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What's Doing-April 20

■ Golden Eagles: A wintering population in Minnesota

Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society will host Mark Martell, director of Bird Conservation, Audubon Minnesota, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.

Do you know the differences between Golden Eagles and Bald Eagles? Can you tell the difference between an immature Bald Eagle and a Golden Eagle? Want to learn more about Golden Eagles? Mark Martell from Audubon Minnesota who has studied Golden Eagle movements through radio-tracking and learned many interesting things about them will present the program. Martell has been involved in bird conservation and studies for more than 30 years, serving as co-coordinator of the Midwest Peregrine Falcon Restoration Program and the Minnesota Osprey Reintroduction Team, and has published more than 40 articles in scientific journals.

Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Pam Perry at or the Northland Arboretum at

■ Area bridge scores

Jenkins VFW: Dale Dickie, 5500; Lynne Zweiner, 5480; Lorraine Northagen, 5440.

Whitefish Golf Course: Mark Doucette and Scott Krupke, 58; Jim Thompson and Pat Wynthe, 57; Jan Hauge and Tom McGrath, 42; Al Hauge and Deanna Dubell, 40.5; Al and Rose Ann Stans, 39.5.

Maucieri’s: Tom McGrath, 7270; Dale Dickie, 6780; Russ Johnson, 6400; Bruce Peck, 6270.

Whitefish Golf Course: Jan Hauge and Dale Dickie, 46; Ruthann Gottwaldt and Barb Bretz, 39; Tom McGrath and Jim Thompson, 38; Bruce Peck and Joe Heal, 37.5; Al and Rose Ann Stans, 37.5.

Crosslake Community Center: Dale Dickie, 6090; Myrna Turner, 4920; Dorothy Schluter, 4810.

Anyone interested in joining any of the bridge games can contact Jim Thompson at 218-543-4688. Anyone interested in joining the bridge game at the Crosslake Community Center, call the Center at 218-692-4271.

■ Brainerd Area Art Club

Brainerd Area Art Club will meet 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Evelyn Matthies’ Studio in the Franklin Art Center. For information contact club president Phyllis Frankum at 829-3850.

■ Garrison Lions

Fashion Show

GARRISON — The Garrison Lions are making preparations for its 33rd Annual Style Show and Dinner on May 22 at Ruttger’s on Bay Lake with social hour at 5 p.m. Showcasing spring clothing will be local stores: Ruttger’s Country Store on Bay Lake, Christmas Point in Baxter and Giada Boutique in Aitkin. Raffles and shopping sprees with a silent auction of gifts and man hand-crafted items will be featured. All proceeds from this event will be used for non-traditional scholarships and community needs. Cost of ticket is $28. Tickets can be purchased from any Garrison Lions member or by calling

Cookie at 218-678-4035 or Kay at 320-692-4887.

■ Backus Legion customer appreciation party

BACKUS — With the return of its fine feathered friends from the south underway, the Backus American Legion will hold its 11th annual Welcome Back Snowbirds, Frozen Survivor and Customer Appreciation Party on April 26.

This year’s theme is “Hollywood” and includes complimentary food and door prizes. The event runs from 4 to 8 p.m. and includes musical comedy by the post’s Usual Suspects Theater Co. at 5:30 p.m., a Hollywood themed costume contest at 6 p.m. with contestants dressed as their favorite entertainment idol, and a 10-round meat raffle with 50 packages beginning at 5 p.m. Following the event, at 9 p.m., there will be complimentary cash and customer drawings.

The Legion is located at the intersection of Highways 371 and 87 W. Event information can be found at and on Facebook.

■ Wadena Whirlaways

VERNDALE — The Wadena Whirlaways are having a square dance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Verndale School in Verndale. Roger Lueth will be the caller and the theme is Mismatch.

■ Nisswa Chamber looking for Welcome Center volunteers

NISSWA — The Nisswa Chamber is looking for volunteers to serve as Welcome Center greeters. Each year, thousands of visitors come to the Chamber, looking for information about the area. Greeters help them locate information on lodging, dining, shopping, activities, lakes, biking, hiking, etc. If you are familiar with Nisswa and the surrounding areas, love to talk to people who are here on vacation, consider becoming a volunteer greeter at the Nisswa Welcome Center. Flexible scheduling, opportunities seven days a week throughout the summer. For more information, contact Shawn Hansen. Stop by the office at 25532 Main St., Nisswa; call 963-2620 or email

■ Widowed Friends

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

■ Camp Olson 60th anniversary reunion

Camp Olson YMCA is hosting a celebration of its 60th anniversary this Labor Day weekend. Whether they spent a week at Camp Olson or a decade, former and current campers, family campers, staff members, volunteers, supporters and friends are invited to enjoy a weekend of fun and friends in the Northwoods.

For six decades, youth and their families have been made lifelong memories at Camp Olson. Countless children spent their first night under the stars, found new confidence on horseback or at the helm of a sailboat, and built priceless friendships around the campfire. Help carry on the Camp Olson tradition, mission, and spirit by joining fellow members of the Camp Olson family for the 60th Anniversary Reunion.

The celebration will run from Aug. 29 through Sept. 1 at Camp Olson YMCA in Longville. Attendees who cannot stay for the full four-day weekend are encourage to come for part of the weekend. More information including registration is available at under “Alumni.”

■ Duplicate Bridge scores

North-South: Sandy Chase and Kathy Calhoun, 46; Ray and Gladys Norrgard, 44.5.

East-West: Bob and Sandy Crozier, 51.5; Bruce Eastman and Lane Weber, 49.

■ Nisswa American

Legion events

NISSWA — Nisswa American Legion will serve Easter Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: adults, $14.95; kids 12 and under $9.95.

Friday night dinner will be chicken alfredo, spaghetti or lasagna and served beginning at 5 p.m. Cost: $9.95.

■ Brainerd Lakes Limbs & Things support group for amputees

Brainerd Lakes Limbs & Things is a support group being organized by Tim and Mindy Speldrich working with amputees and local professionals to help amputees over limb loss and family questions and struggles. Amputees and families are welcome to come to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of every month in the Kerst Meeting Room located in the lower level. The kickoff meeting for this support group will be May 5.

For more information contact Tim at or 218-838-8431 or Mindy at or 218-839-1488.

■ Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace (BACP)

Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace (BACP) and the Brainerd/Pine River Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will hold a vigil on April 26 The vigil will last from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The vigil will be held at the intersection of Highways 210 and 371, near Kohl’s. Signs are available for vigil participants.

The vigil will advocate peace, economic justice and respect for the environment. The vigil is in solidarity with similar events held nationwide supported by the Alliance for Global Justice.

After the vigil, an informal discussion and potluck will be held 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 St., Brainerd, near the southwest corner of Gregory Park. Snacks and beverages provided.

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

■ VFW Friday dinner

The VFW Friday dinner of baron of beef serving from 5:30 p.m. until gone Friday. Reservations are appreciated by calling the VFW at 829-6393.

■ Lois Club luncheon

AITKIN — The Lois Club luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. April 29 at the 40 Club in Aitkin. New members always welcome. For more information, call Lois Neuman at 218-927-1354 or Lois Johnson at 320-684-2000.

■ Senior dances

Senior dances will be from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday at the Motley Ten-Hi with music by Michael James and at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Little Falls Senior Center with music by Joe and Marie.

■ Brainerd Area Retired Educators

The Brainerd Area Retired Educators will meet for a noon luncheon Monday at Park United Methodist Church in Brainerd. Elsie Husom and Karen Ogdahl will have a presentation on the Crow Wing County Jail Literacy Project. Annual dues of $5 will be collected. Call 829-6900 for reservations.

■ Chapter DV, P.E.O.

Chapter DV, P.E.O. will meet 7:30 p.m. Monday at the home of Jan Lallman with Jan Nelson as co-hostess. The program will be “Songs Through the Years” presented by Jan Morton and Jan Lallman.

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