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Brainerd Legion upcoming events

The Post Executive Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Legion. The Auxiliary membership meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday at the Legion.

Terry Metzger and Sons will serve a walleye dinner from 5:30 p.m. until gone Thursday at the Legion. Cost: $13.

New Year’s Eve in Backus

BACKUS — Reservations are open for the Backus American Legion’s New Year’s Eve Classic, a traditional gala evening featuring a prime rib or jumbo shrimp dinner, dance music by the Frankie Lamb Band, champagne and party favors – all for $22 per person, including gratuities.

The Legion is requesting reservations by Dec. 15. Call or sign up at the Legion at 947-3156 or call Gary or Jean Dawson at 947-3416. Those attending may pay at the Legion in advance or at the door but are asked to call as soon as possible if they cancel a reservation as seating is limited.

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with hospitality time and dinner at 7 p.m. Dancing is from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. to the Lamb band which plays classic country and pop, old time and swing.

Potluck snacks and desserts will be served at 11 p.m. with party favors and champagne provided in advance of the “Auld Lang Syne” hour featuring an audience sing-along with the band.

Elks to have memorial service

The Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615 will join other Elk Lodges across the nation in remembering their “Absent Members” at a memorial service on Sunday at Park United Methodist Church, at 2 p.m. The church is located at 315 North Sixth St., in Brainerd.

Held annually, the memorial service is on the first Sunday of December as a national observance to the members who have passed away during the preceding year.

The ceremony is open to the public. Refreshments will be served by the Officer’s Wives immediately following the Memorial service.

Brainerd Elks Lodge breakfast

Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615 will serve breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at 215 South Ninth St., Brainerd. Order from the menu. All proceeds go to support Elks programs.

Brainerd Elks support college veterans

Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615 National Veterans Service Commission members have been in contact with Central Lakes College’s Veterans Resource Center director Don Pfeffer to support the CLC program.

CLC’s center is a model many colleges have used. To support this project Brainerd Elks has donated $1,000 to the CLC Foundation, earmarked for veterans.

When a veteran volunteers for and participates in a community service project sponsored by the Elks the student becomes eligible to receive veteran benefits from the Foundation.

In other commission activity a television and DVD player have been donated to the Veterans Brainerd Community Based Outpatient Clinic. Through funding from the National Veterans Service Commission and the Elks National Foundation the technology will be used in the clinic for patient, small group and staff training sessions targeting health care issues.

Commission members are Dick Ashmun, Wayne Little, Liz Csanda, Dr. Erica Johnson and Jim Van Duyn, chairman.

Brainerd Garden Club

Brainerd Garden Club will meet at noon Friday at the Northland Arboretum for the Christmas potluck luncheon. There will be an installation of officers and also a gift exchange. A program on herbs will be presented by Judy Saari. Hostesses are all board members.

Holiday boutique

The Good Sam holiday boutique will be noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at 804 Wright St., Brainerd. The boutique will feature Pampered Chef, Airbonne, Scentsy, homemade Christmas crafts and more. Register for a $50 Cub food card.

Duplicate bridge scores

North-South: Ann Richardson and Clif Johnson, 43.5; and Sandy Chase and Joyce Roemer, 39.

East-West: Ruth Gottwaldt and Barb Bretz, 42; and Jim Thompson and Tom McGrath, 39.

Ruby’s Pantry

Ruby’s Pantry is a mission outreach where participants give a cash donation of $15 to cover expenses of the program and in return receive corporate surplus food. The variety and amount varies each month; however, the value of what is received generally averages $50 to $100. Participants need to bring containers to carry their food home. No income guidelines. Ruby’s Pantry will be at Brainerd Armory on Wright Street the first Tuesday of this month. The next distribution is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday with doors opening at 9 a.m.

Lakes Area Senior Morning Club

The Lakes Area Senior Morning Club meets each Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center.

A speaker program is scheduled each week on various subjects of interest to the community. The club also participates in the “Books in a Bag” program sponsored by the Brainerd Public Library. All members of the senior center, both men and women, are invited to become part of the group. Coffee and delicious senior center donuts are provided.

The programs for December are as follows:

Dec. 7, Tonya Heldt, New director of the Women”s Shelter; Dec. 14, Jenny Hinman, Trinity Lutheran on becoming a pastor; Dec. 21, Jenny Sjogren, Director of the Bridges of Hope.

Potlatch Retirees

Potlatch Retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center for cards and lunch.

Zonta board meeting 

Zonta’s board meeting will be noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Erbert and Gerbert’s.

Better Breathers Club

Better Breathers Club will meet from 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center, lower level, Kerst Room. Topic: The benefits of harmonica playing and therapeutic breathing techniques. Special guest, Jeff Powers, musician. Register online at For more info or RSVP to 828-7481.

Brainerd VFW Ladies

Auxiliary fish fry

Brainerd VFW Ladies Auxiliary Fish Fry will be 5:30 p.m. until gone Friday at the VFW Club. Reservations are appreciated.

WHS class of 1946

The Washington High School class of 1946 will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Matty’s restaurant, Highway 371 North, near BIR. Order from the menu. Bring a friend. Call Dick at 838-0738 for information.

WHS class of 1955

The Washington High School class of 1955 will meet at 11 a.m. Monday for lunch at the Brainerd Lakes Cafe.

Senior dance

A senior dance will be 2-5 p.m. Wednesday at the Brainerd Eagles with music by Henry, Joe and Don.

Mission Possible

There will be no Mission Possible potluck in December. The group will have its Christmas party at noon Wednesday at Antler’s in Breezy Point. For reservations, call Dolores at 765-3713. All seniors welcome.

Brainerd Auxiliary of the Shrine Hospital for Children

The Brainerd Auxiliary of the Shrine Hospital for Children will have a Christmas party at noon Monday at the Eagles Club. Cost for dinner is $9. Donations of canned goods for the Food Shelf and new toys for the Shrine Hospital are welcome. The Auxiliary will also be selling Party Lite candles to raise money for the Shrine Hospital.

Widowed Friends

MERRIFIELD — The Widowed Friends will meet for their Christmas party at 11:30 a.m. Monday at The Chap in Merrifield. For more information, call 828-1920 or 829-2682.

Holiday bake sale

The Elks Lodge No. 615 holiday bake sale will be noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 10. A variety of goodies will be available. The Elks Lodge is located at 215 Ninth St., Brainerd.

Chapter DV, P.E.O.

The Chapter DV, P.E.O. Christmas social and basket silent auction will be held Monday with hostesses Kay Carlson and Martha Bolton at their lodge.

The 5:30 p.m. social hour and 6:30 p.m. dinner will be served by the social committee.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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