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VFW upcoming events

The regular monthly meetings of VFW Post 1647 and Auxiliary will be 7 p.m. Tuesday. Americanism Chairman, Saundra Swearingen, will have an awards presentation for the students in the Americanism contests. The local Voice of Democracy winner Elise Sopella will also be given her award.

Breakfast will be served 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 17 at the VFW. Cost: $8.

The class of 1952 will meet noon Tuesday at Front Street Cafe.

Retired Firepeople will meet for breakfast 9 a.m. Wednesday at Front Street Cafe.

Alpha Chapter OES

The Eastern Star Christmas candlelight meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday at the Masonic Hall.

Dinner will be served 6 p.m. by Gary and Judy Whiteman. Festive holiday dress.

Greetings will be put together for shut-ins after the meeting.

Brainerd Elks Lodge Polish sausage feed

The public is invited to an all-you-can eat Polish sausage, sauerkraut, beans and bread feed 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the Brainerd Elks Lodge, 215 S. Ninth St., Brainerd.

Cost: $8.

Hackensack American Legion Auxiliary to serve breakfast

The Hackensack American Legion Auxiliary Unit 202 will serve breakfast 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 17, at the Club.

Cost: $6. The proceeds go to support youth scholarships.

WHS class of 1966 lunch meeting canceled

The Washington High School class of 1966 lunch will be canceled out of respect for a classmate who passed away Dec. 5.

WHS class of 1967 to meet Friday

The Washington High School (Brainerd) class of 1967 will be gathering for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Friday at The Local 218.

Ruby's Pantry distribution set for Tuesday

Ruby's Pantry Pop-Up Pantry is Tuesday at the National Guard Armory, 1115 Wright St, Brainerd.

Food distribution begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m.

Ruby's Pantry is a nonprofit food ministry serving the community on the second Tuesday of the month. There are no income guidelines to participate; Ruby's Pantry is for everyone who eats. For a $20 cash donation, participants will receive a "share" with up to $120 of groceries. There is no limits on how many shares can be purchased at this time. The variety and amount of food varies each month. Participants should bring containers to put their food in.

Contact The Journey North Community Church at 218-824-5617 about volunteer opportunities at Ruby's.

Brainerd Eagles Club breakfast set for Sunday

Brainerd Eagles Club breakfast will be 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday at 124 Front St., Brainerd, featuring the Eagles' special for $8.

Pinetree Patchworkers meeting planned

BAXTER—The Pinetree Patchworkers will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday at Brenny Funeral Home in Baxter, 7348 Excelsior Blvd.

Dress up for a Christmas tea party (even hats!). Ugly sweaters are an option. Bring a fat quarter to trade.

Wadena Whirlaways Square Dancers to host dance

WADENA—The Wadena Whirlaways Square Dancers will be hosting a dance Thursday at the VFW in Wadena.

Royce Nelson is the caller and the theme is Christmas treats. Plus dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. and mainstream dancing at 8 p.m.

Ray's Promenaders

BAXTER—Ray's Promenaders will have a potluck Christmas party and dance from 6:30-10 p.m. Friday at the Baxter School, 5546 Fairview Road, Baxter.

The caller is Tom Allen.

The Center's Morning Club to meet

The Center's Morning Club will meet 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd.

The presenter will be Jessy McShane from the Crow Wing Food Co-op.

Brainerd Legion upcoming events

The 40 et 8 will meet 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The Venture Crew will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday.

MDAA will meet 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Roast beef dinner for $10 will be the special Friday. Walleye for $11 is also available. Serving begins at 5 p.m.

Xi Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa to meet

The Xi chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa will meet Monday at Prairie Bay for its holiday dinner.

The altruism project is a donation for the Salvation Army. Members may bring a book to exchange, and a craft or food for the altruism sale.

194th Regiment meeting set for Monday

The 194th Regiment meeting will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Brainerd National Guard Armory. Agenda is 2018 meeting schedule and budget.

Breezy Point Area Women's Club program schedule for 2018

Regular meetings of the Breezy Point Area Women's Club are the first Wednesday of each month and begin at 11:30 a.m., unless otherwise announced.

Meeting programs scheduled for 2018 are: Feb. 7, lunch get-together, Lucky's, Pequot Lakes (social only - no program); March 7, lunch get-together, Hungry Loon, Pequot Lakes (social only - no program); April 4, Interfaith Caregivers, Ann Silgen, Billy's at Breezy; May 2, Life in the Circus, Sarah Chapman, Breezy Point City Hall, catered by Maucieri's; June 6, Tai Chi for Healthy Living, Julie Guth, Pequot Lakes Conservation Club, Breezy Point, catered by Lakes Latte; July 11, Homeless and Wounded Warriors MN, Steve Eisenreich, Marina II, Breezy Point Resort; Aug. 1, Tour of a Fairy Garden, Coralee Fox's home, box lunch at Breezy Point City Hall catered by Valeri Ann Diller; Sept. 5, Midwives for Haiti, Lisa Slepica, Billy's at Breezy; Oct. 3, Bridges of Hope, Andrea Martin, Palmer's Grill, Breezy Point; Nov. 7, Craft for Care Centers, Pelican Lakes Conservation Club, Breezy Point; Dec. 5, Annual Christmas Party/Silent Auction, venue to be announced.

The Breezy Point Area Women's Club is involved in the following community service projects with funds for these projects provided through annual fundraisers and member dues: Two $600-$800 scholarships are given annually to nontraditional female students attending Central Lakes College; Members organize and maintain donated books at City Hall Library; Members plant and maintain the garden areas on city hall grounds; Tray favors are crafted in November by members for care center residents in Pine River, Crosslake and Pequot Lakes; "Adopted" care center residents are visited by club volunteers and remembered on special days with cards and gifts; A monetary donation as well as food shelf items are donated to the Lakes Area Food Shelf annually.

Membership is open to all women of the area, and guests are welcome at all meetings and social events. Annual membership dues are $20.

For more information regarding these meetings, contact program chairs, Bonnie, 612-298-4315, Burback, 612-867-7453; or Sue, 651-463-3080.

Senior dances

Senior dances will be from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday at Motley Ten-Hi with music by Frank and Fran; from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday at Waukenabo with music by Two for the Road; 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Little Falls Senior Center with music by Jerry's Dance Band; and from 1-4 p.m. Friday at the Deerwood Legion with music by Frank and Fran.

Sons of Norway Sagatun Lodge 018 to meet

The Sons of Norway Sagatun Lodge 018 will meet Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church fellowship hall in Brainerd.

Potluck will begin at 6 p.m. with a 7 p.m. program in the church sanctuary.

The program will be Scandinavian countries—Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway—experience the darkest time of the year during the Christmas season, when the nights are the longest and the greater part of the winter is still ahead.

Christmas in Scandinavia is a special experience with traditional cuisine—Lucia night-julenissen and glowing lights in every window—all antidotes to the cold and darkness.

Bring a dish to share and enjoy music, readings and laughter to help break winter's hold.

Area bridge scores

Jenkins VFW: Peter Graves, 7180; Florence DeLong, 5750; Bruce Peck, 5730.

Whitefish Golf Course: Duplicate: Jim Thompson and Lois Steffen, 38.5; Ginny Hersey and Pat Nentl, 25.5; Tom and Helen McGrath, 25; Al and Rose Ann Stans, 23.

Maucieri's: Jim Thompson, 13; Lorraine Northagen, 11; Florence DeLong, 10; Bruce Peck, 9.

Whitefish Golf Course: Duplicate: Tom McGrath and Jim Thompson, 54.5; Bruce Peck and Joe Heal, 42.5; Ginny Hersey and Carolyn Thompson, 42.5; Dale Dickie and Florence DeLong, 40.5.

Crosslake Community Center: Jim Thompson, 13; Bruce Peck, 12; Dick Dietz, 11; Rose Ann Stans, 11.

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.