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WHAT’S DOING - Aug. 27

Lois Club luncheon planned

AITKIN — The Lois Club will have a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the 40 Club in Aitkin. For additional information, contact Lois Johnson at (320) 684-2000 or Lois Neuman at 927-1354.

GriefShare support group to begin new series

BAXTER — GriefShare Support group will begin a new series at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church, 6284 Fairview Rd., Baxter. GriefShare is a series of 14 sessions that will end Sept. 13. Cost is $15; scholarships are available. The DVD seminar features well-known authors and counselors who speak to those who are grieving the death of a loved one. A workbook is provided for further study. Sharing is on a voluntary basis. Grief is different for each individual and hits you when you least expect it. The most important part of GriefShare is the hope it offers and helping move one from “mourning to joy.” For more information, contact the parish nurse at 829-7251 ext. 313 or the website

Brainerd Legion breakfast

Commander Chris’ all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Legion. Cost: $7 adults; $4 kids.

Aromatherapy and massage therapy class planned

There will be an aromatherapy and massage therapy class planned for 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at 12811 Hesitation Road, Deerwood, five miles west of Garrison. Call Judy at (218) 764-3167 or email, Linda at (218) 639-2831 or Lois at (218) 639-5077.

Bridgerama results

The final summer Bridgerama play off and luncheon recently took place at the Legacy at Cragun’s. Fifty women participated. First and second winners were given prizes within each of four groups. First place winners were Laurel Jarvis and Lois Volkmuth, Sandy Weber and JoAnn Eha, Carolyn Hegna and Stephanie Reed, Elsie Verdeja and Barb Vielma. Second place winners were Deanna Dubel and Margaret VanLith, Cathy Ross and Judy Mosford, Marlene McArthur and Joann Sufka, Mary Baker and Mary Leland. The first place overall winners were Sandy Weber and JoAnn Eha. Second place overall winners were Laurel Jarvis and Lois  Volkmuth. Anyone interested in playing bridge the summer of 2012, call Sandy Weber at 828-1219 or Mary Leland at 963-1091.                                                           

Fundraising consignment auction planned

Heartland Detachment, Marine Corps League, sponsors of the local annual Toys For Kids program will conduct its third annual fundraising consignment auction on Sept. 3 at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds located on SE 13th Street in Brainerd. Items for the auction will be received on Sept. 2 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and from 8-10 a.m. prior to the auction. The auction will start promptly at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Items may be donated or consigned and must be clean and in operable condition. Boats, vehicles and trailers welcome. Computers and related equipment, innersprings and mattresses cannot be accepted. Unsold appliances will be subject to a recycling fee. Heartland Detachment is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations may be tax deductible. Lunch will be available at the auction.

The Crow Wing Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans will also be at the auction to receive good, clean used clothing during the same hours noted above.

For information call Jack Huber at (218) 831-4219.

Square dance planned

All square dancers are invited to a dance Friday at Franklin Arts Center Cafeteria. Plus begins at 7:30 p.m. and mainstream at 8 p.m. Phil Miller will be the caller. The theme is bikini night. Ernie and Ellie Aarrestad will host the fingerfood potluck lunch after the dance.

Riverwood Auxiliary luncheon and style show planned

AITKIN — On Sept. 17, the Riverwood Hospital Auxiliary will present a luncheon and Second Time Around Clothing style show at Westside Church in Aitkin. Tickets for this 1 p.m. event are priced at $12.50 and are now available at the Riverwood Hospital Gift Shop or by calling Ardy at (218) 845-0032. No tickets will be sold at the door.

The clothing and accessories modeled have mostly been discovered at local thrift shops such as DAC-Mart, Angel’s Dance, McGregor Area Clothing Closet and Garrison Caregivers Thrift Store. All proceeds from this event will be given to the Riverwood Hospital Building Fund. Also $1 chances for door prizes will be sold at the door.

WHS class of 1958

The Washington High School class of 1958 will meet for coffee at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Northwest Pizza/Boardwalk Bread and Bagel.

VFW dinner planned

VFW Friday night dinner will be Buzz and crew cooking steak on the grill and serving from 5:30 p.m. until gone Friday at the VFW. Cost: $9. Reservations are appreciated. Call the VFW at 829-6393.

Duplicate bridge scores

North-South: Patrick Spradlin and Bruce Eastman, 44; Ray and Gladys Norrgard, 39.5.

East-West: Bob McClellan and Lane Weber, 35.5; and Sue Caquelin and Joyce Roemer, 34.5.

Bethany Auxiliary to meet

G.S.S.-Bethany Auxiliary will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Bethany Community Room. The special guest will be Sam Dodd, G.S.S. Hospice Chaplain, talking about a GriefShare support group this fall.  Auxiliary members are also invited to the Gift shop meeting at 9:30 a.m.

Alpha Chapter No. 23 OES

Alpha Chapter No. 23 OES along with Woodland Chapter, Aitkin, will have a special meeting at 7 p.m.  Monday at the Brainerd Masonic Hall. Dick McGinnis, Grand Sentinel, will give a presentation on service dogs for blind, deaf and many others who may benefit from this service. This will be an open meeting.

Senior dances

Senior dances will be 1-4 p.m. Wednesday in Waukenabo with music by the Chmielewskis; and from 1-4 p.m. Friday at Deerwood with music by John and Virginia.

WHS class of 1951 to hold 60th reunion

Plans are being finalized for the 60th reunion of the class of 1951 to be held in Brainerd on Sept. 16-17 at the Brainerd American Legion, 708 Front Street. A meet and greet will be 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Legion with the reunion celebration on Sept. 17 beginning with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and a program at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are still being accepted. Dress for both days is casual.

The class is still looking for some classmates: Ted Crowley, Mary Jane (Richter) Drach, Beverly (Johnson) Forrester, James Frayer, Jeanette (Potter) Freeman, Jerry Hawkinson, Don Hawkinson, Patricia (Otis) Leno, Donna (Wickham) Luehring, Carl Mahron, Barbara (Bright) Ofterlie, Beverly (Gambs) Rhoades, Joan (Anderson) Waller, Nancy (Royce) Whitefield. If you have information or would like to make a reservation, call Richard Hayes at 829-4900.

Patriots Tour of Colors Bike Ride registration opens

PEQUOT LAKES — Pequot Lakes Patriot Foundation’s 4th Annual Tour of Colors Bike Ride is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17 .  Registration is open until the day of the ride.  Riders registering before Saturday, Sept. 10th will receive a T-shirt for the ride.

 This ride emphasizes tasty, healthy food at the rest stops, as riders enjoy the scenic lake views and brilliant fall colors.  Three ride choices of 10, 24, or 40 miles are offered to riders.  Registration cost is $25 and registration forms are available at the Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce office and also on the Patriot Foundation website.  

 The Patriot Foundation uses the funds raised to support artistic, academic, cultural and social growth opportunities in the Pequot Lakes School District.  

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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