Oct. 13 – Oct. 29
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:
        10/16 Mon.     12:00-6:00              Gull Lake Center at Grandview in Nisswa
        10/26  Thurs.   9:00-3:00                Faith Lutheran Church in Eagle Bend
        10/27  Fri.       9:00-3:00                HealthSource on Design Rd. in Baxter
        10/30  Mon.    1:00-7:00                St. Francis Center in Little Falls
        10/31  Tues.   1:00-7:00               St. Francis Center in Little Falls
        10/31  Tues.   10:00-4:00              Brainerd Public Library 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:

     10/13  Fri.             10:00-12:00                Northland Area Family Center in Remer
     10/17  Tues.          10-12 & 1-2:30                        Pillager Family Resource Center in Pillager
     10/24  Tues.          9:00-11:00                  Cass Co. Health, Human & Veteran Services in Walker
For more information, call 218-547-1340 ext. 246

Essentia Health is encouraging lakes area residents to get the flu shot.  There are a number of Walk-In Flu Clinics at each of Essentia Health’s Clinics (Baxter, Brainerd, Crosslake, Emily, Hackensack, Pequot Lakes, Pierz, Pillager and Pine River) OR you can do it by appointment.  Take 10 minutes for flu prevention by calling 218-828-7100 to schedule an appointment at the clinic nearest you.  For the Walk-In Flu Clinic times/locations, visit

The Second Saturdays, the Crossing Arts Alliance has art events for kids at the        Franklin Arts Center.  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. 
     Oct 14        Arty Party..papel picado, paper flowers, sugar skulls, Mini Nichos
     Nov 11       Creative Movement with Vespertine Tribal
     Dec 9          Winter Dreams with TyAnne Rezak
For more info., go to or call 833-0416.

The Cuyuna Range Farmers Market invites everyone to come enjoy locally produced arts and foods every Saturday (through October 14th) from 9am to Noon.   The market can be found at the Main Street Plaza on Cross Ave South and West Main St. in Crosby.

Crosslake Lutheran Church
is hosting a monthly caregiver support group on the Third Thursday of each month from 10:30-12:00 each day.  The group meets at Crosslake Lutheran Church and is open to anyone who provides care for a loved one.  The group is facilitated by lay leaders and will also include educational sessions on topics of interest.  Call 218-692-3682 for info.

The Northland Arboretum in Brainerd invites the public to “Naturally Speaking with Colin” every Tuesday and Thursday in the Holden Gazebo at the Arb.  The talks happen each Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00-11:00am…and from 2:00-3:00pm.  These talks will cover different topics each week and will include everything about nature from plants to animals to recycling.  The talks are FREE to Arb members.  Non-members can participate with the purchase of a day pass.  For more info, call the Arb at 829-8770 or visit

The Heartland Detachment Marine Corp League is looking for donations for the annual Toys for Kids program, which kicks off November 24th.  Right now, the Corp is accepting monetary donations to support the program, as last year, they had 404 families apply for the program and they provided holiday gifts for 961 boys and girls.  They expect this year’s numbers to increase.  Monetary contributions can be mailed to PO Box 2811, Baxter, MN 56425.  Make checks payable to Toys for Kids.  If you have questions, call 218-764-3170.

Grab A Cab and Brainerd Area Taxi are working together to collect non-perishable food items for the food shelf.  From Oct. 1st – Nov. 1st, the cab companies will collect the food items and will offer $1.00 Off Cab Fares when the food item is handed to the driver.  Additional donations can also be dropped off at either business.  Grab A Cab is at 422 Charles Street in Baxter.  Brainerd Area Taxi is at 709 Charles Street. 

**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 will be starting soon, too.  Find out more about Kinship and
the kids at

**Kinship Partners is now accepting donations of winter outerwear to be distributed to children and adults in the Brainerd Lakes Area as part of the annual Coats For Kids Drive.  You are asked to donate new or gently used coats, hats, mittens and boots for kids of all sizes.  They can be dropped off at Crystal Cleaners in Brainerd or Crosby.  The distribution will be Sat. Oct. 28th at the Westgate Mall starting at 9:00am.  More at

The Live Better Live Longer (LBLL) Belong Team is collecting items for Infant Kindness Kits.  During the month of OCTOBER, the team is requesting donations of packages of disposable diapers for infants (newborn and small sizes) and diaper wipes.  Other items needed include newborn Onesies, sleeper suits, sleep sacks and socks, swaddling blankets, burp cloths or bibs, and infant toys. ALL ITEMS MUST BE NEW.  Items can be dropped off at the front desk of St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls.  To learn more, contact Kate at the LBLL Office (320) 631-5675.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer risks, the value of screening and early detection, and treatment options available to women and men who are diagnosed with one of the many forms of breast cancer. Please schedule your annual mammogram and remember that early detection can save your life.  For questions about breast cancer and to schedule your mammogram today, contact your health care provider.

Our friends at the Heartland Animal Rescue Team in Baxter are in need of help.  For the past 6 months, HART has been challenged with financial difficulty due to the canine influenza and being closed for about 4 weeks as well as other financial obligations.  HART is again asking the communities for help in caring for the unwanted, stray, neglected animals.  If you can donate any amount of money, it would be very much appreciated.  The animals depend on caring people to help them.  To donate, go to, send a check or donate at the shelter.  The crew at HART thanks you.


Over the next several weeks, Crow Wing County residents will be asked to provide information about their health.  The Crow Wing County Community Health Survey was mailed to 4,000 randomly chosen households the first week of October.  The survey will ask questions about residents’ access to health care, nutrition, physical activity, tobacco use and other social, physical and mental health-related issues.  By completing the survey, your household will make a valuable contribution to improving the health of all who live in Crow Wing County.  All information gathered will be confidential.  The results will be combined into a summary report that will be presented at the Crow Wing Energized Community Health Summit in February. 

10/9 – 10/15

The Nisswa Community Center invites children 6 and under to participate in their annual “Time For Play” play groups at the Nisswa Community Center.  The group will meet from 9:00-12:30 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting Oct. 9th.  Children’s activities include ride-on toys, a slide, parachute, cars, blocks, play houses and more.  Parents MUST accompany the children and are invited to bring a sack lunch.  The cost is $2 per day per child.  Punch cards are available.  No registration is required.  For more info, visit  or call 218-963-0047.

As part of the 2017 fall season for the Grassroots Concerts in Nisswa, Rita Hosking will perform on Fri. Oct. 13th at 7:30 in the Live Well night Club and Coffee Bar.  General admission tickets are $10 for adults….$5 for kids under 12 when accompanied by an adult.  Doors open at 6:30. The Live Well Night Club is in the Journey Church on County Road 18 in Nisswa. More info at

The Center in Brainerd will host its annual Fall Craft & Bake Sale on Sat. Oct. 14th from 9:00-3:00.  Enjoy home baked goods, handcrafted items for sale, The Center doughnuts and fun!  Lunch will be available for purchase from 10:00-1:00.  At 803 Kingwood Street.

The annual Fall Arts & Crafts Festival will be held Sat. Oct. 14 from 9:30 to 4:00 at Brainerd High School.  Enjoy over 150 exhibitors.  Refreshments will be available and admission is free.  BHS is at 702 S. 5th Street in Brainerd.  Please use the north or south doors.  The event is sponsored by the Brained Public Schools Community Education. 

First Lutheran Church in Pine River
is hosting its annual Lutefisk & Meatball Supper on Sat. Oct. 14th from 3:30-7:00 or until the fish is gone.  Supper includes all you can eat Lutefisk, meatballs, mashed potatoes & gravy, rutabagas, coleslaw, and a beverage.  There will also be lefse for sale while it lasts.  Tickets are $15 for adults…$6 for kids ages 5-12….children under 5 eat free.  First Lutheran is located at 309 2nd Street N. in Pine River. 

The Heartland Symphony Orchestra presents “The Great Romantics” with guest artist Scott Lykins on Sat. Oct. 14th at 7:30pm at Sacred Heart Chapel-Franciscan Sisters in Little Falls or on Sun. Oct. 15th at 2:30 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.    Conductor Chats will take place 45 minutes prior to each performance.  Tickets are $12 for adults...$10 for seniors…Youth K-12 are Free.  Purchase tickets at the door, by calling 800-826-1997 or online at

The Sons of the American Legion, Pequot Lakes, will host a Gourmet Omelet Breakfast on Sun. Oct. 15th.  The breakfast will be served at the Pequot Lakes American Legion on Main Street from 8:00am to 12:00 noon.  $10 for adults… $5 for kids 10 & under.

10/16 – 10/22

Christ Lutheran Church in Baxter is hosting a special one-time screening of the new Martin Luther movie, Return to Grace, on Monday, October 23 at 6:30pm at Lakes 12 Theatres in Brainerd and we would love for you to come!  The film tells the rousing adventure story that was Martin Luther's life, following his bold quest for truth—a journey that would reshape the church, and the world.   To reserve your tickets, please visit the Tugg Event Page online at  Unlike a traditional movie showing, Tugg screenings require that 100 tickets be reserved before the Monday, October 16 deadline in order for the screening to occur.   If you cannot or do not want to order tickets online, call the church at (218) 829-4105.

TRIAD of Crow Wing County invites area seniors to a presentation regarding Winter Driving Safety Tips on Tues. Oct. 17th.  The presentation will be conducted by Sgt. Neil Dickenson of the MN State Patrol.  It will take place from 10:00-11:30 on the lower lever of the Land Services Building in Brainerd.  The event is free and coffee and cookies will be served.  You will be able to make and take a Winter Car Safety Kit.  Register by calling the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office at 218-829-4749.

The Motley United Methodist Church will host its Annual Fall Harvest Turkey Dinner (with all the trimmings) on Wed. Oct. 18th from 4:30 to 6:30pm.  Adults are $10… kids 6-12 is $5…. Kids 5 and under eat free.  Motley United Methodist Church is at 847 3rd Ave. S. Lane in Motley.  All are welcome.  

As part of its public outreach plan, Brainerd Public Schools recently commissioned a scientific telephone survey of a representative sample of area residents.  The School Board invites any resident to take part in an online survey.  The survey, while not scientific, will also be used by the School Board to learn more about public opinion about local schools.  The survey will be open now through 5:00 pm on Wed. Oct. 18th.  To take the online survey, visit 

The public is invited to Staples Motley Community Connect on Thurs. Oct. 19th from 10:00-2:00 at the Timbers Restaurant & Event Center.  The event is for all community residents, especially those interested in connecting with local resources.  If you or someone you know is in need of help with mental or physical health, housing, employment, education, finances or chemical dependency, this is the event to attend.  The fair will provide free food, free haircuts, and free consultations.  It’s sponsored by the group Staples Motley Beyond Poverty. 


Put on your bobby socks and get ready to bee-bop with The Geritol Frolics with their all new show opening on Thurs. Oct. 19th!  Enjoy the music and dance of the 1950’s at The Bee-Bop & Bobby Sox show at the Franklin Arts Center.  Tickets available online at or by calling the Franklin Arts Center Box Office at 825-4993.  Showtimes are 7:00pm on Oct. 19 and 28th.  Then, on Oct. 20, 21, 22, 26, 27 and 29th there are matinees at 1:30pm (new time!)  Tickets start at $15.

Enjoy the Music of the Mississippi with the Everett Smithson Band on Thurs. Oct. 19th at the Brainerd Public Library.  The concert is free and open to all ages.  Music of the Mississippi is a music program that takes you on a trip down the Big River with Zydeco (swamp rock), rockabilly, blues, tex-mex and lots of funky roots music.  The show starts at 6:00pm…then stay after the performance for free harmonica lessons! 

Help support the Lakes Area Food Shelf by taking the Nisswa Christmas Home Tour Oct. 19th, 20th and 21st.  Lakes area residents can tour a beautifully decorated home in Nisswa which will help inspire you for the upcoming holiday season.  Tickets are $38 and available by calling 218-825-9667.  To learn more, log onto Facebook and search Nisswa Christmas Home Tour.  Shuttle buses will be available the days of the tour.

The Morrison County Habitat for Humanity is presenting The Fabulous Armadillos at the Little Falls Ballroom on Fri. Oct. 20th and tickets are only $40.  Doors will open at 7 with dancing starting at 8:00.  To purchase tickets and/or reserve a table, stop by the Habitat For Humanity Office at 65 East Broadway in Little Falls or Century 21 New Horizons Realty in Little Falls.  You can also get tickets by calling 320-616-2084.  

The Northland Arboretum invites the public to its 14th Annual Haunted Trail on Fri. & Sat. Oct. 20th & 21st.  Experience haunted thrills and chills as you walk the dark trails and woods of the Northland Arboretum.  There are two routes, including a “low-scare” route for kids.  Enjoy a bonfire and cider at the end of the trail.  Young children must be accompanied by an adult.  Tickets are $7.00 and available at the Arb.  Finger flashlights and Glow Necklaces will be available for purchase, $1.00 each.  Please bring a non-perishable food item for the food shelf.  For more info, call the Arb at 218-829-8770.

Those preparing for the firearms season are invited to Deep Portage on Sat. Oct. 21st to sight in your gun.  The program is free, open to the public and will run from 10:00 to 2:00.  Please DO NOT BRING HANDGUNS.  Call Deep Portage for more info at 218-682-2325.  Deep Portage is 10 miles east of Hackensack on Cass County Road 46.  More info at

The public is invited to a Community Curling Night at the Brainerd Lakes Curling Club on Sat. Oct. 21st.  The event will run from 6:00-9:00pm and is free to attend!  Instructors will be on hand to teach the basics of curling.  There will also be wine and beer sampling from Cash Wise Liquors.  All ages are welcome.  4th grade to Senior Citizens are welcome to get on the ice and experience curling.  Bring athletic shoes with clean rubber soles and wear comfortable clothing for 45 degree temperatures. 
The public is invited to the Historic Log Village in Crosslake on Sat. Oct. 21st for a new event called October Family Fest.  It’s a day that is full of entertainment for the whole family.  It will feature live music by Virg & The Eldorados, food for sale from Junior’s #19 BBQ (brats, burgers, ribs, brisket and ice cream), locally brewed beer and root beer. There will be storytelling for the kids, pumpkin painting, giant Jenga, ladder golf, ring toss and face painting.  Prizes too!  It will run from 12:00-5:00pm.  Admission is $5.  Children under 10 is $3.  Or come as a family for $20.

Enjoy the sounds of tubas, accordions and revelers as Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge brings a touch of Bavaria to the Lakes Area with one of the state’s most popular Oktoberfest celebrations on Sat. Oct. 21st starting at 9:00 a.m.!  The traditional German festival will feature live entertainment, authentic German food and drinks, an arts and crafts fair and more!  There will be an Oktoberfest Dinner Buffet that evening, too!  See the dinner menu and a schedule of the day’s events at


The Pine River Area Food Shelf is working now to stock up for the winter.  To help them do so, the annual “Soups & Sweets” fundraising event will be taking place at the American Legion Post 613 in Pine River on Sun. Oct. 22nd.  The hours of the fundraiser are 11:00 to 2:00.  Get a great bowl of soup and enjoy some delectable sweets from Bites Bar & Grill, The Corner Store, Cozy Cottage, and Ole & Lena’s Eats n Treats. 

10/23 – 10/29

Join the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, Crosslake Chamber, Cuyuna Lakes Chamber, Nisswa Chamber, Pequot Lakes Chamber, Lakes Proud Committee and Lakes Proud businesses for the Mobile App Launch & Celebration!  The event will be Mon. Oct. 23rd from 5:00-7:00pm at the Roundhouse Brewery in Brainerd.  There will be brats, chips, pop, Roundhouse brews and networking starting at 5:00.  At 6:00, preview the NEW LAKES PROUD MOBILE APP, take the Lakes Proud Pledge and learn how Lakes Proud businesses can upgrade their app profile.  Prizes will be given out at 7pm. 

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center
in Crosby is committed to not only providing excellent cancer treatment at their facility, but also to helping as many cancer patients as possible who experience financial struggles by providing the Courage Cabinet.  The Cabinet provides support to help meet basic needs, decrease stress and allow patients in treatment to focus on healing.  After awarding more than $50,000 to local patents over the past 5 year, the cabinet is currently empty and no additional funds are available.  To raise and replenish the funds, CRMC will host Kaleidoscope – A Celebration of Courage on Tues. Oct. 24th.  The event will take place at Heartwood Senior Living Community in Crosby from 5:00-7:30.  The event will include an auction, games of chance, a raffle, delicious appetizers and beverages.  Tickets are only $15 in advance at  For more info, call Jennifer at 218-545-4455.

The PACER Center will present “What Families Need To Know About Youth Center Pathways & Workforce Centers,” a free workshop for parents of youth with disabilities ages 16-24.  IT will take place from 6:30-8:30 on Wed. Oct. 25th in Room 21 A&B of RMCEP/MN WorkForce, at 204 Laurel Street in Brainerd.  Workshop highlights include what families can do to build employment skills at home, how to begin and career path in high school and Vocational Rehabilitation Services for youth with disabilities.  Pizza and beverages will be served starting at 6:15.  To register for the free workshop, call the PACER Center at 800-537-2237 or visit 
As part of the 2017 fall season for the Grassroots Concerts in Nisswa, Jillian Rae will perform on Fri. Oct. 27th at 7:30 in the Live Well night Club and Coffee Bar.  General admission tickets are $10 for adults….$5 for kids under 12 when accompanied by an adult.  Doors open at 6:30. The Live Well Night Club is in the Journey Church on County Road 18 in Nisswa. More info at

The Saving Hearts 5K & 1 Mile Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention will be held on Sat. Oct. 28th in Crosby.  Registration starts at 9:00, the Run/Walk starts at 10:00.  The money raised from the event, which also includes a silent auction, will benefit the local Crisis Line & Referral Service.  For more information, to register or to make a donation, visit

The Growers & Makers Marketplace will be open on Sat. Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the old Crestliner Boat Factory in Little Falls.  Shop for local produce, meat and dairy, baked goods, local artwork, and more.  Enjoy live music, cooking demos and kids activities.  For more information, log on to