1 PSA 22 Jan . 31 Jan. – American Red Cross and t JANUARY IS NATIONAL BLOOD DONOR MONTH he a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for continues to face eligible blood and platelet donors of all types to give NOW and help save lives. Blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Commit to give and make a difference . Use the Blood Donor App, visit or call 1 - 800 - RED RedCrossBlood.org CROSS to make an appointment. - s: Upcoming blood donation opportunitie www.redcrossblood.org (where you can download the FREE Red Cross Blood Donor Visit or call 1 - 800 App) RED - CROSS to make your appointment: - Wed. 1/23 12:00 - 6:00 St. Francis Center in Little Falls T 1/24 8:30 - 2:30 St. Francis Center in Little Falls hurs. 6:00 Thurs. 12:00 - 1/24 Motley United Methodist Church in Motley Fri. 1/25 12:00 - 6:00 Bertha - Hewitt High School in Bertha 1/31 8:00 - 2:00 Thurs. lls Camp Ripley Armory in Little Fa C ass County Public Health is hosting some upcoming walk - in Immunization Clinics for children who are on MA/MnCare or who are un - or under - insured. Select immunizations are available for adults who are un - or under - insured: Pin Wed 9:30 - 11:30 e River - Backus Family Center in P.R. Fri 10:00 12:00 Northland Area Family Center in Remer - 10 - 12 & 1 Tues 2:30 Pillager Family Resource Center / Pillager - T hurs. 9:00 – 11:00 Cass Co. Health, Human & Vet. Serv F or more information - 547 - 1340 ext. 246 , call 218 and Lakes Area Law Enforcement have come together to Crow Wing County The Vitals App introduce . Vitals is the new app that helps protect people with visible and invisible conditions and disabilities by voluntarily communicat ing critical information to law enforcement and first respond ers. Each Vitals individual is assigned a Vitals beacon that transmits a private and secure signal to authorized first responders that are within 80 feet, allowing them temporary access to critic al information that can help the individual and law enforcement de - escalate what could become a dangerous or emergency situation. To learn more, or to register . for the service, visit TheVitalsApp.com or text VITALS to 797979 In an effort to provide a sa fe environment to share stories, provide support and education to those who have lost a loved one to suicide, a Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group invites you to its bi - weekly Monday meetings on the first and third Monday of each month. The group mee ts from 7:00 - 8:30 at Lutheran Church of the Cross on County Road 13 in Nisswa. This is a group for adults only. With questions, contact Jeri Borgwarth at [email protected]
2 Brainerd Lakes Area residents are encouraged to turn in your empty toner and at either of locations (Brainerd or Aitkin) for ink jet cartridges The Office Shop Zachary Johnson Kids with recycling. By doing so, you will be helping the Cancer Fund. The fund offers grants to surrounding are a families with a dependent child (age 21 or under) who has any form of cancer. It can be used for anything that the patient or caregiver wishes. If you are interested in applying for a grant, contact Riverwood Foundation or stop at either Office Shop lo cation. Or to 927 - donate, visit RiverwoodHealthCare.org/foundation/giving or call 218 - 5158. The City of Brainerd will use Crow Wing County Alert powered by EverBridge to make sure you know about issues that may affect your safety. This system allows City of Brainerd to contact thousands of residents in seconds, so you can find the out about an emergency right away. Receive important messages from the City of minute information to - the - - Brainerd via email, phone, and much more! Get up road closures, snow emergencies, event cancellations, and about severe weather, c i.Brainerd.mn.us. much more! To register for the Crow Wing County Alert, visit Silver & Fit Tootie Harris is pleased to announce that she will be providing the at the Nisswa Community Events Center to Exercise & Healthy Aging Program help older adults achieve improved health through regular exercise. The Silver & Fit program was designed to provide Medicare beneficiaries with opportunities to improve their fitness by offering no cost or low co st access to contracted trainers across the country. The class schedule will start in January 2019 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:00. Advanced registration is required. Call Tootie at 712 - 6312 to reserve your spot today. 330 - erd Public Schools history, is made every day. The missions of History and Brain are to protect and preserve the history of BPS, its students, BPS Archives - graduates, teachers and staff through the collection and display of BPS related artifacts. John Erickson, the BPS Ar chivist & Curator, is looking for artifacts, items and donations to BPS Archives that may currently be hidden away in your attic or basement just waiting to be displayed, talked about and appreciated. If you have tos, pamphlets, pins, crowns, etc) that any items (BHS letter jackets, flyers, pho would like to donate to the cause, please call John at 218 - 330 - 1780 or send an you [email protected] . email to th The 29 Annual Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extrav aganza is set for Sat. th Jan. 26 on Gull Lake’s Hole - In - - Day Bay (ice conditions - permitting). Tickets The to participate are $50 and can be purchased on - line at IceFishing.org , or at participating businesses (Fleet Farm, Cash Wise Liquor Brd/Baxter, Holida y Stores in Baxter, Nisswa and Brainerd, S&W Bait & Tackle, and Super America in Baxter). For more information in the contest, the rules, parking, beneficiaries and more, visit www.IceFishing.org .
3 ** January i Kinship Partners is looking for s National Mentoring Month and for a number of lakes area children who are on a waiting list. If you mentors would like to make the difference in the life of a child here in our community, Mentors can be individuals, couples, or families. please contact Kinship Partners. ners.org for more It doesn’t cost a lot of money, just a little time. Visit KinshipPart information. more in 2019, please visit the If you are looking to volunteer United Way of ss County ’s website at UnitedWayNow.org. There, Crow Wing and Southern Ca you can click on the Volunteer tab. Choose the organizations you’d like to help or the people you’d like to work with and the United Way will send you notifications when volunteer opportunities arise that y ou have chosen! No commitment... Just – vis i t UnitedWayNow.org. Volunteer... make a difference Want to introduce your kids to the sport of ? You can bring your child/ren Curling Brainerd Curling Club and FREE ages 6 to 18 to the ice of the for a fun ction to the sport of Curling introdu . They’ll learn some of the rules and etiquette of the game while working on skill development. Each session will be led by experienced instructors. Participants should wear clean, rubber - soled shoes, - and warm, loose clothes. (Temp is 45). Parents can watch from the comfort fitting of the social area. The Call the Brainerd Curling Club for more information. sessions run from 2:00 to 4:00 on: Sun. Feb. 3 Sun. Feb. 4 Sun. Feb 17 Sun. Feb. 24 The in downtown Brainerd offers fun events for KIDS Crossing Arts Alliance day of the month from 10:00 to 11:30... AND from 12:00 - every second Satur 1:30. A $3 per child (or $5 per family) donation for materials is requested (but no child will be turned away for inabilit - registration IS REQUIRED for the y to pay). Pre classes. Valentine’s Arty Party Feb. 9 Mar. 9 Intro to Animation Apr. 13 Watercolor Painting May 11 Figure Studies For more information and to register (required), visit CrossingArts.org. sons for those 13 years of age or older are available at Mount Beginner Ski Les Ski Gull every Saturday from 11:30 - 1:00. The cost is $29.99/person/lesson. Lift 963 ticket and Rental are additional. Please call ahead to reserve your spot – 218 - - 4353. For more information , visit MountSkiGull.com/lessons.
4 1/21 – 1/27 Take a joy - filled ride through the musical life of Minnesota’s own Bobby Vee, performed by th his sons, nephew and grandson at a show at 7:30pm on Fri. Jan. 25 at Brainerd’s Vees “Remembering Bobby Vee” will celebrate the Tornstrom Auditorium. The Killer legacy of Bobby Vee in music, stories and video. Tickets are $25 adult / $18 Under 18 (if you purchase 10 or more adult tickets, you’ll receive a 15% discount!) Get tickets online at 8199. - CLCPerformingArts.com or call the box office at 855 are excited to announce that this year’s Ice Fishing Extravaganza The Brainerd Jaycees th at Grand View Lodge’s Gull Lake Center! The will be held on - off Party Kick Fri. Jan 25 a plated dinner at 6:30 p.m., and the main event fun starts with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., This year, they immediately following. - class entertainment will be bringing to you world provided by Jerad Sherlock Comic Magician & Illusionist. This is an amazing show that you – ! he Kick - Off Party is also a great opportunity to chat with some of the will not want to miss T best ice fishing minds in the industry, enjoy a nice evening out with friends, and most importantly, help fundraise for some great Brainerd Lakes Charitable organizations. Individual t ickets are $50 and available online at IceFishing.org. Brainerd Public Library is hosting a series of six workshops led by local indie author The Carissa Andrews to help writers out with their dreams to publish their work. The first th Sat. Jan. 26 session takes place on at 10:00 a.m. Writers ages teen and up are welcome, no matter where they are in their writing process. - 829 - Register by calling the library at 218 5574 or visit Facebook and search Brainerd Public Library. While Minnesota winter gets unde rway, local food fans can still find an outlet at the SPROUT Growers & Makers Marketplace monthly events. The launch of the 2019 th season, which includes 6 market days, one Saturday per month, takes place Sat. Jan. 26 th (609 13 Street – Door 8) in Little Falls. The from 10:00 to 3:00 at their facility marketplace is open to all community members to enjoy local shopping, live music and freshly made pizzas! For more information, visit SproutMN.com. th th Annual Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza is set for Sat. Jan. 26 The 29 on Gul l Lake’s Hole In - The - Day Bay . Tickets to participate are $50 and can be purchased - - line at IceFishing.org, or at participating businesses (Fleet Farm, Cash Wise Liquor on nerd, S&W Bait & Tackle, and Super Brd/Baxter, Holiday Stores in Baxter, Nisswa and Brai America in Baxter). For more information in the contest, the rules, parking, beneficiaries www.IceFishing.org . and more, visit Candace Simar BWA Author Talk will be taking pla ce at the Brainerd Public Library on th Sat. Jan. 26 - 4:30. Simar carries a passion for history and her Scandinavian from 2:30 heritage. Her Abercrombie Trail Series received both Spur Award and Spur Finalist Awards. “Scene: the Building Block of Story.” The event is Candace will present a short workship, free and open to the public. Pequot Lakes/ Pine River area of Timber Bay is having its 4th annual Spaghetti The th on Sat. Jan. 26 Feed/ Silent Auction Fundraiser at the Pine River American Legion from - 7 pm. Donations are suggested at $8 per person, $5 for kids, & $25 for entire 4 families. Auction items are donated new, new hand crafted, and many gift cards from our community. Funds will go towards helping their kids get to our camp and area activities. Please call Bill Agens at (218)838 - 7559 with any questions or to donate items.
5 th nd Annual Gala is scheduled for Sat. Jan. 26 The Theater & Actors Guild 2 at Breezy s a Point Resort. The Red Carpet Gala is an evening of food, friends and entertainment and i true celebration of the accomplishments of the theater family in the lakes area. This event 11:30. - is open to the public, but seating is limited to 200. The event will run from 5:30 Reserve your spot online at EventBrite.com. – 2/3 1/28 Conservation Center Minnesota Master Naturalist Long Lake , in Palisade, is hosting a Mon. Jan. 28th. Master Naturalist volunteers complete a Volunteer Training beginning - hour hands - on course with expert instructors and fellow learners – studying natural 40 , environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship. Final certification history comes with the completion of 40 hours of volunteer service. The classes will be held Monday – February 1, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For more inform ation through Friday, January 28 - MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org . For registration assistance call and register go on line go to at 320 - 589 - 1711, ext. 2120. Julie Youth On Stage Open Mic is back and ready for 2019. The next m onthly event will be Mon. Jan. 28th at the Brainerd Eagles Club. The group encourages musicians, poets, held - comedians, magicians, dancers, singers or any other family friends talent to join them from 6:30 - 8:30pm. For more info, visit YouthOnStageMN.org. The public is invited to a Neighborhood Energy Workshop on Thurs. Jan. 31st at the - Deer Creek High School in Wadena. From 5:00 7:00, enjoy a free meal and learn Wadena - , about ways to save energy and money in your home. Get help reading your utility bill learn about energy assistance and connect directly with service providers. To register, call Community Ed at 218 632 - 3232. - The visiting poet program of Central Lakes College presents poet Verse Like Water: for a Peter Balakian reading on Wed. J an. 30th in the Chalberg Theatre, 12:00pm I n addition to poetry, Balakian has written a memoir, translations and Brainerd campus. essays about arts and culture. As a young man, he inhabited a pivotal moment when he learned his grandmother had survived a Syrian dea th march, which was part of the Armenian genocide of 1915. Much of his life's work has been devoted to comprehending this horror, and the fates of nearly two million Armenians. Balakian's book “Ozone Journal” earned the Pulitzer Prize in 2016. The event is free and open to the public. 16th Annual Winterfest in Crosslake Thurs. Jan. 31st It’s time for the ! The fun runs through Sat. Feb. 2nd throughout the city of Crosslake. Hunt for the WinterFest Medallion, enjoy the fireman’s pancake breakfast, a p ond hockey tournament, bonfires with s’mores, horse drawn sleigh rides, wine and beer tasting, the SoupFest, Italian Olympics, helicopter rides (weather permitting) and fireworks. For a lineup of event offerings and times, visit Crosslake.com or download the Crosslake App on your phone. Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center presents Laurence Juber and Martin Taylor ‘Masters of the Guitar .’ The masters hit the Chalberg under the title st Fri. Feb.1 . Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. on Tickets for Master s of the Guitar are available from the CLC Theatre box office at (218) 855 - 8199 or online at www.CLCPerformingarts.com
6 The community is invited to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day at Lakes College Join CLC athletics with children’s book author Shelly Boyum - Breen Central . nd , Feb. 2 Sat. in the Chalberg Theatre, Brainerd campus. In addition to at 11:30 a.m. - reading one of her books, Boyum Breen will share with youth and families what she has always loved about playing sports and how “Shelly Bean the Sports Queen” can inspire children to persevere. Autographed books will be for sale that day following Boyum - Breen’s T hen attend the CLC Raiders women’s basketball game at 1 p.m. (to be el talk. igible for prizes!) followed by the men’s game at 3. No preregistration required. For more information, contact Jane Peterson 218.855.8210 It’s time for another Back To Basics event hosted by Happy Dancing Turtle! The 13th will tak e place on Sat. Feb. 2nd Annual Back to Basics - 5:00 at the Pine River - from 8:00 Backus School. The 45 - booth Expo is free and open to the public, however if you’d like to attend one of the many break - out sessions or workshops, you will need to register in advance. Full Day Adu lt - $30 ... Full Day Senior (60+) or Student - $25 ... Ala Carte - $6/Single Workshop, $12/Double Workshop, $9 Lunch ... - 6) - $20 ... Kids' Program (Grades K c is online at Participant registration ngTurtle.org or open all at 218 - 587 - www.HappyDanci 2303 and register over the phone. nd) The Big Event It’s a little too late to the fun AT in support of the Brainerd (on Sat. Feb. 2 Public School’s Foundation...the event is sold out...however, you can still support the cause open its online auction by bidding from afar! The Brainerd Public Schools Foundation will th Tues. Jan. 29 – at 10:00 a.m. The auction is open to anyone on attending The Big Event nd Feb. 2 OR NOT! The auction will close to all at 8:30 p.m. on Sat. - at Cragun’s when the event comes to a close. So be ready to do some bidding and support the cause. The goal for the event is to raise $55,000. Get online to BPSF.org and bid, bid, bid!
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