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Jan 12 - Jun 15   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.  

2016 SCHEDULE
(click on the session date/title to learn more & register)

Check back soon... The Success Series will start back up again in September 2016 with new topics and speakers! 

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 12, 2016 - June 15, 2016
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/times vary) January through May 2016.
Fees/Admission:   Chamber Members: $30 / person / session
Non-Members: $35 / person / session
Session fee include materials, light refreshments, and smiles.

 
Jan 26 - Oct 28   Blue Ox Business Academy - Leadership Experience
The Blue Ox Business Academy's Leadership Experience is designed for emerging leaders and high-potential employees to develop essential skills and insights into their leadership character.

As an established Chamber program with 400+ alumni, this leadership development program has been refreshed and rebooted for 2016! The nine-month program includes 10 full days of hands-on activities, custom tours, thought-provoking exercises, and conversations with established leaders.

Through Leadership Experience participants build relationships and gain an
inside view of the region's public, private, and nonprofit sectors?highlighting assets, challenges, and connections between themselves and the broader Lakes Area community. Upon completion of the program, all are challenged to take the next step in their organization and community.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 26 & WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27
(one overnight) Opening Retreat:
Myers-Briggs Profile, Leadership Traits & Styles
Community Experience: History & Future of the Lakes Area

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9
Personal Values for Leadership
Community Experience: Education

THURSDAY, MARCH 10
Problem Identification & Decision-Making
Community Experience: Business

APRIL TBD (based on state government schedule)
Community Vision & Action
Community Experience: Legislative - A Day at the St. Paul Capitol

TUESDAY, MAY 31
Interpersonal Communication
Community Experience: Tourism

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22
Networking
Community Experience: Healthcare

JULY - No session - summer break!

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17
Conflict Resolution
Community Experience: Government & Law Enforcement

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
The Art of Influence
Community Experience: Nonprofits

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25
Public Speaking & Goal Review
Community Experience: Media

Commencement will be held at the Chamber's Annual Dinner in late October.

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Registration for the Leadership Experience Class of 2016 is now closed. Congratulations to the following individuals for being selected to participate in the 2016 session:
 
  • Levi Bock, Superior Mechanical
  • Dustin Bowers, Nardini Fire Equipment Co., Inc.
  • Kelly Burns, CTC - Consolidated Telecommunications Company
  • Eric Charpentier, Deerwood Bank - Baxter
  • Dylan Dimke, Lexington Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Ryan Downs, Nor-Son, Inc.
  • Ben Duhn, RiverWood Bank - Baxter
  • Mitch Feierabend, Hy-Tec Construction of Brainerd, Inc.
  • Christian Halverson, Education Minnesota BRAINERD, Local 697
  • Jared Heldt, Midwest Security & Fire
  • Anita Hollenhorst, Brainerd Lakes Chamber
  • Katie Kottke, Lonesome Cottage Furniture Company
  • Mike Manders, Grand View Lodge
  • Jessica Martensen, Essentia Health St. Joseph's-Brainerd Clinic
  • Rene Millner, Breen and Person - Crosslake Office
  • Brent Potvin, Anderson Brothers Construction Company
  • Matt Radniecki, Baratto Brothers Construction
  • Anne Roberts, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center
  • Jessica Rucins, Brainerd Industrial Center, LLC
  • Sara Sundberg, Good Neighbor Home Health Care
  • Patrick Sundberg, Jack Pine Brewery
  • Liesa Thill, Widseth Smith Nolting
  • Joseph Wendt, Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
  • Jon Weston, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
  • Dan Yates, Bremer Bank - Brainerd
Please check back in fall of 2016 or contact Jenna for details about the 2017 session.
Date:   January 26, 2016 - October 28, 2016
Location:   Sessions will be held at various locations throughout the Lakes Area. Participants are expected to provide their own transportation
to and from these locations. However, transportation will be provided for the trip to St. Paul in April.
Contact:   Jenna Crawford, 218.568.8911
Email:   jenna@pequotlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   One full day per month (except July) - January through October 2016.
Fees/Admission:   The Leadership Experience is only offered to Chamber members and limited to 25 participants. An investment of $895 includes lodging, meals, and course materials.

Nonprofits or businesses with fewer than 10 employees receive a 25% discount. Through the support of Anderson Brothers Construction, five 50% scholarships are available.
May 01 - May 02   Good Samaritan Bowl XIII
Good Samaritan's biggest Friendraiser of the year! Hundreds of bowlers raise a minimum of $50 in pledges and enjoy 1 1/2 hours of bowling, shoe rental and a chance to win hundreds of door prizes. We're bowling for fun...not scores! Plus there's a community silent auction, bowling pin art display, dining and a chance to win a big screen television!

Locations and Times:
Monday, April 4        Alley Rally, Mills Ford                    3 - 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 1         Jack's House, Brainerd                  12 noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
Monday, May 2        Jack's House, Brainerd                   9 a.m., 12 noon, 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m.
Monday, May 2        Community Bowl, Pine River           12 noon, 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m.

Highlights:
  • Bill Musel selected as 2016 Good Sam Bowl Community Ambasador
  • "Sharing Our Blessings" Silent Auction showcases 20 community non-profit partners... just one more way we're giving back
  • Forestview Builders Club bowling pin art project promotes local businesses
  • Proceeds designated for Resident Dreams program on Bethany, Woodland, Pine River campuses, plus Good Sam Hospice

How you can get involved with our 13th Annual Good Samaritan Bowl:
  • Become a sponsor! variety of sponsorships available ($300 - $5000).
  • Organize a team! 6 bowlers each collecting a minimum of $50 in pledges.
  • Make a pledge! Our bowlers will appreciate it... and it's tax deductible.
  • Donate door prizes! We'll pick up.
  • Contribute to 250 children's goodie bags.
  • Buy and/or sell Good Samaritan Bowl candy bars for $1.
  • Buy and/or sell Good Samaritan Bowl support cards for $1.
  • Display a Good Samaritan Bowl donation box at your business.
  • Host a fundraising event! We'll help promote.
  • Donate on line: www.good-sam.com click on "Donate"
  • Make a tax-deductible donation: Mail to: Good Samaritan Bowl, 804 Wright Street, Brainerd, MN 56401 or call Liz Csanda 218-825-2505.
Date:   May 1, 2016 - May 2, 2016
Website:   http://www.good-sam.com
Location:   Jack's House
Brainerd, MN

Community Bowl
Pine River, MN
Contact:   Liz Csanda 218-825-2505
Email:   lcsanda@good-sam.com
Date/Time Details:   Sunday, May 1, 2016: 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
Monday, May 2, 2016: 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Sponsorships: $300 - $5000
Team of 6 ($50 minimum in pledges per person)
May 01 - May 02   Good Samaritan Bowl
Good Sam Bowl is Good Samaritan Society's biggest FRIENDraiser of the year! Hundreds of bowlers raise a minimum of $50 in pledges and enjoy 1.5 hours of bowling, shoe rental, and a chance to win hundreds of door prizes. We're bowling for fun, not scores! Plus there's a community silent auction, bowling pin art display, dining, and a chance to win a big screen TV. Money raised helps support Good Samaritan Society's Resident Dreams program for hospice and care center residents.
Date:   May 1, 2016 - May 2, 2016
Website:   http://www.good-sam.com/brainerdlakes
Location:   Jack's House
300 Highway 25 S
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Liz Csanda, (218) 825-2505
Email:   lcsanda@good-sam.com
Date/Time Details:   Sunday, May 1 - Monday, May 2
Fees/Admission:   Bowlers raise a minimum of $50 in pledges and enjoy 1.5 hours of bowling, shoe rental, and a chance to win hundreds of door prizes.
May 02   BIR Performance Driving School
Discover pure performance driving at the BIR Performance Driving School. Shift from racing fan to a real race car driver in one day. Our instructors will teach you the fundamentals of high performance driving.
Date:   May 2, 2016
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/bir-performance-driving-school/
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Gary Curtis, (218) 824-7606
Email:   gary@birperformance.com
Date/Time Details:   Every other Monday
May 2 through October 10, 2016
Fees/Admission:   Call for details
May 02   Preparation for Birth and Parenting Class

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 or 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:   May 2, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/Match OB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 North Third Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Monday sessions (series of 4)  April 25 through May 16, 2016
6 - 8:30 PM
Fees/Admission:   Free. To register to go EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB or call 218-829-7414
May 03   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   May 3, 2016
Time:   06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
May 03   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Tuesday for all skill levels.
Date:   May 3, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
May 03   Minnesota Master Naturalist Training
Do you enjoy learning about the natural world? If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer!
 
This program will offer classes focused on one of our three major
Minnesota Ecosystems "North Woods/Great Lakes"
 
Training to be held at Northland Arboretum in Brainerd
Starting April 14, 2016 through May 19, 2016 Tuesday and Thursday evenings  6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 
Two Saturday Field Trips are required (tentative date: April 30 and May 7)
 
Register online at www.MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org,
Call 1-888-241-4532 or email info@minnesotamasternaturalist.org
or For more information, contact the Arboretum at 218-829-8770
Date:   May 3, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://www.MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org,
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Call 1-888-241-4532 or Arboretum at 218-829-8770
Email:   info@minnesotamasternaturalist.org
Date/Time Details:   Course Dates:
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Saturday, April 30, 2016 (tentative)
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016 (tentative)
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016

6 - 8:30 PM
 
NOTE: Saturday Field Trips subject to change depending on how late spring arrives!
Fees/Admission:   Cost for the course is $275 and includes materials. Limited scholarships available.
May 03   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with us. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   May 3, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Tuesday from 6-8 pm
Fees/Admission:   $1-$3 per card.
May 04   American Legion Brainerd Riders Meeting
Legion Riders meeting at the American Legion in Brainerd. Become a member today!
Date:   May 4, 2016
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Chapter President Paul Edwards, 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   1st Wednesday of the month
7 pm
May 04   Wednesday Night Drags - Street Legal Style
Wednesday Night Drags - Street Legal Style is open to anyone who wants to run BIR's world-class drag strip. All you need is a street-legal car, $25 and a helmet. Run the track as many times as you want until dusk. This event includes autocross as well.
Date:   May 4, 2016
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/wednesday-night-drags/
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN  56401
 
Contact:   (218) 824-7223
Email:   tickets@brainerdraceway.com
Date/Time Details:  

The 2016 Wednesday Night Street Drag dates:
May 4 - With autocross
May 18 - With drifting
June 1 - With autocross
June 15 - With drifting
June 29 - With autocross
July 13 - With drifting
July 27 - With autocross
August 31 - With autocross
September 7 - With drifting

Call for time of race.

Fees/Admission:  

Prices
Participant Entry - $25
Spectator Entry - $5
Note: Cash & checks only.

May 04   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. 
Date:   May 4, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health's St. Joseph's Medical Center 
523 N. 3rd Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   To register go to EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB or call 218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10 - 11 am 
Fees/Admission:   FREE
May 04   Walking Club
Come walk with friends! What better way to get some great exercise while chatting and laughing?

If raining, we can do some exercises inside. Call for verification.
Date:   May 4, 2016
Time:   05:15 PM - 06:00 PM
Website:   http://www.goherbalife.com/bsteidler/en-US
Location:   The Crossfire
36184 County 66
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Brenda, (218) 692-2411 or cell (218) 830-9475
Email:   thecrossfire@tds.net
Date/Time Details:   Starting Wednesdays, April 20, 2016
Fees/Admission:   $5 includes delicious beverage after our walk.
May 05   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   May 5, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

May 05   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   May 5, 2016
Time:   06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
May 05   Spring Bird Hikes at the Northland Arboretum
Want to get out in the spring, learn more about birds and have a morning hike on the trails at the Arboretum?  The Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society and the Northland Arboretum will be sponsoring short, morning bird hikes this spring.  Join an experienced birding guide on Thursday or Saturday mornings in late April and May to learn more about the many birds that inhabit or migrate through our area.  Bird hikes will start on Thursday April 28 and continue for 5 weeks through May 28.  Thursday hikes start at 7 AM and Saturday hikes start at 8 AM.  Hikes last about an hour and are free. 
Date:   May 5, 2016
Time:   07:00 AM - 08:00 AM
Website:   http://northlandarb.org/
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Pam Perry 218-829-8770
Email:   pkperry@brainerd.net
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday and Saturday mornings
April 28 through May 28, 2016
Thursdays - 7 AM
Saturdays - 8 AM
Fees/Admission:   No charge
May 05   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 Coffee, 35522 County Road 66 is our host.  Arrive at 7:30 a.m. to meet proprietor Cathy Funk and staff, enjoy a fresh cup of coffee and network with others.  The meeting will take place from 8 - 9 a.m.
 
Date:   May 5, 2016
Time:   07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Website:   http://www.crosslake.com
Location:   Crosslake Coffee
35522 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN 56442
Contact:   Cindy Myogeto - Crosslake Chamber Director 218-692-4027
Email:   cindy@crosslake.com
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, May 5, 2016
7:30 a.m. - meet & network
8 - 9 a.m. meeting
May 05   4th Annual Kids Expo at Lakewood Health Systems

Lakewood Health System invites you and your children to help celebrate health and wellness at our 4th Annual Kids Expo on Thursday, May 5th  from 4 to 6 pm on the Lower Level of Lakewood’s Main Campus (49725 Cty. 83, Staples). The event will include crafts, games, free giveaways and snacks, health and wellness tips for the whole family, and an opportunity to meet Dr. Jonathan Claussen, and Lakewood pediatrician, Dr. Neil Bratney.

Lakewood is part of a national initiative called Let’s Go 5-2-1-0 (www.letsgo.org), which promotes healthy lifestyle choices for children, youth and families. The 5-2-1-0 acronym is shorthand for the program’s main message, which is every child should: eat five or more servings of fruit and vegetables; spend less than two hours of recreational screen time (including TV, computers and hand-held devices); get at least one hour or more of physical activity, and consume zero sugary drinks each day.

For more information or to register for the expo, please call 218-894-8623.

Date:   May 5, 2016
Time:   04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Website:   http://www.lakewoodhealthsystem.com.
Location:   Lakewood Main Campus
Lower level
49725 Cty. 83
Staples, MN  56479
Contact:   218-894-8623
Email:   amberhouselog@lakewoodhealthsystem.com
Date/Time Details:   May 5, 2016
4 - 6 PM
May 05   CLC Filmmaker's Film Festival
Celebrating the culmination of two years of movie making by the Videography class of Central Lakes College. Meet the film makers before and after the show. 

Art and Media exhibition located down the hallway from the theater. Open to the community. Hors devours and punch. Meet CLC students and talk about their work.
Date:   May 5, 2016
Time:   05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://www.clcmn.edu
Location:   Central Lakes College
Located down the hallway from the theatre
501 West College Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-855-8157
Email:   pspradlin@clcmn.edu
Date/Time Details:   May 5, 2016
5 PM - 8 PM
May 05   Gull Dam Cribbage Tourament
Come play to get your Gull Dam prizes & bragging rights! Players get $3 Gull Dam Beers!
Date:   May 5, 2016
Time:   05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre Anderson, (489) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   First and Third Thursday of the month!
May 05   Central MN Adult & Teen Challenge Annual Banquet & Silent Auction
The Central MN Adult & Teen Challenge Annual Banquet & Silent Auction is an evening of celebration & inspiring stories. Featuring guest speaker Dick Beardsley, Grandma Marathon record holder & National Distance Runner Hall of Fame Honoree. Dick has an inspiring story of overcoming extreme obstacles, hope after addiction and redemption.

Join us for an evening of celebration, as the Teen Challenge choir shares in song and testimony! Silent Auction bidding opens online April 25! Even those not at the banquet will be able to bid & purchase silent auction items in live time, from anywhere in the world, using the online bidding site. Bid early from home or work, even if you cannot attend the banquet! All proceeds help save lives & offer freedom from addiction!

Register online, by phone or by email. Please register no later than April 29; space is limited.
Date:   May 5, 2016
Time:   05:15 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://www.mntc.org/events/brainerdbanquet
Location:   Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake
11000 Cragun's Drive
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Rachael Biggar, 218-833-8764
Email:   rachael.biggar@mntc.org
Date/Time Details:   May 5, 2016
5:15 pm - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:   Tables of 8 are $320
Individual Tickets are $40 each
May 05   Lakeland Public Television presents "Aging Boom, Are We Ready?"
Lakeland Television presents "Aging Boom, Are We Ready?" This will address the challenges and opportunities of the areas changing demographics.
Members of the panel will be : Don Samuelson, Josh Doty, Mark Ostgarden, Tim Houle, Chet Bodin, and facilitator will be Bob Gross.
Date:   May 5, 2016
Time:   05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Website:   http://www:/thebrainerdcenter.com
Location:   The Center
803 Kingwood St
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   The Center, 218-829-9345
Email:   director@brainerdseniors.com
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, May 5, 2016
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Fees/Admission:   FREE
May 05   Minnesota Master Naturalist Training
Do you enjoy learning about the natural world? If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer!
 
This program will offer classes focused on one of our three major
Minnesota Ecosystems "North Woods/Great Lakes"
 
Training to be held at Northland Arboretum in Brainerd
Starting April 14, 2016 through May 19, 2016 Tuesday and Thursday evenings  6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 
Two Saturday Field Trips are required (tentative date: April 30 and May 7)
 
Register online at www.MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org,
Call 1-888-241-4532 or email info@minnesotamasternaturalist.org
or For more information, contact the Arboretum at 218-829-8770
Date:   May 5, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://www.MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org,
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Call 1-888-241-4532 or Arboretum at 218-829-8770
Email:   info@minnesotamasternaturalist.org
Date/Time Details:   Course Dates:
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Saturday, April 30, 2016 (tentative)
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016 (tentative)
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016

6 - 8:30 PM
 
NOTE: Saturday Field Trips subject to change depending on how late spring arrives!
Fees/Admission:   Cost for the course is $275 and includes materials. Limited scholarships available.
May 06 - May 08   Bracket Drag Racing Series at BIR

This year’s Bracket 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!

All weekends NOW include testing and Jackpot racing on every Friday. Look to the racer page for details!

Date:   May 6, 2016 - May 8, 2016
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/bracket-drag-racing-series/
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   (218) 824-7223
Email:   tickets@brainerdraceway.com
Date/Time Details:   May 6 - 8, 2016
Call Raceway for starting time
Fees/Admission:   Call Raceway for details
May 06   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   May 6, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

May 06   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 6, 2016
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 06 - May 07   Royal Tire Grand Opening in Brainerd
Friday, May 6th:
  • Royal Tire Block Party (We're blocking off 7th Street on the east side of the store.)
  • Bigfoot Monster Truck on display (Meet the driver, get his autograph, register for door prizes.)
  • Grilled hamburgers & hotdogs 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (chips, cookie, soda)
  • Live radio broadcasts (from WJJY-Today's Best Variety between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.)
  • Kids: come and play! (Games for prizes and get your face painted!)
  • Register for a free set of tires! (Bridgewtone or Firestone. Up to $500 value. No purchase necessary.)
  • 3-2-1 Bounce will have a bounce house from  10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 7th:
  • Come meet Gene Larkin from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Former MN Twin and World Series Hero - Game winning hit in 1991 world series!)
  • Free Monster Truck CAR CRUSH at 2 p.m. (At the fairgrounds. - must get your free admission ticket at Royal Tire retail store.)
  • Vendor tents from Bridgestone, Firestone, Auto Value and some local neighboring businesses
In-store Specials:
  • You buy the tires, we'll install them for FREE! (Includes free alignment check. No carry outs.)
  • $12.99 Standard Oil Change (With 3 non-perishable food items for local food shelf.)
  • $70 Instant Rebate (On a set of 4 select Bridgestone Tires.)
Date:   May 6, 2016 - May 7, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Location:   Royal Tire
615 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   218-829-8769
Date/Time Details:   Friday, May 6 - Saturday, May 7
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free to the public
May 06   Meat Raffle at the American Legion in Brainerd
Meat raffle at the Legion every Friday. Up to a $50 meat packages given away. Full bar and menu. Special Dinners at 5:30 pm. Pull tabs available.
Date:   May 6, 2016
Time:   05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday starting at 5:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $1-$5 per ticket
May 06   Traveling Art Pub at Gull Dam Brewing

TAP events are scheduled monthly at our local destinations where guests gather together to create original works of art. Enjoy this creative adventure with friends, co-workers, family, spouses or strangers alike! 

TAP gives you the time, supplies and guided instruction to create your very own one-of-a-kind masterpiece! NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED- even if you can't draw a stick figure!

Taste our hand crafted Gull Dam Beers.

What makes our Gull Dam brew better?  First, unlike other breweries using chemically treated city tap water, Gull Dam Brewing uses well water deep from the pure underground aquifers of Gull Lake. Second, each of our brew flavors has some locally harvested ingredients including hops from Brainerd.  Finally, while other breweries filter their beer to increase clarity, we do not filter our Gull Dam brews. Filtering may increase clarity, but the unfortunate resulting consequence?...filtering reduces flavor. Gull Dam Brewing has a top secret method of processing our beer without using a filter, yet beholding to delicious flavor and amazing color and clarity. (Almost sounds like a diamond commercial.)

Gull Dam Brewing. Great times and exceptional craft beer!

Date:   May 6, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://www.thetravelingartpub.com/
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   The Traveling Art Pub, (218) 851-0838
Email:   travelingartpub@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   May 6, 2016
6-8:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $40 per person. Included one beer.
Tickets available online.
May 06   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 6, 2016
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 06   Cultural Arts Series Encore of Season
Encore presentation of "Takin it to the Limit: A tribute to the Eagles" is a joint effort of the Fabulous Armadillos and Collective Unconscious, audiences can not get enough of this show.
Date:   May 6, 2016
Time:   07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Website:   http://www.clcmn.edu/arts
Location:   Tornstrom Auditorium
804 Oak St
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Box Office, (218) 855-8199
Date/Time Details:   May 6, 2016
Showtime 7:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   Tickets may be purchased on line, by phone, or at the Box Office.
Box Office hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10 am - 2 pm
May 06   Takin' It To The Limit: Tribute to the Eagles
Back by popular demand, The Fabulous Armadillos & Collective Unconscious come together for a tribute concert celebrating the music of the Eagles.
Date:   May 6, 2016
Time:   07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Website:   https://www.facebook.com/events/1070997756258860/
Location:  
Tornstrom Auditorium
Washington Education Building
804 Oak St
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center, 218-855-8000
Date/Time Details:  
Friday, May 6, 2016
7:30
- 9:30 pm
 
Fees/Admission:   TICKETS:
$25 ADULT
$18 UNDER 18
 
Purchase tickets
May 07 - May 08   Cuyuna Rock, Gem, & Mineral Society Rock Show
What You Can Expect:
Vendors
Crafts
Jewelry
Art
Exhibits
Displays
Flint Knapping Demostrations
Kids Corner Activities
Door Prizes
Rock Cutting
The Wizard of Rocks
Free Prizes for Kids
Rocks, Minerals and Crystals
Date:   May 7, 2016 - May 8, 2016
Website:   http://www.cuyunarockclub.org/show.html
Location:   Crow Wing County Fairgrounds
Curling Club Building
2000 SE 13th Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Sharon Smith, 218-829-4992 Ed Opatz, 320-250-1363
Email:   sharon@agatesrock.com
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, May 7, 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday, May 8, 10 am - 4pm
Fees/Admission:   $1 for adult admission.
May 07   Spring Bird Hikes at the Northland Arboretum
Want to get out in the spring, learn more about birds and have a morning hike on the trails at the Arboretum?  The Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society and the Northland Arboretum will be sponsoring short, morning bird hikes this spring.  Join an experienced birding guide on Thursday or Saturday mornings in late April and May to learn more about the many birds that inhabit or migrate through our area.  Bird hikes will start on Thursday April 28 and continue for 5 weeks through May 28.  Thursday hikes start at 7 AM and Saturday hikes start at 8 AM.  Hikes last about an hour and are free. 
Date:   May 7, 2016
Time:   07:00 AM - 08:00 AM
Website:   http://northlandarb.org/
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Pam Perry 218-829-8770
Email:   pkperry@brainerd.net
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday and Saturday mornings
April 28 through May 28, 2016
Thursdays - 7 AM
Saturdays - 8 AM
Fees/Admission:   No charge
May 07   Annual Community Clean Up in Pequot Lakes

Annual Community Cleanup!
Saturday, May 7
8am - Noon

It's time for the Annual Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point Cleanup! On Saturday, May 7 from 8 am to Noon, the Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point Lions Club will once again be assisting you in getting your house/garage/attic/yard/etc. ready for summer!

The Community Clean Up will be located at the Pequot Lakes Middle School parking lot and you can bring tires, mattresses, appliances, furniture, scrap metal, demolition debris, fluorescent bulbs, computers, and electronics. (Sorry, we cannot take hazardous waste.)

For more information, call the Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point Lions Club at (218) 821-2496 and ask for Denise or email info@plbplionsclub.com. Fees will be charged for items on a per item or load basis. Proceeds benefit the Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point Lions Club, which means that all proceeds will stay to help our community!

Date:   May 7, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://www.plbplionsclub.com/event.htm
Location:  
Pequot Lakes MIddle School Parking Lot
30805 Olson Street
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
Contact:   Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point Lions Club, (218) 821-2496
Email:   info@plbplionsclub.com
Date/Time Details:  
Saturday, May 7, 2016
8 am - 12 pm
Fees/Admission:  
This is NOT a FREE service.  Fees will be charged for items on a per item or load basis.  Proceeds benefit the Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point Lions Club

 
May 07   17th Annual Community Clean Up
Have some stuff laying around that you need to get rid of? NOW’S YOUR CHANCE!
Bring it to the 17th Annual Pequot Lakes / Breezy Point Lions Club Community Clean Up
at the Pequot Lakes Middle School Parking Lot on Saturday May 7, 8:00 A.M. - Noon!

 
Stuff you can bring:
Tires    Mattresses   Appliances   Furniture   Scrap Metal   Demolition Debris
Fluorescent Bulbs      Batteries     Computers     Electronics     Paper for Shredding

Stuff you can't bring:
Hazardous Waste (Paint, fuel, oil, etc.)
 
For more information, call the Pequot Lakes Breezy Point Lions Club at 218-821-2496 and ask for Denise or email info@plbplionsclub.com.

A special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers!
Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point Lions Club
Seriously fun marketinggroup
Timeless Design Builders
Pequot Lakes Sanitation
Paper Storm - Secure Document Shredding

 

 
Date:   May 7, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://www.plbplionsclub.com/event.htm
Location:  
Pequot Lakes High School Parking Lot
30805 Olson Street
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
Contact:   Pequot Lakes Breezy Point Lions Club (Denise), 218-821-2496
Email:   info@plbplionsclub.com.
Date/Time Details:  
Saturday, May 7, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:  
Fees will be charged for items on a per item or load basis.
Proceeds benefit the Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point Lions Club

 
May 07   Breezy Point Aviation Days
Breezy Point Aviation Days
Aircraft Show & Classic Car Show


* Pig Roast - Commander Bar Lot at 12:00 P.M.
* Static Display - City emergency vehicles and medi-vac helicopter
* Pilots & Friends Social
* Classic Car Show - Hosted by Lakers Car Club
   All classic cars invited - $500 prize!

Static Displays Only.  No Air Show or Aerobatics.

Breezy Point is a private airport. Pilots MUST call for permission and go to our website for a pilot briefing BEFORE you land.
Date:   May 7, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Website:   http://www.breezypointairport.com
Location:   Breezy Point Airport
30360 Airport Road
Breezy Point, MN 56472
 
Contact:   Cliff Muller, 218-838-3434
Date/Time Details:   May 7, 2016
8 am - 3 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
May 07 - May 08   Agate & Mineral Show
Cuyuna Agate and Mineral Show
Vendors - Exhibits - Crafts - Jewelry - Demonstrations - Displays - Rock Cutting - Knappers - Ask the Wizard of Rocks - Kids' Korner - FREE Prizes for Kids - Door Prizes - Silent Auctions - Great Concessions

Over 50 Vendors Indoors and Outdoors!

Buy - Sell - Trade
Date:   May 7, 2016 - May 8, 2016
Time:   09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Location:   Crow Wing County Fairgrounds
2000 SE 13th Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Sharon Smith 218-343-7037
Email:   sharon@agatesrock.com
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, May 7, 2016
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday, May 8, 2016
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $1.00 Donation Requested
May 07   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 7, 2016
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 07   Kentucky Derby Party at Gull Dam Brewing
Race our Gull Dam horses to win prizes and free Gull Dam beer! Also best female hat wins $20 gift card, best dressed male wins $20 gift card, winner with the most tickets will win $50 gift card! Free bets on our Gull Dam horses to win tickets!
Date:   May 7, 2016
Time:   02:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre Anderson, (489) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   May 7, 2016
2-8 pm
May 07   Miss Pequot Lakes Scholarship Fundraising Event
Miss Pequot Lakes Scholarship Fundraising Event Featuring...
Michael Johnson
 
         Musician most known for his popular song "Bluer than Blue".


This event is being held by Community Action of Pequot Lakes will all proceeds going directly to the Miss Pequot Lakes Scholarship.
Date:   May 7, 2016
Time:   08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location:   Breezy Point Resort in the Whitebirch Room - Limited Seating
9252 Breezy Point Drive
Breezy Point, MN
Contact:   Kimberly Ziesemer, 218-851-2764
Email:   communityactionpl@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   May 7, 2016   
8 - 10 pm
 
Fees/Admission:   $20
Full Cash Bar available
Tickets are available at these Pequot Lakes businesses:
  • Merritt Jewelers
  • Oasis Center
May 08   Mother's Day Brunch Buffet at Ruttger's
Ruttger's famous Mother's Day Brunch Buffet! Music provided by Jim Olsen on guitar. 
Date:   May 8, 2016
Time:   09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Website:   http://chamber.explorebrainerdlakes.com/list/member/ruttger-s-bay-lake-lodge-deerwood-90
Location:   Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge
25039 Tame Fish Lake Road
Deerwood, MN 56444
Contact:   Call 218-678-2885 for reservations and information.
Email:   reservations@ruttgers.com
Date/Time Details:   Sunday, May 8, 2016
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
May 08   Mother's Day Brunch at Jake's on Gull Lake
Enjoy Mother's Day Brunch at Jake's with mom. Chef carved prime rib, honey baked ham, peel-n-eat shrimp, seared ahi tuna, eggs benedict, jumbo sausages, bacon, au gratins, fried chicken, made to order omelets and much more. Come and enjoy this special day with us.
Date:   May 8, 2016
Time:   09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Website:   http://www.jakescitygrille.com
Location:   Jake's Gull Lake
2008 Hill Drive S.W.
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Jake's City Grille-Gull Lake, 218-454-7100
Email:   jakesgulllake@jakescitygrille.com
Date/Time Details:   Sunday, May 8, 2016
9 am to 3 pm
Fees/Admission:   Adults $21.95
Kids 12 & under $10.95
Reservations Welcome
May 08   Mother's Day Brunch at the Legacy
Come to the Legacy Grille to enjoy our delicious buffet we have made especially for Mother's Day. Reservations are encouraged.
Date:   May 8, 2016
Time:   09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Website:   http://www.craguns.com
Location:   Legacy Grille
11000 Craguns Dr.
Brainerd, Mn 56401
Contact:   Carrie, 218-825-2722
Email:   golf@craguns.com
Date/Time Details:   Sunday May 8,2016
9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   Adult $22.95
Child $11.95

Call Carrie for your reservations
May 08   Mother's Day Brunch at Prairie Bay
Mother's Day Brunch is a great way to celebrate Mom. We offer an omelette station, chef carved beef, build your own waffle stations, fresh baked goods,and a giant variety of hot & cold items.
Date:   May 8, 2016
Time:   09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Website:   http://www.prairiebay.com
Location:   Prairie Bay Grill & Catering
15115 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN 56401   
Contact:   Prairie Bay Grill & Catering, 218-824-6444
Email:   events@prairiebay.com
Date/Time Details:   Sunday, May 8, 2016
9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   Adults $22.95
Children 12 & under $10.95
Under 4 are free.
Call For Reservations.
May 08   Mother's Day Brunch at Sherwood Forest Lodge
Mother's Day Brunch is a great way to celebrate Mom. We offer an omelet station, chef carved beef, build your own waffle stations, fresh baked goods,and a giant variety of hot & cold items.
Date:   May 8, 2016
Time:   09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Website:   http://www.sherwoodforestlodge.com
Location:   Sherwood Forest Lodge
8789  Interlachen Rd.
Nisswa, MN 56468
Contact:   Sherwood Forest, 218-963-6261
Email:   sherwoodforest@3cheersmn.com
Date/Time Details:   Sunday May 8,2016
9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   Adults $22.95
Children 12 & under $10.95
Under 4 are free.
Call For Reservations.
May 08   Mother's Day Brunch at Madden's on Gull
Treat mom and the family to a delicious style buffet style brunch at The Restaurant at Maddens Inn & Golf Club. The Madden's chefs have prepared an array of brunch favorites to satisfy everyone's taste buds.
Date:   May 8, 2016
Time:   09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Website:   http://www.maddens.com
Location:   Maddens on Gull Lake
11266 Pine Beach Peninsula
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Maddens, 218-829-2811
Email:   vacation@maddens.com
Date/Time Details:   Sunday, May 8,2016
9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   Adults $ 24.95
Kids 4-12 $9.95
under 4 FREE
Make your reservations early.
 
May 08   Mother's Day Brunch at Black Bear Lodge & Saloon
Treat Mom and family to a wide array of both breakfast and lunch items. Many hot and cold items to choose from and mom will be sure to find her favorites here.
Date:   May 8, 2016
Time:   09:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Website:   http://www.blackbearlodgemn.com
Location:   Black Bear Lodge & Saloon
14819 Edgewood Dr.
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Black Bear Lodge and Saloon, 218-828-8400
Email:   jdsblackbear@brainerd.net
Date/Time Details:   Sunday May 8, 2016
9:30 am to 3 pm
Fees/Admission:   Adults $23.99
Children 12 & under $11.99
Under 3 FREE
Reservations taken for groups of 5 or more.
May 08   Mother's Day Brunch at The Woods
Celebrate mom at The Woods. Enjoy a special Mother's Day Brunch that will have all of her favorites to choose from.
Date:   May 8, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Website:   http://thewoodsmn.com/
Location:   The Woods
19654 County Road 3
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   The Woods Banquet & Event Center, (218) 829-7507
Email:   info@thewoodsmn.com
Date/Time Details:   Sunday, May 8, 2016
10 am to 2 pm
Fees/Admission:   Adults $23.95
Children 12 & under $12.95
Reservations are Recommended
May 08   Mother's Day Brunch at Ernie's on Gull
Happy Mother's Day with a view! Join us for our extensive brunch buffet. We are offering our Build your own Mimosa Bar which is FREE for all moms.
Date:   May 8, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Website:   http://www.erniesongull.com
Location:   Ernie's on Gull
10424 Squaw Point Rd
East Gull Lake, MN
Contact:   Ernie's on Gull Lake, 218-829-3918
Email:   zac@erniesongull.com
Date/Time Details:   Sunday, May 8, 2016
10 am to 2 pm
Fees/Admission:   Adults $21.99
Children 12 & under $10.99
Make your reservations today.
May 08   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with our NEW digital system. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   May 8, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   1-4 pm every Sunday.
Fees/Admission:   $1-$3 per card.
May 09   Blue Ox Success Series: May 9, 2016 (5 of 5)

Success Series: May 9, 2016 - 5 of 5
When Leaders Lead, Employees Become Motivated

About This Session:

Leaders possess an immense amount of power in creating a motivational environment for their employees. This program is designed to show leaders how executing the fundamentals of leadership greatly impacts the motivational choices employees make to work faster, harder and smarter. Conversely, this program will show leaders the unintended consequences of choosing not to execute their job description. Think money is the ultimate motivator, think again!
 
Objectives: Discover how a leader's behavior impacts team work. Understand the consequences of ineffective job instruction, communicating expectations and providing feedback. Identify common pitfalls of communicating change and recognizing employees. Learn a technique to gain instant respect from employees.    

 

About The Speaker:
John Graci is an Author, Consultant, and Leadership Adviser with more than 20 years of management experience in production, office, union and non-union environments. He has the unique ability to look at the leader and employee relationship in straightforward terms which allows him to coach managers through the process of changing their employees’ attitudes and performances. John also assists leaders in understanding the responsibilities that go along with their position and the consequences of not applying their knowledge. John possesses a folksy, tell-it-like-it-is approach that comes across as refreshing and riveting. Executives often thank him for articulating, in very practical terms, what they have been trying to get across to their employees for years.

John has a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication from UW-River Falls and is a frequent presenter at Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) events. Key Accomplishments:

  • Authored a practical and in-the-trenches book, “The Buck Stops With You” to guide and inspire leaders to reach their potential
  • Frequent keynote speaker on change, motivation and communication for Fortune 500 companies, national conventions, and SHRM chapters across the Midwest
  • Recognized by VIP’s for teaching management skills that instantly improve the work environments
  • Developed techniques to enhance the likelihood leaders remember the importance of executing their leadership responsibilities 
  • Interviewed by CNN and radio stations across the country on employee motivation and conflict resolution
  • Commended by HR professionals nationwide for helping them support the work of managers who supervise and lead the work of their employees 


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. 

2016 Success Series Info/Schedule

Date:   May 9, 2016
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:   Monday, May 9, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   $35.00 - Non-Chamber Member
$30.00 - Chamber Member
Coffee & Breakfast Treats provided
May 09   Preparation for Birth and Parenting Class

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 or 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:   May 9, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/Match OB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 North Third Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Monday sessions (series of 4)  April 25 through May 16, 2016
6 - 8:30 PM
Fees/Admission:   Free. To register to go EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB or call 218-829-7414
May 09   Big League Dad
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.
Date:   May 9, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://Essenta-Health.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health St. Joseph Medical Center
523 N 10th Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   May 9, 2016
7 - 8:30 pm
May 09   Crosslake City Council Meeting
Crosslake City Council - Meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
Date:   May 9, 2016
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 10   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   May 10, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

May 10   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   May 10, 2016
Time:   06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
May 10   Business After Hours - Gull Chain of Lakes Assoc. & Gull Lake Yacht Club
Join the Gull Chain of Lakes Association and Gull Lake Yacht Club as they co-host Business After Hours on Tuesday, May 10, from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at the Gull Lake Yacht Club. Mix a little business with pleasure!

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.

Door prizes provided by the hosts: 2 sets of dinner cruise for 2 on the Destiny Cruise!

Appetizers will be served by XIX on Gull, including bruschetta, hot pretzels with cheese and fruit plate. Cash bar available.


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 10, 2016
Time:   04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Location:   Gull Lake Yacht Club and Sailing School
19696 Love Lake Rd
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Sue Galligan 218-822-7119
Email:   sgalligan@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, May 10, 2016
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free to attend
May 10   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Tuesday for all skill levels.
Date:   May 10, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
May 10   Minnesota Master Naturalist Training
Do you enjoy learning about the natural world? If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer!
 
This program will offer classes focused on one of our three major
Minnesota Ecosystems "North Woods/Great Lakes"
 
Training to be held at Northland Arboretum in Brainerd
Starting April 14, 2016 through May 19, 2016 Tuesday and Thursday evenings  6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 
Two Saturday Field Trips are required (tentative date: April 30 and May 7)
 
Register online at www.MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org,
Call 1-888-241-4532 or email info@minnesotamasternaturalist.org
or For more information, contact the Arboretum at 218-829-8770
Date:   May 10, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://www.MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org,
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Call 1-888-241-4532 or Arboretum at 218-829-8770
Email:   info@minnesotamasternaturalist.org
Date/Time Details:   Course Dates:
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Saturday, April 30, 2016 (tentative)
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016 (tentative)
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016

6 - 8:30 PM
 
NOTE: Saturday Field Trips subject to change depending on how late spring arrives!
Fees/Admission:   Cost for the course is $275 and includes materials. Limited scholarships available.
May 10   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with us. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   May 10, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Tuesday from 6-8 pm
Fees/Admission:   $1-$3 per card.
May 11 - May 15   Pleasureland RV Center Show at BIR
PleasureLand RV Center will take over BIR for its Brainerd RV Show & Sale, featuring over 200 RVs and campers for sale. The show is free and open to the public.
Date:   May 11, 2016 - May 15, 2016
Website:   http://www.pleasurelandrv.com
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Pleasureland RV Outlet, (218) 828-1709
Email:   s.pearson@pleasurelandrv.com
Date/Time Details:   May 11 - 16,  2016
Fees/Admission:   The show is free and open to the public.
May 11   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 11, 2016
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 11   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. 
Date:   May 11, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health's St. Joseph's Medical Center 
523 N. 3rd Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   To register go to EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB or call 218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10 - 11 am 
Fees/Admission:   FREE
May 11   Walking Club
Come walk with friends! What better way to get some great exercise while chatting and laughing?

If raining, we can do some exercises inside. Call for verification.
Date:   May 11, 2016
Time:   05:15 PM - 06:00 PM
Website:   http://www.goherbalife.com/bsteidler/en-US
Location:   The Crossfire
36184 County 66
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Brenda, (218) 692-2411 or cell (218) 830-9475
Email:   thecrossfire@tds.net
Date/Time Details:   Starting Wednesdays, April 20, 2016
Fees/Admission:   $5 includes delicious beverage after our walk.
May 12   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   May 12, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

May 12   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   May 12, 2016
Time:   06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
May 12   Spring Bird Hikes at the Northland Arboretum
Want to get out in the spring, learn more about birds and have a morning hike on the trails at the Arboretum?  The Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society and the Northland Arboretum will be sponsoring short, morning bird hikes this spring.  Join an experienced birding guide on Thursday or Saturday mornings in late April and May to learn more about the many birds that inhabit or migrate through our area.  Bird hikes will start on Thursday April 28 and continue for 5 weeks through May 28.  Thursday hikes start at 7 AM and Saturday hikes start at 8 AM.  Hikes last about an hour and are free. 
Date:   May 12, 2016
Time:   07:00 AM - 08:00 AM
Website:   http://northlandarb.org/
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Pam Perry 218-829-8770
Email:   pkperry@brainerd.net
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday and Saturday mornings
April 28 through May 28, 2016
Thursdays - 7 AM
Saturdays - 8 AM
Fees/Admission:   No charge
May 12   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 12, 2016
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:   Andrea Baumann, (218) 822-7128
Email:   abaumann@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:  

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

Fees/Admission:  
$75 Annual Fee
May 12   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 12, 2016
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   Camp Confidence Rendevous
Camp Confidence offers "Spring Fling". Enjoy camps most requested activities (weather permitting). Possibilities include Glass Bottom Boat, Archery, Big Slide, Hayride, Wildlife Sanctuary.
 
Date:   May 12, 2016
Time:   05:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Website:   http://www.campconfidence.com/
Location:   Camp Confidence Learning Center
1620 Mary Fawcell Memorial Dr.
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Confidence Learning Center, 218-828-2344
Email:   sarah@campconfidence.com
Date/Time Details:   May 12, 2016
5 - 7:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   Cost is $3.00 per person
MUST RSVP by Monday prior to selected Rendevous
May 12   Swimsuit Slimdown Pre-Summer Weight Loss Challenge
Do you need some help with fitting into your summer clothes? Do you want friendly expert advice and help from a CERTIFIED Wellness Coach? Do you want to get on a Meal Plan and feel AMAZING?  Do you want a FREE Wellness Profile and Body Scan?

Join us for the Summer Slimdown Weight Loss Challenge!
$20 + product gets you on a meal plan! Top 3 best results win cash prizes.
Save your seat today!
Date:   May 12, 2016
Time:   05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Website:   http://www.goherbalife.com/bsteidler/en-US
Location:   The Crossfire
36184 County 66
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Brenda, (218) 692-2411 or cell (218) 830-9475
Email:   thecrossfirellc@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Starts May 12, 2016
Weekly meetings (Thursdays)
5:30-6:30
Fees/Admission:   $20 + product
May 12   Minnesota Master Naturalist Training
Do you enjoy learning about the natural world? If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer!
 
This program will offer classes focused on one of our three major
Minnesota Ecosystems "North Woods/Great Lakes"
 
Training to be held at Northland Arboretum in Brainerd
Starting April 14, 2016 through May 19, 2016 Tuesday and Thursday evenings  6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 
Two Saturday Field Trips are required (tentative date: April 30 and May 7)
 
Register online at www.MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org,
Call 1-888-241-4532 or email info@minnesotamasternaturalist.org
or For more information, contact the Arboretum at 218-829-8770
Date:   May 12, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://www.MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org,
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Call 1-888-241-4532 or Arboretum at 218-829-8770
Email:   info@minnesotamasternaturalist.org
Date/Time Details:   Course Dates:
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Saturday, April 30, 2016 (tentative)
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016 (tentative)
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016

6 - 8:30 PM
 
NOTE: Saturday Field Trips subject to change depending on how late spring arrives!
Fees/Admission:   Cost for the course is $275 and includes materials. Limited scholarships available.
May 13 - May 15   CRA Superbike 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.

Check out the Central Roadracing Association’s website for more details on the organization and its insane brand of racing.

Date:   May 13, 2016 - May 15, 2016
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/cra-superbike-racing/
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway (BIR)
5523 Birchdale Rd.
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), (218) 824-7223
Email:   tickets@brainerdraceway.com
Date/Time Details:   May 13-15, 2016
Gates will be open for on-site campers
Fees/Admission:   Daily admission  $20.00
Kids 12 & under Free
Call for camping reservations   866-444-4455
May 13   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   May 13, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

May 13   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 13, 2016
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 13   Meat Raffle at the American Legion in Brainerd
Meat raffle at the Legion every Friday. Up to a $50 meat packages given away. Full bar and menu. Special Dinners at 5:30 pm. Pull tabs available.
Date:   May 13, 2016
Time:   05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday starting at 5:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $1-$5 per ticket
May 13   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 13, 2016
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 14   Walleye/Northern Pike Opener

Walleye, sauger, northern pike - 2016 season

Date:   May 14, 2016
Website:   http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishing/seasons.html
May 14   2016 Minnesota State Fishing Opener
2016 season opens for Walleye, Sauger, Northern Pike. 
What to know, where to go and more information can be found at the Minnesota DNR website http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishing/index.html

Be sure to visit your local bait shops to learn more about the area lakes you'll be fishing!
Date:   May 14, 2016
Website:   http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishing/index.html
Location:   Throughout Minnesota.
Contact:   Brainerd DNR Office, 218-833-8600
Date/Time Details:   May 14, 2016
May 14   Spring Bird Hikes at the Northland Arboretum
Want to get out in the spring, learn more about birds and have a morning hike on the trails at the Arboretum?  The Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society and the Northland Arboretum will be sponsoring short, morning bird hikes this spring.  Join an experienced birding guide on Thursday or Saturday mornings in late April and May to learn more about the many birds that inhabit or migrate through our area.  Bird hikes will start on Thursday April 28 and continue for 5 weeks through May 28.  Thursday hikes start at 7 AM and Saturday hikes start at 8 AM.  Hikes last about an hour and are free. 
Date:   May 14, 2016
Time:   07:00 AM - 08:00 AM
Website:   http://northlandarb.org/
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Pam Perry 218-829-8770
Email:   pkperry@brainerd.net
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday and Saturday mornings
April 28 through May 28, 2016
Thursdays - 7 AM
Saturdays - 8 AM
Fees/Admission:   No charge
May 14   Pequot Lakes Block Party 2016
The deals are biting in Pequot Lakes for opening fishing! Businesses are casting out deals all day on Saturday, May 14!   Stop in at Salon Couture after 9:00 a.m. to get your players card then visit participating businesses to get your shopping card punched.  All cards must be turned in by 5:00 p.m. at Leslie's to win.  Players must be 18 or older.  Each of the businesses will offer in stores specials, refreshments, drawings and lots of fun!

Extra special block party hours are Friday, May 13 from 3 - 7 p.m.!

Don't miss the boat for these keeper deals!
Date:   May 14, 2016
Time:   09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Location:   Pequot Lakes Downtown businesses
Contact:   Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce
Email:   jenna@pequotlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   Friday, May 13, 3-7 p.m.
Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
May 14   Spring Arts and Craft Festival
Spring Arts and Craft Festival featuring 150+ artists/crafters with quality handmade items! Sponsored by Brainerd Public Schools Community Education.
Date:   May 14, 2016
Time:   09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://isd181.org
Location:   Brainerd Senior High School
702 S. 5th Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Mary T. Miller, 218-454-6926
Email:   mary.miller@isd181.org
Date/Time Details:   May 9, 2015
9:30 am - 4 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free Admission
May 14   Brainerd Lakes Bicycle Safety Clinic
Students will have the chance to ride a mock course, receive a helmet, Dairy Queen certificate upon completion and enter to win a $100.00 drawing towards a bicycle. Volunteers will offer bike safety checks, review bike rules and fit child for helmet.
Date:   May 14, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://www.EssentiaHealth.org/BrainerdClinic
Location:   Brainerd High School (Lower parking lot)
702 S. 6th St
Brainerd, MN 56401
or
Brainerd High School gym in case of inclement weather.
Contact:   Essentia Health 218-828-7564
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, May 14,2016
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   No charge
May 14   Second Saturdays at the Crossing Arts Alliance

You may associate our Second Saturdays with our long-running Crossing Flipside Kids programming but did you know that there are also opportunities to visit with featured member artists, trunk shows with visiting artists, workshops for adults, and more?

Mark your calendars for art-filled fun, every Second Saturday at TCAA.

Date:   May 14, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Website:   http://crossingarts.org/SecondSaturdays
Location:   Franklin Arts Center
1001 Kingwood Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   The Crossing Arts Alliance, (218) 833-0416
Email:   info@crossingarts.org
Date/Time Details:   Second Saturday of the month.
10 am - 2 pm
Fees/Admission:   A fee of $20 per vendor is required, and participants must supply their own tables and chairs. 
May 14   Youth Matinee at the Franklin Arts Center
Come to the Franklin Arts Center Auditorium for $1 Movies!

Sponsored by:
Brainerd Public Schools Community Education
The Crossing arts Alliance
Date:   May 14, 2016
Time:   12:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Website:   http://communityed.isd181.org/
Location:   Franklin Arts Center
1001 Kingwood Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Brainerd Public Schools Community Education, 218-454-6924
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, May 14, 2016
12:30 -3:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $1
May 14   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 14, 2016
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 15   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with our NEW digital system. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   May 15, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   1-4 pm every Sunday.
Fees/Admission:   $1-$3 per card.
May 16   Preparation for Birth and Parenting Class

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 or 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:   May 16, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/Match OB
Location:   Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 North Third Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Monday sessions (series of 4)  April 25 through May 16, 2016
6 - 8:30 PM
Fees/Admission:   Free. To register to go EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB or call 218-829-7414
May 17   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   May 17, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

May 17   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   May 17, 2016
Time:   06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
May 17   Torch-Fired Enamel Workshop
An introduction to torch-fired enameling. In the class students will use a torch, pre-cut copper pieces, and powdered enamels. Students will develop skills while working on a practice piece of copper and then create a completed wearable jewelry piece to take home.

Light snacks will be served. Class space is limited so enroll today.
Date:   May 17, 2016
Time:   05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://crossingarts.org/torch-fired-enamel-workshop
Location:   The Crossing Arts Alliance - located in the Franklin Arts Center
1001 Kingwood St.
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Call The Crossing Arts Alliance at 218-833-0416
Email:   info@crossingarts.org
Date/Time Details:   May 17, 2016
5 - 8 pm
Fees/Admission:   $45 for TCAA members
$50 for future TCAA members
Class fee includes all materials and instruction needed to create one jewelry piece. Additional earring and pendant kits will be available for purchase at the class.
May 17   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Tuesday for all skill levels.
Date:   May 17, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
May 17   Minnesota Master Naturalist Training
Do you enjoy learning about the natural world? If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer!
 
This program will offer classes focused on one of our three major
Minnesota Ecosystems "North Woods/Great Lakes"
 
Training to be held at Northland Arboretum in Brainerd
Starting April 14, 2016 through May 19, 2016 Tuesday and Thursday evenings  6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 
Two Saturday Field Trips are required (tentative date: April 30 and May 7)
 
Register online at www.MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org,
Call 1-888-241-4532 or email info@minnesotamasternaturalist.org
or For more information, contact the Arboretum at 218-829-8770
Date:   May 17, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://www.MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org,
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Call 1-888-241-4532 or Arboretum at 218-829-8770
Email:   info@minnesotamasternaturalist.org
Date/Time Details:   Course Dates:
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Saturday, April 30, 2016 (tentative)
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016 (tentative)
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016

6 - 8:30 PM
 
NOTE: Saturday Field Trips subject to change depending on how late spring arrives!
Fees/Admission:   Cost for the course is $275 and includes materials. Limited scholarships available.
May 17   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with us. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   May 17, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Tuesday from 6-8 pm
Fees/Admission:   $1-$3 per card.
May 18   Wednesday Night Drags - Street Legal Style
Wednesday Night Drags - Street Legal Style is open to anyone who wants to run BIR's world-class drag strip. All you need is a street-legal car, $25 and a helmet. Run the track as many times as you want until dusk. This event includes autocross as well.
Date:   May 18, 2016
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/wednesday-night-drags/
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN  56401
 
Contact:   (218) 824-7223
Email:   tickets@brainerdraceway.com
Date/Time Details:  

The 2016 Wednesday Night Street Drag dates:
May 4 - With autocross
May 18 - With drifting
June 1 - With autocross
June 15 - With drifting
June 29 - With autocross
July 13 - With drifting
July 27 - With autocross
August 31 - With autocross
September 7 - With drifting

Call for time of race.

Fees/Admission:  

Prices
Participant Entry - $25
Spectator Entry - $5
Note: Cash & checks only.

May 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. 
Date:   May 18, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health's St. Joseph's Medical Center 
523 N. 3rd Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   To register go to EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB or call 218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10 - 11 am 
Fees/Admission:   FREE
May 18   Walking Club
Come walk with friends! What better way to get some great exercise while chatting and laughing?

If raining, we can do some exercises inside. Call for verification.
Date:   May 18, 2016
Time:   05:15 PM - 06:00 PM
Website:   http://www.goherbalife.com/bsteidler/en-US
Location:   The Crossfire
36184 County 66
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Brenda, (218) 692-2411 or cell (218) 830-9475
Email:   thecrossfire@tds.net
Date/Time Details:   Starting Wednesdays, April 20, 2016
Fees/Admission:   $5 includes delicious beverage after our walk.
May 19 - May 21   Annual Plant Sale
Looking for plants to start your garden or complete your landscaping? The Center is offering a wide variety of plants for sale.
Date:   May 19, 2016 - May 21, 2016
Website:   http://www.thebrainerdcenter.com
Location:   The Center
803 Kingwood Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   The Center, (218) 829-9345
Email:   director@thebrainerdcenter.com
Date/Time Details:   May 19, 20 and 21, 2016
May 19   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   May 19, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

May 19   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   May 19, 2016
Time:   06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
May 19   Spring Bird Hikes at the Northland Arboretum
Want to get out in the spring, learn more about birds and have a morning hike on the trails at the Arboretum?  The Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society and the Northland Arboretum will be sponsoring short, morning bird hikes this spring.  Join an experienced birding guide on Thursday or Saturday mornings in late April and May to learn more about the many birds that inhabit or migrate through our area.  Bird hikes will start on Thursday April 28 and continue for 5 weeks through May 28.  Thursday hikes start at 7 AM and Saturday hikes start at 8 AM.  Hikes last about an hour and are free. 
Date:   May 19, 2016
Time:   07:00 AM - 08:00 AM
Website:   http://northlandarb.org/
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Pam Perry 218-829-8770
Email:   pkperry@brainerd.net
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday and Saturday mornings
April 28 through May 28, 2016
Thursdays - 7 AM
Saturdays - 8 AM
Fees/Admission:   No charge
May 19   Gull Dam Cribbage Tourament
Come play to get your Gull Dam prizes & bragging rights! Players get $3 Gull Dam Beers!
Date:   May 19, 2016
Time:   05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre Anderson, (489) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   First and Third Thursday of the month!
May 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:   May 19, 2016
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   Swimsuit Slimdown Pre-Summer Weight Loss Challenge
Do you need some help with fitting into your summer clothes? Do you want friendly expert advice and help from a CERTIFIED Wellness Coach? Do you want to get on a Meal Plan and feel AMAZING?  Do you want a FREE Wellness Profile and Body Scan?

Join us for the Summer Slimdown Weight Loss Challenge!
$20 + product gets you on a meal plan! Top 3 best results win cash prizes.
Save your seat today!
Date:   May 19, 2016
Time:   05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Website:   http://www.goherbalife.com/bsteidler/en-US
Location:   The Crossfire
36184 County 66
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Brenda, (218) 692-2411 or cell (218) 830-9475
Email:   thecrossfirellc@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Starts May 12, 2016
Weekly meetings (Thursdays)
5:30-6:30
Fees/Admission:   $20 + product
May 19   Minnesota Master Naturalist Training
Do you enjoy learning about the natural world? If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer!
 
This program will offer classes focused on one of our three major
Minnesota Ecosystems "North Woods/Great Lakes"
 
Training to be held at Northland Arboretum in Brainerd
Starting April 14, 2016 through May 19, 2016 Tuesday and Thursday evenings  6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 
Two Saturday Field Trips are required (tentative date: April 30 and May 7)
 
Register online at www.MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org,
Call 1-888-241-4532 or email info@minnesotamasternaturalist.org
or For more information, contact the Arboretum at 218-829-8770
Date:   May 19, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://www.MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org,
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Call 1-888-241-4532 or Arboretum at 218-829-8770
Email:   info@minnesotamasternaturalist.org
Date/Time Details:   Course Dates:
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Saturday, April 30, 2016 (tentative)
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016 (tentative)
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016

6 - 8:30 PM
 
NOTE: Saturday Field Trips subject to change depending on how late spring arrives!
Fees/Admission:   Cost for the course is $275 and includes materials. Limited scholarships available.
May 20   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   May 20, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

May 20 - May 22   Bracket Drag Racing Series & Slowpokes Car Club & Wild Racing League
The Bracket Drag Racing Series is on the drag strip for the second of six weekends. Eliminations are Saturday AND Sunday. The Slowpokes Car Club is on the road course Friday, followed by the  World Racing League for two endurance races.
 
 
Date:   May 20, 2016 - May 22, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdraceway.com
Location:   Brainerd International Speedway
5523 Birchdale Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   (218) 824-7223
Email:   bir@brainerd.net
Date/Time Details:   May 20 - 22, 2016
Fees/Admission:  

Call Raceway for ticket information

May 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:   May 20, 2016
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 20   Meat Raffle at the American Legion in Brainerd
Meat raffle at the Legion every Friday. Up to a $50 meat packages given away. Full bar and menu. Special Dinners at 5:30 pm. Pull tabs available.
Date:   May 20, 2016
Time:   05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday starting at 5:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $1-$5 per ticket
May 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:   May 20, 2016
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 21   Officers Down 5K Run/Walk and Community Day

The Officers Down 5K is hosting the Officers Down 5K Run/Walk & Community Day - Aitkin, Minnesota on Saturday, May 21, 2016. We are excited to expand the event and add a Community Day. The Community Day will follow our awards ceremony providing lunch, live music, family activities, and much more.

In order to have a successful event, we need the support of local law enforcement, citizens, community patrons, and businesses. We hope that you will partner with us to raise awareness for the officers who make the daily sacrifice of putting their lives on the line to protect us. It grants all of us with the opportunity to be safe, secure, and prosperous as we attempt to strive for and maintain our individual pursuit of happiness in our great land of America.

We anticipate a high attendance rate for the event and look forward to hosting the event annually. Our sponsors and donors will play a key role in the success of the event whether the contribution is monetary or an in-kind donation.

About OD5K:
The Officers Down 5K celebrates officers who put their lives on the line daily to keep our communities safe and honors those who have fallen in the line of duty. While officers give to the community on a daily basis, it is now our time to give back. Founder, T.J. Burke, started his law enforcement career in 2009 and wanted to give back in another way. Burke organized the Officers Down 5K in 2011 with a goal to bring the community together on “just a day” rather than just when an officer is killed, to show support to the men and women in blue.

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This event will be for the Steven Sandberg Memorial Fund. Steven Sandberg lost his life in the line of duty for the Aitkin Police Department on October 18, 2015.

 

KIDS FUN Run
Time
9:30AM CDT- 3:00PM CDT
Price
$20
Registration ends May 18, 2016 at 11:59pm CDT
5K Run/Walk
Time
10:00AM CDT- 3:00PM CDT
Price
$40
Price increases April 15, 2016 at 11:59pm CDT
1 Mile Walk
Time
10:00AM CDT- 3:00PM CDT
Price
$25
Registration ends May 18, 2016 at 11:59pm CDT
CODE-9 Officer Needs Assistance Screening
Time
5:30PM CDT- 8:30PM CDT
Price
$25
Registration ends May 20, 2016 at 5:00pm CDT
Virtual 5K Runner/Walker
Time
8:00AM CDT- 3:00PM CDT
Price
$30
Registration ends May 1, 2016 at 11:59pm CDT
Date:   May 21, 2016
Website:   https://runsignup.com/Race/MN/Aitkin/OfficersDown5KCommunityDayAitkinMinnesota
Location:   Aitkin County Fairgrounds
632 Minnesota Avenue
Aitkin, MN US 56431
Contact:   Krista Olson
Email:   krista@officersdown5k.com
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, May 21, 2016

Tentative Schedule
Registration 8am-9:45am
KIDS FUN Run 9:30am
Opening 9:45am
5K Run/Walk 10am
Community Day 11am-3pm

CODE 9 Officer Needs Assistance Screening will be held on Friday, May 20th from 5:30-8:30pm at the Aitkin High School.
**Included with your OD5K registration. If you can't attend the 5K you can purchase an Individual Screening Ticket for $25.

Fees/Admission:   Sponsorship levels available.
In-kind sponsorship levels available.
Kids Fun Run $20
5K Run/Walk $25
Code - 9 Officer Needs Assistance Screening $25
Virtual 5K Runner/Walker $30
May 21 - May 22   Westgate Mall Craft & Vendor Show
Join us for crafts and a variety of vendors!
Date:   May 21, 2016 - May 22, 2016
Website:   http://www.facebook.com/thewestgatemall
Location:   Westgate Mall
14136 Baxter Dr
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Bri
Email:   bri@lexingtonco.com
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, May 21 from 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, May 22 from 12 pm - 4 pm
Fees/Admission:   FREE
May 21   Spring Bird Hikes at the Northland Arboretum
Want to get out in the spring, learn more about birds and have a morning hike on the trails at the Arboretum?  The Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society and the Northland Arboretum will be sponsoring short, morning bird hikes this spring.  Join an experienced birding guide on Thursday or Saturday mornings in late April and May to learn more about the many birds that inhabit or migrate through our area.  Bird hikes will start on Thursday April 28 and continue for 5 weeks through May 28.  Thursday hikes start at 7 AM and Saturday hikes start at 8 AM.  Hikes last about an hour and are free. 
Date:   May 21, 2016
Time:   07:00 AM - 08:00 AM
Website:   http://northlandarb.org/
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Pam Perry 218-829-8770
Email:   pkperry@brainerd.net
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday and Saturday mornings
April 28 through May 28, 2016
Thursdays - 7 AM
Saturdays - 8 AM
Fees/Admission:   No charge
May 21   2016 Crosslake Lions Flea Market
Take advantage of excellent shopping opportunities at the Crosslake ideal Lions Craft and Flea Market. A great variety of new, vintage and re-purposed items!  Vendors welcome.
 
Date:   May 21, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Location:   35808 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Doreen 218-838-8219
Email:   dsgallaway@crosslake.net
Date/Time Details:   May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20 and Sept 24, 2016
8 am - 4 pm.
Fees/Admission:   Free Admission
Vendors call for pricing
May 21   Walk to Cure Arthritis-Northern Lakes
Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation’s annual community fundraising 5K walk event. The funds raised from the 5K support our nonprofit mission and research aimed at finding a cure for arthritis, America’s leading cause of disability. Whether you have a family member or loved one who suffers from arthritis, or are simply looking for a walking or running event for charity, the Walk to Cure Arthritis is a great way to get moving in support of a worthwhile cause!

Minnesota is part of the Arthritis Foundation Upper Midwest Region, which serves 2.2 million people with arthritis and related diseases across four states. Through information, events, research grants, advocacy activities and other vital programs and services, we're raising awareness and funds to help reduce the unacceptable pain of Arthritis.

Whether you are close to the disease or know someone who is you will be inspired to walk in this charity event. There is a 3 mile and a 1 mile course. Information and fun family activities will be there as well. Come join us.
Date:   May 21, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Website:   http://www.arthritis.org/minnesota/
Location:   Paul Bunyan Trailhead
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Jennifer Hagerman, 651-229-5373.
Email:   jhagerman@arthritis.org
Date/Time Details:   Saturday May 21, 2016
10 am - 2 pm
Fees/Admission:   This is a charity event - all donations are welcome.
May 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:   May 21, 2016
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   American Legion Buffet Breakfast
American Legion has a breakfast buffet on the fourth Sunday of every month.
Date:   May 22, 2016
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 22   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with our NEW digital system. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   May 22, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   1-4 pm every Sunday.
Fees/Admission:   $1-$3 per card.
May 24   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   May 24, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

May 24   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   May 24, 2016
Time:   06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
May 24   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Tuesday for all skill levels.
Date:   May 24, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
May 24   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with us. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   May 24, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Tuesday from 6-8 pm
Fees/Admission:   $1-$3 per card.
May 25 - May 27   Competition Racing License School
Complete this 3 day school and receive a full SCCA Regional Level competition racing license. This allows you to  enter any SCCA regional or vintage racing event. The school combines classroom and on-track driving.
Date:   May 25, 2016 - May 27, 2016
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/bir-performance-driving-school/
Location:   B I R Raceway & Resort
5523 Birchdale Rd.
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   BIR Performance Driving School, (218) 824-7223
Email:   tickets@brainerdraceway.com
Date/Time Details:   May 25-27, 2016
Call for times and reservations.
May 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. 
Date:   May 25, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health's St. Joseph's Medical Center 
523 N. 3rd Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   To register go to EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB or call 218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10 - 11 am 
Fees/Admission:   FREE
May 25   Walking Club
Come walk with friends! What better way to get some great exercise while chatting and laughing?

If raining, we can do some exercises inside. Call for verification.
Date:   May 25, 2016
Time:   05:15 PM - 06:00 PM
Website:   http://www.goherbalife.com/bsteidler/en-US
Location:   The Crossfire
36184 County 66
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Brenda, (218) 692-2411 or cell (218) 830-9475
Email:   thecrossfire@tds.net
Date/Time Details:   Starting Wednesdays, April 20, 2016
Fees/Admission:   $5 includes delicious beverage after our walk.
May 26   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   May 26, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

May 26   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   May 26, 2016
Time:   06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
May 26   Spring Bird Hikes at the Northland Arboretum
Want to get out in the spring, learn more about birds and have a morning hike on the trails at the Arboretum?  The Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society and the Northland Arboretum will be sponsoring short, morning bird hikes this spring.  Join an experienced birding guide on Thursday or Saturday mornings in late April and May to learn more about the many birds that inhabit or migrate through our area.  Bird hikes will start on Thursday April 28 and continue for 5 weeks through May 28.  Thursday hikes start at 7 AM and Saturday hikes start at 8 AM.  Hikes last about an hour and are free. 
Date:   May 26, 2016
Time:   07:00 AM - 08:00 AM
Website:   http://northlandarb.org/
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Pam Perry 218-829-8770
Email:   pkperry@brainerd.net
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday and Saturday mornings
April 28 through May 28, 2016
Thursdays - 7 AM
Saturdays - 8 AM
Fees/Admission:   No charge
May 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:   May 26, 2016
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, (218) 822-7128
Email:   cdols@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:  

Second and Fourth Thursdays 
7 to 8:30 a.m.

Fees/Admission:  
$75 Annual Fee
May 26 - May 29   BIR Street Car Showdown
Brainerd International Raceway hosts the first major race of the 2016 season Memorial Day weekend. The 8th 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.
Date:   May 26, 2016 - May 29, 2016
Time:   12:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/street-car-showdown/
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway (BIR)
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), (218) 824-7223
Email:   tickets@brainerdraceway.com
Date/Time Details:   May 26-29, 2016
Fees/Admission:   Advance $75.00 (until May 8,2016)
Regular Admission    $85.00
3 Day Pass $70.00
One day pass $25.00
Kids 12 & under FREE



http://brainerdraceway.com/street-car-showdown/
May 26   Alex & Brandon Child Safety Center Fundraiser
Join us at Cherry Berry Self-Serve Yogurt Bar in Baxter (next to Starbucks) for a fundraising event on Thursday, May 26, 2016! From 5-8 pm, Cherry Berry is donating 10-20% of all sales to Alex & Brandon Child Safety Center. Come on out, help raise funds, take a picture with our new photo wall and learn about an amazing organization in our community! Invite all of your friends & friends, we hope to see you there! About this organization: This center is a part of the Mid-Minnesota Women's Center. The Alex and Brandon Child Safety Center provides safe, secure, neutral, and child-oriented supervised parenting time (visits) and safe exchanges for families needing these services. The Safety Center opened in 2000. Our mission is to keep families safe from domestic violence while providing family-friendly environment for parenting time. Non-custodial parents and their children enjoy spending quality time together at the Safety Center while having a supervised visit in a family setting. Trained staff ensure the safety of families and that parenting time is appropriate and fun.
Date:   May 26, 2016
Time:   05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http:// https://www.facebook.com/events/1572447266413220/
Location:   Cherry Berry Self-Serve Yogurt Bar
15091 Edgewood Drive, Suite 110
Baxter, MN  56425
Contact:   Mindy Snyder - 218-454-2377
Date/Time Details:   May 26, 2016
5 - 8 PM
Fees/Admission:   10%-20% of all sales will be donated to Alex & Brandon Child Safety Center.
Whatever you wish to spend.
 
May 26   Swimsuit Slimdown Pre-Summer Weight Loss Challenge
Do you need some help with fitting into your summer clothes? Do you want friendly expert advice and help from a CERTIFIED Wellness Coach? Do you want to get on a Meal Plan and feel AMAZING?  Do you want a FREE Wellness Profile and Body Scan?

Join us for the Summer Slimdown Weight Loss Challenge!
$20 + product gets you on a meal plan! Top 3 best results win cash prizes.
Save your seat today!
Date:   May 26, 2016
Time:   05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Website:   http://www.goherbalife.com/bsteidler/en-US
Location:   The Crossfire
36184 County 66
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Brenda, (218) 692-2411 or cell (218) 830-9475
Email:   thecrossfirellc@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Starts May 12, 2016
Weekly meetings (Thursdays)
5:30-6:30
Fees/Admission:   $20 + product
May 26   Traveling Art Pub - Manhattan Beach Lodge
Eat, Drink, Create & Socialize with the Traveling Art Pub at Manhattan Beach Lodge on Thursday, May 26, 2016.
Visit mblodge.com or thetravelingartpub.com to view our future painting events
Date:   May 26, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://thetravelingartpub.com
Location:   Manhattan Beach Lodge
39051 County Road 66
Manhattan Beach, MN  56442
 
Contact:   (218) 692-3381 for more information or thetravelingartpub.com to purchase tickets
Email:   info@mblodge.com
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, May 26, 2016
 6  - 8:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $35 per person
May 27   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   May 27, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

May 27   Pine River Market Square (FRIDAYS)
Market Season has started! Pine River Market Square is a Local Growers’ & Crafters’ Market Established in 2009. Join us weekly on Fridays from 2:30-5:30 pm in Downtown Pine River!
Date:   May 27, 2016
Time:   02:30 AM - 05:30 PM
Website:   https://prmarketsquare.wordpress.com/about/
Location:   Located in downtown Pine River, next to the old Dark Cravings location, 4 blocks East of Highway 371 at the corner of  Barclay Avenue & 3rd St.
Contact:   218-838-6058
Email:   prmarketsquare@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Friday afternoons
May 27-September 30, 2016
May 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:   May 27, 2016
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 27   Meat Raffle at the American Legion in Brainerd
Meat raffle at the Legion every Friday. Up to a $50 meat packages given away. Full bar and menu. Special Dinners at 5:30 pm. Pull tabs available.
Date:   May 27, 2016
Time:   05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday starting at 5:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $1-$5 per ticket
May 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:   May 27, 2016
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 27   Live Music at Gull Dam Brewing - The Muddy Water Band

Live Music Every Friday & Saturday! NO COVER!

Summer Open Hours - Starting May 27!
Monday: Taproom Closed / Brew Day
Tuesday - Saturday: Noon - 10 pm

Traveling Art Pub: First Friday of the month.
Cribbage Tournament: First & Third Thursday of the month.

Date:   May 27, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://gulldambrewing.com/
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   Live Music Every Friday & Saturday! 
6 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:   NO COVER!!!
May 28   Spring Bird Hikes at the Northland Arboretum
Want to get out in the spring, learn more about birds and have a morning hike on the trails at the Arboretum?  The Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society and the Northland Arboretum will be sponsoring short, morning bird hikes this spring.  Join an experienced birding guide on Thursday or Saturday mornings in late April and May to learn more about the many birds that inhabit or migrate through our area.  Bird hikes will start on Thursday April 28 and continue for 5 weeks through May 28.  Thursday hikes start at 7 AM and Saturday hikes start at 8 AM.  Hikes last about an hour and are free. 
Date:   May 28, 2016
Time:   07:00 AM - 08:00 AM
Website:   http://northlandarb.org/
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Pam Perry 218-829-8770
Email:   pkperry@brainerd.net
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday and Saturday mornings
April 28 through May 28, 2016
Thursdays - 7 AM
Saturdays - 8 AM
Fees/Admission:   No charge
May 28   Plant Sale At The Arboretum
Get your garden questions answered by a Master Gardener, purchase plants and miscellaneous garden treasures!
Date:   May 28, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://www.northlandarb.org/node/2381
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Northland Arboretum, 218-829-8770
Email:   info@northlandarb.org
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, May 28, 2016
8 am - noon
Fees/Admission:   Free
May 28   2016 Crosslake Original Craft and Flea Market
Take advantage of excellent and unique shopping opportunities at Crosslake's Original Craft and Flea Market located at the intersection of County Roads 3 and 103
Date:   May 28, 2016
Time:   09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Location:   13715 County Road 103
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Al Schewe, Cell 612-597-1827
Email:   afschewe@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, May 28, 2016
Saturday, July 2, 2016
Saturday, September 3, 2016

9 am - 4 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free Admission
Vendors - $25 per space
May 28   Kids Fishing Clinic - Brainerd Park and Rec
The clinic will consist of informational sessions, eating a shore lunch, fishing from the shore and off the pier, and taking some fishing tackle home. Appropriate for ages 5-16. Children should bring a fishing pole.
Date:   May 28, 2016
Time:   09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Website:   http://www.ci.brainerd.mn.us/parks/events_fishingclinic.htm
Location:   Lum Park
1619 NE Washington Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-828-2320
Email:   parks@ci.brainerd.mn.us
Date/Time Details:   May 28, 2016
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fees/Admission:   Event is FREE!
May 28   Gull Dam Jet Ale - Release Party - Only 1,000 Bottles

Preorder a 750ml bottle of Gull Dam Jet Ale at 13.5% ABV! Gull Dam Jet Ale is a one of a kind beer that has everything to offer for the beer enthusiast. A high octane, jet black ale with a rich chocolate flavor and smoky afterburner finish! 

Choose your bottle number to receive Gull Dam bragging rights with this limited release!

Date:   May 28, 2016
Time:   12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   https://www.facebook.com/events/220535374948326/
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   Release Party - May 28, 2016; Noon - 10 pm

Summer Open Hours - Starting May 27!
Monday: Taproom Closed / Brew Day
Tuesday - Saturday: Noon - 10 pm
Fees/Admission:   NO COVER!
May 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:   May 28, 2016
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   Live Music at Gull Dam Brewing - Jack Knife & The Sharps

Live Music Every Friday & Saturday! NO COVER!

Summer Open Hours - Starting May 27!
Monday: Taproom Closed / Brew Day
Tuesday - Saturday: Noon - 10pm

Traveling Art Pub: First Friday of the month.
Cribbage Tournament: First & Third Thursday of the month.

Date:   May 28, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   https://www.facebook.com/events/220535374948326/
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   May 28, 2016
6 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:   NO COVER!
May 29   5th Annual Race for Grace
Grace Elizabeth Lee was born with a congenital heart condition and underwent open heart surgery in early May of 2011. Tragically, Grace passed away unexpectedly due to some unusual complications. Please join us in celebrating the life of Grace and supporting the Brighter Days Foundation.

5K Family Run/Walk Event.
Date:   May 29, 2016
Website:   http://www.raceforgracemn.com/
Location:   Forestview Middle School
12149 Knollwood Dr.
Baxter, MN 56425
Date/Time Details:   Sunday, May 29, 2016
Start time: 10:00 AM
Registration begins at 8:30 AM
Fees/Admission:   Register online
May 29   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with our NEW digital system. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   May 29, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   1-4 pm every Sunday.
Fees/Admission:   $1-$3 per card.
May 31   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   May 31, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

May 31   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   May 31, 2016
Time:   06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
May 31   Native Bees Workshop
The last time a survey of Minnesota bees was completed was in 1919 when only 67 species were listed.  Scientists suspect that there may be closer to 400 species but we need the help of citizen scientists like you to find them all. In this workshop, you will learn about the life cycle and ecology of native bees, basic bee identification, and tips for photographing bees.  These skills will prepare you to participate in the Minnesota Bee Atlas, a citizen science program that will use historical records, research from the Minnesota DNR and University of Minnesota, as well as current observations from participants across the state to create a searchable database of Minnesota bees.  The information we gather on species distribution and diversity will be important to help us track if or how bee populations are changing and how those changes might affect land management decisions. Please dress to spend time both indoors and outside.  If possible, bring a digital camera or smart phone/tablet.
Date:   May 31, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://www.northlandarb.org/node/2380
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Road
Baxter, MN 56425
Contact:   Northland Arboretum, (218) 829-8770
Email:   info@northlandarb.org
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, May 31,2016
10 am - 4 pm
Fees/Admission:   Register online
$20.00 per person
May 31   Nisswa Women's Club Scholarship Benefit
The Nisswa Women's Club will present its 33rd Annual Scholarship Benefit Fashion Show and Luncheon  at the Town Hall conference center at Madden's on Gull Lake. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday with a social hour and raffle followed by the luncheon at noon, and concludes with the fashion show and announcement of raffle ticket winners. The fashion show and luncheon is the main fundraiser for the Nisswa Women's Club High School Scholarship Program. This year the fashion show/luncheon decor will feature the theme, "Run For The Roses." Tickets for the fashion/luncheon are $40 each.
Date:   May 31, 2016
Time:   10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://www.nisswa.com
Location:  
Madden's on Gull Lake Resort
Town Hall
Contact:   For ticket information, please call 218-831-8622 or 218-454-1622
Date/Time Details:  
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
10:30 a.m. Social Hour and Raffle
12:00 p.m. Luncheon & Fashion Show
Fees/Admission:  
$40
May 31   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Tuesday for all skill levels.
Date:   May 31, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
May 31   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with us. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   May 31, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Tuesday from 6-8 pm
Fees/Admission:   $1-$3 per card.
Jun 01   American Legion Brainerd Riders Meeting
Legion Riders meeting at the American Legion in Brainerd. Become a member today!
Date:   June 1, 2016
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Chapter President Paul Edwards, 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   1st Wednesday of the month
7 pm
Jun 01   Wednesday Night Drags - Street Legal Style
Wednesday Night Drags - Street Legal Style is open to anyone who wants to run BIR's world-class drag strip. All you need is a street-legal car, $25 and a helmet. Run the track as many times as you want until dusk. This event includes autocross as well.
Date:   June 1, 2016
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/wednesday-night-drags/
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN  56401
 
Contact:   (218) 824-7223
Email:   tickets@brainerdraceway.com
Date/Time Details:  

The 2016 Wednesday Night Street Drag dates:
May 4 - With autocross
May 18 - With drifting
June 1 - With autocross
June 15 - With drifting
June 29 - With autocross
July 13 - With drifting
July 27 - With autocross
August 31 - With autocross
September 7 - With drifting

Call for time of race.

Fees/Admission:  

Prices
Participant Entry - $25
Spectator Entry - $5
Note: Cash & checks only.

Jun 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. 
Date:   June 1, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health's St. Joseph's Medical Center 
523 N. 3rd Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   To register go to EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB or call 218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10 - 11 am 
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Jun 01   Turtle Races in Downtown Nisswa
It's off to the races every Wednesday throughout the summer with the Nisswa Turtle Races!  This event is a long standing tradition in the Nisswa community that draws a huge crowd each week for family fun.
 

Can you pick a winner?

Turtle size seems to be a constant debate here in Nisswa.  Some think that the smaller they are, the less weight they have, so the faster they are.  Some always choose small.

Others believe that big size is what matters.  Some pick the largest turtles thinking that the bigger, the more energy they have, and the faster they will race. 

Picking a fast turtle has been a secret for years. All we can tell you is that turtles are like people. The way they race depends on their mood. You could pick a happy turtle or a sad turtle and it all depends on what they do with that mood.

Each turtle has its own personality. Some turtle just sit there. Others start on one course and then veer crazily off in another direction. Others are spooked by all the people around them. You have to take all these factors into account when picking a fast turtle. Each turtle is different.

Oh, yes, and it always helps when you name your turtle.
Date:   June 1, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://www.nisswa.com/pages/NisswaTurtleRaces
Location:   Official Nisswa Turtle Track
Located in downtown Nisswa
Contact:   Nisswa Chamber of Commerce, (218) 963-2620
Email:   info@nisswa.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday
June 1 through August 17, 2016
1 pm - Registration
2 pm - Races Begin
**We race until we're done, that can be anytime between 2:45 pm to 4 pm
Fees/Admission:   $4.00 per racer, you will receive an official 2016 racing button and the use of a turtle with this fee!
Jun 01   Walking Club
Come walk with friends! What better way to get some great exercise while chatting and laughing?

If raining, we can do some exercises inside. Call for verification.
Date:   June 1, 2016
Time:   05:15 PM - 06:00 PM
Website:   http://www.goherbalife.com/bsteidler/en-US
Location:   The Crossfire
36184 County 66
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Brenda, (218) 692-2411 or cell (218) 830-9475
Email:   thecrossfire@tds.net
Date/Time Details:   Starting Wednesdays, April 20, 2016
Fees/Admission:   $5 includes delicious beverage after our walk.
Jun 02   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   June 2, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

Jun 02   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   June 2, 2016
Time:   06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
Jun 02   Gull Dam Cribbage Tourament
Come play to get your Gull Dam prizes & bragging rights! Players get $3 Gull Dam Beers!
Date:   June 2, 2016
Time:   05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre Anderson, (489) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   First and Third Thursday of the month!
Jun 02   Swimsuit Slimdown Pre-Summer Weight Loss Challenge
Do you need some help with fitting into your summer clothes? Do you want friendly expert advice and help from a CERTIFIED Wellness Coach? Do you want to get on a Meal Plan and feel AMAZING?  Do you want a FREE Wellness Profile and Body Scan?

Join us for the Summer Slimdown Weight Loss Challenge!
$20 + product gets you on a meal plan! Top 3 best results win cash prizes.
Save your seat today!
Date:   June 2, 2016
Time:   05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Website:   http://www.goherbalife.com/bsteidler/en-US
Location:   The Crossfire
36184 County 66
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Brenda, (218) 692-2411 or cell (218) 830-9475
Email:   thecrossfirellc@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Starts May 12, 2016
Weekly meetings (Thursdays)
5:30-6:30
Fees/Admission:   $20 + product
Jun 03   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   June 3, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

Jun 03   Pine River Market Square (FRIDAYS)
Market Season has started! Pine River Market Square is a Local Growers’ & Crafters’ Market Established in 2009. Join us weekly on Fridays from 2:30-5:30 pm in Downtown Pine River!
Date:   June 3, 2016
Time:   02:30 AM - 05:30 PM
Website:   https://prmarketsquare.wordpress.com/about/
Location:   Located in downtown Pine River, next to the old Dark Cravings location, 4 blocks East of Highway 371 at the corner of  Barclay Avenue & 3rd St.
Contact:   218-838-6058
Email:   prmarketsquare@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Friday afternoons
May 27-September 30, 2016
Jun 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:   June 3, 2016
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 03 - Jun 04   #ForCuyuna
The Cuyuna Lakes MTB Crew (The Crew) announces another exciting opportunity to expand the Cuyuna Trail System. Crow Wing county is developing a plan to build a 10 mile adventure trail in the Cuyuna Hills section of Crow Wing County. The proposed Cuyuna Hills Trail is the first Mountain Bike Trail System on public land outside of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. The trail will be accessed via a newly announced Yawkey-Cuyuna Pumptrack connector trail. Crow Wing County recognizes the economic impact brought to Cuyuna via visiting MTB riders and graciously offered this property to add to the Cuyuna experience.

The goal of the #ForCuyuna event is to raise $132,000 in one evening to supply half of the funds needed to build the new Cuyuna Hills Trail. The second half of the funds would be provided by the Hallett Trust Matching Grant.

The #ForCuyuna event will cover two days:
  • Friday, June 3rd at 5 p.m.- Kick off with a Red Bull Deck Party featuring DJ Indy at Madden's. Cost to attend is $25 (limited seating).
  • Saturday, June 4th at 8 a.m.- Members of The Crew will host an assortment of group rides for all skill levels.  Free for #ForCuyuna event participants.
  • Saturday, June 4th at 5 p.m.- MN Craft Beer Hour at Madden's with a host of silent auction items. Dinner served at 6 p.m. with a program following. Live auction with one-of-a-kind prize packages. Live performance by Jillian Rae following. Tickets are $60. Tables of 8 can be reserved for $560.
Date:   June 3, 2016 - June 4, 2016
Time:   05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://www.forcuyuna.com
Location:   Madden's on Gull Lake
11266 Pine Beach Peninsula
Brainerd, MN 56401

Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails
Crosby, MN
Date/Time Details:   Friday, June 3, 2016; 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 4, 2016; 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Friday $25/person
Saturday $60/person and $560/table for 8
Jun 03   Meat Raffle at the American Legion in Brainerd
Meat raffle at the Legion every Friday. Up to a $50 meat packages given away. Full bar and menu. Special Dinners at 5:30 pm. Pull tabs available.
Date:   June 3, 2016
Time:   05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday starting at 5:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $1-$5 per ticket
Jun 03   Traveling Art Pub at Gull Dam Brewing

TAP events are scheduled monthly at our local destinations where guests gather together to create original works of art. Enjoy this creative adventure with friends, co-workers, family, spouses or strangers alike! 

TAP gives you the time, supplies and guided instruction to create your very own one-of-a-kind masterpiece! NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED- even if you can't draw a stick figure!

Taste our hand crafted Gull Dam Beers.

What makes our Gull Dam brew better?  First, unlike other breweries using chemically treated city tap water, Gull Dam Brewing uses well water deep from the pure underground aquifers of Gull Lake. Second, each of our brew flavors has some locally harvested ingredients including hops from Brainerd.  Finally, while other breweries filter their beer to increase clarity, we do not filter our Gull Dam brews. Filtering may increase clarity, but the unfortunate resulting consequence?...filtering reduces flavor. Gull Dam Brewing has a top secret method of processing our beer without using a filter, yet beholding to delicious flavor and amazing color and clarity. (Almost sounds like a diamond commercial.)

Gull Dam Brewing. Great times and exceptional craft beer!

Date:   June 3, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://www.thetravelingartpub.com/
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   The Traveling Art Pub, (218) 851-0838
Email:   travelingartpub@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   May 6, 2016
6-8:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $40 per person. Included one beer.
Tickets available online.
Jun 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:   June 3, 2016
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 03   Live Music at Gull Dam Brewing - The BeatKeepers

The BeatKeepers

Live Music Every Friday & Saturday!
Summer Open Hours - Starting May 27!
Monday: Taproom Closed / Brew Day
Tuesday - Saturday: Noon - 10pm

Date:   June 3, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://gulldambrewing.com/calendar/
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre Anderson, (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   Live Music Every Friday & Saturday! 
6 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:   NO COVER!
Jun 04   MN Fishing Challenge
Join Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge supporters in Brainerd for a day filled with fishing, food, fellowship, prizes, and so much more! Individuals from around the state will join together in support of our efforts to stop addiction. You can help make this campaign a success. Your time and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated! MEET NEW FRIENDS!

MN Fishing Challenge Host Al Lindner knows catching fish during a tournament is important. He also knows that those who participate in the annual MN Fishing Challenge are fishing because they are saving lives. "This is a fun event because contestants catch fish on Gull Lake at the best time while raising funds for people who are facing alcohol and drug addictions," Lindner said, "I strongly believe we can make a difference by raising funds for MN Adult and Teen Challenge. I know it positively impacts boys, girls, men, women, and their families."

The Minnesota Fishing Challenge takes place on Gull Lake, June 4, 2016. Teams fish for the species they love (or as many of the divisions as they desire). Divisions are bass, walleye, pike, panfish, and the mixed bag division. If contestants elect the mixed bag division, they may only enter this division. All ages welcome! All skill levels welcome!
Date:   June 4, 2016
Time:   07:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Website:   http://givehope.mntc.org/fish
Location:   Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake
11000 Cragun's Drive
Brainerd, MN

Tournament takes place on Gull Lake
Contact:   Rachael Biggar; 218-833-8764
Email:   rachael.biggar@mntc.org
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, June 4, 2016
7 am - 3 pm
Fees/Admission:   $100 per team (teams of 2)
Jun 04   Gull Dam Car Show

1st place prize $500 cash prize, 2nd and 3rd place trophies with peoples choice awards. All Gull Dam vehicles are welcome: Cars, Trucks, and Motorcycles! There will be live music, prizes and the best of all...Gull Dam beer!

Taste our hand crafted Gull Dam Beers.
What makes our Gull Dam brew better?  First, unlike other breweries using chemically treated city tap water, Gull Dam Brewing uses well water deep from the pure underground aquifers of Gull Lake. Second, each of our brew flavors has some locally harvested ingredients including hops from Brainerd.  Finally, while other breweries filter their beer to increase clarity, we do not filter our Gull Dam brews. Filtering may increase clarity, but the unfortunate resulting consequence – filtering reduces flavor. Gull Dam Brewing has a top secret method of processing our beer without using a filter, yet beholding to delicious flavor and amazing color and clarity. (Almost sounds like a diamond commercial.)

Gull Dam Brewing. Great times and exceptional craft beer!

Date:   June 4, 2016
Time:   12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   https://www.facebook.com/events/220535374948326/
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Please RSVP by calling Andre' (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   June 4, 2016
Noon - 10 pm
Jun 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:   June 4, 2016
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 04   Special Invitation to watch a Raku Pottery Firing Demonstration at The Cottage Place Art School!
Join us at The Cottage Place Art School's Open House!  Visit our new location south of Crosslake at 32577 County Road 3.  Watch Raku Pottery Firing up by the barn and check out the Art School offering classes for all ages.   
Most people don't give themselves time to enjoy the creative process.  but when you do, you may discover an unending sense of possibilities that you never imagined you could create! 
Instructor Eileen Kulseth is a Licensed Visual Arts Teacher, holds a B.A. in Studio Arts and has been a Professional Potter for more than 36 years.
Art Classes are ongoing all summer and will be posted so that you can reserve you spot.  Visit http://www.cottageplacestudio.com to see a variety of classes offered this summer.

Easy access parking is available on County Road 3.

This activity is funded in part by a grant from the Five Wings Art Council with funds provided by the McKnight Foundation.
Date:   June 4, 2016
Time:   02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://www.cottageplacestudio.com
Location:   The Cottage Place Art School in the Barn
32577 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN 56442
Contact:   Eileen Kulseth 218-692-5593
Email:   thecottageplace@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   June 4, 2016
2  - 4 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free
Jun 04   Kick Off Summer Bash
Come enjoy an outdoor concert at The Green Lantern featuring Levi Pelzer, Coyote Wild, Natalie Stovall and the Drive.  Tickets include all you can eat BBQ from 5 - 7 PM  Camping sites available.  Lawn chairs welcome

 
Date:   June 4, 2016
Time:   04:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Website:   http://huff-entertainment.com
Location:   The Green Lantern
13184 County Road 8
Brainerd, MN 56401
9 miles east of Brainerd, MN on Hwy 18
Contact:   (218) 764-2151
Email:   huff@brainerd.net
Date/Time Details:   June 4, 2016
Gates open at 4 PM
 
Fees/Admission:   Advance tickets $15.00
Gate Price $20.00
Advance ticket outlet:  The Green Lantern
Info and tickets: www.huff-entertainment.com
Jun 04   Live Music at Gull Dam Brewing - Alex Rossi Band

Live Music Friday & Saturdays!

Taste our hand crafted Gull Dam Beers.
What makes our Gull Dam brew better? First, unlike other breweries using chemically treated city tap water, Gull Dam Brewing uses well water deep from the pure underground aquifers of Gull Lake. Second, each of our brew flavors has some locally harvested ingredients including hops from Brainerd.  Finally, while other breweries filter their beer to increase clarity, we do not filter our Gull Dam brews. Filtering may increase clarity, but the unfortunate resulting consequence – filtering reduces flavor. Gull Dam Brewing has a top secret method of processing our beer without using a filter, yet beholding to delicious flavor and amazing color and clarity. (Almost sounds like a diamond commercial.)

Gull Dam Brewing. Great times and exceptional craft beer!

Date:   June 4, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   https://www.facebook.com/events/220535374948326/
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre Anderson, (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   June 4, 2016
6 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:   No Cover!
Jun 04   Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos
3rd Annual Fundraiser - Support the Arts in Our Community!

Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos presented by Central Lakes Community Performing Arts
Date:   June 4, 2016
Time:   06:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.wildpianos.com
Location:   Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake
Date/Time Details:  

Saturday, June 4, 2016
Social 6:30 p.m.
Show 7:30 p.m.

 

Jun 05   Dragonfly Workshop
Dragonflies and damselflies (known collectively as the Odonata) are fascinating and beautiful insects and can be found throughout Minnesota, from the prairies to the north woods.
There are 105 known species of dragonfly and 41 known damselfly species in Minnesota.  19 species have been added to the state list since 2006.
John’s workshop will begin with "Beginning Dragonfly Identification" followed by a walk in the Arboretum’s fields and wetlands where we will capture and identify dragonflies and damselflies.  We will then return to the classroom to download and view pictures where we can look at a 5 foot image of a 1 inch damselfly! 

Be sure to bring your boots, camera, card reader, snack, water bottle and a notebook.

Nets, lenses and identification books along with bug spray will be supplied for you to use.

John is a Minnesota Master Naturalist in all three Minnesota biomes. He is also Vice President Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis, Treasurer Minnesota Dragonfly Society, and on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Native Plant Society. John started studying dragonflies in 1998 and worked with the Minnesota Odonata Survey Project from 2006 until its completion in 2012.  He is also a founding member of the Minnesota Dragonfly Society.

Registration and payment for this workshop can be made by contacting Northland Arboretum.
Date:   June 5, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Website:   http://www.northlandarb.org/node/2325
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Northland Arboretum 218-829-8770
Date/Time Details:   Sunday, June 5, 2016
1 - 5 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $25 per person Arboretum Members & MN Master Naturalists
$40 per person non-members
Jun 05   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with our NEW digital system. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   June 5, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   1-4 pm every Sunday.
Fees/Admission:   $1-$3 per card.
Jun 06 - Jun 10   2016 Outdoor Education Camp at Northland Arboretum

KIDS OUTDOOR EDUCATION CAMP is a non-profit education program developed by the Northland Arboretum in 2008 for boys and girls ages 10 through 13.

Our week long Outdoor Education Camp provides students with a unique hands-on opportunity to engage with the natural world, nature sciences, ecosystems, nature skills, and interaction with educators on a variety of subjects, and share in community diversity with their fellow students. Each year nearly 50 students along with many teachers and leaders join our dynamic, well educated, and passionate staff to enjoy the wonders of the outdoors.

Activities include: kayaking, mammals, nature photography, pond ecology, shoreline lunch, compass orienteering, duck calls, birding, tree identification and forestry, team building, outdoor survival, creating wildlife habitats, migration game and team building.

Outdoor Education Camp Goals:

  • To present a safe outdoor environment for all who participate.
  • To provide an environment that nurtures learning and growth.
  • To teach awareness and about positive stewardship of the Earth:
    • Human impact on the natural environment.
    • How to better care and use the natural resources we have.
  • To get the students into the outdoors to show the benefit of a healthy lifestyle.
  • To teach the core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility -Faith

Team Skills:

  • Positive communication
  • Creative problem solving methods
  • Shared leadership, encouragement and support
  • Adaptive management styles, giving and receiving feedback, cooperation and collaboration.


Call or stop by the Arb to sign up.

Date:   June 6, 2016 - June 10, 2016
Website:   http://www.northlandarb.org/node/2328
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Northland Arboretum, 218-829-8770
Email:   info@northlandarb.org
Date/Time Details:   June 6 - June 10, 2016

Monday, June 6 - 8 am to 3 pm
Tuesday, June 7 - 8 am to noon
Wednesday, June 8  - 8 am to noon
Thursday, June 9 - 8 am to noon
Friday, June 10 - 8 am to 3 pm

Fees/Admission:   $105 per student
Jun 07   2016 Youth Garden Classes Start

Presented by Master Gardeners for Kids 8 to 15 years old.

Would you like to learn how to grow a garden? Then this class is for you!

You will get your own garden plot and learn about:

- Picking out the right place to put a garden
- How to prepare the soil
- Planning your garden
- Lean about different seeds and plants
- How to water and harvest

Date:   June 7, 2016
Website:   http://www.northlandarb.org/node/2326
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Dr.
Brainerd, MN 56401    
Contact:   Northland Arboretum, 218-829-8770
Email:   info@northlandarb.org
Date/Time Details:   June 7 through August 30, 2016
Youth classes held at 10 am to 11:30 am every Tuesday.
Fees/Admission:   $10 per student to cover materials
Jun 07   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   June 7, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

Jun 07   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   June 7, 2016
Time:   06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
Jun 07   The Center is offering Celtic Woman Destiny World Tour
Celtic Woman, the multi-platinum Irish music sensation, returns to North America in 2016 with a brand new show:  Destiny. The performances honor Ireland's past, while bringing a contemporary musical edge to songs, old and new, in a way that also reflects the vibrant, modern nation that Ireland has become. Preshow Irish Dinner is catered by the Sanford Center. It will be served at 5 pm. This trip is arranged by The Center, 803 Kingwood Street, Brainerd, MN
Date:   June 7, 2016
Time:   02:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Website:   http://www.thebrainerdcenter.com
Location:   Sandford Center
Bemidji, MN
Contact:   The Center, (218) 829-9345
Email:   director@thebrainerdcenter.com
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Bus leaves southwest corner of the Westate Mall at 2:30 pm and arrives back at 11:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   Cost is $80 for members of The Center and $85 for non-members
Cost includes dinner, show and bus trip.
Payment required by May 6, 2016
Jun 07   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Tuesday for all skill levels.
Date:   June 7, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
Jun 07   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with us. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   June 7, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Tuesday from 6-8 pm
Fees/Admission:   $1-$3 per card.
Jun 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:   June 8, 2016
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 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. 
Date:   June 8, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health's St. Joseph's Medical Center 
523 N. 3rd Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   To register go to EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB or call 218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10 - 11 am 
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Jun 08   Walking Club
Come walk with friends! What better way to get some great exercise while chatting and laughing?

If raining, we can do some exercises inside. Call for verification.
Date:   June 8, 2016
Time:   05:15 PM - 06:00 PM
Website:   http://www.goherbalife.com/bsteidler/en-US
Location:   The Crossfire
36184 County 66
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Brenda, (218) 692-2411 or cell (218) 830-9475
Email:   thecrossfire@tds.net
Date/Time Details:   Starting Wednesdays, April 20, 2016
Fees/Admission:   $5 includes delicious beverage after our walk.
Jun 08   Gull Dam Beers & Gears

A night to come talk with gear heads and show off your cars, trucks and motorcycles!

Date:   June 8, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://gulldambrewing.com/
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   June 8, 2016
7 - 10 pm
Fees/Admission:   No Cover
Jun 09   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   June 9, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

Jun 09   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   June 9, 2016
Time:   06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
Jun 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:   June 9, 2016
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:   Andrea Baumann, (218) 822-7128
Email:   abaumann@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:  

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

Fees/Admission:  
$75 Annual Fee
Jun 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:   June 9, 2016
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 09   Camp Confidence Rendevous
Camp Confidence offers "Summer Kick-Off Party". Outdoor campfire complete with campfire skits, stories, pranks, s'mores as you greet and meet the new summer camp staff.
Date:   June 9, 2016
Time:   05:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Website:   http://www.campconfidence.com/
Location:   Camp Confidence Learning Center
1620 Mary Fawcell Memorial Dr.
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Confidence Learning Center, 218-828-2344
Email:   sarah@campconfidence.com
Date/Time Details:   June 9, 2016
5 - 7:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   Cost is $3.00 per person
MUST RSVP by Monday prior to selected Rendevous
Jun 09   Swimsuit Slimdown Pre-Summer Weight Loss Challenge
Do you need some help with fitting into your summer clothes? Do you want friendly expert advice and help from a CERTIFIED Wellness Coach? Do you want to get on a Meal Plan and feel AMAZING?  Do you want a FREE Wellness Profile and Body Scan?

Join us for the Summer Slimdown Weight Loss Challenge!
$20 + product gets you on a meal plan! Top 3 best results win cash prizes.
Save your seat today!
Date:   June 9, 2016
Time:   05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Website:   http://www.goherbalife.com/bsteidler/en-US
Location:   The Crossfire
36184 County 66
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Brenda, (218) 692-2411 or cell (218) 830-9475
Email:   thecrossfirellc@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Starts May 12, 2016
Weekly meetings (Thursdays)
5:30-6:30
Fees/Admission:   $20 + product
Jun 10   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   June 10, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

Jun 10 - Jun 12   BIR Bracket Drag Racing Series & CRA Superbike Racing $ IWA Watercross
A wet & wild triple event! The Central Road Racing Association's insane brand ofSuperbike Racing is on the Competition Road Course, while the Bracket Drag Racing Series features races 5 and 6 on the drag strip. IWA Watercross features snowmobiles racing on Lake BIR.
Date:   June 10, 2016 - June 12, 2016
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/bracket-drag-racing-series/
Location:   Brainerd International Speedway
5523 Birchdale Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   (218) 824-7223
Email:   bir@brainerd.net
Date/Time Details:   June 10 - 12, 2016
Fees/Admission:  

Call Raceway for ticket information

Jun 10   Pine River Market Square (FRIDAYS)
Market Season has started! Pine River Market Square is a Local Growers’ & Crafters’ Market Established in 2009. Join us weekly on Fridays from 2:30-5:30 pm in Downtown Pine River!
Date:   June 10, 2016
Time:   02:30 AM - 05:30 PM
Website:   https://prmarketsquare.wordpress.com/about/
Location:   Located in downtown Pine River, next to the old Dark Cravings location, 4 blocks East of Highway 371 at the corner of  Barclay Avenue & 3rd St.
Contact:   218-838-6058
Email:   prmarketsquare@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Friday afternoons
May 27-September 30, 2016
Jun 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:   June 10, 2016
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 10 - Jun 11   Nisswa-Stamman Scandinavian Festival
Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival features 150 folk musicians performing on 3 stages, day-long dancing opportunities on two dance floors, dance instruction, a cultural children's activity tent, and great Scandinavian food...all under the shade of the majestic Norway pines of the Nisswa Pioneer Village in Nisswa, Minnesota.
Date:   June 10, 2016 - June 11, 2016
Time:   12:00 PM
Website:   http://nisswastamman.org/
Location:   The festival is located in the Nisswa area, 15 miles north of Brainerd, Minnesota on Highway 371. Nisswa is about a 2 1/2 hour drive north of Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Contact:   Paul Wilson, 218-764-2994
Email:   nisswastamman@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   June 10-11, 2016
Jun 10   Meat Raffle at the American Legion in Brainerd
Meat raffle at the Legion every Friday. Up to a $50 meat packages given away. Full bar and menu. Special Dinners at 5:30 pm. Pull tabs available.
Date:   June 10, 2016
Time:   05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday starting at 5:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $1-$5 per ticket
Jun 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:   June 10, 2016
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 10   Live Music at Gull Dam Brewing - Lee Bone

Live music at Gull Dam Brewing. Featuring Lee Bone.

 

Date:   June 10, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://gulldambrewing.com/
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   June 10, 2016
6 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:   No cover
Jun 11   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 9. Online Early Registration closes at 10:00PM, Thursday, June 9th. Note that registrations are limited to the first 500 adult registrants. Late registration will be available at  the Arboretum on Friday, June10 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 11, 2016
Time:   06:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Website:   http://www.sourgrapesrun.com
Location:  
Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   218-829-8770
Date/Time Details:  
June 11, 2016

6:30 - 11:45 am

Friday, June 10, 2016
Race Packet Pick-up and Late Registration
12 - 8 p.m. Packets can be picked up at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016
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 11, 2016
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, 2016 to get adult early bird special price of $40 adults, $50 after May1 and $60 after June 1.  Kids $15 until June 1, $20 after June 1.  
 
Jun 11   Crossing Arts Second Saturday Event
Stone Faces will be created today. Apply paint to stone and make your own unique puzzle pieces. Recommended for children ages 5-13.
Date:   June 11, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://www.crossingarts.org
Location:   Franklin Arts Center
1001 Kingwood St.
#114
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   The Crossing Arts Alliance, (218) 833-0416
Email:   info@crossingarts.org
Date/Time Details:   Saturday June 11, 2016
10 am - Noon
Fees/Admission:   $3.00 per Child
$5.00 Per Family
Jun 11   Second Saturdays at the Crossing Arts Alliance

You may associate our Second Saturdays with our long-running Crossing Flipside Kids programming but did you know that there are also opportunities to visit with featured member artists, trunk shows with visiting artists, workshops for adults, and more?

Mark your calendars for art-filled fun, every Second Saturday at TCAA.

Date:   June 11, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Website:   http://crossingarts.org/SecondSaturdays
Location:   Franklin Arts Center
1001 Kingwood Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   The Crossing Arts Alliance, (218) 833-0416
Email:   info@crossingarts.org
Date/Time Details:   Second Saturday of the month.
10 am - 2 pm
Fees/Admission:   A fee of $20 per vendor is required, and participants must supply their own tables and chairs. 
Jun 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:   June 11, 2016
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 11   Live Music at Gull Dam Brewing - Ross William Perry

Live Music at Gull Dam Brewing featuring Ross William Perry.

Date:   June 11, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://gulldambrewing.com/
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:  
June 11, 2016
6 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:   No cover!
Jun 12   Bridal Open House
Destiny Cruises will host their first annual Bridal Open House on Sunday, June 12, from 12-3pm aboard the “North Star” on Gull Lake in Brainerd, Minnesota – FREE to the public.
This open house will be a fun afternoon dockside on the beautiful waters of Gull Lake and a chance to meet the area’s finest wedding event vendors, including Tim Larsen Photography, Bloom Designs, Petals & Beans, Party World, Partytime Rental, Jim Olson – Wedding Guitarist, JR’s No. 19 BBQ, Dani Sutton Pastry Chef, Cragun’s and Grand View Lodge. Destiny Cruises will be showing off everything you might need in planning your big day (or any event before or after), from food and decorations to music and lodging. Prizes will be given away every hour during the open house.
The “North Star” is the perfect venue to plan a unique and one-of-a-kind wedding party, including anything from a bachelor or bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception or gift-opening celebration. Meet with Destiny’s wedding coordinator who can help you envision your perfect wedding party on the pristine waters of one of Minnesota’s most legendary lakes.
The “North Star” can accommodate up to 92 guests and event hosts can customize the 65’, climate controlled yacht with everything from the state-of-the-art lighting and decorations to the music and flat screen TVs.
 
Brides who pre-register at www.destinycruisesllc.com/bridal and attend the open house will receive a $50 gift certificate for a Cruise for Two! As an additional bonus, all brides who attend the open house and book an event will receive an additional hour of cruise time for half price (up to a $375 value).
Spring has definitely sprung here in Minnesota and with that comes another wedding season. To ensure your wedding events have a unique and beautiful setting, come to Destiny’s Bridal Open House on June 12th to check out what an amazing and unforgettable venue we offer!
The North Star is docked across from Ernie’s on Gull Lake, and we look forward to seeing you at the Bridal Open House!
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Date:   June 12, 2016
Time:   12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Website:   http://www.destinycruisesllc.com/bridal
Location:  

Destiny Cruise North Star
Docked at Ernie's on Gull 
10424 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401

 

Date/Time Details:   Sunday, June 12, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free
Jun 12   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with our NEW digital system. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   June 12, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   1-4 pm every Sunday.
Fees/Admission:   $1-$3 per card.
Jun 13   Crosslake City Council Meeting
Crosslake City Council - Meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
Date:   June 13, 2016
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 14   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   June 14, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

Jun 14   StreetSmart Advanced Defensive Driving Course for Teens
It's a day-long program to provide your teens with the tools and knowledge they need to stay safe on the roadways. Learn how to emergency brake, recover from hydroplaning and skidding, and a whole lot more.
Date:   June 14, 2016
Website:   http://www.birperformance.com/streetsmarts/
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   (218) 824-7223
Email:   gary@birperformance.com
Date/Time Details:   June 14, 2016
Fees/Admission:   Call Brainerd International Raceway for details
Jun 14   2016 Youth Garden Classes Start

Presented by Master Gardeners for Kids 8 to 15 years old.

Would you like to learn how to grow a garden? Then this class is for you!

You will get your own garden plot and learn about:

- Picking out the right place to put a garden
- How to prepare the soil
- Planning your garden
- Lean about different seeds and plants
- How to water and harvest

Date:   June 14, 2016
Website:   http://www.northlandarb.org/node/2326
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Dr.
Brainerd, MN 56401    
Contact:   Northland Arboretum, 218-829-8770
Email:   info@northlandarb.org
Date/Time Details:   June 7 through August 30, 2016
Youth classes held at 10 am to 11:30 am every Tuesday.
Fees/Admission:   $10 per student to cover materials
Jun 14   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   June 14, 2016
Time:   06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
Jun 14   2016 Big Fun Tuesdays
Big Fun Tuesdays the place to be each Tuesdays this summer!  Load up the kids and bring them to Crosslake's Town Square for Paul Bunyan sized games each week. 
  • Minnow Races (in Paul's straws)
  • Pancake Toss (no syrup needed)
  • Paul's Life Boat
  • Face Painting & Tattoos
  • Giant S'mores Game
  • Feed Paul beans (bag toss)
  • Gunny Sack races (in Paul's socks)
Plus each child gets a Loot Bag with candy and toys inside!
Sponsored by the merchants in Crosslake's Town Square and the Crosslake Community School.
Date:   June 14, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Website:   http://www.lakesareagallery.com
Location:   Crosslake Town Square
35746 Allen Avenue    
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Lakes Area Gallery and Frame Shoppe, 218-692-5447
Email:   lakesart@crosslake.net
Date/Time Details:   Tuesdays June 14 through August 9, 2016
1 - 3 pm
Jun 14   Business After Hours - Brainerd Zip Line Tour
Join Brainerd Zip Line Tour as they host Business After Hours on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm at their location. Mix a little business with pleasure!

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 14, 2016
Time:   04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Location:  

Brainerd Zip Line Tour
Country Rd 77 (Mount Ski Gull)
Lakeshore, MN

Contact:   Sue Galligan 218-822-7119
Email:   sgalligan@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, June 14, 2016
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free to attend
Jun 14   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Tuesday for all skill levels.
Date:   June 14, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
Jun 14   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with us. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   June 14, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Tuesday from 6-8 pm
Fees/Admission:   $1-$3 per card.
Jun 15   Wednesday Night Drags - Street Legal Style
Wednesday Night Drags - Street Legal Style is open to anyone who wants to run BIR's world-class drag strip. All you need is a street-legal car, $25 and a helmet. Run the track as many times as you want until dusk. This event includes autocross as well.
Date:   June 15, 2016
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/wednesday-night-drags/
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN  56401
 
Contact:   (218) 824-7223
Email:   tickets@brainerdraceway.com
Date/Time Details:  

The 2016 Wednesday Night Street Drag dates:
May 4 - With autocross
May 18 - With drifting
June 1 - With autocross
June 15 - With drifting
June 29 - With autocross
July 13 - With drifting
July 27 - With autocross
August 31 - With autocross
September 7 - With drifting

Call for time of race.

Fees/Admission:  

Prices
Participant Entry - $25
Spectator Entry - $5
Note: Cash & checks only.

Jun 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. 
Date:   June 15, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health's St. Joseph's Medical Center 
523 N. 3rd Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   To register go to EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB or call 218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10 - 11 am 
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Jun 15   Turtle Races in Downtown Nisswa
It's off to the races every Wednesday throughout the summer with the Nisswa Turtle Races!  This event is a long standing tradition in the Nisswa community that draws a huge crowd each week for family fun.
 

Can you pick a winner?

Turtle size seems to be a constant debate here in Nisswa.  Some think that the smaller they are, the less weight they have, so the faster they are.  Some always choose small.

Others believe that big size is what matters.  Some pick the largest turtles thinking that the bigger, the more energy they have, and the faster they will race. 

Picking a fast turtle has been a secret for years. All we can tell you is that turtles are like people. The way they race depends on their mood. You could pick a happy turtle or a sad turtle and it all depends on what they do with that mood.

Each turtle has its own personality. Some turtle just sit there. Others start on one course and then veer crazily off in another direction. Others are spooked by all the people around them. You have to take all these factors into account when picking a fast turtle. Each turtle is different.

Oh, yes, and it always helps when you name your turtle.
Date:   June 15, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://www.nisswa.com/pages/NisswaTurtleRaces
Location:   Official Nisswa Turtle Track
Located in downtown Nisswa
Contact:   Nisswa Chamber of Commerce, (218) 963-2620
Email:   info@nisswa.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday
June 1 through August 17, 2016
1 pm - Registration
2 pm - Races Begin
**We race until we're done, that can be anytime between 2:45 pm to 4 pm
Fees/Admission:   $4.00 per racer, you will receive an official 2016 racing button and the use of a turtle with this fee!
Jun 15   Walking Club
Come walk with friends! What better way to get some great exercise while chatting and laughing?

If raining, we can do some exercises inside. Call for verification.
Date:   June 15, 2016
Time:   05:15 PM - 06:00 PM
Website:   http://www.goherbalife.com/bsteidler/en-US
Location:   The Crossfire
36184 County 66
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Brenda, (218) 692-2411 or cell (218) 830-9475
Email:   thecrossfire@tds.net
Date/Time Details:   Starting Wednesdays, April 20, 2016
Fees/Admission:   $5 includes delicious beverage after our walk.
Jun 16   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   June 16, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

Jun 16   Market in the Park
Each Thursday in the summer, the park adjacent to the Paul Bunyan Trail transforms into a sea of tents with vendors selling a variety of unique merchandise, as well as tasty treats.

2016 Crafter and Food Vendor Information
Date:   June 16, 2016
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 6, 2016 through August 18, 2016.
Thursdays only
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   FREE ADMISSION
Jun 16   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   June 16, 2016
Time:   06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
Jun 16   Gull Dam Cribbage Tourament
Come play to get your Gull Dam prizes & bragging rights! Players get $3 Gull Dam Beers!
Date:   June 16, 2016
Time:   05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre Anderson, (489) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   First and Third Thursday of the month!
Jun 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:   June 16, 2016
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   Swimsuit Slimdown Pre-Summer Weight Loss Challenge
Do you need some help with fitting into your summer clothes? Do you want friendly expert advice and help from a CERTIFIED Wellness Coach? Do you want to get on a Meal Plan and feel AMAZING?  Do you want a FREE Wellness Profile and Body Scan?

Join us for the Summer Slimdown Weight Loss Challenge!
$20 + product gets you on a meal plan! Top 3 best results win cash prizes.
Save your seat today!
Date:   June 16, 2016
Time:   05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Website:   http://www.goherbalife.com/bsteidler/en-US
Location:   The Crossfire
36184 County 66
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Brenda, (218) 692-2411 or cell (218) 830-9475
Email:   thecrossfirellc@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Starts May 12, 2016
Weekly meetings (Thursdays)
5:30-6:30
Fees/Admission:   $20 + product
Jun 16   Handmade Paper Class for Adults
This fun and educational class designed for adults will teach the art of paper making!  Eileen will introduce you to two types of paper; Blended Paper and Natural Fiber Paper in a choice of colors, along with making paper castings (molds). Participants will take home 5 sheets each plus 5 paper castings.

Class size limited to 10 adults.

Registration form can be downloaded from our website.
Call or send in registration form to reserve your spot!
Date:   June 16, 2016
Time:   06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://www.cottageplacestudio.com
Location:   The Cottage Place Art School in the Barn
32577 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN 56442
Contact:   Eileen Kulseth 218-692-5593
Email:   thecottageplace@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   June 16, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $50.00 includes $30.00 class fee plus $20.00 material fee.
Jun 17   Pine River Duck Races

The Duck Races have been a summer tradition for over fifteen years. People of all ages can sponsor one or more racing "ducks" (really decoys). The ducks are ceremoniously dumped into the Pine River below the dam at the blast from a shotgun. Then they power paddle downstream 100 yards to the finish line. Wild cheering and quacking from the crowd is permitted and encouraged! The first three ducks in each race to cross the finish line earn prizes. A prize is also awarded to the "Slowest Duck" of each race. Three to six heats are held, depending on the enthusiasm and participation of the crowd!  Then the winners and the Slow Duck of each race are invited back to race in the "Mighty Duck Off Race" for the Grand Prize of the day.

 

Need a duck?

No need to find a duck, we have trained racing ducks for you to rent for $1 each.
(Remember, these are NOT live members of the duck family)

Bring the family for fun, prizes, awards and $$$.

Date:   June 17, 2016
Website:   http://www.pinerivermn.com
Location:   Just below the Dam in Downtown Pine River - Watch for the crowd!
Contact:   Pine River Chamber of Commerce, 218-587-4000
Email:   prcofc@uslink.net
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday-June 17 thru August 12, 2016
1:30 pm - Registration starts
2 pm - First Race Heat
Fees/Admission:   No need to find a duck, we have trained racing ducks for you to rent for $1 each.
Jun 17 - Jun 18   2016 Golf Classic & Fishing Tournament at Camp Confidence

The Confidence Learning Center’s Camp Classic Events are the largest fundraising event put on each year in-house by the staff (and many volunteers) of Confidence Learning Center! Each year on the 3rd weekend of June friends and supporters of Camp gather together to celebrate all through a variety of events including golf, fishing, an Italian dinner, silent & live auctions, raffle tickets and more!

It is a time to celebrate, and we ask you to join us!

2016 marks the 43rd Anniversary for our Golf Classic and the 33rd Anniversary for our Fishing Classic! We are excited to celebrate on the weekend of June 17 & 18, 2016 and we hope you can join us!

Date:   June 17, 2016 - June 18, 2016
Website:   http://www.campconfidence.com/theclassic
Location:   Golf Classic is held at The Classic at Maddens
The Fishing Classic is held on the navigable waters of the Gull Lake chain.
Contact:   Sarah Smith, 218-828-2344
Email:   sarah@campconfidence.com
Date/Time Details:   43rd Annual Golf Classic: Friday, June 17 (shot gun start 1:15 pm)
4th Annual 9-Hole Golf Classic: Friday, June 17 (shot gun start 3:30 pm)
Sertoma’s Mariucci Fiesta: Friday, June 17, 6 pm 
33rd Annual Nick Adams Memorial Fishing Classic: Saturday, June 18
Jun 17 - Jun 19   MAP Proving Grounds - BIR
Imports and sport compacts invade BIR this weekend for drag racing, drifting, auto cross, lapping, burnout contests, car shows, stage shows and a lot more.
Date:   June 17, 2016 - June 19, 2016
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/map-proving-grounds/
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), (218) 824-7223
Email:   tickets@brainerdraceway.com
Date/Time Details:   July 17 - 19, 2016
Fees/Admission:  

Click here to get tickets online.
Friday-Sunday – $50
Saturday-Sunday – $40
Single Day – $25

Kids 12 and under are FREE!

Jun 17 - Jun 24   Tour of Minnesota
The Tour of Minnesota, formerly known as the jaunt with Jim Klobuchar bike ride, has set its dates and itinerary for 2016. This is our 42nd trip, set to do 300 plus miles on the trails of Northern Minnesota!

The ride will begin in Brainerd on June 17th and travel through Northern Minnesota on some of the nicest bicycle trails around. Overnight stops will include Walker, Park Rapids, Itasca State Park, Bemidji, Pine River and back to Brainerd. The ride will conclude on June 24th back in Brainerd after about 300 miles.
 

In recent years the numbers have diminished, but the enthusiasm of ride veterans has remained strong. “It’s like a family reunion — without all the hassles of being with your family,” said one biker. “You see these people only one week out of the year, but the friendships run deep.”

Lincoln has instituted a number of changes aimed at making things a little easier for riders. Meals now will be catered by local suppliers and daily distances are shorter. Bikers still will camp in local towns, gear will be carried on a truck and a repair service van will foloow travel with the group. A layover day is scheduled at Itasca State Park.

 

 
Date:   June 17, 2016 - June 24, 2016
Website:   http://www.tourofminnesota.com/home.html
Location:   Start in Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Bob Lincoln, Ride Director 952-215-5056
Email:   drumminglibrarian@hotmail.com
Date/Time Details:   June 17-24, 2016
Fees/Admission:   Registration $425
Jun 17   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   June 17, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

Jun 17   Pine River Market Square (FRIDAYS)
Market Season has started! Pine River Market Square is a Local Growers’ & Crafters’ Market Established in 2009. Join us weekly on Fridays from 2:30-5:30 pm in Downtown Pine River!
Date:   June 17, 2016
Time:   02:30 AM - 05:30 PM
Website:   https://prmarketsquare.wordpress.com/about/
Location:   Located in downtown Pine River, next to the old Dark Cravings location, 4 blocks East of Highway 371 at the corner of  Barclay Avenue & 3rd St.
Contact:   218-838-6058
Email:   prmarketsquare@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Friday afternoons
May 27-September 30, 2016
Jun 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:   June 17, 2016
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 17   Meat Raffle at the American Legion in Brainerd
Meat raffle at the Legion every Friday. Up to a $50 meat packages given away. Full bar and menu. Special Dinners at 5:30 pm. Pull tabs available.
Date:   June 17, 2016
Time:   05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday starting at 5:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $1-$5 per ticket
Jun 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:   June 17, 2016
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 17   Live Music at Gull Dam Brewing - The Wench

Live music at Gull Dam Brewing featuring The Wrench.
 

Date:   June 17, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://gulldambrewing.com/
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre, (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   June 17, 2016
6 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:   No cover!
Jun 17   Outdoor Movies at the Crosslake Campground
We're hosting good ol' fashioned Friday night outdoor movies at the US Army Corps of Engineers - Crosslake Campground this summer!  You bring a blanket and/or lawn chairs and we'll provide the popcorn and water.  Each movie title is family friendly and begins at dusk. Come early to enjoy a fun, educational and informational presentation which relates to the movie topic, some may include prizes!

Donations are appreciated with 100% of the proceeds used to purchase additional holiday lights and decorations for the Light Up the Dam project.   Light up the Dam is a volunteer non-profit community effort to decorate the US Army Corps Dam and surrounding property for the Christmas season. For more information,  to donate or volunteer for the Light Up the Dam project, please inquire at the Corps office at 218-692-2025.

Fri., June 17 - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Fri., July 15 - A Bug's Life
Fri., August 12 - Turner and Hooch
Fri., September 23 - Star Wars

(Titles are subject to change)

 
Date:   June 17, 2016
Time:   09:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Website:   http://www.recreation.gov/camping/crosslake-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=73141
Location:   US Army Corps of Engineers - Crosslake Campground
35507 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Angela Awender US Army Corps of Engineers, 651-290-5792
Date/Time Details:   Friday nights -  June 17 - July 15 - August 12 and Sept 23, 2016
Each movie begins at dusk with an informational presentation 30 minutes prior.
 
Fees/Admission:   No charge to attend.  Donations appreciated with 100% of the proceeds used for Christmas lights and decorations at the Dam.
Jun 18   28th Annual Whitefish Chain Antique and Classic Wood Boat Rendezvous

It all started in 1988....

This tradition started out more than twenty-five years ago as a simple gathering of twelve or less owners/skippers who share a love for these antique and classic boats. Over the years this gathering of boat lovers has grown to become a special community event in this the little Minnesota town of Crosslake. These days more than 50 antique boats with values as high as $1 million participate in our annual show. Some of the countries most affluent wood boat collectors make their homes here in the lakes area and bring out some amazing boats every year. The craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes into these works of art is enough to leave you in awe.
Date:   June 18, 2016
Website:   http://www.whitefishchainboatshow.com/
Location:   Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar
37627 County Road 66
Crosslake, Minnesota
Contact:   Bill Terry, 763-257-5757
Email:   Terryworld@comcast.net
Date/Time Details:   June 18, 2016
Fees/Admission:   Free to attend.
Jun 18 - Jun 19   Nisswa Majestic Pines Arts & Fine Crafts Fair
Established in 1974, downtown Nisswa serves as home to the Nisswa Majestic Pines Arts Fair. New last year, Fine Crafts have been added to the show! Artists from all around the Midwest come to this show to display and sell their works.
Date:   June 18, 2016 - June 19, 2016
Website:   http://business.nisswa.com/events/details/2016-nisswa-majestic-pines-arts-fine-crafts-fair-6001
Location:   Pioneer Village in Downtown Nisswa!
25611 Main St.
Nisswa, MN 56468
Contact:   (218) 963-2620
Email:   requests@nisswa.com
Date/Time Details:   June 18, 2016 -  9 am - 5 pm
June 19, 2016 -  9 am - 3 pm

 
Fees/Admission:   Free for public to attend! Walk through Pioneer Village and browse/shop at some of the finest artists around the Midwest!
Jun 18   2016 Crosslake Lions Flea Market
Take advantage of excellent shopping opportunities at the Crosslake ideal Lions Craft and Flea Market. A great variety of new, vintage and re-purposed items!  Vendors welcome.
 
Date:   June 18, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Location:   35808 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Doreen 218-838-8219
Email:   dsgallaway@crosslake.net
Date/Time Details:    June 18, July 16, August 20 and Sept 24, 2016
8 am - 4 pm.
Fees/Admission:   Free Admission
Vendors call for pricing
Jun 18   Handmade Pottery Bisque-ware Painting Class
Gather your friends for a fun and educational class where you'll learn the process of Bisque-ware pottery.  You will choose from a selection of handmade bisque-ware pieces to glaze. Pieces will be fired and ready to pick up in a week (or they can be mailed with an additional fee for shipping).   Class size limited to 10 attendees.
For ages 13 years to adults.
Date:   June 18, 2016
Time:   09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Website:   http://www.cottageplacestudio.com
Location:   The Cottage Place Art School Barn
32577 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN 56442
Contact:   Eileen Kulseth 218-692-5593
Email:   thecottageplace@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   June 18, 2016 
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   $32 to $50 - Includes $25.00 class fee plus the cost of bisque-ware pottery piece
Jun 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:   June 18, 2016
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 18   Live Music at Gull Dam Brewing - Dark Horse

Live Music Every Friday & Saturday! NO COVER!

Summer Open Hours - Starting May 27!
Monday: Taproom Closed / Brew Day
Tuesday - Saturday: Noon - 10 pm

Traveling Art Pub: First Friday of the month.
Cribbage Tournament: First & Third Thursday of the month.

Date:   June 18, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   https://www.facebook.com/events/220535374948326/
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   June 18, 2016
6 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:   NO COVER!
Jun 18   SavorFest at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge
SavorFest
(sa-vor  verb, to give oneself to the enjoyment of; to savor the best in life)

SIP: Taste of over 75 wines & beer
SAVOR: Sample foods from the Ruttger's Restaurants: Ruby's, Zig's and Bear Pine Bar
Keep calm and savor on!
Date:   June 18, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://www.ruttgers.com/?nck=8554325048
Location:   Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge
25039 Tame Fish Lake Road
Deerwood, MN
Contact:   James Taylor, Food & Beverage Director
Email:   james.taylor@ruttgers.com
Date/Time Details:   June 18, 2016
7 to 9 pm
Fees/Admission:   Must be 21+ years of age to attend
To purchase tickets: Call 218-678-2885
Jun 19   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with our NEW digital system. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   June 19, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   1-4 pm every Sunday.
Fees/Admission:   $1-$3 per card.
Jun 21   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   June 21, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

Jun 21 - Jun 23   2016 National Leadership Development Conference
2016 National Leadership Development Conference: Leadership Driving Innovation

We are excited to invite you to be part of the inaugural Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures 2016 National Leadership Development Conference. Your Path to success starts at this extraordinary conference dedicated to providing real-world inspiration and hands-on advice for personal growth and professional advancement.

The special focus for our conference includes leading growth and innovation, thriving amidst uncertainty and building strong leadership skills - both professionally and personally. How should individuals and organizations best prepare for expanding and innovating? Or cope with a faster rate of change and build leadership teams that are competitive and sustainable? All of that will be answered at this conference and more.

Click here to learn more....
 
Date:   June 21, 2016 - June 23, 2016
Website:   http://www.leadershipdevcon.com/
Location:  
Grand Casino Hinckley
777 Lady Luck Drive
Hinckley, MN 55037
Email:   info@leadershipdevcon.com
Date/Time Details:   June 21 - 23, 2016
Fees/Admission:  
Gold Pass $299 (all inclusive conference pass)
Gold Pass Plus Golf $349 (all inclusive conference pass with golf)

Brainerd Lakes Chamber members can use the code 'minokaw' to save an additional $20 off their registration price.
Jun 21   2016 Youth Garden Classes Start

Presented by Master Gardeners for Kids 8 to 15 years old.

Would you like to learn how to grow a garden? Then this class is for you!

You will get your own garden plot and learn about:

- Picking out the right place to put a garden
- How to prepare the soil
- Planning your garden
- Lean about different seeds and plants
- How to water and harvest

Date:   June 21, 2016
Website:   http://www.northlandarb.org/node/2326
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Dr.
Brainerd, MN 56401    
Contact:   Northland Arboretum, 218-829-8770
Email:   info@northlandarb.org
Date/Time Details:   June 7 through August 30, 2016
Youth classes held at 10 am to 11:30 am every Tuesday.
Fees/Admission:   $10 per student to cover materials
Jun 21   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   June 21, 2016
Time:   06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
Jun 21   Wheel Throwing with Clay- Pottery Class for experienced teens
This is an advanced class for Teens (ages 13-18). Prior experience on the potter's wheel is required. Attendees will be making their choice and ability level project. Some options are: a set of wheel thrown stoneware bowls, a set of mugs, etc. Class size - 2 students max.
  • Eileen (instructor) will have teen choose a color glaze that she will finish their project and set up a time for pick up. Projects will be completed in three weeks from date of class time. Shipping can be arranged for an additional fee.
Registration form can be downloaded from our website.
Call or send in registration form to reserve your spot.
Date:   June 21, 2016
Time:   09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://www.cottageplacestudio.com
Location:   The Cottage Place Art School Barn
32577 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN 56442
Contact:   Eileen Kulseth 218-692-5593
Email:   thecottageplace@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   June 21, 2016 
9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $75 - Incudes $50 class fee and  $25.00 material/firing fee
Jun 21   2016 9th Annual Chamber Sporting Clays Summer Fling
Take aim at the 9th Annual Chamber Sporting Clays Summer Fling! Mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 21 and join other Chamber members for this networking opportunity at Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation in Little Falls.
 

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.
 

PARTICIPANTS WILL ENJOY

  • Warm up station  (12:15 to 1:15 p.m.)
  • Shotgun start at 1:30 p.m.
  • Team flurry event (3:30 p.m.)
  • Grand prize random drawing
  • Wild game hors d'oeuvres and prizes awarded (4:30 p.m.)
  • Great networking all afternoon
*Please remember to have lunch before traveling to Little Falls.
 

TEAM & INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION INFORMATION

SPONSOR INFORMATION



    
Date:   June 21, 2016
Time:   12:15 PM - 05:00 PM
Location:  
Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation, Inc.
16543 Game Farm Road
Little Falls, MN 56345
Contact:   Sue Galligan, Brainerd Lakes Chamber, (218) 822-7119
Email:   sgalligan@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, June 21, 2016
12:15 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   2016 Big Fun Tuesdays
Big Fun Tuesdays the place to be each Tuesdays this summer!  Load up the kids and bring them to Crosslake's Town Square for Paul Bunyan sized games each week. 
  • Minnow Races (in Paul's straws)
  • Pancake Toss (no syrup needed)
  • Paul's Life Boat
  • Face Painting & Tattoos
  • Giant S'mores Game
  • Feed Paul beans (bag toss)
  • Gunny Sack races (in Paul's socks)
Plus each child gets a Loot Bag with candy and toys inside!
Sponsored by the merchants in Crosslake's Town Square and the Crosslake Community School.
Date:   June 21, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Website:   http://www.lakesareagallery.com
Location:   Crosslake Town Square
35746 Allen Avenue    
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Lakes Area Gallery and Frame Shoppe, 218-692-5447
Email:   lakesart@crosslake.net
Date/Time Details:   Tuesdays June 14 through August 9, 2016
1 - 3 pm
Jun 21   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Tuesday for all skill levels.
Date:   June 21, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
Jun 21   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with us. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   June 21, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Tuesday from 6-8 pm
Fees/Admission:   $1-$3 per card.
Jun 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. 
Date:   June 22, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health's St. Joseph's Medical Center 
523 N. 3rd Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   To register go to EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB or call 218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10 - 11 am 
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Jun 22   Turtle Races in Downtown Nisswa
It's off to the races every Wednesday throughout the summer with the Nisswa Turtle Races!  This event is a long standing tradition in the Nisswa community that draws a huge crowd each week for family fun.
 

Can you pick a winner?

Turtle size seems to be a constant debate here in Nisswa.  Some think that the smaller they are, the less weight they have, so the faster they are.  Some always choose small.

Others believe that big size is what matters.  Some pick the largest turtles thinking that the bigger, the more energy they have, and the faster they will race. 

Picking a fast turtle has been a secret for years. All we can tell you is that turtles are like people. The way they race depends on their mood. You could pick a happy turtle or a sad turtle and it all depends on what they do with that mood.

Each turtle has its own personality. Some turtle just sit there. Others start on one course and then veer crazily off in another direction. Others are spooked by all the people around them. You have to take all these factors into account when picking a fast turtle. Each turtle is different.

Oh, yes, and it always helps when you name your turtle.
Date:   June 22, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://www.nisswa.com/pages/NisswaTurtleRaces
Location:   Official Nisswa Turtle Track
Located in downtown Nisswa
Contact:   Nisswa Chamber of Commerce, (218) 963-2620
Email:   info@nisswa.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday
June 1 through August 17, 2016
1 pm - Registration
2 pm - Races Begin
**We race until we're done, that can be anytime between 2:45 pm to 4 pm
Fees/Admission:   $4.00 per racer, you will receive an official 2016 racing button and the use of a turtle with this fee!
Jun 22   Walking Club
Come walk with friends! What better way to get some great exercise while chatting and laughing?

If raining, we can do some exercises inside. Call for verification.
Date:   June 22, 2016
Time:   05:15 PM - 06:00 PM
Website:   http://www.goherbalife.com/bsteidler/en-US
Location:   The Crossfire
36184 County 66
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Brenda, (218) 692-2411 or cell (218) 830-9475
Email:   thecrossfire@tds.net
Date/Time Details:   Starting Wednesdays, April 20, 2016
Fees/Admission:   $5 includes delicious beverage after our walk.
Jun 22   Gull Dam Beers & Gears

A night to come talk with gear heads and show off your cars, trucks and motorcycles!

Date:   June 22, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://gulldambrewing.com/
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   June 8, 2016
7 - 10 pm
Fees/Admission:   No Cover
Jun 23 - Aug 25   Market in the Park
Each Thursday in the summer, the park adjacent to the Paul Bunyan Trail transforms into a sea of tents with vendors selling a variety of unique merchandise, as well as tasty treats.

2016 Crafter and Food Vendor Information
Date:   June 23, 2016 - August 25, 2016
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 6, 2016 through August 18, 2016.
Thursdays only
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   FREE ADMISSION
Jun 23   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   June 23, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

Jun 23   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   June 23, 2016
Time:   06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
Jun 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:   June 23, 2016
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, (218) 822-7128
Email:   cdols@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:  

Second and Fourth Thursdays 
7 to 8:30 a.m.

Fees/Admission:  
$75 Annual Fee
Jun 23   Hand Building with Clay Class for Adults

This two-day hand building pottery class for adults is designed to offer variety in each person's decided project! Options for project include: hand-built pottery platters, containers with lids and embellishments, sculptures, lace pottery plates and bowls, handmade tiles, fairy garden houses or bridges, etc. The point is that if you bring your ideas, together we will figure out how to make them!
Class size is limited to 10 adults.

  • Eileen (instructor) will have you choose a color glaze that she will finish your project in and set up a time for pick up. Projects will be completed in three weeks from date of class time. Shipping can be arranged for an additional fee.

Registration form can be downloaded from our website.
Call or send in registration form to reserve your spot.
 

Date:   June 23, 2016
Time:   09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://www.cottageplacestudio.com
Location:   The Cottage Place Art School in the Barn
32577 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN 56442
Contact:   Eileen Kulseth 218-692-5593
Email:   thecottageplace@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   June 23-24, 2016 
9:30 a.m. to Noon each days
Fees/Admission:   $125.00 includes $100 class fee plus $25.00 material/firing fee.
Jun 23 - Jun 25   Lakes Jam

Lakes Jam is a annual event that unites rock and country music fans from all walks of life and brings them together in the Brainerd Lakes area!

Located in lakes country on the grounds of Brainerd International Raceway, the area boasts beautiful scenery and allows Lkaes Jam to offer optimal camping and weekend fun.  Founded in 2012, Lakes Jam intends to deliver a line-up from an array of excellent live performing artists every year. Each year will be different, fresh and exciting!

Date:   June 23, 2016 - June 25, 2016
Time:   12:00 PM
Website:   http://www.lakesjam.com/
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN  56401
Email:   KenLacy@LakesJam.com
Date/Time Details:  

•  Gates open for camping:  Thursday, June 23 at 8 am

•  Concert bowl opens:  Thursday, June 23, 24 & 25 at 12 pm

Fees/Admission:   Ticket prices can be found online.
Jun 23   Little Miss and Mister 4th of July Pageant
Little Miss and Mister 4th of July Pageant.
For kids 4-8 years of age. Prizes for everyone.
Winners will ride in Brainerd's 4th of July Parade.
Date:   June 23, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Website:   http://www.brainerdcommunityaction.org/little_miss_mr.html
Location:   Westgate Mall
Center Court
14136 Baxter Drive
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Brainerd Community Action, 218-829-5278
Email:   Nancy@BrainerdCommunityAction.org
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, June 23, 2016
1 pm
Jun 23   Swimsuit Slimdown Pre-Summer Weight Loss Challenge
Do you need some help with fitting into your summer clothes? Do you want friendly expert advice and help from a CERTIFIED Wellness Coach? Do you want to get on a Meal Plan and feel AMAZING?  Do you want a FREE Wellness Profile and Body Scan?

Join us for the Summer Slimdown Weight Loss Challenge!
$20 + product gets you on a meal plan! Top 3 best results win cash prizes.
Save your seat today!
Date:   June 23, 2016
Time:   05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Website:   http://www.goherbalife.com/bsteidler/en-US
Location:   The Crossfire
36184 County 66
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Brenda, (218) 692-2411 or cell (218) 830-9475
Email:   thecrossfirellc@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Starts May 12, 2016
Weekly meetings (Thursdays)
5:30-6:30
Fees/Admission:   $20 + product
Jun 23   Traveling Art Pub - Manhattan Beach Lodge
Eat, Drink, Create & Socialize with The Traveling Art Pub at Manhattan Beach Lodge

Check mblodge.com or thetravelingartpub.com for updates on what you will be painting
Date:   June 23, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://thetravelingartpub.com
Location:   Manhattan Beach Lodge
39051 County Road 66
Manhattan Beach, MN  56442
 
Contact:   (218) 692-3381 or thetravelingartpub.com
Email:   info@mblodge.com
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, June 23, 2016
 6  - 8:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $35 per person
Jun 24   Pine River Duck Races

The Duck Races have been a summer tradition for over fifteen years. People of all ages can sponsor one or more racing "ducks" (really decoys). The ducks are ceremoniously dumped into the Pine River below the dam at the blast from a shotgun. Then they power paddle downstream 100 yards to the finish line. Wild cheering and quacking from the crowd is permitted and encouraged! The first three ducks in each race to cross the finish line earn prizes. A prize is also awarded to the "Slowest Duck" of each race. Three to six heats are held, depending on the enthusiasm and participation of the crowd!  Then the winners and the Slow Duck of each race are invited back to race in the "Mighty Duck Off Race" for the Grand Prize of the day.

 

Need a duck?

No need to find a duck, we have trained racing ducks for you to rent for $1 each.
(Remember, these are NOT live members of the duck family)

Bring the family for fun, prizes, awards and $$$.

Date:   June 24, 2016
Website:   http://www.pinerivermn.com
Location:   Just below the Dam in Downtown Pine River - Watch for the crowd!
Contact:   Pine River Chamber of Commerce, 218-587-4000
Email:   prcofc@uslink.net
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday-June 17 thru August 12, 2016
1:30 pm - Registration starts
2 pm - First Race Heat
Fees/Admission:   No need to find a duck, we have trained racing ducks for you to rent for $1 each.
Jun 24   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   June 24, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

Jun 24   Pine River Market Square (FRIDAYS)
Market Season has started! Pine River Market Square is a Local Growers’ & Crafters’ Market Established in 2009. Join us weekly on Fridays from 2:30-5:30 pm in Downtown Pine River!
Date:   June 24, 2016
Time:   02:30 AM - 05:30 PM
Website:   https://prmarketsquare.wordpress.com/about/
Location:   Located in downtown Pine River, next to the old Dark Cravings location, 4 blocks East of Highway 371 at the corner of  Barclay Avenue & 3rd St.
Contact:   218-838-6058
Email:   prmarketsquare@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Friday afternoons
May 27-September 30, 2016
Jun 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:   June 24, 2016
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 24   Meat Raffle at the American Legion in Brainerd
Meat raffle at the Legion every Friday. Up to a $50 meat packages given away. Full bar and menu. Special Dinners at 5:30 pm. Pull tabs available.
Date:   June 24, 2016
Time:   05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday starting at 5:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $1-$5 per ticket
Jun 24   17th Annual Susan G Komen Brainerd Lakes Kids for the Cure Race
NEW THIS YEAR - The Kids for the Cure Races will be held on Friday, June 24 at 6 pm! Races for ages 2-10 are on the track at age appropriate distances. Each child will receive a special goody bag courtesy of Kiwanis. We encourage parents to pick-up their Race packets and bring the kids along for a fun run, while enjoying hot dogs and beverages. (Kids 10 & under registered for a Saturday event may also run in the Friday Kids Races for no additional fee.)
Date:   June 24, 2016
Time:   05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Website:   http://www.komenminnesota.org/Komen_Race_for_the_Cure_/Brainerd_Lakes_Race_for_the_Cure_.htm
Location:   Forestview Middle School
12149 Knollwood Dr.
Baxter, MN 56425
Contact:   Race Chair: Emily Lanin pelanin@brainerd.net Sponsor Chair: Lori Scharenbroich lori.abels@gmail.com Volunteer Chair: Susie Buchite stetsonsusie@hotmail.com
Email:   pelanin@brainerd.net
Date/Time Details:   Friday, June 24, 2016
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Pre-registration, Packet Pick-Up & Shop for the Cure
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm - Hot Dog and Beverage available for $5.00
6:00 pm - Kids for the Cure Races (for ages 2-10)
Fees/Admission:   Through April 25: Kids for the Cure (age 2-10; fee includes walk participation): $12
April 26-June 24: Kids for the Cure (age 2-10; fee includes walk participation): $15
June 25: Kids for the Cure (age 2-10; fee includes walk participation): $20
Jun 24   Summer Solice at The Farm on St. Mathias
Enjoy the longest sunset of the year field-side at the Farm with the Lakes Area Music Festival. Summer Solstice is a celebration of great food and music featuring a quartet of opera singers performing familiar hits by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Bizet and more. An experiential silent auction will take place during the cocktail hour and all proceeds of this event will benefit the Festival's Music Mentors Project, a program which brings professional musicians into local schools to inspire young musicians.
Date:   June 24, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://thefarmonstmathias.com
Location:   The Farm on St. Mathias
7579 St Mathias Rd.
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   The Farm on St. Mathias, (218) 822-3281
Email:   info@thefarmonstmathias.com
Date/Time Details:   Friday, June 24, 2016
6 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:   Individual general admission: 
$65 by June 15
$75 by June 22
VIP reserved table of 8:   $520
Jun 24   Live Music at Gull Dam Brewing - The Muddy Water Band

Live Music Every Friday & Saturday! NO COVER!

Summer Open Hours - Starting May 27!
Monday: Taproom Closed / Brew Day
Tuesday - Saturday: Noon - 10pm

Traveling Art Pub: First Friday of the month.
Cribbage Tournament: First & Third Thursday of the month.

Date:   June 24, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   https://www.facebook.com/events/220535374948326/
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   June 24, 2016
6 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:   NO COVER!
Jun 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:   June 24, 2016
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 25 - Jun 26   Zalusky Advanced Riding School at BIR
The Zalusky Advanced Riding School provider riders with opportunities for advanced motorcycle rider training. Riders of all skill levels are welcome as well as all bike types!
Date:   June 25, 2016 - June 26, 2016
Website:   http://advancedridingschool.net
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), (218) 824-7223
Email:   tickets@brainerdraceway.com
Date/Time Details:   June 25 - 26, 2016
Fees/Admission:   Contact Brainerd International Raceway for details.
Jun 25   17th Annual Susan G Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure
Since July of 2000, the annual Susan G. Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure® has been one of our biggest fundraisers. It is held in conjunction with the Community Action 4th of July celebrations, on the last Saturday in June. Participants may choose to run in the 5K, walk a 5K or walk a 1 mile course with commemorative T-shirts to all, along with eligibility for door prizes. 5K Runners also receive age group awards. If they can't participate physically or cannot attend, people may enter as a Spirit Runner and still support the event and receive a T-shirt.
Date:   June 25, 2016
Time:   07:00 AM - 09:45 AM
Website:   http://www.komenminnesota.org/Komen_Race_for_the_Cure_/Brainerd_Lakes_Race_for_the_Cure_.htm
Location:   Forestview Middle School
12149 Knollwood Dr.
Baxter, MN 56425
Contact:   Race Chair: Emily Lanin pelanin@brainerd.net Sponsor Chair: Lori Scharenbroich lori.abels@gmail.com Volunteer Chair: Susie Buchite stetsonsusie@hotmail.com
Email:   pelanin@brainerd.net
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, June 25 7:00 am - 8:00 am - Same Day Registration & Packet Pick-Up
7:00 am - Sponsor Tents & Shop for the Cure Open
8:00 am - Survivor Photo followed by Survivor Recognition Ceremony
8:35 am - Dove Release (see details below)
8:45 am - 5K (3.1 miles) Race (USA T&F MN-06039-RR) 8:47 am - 5K & 1 Mile Walks
9:45 am - Awards Ceremony & Door Prizes
Fees/Admission:   Fees increase as the race deadline approaches.
Through April 25: 5K Run: Adults $25, 12 and under $15 5K or 1 Mile Walk: Adults $20, 12 and under $12 Spirit Runner: Adults $20, 12 and under $12 Kids for the Cure (age 2-10; fee includes walk participation): $12
April 26-June 22 5K Run: Adults $30, 12 and under $20 5K or 1 Mile Walk: Adults $25, 12 and under $15 Spirit Runner: Adults $25, 12 and under $15 Kids for the Cure (age 2-10; fee includes walk participation): $15
June 24 5K Run: Adults $35, 12 and under $25 5K or 1 Mile Walk: Adults $30, 12 and under $15 Spirit Runner: Adults $30, 12 and under $15 Kids for the Cure (age 2-10; fee includes walk participation): $15
June 25 5K Run: Adults $45, 12 and under $35 5K or 1 Mile Walk: Adults $35, 12 and under $20 Spirit Runner: Adults $35, 12 and under $20 Kids for the Cure (age 2-10; fee includes walk participation): $20
Jun 25   Race for the Cure

Since July of 2000, the annual Susan G. Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure® has been one of our biggest fundraisers. 

 Participants may choose to run in the 5K, walk a 5K or walk a 1 mile course with commemorative T-shirts to all, along with eligibility for door prizes.  5K Runners also receive age group awards.  If they can’t participate physically or cannot attend, people may enter as a Spirit Runner and still support the event and receive a T-shirt.  In addition, Kiwanis sponsors Kids for the Cure® Races on the track for 2-10 year olds at age appropriate distances with special goody bags for participants.

NEW THIS YEAR- The Kids for the Cure Races will be held the evening before the Race on Friday, June 24th!

Date:   June 25, 2016
Time:   07:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Website:   http://www.komenbrainerdlakes.org
Location:   Forestview Middle School
12149 Knollwood Dr.
Baxter, MN 56425
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, June 25, 2016
7:00 am - 8:00 am - Same Day Registration & Packet Pick-Up

7:00 am - Sponsor Tents & Shop for the Cure Open
8:00 am - Survivor Photo/Survivor Recognition Ceremony
8:35 am - Dove Release
8:45 am - 5K (3.1 miles) Race (USA T&F MN-06039-RR)
8:47 am - 5K & 1 Mile Walks
9:45 am - Awards Ceremony & Door Prizes
 
Fees/Admission:   See registration information
Jun 25   1/2 Day Kids Art Camp 6-9 years old
This is a fun and interactive class where children will each complete three projects to take home.  Projects include: pinch pot finger puppet, foil bird, and Tempra painting.

For children 6 - 9 years old
Class size limited to 10 attendees 
Each child should bring your own lunch and beverage

Registration form can be downloaded on our website.  
Please call or send in your registration to reserve your spot!



 
Date:   June 25, 2016
Time:   09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Website:   http://www.cottageplacestudio.com
Location:   The Cottage Place Art School in the Barn
32577 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN 56442
Contact:   Eileen Kulseth 218-692-5593
Email:   thecottageplace@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   June 25, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $80 - Includes $60 class fee and $20 material fee 
Bring own lunch and beverage
Jun 25   Fifty Lakes Day Celebration
A full day of fun with food, games, music and events. Special events include a State Patrol aircraft demo, Family bingo, a Mega meat raffle featuring two $100 meat packages, and a fabulous prize raffle drawing to be held at 8 PM. All proceeds benefit the Fifty Lakes volunteer fire department.
Date:   June 25, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://fiftylakesmn.com
Location:   Parking lot of The Fifty Lakes Bar & Bottle Shop
40430 Co Rd 3
Fifty Lakes, MN 56448
Contact:   Please contact Ann Raph at 218-763-3113.
Email:   ann50lakes@emily.net
Date/Time Details:   June 25, 2016
10 am - 10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Admission is free
Jun 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:   June 25, 2016
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   2016 Crosslake Outdoor Music Series
Grab your lawn chairs, load up the family and join us in Crosslake's Town Square for free live music under the gazebo each Saturday evening through August 27, 2016.  A different band each week; some old, some new, but all very entertaining and many are back by popular request.

Music schedule coming soon!
Date:   June 25, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake Town Square
35752 Allen Avenue
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Rob Stoll 218-692-5345
Date/Time Details:   Saturdays
June 25 - August 27, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Jun 26   American Legion Buffet Breakfast
American Legion has a breakfast buffet on the fourth Sunday of every month.
Date:   June 26, 2016
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 26   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with our NEW digital system. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   June 26, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   1-4 pm every Sunday.
Fees/Admission:   $1-$3 per card.
Jun 27   Gull Lake Sailing School
Sailing lessons for kids and adults. No sailboat? No problem! Our sailing school has been teaching kids to sail on Gull Lake for more that 50 years.
  • Youth lessons for ages 6-16
  • Friday mornings - optional sailing race day for all students
  • Scholarships available
Date:   June 27, 2016
Website:   http://www.glyc.com
Location:   Gull Lake Yacht Club and Sailing School
19696 Love Lake Road
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Gull Lake Yacht Club and Sailing School, (218) 831-8945
Email:   glycmanager@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   June 27-August 4, 2016
Monday - Thursday
Fees/Admission:   $95
Jun 27   Two-morning Hand Building with Clay Class for Teens
This two-morning class for teens is designed to bring out your imagination!   Give Eileen your ideas and she'll help you figure out how to create a beautiful clay piece.   No experience with pottery required. Options for projects include: Hand-built platters; Hand-built containers with lids and embellished with designs; Mugs; Sculptures; Lace pottery bowls or platters;  Handmade tiles; Message boards. 
Eileen (instructor) will have you choose a glaze color and finish it for you. Your project will be finished in 3 weeks and a pickup time will be arranged. Shipping is available for an additional cost.

Class size is limited to 12 participants ages 13-17.
Registration forms can be downloaded from our website.
Call Eileen or send in your registration to reserve your spot!
Date:   June 27, 2016
Time:   09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Website:   http://www.cottageplacestudio.com
Location:   The Cottage Place Art School Barn
32577 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN 56442
Contact:   Eileen Kulseth 218-692-5593
Email:   thecottageplace@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   June 27-28, 2016
 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   $80 - Includes $60.00 class fee and $20.00 material/firing fee
Jun 28   2016 Youth Garden Classes Start

Presented by Master Gardeners for Kids 8 to 15 years old.

Would you like to learn how to grow a garden? Then this class is for you!

You will get your own garden plot and learn about:

- Picking out the right place to put a garden
- How to prepare the soil
- Planning your garden
- Lean about different seeds and plants
- How to water and harvest

Date:   June 28, 2016
Website:   http://www.northlandarb.org/node/2326
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Dr.
Brainerd, MN 56401    
Contact:   Northland Arboretum, 218-829-8770
Email:   info@northlandarb.org
Date/Time Details:   June 7 through August 30, 2016
Youth classes held at 10 am to 11:30 am every Tuesday.
Fees/Admission:   $10 per student to cover materials
Jun 28   Gull Lake Sailing School
Sailing lessons for kids and adults. No sailboat? No problem! Our sailing school has been teaching kids to sail on Gull Lake for more that 50 years.
  • Youth lessons for ages 6-16
  • Friday mornings - optional sailing race day for all students
  • Scholarships available
Date:   June 28, 2016
Website:   http://www.glyc.com
Location:   Gull Lake Yacht Club and Sailing School
19696 Love Lake Road
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Gull Lake Yacht Club and Sailing School, (218) 831-8945
Email:   glycmanager@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   June 27-August 4, 2016
Monday - Thursday
Fees/Admission:   $95
Jun 28   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   June 28, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

Jun 28   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   June 28, 2016
Time:   06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
Jun 28   Two-morning Hand Building with Clay Class for Teens
This two-morning class for teens is designed to bring out your imagination!   Give Eileen your ideas and she'll help you figure out how to create a beautiful clay piece.   No experience with pottery required. Options for projects include: Hand-built platters; Hand-built containers with lids and embellished with designs; Mugs; Sculptures; Lace pottery bowls or platters;  Handmade tiles; Message boards. 
Eileen (instructor) will have you choose a glaze color and finish it for you. Your project will be finished in 3 weeks and a pickup time will be arranged. Shipping is available for an additional cost.

Class size is limited to 12 participants ages 13-17.
Registration forms can be downloaded from our website.
Call Eileen or send in your registration to reserve your spot!
Date:   June 28, 2016
Time:   09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Website:   http://www.cottageplacestudio.com
Location:   The Cottage Place Art School Barn
32577 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN 56442
Contact:   Eileen Kulseth 218-692-5593
Email:   thecottageplace@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   June 27-28, 2016
 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   $80 - Includes $60.00 class fee and $20.00 material/firing fee
Jun 28   2016 Big Fun Tuesdays
Big Fun Tuesdays the place to be each Tuesdays this summer!  Load up the kids and bring them to Crosslake's Town Square for Paul Bunyan sized games each week. 
  • Minnow Races (in Paul's straws)
  • Pancake Toss (no syrup needed)
  • Paul's Life Boat
  • Face Painting & Tattoos
  • Giant S'mores Game
  • Feed Paul beans (bag toss)
  • Gunny Sack races (in Paul's socks)
Plus each child gets a Loot Bag with candy and toys inside!
Sponsored by the merchants in Crosslake's Town Square and the Crosslake Community School.
Date:   June 28, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Website:   http://www.lakesareagallery.com
Location:   Crosslake Town Square
35746 Allen Avenue    
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Lakes Area Gallery and Frame Shoppe, 218-692-5447
Email:   lakesart@crosslake.net
Date/Time Details:   Tuesdays June 14 through August 9, 2016
1 - 3 pm
Jun 28   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Tuesday for all skill levels.
Date:   June 28, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
Jun 28   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with us. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   June 28, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Tuesday from 6-8 pm
Fees/Admission:   $1-$3 per card.
Jun 29   Wednesday Night Drags - Street Legal Style
Wednesday Night Drags - Street Legal Style is open to anyone who wants to run BIR's world-class drag strip. All you need is a street-legal car, $25 and a helmet. Run the track as many times as you want until dusk. This event includes autocross as well.
Date:   June 29, 2016
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/wednesday-night-drags/
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN  56401
 
Contact:   (218) 824-7223
Email:   tickets@brainerdraceway.com
Date/Time Details:  

The 2016 Wednesday Night Street Drag dates:
May 4 - With autocross
May 18 - With drifting
June 1 - With autocross
June 15 - With drifting
June 29 - With autocross
July 13 - With drifting
July 27 - With autocross
August 31 - With autocross
September 7 - With drifting

Call for time of race.

Fees/Admission:  

Prices
Participant Entry - $25
Spectator Entry - $5
Note: Cash & checks only.

Jun 29   Gull Lake Sailing School
Sailing lessons for kids and adults. No sailboat? No problem! Our sailing school has been teaching kids to sail on Gull Lake for more that 50 years.
  • Youth lessons for ages 6-16
  • Friday mornings - optional sailing race day for all students
  • Scholarships available
Date:   June 29, 2016
Website:   http://www.glyc.com
Location:   Gull Lake Yacht Club and Sailing School
19696 Love Lake Road
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Gull Lake Yacht Club and Sailing School, (218) 831-8945
Email:   glycmanager@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   June 27-August 4, 2016
Monday - Thursday
Fees/Admission:   $95
Jun 29   Print Making Class for Adults

A simple picture can become a work of art by using this cutting technique!
Participants will make one 4"x6" linocut picture and 5 prints of that picture in this class. Drawing skills not required. Picture templates will be provided to trace.
Class size limited to 10 adults.

Registration forms can be downloaded at our website.
Call or send in your registration form to reserve your spot!
Date:   June 29, 2016
Time:   09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://www.cottageplacestudio.com
Location:   The Cottage Place Art School in the Barn
32577 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN 56442
Contact:   Eileen Kulseth 218-692-5593
Email:   thecottageplace@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   June 29, 2016 
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $65.00 includes $50.00 class fee plus $15.00 material fee.
Jun 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. 
Date:   June 29, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health's St. Joseph's Medical Center 
523 N. 3rd Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   To register go to EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB or call 218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10 - 11 am 
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Jun 29   Turtle Races in Downtown Nisswa
It's off to the races every Wednesday throughout the summer with the Nisswa Turtle Races!  This event is a long standing tradition in the Nisswa community that draws a huge crowd each week for family fun.
 

Can you pick a winner?

Turtle size seems to be a constant debate here in Nisswa.  Some think that the smaller they are, the less weight they have, so the faster they are.  Some always choose small.

Others believe that big size is what matters.  Some pick the largest turtles thinking that the bigger, the more energy they have, and the faster they will race. 

Picking a fast turtle has been a secret for years. All we can tell you is that turtles are like people. The way they race depends on their mood. You could pick a happy turtle or a sad turtle and it all depends on what they do with that mood.

Each turtle has its own personality. Some turtle just sit there. Others start on one course and then veer crazily off in another direction. Others are spooked by all the people around them. You have to take all these factors into account when picking a fast turtle. Each turtle is different.

Oh, yes, and it always helps when you name your turtle.
Date:   June 29, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://www.nisswa.com/pages/NisswaTurtleRaces
Location:   Official Nisswa Turtle Track
Located in downtown Nisswa
Contact:   Nisswa Chamber of Commerce, (218) 963-2620
Email:   info@nisswa.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday
June 1 through August 17, 2016
1 pm - Registration
2 pm - Races Begin
**We race until we're done, that can be anytime between 2:45 pm to 4 pm
Fees/Admission:   $4.00 per racer, you will receive an official 2016 racing button and the use of a turtle with this fee!
Jun 29   Walking Club
Come walk with friends!  What better way to get some great exercise while chatting and laughing?
$5 includes delicious beverage after our walk.

If raining, we can do some exercises inside, call for verification.
 
Date:   June 29, 2016
Time:   05:15 PM - 06:00 PM
Location:   The Crossfire
36184 County 66
Crosslake, MN 56442
Contact:   Brenda (218) 692-2411 or cell (218) 830-9475
Email:   thecrossfire@tds.net
Date/Time Details:   June 26, 2016
5:15 - 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 for beverage afterwards
Jun 29   Gull Dam Beers & Gears

A night to come talk with gear heads and show off your cars, trucks and motorcycles!

Date:   June 29, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://gulldambrewing.com/
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   June 8, 2016
7 - 10 pm
Fees/Admission:   No Cover
Jun 29 - Jul 02   The 39 Steps - Stage North Theatre
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time tony and drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters and an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!
Date:   June 29, 2016 - July 2, 2016
Time:   07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Website:   http://stagenorththeater.com/
Location:   Franklin Arts Center
1001 Kingwood St    
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Stage North Theatre Company, (218) 232-6810
Email:   gary@stagenorththeater.com
Date/Time Details:   June 29 through July 2, 2016
7:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   Adult $25.00
Child $12.50
Jun 30   Little Miss and Mister 4th of July Pageant
Date:   June 30, 2016
Jun 30 - Sep 01   Market in the Park
Each Thursday in the summer, the park adjacent to the Paul Bunyan Trail transforms into a sea of tents with vendors selling a variety of unique merchandise, as well as tasty treats.

2016 Crafter and Food Vendor Information
Date:   June 30, 2016 - September 1, 2016
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 6, 2016 through August 18, 2016.
Thursdays only
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   FREE ADMISSION
Jun 30   Gull Lake Sailing School
Sailing lessons for kids and adults. No sailboat? No problem! Our sailing school has been teaching kids to sail on Gull Lake for more that 50 years.
  • Youth lessons for ages 6-16
  • Friday mornings - optional sailing race day for all students
  • Scholarships available
Date:   June 30, 2016
Website:   http://www.glyc.com
Location:   Gull Lake Yacht Club and Sailing School
19696 Love Lake Road
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Gull Lake Yacht Club and Sailing School, (218) 831-8945
Email:   glycmanager@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   June 27-August 4, 2016
Monday - Thursday
Fees/Admission:   $95
Jun 30   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   June 30, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

Jun 30   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   June 30, 2016
Time:   06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
Jun 30   1/2 Day Kids Art Camp 9-12 years old
This is a fun and interactive educational class where children will each complete three projects to take home. Projects include: Kente Cloth Wall Hanging created with paper, "Stained Glass" in color diffused paper, and a Lace Pottery Bowl.

For children 9-12 years old
Class size limited to 10 attendees
Each child should bring lunch and a beverage

Registration form can be downloaded from our website.
Please call or register to reserve your spot!
 
Date:   June 30, 2016
Time:   09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Website:   http://www.cottageplacestudio.com
Location:   The Cottage Place Art School in the Barn
32577 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN 56442
Contact:   Eileen Kulseth 218-692-5593
Email:   thecottageplace@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   June 30, 2016
9:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $75 - Includes $60 Class fee $60.00 plus $15.00 material fee
Jul 01   Pine River Duck Races

The Duck Races have been a summer tradition for over fifteen years. People of all ages can sponsor one or more racing "ducks" (really decoys). The ducks are ceremoniously dumped into the Pine River below the dam at the blast from a shotgun. Then they power paddle downstream 100 yards to the finish line. Wild cheering and quacking from the crowd is permitted and encouraged! The first three ducks in each race to cross the finish line earn prizes. A prize is also awarded to the "Slowest Duck" of each race. Three to six heats are held, depending on the enthusiasm and participation of the crowd!  Then the winners and the Slow Duck of each race are invited back to race in the "Mighty Duck Off Race" for the Grand Prize of the day.

 

Need a duck?

No need to find a duck, we have trained racing ducks for you to rent for $1 each.
(Remember, these are NOT live members of the duck family)

Bring the family for fun, prizes, awards and $$$.

Date:   July 1, 2016
Website:   http://www.pinerivermn.com
Location:   Just below the Dam in Downtown Pine River - Watch for the crowd!
Contact:   Pine River Chamber of Commerce, 218-587-4000
Email:   prcofc@uslink.net
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday-June 17 thru August 12, 2016
1:30 pm - Registration starts
2 pm - First Race Heat
Fees/Admission:   No need to find a duck, we have trained racing ducks for you to rent for $1 each.
Jul 01   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   July 1, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

Jul 01   Pine River Market Square (FRIDAYS)
Market Season has started! Pine River Market Square is a Local Growers’ & Crafters’ Market Established in 2009. Join us weekly on Fridays from 2:30-5:30 pm in Downtown Pine River!
Date:   July 1, 2016
Time:   02:30 AM - 05:30 PM
Website:   https://prmarketsquare.wordpress.com/about/
Location:   Located in downtown Pine River, next to the old Dark Cravings location, 4 blocks East of Highway 371 at the corner of  Barclay Avenue & 3rd St.
Contact:   218-838-6058
Email:   prmarketsquare@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Friday afternoons
May 27-September 30, 2016
Jul 01   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:   July 1, 2016
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
Jul 01   Wheel Throwing with Clay Class for Adults (no prior experience needed)
This is a beginning class for those who would like to try wheel throwing with clay!  No experience is necessary. You will be creating a mug, bowl, or plate on the wheel. You may be making two to three pieces that day.
Class size limited to 2 or 3 participants

Eileen (instructor) will have you choose a glaze color and finish it for you. Your project will be finished in 3 weeks and a pickup time will be arranged. Shipping is available for an additional cost.

Registration forms can be downloaded from our website.
Call Eileen or send in your registration to reserve your spot!
Date:   July 1, 2016
Time:   09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://www.cottageplacestudio.com
Location:   The Cottage Place Art School Pottery Studio
32577 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN 56442
Contact:   Eileen Kulseth 218-692-5593
Email:   thecottageplace@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   July 1, 2016 
9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $75.00 includes $60 class fee plus $15.00 material/firing fee.
Jul 01   Meat Raffle at the American Legion in Brainerd
Meat raffle at the Legion every Friday. Up to a $50 meat packages given away. Full bar and menu. Special Dinners at 5:30 pm. Pull tabs available.
Date:   July 1, 2016
Time:   05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday starting at 5:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $1-$5 per ticket
Jul 01   Traveling Art Pub at Gull Dam Brewing

TAP events are scheduled monthly at our local destinations where guests gather together to create original works of art. Enjoy this creative adventure with friends, co-workers, family, spouses or strangers alike! 

TAP gives you the time, supplies and guided instruction to create your very own one-of-a-kind masterpiece! NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED- even if you can't draw a stick figure!

Taste our hand crafted Gull Dam Beers.

What makes our Gull Dam brew better?  First, unlike other breweries using chemically treated city tap water, Gull Dam Brewing uses well water deep from the pure underground aquifers of Gull Lake. Second, each of our brew flavors has some locally harvested ingredients including hops from Brainerd.  Finally, while other breweries filter their beer to increase clarity, we do not filter our Gull Dam brews. Filtering may increase clarity, but the unfortunate resulting consequence?...filtering reduces flavor. Gull Dam Brewing has a top secret method of processing our beer without using a filter, yet beholding to delicious flavor and amazing color and clarity. (Almost sounds like a diamond commercial.)

Gull Dam Brewing. Great times and exceptional craft beer!

Date:   July 1, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://www.thetravelingartpub.com/
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   The Traveling Art Pub, (218) 851-0838
Email:   travelingartpub@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   May 6, 2016
6-8:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $40 per person. Included one beer.
Tickets available online.
Jul 01   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:   July 1, 2016
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.
Jul 02   Grandpa's Run For The Walleye 2016 Crosslake

Looking for a bigger challenge? Grandpa’s Run for the Walleye now features a certified 10K course!

Participants will have the option of selecting either a short-sleeve or long-sleeve shirt! This option is available to those who pre-register only. Pre-registration ends on June 30th

Join the 19th annual community-wide effort to restore the Whitefish Area's Walleye population. Established in memory of Grandpa Boots Buthman, this Crosslake tradition offers events for all ages and abilities.  Run, walk or dash for the fun and for the fish!

The run provides all participants with professional chip timing and results on a certified race course.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, July 1st: 
  4:00 - 6:00pm: Early Packet Pick Up at the Community Center. Registration will also be available at this time.

Saturday, July 2nd:
 7:00am - 8:15am: Race Day Registration
 8:15am: 10K Race
 8:30am: 5k Race
 9:30am: Kids Sunfish Dash

PRIZES
T-shirts for all entrants who pre-register and for race day registrants while supplies last. Awards to top runners in each age group plus a raffle drawing for all entrants. Winner's ribbons and a prize for all Sunfish Dash finishers.

 

EVENT COURSES

Family 5K and 10K Run
Easy 5k Run/Walk or 10k Run along a flat scenic route through beautiful Crosslake. Water stop and post-race refreshments available at the Crosslake Community Center.


Kids Sunfish Dash
Kid-friendly, age-appropriate course at the Crosslake Community Center for ages:
0-2, 3-4, 5-7, and 8-10.

This is the first of three races in the Crosslake Road Race Series
Grandpa's Run for the Walleye 5K - July 2, 2016
Crosslake Dam Run 5K and 10K  - August 6, 2016 
Crosslake Monster Dash 5K - October 22, 2016


  

 
Date:   July 2, 2016
Time:   07:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Website:   http://minnesotawaters.org/whitefishareapropertyowners/run-walleye/
Location:   Crosslake Community Center
14126 Daggett Pine Road
Crosslake, MN 56442
Contact:   218-831-2721
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, July 2, 2016
7:00 - 8:15 a.m. - Check in and same day registration
8:15 a.m. - 10K Run
8:30 a.m. - 5K Run/Walk
9:30 a.m. - Kids Sunfish Race
 
Fees/Admission:   5K Run/Walk and 10K Run
Before June 22nd - $25 each
June 22nd thru race day - $30 each

Kids Sunfish Dash
Thru race day - $5 each
Jul 02   2016 Crosslake Original Craft and Flea Market
Take advantage of excellent and unique shopping opportunities at Crosslake's Original Craft and Flea Market located at the intersection of County Roads 3 and 103.
Date:   July 2, 2016
Time:   09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Location:   13715 County Road 103
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Al Schewe, Cell 612-597-1827
Email:   afschewe@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, July 2, 2016
Saturday, September 3, 2016

9 am - 4 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free Admission
Vendors - $25 per space
Jul 02   Handmade Pottery Bisque-ware Painting Class
Gather your friends for a fun and educational class where you'll learn the process of Bisque-ware pottery. You will choose from a selection of handmade bisque-ware pieces to glaze. Pieces will be fired and ready to pick up in a week (or they can be mailed with an additional fee for shipping).

Class size limited to 10 attendees
For ages 13 years to adults.
Date:   July 2, 2016
Time:   09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Website:   http://www.cottageplacestudio.com
Location:   The Cottage Place Art School in the Barn
32577 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN 56442
Contact:   Eileen Kulseth 218-692-5593
Email:   thecottageplace@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   July 2, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   $32 - $50 - Includes $25 class fee plus the cost of the bisque-ware pottery piece
Jul 02   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:   July 2, 2016
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.
Jul 02   Live Music at Gull Dam Brewing - Brian Naughton Band

Live Music Every Friday & Saturday! NO COVER!

Summer Open Hours - Starting May 27!
Monday: Taproom Closed / Brew Day
Tuesday - Saturday: Noon - 10 pm

Traveling Art Pub: First Friday of the month.
Cribbage Tournament: First & Third Thursday of the month.

Date:   July 2, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://gulldambrewing.com/
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   July 2, 2016
6 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:   NO COVER!
Jul 02 - Sep 03   2016 Crosslake Outdoor Music Series
Grab your lawn chairs, load up the family and join us in Crosslake's Town Square for free live music under the gazebo each Saturday evening through August 27, 2016.  A different band each week; some old, some new, but all very entertaining and many are back by popular request.

Music schedule coming soon!
Date:   July 2, 2016 - September 3, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake Town Square
35752 Allen Avenue
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Rob Stoll 218-692-5345
Date/Time Details:   Saturdays
June 25 - August 27, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Jul 02   Fireworks at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge
Don't miss the fireworks display at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge. The fireworks start at dusk, but before things get too sparkly we'll have live music, beverages, and ice cream  from Auntie M's!
Date:   July 2, 2016
Time:   09:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Website:   http://www.ruttgers.com
Location:   Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge
25039 Tame Fish Lake Road
Deerwood, MN 56444
 
Contact:   855-432-5048
Email:   reservations@ruttgers.com
Date/Time Details:   July 2, 2016
Fireworks start at dusk.
Fees/Admission:   Free to the public.
Jul 02   2016 Celebrate America - Crosslake's 46th Annual Fireworks Display
2016 marks the 46th year the community of Crosslake has been celebrating Americas' freedom with a fantastic fireworks display.

Join us on Saturday, July 2, 2016 on the water or from the shores of Cross Lake to view the display from Sand Island beginning at dusk.
Views are best from a boat, but if you're on the shore, the Cty Rd 16 bridge on the north-west side of Crosslake near The Wharf offers parking on the shoulders, bring a lawn chair and sit next to your car.  You can also see the fireworks from the beaches at the US Army Corp Crosslake Recreation Areas (Campground). The recreation area entrance is at the intersection of Cty Road 3 and Rte 66, but offers very limited parking.   Park at Andy's corner, the churches or nearby businesses along Rte 66 and walk in.  Bring blankets or chairs to sit on.  Please be respectful of the campers as you walk through.

Please contribute to the cause. Put your extra change in specially marked donation cans at Crosslake merchants. Tax deductible contributions can be mailed to:
Fireworks - The PAL Foundation
14126 Daggett Pine Road
Crosslake, MN  56442
Make your lodging reservations now!


 
Date:   July 2, 2016
Time:   10:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Website:   http://www.crosslake.com
Location:   View the fireworks from the water and shores of Cross Lake
Fireworks launch from Sand Island on the south end of the lake
Contact:   Cindy Myogeto, 218692-4027
Email:   cmyogeto@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, July 2, 2016
at dusk (10:00 p.m.)
Fees/Admission:   Please contribute to the cause. Put your extra change in specially marked donation cans at Crosslake merchants. Tax deductible contributions can be mailed to:
Fireworks - The PAL Foundation
14126 Daggett Pine Road
Crosslake, MN  56442
Jul 03   Freedom Day Celebration and Parade
Family fun all day long!  Food and treats throughout town.  Turtle Races, crafters, music, kids fun.

Amazing Parade at 7:00 PM
Date:   July 3, 2016
Website:   http://www.nisswa.com
Location:   All around Nisswa
Contact:   218-863-2620
Date/Time Details:   July 3, 2016
Fees/Admission:   Free to public
Jul 03 - Jul 04   2016 Stars & Stripes Days

Fireworks, parades, entertainment! Come celebrate our Independence Day with Fourth of July activities July 3 and 4 in Pequot Lakes.  July 4 highlights include the annual parade! This two day event is loaded with family fun events.


July 3
5 p.m.- 11 p.m. Beer Garden sponsored by Community Action
5 p.m. Food Vendors


After Dusk Fireworks by Zambelli Fireworks International at the High School Ball Fields

July 4
7 a.m. - 11 a.m. Firemen's Pancake Breakfast
9 a.m.-4 p.m. - Flea Market, Craft Fair & Food Vendors - Trailside Park
12 p.m. - Stars & Stripes Parade

All parade entries must be pre-registered by July 1, 2015 - Get the Entry Form

 

FREE Shuttle Bus Service from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Park at Eagle View Elementary School (County Rd 11) and ride the shuttle bus in to town (before and after the parade). Roads Closed: County Rd 11 and County Rd 112 will be closed to thru traffic at 11 a.m. PARKING WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ON COUNTY RD 11. Parking: Available at TDS and the Pequot Lakes High School (cross at stoplights).

Handicapped Parking: Available on Government Drive, East Butler Street, St. Alice Church,and Old Hwy 371 (Pequot Lakes Dental). Spaces will be marked. Arrive early!

NO PARKING ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE. VEHICLES WILL BE TICKETED AND TOWED.


Stay for more than a day! Take in all the happenings with this event and more by extending your stay in the Brainerd Lakes Area. No other vacation destination in Minnesota offers the variety of lodging accommodations to fit every size, price, location, and style.

 

 

Date:   July 3, 2016 - July 4, 2016
Location:  

Trailside Park and East Side of Downtown
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Contact:   Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce 218-568-8911
Email:   jenna@pequotlakes.com
Date/Time Details:  

July 3
5 p.m.- 11 p.m. Beer Garden sponsored by Community Action
5 p.m. Food Vendors

July 4, 2015
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Craft Fair in Trailside Park

Parade at Noon.
Fireworks at Dusk

 

Fees/Admission:  

Free to attend.

 

Jul 03   42nd Annual Arts in the Park
Widely known and respected as one of central Minnesota's finest arts presentations. You will find some new art elements, as well as some of your old favorites. Whether it is a favorite artist, entertainer or even your favorite snack offered by our food vendors, Arts in the Park has something for you. We invite you to stroll through the park and enjoy the art booths, entertainment, and food offered for all ages.
Date:   July 3, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Website:   http://brainerdcommunityaction.org/arts_in_the_park.html
Location:   Gregory Park
424 N 5th Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Brainerd Community Action, 218-829-5278
Email:   Nancy@BrainerdCommunityAction.org
Date/Time Details:   Sunday, July 3, 2016
10 am - 4:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   No admission fee.
Jul 03   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with our NEW digital system. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   July 3, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   1-4 pm every Sunday.
Fees/Admission:   $1-$3 per card.
Jul 04   The American Celebration - 4th of July Events
July 4, 2016
Noon    Free Corn on the Cob Feed sponsored by The Shop served in the 5th st. parking lot next to Brainerd High School
4 pm    The American Celebration Parade- Parade Marshall- Joe Haeg
6:30 pm    Entertainment featuring Hairball- Free Admission
10 pm    Presentation of the flag and singing of National Anthem 
10:15 pm    World Class Fireworks by Zambelli- Accompanying music on 107.5 The Power Loon
Date:   July 4, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdcommunityaction.org/4th_of_july.html
Location:   Brainerd, MN
Fireworks at Don Adamson Field
Contact:   Brainerd Community Action, 218-829-5278
Email:   Nancy@BrainerdCommunityAction.org
Date/Time Details:   July 4, 2016
Noon - 11 pm
Jul 04   Gull Lake Sailing School
Sailing lessons for kids and adults. No sailboat? No problem! Our sailing school has been teaching kids to sail on Gull Lake for more that 50 years.
  • Youth lessons for ages 6-16
  • Friday mornings - optional sailing race day for all students
  • Scholarships available
Date:   July 4, 2016
Website:   http://www.glyc.com
Location:   Gull Lake Yacht Club and Sailing School
19696 Love Lake Road
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Gull Lake Yacht Club and Sailing School, (218) 831-8945
Email:   glycmanager@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   June 27-August 4, 2016
Monday - Thursday
Fees/Admission:   $95
Jul 05   Gull Lake Sailing School
Sailing lessons for kids and adults. No sailboat? No problem! Our sailing school has been teaching kids to sail on Gull Lake for more that 50 years.
  • Youth lessons for ages 6-16
  • Friday mornings - optional sailing race day for all students
  • Scholarships available
Date:   July 5, 2016
Website:   http://www.glyc.com
Location:   Gull Lake Yacht Club and Sailing School
19696 Love Lake Road
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Gull Lake Yacht Club and Sailing School, (218) 831-8945
Email:   glycmanager@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   June 27-August 4, 2016
Monday - Thursday
Fees/Admission:   $95
Jul 05   2016 Youth Garden Classes Start

Presented by Master Gardeners for Kids 8 to 15 years old.

Would you like to learn how to grow a garden? Then this class is for you!

You will get your own garden plot and learn about:

- Picking out the right place to put a garden
- How to prepare the soil
- Planning your garden
- Lean about different seeds and plants
- How to water and harvest

Date:   July 5, 2016
Website:   http://www.northlandarb.org/node/2326
Location:   Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Dr.
Brainerd, MN 56401    
Contact:   Northland Arboretum, 218-829-8770
Email:   info@northlandarb.org
Date/Time Details:   June 7 through August 30, 2016
Youth classes held at 10 am to 11:30 am every Tuesday.
Fees/Admission:   $10 per student to cover materials
Jul 05   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   July 5, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

Jul 05   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   July 5, 2016
Time:   06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
Jul 05   Two-Day Wheel throwing with Clay Class for Adults (experience in wheel throwing required)
Hone your skills ar this two consecutive day wheel throwing pottery class for adults. Experience with a pottery wheel is necessary. Project options are: a set of wheel-thrown bowls, set of mugs, etc.

Class size limited to 4 adult participants

You will choose a glaze color and Eileen (instructor) will carve and glaze your pieces. Your pieces will be completed in three weeks. You can arrange to pick them up or they can be shipped for an additional cost.

Registration forms can be downloaded from our website.
Call Eileen or send in your registration to reserve your spot!
 
Date:   July 5, 2016
Time:   09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://www.cottageplacestudio.com
Location:   The Cottage Place Art School Pottery Studio
32577 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN 56442
Contact:   Eileen Kulseth 218-692-5593
Email:   thecottageplace@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   July 5-6, 2016 
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day
Fees/Admission:   Cost - Class fee $125.00 plus $30.00 material/firing fee - Total $155.00
Jul 05   2016 Big Fun Tuesdays
Big Fun Tuesdays the place to be each Tuesdays this summer!  Load up the kids and bring them to Crosslake's Town Square for Paul Bunyan sized games each week. 
  • Minnow Races (in Paul's straws)
  • Pancake Toss (no syrup needed)
  • Paul's Life Boat
  • Face Painting & Tattoos
  • Giant S'mores Game
  • Feed Paul beans (bag toss)
  • Gunny Sack races (in Paul's socks)
Plus each child gets a Loot Bag with candy and toys inside!
Sponsored by the merchants in Crosslake's Town Square and the Crosslake Community School.
Date:   July 5, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Website:   http://www.lakesareagallery.com
Location:   Crosslake Town Square
35746 Allen Avenue    
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Lakes Area Gallery and Frame Shoppe, 218-692-5447
Email:   lakesart@crosslake.net
Date/Time Details:   Tuesdays June 14 through August 9, 2016
1 - 3 pm
Jul 05   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Tuesday for all skill levels.
Date:   July 5, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
Jul 05   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with us. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   July 5, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Tuesday from 6-8 pm
Fees/Admission:   $1-$3 per card.
Jul 06   American Legion Brainerd Riders Meeting
Legion Riders meeting at the American Legion in Brainerd. Become a member today!
Date:   July 6, 2016
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Chapter President Paul Edwards, 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   1st Wednesday of the month
7 pm
Jul 06   Gull Lake Sailing School
Sailing lessons for kids and adults. No sailboat? No problem! Our sailing school has been teaching kids to sail on Gull Lake for more that 50 years.
  • Youth lessons for ages 6-16
  • Friday mornings - optional sailing race day for all students
  • Scholarships available
Date:   July 6, 2016
Website:   http://www.glyc.com
Location:   Gull Lake Yacht Club and Sailing School
19696 Love Lake Road
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Gull Lake Yacht Club and Sailing School, (218) 831-8945
Email:   glycmanager@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   June 27-August 4, 2016
Monday - Thursday
Fees/Admission:   $95
Jul 06   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. 
Date:   July 6, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Website:   http://EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB
Location:   Essentia Health's St. Joseph's Medical Center 
523 N. 3rd Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   To register go to EssentiaHealth.org/MatchOB or call 218-828-7414
Date/Time Details:   Meets weekly, Wednesday mornings, 10 - 11 am 
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Jul 06   Turtle Races in Downtown Nisswa
It's off to the races every Wednesday throughout the summer with the Nisswa Turtle Races!  This event is a long standing tradition in the Nisswa community that draws a huge crowd each week for family fun.
 

Can you pick a winner?

Turtle size seems to be a constant debate here in Nisswa.  Some think that the smaller they are, the less weight they have, so the faster they are.  Some always choose small.

Others believe that big size is what matters.  Some pick the largest turtles thinking that the bigger, the more energy they have, and the faster they will race. 

Picking a fast turtle has been a secret for years. All we can tell you is that turtles are like people. The way they race depends on their mood. You could pick a happy turtle or a sad turtle and it all depends on what they do with that mood.

Each turtle has its own personality. Some turtle just sit there. Others start on one course and then veer crazily off in another direction. Others are spooked by all the people around them. You have to take all these factors into account when picking a fast turtle. Each turtle is different.

Oh, yes, and it always helps when you name your turtle.
Date:   July 6, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://www.nisswa.com/pages/NisswaTurtleRaces
Location:   Official Nisswa Turtle Track
Located in downtown Nisswa
Contact:   Nisswa Chamber of Commerce, (218) 963-2620
Email:   info@nisswa.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday
June 1 through August 17, 2016
1 pm - Registration
2 pm - Races Begin
**We race until we're done, that can be anytime between 2:45 pm to 4 pm
Fees/Admission:   $4.00 per racer, you will receive an official 2016 racing button and the use of a turtle with this fee!
Jul 06   Walking Club
Come walk with friends! What better way to get some great exercise while chatting and laughing?

If raining, we can do some exercises inside. Call for verification.
Date:   July 6, 2016
Time:   05:15 PM - 06:00 PM
Website:   http://www.goherbalife.com/bsteidler/en-US
Location:   The Crossfire
36184 County 66
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Brenda, (218) 692-2411 or cell (218) 830-9475
Email:   thecrossfire@tds.net
Date/Time Details:   Starting Wednesdays, April 20, 2016
Fees/Admission:   $5 includes delicious beverage after our walk.
Jul 06   Gull Dam Beers & Gears

A night to come talk with gear heads and show off your cars, trucks and motorcycles!

Date:   July 6, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://gulldambrewing.com/
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre', (480) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   June 8, 2016
7 - 10 pm
Fees/Admission:   No Cover
Jul 07 - Sep 08   Market in the Park
Each Thursday in the summer, the park adjacent to the Paul Bunyan Trail transforms into a sea of tents with vendors selling a variety of unique merchandise, as well as tasty treats.

2016 Crafter and Food Vendor Information
Date:   July 7, 2016 - September 8, 2016
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 6, 2016 through August 18, 2016.
Thursdays only
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   FREE ADMISSION
Jul 07   Gull Lake Sailing School
Sailing lessons for kids and adults. No sailboat? No problem! Our sailing school has been teaching kids to sail on Gull Lake for more that 50 years.
  • Youth lessons for ages 6-16
  • Friday mornings - optional sailing race day for all students
  • Scholarships available
Date:   July 7, 2016
Website:   http://www.glyc.com
Location:   Gull Lake Yacht Club and Sailing School
19696 Love Lake Road
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Gull Lake Yacht Club and Sailing School, (218) 831-8945
Email:   glycmanager@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   June 27-August 4, 2016
Monday - Thursday
Fees/Admission:   $95
Jul 07   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   July 7, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

Jul 07   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   July 7, 2016
Time:   06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Location:   The Burn
514 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jen Paskey 218-454-2077
Email:   jenpaskeypres@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 / person
Jul 07   1/2 Day Kids Art Camp 9-12 years old
This is a fun and educational class where children will each complete three projects to take home. Projects include: Kente Cloth Wall Hanging created with paper, "Stained Glass" in color diffused paper, and a Lace Pottery Bowl.

For children 9-12 years old
Class size is limited to 10 attendees
Each child should bring lunch and a beverage

Registration form can be downloaded from our website.
Please call or register to reserve your spot!
Date:   July 7, 2016
Time:   09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Website:   http://www.cottageplacestudio.com
Location:   The Cottage Place Art School in the Barn
32577 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN 56442
Contact:   Eileen Kulseth 218-692-5593
Email:   thecottageplace@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   July 7, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $75 - Includes $60.00 Class Fee and $15.00 materials fee
Jul 07 - Jul 09   Lakes Area Artists Fine Art Show and Sale
Lakes Area Artists will exhibit their artwork at their July show and Sale Thursday thru Saturday July 7-9, 2016 at the Live Well at Journey Church in Downtown Nisswa. The Sale will run from 10 am - 5 pm each day. Original oils, watercolors, acrylics, giclee prints, pottery, mixed media, cards, hand-blown art glass, and more. Artists include Bill Grange, Kathy Braud, Steven  Weagel, Mary Wolke, Kerry Kupferschmidt, and Maria Thompson Seep.
Date:   July 7, 2016 - July 9, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Location:   The Live Well at Journey Church
5459 Co. Rd 18
Nisswa, MN  56468
Email:   Palebluetrees@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   July 7 - 9 2016
10 am - 5 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free to attend.
Jul 07   Camp Confidence Rendevous
Camp Confidence offers "Beach Party". Bring your friends and enjoy a great evening of music, boat, swim, and share an evening on the beach with your BFF.
Date:   July 7, 2016
Time:   05:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Website:   http://www.campconfidence.com/
Location:   Camp Confidence Learning Center
1620 Mary Fawcell Memorial Dr.
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Confidence Learning Center, 218-828-2344
Email:   sarah@campconfidence.com
Date/Time Details:   July 7, 2016
5 - 7:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   Cost is $3.00 per person
MUST RSVP by Monday prior to selected Rendevous
Jul 07   Gull Dam Cribbage Tourament
Come play to get your Gull Dam prizes & bragging rights! Players get $3 Gull Dam Beers!
Date:   July 7, 2016
Time:   05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://www.GullDamBrewing.com
Location:   Gull Dam Brewing
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Andre Anderson, (489) 289-1313
Email:   Andre@gulldambrewing.com
Date/Time Details:   First and Third Thursday of the month!
Jul 07   A Year With Frog and Toad presented by GLAPA

A Pequot Lakes Community Theater Production

                         A Year with Frog and Toad

A hit on Broadway, this delightful musical show follows two great friends - the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad - through four fun-filled seasons.

Sponsored by Essentia Health
Date:   July 7, 2016
Time:   07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Website:   http://www.glapa.info
Location:   Pequot Lakes High School
30805 Olson Street
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
Contact:   218-568-9200
Date/Time Details:   July 7, 2016
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Adults $14
Seniors $12
Youth (18 and under) $10
Jul 08 - Jul 09   Iconic Fest
Iconic Fest is a two day outdoor music festival featuring Iconic artists of 1970's - 1990's.  Lineup includes John Anderson, Great White, Confederate Railroad and more.  Check out the website http://www.iconicfest.com/home.html for complete details.  Camping is available.  Advance reservations required for camping.  Make reservations on line. 
Date:   July 8, 2016 - July 9, 2016
Website:   http://www.iconicfest.com/home.html
Location:   Green Lantern
13184 County Road 8
Brainerd, MN 5640

 
Contact:   Huff Entertainment Solutions (218) 764-2151
Date/Time Details:   July 8 and 9, 2016
Fees/Admission:   Prices vary.  Check website www.iconicfest.com for prices.
 
Jul 08 - Jul 10   Bracket Drag Racing & Zalusky Riding School & Track Day
The fourth of six Bracket Drag Racing weekends will be on the drag strip, with eliminations both Saturday and Sunday. The Zalusky Advanced Riding School and Road Closed Promotions' Track Day will be on the road course Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Date:   July 8, 2016 - July 10, 2016
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/bracket-drag-racing-series/
Location:   Brainerd International Speedway
5523 Birchdale Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), (218) 824-7223
Email:   bir@brainerd.net
Date/Time Details:   July 8 - 10, 2016
Fees/Admission:  

Call Raceway for ticket information

Jul 08   Pine River Duck Races

The Duck Races have been a summer tradition for over fifteen years. People of all ages can sponsor one or more racing "ducks" (really decoys). The ducks are ceremoniously dumped into the Pine River below the dam at the blast from a shotgun. Then they power paddle downstream 100 yards to the finish line. Wild cheering and quacking from the crowd is permitted and encouraged! The first three ducks in each race to cross the finish line earn prizes. A prize is also awarded to the "Slowest Duck" of each race. Three to six heats are held, depending on the enthusiasm and participation of the crowd!  Then the winners and the Slow Duck of each race are invited back to race in the "Mighty Duck Off Race" for the Grand Prize of the day.

 

Need a duck?

No need to find a duck, we have trained racing ducks for you to rent for $1 each.
(Remember, these are NOT live members of the duck family)

Bring the family for fun, prizes, awards and $$$.

Date:   July 8, 2016
Website:   http://www.pinerivermn.com
Location:   Just below the Dam in Downtown Pine River - Watch for the crowd!
Contact:   Pine River Chamber of Commerce, 218-587-4000
Email:   prcofc@uslink.net
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday-June 17 thru August 12, 2016
1:30 pm - Registration starts
2 pm - First Race Heat
Fees/Admission:   No need to find a duck, we have trained racing ducks for you to rent for $1 each.
Jul 08   Lakes Area Growers Market
Mmmmmm!
Fresh locally grown produce from the Brainerd/Nisswa area. Can it get any better?

Vendors:

Natural Spring Farm
Brambling Rows Berry Farm
Phil & Martha Hanson
The Glad Lady
Dawn Ykema
Snowy Pines
Scandia Valley
Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC
Mary Ella's Breads
Chuck's Garden Fresh Vegetables
Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch
Thorson's Farm Fresh Produce
Acorn Ridge Farms
Date:   July 8, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com/
Location:   Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  
1001 Kingwood St.  
Brainerd, MN


Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
25807 Main St.
Nisswa, MN

Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain
14275 Edgewood Dr.
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Lakes Area Growers Market, (218) 829-3241
Email:   info@brainerdfarmersmarket.com
Date/Time Details:  

May-October, 2016
Tuesday - Brainerd Franklin Arts Center  

Thursday - Nisswa American Legion 
Friday - Baxter Gander Mountain

Jul 08   Pine River Market Square (FRIDAYS)
Market Season has started! Pine River Market Square is a Local Growers’ & Crafters’ Market Established in 2009. Join us weekly on Fridays from 2:30-5:30 pm in Downtown Pine River!
Date:   July 8, 2016
Time:   02:30 AM - 05:30 PM
Website:   https://prmarketsquare.wordpress.com/about/
Location:   Located in downtown Pine River, next to the old Dark Cravings location, 4 blocks East of Highway 371 at the corner of  Barclay Avenue & 3rd St.
Contact:   218-838-6058
Email:   prmarketsquare@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Friday afternoons
May 27-September 30, 2016
Jul 08   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:   July 8, 2016
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
Jul 08   Print Making Class for Teens
A simple picture can become a work of art by using this cutting technique!
This class is designed for teens ages 13-17 who will each make one 4"x6" linocut picture and 5 prints of that picture in this class. Drawing skills not required. Picture templates will be provided to trace.
Class size limited to 10 attendees.

Registration forms can be downloaded at our website.
Call or send in your registration form to reserve your spot!
 
Date:   July 8, 2016
Time:   09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://www.cottageplacestudio.com
Location:   The Cottage Place Art School in the Barn
32577 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN 56442
Contact:   Eileen Kulseth 218-692-5593
Email:   thecottageplace@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   July 8, 2016
9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $50.00 includes $40.00 class fee plus $10.00 material fee.
Jul 08   Meat Raffle at the American Legion in Brainerd
Meat raffle at the Legion every Friday. Up to a $50 meat packages given away. Full bar and menu. Special Dinners at 5:30 pm. Pull tabs available.
Date:   July 8, 2016
Time:   05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Website:   http://brainerdlegion255.org
Location:   American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   (218) 829-2249
Email:   brainerdlegion255@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday starting at 5:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $1-$5 per ticket
Jul 08   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:   July 8, 2016
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.
Jul 08   Live Music at Gull Dam Brewing - Tom Hunter

Live Music Every Friday & Saturday! NO COVER!

Summer Open Hours - Starting May 27!
Monday: Taproom Closed / Brew Day
Tuesday - Saturday: Noon - 10 pm

Traveling Art Pub: First Friday of the month.
Cribbage Tournament: First & Third Thursday of the month.

Date:   July 8, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:00 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:   July 8, 2016
6 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:   NO COVER!
Jul 08   A Year With Frog and Toad presented by GLAPA

A Pequot Lakes Community Theater Production

                         A Year with Frog and Toad

A hit on Broadway, this delightful musical show follows two great friends - the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad - through four fun-filled seasons.

Sponsored by Essentia Health
Date:   July 8, 2016
Time:   07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Website:   http://www.glapa.info
Location:   Pequot Lakes High School
30805 Olson Street
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
Contact:   218-568-9200
Date/Time Details:   July 8, 2016
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Adults $14
Seniors $12
Youth (18 and Under) $10