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What's doing-Oct. 7

Brainerd Legion events

The Brainerd American Legion Auxiliary membership dinner will be 6 p.m. Monday at the Legion. It’s free for paid-up members — dues payable at the door. Donations may be made to the Veterans Gift Shop.

Early bird and volunteer dinner of brats and hamburgers by Dewayne Collins will be 6 p.m. Thursday. The dinner is free for early birds and volunteers. Guests pay $7.

Pinetree Patchworkers Quilt Club

Pinetree Patchworkers Quilt Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. Monday at Lord of Life Lutheran Church. October’s program will be Rebecca Flansburg talking about Pinterest for fun and money. Quilters show and tell is encouraged.

Multiple Sclerosis support group

to meet in October

STAPLES — The Multiple Sclerosis Mutual Help Group is held on the second Thursday of the month from 3:30-5 p.m. in the family room at the Lakewood Health System Senior Campus, 401 Prairie Ave. NE, Staples.

Contact Angela Anderson at 218-894-8393 for more information.

Senior depression seminars

to be held at Lakewood

STAPLES — Free community seminars on senior depression titled The Blues: Not a Normal Part of Aging will be presented by Jon Knopik, Community Outreach Coordinator for Lakewood Health System.

The seminars will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Classroom B on the Lower Level for Lakewood’s Main Campus. Seminar dates are Oct. 16 and Nov. 27. A light lunch will be provided.

The Blues: Not a Normal Part of Aging will cover the myths, symptoms and treatment of depression in older adults. A free, confidential depression screening will be offered to interested participants.

For more information about The Blues: Not a Normal Part of Aging, call Jon Knopik at 218-296-1446. To RSVP for the seminar, call Lauree at 218-894-8852 by the Thursday prior to the event.

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.

Brainerd Garden Club

The Brainerd Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. Friday at the Northland Arboretum. Joanne Weaver will present a program, “Bee Friendly Garden.” Hostesses are Sharon Orser and Jackie MacDonald.

Lions Club collaboration keeps kids fed

In 2007, Kathy Novak of Deerwood Lakes Lions Club sent a Letter of Intent to Fund on behalf of three Lions Clubs to Sue Estee, Executive Director of Second Harvest North Central Food Bank to include the kids at CRES. Since originally funding the “Kids Packs to Go” at CRES in 2007 the need has grown from serving 50 kids to serving 120 kids at the end of the last school year. The Deerwood Lakes Lions, Bay Lake Area Lions and Cuyuna Range Lions Clubs joined by the Emily Outing (Lakers) Lions in 2010 and 2011 have collectively funded more than 2,700 Kids Packs for the summer program at the school fulfilling a need that Teppi had expressed for several years.

Lions Clubs are all about serving the needs of the community. As such needs arise, local Lions Clubs respond with funding, support through service, and encouragement.

PACT goes pink in October

STAPLES — To raise awareness of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, Lakewood Health System’s PACT classes

will be going pink for the month of October. The goals for

each class will remain the same, but each presenter will be

relating the topic of each class to how they can help in the prevention, treatment and outcome of cancer.

This month’s class schedule and focuses are:

• Stress and Goals on Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Patio conference room, on the lower level at Lakewood’s Main Campus.

• Nutrition and Healthy Eating on Oct. 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Patio conference room, on the lower level of Lakewood’s Main Campus.

• Getting Active on Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. in the Patio conference room, on the lower level of Lakewood’s Main Campus.

These classes are part of a project called Pursuing Active Change Together (PACT). Through PACT, Lakewood Health System offers education, tips, resources and support to help promote healthy lifestyle choices and disease prevention.

Also as a special gift, the first 10 people to register for these October classes will receive a free gift. Space is limited; pre-registration is appreciated. To RSVP, call 218-894-8623. Physician referral is not necessary to attend the class. For more information, contact Nola Varilek at 218-894-8586.

Baxter Lions Club

The Baxter Lions Club will meet on Monday at Camp Vanasek. The board meeting starts at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 6:30 p.m. with the regular meeting will be called to order by president Gary Kub at 7 p.m.

Duplicate bridge scores

North-South: Ruth Gottwaldt and Barb Bretz, 41.5; Lois Volkmuth and Phyllis DeRosier, 41.

East-West: Bruce Eastman and Lane Weber, 39; Jo Bonestroo and Nan Morain, 37.5.

Brainerd Retired Firefighters

Brainerd Retired Firefighters will meet for breakfast at the Airport Restaurant at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Backus Legion fish fry benefit for Backus Fire Department and First Responders

BACKUS — An all-you-can-eat fish fry fundraiser for the Backus Fire Dept. and First Responders emergency medical team will be held from 4:30 p.m. until gone Oct. 13, at the Backus American Legion. Cost: $8 a plate. The event also includes a seven-round meat raffle with three packages awarded each round. The Legion clubrooms are located at Highways 371 and 87 West.

Backus American Legion Auxiliary breakfast

BACKUS — The final 2012 Backus American Legion Auxiliary monthly breakfast will be held from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 14 at the clubrooms at Highways 371 and 87 West. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Proceeds go to veterans, active duty troop, community and other auxiliary programs. The monthly breakfasts will resume in February 2013 and continue every second Sunday through October.

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 over $50. Participants need to bring containers to carry their food home. No income guidelines. Ruby’s Pantry will be at the Brainerd Armory on Wright Street the second Tuesday of each month. The next distribution is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday with doors opening at 10 a.m. Note new time for opening doors.

Halloween singles dance

Lakes Area Singles will be sponsoring a Halloween singles dance from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Oct. 27 at the Old Waterfall, located approximately six miles north of the Highway 210/371 junction. Music by Daybreak, playing classic and country rock and blues. All singles welcome. Cost: $5 admission. Prizes for best costume.

Call 218-828-9343 for more information or visit

Class of 1952

Class of 1952 will meet for lunch Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at Bonanza.

VFW Post 1647 and Auxiliary

Upcoming events for the VFW Post and Auxiliary will be the monthly meetings at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Home Post.

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

The Brainerd High School band spaghetti dinner will be from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 13 at the VFW. Cost: $6. Get your tickets at the door.

Daughters of the American Revolution

The Captain Robert Orr Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will meet 10 a.m. Oct. 13 at the Sawmill Inn. For information call Faye, 963-3955, or Jeanne, 829-2737.

BNSF Jacks and Jills fall meeting

BNSF Jacks and Jills will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Eagles Club. There will be a dinner from 5-7 p.m.

Bread baking class

Oak Street Christian School will be offering a free community class on bread baking at 3 p.m. Sunday. This will be a follow up to last year’s class. Last time participants watched a short video presentation by Marcella Lynch on how to make bread, followed by some quick live bread making demos. This year the class will see the complete bread making process live, and all attendees are welcome to participate in the preparation.

Like any good sandwich, there will be something “in between.” In between making the bread and the raising and baking process, there will be other discussions and/or demonstrations for healthy bread toppings. Leaders are also hoping to explore the process for preparing gluten-free bread.

In order to give enough time for the baking process this class will begin at 3 p.m. which is an hour earlier than previous healthy cooking classes.

To register or for questions call Marlene at 829-0635, or email to

Oak Street Christian School is located at 2910 Oak Street, Building C, in Brainerd.

Good Samaritan Society

offers Senior College courses

Beginning Monday, seniors can take part in courses offered through the Senior College program at Good Samaritan Society – Woodland.

The Good Samaritan Society, in conjunction with Southwest Minnesota State University and Minnesota West Community and Technical Collage in Marshall, offers courses taught by college-level instructors to residents and seniors in the community. The courses are free of charge, tests and grades.

The courses offered during the fall 2012 term will be: The Roaring 20’s, ACT HAPPY! LIVE IT UP! NEVER ACT YOUR AGE! and Creativity – How to think like Leonardo DaVinci.

All classes will be held at the Good Samaritan Society – Woodland campus in Brainerd.

For more information or to reserve a seat call 829-9433. Local transportation is available.

Rolling Rangers

The Rolling Rangers will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Chaps. Remember to bring items for the food shelf.

NAARFE to meet

Brainerd Chapter No. 738 National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet Tuesday at the Sawmill Inn with social time at 11:30 a.m. and lunch served at 12:30 p.m. A presentation will be made by Sue Acton.

Chapter DV, P.E.O.

Chapter DV, P.E.O. will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the home of Barbara Peterson with Elsa Windh as co-hostess. The program “Follow Your Dream: Haeckel Haus Co.” will be presented by Jane Erlanson.


The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Brainerd Public Library. All present and retired railroad employees, spouses, widows and widowers of railroad employees are eligible and welcome to attend. Lunch to follow.

Dues are to be sent to Avis Lee, P.O. Box 86, Pillager, MN 56473.

American Diabetes Association Brainerd Lakes Area Chapter

The American Diabetes Association Brainerd Lakes Area Chapter will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Bonanza in Baxter. There will be a presentation on “Healthy Feet and Diabetes” by Nicole Schultz, RN, BSN, from Essentia Health, Brainerd.

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