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‘Old Fashioned Christmas’ at Fair Oaks Lodge is Dec. 3

WADENA — Fair Oaks Lodge Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation will host the 20th Annual “Old Fashioned Christmas” from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena. Fair Oaks Lodge is located on Shady Lane Drive, just off County Road 4 next to scenic Sunnybrook Park. The “Old Fashioned Christmas” is open to the public with special invitations to Fair Oaks Lodge residents, families, staff and friends. There will be sleigh rides, face painting and crafts. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance and kids can have their picture taken with the honored guests from the North Pole. Guests can also decorate cookies and enjoy goodies and refreshments. The event is free and everyone is invited to attend.The “Old Fashioned Christmas” started in 1991 when staff members wanted tofind a way to make Christmas a more enjoyable time for residents and staff.

The inaugural party was a success — with craft stations set up to make a craft to take home or share with a resident, sleigh rides, and Christmasgoodies and refreshments for all. The traditions have continued throughoutthe years and staff, residents and volunteers continue to help with party preparations, decorations and entertainment.

Nisswa’s Pioneer Village tomark ‘City of Lights’ night

NISSWA — The Nisswa Area Historical Society will open the Pioneer Village on Main Street at 4:45 p.m. Friday and serve complimentary hot cider and doughnut holes to mark the annual “City of Lights” celebration. The children’s book “Polar Express” will be read in the historic caboose, which is just across the street. The Nisswa Black Bear 4-H Club hosts a “make and take” craft for children in the village’s summer kitchen.

More information may be obtained by calling 963-3570.

Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, DNR and others partner to provide an Archery Grant to St. Francis School

St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd received a $3,200“Archery in The Schools” Grant. The MN DNR provided a $1,600 matching grant. The rest of the $3,200 was contributed by the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association / Brainerd Chapter, James & Patricia Stroot, Jesse & Desiree Hopkins, Arthur and Joyce Vadnais, Scott and Patricia Engelstad, Lee & Jerilyn Arendt, and an anonymous donor. Any new contributions will be used to augment, repair, and maintain equipment.

The Minnesota DNR Archery in the Schools program introduces Minnesota students to archery by providing schools with the best equipment, training, and curriculum available at the lowest possible price. It is part of the National Archery in the Schools program (NASP).

Mikkey White, the P.E. teacher, will receive training and participate in an archery education program designed by NASP. Equipment is included and includes: 10 Right handed and 2 left handed Genesis Bows, 5 Block FITA bulls eye targets (36 inch), 10 Dozen full-length aluminum arrows, 1 safety backstop net, and 1 equipment repair package.

St. Francis students in kindergarten through 8th grade will have theopportunity to learn archery at an age-appropriate level. For more information, please contact 218-829-2344.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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