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What's Doing-Jan. 13

Duplicate bridge scores

Jim Thompson and Tom McGrath, 44; Bruce Eastman and Lane Weber, 43.5; Lorraine Northagen and Pat Wynthe, 43.

U.S. Foreign Policy

Update with Tom Hanson

Now that elections are over, what changes can Americans expect in our international relations? Tom Hanson returns again to explore foreign policy development, trends and challenges faced by the United States during the run-up to and aftermath of the 2012 elections and in the upcoming year.

Tom Hanson serves as diplomat in Residence at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, is a member of Great Decisions advisory committee and Board Member of Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, U.S. Foundation. He is a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer who assisted in the opening of new U.S. Embassies in Mongolia and Estonia, served as Director for NATO and European Affairs at the Atlantic Council of the U.S. in Washington D.C.

Join us at this presentation at Heartwood Senior Center from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 21 for a new season for Great Decisions, a program of Unlimited Learning. This annual event is open to the general public and there is no fee.

Disabled American Veterans

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

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

Mended Hearts support group

The Brainerd Lakes Heart & Vascular Center has formed a Mended Hearts support group to help people understand that there can be a rich, rewarding life after heart disease diagnosis. Members listen, share their experiences and volunteer to talk to other heart patients about what they may face including lifestyle changes, depression, recovery, and treatment. This supportive and caring group is facilitated by professionals and meets the first week of every month on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

The Mended Hearts support group is open to all heart disease patients and their families. Simply attend one of the meetings to join. For more information about Mended Hearts support group call Rebecca Wirtz at 828-7445.

Healthy Triathlete

Learning Session offered

by Essentia Health

Triathletes, are you looking for advice on how to stay healthy during training? Essentia Health, proud sponsor of Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes, Kiwanis Kids Triathlon, Lakes Country Triathlon, and Sour Grapes is offering a Healthy Triathlete learning session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Rehabilitation Clinic in the lower level of Northern Orthopedics, 2016 South Sixth Street, Brainerd.

Lara Parkin, ATC, Essentia Health athletic trainer will be discussing ways to stay healthy during training, avoiding overuse and abuse, solving muscle imbalance problems, and offseason training tips. For more information and to register call Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Rehabilitation Clinic at 828-7375.

Brainerd Legion

upcoming events

Upcoming events at the Brainerd American Legion include the Local 31 meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The dinner special by Katie Lutz will be 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Call the Post for menu and cost.

Steak date night special by Katie Lutz will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Legion. Cost: $11 or two for $20.

Alzheimer’s Association to present ‘Living with

Alzheimer’s’ at Lakewood

STAPLES — The Alzheimer’s Association, along with Lakewood Reflections, will present a three-part series called ‘Living with Alzheimer’s for Middle Stage Caregivers’ at Lakewood Health System.

The series will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Classroom B on the Lower Level of Lakewood’s Main Campus (49725 Cty. 83) on Jan. 22 and 29 and Feb. 5.

Caregivers and mental health professionals will discuss helpful strategies for providing safe, effective and comfortable care for those in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s.

For more information and to register for the event, call 218-894-8623.

Brainerd Eagles Club breakfast

The Brainerd Eagles Club breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, 124 Front Street, Brainerd, featuring the Eagles special for $6.

Backus Legion Surf and Turf

BACKUS — A surf and turf dinner will be served by the Backus American Legion from 5 p.m. until gone Friday. Cost is $11, including tax and gratuity. The post’s regular meat raffle will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by Bingo at 7:30 p.m. at the post clubrooms located at Highways 371 and 87 West.

Frankly Country to

perform in Backus

BACKUS — Frankie Lamb’s Frankly Country Band returns to the Backus American Legion Jan. 20 for the post’s monthly Sunday dance.

Band leader Lamb is taking the month off but the band, playing classic country, pop, old time and swing, will play from 2 to 6 p.m. That will be followed by a 4-H benefit dinner from 6 p.m. until gone to raise funds for prize premiums at the Cass County Fair. The meal cost is $8.

Danish Sisterhood

of America to meet

There will be a meeting of the Amber Lodge 186 of the Danish Sisterhood of America 11 a.m. Jan. 19 at Evelyn Matthies Art Studio in the Franklin Arts Center. The meeting is open to women and men interested in Danish-American traditions and heritage. You don’t need to be of Danish decent.

Sons of Norway to meet

Sons of Norway Sagatun Lodge No. 018 will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Brainerd. Sons of Norway members will enjoy a winter brunch in the fellowship hall. Afterward, there will be an informative program on genealogy.

Class of 1954

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

WHS class of 1944

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

Encore Arts Association

Encore Arts Association will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the former Lakes Area Senior Center (now called “The Center”), 803 Kingwood, Brainerd. Gail Walsh will demonstrate advantages of creating and using a Light Box in photographing art work. Refreshments will be served.

Sweetheart dinner planned

BACKUS — Reservations are now open for the annual Valentine’s Sweetheart Dinner at the Backus American Legion Feb. 9.

This is an elegant evening for both individuals and couples featuring a prime rib or jumbo shrimp dinner for $20 a person. The evening includes dinner music from a classic collection of big band, pop and country recordings.

Guests will be seated in the lounge during hospitality time beginning at 5 p.m. and be escorted by their waiters to their reserved individual tables in the dining area at 6:30 p.m. Suitable evening wear is requested but need not be tie and jacket.

Reservations are requested by Feb. 8, should include a preferred table size of 2, 3, 4 or 6 and can be made at the clubrooms at Highways 371 and 87 W. or by calling 218-947-3156 or 218-947-3416. Anyone canceling a reservation should call as seating is limited.

AAUW to host Brain

Busters Contest

The AAUW will have its fourth annual Brain Busters Contest on Jan. 19 at the Northland Arboretum. Registration is at 1 p.m. with the contest beginning at 2 p.m. For more information, call Julie at 829-6338.

Chapter CJ of PEO

Chapter CJ of PEO will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Jo Moores’ home. Betty Green is the co-hostess and Caren Bedard will give the program.

Pinetree Patchworkers

Pinetree Patchworkers will meet at 6:45 p.m. Monday at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Brainerd. Our program will be Linda Thesing and Janelle Johnson of the Randall Creamery Quilt Shop. Quilters show and tell is welcome.

VFW upcoming events

VFW upcoming events include a Friday dinner with Hab and Crew doing a prime rib dinner. Cost is $10 served from 5:30 p.m. until gone. Reservations are appreciated; call the Club at 829-6393 for the dinner.

Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 20 at the VFW. Full menu. Cost: $6.

Baxter Lions Club

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

NAARFE to meet

Brainerd Chapter No. 738 National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet Tuesday at Bonanza in Baxter. Social time starts at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. Presentation will be a belated Christmas party. Bring food items for the Salvation Army and a fun game.

Senior dances

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

Note: The senior dances at the Brainerd Eagles have changed times. They are now 1-4 p.m.

Chapter DV, P.E.O.

Chapter DV, P.E.O. will meet at 10 a.m. Jan. 19 at the home of Sharon Carlson with Jan Morton as co-hostess. Karen DeVries will present a program on “Civil War Women and their Quilts.”

Better Breathers Club to meet

The Better Breathers Club will meet at 12:45-2 p.m. Thursday at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center, lower level.

Patient and Caregiver Support Series will present “COPD Support for Today, Solutions for Tomorrow.” BBC is a member of the Minnesota American Lung Association. RSVP to Karla at 828-7481.

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