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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.

Mondays and Thursdays: YOGA 101
The kind and gentle way to improve flexibility, balance, strength and breath control.
Emily City Hall
Monday & Thursday
10:30 – 11:30
Instructor: Lynne Marchese


‘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

We and you Serve!!

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.

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June Events

June 18: Adoption is Love Fund hosting free bowling for Foster & Adoptive Families
FREE Bowling in Brainerd for Foster & Adoptive Families and their loved one! Adoption Is Love Fund is hosting an event on Tuesday, June 18 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Jack’s House in Brainerd. It will be a fun evening of bowling, pizza, and prizes (winners announced at 7:30). Those interested may sign up for a bowling time slot at www.adoptionislovefund.org web site.

June 18: Pine River Watershed Alliance Annual meeting
The Pine River Watershed Alliance will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 18th at the Ideal Community Center from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. The Annual Meeting will be followed by the normal monthly Board meeting and everyone is welcome.

There will be a presentation on Understanding Soil Health by Jim Chamberlin. Jim is Program Manager with Happy Dancing Turtle, Crow Wing SWCD Supervisor, a Board member of Pine River Watershed Alliance, and he and his wife, Audra, own and operate Island Lake Farm. Chamberlin will give a basic overview on natural soil fertility and the role adaptive grazing management plays in protecting our soil and water resources.

An update on the efforts to work with local farmers and ranchers to protect and restore soil health through the Pine River One Watershed One Plan (1W1P) will follow. The proposed action steps from the 1W1P will be reviewed and discussed on how local lake associations and other organizations can participate in the implementation steps.

The Pine River 1W1P has the last open meeting for public comment scheduled for Wednesday, June 26th from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Ideal Community Center.

June 18: Cass County Community Outreach Day
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office announces that the next “Community Outreach Day” will be held Tuesday, June 18th 2019 at the Fairview Township Building located at 10219 County Road 77, between Lake Shore and East Gull Lake from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. We invite you to come and visit with Sheriff Tom Burch and members of the Sheriff’s Office staff and learn about initiatives within the Sheriff’s Office. Applications for a Permit to Carry a Firearm or Purchase a Firearm, Alarm Permit Applications and Event Permit Applications will be available. Our portable “Take It to the Box” prescription drug disposal box will be available to drop off unwanted or expired prescription drugs. Staff can assist you in signing up for our instant emergency notification program “Nixle.”

The event will be held in conjunction with an informative event hosted by Fairview Township to get the latest information and updates on the Fairview extension of the Gull Lake Trail being planned to connect the trail in East Gull Lake with the one being constructed in Lake Shore. The Cass County Election Administrator will be present to share about the newest technology in elections and other election information.

Be our guest for a light lunch of grilled hot dogs, brats and dessert!

We look forward to hearing how we can improve public safety in your neighborhoods.

June 18: Care Giver Support Group
The Monthly meeting for Caregiver support will be held June 18th at 3pm at the Crosslake Lutheran church. The topic includes safety in the home for caregivers and those we care for. THis group is for all area caregivers who are providing care for loved ones. The group is facilitated by Gail Smith RN - Parish Nurse at Crosslake Lutheran. If you would like to bring your loved one to the event, please call ahead so that we can plan a separate activity for them. Questions , please call Crosslake Lutheran church at 218-692-3682

June 19-20: LAUNDRY DAY
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Washer and dryer not working - or none available? Need to wash clothes? Then this notice is FOR YOU!

Emily Wash and Emily United Methodist Church join hands to offer “LAUNDRY DAY” on:
Wed., June 19th • 9:30 - 11am
Thursday, June 20th • 5 - 9pm
Wed., July 17th • 9:30 - 11am
Thursday, July 18th • 5 - 9pm

You do the washing, and the detergent and quarters are on us! Come on in and give us a try!  For questions, please call Emily Wash 218-736-4202.

June 19: 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:
June 19: “Roses” presented by Jackie Burkey, Master Gardener

July 17th: “Afternoon Tea & Garden Tour at JoAnn Weaver’s House” We will be meeting at the Community Center & carpooling to JoAnn’s home, meet in the parking lot by 12:30.

June 20: Cancer Support Group
Healthy herbs will be discussed and planted at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Cancer Support Group on Thursday, June 20, from 12 to 2 p.m. in the hospital’s Clinic Conference Room.

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.

June 20: WAPOA and WCYC Present Summer Seminar at Crosslake Campground
The Whitefish Chain Yacht Club and the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association are excited to announce a summer seminar at the US Army Corps of Engineers Crosslake Campground on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

The seminar “Water Safety and Water Quality – Where Do They Converge” will feature representatives from the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Water Patrol and MN DNR Conservation Officers.

The event will be held from 6 to 7 pm on June 20th at the picnic pavilion at the Campground and ice cream treats will be served to ward off the summer heat! Residents, visitors, campers are all encouraged to attend and learn about boating safety and how boating practices can affect the quality of the lakes and rivers. Come see the Sheriff’s patrol boat and other equipment used by the Sheriff and the DNR to watch over boaters and those using the lakes.

June 21-22: Screen Porch Production’s new performance: “A Sense of Place”
Screen Porch Productions brings the community a new performance event in June!

A Sense of Place: The Performance will take place at the Crooked Lake Town Hall in Outing on Friday & Saturday, June 21 & 22 at 6:30pm.

This one-of-kind theater performance uses a multi-disciplinary approach to tell the bigger story of who we are as a community, both past and present. Starting with themes and words from the 21 life-stories published in the first issue of the Porch Light written by community members of the Emily/Outing area, Therese Kunz has created a performance piece that has been described as a ‘visual interactive experience’. Interweaving recorded voices of the writers, historic and personal photos, video & sounds of the area as well as original music & songs by our composer, Patsy O’Brien, Kunz has fashioned a story that is as personal as it is universal, as historical as it is immediate. The ‘live actor’ component played by four adults and three children brings an added visual dimension making this a theater experience unlike anything else! A must see!

The tickets are $10 each and will go sale starting June 1 at The Landing in Emily. Screen Porch Productions is a nonprofit community arts organization and the proceeds will go towards the printing of the second issue of the Porch Light to come out fall of 2019. (Yes, YOUR story can be told here!) There is limited seating so it’s best to buy your tickets in advance as there will only be a few available at the door. There will be refreshments and social time too--doors open at 6:30pm.

June 21: 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.

Fri. June 21 – Wreck It Ralph
Fri. July 19 – Raiders of the Lost Ark
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

June 22: 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

June 28-29: Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Asso. to host Garage/Rummage Sale
Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association will be hosting a garage/rummage sale on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 from 8:00 am-5:00 pm and 8:00 am-2:00 pm, respectively at the Trailside Center in Pequot Lakes.

Donations for the sale are being accepted now through June 27. You many drop off items on Thursday, June 27 from 5-9 pm at the Trailside Center or if you’d like to donate before that time, you may contact Lacey at 218-851-8117. When donating items please remember they need to be in good, clean condition. We are looking for big ticket items like furniture, tools, hunting and fishing items, etc. Please no VHS tapes,  printers/computers, mattresses/box springs and only good condition children's books.

Stop by the Trailside Center for some good finds, buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win $10,000 or play some funs games for some give-aways!

June 28: Celebrate Solstice with the Lakes Area Music Festival
Tickets are on sale now for "Summer Solstice at St. Mathias”, an annual fundraising event staged by the Lakes Area Music Festival on Friday, June 28 at the Farm at St. Mathias. Proceeds from the event will support the year-round youth education programs of the Lakes Area Music Festival.

Attendees will enjoy the longest sunset of the year outdoors while enjoying a gourmet dinner, entertainment by opera superstars, and auctions, raffles and opportunities to donate.

Entertainment will be provided by internationally-performing opera singers returning to the Lakes Area Music Festival: soprano Karen Barraza, tenor Mackenzie Whitney and Festival director and baritone John Taylor Ward. Making her LAMF debut will be mezzo-soprano Kara Morgan. The quartet will perform popular arias and ensembles from operas by Mozart, Bizet, Puccini, Verdi, as well as a sample from Offenbach’s hilarious operetta La belle Hélène, to be featured at this year’s August Festival.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner and music beginning at 7 p.m. A silent auction featuring opportunities to socialize with professional musicians from the Festival roster will be open throughout the evening. Tickets for the event are $85 for individual, general-admission tickets ($75 if purchased by June 17) or $600 for a reserved table of eight. Visit www.lakesareamusic.org/events/summer-solstice

The Lakes Area Music Festival hosts various youth education programs throughout the year. The popular Explore Music day camp runs July 29 through August 2, with registration through Brainerd Community Education. Sixty elementary age students will enjoy daily activities in the creative arts, including learning about, improvising and performing music.

During the school year, the Music Mentors Project sponsors daylong residencies in area public schools by musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and Opera. Through this program over 2,500 central Minnesota students receive classroom performances, ensemble coaching and private instruction each school year.

All proceeds raised at this event will support continued expansion of the Music Mentors Project to more students and schools throughout the upcoming school year.

Summer Solstice kicks off the summer events of the Lakes Area Music Festival, with a July Prelude Series and Festival season running August 2-25. Each summer, the Festival brings more than 180 all-star artists from top orchestras and opera companies around the world to perform three weeks of classical music performances in the Brainerd Lakes Area. From chamber music and symphonic orchestra, to productions of opera and ballet that draw thousands of attendees each year, LAMF has become one of the most significant summertime destinations for classical music in the Midwest. For more information about the Lakes Area Music Festival, visit lakesareamusic.org.

June 29: NMRHA Announces Open House
The NMRHA (Model Train Museum) recently completed the outer shell of the new facility, built to replace the one lost in the June 29, 2018 fire. You may have seen the red-sided depot-style building on County Road 66 in Crosslake (the former Pineberry Plaza building).

To celebrate the progress made in the past year, an Open House will be held from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, June 29, 2019; on the one-year anniversary of the devastating fire. The building is still under construction, however, the public is invited to view the new building, the progress made, and to envision how it will look when completed. NMRHA members will share what is planned to finish the interior of the building, describe where the new layouts will be located, and provide an estimated timeline of when the building will be completed.

Members will start building new layouts as soon as the workroom is completed, then the club will be able to accept donations of used or new model trains and railroading artifacts that could be used and displayed in the new building.

If you have model trains packed away in an attic or storeroom, or have a collection of railroad related items, you could donate them and help us build our layouts and “rolling stock” and get us started quicker. Contact the club at 218-692-1900 if you have something to donate.

June 29: WAPOA to Host Annual Meeting
The WAPOA Board of Directors is pleased to announce some exciting changes for the 2019 WAPOA Annual Meeting! The meeting location will be the beautiful Social Hall at Immaculate Heart Church in Crosslake on Saturday, June 29th. A continental breakfast will be served starting at 8:00 am. There will be time to visit with representatives from local organizations and businesses including the Pine River Watershed Alliance, the Crow Wing County Sheriff, US Army Corps of Engineers, Whitefish Chain Yacht Club and many others. A short business meeting begins at 9:00 with an update on the past year’s activities and work of the Association.

At 9:30 our keynote speaker, veteran reporter Greg Vandegrift, will share stories, pictures and videos about the value of our area’s natural resources. Greg has over 25 years’ experience writing and reporting stories that affect all of us, the last 12 years as a reporter for KARE 11 in the Twin Cities. Greg has shared his passion for storytelling across the country winning national, regional, state and corporate awards.

Since 2008, Greg has shared his reporting experience as a clinical professor of broadcast journalism at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota while continuing to freelance for KARE 11. He has been a faculty member for the National Press Photographers Association’s News Video Workshop at the University of Oklahoma and in 2018, taught at the California Summer Arts Visual Storytelling Workshop at Fresno State. We are grateful and excited that Greg will be sharing his stories with us at the Annual Meeting.

Please join WAPOA at the Annual Meeting on June 29th. The meeting is open to everyone and you are urged to bring a friend or neighbor and learn more about the great work of WAPOA and its members as we continue with our mission to preserve and protect the rivers and lakes in the Pine River Watershed. Everything we do is related to protecting the quality of our waters!

Through July 4: Registration Open for WAPOA’s Grandpa's Run for the Walleye
Registration is open for the 22nd Annual Grandpa's 5K and 10K Run for the Walleye. Grandpa’s Run for the Walleye has become one of the signature events of the Crosslake 4th of July Celebration and will be held on the morning of Saturday, July 6th, the same day as the fireworks over Cross Lake. The event, based at the Crosslake Community Center, begins with the 10K run at 8:15 AM, the 5K Run/Walk at 8:30 AM and culminating with the Kids Sunfish Dash at 9:45 AM. The 5K and 10K courses are certified and races are professionally chip timed.

Register online at www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/129542/SMUCalendar or by following the link at WAPOA.org. Race day registration will be open 7:00 am until 8:00 am. The cost of registration for the 5K or 10K is $25 before June 26; $35, June 26 through Race Day. The registration fee for the Kids Sunfish Dash (up to age 10) is $7.

All 5K and 10K registrants prior to June 26 will be guaranteed their choice of a long or shortsleeved performance shirt. Early packet pick-up will be held on July 5th, at the Crosslake Community Center at 4-6pm.

Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) sponsors the race; and uses the proceeds of the race to benefit fish habitat in the Whitefish Chain of Lakes.

July 8-12: WCYC offers free Swimming Lessons
The Whitefish Chain Yacht Club is again offering swimming lessons. Classes for children 5 years of age and older are open to the public and offered at no charge.

Sessions are a half hour long, starting at 10:30 AM for the Advanced group and go until 12:30pm, finishing with the Beginners group. They are held at the Corps of Engineer Campgrounds Swimming Beach on Cross Lake and will be held regardless of weather.

To register and for more information visit wcyc.info or call Vicky Leonard at 218-543-4380

Session I July 8 - 12
Session II July 15 - 19
Session III July 22 - 26

July 26: 2nd Annual Paddle to the Moon….and back
The 2nd Annual Paddle to the Moon….and back will be held on July 26th 5-10 pm. We are looking for 100 people to paddle from the Crosslake USACE Campground to Moonlite Bar and back. The fee of $35 includes luncheon and t-shirt. All proceeds go to Saving Hearts for Suicide Prevention.

For more information and Pre-registration: go to www.active.com (type in paddle to the moon and back) or call Jim at 612-581-2144.

Our partners include: Crow Wing Kayaks/Wind, Water & Wheels, Moonlite Bar & Restaurant, Northern Lakes Embroidery, Whitefish Chain Yacht Club, USACE Recreational Area and Bent Paddle Brewery.

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