Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Sixty-seven Ideal Sno Pros Snowmobile Club members held their annual Christmas party Saturday, Dec. 8, at Billy's in Breezy Point, where they donated food and money to the Crosslake Food Shelf. Shown from left are Gary Radant (board member), Pat Ebnet (president), Tim Roggenkamp (treasurer), Matt Werneke (trail coordinator) and MJ Schneider (secretary) holding the 72 pounds of food and $315 in cash that was donated to the food shelf.
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby will host a free meeting about end-of-life decisions from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, in its Clinic Conference Room. A trained Honoring Choices facilitator will discuss how to start the discussion with those close to you, determining wishes for end-of-life care and who you want to make medical care decisions for you if you could not speak for yourself, the importance of an advance care directive and more.
Pequot Lakes held the seventh annual Santa's Bobbin' Into Town event Saturday, Dec. 8, featuring a day filled with holiday fun that included balloon animals, a visit from Santa's reindeer, a bonfire with treats, horse and wagon rides and, of course, storytime and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The night capped off with the Light Up the Night parade on Government Drive and Main Street.
Rhythmic Circus will perform its "Holiday Shuffle" family-friendly show at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. Presented by the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center, the show will begin at an earlier time than other Cultural Arts Series performances. Producer Patrick Spradlin calls this "a really big, really fun, really unique" holiday show.
The Crossing Arts Alliance, a nonprofit arts organization located in downtown Brainerd, will host its holiday Kringle Market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 22, featuring more than 75 local artists with works for sale. Patrons will find a wide selection of art and fine craft, including pottery, blown glass, fiber work, paintings, jewelry, woodwork and more, geared toward gift-giving.
Pine River Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 8, celebrated one of the state's most proud Minnesota films with its "Grumpy Old Men" theme. The theme was notable in the events of the day, including contests for custom ice fishing rods, Ariel Truax (played by Ann-Margret) and Max Goldman (played by Walter Matthau) look-alikes, best "Grumpy Old Men" cap and, of course, parade floats inspired by the film.
Homeless and WoundedWarriors-MN, now in its 15th year, again is adopting wounded warrior families for Christmas. The group is working with nine families and expects to have all shopping done by Saturday, Dec. 15. HWW's sleighs are waiting in the wings to deliver those gifts just in time for the holiday and the group's secret Santas are awaiting their flight plans. However, they are seeking the assistance of community members throughout the lakes area in the mission to provide meals and gifts. No donation is too small.
A total of 13 Pequot Lakes students are participating in the Brainerd/Pequot Lakes varsity and junior varsity boys and girls alpine ski teams when the season begins on Friday, Dec. 14. Those athletes include senior Kameron Lee; juniors Madeline Sherman, Cassidy Chaney and Whitney Fink; sophomores Ethan Johnson and Madeline Pederson; freshmen Annika Wiczek and Hannah Taylor; eighth graders Max and Morgan Krieger; and seventh graders Aubrey Wiczek, Mille Taylor and Calia Chaney.
The 10th annual Penguin Plunge will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, as part of Back to Hack weekend events in Hackensack. This year the plunge will support the Hackensack Area Fire & Rescue Department and Faith in Action for Cass County. Organizers will issue a challenge to all fire and rescue teams and to friends of Faith in Action throughout Minnesota to get teams together. Teams are encouraged to set a goal to raise money either to jump, or not to jump, into the icy waters of Birch Lake just off the city park in Hackensack.
Christmas for Kids will have a gift wrapping party starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Nisswa Community Center, lasting until all gifts are wrapped. This is open to anyone who would like to help wrap gifts. There will be pizza, hot chocolate and soda donated by local businesses. Bring scissors. For more information, contact Katie Wagener at 218-851-2211.