June 5   June 17

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:       
     6/5           Tues   10:00-4:00              CentraCare Health in Long Prairie
     6/6           Wed.   10:00-4:00              Central Lakes College/Brd Campus gym

     6/12         Tues   12:00-5:00              Brainerd High School

     6/13         Wed    11:00-5:00              First Lutheran Church in Aitkin

     6/14         Thurs  8:00-2:00                Camp Ripley Armory

     6/14         Thurs  1:00-7:00                Light of Cross Church in Garrison

     6/18         Mon     12:00-6:00              Wadena Elks Lodge in Wadena

     6/19         Tues   8:00-2:00                Wadena Elks Lodge in Wadena


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:

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. 
          June 9        Wet Felting Kids Class

July 14       Wire Sculpture Kids Class        

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.


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:

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. 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 Brainerd Lakes Area Growers Market is open for the summer 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 Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd is proud to announce that the second annual Mark Munson Memorial School of Rock will be taking place in July (2018) and are looking for students to participate!  The camp, which runs July 17-19 and 24th -26th from 12:00-4:00 at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd, brings young musicians together to work on skills needed to become a band and to perform on stage.  Under the guidance of an established local musician instructor, students in grades 5 – 12 develop skills and friendships, and rock out, learning and performing two classic rock songs.  The camp culminates with a rock concert at Tornstrom Auditorium on July 26th.  Guitarists, drummers, keyboardists and vocalists are needed!  Registration is now open.  Camp is $230/student, with scholarships available for those who can demonstrate financial need.  Enroll NOW online at or by calling 218-833-0416.



6/4 – 6/10
The Aitkin Action Alliance invites the public to a Legislative Luncheon on Thurs. June 7th at the Aitkin American Legion.  Business owners and stakeholders in the area’s economic growth are invited to hear keynote speakers and voice their legislative needs to a panel of legislators at no cost.  One-on-One sessions with legislators from 9-11 are available by appointment.  Reservations are due by JUNE 4th.  To RSVP or schedule an appointment, call the Aitkin Area Chamber at 218-927-2316.

HOPE (Healing Opportunity Provided Equally), an Aitkin non-profit working to end domestic violence and serve all those affected by it, will host an Open House on Tues. June 5th.  The open house at HOPE (formerly ADDA, or Advocates Against Domestic Abuse) will run from 3:00-6:00 at the HOPE Offices at 117 2nd Street NW in Aitkin.  Free gifts for the first 50 people and light refreshments will be provided.  

(JOCK NOTE:  Tim Hortons Purchased Advertising!!! Almost unheard of!
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On Wednesday, June 6th is Camp Day at Tim Hortons, where 100% of the proceeds from hot and iced coffee sales will go toward giving thousands of kids from low-income families a life-changing experience at a Tim Hortons Camp!  Help these children build a brighter future and unlock their hidden strengths.  Buy a coffee at Tim Hortons on June 6th and donate anytime at  You can also donate $2 and receive a bracelet to help support the cause.  Learn more, again, at

Minnesota songwriter and singer Zach Johnson will be providing a concert and talk about his experiences as a performer at the Brainerd Public Library on Thurs. June 7th at 2:00.  Johnson’s music has brought him to stages of all sizes across the country showcasing his mastery of many instruments.  Those instruments include acoustic and electric guitars, the dobro, banjo, mandolin, violin, harmonicas, drums, dulcimer, ukulele and many others.  No registration is necessary for this free Legacy Program.  For more info, call 829-5574.

Thurs. June 7th is Brewery Night with the Bemidji State University Alumni & Foundation.  The Brainerd Lakes Alumni Chapter will say Cheers To Bemidji State at the Jack Pine Brewery starting at 5:00.  The Director of Alumni Relations, Brett Bahr, will share information about the BSU Centennial, scholarships, and other upcoming alumni events in 2018. 

Get ready to have a blast as the Brainerd Lakes Area Women of Today present their 14th Annual Bachelor-Bachelorette Auction to benefit Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity!  The “Auction” will take place on Fri. June 8th at Shep’s On 6thstarting at 7:00.  Bid on a fun, so-called “date” with one of the bachelors or bachelorettes along with their amazing prize packages, which are bigger than ever!  You don’t have to be single!  Just come for the entertainment and you could win prizes!  For more info, visit

Join the fun at the 19th Annual Nisswa Stamman on Fri. & Sat., June 8th & 9th.  The Scandinavian Folk Music Festival starts Friday with music and dance workshops all day and a 7pm Concert at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa ($15/adults…$5/7-12).  Then enjoy the Old-Time Dance at the Nisswa American Legion at 9:30… only $5.   THEN

Saturday, the Stamman Parade will start at 10:00 and make its way to the Nisswa Pioneer Village where there will be Scandinavian Food Booths, a large children’s tent and a 4:45pm Smorgasbord.  Follow that with a 7pm Dance at the Nisswa Legion ($5).  For more information, visit

IT’s time for the Annual Sour Grapes Trail Run/Walk at the Northland Arboretum.  On Fri. June 8th, kids can take part in the event by participating in the 1/2Mile Kids Race (7 and under) for or the 1 Mile Kids Race (12 and Under) for only $15. Kids races start at 6:00pm.   Then at 7pm, anyone can participate in the Community “self-timed” 5K Walk ($25).  The actual Sour Grapes Half Marathon Trail Run will take place on Sat. June 9th at 7:30am.  There will also be a “half of a half” 10.55K Trail Run/Walk at the same time.  The Saturday events will cost participants $40.  To register online (BY THURS. JUNE 7), visit  To download a paper registration form, visit or pick up a form at the Arboretum.  Race day registration is available as well.  Call 829-8770 for more information.  All proceeds will benefit the Arboretum. 


Take a Kid Fishing weekend in Minnesota is June 8th-10th.  On this weekend, Minnesotans can fish without licenses if they take a child or children ages 15 or younger fishing.  Minnesota kids who are 15 and under never need a license any time of year.  Take A Kid Fishing Weekend is a way for adults and kids to fish together without the stress of buying a license. 

Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics of Brainerd/Baxter is proud to present The Van Gogh Cherrywood Challenge quilt challenge at the Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd now through June 9th.  Artists from all over the world were challenged to take inspiration from Van Gohg’s work and create their own masterpiece using the same hand dyed fabric.  This is a very rare opportunity to see the entire collection, the alliance is only one of two places getting to display the entire collection of over 200 quilts.  For more info, visit or call the Crossing Arts Alliance at 833-0416. 

The public is invited to the Project Rainbow Pride Picnic on Sat. June 9th in Brainerd at the Kiwanis Park Pavilion 1.  The picnic, which runs from 12:00-4:00, is open to everyone and will take place rain or shine. Guests will enjoy a fantastic lunch for just $5 from Bubba’s BBQ, gift bags for the first 100 guests, a raffle, silent auction, music, vendors, information booths, games for kids and more!  For more information, visit or call 218-839-6993.

Join the National Loon Center in Crosslake for some presentations this weekend.  Graduate student Elliot Charette from the University of Minnesota will host a presentation Fri. June 8th at 5:30 at Manhattan Beach Lodge focusing on a marketing and feasibility study for the National Loon Center.  Events will continue Sat. June 9th at 11:00 with the presentation “The Most Magical Bird in the World: The Common Loon.”  Presenting topic will be Dr. Jon Wefald, Mark Anderson and Melanie Underbrink and will be held at Crosslake Lutheran Church.

Saved by Strength is a competition for all shapes and sizes, all strengths and ages 16 on up. Come test your abilities in unique challenges such as the farmers carry, axle deadlift, log carry and a tire flip/sandbag medley. visit with National Strong Man competitor Karl Gillingham who will also be the judge. Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge will start the event with the National Anthem and will also compete. Prizes given in each age category. This fun and exciting event takes place Sat. June 9th  from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. Francis Health and Wellness Center in Little Falls. For more information and to register contact Jan Burley or Jay Grove at 320-632-0627; St. Francis Health and Wellness is a sponsored ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota.

6/11 – 6/17


Join Irma's Kitchen at Cragun's Resort as they host at Business After Hours on Tues. June 12th from 4:30 - 6:00 pm at their location in Cragun's Resort. Enter your business card for a chance to win a $100 or $50 gift cards to use at Irma's Kitchen! 
Irma's Kitchen, Gull Lake's freshest new restaurant is located in the former home of the Hungry Gull Restaurant the building dates back to 1926.  Everyone is invited to learn more about the Chamber and gain exposure for their business by attending this free event. Business After Hours attendees pass the microphone and introduce themselves to the group, so bring your business cards and get ready to network. Attendees are also encouraged to bring door prizes. As a courtesy to the host, advanced registration is recommended. To make your reservation, call (218) 829-2838.

Join the Brainerd Elks Lodge #615 for the traditional Flag Day Celebration on Thurs. June 14th at 4:00 on the west lawn of the Historic Crow Wing Court House.  A casual social will follow the ceremony at the Elks Lodge on South 9th Street with Burger Night that starts at 5:30 and a cash bar will be available.

“Rumors,” an adult farce written by America’s premiere comedic playwright, Neil Simon, will open Brainerd Community Theatre’s summer season on June 14. The show runs through June 16, and again from June 20-22. All performances are in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College. For showtimes and ticket information, visit or call the box office at (218) 855-8199.

Join other lakes area residents in the fight against cancer!  The Relay for Life of Crow Wing County will be held Fri. June 15th from 5:00PM to 2:30 AM at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds in Brainerd.  Not only will funds be raised for the American Cancer Society, but there will be entertainment, music, a silent auction, games and fun for the whole family throughout the event.  For more info about the event or how to get involved, send an emal to or visit

Relay for Life of Crow Wing County will host a community picnic on Fri. June 15th at the Crow Wing County Fair Grounds.  Opening ceremonies and a cancer survivor celebration will start at 6:00 with the picnic to follow.  The menu will include pulled pork, hot dogs, coleslaw, mac and cheese, chips and a dessert.  Cost of the catered picnic meal is $10.  It will be free for cancer survivors and one of their caregivers.  RSVPs are required by sending an email to

The Little Miss & Mister 4th of July Pageant will be held on Sat. June 21st at the Westgate Mall in Brainerd, but the deadline to register your little ones is Fri. June 15th.  The pageant is for boys and girls ages 4 to 8.  Participants are asked to show off their patriotic side by dressing up in their favorite red, white, and blue apparel and will be escorted on stage by a current title holder.  Those who participate will receive a free gift and the ones who win the crown will ride in the 4th of July Parade in Brainerd.  Find entry forms at or call Holly at 829-5278. The pageant will be on the 21st at the mall from 1:00-3:00.



The Brainerd American Legion Post 255 Riders are hosting a 100 Mile Benghazi Memorial Motorcycle Ride on Sat. June 16th to raise money for a memorial bench at the State Cemetery at Camp Ripley.  The rider’s fee is $15 for Rider only.  $20 for Rider w/Passenger.  A meal is included at the end of the ride.  Registration will take place at the Brainerd post and runs from 9:00-11:00, there will be a Safety Briefing until 11:15 and Kick Stands go up at 11:30.  For more info, visit their Facebook page or call Blair at 218-831-0521.

Attention PETS!  Get gussied up and be ready for the 9th Annual Pet Pageant & Carnival in Pequot Lakes on Sat. June 16th!  The event will start at 11:00 on Front Street in Pequot lakes and is free to attend.  The carnival (for everyone) will include Plinko, a petting zoo, a kissing booth, face painting, a bounce house, doggie musical chairs and MORE!  Pageant trophies will be given for Best Costume, Pet/Owner Look-A-Like, Best Trick, Most Unusual Pet, and Best of Show.  The event is presented by the Pequot Lakes Community Action and the Babinski Foundation Animal Shelter.

Sat. June 16 Pequot Lakes Band In The Park -  Big Sweet Life  (need to find more info)