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What's Doing-June 10

Restorative Justice Project to host community picnic 

CROSBY — Face painting, kids’ games, prizes and more will be featured as the Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project (LARJP) hosts a “meet, greet and eat” community picnic at Crosby Memorial Park on Serpent Lake from 4-7 p.m. June 21.  

Hamburgers, brats and hotdogs along with picnic fare will be served. Cost: $3 for brats and hamburgers and a $2 donation will be requested. Proceeds will benefit the Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project. 

LARJP is a community directed, operated and supported project that provides a forum for crime victims to meet with juvenile wrongdoers and their families and to restore the harm caused.

LARJP volunteers want to meet the families of Crow Wing County. 


Hear 10-12 speeches by Toastmasters working to earn awards by end of the Toastmaster year from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday at the Brainerd Public Library, 416 South Fifth St., Brainerd. Free to the public.

Historic Program in Crosslake

CROSSLAKE — Have you ever wondered what lies beneath our Minnesota sky blue waters? You can find out by attending the Crosslake Historical Society’s program featuring Bill Matthies, owner and operator of Minnesota School of Diving in Brainerd. He has intriguing stories of his many dives and recovered items such as tools from the logging era that were lost in the lakes, items from the 1969 tornado in Outing found in Roosevelt Lake and artifacts from the Crosby mine pits. He has been doing search and recovery diving for 53 years, so he has much to share, including how diving equipment has evolved through the years. Matthies began the Minnesota School of Diving in 1959, the Underwater Commercial Diver Corporation and the Minnesota Commercial Diver Training Center. He is the recipient of many awards and trains students from Central Lakes College. Matthies will present his program at the Crosslake Historic Log Village in Crosslake at 7 p.m. Tuesday.


Legion dinner

There will be a BBQ chicken dinner by Dave Freiday will be served from 5:30 p.m. until gone. Cost: $8.

Baxter Lions Club

BAXTER — 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 is at 7 p.m.

Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615

Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615 will conduct the annual Flag Day service on June 14 at Edgewood Vista at 3:30 p.m. The officers will be conducting the ceremony in the dining hall. Plan to attend this patriotic event. If you have soiled or damaged American flags to retire you are encouraged to drop them off at the Brainerd Elks Lodge at 219 South Ninth St., Brainerd, between 3-8 p.m. 

Special Flag Day ceremony planned at Good Samaritan Society-Woodland

Good Samaritan Society invites the public for a ceremony honoring our flag 2 p.m. Thursday in the Brainerd-Woodland campus courtyard.

The 9th annual dedication service will feature a flag folding ceremony, special music, local dignitaries and a 21-gun salute.

The ceremony will be held rain or shine.

Good Samaritan Society offers public lecture on senior depression

Good Samaritan Society invites to public for an informational lecture on senior depression. “The Blues: Not a Normal Part of Aging,” will be presented by Lakewood Health System Clinical Therapist Corrie Brown at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Good Samaritan Society-Woodland Chapel. Refreshments will be provided. Reserve a seat by calling 829-1429.

WHS class of 1946

Brainerd’s WHS class of 1946 will meet for lunch 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Nisswa American Legion Club, just north of Nisswa. Order from the menu. Call Dick at (218) 838-0738 for information or a reservation.


bridge scores

Bruce Eastman and Lane Weber, 29.5; Don Rasmussen and Allen Anderson, 28.5; and Nan Morain and Jo Bonestroo, 26.

Minnesota Lyme Disease Association meeting

The Minnesota Lyme Disease Association meeting on Thursday will have speaker House of Representative John Ward. Mr. Ward will be speaking on past, present and future legislation on Lyme disease. Representative Ward has been an advocate for the Lyme disease group for several years. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Trailside Center of the Baptist Church in Pequot Lakes.

July’s topic will be on the basics of Lyme disease.

Dance and dine at the Backus Legion

BACKUS — Frankie Lamb’s Frankly Country Band returns to the Backus American Legion for its monthly dance from 2-6 p.m. June 17, playing classic country, pop, old time and swing. The dance is followed by a lasagna dinner from 6 p.m. until gone for $8 with proceeds going toward prize premiums for 4-H participants at the Cass County Fair.

Pinetree Patchworkers Quilt Club

Pinetree Patchworkers Quilt Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. Monday at Lord of Life Lutheran Church. We will be preparing for the quilt show at the Brainerd High School June 22-23. Quilters show and tell is encouraged as always.

Class of 1972

reunion meeting

There will be a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Old Waterfall for anyone interested in planning the BHS class of 1972 reunion.

VFW upcoming events

Upcoming events for the VFW in Brainerd include the Post No. 1647 and Auxiliary at 7 p.m. at the Home Post, 309 South Sixth St., Brainerd.

The VFW Friday dinner will be BBQ country ribs served from 5:30 p.m. until gone at the VFW. Cost: $8.

Sunday breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to noon June 17 at the VFW. Cost: $6.

Class of 1952

The class of 1952 will meet for lunch at Bonanza at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Retired Fire People

Retired Fire People will meet 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Airport Cafe for breakfast.

Central Minnesota Peace and Diversity Fair

LITTLE FALLS — Little Falls Partners for Peace is hosting the Central Minnesota Peace and Diversity Fair on June 23. The fair begins at 9 a.m. in LeBourget Park, located near the intersection of Highway 27 and Paul Larson Memorial Drive. At 10:30 a.m. a walk for peace will take participants to Maple Island Park (Kidder Street SE and 3rd Avenue SE). The fair is scheduled to last until 5 p.m.

The fair, designed to promote peace and support diversity, will feature a potluck lunch, music from the Ragging Grannies and Sestri Women’s Slavic Choir and presentations by several peace and justice advocates, including FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley. There will be opportunities for discussion following each presentation.

The Central Minnesota Peace and Diversity Fair is a free event open to the public.

Alpha Chapter

No. 23 OES

Alpha Chapter No. 23 OES will meet 7 p.m. Monday at the Masonic Hall. They will be honoring fathers. It’s joke night. Refreshments following the meeting.

NARFE to meet

The Brainerd Chapter No. 738 National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet Tuesday at Bonanza, Baxter. Social time starts at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. Presentation to be announced.

Senior dances

Senior dances will be from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday at Motley with music by Country Diamonds; and from 1-4 p.m. Friday at Deerwood Legion with music by John and Virginia.

NARVRE to meet

The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Brainerd Public Library. All present and retired railroad employees, spouses, widows and widowers of railroad employees are eligible and welcome to attend. Lunch to follow.

Historical Society membership meeting

NISSWA — The Nisswa Area Historical Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Nisswa Community Center. All members and interested persons are invited to participate. For further information, call the history center at 963-3570.

Brainerd Eagles Club breakfast

The Brainerd Eagles Club will have breakast from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, 124 Front St., Brainerd. Eagles’ special, $6.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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