Pineandlakes Echo Journal
The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will offer four-hour refresher 55+ Driver Discount courses from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 6, and from noon-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Pequot Lakes Baptist Church. Courses are also available online at www.mnsafetycenter.org . This class will save participants up to 10 percent on their auto insurance. Completion of an eight-hour course qualifies participants for the discount. To maintain the discount, they must complete a four-hour refresher every three years.
The Crow Wing County Genealogy Society will meet from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family History Center, 101 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd. This meeting is for research and as a social gathering and is open to the public. Several members will be present to assist others in their research. Anyone interested in genealogy is welcome to attend. For more information, call 218-828-9178 or 218-851-4819.
Ducks Unlimited and Marsh and Meadows Hunting Retriever Club are teaming up to co-host a Spring Hunt Dog Fun Clinic on Saturday, April 27, at the Oak Lawn Tavern in Brainerd. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., and the event begins at 9 a.m. Online registration for the event is available at www.ducks.org/Minnesota/events or through the Marsh and Meadows HRC Facebook page.
Thanks to funding from a Minnesota Power Foundation grant and donations of seeds from the Ratliff family and Prairie Road Organic Seed Co., the Pine River Seed Library was able to greatly increase the varieties of seeds available. These seeds are free to all with the proviso that seed borrowers complete membership and seed forms for record-keeping and funding purposes. The seed library staff encourages those who borrow seeds and have a good growing season to save seed for themselves and return some to the library in the fall.
A classic comedy, an irreverent take on Shakespeare and one of the most popular musicals of the modern era constitute the 2019 summer theater season for Brainerd Community Theatre. "This is one of the more ambitious seasons we've yet produced," said director Patrick Spradlin. Opening on June 25 will be Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys." The comedy tells the story of Willy Clark and Al Lewis, two aged vaudeville stars whose act broke up 10 years earlier. The pair hasn't spoken in a decade, but are brought together as part of a television special on the history of comedy.
Pequot Lakes middle and high school students are borrowing more than just books and technology from their school's library media center. The library is now checking out formal and career fashion wear, just like books. Offerings include black ties, prom dresses, tuxedos and career clothes. The Library Fashion Closet was borne out of the New York Public Library's Career Closet idea, which loans career clothes, including items such as belts, satchels, suit coats and all of those one-time items many people might have trouble accessing before landing a job interview.
Celebrate peregrine falcons at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd with the opportunity to observe live birds on-site. Jacquelyn Fallon, Minnesota state coordinator for peregrine falcons and vice chair of field operations for the Midwest Peregrine Society, will speak about these birds. Those who attend will get an in-depth look at the history of peregrine falcons from their decline in the mid-1900s through their restoration in the eastern portion of the United States, and more specifically in the Midwest.
The Nisswa Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Nisswa Community Center. Note the change of location for this month. Social hour and check-in will begin at noon. Main Street Ale House will serve lunch for $15 at 12:30 p.m. and the business meeting will follow. Shelly Boser, of Landsburg Landscape Nursery, will present the program entitled "New and Favorite Annuals and Products I Use in My Garden." Coordinator is Jill Macnamara. Greeters are Kathy Kriewald and Pam Addison.
Children and their parents or guardians are invited to attend the Brainerd Lakes Bicycle Safety Clinic from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, in the Forestview Middle School parking lot in Baxter. In the event of inclement weather it will be held in the Forestview Middle School gym. The event is open to riders of all ages free of charge. Bring your bike and helmet.
In honor of Earth Day (April 22), Brainerd Lakers United for the Environment, the Brainerd High School Eco Club and Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace invite the public to gather for an Earth Day celebration, march and picnic at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at Gregory Park, North Sixth and Juniper streets, Brainerd.