What's Doing-Jan. 5

? Good Samaritan Society offers seminar Transitions and loss can be difficult. Good Samaritan Society is offering a seminar presented by author and educator Ted Bowman examining the crossroads between professionalism and humanity in working with ...

■ Good Samaritan Society
offers seminar

Transitions and loss can be difficult. Good Samaritan Society is offering a seminar presented by author and educator Ted Bowman examining the crossroads between professionalism and humanity in working with people in times of change.

Meeting at a busy intersection: change, loss, grief, and hope will be presented Friday at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa from 9-11:30 a.m. The cost is $20 and includes materials. Refreshments will be served.

The seminar will provide information for professionals who work with clients and families facing transitions, whether it is changes in health, environment or loss. Also welcome are families and caregivers looking for resources on coping with change, decline and loss.

Registration encouraged - online at or by calling 963-9452.


■ Area bridge scores

Jenkins VFW: Jim Thompson, 17; Dale Dickie, 14.5; and Dick Jordan, 11.5.

Whitefish Golf Course: Doreen Jordan, 20; Jim Thompson, 18; Janice Hauge, 15; Joe Heal, 15.

Whitefish Golf Course: Tom McGrath, 17.5; Bruce Peck, 17.5; Dale Dickie, 15.5; Joe Heal, 15.5; Guy Emmons, 14.5; Jim Thompson, 14.5.

■ WHS class of 1955

Washington Class of 1955, spouses and friends will meet for lunch at 11 a.m. Monday at the Northwind Grille.

■ Brainerd Legion
upcoming events

The Post Executive Committee and the Auxiliary Membership meetings will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the Legion.


The Dark House Association will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

There will be a meat loaf dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Legion. Cost is $8.

■ Brainerd Garden Club

The Brainerd Garden Club will meet 1 p.m. Friday at the Northland Arboretum. Coralee Fox will present a program on “Go Wild for Monarchs.” Hostesses are Marlys Ray and Cheryl James. Visitors are welcome.

■ Garrison Seniors meeting

GARRISON - The first 2014 meeting for Garrison Seniors will be noon Tuesday at Light of the Cross Lutheran Church, 27170 Monroe Street, two blocks west of the Super Valu in the City of Garrison. Bring a potluck food item to share and your plates, cups and silverware. Co-president John Schley will conduct the meeting.

Recycling will be held from 1-3 p.m. Monday at the Garrison City Hall building. Volunteers will be present to unload your recyclables.

■ Winter dance planned


A winter dance sponsored by Lakes Area Singles will be from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Yesterday’s Gone (old Moose Lodge), 612 Front St., Brainerd. Music by Wanted. All singles welcome age 40 and older. There will be a $5 cover charge. Free admission with paid LAS membership of $24.

Come casual or dress up.

■ Breast Cancer Survivor
Support Group

The January meeting of the Breast Cancer Survivor Support Group will meet 11:30 a.m. Friday at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in the Joseph Room. Go through the cafeteria to the meeting rooms. All breast cancer survivors are welcome as well as caregivers. Lunch is available for purchase in the River Room Cafeteria. Lunch is available for purchase in the River Room Cafeteria. For information contact Pat Hassett at 829-1683 or by email .

■ Brainerd’s WHS
class of 1946

Brainerd’s Washington High School Class of 1946 will meet for lunch 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Northwind Grill, Sixth and Laurel, Brainerd. Order from the menu. Guests are welcome. Help kick off the New Year. Call Dick at 838-0738 for reservations and information.

■ BeeNayShe Council
Bird Club

The BeeNayShe Council Bird Club will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at the Northland Arboretum, located at 14259 Conservation Drive in Brainerd. Warren Nelson will give a presentation on bird identification. John Richardson will present “Birds on the Border,” birding the lower Rio Grand Valley of South Texas.


■ Brainerd Elks
Lodge breakfast

Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615 will serve breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at 215 South Ninth St., Brainerd. Order from the menu. All proceeds go to support Elks programs.

■ Brainerd Elks Lodge Polish sausage feed

Public is invited to an all-you-can eat polish sausage lunch including three freshly baked Artisan breads plus baked beans and sauerkraut from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Brainerd Elks Lodge, located at 215 South Ninth St., Brainerd. Cost: $8.

■ Center Morning Club

The Center Morning Club meets each Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. A speaker program is scheduled each week on various subjects of interest to the community. The club also participates in the “Books in a Bag” program sponsored by the public library. All members of the Center, men and women, are invited to become part of the group. Coffee and delicious Center made donuts are provided.

The speaker programs scheduled for January are as follows: Jan. 8, Vicki Flor, The Alex and Brandon Child Safety Center; Jan. 15, Kelly Bevans, Brainerd City Council; Jan. 22, Pam Winterfedt, Recover Health, “We bring Health Care Home;” Jan. 29, Rachel Nystrom, County Commissioner, What’s going on in the county.

■ Widowed Friends


Widowed Friends will meet at 11 a.m. Monday at Bonanza.

■ VFW upcoming events

VFW Auxiliary Friday dinner fish fry serving from 5:30 p.m. until gone. Cost: $8. Reservations are appreciated call the Club at 829-6393.

■ Healthy Brains For Children

The Brainerd Chapter of Healthy Brains For Children will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Park UMC.

■ Brainerd Area Low Vision Support Group

The Brainerd Area Low Vision Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Jan. 13 at Woodland Good Samaritan Village, 200 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd. Program: Lee Casey, Essentia Health hospital chaplain. Lee became blind when he was a teenager.

For more information, call 825-0904.


■ Senior dance

A senior dance will be 1-4 p.m. Wednesday at Waukenabo with music by Jerry’s Dance Band.

■ Brainerd Retired Firepeople

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

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