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What's Doing-April 27

■ Walk 4

Water event

CROSBY — The Service Adventure Leadership Team from Crosby-Ironton High School is organizing a Walk 4 Water event at 10 a.m. May 3 at Serpent Park. This event is to raise awareness for water quality right here in our state and in developing countries where 780 million people do not have access to clean drinking water. Participants can show up and walk one lap or challenge themselves to walk four miles, which is the average distance children and women walk for clean water every day. Participants can also choose to get pledges before the walk, but it is not required. For pledge forms and more information on the Crosby-Ironton school’s website: and click on the activities tab. There will also be gallon jugs of water and if participants really would like a challenge they can carry those during the walk.

■ Lakes Area Singles spring dance

Lakes Area Singles spring dance will be from 7:30-11:30 p.m. May 3 at the Eagles Club, 124 Front St., Brainerd. Music by Artisan. $5 cover charge for members; $7 cover charge for non-members. New members admitted free with paid membership of $24. Singles over 40 welcome. Call Mary for questions at 829-5297.

■ Brainerd Legion upcoming events

Brainerd Legion upcoming events include a waffle breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Brainerd Legion. Cost: adults $8; kids, $4. There will be a 2014 Camp-O-Ree meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday for all interested. Steak date night will be Friday. Cost: $11 or two for $20.

■ Lakewood Health System to offer hospice and palliative care volunteer training

STAPLES — Lakewood Health System will be offering a series of free hospice and palliative care volunteer training sessions on May 13, 15, 20 and 22 from 5-8 p.m. in the Burlington Room at the Senior Campus (401 Prairie Ave. NE, Staples). Trainees will complete a total of 12 training hours in preparation for becoming a part of Lakewood Health System’s hospice and palliative care teams.

Hospice volunteers are needed to provide companionship to patients and assist with special events. People from all walks of life and all age groups are invited to partake in hospice volunteer training. After training, individuals can provide care for people who are terminally ill, their families and their caregivers.

Register by calling Kathy Wenzel at 218-894-8092.

■ Walk to

Cure Arthritis

STAPLES — Lakewood Health System invites community members and their families to be part of Lakewood’s 2014 team for the Walk to Cure Arthritis. Funds raised will go towards research that will someday help to cure the nation’s leading cause of disability. The walk will begin with registration at 9 a.m. May 17 at the Paul Bunyan Trailhead, Baxter.

The walk includes a one to three-mile course and kids’ activity zone. To sign up, log on to Click on “Register” and join Lakewood Health System.

A $10 donation per person ($25 per family) is suggested and will earn you a Lakewood walk shirt(s) the day of the event.

For more information or to register for the walk, contact Emily Waldahl at or 218-894-8579.

■ Area bridge scores

Jenkins VFW: Myrna Turner, 7170; Dick Dietz, 7040; Tom McGrath, 6710; Jim Thompson, 5930.

Whitefish Golf Course: Bruce Peck and Joe Heal, 30; Jan Hauge and Dale Dickie, 28; Jim Thompson and Pat Wynthe, 25; Tom and Helen McGrath, 23.

Maucieri’s: Florence DeLong, 8550; Rose Ann Stans, 6900; Jim Thompson, 6610; Tom McGrath, 5880.

Whitefish Golf Course: Jim and Myrna Turner, 51; Lorraine Northagen and Florence DeLong, 49; Tom McGrath and Jim Thompson, 46; Ardie Hjerpe and Guy Emmons, 45.5.

Crosslake Community Center: Jan Hauge, 6500; Florence DeLong, 6070; Dale Dickie, 5210.

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.

■ State winners announced for Elks Americanism essay contest

Two local students were second place winners in the state Elks Americanism essay contest. They were Nick Porisch, grade 6, Forestview Middle School, and Anna Chapp, grade 7, Pequot Lakes School. They were both first place division winners for the local Americanism contest. The theme was “What does Veterans Day mean to me?”

■ Quilt bingo

Quilt bingo at The Center will be from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $7 per card for all 16 games. Each bingo winner will receive a quilt. Coverall game winner receives a premium handmade quilt. There will be a free lunch after bingo. The shoe and purse sale will begin at 11 a.m. Come early. Seating is limited. Proceeds will benefit The Center in Brainerd.

■ Alpha Chapter

No. 23 OES

Alpha Chapter No. 23 OES will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday for dinner at the Northwind Grille. Meeting will be 7 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 205 1/2 South Sixth St., Brainerd. Formal dress. For more information or rides, call Gayle at 829-8656 or Margaret at 829-9767.

■ Encore Arts Association

Note that Encore Arts Association will not host a membership meeting in April. There will instead be an April/May meeting at The Center on May 12. For further information, call Sandy Walker at 829-8691.

■ Duplicate bridge scores

Bruce Eastman and Lane Weber, 34.5; Bob and Sandy Crozier, 27; Sandy Weber and Phyllis DeRosier, 25.5.

■ GSS-Bethany Auxiliary

GSS-Bethany Auxiliary will meet 10 a.m. Thursday in the Community Room, GSS-Bethany, 804 Wright St., Brainerd. Special guest: Kandy Johnson, Arrowwood Lodge. Gift Shop Committee meets at 9:30 a.m. May Day baskets for all attendees.

■ Good Samaritan Bowl Steering Committee

Good Samaritan Bowl Steering Committee will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Community Room, GSS-Bethany, 804 Wright St., Brainerd. 2014 Spirit Award Winners will be announced. Lunch served.

GSS-Bethany Senior Living bake sale

GSS-Bethany Senior Living Apartments bake sale will be Friday beginning at 9 a.m. in the Dining Room, 1953 South Seventh St. Proceeds benefit the Bethany Apartments Good Sam Bowl bowling team.

The bake sale will feature Doug Johnson’s yummy caramel rolls, almond cake, biscotti, etc.

Knowledge Bites presentation

GARRISON — On May 13 at 2 p.m., the next Knowledge Bites presentation will be held at Light of the Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison. The presentation will be on Container Gardening. Jan Hasselius, Aitkin County Master Gardener, U of M Extension Service, will be presenting this event. The Knowledge Bites program is a community outreach event and is free and open to the public. Come and learn the proper approach to container gardening while enjoying beverages and treats. Light of the Cross Lutheran Church is located two blocks west of the Super Valu in Garrison.

Ray’s Promenaders

Ray’s Promenaders will host its 61st annual square dance jamboree from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the Baxter Elementary School Cafeteria.

Larry Johansen will be the emcee and several guest callers will also be part of the afternoon program. Cuers will be available for those who enjoy round dancing. There will be refreshments served and door prizes awarded throughout the afternoon.

Baxter Lions Club

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

VFW Friday dinner

VFW Friday dinner will be country fried steak serving from 5:30 p.m. until gone. Cost: $6.

Center Morning Club

The Center Morning Club, 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd, meets each Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 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, men and women, are invited to become part of the group. Coffee and Center made doughnuts are provided. The programs for May: May 7, Joe Brenny, Brenny Funeral Chapel, Thoughts on Preparing for the Future; May 14, Diane Osceola, Native American History and Culture; May 21, John Thomas,; and May 28, Kelly Bevan, Brainerd City Council, Current Items of Interest.

Chapter DV, P.E.O.

Chapter DV, P.E.O. will meet May 3 at the home of Penny Vick with co-hostess Elsa Windh. The program will be given by Emelie Augustine entitled “A Few Good Books.”

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