Nov. 15 – Nov. 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 RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make an appointment.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Visit www.redcrossblood.org (where you can download the FREE Red Cross Blood Donor App) or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make your appointment:
**TO ENCOURAGE DONATIONS around the THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY, those who donate blood at a Red Cross Blood Drive from Nov.21-24 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-Shirt, while supplies last!!
Thurs. 11/15 12:00-6:00 Light of the Cross Church in Garrison
Mon. 11/19 12:00-6:00 Crosslake Lutheran Church
Mon. 11/19 12:00-6:00 Elks Lodge in Wadena
Tues. 11/20 8:00-2:00 Elks Lodge in Wadena
Tues. 11/20 12:00-6:00 Deerwood Auditorium
**Fri. 11/23 12:00-6:00 Bertha-Hewitt High School in Bertha
Tues. 11/27 2:00-7:00 American Legion in Nisswa
Wed. 11/28 9:00-2:00 American Legion in Nisswa
Wed. 11/28 12:00-6:00 CentraCare Health in Long Prairie
Thurs. 11/29 9:00-3:00 CentraCare Health in Long Prairie
Thurs. 11/29 8:00-2:00 Verndale High School in Verndale
Fri. 11/30 12:00-6:00 St.
Mathias Catholic Church in Fort Ripley
Mon. 12/3 12:00-6:00 American Legion in Ironton
Tues. 12/4 12:00-6:00 Pequot Lakes High School in Pequot Lakes
Thurs. 12/6 8:00-2:00 Pierz Healy High School in Pierz
Tues. 12/11 11:00-5:00 FitQuest Athletic Club in Baxter
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:
Wed 9:30-11:30 Pine River-Backus Family Center
Fri 10:00-12:00 Northland Area Family Center
Tues 11/20 10-12 & 1-2:30 Pillager Family Resource Center
Tues 11/27 9:00 – 11:00 Cass Co. Health, Human & Vet. Services
For more information, call 218-547-1340 ext. 246
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. Dec. 11 “Holiday Pizzazz: Using Plants for Holiday Décor” JoAnn Weaver
**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. Visit KinshipPartners.org for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 TheVitalsApp.com or text VITALS to 797979.
Brainerd Lakes Area residents are encouraged to turn in your empty toner and ink jet cartridges at either of The Office Shop locations (Brainerd or Aitkin) for recycling. By doing so, you will be helping the Zachary Johnson Kids with Cancer Fund. The fund offers grants to surrounding area 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 location. Or to donate, visit RiverwoodHealthCare.org/foundation/giving or call 218-927-5158.
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 the City of Brainerd to contact thousands of residents in seconds, so you can find out about an emergency right away. Receive important messages from the City of Brainerd via email, phone, and much more! Get up-to-the-minute information about severe weather, road closures, snow emergencies, event cancellations, and much more! To register for the Crow Wing County Alert, visit ci.Brainerd.mn.us.
time for the annual Sertoma Winter
Wonderland. Everyone is invited to
come drive through the Arb to see the landscape of beautiful Christmas
lights. Advance tickets are $10 and can
be purchased at Cub Foods (both locations), the Brainerd Dispatch, Mid
Minnesota Federal Credit Union and at the Arb.
General admission at the gate will be $15/vehicle… $10/advance tickets…
and $25/small busses and limos. The hours
of operation are from 5:30-8:30pm. Run
Thurs. Nov. 22-Sat. Nov. 24…… Wed. Nov. 28-Sat. Dec. 1st….Wed. Dec. 5-Sat. Dec. 8th….Wed. Dec. 12th – Sat. Dec. 15th…. And Wed. Dec. 19th – Tues. Dec. 31st. For more information, visit SertomaWinterWonderland.org.
a Veteran by making a donation to Wreaths for the Fallen, an organization making sure that all
veterans who are at rest in the Minnesota State Veteran’s Cemeteries are
honored with a wreath on their grave during the month of December. On Sat.
Dec. 8th, a remembrance ceremony will be held at 11:00 at the
Little Falls and Preston, MN cemeteries.
Following the ceremony, volunteers will span out and place the wreaths
on the graves. To make a donation to the
cause, please visit WreathsForTheFallen.org and click on “honor a veteran.”
Xcel Energy reminds you to watch out for scams. If someone calls or shows up at your home or business and threatens to turn off your power if you don’t pay your bill immediately, hang up or shut your door. Xcel Energy doesn’t work that way. Call them to find out what you owe and when it’s due. If a caller says you overpaid your bill and will get a refund if you’ll give your bank account number, hang up and call Xcel. Don’t let someone steal your money or your identity. Don’t get scammed.
11/12 – 11/18
The Diabetes, Nutrition and Bariatric (DNB) department at Lakewood Health System is hosting a free ‘All Things Diabetes’ event on Thurs., Nov. 15th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the lower level classrooms at Lakewood’s Main Campus (49725 Cty. 83, Staples). Dr. Sarah Israelson and members of the DNB department will talk about the D5, new tools for managing diabetes, how to get the most out of your clinic visit and answer your burning questions. There will also be door prizes, refreshments and informational displays. This event is free and open to all patients and community members. Please RSVP to Lauri at 218-894-8526. This event is funded in part by a grant from Thrivent.
season for giving and receiving. And you can do both at the Crosslake Common Goods Christmas Boutique
from 10 am – 6 pm Thurs., Nov. 15th. Enjoy hot cider, cookies and Christmas music
while you shop in a winter wonderland!
This will also be the first chance to see this year's Christmas tree
ball gown design, in addition to brand new Christmas displays throughout the
store. In preparation for the Boutique,
the Common Goods location in Crosslake will be closed November 14th. Common Goods is a trendy thrift store for the
community-minded shopper, owned by Bridges of Hope. New Pathways of Brainerd, a
non-profit serving homeless families with children, is hosting a free informational breakfast event on Fri. Nov. 16th from 7:30 am – 9:00 am
at Arrowwood Lodge in Baxter. A short
program will begin at 8 am, and will include a success story from a former
participant, and a few words from Executive Director Pam Streed, as well as a
time for questions and networking. The public is invited to attend and learn
about New Pathways and ways to contribute to the success of our families and
children. Please RSVP to Sourcewell
is leading a charge to help carve out the workforce of tomorrow from the
students of today. School, agency,
college, and business/industry personnel are invited to participate in the Building
the 21st Century Workforce Conference – Fri., Nov. 16th at Sourcewell in Staples. The event is
free and will help participants plan, build partnerships, and set regional
goals in addressing workforce and student needs. Program updates will be shared, as well as
breakout sessions, planning workshops, and more. Schools are also encouraged to
invite business partners and work collectively in planning sessions. For more information, contact Bart Graves at
(320) 349-0161 or visit sourcewell.com.
“A-Haunting We Will Go,” written by Tim Kelly and produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Co., will be performed on a Brainerd High School stage and the public is invited. The Brainerd High School Theater Department will present the modern mystery on the Little Theatre stage at BHS. Performances are 7 p.m. on Fri. & Sat. Nov. 16th and 17th. It will also be performed at 2 p.m. Sun. Nov. 18. Tickets are $7 for adults, and $5 for students/seniors.
“Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper. “Seussical the Musical” is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza, bringing to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, and MANY. “Seussical” is fun for the whole family! The Pequot Lakes Community Theatre production will run at the PLHS Theater on Fri. and Sat. Nov. 16th & 17th at 7:30 and Sun. Nov. 18th at 2:00. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (60+) and $10 for 18 and under. They are available online at GLAPA.org.
Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace in Little Falls will host Corey Medina & Brothers, a blues-rock band led by Corey Medina from the Navajo Nation on Sat. Nov. 17th. The trio says it sets out to “spread light to dark, and hope to the hopeless” with their raw, soulful, intimate music. The Holiday Market Shopping opens at 10:00 with the music starting at 11:00, along with a pop-up Prairie Bay lunch and cash bar. Then, enjoy over 40 vendors that are part of the market and make handmade, homegrown food, art and other products. The event is free to attend. Get more info and directions to Sprout at SproutMN.com.
The Nisswa American Legion will host its 14th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey/Ham Bingo on Sat. Nov. 17th from 6:30-8:30pm. The games are open to the public, but you must be at least 18 years old to play. Food will be available for sale during bingo. For more information, visit NisswaLegion.com.
The Lakewood Health System Foundation and the Lakewood Hospice and Palliative Care programs is inviting the community to their 23rd Annual Season of Lights lighting ceremony. The ceremony will take place on Sun. Nov. 18th at 2:00 at Timbers Restaurant & Event Center in Staples. The program will include music, a message and time for reflection and grieving. The Season of Lights is a chance to sponsor an illuminated tree light to remember and celebrate special individuals and loved ones. Lights range from $10 to $50 and the donations will be dedicated to the continuation of Lakewood’s Hospice and Palliative Care programs. For more information, visit LakewoodHealthSystem.com.
The 9th Annual Brainerd Turkey Run will be taking place once again on Thanksgiving morning, Thurs. Nov. 22nd. This holiday tradition includes a 5k run & 1 mile walk to benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Turkey Run is an experience for individuals and families that focuses on having fun, giving back to the less fortunate and enjoying a healthy way to start their holiday season. Participants will start at 9:00 and finish at the Brainerd Amory but will get to run through the County Fair Grounds and through industrial Brainerd. This is a great first time 5k course or a fast course for a seasoned runner. The 1 mile walk is a quick jaunt around similar parts of South Brainerd. Register for the Turkey Run online at BrainerdTurkeyRun.com. All ages are welcome to participate.
Nisswa’s City of Lights Celebration is set for Fri. Nov. 23rd and everyone is invited! Nisswa welcomes the holiday season with a countdown to lighting up the town that culminates with a fireworks display. The Nisswa City of Lights celebration will begin around 2:00 in downtown Nisswa. Then, the downtown area lights up all at once at 5:30 p.m., with holiday lights adorning trees and fences, stores and other buildings. Festivities for the annual event begin in the afternoon with horse-drawn wagon rides, live reindeer, storytelling, food merchants, bonfires, hot cider and donut holes at the Pioneer Village and holiday carolers. After the countdown to turning on all the lights, Santa Claus makes an appearance and fireworks shoot up over town at 7:30 pm. The event is free!
The public is
invited to Tornstrom Auditorium on Mon.
Nov. 26th to hear Dr. Kim
Doheny (who is a colleague of Dr. Ross Green of the “Lives In Balance” program) speak about how teachers and adults
in the community can help meet the social and emotional needs of their
children/grandchildren/students who are showing challenging behaviors. This is a free community gathering that will
start at 5:00 and run to about 8:00.
Free child care will be available for those attending. Those attending MUST RSVP through the link at
ISD181.org and click on “Calendars” at the bottom of the page.
Dementia patients and their caregivers are invited to join a new choir designed specifically for them starting Mon. Nov. 26th. Multiple studies have found that the ability to recall music and nurture singing are among the last areas of the brain to be affected by dementia. A volunteer group is creating the group to increase self-esteem, confidence and a stronger sense of belonging to the patients and families. The group will start meeting on the 26th at 7:00pm at Zion Lutheran Church in Brainerd. For more information, send Diane an email at DMGuidi@outlook.com.
The group Youth On Stage is hosting its monthly Open Mic Night on Mon. Nov. 26th from
6:30 to 8:30. The group wants to
encourage young people from the age of 10 to 25 to share their talent (Music,
poetry, storytelling, comedy, magic, dance, a band or small group, etc) with a very receptive/supportive audience. The YOS Open Open Mic Night is held at the
Eagles Club in Brainerd. NEW!--- Each
performer who signs up online will get a free hamburger,
fries & water served up right at the Eagles Club (unless the grill
is closed) AND will have their name added for a prize
drawing held at the end of the night!
For more information and to sign up, please check out our website YouthOnStageMN.org.
Healthy employees are key to a healthy business. Workplace wellness can help your business increase employee satisfaction, maximize productivity, minimize absenteeism, and manage healthcare costs. Crow Wing Energized invites small and large businesses to attend a FREE Workplace Wellness Conference “Mental Fitness: 5 Ways to Increase Resiliency and Wellness in the Workplace” on Wed. Nov. 28th from 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Crow Wing County Land Services. Featured speaker is Kay King, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Minnesota Community Educator. Those attending are asked to RSVP online at CrowWingEnergized.org and click on Events.
public is invited to a Craft &
Vendor Bazaar on Sat. Dec. 1st
at the Oak Street Chapel in
Brainerd. The Bazaar will be held from
9:00-2:00 and feature hand-sewn good, wool gloves, homemade wood products,
crocheted items, Mary Kay products, Scentsy, “31” Bags, Mary Kay, Pampered
Chef, door prizes, food and more! All
are welcome, it is free to attend.
your calendar for the Holiday Bake Sale
& Boutique on Sat. Dec. 1st
at Good Samaritan Society – Bethany
in Brainerd. The Sale & Boutique
will be up and running from 9:00-1:00 and will feature craft vendors,
concessions, holiday baked goods, and photos with Santa. The event is hosted by the Bethany Auxiliary
and GSS Way Committee. To learn more,
call Kelli at 829-4366.
the fun at the annual Holiday Sip &
Shop event at Madden’s Town Hall
on Sun. Dec. 2nd from
12:00-4:00. You’ll see over 40 local
vendors and enjoy wine tasting and goodies.
Tickets are $10 and available at Morey’s, the Cascade Med Spa, The Fine
Line, The Hearth Room. The tickets will
be $15 at the door. The event is
sponsored by the Brainerd Service League, supporting charitable organizations
in the Brainerd Lakes Area since 1938.
For more info, call 218-330-0001.
The Longville Area Community Choir invites the public to its Winter Concert, “My Lord, What a Morning” on Sun. Dec. 2nd. The concert will take place at 4:00 at Salem Lutheran Church in Longville. All are welcome.