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194th Tank Regiment

7 p.m. second Monday at Brainerd National Guard Armory.

AARP Tax-Aide


Free tax help. Call RSVP, 824-1345.


For information about the Brainerd branch, call Roberta at 963-4220.

Amateur Radio Club

Monthly technical discussions, ham classes, testing. 765-3100. Listen to 147.225 MHz, 8 p.m. Sunday.

American Monetary Institute

Local chapter in formation process for monetary reform. Call (320) 632-0501.

American Sewing Guild

12:30 p.m. fourth Thursday, Brainerd Public Library. Carol, 825-0283.


District 4 Post 26 meetings, 11 a.m. first Thursdays, at Brainerd American Legion Club.

Backus American Legion and Auxiliary

Unit meetings 7:30 p.m. fourth Mondays, Post Clubrooms, Highways 371 and 87 W.

Baxter Lions Club

7 p.m. second and fourth Mondays, Camp Vanasek.

Bay Lake Area Lions

7:45 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Deerwood American Legion. Call 678-2150 for venue.

Bethany Good Samaritan Auxiliary

10 a.m. first Thursday, Bethany class room, 804 Wright St. Liz, 825-2505.

Blue Ox Brewers Society

Meets 7 p.m. third Thursday at various locationss to discuss homebrewing and share brews. Visit or e-mail

Brainerd American Legion Auxiliary

Meets 6:30 p.m. executive committee and 7 p.m. meeting first Monday, Legion club.

Brainerd Area Bead Club

The Brainerd Area Bead Club has dissolved. For information on jewelry repair or classes, call Loretta, 829-3779.

Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace

Meets 7 p.m. first Monday, United Church of Christ, 415 Juniper.

Brainerd Chapter, IAAP

For all administrative support staff. 5 p.m. second Tuesday, LarsonAllen, Baxter. Contact Laura Larson, 821-6105 or e-mail

Brainerd Chapter No. 42 R.A.M.

Meets 8 p.m. third Tuesday.

Brainerd Downtown Business Association

Downtown business owners meet 6 p.m. third Tuesday.

Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615

Meetings are 6:30 p.m. first and third Mondays, Brainerd American Legion, 708 Front St., Brainerd. Dinner served 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays; and burgers or chicken sandwiches served from 5-7 p.m. Thursdays for all members and guests.

Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615 breakfast                                                                                                  Breakfast is served first Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Brainerd Elks Lodge, 215 South Ninth St.

Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615 Polish sausage feed                                                                                    Second Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Brainerd Elks Lodge, 215 South Ninth St.

Brainerd Family History Center

Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 101 Buffalo Hills Lane, 828-4701, during regular hours.

Brainerd Jaycees

6:30 p.m. social, 7 p.m. meeting, second Thursday at Holiday Inn Express. Contact or Mike Kuck at (218) 330-1023.

Brainerd Kiwanis Club

Mondays, noon lunch program Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd. Christopher Robinson, 828-4223.

Brainerd Lakes Area Women of Today

6:30 p.m. first Thursday, First Lutheran Church, Brainerd. Contact Becky Stock,, (218) 330-1607 or Tami Evanson,, 330-5351; More information go to

Brainerd Lakes Calligraphy Society

Meets 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Brainerd Public Library, small meeting room. Open to anyone interested in calligraphy, skilled or unskilled. Contact Sue Sterling, 831-3550.

Brainerd Lakes Sunrise Rotary

7:15 a.m. Wednesdays, Holiday Inn Express, Baxter.

Brainerd Lions Club

6:30 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays, TJ’s Log Cabin, 829-5278.

Brainerd Newcomers

9 a.m. first Wednesday, Caribou Coffee, Baxter. Nicole Wheeler, (218) 828-3613.

Brainerd Rotary

Noon Tuesdays, Red Roof Inn.

Brainerd Writers Alliance

10 a.m. to noon, second Saturday, Brainerd Public Library. Theresa, or 828-8822 or

CWC Chapter of MADD

If you need a speaker or victim assistance, contact CWC Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Meetings at 601 NW Fifth Street. Call 828-5055 for meeting dates.

CWC Civil Air Patrol

7-9 p.m. Mondays- CAP Bldg. at Brd. Airport, 828-8116.

Central Lakes Riders Club

Meets 7 p.m. third Mondays, Merrifield Marathons building.

Central Lakes Rotary Club

Meets 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays, AmericInn, Jenkins.

Crossing Arts Alliance

Board of directors meets 6:30 p.m. first Thursday, Franklin Arts Center, 1001 Kingwood Street No. 118, Brainerd.

Crow Wing County Genealogy Society

Meets 6 p.m. fourth Thursday September through May, Family History Center, Buffalo Hills Lane. Call Wendy, 828-9178, or Carolyn, 829-8502.

Danish Sisterhood of America

For more information, Susanne, 828-8922 or e-mail

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)

Captain Robert Orr Chapter DAR meets 10 a.m. second Saturday May through October, at Embers/Sawmill Inn, Brainerd. Meeting followed by program and then lunch. Jeanne, 829-2737, or Shirley, 927-2757.

Deerwood Lakes Lions

7:30 p.m. second Monday, Deerwood American Legion, 764-2964.

Deerwood Legion

Deerwood American Legion No. 557 Auxiliary and Post Meetings third Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

Disabled American Veterans

Crow Wing County Chapter 22 and Auxiliary meets 7 p.m. third Thursday, VFW Post No. 1647, Brainerd.


Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Donations, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For emergencies, call 829-5065 or 829-1436.

Double S Saddle Club

Meets 7 p.m. third Thursday, Brainerd Public Library. Debbie, 828-0219.

Encore Arts Association

7 p.m. third Tuesday, Lakes Area Senior Activity Center art room.


Fellowship Of Christian Anglers Society and Brainerd Lakes Area Fishers of Mens Club meets 6 p.m. (if you eat) or 7 p.m. for fellowship and 7:30 p.m. meeting third Thursday at Bonanza. Mark, (218) 821-1192.

Fare for All

Fare for All, an opportunity for people to save money on food and build a stronger community through volunteering, hosted by Park United Methodist Church, 829-4116, or Light of the Lakes United Methodist Church, 829-7729.

Focal Point

Photo enthusiasts meet 6:30 p.m. third Tuesday, Northland Arboretum.

Garrison Lions Club

6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. meeting second Thursday, Garrison Activity Center.

Garrison Township Board

7 p.m. third Thursday, Township Hall on Bollenbacher Road, (320) 692-4369.

Grandmas in Touch

Grandmothers meeting to pray for their grandchildren and their schools. Diane, 828-4410.

Gull Lake Yacht Club

Enjoy the club house, beach, learn to sail and attend functions year around, 855-0220.


Meets 5:30-7 p.m. third Tuesday, Central Lakes College, Room C233.

Ideal Sno Pros

7 p.m. Tuesdays, following the second Monday of each month, September through May, Ideal Community Center.

Kiwanis Club of Baxter Lakes Area and Friends

Meets 7 a.m. Tuesdays, Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Baxter.

Lakes Area Caged Bird Club

7 p.m. third Thursday, Oak Lawn Town Hall. Each month, a different bird is brought in for a short presentation and discussion. Call Char, 764-2625, for more information.

Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity

Call Laurie for information about volunteer orientation meeting dates; call Kevin for information about Partner Family Application meeting dates. Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity serves all of Cass, Crow Wing and Hubbard Counties. Call 828-8517 or visit

Lakes Area Law Enforcement

Community members who have graduated from the Brainerd Police and Sheriff’s law enforcement classes meet at 6:30 p.m. third Thursday, Brainerd Police Department. Karon, 829-7278.

Lakes Area Singles

Active singles social and activity group ages 30+, call (218) 454-3366, ext. 10, for activity updates. One free monthly activity calendar, call 821-7073.

Lakes Area Women Naturally

Meets 7 p.m. second Thursday at Seeds of Sommer, Jack Pine Center, Pequot Lakes. For more information, call (218) 851-5981.

Lakeshore Conservation Club

Trap, skeet and target range on CR 77, Penny, 963-4793.

League of Women Voters of the Brainerd Lakes Area

Meets monthly September through April, Brainerd Public Library. Mary, (218) 820-4622.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

For mothers with children from birth through kindergarten. 9:15-11:15 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Log Church in Crosslake. Child care provided. Carla, 692-1885.

Marine Corps League

6:30 p.m. first Tuesday, Office room 306, Lakes Area Senior Activity Center, 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd.

Masonic-Aurora Lodge No. 100

Meeting times second and fourth Tuesdays, dinner at 6 p.m., meeting at 7:30 p.m. Steve, 829-2277.

Merrifield Lions Club

6:30 p.m., second Monday, Nazarene Church in Merrifield.

Merrifield Marathons

7 p.m. third Thursday, Marathon’s center, 21135 CR 3, Merrifield. Ben, 692-4070.

Moms in Touch

Mothers meeting to pray for their children and their schools. Amy, 963-1484.

Moose Lodge 1246

7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays.

Nisswa Jaycees

7 p.m. first Thursday, basement of Nisswa Legion.

Nisswa Women of Today

7 p.m. first Tuesday, Nisswa Community Center. Penny, 963-4793.

North Central Beekeepers Association

Meets 7 p.m. third Monday (except August and December), Northland Arboretum.

Northern Minnesota Woodworkers Guild

7 p.m. second Tuesday, Franklin Arts Center communal workshop.

PBA Life Underwriters

11:30 a.m. third Thursday, Sawmill Inn, 829-1571.


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Alyson, 855-1804 or e-mail

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters Club

Meets noon to 1 p.m. Fridays, Sawmill Inn, Brainerd. Guests welcome. Rich, (218) 792-5881 or visit

Pillager Lions Club

7 p.m. second Thursday, Pillager Senior Center.

Pinetree Patchworkers

6:45 p.m. second Monday, Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Baxter. Martha Mumaw, (218) 270-2058.

Richardson Lakes Area Lions Club

HILLMAN - Meets 6 p.m. first Thursday, Hillman Legion. Donna, (320) 277-3760.

Sertoma Club

Noon Wednesdays, Bonanza Restaurant.

SCSU Alumni

Meets noon, third Thursday except June-August at Sawmill Inn, (866) 464-8759.

Ski Gull Membership

7 p.m. third Monday, 963-4353.

St. Joseph’s Auxiliary

11 a.m. third Wednesday, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Camp room. 828-7610.

Starbase Regulus

General sci-fi/fantasy club meets 1 p.m. second and last Sundays, main meeting room, Brainerd Public Library. Joel, (218) 568-8154.

Staying Free

7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Sawmill Inn, 828-3097.

Sunrise Sertoma Club

6:45 a.m. Thursdays, Northwind Grille. 828-4844.

The Mesa

From 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays for informal Spanish conversation at Northwest Pizza/Boardwalk Bread and Bagel. Jan, 855-8183.

The Woolworkers

Meets third Wednesday, even number months at 6 p.m., odd number months, 10 a.m. Call or e-mail Becky for a location at 587-5256 or

VFW Post No. 1647

VFW Post 1647 committee, 6 p.m. second Tuesday; VFW Post 1647 and Auxiliary, 7 p.m. second Tuesday, VFW club, 309 S. 6th St., Brainerd.

Veterans at 371 Diner

Meets 8:30-11 a.m. Thursdays, 371 Diner.

Widowed Friends Club

Meets 11 a.m. first Mondays at Bonanza in Baxter and 11 a.m. third Mondays at the Nisswa Legion.

Women of the Moose

6:30 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays. Lunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. second Tuesday.

Woodland Good Samaritan Auxiliary

9:30 a.m. third Thursday, Cedar Room, Woodland Good Samaritan Village.

York Rite Ascalon Commandry No. 16

Meets 7:30 p.m. first Tuesday.

Zabud Council No. 10

Meets 7 p.m. third Tuesday.

Zonta International

Brainerd Chapter, noon, third Wednesdays, Prairie Bay.

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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