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What's Doing-Nov. 11

■ AAUW to meet

AAUW will meet 5:30 p.m. Monday for a book potluck at the home of Bea Eades. The book to be discussed is “The Book Thief.”

■ Ray’s Promenaders

Ray’s Promenaders will be sponsoring a square dance Friday at Baxter Elementary. Jim Lizakowski will be calling Plus at 7:30 p.m. and Mainstream at 8 p.m. Jim and Nancy Neuman will be hosting for pie night.

■ Looking for help to quit smoking?

Quitting smoking is one of the best steps you can take to improve your overall health. Getting support for “your quit” can make the difference between success and failure.

Riverwood Healthcare will sponsor a presentation called “Thinking of Quitting Smoking? Tips for Success” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Guest speaker Pat McKone, Mission Program Director from the Upper Midwest American Lung Association, will cover these topics related to smoking cessation: 1) how to assess readiness for change; 2) three steps for success; 3) maintenance and relapse--planning ahead and staying the course; and 4) what to consider for your quit support, such as gum or patch.

The Tips for Success program will be held at Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin in the Michael Ryan Support Services wing (south side of hospital), conference room E-F. There is no cost to attend and a light meal will be served.

Registration is requested. Call Riverwood Education at 218-927-5552 or email

■ Sons of Norway

Sagatun Lodge 018 Sons of Norway will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Brainerd. Author Candace Simar will be speaking about her second published book, “Pomme De Terre.”

■ Brainerd Legion upcoming events

The Teachers’ Tea will be from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday hosted by the Brainerd Auxiliary at the Brainerd Legion.

An Italian meatloaf dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Thursday by Jimmy V at the Legion. Cost: $7.

Steak date night by Katie will be served from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday at the Legion. Cost: $11 or two for $20.

The 84th annual Duck Feed will begin at 5 p.m. Nov. 17 with dinner at 6 p.m. at the Legion. Cost: $12. RSVP to the Post at 829-2249 by Monday.

■ How to Prevent Disease Class

Everyone wants to be healthy and avoid chronic illness, but many fail to realize the critical nature of our daily choices--choices we make that directly determine if we contract a disease. Health, at a foundational level, operates by the principle that we reap what we sow. What we choose to eat and drink and how we choose to act or think, over the long run, truly are the biggest factors determining our health.

Join Tom Cremers, ND, CNC, and the Abundant Life Wellness Center for a community class to discuss many ways to both add to and subtract from our lifestyles to keep us healthy.

The classes will mainly focus on nutrition, herbal, and fitness principles to prevent almost any disease. However, all aspects of our life — not just physical, but emotional, mental, spiritual and social aspects — will be addressed to give a wholistic perspective on the optimum ways to have energy, keep sicknesses at bay, and live an abundant life.

This health class is free to the community at Oak Street Christian School at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The school is located at 2910 Oak St., building C in Brainerd. For more information call 218-839-1744.

For a complete schedule of all Oak Street Community classes visit

■ Taste of Christmas

at The Mustard Seed

DEERWOOD — A large fundraising event is coming up on Nov. 16-17 — the annual “Taste of Christmas” at The Mustard Seed Thrift and Gifts in Deerwood. This event offers baked goods, Christmas gifts, decorated trees, holiday trim, hand-crafted items, clothing, toys and more.

One way to provide funds for Salem West, the outreach program of Salem Lutheran Church of Deerwood, is through funds raised at The Mustard Seed.

■ Singles Matters discussion

Lakes area singles is having their monthly discussion from 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Brainerd Public Library. This is an open and casual discussion on topics of interest to singles and is free and open to all singles. Call 828-9343 for more information or see

■ Brainerd Service League

Brainerd Service League will meet Tuesday at The Classic Grill at Madden’s Classic Golf Course. Hostesses are Becky Thuringer and Jen Birkeland. Social hour at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and a meeting to follow.

■ 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.

■ VFW upcoming events

The VFW Post and Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Salmon steak will be served from 5:30 p.m. until gone Friday. Cost: $8.

Sunday breakfast serving from 8 a.m. to noon at the VFW will cost $6.

■ Class of 1952

Class of 1952 will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bonanza. All classmates, spouses and friends are welcome.

■ Retired Fire People

Retired Fire People will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Front Street Cafe for breakfast. All retired firepersons, spouses, widows and friends ae welcome.

■ Baxter Lions Club

The Baxter Lions Club will meet Monday at Camp Vanasek. The board meeting is at 6 p.m. Potluck dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the regular meeting will be called to order at 7 p.m.

■ BNSF Jacks and Jills Bingo

BNSF Jacks and Jills Bingo will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Legion

■ Duplicate bridge scores

Mary Jane Janasek and Clif Johnson, 32; Lois Volkmuth and Phyllis DeRosier, 27; and Ray and Gladys Norrgard, 24.5.

■ 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 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday with doors opening at 10 a.m. Note new time for opening doors.

■ Frankie Lamb’s band

returns to Backus

BACKUS — Frankie Lamb’s Frankly Country Band returns to the Backus American Legion from 2-6 p.m. Nov. 18, playing classic country and pop tunes, old time and swing. The dance will be followed by a baked chicken dinner from 6 p.m. until gone for $8 a plate. Proceeds will go toward prize premiums for 4-H participants at the Cass County Fair. The clubrooms are located at Highways 371 N. and 87 W.

■ Brainerd High School

Class of 1973

The Brainerd High School Class of 1973 will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Brainerd American Legion.

We will be finalizing some plans for the 40th reunion to be held on Aug. 24-25, 2013. There are other items of business that will be discussed. We would like to see as many local alumni at this meeting as possible.

The BHS class of 1973 has a Facebook site at: Brainerd High School (73) - 40th Reunion info and updates. If you have not yet been contacted by the reunion committee you can go to this site and request to become a member of our closed group or you can email Contact person is Kathy Dewes, 320-292-5605, or Ron Holloway, 218-820-3631.

■ Benefit for Wade Reynolds

set for Nov. 17

NISSWA — A benefit for Wade Reynolds will be held from 4-8 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Nisswa Community Center.

Reynolds, 32, was diagnosed with esophagus cancer in August and has been receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatments at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

The benefit will include a spaghetti dinner, silent and live auction, and a drawing for a Ruger M77 Mark II 30-06 rifle. Funds raised at the benefit will be used for medical expenses and lost wages. Monetary donations are also being accepted at Bremer Bank in Brainerd.

Reynolds is a 1998 Brainerd High School graduate, and works for the Cass County Highway Department. He and his wife, Melissa, along with their three children, Ashlynn, 11, Myca, 10, and Amelia, 4, live in Jenkins.

■ Pinetree Patchworkers

Pinetree Patchworkers Quilt Club will meet 6:45 p.m. Monday at Lord of Life Lutheran Church. Carolyn Abbot will give a presentation called “Inspiration.” Quilters show and tell is always welcome.

■ Community dinner for Thanksgiving being planned

The American Legion No. 255, Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 287, Elks Lodge No. 615, and VFW Post No. 1647 will be co-hosting a community Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 22 at the American Legion, 708 Front Street, Brainerd.

The dinner is open to everyone and home deliveries will be provided.

Individuals who want to attend the meal, have a home delivery or who want to volunteer should call the American Legion at 829-2249, Eagles at 829-4216, Elks at 829-2643 or the VFW at 829-6393. All locations will be able to take reservations or volunteer names.

Reservations are requested by Nov. 19, but no one will be turned away without reservations.

■ Brainerd Chapter IAAP

hosting free seminar

and open house on Nov. 20

Brainerd Chapter IAAP invites you to enjoy food and information as Kathy Schroeder, Director of Marketing at Atomic Learning, elaborates on the hot topic of social media from a business perspective during its open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 at Central Lakes College (Brainerd Campus), Room C233. Plus, hear about a special membership savings opportunity available only through Dec. 31.

Registration appreciated; register for free by emailing Find more information at

■ Alpha Chapter No. 23 OES

Alpha Chapter No. 23 OES will meet 7 p.m. Monday at the Masonic Hall. Veterans will be honored and there will be a talk on a trip to a hostel. Servers will be Elise Mink and Lois Bettchen.

■ NAARFE to meet

Brainerd Chapter No. 738 National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet for social time at 11:30 a.m. and lunch at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Countryside Restaurant in Motley. Presentation by Harry Meyer on bees.

■ Senior dance

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

■ Magic show tribute

There will be a magic show tribute for veterans and military persons at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Westgate Mall, Brainerd.

Those taking part in the celebration are the Brainerd VFW Post No. 1647 Men’s Color Guard, Mrs. Kara Hall’s eighth grade visual arts class from Forestview, District 12A Rep. John Ward (DFL), Breath of Life Adult Day Services, Veterans Services, area nursing homes, area assisted livings, area group homes and other after school youth programs.

For additional information, contact the Brainerd VFW at 829-6393.

■ Brainerd Area Low

Vision Support Group

The Brainerd Area Low Vision Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Nov. 19 at Woodland Good Samaritan Village, 200 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd.

Program will be State Services for the Blind, Opportunities for Seniors with Vision Loss presented by Margee Pfannenstein, counselor for Crow Wing County.

For more information, call 825-0904.

■ 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 Magic Pill, Physical Activity and Diabetes, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation by Nicole Pexsa, Sports Medicine Therapist, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation sponsored by Essentia Health, Brainerd.

■ Lake Hubert Community Grange Thanksgiving supper

The Lake Hubert Community Grange Thanksgiving supper will be 5 p.m. Nov. 18. It will be potluck with the Grange furnishing the turkey. There will also be a silent auction.

A collection will be taken for mittens, caps and scarves for the Nisswa School children.

Directions: Highway 371 North 10 miles to Sportland Corners, County Road 13, east three miles to Sunset Valley Road, 1/4 mile north on left side (old school house).

■ Crow Wing Food Co-op

annual meeting and potluck

The Crow Wing Food Co-op with have its annual owner/membership meeting and potluck from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Brainerd Public Library. Doors open at 1 p.m. We’ll eat and visit, followed by a short meeting to elect new board members, vote on by-law revisions, and celebrate the past year. Bring a dish to share. Plates, utensils, and beverages will be provided. All are welcome. Any questions call the co-op at 828-4600.

■ Becher family benefit

There will be a benefit for the Tim and Liz Becher family of Norwood-Young America from 5-10 p.m. Nov. 17 at the NYA Pavilion. Tim Becher is the grandson of Harold Rono of Crosby. The Bechers’ infant daughter, Ava, was diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, otherwise known as Brittle Bone Disease.

There is a benefit account set up at KleinBank for donations.

For more information, call Butch Potter, Ava’s grandfather, at 612-282-3351.

■ Disabled American Veterans

The monthly meeting for DAV and DAV Auxiliary Crow Wing County Chapter No. 22 will be Thursday at the Brainerd VFW Club. The membership meeting will begin at 7 p.m. All members are invited to attend.

Chapter 22 officers meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

■ The Great Cuyuna Smoke-Out

CROSBY — On Tuesday from 4-6 p.m., Cuyuna Regional Medical Center will host the The Great Cuyuna Smoke-Out in partnership with the American Cancer Society. The event will be held at Heartwood Senior Living Community Conference Center, 500 Heartwood Drive, Crosby. The Great American Smoke Out is officially Thursday. The event falls two days before that date to offer community members the opportunity to acquire the resources, knowledge of the benefits of not using tobacco, and the extra motivation they may need to quit using tobacco products.

Anyone can call the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for assistance in quitting smoking. It takes the average person 7 to 10 quit attempts to quit for good, but anyone can beat the odds and put money back in their wallet, and quality air back into their lungs. Take action now for your health, families, and lifestyle. Visit the Great Cuyuna Smoke-Out on Tuesday to learn more and have a chance to win a door prize valued over $100.

This event is the start of a series of future community events and awareness campaigns part of the Commission on Cancer of the America College of Surgeons accreditation process. Call 218-545-4447 with questions about the event or to request more information. Refreshments and healthy snacks will be provided. This event is free to attend.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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