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Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals to Seniors
The Senior Nutrition Site in Pequot Lakes the serves the Nisswa and Pequot Lakes area are in need of volunteers that would deliver meals to seniors Monday through Fridays. You would only need to volunteer one day a week and it only would take an hour normally. Please call 218-568-4909 and leave a message. These neighbors are depending on your help.

Eating Disorder Association Formed
The Eating Disorder Association of Central Minnesota has been organized. Their mission is to educate the public and establish a greater understanding and awareness of eating disorders, while supporting those suffering with an eating disorder and all affected by it through education and creating a network of all available treatment options.
Brain Injury Support Group
On the last Wednesday of each month there is a Brain Injury Support Group meeting from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at The Lighthouse. The address is 704 Norwood Street in Brainerd, MN. The purpose of these meetings is to share stories of living with a brain injury. They are for persons with a brain injury, their families, friends, and are open for all to attend. We provide coffee and cookies and there are no costs for persons who attend. No appointments necessary to attend and  persons with questions may call Meridith at 218-829-4492 or Russ at 218-763-3760.
MN Lyme Asso. Brainerd Lakes Chapter
The Minnesota Lyme Association Brainerd Lakes Chapter is operating a year round fundraiser to support it’s efforts in the fight against and the treatment of Lyme Disease.
Come and be a part of this effort at Papa’s Treasures of Hope, a Women’s Boutique and Thrift Shop located a 1/2 mile north of Pequot Lakes on Hwy 371.
Address is 4176 Langenbou Rd. Pequot Lakes. Hours Open are 10-4 Wed. to Sat. Volunteers always welcome.
Lyme support meetings are held every second Thursday of the month, 1:00 pm at Papa’s Treasures of Hope.

Lyme Disease Support Group
Monthly Lyme Disease Support Group meeting are the 2nd Thursdays of the month at 6 pm at the Trailside Center in Pequot Lakes. Everyone is welcome and the meetings are free.

May is Lyme Disease awareness month. We will have a garden flag available to buy for showing support for the life changing disease of Lyme. Contact Judy at 218 543-4945 for more information.
Circle of Parents free community based support groups for parents and their children
Circle of Parents is a parent support group that is open to all families in the Pequot Lakes area. Based on the statewide Circle of Parent program model the local program is free and open to all families. The Pequot Lakes Circle of Parents group meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Trailside Center. Free childcare is available.

During the once a week meetings, parents come together to exchange insights into common parenting challenges. The program is free, confidential, nonjudgmental and designed to promote positive parenting skills. To find out more about the Pequot Lakes Circle of Parent group, call Joan at (218) 821-6429. The philosophy behind Circle of Parents is sharing ideas, sharing support. Parents in the lakes area do not have to feel alone with their parenting concerns, please call or drop in for the weekly discussion.
Bereavement/Family Support Group
The Bereavement / Family Support Group will meet the third Thursday of each month, at 4 pm, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Crosslake. For more information, please call Donna Keiffer 218-821-1158.
Outing Volunteer Library
Monday 10 am - 2 pm
** Tuesday 1 pm - 4 pm
Wednesday 3-5 pm
** Thursday 1-5 pm
** Friday 9 am - 1 pm
Saturday 10 am - 1 pm

Crosslake Bereavement Group
Crosslake Evangelical Free Church “Log Church” Monday’s at 6:30 p.m. Meet in the church, use the back entrance. This is a local support group for those who have lost a loved one. Contact Jean Young 218-692-1854 if you have questions.
Pequot Lakes - Breezy Point Lions
The Pequot Lakes - Breezy Point Lions Club meets the second Monday of the month at the Pelican Lakes Conservation Club at 5:30 pm. All visitors welcome. For more information call 218-838-8002 or visit plbplionsclub. com or send an email to info@plbplionsclub.com.

Crosslake Food Shelf Needs Wool Mittens
A benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous has been making beautiful 100 percent all wool mittens which she sells to raise money to benefit the Crosslake Food Shelf.

So many mittens have been sold for this wonderful cause that there is a problem with a sufficient supply of all-wool product. 100% wool sweaters and vests are preferred. Donations of up to 1 inch buttons are also needed.

If you can help, materials may be dropped off at the Crosslake Welcome Center, Crosslake Hair Company, Haven Book Store, Frandsen Bank Crosslake, or the Crosslake Food Shelf during normal hours.

If you have any questions or need a special pick up, please call Nancy Rudberg at 218 692-2309.
Crosslake "Clothes Closet" Announces Summer Hours
Crosslake: the Clothes Closet at 37560 Ox Lake Landing announces its summer hours as the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 5 PM to 8 PM. The closet will not be open Tuesday mornings during the summer months of June, July or August.

The Closet offers clothing and shoes for men, women and children, some small appliances, kitchen items, knick knacks, etc at no charge! Donations are accepted during business hours. For information please call Dodo Fraser at 218-692-4056 or Arlyn Carlson at 218-543-6509.

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: Adult Exercise Program - Emily
FREE low-impact exercise program for men and women at the new City Hall in Emily on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9AM-10AM. (Note: Must sign waiver for City of Emily for use of city facility.)

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

Currently the Over the Hills Gang are in the process of getting a GIA trail in the Outing/Emily area.

The club is always seeking new members that want to promote safe and happy riding in the area.
Emily Food Shelf
The Emily Area Food Shelf regular hours are on the third Wednesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The additional day, will be the following Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for those who are unable to pick-up at the regular time. For more information contact Nancy Moritz, 218 763-3097.
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. Join the fun and camaraderie-become a member today!
Tuesdays: Crosslake Area MOPS
The group, which meets from 9- 11:15 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month throughout the school year at the Crosslake Log Church, is for mothers whose children range from newborn through kindergarten. Meetings include fellowship, brunch, speakers, small group discussions and crafts. Free childcare is provided.

For more information you can call the Log Church Office at (218) 692-4141 or visit their Facebook page "Crosslake Area MOPS."

Local Area AA groups
The Emily-Outing AA group meets in Emily each Sunday at the Emily Wesleyan Church 40141 Hwy 6 in Emily. Meeting time is at 4 pm. Call Rich at 218 792-5881 for more information.

The Crosslake AA and Alonon meet every Monday at 7 pm at the Crosslake Lutheran Church, information call 692-4113

The Crosslake AA also meets Tuesday night at 7 pm at the Crosslake Presbyterian Church, information call 692-1845.

Officers are Justina Richter, President; Margie Young, Vice President; Sandi Day, Secretary; and Larry Embertson, Treasurer. Support group meetings are held the first Monday of every month at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Justina at 218- 963-7421, or Margie at 218-829-3509.

Cass County Triad
Cass County Triad is a community- based partnership between senior citizens and law enforcement. The goal of Triad is to reduce criminal victimization of the elderly and to enhance communications between senior citizens and law enforcement. If you are interested in learning more about Triad, please call Pauline with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office at 218-547-7308.

Triad meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Hackensack Senior Center. Lunch is available at noon with the meeting at 1 p.m. All are welcome!
Care Center in Crosby seeks volunteers
The Care Center at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby is seeking volunteers to assist with evening activities four to five nights a month.

Volunteers are sought from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. on any evening to help get people to and from the activity center, have fun singing, dancing, or with other pastimes, and assist residents back to their room. Generally, there are more than 100 residents living at the center.

Those who are interested or would like more information may contact Activity Director Ali Engler at 545-4353 or aengler@cuyunamed.org.
Brainerd Lakes Limbs & Things support group for Amputees
Brainerd Lakes Limbs & Things is a support group being organized by Tim and Mindy Speldrich working with Amputees and local professionals to help Amputees over limb loss and family questions and struggles.

“We have been inspired by the number of people who have spoken to us since sharing our journey with the community in recent articles,” said Tim Speldrich, a below the knee (BK) amputee for 20 years and an above the knee (AK) amputee for more than 9 years. “Mindy and I have been married for 20 years and have supported one another through all things.”

Amputees and families are welcome to come to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center at 6:30 p.m. on the 1st Monday of every month in the Kerst Meeting Room located in the lower level.

For more information contact Tim at timspeldrich@gmail.com or (218) 838-8431; or Mindy at speldrichm@yahoo.com or (218) 839-1488.
Wednesdays: Farmers’ Market Wed. 9am-1pm • Crosslake Town Square
The Farmers Market is back in Town Square. The lead person for the farmers market in Crosslake passed away this winter. It took a little while to put together another group but they are back! We missed out of some of the early season items, but it is prime time now. Please show your support! Every Wednesday 9am to 1pm in the Crosslake Town Square. Any vendors interested in participating can contact Sheila at 218-839-0493 or email sheilacec@live.com
Wreaths for Graves at Fort Ripley
Emily, Outing, Fifty Lakes Lions have purchased 10 wreaths to be placed on graves of military personnel at Christmas time who have been put to rest at Fort Ripley. If you would like to submit a name of someone buried there so a wreath can be placed on their grave please see www.lakerslions.org. Click on Wreaths for Wounded Warriors and fill out the form.
Miracles Happen
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center employees have coordinated Miracles Happen/Team Zed to raise funds for the Brain Injury Alliance of Minnesota.

The team is named in honor of Zed Schweitzer, son of Mike and Lisa Schweitzer of Crosby, who was critically injured in an accident this past January. Their goal is to raise $1,000; all donations would be greatly appreciated.

To join the effort visit: www.braininjurymn.org/fundraising/campaign and select Miracles Happen/Team Zed. The annual Walk for Thought will be September 20 at Battle Creek Park in St. Paul.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: Whitefish “500”: New Groups Forming
Starting September 18 and every Thursday thereafter meet at the Crosslake Legion at 3:30 for 500. Starting September 23 and every Tuesday thereafter, meet at the Jenkins VFW at 3:30 for 500. Call Judy at 218-851-5136 to reserve a seat at either location.

Whitefish Dinner Club
Meet new single friends and fun married couples. We choose a variety of places and generally meet twice a week. Where do you prefer to dine? Locations with favorite weekly specials? By cozy fireplaces? Or with potlucks? For more information, please call Judy at 218-851-5136.

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November Events

November 26: Memory Loss Support Group
A memory loss support group for the caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s Disease, the most common form of dementia, is Wednesday, Nov. 26, from 3 to 4 p.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.

Nov 27-Dec 21: Sertoma Winter Wonderland, Drive tour of animated lit displays. Northland Arboratum, Thursdays-Saturdays, 5:30-8pm

Nov 27: Baxter Turkey Run, 5th annual. 7:30am register, 9am race, 5k run or 1-mile walk to
benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Nov 27: Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Brainerd American Legion 11am-1pm

Nov 27: Thanksgiving Dinner, Grace United Methodist, Pequot Lakes, Noon-2pm, or until food is gone. Free to the public.

Nov 28/29: Festival of Lights in Walker, MN/ Santa at Village Square from 1-3pm. Parade at 6pm

Nov 28: 24th Annual World Famous Fish House Parade, Aitkin at 1pm

Nov 28: Nisswa City of Lights – Holiday Lighting Event, activities begin at 2pm, Downtown Lights at 5:30pm

Nov 28: Lakers Lions Tree/Wreath Lot Opens in Emily – 10am

Nov 29: Crosslake Breakfast with Santa, Crosslake American Legion Post 500, 9am-Noon

November 29 and December 6: Breakfast with Santa, Christmas Bazaar and Cookie Walk
The Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion Auxiliary will host the annual Breakfast with Santa Saturday November 29 from 9 to 12 noon and their annual Christmas Bazaar and Cookie Walk Saturday December 6 from 9 am to 3 pm. Both events will be held at the Legion.

Breakfast with Santa is for area families and their children and grandchildren. Santa will be on hand to listen to all the Christmas wishes of the children as well as present each child with a gift of goodies provided by the ladies of the Auxiliary. Breakfast will be scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, juice, coffee or hot chocolate. Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children 4 - 10, free for children 3 and under. There will be a free fish pond for the children to go fishing for prizes.

The annual Christmas Bazaar and Cookie Walk will feature local crafter offering their wares for sale at the bazaar in conjunction with the annual Cookie Walk. Auxiliary members each bake seven dozen of their favorite Christmas cookies for the Cookie Walk. Customers may purchase a variety of cookies. Soup and breads will be served 11 am to 2 pm.

All proceeds of the events will go toward the Auxiliary scholarship fun. $500 scholarships will be awarded to local students in the spring of 2015.

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December Events

December 1 & 2: Auditions for Murder Mystery at CLC
Open auditions will be held for the Central Lakes College Theatre production of Agatha
Christie's 'The Mousetrap' on Monday and Tuesday, December 1 and 2, at 7 p.m. in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.

The play takes place at Monkswell Manor during a blizzard, where 7 people find themselves stranded. When one of them is murdered, a cat-and-mouse game begins involving the surviving guests and a police inspector who arrives on skis. 'The Mousetrap' is celebrating the 62nd year of a record breaking run in London's West End, during which over 25,000 performances have been given. It is quite simply a great piece of theatrical history because of what it is, a whodunit written by the greatest crime writer of all time.? There are roles for three women and five men. The production is directed by Erik Steen. Production will begin with a read-through of the play sometime prior to Christmas, with rehearsals resuming January 5, typically during weekdays. The show will perform February 12- 14 and 19-21, 2015.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script.

For more information, contact CLC Theatre Director Patrick Spradlin at 855-8255 or at pspradlin@clcmn.edu

December 1: Minnesota’s snowmobile trails open
Despite the recent snowfall throughout much of Minnesota, snowmobile trails are not yet ready for riding, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Minnesota’s snowmobile trails officially open Dec. 1; however, several conditions must be met before trails open and are ready for travel:

• Ground must be frozen allowing for crossings in wet areas.

• Trails must have adequate snow cover – about 12 inches – on the ground to allow for trail packing and grooming.

• Landowner permits that allow trails on private land must be in place.

• Trails must be cleared of dead fall, signs need to be in place and gates need to be opened.

The vast majority of the state’s 22,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trail system exists on private property with written permission from the landowner. The permission allows snowmobile use only from Dec. 1 through March 31.

When the trails open, the DNR urges early season riders to use caution. Early season trails may have fallen trees or other debris across the trails, unfrozen areas, rocks or ruts, or standing crops and closed gates.

In preparation for Dec. 1, the DNR reminds riders to verify their snowmobile registration is current. Information on registration as well as snowmobile trail maps and snowmobile safety course information are at www.dnr.state.mn.us/snowmobiling/index.html or by contacting the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or 651-296-6157, 888-646-6367, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Dec 1: Pequot Lakes School Winter Band Concert. 6th - 8th at 6 pm; High School Ensembles at 7:30pm

Dec 3: Christmas in the Park at Crosby Memorial Park 4:00-7:00 pm

December 3: Breezy Point Area Women's Club

Regular meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month and begin at 11:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. The meeting programs scheduled for 2014 are:

Dec. 3 – Annual Christmas Party/Silent Auction, location to be announced.

Membership is open to all women of the area and guests are welcome at all meetings and social events. If you are interested in becoming a member, please call 218-820-3668. If you would like to attend a meeting, please call 218-562-4111, 218-562-4991 or 218-765-3589.

December 6: Youth Snowmobile Safety Classes 2014
Youth snowmobile training classes will be held at the Emily City Hall and Community Center on December 6th, 2014 at 9:00 A.M. These classes are sponsored by the DNR in conjunction with the Emily, Outing Snowbirds. You must be 11-17 years old to attend the class. Class size is limited to 20 students maximum, so don’t be late to sign up. The training CD,s and instructions are available at the Emily City Clerk's office during regular office hours. You can also call the DNR information Center to obtain a snowmobile training CD. Their phone number is: 888 646-6367.

For more information and to sign up for the class, please call 218-763-2502.

If I am not there, leave a message and I will return your call.

Dec 6: Holiday at the Dam in Crosslake, Meet Santa, enjoy games, hot cocoa, campfire, and s’mores! 1-4pm

Dec 6: Christmas Bazaar & Bake Sale with Raffle and Cookie Walk, Crosslake American Legion Post 500, 9am-3pm.

Dec 6: 7th Annual Family Christmas Festival, Crosslake Log Church 4-8pm

Dec 6: 8th Annual Santa’s Diva Day, Christmas for Kids. Maucieri’s, Crosslake, 4-7pm

Dec 6: Pine River Business Holiday Open House Day. Free Goodies and Drawings.

Dec 6: Annual Cookie Walk, 1st Lutheran Church, Pine River, 9am-Noon

Dec 6: Holiday Craft Fair, Fifty Lakes, 10am-4pm

Dec 6: Wild Game Dinner and Silent Auction, Immaculate Heart Church, Crosslake, 5:30pm

Dec 8: Pequot Lakes School Winter Choir Concert 6th–8th at 6 p.m. – 8th Grade, Concert Choir, & Ensembles, 7 pm

December 8: Tree of Love annual fund raising event for Hospice
HomeHealth Partnership of Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is now accepting memorial and honor gifts for Tree of Love, the annual fund-raising event for Hospice. The official tree lighting and dedication of the Hospice tree is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8, at CRMC.

Following a brief ceremony inside CRMC’s main lobby, the evergreen in front of the Crosby Eye Center will be lit for those whom lights have been given. A red light bulb honors someone living and a white light bulb represents someone deceased. The program begins at 4:30 p.m. and refreshments will be available at 4:15 p.m.

Donations to the Tree of Love will benefit HomeHealth Partnership hospice care, a service of compassionate care for people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness regardless of their financial resources. Hospice involves a team approach to expert medical care, pain management, emotional and spiritual support. A vital part of hospice care is providing support to the family and loved ones of patients.

To make a contribution to Tree of Love, please send your gift before December 4 to make sure the names of loved ones are received in time for the tree lighting ceremony. Send a check in the amount of $10 for each person to be honored or remembered to: HomeHealth Partnership, 500 Heartwood Drive, Crosby, MN 56441. Provide the name of the person the gift is in memory or in honor of, and to whom a card of notification should be sent.

For more information, visit www.cuyunamed.org or call HomeHealth Partnership at 218-546-2311.

Dec 10: Christmas for Kids Party, Riverside Inn, Crosslake, 7pm

Dec 11: Crosslake Community School Winter Music Program, 2pm (dress rehearsal open to public) and performance at 6pm

Dec 12-20: Enchanted Pioneer Village, Paul Bunyan Land, every Friday and Saturday evening only, bon fire and free admission. 6-9pm

Dec 13: Parade of Lights Day, Pine River. Parade at 5pm. Fireworks at 6:25pm.
Caroling, Fireworks, Yuletide Bon Fire.

Dec 13: Santa’s Bobbin’ Into Town in Pequot Lakes! Bonfire in Trailside Park with cocoa, s’mores and caroling hosted by Ms. Pequot Lakes Royalty, 3pm-ongoing. Mrs. Claus storytime, crafts, and goodies, at the library 3-3:45pm. Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Jack Pine Center, 4-5:30pm. “Light up the Night” Parade along the Paul Bunyan Trail, 6pm

Dec 14: Crosby-Ironton High School Holiday Choir Concert (A-K 1p.m. L-Z 3pm)

Dec 15: Pine River Backus High School Holiday Concert, 7pm

Dec 17: Rock N Roll Xmas Spectacular, Tornstrom Auditorium, 7:30-9:30pm

December 17: Crosslake Area Garden Club
Our club meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Crosslake Community Center.

December 17: "Holiday Potluck" Dolmar residence - NOON.

For more information, contact Linda at 218-765-3246.

Dec 18: Eagle View Elementary School Christmas Program K-2nd 7 pm

Dec 22-31: Sertoma Winter Wonderland, Drive tour of more than 80 colorfully animated lit displays. Northland Arboratum, 5:30-8pm

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