What's Doing-April 28

? Good Samaritan Society offers chronic pain self-management program Good Samaritan Society - Communities of Brainerd and Pine River are offering a Chronic Pain Self-Management Program starting from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Brainerd-Woodlan...

■ Good Samaritan Society
offers chronic pain self-management program

Good Samaritan Society – Communities of Brainerd and Pine River are offering a Chronic Pain Self-Management Program starting from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Brainerd-Woodland Campus, 300 Buffalo Hills Lane. The six-week course meets once per week, is free and open to the public.

The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is designed to address pain and symptom cycles, help participants cope with emotions, activity, fatigue and sleep management related to chronic pain. Participants will also learn skills and obtain knowledge to gain confidence in managing chronic pain and improving the quality of life.

Call Joy Nordby at 855-6639 to register or for more information.

■ Spaghetti dinner to
benefit Emily food shelf


EMILY - There will be a benefit spaghetti dinner from 4-7 p.m. May 4 at Granny’s Bar and Grill, 44025 State Highway 6, Emily. Cost: adults, $8; children under 12, $5. All proceeds go toward the reconstruction of our food shelf facilities in Emily.

■ 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. Cost: $7, adults; $5 for kids.

Walleye dinner by chef Katie will be served at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Legion. Cost: $12.

Steak date night by Katie Lutz will start at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Legion. Cost: $11 or two for $20.

■ Free seminar on
arthritis and joint pain

STAPLES - Lakewood Health System will host an educational seminar on arthritis, joint pain and joint replacement. The event will be 5:30 p.m. May 7 in the lower level classrooms at Lakewood’s Main Campus east of Staples. Pie and coffee will be served at 5:30 p.m., and a presentation by Northern Orthopedics surgeon, Dr. Chris Metz, will begin at 5:50 p.m. Following the presentation, members of the Lakewood Joint Connection Team and previous Joint Connection patients will answer audience questions. The evening will conclude with an optional tour of the Joint Connection area at 7 p.m.

The Joint Connection program at Lakewood offers coordinated care, individualized attention, superior patient satisfaction scores and designated Joint Connection nursing staff, specially trained in joint replacement.


Joint Connection is a comprehensive orthopedic wellness program for both knee and hip replacement patients at Lakewood Health System. Led by Jennifer Strickland, RN, Joint Connection Coordinator, and surgeons from Northern Orthopedics, Joint Connection provides education, treatment and surgical support for anyone suffering from joint disease, arthritis, or the negative effects of normal wear and tear.

RSVPs are appreciated and can be made by calling 218-894-8623. To learn more about Joint Connection, call Jennifer Strickland at 218-894-8578.

■ Free bicycle helmets
given to area children

STAPLES - The Lakewood Health System Foundation will be distributing free bicycle helmets to area children as part of its an annual “Helmets Worth Wearing” program.

The program will kick off May 7 at Lakewood’s Eagle Bend clinic and will continue through May 16. Children of all ages will be properly fitted and given a free helmet along with instruction on the importance of wearing a helmet during activities such as bike riding, roller skating and skateboarding.

Bicycle helmets have been shown to reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent and it is estimated that 75 percent of bicycle related fatalities among children could be prevented with a bicycle helmet. To help prevent such injuries, Lakewood’s Foundation gave more than 600 helmets to area children during last year’s Helmets Worth Wearing Clinics.

All area children are welcome to attend any one of the scheduled clinics to receive a free helmet. For more information, contact Heidi Chapman, Lakewood Health System Foundation Director at 218-894-8503.

Clinic locations, dates and times for this year’s event are as follows: from 3-5 p.m. May 9 at Lakewood Health System, Pillager Clinic; from noon to 7 p.m. May 13, Lakewood Health System, Staples Clinic; and from 3-5 p.m. May 16, Lakewood Health System, Motley Clinic.


■ Cuyuna Range
Youth Center news

On Thursday, the Youth Center will be playing Bingo from 6-8 p.m. at the Youth Center. It is free for all ages. There are prizes that have been donated along with pop and candy.

On Friday, May 3, the Cuyuna Range Youth Center will be holding a dance from 7-11 p.m. There is a $3 charge to attend this event. All 7-12 graders are invited to come and bring a friend with you to the dance.

On May 4, the Cuyuna Range Youth Center is presenting the band SORAKUJIRA from 5-9 p.m. Some of the band members are former youth that attended the center. This dance is open to the public and there is a suggested $2 cover charge. There will be food and drink available for purchase.

For questions on any of these events, call Jessica Vogt at 218-839-5832.

■ Area bridge scores

Whitefish Golf Course, Duplicate: Jim Thompson and Pat Wynthe, 55.5; Deanna Dubel and Ardie Hjerpe, 49.5; George Polusny and Guy Emmons, 47; Tom and Helen McGrath, 41; Joe Heal and Florence DeLong, 38.

Maucieri’s: Lorraine Northagen, 6720; Russ Johnson, 5580; Florence DeLong, 5240; Jim Thompson, 4670.

Whitefish Golf Course, Duplicate: Tom McGrath and Jim Thompson, 57; Bruce Peck and Al Hauge, 46.5; Fay and Joanne Miller, 45; Cathy Calhoun and Joyce Roemer, 43; George Polusny and Guy Emmons, 42.5.

Crosslake Community Center: Al Hauge, 6380; Pat Herrick, 6070; Mary Ann Gronholm, 5990.

Whitefish Golf Course, Duplicate: Tom and Helen McGrath, 49.5; Jim Thompson and Bruce Eastman, 48; Jim and Myrna Turner, 45.5; Lorraine Northagen and Jan Hauge, 44.

Anyone interested in joining any of the bridge games, contact Jim Thompson at 218-543-4688.

■ Pregnant Girls’
Night Out results

Brainerd MN Elks Lodge 615 held two “Pregnant Girls Night Out” evenings in April. They were co-sponsored by Healthy Brains for Children (HBC), Cabin Fever of Little Falls and Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge of Deerwood. Cabin Fever and Ruttger’s provided hors d’oeuvres and accommodations. A grant from the Elks National Foundation helped fund this community project that focuses on awareness of the potential dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Research shows that nearly 40 percent of women do consume alcohol during pregnancy.

HBC is a non-profit organization that stresses no alcohol during pregnancy and their goal is to prevent prenatal exposure to alcohol. Fifty-two pregnant girls, mothers and grandmothers attended. In addition to the hors d’oeuvres, non-alcoholic beverages were served and a gift bag and gift certificates were awarded. Michelle Lease, Little Falls, and Nancy Horner, Aitkin, were the two grand prize winners. Each received a homemade quilted baby blanket.

Brainerd Elks Lodge met the challenge goal of their national leader to qualify for the grant, then applied for and received the funding. Elks members teamed with HBC staff to host each event. Peter Johnson, Elks member and HBC representative, was the main speaker. Ann and Jim Archibald, Nedra and James Van Duyn, Shannon Dehen and Herman Wisneski were the hosts.

■ Duplicate bridge scores

Sandy Chase and Cathy Calhoun, 42; Jim Thompson and Tom McGrath, 41; and Sandy Weber and Phyllis DeRosier, 39.5.

■ Cinco De Bow-Wow
walk planned for HART

NISSWA - Join HART for the annual walk with an added Spanish flair this year contributing to its new title “Cinco De Bow-Wow.” The walk will be May 4 at the Nisswa Community Center. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the walk at 10:30 a.m.

In addition to the walk, there will be a morning of fun with a “Cinco De Bow-Wow” theme. There will be a kids’ corner where Club YAH students will entertain the youngsters with games, coloring and other activities. This is free of charge.

Also, there will be a Sombrero silent auction. Bid on a sombrero filled with goodies. HART apparel plus other vendor items will be sold.

A walking taco lunch as well as other concessions will be available for you to purchase as well.

At noon the first annual Chihuahua and Wannabe Chihuahua parade will be a festive event with owners and their canines dressed in colorful Spanish-style costumes. A prize will be awarded to the best costumed pair.

Pet photos with a Mexican backdrop will be taken throughout the event. There will be a $10 donation for a 5x7 photo plus a CD with three photos.

Lakeland Veterinary Hospital will be doing $5 nail trims for your dog at the end of the walk, and each dog will also receive a festive bandanna at the 1.5 mile mark.

All walk money will be used for direct animal care. Help HART reach the goal of raising $30,000 this year. Pledge online through the website . Printable pledge forms are also on the website and at the shelter.

■ Backus American Legion and Auxiliary honors members

Helen Reeve, Pine River, and Charlotte Thaler, Backus, were honored at a joint meeting of the Backus American Legion and Auxiliary for 60 consecutive years of membership in the Auxiliary.

■ Toastmasters presents Developing Your Leadership Skills

Do you want to build up your self-confidence? Would you like to gain leadership experience? Is communication part of your job or education? Little Falls has a Toastmasters Club that can help. They will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Unity Specialty Center of St. Gabriel’s Hospital, Little Falls. Enter at 808 Third Street SE. Follow the signs to the Lindbergh Room.

For more information, call Rich 763-232-3777 or email to . Further directions are at: .

■ Wild and Free rummage sale

GARRISON - Wild and Free will have a rummage sale from noon to 8 p.m. May 10 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11 at the Garrison VFW. Donations may be dropped off at Garrison Animal Hospital. Call 320-692-4180 if you have large items to donate.

■ Nisswa Lions to
celebrate its 40th anniversary

NISSWA - The Nisswa Lions Club is celebrating 40 years of service to the Nisswa community with a dinner at 6:30 p.m. May 13 at the Nisswa Community Center. International Lions Director Brian Sheehan from Bird Island will be the keynote speaker.

For more information about the Nisswa Lions Club 40th anniversary celebration, contact Dell Draves at 218-568-4732.

■ Tusenvann Sons of
Norway Lodge No. 1-659

ISLE - Tusenvann Sons of Norway Lodge No. 1-659 in Isle will meet 5 p.m. May 17 for the annual banquet at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wahkon. Reservations are required. There is a cost for each person, which includes dinner and entertainment (the Chimeleski Family Band) providing the music. A silent auction will be held to raise funds for the group. For questions or for reservations, call Carol Bailey at 320-684-2174 or Bill Peterson at 320-679-2380.

■ Mission Possible
Senior Citizens to meet

The Mission Possible Senior Citizens will hold its monthly meeting at noon Wednesday at the Mission Town Hall.

There will be a potluck lunch followed by the speaker, Todd Dahl, Crow Wing County sheriff.

For questions, contact Glen at 765-3265 or Delores at 765-3713.

■ VFW Friday dinner

VFW Friday dinner of BBQ country ribs will be served from 5:30 p.m. until gone. Cost: $8. Reservations can be made by calling the Club at 829-6393.

■ GSS-Bethany Auxiliary to meet

GSS-Bethany Auxiliary will meet 10 a.m. Thursday in the Community Room, 804 Wright Street. Gift Shop meeting at 9:30 a.m. Good Sam Bowl Steering Committee meeting at 11 a.m.

■ Lois Club luncheon planned

AITKIN - The Lois Club luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the 40 Club in Aitkin. New members always welcome. All luncheons/meetings are held on the fifth Tuesday of any month.

For questions, call Lois Johnson at 320-684-2000 or Lois Neuman at 218-927-1354.

■ Chapter DV, P.E.O. to meet

Chapter DV, P.E.O. will meet 10 a.m. May 4 at the home of Sue Beilfuss with Dianne Wermager assisting. The PCE Report will be given by Jacque Glas. Remember the “pajama party” for the women’s shelter.

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