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What's Doing-April 22

Kenyon/Poegel benefit planned

There will be a benefit for the Kenyon/Poegel family from 4-9 p.m. April 28 at St. Mathias Pavilion. Directions: From the 210/371 intersection in Baxter, go south on 371 about nine miles. Turn left on Sleepy Hollow Road by Crow Wing Lake. Go almost five miles and take a right on County Road 121 to St. Mathias. The pavilion is behind the baseball fields.

“NAPA Joe” and Carol are the parents of twin girls and now have twin boys. One of the boys has a congenital heart condition called tetralogy of the fallot. He will have to have open heart surgery and may be hospitalized for several months. The benefit will help with expenses.

There will be a sloppy joe dinner served. Cost: $6, adults; $3, kids 12 and under.

There will be a bake sale, door prizes and a live auction at 6 p.m. featuring auctioneer Brad Frisk.

Monetary donations can be sent to Ben and Eli Fund, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, ATTN: Dayna Jillson, 406 W. Washington St. Suite 6, Brainerd, MN 56401. For benefit donations and/or information, contact Skip Murray at 8807 Gwynn Lane, Brainerd, MN 56401, call (218) 232-1345 or email Those interested can also go to the Kenyon/Poegel Benefit Committee on Facebook.

Singles dance and social planned

The Lakes Area Singles Club of Brainerd will host a singles dance and social from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. April 28 at the Old Waterfall, six miles north of Brainerd on Highway 371 N. Music will be by Cuyuna Rhythms. $5 admission fee.

This group is for singles 45 and older.

Call 828-9343 for more information or visit

Brainerd Legion upcoming events

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

Past Commanders’ dinner meeting will be Wednesday at the Legion. Social hour will be 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m.

A prime rib dinner by Teddy Anderson will be served from 5:30 p.m. until gone Thursday at the Legion.

AAUW state convention planned

The state convention of Minnesota AAUW will be April 27-29 at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge. Brainerd and Grand Rapids AAUW branches are hosting the convention. Over 125 members from throughout the state are expected to attend.

Non-religious community meeting

A lunch meet-up for the local non-religious community will take place at 11 a.m. April 29 at the Sunshine Kitchen and Moonshine Lounge in Brainerd. All atheists/agnostics/freethinkers in the area are welcome to join us for casual conversation and good food (price of lunch not included). Email for questions or to RSVP.

Tusenvann, Sons of Norway Lodge

WAHKON — Tusenvann, Sons of Norway Lodge No. 1-659 in Isle will have its annual banquet on May 4 with social hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Parish Hall in Wahkon. Dinner cost is $16 per person. Live music after dinner. For questions call Donna at (320) 676-1638 or Gary at (218) 927-6557.

Vacations raffle planned

There will be a vacations raffle at 8 p.m. May 7 at Jack’s House in Brainerd. The proceeds will benefit Good Samaritan Society and the Brainerd Rotary. Raffle tickets are $2. Grand prize is a Madden’s Resort 2012 Golf Membership for East and West. Second prize is a three-night vacation package at Edgewild Resort in Fifty Lakes. Third prize is two nights at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Modified American Plan for two adults. Fourth prize is an Eat, Sleep and Fish package on Mille Lacs Lake at Twin Pines Resort in Garrison. Winners need not be present to win. Must be 18 or older to purchase ticket or win prize. Winners are responsible for any applicable fees or taxes.

Heart Institute Brainerd Lakes presents From Table to Ticker: Food Wisdom for the Heart

Dietitian Susan White, RD, of the Minneapolis Heart Institute will discuss how you and your family can eat for better heart health at 5:30 p.m. April 30 at The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes, 6967 Lake Forest Road, Baxter, and 10 a.m. May 1 at Heartwood, 500 Heartwood Drive, Crosby.

At this free program, attendees will learn how they and those they care about can eat for better heart health. Discussion will include how to reduce sodium, importance of label reading, how to choose foods with heart health benefits and the differences between fats.

A cardiologist will answer questions at each session. Heart healthy snacks will also be available.

Seating is limited, so registration is encouraged. To register by phone, call 828-6901. To register online for the April 30 event in Baxter visit For those attending the program on May 1 in Crosby, register online at

WHS class of 1957

The Washington High School class of 1957 will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Northwind Grille.

Duplicate bridge scores

North-South: Lois Volkmuth and Phyllis DeRosier, 40.5; Ray and Gladys Norrgard, 37.

East-West: Ruth Gottwaldt and Barb Bretz, 45.5; Tom McGrath and Lane Weber, 42.

Baxter Lions Club

The Baxter Lions Club will meet Monday at Camp Vanasek. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the regular meeting will be at 7 p.m.

Vigil planned in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS — Little Falls Partners for Peace and Occupy Little Falls will hold a vigil from 4-6 p.m. May 1. The vigil will take place in Bank Square, located at the intersection of First Street and Broadway, near U.S. Bank (101 E. Broadway). The vigil will support economic justice, peace, and respect for the environment. The vigil is in solidarity with the Occupy movement’s May 1 general strike. Signs are available for vigil participants.

Plants and Potluck

BACKUS — Plants and Potluck, the Backus American Legion’s annual garden show, will be held beginning at 3 p.m. April 28 at the post’s clubrooms at Highways 371 and 87 West.

A complimentary seed, bulb and plant exchange and giveaway will run from 3 to 4:20 p.m. Area nurseries are invited to attend and display and sell products of their choosing. Top area gardeners will be available to answer questions. Set-up time begins at 2 p.m.

Hospitality time will get under way at 4:30 p.m. with a potluck following at 6:15 p.m. Those attending are asked to consider bringing garden stock and a potluck dish but it is not required.

Alpha Chapter No. 23 OES

Alpha Chapter No. 23 OES will meet Monday at the Masonic Hall. It will be the first meeting with the new corps of officers. Everyone is asked to bring a salad to share. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m.

Zonta member meeting 

A Zonta meeting will be noon to 1 p.m. April 25 at Prairie Bay Restaurant.

Senior dance

A senior dance will be 1-4 p.m. Tuesday with music by Jerry B.

Brainerd Area Art Club

The Brainerd Area Art Club meeting will be 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Evelyn Matthies Studio at the Franklin Area Art Center. Phyllis Frankum will be demonstrating Karlyn Holman’s use of a gutta bottle and watercolor paint.

BNSF Vets Association

The BNSF Vets Association will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Northwind Grille for a breakfast meeting.

VFW upcoming events

The Friday dinner will be pork loin served from 5:30 p.m. until gone at the VFW. Cost: $8.

The VFW Sunday breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to noon April 29 at the VFW. Cost: $6.

Spring arts and crafts festival

The spring arts and crafts festival will be 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12 at the Brainerd High School, 702 South Fifth St., Brainerd. Use north or south doors. The festival is sponsored by ISD No. 181 Community Education. Call 454-6926 for more information.

Chapter DV, P.E.O.

Chapter DV will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the home of Jacque Glas with Jan Lallman as co-hostess. The ELF report will be given as well as more survey results. Martha Prusak will share memories of the Chapter’s 40th birthday celebration.

AA Step Study to begin

PEQUOT LAKES — A new AA group has begun to meet in Pequot Lakes. The group meets 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at St. Alice Church. For more information, call (218) 562-5073.

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