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What's Doing-Sept. 16


AAUW will meet promptly at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 22 at Edgewood Vista. David Kirkwood, representing the National AAUW, will speak on public policy issues. Lunch will follow the meeting. Reservations to Ellie at 829-6178.

Ray’s Promenaders

Ray’s Promenaders will be sponsoring a square dance Friday at Baxter Elementary. Abe Maier will be calling Plus at 7:30 p.m. and Mainstream at 8 p.m. Pauline Tischman will be hosting the potluck buffet following the dance. The theme is fall colors.

Christine Clifford to speak

at ‘Women’s Night Out’

on Oct. 8 in Wadena

WADENA — Tri-County Health Care’s annual “Women’s Night Out” program will be held on Oct. 8 at the Wadena Memorial Auditorium. Parking and admission is free.

“Women’s Night Out” is a free educational event on health, for women ages 18 and older. Christine Clifford, best-selling author, humorist, professional businesswomen and cancer survivor, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Women’s Night Out.

Health screenings will be offered from 5-6:45 p.m. Tri-County Health Care (TCHC) staff will provide free screenings for glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body-fat analysis. Informational booths will be available on a variety of health topics pertinent to women’s health. A complimentary light meal will be available at the same time.

The evening program will kick off at 7 p.m. with a panel of Tri-County Health Care medical professionals participating in a Question and Answer session with Women’s Night Out participants. This year’s panel includes Tri-County Health Care Family Medicine providers accompanied by one of TCHC’s visiting outreach specialists.

At 8 p.m., the evening will conclude with Clifford’s presentation, “Laughter: It’s Good Medicine.” Christine will share her personal experiences about how to incorporate humor into difficult situations. To find out more information on Christine Clifford, go to

Admission is free; however, seating is limited and pre-registration is required by calling 218-632-8725 or by e-mailing

Autism conference

The Arc United, a nonprofit organization providing services to people with disabilities is sponsoring a conference on Autism from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 8th Ave. NE, Brainerd. The conference will provide information on Navigating the Service System, The IEP, Special Needs Trust, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Sensory Integration.

Featured speakers will be Stacy Dinner-Levin, parent and playwright, who will show clips and moderate a discussion of the much honored “Autistic License”, her full-length play about her family’s journey to raise their son with Autism. The former Miss Minnesota, Natalie Davis and her brother Trevor, a young adult with autism, will discuss their relationship and his dream of becoming a children’s author. Trevor’s books will be available for purchase and signing. Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit with vendors/exhibitors and receive additional resources.

Registration is $25 for parents/caregivers/students and $40 for professionals. This includes refreshments, lunch, training materials, and a certificate of attendance for continuing education purposes. The registration deadline is Sept. 24. For more information or to register, contact The Arc United at 320-240-9550 or

Brainerd Legion upcoming events

The Brainerd Legion Post membership meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday.

The 4th annual fall rendezvous, dinner and drawings will be Wednesday. Social hour is at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets available at the Legion Club.

A tater tot casserole dinner by Katie and Laurie will be served from 5:30 p.m. until gone Thursday at the Legion. Cost: $6.

Bake, vegetable auction Sept. 23

The Lake Hubert Community Grange is sponsoring a bake and vegetable auction at 5 p.m. Sept. 23. A potluck supper will follow the auction. The Grange is located three miles east of Sportland Corner on County Road 13, turn left on Sunset Valley Road and then 1/4 mile north on left side to the old school house.

Nisswa Garden Club to meet

Sept. 27 at Church of the Cross

NISSWA — The Nisswa Garden Club will meet Sept. 27 at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. Check-in and social time begins at noon. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. The program is “Heirloom vs Hybrid Debates.” Speaker: Heirloom-Wes Erdahl, Hybrid-Landsburgs. Coordinator: Jim Sherwood; hosts, Marie Boudrye and Ginger Hustvedt. Other agenda: Dues, Newsletter and Committee sign-up sheets. Anyone interested in serving on next year’s “75th Garden Show Committee” should come at 10:30 a.m. on the day of this meeting. For reservations, call Sandy Thorson at 218-562-5292. For more information, visit the club’s website at

Vigil planned

Little Falls Partners for Peace and Occupy Little Falls will hold a vigil outside Camp Ripley’s main gate, located at 15000 Highway 115, on Friday. The vigil will last from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Vigil participants may park along the right of way or in the parking lot near Clark gas station.

The vigil will demand the immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, the end of the drone bombing campaigns in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, and peaceful resolutions to the Syrian civil war and the dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program.

The vigil seeks to increase public awareness of the use of drones for war and surveillance in response to Camp Ripley’s construction of an unmanned aerial systems (drone) facility.

FBI whistleblower and peace activist Coleen Rowley will speak at the vigil.

The vigil supports the International Day of Peace, held every year on Sept. 21. The International Day of Peace, established in 1981, is recognized by every member state of the United Nations. The International Day of Peace encourages efforts to peacefully resolve armed conflicts and disputes between nations.

After the vigil, a potluck will be held at Belle Prairie Park, located north of Little Falls near Highway 371. In the event of bad weather, the potluck will take place in the Little Falls Carnegie Library’s large meeting room. (The Little Falls Carnegie Library is located at 108 3rd Street NE).

Encore Arts Association

Encore Arts Association will meet at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center, 803 Kingwood, Brainerd, at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The annual meeting will be followed by a surprise project. President, Sandy Walker, is hostess, and guests are welcome.

Lakes Area Caged Bird Club

We’ll be discussing birds: cockatoos, macaws, Amazons, African grays, finches, etc., at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Oak Lawn Town Hall located on Highway 18, one mile east of the intersection of Highways 18 and 25. There are no dues. For more information, call Char at 218-764-2625.

Sagatun Lodge 018 Sons

of Norway meeting

The Sagatun Lodge 018 Sons of Norway meeting will begin with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd.

For information, call 828-1581.

Class of 1954

The Class of 1954 will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Grizzly’s.

Chapter CJ of PEO

Chapter CJ of PEO will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Marit Reese with Marilyn Swenson assisting. Kathy Buxton will have the program.

Duplicate bridge scores

North-South: Ray and Gladys Norrgard, 39; Jo Bonestroo and Nan Morain, 38.

East-West: Don Rasmussen and Steve Schaitberger, 40.5; Bruce Eastman and Lane Weber, 40.5.

Widowed Friends

Widowed Friends will meet at 11 a.m. Monday at the Nisswa Legion.

CWC Historical Society

Board of Directors to meet

The Crow Wing County Historical Society Board of Directors will meet 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Museum. If you would like to be on the agenda, call Pam at 829-3268 or e-mail to this address: You may also send mail to P.O. Box 722, Brainerd, MN 56401. The meetings are open to the public.

Mission Fire Department pancake breakfast/open house

MERRIFIELD — Mission Fire Department will be hosting a pancake breakfast/open house from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 23 at

Mission Town Hall, 29747 County Road 3, Merrifield. Cost: $5 for adults and children over 5; and children under 5 are $3.

There will be pancakes, sausage, beverages, a bake sale by Mission Auxiliary, activities for children and adults. Meet Smokey Bear and Sparky the Fire Pup. The Mission Fire Department will demonstrate a kitchen fire and the DNR will also be there. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department will be represented as well as other vendors. A car that was involved in an accident killing three people will also be on display.

VFW events

VFW will serve a chicken alfredo Friday dinner from 5:30 p.m. until gone. Cost: $8.

On Sept. 22, the VFW will start serving a pulled pork with potato salad and more beginning at 5 p.m. for $5. Rich’s Karaoke will start at 6 p.m.

Brainerd Area Low

Vision Support Group

The Brainerd Area Low Vision Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at Woodland Good Samaritan Village, 200 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd.

Discussion will be on low vision aids and opportunities for veterans. Presenter: Heidi Ampe, VIST program, St. Cloud VA.

For more information, call 825-0904.

Boot Camp for New Dads

The Brainerd Lakes Area Early Childhood Coalition in partnership with Essentia Health will be offering Boot Camp for New Dads from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. Boot Camp for New Dads is a nationally licensed program, facilitated by men, which is designed to give expectant fathers a place to learn from experienced fathers. This class is free and open to all expectant dads in the area. You may register by calling 828-7414 or For more information, go to or call 218-251-4234.

Season for Koeze Nuts

NISSWA — The Nisswa Lions have started their annual Koeze nut fundraiser for 2012. Koeze’s colossal cashews were the signature item for the Nisswa Lions for years, but the product line has expanded over the years to include the absolute highest quality in nuts and candies. This years catalog is 25 full color pages with a dozen new items for gift giving (customers, employees, or friends), hostess gifts, entertaining, or a little self indulgence. Lions members will be contacting previous supporters but if you are a new customer or are somehow missed, contact one of the following members for a catalog and to place an order. Call Ted Schaefers, 963-2265 (days) or 963-4586 (nights); or Dell Draves, 568-4732 or 218-831-0094 (cell).

Senior dances

Senior dances will be 2-5 p.m. Wednesday at the Brainerd Eagles with music by Andy and Stu; and from 1-4 p.m. Friday at Deerwood with music by Jerry B. There will be a potluck.

Brainerd Area Retired Educators

The Brainerd Area Retired Educators will meet for a noon luncheon on Monday at the Zion Lutheran Church in Brainerd. The speaker will be local artist Bill Grange with the Crossing Arts Alliance. Call 829-6900 for reservations. The next meeting will be Oct. 15.

Girl Scout recruitment event

There will be a Girl Scout recruitment event at 6 p.m. Monday at the Brainerd High School lunchroom for girls in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. Bring $12 per person annual membership fee. Scholarships are available. For more information, call Annette Weber at 218-838-5912.

Fun family event planned

at the Farm on St. Mathias

The Brainerd Lakes Area Early Childhood Coalition is hosting a great fall event “Harvesting a Bountiful Future” at The Farm on St. Mathias. This fun kid-friendly event will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22. Admission is $9 for adults and $4 for children; 2 and under, free.

Enjoy hotdogs, brats and other great concessions, a bake sale, fun farm activities and a kids carnival.

Plus this event includes all that The Farm on St. Mathias offers, including a big pumpkin patch, a fun corn maze, hayrides, giant slide, live animals and more.

Financial support for this event has been provided by our premier sponsor, Mills Fleet Farm, as well as other supporters: Bremer Bank Employees, Community Education – ISD No. 181, Deerwood Bank, Early Childhood Family Education PTO, Initiative Foundation, Mid-MN Federal Credit Union, Thelen Heating and Roofing and Wheeler Appraisal.

Dollars raised will be used to support all young children in reaching their full potential through quality programs, services and resources. For more information on the Coalition, contact 218-454-5445.

WHS class of 1944

WHS Class of 1944 will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Northwind Grille.

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