May 17   June3

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:       
     5/17         Thurs. 12:00-6:00              Northern Lights Casino in Walker
     5/18         Fri.     10:00-4:00              Palace Casino in Cass Lake
     5/23         Wed.  10:00-4:00              Brainerd VFW in Brainerd

     5/24         Thurs. 10:00-4:00              CRMC in Crosby

     5/25         Fri.     8:00-2:00                CRMC in Crosby       


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:

          5/22   Tues.  9:00-11:00              Cass Co. Health, Human & Vet. Services - Walker
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. 

For more info., go to 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

Adults who are grieving the death of a loved one are invited to participate in the Grief Support Group that is facilitated by a supportive and caring group of professionals.  The group is for adults who have had a relative, friend, or significant person die.  The group meets Mondays from 3:00-5:00 from April 30th through June 11th at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd.  For more information about Grief Support and to register for the seven week session, please call 218-828-7442.

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. June 12                 “Hostas: From Minis to Giants” – Jennifer Knutson

     Tues. July 10                  “The Moon Garden” – Jennifer Knutson

     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 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 and click on the Bricks link.

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, visit…..Upcoming classes include:

Energy Assistance funding is still available for households in Beltrami and Cass County for help with heating and electric bills. If you have not already applied this heating season and meet the income guidelines, you may be eligible. Deadline to submit applications is May 31, 2018.  For application information contact the BI-CAP Energy Assistance Program at 1-800-332-7161 or visit

The Lakewood Health System Foundation will be distributing free bicycle helmets at its clinics to area children as part of its annual “Helmets Worth Wearing” program.  At the clinics, children will be properly fitted and given a free helmet along with instruction on the importance of wearing a helmet.   Lakewood Clinic dates and locations:
     May 14     Mon.               3:00-8:00pm            Eagle Bend clinic
     May 14      Mon.              
3:00-5:00                Motley clinic
     May 16     Wed.               11:00-7:00              Staples Clinic
     May 17     Thurs.            3:00-5:00                Pillager Clinic

     May 17     Thurs.            3:00-5:00                Browerville Clinic



The Brainerd Lakes Area Growers Market will be open starting Fri. May 11th through the summer at the Harley Davidson parking lot in Baxter from 8:00-12:30.  In addition, starting Tues. May 15th, the market will be open in the Franklin Arts Center parking lot through the summer, also from 8:00-12:30.  Purchase vegetables, fruits, hanging baskets and potted flowers and plants.  At times, too, you will find fresh lettuce, green onions, asparagus, local honey, maple syrup, baked good, pork and beef.  Homemade items will also be available.


5/14 – 5/20


The Diabetes Department at Lakewood Health System is hosting a monthly diabetes support group starting Thurs. May 17th from 3:00-4:00 in the lower level Classroom B at Lakewood’s main campus in Staples.  The group is for individuals who have been diagnosed with diabetes, or are interested in learning more about it.  It will be facilitated by Lakewood’s diabetes educators.  It is free to attend.  Call 218-894-8765 with questions or to register.


Team captains who want to participate in this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in September are asked to RSVP for the Brainerd Lakes Kick Off event by May 18th!  The Kickoff itself will be held on Tues. May 22nd at Northern Lakes Senior Living on Excelsior Road in Baxter.  That event will run from 5:30-7:00pm and will provide Captains with free fundraising materials, ideas and information regarding this year’s walk.  Sign up at Act.Alz.Org/brainerd.  RSVPs are REQUIRED by calling 218-733-2560.

Kids are invited to a Bike Rodeo on Sat. May 19th at Eagleview Elementary School in Breezy Point.  The rodeo will run from 9:00-12:00 and is hosted by the Pequot Lakes PTA.  While there, kids can register to win a new bike, they will get a new bike helmet, get their current bikes checked over by a pro and much more!  It’s free to attend!  See you there!

Attention Parents and Students:  The annual Brainerd Lakes Bicycle Safety Clinic will be held on Sat. May 19th from 10:00 to 12:00 at the Brainerd High School’s lower parking lot.  (In the BHS Gym, if weather is bad).  Students are asked to bring their bike and will be encouraged to ride in a mock course.  While supplies last, they’ll receive a youth bike helmet.  Kids can enter to win a $100 gift card toward the purchase of a new bike!  Volunteers will offer bike safety checks, review bicycle safety rules and ensure proper helmet fittings.  Kids of all ages are invited.  The event is free to attend. 

The Cultural Arts Series at CLC in Brainerd welcomes the Children’s Theatre Company’s “Seedfolks” to the Chalberg Theater on Sat. May 19th at 11:00am.  Where all her neighbors see a rat-infested vacant lot, 9-year old Kim sees a place to plant some precious beans that eventually bring her community together.  Tickets are $12 for adults…$8 for those under 18 and can be purchased online at or by calling 855-8199.

Love chocolate AND want to support a great cause?  If so, get your tickets now for the Kinship Partners’ Chocolate Walk in downtown Nisswa that will happen May 19th.  Meander and shop the stores of Nisswa and walk out of participating stores with a gourmet sweet treat!  We’re NOT talking Hershey Kisses here… we are talking about works of chocolate art!  Only a few tickets left!  Get them now for $25.  Get your tickets at 


5/21 – 5/27


The Heritage Singers from Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, Wisconsin, will present a concert at Lakeside Baptist Church in Backus on Tues. May 22nd at 6:30pm.  The public is invited to attend the concert.  With questions, call 218-947-4955.

The Crosslake Area Historical Society Spring Fundraiser Dinner will be held on Tues. May 22nd at the Whitefish Lodge & Suites in Crosslake.  Social hour starts at 6:00, Dinner at 7:00 and a live auction will start at 8:00.  Dinner tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the Whitefish Lodge.  Or, for tickets, more info, or to make a donation, call Mary at 218-692-3188.

Crow Wing Energized’s Mental Fitness goal group and the ACEs and Resiliency Coalition (ARC) are bringing trauma awareness and resilience training to the community during Mental Health Awareness Month.  The STAR-Lite Training will take place on Tues. May 22nd from 8:00-4:30 at the Heritage Church in Baxter.  Register for the training day at

Join Deerwood Bank as they host a Brainerd Lakes Chamber Business After Hours on Tues. May 22nd at their location in Baxter.  Enjoy jerk chicken skewers, pesto turkey sliders and BBQ meatballs paired with beer, wine and water from Prairie Bay.  Attendees will have the chance to win prizes, but you must be present to win.  Deerwood Bank is on Lynwood Drive in Baxter.  If you cannot attend, visit the Chamber’s Facebook page at 5:30 for a live peek at the event!  Reservations are required. Call 829-2838.

Register now and join Crow Wing Energized for a Lunch & Learn event on Wed. May 23rd.  The topic of the gathering will be “Make it OK” regarding mental health.   The forum will take place from 12:00 – 1:00 at the Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber office on West Washington Street in Brainerd.  It is free and open to the public.  Please bring your own lunch.  Register in advance at


Please join Horizon Health for the 37th “CELEBRAION: Annual Conference on Aging” on Thurs. May 24th at Central Lakes College Staples Campus.  The Keynote Speaker will be Amanda Mithum, Outpatient Program Coordinator at Lakewood Health System who will speak about how navigating relationships is a balancing act.  There will be over 50 vendors, refreshments, lunch and door prizes.  Register now by calling 800-224-6451 or visit Facebook and search Staples Aging Celebration.

Homeless and Wounded Warriors MN is sponsoring a Golf Charity Event on Fri. May 25th at Golden Eagle Golf Course in Fifty Lakes.  All proceeds will go to needy Wounded Warriors Families and homeless veterans in the local area.  The fee is $70 per golfer… $260 per foursome.  A hole in one prize includes a 2018 Harley Davidson Road King!  Call Steve at 320-267-0376 for registration and details. 

Please join friends and family of Bud and Vickie McCarty for a ham dinner fundraiser for couple on Sat. May 26th at the Pine River Legion.  The ham dinner will be served from 4:00-8:00 and the cost is a free will donation.  There will be a silent auction from 4:00-8:00, with music and dancing from 8:00pm-12:00am.  Bud was diagnosed with lung cancer in October last year and underwent surgery to remove the cancer.  This past April, the cancer returned and he continues to fight it.  Vickie was, then, diagnosed with COPD in March last year causing early retirement…followed by a slip on some ice and a broken hip.  The two are having a tough time and the funds will be used for their extra travel expenses, to help pay bills and to help with other needs. 





Want a free root beer float?  Join Wellness In The Woods for their Hope Floats event on Sat. May 26th from 6:00-8:00pm at the Heritage Church on Berrywood Drive in Baxter.  Join others in the community to learn about wellness recovery action programs.  The free event is geared toward teenagers and adults with substance use disorders and mental health challenges.  Members of the community are encouraged to share a story, poem, or song that encourages hope.  With questions, call Bert at 218-206-4788.


It’s time for the 7th Annual Race for Grace 5K Family Run/Walk….and really, you can bike, trike, skateboard or whatever!  The race will take place on Sun. May 27th at Forestview Middle School in Baxter.  Registration starts at 8:30.  The race begins at 10:00.  You can pre-register online at  The proceeds will benefit the Brighter Days Foundation that grants wishes to local children and families who are dealing with severe and/or life threatening illnesses.

The Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery will host its Annual Memorial Day program on Sun. May 27th at 1:30 at the cemetery on Highway 115 in Little Falls.  Celebrate Memorial Day by taking part in this memorable service that includes a number of speakers and will take place rain or shine.  All are welcome. 



5 /28 – 6/3


The public is encouraged to attend a Memorial Day Picnic on Mon. May 28th from 11;00-1:00, rain or shine!  The picnic is hosted by the Brainerd American Legion and the Brainerd Elks.  It will be held at the Brainerd American Legion.  It is free for Veterans and their families.  All are welcome with a free will donation. 

The Nisswa Women’s Club will host its 35th Annual Scholarship Benefit Fashion Show & Luncheon on Tues. May 29th at Madden’s Town Hall.  The event, themed “Minnesota In Full Bloom,” runs from 10:30-2:30 and costs $45.  Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each where you could win a one week stay at Superior Shores in Two Harbors, $500 cash, a guided fishing trip, a two-night stay with golf at Breezy Point Resort or many other things!  For a complete list of prizes, visit  Event tickets can be purchased through the Nisswa Chamber at 218-963-2620.


The 2018 Nisswa Christmas Home Tour Tickets go on sale June 1st!  Annually in October Nisswa Designers decorate a lake home to raise money for the Lakes Area Food Shelf in Pequot Lakes.  A Nisswa area home is completely decorated top to bottom by local designers for Christmas, and you may purchase tickets to tour the home.  This group of designers has been hosting the Home Tour fundraiser for over 30 years, and every year it is more amazing. It is Christmas in October!  There are shuttles that meet at the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce to take you to and from the home, it is a great time!  Tickets are on sale through the website or follow the links on their Facebook page.


The 11th Annual Pequot Lakes Cherry Car Show and Craft Fair will be taking place in Pequot Lakes on Sat. June 2nd hosted by the Pequot Lakes –Breezy Point Lions Club.All the festivities will take place in Trailside Park on the corner of County Road 11 and Patriot Avenue.  Registration starts at 7:00 AM, the show runs from 9:00-4:00.  It’s free for spectators!  For more info, call 218-838-8002 or send an email to

Please join Brainerd Community Action at Northland Kart Kountry for an evening of racing, climbing, golfing, jumping and laughing as we raise funds for the Brainerd Community 4th of July Celebration.  On Sun. June 3rd, from 5:00-8:00pm, Brainerd Community Action will receive 20% back on all attraction sales on this night only.  So come out, have a great time and help Community Action work toward its goal of raising $45,000 before this summer’s celebration.