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What's Doing-Dec. 2

Brainerd Legion upcoming events

The Post Executive Committee meeting and the Auxiliary Membership meeting will both be 7 p.m. Monday.

Country style ribs by the Auxiliary will be served at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Legion. Cost: $8.

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

The Brainerd Fire Department Fundraiser Santa’s Pancake Breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 8. Cost for adults is $5 and kids under 4 are free. Visit with Santa at the Legion.

Ray’s Promenaders

Ray’s Promenaders will be sponsoring a square dance Friday at Baxter Elementary. Prior to the dance there will be a Christmas potluck at 6:30 p.m. hosted by the club officers. Roger Lueth will be calling Plus at 7:30 p.m. and Mainstream at 8 p.m.

Disabled American Veterans

The DAV and DAV Auxiliary Crow Wing County Chapter No. 22 are having the annual Christmas Party at the Brainerd VFW on Saturday, December 8. The social hour will begin at 5:00 p.m. and roast beef dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. All members and guest are cordially invited.

Elks to memorialize absent members Sunday

The public is cordially invited to attend the Brainerd Lodge of Elks Memorial Service at 4 p.m. Sunday at Park United Methodist Church. Brainerd Elks will memorialize absent members for all past members who have passed on. On the first Sunday of each December Elkdom pays tribute to “Our Absent Members.” This will be the 123rd year that the Elks Memorial Day services will be held in Lodges across the country. At the Grand Lodge Session held in New York City in 1889, a resolution was passed dedicating the first Sunday of each December as the day Elkdom pays tribute to “Our Absent Members.”

In keeping with the proud tradition of the Brainerd Lodge of Elks, the officers and members of the Lodge will pay homage and respect to the memory and past accomplishments of our departed members. Ladies of the Lodge will serve cake and coffee following the service.

Those being memorialized this year include Charles W. Peterson, Cecelia Bimler, Gerald A. Benson, Byron H. Clifford Sr., Edward J. Tomljanovich, Carl S. Nygaard, Lloyd G. Kummet, Dennis House, Barb Wisneski and James Rardin.

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.

Dictionary project

St. Francis Catholic School, Lake Region Christian School and Pillager third graders became recipients of a student dictionary as members of the Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615 launched their fourth annual Dictionary Project distribution. In all, 548 dictionaries will be distributed including students of the Brainerd School District.

The dictionary project was founded in 1995 by Mary French of Charleston, SC. Elks joined this movement in 2004 and nationwide have donated more than 1.5 million dictionaries to third-grade students and their teachers as sponsors of The  dictionary project over the last seven years. Brainerd has distributed about 2,000 dictionaries.

Mrs. Craig, St. Francis Catholic School third grade teacher, said her students had just been introduced to a dictionary and started to use. She was pleased that everyone now has their own edition. Peter Johnson, Elks member, talked about some of the special highlights in this version including the longest word (over 1,900 characters), the Constitution and By-Laws, presidents, calendars and much more information. One student interested in sign language was excited that the sign alphabet was included.

Backus Legion Christmas and customer appreciation party

BACKUS — Musical comedy, complimentary food and door prizes, a 10-round, 50-package ham and turkey meat raffle and a visit from Santa Claus will be featured at the Backus American Legion’s annual Christmas and Customer Appreciation Party from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8.

The post’s Usual Suspects Theater Co. will present two musical comedy acts, “Istanbul” and “Don’t Fence Me In” at 5:45 p.m.

The evening will conclude with the Post’s regular free cash and customer-of-the-week drawings at 9 p.m.

Backus Legion New

Year’s Eve Classic

BACKUS — Reservations are now open for the Backus American Legion’s annual New Year’s Eve Classic on Dec. 31.

Reserved seating for the entire evening, dinner, dancing, party favors, champagne and late night potluck snacks are all included in the event for a price of $22 a person, including gratuity.

The evening begins with hospitality time from 5:30-7 p.m., followed by dinner. Frankie Lamb’s Frankly Country Band, featuring classic country and pop tunes, old time and swing, will play from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. At midnight there will be the traditional “Auld Lang Syne” sing-along with the band.

Reservations may be made at the Legion or by calling the post at 947-3156 or the Dawsons at 947-3416. RSVPs are preferred by Dec. 15 but will be taken later as long as there is space available.

GSS-Bethany Auxiliary

GSS-Bethany Auxiliary will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday in Community Room, 804 Wright Street, Brainerd. Gift Shop meeting at 9:30 a.m. Following the meeting, a Christmas party and gift exchange takes place. RSVP to Liz at 825-2505.

BACP to hold vigil

Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace (BACP) will hold a vigil on Dec. 8. The vigil begins at 1 p.m. at the entrance of Gregory Park. Vigil participants will march from Gregory Park to the intersection of Sixth and Washington Streets. The vigil will last until 2 p.m. Signs are available. The vigil will honor Human Rights Day. Human Rights Day is observed annually on Dec. 10 to commemorate the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec. 10, 1948. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights enshrines fundamental human rights, including cultural, economic and political rights, into international law. Most nations ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Human Rights Day encourages activism and education to make the rights contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights a reality throughout the world.

The vigil will be in solidarity with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers who will petition the United Nations on Human Rights Day to broker a ceasefire in Afghanistan among all warring parties. The Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers work towards building an Afghan Society based on the principles of equality, national unity, non-violence and self-reliance.

The vigil supports the struggles of people everywhere for human rights, but rejects the use of war, covert actions and sanctions to effect “regime change.”

The vigil supports a just and lasting peace, based on respect for human rights, to end the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

The vigil will demand the United States government respect human rights and civil liberties by calling for an end to the drone assassination program; full due process rights for terrorist suspects; the repeal of repressive legislation such as the PATRIOT ACT, the Military Commissions Act, and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012; an end to the crackdown on whistleblowers; full respect for the right of peaceful dissent; and an end to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) harassment of airline passengers.

After the vigil, an informal discussion and potluck will take place in the Fellowship Hall of the United Church of Christ (UCC). The Fellowship Hall is located in the downstairs section of the UCC. The UCC is located at 415 Juniper Street, near the southwest corner of Gregory Park.

In the event of bad weather, the informal discussion and potluck will be held in the UCC Fellowship Hall at 1 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend the vigil, informal discussion and potluck.

Chapter CJ PEO

Chapter CJ PEO will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cathy Gray’s home. Susie Obeidzinski will co-host and Jan Erickson will give the program. We will have initiation of a new member.

Duplicate bridge scores

North-South: Ray and Gladys Norrgard, 41; Tom McGrath and Jim Thompson, 38.

East-West: Lane Weber and Bruce Eastman, 44.5; and Lorraine Northagen and Pat Wynthe, 38.5.

Toys for Kids

The annual Toys for Kids program that provide Christmas gifts for southern Crow Wing County families is underway. More than 50 toy donation drop points have been established at community business and organizations. A listing of these locations was published in the Nov. 14 Brainerd Dispatch. Toys and financial donations will also be accepted at the annual Green Lantern Family Christmas

Party scheduled for Dec. 1.

Applications taken through Nov. 27 indicate a substantial increase in the numbers of families asking for assistance. TFK Program Chair Steve Amerud anticipates filling up to 500 family requests, including gifts for well over 900 children. This translates to a greater need for financial and toy donations than in previous years.

This annual program, now in its 31st year, is supported solely by financial and toy donations from the local community. There is no affiliation with the national Toys For Tots program. All monies donated to Toys For Kids are spent locally. Adult volunteers wishing to help fill family gift bags may contact Myrna Huber at the National Guard Armory after 9 a.m. Monday.

Heartland Detachment, Toys For Kids is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations may be tax deductible.

Mail to: TFK, Heartland Detachment, Marine Corps League, P.O. Box 2811, Baxter, MN 56425.

Widowed Friends

Widowed Friends will have a Christmas party Monday starting with music at 11 a.m. at the Nisswa Legion instead of the regular meeting. The regular meetings at Bonanza and the Nisswa Legion will start in January.

Signing Santa

Sertoma is happy to announce the appearance of a signing Santa from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Winter Wonderland at the Arboretum. This is a unique opportunity for deaf and hard-of-hearing children to “talk” with Santa.

WHS class of 1955

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

Bee-Nay-She Council Bird Club

Christmas Bird Count planned

The Bee-Nay-She Council Bird Club invites volunteers in the Aitkin, Brainerd and Crosby areas to join citizen scientists across the western hemisphere and participate in Audubon’s 113th Christmas Bird Count (CBC). All counts take place in locations throughout North America and beyond between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5; in the Crosby area, this year’s event will be Dec. 15. Each count group completes a census of the birds found during one 24-hour period in a designated circle 15 miles in diameter.

For the Crosby count, call Jo Blanich at 546-5939. A count in Walker will be Dec. 15. Call Mike North at 746-3135. Pillager’s count will be Jan. 1. Call Mike North at 746-3135. Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge in McGregor’s count will be Dec. 29. Call 218-768-2402, and Upgaard WMA, Pequot Lakes, Judd Brink, call 218-838-4784.

Center Morning Club

The Center Morning Club meets each Wednesday morning from 9:30-10:30 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 Center, both men and women, are invited to become part of the group.

The programs scheduled for December are as follows: Monday, Dean Renneke, Chiropractic Health over age 65; Dec. 12, Lucy Hanninen, Lutheran Social Services Dining Sites; Dec. 19, John Ward, Minnesota State Representative; Dec. 26, No meeting.

Chapter DV, P.E.O.

Chapter DV, P.E.O. will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Prairie Bay for a Christmas celebration. Elsa Windh has made arrangements for a fun evening.

Xi Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa

The Xi Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa will have its holiday dinner at Prairie Bay in Baxter at 4:15 p.m. Dec. 10. Members are encouraged to wear holiday jewelry and bring bake sale items, proceeds to go toward altruistic projects. Women educators interested in attending may contact Sandy at 828-1292.

Nisswa American Legion

Auxiliary Holiday Extravaganza

NISSWA — The Nisswa American Legion Auxiliary Holiday Extravaganza will be Friday. Bake sale will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The silent auction will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the quilt raffle drawing will be at 7 p.m. Proceeds go toward Auxiliary programs and local community.

Senior dances

Senior dances will be 2-5 p.m. Wednesday at the Brainerd Eagles with music by Country Ramblers; and from 1-4 p.m. Friday at Deerwood with music by Henry’s Band.

Germans from Russia Heritage Group

The Brainerd area Germans from Russia Heritage Group will have a potluck lunch from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Sunshine Room at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Baxter. Bring a favorite German or Christmas dish. Following the meal, a member will share about her recent trip to Russia and Germany. For more information, call Nancy Redshaw at 825-3942.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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