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What's Doing-June 3

Eighth annual bachelor/bachelorette auction

The Brainerd Lakes Area Women of Today and Habitat for Humanity eighth annual bachelor/bachelorette auction will be 8 p.m. June 8 at Shep’s on 6th. Bid on a date or a great prize package. Proceeds will benefit Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity. For more information, call (218) 833-2239 or email

Second annual playhouse raffle

The second annual playhouse raffle will be 5-8 p.m. June 10 at the Northland Arboretum.

The playhouses will be raffled off in August with all proceeds benefiting the Brighter Days Foundation. The foundation will be helping four local children who are battling chronic, severe illnesses and their families.

The playhouses will be unveiled at the June 10 event.

Cost for dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children 3 and up.

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Brainerd Legion upcoming events

The Brainerd Legion will host vets coffee time at 10 a.m. Monday. The Post executive committee will meet at 7 p.m.

A lasagna dinner by Dave Freiday will be served from 5:30 p.m. until gone Thursday at the Legion. Cost: $8.

Lakes Area Senior Morning Club

The Lakes Area Senior Morning Club meets each Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. 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 public library. All members of the Senior Center, men and women, are invited to become part of the group. The programs scheduled for June are: Jan Kurtz, June 6, The Kids at the Rising Villages, San Pedro, Guatemala; Marcia Ferris, June 13, Lutheran Social Service; Mary Anderson, June 20, Senior Advocate; and Mary Harder, June 27, Camp Confidence update.

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.

Backus breakfast

BACKUS — The Backus American Legion Auxiliary’s monthly breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 10. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Proceeds go to Auxiliary, community, veterans and active duty troop programs. Everyone’s welcome at the clubrooms at Hwys. 371 and 87 West.

Good Samaritan Society-Bethany Auxiliary

The Good Samaritan Society-Bethany Auxiliary will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Bethany Community Room. Special Guest: Pastor Al Klasky, the new Good Samaritan chaplain. The Gift Shop meeting will be 9:30 a.m. Good Samaritan Bowl Wrap-Up meeting takes place at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Liz Csanda, 825-2505.

Brainerd Garden Club

The Brainerd Garden Club will meet 1 p.m. Friday at the Northland Arboretum. Jackie Froemming will present a program on basic botany for gardeners. Hostesses are Marty Peisch and Doris Svee. Visitors are welcome.

Duplicate bridge scores

North-South: Ray and Gladys Norrgard, 42.5; Sue Caquelin and Kathy Calhoun, 37.5.

East-West: Nan Morain and Jo Bonestroo, 42; Laurel Jarvis and Joe Heal, 39.

Potlatch Retirees

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

Peer support group offered in Brainerd

A NAMI Connection peer support group for adults recovering from mental illness meets weekly in Brainerd. The free group is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota. Trained facilitators who are also in recovery lead NAMI Connection groups. The group meets at Our Place, 606 Front St., in Brainerd on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. For information contact NAMI at (888) NAMI-HELPS.

60th Minnesota Square and Round Dance Convention planned

The 60th Minnesota Square and Round Dance Convention will be June 8-10 at the Brainerd High School.

Pig roast dinner

The Brainerd VFW Post 1647 in Brainerd is hosting a pig roast dinner in appreciation of area veterans and their families. The dinner will be held Saturday at the Brainerd VFW Post 1647, 309 South 6th Street. Dinner is free to past and present service members (Valid ID cards include service, VA, Disabled Vets, American Legion etc.) and their families. Post opens at noon and dinner begins at 5 p.m.

Wreaths For The Fallen monthly meeting

LITTLE FALLS — The Wreaths for the Fallen monthly meeting will be 6:30 p.m. June 12 at the VFW Post 1112, 1210 Third Ave. NE, Little Falls.

WHS class of 1962

Washington High School class of 1962 will have a lunch meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Sawmill Inn to continue work on planning for the 50th class reunion. All classmates are encouraged to attend.

Presentation on visits to Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly, co-founder of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, will give a presentation on her visits to Afghanistan in the large conference room of the Brainerd Public Library at 7 p.m. June 13. Her presentation will describe life in Afghanistan, the war’s impact on Afghans, the growing peace movement in Afghanistan, and the Strategic Partnership Agreement President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently signed. The Strategic Partnership Agreement allows U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan until 2024.

Kelly is a well-known peace activist. She traveled extensively in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Syria. She is the recipient of many awards for her work to promote peace and a three-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace and Little Falls Partners for Peace are sponsoring the presentation. Snacks and beverages are provided. A discussion will be held after the presentation.

Brainerd Service League garage and plant sale

Brainerd Service League will have its annual garage and plant sale June 7-8 in Brainerd. The garage sale will be at 415 Bluff Ave. and the plant sale will be at 621 N. Fourth St.

Items will be coming from more than 20 households.

Members are asked to bring items marked and ready for sale.

VFW events

The VFW Friday dinner will be all-you-can-eat fish serving from 5:30 p.m. until gone. Cost: $8.

On June 9, Hab and crew will be doing a prime rib dinner serving from 5:30 p.m. until gone. Cost: $12. Reservations are appreciated. Call the VFW Club at 829-6393.

Widowed Friends

Widowed Friends will meet at 11 a.m. Monday at Bonanza.

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)

Captain Robert Orr Chapter DAR meets 10 a.m. second Saturday, February through November, at Sawmill Inn, Brainerd. Program and lunch follows meeting. Faye, 963-3955, or DeAnn, (218) 546-6086.

WHS class of 1955

The WHS class of 1955, spouses and friends will meet for lunch at 11 a.m. Monday at the Brainerd Lakes Cafe.

Bridge benefit fund raiser

CROSSLAKE — The third annual bridge benefit fund raiser for the Mid-Minnesota Women’s Center will be June 12 at Maucieri’s in Crosslake. Registration will be 11 a.m. with lunch at 11:30 a.m.

Cost is $20, with $6 going to help defray the cost of lunch provided by Maucieri’s. The remainder will go to the Mid-Minnesota Women’s Center, a non-profit organization. Call Barb Bretz at 963-7372 to reserve your spot. Local businesses are donating prizes.

Mission Possible Senior Club

The Mission Possible Senior Club will meet noon Wednesday at the Mission Town Hall. A potluck will be followed by good music by Steve Anderson.

Senior dance

A senior dance will be 2-5 p.m. Wednesday at the Brainerd Eagles with music by Country Ramblers.

Relay for Life in Staples

STAPLES — The American Cancer Society Staples-Motley Relay for Life will be June 8 at the Staples Elementary School. It will begin at 5 p.m. with food, music, silent and live auctions, Mr. Relay pageant, ceremony and luminaria lighting at dusk. For more information or to volunteer, contact Barb Peterson at (218) 894-2627.

Class of 1972

The Class of 1972 is planning a 40th class reunion for July 28. If you have not been notified, contact a classmate or check Facebook Brainerd Senior High Class of 1972 for details.

The reunion committee will be meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the American Legion, 400 Front St., in Brainerd.

Looking for Corvette owners

Central Lakes Corvette Club is looking for area Corvette owners for a picnic and social time at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mission Town Park to get to know members and ask questions about events throughout the year. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month and yearly dues are $30.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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