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Oct 10 - Dec 31   Lakes Area Manufacturing Alliance Membership
LAKES AREA MANUFACTURING ALLIANCE (LAMA) invites you to join the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce Manufacturing Alliance. The 20 members of the alliance have been in existence for 3 years and are heading in a new direction. Under the Brainerd Chamber, LAMA is growing its membership base and offering additional benefits to its members. Consider joining this exciting new committee and networking with area manufacturing companies.

DEFINITION OF A MANUFACTURER:  A Manufacturing business is any business that uses components, parts or raw materials to make a finished good.  These finished goods can be sold directly to consumers or to other manufacturing businesses that use them for making a different product.  Manufacturing is value added production of merchandise for use or sale using labor and machines and tools

LAMA’s Vision & Values are:
  • Promote manufacturing’s economic importance to our region, consisting of the counties of Crow Wing, Cass, Morrison, Todd, Wadena & Aitkin.
  • Promote career opportunities in manufacturing within our region.
  • Provide a method of networking amongst the manufacturers within our region.
  • Provide a central point of contact for communication & collaboration with the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce, BLAEDC, Bridges Workplace Connection, Enterprise Minnesota, MN DEED, MPMA, Dream It Do It MN, Central Lakes College and other supporting educational and civic organizations.
LAMA’s Goals are:
  • Participate in educational and promotional efforts to raise public awareness of the importance of manufacturing to our region and state.
  • Advance student awareness of manufacturing through participation in Bridges Workplace Connection and Dream It Do It by supporting activities.
  • Provide educational opportunities in STEM related fields of study through Manufacturing Scholarships.
 
Date:   October 10, 2016 - December 31, 2017
Location:  
QUARTERLY MEETINGS:
January 19, 2017 -  8am CLC Room #E203
April 2017 - tbd
July 2017 -  tbd
October 2017 - tbd

Other training and workshop opportunities and a social events may also be scheduled throughout the year.
Contact:   Mary Gottsch 218-822-7117
Email:   mgottsch@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   BENEFITS OF LAMA
  • Networking/Social Events
  • Collaborating
  • Training & Workshop Sessions
  • Workforce Initiatives for both adult job seekers and youth
  • Promotion & public awareness of manufacturing to our region and state.
  • Affiliation with Chamber's government affairs efforts
  • Administrative Support
Fees/Admission:   TO QUALIFY: Your company must be a member of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce, or a member of a Chamber of Commerce in your home community.

FEE TO JOIN LAMA
$150.00 Manufacturing Company-  voting member
$50.00 Associate Member - non- voting member (professional services, 
finance, government, education, etc)

 
Dec 29 - Jan 31   Private Sleigh Rides to Dinner
Enjoy a private cutter sleigh ride to dinner at Bites in Pine River provided by Action Entertainment. Sleigh rides will be offered during the winter months while the snow conditions remain favorable.
Date:   December 29, 2016 - January 31, 2017
Website:   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Action-Entertainment/106401852799566
Location:   Action Entertainment
2041 State Hwy 371
Pine River, MN 56474
Contact:   218-839-2514
Date/Time Details:   December 2016 - January 2017
Jan 17 - Dec 31   Blue Ox Business Academy - Success Series

About the Success Series
The Blue Ox Business Academy’s Success Series is a series of 90-minute professional development workshops held once per month from January through May. The goal is to give participants tangible, take away ideas that they can immediately apply to their work in order to gain new business, improve customer retention, save money, and/or market to new audiences. Geared for entrepreneurs, seasoned industry professionals, and budding leaders alike, the Success Series will give participants new ideas and strategies to immediately help grow their business and improve their professional lives.
 
Topics vary but will generally pertain to leadership, sales, marketing, customer service, technology, and human resources.  Most sessions will include both expert trainers and local business panels.  


2017 SCHEDULE 

About Blue Ox Business Academy
The Blue Ox Business Academy is a partnership between the Brainerd Lakes Chamber and Anderson Brothers Construction. Our goal is to deliver high-quality, affordable and convenient training that strengthens our community by helping businesses succeed.

 

Date:   January 17, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Location:   CTC Room @ Brainerd Lakes Chamber Admin Office
224 W. Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jenna Crawford 218-232-5572
Email:   jenna@pequotlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   Once monthly. Dates and times vary.
Fees/Admission:   Chamber Members: $45 / person / session
Non-Members: $60 / person / session
Session fee include materials, light refreshments, and smiles.

 
Jan 18   Infant Massage Classes
Lakewood Health System is offering a free, five-week class on infant massage, led by certified massage therapist, Laura Sonenstahl. The class will take place every Wednesday in the lower level classrooms at Lakewood's main campus (49725 Cty. 83, Staples) from 6 to 7 p.m., starting on January 18. 

This class is open to all parents and caregivers, to learn how to massage their infants (under 12 months). Each week, parents and caregivers will learn special massage strokes for a new part of the body, while reviewing strokes from previous classes. Massage has been shown to improve circulation, regulate sleep patterns, stimulate digestive system, and may relieve colic or gas. It also can improve communication between parent and infant, and parents may feel more relaxed and confident in understanding their baby's cues.

To sign up, you can register on line, call 218-894-8425 or email laurasonenstahl@lakewoodhealthsystem.com. Space is limited.

 
Date:   January 18, 2017
Website:   http://www.lakewoodhealthsystem.com
Location:   Lakewood Main Campus (lower level classrooms)
49725 Cty. 83
Staples, MN  56479
Contact:   218-894-8425
Email:   laurasonenstahl@lakewoodhealthsystem.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday for five weeks beginning
January 18, 2017 through February 15, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Jan 18   Pints for a Purpose

$1 from every pint sold will be donated to Kinship Partners.
Pizza provided by: Papa Murphy's

Your generosity will support Kinship Partners financially, which will allow us to continue our mission of providing positive role models and guidance to youth in Crow Wing County, southern Cass County and the Staples-Motley area.
Date:   January 18, 2017
Time:   05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://kinshippartners.org/events/
Location:   Jack Pine Brewery
7942 College Road, #115
Baxter, MN 56425
Contact:   218-454-8014
Email:   events@kinshippartners.org
Date/Time Details:   Wednesday, January 18, 2017
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $1 per pint
Jan 18   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   January 18, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
Jan 19 - Jan 22   23nd Annual Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous - Pequot Lakes

Trailride - Show - Races - Swap Meet

NEW THIS YEAR!  "POTLUCK" RAFFLE - BRING AN ITEM FOR THE SATURDAY NIGHT BANQUET RAFFLE DRAWING

 
Hosted by the Pequot Brush Pilots Snowmobile Club

Thursday, Januuary 19
6:00 pm "Shop Night" at Dave and Barb Guenthers - a good old "Minnesota Potluck!" - bring an item to share.

Friday, January 20
12:00 pm  Antique and vintage trail ride to Timberjack's and points beyond, Campfire cook out north of Pequot in the evening
 
Saturday, January 21
9:00 am - noon  Registration for show at the American Legion
10:00 am - 4:00 pm  Antique and vintage show along the Paul Bunyan Trail.  Awards for oldest operational machine, best original antique, best restored antique Cutter Class/Peer's Choice Award, Rat Sled (must run), best original/restored vintage machine (1969 or newer) and best costume.
1:00 pm - "Performance Demonstrations" (1966 and older in Park) no trophies, just braggin rights
1:00 pm Trail ride #2
5:00 pm - Social hour at American Legion
6:00 pm Meal and program

Sunday, January 22
8:00 am - noon
  Omelette Breakfast at the Legion, open to the public "Sons of the American Legion famous Build Your Own Omelette Breakfast" and Farewell to all Participants.
 

Hosted by Pequot Brush Pilots, Pequot Lakes, Minnesota
Antique Snowmobile Club of America
American Legion
Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce
Date:   January 19, 2017 - January 22, 2017
Location:  
Trailside Park
31095 Government Drive
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
Contact:   Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce 218-568-8911 or Dave Guenther 218-831-1636
Email:   ascoa921@tds.net
Date/Time Details:  
Thursday, January 19 - Sunday, January 23
Fees/Admission:   Free Admission for All Spectators
Jan 19   Womens' Health and Wellness Screening
Area ladies are encouraged to learn if their heart is healthy by attending a free health and wellness screening in January and then obtaining and discussing their results at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Womens’ Wellness Experience on February 2.
 
Screenings are scheduled Thursday, Jan. 19, from 7 to 10 a.m. at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Baxter Clinic and on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 7:45-10 a.m. at Westgate Mall in Brainerd. Appointments are being accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis at www.cuyunamed.org/html/wellness/wellness.html. Screening results will be available on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd where ladies can also visit with health professionals, undergo additional screenings and obtain health education.
 
The wellness screening includes an on-line health risk assessment, fasting blood draw for cholesterol and glucose levels, body mass index and blood pressure monitoring, and consultation with a health coach. A 12-hour fast is required for best results. Healthy refreshments will be provided following the screening which takes about 10 minutes.
 
For more information, message jennifer.holmvig@cuyunamed.org or call 218-545-4455.
 

 
Date:   January 19, 2017
Time:   07:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Website:   http://www.cuyunamed.org/html/wellness/wellness.html.
Location:    Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Baxter Clinic 
13205 Isle Dr
Baxter, MN 56425
Contact:   218-545-4455
Email:   Jennifer.holmvig@cuyunamed.org
Date/Time Details:   January 19, 2017
7 - 10 AM
Jan 19   Ladies Night at Sherwood Forest
Sherwood Forest is excited to host Ladies night - every 3rd Thursday of the month! You will get an opportunity to unWINEd with radio celebrity Tess Taylor and celebrate good times, good company, good food and good fun! Consider this a night out for ladies with a different twist each time!
Date:   January 19, 2017
Time:   05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Website:   http://www.sherwoodforestmnlodge.com/
Location:   Sherwood Forest
8789 Inerlachen Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Sherwood Forest, (218) 963-6261
Email:   sherwoodforest@3cheersmn.com
Date/Time Details:   Third Thursday of the month
5 - 7 pm
Jan 19   Caribbean Foods Cooking Class
If you are wondering what the food items are, how to make them and what they taste like, then attend the Caribbean Foods cooking class:
Arroz Con Gandules
Arroz Blanco Con Frijoles Negros
Empanadillas
Eostone y Flan


This class is presented by Jackie Froemming.  Pre-registration is required.  space is limited to 12 persons.
Date:   January 19, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://northlandarb.org
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-829-8770
Email:   info@northlandarb.org
Date/Time Details:   January 19, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fees/Admission:   $20 per person for Arboretum members
$25 per person for non-members
Jan 20   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   January 20, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
Jan 20   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   January 20, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
Jan 20   In Concert, Violin Virtuoso Jaime Jorge
Please join us for this free, family friendly concert with a special appearance by Lake Region Christian School's young musicians!

Jaime Jorge has played in a multitude of settings from high school auditoriums to Carnegie Hall. He has played on six continents and over 60 countries. Come and listen to his marvelous music and captivating personal story of how God has led him. This concert will be an unforgettable experience and blessing!

Donations will be accepted to support Lake Region Christian School Education Foundation, a Partner Fund of the Initiative Foundation.
Date:   January 20, 2017
Time:   06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Location:   Heritage Church
13242 Berrywood Drive
Baxter, MN 56442
Date/Time Details:   Friday, January 20, 2017
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free
Jan 20   Gull Dam Game Night - Cards Against Humanity - Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
New in 2017 at the Gull Dam Brewing Taproom: Our Head Brewer hosts two rounds of Cards Against Humanity! This is a regular event on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Players get $3 pints, and winners get a free growler!

Unlike most of the party games you've played beforeCards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. ATTN: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY CAN CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER. CUSTOMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Date:   January 20, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   The 2nd & 4th Friday each month.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Jan 20   Sonny Knight & The Lakers at Central Lakes College

CLC Performing Arts Center Cultural Arts Series event.

In person, Sonny Knight defies his 68 years of age, with a smile and gestures that radiate youthful energy. Nearly fifty years after releasing his first recording, Mr. Knight remains a popular performer with a versatile repertoire, and a talented band supporting his exuberant, energetic vocals. Since the Lakers were spearheaded by a reissue label focused on obscure music, the band encompasses more than just Motown and Stax inspired sounds. The many hours spent digging for and listening to forgotten sixties and early seventies soul and funk records have practically oozed into the rehearsal space and studio. www.sonnyknight.com

Date:   January 20, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Location:   Central Lakes College/Chalberg Theatre
501 West College Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Central Lakes College 218-855-8199
Email:   clctheatre@clcmn.edu
Date/Time Details:   January 20, 2017
7:30 - 9:30 PM
Fees/Admission:   $25 Adult / $18 Under 18
Jan 21   DQ Customer Appreciation Day

Dairy Queen is having it's annual "Customer Appreciation Day".  EVERYTHING at DQ will be 50% off on January 21,2017.  This includes cakes, novelties, food and treats.
Date:   January 21, 2017
Website:   http://www.dairyqueen.com
Location:   Dairy Queen - Pequot Lakes
30699 State Highway 371
Pequot Lakes, MN
Contact:   LIsa Kaneski, 218-251-6977
Email:   lmkaneskidq@tds.net
Date/Time Details:   January 21, 2016
All Day!
Fees/Admission:   EVERYTHING at DQ will be 50% off on January 21, 2017.
Jan 21   Preparation for Birth and Parenting - Crash Course
If you are having a child for the first time, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by questions, fears, and just not knowing what to expect. Many new parents find that birthing classes can really help calm their worries and answer many questions. Topics include: Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and birth, how to tell when you are in labor, stages of labor, comfort techniques for labor, the role of the labor support person, use and choice of medications and medical procedures, Cesarean birth, newborn characteristics, newborn care, and postpartum. The class includes a tour of the Family Birthplace. Best taken in the last 2-3 months of pregnancy.

 
Date:   January 21, 2017
Time:   08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St, Joseph's Health Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Saturday Weekend Express Courses
January 21, March 4, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Jan 21   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   January 21, 2017
Time:   01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Jan 21   Wine & Beer Tasting Fundraiser!

Spirits of Nisswa and their distributors are bringing the wine and beer samples.  Billy's has the appetizers all lined up. All you need to do is buy a ticket and have a good time! 

We will see you there!
Date:   January 21, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://www.plbplionsclub.com
Location:   Billy's Bar and Grill
30898 Ranchette Drive
Breezy Point, MN 56472
Contact:   (218) 562-5141
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, January 21, 2017
6 - 8 pm
Fees/Admission:   A $20 donation or 2/$30l gets you in the door with all the proceeds going to support your local Lions club.  Tickets available at Spirits of Nisswa, Billy's in Breezy, and Seeds of Sommer in Pequot.  BONUS!  Buy your tickets at Spirits of Nisswa and receive a $5.00 Gift Certificate for each ticket that you buy. (Gift Certificate cannot be used the same day that you buy the ticket.) .
 
Jan 21   5th Annual Wine & Beer Tasting Fun!(d)raiser
Got any plans for Saturday, January 21st from 6:00-8:00pm? No? Well, you do now!
 
The members of the Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point Lion’s Club are hosting the 5th Annual Wine & Beer Tasting Fun!(d)raiser on Saturday, January 21st at Billy’s in Breezy Point from 6:00-8:00pm!
Spirit's of Nisswa distributors are bringing some incredibly delicious wine and beer for you to put on your taste buds! Also, Billy’s will be serving up their in-house choice appetizers, for you...all this for you!
So how do you participate in such an awesomely incredible event... it's pretty simple. $20 donation or 2/$30 gets you in the door. Tickets available at Spirits of Nisswa, Billy’s in Breezy, and Seeds of Sommer in Pequot. BONUS! Buy your tickets at Spirits of Nisswa and receive a $5.00 Gift Certificate for each ticket that you buy. (Gift Certificate cannot be used the same day that you buy tickets.). 

It all goes to support your local Lions club! You know the Lions, they're the organization which: 1) help give sight, 2) support the youth, 3) provide disaster relief, and 4) fulfill humanitarian needs. Yeah, it's a worthy cause.

We will have surprises and door prizes sure to make this a great event — have fun while doing good! For the most up-to-date information, please go to www.plbplionsclub.com and click on events.
 
Date:   January 21, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http:// www.plbplionsclub.com
Location:   Billy's at Breezy Point
30898 Ranchette Drive
Breezy Point, MN 56472
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, January 21, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:    $20 donation or 2/$30 gets you in the door.
Jan 22   Dog Sled Rides
Northern Cowboy Flame N' Brew is offering Dog Sled Rides every Sunday as long as snow and ice permit.  Pickup area is the back lake access of the Northern Cowboy.  Dress warm, the ride is on North Long Lake.  Enjoy a ride with a trained musher.
Date:   January 22, 2017
Website:   https://www.facebook.com/NortherncowboyFNB/
Location:   Northern Cowboy Flame N' Brew
19090 State Highway 371
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Brian Burggraff 218-829-9872
Email:   Brian.Burggraff@NorthCountryVenturesLLC.com
Date/Time Details:   1-3 pm
Every Sunday January through March
Fees/Admission:   $10.00 person
Jan 22   American Legion Buffet Breakfast
American Legion has a breakfast buffet on the fourth Sunday of every month.
Date:   January 22, 2017
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Club
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401

Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   sanfitch@q.com
Date/Time Details:   Fourth Sunday of every month
Fees/Admission:   $7 Adults
$4 Kids
Jan 23   Big League Dads Classes for Newborns
Every baby born at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center is unique – one of a kind. To prepare for this very special new person in your life, we encourage you to attend one of the many FREE educational classes designed specifically for moms, dads, support people, siblings, and grandparents. All classes are held at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center. To register go to EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB or call (218) 828-7414.
 
Big League Dads
This class provides expectant fathers a place to go and learn from experienced fathers in a relaxed environment. Topics include personal care of their babies and community resources.
Monday, January 23, 6-9 pm
Monday, March 6, 6-9 pm
Monday, April 17, 6-9 pm

 
Date:   January 23, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
 
Contact:   (218) 828-7414. 218-818-7414
Email:   miranda.anderson@essentiahealth.org
Date/Time Details:   Monday, January 23, 6-9 pm
Monday, March 6, 6-9 pm
Monday, April 17, 6-9 pm
 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Jan 24   Womens' Health and Wellness Screening
Area ladies are encouraged to learn if their heart is healthy by attending a free health and wellness screening in January and then obtaining and discussing their results at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Womens’ Wellness Experience on February 2.
 
Screenings are scheduled Thursday, Jan. 19, from 7 to 10 a.m. at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Baxter Clinic and on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 7:45-10 a.m. at Westgate Mall in Brainerd. Appointments are being accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis at www.cuyunamed.org/html/wellness/wellness.html. Screening results will be available on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd where ladies can also visit with health professionals, undergo additional screenings and obtain health education.
 
The wellness screening includes an on-line health risk assessment, fasting blood draw for cholesterol and glucose levels, body mass index and blood pressure monitoring, and consultation with a health coach. A 12-hour fast is required for best results. Healthy refreshments will be provided following the screening which takes about 10 minutes.
 
For more information, message jennifer.holmvig@cuyunamed.org or call 218-545-4455.
 

 
Date:   January 24, 2017
Time:   07:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Website:   http://www.cuyunamed.org/html/wellness/wellness.html.
Location:  

West Gate Mall
14136 Baxter Dr
Brainerd, MN 56401

Contact:   218-545-4455
Email:   Jennifer.holmvig@cuyunamed.org
Date/Time Details:   January 24, 2017
7:45 - 10 AM
Jan 25   Infant Massage Classes
Lakewood Health System is offering a free, five-week class on infant massage, led by certified massage therapist, Laura Sonenstahl. The class will take place every Wednesday in the lower level classrooms at Lakewood's main campus (49725 Cty. 83, Staples) from 6 to 7 p.m., starting on January 18. 

This class is open to all parents and caregivers, to learn how to massage their infants (under 12 months). Each week, parents and caregivers will learn special massage strokes for a new part of the body, while reviewing strokes from previous classes. Massage has been shown to improve circulation, regulate sleep patterns, stimulate digestive system, and may relieve colic or gas. It also can improve communication between parent and infant, and parents may feel more relaxed and confident in understanding their baby's cues.

To sign up, you can register on line, call 218-894-8425 or email laurasonenstahl@lakewoodhealthsystem.com. Space is limited.

 
Date:   January 25, 2017
Website:   http://www.lakewoodhealthsystem.com
Location:   Lakewood Main Campus (lower level classrooms)
49725 Cty. 83
Staples, MN  56479
Contact:   218-894-8425
Email:   laurasonenstahl@lakewoodhealthsystem.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday for five weeks beginning
January 18, 2017 through February 15, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Jan 25   The Story of a Horse by Red Sky Productions
Red Sky Productions presents "Mistatim", this is an inter-cultural story that combines dance, theatre, mask, story telling and music. This is an event for the entire family.
Date:   January 25, 2017
Time:   02:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://www.clcmn.edu/arts/
Location:   Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center
Chalberg Theater, Central Lakes College
501 West College Drive
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   CLC Chalberg Theater Box Office 218-855-8199
Date/Time Details:   January 25, 2017
Two performances will be given one at 2:00 pm and one at 7:30 pm.
Fees/Admission:   Tickets are available both online and by phone through CLC Theater Box Office.
Online info is : www.clcmn.edu/arts/
CLC Box Office phone is : 218-855-8199
Jan 25   Red Sky's Mistatim
Red Sky's Mistatim is about the taming of a wild horse and the forging of the truest of friendships.  A story of reconciliation for children and their families, Mistatim is an intercultural story that combines dance, theatre, mask, storytelling and music into one unforgettable audience experience.  Under a prairie sky, a simple wooden fence is all that separates Calvin on his ranch and Speck on her reservation, but in many ways they are worlds apart, that is--until a wild horse named Mistatim turns their worlds upside down.
Date:   January 25, 2017
Time:   02:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://www.clcmn.edu/arts/
Location:   Central Lakes College
Chalberg Theatre
501 College Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-855-8199
Email:   clctheatre@clcmn.edu
Date/Time Details:   Wednesday, January 25, 2017
2:00 PM
7:30 PM
Fees/Admission:   $8.00 / $15.00
Jan 25   BusinessNOW at Brainerd Lakes Curling Association
Join the Brainerd Lakes Curling Club Association at their location in the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds for their BusinessNOW event on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.  

Chamber members are invited to register and attend this free event, so bring your business cards and get ready to network with other business representatives in the area. Mix a little business with pleasure! As a courtesy to the host, advanced registration is appreciated.
 
Date:   January 25, 2017
Time:   04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Location:  
Brainerd Lakes Curling Club Association
Crow Wing County Fairgrounds
2000 SE 13th Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Sue Galligan 218-822-7119
Email:   sgalligan@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   Wednesday, January 25, 2017
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Jan 25   BAY Rally #66
BAY Rally is geared towards Jr and Sr High students. We have live music, a speaker, and interactive videos.

We are excited about our current season of BAY Rallies for the 2016-2017 school year.  Our theme this year is “MegaPixel; One million reasons”.    Our theme verse is 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)  “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”
Date:   January 25, 2017
Time:   06:45 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://www.brainerdyfc.com/
Location:   Tornstrom Auditorium
804 Oak Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dale Kuglin or Samantha Loberg, 218-825-9149
Email:   dale@brainerdyfc.com
Date/Time Details:   Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Fees/Admission:   Free-will offering
Jan 25   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   January 25, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
Jan 26   ChamberNet - Brainerd Lakes Chamber
ChamberNet is a lead sharing group that meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The objective is to build strong partnerships with participating member businesses and provide consumer referrals. Guests are welcome to attend up to two meetings before joining.

ChamberNet Participation Requirements:
·         Be a Brainerd Lakes Chamber member in good standing.
·         Complete and submit an application, with annual fee of $75.
·         Application approved by Leadership Team/ChamberNet group.
·         Membership is limited to two like businesses
·         Commit to consistent attendance and $1 meeting fee
Date:   January 26, 2017
Time:   07:00 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://bit.ly/1fayl7M
Location:  
Brainerd Lakes Chamber Administration Office
224 West Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Colleen Dols 822-7107
Email:   cdols@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:  

Second and fourth Thursdays 
7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Fees/Admission:  
$75 Annual Fee
$25 Suggested Voluntary Contribution
Jan 26   Manhattan's January Art Pub
Join us on January 26, 2017 for the Traveling Art Pub - Food and Drink Specials for those in attendance!
Date:   January 26, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://mblodge.com
Location:   Manhattan's at Manhattan Beach Lodge
39051 CR 66
Manhattan Beach, MN  56442   
Email:   info@mblodge.com
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, January 26, 2017
6 - 8:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $35 per person
Purchase your ticket here: https://www.mkt.com/travelingartpub/item/jan-manhattan-s-crosslake-pm 
 
Jan 27   Eggs and Issues 2017, presented by Madden's Resort
Please join us for the Chamber's annual breakfast and interactive panel discussion with our team of Lakes Area legislators. Network with other members and get the inside scoop on issues that will impact your business in 2017. BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Bring your smart phone to participate in live text voting that will guide our conversation!

With a Democratic governor and a newly Republican legislature, Minnesota’s political landscape is likely to change dramatically in 2017. Even if you don't follow politics closely, it's important that you stay informed and engaged. One of your most valuable member benefits is the Chamber's work in government affairs - building relationships and standing up for our local business community.

In partnership with the Minnesota Chamber and more than 40 Chambers across the state, our Board & Government Affairs Committee have adopted the following legislative priorities. Details will be available in early January.
  1. Reduce Business Property & Income Taxes
  2. Address Health Insurance Costs & Options
  3. Prevent Cities from Enacting Wage & Benefit Laws
  4. Protect Against Predatory Disability Access Lawsuits
  5. Take Action on Transportation Funding
  6. Secure Bonding Support for Cuyuna Trail Expansion

AGENDA

7:00 - Breakfast Buffet & Networking
7:30 - Welcome | Ben Thuringer, Madden's Resort
7:35 - Legislative Panel Discussion | Facilitated by Chamber President Matt Kilian
8:30 - Audience Q&A
9:00 - Adjourn

Date:   January 27, 2017
Time:   07:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Location:  

Madden's Resort
Wilson Bay Dining Room
11266 Pine Beach Peninsula
Brainerd MN 56401

Contact:   218-822-7107
Email:   cdols@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   Friday, January 27, 2017
7:00 am - 9:00 am
Fees/Admission:   Regular Rate: $25 per person

Chamber Member Discount Rate: Only $15 per person!

Business Investor: $250
Includes a premium table of eight at Eggs and Issues and upgraded signage/recognition at all 2017 Government Affairs events & communications.

Business Champion: $500
Includes a premium table of eight at Eggs and Issues and upgraded signage/recognition at all 2017 Government Affairs events & communications.

All sponsorships will support the Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s Government Affairs activities to advocate for businesses at the local, state and national level.


Online registrations is now open. Or call Colleen Dols at  (218) 822-7107 to register by phone. A limited number of seats will be reserved for walk-in attendees. Registrations and cancelations will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25. After that date, cancelations will be charged at the full amount.
Jan 27   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   January 27, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
Jan 27 - Jan 29   January Craft & Vendor Show
Come enjoy the first monthly craft & vendor show of 2017! Friday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 29
Date:   January 27, 2017 - January 29, 2017
Time:   10:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://www.facebook.com/thewestgatemall
Location:   Westgate Mall
Contact:   Nickie
Email:   nicki3900@live.com
Date/Time Details:   Friday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 29
Fees/Admission:   Free
Jan 27 - Jan 29   January Craft & Vendor Show
Find a variety of fun crafts and products not found in your everyday store! Friday, January 27th - Sunday, January 29th at the Westgate Mall!
Date:   January 27, 2017 - January 29, 2017
Time:   10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Website:   http://www.facebook.com/thewestgatemall
Location:   Westgate Mall
Contact:   Nicki3900@live.com
Email:   nicki3900@live.com
Date/Time Details:   Friday, January 27th - Sunday, January 29th during regular mall hours
Fees/Admission:   Free
Jan 27   Dueling Pianos Fishing Extravaganza Kick-off Party
Join us for the 2nd Annual Dueling Pianos Kick-Off Party! We invited Deuces Wild Dueling Piano Show back with a fundraising show that you won't soon forget. There is no other show that kicks off Extravaganza weekend in the way it so deserves! Even if you are not fishing on Saturday, we want to see you here.

Included in the evening are raffles, auctions, and just a whole lot of fun! All proceeds from the Kick-Off Party will be donated back to the Brainerd Warriors Fishing Team and Confidence Learning Center. 

Schedule:
5:30 - Social hour where you can meet some of the biggest names in ice fishing.
6:30 - Plated dinner
7:00 Introduction by the Brainerd Warriors Fishing Team and Confidence Learning Center
7:30 Deuces Wild Dueling Piano Show!
Date:   January 27, 2017
Time:   05:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://icefishing.org
Location:   Grand View Lodge
23521 Nokomis Ave.
Nisswa, MN 56468
Email:   chair@icefishing.org
Date/Time Details:   Friday, January 27
5:30 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:   $50 each - or purchase an entire table for your friends and you!
Limited quantity of tickets are available
Jan 27   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   January 27, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
Jan 27   Gull Dam Game Night - Cards Against Humanity - Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
New in 2017 at the Gull Dam Brewing Taproom: Our Head Brewer hosts two rounds of Cards Against Humanity! This is a regular event on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Players get $3 pints, and winners get a free growler!

Unlike most of the party games you've played beforeCards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. ATTN: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY CAN CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER. CUSTOMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Date:   January 27, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   The 2nd & 4th Friday each month.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Jan 28   Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravganza
Join us January 28, 2017 on Gull Lake. The contest is from Noon - 3 pm. Place in the top 150 and take home a prize. The contest raises money for Confidence Learning Center  and other local charities.
In the early 1990s the Brainerd Jaycees had a desire to develop a signature project—a project that would rally members, raise money for local charities, and provide avenues for individual growth, personal development, and leadership. With the first contest being held in January 1991, it is certain the founders never expected this event would become the world’s largest ice fishing contest and put Brainerd, MN, on the map with a winter event that generates over $1-million in revenue for area businesses and over $150,000 for area charities annually.

 
Date:   January 28, 2017
Time:   12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Website:   http://icefishing.org
Location:   Hole-in-the-Day Bay on Gull Lake
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Tickets: tickets@icefishing.org Volunteers: volunteer@icefishing.org Hole Drilling: holedrillers@icefishing.org Marketing: marketing@icefishing.org Vendors: vendors@icefishing.org
Email:   chair@icefishing.org
Date/Time Details:   January 28, 2017
12 - 3 pm
Fees/Admission:   Tickets:
November 1 - 30, 2016 - $30 exclusively at all Mills Fleet Farm Locations
December 1 - January 28 - $50 at all Mills Fleet Farm Locations and on line at icefishing.org.
Jan 28   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   January 28, 2017
Time:   01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Jan 29   Lumberjack Jaunt
Brainerd Nordic Ski Club is hosting the Lumberjack Jaunt, citizen ski races for all ages.

9:00 AM Registration and bib pickup - 6 km and 16 km Classic, 6 km and 16 km Freestyle. Free kids race with age appropriate distances up to 2 km (ages 4 to 12).

Lunch provided after the race and included with entry fee.

Chip timing and results by Karma Race Management
Registration through ITS YOUR RACE (hotlink at www.brainerdnordicskiclub.com)
Date:   January 29, 2017
Time:   09:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Website:   http://www.brainerdnordicskiclub.com/lumberjack-jaunt-information.html
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Dr
Baxter, MN 56425


 
Email:   lumberjackjaunt@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   January 29, 2017
9:00 AM
Fees/Admission:   TBA
Jan 31   Our New Baby Sibling Class
This class helps prepare children for the new baby's arrival and provides helpful tips for making the adjustment easier for siblings and parents. (Designed for children ages 2-8.)

 
Date:   January 31, 2017
Time:   05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, January 31, 5:30-6:30 pm
Tuesday, March 28, 5:30-6:30 pm
 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Feb 01   Infant Massage Classes
Lakewood Health System is offering a free, five-week class on infant massage, led by certified massage therapist, Laura Sonenstahl. The class will take place every Wednesday in the lower level classrooms at Lakewood's main campus (49725 Cty. 83, Staples) from 6 to 7 p.m., starting on January 18. 

This class is open to all parents and caregivers, to learn how to massage their infants (under 12 months). Each week, parents and caregivers will learn special massage strokes for a new part of the body, while reviewing strokes from previous classes. Massage has been shown to improve circulation, regulate sleep patterns, stimulate digestive system, and may relieve colic or gas. It also can improve communication between parent and infant, and parents may feel more relaxed and confident in understanding their baby's cues.

To sign up, you can register on line, call 218-894-8425 or email laurasonenstahl@lakewoodhealthsystem.com. Space is limited.

 
Date:   February 1, 2017
Website:   http://www.lakewoodhealthsystem.com
Location:   Lakewood Main Campus (lower level classrooms)
49725 Cty. 83
Staples, MN  56479
Contact:   218-894-8425
Email:   laurasonenstahl@lakewoodhealthsystem.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday for five weeks beginning
January 18, 2017 through February 15, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Feb 01   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   February 1, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
Feb 02 - Feb 04   2017 Crosslake 14th Annual WinterFest
WinterFest in Crosslake promises a weekend of snowy fun for the whole family!
The first of three clues to lead you to the lost medallion will be available Thursday morning.  When the medallion is found, the winner can present it at Lakes Country Crafts and Cones to receive a prize basket worth more than $1,000 of products and services donated by local merchants including Andy's Bar & Grill, Wine & Spirits, Barstock Liquors, Cedar Chest, Cherry Berry, Crosslake Ace Hardware, Appliance & Laundromat, Crosslake Drug, Crosslake Fifty Lakes American Legion, Holiday-Crosslake, Judy's House of Gifts, Lake Country Crafts & Cones, Lakes Area Gallery & Frame Shoppe, Larson Group Real Estate, Manhattan's, Maucieri's Italian Bistro, Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar, Moonlite Square, Passages of Time, Pine Peaks Restaurant, Apparel & Gifts, Reeds Market & Gas Express, Riverside Saloon & Eatery, SERVPRO of Brainerd & Park Rapids, The Crossfire, The Wharf, Whitefish Lodge & Suites and Zorbaz-Crozzlake.

Bundle up the kids and bring your sleds and ice skates on Friday evening to enjoy a huge snow mountain and pond skating!  The whole family can take part in the scavenger hunt, games, roast a s'more and sip hot cocoa while enjoying a fantastic fireworks display!  Drop the kids off with a sitter and enjoy a date night in Crosslake with live music and DJ entertainment at several Crosslake establishments!  Rise and shine Saturday morning for the Firefighters pancake breakfast before taking part in the days activities including Ice Car Racing, Bocce Ball Tournament, Helicopter Rides, Radar Runs, Italian Olympics, Kids Games, shopping, food and drink specials all over town plus the 14th Annual SoupFest.

2017 WinterFest sweatshirts ON-SALE NOW at Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar, Lake Country Crafts & Cones and Lundrigans in Crosslake's Town Square!

2017 Limited Edition Coors Light Beer Koozies go on sale Friday, Jan. 27, 2016.  Buy your $5 koozie and get $2.50 Coors Light bottles on Fri and Sat. Feb. 3-4, 2017 at Andy's Bar & Grill, Cedar Chest, Crosslake Fifty Lakes American Legion, Maucieri's Italian Bistro, Manhattan's, Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar, Riverside Saloon & Eatery, The Bourbon Room, The Wharf and Zorbaz-Crozzlake.

SoupFest, Event, Wristband and Koozie participation

Thurs. February 2, 2016
9 a.m. Find the Lost Medallion
First of three daily clues released at local merchants and online at www.crosslake.com

Fri. February 3, 2017
9 a.m. Find the Lost Medallion - 2nd clue released

3:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Cabin Fever Carnival
Crosslake Community School (36974 CR 66)
Kids Games, Bake Walk, Food & Fun!
Meet Bobber the Water Safety Dog!

6:30 p.m. - Meat Raffle
Crosslake Fifty Lakes American Legion (35112 CR 3)

7 - 9 p.m. - Celebrate WinterFest
Crosslake Community Center (14126 Daggett Pine Road)
Pond Skating, Snow Mountain, Bonfire & S'mores, Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides, Crosslake Fire Trucks on display, Scavenger Hunt, Warming House, Hot Apple Cider, Music with DJ "JP". WinterFest gear including sweatshirts, beer koozies and wristbands on sale too!
9 p.m. - Fireworks display

9 p.m. - close - Live music featuring
MoeDell
The Bourbon Room (38136 CR 66)

10 p.m. - Music featuring DJ's JP and Chad 
Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar (37627 CR 66)

Sat. February 4, 2017
8 - 11:30 a.m. - Crosslake Firefighters Pancake Breakfast 
Crosslake Lutheran Church (35960 CR 66)

8 - 11 a.m. - Stonehouse Coffee Tasting
Lake Country Crafts & Cones

9 a.m. - Find the Lost Medallion - 3rd and final clue released

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Bingo for a Cause (CASA Herbalife Foundation for Kids)
The Crossfire (36184 CR 66)

11 a.m. - Tiki Bar & Beach Bonfire
Manhattan Beach Lodge (39051 CR 66)

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. -  Kids Games
Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar (37627 CR 66)

11 a.m. - Dusk - Helicopter Rides (weather permitting)
Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar (37627 CR 66)

12 p.m. - 14th Annual SoupFest tasting begins at participating businesses (Map coming soon)
Andy's Bar & Grilll Wine & Spirits
Barstock Liquors
Cedar Chest
Crosslake Fifty Lakes American Legion
Crosslake Veterinary Hospital
JAG Interior Solutions
Judy's House of Gifts
Lake Country Crafts & Cones
Lakes Area Gallery & Frame Shoppe
Manhattan's
Maucieri's Italian Bistro
Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar
Passages of Time
Riverside Saloon & Eatery
The Bourbon Room
The Crossfire
The Wharf
US Army Corps of Engineers
Zorbaz-Crozzlake

12 p.m. - Ice Car Racing on Big Pine Lake
The Cedar Chest (33350 CR 3)

12 p.m. Bocce Ball Tournament
Riverside Saloon & Eatery

12 - 3 p.m. Tasting Event
Barstock Liquors (35579 Pioneer Drive)

12 - 3 p.m. - Family Fun  
US Army Corps of Engineers Campground (35507 CR 66)
Bonfire, s'mores, coloring contest, water safety T-shirt color-ons and Bobber the Water Safety Dog

1 p.m. - Italian Outdoor Olympics
Maucieri's Italian Bistro (34650 CR 3)

1 p.m. Bar Bingo (18+)
Manhattan's (39051 CR 66)

1 - 4 p.m. - Radar Runs on the Bay
Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar (37627 CR 66)

1:30 p.m. - Bar Bingo
Crosslake Fifty Lakes American Legion (35112 CR 3)

2 p.m. - Free Meat Raffle
The Bourbon Room (38136 CR 66)
1 free ticket; ask your server how to earn more tickets

3 p.m. - Frozen T-shirt Contest
The Bourbon Room (38136 CR 66)

4 p.m. - Wine & Beer Tasting with appetizers ($10 per person)
Maucieri's Italian Bistro (34650 CR 3)

4 - 6 p.m. Salsa, Snacks & Cider sampling
Passages of Time

4 - 8 p.m. Live Music featuring Drunk N Stupid
Manhattan's (39051 CR 66)

6 p.m. - close - Live music featuring MoeDell
The Bourbon Room (38136 CR 66)

8 - 12 p.m. - DJ Music
The Wharf (12986 CR 16)

10 p.m. - Music featuring DJ's JP and Chad
Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar

2016 SOUPFEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Judges Choice 
1st Place: The Wharf

2nd Place: JAG Interior Solutions
3rd Place: Maucieri's Italian Bistro

Peoples Choice Amateur
1st Place: US Army Corps of Engineers
2nd Place: Judy's House of Gifts
3rd Place: Barstock Liquors

Peoples Choice Culinary:
1st Place: Manhattan's

2nd Place: Lake Country Crafts and Cones
3rd Place: Riverside Saloon & Eatery


Need Lodging?  Check out these preferred lodging partners.

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber extends a sincere thanks to the
2017 WinterFest Chairperson Jessica Eide - Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar and Committee Members: Tim & Beth Schalow - NMN Inc.and Northern Lakes Embroidery, Dawn Maucieri - Maucieri's Italian Bistro, Heather Jones - Barstock Liquors, Pat Netko - Lake Country Crafts & Cones, Becky Peterson - Whitefish Lodge & Suites, Bonnie Mudek and Terry McNaughton- Riverside Saloon & Eatery, Corrine Hodapp and Jason Hauser - US Army Corps of Engineers Crosslake Campground, Cindy Myogeto and Cindy Nelson - Crosslake Chamber of Commerce

Bundle up the family and bring them to Crosslake for our 11th Annual WinerFest Celebration!
Begin your weekend on Thursday and locate the WinterFest Medallion for a prize package worth hundreds!
Enjoy many good ol'fashoned family friendly activities on Friday and Saturday!Businesses Click these links for Sponsorship opportunities and Participation opprotunities.

Date:   February 2, 2017 - February 4, 2017
Location:  
Throughout Crosslake!
Contact:   218-692-4027 Cindy Myogeto
Email:   cmyogeto@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:  
February 2 - 4, 2017
Fees/Admission:   Purchase your $5 wristband and cash in on deals and discounts all over Crosslake! 
Andy's Bar & Grill, Wine & Spirits
- $5 Bloody Mary, $5 RumChata & coffee
Barstock Liqours - 10% off all wines (excludes sale items)
Cedar Chest - $3 My Fathers Root Beer Float Shots; $3- 2 Mini burgers; $3.50 - Tots or fries (Food specials Sat. only) 
CherryBerry - 20% off entire purchase
Common Goods - 25% of one regular priced item
Crosslake Ace Hardware, Appliance & Laundromat - 20% off regular priced merchandise - some exclusions apply - see store for details
Crosslake Coffee - Free mini Scone
Crosslake Drug - 40% off total purchase from the gift department
Crosslake Fifty Lakes American Legion - $2.50 Coors Light bottle
Crosslake Veterinary Hospital - free leash
Dairy Queen - Crosslake - Buy One/Get One any size Blizzard
Holiday - Crosslake - Free 12oz. coffee or cappuccino
Itasca Leathergoods - Free shipping & waived surcharges on custom orders
Lake Country Crafts & Cones - free small Stonehouse fresh brew coffee
Lakes Area Gallery & Frame Shoppe - 30% off all Life is Good clothing(Thurs. - Sat.)
Lundrigan's - 20% off Minnetonka Moccasins
Manhattan's - $2 WinterFest shots; $3 Summit and much more
Maucieri's Italian Bistro - $3 Hot Chocolate; $3 Hot Cocoa Drinks; $7 2-topping flatbreads
Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar - $3 Corona or Corona Light bottles; $3 Blue Moon taps; $4 Captain Cocktails; $3 off 12" or 14" pizzas; $2 off appetizers (Sat. only)
Moonlite Liquor - 17% off 750ml or larger wine not already discounted (Sat. only)
Moonlite Square - .05 off per gallon of gas
Passages of Time - 40% off 1 regular priced item
Pine Peaks Gifts & Apparel - 25% off one regular priced item
Pine Peaks Restaurant - free beverage with meal purchase
Riverside Saloon & Eatery - $5 Tito's Cocktails (Sat. only)
The Bourbon Room - $3 Jagermeister shots
The Crossfire - free protein snack bar with meal purchase
The Wharf - $1 shots; $3 Absolute cocktails; $1 off breakfast; $10 Ten-Way Wings; $7.95 Walleye Fingers & fries
Whitefish Lodge & Suites - $2 swim pass
Zorbaz- Crozzlake - $3 Coors Light taps; 20% off all clothing

 
Feb 02   Explore Crosslake Business Meeting
Business owners, managers and key staff are invited to join us for an Explore Crosslake Business meeting.  Chamber facilitated, this meeting will provide information about upcoming events, we'll learn more about new Crosslake businesses and you'll hear ways that you can get involved to promote your business!
Crosslake Yoga & Pilates and Boutique is our host, located in the Pineberry Plaza at 36184 CR 66.  Arrive at 7:30 a.m. to browse inventory, check out the exercise equipment, enjoy a cup of coffee and network with others.  The meeting will take place from 8 - 9 a.m. 
 
Date:   February 2, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Website:   http://www.crosslake.com
Location:   Crosslake Yoga, Pilates and Boutique
36184 CR 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Cindy Myogeto - Crosslake Chamber Director 218-692-4027 or 218-251-6323
Email:   cindy@crosslake.com
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, January 5, 2017
7:30 a.m. - meet & network
8 - 9 a.m. meeting
Feb 02   Health is Your Best Accessory
Health is your best accessory - Women's Wellness Experience!
Thursday, February 2nd from 4-7 p.m. at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.

Accepting sponsorships for this event. Contact Jennifer Holmvig 218-545-4455.
 
Date:   February 2, 2017
Time:   04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location:   Franklin Arts Center
1001 Kingwood Street, Ste 114
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jennifer Holmvig 218-545-4455
Email:   jennifer.holmvig@uyunamed.org
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, February 2, 2017
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free to Attend
Feb 02   Womens' Health and Wellness Screening
Area ladies are encouraged to learn if their heart is healthy by attending a free health and wellness screening in January and then obtaining and discussing their results at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Womens’ Wellness Experience on February 2.
 
Screenings are scheduled Thursday, Jan. 19, from 7 to 10 a.m. at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Baxter Clinic and on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 7:45-10 a.m. at Westgate Mall in Brainerd. Appointments are being accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis at www.cuyunamed.org/html/wellness/wellness.html. Screening results will be available on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd where ladies can also visit with health professionals, undergo additional screenings and obtain health education.
 
The wellness screening includes an on-line health risk assessment, fasting blood draw for cholesterol and glucose levels, body mass index and blood pressure monitoring, and consultation with a health coach. A 12-hour fast is required for best results. Healthy refreshments will be provided following the screening which takes about 10 minutes.
 
For more information, message jennifer.holmvig@cuyunamed.org or call 218-545-4455.
 

 
Date:   February 2, 2017
Time:   04:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Website:   http://www.cuyunamed.org/html/wellness/wellness.html.
Location:   Franklin Arts Center
1001 Kingwood Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-545-4455
Email:   Jennifer.holmvig@cuyunamed.org
Date/Time Details:   February 2, 2017
4:30 - 7:00 PM
Feb 03 - Feb 04   45NRTH Whiteout FatBike Race
The 45NRTH Whiteout is raced on the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails, located in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area near Crosby & Ironton, MN, featuring  20 miles of groomed singletrack mountain bike trails.  The Whiteout is unique in Great Lakes Fat Bike Series because the race route is a single “great loop” that is majority singletrack.  The 45NRTH Whiteout has 3 different races & rides, depending on your mood: 30k Race, 20k Race and the 10k Race/Ride.

All registered racers and their friends/family will also be welcomed to join the following 45NRTH Whiteout event activities:
 
Date:   February 3, 2017 - February 4, 2017
Website:   http://www.cuyunalakesmtb.com/whiteout.html
Location:   Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails
Crosby, MN
Contact:   Ron Plinske
Email:   pr@cuyunalakesmtb.com
Date/Time Details:   Friday - Saturday, February 3-4, 2017
Fees/Admission:   Lights over Sagamore Ride: Free with or without IMBA Membership
45NRTH Whiteout Fat Bike Race: $75 IMBA; $100 non IMBA
 
Feb 03   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   February 3, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
Feb 03   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   February 3, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
Feb 03   Gull Dam Game Night - Cards Against Humanity - Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
New in 2017 at the Gull Dam Brewing Taproom: Our Head Brewer hosts two rounds of Cards Against Humanity! This is a regular event on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Players get $3 pints, and winners get a free growler!

Unlike most of the party games you've played beforeCards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. ATTN: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY CAN CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER. CUSTOMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Date:   February 3, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   The 2nd & 4th Friday each month.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Feb 04   Crosslake Winterfest at Manhattan's
Saturday, February 4th:
Manhattan's opens at 11am
Attend Soupfest and Vote for Manhattan’s
Tiki Bar Opens at 11am
Progressive Bar Bingo 1pm - 18+
Bonfire on the Beach & Patio
S’mores (regular & adult versions)
Drunk N Stupid Band 4pm - 8pm

Wristband Specials:
$2.00 Winterfest Shot
$3.00 Summit Tap Beers and more!

Purchase a 2017 Souvenir Winterfest Koozie to get $2.50 Coors Light bottles all weekend long! 
Date:   February 4, 2017
Location:   Manhattan's at Manhattan Beach Lodge
39051 CR 66
Manhattan Beach, MN  56442
Email:   info@mblodge.com
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, February 4, 2017
11 a.m. - close
Feb 04   20th Annual One Lunger 100
Join us for the 20th Annual- One Lunger- 100
100 Miles of Vintage Snowmobile Racing at its' finest!
All drivers MUST secure a BIB number and the Sled NUMBER must match. Please visit our website for official rules! See you at the 100!
Date:   February 4, 2017
Website:   https://www.facebook.com/events/367642153607889/
Location:   Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake
11000 Craguns Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, February 4, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Feb 04   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   February 4, 2017
Time:   01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Feb 07   Caregiver Support Group - Alzheimer's Association
Starting November 1, a Caregiver Support Group will begin at Crosslake Lutheran Church. This will feature a facilitator trained through the Alzheimers Association and geared toward families who have loved ones that experience memory loss.  Open to the community and meets monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at 10:30am will include speakers on a variety of topics related to memory loss.
Date:   February 7, 2017
Time:   10:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http://www.alz.org/mnnd
Location:   Crosslake Lutheran Church
35960 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Julie Florell, 320-241-9560
Email:   jflorell@stcroixhospice.com
Date/Time Details:   First Tuesday of the month
10:30 am
Feb 07   Free Screening of "Being Mortal" Documentary
Free community screenings of the “Being Mortal” documentary will be held at 2 and 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7 at the Staples Centennial Auditorium (400 2nd St. NE). After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation with panel members on how to take steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.
 
The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure, often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end.
 
“Being Mortal” underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions. Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so. In February 2015, “Being Mortal” aired nationally on the PBS program “Frontline.”
 
The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best-selling book of the same name. The free screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America. The screenings are being hosted by Lakewood Health System, the Staples/Motley Ministerial Association, and Staples Community Education.
 
Refreshments will be served. For more information about the screening events, call 218-894-8151.
 
Date:   February 7, 2017
Time:   02:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://www.lakewoodhealthsystem.com
Location:   Staples Centennial Auditorium
400 2nd Street NE
Staples, MN
 
Contact:   218-894-8151
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, February 7, 2017
2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free
Feb 07   Breastfeeding Classes
 Every baby born at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center is unique – one of a kind. To prepare for this very special new person in your life, we encourage you to attend one of the many FREE educational classes designed specifically for moms, dads, support people, siblings, and grandparents. All classes are held at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center. To register go to EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB or call (218) 828-7414.
 Breastfeeding Class
Both an introduction to the basics of breastfeeding and resources for ongoing support. Your partner is encouraged to attend, as well as others who will support you after your baby is born.
Tuesday, February 7, 6-8 pm
Tuesday, March 7, 6-8 pm
Tuesday, April 4, 6-8 pm
 
Date:   February 7, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Email:   miranda.anderson@essentiahealth.org
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, February 7, 6-8 pm
Tuesday, March 7, 6-8 pm
Tuesday, April 4, 6-8 pm
 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Feb 08   Infant Massage Classes
Lakewood Health System is offering a free, five-week class on infant massage, led by certified massage therapist, Laura Sonenstahl. The class will take place every Wednesday in the lower level classrooms at Lakewood's main campus (49725 Cty. 83, Staples) from 6 to 7 p.m., starting on January 18. 

This class is open to all parents and caregivers, to learn how to massage their infants (under 12 months). Each week, parents and caregivers will learn special massage strokes for a new part of the body, while reviewing strokes from previous classes. Massage has been shown to improve circulation, regulate sleep patterns, stimulate digestive system, and may relieve colic or gas. It also can improve communication between parent and infant, and parents may feel more relaxed and confident in understanding their baby's cues.

To sign up, you can register on line, call 218-894-8425 or email laurasonenstahl@lakewoodhealthsystem.com. Space is limited.

 
Date:   February 8, 2017
Website:   http://www.lakewoodhealthsystem.com
Location:   Lakewood Main Campus (lower level classrooms)
49725 Cty. 83
Staples, MN  56479
Contact:   218-894-8425
Email:   laurasonenstahl@lakewoodhealthsystem.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday for five weeks beginning
January 18, 2017 through February 15, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Feb 08   Lakes Area Memory Awareness Advocates Monthly meeting
Group of volunteers committed to making the Lakes Area a community where memory loss/dementia is understood by all and resources are readily available to assist those who need help.
Date:   February 8, 2017
Time:   08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Website:   http://www.alz.org/mnnd
Location:   The Center
803 Kingwood Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Corrie Brown, 218-296-1446
Email:   corriebrown@lakewoodhealthsystem.com;
Date/Time Details:   8 - 9:30 a.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of each month
Fees/Admission:   none
Feb 08   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   February 8, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
Feb 09   ChamberNet - Brainerd Lakes Chamber
ChamberNet is a lead sharing group that meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The objective is to build strong partnerships with participating member businesses and provide consumer referrals. Guests are welcome to attend up to two meetings before joining.

ChamberNet Participation Requirements:
·         Be a Brainerd Lakes Chamber member in good standing.
·         Complete and submit an application, with annual fee of $75.
·         Application approved by Leadership Team/ChamberNet group.
·         Membership is limited to two like businesses
·         Commit to consistent attendance and $1 meeting fee
Date:   February 9, 2017
Time:   07:00 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://bit.ly/1fayl7M
Location:  
Brainerd Lakes Chamber Administration Office
224 West Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Colleen Dols 822-7107
Email:   cdols@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:  

Second and fourth Thursdays 
7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Fees/Admission:  
$75 Annual Fee
$25 Suggested Voluntary Contribution
Feb 09   2nd Thursday Happy Hour for a Cause at Prairie Bay

2nd Thursday, Happy Hour for a Cause. One of our favorite ways to give back.  Supporting our community, by helping non profits thrive, is in our mission statement. Using our business and motivating our customer base to support local non profits is an important responsibility. Our way to help is by providing a place for non-profits raise funds. The 2nd Thursday program has become one of our most consistent ways to do that in the restaurant.      

Every month we pick a different nonprofit group to invite their supporters in for a wine and appetizer social. We provide a variety of light Hors d'oeuvres and Cash Wise of Baxter provides a wide variety of samples. For a minimum donation, a patron can enjoy a night of good food, great drinks, and learn about a local non profit. 100% of the proceeds are collected and kept by the charity.

Date:   February 9, 2017
Time:   05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Website:   http://www.prairiebay.com
Location:   Prairie Bay Grill & Catering
15115 Edgewood Drive
Baxter, MN
Contact:   218-824-6444
Email:   events@prairiebay.com
Date/Time Details:   October 8, 2015
5 - 7 pm
Fees/Admission:   For a minimum donation, a patron can enjoy a night of good food, great drinks, and learn about a local non profit. 100% of the proceeds are collected and kept by the charity.
Feb 10   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   February 10, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
Feb 10   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   February 10, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
Feb 10   Gull Dam Game Night - Cards Against Humanity - Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
New in 2017 at the Gull Dam Brewing Taproom: Our Head Brewer hosts two rounds of Cards Against Humanity! This is a regular event on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Players get $3 pints, and winners get a free growler!

Unlike most of the party games you've played beforeCards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. ATTN: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY CAN CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER. CUSTOMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Date:   February 10, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   The 2nd & 4th Friday each month.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Feb 11   Pancake Breakfast at Pelican Lakes Conservation Club
Pelican Lakes Conservation Club welcomes everyone to a....
Pancake Breakfast!
The Pelican Lakes Conservation Club volunteers will be serving a full breakfast including:
    -Pancakes
    -Scrambled Eggs with Ham & Cheese
    -Sausage
    -Biscuits & Sausage Gravy
    -Orange Juice
    -Coffee
Date:   February 11, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Website:   http://plccmn.org/
Location:   Pelican Lakes Conservation Club
8922 Thrane Drive
Breezy Point, MN 56472
Contact:   Pelican Lakes Conservation Club, (218) 562-5670
Email:   Info@plcmn.org
Date/Time Details:   Second Saturday of Every Month
7 - 11a.m.
Fees/Admission:   $7 ages 6 and older
free for children 5 and younger
Feb 11   11th Annual Back to Basics - The Power of Change

Focus on solutions, as you take steps toward living more sustainably. Join us for workshop sessions, keynote speakers, vendors, exhibitors, luncheon, door prizes, and more!  School-aged (K-6) children’s programming runs concurrently…bring the family and enjoy the day together! Event sponsored by Happy Dancing Turtle, Pine River-Backus Community Education.

Keynote Speaker J.Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director at the Fresh Energy "Growing Minnesota's Economy with Clean Energy"

Vendors/Exhibitors: If you are interested in having a vendor/exhibitor booth at this event, you may link to online registration, or download printable registration forms from our website: www.happydancingturtle.org. Registrations can be submitted up until the event, space allowing.

Participants: Registration brochures for participants will be available  at these locations: Pine River-Backus Community Education office, Pine River-Backus Family Center, Pine River Chamber Office/Information Center, Pine River Public Library, Pequot Lakes Library, Pequot Lakes Community Education Office, or by calling Happy Dancing Turtle at 218-587-2303. You may also link to online registration, or download printable registration brochures from our website.

www.happydancingturtle.org. For more information, contact Barb Beck at 218-587-2303 or bbeck@happydancingturtle.org.
 

Date:   February 11, 2017
Time:   08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Website:   http://www.happydancingturtle.org
Location:  

Pine River-Backus School
401 Murray Avenue  
Pine River, MN 56474

Contact:   Barb Beck, 218-587-2303
Email:   bbeck@happydancingturtle.or
Date/Time Details:  

Saturday, February 11, 2017

8 a.m. –  5:00 p.m.

Fees/Admission:  

$30 Full Day, Including Lunch

($25 for seniors 60+ & full-time students)

$6/Individual Single Workshop Sessions

$12/Individual Double Workshop Sessions

$9 Lunch

$20 Full Day K-6 Children’s Program, Including Lunch

Feb 11   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   February 11, 2017
Time:   01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Feb 11   Gull Dam's Taste of Love

Join us in the celebration of Valentine's Day with a five course meal paired with five exceptional Gull Dam craft beers! Hosted by our head brewer, Patrick! Take home a Gull Dam 10 oz. collectable goblet included with your tasting purchase.

Date:   February 11, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   February 11, 2017
6-8 pm
Fees/Admission:   Single-$55
Couple-$95
Purchase tickets online
Feb 12   BAY Day at Mount Ski Gull
Lift ticket is free when your registered through your church Youth Director or bring your church bulletin.
Date:   February 12, 2017
Website:   http://www.brainerdyfc.com/
Location:   Mount Ski Gull
9898 Cty Rd 77 SW
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Mount Ski Gull, 218-963-4353
Email:   info@skigull.com
Date/Time Details:   Sunday, February 12, 2017.
10 am to closing
Fees/Admission:   Regular rental fees apply
Feb 13   Crosslake City Council Meeting
Crosslake City Council - Meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
Date:   February 13, 2017
Time:   07:00 PM
Website:   http;//crosslake.govoffice.com/
Location:   City of Crosslake City Hall
37028 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   218-692-2688
Date/Time Details:   2nd Monday of each month
7 p.m.
Feb 14   Business After Hours - Holiday Inn Express

Join Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites as they host at Business After Hours on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm at their location in Baxter.

Chamber members are invited to register and attend this free event, so bring your business cards and get ready to network with other business representatives in the area. Attendees are also encouraged to bring door prizes.

As a courtesy to the host, advanced registration is recommended. To make your reservation, click on the Register Online button above or call (218) 829-2838.

Date:   February 14, 2017
Time:   04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Location:  
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
15739 Audubon Way
Baxter, MN 56425
 
Contact:   Sue Galligan 218-822-7119
Email:   sgalligan@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, February 14, 2017
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Fees/Admission:   Chamber members are invited to register and attend this free event.
Feb 15   Infant Massage Classes
Lakewood Health System is offering a free, five-week class on infant massage, led by certified massage therapist, Laura Sonenstahl. The class will take place every Wednesday in the lower level classrooms at Lakewood's main campus (49725 Cty. 83, Staples) from 6 to 7 p.m., starting on January 18. 

This class is open to all parents and caregivers, to learn how to massage their infants (under 12 months). Each week, parents and caregivers will learn special massage strokes for a new part of the body, while reviewing strokes from previous classes. Massage has been shown to improve circulation, regulate sleep patterns, stimulate digestive system, and may relieve colic or gas. It also can improve communication between parent and infant, and parents may feel more relaxed and confident in understanding their baby's cues.

To sign up, you can register on line, call 218-894-8425 or email laurasonenstahl@lakewoodhealthsystem.com. Space is limited.

 
Date:   February 15, 2017
Website:   http://www.lakewoodhealthsystem.com
Location:   Lakewood Main Campus (lower level classrooms)
49725 Cty. 83
Staples, MN  56479
Contact:   218-894-8425
Email:   laurasonenstahl@lakewoodhealthsystem.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday for five weeks beginning
January 18, 2017 through February 15, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Feb 15   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   February 15, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
Feb 16   Blue Ox Success Series: February 16, 2017
Success Series: Thursday, February 16, 2017 

The second session in the Blue Ox Business Academy's 2017 Winter Success Series is HR Law: A Year in Review and Looking Ahead


About This Session:
Today's highly controversial political environment is reflected in teh changing laws and regulations surrounding the workplace. The fate of the Affordable Care Act seems headed for "repeal and replace", ad do a broad number of President Obama's Executive Orders. This presentation will focus on those changes in workplace law that have occurred or can fairly be predicted for their effects in teh 2017. Among the topics to be addressed:
 
  • DOL Overtime Regulations
  • Independent Contractor versus Employee Changes
  • OSHA Recordkeeping and Retaliation Regulations
  • Localized Workplace Ordinances
  • Best Practices for a fast-changing legal Landscape

 
About The Speaker:                                                                                                                         
   
James B. Sherman is name shareholder in Wessels Sherman law firm. Licensed to practice in the state and federal courts in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois, Mr. Sherman has more than 20 years experience in representing management's interests in all aspects of the employer/employee relationship. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 7th and 8th Circuits (covering the Upper Midwest) and since 1997 he has been duly admitted and qualified to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, Mr. Sherman has extensive experience representing employers before a wide variety of federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); National Labor Relations Board (NLRB); Department of Labor (DOL); Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP); Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) and similar state agencies of Wisconsin and Illinois. He has also negotiated labor contracts in a variety of industries, and arbitrated many grievances with many labor unions. 
 
About the Success Series:
The Blue Ox Business Academy Success Series is a series of 90-minute professional development workshops held once a month. The goal is to give participants tangible, take away ideas that they can immediately apply to their work in order to gain new business, improve customer retention, save money, and/or market to new audiences. Geared for entrepreneurs, seasoned industry professionals, and budding leaders alike, the Success Series will give participants new ideas and strategies to immediately help grow their business and improve their professional lives.
 
Topics vary but will generally pertain to leadership, sales, marketing, customer service, technology, and human resources.  Most sessions will include both expert trainers and local business panels. 
 


 

Date:   February 16, 2017
Time:   09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Location:   CTC Room
Brainerd Lakes Chamber Admin Office
224 W. Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jenna Crawford 218-568-8911
Email:   jenna@pequotlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, February 16, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Chamber Members: $40 / person / session
Non-Members: $55 / person / session
Session fee include materials, light refreshments, and smiles. 
Feb 16   Ladies Night at Sherwood Forest
Sherwood Forest is excited to host Ladies night - every 3rd Thursday of the month! You will get an opportunity to unWINEd with radio celebrity Tess Taylor and celebrate good times, good company, good food and good fun! Consider this a night out for ladies with a different twist each time!
Date:   February 16, 2017
Time:   05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Website:   http://www.sherwoodforestmnlodge.com/
Location:   Sherwood Forest
8789 Inerlachen Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Sherwood Forest, (218) 963-6261
Email:   sherwoodforest@3cheersmn.com
Date/Time Details:   Third Thursday of the month
5 - 7 pm
Feb 16   Star Gazing Class
Adults, kids and families are welcome to view a presentation indoors and then move outdoors to locate constellations, identify stars, distances and find deep space objects - weather permitting. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. Please bring binoculars and a camping chair if available. Presented by Brian Wallace 
Date:   February 16, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://northlandarb.org
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Northland Arboretum at 829-8770
Email:   info@northlandarb.org
Date/Time Details:   February 16, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 PM
 
Fees/Admission:   $10 member of Arboretum
$15 non-members
pre-registration required, space is liited
Feb 16   Grandparents Class
Grandparent Class is a refresher course on baby care for grandparents. Topics include the role of the grandparent, current child-rearing practices, car and home safety, as well as a tour of the Family Birthplace. This class is taught by a registered nurse from the Family Birthplace who is also an experienced grandma. Come share the excitement of welcoming a new grandchild! This class meets in one session.

 
Date:   February 16, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Josesph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, February 16, 6-8 pm
 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Feb 17   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   February 17, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
Feb 17   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   February 17, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
Feb 17   Gull Dam Game Night - Cards Against Humanity - Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
New in 2017 at the Gull Dam Brewing Taproom: Our Head Brewer hosts two rounds of Cards Against Humanity! This is a regular event on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Players get $3 pints, and winners get a free growler!

Unlike most of the party games you've played beforeCards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. ATTN: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY CAN CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER. CUSTOMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Date:   February 17, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   The 2nd & 4th Friday each month.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Feb 18   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   February 18, 2017
Time:   01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Feb 20   Preparation for Birth and Parenting
If you are having a child for the first time, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by questions, fears, and just not knowing what to expect. Many new parents find that birthing classes can really help calm their worries and answer many questions. Topics include: Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and birth, how to tell when you are in labor, stages of labor, comfort techniques for labor, the role of the labor support person, use and choice of medications and medical procedures, Cesarean birth, newborn characteristics, newborn care, and postpartum. The class includes a tour of the Family Birthplace. Best taken in the last 2-3 months of pregnancy.

 
Date:   February 20, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St, Joseph's Health Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Monday Sessions (4 week class. Big League Dads is included) February 20 thru March 13
April 3 thru April 24,
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Feb 22   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   February 22, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
Feb 23   ChamberNet - Brainerd Lakes Chamber
ChamberNet is a lead sharing group that meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The objective is to build strong partnerships with participating member businesses and provide consumer referrals. Guests are welcome to attend up to two meetings before joining.

ChamberNet Participation Requirements:
·         Be a Brainerd Lakes Chamber member in good standing.
·         Complete and submit an application, with annual fee of $75.
·         Application approved by Leadership Team/ChamberNet group.
·         Membership is limited to two like businesses
·         Commit to consistent attendance and $1 meeting fee
Date:   February 23, 2017
Time:   07:00 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://bit.ly/1fayl7M
Location:  
Brainerd Lakes Chamber Administration Office
224 West Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Colleen Dols 822-7107
Email:   cdols@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:  

Second and fourth Thursdays 
7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Fees/Admission:  
$75 Annual Fee
$25 Suggested Voluntary Contribution
Feb 23   Manhattan's February Traveling Art Pub
Join us in February for the Traveling Art Pub - Food and Drink Specials for those in attendance 
Date:   February 23, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://mblodge.com
Location:   Manhattan's at Manhattan Beach Lodge
39051 CR 66
Manhattan Beach, MN  56442
Email:   info@mblodge.com
Date/Time Details:   Thursday February 23, 2017
6 - 8:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $35 per person
Purchase your ticket here:  https://www.mkt.com/travelingartpub/item/feb-crosslake-manhattan-s-pm
Feb 24 - Feb 26   Gull Lake Frozen Fore

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The 12th Annual Frozen Fore “Vegas Tour” is taking place in the Brainerd Lakes Area on February 24-26, 2017. This 3-day celebration of all things winter, brings together a weekend of activities and fun for adults throughout the state.

Friday night begins with the 5h Annual Frozen Flop (our version of the polar plunge) which raises money for local charities.  Following the flop is our heated Tenty Party!  Showcasing an ice bar, food and live music, the Tent Party is a super way to kick off the evening.

Saturday morning begins with a Pancake Feed on the ice to get you ready for the day. Following the feed, Snow Golf begins. Here you can jump on provided shuttles, or drive your snowmobiles, and play nine holes of winter golf at nine different locations around the Gull Lake. We provide the golf club and a fresh supply of tennis balls so all you have to do is venture around the lake and try getting a point at each location. The diversity of each “golf” hole variety keeps the day entertaining. A Digital Scavenger Hunt also takes place throughout the day so keep that phone charged up. If you get a picture at each given location you will be entered to win 4 free tickets to the following Frozen Fore Winter Weekend. In the evening, the Saturday night Tent Party kicks off again with hours of great music under the heated tent. Stayed tuned for more Saturday activities, we are always added more.

Finishing the Frozen Fore weekend is Sunday’s Food Fest. This cook-off features a variety of local restaurants showcasing their flavors in a taste competition for the best flavors in the area. Enter the heated tent at Hole-in-the-day Bay and take in the aromas of the Brainerd Lakes Area’s finest restaurants. Vote for your favorite after you’ve sampled them all and get ready for to hear the judges announce the winner.

Proceeds of the Frozen Fore Winter Weekend event are donated to Confidence Learning Center and Kids Against Hunger – Brainerd Lakes Area. Come support the kids! If you’re interested in participating in this fun and charitable event you can buy tickets online or at any of the sponsoring locations.


 

Date:   February 24, 2017 - February 26, 2017
Website:   http://gulllakeevents.com/gull-lake-frozen-fore/
Location:   5th Annual Frozen Flop: Hole-in-the-Day Bay on Gull Lake
“Vegas Tour”: Gull Lake
Food Fest: Hole-in-the-Day Bay on Gull Lake
Contact:   218-828-2344 http://gulllakeevents.com/gull-lake-events/contact-us/
Date/Time Details:   February 24-26, 2016
 
Fees/Admission:   If you’re interested in participating in this fun and charitable event you can buy tickets for $60/person and can be purchased online at https://grandviewlodge.formstack.com/forms/2017_frozen_fore_registration
Feb 24   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   February 24, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
Feb 24   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   February 24, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
Feb 24   Gull Dam Game Night - Cards Against Humanity - Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
New in 2017 at the Gull Dam Brewing Taproom: Our Head Brewer hosts two rounds of Cards Against Humanity! This is a regular event on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Players get $3 pints, and winners get a free growler!

Unlike most of the party games you've played beforeCards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. ATTN: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY CAN CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER. CUSTOMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Date:   February 24, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   The 2nd & 4th Friday each month.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Feb 25 - Feb 26   Radar Run on Upper South Long Lake
Radar run on Upper South Long Lake off of Hwy 23 to Leisure Lane. Hosted by Brainerd Snodeo Club and Paradise Shores Bar and Grill (cabins available for rent). Track will have 1000 feet of shaved ice and 2000+ feet of shut down with a high-tech professional speed trap. Classes for every sled with "Fun Run" section as well. Cash prizes for top speed of the day as well as trophies for first and second place in every class except for "Fun Run". 50-65 classes including kids, ATV, traction, nontraction, vintage.
Date:   February 25, 2017 - February 26, 2017
Website:   https://www.facebook.com/events/698995920279207/
Location:   Upper South Long Lake off of Hwy 23 to Leisure Lane
Brainerd, MN 56401
Date/Time Details:   Saturday - Sunday, February 25-26, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Feb 25   Introduction to Bee Keeping

Basic Beekeeping Class beginning with hiving bee packages in the spring to harvesting honey in the fall.  Class is presented by Larry Chismar
 
Advance registration requested
Limited to first 40 paid students
Payment due at Registration Time

 
Call the Arboretum at 218-829-8770 or email info@northlandarb.org to sign up

Date:   February 25, 2017
Time:   12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Website:   http://www.northcentralbeekeepers.com
Location:  
Northland Arboretum Visitor’s Center
Main Level Meeting Room
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401

 
Contact:   Arboretum at 218-829-8770 or email info@northlandarb.org to sign up
Email:   info@northlandarb.org
Date/Time Details:   February 25, 2017
12:00 - 3:00 PM
 
Fees/Admission:   $20.00 for Arboretum Members
$25.00 for non-Members
Feb 25   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   February 25, 2017
Time:   01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Feb 25   BIR?s annual Racer Banquet

BIR’s annual Racer Banquet is set for Saturday, Feb. 25 at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd.

The program starts with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The awards program follows dinner. The cost for the banquet  is $38 per person, $17 per child 8-12 years old and $11 per child 4-7 years old. Please be aware that those who attend the banquet must pay for dinner as well.

The Racer Banquet is BIR’s chance to recognize the top drag racers during the 2016 season. Champions of BIR’s Bracket Drag Racing Series and the Muscle Car Series will be honored, and individual awards will be given out as well. It’s a fun night for racers as well as their families and friends.

Make it a full weekend by staying both Friday and Saturday nights. BIR is receiving these special rates: $275.74 for two nights or $169.93 for a single night. Reserve your rooms by Jan. 15 for guaranteed rates and availability.

The registration process is a little different this year. You cannot reserve rooms at Cragun’s until you’ve contacted BIR and registered for the banquet. So your first step is to call Keri at BIR by phone at 218-824-7223. She will get you registered and then turn you over to Cragun’s to reserve your rooms. BIR’s offices are open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Make a weekend out of it and enjoy snowmobiling, ice fishing or any of a host of other fun things to do at Cragun’s and in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Visit the Cragun’s Resort website for more details about what they offer and where they’re located.

Hope to see you there!

Date:   February 25, 2017
Time:   05:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/birs-annual-racer-banquet-set-feb-25/
Location:   Cragun's Resort
11000 Cragun's Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Keri at BIR 218-824-7223
Email:   tickets@brainerdraceway.com
Date/Time Details:   February 25, 2017
5:30 Social hour
6:30 dinner
Fees/Admission:   $38 per person
$17 per child 8 - 12 year old
$11 per child 4 - 7 year old
Feb 25   Childbirth Refresher Class
This class is designed for women with previous birth experience and their support people who have questions about their current pregnancy. This class includes a tour of the Family Birthplace.
 
Date:   February 25, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   (2180 828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, February 28, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
 
 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Feb 26   American Legion Buffet Breakfast
American Legion has a breakfast buffet on the fourth Sunday of every month.
Date:   February 26, 2017
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Club
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401

Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   sanfitch@q.com
Date/Time Details:   Fourth Sunday of every month
Fees/Admission:   $7 Adults
$4 Kids
Feb 27   Preparation for Birth and Parenting
If you are having a child for the first time, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by questions, fears, and just not knowing what to expect. Many new parents find that birthing classes can really help calm their worries and answer many questions. Topics include: Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and birth, how to tell when you are in labor, stages of labor, comfort techniques for labor, the role of the labor support person, use and choice of medications and medical procedures, Cesarean birth, newborn characteristics, newborn care, and postpartum. The class includes a tour of the Family Birthplace. Best taken in the last 2-3 months of pregnancy.

 
Date:   February 27, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St, Joseph's Health Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Monday Sessions (4 week class. Big League Dads is included) February 20 thru March 13
April 3 thru April 24,
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Feb 28   Growing Orchids at Home

Have you ever looked at a beautiful orchid and wished you could grow them in your home? Local orchid grower, Ross Hella, will be presenting a two part class on how to do this.  The first part will cover growing orchids at home.  During the second part, you will plant a seedling to take home.  

Ross Hella and his wife, Julie, have been growing a wide variety of orchids in their home for over 25 years. In 2001, Ross decided to begin hybridizing Paphiopedilums (Asian slipper orchids). To date, Ross has sent 180 crosses to the lab for germination. In 2010, with orchids growing in literally every room in the house, they built an 800 square foot permanent greenhouse to hold their collection. They have received 12 flower quality awards, 2 cultural awards, and one Award of Quality for hybridizing, from the American Orchid Society.

Call Northland Arboretum at 218-829-8770 today to sign up for this class.
Payment due at time of registration.

Date:   February 28, 2017
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://www.northlandarb.org
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Northland Arboretum, 218-829-8770
Email:   info@northlandarb.org
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, February 28, 2017
7 - 9 PM
Fees/Admission:   $20 Northland Arboretum members
$25 Non-members
Mar 01   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   March 1, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
Mar 02   Explore Crosslake Business Meeting
Business owners, managers and key staff are invited to join us for an Explore Crosslake Business meeting.  Chamber facilitated, this meeting will provide information about upcoming events, we'll learn more about new Crosslake businesses and you'll hear ways that you can get involved to promote your business!
Arrive at 7:30 a.m. to visit with the host enjoy a cup of coffee and network with others.  The meeting will take place from 8 - 9 a.m. 
Meeting locations vary each month.  If you are interested in hosting (10-20 attendees), please call Cindy at the Chamber 218-692-4027.
 
Date:   March 2, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Website:   http://www.crosslake.com
Location:   To be determined
 
Contact:   Cindy Myogeto - Crosslake Chamber Director 218-692-4027 or 218-251-6323
Email:   cindy@crosslake.com
Date/Time Details:   First Thursday monthly
7:30 a.m. - meet & network
8 - 9 a.m. meeting
Mar 03   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   March 3, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
Mar 03   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   March 3, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
Mar 03   Gull Dam Game Night - Cards Against Humanity - Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
New in 2017 at the Gull Dam Brewing Taproom: Our Head Brewer hosts two rounds of Cards Against Humanity! This is a regular event on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Players get $3 pints, and winners get a free growler!

Unlike most of the party games you've played beforeCards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. ATTN: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY CAN CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER. CUSTOMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Date:   March 3, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   The 2nd & 4th Friday each month.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Mar 04   Preparation for Birth and Parenting Crash Course
If you are having a child for the first time, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by questions, fears, and just not knowing what to expect. Many new parents find that birthing classes can really help calm their worries and answer many questions. Topics include: Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and birth, how to tell when you are in labor, stages of labor, comfort techniques for labor, the role of the labor support person, use and choice of medications and medical procedures, Cesarean birth, newborn characteristics, newborn care, and postpartum. The class includes a tour of the Family Birthplace. Best taken in the last 2-3 months of pregnancy.

 
Date:   March 4, 2017
Time:   08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St, Joseph's Health Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Saturday Weekend Express Courses
 March 4, 8:30 am-5:00 pm

 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Mar 04   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   March 4, 2017
Time:   01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Mar 06   Preparation for Birth and Parenting
If you are having a child for the first time, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by questions, fears, and just not knowing what to expect. Many new parents find that birthing classes can really help calm their worries and answer many questions. Topics include: Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and birth, how to tell when you are in labor, stages of labor, comfort techniques for labor, the role of the labor support person, use and choice of medications and medical procedures, Cesarean birth, newborn characteristics, newborn care, and postpartum. The class includes a tour of the Family Birthplace. Best taken in the last 2-3 months of pregnancy.

 
Date:   March 6, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St, Joseph's Health Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Monday Sessions (4 week class. Big League Dads is included) February 20 thru March 13
April 3 thru April 24,
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Mar 06   Big League Dads Classes for newborns
Every baby born at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center is unique – one of a kind. To prepare for this very special new person in your life, we encourage you to attend one of the many FREE educational classes designed specifically for moms, dads, support people, siblings, and grandparents. All classes are held at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center. To register go to EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB or call (218) 828-7414.
 
Big League Dads
This class provides expectant fathers a place to go and learn from experienced fathers in a relaxed environment. Topics include personal care of their babies and community resources.
Monday, January 23, 6-9 pm
Monday, March 6, 6-9 pm
Monday, April 17, 6-9 pm

 
Date:   March 6, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
 
Contact:   (218) 828-7414. 218-818-7414
Email:   miranda.anderson@essentiahealth.org
Date/Time Details:   Monday, March 6, 6-9 pm
Monday, April 17, 6-9 pm
 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Mar 07   Caregiver Support Group - Alzheimer's Association
Starting November 1, a Caregiver Support Group will begin at Crosslake Lutheran Church. This will feature a facilitator trained through the Alzheimers Association and geared toward families who have loved ones that experience memory loss.  Open to the community and meets monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at 10:30am will include speakers on a variety of topics related to memory loss.
Date:   March 7, 2017
Time:   10:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http://www.alz.org/mnnd
Location:   Crosslake Lutheran Church
35960 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Julie Florell, 320-241-9560
Email:   jflorell@stcroixhospice.com
Date/Time Details:   First Tuesday of the month
10:30 am
Mar 07   Breastfeeding Classes
 Every baby born at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center is unique – one of a kind. To prepare for this very special new person in your life, we encourage you to attend one of the many FREE educational classes designed specifically for moms, dads, support people, siblings, and grandparents. All classes are held at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center. To register go to EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB or call (218) 828-7414.
 Breastfeeding Class
Both an introduction to the basics of breastfeeding and resources for ongoing support. Your partner is encouraged to attend, as well as others who will support you after your baby is born.

Tuesday, March 7, 6-8 pm
Tuesday, April 4, 6-8 pm
 
Date:   March 7, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Email:   miranda.anderson@essentiahealth.org
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, March 7, 6-8 pm
Tuesday, April 4, 6-8 pm
 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Mar 08   Lakes Area Memory Awareness Advocates Monthly meeting
Group of volunteers committed to making the Lakes Area a community where memory loss/dementia is understood by all and resources are readily available to assist those who need help.
Date:   March 8, 2017
Time:   08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Website:   http://www.alz.org/mnnd
Location:   The Center
803 Kingwood Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Corrie Brown, 218-296-1446
Email:   corriebrown@lakewoodhealthsystem.com;
Date/Time Details:   8 - 9:30 a.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of each month
Fees/Admission:   none
Mar 08   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   March 8, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
Mar 09   ChamberNet - Brainerd Lakes Chamber
ChamberNet is a lead sharing group that meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The objective is to build strong partnerships with participating member businesses and provide consumer referrals. Guests are welcome to attend up to two meetings before joining.

ChamberNet Participation Requirements:
·         Be a Brainerd Lakes Chamber member in good standing.
·         Complete and submit an application, with annual fee of $75.
·         Application approved by Leadership Team/ChamberNet group.
·         Membership is limited to two like businesses
·         Commit to consistent attendance and $1 meeting fee
Date:   March 9, 2017
Time:   07:00 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://bit.ly/1fayl7M
Location:  
Brainerd Lakes Chamber Administration Office
224 West Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Colleen Dols 822-7107
Email:   cdols@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:  

Second and fourth Thursdays 
7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Fees/Admission:  
$75 Annual Fee
$25 Suggested Voluntary Contribution
Mar 09   2nd Thursday Happy Hour for a Cause at Prairie Bay

2nd Thursday, Happy Hour for a Cause. One of our favorite ways to give back.  Supporting our community, by helping non profits thrive, is in our mission statement. Using our business and motivating our customer base to support local non profits is an important responsibility. Our way to help is by providing a place for non-profits raise funds. The 2nd Thursday program has become one of our most consistent ways to do that in the restaurant.      

Every month we pick a different nonprofit group to invite their supporters in for a wine and appetizer social. We provide a variety of light Hors d'oeuvres and Cash Wise of Baxter provides a wide variety of samples. For a minimum donation, a patron can enjoy a night of good food, great drinks, and learn about a local non profit. 100% of the proceeds are collected and kept by the charity.

Date:   March 9, 2017
Time:   05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Website:   http://www.prairiebay.com
Location:   Prairie Bay Grill & Catering
15115 Edgewood Drive
Baxter, MN
Contact:   218-824-6444
Email:   events@prairiebay.com
Date/Time Details:   October 8, 2015
5 - 7 pm
Fees/Admission:   For a minimum donation, a patron can enjoy a night of good food, great drinks, and learn about a local non profit. 100% of the proceeds are collected and kept by the charity.
Mar 09   Infant/Child CPR, Safety and First Aid
Keeping your child safe is your top priority. Learn how to protect your child inside the house and out. What to do in an emergency, how to stock a first-aid kit, where to call for help, and more. Certified CPR instructors demonstrate the special resuscitation methods needed to aid infants and children under age eight. These skills may mean the difference between a simple incident and a tragedy. Recommended for parents, grandparents, and caregivers.

 
Date:   March 9, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, March 9, 6-8 pm
 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Mar 10   Bridges Career Exploration Day
The Bridges Career Exploration Day started in 2008 with 57 exhibitors and more than 750 students from six area school districts. Now, this annual event showcases more than 200 regional high-demand careers with hands-on demonstrations, simulators, and breakout sessions. This year’s event will be held Central Lakes College's Brainerd campus on Friday, March 10, 2017. More than 2,500 area high school students from 26 participating school districts are expected to attend. Students interact with different companies to learn about local careers, their work environment, necessary skill sets, earning potential and the training needed to become employed.
Date:   March 10, 2017
Website:   http://www.bridgesconnection.org/workplace-connection/career-exploration-day/
Location:   Central Lakes College
501 West College Drive
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Mary Gottsch, 218-822-7117
Email:   info@bridgesconnection.org
Date/Time Details:   March 10, 2016
Mar 10   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   March 10, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
Mar 10   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   March 10, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
Mar 10   Gull Dam Game Night - Cards Against Humanity - Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
New in 2017 at the Gull Dam Brewing Taproom: Our Head Brewer hosts two rounds of Cards Against Humanity! This is a regular event on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Players get $3 pints, and winners get a free growler!

Unlike most of the party games you've played beforeCards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. ATTN: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY CAN CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER. CUSTOMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Date:   March 10, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   The 2nd & 4th Friday each month.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Mar 11   Pancake Breakfast at Pelican Lakes Conservation Club
Pelican Lakes Conservation Club welcomes everyone to a....
Pancake Breakfast!
The Pelican Lakes Conservation Club volunteers will be serving a full breakfast including:
    -Pancakes
    -Scrambled Eggs with Ham & Cheese
    -Sausage
    -Biscuits & Sausage Gravy
    -Orange Juice
    -Coffee
Date:   March 11, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Website:   http://plccmn.org/
Location:   Pelican Lakes Conservation Club
8922 Thrane Drive
Breezy Point, MN 56472
Contact:   Pelican Lakes Conservation Club, (218) 562-5670
Email:   Info@plcmn.org
Date/Time Details:   Second Saturday of Every Month
7 - 11a.m.
Fees/Admission:   $7 ages 6 and older
free for children 5 and younger
Mar 11   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   March 11, 2017
Time:   01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Mar 13   Preparation for Birth and Parenting
If you are having a child for the first time, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by questions, fears, and just not knowing what to expect. Many new parents find that birthing classes can really help calm their worries and answer many questions. Topics include: Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and birth, how to tell when you are in labor, stages of labor, comfort techniques for labor, the role of the labor support person, use and choice of medications and medical procedures, Cesarean birth, newborn characteristics, newborn care, and postpartum. The class includes a tour of the Family Birthplace. Best taken in the last 2-3 months of pregnancy.

 
Date:   March 13, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St, Joseph's Health Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Monday Sessions (4 week class. Big League Dads is included) February 20 thru March 13
April 3 thru April 24,
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Mar 13   Crosslake City Council Meeting
Crosslake City Council - Meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
Date:   March 13, 2017
Time:   07:00 PM
Website:   http;//crosslake.govoffice.com/
Location:   City of Crosslake City Hall
37028 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   218-692-2688
Date/Time Details:   2nd Monday of each month
7 p.m.
Mar 14   Business After Hours - Exit Lakes Realty Premier

Join Exit Lakes Realty Premier as they host at Business After Hours on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm at their location in Baxter.
 
Chamber members are invited to register and attend this free event, so bring your business cards and get ready to network with other business representatives in the area. Attendees are also encouraged to bring door prizes.

As a courtesy to the host, advanced registration is recommended. To make your reservation, click on the Register Online button above or call (218) 829-2838.

Date:   March 14, 2017
Time:   04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Location:   Exit Lakes Realty Premier
7153 Forthun Road, Suite 120
Baxter, MN 56425
Contact:   Sue Galligan 218-822-7119
Email:   sgalligan@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, March 14, 2017
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Fees/Admission:   Chamber members are invited to register and attend this free event.
Mar 15   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   March 15, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
Mar 16   Ladies Night at Sherwood Forest
Sherwood Forest is excited to host Ladies night - every 3rd Thursday of the month! You will get an opportunity to unWINEd with radio celebrity Tess Taylor and celebrate good times, good company, good food and good fun! Consider this a night out for ladies with a different twist each time!
Date:   March 16, 2017
Time:   05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Website:   http://www.sherwoodforestmnlodge.com/
Location:   Sherwood Forest
8789 Inerlachen Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Sherwood Forest, (218) 963-6261
Email:   sherwoodforest@3cheersmn.com
Date/Time Details:   Third Thursday of the month
5 - 7 pm
Mar 17   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   March 17, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
Mar 17   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   March 17, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
Mar 17   Gull Dam Game Night - Cards Against Humanity - Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
New in 2017 at the Gull Dam Brewing Taproom: Our Head Brewer hosts two rounds of Cards Against Humanity! This is a regular event on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Players get $3 pints, and winners get a free growler!

Unlike most of the party games you've played beforeCards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. ATTN: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY CAN CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER. CUSTOMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Date:   March 17, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   The 2nd & 4th Friday each month.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Mar 18   2017 St. Patrick's Day 43rd Parade & Celebration - Crosslake


"Find Your Charm in Crosslake" at the 43rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Celebration! 
You don't have to be Irish to appreciate all the excitement associated with this decades-long tradition!  Dust off the lawn chairs, get your Irish face on and load up the whole family as there is something for all ages in Crosslake for this 43rd Celebration! Gather your family and friends and search for the Pot 'O Gold beginning Thursday, March 16.  Register for The 4th Annual Clover Dash 5K which takes place on Saturday, March 18. The race begins and ends in Crosslake's Town Square, so after the race you're in the perfect spot for pre-parade entertainment and more!  Purchase a Raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes and show your Blinkie Button for deals and discounts all over town!  
Need Lodging?  Check out these preferred lodging partners.

2017 St. Patrick's Day Sponsorship opportunities

ALL EVENTS LISTED BELOW ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE and NEW EVENTS WILL BE ADDED AS CONFIRMED

March, 2017 - Date to be determined
8 p.m. - Ms. Blarney & Mr. Malarkey Pageant
Manhattan Beach Lodge
39051 CR 66

Saturday, March 11
11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. - St. Urho's Day Grasshopper Hop
Participants register at any participating establishment, purchase a $10 safe ride wristband and enjoy a Finland themed pub crawl with games of skill at each location.  Prizes and trophy for best scoring team.  Andy's Bar & Restaurant, Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion, The Bourbon Room, Cedar Chest, Maucieri's, Moonlite Bay, Manhattan's, Riverside, The Wharf, Zorbaz

Thursday, March 16
Pot 'O Gold Treasure Hunt

One of three daily clues released at 9 a.m. at Chamber member businesses, online here and on our Facebook page
Find the lost Pot O' Gold and cash in on a prize package valued at more than $600! 

Saturday, March 18
8 - 11:00 a.m. - RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon Tether Rides
US Army Corps of Engineers Recreation Area
35507 CR 66
Must be 10 years of age or older - weather permitting - no charge

8 - 11:30 a.m. - Crosslake Firefighters Pancake Breakfast
with kids coloring activity and beads for all the kids
Crosslake Lutheran Church
35960 CR 66

9:30 a.m. The Clover Dash 5K
Race day registration begins at 7:45 a.m. at Whitefish Lodge & Suites
Starting and finish line in Crosslake Town Square
36770 Allen Avenue

10:00 a.m.  - 3 p.m. Maucieri's Food & Beverage Cart
Beer & Bar, Corned Beef & Hot Dogs
Under the clock tower in Crosslake Town Square
35770 Allen Avenue

11 a.m. - Edina Realty Foundation 6th Annual Brat Sale
Brats & Soda till gone; Foundation assists with needs of homeless
35586 CR 66

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Parade Participant Shuttle Service
Free transportation from C&C Boat Works 36448 County Road 66 to parade lineup in Crosslake Town Square (for parade participants only)

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Pre-Parade Festivities in Crosslake Town Square
General parade lineup begins at 12 p.m. at Swann Drive and Allen Avenue

12  - 3 p.m. - 4th Annual Knights of Columbus Food, Beverage & Warming Tent
Proceeds go to the Crosslake Food Shelf
Crosslake Ace Hardware
35592 Pioneer Drive


2 p.m. - 43rd ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE 
Click here for 2017 Parade Registration

Click here for 2016 Parade Map
2016 BEST OF PARADE:
Business:
#1 - Maucieri's Italian Bistro
#2 - Crosslake Ace Hardware & Appliance
#3 - Boyd Lodge
Honorable Mention:  ALL the floats and entries in the parade!
Non-Profit:
#1 Minnetonka Power Squadron
Honorable Mention: Girl Scouts
Honorable Mention: Northern Lakes Girls High School Hockey
WJJY Enthusiasm Award:
Lakeplace.com


Saturday, March 25
6 p.m. - St. Pat's Raffle Ticket Drawing Party


2017 St. Patrick's Day Committee:
CHAIR: Laura Stromberg (Stromberg's Chicks and Game Birds)
Commitee Members:  Mike O'Connell (Larson Group Real Estate), Bruce Gateley (Crosslake Insurance Agency), Dawn Maucieri (Maucieri's Italian Bistro), Heather Jones (Barstock Liquors), Becky Peterson (Whitefish Properties), Brian Thull (North Country Lawn Care), Brandon Pederson (RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty), Katie Wallace (Ideal System Solutions) and Bob Heales

 

 
Date:   March 18, 2017
Website:   http://www.crosslake.com
Location:  
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Crosslake Chamber - Cindy Myogeto, (218) 692-4027
Email:   cmyogeto@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   March 18, 2017
Parade line up 12 - 2 p.m. at Crosslake Town Square
Parade begins at 2 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Purchase a $5 Raffle Ticket and get a 2017 Blinkie Button free!  Wear your blinkie button and cash in on deals and discounts all over town!
Lake Country Crafts & Cones - free small Stonehouse fresh brew coffee
Mar 18   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   March 18, 2017
Time:   01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Mar 22   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   March 22, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
Mar 23   ChamberNet - Brainerd Lakes Chamber
ChamberNet is a lead sharing group that meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The objective is to build strong partnerships with participating member businesses and provide consumer referrals. Guests are welcome to attend up to two meetings before joining.

ChamberNet Participation Requirements:
·         Be a Brainerd Lakes Chamber member in good standing.
·         Complete and submit an application, with annual fee of $75.
·         Application approved by Leadership Team/ChamberNet group.
·         Membership is limited to two like businesses
·         Commit to consistent attendance and $1 meeting fee
Date:   March 23, 2017
Time:   07:00 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://bit.ly/1fayl7M
Location:  
Brainerd Lakes Chamber Administration Office
224 West Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Colleen Dols 822-7107
Email:   cdols@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:  

Second and fourth Thursdays 
7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Fees/Admission:  
$75 Annual Fee
$25 Suggested Voluntary Contribution
Mar 24 - Mar 25   2017 Brainerd Lakes Everything Expo











The Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce and Hubbard Radio are partnering once again to bring you one of the region's largest trade shows with everything you want, all in one place. On Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, the doors to Brainerd's Essentia Health Sports Center will open to over 150 local business exhibitors. This exciting 2-day event, formerly known as the Brainerd Lakes Marketplace and Hubbard Radio's Outdoor Show, welcomes over 3,000 visitors each year. 

The entry fee is only $3 per adult; those 17 and younger can attend for free. Along with learning more about area businesses, all visitors get the chance to have their Lakes Proud card punched by the exhibitors and entered for prizes. See you there!

 
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Friday March 24  |  10 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
Senior Day at the Everything Expo:

  • Lakes Proud Punch Card Contest - all day


Saturday March 25  |  10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Family Day at the Everything Expo:

  • Lakes Proud Punch Card Contest - all day

LAKES PROUD PUNCH CARD CONTEST 

Join the  Lakes Proud movement by participating in this fun contest, held exclusively at the Everything Expo! Here's how it will work...

  1. Pick up an official punch card at the Expo front desk or Chamber booth.
  2. Roam the Expo to find the Lakes Proud businesses listed on the punch card.
  3. Drop off your fully-punched card at the ticket/front desk and be entered to win fabulous prizes!

Hey Kids.... MEET, GREET & PHOTOS WITH CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG SATURDAY AFTERNOON! Sponsored by Lakeslaked Public Television





CLICK HERE FOR BOOTH & SPONSOR PACKAGE INFORMATION


BUSINESS BOOTH SPECIALS:


 
Date:   March 24, 2017 - March 25, 2017
Location:   Essentia Health Sports Center
502 Jackson Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Sue Galligan (218) 822-7119
Email:   sgalligan@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   Friday, March 24, 2017
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 25, 2017
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   This exciting event is only $3 per adult; those 17 and younger can attend for free.

CLICK HERE FOR BOOTH & SPONSOR PACKAGE INFORMATION
Mar 24   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   March 24, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
Mar 24   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   March 24, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
Mar 24   BAY Family Rally feat. comedian Daren
More live music, interactive video, drama & laughter than any other fund-raiser you've ever attended!
Date:   March 24, 2017
Time:   06:45 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://www.brainerdyfc.com
Location:   Tornstrom Auditorium
804 Oak Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dale Kuglin or Samantha Loberg, 218-825-9149
Email:   dale@brainerdyfc.com
Date/Time Details:   Friday, March 24, 2017
6:45 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:   $5/person
$18/Family
Mar 24   Gull Dam Game Night - Cards Against Humanity - Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
New in 2017 at the Gull Dam Brewing Taproom: Our Head Brewer hosts two rounds of Cards Against Humanity! This is a regular event on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Players get $3 pints, and winners get a free growler!

Unlike most of the party games you've played beforeCards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. ATTN: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY CAN CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER. CUSTOMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Date:   March 24, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   The 2nd & 4th Friday each month.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Mar 25   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   March 25, 2017
Time:   01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Mar 25   Lakes Area Music Festival Season Announcement Concert
Each summer the Lakes Area Music Festival draws the nations top instrumental and vocal performers to collaborate in world-class performances of chamber music, orchestra, opera, and ballet. The March season announcement concert will be a celebration of the repertoire and musicians to be featured on the 9th annual season, July 30 through August 20 in Brainerd, MN.
 
Date:   March 25, 2017
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://lakesareamusic.org/2016-2017-winter-series/
Location:   Location TBA             
Contact:   Scott Lykins, (585) 355-6868
Email:   scott@lakesareamusic.org
Date/Time Details:   March 25, 2017
7 - 9 pm

 
Fees/Admission:   Free to attend. Donations accepted.
Mar 26   American Legion Buffet Breakfast
American Legion has a breakfast buffet on the fourth Sunday of every month.
Date:   March 26, 2017
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Club
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401

Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   sanfitch@q.com
Date/Time Details:   Fourth Sunday of every month
Fees/Admission:   $7 Adults
$4 Kids
Mar 28   Our New Baby Sibling Class
This class helps prepare children for the new baby's arrival and provides helpful tips for making the adjustment easier for siblings and parents. (Designed for children ages 2-8.)

 
Date:   March 28, 2017
Time:   05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, March 28, 5:30-6:30 pm
 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Mar 29   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   March 29, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
Mar 31 - Apr 02   Mid-Minnesota Builders Association Home Show
Date:   March 31, 2017 - April 2, 2017
Website:   http://www.midmnba.org
Location:   Essentia Health Sports Center
502 Jackson Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
 
Contact:   (218) 839-4295
Email:   mmba@brainerd.net
Date/Time Details:   March 31, April 1 and 2, 2017
 
Mar 31   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   March 31, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
Mar 31   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   March 31, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
Mar 31   Gull Dam Game Night - Cards Against Humanity - Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
New in 2017 at the Gull Dam Brewing Taproom: Our Head Brewer hosts two rounds of Cards Against Humanity! This is a regular event on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Players get $3 pints, and winners get a free growler!

Unlike most of the party games you've played beforeCards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. ATTN: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY CAN CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER. CUSTOMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Date:   March 31, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   The 2nd & 4th Friday each month.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Apr 01   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   April 1, 2017
Time:   01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Apr 03   Preparation for Birth and Parenting
If you are having a child for the first time, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by questions, fears, and just not knowing what to expect. Many new parents find that birthing classes can really help calm their worries and answer many questions. Topics include: Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and birth, how to tell when you are in labor, stages of labor, comfort techniques for labor, the role of the labor support person, use and choice of medications and medical procedures, Cesarean birth, newborn characteristics, newborn care, and postpartum. The class includes a tour of the Family Birthplace. Best taken in the last 2-3 months of pregnancy.

 
Date:   April 3, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St, Joseph's Health Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Monday Sessions (4 week class. Big League Dads is included) 
April 3 thru April 24,
6-8:30 pm


 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Apr 04   Caregiver Support Group - Alzheimer's Association
Starting November 1, a Caregiver Support Group will begin at Crosslake Lutheran Church. This will feature a facilitator trained through the Alzheimers Association and geared toward families who have loved ones that experience memory loss.  Open to the community and meets monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at 10:30am will include speakers on a variety of topics related to memory loss.
Date:   April 4, 2017
Time:   10:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http://www.alz.org/mnnd
Location:   Crosslake Lutheran Church
35960 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Julie Florell, 320-241-9560
Email:   jflorell@stcroixhospice.com
Date/Time Details:   First Tuesday of the month
10:30 am
Apr 04   Breastfeeding Classes
 Every baby born at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center is unique – one of a kind. To prepare for this very special new person in your life, we encourage you to attend one of the many FREE educational classes designed specifically for moms, dads, support people, siblings, and grandparents. All classes are held at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center. To register go to EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB or call (218) 828-7414.
 Breastfeeding Class
Both an introduction to the basics of breastfeeding and resources for ongoing support. Your partner is encouraged to attend, as well as others who will support you after your baby is born.

Tuesday, April 4, 6-8 pm
 
Date:   April 4, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Email:   miranda.anderson@essentiahealth.org
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, April 4, 6-8 pm
 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Apr 05   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   April 5, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
Apr 06   Explore Crosslake Business Meeting
Business owners, managers and key staff are invited to join us for an Explore Crosslake Business meeting.  Chamber facilitated, this meeting will provide information about upcoming events, we'll learn more about new Crosslake businesses and you'll hear ways that you can get involved to promote your business!
Arrive at 7:30 a.m. to visit with the host enjoy a cup of coffee and network with others.  The meeting will take place from 8 - 9 a.m. 
Meeting locations vary each month.  If you are interested in hosting (10-20 attendees), please call Cindy at the Chamber 218-692-4027.
 
Date:   April 6, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Website:   http://www.crosslake.com
Location:   To be determined
 
Contact:   Cindy Myogeto - Crosslake Chamber Director 218-692-4027 or 218-251-6323
Email:   cindy@crosslake.com
Date/Time Details:   First Thursday monthly
7:30 a.m. - meet & network
8 - 9 a.m. meeting
Apr 07   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   April 7, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
Apr 07   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   April 7, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
Apr 07   Gull Dam Game Night - Cards Against Humanity - Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
New in 2017 at the Gull Dam Brewing Taproom: Our Head Brewer hosts two rounds of Cards Against Humanity! This is a regular event on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Players get $3 pints, and winners get a free growler!

Unlike most of the party games you've played beforeCards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. ATTN: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY CAN CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER. CUSTOMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Date:   April 7, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   The 2nd & 4th Friday each month.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Apr 08   Pancake Breakfast at Pelican Lakes Conservation Club
Pelican Lakes Conservation Club welcomes everyone to a....
Pancake Breakfast!
The Pelican Lakes Conservation Club volunteers will be serving a full breakfast including:
    -Pancakes
    -Scrambled Eggs with Ham & Cheese
    -Sausage
    -Biscuits & Sausage Gravy
    -Orange Juice
    -Coffee
Date:   April 8, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Website:   http://plccmn.org/
Location:   Pelican Lakes Conservation Club
8922 Thrane Drive
Breezy Point, MN 56472
Contact:   Pelican Lakes Conservation Club, (218) 562-5670
Email:   Info@plcmn.org
Date/Time Details:   Second Saturday of Every Month
7 - 11a.m.
Fees/Admission:   $7 ages 6 and older
free for children 5 and younger
Apr 08   Scarf Painting & Application
You will create two of your own unique scarves to wear using application and design on silk scarves.  The class is presented by Phyllis Frankum.  Class includes coffee/juice and rolls.

Pre-registration is required - space is limited so register early.  Deadline to register is April 1st.  Registration and payment for this workshop can be made by contacting Northland Arboretum at 218-829-8770
Date:   April 8, 2017
Time:   09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://www.northlandarb.org
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401

 
Contact:   Northland Arboretum at 218-829-8770
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, April 8, 2017
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fees/Admission:   $25 per person for Arboretum members
$30 per person for non-members
Apr 08   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   April 8, 2017
Time:   01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Apr 10   Preparation for Birth and Parenting
If you are having a child for the first time, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by questions, fears, and just not knowing what to expect. Many new parents find that birthing classes can really help calm their worries and answer many questions. Topics include: Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and birth, how to tell when you are in labor, stages of labor, comfort techniques for labor, the role of the labor support person, use and choice of medications and medical procedures, Cesarean birth, newborn characteristics, newborn care, and postpartum. The class includes a tour of the Family Birthplace. Best taken in the last 2-3 months of pregnancy.

 
Date:   April 10, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St, Joseph's Health Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Monday Sessions (4 week class. Big League Dads is included) 
April 3 thru April 24,
6-8:30 pm


 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Apr 10   Crosslake City Council Meeting
Crosslake City Council - Meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
Date:   April 10, 2017
Time:   07:00 PM
Website:   http;//crosslake.govoffice.com/
Location:   City of Crosslake City Hall
37028 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   218-692-2688
Date/Time Details:   2nd Monday of each month
7 p.m.
Apr 11   Business After Hours - RiverWood Bank

Join RiverWood Bank as they host at Business After Hours on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm at their NEW location in Baxter.

Chamber members are invited to register and attend this free event, so bring your business cards and get ready to network with other business representatives in the area. Attendees are also encouraged to bring door prizes.

As a courtesy to the host, advanced registration is recommended. To make your reservation, click on the Register Online button above or call (218) 829-2838.

Date:   April 11, 2017
Time:   04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Location:  
RiverWood Bank
14540 Dellwood Dr,
Baxter, MN 56425
 
Contact:   Sue Galligan 218-822-7119
Email:   sgalligan@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, April 11, 2017
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Fees/Admission:   Chamber members are invited to register and attend this free event.
Apr 12   Lakes Area Memory Awareness Advocates Monthly meeting
Group of volunteers committed to making the Lakes Area a community where memory loss/dementia is understood by all and resources are readily available to assist those who need help.
Date:   April 12, 2017
Time:   08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Website:   http://www.alz.org/mnnd
Location:   The Center
803 Kingwood Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Corrie Brown, 218-296-1446
Email:   corriebrown@lakewoodhealthsystem.com;
Date/Time Details:   8 - 9:30 a.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of each month
Fees/Admission:   none
Apr 12   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   April 12, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
Apr 13   ChamberNet - Brainerd Lakes Chamber
ChamberNet is a lead sharing group that meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The objective is to build strong partnerships with participating member businesses and provide consumer referrals. Guests are welcome to attend up to two meetings before joining.

ChamberNet Participation Requirements:
·         Be a Brainerd Lakes Chamber member in good standing.
·         Complete and submit an application, with annual fee of $75.
·         Application approved by Leadership Team/ChamberNet group.
·         Membership is limited to two like businesses
·         Commit to consistent attendance and $1 meeting fee
Date:   April 13, 2017
Time:   07:00 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://bit.ly/1fayl7M
Location:  
Brainerd Lakes Chamber Administration Office
224 West Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Colleen Dols 822-7107
Email:   cdols@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:  

Second and fourth Thursdays 
7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Fees/Admission:  
$75 Annual Fee
$25 Suggested Voluntary Contribution
Apr 13   2nd Thursday Happy Hour for a Cause at Prairie Bay

2nd Thursday, Happy Hour for a Cause. One of our favorite ways to give back.  Supporting our community, by helping non profits thrive, is in our mission statement. Using our business and motivating our customer base to support local non profits is an important responsibility. Our way to help is by providing a place for non-profits raise funds. The 2nd Thursday program has become one of our most consistent ways to do that in the restaurant.      

Every month we pick a different nonprofit group to invite their supporters in for a wine and appetizer social. We provide a variety of light Hors d'oeuvres and Cash Wise of Baxter provides a wide variety of samples. For a minimum donation, a patron can enjoy a night of good food, great drinks, and learn about a local non profit. 100% of the proceeds are collected and kept by the charity.

Date:   April 13, 2017
Time:   05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Website:   http://www.prairiebay.com
Location:   Prairie Bay Grill & Catering
15115 Edgewood Drive
Baxter, MN
Contact:   218-824-6444
Email:   events@prairiebay.com
Date/Time Details:   October 8, 2015
5 - 7 pm
Fees/Admission:   For a minimum donation, a patron can enjoy a night of good food, great drinks, and learn about a local non profit. 100% of the proceeds are collected and kept by the charity.
Apr 14   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   April 14, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
Apr 14   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   April 14, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
Apr 14   Gull Dam Game Night - Cards Against Humanity - Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
New in 2017 at the Gull Dam Brewing Taproom: Our Head Brewer hosts two rounds of Cards Against Humanity! This is a regular event on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Players get $3 pints, and winners get a free growler!

Unlike most of the party games you've played beforeCards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. ATTN: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY CAN CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER. CUSTOMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Date:   April 14, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   The 2nd & 4th Friday each month.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Apr 15   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   April 15, 2017
Time:   01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Apr 17   Big League Dads Classes for newborns
Every baby born at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center is unique – one of a kind. To prepare for this very special new person in your life, we encourage you to attend one of the many FREE educational classes designed specifically for moms, dads, support people, siblings, and grandparents. All classes are held at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center. To register go to EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB or call (218) 828-7414.
 
Big League Dads
This class provides expectant fathers a place to go and learn from experienced fathers in a relaxed environment. Topics include personal care of their babies and community resources.

Monday, April 17, 6-9 pm

 
Date:   April 17, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
 
Contact:   (218) 828-7414. 218-818-7414
Email:   miranda.anderson@essentiahealth.org
Date/Time Details:  
Monday, April 17, 6-9 pm
 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Apr 17   Preparation for Birth and Parenting
If you are having a child for the first time, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by questions, fears, and just not knowing what to expect. Many new parents find that birthing classes can really help calm their worries and answer many questions. Topics include: Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and birth, how to tell when you are in labor, stages of labor, comfort techniques for labor, the role of the labor support person, use and choice of medications and medical procedures, Cesarean birth, newborn characteristics, newborn care, and postpartum. The class includes a tour of the Family Birthplace. Best taken in the last 2-3 months of pregnancy.

 
Date:   April 17, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St, Joseph's Health Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Monday Sessions (4 week class. Big League Dads is included) 
April 3 thru April 24,
6-8:30 pm


 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Apr 19   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   April 19, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
Apr 20   Ladies Night at Sherwood Forest
Sherwood Forest is excited to host Ladies night - every 3rd Thursday of the month! You will get an opportunity to unWINEd with radio celebrity Tess Taylor and celebrate good times, good company, good food and good fun! Consider this a night out for ladies with a different twist each time!
Date:   April 20, 2017
Time:   05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Website:   http://www.sherwoodforestmnlodge.com/
Location:   Sherwood Forest
8789 Inerlachen Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Sherwood Forest, (218) 963-6261
Email:   sherwoodforest@3cheersmn.com
Date/Time Details:   Third Thursday of the month
5 - 7 pm
Apr 21   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   April 21, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
Apr 21   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   April 21, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
Apr 21   Gull Dam Game Night - Cards Against Humanity - Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
New in 2017 at the Gull Dam Brewing Taproom: Our Head Brewer hosts two rounds of Cards Against Humanity! This is a regular event on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Players get $3 pints, and winners get a free growler!

Unlike most of the party games you've played beforeCards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. ATTN: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY CAN CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER. CUSTOMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Date:   April 21, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   The 2nd & 4th Friday each month.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Apr 22   TEDx Gull Lake
EUREKA! TEDxGullLake
x = independently organized TED event

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.) The event is expected to have 16 short talks or performances, which fall into themes of: innovation in rural regions; technology and invention; sociology and human behavior; science and research; arts and entertainment; agriculture, personal stories of resilience, growth, and achievement; or any topic that inspires and informs.

How to Attend
Early ticket sales begin November 24.  Early registration for TEDxGullLake “Eureka” will be available only for the holidays. This all-day event will take place Arpril 22 at Madden's on Gull Lake and will include an extraordinary Minnesota Harvest lunch. You can purchase a ticket for $65 or a ticket-and-T-shirt package special for $80. (Regular price for registration will be $70.)

Sponsor TEDx
The X in TEDx means that our Minnesota lakes-based TED event is a local community production, organized by volunteers from the area. This includes the generous support of businesses, organizations, and individuals. Please take a look at our Sponsor Packet and let us know what you would like to do. Sponsor packet available online
http://www.tedxgulllake.com/index.php/sponsors Contact Bob McLean robertm@hugllc.com

 

Date:   April 22, 2017
Time:   10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Website:   http://www.tedxgulllake.com/index.php
Location:   Madden's on Gull Lake
11266 Pine Beach Peninsula
Brainerd, MN 56401
 
Email:   info@tedxgulllake.com
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, April 22, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Early Bird Tickets available November 24 - December 24, 2016.
$65 per ticket
$80 per ticket and a t-shirt package
$70 per ticket after December 24th
Apr 22   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   April 22, 2017
Time:   01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Apr 23   American Legion Buffet Breakfast
American Legion has a breakfast buffet on the fourth Sunday of every month.
Date:   April 23, 2017
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Club
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401

Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   sanfitch@q.com
Date/Time Details:   Fourth Sunday of every month
Fees/Admission:   $7 Adults
$4 Kids
Apr 24   BIR Performance Driving School

A driving experience you’ll never forget!

Here’s the chance you’ve been waiting for. Your heart beats faster. You grab the steering wheel in anticipation. Driving will never be the same again. Welcome to the BIR Performance Driving School.

Shift from racing fan to real race car driver in just one day. Our experienced driving instructors, some of whom have raced professionally, will teach you the finer points of performance driving and how to get the most of you and your car on a race track. You start with classroom instruction and then you hit the track to put your new knowledge to the test. Drive your own car or use one of the school’s purpose-built race cars. Mastering a well-tuned machine on a real race track changes your perception of driving.

For more than 20 years, the BIR Performance Driving School has delivered the only experience of its kind in the Midwest. Register to race this season or purchase gift cards that are good for all events and merchandise at the track. The school has 12 dates on the 2017 schedule. Click here to visit the school’s website for more details. Below are the school dates followed by more opportunities through the BIR Performance Driving School.

April 24 – Both tracks                                                        July 24 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course
May 8 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                       Aug. 7 – 3.1-mile Donnybrooke Road Course
May 22 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                     Aug. 28 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course
June 5 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                     Sept. 11 – Both tracks
June 19 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                    Sept. 25 – Both tracks
July 10 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                      Oct. 9 – Both tracks

Date:   April 24, 2017
Website:   http://www.birperformance.com/
Location:   Brainerd International Speedway
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   (218) 297-0996
Date/Time Details:  

April 24, 2017
May 8, 2017
May 22, 2017
June 5, 2017
June 19, 2017
July 10, 2017
July 24, 2017
Aug. 7, 2017
Aug 28, 2017
Sept 11,2 017
Sept 25, 2017
Oct. 9, 2017

Fees/Admission:   check website for fees  http://www.birperformance.com/
Apr 24   BIR Performance Driving School

A driving experience you’ll never forget!

Here’s the chance you’ve been waiting for. Your heart beats faster. You grab the steering wheel in anticipation. Driving will never be the same again. Welcome to the BIR Performance Driving School.

Shift from racing fan to real race car driver in just one day. Our experienced driving instructors, some of whom have raced professionally, will teach you the finer points of performance driving and how to get the most of you and your car on a race track. You start with classroom instruction and then you hit the track to put your new knowledge to the test. Drive your own car or use one of the school’s purpose-built race cars. Mastering a well-tuned machine on a real race track changes your perception of driving.

For more than 20 years, the BIR Performance Driving School has delivered the only experience of its kind in the Midwest. Register to race this season or purchase gift cards that are good for all events and merchandise at the track. The school has 12 dates on the 2017 schedule. Click here to visit the school’s website for more details. Below are the school dates followed by more opportunities through the BIR Performance Driving School.

April 24 – Both tracks                                                        July 24 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course
May 8 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                       Aug. 7 – 3.1-mile Donnybrooke Road Course
May 22 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                     Aug. 28 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course
June 5 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                     Sept. 11 – Both tracks
June 19 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                    Sept. 25 – Both tracks
July 10 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                      Oct. 9 – Both tracks

Date:   April 24, 2017
Website:   http://www.birperformance.com/
Location:   Brainerd International Speedway
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   (218) 297-0996
Date/Time Details:  

April 24, 2017
May 8, 2017
May 22, 2017
June 5, 2017
June 19, 2017
July 10, 2017
July 24, 2017
Aug. 7, 2017
Aug 28, 2017
Sept 11,2 017
Sept 25, 2017
Oct. 9, 2017

Fees/Admission:   check website for fees  http://www.birperformance.com/
Apr 24 - Oct 09   BIR Performance Driving School

A driving experience you’ll never forget!

Here’s the chance you’ve been waiting for. Your heart beats faster. You grab the steering wheel in anticipation. Driving will never be the same again. Welcome to the BIR Performance Driving School.

Shift from racing fan to real race car driver in just one day. Our experienced driving instructors, some of whom have raced professionally, will teach you the finer points of performance driving and how to get the most of you and your car on a race track. You start with classroom instruction and then you hit the track to put your new knowledge to the test. Drive your own car or use one of the school’s purpose-built race cars. Mastering a well-tuned machine on a real race track changes your perception of driving.

For more than 20 years, the BIR Performance Driving School has delivered the only experience of its kind in the Midwest. Register to race this season or purchase gift cards that are good for all events and merchandise at the track. The school has 12 dates on the 2017 schedule. Click here to visit the school’s website for more details. Below are the school dates followed by more opportunities through the BIR Performance Driving School.

April 24 – Both tracks                                                        July 24 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course
May 8 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                       Aug. 7 – 3.1-mile Donnybrooke Road Course
May 22 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                     Aug. 28 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course
June 5 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                     Sept. 11 – Both tracks
June 19 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                    Sept. 25 – Both tracks
July 10 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                      Oct. 9 – Both tracks

Date:   April 24, 2017 - October 9, 2017
Website:   http://www.birperformance.com/
Location:   Brainerd International Speedway
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   (218) 297-0996
Date/Time Details:  

April 24, 2017
May 8, 2017
May 22, 2017
June 5, 2017
June 19, 2017
July 10, 2017
July 24, 2017
Aug. 7, 2017
Aug 28, 2017
Sept 11,2 017
Sept 25, 2017
Oct. 9, 2017

Fees/Admission:   check website for fees  http://www.birperformance.com/
Apr 24   Preparation for Birth and Parenting
If you are having a child for the first time, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by questions, fears, and just not knowing what to expect. Many new parents find that birthing classes can really help calm their worries and answer many questions. Topics include: Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and birth, how to tell when you are in labor, stages of labor, comfort techniques for labor, the role of the labor support person, use and choice of medications and medical procedures, Cesarean birth, newborn characteristics, newborn care, and postpartum. The class includes a tour of the Family Birthplace. Best taken in the last 2-3 months of pregnancy.

 
Date:   April 24, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St, Joseph's Health Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Monday Sessions (4 week class. Big League Dads is included) 
April 3 thru April 24,
6-8:30 pm


 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Apr 26   BAY Rally #67
BAY Rally is geared towards Jr and Sr High students. We have live music, a speaker, and interactive videos.
Date:   April 26, 2017
Time:   06:45 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://www.brainerdyfc.com
Location:   Tornstrom Auditorium
804 Oak Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dale Kuglin or Samantha Loberg, 218-825-9149
Email:   dale@brainerdyfc.com
Date/Time Details:   Wednesday, April 26, 2017
6:45 - 8:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free-will offering
Apr 26   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   April 26, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
Apr 27   ChamberNet - Brainerd Lakes Chamber
ChamberNet is a lead sharing group that meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The objective is to build strong partnerships with participating member businesses and provide consumer referrals. Guests are welcome to attend up to two meetings before joining.

ChamberNet Participation Requirements:
·         Be a Brainerd Lakes Chamber member in good standing.
·         Complete and submit an application, with annual fee of $75.
·         Application approved by Leadership Team/ChamberNet group.
·         Membership is limited to two like businesses
·         Commit to consistent attendance and $1 meeting fee
Date:   April 27, 2017
Time:   07:00 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://bit.ly/1fayl7M
Location:  
Brainerd Lakes Chamber Administration Office
224 West Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Colleen Dols 822-7107
Email:   cdols@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:  

Second and fourth Thursdays 
7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Fees/Admission:  
$75 Annual Fee
$25 Suggested Voluntary Contribution
Apr 28   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   April 28, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
Apr 28   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   April 28, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
Apr 28   Gull Dam Game Night - Cards Against Humanity - Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
New in 2017 at the Gull Dam Brewing Taproom: Our Head Brewer hosts two rounds of Cards Against Humanity! This is a regular event on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Players get $3 pints, and winners get a free growler!

Unlike most of the party games you've played beforeCards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. ATTN: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY CAN CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER. CUSTOMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Date:   April 28, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   The 2nd & 4th Friday each month.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Apr 29   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   April 29, 2017
Time:   01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
May 02   Caregiver Support Group - Alzheimer's Association
Starting November 1, a Caregiver Support Group will begin at Crosslake Lutheran Church. This will feature a facilitator trained through the Alzheimers Association and geared toward families who have loved ones that experience memory loss.  Open to the community and meets monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at 10:30am will include speakers on a variety of topics related to memory loss.
Date:   May 2, 2017
Time:   10:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http://www.alz.org/mnnd
Location:   Crosslake Lutheran Church
35960 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Julie Florell, 320-241-9560
Email:   jflorell@stcroixhospice.com
Date/Time Details:   First Tuesday of the month
10:30 am
May 03   Wednesday Night Drag Racing at BIR

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to race your own car on a championship drag strip, or if you’d like to know how to get into competitive drag racing, here’s your chance. The Wednesday Night Drags – Street Legal Style is the perfect way to either test the waters of competitive drag racing or just have some fun with your buddies.

BIR opens the track to anyone with a helmet (Snell 2005 or newer), a valid drivers license and a street-legal car, truck or motorcycle. The gates open at 4 p.m. You can make as many runs as possible until the track closes at dusk. During that time, you get to use the starting line tree, the scoreboard and the burn-out box, just like the pros do. We even have an announcer calling the action over the PA system.

In addition to drag racing, the Wednesday Night Street Drags give drivers a chance to try autocross and drifting. Autocross is a timed competition where cars maneuver individually through a course. It’s more about car control than speed and horsepower. Drifting is similar, but the car maneuvers through the course in controlled skids. It’s as much fun to watch as it is to participate. Below is a schedule of when autocross and drifting are offered.

The Wednesday Night Drags – Street Legal Style was created as a safe alternative to street racing. BIR offers racers a safe, controlled environment to race, where professional track operators and rescue personnel oversee the racing and ensure that the racers are still able to enjoy the thrill and excitement of racing against their buddies. BIR is committed to the highest standards of safety.

Date:   May 3, 2017
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/wednesday-night-drags/
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale Rd
Brainerd, MN 56401

 
Contact:   (218) 297-0996
Date/Time Details:   May 3 – With autocross
May 17 – With drifting
May 31 – With autocross
June 14 – With drifting
June 28 – With autocross
July 12 – With drifting
July 26 – With autocross
August 30 – With drifting
September 6 – With autocross
Fees/Admission:   Prices
Participant Entry – $25
Spectator Entry – $5
Note: Cash & checks only.
May 03   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   May 3, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
May 04   Explore Crosslake Business Meeting
Business owners, managers and key staff are invited to join us for an Explore Crosslake Business meeting.  Chamber facilitated, this meeting will provide information about upcoming events, we'll learn more about new Crosslake businesses and you'll hear ways that you can get involved to promote your business!
Arrive at 7:30 a.m. to visit with the host enjoy a cup of coffee and network with others.  The meeting will take place from 8 - 9 a.m. 
Meeting locations vary each month.  If you are interested in hosting (10-20 attendees), please call Cindy at the Chamber 218-692-4027.
 
Date:   May 4, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Website:   http://www.crosslake.com
Location:   To be determined
 
Contact:   Cindy Myogeto - Crosslake Chamber Director 218-692-4027 or 218-251-6323
Email:   cindy@crosslake.com
Date/Time Details:   First Thursday monthly
7:30 a.m. - meet & network
8 - 9 a.m. meeting
May 05 - May 07   Bracket Drag Racing Series

Brainerd International Raceway’s Bracket Drag Racing Series features some of the best amateur drag racing in the country as 250+ drag racers compete in 10 different classes. Fans can see dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters, all of which are competing for prize money, hardware and all-important series points that go toward series championships at the end of the season.

Bracket Drag Racing Series has a dozen chances for drivers to take home hardware as the series features 12 races on six weekends. On Saturday and Sunday, each class has one round of time trials at the beginning of the day before starting elimination rounds. Class winners will be determined at the end of both days so the intensity will be ratcheted up!

Date:   May 5, 2017 - May 7, 2017
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/bracket-drag-racing-series/
Location:   Brainerd International Speedway
5523 Birchdale Rd 
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-824-RACE (7223)
Date/Time Details:  

May 5-7, 2017  Drag racing only this weekend.

May 19-21, 2017 Drag racing only this weekend.

June 9-11, 2017 Triple Event Weekend with CRA Superbike Racing and IWA Watercross

July 7-9, 2017 Drag racing only this weekend.

July 21-23, 2017 Drag racing only this weekend.

Sept 29-Oct 1, 2017  Grand finale of the Bracket Drag Racing Series with championships on the line. The World Racing League is on the road course for endurance racing.

Fees/Admission:  

General Admission – Available at the Front Gate
Thurs-Sun $55
Fri-Sun $45
Sat-Sun $35
Single Day $25

Kids 12 and under are FREE!

Single-day tickets
Single-day tickets expire one hour after the completion of racing. Anyone remaining and found by security will be asked to leave for the remainder of the evening and will not be allowed to purchase a next-day ticket until the following morning.

Camping
Basic camping is included in multi-day tickets between days purchased.
Full-service RV sites in the PleasureLand RV VIP Campground are an additional $35 per night and include power, water & septic hook-up
20 amp plug-in:  $30/weekend

Condos
Cost per night: $187.91 which includes tax

May 05   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   May 5, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
May 05   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   May 5, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
May 05   Gull Dam Game Night - Cards Against Humanity - Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
New in 2017 at the Gull Dam Brewing Taproom: Our Head Brewer hosts two rounds of Cards Against Humanity! This is a regular event on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Players get $3 pints, and winners get a free growler!

Unlike most of the party games you've played beforeCards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. ATTN: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY CAN CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER. CUSTOMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Date:   May 5, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   The 2nd & 4th Friday each month.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
May 06 - May 07   Cuyuna Agate & Mineral Show
Agates, Minerals, Fossils, Gems & Jewelry, Silent Auctions, Exhibits, Kids' Corner, Demonstrations, Door Prizes, Concessions.
Date:   May 6, 2017 - May 7, 2017
Website:   http://www.cuyunarockclub.org
Location:   Crow Wing County Fairgrounds
2000 Southeast 13th Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Ed Opatz, (320) 2501363
Email:   opatz1@att.net
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, May 6, 2016
9 am - 5 pm

Sunday May 7, 2016
10 am - 4 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free Admission
May 06   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   May 6, 2017
Time:   01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
May 08   BIR Performance Driving School

A driving experience you’ll never forget!

Here’s the chance you’ve been waiting for. Your heart beats faster. You grab the steering wheel in anticipation. Driving will never be the same again. Welcome to the BIR Performance Driving School.

Shift from racing fan to real race car driver in just one day. Our experienced driving instructors, some of whom have raced professionally, will teach you the finer points of performance driving and how to get the most of you and your car on a race track. You start with classroom instruction and then you hit the track to put your new knowledge to the test. Drive your own car or use one of the school’s purpose-built race cars. Mastering a well-tuned machine on a real race track changes your perception of driving.

For more than 20 years, the BIR Performance Driving School has delivered the only experience of its kind in the Midwest. Register to race this season or purchase gift cards that are good for all events and merchandise at the track. The school has 12 dates on the 2017 schedule. Click here to visit the school’s website for more details. Below are the school dates followed by more opportunities through the BIR Performance Driving School.

April 24 – Both tracks                                                        July 24 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course
May 8 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                       Aug. 7 – 3.1-mile Donnybrooke Road Course
May 22 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                     Aug. 28 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course
June 5 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                     Sept. 11 – Both tracks
June 19 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                    Sept. 25 – Both tracks
July 10 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                      Oct. 9 – Both tracks

Date:   May 8, 2017
Website:   http://www.birperformance.com/
Location:   Brainerd International Speedway
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   (218) 297-0996
Date/Time Details:  

April 24, 2017
May 8, 2017
May 22, 2017
June 5, 2017
June 19, 2017
July 10, 2017
July 24, 2017
Aug. 7, 2017
Aug 28, 2017
Sept 11,2 017
Sept 25, 2017
Oct. 9, 2017

Fees/Admission:   check website for fees  http://www.birperformance.com/
May 08   Crosslake City Council Meeting
Crosslake City Council - Meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
Date:   May 8, 2017
Time:   07:00 PM
Website:   http;//crosslake.govoffice.com/
Location:   City of Crosslake City Hall
37028 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   218-692-2688
Date/Time Details:   2nd Monday of each month
7 p.m.
May 09   Blue Ox Success Series: May 9, 2017

Success Series: May 9, 2017 
The Four Pillars of Customer Service

About This Session:

A real, practical look at customer service filled with stories and examples as we examine the 4 pillars of exceptional Customer Service—the Experience, Relationships, Reputation, and Problem solving/solutions. In addition, we will outline and discuss the 10 basic customer service behaviors—from our attitude to how we are with each other (the internal customer) as well as the occasional "difficult customer." Thought provoking and fun, we can put this customer service knowledge to work for us today.
 

About The Speaker:
 

Residing in Duluth, MN, Ted is a corporate trainer, professional speaker and consultant with his own business, Schick Corporate Learning. A retired naval officer who rose up from the enlisted ranks, Ted has over 30 years experience leading people.


With over 20 years in teaching, Ted holds a BA Business from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a teaching certificate from Bemidji State University, and Master of Education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.


Ted is a member and past president of the Lake Superior Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development located in Duluth, MN.


Ted is active in his community with 13 years on the Spirit Mountain Ski Patrol and volunteering with local animal humane societies such as Animal Allies in Duluth and Friends of Animals in Cloquet.  Ted is also part of the Cloquet Rotary and Mentor Duluth.  In his “spare” time, he has been a stand-up comedian, teaches Boot Camp fitness classes in the Twin Ports and is an accomplished triathlete.

About the Success Series:
The Blue Ox Business Academy's Success Series is a series of 90-minute professional development workshops held once per month from January through May. The goal is to give participants tangible, take away ideas that they can immediately apply to their work in order to gain new business, improve customer retention, save money, and/or market to new audiences. Geared for entrepreneurs, seasoned industry professionals, and budding leaders alike, the Success Series will give participants new ideas and strategies to immediately help grow their business and improve their professional lives.
 
Topics vary but will generally pertain to leadership, sales, marketing, customer service, technology, and human resources.  Most sessions will include both expert trainers and local business panels. 



 

Date:   May 9, 2017
Time:   09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Location:   CTC Room
Brainerd Lakes Chamber Admin Office
224 W. Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jenna Crawford 218-568-8911
Email:   jenna@pequotlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, May 9, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   $45.00 - Non-Chamber Member
$40.00 - Chamber Member
Coffee & Breakfast Treats provided
May 09   Business After Hours - Party Time Rental

Join Party Time Rental as they host at Business After Hours on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm at their location north of  Brainerd on Hwy 371.

Chamber members are invited to register and attend this free event, so bring your business cards and get ready to network with other business representatives in the area. Attendees are also encouraged to bring door prizes.

As a courtesy to the host, advanced registration is recommended. To make your reservation, click on the Register Online button above or call (218) 829-2838.

Date:   May 9, 2017
Time:   04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Website:   http://partytimerentalmn.com/home/3751255
Location:   Party Time Rental
4750 White Gables Road
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Sue Galligan 218-822-7119
Email:   sgalligan@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, May 9, 2017
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Fees/Admission:   Chamber members are invited to register and attend this free event.
May 10   Lakes Area Memory Awareness Advocates Monthly meeting
Group of volunteers committed to making the Lakes Area a community where memory loss/dementia is understood by all and resources are readily available to assist those who need help.
Date:   May 10, 2017
Time:   08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Website:   http://www.alz.org/mnnd
Location:   The Center
803 Kingwood Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Corrie Brown, 218-296-1446
Email:   corriebrown@lakewoodhealthsystem.com;
Date/Time Details:   8 - 9:30 a.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of each month
Fees/Admission:   none
May 10   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   May 10, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
May 11   ChamberNet - Brainerd Lakes Chamber
ChamberNet is a lead sharing group that meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The objective is to build strong partnerships with participating member businesses and provide consumer referrals. Guests are welcome to attend up to two meetings before joining.

ChamberNet Participation Requirements:
·         Be a Brainerd Lakes Chamber member in good standing.
·         Complete and submit an application, with annual fee of $75.
·         Application approved by Leadership Team/ChamberNet group.
·         Membership is limited to two like businesses
·         Commit to consistent attendance and $1 meeting fee
Date:   May 11, 2017
Time:   07:00 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://bit.ly/1fayl7M
Location:  
Brainerd Lakes Chamber Administration Office
224 West Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Colleen Dols 822-7107
Email:   cdols@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:  

Second and fourth Thursdays 
7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Fees/Admission:  
$75 Annual Fee
$25 Suggested Voluntary Contribution
May 11   2nd Thursday Happy Hour for a Cause at Prairie Bay

2nd Thursday, Happy Hour for a Cause. One of our favorite ways to give back.  Supporting our community, by helping non profits thrive, is in our mission statement. Using our business and motivating our customer base to support local non profits is an important responsibility. Our way to help is by providing a place for non-profits raise funds. The 2nd Thursday program has become one of our most consistent ways to do that in the restaurant.      

Every month we pick a different nonprofit group to invite their supporters in for a wine and appetizer social. We provide a variety of light Hors d'oeuvres and Cash Wise of Baxter provides a wide variety of samples. For a minimum donation, a patron can enjoy a night of good food, great drinks, and learn about a local non profit. 100% of the proceeds are collected and kept by the charity.

Date:   May 11, 2017
Time:   05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Website:   http://www.prairiebay.com
Location:   Prairie Bay Grill & Catering
15115 Edgewood Drive
Baxter, MN
Contact:   218-824-6444
Email:   events@prairiebay.com
Date/Time Details:   October 8, 2015
5 - 7 pm
Fees/Admission:   For a minimum donation, a patron can enjoy a night of good food, great drinks, and learn about a local non profit. 100% of the proceeds are collected and kept by the charity.
May 12 - May 14   CRA Super Bike Racing

Whether you’re a motorcycle racing enthusiast or not, CRA Superbike Racing is about as intense as it gets. Nothing replaces the sound of bikes screaming around the track and battling for position. Within inches of each other, they’ll fly around the corners, close enough to the ground that they’re dragging their knee on the ground. The edge of your seat will get a workout.

The corners are the best place to watch CRA Superbike Racing. Each corner has a different vantage point to enhance your prospective and enrich your experience.

Date:   May 12, 2017 - May 14, 2017
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/cra-superbike-racing/
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale Rd.
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-82407223
Date/Time Details:  

May 12-14, 2017 - Superbikes only on BIR’s 3.1-mile Donnybrooke Road Course

June 9-11, 2017 – Triple Event Weekend with IWA Watercross and the Bracket Drag Racing Series

July 21-23, 2017 – Superbikes only on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course

Aug. 25-27, 2017 – Dual Event with the Minnesota Street Rod Association

Sept. 22-24, 2017 – Dual event with IWA Watercross - snowmobiles on open water. CRA will be on the 3.1-mile Competition Road Course.

 

Fees/Admission:  

General Admission – Available at the Front Gate
Thurs-Sun $55
Fri-Sun $45
Sat-Sun $35
Single Day $25

Kids 12 and under are FREE!

Single-day tickets
Single-day tickets expire one hour after the completion of racing. Anyone remaining and found by security will be asked to leave for the remainder of the evening and will not be allowed to purchase a next-day ticket until the following morning.

Camping
Basic camping is included in multi-day tickets between days purchased.
Full-service camping in the PleasureLand RV VIP Campground is an additional $35 per night and include power, water & septic hook-up
Some areas have 20 amp plug-in:  $30/weekend per plug

Condos
Cost per night: $187.91 includes tax

May 12   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   May 12, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
May 12   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   May 12, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
May 12   Gull Dam Game Night - Cards Against Humanity - Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
New in 2017 at the Gull Dam Brewing Taproom: Our Head Brewer hosts two rounds of Cards Against Humanity! This is a regular event on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Players get $3 pints, and winners get a free growler!

Unlike most of the party games you've played beforeCards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. ATTN: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY CAN CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER. CUSTOMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Date:   May 12, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   The 2nd & 4th Friday each month.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
May 13   Pancake Breakfast at Pelican Lakes Conservation Club
Pelican Lakes Conservation Club welcomes everyone to a....
Pancake Breakfast!
The Pelican Lakes Conservation Club volunteers will be serving a full breakfast including:
    -Pancakes
    -Scrambled Eggs with Ham & Cheese
    -Sausage
    -Biscuits & Sausage Gravy
    -Orange Juice
    -Coffee
Date:   May 13, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Website:   http://plccmn.org/
Location:   Pelican Lakes Conservation Club
8922 Thrane Drive
Breezy Point, MN 56472
Contact:   Pelican Lakes Conservation Club, (218) 562-5670
Email:   Info@plcmn.org
Date/Time Details:   Second Saturday of Every Month
7 - 11a.m.
Fees/Admission:   $7 ages 6 and older
free for children 5 and younger
May 13   Spring Arts and Craft Festival
150+ artists/crafters with quality handmade items! Sponsored by Brainerd Public Schools Community Education, 218-454-6926.
Date:   May 13, 2017
Time:   09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://isd181.org
Location:   Brainerd Senior High School
702 S. 5th Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Mary T. Miller, 218-454-6926
Email:   mary.miller@isd181.org
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, May 13, 2017
9:30 am - 4 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free admission
May 13   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   May 13, 2017
Time:   01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
May 14   Lakes Area Music Festival Schubert's Cello Quintet
The winter series comes to a close with one of the most  beloved monuments of the chamber music repertoire performed by some of your favorite LAMF musicians.
Date:   May 14, 2017
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://lakesareamusic.org/2016-2017-winter-series/
Location:  
Lutheran Church of the Cross
5064 Co Rd 13
Nisswa, MN 56468
Contact:   Scott Lykins, (585) 355-6868
Email:   scott@lakesareamusic.org
Date/Time Details:   May 14, 2017
7-9 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free to attend. Donations accepted.
May 17   Wednesday Night Drag Racing at BIR

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to race your own car on a championship drag strip, or if you’d like to know how to get into competitive drag racing, here’s your chance. The Wednesday Night Drags – Street Legal Style is the perfect way to either test the waters of competitive drag racing or just have some fun with your buddies.

BIR opens the track to anyone with a helmet (Snell 2005 or newer), a valid drivers license and a street-legal car, truck or motorcycle. The gates open at 4 p.m. You can make as many runs as possible until the track closes at dusk. During that time, you get to use the starting line tree, the scoreboard and the burn-out box, just like the pros do. We even have an announcer calling the action over the PA system.

In addition to drag racing, the Wednesday Night Street Drags give drivers a chance to try autocross and drifting. Autocross is a timed competition where cars maneuver individually through a course. It’s more about car control than speed and horsepower. Drifting is similar, but the car maneuvers through the course in controlled skids. It’s as much fun to watch as it is to participate. Below is a schedule of when autocross and drifting are offered.

The Wednesday Night Drags – Street Legal Style was created as a safe alternative to street racing. BIR offers racers a safe, controlled environment to race, where professional track operators and rescue personnel oversee the racing and ensure that the racers are still able to enjoy the thrill and excitement of racing against their buddies. BIR is committed to the highest standards of safety.

Date:   May 17, 2017
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/wednesday-night-drags/
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale Rd
Brainerd, MN 56401

 
Contact:   (218) 297-0996
Date/Time Details:   May 3 – With autocross
May 17 – With drifting
May 31 – With autocross
June 14 – With drifting
June 28 – With autocross
July 12 – With drifting
July 26 – With autocross
August 30 – With drifting
September 6 – With autocross
Fees/Admission:   Prices
Participant Entry – $25
Spectator Entry – $5
Note: Cash & checks only.
May 17   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   May 17, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
May 18   Ladies Night at Sherwood Forest
Sherwood Forest is excited to host Ladies night - every 3rd Thursday of the month! You will get an opportunity to unWINEd with radio celebrity Tess Taylor and celebrate good times, good company, good food and good fun! Consider this a night out for ladies with a different twist each time!
Date:   May 18, 2017
Time:   05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Website:   http://www.sherwoodforestmnlodge.com/
Location:   Sherwood Forest
8789 Inerlachen Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Sherwood Forest, (218) 963-6261
Email:   sherwoodforest@3cheersmn.com
Date/Time Details:   Third Thursday of the month
5 - 7 pm
May 19 - May 21   Bracket Drag Racing Series

Brainerd International Raceway’s Bracket Drag Racing Series features some of the best amateur drag racing in the country as 250+ drag racers compete in 10 different classes. Fans can see dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters, all of which are competing for prize money, hardware and all-important series points that go toward series championships at the end of the season.

Bracket Drag Racing Series has a dozen chances for drivers to take home hardware as the series features 12 races on six weekends. On Saturday and Sunday, each class has one round of time trials at the beginning of the day before starting elimination rounds. Class winners will be determined at the end of both days so the intensity will be ratcheted up!

Date:   May 19, 2017 - May 21, 2017
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/bracket-drag-racing-series/
Location:   Brainerd International Speedway
5523 Birchdale Rd 
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-824-RACE (7223)
Date/Time Details:  

May 5-7, 2017  Drag racing only this weekend.

May 19-21, 2017 Drag racing only this weekend.

June 9-11, 2017 Triple Event Weekend with CRA Superbike Racing and IWA Watercross

July 7-9, 2017 Drag racing only this weekend.

July 21-23, 2017 Drag racing only this weekend.

Sept 29-Oct 1, 2017  Grand finale of the Bracket Drag Racing Series with championships on the line. The World Racing League is on the road course for endurance racing.

Fees/Admission:  

General Admission – Available at the Front Gate
Thurs-Sun $55
Fri-Sun $45
Sat-Sun $35
Single Day $25

Kids 12 and under are FREE!

Single-day tickets
Single-day tickets expire one hour after the completion of racing. Anyone remaining and found by security will be asked to leave for the remainder of the evening and will not be allowed to purchase a next-day ticket until the following morning.

Camping
Basic camping is included in multi-day tickets between days purchased.
Full-service RV sites in the PleasureLand RV VIP Campground are an additional $35 per night and include power, water & septic hook-up
20 amp plug-in:  $30/weekend

Condos
Cost per night: $187.91 which includes tax

May 19   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   May 19, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
May 19   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   May 19, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
May 19   Gull Dam Game Night - Cards Against Humanity - Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
New in 2017 at the Gull Dam Brewing Taproom: Our Head Brewer hosts two rounds of Cards Against Humanity! This is a regular event on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Players get $3 pints, and winners get a free growler!

Unlike most of the party games you've played beforeCards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. ATTN: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY CAN CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER. CUSTOMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Date:   May 19, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   The 2nd & 4th Friday each month.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
May 20   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   May 20, 2017
Time:   01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
May 22   BIR Performance Driving School

A driving experience you’ll never forget!

Here’s the chance you’ve been waiting for. Your heart beats faster. You grab the steering wheel in anticipation. Driving will never be the same again. Welcome to the BIR Performance Driving School.

Shift from racing fan to real race car driver in just one day. Our experienced driving instructors, some of whom have raced professionally, will teach you the finer points of performance driving and how to get the most of you and your car on a race track. You start with classroom instruction and then you hit the track to put your new knowledge to the test. Drive your own car or use one of the school’s purpose-built race cars. Mastering a well-tuned machine on a real race track changes your perception of driving.

For more than 20 years, the BIR Performance Driving School has delivered the only experience of its kind in the Midwest. Register to race this season or purchase gift cards that are good for all events and merchandise at the track. The school has 12 dates on the 2017 schedule. Click here to visit the school’s website for more details. Below are the school dates followed by more opportunities through the BIR Performance Driving School.

April 24 – Both tracks                                                        July 24 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course
May 8 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                       Aug. 7 – 3.1-mile Donnybrooke Road Course
May 22 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                     Aug. 28 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course
June 5 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                     Sept. 11 – Both tracks
June 19 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                    Sept. 25 – Both tracks
July 10 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                      Oct. 9 – Both tracks

Date:   May 22, 2017
Website:   http://www.birperformance.com/
Location:   Brainerd International Speedway
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   (218) 297-0996
Date/Time Details:  

April 24, 2017
May 8, 2017
May 22, 2017
June 5, 2017
June 19, 2017
July 10, 2017
July 24, 2017
Aug. 7, 2017
Aug 28, 2017
Sept 11,2 017
Sept 25, 2017
Oct. 9, 2017

Fees/Admission:   check website for fees  http://www.birperformance.com/
May 24 - May 28   Street Car Showdown at BIR

Brainerd International Raceway hosts the first major race of the 2017 season Memorial Day weekend. The 9th Annual Street Car Showdown is a double-header with the kick-off for the three-race Muscle Car Series on the drag strip and the return of the SCCA Harvey West Memorial Day Classic on the 2.5-mile Competition Road Course. The dates are May 26-28.

On the drag strip, the Muscle Car Series features an impressive display of power and speed, featuring the seven Heads-Up classes. Some of the cars top 200 mph and run at 6-7 seconds.

It’s intense drag racing that brings race fans back year after year.

Drivers in the Muscle Car Series are competing for series points, prize money, and ultimately, a series championship. The race features the cars in Pro Outlaw, Outlaw, King Street, Real Street, True Street and the new 660 Outlaw Street. The race will also highlight 10 Index classes, the winners of which have a separate run-off to crown the Index Class Champion. Three Strip Eliminator classes, Truck Eliminator, and Manual Transmission class round out the race schedule. It’s a full weekend of racing, with qualifying that runs Friday and Saturday, and eliminations on Sunday.

On the Competition Road Course, the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) brings regional racers to BIR for the annual Harvey West Memorial Day Classic. You’ll see a variety of race cars piloted by some of the top amateur road racers in the Midwest. The road racing program is Saturday and Sunday and includes practice, qualifying and racing each day. At the end of Saturday’s racing, there will be a 45-minute Enduro Race.

Date:   May 24, 2017 - May 28, 2017
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/street-car-showdown/
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-824-7223
Date/Time Details:  

Muscle Car Series Schedule

Thursday, May 25 - Gates open 10 AM
Friday, May 26 - Gates open 7:00 AM
Saturday, May 27 - Gates open 7:00 AM
Sunday, May 28 - Gates open 7:00 AM

 

Harvey West Classic Schedule

Wednesday, May 24 -8 am . . . SCCA Competition License Racing School

Thursday, May 25 - 10 am . . . . Gates open
Friday, May 26  - 7 am . . . . Gates open
Saturday, May 27 - 7 am . . . . Gates open
Sunday, May 28 - 7 am . . . . Gates open
9 am . . . Practice Sessions

 

Fees/Admission:  

General Admission – Available at the Front Gate

Superweek – $85
Fri-Sun – $70
Sat-Sun – $45
Single Day admission – $25

Single-day tickets expire one hour after the completion of racing.  Anyone remaining after ticket expiration will be fined or prosecuted.

** Multi Event Weekend - Don’t forget that your ticket gets you in to see two great events this weekend – the Muscle Car Series on the drag strip and the SCCA Harvey West Classic on the Competition Road Course.

Camping – Basic camping is included in multi-day tickets between days purchased. Full-service sites in the PleasureLand RV VIP Campground are an additional $40 per night and include power, water & septic hook-up.

Condos – Stay at BIR in style. We have 12 on-site deluxe condominiums that are two-bedroom and two-bath with full kitchen, spacious living room, fireplace and deck. Cost is $250 per night. Call for availability and reservations.

May 24   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   May 24, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
May 25   ChamberNet - Brainerd Lakes Chamber
ChamberNet is a lead sharing group that meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The objective is to build strong partnerships with participating member businesses and provide consumer referrals. Guests are welcome to attend up to two meetings before joining.

ChamberNet Participation Requirements:
·         Be a Brainerd Lakes Chamber member in good standing.
·         Complete and submit an application, with annual fee of $75.
·         Application approved by Leadership Team/ChamberNet group.
·         Membership is limited to two like businesses
·         Commit to consistent attendance and $1 meeting fee
Date:   May 25, 2017
Time:   07:00 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://bit.ly/1fayl7M
Location:  
Brainerd Lakes Chamber Administration Office
224 West Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Colleen Dols 822-7107
Email:   cdols@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:  

Second and fourth Thursdays 
7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Fees/Admission:  
$75 Annual Fee
$25 Suggested Voluntary Contribution
May 26   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   May 26, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
May 26   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   May 26, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
May 26   Gull Dam Game Night - Cards Against Humanity - Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
New in 2017 at the Gull Dam Brewing Taproom: Our Head Brewer hosts two rounds of Cards Against Humanity! This is a regular event on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Players get $3 pints, and winners get a free growler!

Unlike most of the party games you've played beforeCards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. ATTN: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY CAN CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER. CUSTOMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Date:   May 26, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   The 2nd & 4th Friday each month.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
May 27 - May 28   The Olde Depot JUNKtion

All Aboard JUNKers!

The Northern Pacific Event Center Campus will soon be filled with Antique Vendors from across the Nation. They will be making a stop with a huge selection of treasured vintage finds at the natural stone depot built in the early 1900’s. Everything you could dream of finding will be displayed for this incredible weekend event! Whether your style is rustic, shabby, farmhouse, chic, industrial or you are just looking for junk gems…You won’t want to miss this TRAIN!
Date:   May 27, 2017 - May 28, 2017
Website:   http://theoldedepotjunktion.com/
Location:   Northern Pacific Event Space
1511 Northern Pacific Road
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   PJ Overvold, 218-340-6172 Brad Johnson, 612-328-0031 Amy Johnson, 612-363-3204
Date/Time Details:   May 27, 2017   10 am - 5 pm
May 28, 2017   10 am - 2 pm
Fees/Admission:   $8 per day. General admission at the door. Cash & check. Children under 11 get in free.
May 27   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   May 27, 2017
Time:   01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
May 28   American Legion Buffet Breakfast
American Legion has a breakfast buffet on the fourth Sunday of every month.
Date:   May 28, 2017
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Club
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401

Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   sanfitch@q.com
Date/Time Details:   Fourth Sunday of every month
Fees/Admission:   $7 Adults
$4 Kids
May 31   Wednesday Night Drag Racing at BIR

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to race your own car on a championship drag strip, or if you’d like to know how to get into competitive drag racing, here’s your chance. The Wednesday Night Drags – Street Legal Style is the perfect way to either test the waters of competitive drag racing or just have some fun with your buddies.

BIR opens the track to anyone with a helmet (Snell 2005 or newer), a valid drivers license and a street-legal car, truck or motorcycle. The gates open at 4 p.m. You can make as many runs as possible until the track closes at dusk. During that time, you get to use the starting line tree, the scoreboard and the burn-out box, just like the pros do. We even have an announcer calling the action over the PA system.

In addition to drag racing, the Wednesday Night Street Drags give drivers a chance to try autocross and drifting. Autocross is a timed competition where cars maneuver individually through a course. It’s more about car control than speed and horsepower. Drifting is similar, but the car maneuvers through the course in controlled skids. It’s as much fun to watch as it is to participate. Below is a schedule of when autocross and drifting are offered.

The Wednesday Night Drags – Street Legal Style was created as a safe alternative to street racing. BIR offers racers a safe, controlled environment to race, where professional track operators and rescue personnel oversee the racing and ensure that the racers are still able to enjoy the thrill and excitement of racing against their buddies. BIR is committed to the highest standards of safety.

Date:   May 31, 2017
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/wednesday-night-drags/
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale Rd
Brainerd, MN 56401

 
Contact:   (218) 297-0996
Date/Time Details:   May 3 – With autocross
May 17 – With drifting
May 31 – With autocross
June 14 – With drifting
June 28 – With autocross
July 12 – With drifting
July 26 – With autocross
August 30 – With drifting
September 6 – With autocross
Fees/Admission:   Prices
Participant Entry – $25
Spectator Entry – $5
Note: Cash & checks only.
May 31   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   May 31, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
Jun 01   Explore Crosslake Business Meeting
Business owners, managers and key staff are invited to join us for an Explore Crosslake Business meeting.  Chamber facilitated, this meeting will provide information about upcoming events, we'll learn more about new Crosslake businesses and you'll hear ways that you can get involved to promote your business!
Arrive at 7:30 a.m. to visit with the host enjoy a cup of coffee and network with others.  The meeting will take place from 8 - 9 a.m. 
Meeting locations vary each month.  If you are interested in hosting (10-20 attendees), please call Cindy at the Chamber 218-692-4027.
 
Date:   June 1, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Website:   http://www.crosslake.com
Location:   To be determined
 
Contact:   Cindy Myogeto - Crosslake Chamber Director 218-692-4027 or 218-251-6323
Email:   cindy@crosslake.com
Date/Time Details:   First Thursday monthly
7:30 a.m. - meet & network
8 - 9 a.m. meeting
Jun 02   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   June 2, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
Jun 02   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   June 2, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
Jun 02   Gull Dam Game Night - Cards Against Humanity - Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
New in 2017 at the Gull Dam Brewing Taproom: Our Head Brewer hosts two rounds of Cards Against Humanity! This is a regular event on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Players get $3 pints, and winners get a free growler!

Unlike most of the party games you've played beforeCards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. ATTN: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY CAN CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER. CUSTOMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Date:   June 2, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   The 2nd & 4th Friday each month.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Jun 03   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   June 3, 2017
Time:   01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Jun 05   BIR Performance Driving School

A driving experience you’ll never forget!

Here’s the chance you’ve been waiting for. Your heart beats faster. You grab the steering wheel in anticipation. Driving will never be the same again. Welcome to the BIR Performance Driving School.

Shift from racing fan to real race car driver in just one day. Our experienced driving instructors, some of whom have raced professionally, will teach you the finer points of performance driving and how to get the most of you and your car on a race track. You start with classroom instruction and then you hit the track to put your new knowledge to the test. Drive your own car or use one of the school’s purpose-built race cars. Mastering a well-tuned machine on a real race track changes your perception of driving.

For more than 20 years, the BIR Performance Driving School has delivered the only experience of its kind in the Midwest. Register to race this season or purchase gift cards that are good for all events and merchandise at the track. The school has 12 dates on the 2017 schedule. Click here to visit the school’s website for more details. Below are the school dates followed by more opportunities through the BIR Performance Driving School.

April 24 – Both tracks                                                        July 24 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course
May 8 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                       Aug. 7 – 3.1-mile Donnybrooke Road Course
May 22 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                     Aug. 28 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course
June 5 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                     Sept. 11 – Both tracks
June 19 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                    Sept. 25 – Both tracks
July 10 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                      Oct. 9 – Both tracks

Date:   June 5, 2017
Website:   http://www.birperformance.com/
Location:   Brainerd International Speedway
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   (218) 297-0996
Date/Time Details:  

April 24, 2017
May 8, 2017
May 22, 2017
June 5, 2017
June 19, 2017
July 10, 2017
July 24, 2017
Aug. 7, 2017
Aug 28, 2017
Sept 11,2 017
Sept 25, 2017
Oct. 9, 2017

Fees/Admission:   check website for fees  http://www.birperformance.com/
Jun 06   Caregiver Support Group - Alzheimer's Association
Starting November 1, a Caregiver Support Group will begin at Crosslake Lutheran Church. This will feature a facilitator trained through the Alzheimers Association and geared toward families who have loved ones that experience memory loss.  Open to the community and meets monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at 10:30am will include speakers on a variety of topics related to memory loss.
Date:   June 6, 2017
Time:   10:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http://www.alz.org/mnnd
Location:   Crosslake Lutheran Church
35960 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Julie Florell, 320-241-9560
Email:   jflorell@stcroixhospice.com
Date/Time Details:   First Tuesday of the month
10:30 am
Jun 07   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   June 7, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
Jun 08   ChamberNet - Brainerd Lakes Chamber
ChamberNet is a lead sharing group that meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The objective is to build strong partnerships with participating member businesses and provide consumer referrals. Guests are welcome to attend up to two meetings before joining.

ChamberNet Participation Requirements:
·         Be a Brainerd Lakes Chamber member in good standing.
·         Complete and submit an application, with annual fee of $75.
·         Application approved by Leadership Team/ChamberNet group.
·         Membership is limited to two like businesses
·         Commit to consistent attendance and $1 meeting fee
Date:   June 8, 2017
Time:   07:00 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://bit.ly/1fayl7M
Location:  
Brainerd Lakes Chamber Administration Office
224 West Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Colleen Dols 822-7107
Email:   cdols@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:  

Second and fourth Thursdays 
7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Fees/Admission:  
$75 Annual Fee
$25 Suggested Voluntary Contribution
Jun 08   2nd Thursday Happy Hour for a Cause at Prairie Bay

2nd Thursday, Happy Hour for a Cause. One of our favorite ways to give back.  Supporting our community, by helping non profits thrive, is in our mission statement. Using our business and motivating our customer base to support local non profits is an important responsibility. Our way to help is by providing a place for non-profits raise funds. The 2nd Thursday program has become one of our most consistent ways to do that in the restaurant.      

Every month we pick a different nonprofit group to invite their supporters in for a wine and appetizer social. We provide a variety of light Hors d'oeuvres and Cash Wise of Baxter provides a wide variety of samples. For a minimum donation, a patron can enjoy a night of good food, great drinks, and learn about a local non profit. 100% of the proceeds are collected and kept by the charity.

Date:   June 8, 2017
Time:   05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Website:   http://www.prairiebay.com
Location:   Prairie Bay Grill & Catering
15115 Edgewood Drive
Baxter, MN
Contact:   218-824-6444
Email:   events@prairiebay.com
Date/Time Details:   October 8, 2015
5 - 7 pm
Fees/Admission:   For a minimum donation, a patron can enjoy a night of good food, great drinks, and learn about a local non profit. 100% of the proceeds are collected and kept by the charity.
Jun 08   Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity 21st Annual Dinner & Auction
Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity's Annual Dinner & Auction includes one of the biggest silent and live auctions in the area. Join us for an evening of fun as we raise funds and awareness of the need for affordable housing in the Lakes area. Learn about how LAHfH is helping families to change their lives and eliminate poverty housing one home at a time!
Date:   June 8, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Website:   http://www.lakesareahabitat.org
Location:   Breezy Point Resort
9252 Breezy Point Drive
Breezy Point, MN
Contact:   Jeanette Houle, Office Manager (218) 828-8517
Email:   jeanette.houle@lakesareahabitat.org
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, June 8, 2017  
6 - 9:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $60 per person with $35 tax deductible
Jun 09 - Jun 11   Bracket Drag Racing Series with CRA Superbike Racing and IWA Watercross.

Brainerd International Raceway’s Bracket Drag Racing Series features some of the best amateur drag racing in the country as 250+ drag racers compete in 10 different classes. Fans can see dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters, all of which are competing for prize money, hardware and all-important series points that go toward series championships at the end of the season.

Bracket Drag Racing Series has a dozen chances for drivers to take home hardware as the series features 12 races on six weekends. On Saturday and Sunday, each class has one round of time trials at the beginning of the day before starting elimination rounds. Class winners will be determined at the end of both days so the intensity will be ratcheted up!

Date:   June 9, 2017 - June 11, 2017
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/bracket-drag-racing-series/
Location:   Brainerd International Speedway
5523 Birchdale Rd 
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-824-RACE (7223)
Date/Time Details:  

May 5-7, 2017  Drag racing only this weekend.

May 19-21, 2017 Drag racing only this weekend.

June 9-11, 2017 Triple Event Weekend with CRA Superbike Racing and IWA Watercross

July 7-9, 2017 Drag racing only this weekend.

July 21-23, 2017 Drag racing only this weekend.

Sept 29-Oct 1, 2017  Grand finale of the Bracket Drag Racing Series with championships on the line. The World Racing League is on the road course for endurance racing.

Fees/Admission:  

General Admission – Available at the Front Gate
Thurs-Sun $55
Fri-Sun $45
Sat-Sun $35
Single Day $25

Kids 12 and under are FREE!

Single-day tickets
Single-day tickets expire one hour after the completion of racing. Anyone remaining and found by security will be asked to leave for the remainder of the evening and will not be allowed to purchase a next-day ticket until the following morning.

Camping
Basic camping is included in multi-day tickets between days purchased.
Full-service RV sites in the PleasureLand RV VIP Campground are an additional $35 per night and include power, water & septic hook-up
20 amp plug-in:  $30/weekend

Condos
Cost per night: $187.91 which includes tax

Jun 09   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   June 9, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
Jun 09   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   June 9, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
Jun 09   Gull Dam Game Night - Cards Against Humanity - Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
New in 2017 at the Gull Dam Brewing Taproom: Our Head Brewer hosts two rounds of Cards Against Humanity! This is a regular event on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Players get $3 pints, and winners get a free growler!

Unlike most of the party games you've played beforeCards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. ATTN: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY CAN CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER. CUSTOMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Date:   June 9, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   The 2nd & 4th Friday each month.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Jun 10   Sour Grapes Half & Half Walk Race

The Sour Grapes half & half run first started in 2001. A group of runners were unable to secure a spot in the Grandma's Marathon for that year. As a result, they decided to organize a run that would be fun, challenging and a means to enjoy the company of other enthusiastic runners; hence, the birth of Sour Grapes half & half.

Registration
For online and mail in registration, go to
www.sourgrapesrun.com and click on Register. Mailed registrations must be received at the arboretum by Thursday, June 8.   Online Early Registration closes at 10:00PM, Thursday, June 8th. Note that registrations are limited to the first 500 adult registrants. Late registration will be available at  the Arboretum on Friday, June 9 and on race day.  Please see www.sourgrapesrun.com for times.

Chip Timing
The Half Marathon Run and the 10.55 K Run/Walk will be chip timed by Pickle Events.

Course Description
The half marathon and 10.55K run courses traverse the beautiful, but challenging terrain of central Minnesota. The race course is a 10.55K loop. The half marathoners will complete the loop twice. The terrain includes some uneven ground, sandy soil and moderately challenging hills. Half marathoners will pass water stops 9 times. Those running or walking the 10.55 K will pass water stops 4 times.

Awards
All participants will receive a unique finisher token. T-shirts are included for all who register by June 1 and as available for those who register after June 1. Race Awards will be presented in the downstairs room at the Arboretum. Children's awards to the top 3 male and female finishers in each race will take place at the finish line immediately after the race; Adult awards at approximately 9:30 am for the 10.55K and 10:30 am for the half marathon.. You must be present to receive your award or have someone pick it up for you. Awards will not be mailed. 

Date:   June 10, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Website:   http://www.sourgrapesrun.com
Location:  
Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   218-839-4326
Date/Time Details:  
June 10. 2017

7:30 - 11:45 am

Friday, June 9. 2017
Race Packet Pick-up and Late Registration
12 - 8 p.m. Packets can be picked up at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017
Race Packet Pick-up and Race Day Registration
6:30 - 8 a.m. Packets can be picked up at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.

Saturday, June 10, 2017
Race Start Times
Kids Races Start: 7:30 a.m
Half Marathon Start: 8:15 a.m
10.55K Run/Walk Start: 8:15 a.m

Fees/Admission:   Register by May 1, 2017 to get adult early bird special price of $40 adults, $50 after May 1 and $60 after June 1.  Kids $15 until June 1, $20 after June 1.  
 
Jun 10   Pancake Breakfast at Pelican Lakes Conservation Club
Pelican Lakes Conservation Club welcomes everyone to a....
Pancake Breakfast!
The Pelican Lakes Conservation Club volunteers will be serving a full breakfast including:
    -Pancakes
    -Scrambled Eggs with Ham & Cheese
    -Sausage
    -Biscuits & Sausage Gravy
    -Orange Juice
    -Coffee
Date:   June 10, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Website:   http://plccmn.org/
Location:   Pelican Lakes Conservation Club
8922 Thrane Drive
Breezy Point, MN 56472
Contact:   Pelican Lakes Conservation Club, (218) 562-5670
Email:   Info@plcmn.org
Date/Time Details:   Second Saturday of Every Month
7 - 11a.m.
Fees/Admission:   $7 ages 6 and older
free for children 5 and younger
Jun 10   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   June 10, 2017
Time:   01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Jun 12   Crosslake City Council Meeting
Crosslake City Council - Meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
Date:   June 12, 2017
Time:   07:00 PM
Website:   http;//crosslake.govoffice.com/
Location:   City of Crosslake City Hall
37028 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   218-692-2688
Date/Time Details:   2nd Monday of each month
7 p.m.
Jun 13   Business After Hours - Lakeshore Conservation Club

Join Lakeshore Conservation Club as they host at Business After Hours on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 4:30 – 6 :00 pm at their location on at 9911 Country Road 77 in Nisswa.

Chamber members are invited to register and attend this free event, so bring your business cards and get ready to network with other business representatives in the area. Attendees are also invited to bring door prizes.

As a courtesy to the host, advanced registration is recommended. To make your reservation, click on the Register Online button above or call (218) 829-2838.

Date:   June 13, 2017
Time:   04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Location:   Lakeshore Conservation Club
9911 County Rd 77
Nisswa, MN 56468
 
Contact:   Sue Galligan 218-822-7119
Email:   sgalligan@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, June 13, 2017
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Fees/Admission:   Chamber members are invited to register and attend this free event.
Jun 14   Wednesday Night Drag Racing at BIR

If you?ve ever wondered what it?s like to race your own car on a championship drag strip, or if you?d like to know how to get into competitive drag racing, here?s your chance. The Wednesday Night Drags ? Street Legal Style is the perfect way to either test the waters of competitive drag racing or just have some fun with your buddies.

BIR opens the track to anyone with a helmet (Snell 2005 or newer), a valid drivers license and a street-legal car, truck or motorcycle. The gates open at 4 p.m. You can make as many runs as possible until the track closes at dusk. During that time, you get to use the starting line tree, the scoreboard and the burn-out box, just like the pros do. We even have an announcer calling the action over the PA system.

In addition to drag racing, the Wednesday Night Street Drags give drivers a chance to try autocross and drifting. Autocross is a timed competition where cars maneuver individually through a course. It?s more about car control than speed and horsepower. Drifting is similar, but the car maneuvers through the course in controlled skids. It?s as much fun to watch as it is to participate. Below is a schedule of when autocross and drifting are offered.

The Wednesday Night Drags ? Street Legal Style was created as a safe alternative to street racing. BIR offers racers a safe, controlled environment to race, where professional track operators and rescue personnel oversee the racing and ensure that the racers are still able to enjoy the thrill and excitement of racing against their buddies. BIR is committed to the highest standards of safety.

Date:   June 14, 2017
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/wednesday-night-drags/
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale Rd
Brainerd, MN 56401

 
Contact:   (218) 297-0996
Date/Time Details:   May 3 ? With autocross
May 17 ? With drifting
May 31 ? With autocross
June 14 ? With drifting
June 28 ? With autocross
July 12 ? With drifting
July 26 ? With autocross
August 30 ? With drifting
September 6 ? With autocross
Fees/Admission:   Prices
Participant Entry ? $25
Spectator Entry ? $5
Note: Cash & checks only.
Jun 14   Lakes Area Memory Awareness Advocates Monthly meeting
Group of volunteers committed to making the Lakes Area a community where memory loss/dementia is understood by all and resources are readily available to assist those who need help.
Date:   June 14, 2017
Time:   08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Website:   http://www.alz.org/mnnd
Location:   The Center
803 Kingwood Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Corrie Brown, 218-296-1446
Email:   corriebrown@lakewoodhealthsystem.com;
Date/Time Details:   8 - 9:30 a.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of each month
Fees/Admission:   none
Jun 14   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   June 14, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
Jun 15   2017 Market in the Park


Each Thursday in the summer, we create a Crafters Village along the Paul Bunyan Trail.  We transform the area into a sea of tents with vendors selling a variety of unique merchandise, as well as tasty treats.

2017 Crafter's Application and ST19
Date:   June 15, 2017
Time:   10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://www.explorebrainerdlakes.com/brainerd-lakes-chamber/chamber-programs-services-committees/vendor-information/
Location:   Trailside Park, Hwy 371
Pequot Lakes, MN
Contact:   Pequot Lakes Chamber Office, 218-568-8911
Email:   cmercernelson@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   This event will run June 15 through August 17, 2017.
Thursdays only
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   FREE ADMISSION
Jun 15   Ladies Night at Sherwood Forest
Sherwood Forest is excited to host Ladies night - every 3rd Thursday of the month! You will get an opportunity to unWINEd with radio celebrity Tess Taylor and celebrate good times, good company, good food and good fun! Consider this a night out for ladies with a different twist each time!
Date:   June 15, 2017
Time:   05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Website:   http://www.sherwoodforestmnlodge.com/
Location:   Sherwood Forest
8789 Inerlachen Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Sherwood Forest, (218) 963-6261
Email:   sherwoodforest@3cheersmn.com
Date/Time Details:   Third Thursday of the month
5 - 7 pm
Jun 16   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   June 16, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
Jun 16   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   June 16, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
Jun 16   Gull Dam Game Night - Cards Against Humanity - Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
New in 2017 at the Gull Dam Brewing Taproom: Our Head Brewer hosts two rounds of Cards Against Humanity! This is a regular event on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Players get $3 pints, and winners get a free growler!

Unlike most of the party games you've played beforeCards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. ATTN: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY CAN CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER. CUSTOMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Date:   June 16, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   The 2nd & 4th Friday each month.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Jun 17   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   June 17, 2017
Time:   01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Jun 19   BIR Performance Driving School

A driving experience you’ll never forget!

Here’s the chance you’ve been waiting for. Your heart beats faster. You grab the steering wheel in anticipation. Driving will never be the same again. Welcome to the BIR Performance Driving School.

Shift from racing fan to real race car driver in just one day. Our experienced driving instructors, some of whom have raced professionally, will teach you the finer points of performance driving and how to get the most of you and your car on a race track. You start with classroom instruction and then you hit the track to put your new knowledge to the test. Drive your own car or use one of the school’s purpose-built race cars. Mastering a well-tuned machine on a real race track changes your perception of driving.

For more than 20 years, the BIR Performance Driving School has delivered the only experience of its kind in the Midwest. Register to race this season or purchase gift cards that are good for all events and merchandise at the track. The school has 12 dates on the 2017 schedule. Click here to visit the school’s website for more details. Below are the school dates followed by more opportunities through the BIR Performance Driving School.

April 24 – Both tracks                                                        July 24 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course
May 8 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                       Aug. 7 – 3.1-mile Donnybrooke Road Course
May 22 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                     Aug. 28 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course
June 5 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                     Sept. 11 – Both tracks
June 19 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                    Sept. 25 – Both tracks
July 10 – 2.5-mile Competition Road Course                      Oct. 9 – Both tracks

Date:   June 19, 2017
Website:   http://www.birperformance.com/
Location:   Brainerd International Speedway
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   (218) 297-0996
Date/Time Details:  

April 24, 2017
May 8, 2017
May 22, 2017
June 5, 2017
June 19, 2017
July 10, 2017
July 24, 2017
Aug. 7, 2017
Aug 28, 2017
Sept 11,2 017
Sept 25, 2017
Oct. 9, 2017

Fees/Admission:   check website for fees  http://www.birperformance.com/
Jun 20   2017 10th Annual Chamber Sporting Clays Summer Fling
Take aim at the 10th Annual Chamber Sporting Clays Summer Fling! Mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 20 and join other Chamber members for this networking opportunity at Hunts Point Gun Club south of Pequot Lakes.
 

NETWORK

Network with other members in a relaxed setting by signing up as an individual and being placed randomly with three other shooters or reward your employees and clients by forming a pre-determined team of four. Shooting Station sponsors will provide water, snacks and entertainment along the route.



Show your Lakes Proud support by NOT shooting the Lakes Proud birds during the flurry. If you shoot the Lakes Proud birds, 5 points will be deducted from your team score! The team with the highest score wins the flurry!!

 


PARTICIPANTS WILL ENJOY

  • Warm up station  (12:00 to 12:45 p.m.)
  • Welcome and Safety Meeting (12:45 p.m.)
  • Shotgun start at 1:00 p.m.
  • Team flurry event (3:30 p.m.)
  • Door Prizes
  • Food and prizes awarded (4:30 p.m.)
  • Great networking all afternoon
*Please remember to have lunch before traveling to Hunts Point Gun Club.
 

 

 



    
Date:   June 20, 2017
Time:   12:15 PM - 05:00 PM
Location:  
Hunts Point Gun Club
2142 76th Street SW
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

 
Contact:   Sue Galligan, Brainerd Lakes Chamber, (218) 822-7119
Email:   sgalligan@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, June 20, 2017
12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Shooters are in four-person teams; sign up as a team or individual. 

Cost:
$60 Individual Registration*
$225 Team Registration*
 
*Bring your own shotgun and anticipate shooting up to 100 shells.
(Rental guns are available with advance request.)
Jun 21   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   June 21, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
Jun 22   ChamberNet - Brainerd Lakes Chamber
ChamberNet is a lead sharing group that meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The objective is to build strong partnerships with participating member businesses and provide consumer referrals. Guests are welcome to attend up to two meetings before joining.

ChamberNet Participation Requirements:
·         Be a Brainerd Lakes Chamber member in good standing.
·         Complete and submit an application, with annual fee of $75.
·         Application approved by Leadership Team/ChamberNet group.
·         Membership is limited to two like businesses
·         Commit to consistent attendance and $1 meeting fee
Date:   June 22, 2017
Time:   07:00 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://bit.ly/1fayl7M
Location:  
Brainerd Lakes Chamber Administration Office
224 West Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Colleen Dols 822-7107
Email:   cdols@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:  

Second and fourth Thursdays 
7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Fees/Admission:  
$75 Annual Fee
$25 Suggested Voluntary Contribution
Jun 22   2017 Market in the Park


Each Thursday in the summer, we create a Crafters Village along the Paul Bunyan Trail.  We transform the area into a sea of tents with vendors selling a variety of unique merchandise, as well as tasty treats.

2017 Crafter's Application and ST19
Date:   June 22, 2017
Time:   10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://www.explorebrainerdlakes.com/brainerd-lakes-chamber/chamber-programs-services-committees/vendor-information/
Location:   Trailside Park, Hwy 371
Pequot Lakes, MN
Contact:   Pequot Lakes Chamber Office, 218-568-8911
Email:   cmercernelson@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   This event will run June 15 through August 17, 2017.
Thursdays only
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   FREE ADMISSION
Jun 23   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   June 23, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
Jun 23   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   June 23, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
Jun 23   Gull Dam Game Night - Cards Against Humanity - Every 2nd & 4th Friday.
New in 2017 at the Gull Dam Brewing Taproom: Our Head Brewer hosts two rounds of Cards Against Humanity! This is a regular event on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Players get $3 pints, and winners get a free growler!

Unlike most of the party games you've played beforeCards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. ATTN: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY CAN CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER. CUSTOMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Date:   June 23, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   The 2nd & 4th Friday each month.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Jun 24   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   June 24, 2017
Time:   01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location:   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500
35112 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Crosslake-Fifty Lakes Legion Club 218-692-2555
Date/Time Details:   every Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Jun 25   American Legion Buffet Breakfast
American Legion has a breakfast buffet on the fourth Sunday of every month.
Date:   June 25, 2017
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Club
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401

Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   sanfitch@q.com
Date/Time Details:   Fourth Sunday of every month
Fees/Admission:   $7 Adults
$4 Kids
Jun 28   Wednesday Night Drag Racing at BIR

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to race your own car on a championship drag strip, or if you’d like to know how to get into competitive drag racing, here’s your chance. The Wednesday Night Drags – Street Legal Style is the perfect way to either test the waters of competitive drag racing or just have some fun with your buddies.

BIR opens the track to anyone with a helmet (Snell 2005 or newer), a valid drivers license and a street-legal car, truck or motorcycle. The gates open at 4 p.m. You can make as many runs as possible until the track closes at dusk. During that time, you get to use the starting line tree, the scoreboard and the burn-out box, just like the pros do. We even have an announcer calling the action over the PA system.

In addition to drag racing, the Wednesday Night Street Drags give drivers a chance to try autocross and drifting. Autocross is a timed competition where cars maneuver individually through a course. It’s more about car control than speed and horsepower. Drifting is similar, but the car maneuvers through the course in controlled skids. It’s as much fun to watch as it is to participate. Below is a schedule of when autocross and drifting are offered.

The Wednesday Night Drags – Street Legal Style was created as a safe alternative to street racing. BIR offers racers a safe, controlled environment to race, where professional track operators and rescue personnel oversee the racing and ensure that the racers are still able to enjoy the thrill and excitement of racing against their buddies. BIR is committed to the highest standards of safety.

Date:   June 28, 2017
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/wednesday-night-drags/
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale Rd
Brainerd, MN 56401

 
Contact:   (218) 297-0996
Date/Time Details:   May 3 – With autocross
May 17 – With drifting
May 31 – With autocross
June 14 – With drifting
June 28 – With autocross
July 12 – With drifting
July 26 – With autocross
August 30 – With drifting
September 6 – With autocross
Fees/Admission:   Prices
Participant Entry – $25
Spectator Entry – $5
Note: Cash & checks only.
Jun 28   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community.
Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 am

 
Date:   June 28, 2017
Time:   10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http:// EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 N. Third Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday morning
10-11:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Free
Jun 29   2017 Market in the Park


Each Thursday in the summer, we create a Crafters Village along the Paul Bunyan Trail.  We transform the area into a sea of tents with vendors selling a variety of unique merchandise, as well as tasty treats.

2017 Crafter's Application and ST19
Date:   June 29, 2017
Time:   10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://www.explorebrainerdlakes.com/brainerd-lakes-chamber/chamber-programs-services-committees/vendor-information/
Location:   Trailside Park, Hwy 371
Pequot Lakes, MN
Contact:   Pequot Lakes Chamber Office, 218-568-8911
Email:   cmercernelson@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   This event will run June 15 through August 17, 2017.
Thursdays only
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   FREE ADMISSION
Jun 30   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   June 30, 2017
Time:   07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Website:   http://toastmasters.org
Location:   Sawmill Inn
601 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Dan Hegstad
Email:   dan@danhegstad.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday Morning
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Under $100 per year
Jun 30   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and