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Jan. 29 – Feb. 18

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 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:       

     1/31       Wed.   10:00-4:00              Amercian Legion Post 255 in Brainerd
     2/9           Fri.     12:00-5:00              Lord of Life Church 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:

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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. 
                Feb. 10        Valentine’s Arty Party
For more info., go to CrossingArts.org 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. Not only mentors are needed, but the Kinship Lunch Buddy program is also up and running!  Find out more about Kinship and the kids at www.KinshipPartners.org

Brainerd Blast Youth Soccer invites kids ages 6 through 12 to participate in the Free Indoor Soccer games every Sunday through April at Forestview Middle School in Baxter.  The games are played from 1:00-2:00pm and are free to attend.  For more information, visit BrainerdBlast.com

 

Minnesota law requires children to have an early childhood screening prior to entering kindergarten.  Th¡s is a FREE appointment that checks how your child is learning and growing. Kindergarten enrollment will also be completed at this time. The Brainerd School District is offering extra and extended days in January, and can schedule appointments through May. These appointments will fill quickly, so please call 218-454-5430 to schedule.

 

If you know a child in need of dental care whose family is unable to afford the care, appointments for free dental care are still available. The Minnesota Dental Association and volunteer dental professionals are offering free dental care to children in need on Fri. and Sat. Feb. 2nd & 3rd.  Advance appointments are required. To find a clinic with open appointments, call United Way 211 (just dial 2-1-1) or if you are on Facebook, go there and search for the Give Kids A Smile Minnesota page and click on the link that says “book now.”


Blueprint 181, the comprehensive long-range proposal to address the facility needs of Brainerd Public Schools, will be presented to voters as three ballot questions on a special election scheduled for Tuesday, April 10th, with early voting beginning on February 23rd.  As part of the District’s effort to inform residents of the three question proposal, the district is hosting a number of public information sessions that are open to all.  At these gatherings, the Blueprint 181 plan details will be presented and there will be time for questions and answers.
     Tues. Jan. 30     6:30pm         Harrison Elementary School
     Thurs. Feb. 1     6:30pm         Garfield Elementary School
     Mon. Feb. 5       6:30pm         Riverside Elementary Cafeteria
     Tues. Feb. 6      6:30pm         Washington Educ. Serv. Building, Room 200
     Mon. Feb. 12     9:00am         Brainerd Public Library
     Tues. Feb. 13    6:30pm         Forestview Middle School Cafetorium
     Tues. Feb. 20    1:00pm         Brainerd Public Library
     Thurs. Feb. 22   4:00pm         Central Lakes College Cafeteria
     Mon. Mar. 5       6:30pm         Baxter Elementary Gym
For additional information on the proposal and the meetings, visit Blueprint181.org.

Aitkin County Habitat for Humanity will be building a new home on Minnesota Avenue South in Aitkin this spring and is looking for a family to occupy the brand new home.  Potential partner families must apply BY FRI. FEB. 9th. Qualified candidates must live in Aitkin County, have a housing need, the ability to pay a mortgage, and be willing to partner in the building process.  Learn everything you need to know at the public meeting on Wed. Jan. 31st at 12:30 OR 7:00 at the Aitkin library.  To apply, call Ann at 218-927-5656.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/29 – 2/4
Area ladies are invited to be inspired, pampered and motivated at a special night designed to empower them to take better care of themselves at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s 4th Annual Women’s Health & Wellness Event on Thurs. Feb. 1st from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Northern Pacific Event Center in Brainerd.  Attendees will hear inspiring presentations by health and wellness experts; explore an expo filled with more than 75 booths offering education, services and treatments for a healthy lifestyle; and enjoy mini spa services. Women can also have their blood pressure and pulse checked, determine their body composition, have a hearing test, learn their risk for osteoporosis and colon cancer, and visit with a physician, dietitian, nurses and other health care providers.  The first 500 ladies will receive a travel tote that they can fill with a variety of free swag. There will also be lots of healthy refreshments and raffle drawings with multiple prizes. A free shuttle service is being provided between buildings compliments of Executive Express. Ample parking is available on site.  The event is free and open to the public.  More info can be found at www.cuyunamed.org.

The Brainerd Knights of Columbus Council #1491 invites everyone to play BINGO on Thurs. Feb. 1st in the St. Francis Church on the corner of 9th and Juniper in Brianerd.  Bingo runs from 6:30-8:30 pm.  It’s $1.00 per play with cash prizes and kids can play for free in hopes of winning kids prizes!  All the proceeds remain in the Brainerd area, funding Knight’s charities, St. Francis School and helping people in the community.

Join the fun this weekend at the 15th Annual Winterfest in Crosslake!  It begins on Thurs. Feb. 1 though Sat. Feb. 3rd.  Clues for the medallion hunt will go out Thursday and be given daily until it is found…the prize package is valued at over $1,200!  Friday, enjoy the Kids Cabin Fever Carnival from 3:30-6:30 at the Crosslake Community School.  Then from 7:00-9:00, Celebrate Winterfest at the Crosslake Community Center where you can enjoy pond skating, snow mountains, bonfire with Smores, a horse drawn sleigh ride and much more!  Saturday, the Crosslake Firefighters Pancake Breakfast will be held at Crosslake Lutheran Church from 8:00-11:30.  The Craft & Vendor Show will run from 10:00-5:00 at the Crosslake Community School.  The famous Soup Fest will get underway at 12:00 and enjoy an afternoon of fun with beer tastings, a bocce tournament, Italian Olympics, Radar Runs and more!  For more information and to find locations to get your Limited Edition Coors Light Beer Koozies for additional discounts, visit Crosslake.com.

 

Join the Crow Wing Soil & Water Conservation District for their 18th Annual SWCD Tree Sale Pre-Order Open House on Fri. Feb. 2nd from 9:00-3:00.  The event is in Meeting Rooms 1 & 2 in the basement of the Crow Wing County Land Services Building.  Enjoy displays and information from CWC, DNR Forestry, Master Gardeners, MN Backyard Birds and others.  At 11:00, there will be a presentation Where Do Our Trees Come From….then at 11:30, there will be a presentation Growing Native Plants from Seed.  There will be a drawing for a $100 Gift Certificate, plus you can enjoy refreshments and snacks.  For more information, visit CrowWingSWCD.or or call 218-828-6197.

 

The Christian rock band, Boiling Point, will be performing in Motley on Fri. Feb. 2nd at the Motley United Methodist Church.  The free performance will start at 7:00 and the public is invited.  The band features a solid rock sound, real lyrics and a positive message.  For more information, visit MotleyUMC.org.


 

Get your tickets now to see “I am…He Said” – a celebration of Neil Diamond – coming to Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd on Fri. Feb. 2nd.  Reserved Seating tickets are $25 for Adults…. $18 for those under 18.  Musicians Matt Vee and friends have recreated the sounds and energy of Neil Diamond live in concert.  Get tickets online at CLCPerformingArts.com or by calling 218-855-8199.  The concert is part of the CLC Cultural Arts Series.

 

The Crossing Arts Alliance presents its “Pop Up Show, Take A Seat.” Through the donation of various chairs from our sponsor, Lakes Area Habitat For Humanity ReStore, local artists have spent the last month working on and altering these chairs into new works of art. Enjoy the unique pieces in this one week show and see how each artist has reimagined the everyday chair.  This exhibition is on display only for a week, from Jan. 30 – Feb. 3, and is open to the public Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturdays 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.  An artist reception will take place on Sat. Feb. 3, from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Enjoy mingling with fellow artists and art enthusiasts.  The Crossing Arts Alliance is located in downtown Brainerd, at 711 Laurel St., Brainerd, MN 56401. For more information, please contact us at 218.833.0416 , or info@crossingarts.org


It’s time for the 2018 Ice Bocce Tournament at Patrick’s Restaurant on Girl Lake on Sat. Feb. 3rd in Longville.  Tournament rules and registration are posted on-line at the Longville Lakes Area Chamber website: Longville.com.  Day-of registration starts at 9:00am and the competition starts at 10:00.  $40 per team of four.  Call Craig for info at 218-363-2950.

Join hundreds of ice fishing enthusiasts and Scorpion fans for the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber’s 14th Annual Ice Fishing Contest and Scorpoin Homecoming on Sat. Feb. 3rd from 12:00-3:00pm.  Ice Fishing raffle tickets are only $10 and also acts as your entry fee to fish (one ticket per hole).  Tons of fun and tons of prizes to win!  The event will happen in Serpent Park in Crosby and on Serpent Lake.  For more information, visit CuyunaLakes.com or TrailASled.com.

 

2/5 – 2/11

There will be an EMT Emergency Medical Technician Class for those interested on Mon. Feb. 5th at the Nisswa Fire Department.  The class, with lead instructor Mark Stansberry, will be held at 6:00pm.  To register and discuss payment options, Mark at 820-6073.

The Brainerd Kiwanis Club will hold a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser to support the Brainerd High School Key Club on Tues. Feb. 6th from 5-7pm at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd.  The meal will be catered by Mike's Catering, LLC and the cost is $7 per person.  You can buy tickets from any Kiwanis member or buy them at the door.  Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students in the world. It is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through service to others. For more information please contact Greg 218.821.3543

 

Join Master Storyteller & Historian Alan Bohme for a very exciting workshop. We’ve heard that Al Capone hung out at Breezy Point, that there are bodies of mob enemies wrapped in chains at the bottom of some of the lakes and that the Brainerd Lakes Area was the place to get alcohol during prohibition. What is true, legend or myth? Are all the stories true or just parts that have grown into folklore? Find out the truths behind the stories, you might end up surprised!  Wed. Feb 7th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm    Pequot Lakes High School Room K114     Fee: $5 per person

 

The Brainerd Public Library is offering free classes to area residents who are new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or need a refresher.  An introduction to the Apple iPad will be taught on Wed. Feb. 7th from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Students will have hands-on practice with the basics, like navigating settings and finding and using apps. No previous experience is necessary and iPads are provided for each student to use.  All of the classes are taught using computers equipped with Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 2013, unless otherwise noted. Class size is limited to 10 students and those interested can register by calling 218-829-5574.

 

The Brainerd Knights of Columbus Council #1491 invites everyone to play BINGO on Thurs. Feb. 8th in the St. Francis Church on the corner of 9th and Juniper in Brianerd.  Bingo runs from 6:30-8:30 pm.  It’s $1.00 per play with cash prizes and kids can play for free in hopes of winning kids prizes!  All the proceeds remain in the Brainerd area, funding Knight’s charities, St. Francis School and helping people in the community.

 

On Wed. Feb. 7th, Sen. Carrie Ruud of Breezy Point and Senator Karin Housley of St. Mary’s Point, will host a joint listening session focused on aging and long-term care issues.  The session is planned for 4:30pm in the cafeteria at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.  The public is encouraged to attend. 

 

Join the Brainerd Lakes Chamber on Thurs. Feb. 8th from 9:00-10:30am for the Blue Ox Success Series: 4 Cornerstones + Sage & Sabateur with Paul Bernabei, director of Top 20 Training.  Bernabei will lead a thought provoking discussion of how to help your employees succeed, how to communicate "You Matter", how to honor the absent and owning problems. In addition, he will provide insight about the positive and negative places that we go within ourselves.  Those who should attend include Business Owners & Managers, Team Leaders and Department Heads.  The cost to attend is $45 for Chamber Members…. $65 for non-members.  Visit ExploreBrainerdLakes.com for info.

 

Join the Brainerd Lakes Chamber on Thurs. Feb. 8, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. for their Blue Ox Success Series: 4 Cornerstones + Thought Circles & Tornadoes with Paul Bernabei, director of Top 20 Training. This Success Series is sponsored by ISD 186 and hosted at the Pequot Lakes High School Auditorium.  Bernabei, will lead a thought provoking discussion of how to help your employees succeed, how to communicate "You Matter", how to honor the absent and owning problems. In addition, he will provide insight how to add awareness and means for reducing negativity in our thinking and social conversations.  Those who should attend include Business Owners & Managers, Education & Team Leaders and Parents.  The cost is $20 for Chamber members….$25 for non-members…and there is a 25% volume discount for groups of 6 or more.  Visit the Chamber’s website for more information…ExploreBrainerdLakes.com

 

 

 

Bridges of Hope presents a Valentine’s Bash, in hopes of raising cash for local families.  The party will take place on Sat. Feb. 10th from 6:00-10:00pm.  The bash will be held at the Brainerd American Legion Post 255 and will feature a 6:00 Meat Raffle and music from the Marv Johnson & Friends Band from 7:00-10:00pm.  Red beer and pizza will be available for purchase.  They will be accepting free will donations at the door with the proceeds supporting Bridges of Hope’s work with local families in need.


Rum River Sno-Riders present Family Fun Day on Sat. Feb. 10th from 10:00-3:00pm at Izatys Resort in Onamia.  Kids can have snowmobile rides on kid and youth-sized sleds.  There will be a Kids Ice Fishing contest from 10:00-noon.  Enjoy horse drawn sleigh rides, a Vintage Sled Show, and a groomer display.  Bring your skates for the skating rink and enjoy a Vendor Show, bon fires, hot chocolate and Smores.  The event is FREE and open to the public.


The 39th Annual Fishing Derby & Log Sawing Contest will be held on Sat. Feb. 10th at Holy Family Parish on Bulldog Lake near Hillman.  The derby will be from 12:30-2:00 and you only need a $2 raffle ticket to fish.  Holes will be drilled, but you need to bring your own bait.  Prizes will be awarded.  Then enjoy the Log Sawing Contest inside the activity center from 2:30-4:00.  Lunch will be available.  Fun for the whole family inside and outside.  Visit HolyFamilyBulldogLake.com or call Jimmy for more info at 763-229-6888.

 

Due to popular demand, growers are once again invited to learn the basics to scale up their vegetable operations with Joan Olson of Prairie Drifter Farm on Tues. Feb. 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Classroom at Sprout (609 13th Ave NE, Door 8, Little Falls, MN 56345).  This workshop is for growers interested in starting their own vegetable transplants for market gardens, CSAs, or wholesale products and will cover: Greenhouse structure, inside set-up, controlling temperature, seed starting, propagation mats, germination chamber, watering, hardening off, recordkeeping, disease and pest prevention, succession planting, using the greenhouse for curing garlic, onions and winter squash, and more. Farmers can learn these important concepts to expand their farm and better meet their customers’ needs.  Space is limited. Register by February 10th via Eventbrite.com.

 

 

2/12 – 2/18


The Brainerd Public Library is offering free computer classes to area residents who are new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or need a refresher.  All of the classes are taught using computers equipped with Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 2013, unless otherwise noted. Class size is limited to 10 students and those interested can register by calling 218-829-5574. 
     Computer Basics part 2 will be taught on Thursday February 15 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Students who have attended Computer Basics, or who feel more comfortable with using a computer mouse to click and scroll, will learn about kinds of computers and devices as well as basic file types and how to identify them. Students will also be introduced to some of the most popular websites, including Facebook, eBay, Pinterest, YouTube, and more.
      A class introducing Windows 10 will be held on Friday February 16 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Students will see the changes from earlier versions to the new Windows 10, including new menus, settings, login options, and more. Attendees must have the ability to use a mouse and keyboard, and be familiar with a previous version of Windows. Part 2 of this class, which will cover the Microsoft Edge browser and OneDrive cloud storage service, will be held in March.
       Classes are taught by Laurel Hall, public services library assistant at the Brainerd Public Library. Hall has been helping library patrons with computer and technology questions since 2009, and teaching classes for three years.