PSA

July 12 – July 22


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:       
        7/13       Fri.     10:00-4:00              Pequot Lakes High School

        7/13     Fri.     12:00-6:00              St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wadena
         

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:

        7/13       Fri.     10:00-12:00            Northland Area Family Center

        7/17       Tues.  10-12 & 1-2:30         Pillager Family Resource Center
        7/24       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 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. 
          July 14       Wire Sculpture Kids Class        
          Aug. 11      Fabric Printing

For more info., go to CrossingArts.org or call 833-0416.

The Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd offers workshops in a variety of mediums as part of its mission to provide arts education to the community. (For more info, and class costs, visit CrossingArts.org)…..Upcoming classes include:
      7/28        Sat.    10:00-2:00    Fabric Dyeing with Carolyn Abbott.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. Aug. 14                 “Outwitting Peter Rabbit and Bambi” – JoAnn Weaver

     Tues. Sept. 11                “Trees:  Choose Wisely and Plant Properly” – Jackie Burkey
     Tues. Oct. 9                    “Spring Blooming Bulbs for North. Gardens” – Jennifer Knutson

     Tues. Nov. 13                 “Worm Composting (Vermicomposting)” – Jackie Burkey

     Tues. Dec. 11                 “Holiday Pizzazz: Using Plants for Holiday Décor” JoAnn Weaver


The Brainerd Lakes Area Growers Market is open for the summer and you are invited to stop by and shop!  The market will be open from 8:00 to 12:30 every Tuesday in the Franklin Arts Center parking lot, every Thursday in the lot of the Nisswa American Legion and on Fridays at the Harley Davidson parking lot in Baxter.  You’ll be able to purchase vegetables, fruits, hanging baskets, potted flowers and plants.  You may also find fresh lettuce, green onions, asparagus, local honey, maple syrup, baked good, pork and beef.  Homemade items will also be available.   For more info, visit BrainerdFarmersMarket.com

 

The Cuyuna Range Farmers Market will be up and running each and every Saturday from 9:00-12:00 from June through October.  The market will be open to all at the Main Street Plaza in Crosby.

The City of Brainerd will begin a Farmer’s Market on Laurel in the parking lot between South 6th and South 7th Street on Laurel Street starting Tues. June 26th and every following Tuesday until further notice.  Parking will be prohibited in marked areas from 2:00-8:00pm. 

The Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd is proud to announce that the second annual Mark Munson Memorial School of Rock will be taking place in July (2018) and are looking for students to participate!  The camp, which runs July 17-19 and 24th -26th from 12:00-4:00 at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd, brings young musicians together to work on skills needed to become a band and to perform on stage.  Under the guidance of an established local musician instructor, students in grades 5 – 12 develop skills and friendships, and rock out, learning and performing two classic rock songs.  The camp culminates with a rock concert at Tornstrom Auditorium on July 26th.  Guitarists, drummers, keyboardists and vocalists are needed!  Registration is now open.  Camp is $230/student, with scholarships available for those who can demonstrate financial need.  Enroll NOW online at CrossingArts.org or by calling 218-833-0416.

The Crow Wing County All Veterans Memorial in Brainerd is holding a Donor Brick Program Fundraiser to present a visual experience showing respect and thankfulness to those who have and are defending our freedoms.  To honor a veteran in your life, you can purchase an engraved brick with his or her name on it to use on the walkway to the memorial.  To order a brick, log onto www.BrainerdVFW.com and click on the Bricks link.

 

Child and Teen Checkups is a state program for those on Medical Assistance, age 20 years and younger. This program promotes regular health screenings and well-child checkups for children each year after the age of 3. These checkups are available at no cost for children, teens and young adults through the age of 20 who are enrolled in Medical Assistance. These health checkups can meet the requirements for head start, daycare, camps and/or sports. For more information, along with a current list of participating medical, dental, and eye clinics in Crow Wing County can be found at www.childandteencheckups.com. Schedule an appointment with a participating provider and ask for a Child and Teen Checkups.

 

**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.


Brainerd Public Schools are pleased to announce that six school libraries will be open during the summer thanks to grants from National Joint Powers Association (NJPA) and Crow Wing County Power, and generous donations from Black Ridge Bank and Deerwood Bank.  The library will be open during limited hours at the following locations:

     BAXTER: Tuesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

     GARFIELD: Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

     LOWELL: Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

     NISSWA:  Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., (Check website for program dates and time changes),

     RIVERSIDE: Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

     FORESTVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL: Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


The ever-popular Pine River Duck Races are underway for the season every Friday now through August 17th at the Pine River Dam in Pine River.  Registration starts at 1:45 with the first heat staring at 2:00.  Each racer rents a duck for $1.00 and then hopes their duck wins the race down the river!  Races take about 1.5 to 2 hours.  For more info, call 218-587-4000.

Join the fun every Wednesday afternoon (through August 22nd) for the Nisswa Turtle Races in downtown Nisswa!  The fun starts with 1:00 registration with the races starting at 2:00!  For just $5, you can rent a turtle, enter the race and maybe win some prizes!  Turtles are provided.  Other fun activities will take place near “Turtle Downs” next to the Nisswa Chamber Building as well.  For more information, visit www.Nisswa.com.

Join the fun every Wednesday afternoon (through August 22nd) for the Longville Turtle Races in downtown Longville!  The fun starts with 1:00 registration, along with games, contests and other activities.  The races start at 2:00!  For only $3, you can rent a turtle, enter the race and maybe win some prizes!  Turtles are provided. For more information, visit www.Longville.com.  

 

The Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency has been asked to expand their Rural Rides program into Crow Wing County.  They are looking for volunteer drivers in the Brainerd area to bring people to their medical appointments and to work.  The reimbursement rate is 54.5 cents per mile.  Volunteers must have a driver’s license, a dependable vehicle, insurance, a clean driving record and pass a background check.  If interested, contact Martin Lepak at 218-410-9755. 

Every day, Minnesotans make over 9,000 visits to a food shelf statewide.  That makes for six visits to a food shelf every minute.  The Salvation Army Food Shelf in Brainerd says that you can make a difference by making a cash donation throughout the month of July.  They are able to purchase more food at a discounted rate with your generous donations.  You can mail donations to The Salvation Army – July Challenge - P.O. Box 385 in Brainerd.  With questions, call 829-1120.

Enjoy Music In The Park in Staples each Sunday through August 12th!  The free concerts take place at 7:00pm at the NP Park in Staples (or in case of inclement weather, Faith Lutheran Church on 12th St.).  Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
    July 15       Bill & Kate Isles and Band (folk)

    July 22       Alan Goddage & Sundown (classic country)

    July 29       Deb Otteson & Little Moran River Band (classic rock & roll)

    Aug. 5         Nathan’s Old Time Band (walz, polka)

    Aug. 12      Aitas (reggae, rock, hip-hop)

In 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 jeriborg@hotmail.com

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.

The Salvation Army Back to School Drive is underway.  Help local children in need start the school year off right.  Drop off new school supplies at the Westgate Mall in Brainerd or Menards in Baxter.  You can also drop them off directly at the Salvation Army Thrift Store or the Salvation Army at 208 S. 8th St. in Brainerd.

 

 

7/9 – 7/15
Pequot Lakes Community Theater presents “Bus Stop” at the Pequot Lakes High School Theater Wed. July 11 - Sat. July 13th (and 17th – 19th).  It tells the story of what happens when a snowstorm forces the ill-assorted passengers of a bus to be stranded overnight in a roadside diner in 1955.  Showtime is 7:30 each evening.  Tickets are $14 for adults…$12 for seniors (age 60+)…and $10 for youth.  Reserve tickets by calling 568-9200 or online at GLAPA.info.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and head to Gregory Park on Brainerd’s north side to enjoy a concert in the park.  On Thurs. June 12th, take in the sounds of Churchyard.  The concert starts at 7:00 (in case of bad weather, the show will be at The Center on Kingwood Street).

The Cass County Fair in Pillager is underway Thurs. July 12th through Sun. July 15th.  On Thursday, the fair opens with food, fun and the Miss Pillager Contest at the school commons at 6:00.  Friday is Kids Day, featuring the Wild Things Zoo, Art Pub painting, a beer garden and live music.  Saturday, start with the Pillager Boy Scouts pancake breakfast at 8:00… then stay for the 10:00 Parade…12:00 Kiddie Tractor Pull…3:00 Corn Hole Tournament… 7:00 UTS Mud Run…and 10:00 Fireworks!  Don’t forget to go to church on Sunday and stay for the meal from KCs Saloon!  Fair will close Sunday at 3:00.  For more info, visit www.PillagerFair.com

The Crisis Line and Referral Service is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with an Open House on Fri. July 13th from 2:00-6:00 at Prairie Bay in Baxter.  Stop in and help them celebrate their 30 years of serving Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Todd, Morrison and Wadena Counties. 

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will be in town on Fri. July 13th for a fun and patriotic event at the Mills Baseball Field.  Gates will open at 6:00 with free admission!  Celebrity attendees include Indianapolis Colts player and lakes area native Joe Haeg, Josh Archibald of the Arizona Coyotes hockey team, and X-Games Champion “Monster” Mike Schultz.  Do not miss this event!  Organized by This One’s For Hop Inc.

It’s big!  It’s EXTREME!  It’s the Paul Bunyan Extreme Race at Mount Ski Gull on Sat. July 14th starting at 8:00am.  Participants will bravely face over 20 insane obstacles that are spread out over a 2.9 mile course covered in hills, mud and challenges!  Water slides, rope swings, mud pits and more!  Register as in individual or team, ages 10 and up.  Create teams to compete against others, other businesses, rival sports teams or inner gym bragging rights!  Google Mount Ski Gull to register or to get more information.

Join the Merrifield Lions for its Park Fest Car Show on Sat. July 14th from 10:00-2:00 at Lion’s Park in Merrifield.  The free event will feature kids games, food and fun all day, plus you can vote on your favorite ride!  Pulled pork sandwiches and root beer floats will be sold.  Register your wheels at 8:30.. $10 per entry.  There will be thousands of dollars in prizes raffled off!  Don’t miss the fun… 7 miles north of Brainerd on Co. Rd. 3 in Merrifield. 

The funds will help benefit the maintenance and improvements at the Merrifield Lions Park.  

Pierz Freedom Fest is taking place on Sat. July 14th.  Featured this year:  Montgomery Gentry, Lonestar, the Fabulous Armadillos’ Eagles Tribute and more!  Join the fun by the General Admission Bar.  Tickets are available at Bootleggers Bar, The Clothesline, F&M Bank, Hartmann’s, JM/SA, Johnny C’s Sports Bar, Red’s Auto, Red Rooster, Trails Edge and Unity Bank.  You can also purchase tickets at PierzFreedomFest.com.  Info: 320-468-6471.
The Lakes Area Music Festival will present its Prelude Concert Series two times over the next few weeks.  The annual Prelude Series allows LAMF to bring their music and mission to surrounding Lakes Area communities in preparation for the upcoming Festival season.  The first sessions will be held Sat. July 14th at 7pm at the Aitkin Opera House, Sun. July 15th at 2:00 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd, and Sun. July 15th at 7:00 Crosslake Lutheran Church.      The second sessions will be held on Sat. July 21st at 7:00 at Motley United Methodist Church, Sun. July 22nd at 2:00 at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood, at Sun. July 22nd at 7:00 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.  No tickets are required.  The shows are free to attend.  To learn more, visit LakesAreaMusic.org. 

Save the date of Sun. July 15th for a round or two of BBQ Bingo!  Game play starts at 1:00 at The Center in Brainerd.  $7/card for 16 games.  Each winner receives a $25 Cub Foods gift card.  Coverall winners gets a $50 Cub Foods gift card. 

 

Step back in time to the 1920’s when the American Barnstormers Tour lands at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Sun. through Tues. July 15, 16 and 17th.  Recreating the “Golden Age of Aviation” these 10 antique aircraft, costumed re-enactors, period food, and Model T cars will take you back in time.  The event will run daily from 9:00-8:00.  Free parking, free shuttle to gate and free admission!  Food will be available for purchase at nominal cost, some sold at 1929 prices!  Vintage biplane rides will be $80 per person.  To learn more, Google Barnstormers Brainerd.

 

 

7/16 – 7/22

 

Step back in time to the 1920’s when the American Barnstormers Tour lands at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Mon. & Tues, July 16 and 17th.  Recreating the “Golden Age of Aviation” these 10 antique aircraft, costumed re-enactors, period food, and Model T cars will take you back in time.  The event will run daily from 9:00-8:00.  Free parking, free shuttle to gate and free admission!  Food will be available for purchase at nominal cost, some sold at 1929 prices!  Vintage biplane rides will be $80 per person.  To learn more, Google Barnstormers Brainerd.

The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library continue their Brown Bag Summer Author Series by bringing acclaimed authors to the Brainerd Library to discuss their latest work and the craft of writing.  On Mon. July 16, Minnesota attorney and author Roberta Walburn will discuss her recent book, “Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice,” about the life of a crusading federal judge who stood up and fought for “the little guy.”  All events are free and open to the public. They start at 12:00.  Please contact the library with any questions.


It’s time for Christmas In July!  Join the fun at Hope Lutheran Church of Walker on Tues. July 17th from 10:30-1:30 for food and fun!  A salad luncheon will served for $10 (adults)…. $5 (under 10).  You’ll find crafts, a bake sale, a plant sale, a quilt raffle, hand-made greeting cards and a silent auction.  Christmas in July is a fundraiser sponsored by the Women of Hope with proceeds donated to the Walker Food Shelf, Faith in Action, Second Harvest, the Boys & Girls Club and many other non-profit organizations.  All are welcome. 


Crow Wing County 4-H is having a “Party With A Purpose” on Tues. July 17th to raise money for the 4-H youth development in our area.  The event will take place from 6:00-8:00 at the Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace in Little Falls.  It will feature traditional Native American food from Prairie Bay and entertainment by 4-H’ers in our community.  Tickets are $10 with a maximum of $30 per family and includes appetizers, wine and entertainment.  Tickets are available online at EventBrite.com or at the door. 

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hackensack will host its 37th Annual Country Fair on Wed. July 18th from 9:00-2:00.  There will a lunch, crafts along with sales of plants, frozen Butter Braids and Caramel Rolls.  Enjoy 50-cent rootbeer floats!  Find “next-to-new” items, knife sharpening, baked items and more!  A quilt will also be raffled off with all proceeds to be used for church, world and community projects.  Everyone is invited!  St. Paul’s is located near the south end of Hackensack, just east of Highway 371.

 

A Brainerd Community Theatre Production, “Church Basement Ladies” is a celebration of the church basement kitchen and the women who work there and features four distinct characters and their relationships as they organize the food and the problems of a rural Minnesota church. Showtime is 7:30, Thurs – Sat. July 19-21 and Tues. – Thurs. July 25th-27th at the Chalberg Theater at CLC-Brainerd campus.  For tickets to this “heavenly” musical comedy, visit CLCPerformingArts.com or call 855-8199.   Tickets are $17 Adults… $14 Under 18.

Celebrate Emily Day in Emily City Park on Sat. July 21st.  Enjoy food booths, kid’s games, a craft fair and more!  Beer Gardens, a Paintball gallery, chainsaw carving and auction, contests, a medallion hunt and music in the park!  Wanted from 1:30-4:30…. Elvis from 4:30-6:30…and Wanted again from 6:30-10:30.  For kids ages 4 to 11, there is a state sanctioned Kids Tractor Pull at 3:00.  Due to construction and safety concerns, there will be no parade this year, but there WILL BE FIREWORKS at 10:30 over Lake Emily!  See you on the 21st in Emily City Park!

The 10th Annual Ride called “Gracie’s Run” is set for Sat. July 21st at the Twisted Sisters Bar in Staples.  The motorcycle ride (or any motorized vehicle is welcome) is in memory of Grace Becker.  Registration starts at 10:00, with kickstands up at 11:00!  $30 for a single driver or rider… $50 double.  The fee includes a t-shirt, breakfast and a full meal after the ride.  For more information, contact Barbi at 894-5728.  Proceeds from the run will be donated to the Natal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Unit at St. Cloud Hospital for family extended stay expenses.


Join the Mission Fire Department at their annual Mission Fire Fair Fundraiser on Sat. July 21st from 11:30-4:00 at Mission Park.  Bring the family to see fire trucks, air medical helicopter, minnow races, a silent auction, the chicken poopin’ contest, and many contests for kids!  Door prizes will be given out all day and Raffle tickets will also be sold. 

The Lakes Area Music Festival will continue its Prelude Concert Series the weekend of July 21st and 22nd.  The annual Prelude Series allows LAMF to bring their music and mission to surrounding Lakes Area communities in preparation for the upcoming Festival season.  The first sessions were held last weekend, The second sessions will be held on Sat. July 21st at 7:00 at Motley United Methodist Church, Sun. July 22nd at 2:00 at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood, at Sun. July 22nd at 7:00 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.  No tickets are required.  The shows are free to attend.  To learn more, visit LakesAreaMusic.org.