Special Events — Feb. 2

This calendar lists book or author events, auditions for theatrical productions, art, craft or food fairs and other unique entertaining events.

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WinterFest in Crosslake begins

The 19th annual Crosslake WinterFest will feature old favorites and new activities with a resumption of gatherings that were limited in size last year because of the pandemic.

“It evolves every year,” said Crosslake Chamber of Commerce Director Cindy Myogeto of Crosslake WinterFest. “New this year, there is a craft and vendor fair at a new event center called The Gathering, which is a new event center in Crosslake just south of town.”

The Crosslake Chamber of Commerce will host the celebration Thursday, Feb. 3, through Saturday, including the ever-popular SoupFest, fireworks display and outdoor activities such as snowmobile Radar Runs.

“This year, we’re back with everything,” Myogeto said. “Last year, we were at the mercy of some of the COVID restrictions as far as gatherings. Even though they were outdoors, they still had a limited number allowed.”


For more information, visit the chamber at .

'My Ascension' documentary screening at The Woods

All are invited to a screening of “My Ascension,” a documentary film to spread hope and fight suicide, at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, at The Woods in Merrifield.

A suicide attempt left 16-year-old varsity cheerleader Emma Benoit paralyzed but propelled her on a mission to use her painful experience to help others find hope and stay alive.

“My Ascension” chronicles Benoit’s inspiring journey and stories of two young people who tragically did not survive their attempts.

A panel discussion will follow with the woman featured, Smiles for Jake representatives and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center professionals. Light dinner provided.

Brown Bag author Phil Hunsicke to discuss book

Join the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library live via their Facebook page from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, for a talk with author Phil Hunsicker about his new book “The Old Crocodile Man Theory.”


In the book, Kael Husker travels from Southeast Alaska to the Central African Republic to discover how a friend died. Was it an accidental drowning, or was she the victim of a crocodile man — a sorcerer who commits murder by changing into a crocodile?

Pine Grove Zoo fundraiser with Deuces Wild

Pine Grove Zoo's "Zoo Gone Wild" fundraiser will be Feb. 18 at the Falls Ballroom in Little Falls. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the Deuces Wild Dueling Piano Show taking the stage from 8-10 p.m.

In its 12th year, the” Zoo Gone Wild” event is a fun, laugh-till-you-cry event that you don't want to miss, according to zoo officials, and the talent and comedy of duo Dave Eichholz and Ted Manderfeld, the Deuces Wild, bring to each performance is entertainment at its best.

Every ticket purchased for the event includes one free admission pass for the 2022 season to the Pine Grove Zoo (valued at $10). This fundraising event welcomes guests 18 and older.

Tickets are $49.00 each or a table of 10 is $490. Tickets are available at Pine Grove Zoo or at 320-616-5595, or .

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