Aug. 15 - Aug. 27

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 red-cross-blood-dot-org 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:

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:

            8/15 Tues.     10-12 & 1-2:30                        Pillager Family Center  
           8/22 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 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. 
     Sept 9        Yarn Paintings
     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 Nisswa Farmers Market is up and running every Thursday through the summer in the parking lot of the Nisswa American Legion from 8am to 12:30pm.  Stop by and purchase bedding plants, like tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, flowers, hanging baskets and more.  You’ll also find honey, honey sticks, maple syrup, fresh eggs, lotions, lip balms, embroidered products, pork and more.

The Lakes Area Growers Market announces its annual Famers Markets in Brainerd and Baxter!  The Farmer’s Markets are held on Tuesdays at the Franklin Arts Center Parking Lot from 8:00am -12:30pm and on Fridays at the Viking Land Harley Davidson parking lot from 8:00am to 12:30pm....and Fresh produce, jams, jellies, eggs, baked goods, plants, flowers, crafts and more… all for sale by our area farmers.


The Pine River Farmers Market season is up and running at the Pine River Market Square.  Join them Friday afternoons from 2:30-5:30pm to find a wide variety of tasty treats and goods, including breads and baked goods, canned foods like honey, jams/jellies and Mustard, Greens, Plants, Eggs, Meat, jewelry, and soaps!  New veggies are coming in every week and it's the height of berry season. Don't miss out on just-picked blueberries, raspberries and more!  The Market is located on the lot 3 blocks east of the stoplight on Highway 371 and Barclay Avenue in Pine River. More info. can be found at the market's website at

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.

The Ideal Green Market encourages are residents to stop by their farmer’s market every Saturday between 9am -1pm in Ideal Township.  The market can be found at the Ideal Green Market on CR39 and CR16.

The 2017 Lakes Area Walk To End Alzheimer’s is coming up on Sat. Sept. 23rd at Forestview Middle School in Baxter.  Teams are being encouraged to register NOW and start raising funds.  The goal for this year’s walk is $120,000 (last year, it raised just under $100,000).  Get more information and register your team at

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.

It’s time for Cat-mas in the Summer!  During the summer months, the Heartland Animal Rescue Team got bombarded with cats and kittens looking for a place to call home.  HART is introducing their lower adoption fees for the months of August in hopes of finding homes for all of the felines.  All adoption fees will be reduced to $50 for everyone.  If the cat is not fixed, there will be a $50 spay/neuter deposit that is refundable with proof of surgery. for more 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 Salvation Army in Brainerd is gearing up for the Back To School Backpack Program by collecting school supplies.  Donations of school supplies will be accepted at a Salvation Army barrel at the Westgate Mall or at the Salvation Army’s offices at 208 S. Fifth Street in Brainerd.  Cash donations can be mailed to them as well using PO Box 385 in Brainerd. 

It’s time to Flock Your Friends and help raise money for a good cause.  The Brainerd Lakes Area Women of Today invite you to flock a friend by paying $1 per bird (pink plastic flamingos) (minimum $10) and the ladies will migrate the birds from location to location.  The flock will remain on one’s lawn until the victim contacts the number of the “congratulations, you’ve been flocked” sheet or for three days, whichever comes first.  Anywhere from 10 to 50 birds can be “purchased” and the proceeds from the flocking will go to support the Heartland Animal Rescue Team and Ruff Start Rescue.  Birds will migrate south on Oct. 1st, so FLOCK NOW!  Order your flock online at


Want to shake up your days a little this summer and try something different?   Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity is building two houses from the ground up this summer, one being a Veteran’s build which will begin shortly and we could use your help!  You don’t need to have any experience or own your own tools – we have the tools and we will train you on the spot!  There is something for everyone from swinging a hammer to wielding a paint brush or providing meals or water & snacks to the volunteers on site.  If construction is not your “thing” they can find something else like the ReStore, salvages or office work.  If interested or want to know more about volunteering opportunities call the Volunteer Coordinator Karen at (218) 454-7020. 



8/14 – 8/20
The Brainerd Chapter #738 National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet on Tues. Aug. 15th at the Pizza Ranch in Baxter.  Social time starts at 11:45 with lunch served at noon.  The presentation at this meeting will feature Claudia Allene (ah-LEEN) from Around The World Tours. 


Register NOW for the 28th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament & Fundraiser that will be held Wed. Aug. 16th at Cragun’s Legacy Courses!  Register your team of 5 golfers for just $700.  Registration includes breakfast, full-use of nine-hole putting green and driving range, lunch, chances to win prizes and great networking opportunities.  New this year, too, is the option to play FOOTGOLF.  Register for Footgolf as an individual or a team of up to six players ($300/team).  Register at or call Sue at 218-822-7119.  Hole Sponsorships available!

Wed. Aug. 16th is the final time to attend this year’s Turtle Races in downtown Nisswa! 
This annual tradition is FUN for all ages!  Rent a turtle for $4 and race...  turtles are provided, and you'll get to race in the regular heat races; as well as participate in the specialty races...resort race, tiny tots, grandparents, out of state/country, and locals races.  Registration starts at 1:00…racing starts at 2:00 at the turtle track in downtown Nisswa.  For more info:

The public is invited to a Free Water Ski Show at Lum Park on Wed. Aug. 16th at 6:00 pm hosted by the Brainerd Ski Loons!  Enjoy watching them perform human ski pyramids, ski jumps, barefoot skiing and skiers being pulled 360-degrees around the boat!  The event is fun for the whole family.  Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.  Concessions available. For more info, visit or find them on Facebook.

The Lakes Area Music Festival presents “British Isles” on Wed. Aug. 16th at Tornstrom Auditorium.  Enjoy music from Franz Joseph Haydn, Ralph Vaughn Williams and Felix Mendelsshohn.  Show time is 7:00pm.  Admission is free, but freewill offerings would be greatly appreciated.


The City of Nisswa’s Park and Rec Department invites area residents to an Outdoor Movie Night in the Park!  Enjoy an evening with the family for this free event at the Nisswa City Park.  The movie will start at sundown (roughly 9:00pm) and you are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, and coolers (NO alcohol or glass bottles).                              Wed. Aug. 16 “Moana”

The annual Ice Cream & Pie Social at Riverside Union Church will be held Thurs. Aug. 17th from 5:00-8:00pm in the church fellowship hall.  Enjoy arts, crafts and baked goods for sale.  The church is 8.5 miles south of the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds on Co. Rd. 45.

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes invites the public to a rummage sale on Thurs. Aug 17th and Fri. Aug. 18th.  The sale will run Thursday from 8:00-5:00 and on Friday from 8:00 til Noon.  Free will proceeds will go to the church’s missions.  Our Savior’s is across the street from Wells Fargo Bank on Front Street in Pequot Lakes.

The 36th Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals are coming to Brainerd International Raceway Thurs. Aug. 17-Sun. Aug. 20th.  For ticket, parking and general information about the weekend’s races, log on to!


It’s time for Crosby Heritage Days, Thurs. Aug. 17-Sun. Aug. 20th!  The fun starts THURSDAY with the Miss C-I Scholarship Pageant at 6:00pm at the Crosby-Ironton HS.  Then on FRIDAY, there’s the Customer Appreciation at Crosby Area Businesses including a Steak or Shrimp Fry!  SATURDAY, enjoy Yoga on the Beach, A Car Show, Arts & Crafts Fair, Kids Games and contests, Music, a pet show and so much more!  SUNDAY, it’s a church service at Crosby Memorial Park and a Belgian Waffle Breakfast at the Ironton American Legion!  Visit for more information.


The Pine River Duck Races are taking place this Fri. Aug. 18th for the final time this season!  Race will be held at the Pine River Dam.  Registration will be start at 1:45 with the first flight taking off at 2:00.  The races are co-sponsored and used as a fundraiser for the Pine River Chamber of Commerce and the Riverview Church Youth Group.  Rent ducks and race them for only $1 and possibly win prizes!  For more info, call 218-587-4000.

Northern Pines Mental Health Center, in collaboration with area businesses, is excited to announce a forum entitled “Addiction in America,” to discuss illegal and prescription drug use in Minnesota.  The event will feature speakers and a panel discussion. Join them on Aug. 18th from 12:00 to 4:00 at Central Lakes College in the Chalberg Theater. The audience will have the opportunity to hear personal stories of recovery, to learn about treatment options, and to gain insight about current drug trends.   Brian Marquart, State-Wide Gang and Drug Coordinator, will be joined by representatives of the Brainerd Police Department, Teen Challenge, and Essentia Health, as well as community members. Local vendors will provide information about resources in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Bring a non-perishable food item for our local food shelves. Refreshments will be provided.   For more info, call 218.851.6068



Minnesota Turn In Poachers and the Brainerd Eagle’s Club are presenting the Sportsman’s Fish Fry on Sat. Aug. 19th from 6:00-9:00pm at the Brainerd Eagle’s Club.  Come enjoy great food and lots of fun plus take part in a great raffle!  Tickets are only $12 and available at the Brainerd Eagle’s Club or at the TIP Office.  Funds raised will be donated to Turn In Poachers and Eagles Organizations.

In an effort to spread generosity across the area, the public is invited to the Make It Count Block Party on Sat. Aug. 19th in downtown Aitkin!  The event will run from 3:00-10:00 pm and will feature music, a kids zone, a bean bag tournament with a $200 cash prize, a raffle with 4 awesome prizes, food vendors, exhibitors and a beer garden!  All the proceeds raised during the day will be donated to the Aitkin Dollars for Scholars in honor of Steve Bare.  For more info, contact Kasey at Shirts Plus in Aitkin.

*A romantic cello concerto and a rousing concerto for orchestra will provide the Grand Finale of this year’s Lakes Area Music Festival.  Musicians will fill the stage at Tornstrom Auditorium on Sat. Aug. 19th at 7:00pm… and on Sun. Aug. 20th at 2:00 pm with a half hour lecture by conductor Chrisitan Reif prior to each show.  The shows are free to attend, though free will donations are gratefully accepted.  For more info, visit
*Celebrate the end of the fantastic season with musicians from the Lakes Area Music Festival with an End Of Season Brewery Bash on Sun. Aug. 20th from about 4:00-7:00 pm at the Roundhouse Brewery (event will immediately follow the Sun. concert at Tornstrom).  Beer, Friends of LAMF and Memories will all be “on tap.”  Roundhouse will donate a portion of its proceeds this night to the Lakes Area Music Festival.  The Roundhouse Brewery can be found in the Clock Tower Building on North Pacific Road in Brainerd.  More info can be found at

Don’t miss the 2017 Cuyuna Crusher Mountain Bike event coming to the Cuyuna Country State Rec Area Sat. & Sun. Aug. 19 & 20th.  More than 500 mountain bikers, their friends and family will be in Crosby for the 3rd annual event hosted by the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber and the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series.  On SATURDAY, from 5-9pm, everyone is invited to celebrate the Cuyuna Lakes Crusher Happy Hour on Cross Avenue in front of the Spalding House.  Enjoy music, food and fun!  For more info on the weekend’s events and races, log on to or call 218-546-8131.

The Sons of the American Legion, Pequot Lakes, will host a Gourmet Omelet Breakfast on Sun. Aug. 20th.  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 and under.

The public is invited to a Free Water Ski Show at Lum Park on Sun. Aug. 20th at 5:00 pm hosted by the Brainerd Ski Loons!  Enjoy watching them perform human ski pyramids, ski jumps, barefoot skiing and skiers being pulled 360-degrees around the boat!  The event is fun for the whole family.  Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.  Concessions available. For more info, visit or find them on Facebook.



8/21 – 8/27

The Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts are hosting auditions for “My Fair Lady” on Mon. Aug. 21st and Tues. Aug. 22nd at 6:30 each night at the Pequot Lakes High School Auditorium.  The PL Community Theater production will run Nov. 10-12 and 17-19th.  For more info, log on to or call PL Comm. Ed. at 218-568-9200.

The city of Longville will host its weekly Turtle Races for the final time this season on Wed. Aug. 23rd in downtown Longville.  Enjoy games and contests along with the turtle racing.  Registration starts at 1:00, racing starts at 2:00.  $3 to race a turtle!  More information at


The 9th Annual Pig Roast fundraiser for the Crow Wing County DWI Court will be held on Wed. Aug. 23rd on the east lawn of the Crow Wing County Judicial Center.  Food will be served from 11:00-2:00 and will include a sandwich, beverage, chips and a side for only $6.00.  Call-in orders will be accepted at 218-831-8438.


The Lakes Area Blue Grass Festival returns for its 12th year, Aug. 24-27th at the Cass County Fairgrounds in Pine River.  The festival features the BEST in national-touring and Minnesota bluegrass bands, along with professional Emcees, a top-notch sound system, a beautiful stage and a big tent for shade/rain protection.  Enjoy over 40 professional bluegrass shows in all!  Plus, brush up on your own skills or learn to play at one of the free bluegrass workshops on a variety of instruments!  A 4-day pass is only $60, 3-days is $50 and daily tickets range from $10-$22.  For additional info, call 218-587-4000 or visit

The Staples Motley Chamber of Commerce will host the 2017 Railroad Days Celebration Aug. 24-27 in Staples.  The celebration will start THURSDAY, Aug. 24th with the Lakewood Health System’s Golf Classic and the Little Red Caboose Variety Show at Centennial Auditorium at 7pm.  On FRIDAY, enjoy the Twisted Sisters Car Show, Legacy Garden’s Ice Cream Social, the Ag Center Field Day and Fireworks.  SATURDAY, you’ll find a Kiddie Tractor Pull, vendors, entertainment, a chili cookoff and a street dance!  PLUS more!  For information on the Railroad Days Celebration, find them on Facebook, call 894-3974 or visit


The 13th Anniversary MC (motorcycle) Ride for Homeless & Wounded Warriors will be held on Sat. Aug. 26th starting at the Aitkin Legion Post 86 in Aitkin.  Registration runs from 9:30-11am and the cost is $25 per rider or $35 per couple.  The route weaves and makes stops through the lakes area and ends at the Crosslake American Legion Post 500.  The rib fest will start at 4:00pm.  Camping and Hotel accommodations available.  All individuals and groups welcome.  For more info, call Randy at 218-820-9845 or log on to  Sponsored by Wounded Warriors MN.


The annual Lakes Country Triathlon is set for Sun. Aug. 27th, presented by Kiwanis of Baxter.  The course includes a ¼-Mile Swim, a 13.6 mile Bike Ride and a 3.2 Mile Run.  Registration fees for an individual at this time is $80 per person.  Relay Teams are $120.  To register, visit or call 218-820-9000.  Proceeds benefit area youth programs.  (Kids Triathlon will be … Sat. Aug. 26.)


The Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association’s 3rd Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament is scheduled for Sun. Aug. 27th with a shotgun start at 1:30pm.  The golf tournament is hosted by Deacon’s Lodge in Breezy Point with Houston Ford sponsoring a Hole-In-One contest, which includes a change to win a lease on a new vehicle!  For registration and sponsorship opportunities, log on to and click on the golf tournament link.  Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Assocation is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization serving 250 players across school districts and communities of Aitkin, Crosby-Ironton, Crosslake, Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus.