receive free lunches.

The lunches are prepared and distributed by several local volunteers including members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby; Cascade Methodist Church and Salem Lutheran Church, both in Deerwood; St. Joseph Chapter of St. Vincent de Paul in Crosby and Deerwood; and employees of Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.

For more information or to contribute to the Lunch Bunch, contact Ellen Brandt at St. Vincent de Paul,

June 27: Concerned about water quality on your lake?
Meeting regarding Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement
The Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) has a mission that includes strong advocacy for actions to sustain and improve quality surface and ground water in this area. We invite our members, local government officials, lake associations, neighbors and all interested persons to attend a forthcoming workshop on Tuesday, June 27 at 2:00PM.

At this time, the Minnesota Department of Commerce is undertaking hearings about the adequacy of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Enbridge Energy’s new, expanded Line 3 proposal. The proposed new, expanded Line 3 would be constructed through roughly 35 miles of the northern part of the Pine River Watershed. This route passes near and through the area minor watersheds and catchment areas for the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, Fifty Lakes area lakes, and Outing area lakes.

The State of Minnesota is inviting interested parties to comment on the adequacy of the DEIS. The deadline for submitting written comments is July 10, 2017. We believe the proposed Line 03 route could impact the land, lakes, lives, and livelihoods of people in this area.

WAPOA is joining with Richard Smith, President of the Friends of the Headwaters (FOH), and others in conducting this workshop. The primary objectives for this workshop are to (1) provide an update on the proposed Enbridge Line 3 and the DEIS, and (2) assist interested persons and organizations to submit written comments about the adequacy or inadequate parts of the DEIS.

You should attend this event if you have an interest in ensuring that those of us in  Minnesota's lake country understand what we are facing with this oil pipeline plan and do not want to experience a disaster like the 1 million gallon 2010 Kalamazoo crude oil spill. Join us to learn more about managing water quality on our lakes and respond to the DEIS. The workshop/seminar will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, June 27 at the Crosslake Community Center, 14126 Daggett Pine Road, Crosslake, MN 56442.

June 28: Memory Loss Support Group
A memory loss support group for the caregivers of those with Alzheimer's Disease will meet on Wednesday, June 28, at 9:30 a.m. in Crosby at Heartwood Senior Living Community.

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.

The group is free and open to the public; no reservations are necessary. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. For more information, call 218-545-8522.

June 29: The age wave is happening – community resources for meeting your needs
The United Methodist Church in Emily will host “The Age Wave Workshop – Community Resources for Meeting Your Needs” on Thursday, June 29th, 3:00-4:30. The leader will be Kylie Goenner, community development specialist with the Central Minnesota Council on Aging. This is another in a series of Emily area community educational forums. The public is invited to this free event. Bring a friend.

Crow Wing and Cass Counties are changing and aging at an unprecedented rate. These changes relate to our entire communities: businesses, residential services, medical care, health resources and others. What are the many resources and programs both needed and available to meet our interests and concerns? The workshop will focus on the implications of our area’s changing demographic profile and resources for assuring our quality of life.

Crow Wing and Cass County have much to offer. Each of us benefits by our timely action. Attendees will identify resources, services and programs they can use and discover next steps they can take.

The community is invited to watch for further 2017 workshops. “Coaching for Advanced Care Planning” will be offered the first week of August and “Developing your Plan for Aging in Place,” the second week of September.

The church is located across from the Emily Post Office near the intersection of Hwy 6 and Co. Rd 1. Questions? Contact Dan Klement, 218-566-2220.

June 29: Golden Horizon’s Summer Carnival
Please join us for the Golden Horizon’s Summer Carnival on Thursday, June 29, 2017.

Events include: Presentation by Wild and Free Wildlife, Picnic with family and friends, music with Kai Allen and son, Dunk Tank, fun and games.

Activities start at 10:30 a.m. and run through 3 p.m. There is no charge for this fun filled event.

Golden Horizons Assisted Living & Specialty Care is located at 13631 East Shore Road in Crosslake.

Through July 30: Annual Children’s Workshop - Explore Music! - Opens Registration
School is almost out, but the learning has just begun at the Lakes Area Music Festival!Audiences of all ages will find numerous opportunities to experience music and the arts in a new way through the programs of the LAMF’s ninth annual season, running July 30 through August 20.

Registration is now open for Explore Music!, the Festival’s annual weeklong day camp for students entering grades 1-5. Now in its sixth year, the program will take place July 31 through August 4, from 9 a.m. to noon at Washington Educational building in Brainerd. Each day will be full of activities learning about music and the arts through numerous creative outlets including movement, dance, singing, and playing instruments – all while exercising their  creative muscles through guided improvisation. Last year’s camp sold out, so early registration is encouraged.

This invigorating musical exploration will be led by Alexander Peña, a classical musician and teaching artist from the Eastman Community School in Rochester, NY, along with his team of teachers from New York. "The Lakes Area Music Festival understands the importance of inspiring our youth and is committed to music education. Explore Music! provides Lakes Area children and their families a week of orchestral- music exploration through the lens of engaging activities in theater arts, instrumental study, visual arts, movement, voice, and more,” Peña said.

At the end of the camp, student participants will have a chance to share what they have discovered by participating in a special performance preceding the Lakes Area Music Festival’s family concert on Sunday, August 6 at 2 p.m. This concert, titled Latin Rhythms, is designed to entertain audiences of all ages and will feature conductor Marlene Pauley leading an orchestra of world-class artists in music by Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, and Latin American composers Arturo Marquez, Alberto Ginastera, and Astor Piazzolla. Like all concerts presented by the Festival, this family concert is presented free of charge ensuring complete access to any person or family interested in attending.

Explore Music! is co-sponsored with Brainerd Community Education, with support from the Five Wings Arts Council and the Twin Cities Opera Guild. To register, visit the LAMF website, or sign up through Brainerd Community Education.

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July Events

July 1: Grandpa’s Run for the Walleye
WAPOA's 20th Annual Grandpa’s Run for the Walleye will be held on Saturday, July 1st at the Crosslake Community Center. All race proceeds are designated to improve walleye habitat and water quality. Both the 5K and 10K events will be chip timed and both courses are certified by the USATF Association. The Kids’ Sunfish Dash will also be fun and exciting!

If you haven't already registered, you can register on the day of the event. Race Day registration starts at 7:00am on July 1st. The 5K and 10K registration fee is $35; $7 for the Dash. Note that no debit or credit cards are accepted on race day.

The 10K race starts at 8:15am; 5K race starts at 8:30; the Kids' Sunfish Dash starts at 9:30. Be there at least one hour prior to race time to register. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the race. Come to cheer on your friends and family as they participate. The plan is to keep the event as condensed and efficient as possible, so you have a great time and can then get right back to your 4th of July festivities!

For more information about Grandpa’s Run for the Walleye and WAPOA, go to .

July 1: Crosslake’s 47th Annual Fireworks
2017 Celebrate America at the Crosslake’s 47th Annual Fireworks on Saturday, July 1, 2017; Dusk (10:00 p.m.)

View the fireworks from the water and shores of Cross Lake. Fireworks launch from Sand Island on the south end of the lake.

2017 marks the 47th year the community of Crosslake has been celebrating Americas' freedom with a fantastic fireworks display.

Join us on Saturday, July 1, 2017 on the water or from the shores of Cross Lake to view the display from Sand Island beginning at dusk.

Please contribute to the cause. Put your extra change in specially marked donation cans at Crosslake merchants. Tax deductible contributions can be mailed to:

Fireworks - The PAL Foundation
14126 Daggett Pine Road
Crosslake, MN 56442

July 3 & 4: 2017 Stars & Stripes Days, Pequot Lakes
Fireworks, parades, entertainment! Come celebrate our Independence Day with all sorts of activities July 3 and 4 in Pequot Lakes. This two-day event is loaded with family-friendly events!

July 3rd Schedule of Events
• 5 p.m. - Food Vendors
• 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. - Beer Garden sponsored by Community Action
• 6 p.m. Bean Bag Toss Tournament ($10 per team / 2 players)
• 6:30 p.m. - Band Performance by SOLO
• After Dusk - Fireworks by Hollywood Pyrotechnics, Inc. behind the Our Saviors Lutheran Church. ***NOTE THE CHANGE IN LOCATION***

July 4th Schedule of Events
• 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Firemen's Pancake Breakfast
• 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. - Flea Market, Craft Fair & Food Vendors @ Trailside Park
• 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Bungee Trampoline & Kids Climb @ Trailside Park
• 10 a.m. - Money in the Haystack, Golden Bobber Hunt- Trailside Park North
• 10:30 - Kiddie Parade & Bed Races Registration- Band Shell
• 11:00 - Kiddie Parade, Veterans Memorial Walking Path
• 11:00 – Bed Races, Paul Bunyan Trail (north Trailside Park)
• 12 p.m. - Stars & Stripes Parade

July 4: Reading of the Declaration of Independence at Fairfield Town Hall
The annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence will be held at the Fairfield Town Hall on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.

Fairfield Town Hall is located approximately 15 miles north of Crosby or 5 miles south of Emily on Highway 6 just north of the intersection of State Highway 6 and County Road 36.

Start your holiday by acknowledging the document that established our independence as a nation no longer under colonial rule. There will also be a short program of patriotic readings and music with light refreshments to follow.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

July 10: WCYC Swimming Lessons
July 10-14: Swimming Lessons - session I at Corps of Engineers Campground.

July 17-21: Swimming Lessons - session II at Corps of Engineers Campground.

July 24-28: Swimming Lessons - session III at Corps of Engineers Campground.

Registration opens June 1, 2017

July 11-12: 2017 Bean Hole Days in Pequot Lakes, Trailside Park
Come and celebrate Bean Hole Days in Pequot Lakes July 11-12, 2017! The huge cast iron kettles of beans are buried on Tuesday, July 11 so they can cook overnight and be served free of charge on Wednesday, July 12 at noon.

It's time to dig out Thor, Big Bertha, Ole, Sven, Lena and Baby Olga for the Pequot Lakes Bean Hole Days celebration July 11-12. Since 1938, this tradition brings thousands together as they share a free lunch of baked beans, dinner roll, and beverage.

The fun begins with the Paddle Hunt - your first clue will be released at 9 a.m. July 10. Tuesday evening the baked beans are buried in the ground to cook overnight and then the huge kettles of beans are unearthed mid-morning on Wednesday. The celebration culminates with the raising of the beans, a Queen and King Bean Coronation, an arts and crafts fair, food market, children's games, and of course, lunch!

Schedule of Events:
• 5:30 Burying of the Bean Ceremony - The beans, prepared from Paul Bunyan's Secret Recipe are buried in five huge cast iron kettles and cooked over a wood fire during the night. Join us for this special ceremony!

• 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Community Picnic – Join us for our community picnic during the burying of the bean pots! Food vendors will be in the Trailside park ready to serve you your summertime favorites! Learn about our area community organizations by walking through their booths and have fun playing yard games.

• 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Beer Garden sponsored by Community Action of Pequot Lakes

• 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Crafter Show

• 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dunk Tank sponsored by Abbie Hoelscher Agency American Family Insurance

• 11:15 a.m. - Coronation Ceremony - Prince & Princess Jellybean and Crowning of the Queen or King Bean.

• 12:00 p.m. - Serving of the Beans. Friendly volunteers serve a FREE and delicious bowl of baked beans, dinner roll, and beverage to thousands of attendees.

• 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. “Memories of Elvis Show” by Chris Olson.

July 12-14 & 18-20: ‘Legally Blonde The Musical’ cast announced
PEQUOT LAKES – Director Amy Borash has announced the cast of 25 area performers for “Legally Blonde The Musical,” a musical comedy to be staged by Pequot Lakes Community Theater, on July 12-14 and 18-20 in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium.

“Legally Blonde The Musical” is an award-winning musical based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods.

The cast includes Sylvia Borash, Travis Chaput, Eric Boyles, Laura Oldham, Amanda Longie, Abigail Oldham, Brianna Engels, Mollie Pierson, Erik Paulson, Nicole Rothluetner, Sarah Ciesloa, Richard Dreissig, Shane Nieuwsma, Rina Brower Von Siebolds, Bobbi Cruikshank, Luke Munson, Zachary Bauer, Ryan Stout, Phylipe Bell, Heather Pearson, Rachel Martin, Tim Leagjeld, Laura Leckband, Shayna Schmidt, Miranda Ostlund, Caleb Christensen, Libby Borash, Aaliyah Smith, and Nariah Fett.

“Legally Blonde The Musical” follows the transformation of Malibu socialite/sorority girl Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams.

Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

The musical provides fastpaced, toe-tapping music, fun choreography, and clever humor. Assisting with the production are Lauren Nickisch as vocal director, Tim Leagjeld as set designer, and Emma Kellander as stage manager.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. July 12-14 and July 18-20. For information on tickets go to or call Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200.

The performance is sponsored by Zorbaz On The Lake and presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

July 12: Crosslake Conversations
The Crosslake Community Center program called Crosslake Conversations will take place Wednesday July 12th from 1:30-3:30.

What is Crosslake Conversations? It is...Simple conversation to share perspectives on community happenings, fun and heritage.

The program will provide a variety of topics to keep local residents up to date on current projects and initiatives that will shape the future of the Crosslake community. Crosslake Conversations will also feature a segment that will open the door to Crosslake’s past and also include a mystery topic.

Come join us for a new and exciting program on July 12th at 1:30 at the Crosslake Community Center. We will also be hosting the program in August and possibly September so look for more information on those dates soon. Admission is free!

July 15: Camp Knutson’s 14th annual Night Under the Stars
Join us and your friends July 15 for a fun filled evening at Camp Knutson’s fourteenth annual “Night Under The Stars”. “ Run for the Roses” is our Derby Theme!

We begin on the lovely grounds of Camp Knutson at 4:30pm with a wine bar and silent auction. A gourmet dinner follows with a live auction and program.

The dollars raised are used to enhance the lives of over 1500 children and teenagers that attend the camp. The camp weeks include autism, heart, cancer, Down Syndrome, and skin disease. Two new programs will be added this year for kids who are experiencing homelessness and also for those that are burn survivors. For one week a year each person attending feels comfortable as those attending are just like them.

Wear your hats and join in the party! Tickets are the following prices:
• Kentucky Derby
$85 per dinner ticket

• Preakness Stakes
$150 per dinner ticket

• Belmont Stakes
$300 per dinner ticket

• Triple Crown
$5000 for a table of 8 with VIP parking

Registration is on line starting June 1, 2017 at: or Contact Sharon Elmquist at 218 692 0142 Email:

July 19: Crosslake Area Garden Club
The Crosslake Garden Club meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Crosslake  Community Center. New members welcome. For more information contact Jayne at 218 763-1222 or visit our website at:

July 19 Meet at Reeds for a map to lunch and Coralee's house for a tour of he "Fairy Garden" No business meeting.

August 15 Board of Director's Meeting Pine Peaks at 9am.

August 16 Crosslake Community Center, 1:00 "Gifts from the Kitchen Garden" Presenter: JoAnn Weaver.

September 20 Crosslake Community Center, 1:00, Members Plant Exchange, "Our Gardens in Bloom" Presenter: Linda Thurk.

July 22: Crow Wing Paddlers schedule
Date/Day/Time/ Where/Length/Level

July 22: Saturday Afternoon Emily Lake to Mary Lake, 2-3 hours, Easy

Aug. 13: Sunday Mid Afternoon Mississippi River (Aitkin Co) 2-3 hours, Easy

Aug. 26: Saturday Mid-Afternoon Hwy 371 to 15 or Whitefish 2-3 hours, Easy

Sept. 10: Sunday 11:00 AM Rum or Snake River, 2-3 hours Easy to Moderate

September 23: Saturday Evening Cuyuna Mine Pits 1 to 3 hours, Easy

October 1: Sunday 6:00 Strawberry Lake to Star Lake Chain, 3+ hours, Easy to Moderate

All paddles subject to change due to weather, water levels, etc. Updates will be provided via email as they occur. To join, call and give us your email: 218 692-1200

Paddlepaloosa 2017. This year this fun event is adding a paddle on the Whitefish Chain. It is to be held on July 15th at 10 am. This event is open to everyone.

July 29: ELRA Annual Meeting & Silent Auction
Everyone is invited to attend the Annual Meeting on Saturday, July 29. Social/registration at 8:30 am. Meeting at 9:00 am at Emily City Hall. As an added feature this year, we will have a silent auction from donations by members and others. Proceeds benefit the Emily community by providing funds for future milfoil treatment on Lake Emily. For more information, email today.

July 30: Manoominike Giizis Feast of the Wild Rice Moon
Join Honor the Earth Executive Director, Winona LaDuke, and musical guest Annie Humphrey on July 30th at 6:00 pm at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa for a traditional indigenous feast in honor and celebration of Northern Minnesota’s clean water and wild rice harvest. This benefit dinner is one of several stops along Honor the Earth’s “Love Water Not Oil” Tour, which includes a spiritual horse ride against the current of the proposed Sandpiper and Line 3 oil pipelines; from Rice Lake Refuge (near McGregor) to Rice Lake, on the White Earth Reservation. The ride, including dinners and celebrations along the way, aims to document and raise awareness of the environmental, cultural, and economic resources of MN’s highest quality watersheds at risk due to the proposal for a new energy corridor.

The Sioux Chef, known for his “pre-colonial” inspired Native American cuisine, will prepare a meal utilizing wild and cultivated food of the Dakota and Ojibwa Tribes. The feast will include wild rice crusted red lake walleye, maple roasted sunchoke and squash, grilled native corn, wild green salad, blueberry sorbet, and much more!

If you are concerned about Northern Minnesota’s high quality watersheds, lakes, and tourist economy, and are interested in a delicious, locally made dinner, this is an event you will not want to miss. Join Honor the Earth in celebration and to support our efforts, and learn how you can become part of the movement to reroute oil pipelines from the Northern Lakes Region. Tickets $40/person; visit or for more information and to purchase tickets.

Join Honor the Earth Executive Director, Winona LaDuke on July 30th at 6:00pm at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa for a traditional indigenous feast in celebration of Northern Minnesota’s clean water and wild rice harvest. For tickets and more information visit:

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