Sept. 19 – Sept 30

This is an AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DONATION ALERT!  The Red Cross continues to face 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:       
   Thurs.         9/20   12:00-6:00              Maslowski Wellness & Research Ctr in Wadena
   Thurs.         9/20  11:00-5:00              Timberwood Church in Nisswa
   Fri.               9/21  1:00-5:00                Bertha-Hewitt High School in Bertha

   Tues.           9/25  12:00-6:00              American Legion in Little Falls


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:

            9/5     Wed     9:30-11:30              Pine River-Backus Family Center
9/14    Fri        10:00-12:00             Northland Area Family Center

          9/18    Tues    10-12 & 1-2:30         Pillager Family Resource Center
            9/25   Tues   9:00 – 11:00             Cass Co. Health, Human & Veteran Services
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.

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, and class costs, visit…..Upcoming classes include:
      Sat. 9/15         10:00-12:00   Flower Arranging workshop with Mary Schaefbauer

The Crossing Arts Alliance is seeking artists to make artwork for their upcoming 8x8 Art Auction and Gala Fundraiser.  Artists are asked to stop in at their facility in downtown Brainerd to pick up a canvas.  All mediums are welcome and art is due back by Sept. 28th.  Participating artists will receive a reduced entry fee to the gala, which will be held on Oct. 4th from 5:00-7:00.  Visit for info.



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. 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 Brainerd Lakes Area Growers Market is open for the season and you are invited to stop by and shop!  The market will be open from 8:00 to 12:30 every Tuesday in the Franklin Arts Center parking lot, every Thursday in the lot of the Nisswa American Legion and on Fridays at the Harley Davidson parking lot in Baxter.  You’ll be able to purchase vegetables, fruits, hanging baskets, potted flowers and plants.  You may also find fresh lettuce, green onions, asparagus, local honey, maple syrup, baked good, pork and beef.  Homemade items will also be available.   For more info, visit


The Cuyuna Range Farmers Market will be up and running each and every Saturday from 9:00-12:00 from June through October.  The market will be open to all at the Main Street Plaza in Crosby.

The City of Brainerd will begin a Farmer’s Market on Laurel in the parking lot between South 6th and South 7th Street on Laurel Street every Tues. until further notice.  Parking will be prohibited in marked areas from 2:00-8:00pm. 

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.


**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 time.

In an effort to provide a safe 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 meets 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



Crow Wing County and Lakes Area Law Enforcement have come together to introduce The Vitals App.  Vitals is the new app that helps protect people with visible and invisible conditions and disabilities by voluntarily communicating critical information to law enforcement and first responders. 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 critical 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 or text VITALS to 797979.

The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence will take place on Sat. Sept. 22nd at Mills Ford in Baxter.  “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” will open at 10:30.  Enjoy food, entertainment, a silent auction, prizes and then, the walk.  Men are encouraged to put on a pair of women’s shoes and walk a mile down the frontage road in front of Mills Ford in support of Sexual Assault Services, Inc and the Mid MN Women’s Center.  ALL are invited to participate.  Find out more at

September is National Preparedness Month.  This year’s theme is “Disasters Happen.  Prepare Now.  Learn How.”   The nationwide month long effort encourages households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies.

Crow Wing County Emergency Management Director, John Bowen, says the devastating storms and wildfires remind us of the importance of preparing for disasters.  It’s important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community.  Take time to learn lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid.  Most emergencies happen without warning.  It is important to practice an emergency plan with your whole family -  Build an emergency kit and make sure you are ready with enough supplies for at least 3 days.   Review and replace the contents of your emergency kit every six months.  Be sure to check expiration dates on food, water, batteries and medications.    Text, don’t talk.  Unless you are in danger, call 911.  Sign up for preparedness text messages.  Text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA) to receive tips. 

Young At HART is back!  If you are between the ages of 6 and 9, Young At HART has been designed just for you!  Kids will earn about dogs, cats and other pets, including how to deice which pet is best for your family, how to care for them, how to keep them healthy, how to be responsible for them, how to be safe around them, and much more!  Not only that, but kids will visit the HART animals, hang out with Chaz The HART Education Dog, make crafts, play games, read stories and have a snack.  The class meets the first Saturday of each month from 10:00-12:00 beginning OCT. 6th and running through the first Saturday in May.  The total cost of all seven classes is $50/child.  To register, call HART at 218-829-4141 or Jan at 828-3449.  All kids must be registered by Oct. 1st.



Essentia Health clinics will be offering 10-minute scheduled appointments during a flu shot clinic in the month of October.  Clinics in Baxter, Brainerd, Crosslake, Emily, Hackensack, Pequot Lakes, Pierz, Pillager and Pine River will vary with dates and times.  Call 218-828-7100 to schedule an appointment at the clinic near you.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars has TWO essay competitions each year.  The Patriot’s Pen is for students in grades 6 to 8.  They write a 300-400 word essay on the topic, “Why My Voice Matters.”  The Voice of Democracy is for grades 9-12.  They write and read a 3-5 minute essay on the topic “Why I Honor The American Flag.”  Those participating can earn scholarship dollars and maybe win a trip to the national competition in Washington D.C.  If you’d like more information on these essay contests, please visit or call Mark at 829-1326.  The deadline to submit an essay is Oct. 31st, 2018.



8/17 – 8/23


The Brainerd American Legion is hosting a huge Fall Rendezvous on Wed. Sept. 19th starting at 5:00pm.  The social hour will end and the Prime Rib & Jumbo Shrimp dinner will be served at 6:30.  They will be over 20 guns auctioned off.  Tickets are $35 and on sale at the Brainerd American Legion.

The Brainerd Chapter #738 National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet on Wed. Sept. 19th at The Skillet Restaurant in Brainerd.  Social time starts at 11:30 – lunch is served at 12:00.  The presentation will be given by Anna and Adrian – two pharmacists from Crosby, Guide Point and St. Joseph’s hospital. 

The Pequot Lakes PTA invites you to its Community Carnival on Fri. Sept. 21st at Eagle View Elementary School on Co. Rd. 11 in Breezy Point.  The carnival will feature games, a dunk tank, raffles, prizes and fun for kids from 4:00-7:00pm.  All are welcome!

The deadline of Fri. Sept. 21st is approaching fast to submit your nominations for the Distinguished Service Awards 2018.  Brainerd Community Action, in partnership with the Brainerd Jaycees, are accepting nominations for Outstanding Non-Profit of the Year, Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year and Outstanding Citizen of the Year.  .  IF you need a list of criteria for nomination someone, visit or call Holly at 829-5278. Then, to submit a letter of nomination, send it to Brainerd Community Action, c/o DSA, 213 S. 5th Street in Brainerd.


The deadline to register for this event is FRI. SEPT. 21st:  Licensed child care providers in Region 5 have an opportunity to network and learn during an upcoming event sponsored by Sourcwell (formerly NJPA).  The Regional Child Care Network Conference is for licensed child care providers in Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties.  It will be held on Sat. Sept. 29th at Sourcewell (202  12th St NE in Staples) from 8:00-3:00.  Register online at  With questions, call 218-895-4164.

It’s time for the Weaving Waters Fiber Arts Trail Fall Tour on Fri. & Sat. Sept. 21 & 22. The tour will run from 10:00-4:00 both days.  On Friday, attend a Keynote Artist Talk:  The Ways of Water, presented by Pam Collins, Fabric Artist, at 7:00 at Great River Arts in Little Falls (tickets are $8).  The tour will take guests on a number of stops in Little Falls, Randall, Brainerd, Staples, Wadena and New York Mills.  Plus, there will be a Bed Quilt Raffle at the Landmark Inn in Staples.  For more information and for tickets, visit – sponsored by Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics. 


The 2018 Walk To End Alzheimer’s is coming up on Sat. Sept. 22nd and teams are encouraged to sign up now!  Walk as an individual, or form a team, to walk with others at Forestview Middle School in Baxter.  Registration that day will start at 8:30 with the walk starting at 10:00.  Register at

On Sat. Sept. 22nd, Ripple River Gallery is holding their Fall Open House and Wild & Free Benefit fundraiser.  The event runs from 10:00-5:00 and is a celebration of the season with art, food, and fun.  In addition, if Wild & Free has any raptors that have been rehabilitated and are ready to fly, they will release the birds from 1:00-2:00.  Volunteers are needed!  They need two people from 9:30-12:30 and 2 people from 12:30-4:30.  Both shifts will greet people, share stories about Wild & Free and sell merchandise.  If you have question, contact the Garrison Animal Hospital or find them or find Wild & Free on Facebook. 

Come out and enjoy the afternoon at the 2018 Minnesota Salsa Fest at the Todd County Fairgrounds in Long Prairie.  The SalsaFest will be held Sat. Sept. 22nd from 1:00-10:00pm.  From 1:00-6:00, enjoy kids events, a farmer’s market, salsa dancing and a salsa contest.  From 6:00-9:00, listen to the music of Stearns County Pachanga Society, salsa dance, food and beverages.  Admission is just $5.  For more info, search Minnesota Salsa Fest on Facebook. 


The Brainerd Writers Alliance presents Beth Hautala, local author of Waiting for Unicorns and The Ostrich and Other Lost Things, on Sat. Sept. 22nd from 11:00-12:30 at Sage on Laurel in Brainerd.  Hautala will talk about writing fiction and the power of literature in daily life.  The event is free and open to the public.  Children are welcome.  Hautala will have books available for purchase at the event.

The Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby area law enforcement, fire and first responder groups will be conducting an “active shooter exercise” around Crosby-Ironton High School on Sat. Sept. 22nd.  CRMC says there will be increased traffic, including emergency vehicles and air medical transport services throughout the day.  The public is encouraged to remain clear of the area immediately around the high school and extending south to the practice ball field off Hematite Street until that evening. 

It’s time for the GLAR Dashing Doggie Pageant on Sun. Sept. 23rd at the Greater Lakes Association of Realtors office on Pearl Drive in Baxter.  The pageant will run from 2:00-4:00 and there is fun for all!  Food, contests, prizes, vendors, demonstrations (including a Baxter Police K9 Demo!).  Bring your dogs!  Vaccinations MUST be current and all dogs must be on a leash at all times.  The contest itself will include:  Best Dog Costume, Best Dog Trick, Softest Dog Ears, Longest Dog Tail, Best Dog Sitter, Fastest Dog-To-Master and prizes will be given to all the winners.  Registration is $10 per dog with all the proceeds from the pageant going to benefit the Heartland Animal Rescue Team, or HART.



8/24 – 8/30

Join the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, Bremer Bank and the United Way for Business After Hours on Tues. Sept. 25th at the new United Way in the Bremer Bank Non-Profit Center on South 7th Street in Brainerd.  From 4:30 to 6;00, enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and drinks, take a tour and possibly win some prizes!  There is no cost for chamber member to attend, but please RSVP online at or call829-2838.

The Nisswa Women’s Club invites you to an “Unfashionable Affair” on Thurs, Sept. 27th from 6:00-9:00pm at the Nisswa American Legion.  All are encouraged to join club members for a fun time, dressed in your out-of-date, least stylish, or most outlandish clothing.  A prize will be awarded for the most original outfit.  You’ll also enjoy karaoke with “Blue Eyes.”  Light snacks will be provided.  For more info, contact Katy at 612-242-4446.

Crosslake Days is back!  Join the fun Sept. 27-29 in Crosslake.  It will feature the annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday at noon, a Car, Truck, Motorcycle & Tractor Show along with an arts and crafts fair.  For all things Crosslake Days, visit or download the Crosslake app.  (or see possible flyer in studio)


Based on the true-life story of a horribly disfigured man who overcame personal adversity and became a celebrated part of Victorian London society, “The Elephant Man” is first up on the Brainerd Community Theater’s season of plays.  Performances begin on Thurs. Sept. 27th and continue through the 29th, resuming for three more shows Oct. 2-4.  All curtain times are at 7:30 in the Chalberg Theater on the Brainerd campus of CLC.  Purchase tickets online at or call the box office at 855-8199.

Please join the Pequot Lakes High School students and staff at their Patriot Tailgate and Homecoming Game on Fri. Sept. 28th at the Pequot Lakes High School.  Enjoy yard games for all ages, face painting for kids, purchase a T-Shirt or two and enjoy Free Food (free will donation – donations will go to the PLHS Student Council to be used for dances and other fun events to make the school year awesome!)  Everyone is welcome!  The Tailgate starts at 3:30 and goes until the football game starts at 6:00.

The Grassroots Concert Series will open its 2018 season with “Dusty Heart” (Barbara Jean and Molly Dean) on Fri. Sept. 28th at the Live Well Nightclub & Coffee Bar in the Journey Church in Nisswa.  The show will start at 7:30, and doors will open at 6:30.  Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 (with listening attention and accompanied by an adult.)

Come out of your shell and join the Fabulous Armadillos at the Little Falls Ball Room in Little Falls in support of Habitat for Humanity of Morrison County on Fri. Sept. 28th.  The doors will open at 7:00, the show (and dancing) will start at 8:00.  Tickets are $45 and include the show and late night snacks.  Cash bar will be available. Call 320-616-2084 to reserve tickets or a table OR visit for ticket sale locations. 

Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa is set to host its annual HUGE Fall Rummage Sale on Fri. & Sat. Sept 28 & 28.  All are welcome to stop and shop for an incredible amount of great items.  There is no admission fee and lots of parking is available.  They are open rain or shine and the church is handicap accessible.  The hours are Friday from 7:30am-7:30pm… and Saturday from 8:00am til 12:00 noon.  No early sales.  LCC is located on County Road 13 behind Schaefer’s Foods in Nisswa.

Save the date for Sat. Sept. 29th at Bethany Good Samaritan on Wright Street in Brainerd hosts a Founders Day Scale Model Car Show from 12:00-4:00 in its community room.  Scale model car displays, take-and-make model kits, a silent auction and refreshments are all part of the event.  The event features scale model cars of all types and eras. It’s open to the public.

The 42nd Annual “Jul Kaffe Fest” (Christmas Coffee Fest) will be held in conjunction with Crosslake Days on Sat. Sept, 29th from 8:30-2:00 at the Crosslake Lutheran Church.  A wide variety of sewing, painting and knit items will be available.  They’ll also have Fall and Christmas decorations, gifts, hand stamped greeting cards, and jewelry.  In the Bake & Candy shop, they’ll have a large variety of goodies, Jul Bread, Lefse, pies and more.  A quilt will also be raffled off – tickets available the day of the event.  Lunch will be served from 10:30 til it’s gone for just $7.00.  All proceeds from the sale stay in the Crosslake community and will help local charities. 

The Northland Arboretum and The Crossing Arts Alliance have teamed up to present “Art Walk at the Arb” on Sat. Sept. 29th.  The event will run from 12 noon to 4 pm and feature art installations and art demonstrations on the Pioneer Bend trail at the Northland Arboretum.  Advanced tickets for the event are $5 at The Crossing Arts Alliance, Northland Arboretum, Raboin & Francis Law Firm, and Lemieux Wealth Strategies. At the gate, the tickets for ages 16 and up are $10.  Kids 15 and younger are free.  In case of rain, demonstrations, interactive art and music will be moved inside to the Visitors Center.  Along with visual art, there will be live music by Common Men and Hans Blix and the Weapons Inspectors.  You are invited and encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase.