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Brainerd Legion upcoming events

Commander Chris’ all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Legion.

The Past Commanders’ dinner meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A prime rib dinner by Teddy Anderson will be served from 5:30 p.m. until gone Thursday. Cost is $13.

WHS class of 1958

The Washington High School class of 1958 will meet for coffee on Wednesday at NW Pizza/Boardwalk Bread and Bagel.

Nisswa Garden Club

NISSWA — The Nisswa Garden Club will meet Thursday at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. Check in and social time begins at noon. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. followed by a business meeting and program. The program will be Holiday Pizzaz: Using Plants in your Holiday Decor. Speakers will be Jim Sherwood/JoAnn Weaver. Coordinator: JoAnn Weaver. For reservations, call Marie Boudrye at 963-7494. For more information, visit the club’s website at

Northwoods phenology

John Latimer, host of the Phenology Show on KAXE Radio, will be the speaker at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Northland Arboretum and is sponsored by Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society.

Want to learn more about our environment and how it changes with the seasons? Have you heard John Latimer’s Phenology Report on KAXE 89.9 FM on Tuesday mornings or Phenology Plus in the evening? What is Phenology? One definition is the study of periodic biological phenomena, such as flowering, breeding, and migration, especially as related to climate. Do you keep notes on when you see the first robin or when the first maple tree turns red or when the lake freezes? These are notes about phenology. There is so much talk these days about climate change that we all wonder how the biological world is changing around us in northern Minnesota.

Latimer is a rural mail carrier in Grand Rapids. Looking at nature from the window of his car, he has struggled to learn the what, how, and why of our natural surroundings. Curiosity and a desire to share his excitement have led him to KAXE and the Phenology Show.

This program is free and open to everyone. For more information contact Pam Perry at or the Northland Arboretum at

Holiday arts and crafts festival

The holiday arts and crafts festival will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Brainerd High School, 702 South Fifth St., Brainerd. Use north or south entrance. Free admission.

Nisswa American Legion children’s Halloween party

NISSWA — The Nisswa American Legion children’s Halloween party will be from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Legion for children 11 and under. There will be games, prizes and a treat for all ghosts and goblins.

Duplicate bridge scores

North-South: Tom McGrath and Al Hauge, 40; Lois Volkmuth and Phyllis DeRosier, 38.5.

East-West: Bruce Eastman and Patrick Spradlin, 42.5; Allen Anderson and Don Rasmussen, 41.

Backus Legion and Auxiliary Halloween parties

BACKUS — The Backus American Legion and Auxiliary are sponsoring kids and adult Halloween parties Oct. 29. The children’s party for goblins under age 12 will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be pumpkin picture coloring, a costume style show, fish pond, ring toss and bean bag throw with prizes for each. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes in separate age categories.

There will also be a complimentary lunch. Bring the children in their costumes. All other items are provided. There is no charge for the party.

The adult party starts at 8 p.m. and includes potluck hors d’oeuvres, a costume contest with prizes, announcement of the great pumpkin weight guessing contest winner and complimentary cash and customer drawings. The events begin at 9 p.m.

Prizes includes a $20 beverage/food certificate for the closest weight guess on the great pumpkin, a $25 certificate for first place in the costume contest, $15 certificate for second and $10 T-shirt for third.

Trick-or-treating at Woodland

Trick-or-treating at Good Samaritan Society – Woodland, 100 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd, will be from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31. Little ghosts and goblins are invited to come by for indoor trick-or-treating.

Genealogy Society meeting

The Crow Wing Genealogy Society will meet from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the Family History Center, 101 Buffalo Hills Lane W., Brainerd. We have a guest speaker from The Office Shop speaking on portable scanners and their uses. All interested in these unique devices are welcome to attend our meeting. Membership not required.

BNSF Vets Association

The BNSF Vets Association will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday for a breakfast meeting at Northwind Grille.

Senior dances

Senior dances will be 1-4 p.m. Tuesday at Motley with music by Michael James; and from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday at Waukenabo with music by Mr. Morgan.