MAY 22 – JUNE 4

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:
            May 23            12:00-6:00      Motley United Methodist Church in Motley
            May 24            10:00-4:00      Brainerd VFW in Brainerd
            May 31            1:00-7:00        American Legion in Nisswa

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:

May 23            9:00-10:00                  Cass Co. Health, Human and Veteran Serv.
For more information, call 218-547-1340 ext. 246

Everyone deserves to feel SAFE.  If you ever find yourself in an unsafe situation and need help right away, LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICE is part of a national initiative called “SAFE PLACE” that connects teens to immediate help.  Safe Place has helped many young people dealing with abuse, neglect, bullying, homelessness and family conflict.  Just TEXT the word “SAFE” and your current location to 69866 and a text message will be sent back to you with a phone number and a Safe Place location nearest you.  Safe Place for Teens…where you can get help FAST. 

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. 
     June 10     Newspaper Cityscapes & Torn Paper Landscape Collage
     July 8         Solar Printing
     Aug 12       Mondrain with Music” Acrylic paiting
     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 United Way of Crow Wing & Southern Cass Counties is looking for volunteers for Operation Sandwich which will get underway this summer while school is not in session.  Volunteers are needed to make and pack the lunches that will be distributed to kids at various locations around the Brainerd and Baxter areas.  They also need people to deliver the meals to the kids throughout the summer.  For more information on Operation Sandwich and how and when you can volunteer, log on to and click on the Operation Sandwich link. 

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 – including a NEW LOCATION!  The Farmer’s Markets will now be held Fridays at the Viking Land Harley Davidson parking lot (instead of Gander Mt.) from 8:00am to 12:30pm....and on Tuesday’s at the Franklin Arts Center Parking Lot from 8:00am -12:30pm.  Fresh produce, jams, jellies, eggs, baked goods, plants, flowers, crafts and more… all for sale by our area farmers and growers.

The ISD 181 Summer Adventures Guide to Classes and Activities registration deadlines are approaching.  Look for youth offerings in science, technology, engineering, math, art, music, sports camps and more!  Contact Brainerd Community Education office for more information…218-454-6924 or online at and click on the Community Education tab. 

5/22 – 5/28


St. Joseph Churches in Crosby and Deerwood invite the community to join them for a series of presentations on Gospel Living with Deacon Keith Strohm.  The series runs (Sun. May 21) – Tues. May 23rd from 6:30 to 8:00 pm each night.  Attend one or all…each night is a different topic.  The presentations will be held at the St. Joseph Church in Crosby.  The presentations are geared toward adults and high school students of all faiths.  ((Guests can come early and enjoy dinner from 5:15-6:15pm.  Child care will be available during the presentations as needed.  Pre-registration is required for child care and dinner.))  Contact info is available at

The Brainerd Lakes Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s is going to be held the last Saturday in September, but teams are forming NOW.  Teams are made up of friends, families and co-workers who walk together to increase awareness and raise funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  The annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s TEAM CAPTAIN Kickoff will be held on Tues. May 23 at Northern Lakes Senior Living on Excelsior Road in Baxter.  It’s designed for captains to meet each other, gather fundraising ideas and materials, and learn how the funds raised help provide research and services.  The kickoff will run from 5:30 to 7:00pm and will include appetizers and door prizes.  RSVPs are required by calling Brenda at 218-733-2560. 

Brainerd Public Schools recently launched “Blueprint 181” which brings facilities planning into a new phase focused on community-wide discussion of options to address school needs.  A number of listening sessions have been taking place where area residents can ask questions, voice opinions and share visions of the future of the community’s schools.  The next listening session is:  Tues. May 23 from 7-8:30pm at Brainerd High School’s Cafeteria and on Wed. May 24 from 6-7:30pm at Forestview Middle School’s Cafetorium.  For more information, log on to 

In coordination with the Brainerd Public Schools and its recently launched BluePrint181 regarding their facilities evaluation and future of those facilities, The Brainerd Lakes Chamber will host two special listening sessions focused on business needs, ideas and opportunities.  All chamber members are encouraged to attend.  Each session will include a complimentary breakfast or lunch.  The Special Business Listening Sessions-School Facilities will be held Wed. May 24th from 7:30am to 9:00am …. Or from 12:00 Noon to 1:30pm… in the CTC Room at the Brainerd Lakes Chamber office in Brainerd.  Registration is required by logging on to

The Brainerd American Legion Auxiliary will be holding a Soup/Sandwich Luncheon Fundraiser on Wed. May 24th from 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.   They will be serving homemade tomato basil or homemade chicken noodle soup, you choice of grilled cheese or ham sandwiches, bars and coffee.  The cost to attend is $6.00.

The Northland Arboretum in Brainerd will host its annual Plant Sale on Sat. May 27 at the Northland Arboretum.  The sale will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm outside of the lower level of the visitor center.  Plants for sale include perennials, annuals, Red Wiggler Worms, and other garden treasures.  Get your gardening questions answered by a Master Gardener!  Call the arb with questions.

The Northland Arboretum in Brainerd/Baxter will host its Annual Plant Sale on Sat. May 27th from 9:00am to 1:00pm.  The sale will be held outside of the lower level of the Visitor Center at the Arb and will feature perennials, annuals, red wiggler worms, and many other garden treasures.  Get your gardening questions answered by a Master Gardener! If you have questions, call the Arb at 829-8770.

The Backus Lions will hold their annual Get A Bargain Yard & Bake Sale from 7:30am to 12:00 noon on Sat. May 27.  The sale will be held at the Backus Corner Store parking lot on Highway 371 and 4th Street NW.  Shop for slightly used treasures including furniture, tools, books, and much more.  You can also purchase some tasty homemade baked goods.  Proceeds will benefit the philanthropic activities of the Backus Lions Club, including high school scholarships, food shelves, Christmas for Kids, Relay for Life, service dog organizations and local schools and nursing homes. 

The 6th Annual Race for Grace will be held on Sun. May 28th at Forestview Middle School in Baxter.  This is an event for the whole family!  Bouncy house, face painting and fun prior to the walk/run.  Registration starts at 8:30am and the 5K Walk/Run/Bike/Trike, etc. starts at 10:00.  Register online in advance at  Proceeds from the walk will help support the Brighter Days Foundation, which helps grant “mini-wishes” to kids and families in the area who are going through tough times.

5/29 – 6/4
Brainerd’s Memorial Day ceremony will be held on Mon. May 29th starting at 8:30 a.m. on the Laurel Street Bridge.  At this location, a wreath will be tossed into the Mississippi River in honor of those Veterans who were lost at sea.  There will be a prayer, rifle salute and the playing of Taps.  The ceremony will then proceed to the All Veterans Memorial next to the Courthouse where a wreath will be placed in honor of all Veterans of the Armed Forces of the U.S.  This, too, will be followed by a prayer, rifle salute and Taps.  There will also be a brief ceremony at the Bataan Memorial next to the National Guard Armory on Wright Street in Brainerd.  The Memorial Day Parade will start at 10:00 a.m. on 1st Avenue NE and travel to Evergreen Cemetery for the Memorial Day Ceremony.  Everyone is invited to take part. 

Highland Senior Living of Little Falls, along with Live Better Live Longer and Red Door Yoga, will be hosting a Community “Buddy Walk” for National Senior Health Day to promote Pedestrian Awareness Month.    The walk will be held on Wed. May 31st at 2:00pm and will start at Highland Senior Living at 1012 3rd Ave NE in Little Falls.  Register by calling 320-632-1880.  Free snacks, refreshments and information will be available after the walk.

The Grave Lake Association is hosting a Garage Sale on Sat. June 3rd at the Green Lantern at County Road 8 and Highway 18 east of Brainerd.  The sale will run from 9:00am-4:00pm.  The sale is a fundraiser where the dollars taken in will be used to treat invasive curly-leaf pondweed on Grave Lake.

The Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts will feature Lauren Nickisch in a one-woman play calledHephzibeth, Woman of Iron,” based on the life of northern Minnesota pioneer woman Hephzibeth Jewett Merritt, on Sat. June 3rd at 7:30pm…and on Sun. June 4th at 2:00pm.  The play will take place at the Pequot Lakes High School Theater.  Tickets are $14 for adults…$12 for seniors (60+)…$10 for youth 18 and under.  Purchase tickets at or call Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200.



Make Crosslake a Better Place to Walk!

Join in the Walkability Workshop and Walk Audit


A walkable community is a healthy, thriving place in which people of all ages and abilities can get where they need and want to go on a daily basis.


The Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS in conjunction with the Crosslakers is hosting a Walkability Workshop and Walk Audit

Date: Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Times: 9:00 am to 2:30 pm

Location: Crosslake Lutheran Church – Fellowship Hall – 35960 County Road 66 Crosslake, MN 56442


They would be delighted to have you participate.


The purpose of the workshop is to make Crosslake a more walkable community through healthier streets.


Please wear comfortable clothes, and be prepared for changeable weather (umbrella, sunglasses, etc.). After the walk audit we will serve lunch and discuss our collective findings. We hope you will join us, for part or all of the day, and work with the other participants to make Crosslake a more walkable community.


Attached you will find an event flyer and biographical information for our Blue Zones, LLC consultants, Dan Burden and Samantha Thomas.


For additional information about the workshop or to volunteer or register, please contact Marissa Skuza at 218-828-4567