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What's Doing-Jan. 8

Brainerd Legion upcoming events

The MDAA meeting will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Brainerd Legion. A baked chicken dinner by the Christian Bondslaves will be served from 5:30 p.m. until gone Thursday. Cost: $9.

Vegetarian cooking class

Move Over Meat, a free vegetarian cooking class, will be from 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at Oak Street Christian School, 2910 Oak St., Brainerd. We will be watching Meatless Dinner Meals, Part 3. Food samples will include recipes from both Parts 2 and 3.

To register, or for questions, call Marlene at 829-0635, or email to Registration would be appreciated on or prior to Thursday.

Brainerd Elks Lodge Polish sausage feed

Brainerd Elks Lodge will have a Polish sausage feed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Brainerd Elks Lodge, 215 South Ninth St., Brainerd. Cost: $8.

Backus Legion winter activity schedule

BACKUS — Cribbage, 500 Cards, a Soup Cook-Off, Surf and Turf dinner, Super Bowl Party, Valentine’s Sweetheart Dinner, resumption of monthly Sunday breakfasts and St. Patrick’s Day feed and party are included in the Backus American Legion’s scheduled winter activities.

Cribbage begins Sunday and is played at 1 p.m. every Sunday through Feb. 26, except on Feb. 19, the date of the monthly dance. There is no dance in January. Sunday 500 cards runs at 1 p.m. runs March 4 through April 29, except on dance Sundays (third Sunday of the month) and Easter Sunday, April 8.

A soup cook-off with prizes will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 14. A Surf and Turf dinner featuring a tenderloin steak and skewered shrimp will be held Jan. 20 from 5 p.m. until gone.

February events include a Super Sunday party at 5 p.m. Feb. 5 with prizes, beverage discounts and potluck food. Those attending are asked to donate to area food shelves.

A Valentine’s sweetheart dinner of either prime rib or jumbo shrimp with hospitality time at 5 p.m. and serving at 6:30 p.m. will be held Feb. 11. Legion Auxiliary monthly breakfasts will resume Feb. 12 and will be served the second Sunday of the month from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. through October.

The St. Patrick’s Day party March 17 features Fran Gack in her “Me, Myself and I” musical show with a meal of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots from 5 p.m. until gone. Friday night meat raffles continue at 5:30 p.m. and Bingo on Friday night after the raffle and Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m. when there are enough players except dance Sundays. For more information on these events call 947-3156 or 821-9544, check the web site, Facebook and local print publications.

Brainerd Garden Club

The Brainerd Garden Club will meet 1 p.m. Friday at the Northland Arboretum. Jackie Froemming will present a program on extending the growing season in Minnesota. Hostesses will be Marty Peisch and Coralee Fox. Visitors are welcome.

Brainerd AAUW

Brainerd AAUW will hold the fifth annual Brain Buster trivia contest on Jan. 14 at Northland Arboretum. Doors will open at 1 p.m. and the contest will begin at 2 p.m. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund scholarships to Central Lakes College. For more information, contact Colleen at 829-6233.

Cuyuna Range Women’s Club

The Cuyuna Range Women’s Club will meet at 1 p.m. Monday in the large meeting room at the Hallett Library in Crosby.

Program will be: “Putting Life’s Affairs in Order.” Nick Zilmer of Koop Funeral Home will provide valuable information and guidance. Musical entertainment will be by Jamie Koop of Jamie Koop Insurance.

Coffee/tea and treats will be provided by hostesses Edie Anderson, Clarice Wolhart and Betty Brager.

For more information call Kris Hasskamp /Program Chair at 527-0070 or email

Brainerd Eagles Club breakfast

The Brainerd Eagles Club will have breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday at 124 Front St., Brainerd, featuring the Eagles special for $6.

Brainerd Service League

The Brainerd Service League January meeting will be from 3:15-4:15 p.m. Thursday at Prairie Bay. Note the day and time change for this meeting. Members are asked to RSVP for the meeting before Monday. The Wine Tasting Fundraiser will follow the meeting at Prairie Bay from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Prairie Bay and Cashwise Liquor will provide the appetizers and wine for the event.

Baxter Lions Club

The Baxter Lions Club will meet on Monday at Camp Vanasek. The board meeting is at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the regular meeting at 7 p.m.

Pinetree Patchworkers Quilt Club

Pinetree Patchworkers Quilt Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. Monday at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter. The theme is Fun and Games. Pinetree Patchworkers meets the second Monday each month.

Little Falls VFW dance

LITTLE FALLS — There will be a dance at the Little Falls VFW from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 19 at 1210 Third Ave. NE, Little Falls. $5 admission. The music will be provided by Jerry Biersbach’s Band.

Gastric Bypass Support Group meeting

STAPLES — The Gastric Bypass Support Group for January will meet Thursday at Ernie’s Food Market in Staples. The group will meet inside the entrance at 6:30 p.m. for a Choose Health grocery tour. Anyone who has had gastric bypass surgery or is considering surgery is invited to attend. Contact Jena Doemel at 894-8509 for more information.

Lakewood Health System sponsors and facilitates this and other support groups and educational opportunities free to the public. A listing of support groups and events can be found on the Lakewood Health System website at

VFW Post No. 1647 activities

The VFW Post 1647 and Auxiliary will hold their regular monthly meetings 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Home Post. All members are urged to attend and participate in the coming events.

The VFW Auxiliary fish fry will be from 5:30 p.m. until gone Friday. Cost: $8.

VFW Sunday breakfast will be 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 15. Cost: $6.

Duplicate bridge scores

Ann Richardson and Clif Johnson, 27.5; Ray Norrgard and Lane Weber, 26.5; and Lois Volkmuth and Phyllis DeRosier, 25.

Better Breathers Club

The Better Breathers Club will meet from 2-3 p.m. Thursday at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center, lower level, Joseph Room. Topic: Heart Health. Speaker: Rebecca Wirtz, Heart and Vascular Center. Learn about the coexistence of heart and lung disease. Register online at For more information or RSVP to 828-7481.

Retired Firepeople

Retired Firepeople will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Wings Restaurant. All retired fire people, spouses, widows and friends are welcome.

Brainerd Lakes Area Germans from Russia Heritage Group

The Brainerd Lakes Area Germans from Russia Heritage Group will meet from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 15 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in the fireside room. For further information, contact Nancy Redshaw at 825-3942.

Minnesota Lyme Association meeting

PEQUOT LAKES — Minnesota Lyme Association will meet from 1-3 p.m. Thursday at the Trailside Community Center at the Baptist Church south of Pequot Lakes. Meetings will be in the afternoons through March. For more information call Judy at 543-4945.

NARVE to meet

The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees Unit 127 will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Brainerd Public Library. All retired and current railway employees and spouses are welcome. Lunch will be served after the meeting.

Senior dances

Senior dances will be 1-4 p.m. Tuesday at Motley with music by Country Pride and Henry; and from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday at Waukenabo with music by Jerry B.

WHS class of 1946

Brainerd’s Washington High School’s class of 1946 will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Grizzly’s in Baxter. Bring a friend. Order from the menu. Call Dick at 838-0738 for information.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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