Apr. 17 – May 6

This is an AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DONATION ALERT!  The Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for 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-CROSS to make an appointment.

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:       
     4/20         Fri.      8:00-2:00                Pierz Healy High School in Pierz

     4/23         Mon.   12:00-6:00              St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin
     4/24         Tues.  12:00-6:00              St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin
     4/24         Tues.  10:00-4:00              GLAR on Pearl Drive in Baxter
     4/25         Wed.   12:00-6:00              Verndale High School in Verndale
     4/26         Thurs. 8:30-2:30                Karvonen Funeral Home in Wadena
     4/27         Fri.      11:00-5:00              First Lutheran Church in Brainerd

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:

     4/17       Tues.  10-12 & 1-2:30         Pillager Family Resource Ctr.

     4/24         Tues.  9:00-11:00              Cass Co. Health, Human & Vet. Services - Walker
For more information, call 218-547-1340 ext. 246

The Second Saturdays, the Crossing Arts Alliance has art events for kids at their new location in downtown Brainerd (711 Laurel St.). The cost is $3 per child/$5 per family.  Recommended for ages 5-12, but all welcome with adult supervision.  Classes run from 10:00 a.m. til Noon. 

For more info., go to or call 833-0416.

**Kinship Partners is looking for mentors for a number of lakes area children who are on a waiting list.  If you would like to make the difference in the life of a child here in our community, please contact Kinship Partners.  Mentors can be individuals, couples, or families.  It doesn’t cost a lot of money, just a little of your time. Not only mentors are needed, but the Kinship Lunch Buddy program is also up and running!  Find out more about Kinship and the kids at

Adults who are grieving the death of a loved one are invited to participate in the Grief Support Group that is facilitated by a supportive and caring group of professionals.  The group is for adults who have had a relative, friend, or significant person die.  The group meets Mondays from 3:00-5:00 from April 30th through June 11th at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd.  For more information about Grief Support and to register for the seven week session, please call 218-828-7442.


Free Master Gardener classes through the UMN Extension Crow Wing County Master Gardeners will take place at the Brainerd Public Library each month in 2018 from 12:00-1:00.  Monthly presentations facilitated by certified UMN Extension Crow Wing Master Gardeners will discuss subjects ranging from garden tools to gourds.    (Schedule subject to change…check their website for updates)
     Tues. May 8                  “Growing Hardy Roses Up North” – Jackie Burkey

     Tues. June 12                 “Hostas: From Minis to Giants” – Jennifer Knutson

     Tues. July 10                  “The Moon Garden” – Jennifer Knutson

     Tues. Aug. 14                 “Outwitting Peter Rabbit and Bambi” – JoAnn Weaver

     Tues. Sept. 11                “Trees:  Choose Wisely and Plant Properly” – Jackie Burkey
     Tues. Oct. 9                    “Spring Blooming Bulbs for North. Gardens” – Jennifer Knutson

     Tues. Nov. 13                 “Worm Composting (Vermicomposting)” – Jackie Burkey

     Tues. Dec. 11                 “Holiday Pizzazz: Using Plants for Holiday Décor” JoAnn Weaver


The Crow Wing County All Veterans Memorial in Brainerd is holding a Donor Brick Program Fundraiser to present a visual experience showing respect and thankfulness to those who have and are defending our freedoms.  To honor a veteran in your life, you can purchase an engraved brick with his or her name on it to use on the walkway to the memorial.  To order a brick, log onto and click on the Bricks link.

The Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd offers workshops in a variety of mediums as part of its mission to provide arts education to the community. (For more info, visit…..Upcoming classes include:
          Apr. 28         10am            Fabric is Paint with Pam Collins

Energy Assistance funding is still available for households in Beltrami and Cass County for help with heating and electric bills. If you have not already applied this heating season and meet the income guidelines, you may be eligible. Deadline to submit applications is May 31, 2018.  For application information contact the BI-CAP Energy Assistance Program at 1-800-332-7161 or visit


4/16 – 4/22

for the 11th Annual Purses for Partners Luncheon coming up on Sat. Apr. 21st at the Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.  This luncheon and purse auction is for women and girls of ALL ages and will take place on the 21st starting at 11:15.  There will be a silent and live auction of purses and other fun accessories.  Come and support Kinship Partners with the ladies in your life.  Tickets are $40 for adults… $20 for kids.  Register now at  (Tess Taylor will emcee)

UCare of Minnesota is offering two “Medicare 101” sessions in the area and the sessions are free to attend.  The first session will be held Tues. Apr. 17th from 10:30-4:30 at the Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes.  The second will be on Mon. Apr. 30th from 10:00-3:30 at the Hallett Center in Crosby.  To register for a meeting or obtain more information, call 1-877-523-1518, ext. 200.  Seating is limited.

The Motley United Methodist Church will be hosting their Annual Spring Chicken Dinner on Wed. Apr. 18th.  The dinner will be served from 4:30-6:30 and the cost is $10 for adults…. $5 for ages 6-12… and free for those 5 and under.  All are welcome. 

The Pequot Lakes High School Robotics Team recently won the 10,000 Lakes Regional competition and are now moving on to the World’s Competition in Detroit.  However, the team was not anticipating a trip to the World’s, so they need to raise $15,000 by April 23rd.  They don’t have a ton of time and are looking for donations from friends, family, area businesses and the community.  If you can help, please call the Pequot Lakes High School at 218-568-9210.  The Dairy Queen in Pequot Lakes will also be making donations to the team with a portion of its sales on Thurs. Apr. 19th.

Let Your Light Shine!  You are invited to “The Guiding Star Project” Fundraising Banquet at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge on Fri. Apr. 27.  The featured speaker will be Abby Johnson – author of two best-selling books, Unplanned and The Walls are Talking.  There is no charge to attend, but this is an important fundraiser and there will be an opportunity to pledge your support in whatever way you are able.  Reservations are required by April 18th. There are a limited number of seats available – so make your reservations as soon as you can. For more information, go to   The mission of Guiding Star is to energize a Culture of Life that upholds the dignity and beauty of women’s feminine abilities by offering holistic care, enrichment, and empowerment for women and families.

Ann Reed returns to perform for Grassroots Concerts at the Live Well Night Club and Coffee Bar in Nisswa at 7:30 pm on Fri. Apr. 20th.  The songwriter – singer- guitarist has been a professional musician for more than 35 years, sharing her rich voice and expressive instrumentation with songs that find a permanent place in the year. General admission is $10 for adults… $5 for children under 12 when with an adult.  Doors open at 6:00.  More info at


Stage North Theater proudly presents William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” on Apr. 19th, 20th and 21st at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.  7:30 show times each night, plus a 2:00 matinee on Saturday.  General admission tickets are $10… Seniors 62+ are $9…kids 6-12 are $5.  To purchase tickets by phone or for group ticket information, call the ticket line at 218-232-6810 or visit  You can also pick up tickets at the A2Z Yarn Shop inside Franklin.  (kids under 5 not admitted).


The public is invited to come and enjoy Brainerd High School’s performance of “Grease,” the musical!  Performances are Thurs. Apr. 19th through Sat. Apr. 21st at 7:00 p.m. at Tornstrom Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors. Doors open each evening at 6:00 p.m.

Great River Strings presents “Bach to the Future”, where you can spend an evening going back in time!  The supper club fundraiser will take place at the C-I Pub in Ironton on Sat. Apr. 21st with a social hour at 5:00, Dinner at 6:00 and the Program and Dance from 7:00-9:00.  Prom attire is encouraged.  Tickets are $35 and available by calling Mary at 218-839-1085.  For more information, visit  (In addition, there will be a Great River Strings concer on Sun. Apr. 22nd at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin at 2:30.




The Brainerd Sports Boosters will present its 4th Annual Tapped & Corked Tasting Event on Sat. Apr. 21st at the Essentia Health Sports Center in Brainerd.  The event will run from 4:00-7:00 and will feature over 200 craft beers and wines.  Tickets are $35 in advance and $50 at the door and are available at Cash Wise Liquor in Brainerd or Baxter, The BHS Activities Office, at Jack Pine Brewery, Gull Dam Brewing and at Roundhouse Brewery or you can purchase them online at  Food will also be provided by a number of lakes area establishments.


Brainerd Blast Youth Soccer invites kids ages 6 through 12 to participate in the Free Indoor Soccer games every Sunday through April at Forestview Middle School in Baxter.  The next game is Sun. Apr 22nd.  The games are played from 1:00-2:00pm and are free to attend.  For more information, visit



4/23 – 4/29


On Mon. Apr. 23 from 4:00-8:00pm the amazing Taco Johns in Brainerd is donating 25% of ALL sales during that time to the Brainerd Splash Pad project.  Check out their Brainerd Splash Pad Facebook page or their website  if you have questions or want to make a tax deductible donation.  Make a splash and enjoy some good food while you’re at it!

Please join WeARE (Advocates for Reproductive Education) and their youth advisory council for the first annual Bowl-A-Thon at Jack’s House Bowling Lanes on Tues. Apr. 24th from 6:00-9:00.  Bring your friends and bowl 2 games for just $14.  Part of the proceeds go to the youth advisory council to support education efforts around STI and STD prevention, testing and treatment, healthy relationships, consent and more.  For more information, visit or call 454-1546.

Join Thelen Heating & Roofing as they host Business After Hours on Tues. Apr. 24th from 4:30-6:00 at their newly remodeled location in Brainerd.  While at this Brainerd Lakes Chamber networking event, enjoy pork sliders, chicken wings and meatballs.  Beer and wine will also be served.  As a courtesy to the host, please register for the event online at

WeARE (Adovcates for Reproductive Education) and the CLC Office of Equity and Inclusion will host an educational forum on rape culture and consent on Wed. Apr. 25th from 6:30-8pm in room E-354 at CLC in Brainerd.  The guest speaker, Kari-Shane Davis Zimmerman, is a professor at the College of St. Benedicts and an expert on sexual ethics.  The forum will conclude with a panel discussion of local experts with backgrounds in law enforcement, the court system, domestic violence and education.  All are welcome.  For more information, visit or call 454-1546.

The Blue Ox Business Academy’s SUCCESS SERIES will be hosting a session entitled “Accelerate Your Business – Six Keys to Better Strategic Execution” on Thurs. Apr. 25th at the Brainerd Lakes Chamber Administrative Office from 9:00-11:00am.  The session is $45 for chamber members…$55 for non-members.  To register, call 829-2838 or visit

The Brainerd Public Library is offering a free writing session on Wed. Apr. 25th with author Angela Foster.  The session will be entitled “Tame the Memoir Monster: What to Put In, What to Leave Out.”  The session will run from 6:00-8:00pm and will discuss memoirs and teach some quick writing exercises.  Register for the class by calling 829-5574.

Doug Allen Nash presents “Two American Icons-One Main Event” on Thurs. Mar. 26th at the National Guard Armory in Brainerd.  The event will feature music from Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond and will honor families of fallen soldiers.  Social hour starts at 5:00 followed by dinner.  The Johnny Cash tribute will start at 7:00, the tribute to Neil Diamond will start at 8:15.  Tickets are $40 and includes the meal and concerts.  Order tickets at  For more info, call 218-537-0293..All proceeds will benefit Folds of Honor and Wreaths for the Fallen. 

Celebrate the important roles that trees play in our environment at the 12th Annual Arbor day Celebration on Fri. Apr. 27th at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.  The event will run from 6:00-8:00 and will benefit the Arb.  In addition, this year’s event, with a Johnny Appleseed theme, celebrates an American legend whose efforts mark him as a leader in American conservation.  Enjoy craft beers, hard apple ciders, fine fruit wines, apple-tastic appetizers and other delicious eats from Chef Mike’s Catering.  For more info, visit or call 829-8770.

The Crossing Arts Alliance is featuring “Young At Art”, a colorful visual exhibit featuring the work of area school children.  The exhibit runs through Fri. Apr. 27th at the Crossing Arts Alliance studio in Brainerd.  For more info, visit


The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota presents “All Things Bright and Beautiful” on Fri. Mar. 27th at 7:30 at the Pequot Lakes High School Auditorium.  Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

It’s time for the 2018 Spring Lakes Area Home Tour put on by the Mid Minnesota Builders Association.  The free, self-guided tour will take guests all around the lakes area touring home with the latest trends and technology being featured by lakes area builders.  Take the tour April 27-29.  Find out more about the tour and get a map at

The Brainerd Masonic Aurora Lodge #100 will present “A Night in Monte Carlo” on Sat. Apr. 28th at the American Legion Post #255 in Brainerd.  The scholarship fundraising event will run from 6:00-9:00pm at tickets are $40.  (The ticket includes $1,000 in Gaming Chips, appetizers and a beverage).  By attending, you’ll be supporting a scholarship in Brainerd, Little Falls, Pequot Lakes, Pillager and Pine River-Backus.  Email for tickets, or pick them up in person at Domino’s (Pizza) in Brainerd or at the American Legion.

Mark your calendars for a consignment auction fundraiser on Sat. Apr. 28th at 10:00 at the Pillager Community Center on East 2nd Street South.  The auction will be both indoors and outdoors.  Items for consignment can be dropped off from 4/23 through 8:00 am on 4/28, but appointments must be made by calling Donna at 218-820-3261.  The funds raised will benefit the Pillager Fairgrounds Cass County Ag Society. 

The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota presents “All Things Bright and Beautiful” on Sat. Mar. 28th at 7:30 at the Crosby/Ironton High School.  Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Garrison Fire & Rescue will host its 31st Annual Fireman’s Ball on Sat. Apr. 28th at the Y-Club in Garrison.  Social hour starts at 5:00, Dinner will be served at 6:00.  A raffle will be held after dinner which includes the raffling of 6 guns.  Then enjoy live music from Hit Face.  Everyone is welcome.  All proceeds will benefit the Garrison Relief Association, helping fellow firefighters in need and for new equipment.

The Brainerd Writers Alliance presents Barbara Schlichting’s “Making Historical Figures Modern” on Sat. Apr. 28th at Prairie Bay in Baxter.  Schlichting is the author of “First Ladies Dollhouse” mystery series and will speak about her research and why she chose each of the individual First Ladies for the series.  The event will run from11:00-12:30 and is free to attend.  You will be able to order from Prairie Bay’s menu, if you choose.  RSVP at

The horror of Frankenstein’s monster meets the screwball comedy of Mel Brooks when Brainerd Community Theater presents “Young Frankenstein: The Musical” at Central Lakes College’s Chalberg Theater.  Enjoy the show at 7:30 Apr. 26-28 and May 3-5.  Tickets are available from the CLC Theater Box Office at 218-855-8199 or online at


Brainerd Blast Youth Soccer
invites kids ages 6 through 12 to participate in the Free Indoor Soccer games every Sunday through April at Forestview Middle School in Baxter.  The next game is Sun. Apr. 29th.  The games are played from 1:00-2:00pm and are free to attend.  For more information, visit

The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota presents “All Things Bright and Beautiful” on Sun. Mar. 29th at 3:30 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.  Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

4/30 – 5/6

UCare of Minnesota
is offering a “Medicare 101” session in the area that is free to attend.  The session will be on Mon. Apr. 30th from 10:00-3:30 at the Hallett Center in Crosby.  To register for a meeting or obtain more information, call 1-877-523-1518, ext. 200.  Seating is limited.

The Brainerd Public Library
is offering a free writing session on Wed. May 2nd with author Angela Foster.  The session will be entitled “Business Writing: How to Get Your Point Across in a Clear and Interesting Way.”  The session will run from 6:00-8:00pm.  Participants will read and discuss actual newsletters, blogs, and letter to the editor, then they will be torn up and put back together to create interesting reads.  Register for the class by calling the library at 829-5574.

Join the Alex & Brandon Child Safety Center for its Donor Recognition & Celebration on Thurs. May 3rd at the Dennis Drummond Wine Company in Brainerd.  The event will run from 5:30-7:30 and will feature entertainment, raffles, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  Tickets are $30.  Purchase tickets at the Alex & Brandon Center, Coco Moon, Dennis Drummond Wine Company or the Mid-MN Women’s Center. 

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber invites the public to a forum featuring University of MN President Eric Kaler.  The forum is entitled “The University Impact: Across the State and in the Brainerd Lakes Area” and will be held on Fri. May 4th from 11:30-1:00 at Cragun’s Resort Dining Hall.  The cost is $25 and includes lunch. 

The Good Samaritan Society Communities of Brainerd and Pine River will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser on Fri. May 4th from 5:00-7:00pm.  The cost is $8 per person and includes spaghetti, a salad, breadstick and dessert.  It will be served at the Brainerd VFW on South 6th Street in Brainerd.  Proceeds will benefit the 2018 Good Samaritan Bowl.

Join the fun at the Fillies for the Cure Derby Party on Sat. May 5th at Billy’s at Breezy Point.  The event will run from 3:00-6:00 and coincide with the Kentucky Derby.  There will be a derby hat contest for women and men, so bring your own OR have fun making your own masterpiece from a table of provided materials ($5 to make one).  A 50” TV will be raffled off and all will be entered to win a one-day rental of a Polaris SlingShot side-by-side motorcycle from the Power Lodge of Brainerd.  Fun, games and fundraising will all proceeds benefitting the Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure.  Tickets are $10 in advance OR $15 per person at the door…$25 for a couple.  Each ticket gets you a drink ticket, appetizers and entry for that door prize.

Join the fun at the 4th Annual Breezy Point Aviation Day on Sat. May 5th from 10:00-2:00.  Guests can participate in the Pilots & Friends Social, see a number of aircraft on display and enjoy a Classic Car Show.  ((The displays are static only…there will be no air show or aerobatics.)) The Breezy Point Area Women’s Club will host a bake sale as well. There will also be a pig roast in the Commander Bar parking lot starting at 12:00.  For more information, visit

It’s Back to the Basics for the Heartland Animal Rescue Team in Baxter as they hose their annual Hoofin’ It For HART companion walk on Sat. May 5th starting and ending at the Nisswa Community Center.  Registration will start at 9:30 and the walk along the Paul Bunyan Trail will start at 10:00.  Pledge form can be downloaded right now at, so start gathering funds and come join the fun!  Enjoy free coffee, juice and doughnuts before the walk.  All dogs participating must be current on vaccinations, on a leash (NO FLEXI-leads) and be able to get along with other dogs.

It’s time for Warrior Fest, Sat. May 5th at the Essentia Health Sports Center in Brainerd.  Rock out to music from One, Alive, Thundherstruck and Mad Alice!  Tickets are on sale now… $26 in advance…$36 at the door!  Get tickets at Shep’s on 6th, The Hockey House, and Cash Wise Liquor in Brainerd or Baxter.  Must be 18 or older to attend.  For more information, visit  Proceeds will benefit Brainerd Hockey and Brainerd Basketball.

The 53rd Annual Backus Firemen’s Smelt & Fish Fry will be held on Sat. May 5th starting at 4:00 at the Backus Fire Hall.  It’s all-you-can-eat!  The cost for Adults is $10 and Students $6.