Apr. 24 –May 7

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Visit (where you can download the FREE Red Cross Blood Donor App) or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make your appointment:

Cass 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:


Are you, or is someone you love, living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia?  If so, you are invited to a series of FREE “Get The Facts” educational classes hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association that will help you understand the disease, what you can expect, and provide you with resources.  You are not alone.  The classes meet every Tuesday from April 4 to May 2, 2017 from 6:00 p.m to 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ (415 Juniper Street) in Brainerd:
(Apr. 4              Living with Alzheimer’s – Early Stage, Part 1)
                    (Apr. 11                        Living with Alzheimer’s – Early Stage, Part 2)
                    Apr. 18 Living with Alzheimer’s – Middle Stage, Part 1
                    Apr. 25           Living with Alzheimer’s – Middle Stage, Part 2
                    May 2             Living with Alzheimer’s – Late Stage

For more information, contact Jenna at 218-722-4335 or at



Everyone deserves to feel SAFE.  If you ever find yourself in an unsafe situation and need help right away, LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICE is part of a national initiative called “SAFE PLACE” that connects teens to immediate help.  Safe Place has helped many young people dealing with abuse, neglect, bullying, homelessness and family conflict.  Just TEXT the word “SAFE” and your current location to 69866 and a text message will be sent back to you with a phone number and a Safe Place location nearest you.  Safe Place for Teens…where you can get help FAST. 

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for individuals and organizations to join the more than 45-hundred groups and 45-thousand people in the state who are volunteers with the “Adopt-A-Highway” initiative.  The program is a public service project that helps reduce litter along roadways.  Volunteers representing schools, businesses, faith-based organizations, families and individuals, clean up more than 10-thousand mile of Minnesota roadways every year.  Volunteers are asked to commit to the program for at least two years and puck up litter on both sides of the roadway at least two times per year.  Individuals and groups who want to volunteer should log on to to find their local area program director. 

The Grassroots Concerts Spring Concerts have been scheduled for the 2017 season at the Live (‘liv’) Well Night Club and Coffee Bar of the Journey Church in Nisswa.  Doors open at 6:30…music starts at 7:30.  Admission is $10 at the door.  They also collect non-perishable food items and cash for the local food shelf at ever show:     (more info at    
     Fri. Apr. 28                       Wild Ponies

The Crow Wing County Landfill has announced its summer hours and is now open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through the month of October.  On Wed. Apr. 26, a Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) event will take place where people can bring in hazardous waste to be disposed of for free.  Rid yourself of old paint, pesticides, herbicides, used oil, old gas, chemicals – all the items that you cannot put in landfills.  After that, the HHW facility will be open the 2nd Wednesday and 2nd Saturday of each month from May to October.

The Annual “Hoofin’ It For HART” companion walk is coming up on Sat. May 6 at the Community Center in Nisswa.  The theme this year is “Shelter Pets Rock:  Back to the 50’s!”  Registration starts at 9:30, the Walk starts at 10:00.  For more information or to get a pledge sheet, log on to

The Crisis Line & Referral Service has announced that it has partnered with Canvas Health to bring a new 24/8 suicide prevention texting program called TXT4LIFE (“Text for Life”) to the five-county area.  If you or someone you know is depressed and you fear that they are thinking about suicide, call the Crisis Line at 218-828-HELP or TEXT the word “LIFE” to 61222.  Text L-I-F-E to 61222.  You are not alone.

4/24 – 4/30
Cass County residents are invited to participate in some upcoming, non-partisan Listening Sessions for Greater Minnesota Concerns.  This is a chance for you to voice you concerns which will be sent to all legislators in Minnesota.  All meetings run from 6:30 to 8:30 pm…
     Tues. Apr. 25    Sylvan Town Hall in Pillager
     Tues. Apr. 25    Pike Bay Township Hall in Cass Lake
     Wed. Apr. 26     Crooked Lake Township Hall in Outing
     Thurs. Apr. 27   Loon Lake Township Hall in Pequot Lakes
     Thurs. Apr. 27    Boy Lake Township Hall in Boy River

Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea will speak at a public forum at the Chalberg Theater on the Central Lakes College campus in Brainerd on Tues, Apr. 25th at 7 p.m.   Chief Justice Gildea’s presentation will focus on the work of Minnesota’s justice system, the important role the courts play in preserving the rights and freedoms of citizens, and the critical need for an independent and impartial judiciary. Following her presentation, the Chief Justice will hold a question-and-answer session with forum attendees.  The event is free and open to the public, though seating is limited.  The forum – “An Evening with the Chief Justice” – is sponsored by the Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government. The Rosenmeier Center is a non-partisan organization that strives to educate and encourage participation of citizens in effective government and the political process.

The Evening Circle at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes is hosting a Mother/Daughter Banquet on Wed. Apr. 26th at 6:30 p.m.  The event features food, fellowship and special guest speaker Claudia Allene (“AHH-leen”).  Claudia will share her special relationship with her mother that prompted her to begin travel to 41 countries in 3 years.  Tickets are $8.00 for adults….$4.00 for students ages 6-12...  Girls 5 and under are free.  Tickets can be purchased at the church office from 8am to 12pm Monday through Friday or at the door.

(REG deadline Apr. 26)  Mary Aarlgaard and her company Play Off the Page
, with support from the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center at CLC, is offering a six-week Youth Playwright Workshop for middle school students in grades 4-9 who like to write plays.    The Class dates start Thurs. Apr. 27.  During the weeks, students can work on their own scripts or write with a classmate.  The presentation of the plays will be May 25th.  The clases meet Thursdays through May 25th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in Room E151 at CLC Brainerd campus.  The cost is $55.  To register, call 218-855-8199.

Junior Achievement is set to host its JA bigBOWL Fundraiser on Thurs. Apr. 27 at Jack’s House in Brainerd.  The bowling event will run from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  The money raised will help JA equip over 162,500 area students with the skills they need to succeed in school and beyond!  With questions, or to register for the bigBOWL 2017, call Amy at 218-454-1520 or log on to

The 3rd Annual Military Mental Health Conference, “Together – Serving Those Who Serve – The Journey from Trauma to Recovery” will be held Thurs. & Fri. Apr. 27 & 28 at the 133rd Airlift Wing in St. Paul.  The cost to attend the conference is $75 per day and scholarships are available upon request.  Lunch will be provided and Professional CEUs and post-tests will be available.  For more information and to register, log on to

The Brainerd Jaycees are hosting the 10th Annual Run for the Lakes Marathon on Sat. Apr. 29 and are in need of volunteers.  They are looking for individuals and groups to help with a number of jobs both Fri and Sat. (28&29).  If you are able to volunteer for a few hours or all day with this not-for-profit event, please send an email to  For any information regarding the Marathon, the ½ Marathon or relay, log on to

The Northland Arboretum in Brainerd will host their annual Arbor Day Wine Tasting Fundraiser on Fri. Apr. 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Northland Arboretum.  Tickets are $35 in advance OR $40 at the door.  They can be purchased now at the Arb.  Enjoy wine and craft beer sampling paired with hearty hors d’oeuvres and support the Arboretum at one of their biggest fundraisers of the year.  Each guest received a commemorative wine glass and a seedling to take home.  There will also be entertainment and a silent auction.  For more information, call the Arb at 218-829-8770.

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held to benefit the 2017 Good Samaritan Bowl on Fri. Apr. 28 at the Brainerd VFW on So. 6th. Street.  The dinner will run from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and costs $8.00 per person.  The dinner includes spaghetti, salad, a breadstick and dessert.  Entertainment will be provided by April Williams.  Pre-event tickets are available by calling the Good Sam Bowl Hotline at 218-825-2505.  Checks should be made to VFW Post 1647.


Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa will be holding its annual HUGE Spring Rummage Sale on Fri. & Sat. Apr. 28 & 29 at the church.  On Friday, the sale will run from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m…. and on Saturday, the sale will run from 8 a.m. to Noon.  No early sales will take place. Lutheran Church of the Cross is just east of Highway 371 on Co. Rd. 13 behind Schaefer’s Foods in Nisswa.  Money raised during the sale will support the ministries of LCC.

The public is invited to an Open House at the St. Mathias Community Park on Sat. Apr. 29 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.  The newly opened handicapped accessible Heritage Walking Trail is being showcased with the free, family-friendly “Come and Walk” event.  Bring your walking shoes an a picnic lunch and enjoy the picnic area, playground, ball fields and disc golf.  The event will take place rain or shine.  The park is located across the road from the St. Mathias Catholic Church on County Raod 121.  For more information, call Jan at 829-1192.


Crow Wing Energized is presenting their “GOT PLANS?” Aging Conference on Sat. Apr. 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd.  This FREE conference will help attendees learn about plan options from experts and include topics like Alzheimer’s & Trends, Resilience, Financial Funding for Care, and Advance Care Planning Q&A time.  Space is limited.  Lunch is included.  Register at

A medical benefit for Dan Carner will be held on Sat. Apr. 29 at the Pillager Community Center (inside Pillager Fairgrounds) from 2:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Dan, an avid outdoorsman, was involved in a rollover car accident in 2015 and broke his back and ribs…and he is currently dealing with many health issues and cannot work. Help Dan and his family cover some of the medical bills that have piled up over the years by attending this fundraiser pulled pork dinner, silent auction and bake sale.  The cost is a minimum $10 for adults…$5 for kids ages 6 to 12… ages 5 and under are free.  If you have questions or want to make a donation, contact Tracy at 218-537-0188.

A benefit, BBQ and Silent Auction will be held in memory of Tom Schuck on Sat. Apr. 29 at the TCBX Trucking facility on Southeast 13th Street in Brainerd.  Tom passed away suddenly of cardiac arrest on March 16th and his family is in need of financial help.  The benefit will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and the cost is $10 per ticket.  Tickets are available in advance or at the door.  Kids are welcome for $5 at the door.  Monetary donations can also be made, payable to Sandy Schuck or at any U.S. Bank branch.  For more information, call Holly at 218-829-9089.

The Good Samaritan Society-Communities of Brainerd and Pine River will be hosting their annual Bowling For Bethany on Sun. Apr. 30 and Mon. May 1 at Jack’s House in Brainerd.  Teams can bowl Sun. at 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00…or Mon. at 9am, Noon, 3pm, 5pm or 7pm.  Teams are set to bowl, but you can still make a pledge, donate a prize, sponsor a bowler, donate to the silent auction or simply make a tax deductible donation! For more information, call Liz at 825-2505.

The Brainerd Lakes Catholic Churches invite you the annual STARS Event on Sun. Apr. 30 at the St. Francis School Gym in Brainerd.  The event will feature a pig roast, live entertainment and a raffle that features prizes like a pair of Virtual Reality Glasses, a GoPro Camera and cash prizes of $500, $1,000 and $3,000!  There will also be a silent auction with many items for all ages.  Tickets are $10 for adults….ages 5 and under are free…. All the proceeds will benefit evangelization efforts and Faith Formation programs.  For more information, call 829-1340 or log on to  ((Goshey will Emcee.))


May 1 – May 7

As part of the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center’s Cultural Arts Series, The National Players will perform TWO professional productions on the same day at the Chalberg Theater at CLC Brainerd Campus.  On Tues. May 2nd, both “The Giver” and “The Grapes of Wrath” will be performed on the same day.  “The Giver” will have a 1:00 p.m. curtain….”The Grapes of Wrath” will be performed at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets for EITHER or BOTH shows can be purchased from the CLC Theater Box Office by calling 218-855-8199 or online at

The Annual Brainerd Elks Fishing Fling will be held at the Brainerd National Guard Armory in Brainerd on Wed. May 3rd and tickets are now available.  The event will start with a social hour at 5:00….Dinner at 7:00…and the Program, featuring WCCO’s Dave Mona from WCCO’s Morning Sports Huddle with Sid & Dave, will start at 8:00.  Dinner is your choice of Prime Rib or Chicken Supreme and you’ll have the chance to win a number of fabulous prizes including a trip for 4 to Voyagaire Lodge on Crane Lake!  Tickets are $60 and available through any Brainerd Elk’s Member or by calling the Brainerd Elk’s Lodge at 218-829-2642 any time after 3:oo pm.  The proceeds from the Fishing Fling go to benefit the Elk’s Youth Activity Fund that provides scholarships to area high school students and supports the State Elks Youth Camp on Pelican Lake.

The 3rd Annual Breezy Point Aviation Days will be celebrated on Sat. May 6th at the Breezy Point Airport.  The event runs from 10:00 to 2:00.  Enjoy a free pig roast at noon at the Commander Bar parking lot, see displays of aircrafts, emergency vehicles, the medi-vac helicopter, a classic car show and a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby!  Static displays only – no airshow or aerobatics.  For more info, contact Cliff at 218-838-3434.

The 2nd Annual Baxter Family Fun Color Run 2017 will take place on Sat. May 6th at Forestview Middle School in Baxter.  There will be a 1-Mile Walk/Run and a 5K Walk/Run.  The event will take place rain or shine and tickets, which are $20 for the 5K….and $15 for the 1-Mile…, are available at Baxter Elementary School or online at  (Registration must be made by April 17 to guarantee a t-shirt and swag-bag.  Day-of registration will start at 9:00a.m…. the 1-mile starts at 9:30….and the 5K starts at 10:30a.m.   All proceeds will benefit Baxter school. 

It’s time for the 52nd Annual Backus Firemen’s Smelt & Fish Fry!  The event will be held Sat. May 6th starting at 4:00 p.m. until the food runs out!  The Fry will be held at the Backus Fire Hall.  It’s All You Can Eat…and tickets are $10 for adults…..$6 for students.  All are welcome!

The Pine River Area DAC (Developmental Achievement Center) will host its 2nd Annual Vendor & Bake Sale on Sat. May 6 from 1:00 to 3:30.  The event will be held at the DAC  facility on 24th St. SW in Pine River and will feature vendors like Avon, 31, Rodan & Fields, Scentsy, LuLaRoe, Paparazzi, Young Living Oils and MANY others.  A bake sale will also take place during the event.  The proceeds will go towards a formal dance for the people they serve, which are adults with disabilities.  With questions, call 218-587-2688.

Chicago-based Celtic-American band “Switchback” will be performing on Sat. May 6th at 7:30 p.m. in the Chalberg Theater of CLC Brainerd campus.  The show, which features traditional Irish music and some humor, is part of the Cultural Arts Series at CLC.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the CLC Box Office at 855-8199 or online at

The annual Afternoon Tea for Hope fundraiser will be held on Sun. May 7th at 2:00 at the Cragun’s Legacy Pavillion.  Enjoy Sips, Sisterhood and Savories.  Tickets are $40, or a table of 8 for $280.   The proceeds from the event will go to support the Bridges of Hope Side by Side Mentoring Program.  For tickets, visit