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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 27 - Sep 04   Summer 2016 Pequot Lakes #FindTheBobber Giveaway
This summer, the Pequot Lakes Chamber is sponsoring a social media promotion where visitors and community members hunt for 30 hidden bobbers throughout area businesses. With over $800 in prizes, you'd better get to Pequot and join the hunt!
 
The FREE contest works something like this:
 
1. Search for one of 30 bobbers, hidden at Pequot Lakes area businesses (see list on the right!)
2. Snap a photo “selfie” with the bobber.
3. Share your photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the #findthebobber.
4. That’s it! Sit back and smile because you might win a prize - just for shopping local!  

Contest Guidelines:
  • Anyone who posts a photo between May 28 and September 5, 2016 will be automatically entered into weekly and monthly prize giveaways.
  • Winners will be announced at: facebook.com/explorepequotlakes.
  • Each time you post a selfie (using the #findthebobber AND with a different bobber), you’ll be entered into the drawing.
Date:   May 27, 2016 - September 4, 2016
Location:   Bliss Salon and Boutique
Boardwalk Scoops
Booth Office Supply
Dairy Queen - Pequot Lakes
Edward Jones - Pequot Lakes
Expressions Shoes Center
First American Title
Fun Sisters
Joe's Pizza
Latte' Da Coffee & Gifts
Leslie's
Lonesome Cottage
Merritt Jewelers
Optimum Cleaning
Pequot Eye Center
Pequot Lakes SuperValu
PhotoJENic Photography
Salon Couture
Seeds of Sommer
Serendipity Art Gallery
The Celtic Cottage
The Wild Daisy
Tobacco Gallery
Twin Pines Trading Post
Wildwedge Mini Golf Course and Maze
Contact:   Jenna Crawford, 218-568-5572
Email:   jenna@pequotlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   Memorial Day - Labor Day
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Jul 24 - Oct 12   Music on the Patio at Ernie's - Andy Fischer
Come and join us on our patio for music every Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons. Different musicians and styles for your listening enjoyment. Bring your friends and family.
Date:   July 24, 2016 - October 12, 2016
Website:   http://www.erniesongull.com
Location:   Ernie's on Gull
10424 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Contact:   Ernie's on Gull Lake, (218) 829-3918
Email:   zac@erniesongull.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday and Saturday evening through Labor Day.
Sunday afternoons through Labor Day.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Jul 26   2016 Youth Garden Class

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 26, 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:   Tuesday afternoons; 10-11:30 am
June 7 through August 30, 2016
Fees/Admission:   $10 per student to cover materials
Jul 26   Operation Sandwich
In an effort to meet youth hunger needs during the summer months, the Brainerd School District and Operation Sandwich will begin providing free meals to students 18 years of age and younger in June.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Fridays, June 6th to August 26th at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. A rotating menu includes pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets and a sub sandwich.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meals are available free of charge for all students up to 18-years-old.
Operation Sandwich will also begin its summer cycle the first Monday after school concludes until the last Thursday before school reconvenes. From June 6th to September 1st, lunches will be prepared by volunteers and distributed Mondays through Thursdays during the lunch hour at Garfield, Harrison and Lowell elementaries, Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, and Whipple Beach in Baxter.
All items provided by Operation Sandwich come from donations. Current needs include granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, plastic sandwich bags and fruit (bananas, oranges, apples). Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations are encouraged. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with meal prep, bagging and distribution during the week as well as distributing books on Mondays. Groups are encouraged to sign up and assist.
Each Monday, the ?Book Café? follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to children picking up lunch.
For more information or to get involved, visit operationsandwichcwc.org or email Lindsey at lindsey@unitedwaynow.org. Financial donations can be mailed directly care of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties at PO Box 381, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401.
 
2016 Summer Distribution Locations:
·       Lowell Elementary                                            11:45 to 12:10 pm
·       Garfield Elementary                                  12:15 to 12:40 pm
·       Harrison Elementary                                        12:45 to 1:15 pm
·       Whipple Beach, Baxter                        12:00 to 12:30 pm
·       Kiwanis Park                                          12:40 to 1:10 pm

 
 
Date:   July 26, 2016
Website:   http://operationsandwichcwc.org
Location:   Various locations in Brainerd and Baxter
Contact:   (218) 839-9540
Email:   lindsey@unitedwaynow.org
Date/Time Details:  
  Breakfast:  Every Monday through Friday, June 6 through August 26, 2016.
    Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd        8:30 - 9:00 AM

   Lunch:

     Washington Education Services Building    11:30 to 12:30 pm
      Lowell Elementary             11:45 to 12:10 pm
      Garfield Elementary           12:15 to 12:40 pm
      Harrison Elementary          12:45 to 1:15 pm
      Whipple Beach, Baxter       12:00 to 12:30 pm
      Kiwanis Park                       12:40 to 1:10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Jul 26   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 26, 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 26   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:   July 26, 2016
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/events/
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), 1-866-444-4455
Email:   tickets@brainerdraceway.com
Date/Time Details:   July 26, 2016
Fees/Admission:   Call Brainerd International Raceway for details
Jul 26   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   July 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
Jul 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:   July 26, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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

8 am - 12:30 pm

Jul 26   Handmade Paper Class for Teens

This fun and educational class designed for teens ages 13-17 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 attendees
Ages 13-17

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

Date:   July 26, 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 26, 2016
9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   $50.00 - Includes $30.00 class fee plus $20.00 material fee
Jul 26   Water Safety & Swimming Classes
Whitefish Area Yacht Club offers Water Safety Instruction and Swimming Classes for 3 weeks in July.  The classes are offered to children ages 5 and older.  Children will be assigned to classes with respect to their swimming abilities each week.
Classes are a half hour long starting at 10:30 a.m. for the advanced group until 12:30 p.m. finishing with the beginners.  Classes are held at the Corps of Engineers Campgrounds Swimming Beach on Cross Lake (not the dam swimming area). Park in the lot north of camp site 21 and walk to  site 28, swim beach is on the right.
Register here
Date:   July 26, 2016
Time:   10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Website:   http://www.wcyc.info/
Location:   US Army Corps of Engineers Crosslake Recreations Area
Swimming Beach B
35507 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Vickey Leonard 218-543-4380
Email:   WCYC@whitefishdesigns.com
Date/Time Details:   July 11 - 15, 2016
July 18 - 22, 2016
July 25 - 29, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. daily
Fees/Admission:   No charge
Register here
Jul 26   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 26, 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 26   WAPOA Summer Seminar - Pipeline
Are You Concerned About Water Quality On Your Lake?  Are You Aware of the Pipeline Routing Threats to Our Water Quality?
The Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) continues to support its water quality mission with this forthcoming workshop.   We invite our members, local government officials, lake associations, neighbors and all interested persons to our next workshop/seminar.
Jeffrey Insko, a Professor of American Literature at Oakland University in Michigan, and his wife are landowners along the Enbridge Line 6b pipeline in Michigan, which was Enbridge’s replacement for the burst oil pipeline that in 2010 spilled over one (1) million gallons of Canadian crude oil into the Kalamazoo River (Michigan).  Jeff is also the author of the Line 6b Citizens' Blog where he writes about their experiences with Enbridge’s Line 6b replacement, and provides a resource for landowners and concerned citizens in his area. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the national Pipeline Safety Trust.  Jeff is familiar with our area and lakes as he and his family vacation every year on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes.
Landowners in this area who would be impacted by the proposed Sandpiper and Line 03 replacement route might find Insko's experiences with Enbridge especially relevant.  Insko has described himself and his wife as "reluctant activists" who learned about pipelines and Enbridge by coping with an Enbridge "rebuild" on their property--a project similar to the proposed Line 03 that Enbridge seeks to include in the proposed Sandpiper corridor.  Insko's story about his family's history with Enbridge is personal and compelling. 
Richard Smith, President of the Friends of the Headwaters (FOH), will provide an update to the proposed Enbridge route that FOH believes could jeopardize the land, lives, lakes, and livelihoods of people in this area.  Anyone with an interest in ensuring that the Mississippi Headwaters and Minnesota's lake country do not experience a disaster like the spill in Kalamazoo will want to attend this event.  
The workshop/seminar will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, July 26 at the Crosslake Community Center, 14126 Daggett Pine Road, Crosslake, MN 56442
Join us to learn more about managing water quality on our lakes and on your lake.  You will also have an opportunity to participate in an interactive question and answer period.
Are You Concerned About Water Quality On Your Lake?  Are You Aware of the Pipeline Routing Threats to Our Water Quality?
The Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) continues to support its water quality mission with this forthcoming workshop.   We invite our members, local government officials, lake associations, neighbors and all interested persons to our next workshop/seminar.
Jeffrey Insko, a Professor of American Literature at Oakland University in Michigan, and his wife are landowners along the Enbridge Line 6b pipeline in Michigan, which was Enbridge’s replacement for the burst oil pipeline that in 2010 spilled over one (1) million gallons of Canadian crude oil into the Kalamazoo River (Michigan).  Jeff is also the author of the Line 6b Citizens' Blog where he writes about their experiences with Enbridge’s Line 6b replacement, and provides a resource for landowners and concerned citizens in his area. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the national Pipeline Safety Trust.  Jeff is familiar with our area and lakes as he and his family vacation every year on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes.
Landowners in this area who would be impacted by the proposed Sandpiper and Line 03 replacement route might find Insko's experiences with Enbridge especially relevant.  Insko has described himself and his wife as "reluctant activists" who learned about pipelines and Enbridge by coping with an Enbridge "rebuild" on their property--a project similar to the proposed Line 03 that Enbridge seeks to include in the proposed Sandpiper corridor.  Insko's story about his family's history with Enbridge is personal and compelling. 
Richard Smith, President of the Friends of the Headwaters (FOH), will provide an update to the proposed Enbridge route that FOH believes could jeopardize the land, lives, lakes, and livelihoods of people in this area.  Anyone with an interest in ensuring that the Mississippi Headwaters and Minnesota's lake country do not experience a disaster like the spill in Kalamazoo will want to attend this event.  
The workshop/seminar will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, July 26 at the Crosslake Community Center, 14126 Daggett Pine Road, Crosslake, MN 56442
Join us to learn more about managing water quality on our lakes and on your lake.  You will also have an opportunity to participate in an interactive question and answer period.
 
Date:   July 26, 2016
Time:   02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://www.wapoa.org/
Location:   Crosslake Community Center
14126 Daggett Pine Road
Crosslake, MN    56442
 
Contact:   Tom Watson 218-543-6064
Email:   twatson@iphouse.com
Date/Time Details:   2:00 PM, Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Fees/Admission:   Free
Jul 26   King & Cash Dinner Show
Staring Chris Olson as "The King" and Doug Allen Nash as "The Man in Black & Neil Diamond"

Call (218) 692-2246 to purchase your tickets TODAY!
Date:   July 26, 2016
Time:   05:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.crosslakereservations.com
Location:   Whitefish Lodge & Suites
Banquet Room
14150 Swann Drive
Crosslake, MN 56442
Contact:   Whitefish Lodge & Suites, (218) 692-2246
Email:   info@whitefish-lodge.com
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, July 26
5:00 Meet & Greet
6:00 Dinner Buffet
7:00 Show
Fees/Admission:   $45 per person
Jul 26   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Tuesday for all skill levels.
Date:   July 26, 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 26   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with us. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   July 26, 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 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:   July 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
Jul 27   Operation Sandwich
In an effort to meet youth hunger needs during the summer months, the Brainerd School District and Operation Sandwich will begin providing free meals to students 18 years of age and younger in June.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Fridays, June 6th to August 26th at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. A rotating menu includes pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets and a sub sandwich.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meals are available free of charge for all students up to 18-years-old.
Operation Sandwich will also begin its summer cycle the first Monday after school concludes until the last Thursday before school reconvenes. From June 6th to September 1st, lunches will be prepared by volunteers and distributed Mondays through Thursdays during the lunch hour at Garfield, Harrison and Lowell elementaries, Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, and Whipple Beach in Baxter.
All items provided by Operation Sandwich come from donations. Current needs include granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, plastic sandwich bags and fruit (bananas, oranges, apples). Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations are encouraged. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with meal prep, bagging and distribution during the week as well as distributing books on Mondays. Groups are encouraged to sign up and assist.
Each Monday, the ?Book Café? follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to children picking up lunch.
For more information or to get involved, visit operationsandwichcwc.org or email Lindsey at lindsey@unitedwaynow.org. Financial donations can be mailed directly care of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties at PO Box 381, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401.
 
2016 Summer Distribution Locations:
·       Lowell Elementary                                            11:45 to 12:10 pm
·       Garfield Elementary                                  12:15 to 12:40 pm
·       Harrison Elementary                                        12:45 to 1:15 pm
·       Whipple Beach, Baxter                        12:00 to 12:30 pm
·       Kiwanis Park                                          12:40 to 1:10 pm

 
 
Date:   July 27, 2016
Website:   http://operationsandwichcwc.org
Location:   Various locations in Brainerd and Baxter
Contact:   (218) 839-9540
Email:   lindsey@unitedwaynow.org
Date/Time Details:  
  Breakfast:  Every Monday through Friday, June 6 through August 26, 2016.
    Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd        8:30 - 9:00 AM

   Lunch:

     Washington Education Services Building    11:30 to 12:30 pm
      Lowell Elementary             11:45 to 12:10 pm
      Garfield Elementary           12:15 to 12:40 pm
      Harrison Elementary          12:45 to 1:15 pm
      Whipple Beach, Baxter       12:00 to 12:30 pm
      Kiwanis Park                       12:40 to 1:10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Jul 27   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:   July 27, 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.

Jul 27   The Center offers a trip to Million Dollar Quartet
The Center has arranged a trip to Old Log Theatre to see Million Dollar Quartet. Don't miss the Regional Premier of this Tony Award Winning Musical of a true story set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins together at Sun Records for one of the greatest jam sessions ever!
Date:   July 27, 2016
Time:   09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Website:   http://www.thebrainerdcenter.com
Location:   Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville St,
Excelsior, MN 55331

 
Contact:   The Center, (218) 829-9345
Email:   director@thebrainerdcenter.com
Date/Time Details:   July 27, 2016
Lunch at 11:30 AM 
Play at 1:30 PM
The bus leaves southwest corner of the Westgate Mall at 9 AM and arrives back at approximately 6 PM
Fees/Admission:   Cost for The Center members $70
$75 for non-members
Cost includes lunch, show and bus trip
Jul 27   Wheel Throwing with Clay Class for teens (prior experience on the wheel required)
This is an advanced pottery class for Teens (ages 13-18). Teens 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 in and set up a time for pick up. Projects will be completed in three weeks from date of classtime. Shipping can be arranged for an additional fee.
Registration form can be downloaded from our website. Call or send in registration form to save a spot.
Date:   July 27, 2016
Time:   09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://www.cottageplacestudio.com
Location:   The Cottage Place Art School (in Pottery Studio)
32577 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN 56442
Contact:   Eileen Kulseth 218-692-5593
Email:   thecottageplace@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   July 27, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $75 - Includes class fee $50.00 plus $25.00 material/firing fee
Jul 27   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 27, 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 27   Water Safety & Swimming Classes
Whitefish Area Yacht Club offers Water Safety Instruction and Swimming Classes for 3 weeks in July.  The classes are offered to children ages 5 and older.  Children will be assigned to classes with respect to their swimming abilities each week.
Classes are a half hour long starting at 10:30 a.m. for the advanced group until 12:30 p.m. finishing with the beginners.  Classes are held at the Corps of Engineers Campgrounds Swimming Beach on Cross Lake (not the dam swimming area). Park in the lot north of camp site 21 and walk to  site 28, swim beach is on the right.
Register here
Date:   July 27, 2016
Time:   10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Website:   http://www.wcyc.info/
Location:   US Army Corps of Engineers Crosslake Recreations Area
Swimming Beach B
35507 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Vickey Leonard 218-543-4380
Email:   WCYC@whitefishdesigns.com
Date/Time Details:   July 11 - 15, 2016
July 18 - 22, 2016
July 25 - 29, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. daily
Fees/Admission:   No charge
Register here
Jul 27   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 27, 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 27   Business Reception for New Leaders in Education
Business, K-12 schools, and higher education must be closely connected because we depend on each other to succeed. Nowhere are these connections stronger than in the Brainerd Lakes Area, and we want to keep it that way!  

You're invited to join the Chamber, Brainerd Public Schools Foundation, and the Central Lakes College Foundation for a business “meet and greet” with our two newest education leaders - Hara Charlier, president of Central Lakes College, and Laine Larson, superintendent of the Brainerd School District. Laine and Hara will introduce themselves and share remarks about their community impressions and early priorities.

This casual networking event will include light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Registration is just $10. Hope to see you there!










Hara Charlier, CLC









​Laine Larson, ISD 181
Date:   July 27, 2016
Time:   03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Location:   Gull Lake Yacht Club and Sailing School
19696 Love Lake Road
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Sue Galligan 218-822-7119
Email:   sgalligan@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

3:00 Casual Networking 
4:00 Short Program
Fees/Admission:   $10 per Person
Jul 27   BINGO at Manhattan's
Enjoy BINGO at Manhattan's every Wednesday!  Games start at 6pm! Progressive Jackpot on our blackout round.  
Proceeds support the Pequot Lakes Youth Hockey Association. 
Date:   July 27, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://mblodge.com
Location:   Manhattan's at Manhattan Beach Lodge
39051 County Road 66
Manhattan Beach, MN  56442
 
Contact:   (218) 692-3381
Email:   info@mblodge.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday
6 p.m.
Jul 27   Gull Dam Beers & Gears

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

Date:   July 27, 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 28   Operation Sandwich
In an effort to meet youth hunger needs during the summer months, the Brainerd School District and Operation Sandwich will begin providing free meals to students 18 years of age and younger in June.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Fridays, June 6th to August 26th at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. A rotating menu includes pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets and a sub sandwich.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meals are available free of charge for all students up to 18-years-old.
Operation Sandwich will also begin its summer cycle the first Monday after school concludes until the last Thursday before school reconvenes. From June 6th to September 1st, lunches will be prepared by volunteers and distributed Mondays through Thursdays during the lunch hour at Garfield, Harrison and Lowell elementaries, Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, and Whipple Beach in Baxter.
All items provided by Operation Sandwich come from donations. Current needs include granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, plastic sandwich bags and fruit (bananas, oranges, apples). Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations are encouraged. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with meal prep, bagging and distribution during the week as well as distributing books on Mondays. Groups are encouraged to sign up and assist.
Each Monday, the ?Book Café? follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to children picking up lunch.
For more information or to get involved, visit operationsandwichcwc.org or email Lindsey at lindsey@unitedwaynow.org. Financial donations can be mailed directly care of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties at PO Box 381, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401.
 
2016 Summer Distribution Locations:
·       Lowell Elementary                                            11:45 to 12:10 pm
·       Garfield Elementary                                  12:15 to 12:40 pm
·       Harrison Elementary                                        12:45 to 1:15 pm
·       Whipple Beach, Baxter                        12:00 to 12:30 pm
·       Kiwanis Park                                          12:40 to 1:10 pm

 
 
Date:   July 28, 2016
Website:   http://operationsandwichcwc.org
Location:   Various locations in Brainerd and Baxter
Contact:   (218) 839-9540
Email:   lindsey@unitedwaynow.org
Date/Time Details:  
  Breakfast:  Every Monday through Friday, June 6 through August 26, 2016.
    Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd        8:30 - 9:00 AM

   Lunch:

     Washington Education Services Building    11:30 to 12:30 pm
      Lowell Elementary             11:45 to 12:10 pm
      Garfield Elementary           12:15 to 12:40 pm
      Harrison Elementary          12:45 to 1:15 pm
      Whipple Beach, Baxter       12:00 to 12:30 pm
      Kiwanis Park                       12:40 to 1:10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Jul 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:   July 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
Jul 28   Traveling Art Pub - Manhattan's at Manhattan Beach Lodge
Eat, Drink, Create & Socialize with The Traveling Art Pub at Manhattan's at Manhattan Beach Lodge
Thursday July 28, 2016
6 - 8:30 p.m.

Check mblodge.com or thetravelingartpub.com for updates on what you will be painting
Date:   July 28, 2016
Time:   06:00 AM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://mblodge.com
Location:   Manhattan's at Manhattan Beach Lodge
39051 County Road 66
Manhattan Beach, MN  56442
Contact:   (218) 692-3381 or visit thetravelingartpub.com for more information
Email:   info@mblodge.com
Date/Time Details:   July 28, 2016
 6 - 8:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $35 per person
Jul 28   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   July 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
Jul 28   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:   July 28, 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
Jul 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:   July 28, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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

8 am - 12:30 pm

Jul 28   1/2 Day Kids Art Camp 9-12 year olds
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 a lunch and beverage

Registration form can be downloaded from our website.
Please call or register to reserve your spot!
Date:   July 28, 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 28, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $75 - Includes $60.00 class fee and $15.00 materials fee
Jul 28   Water Safety & Swimming Classes
Whitefish Area Yacht Club offers Water Safety Instruction and Swimming Classes for 3 weeks in July.  The classes are offered to children ages 5 and older.  Children will be assigned to classes with respect to their swimming abilities each week.
Classes are a half hour long starting at 10:30 a.m. for the advanced group until 12:30 p.m. finishing with the beginners.  Classes are held at the Corps of Engineers Campgrounds Swimming Beach on Cross Lake (not the dam swimming area). Park in the lot north of camp site 21 and walk to  site 28, swim beach is on the right.
Register here
Date:   July 28, 2016
Time:   10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Website:   http://www.wcyc.info/
Location:   US Army Corps of Engineers Crosslake Recreations Area
Swimming Beach B
35507 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Vickey Leonard 218-543-4380
Email:   WCYC@whitefishdesigns.com
Date/Time Details:   July 11 - 15, 2016
July 18 - 22, 2016
July 25 - 29, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. daily
Fees/Admission:   No charge
Register here
Jul 28   4 Weeks to a Healthier You Weight Loss Challenge
Do you need some help staying on your health goals through the summer? Do you want friendly expert advice and help from CERTIFIED Wellness Coaches? 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 4 Weeks to a Healthier You Weight Loss Challenge!
$20 + product gets you on a meal plan! Top 3 best results win cash prizes.
Save your seat today!
Date:   July 28, 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 July 28, 2016
Weekly meetings (Thursdays)
5:30-6:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $20 + product
Jul 28   Celebrating Philnthropy in the Brainerd Lakes Area
Join the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation to celebrate and recognize the generosity and philanthropy of the Brainerd Lakes Area. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the 2016 Award in Philanthropy to Jim and Linnea Anderson for their years of service and commitment to this community. All are welcome!
Date:   July 28, 2016
Time:   05:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://www.communitygiving.org
Location:   Gull Lake Center at Grand View Lodge
23521 Nokomis Avenue
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Steven Joul, (320) 253-4380
Email:   sjoul@communitygiving.org
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, July 28, 2016
5:30-8:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $50 per ticket
Jul 28   Outdoor Summer Concert at Gregory Park
Bring your lawn chair or a blanket. Relax and enjoy the sounds of the bands performing at 7 pm in Gregory Park, north side of Brainerd. A collaboration between the City of Brainerd Park & Rec. Department and The Center

Rain out site is The Center, 803 Kingwood Street, Brainerd, MN  56401

June 2:          Tim & Cindy Roggenkamp
June 9:          Day Break
June 16:        Churchyard
June 23:        Michael Hoover
June 30:        Diane Saumer & Friends
July 7;           Scott Lykins & John Ward
July 14:         Virg Litke
July 21:         Blue Moon Jazz Quintet  
July 28:         Kingery Family
August 4:      Jack Franzen
August 11:    Kayla Pallansch
August 18:    Norm's Bait & tackle Choir
August 25:    The District
Date:   July 28, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://TheBrainerdCenter.com
Location:   Gregory Park (north side of Brainerd)
424 North 5 Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   The Center, 218-829-9345
Email:   director@thebrainerdcenter.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday, June 2 through August 25, 2016
7 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:  
Free
Jul 29 - Jul 30   Brainerd Jaycees Presents Streetfest
Street Fest and the Great Northern BBQ was started by the Brainerd Jaycees. Their goal was to create an event that combined fun for the whole community and of course the love of BBQ! Since 2002 the Brainerd Jaycees have been hosting this event along with our amazing sponsors. To learn more about the Brainerd Jaycees and other events they host visit BrainerdJaycees.com

Saturday schedule of events:
Noon-2 pm- Historic downtown walking tour
Noon- Fire demonstration: promoting safety
1 - 3 pm- Kids games/activities
1 - 3 pm- Live music by Mikayla Jackson
1 - 3 pm- Bean bag tournament
3 pm- Ice cream and pie eating contest
3:30 pm- Professional BBQ awards
5 - 8 pm- Live music by Last Call
6 pm- Ribfest $20
7:45 pm- Door prize giveaway
8 pm- Backyard BBQ awards
8p m-Midnight- Live Music by Sweet Siren
Date:   July 29, 2016 - July 30, 2016
Website:   http://greatnorthernbbq.com
Location:   Downtown Brainerd
Contact:   Brainerd Jaycees, (218) 824-9461
Email:   brdstreetfest@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Events on Friday from 6 pm - midnight
Events on Saturday from noon - midnight
Jul 29 - Jul 31   Bracket Drag Racing Series & ChumpCar World Series - BIR
The Bracket Drag Racing Series returns to the drag strip for races 9-10, including a Test & Tune on Friday. The Chump Car World Series is on the Competition Road Course for endurance racing.
Date:   July 29, 2016 - July 31, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdraceway.com/bracket-drag-racing-series
Location:  
Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   (218) 824-7223
Email:   bir@brainerd.net
Date/Time Details:  
July 29 - 31, 2016
Fees/Admission:   Call raceway for ticket information
Jul 29 - Oct 17   Music on the Patio at Ernie's
Come and join us on our patio for music every Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons. Different musicians and styles for your listening enjoyment. Bring your friends and family.
Date:   July 29, 2016 - October 17, 2016
Website:   http://www.erniesongull.com
Location:   Ernie's on Gull
10424 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Contact:   Ernie's on Gull Lake, (218) 829-3918
Email:   zac@erniesongull.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday and Saturday evening through Labor Day.
Sunday afternoons through Labor Day.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Jul 29   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 29, 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 29   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 29, 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 29   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 29, 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 29   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 29, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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

8 am - 12:30 pm

Jul 29   Print Making Class for Adults
You will be making 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. A simple picture can become a work of art by using this cutting technique!
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:   July 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:   July 29, 2016 
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $65.00 includes $50.00 class fee plus $15.00 material fee.
Jul 29   Water Safety & Swimming Classes
Whitefish Area Yacht Club offers Water Safety Instruction and Swimming Classes for 3 weeks in July.  The classes are offered to children ages 5 and older.  Children will be assigned to classes with respect to their swimming abilities each week.
Classes are a half hour long starting at 10:30 a.m. for the advanced group until 12:30 p.m. finishing with the beginners.  Classes are held at the Corps of Engineers Campgrounds Swimming Beach on Cross Lake (not the dam swimming area). Park in the lot north of camp site 21 and walk to  site 28, swim beach is on the right.
Register here
Date:   July 29, 2016
Time:   10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Website:   http://www.wcyc.info/
Location:   US Army Corps of Engineers Crosslake Recreations Area
Swimming Beach B
35507 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
 
Contact:   Vickey Leonard 218-543-4380
Email:   WCYC@whitefishdesigns.com
Date/Time Details:   July 11 - 15, 2016
July 18 - 22, 2016
July 25 - 29, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. daily
Fees/Admission:   No charge
Register here
Jul 29   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 29, 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 29   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:   July 29, 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
Fees/Admission:   NO COVER!
Jul 29   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 29, 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 29   St. Mathia Farm's Field of Dreams Concert with Bernie King and The Guilty Pleasures
Foxfire Festivals Presents Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures. A little bit of blues, a little bit of bluegrass and a little bit of kitchen sink from Minneapolis, MN.

St. Mathias - Field of Dreams... a ShrinkRap Production.

Farm opens at 5pm, Show at 7pm
Finnegans Beer, All You Can Eat - Farm Fresh Grub and Free Camping.


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.Bernie King and The Guilty Pleasures concert.
Date:   July 29, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.thefarmonstmathias.com/
Location:   The Farm on St. Mathias
7579 St. Mathias Road
Brainerd, MN 54601
Contact:   218-822-3281
Date/Time Details:   Friday, July 29, 2016
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Suggested $10 free-will donation
Jul 30 - Oct 18   Music on the Patio at Ernie's
Come and join us on our patio for music every Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons. Different musicians and styles for your listening enjoyment. Bring your friends and family.
Date:   July 30, 2016 - October 18, 2016
Website:   http://www.erniesongull.com
Location:   Ernie's on Gull
10424 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Contact:   Ernie's on Gull Lake, (218) 829-3918
Email:   zac@erniesongull.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday and Saturday evening through Labor Day.
Sunday afternoons through Labor Day.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Jul 30   Kayaking at the Campground
Kayaking at the Campground
Wind, Water & Wheels will teach you everything you need to know to have fun in a kayak!  Join us at the Beach located in the US Army Corps of Engineers Campground. Kids and adults welcome and everything is provided (kayak, life vest and instruction)

More kayaking opportunities with Crow Wing Paddlers Club! 
Call Wind, Water and Wheel for details 218-692-1200
Date:   July 30, 2016
Time:   10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://windwaterandwheels.com
Location:   US Army Corps of Engineers Crosslake Campground
35507 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Register at 651-290-5793
Email:   windwaterandwheels@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
June 18, 2016
July 16 and 30, 2016
August 13 and 27, 2016
September 10

 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Jul 30   Fashion Show & Luncheon featuring ZoChic
Kicks on Route 66 is hosting this event you won't want to miss!
ZoChic will present the latest fashion trends from LA's Boho Chic from JC Luxe - fashions with a "Splash of Edge"!
A catered light lunch will be served with beverages and wine.
Date:   July 30, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Website:   http://kicks66crosslake.com/
Location:   Kicks on Route 66
36066 Route 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Linda or Sandy 218-692-5425
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, July 30, 2016
1 - 3 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $20 per person
Call or stop in for tickets
Jul 30   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 30, 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 30   Kickin It Old Skool 2 at Northern Lights Casino
Outdoor Tent Event,  M.C.Hammer, SALT N PEPA, TONE LOC, SHOCK G (from Digital Underground), Tag Team.  Must 18 years of age to attend.
Date:   July 30, 2016
Time:   05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://northernlightscasino.com
Location:   Northern Lights Casino
6800 Y Frontage Rd NW
Walker, MN  56484
Contact:   1-800-252-7529
Email:   emily.aitken@leechlakegaming.com
Date/Time Details:   July 30, 2016
5 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:   $49/$59/$69
Jul 30   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 September 3, 2016.  A different band each week; some old, some new, but all very entertaining and many are back by popular request.
Click here for complete schedule
Tonights feature is Brat Pack Radio.  Come on in to the Brat Pack Radio zone this evening.  It is the ultimate 80's musical experience  Extremely talented members put on a show that is second to none.  They define what having fun with music is all about!
Date:   July 30, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake Town Square
35752 Allen Avenue
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Rob Stoll 218-692-5345
Date/Time Details:   Saturdays
June 18 - Sept 3, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Jul 31 - Oct 19   Music on the Patio at Ernie's
Come and join us on our patio for music every Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons. Different musicians and styles for your listening enjoyment. Bring your friends and family.
Date:   July 31, 2016 - October 19, 2016
Website:   http://www.erniesongull.com
Location:   Ernie's on Gull
10424 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Contact:   Ernie's on Gull Lake, (218) 829-3918
Email:   zac@erniesongull.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday and Saturday evening through Labor Day.
Sunday afternoons through Labor Day.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Jul 31   Sunday Funday at Manhattan's
Enjoy Sunday Funday at Manhattan Beach Lodge with LIVE Music!
Every Sunday from 1 pm - 4pm ALL SUMMER LONG!!

May 29th:  Emily Hammer
June 5th:  Andy Fischer
June 12th:  Brendan Flynn
June 19th:  Andy Fischer
June 26th:  Emily Hammer
July 3rd:  Shane Martin
July 10th:  Emily Hammer
July 17th:  Shane Martin
July 24th:  Brendan Flynn
July 31st:  Brendan Flynn
August 7th:  Shane Martin
August 14th:  Andy Fischer
August 21st:  Brendan Flynn
August 28th:  Andy Fischer
September 4th:  Emily Hammer
Date:   July 31, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://mblodge.com
Location:   Manhattan's at Manhattan Beach Lodge
39051 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   (218) 692-3381
Email:   info@mblodge.com
Date/Time Details:   Sunday's May 29 - September 4, 2016
1  - 4 p.m.
Jul 31   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with our NEW digital system. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   July 31, 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 31   Lakes Area Music Festival Community Concert
This concert features talented musicians of the Lakes Area.
Date:   July 31, 2016
Time:   02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Website:   http://lakesareamusic.org/current-season/community-concert/
Location:   Tornstrom Auditorium
804 Oak Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Lakes Area Music Festival, (218) 963-7908
Email:   scott@lakesareamusic.org
Date/Time Details:   Sunday, July 31, 2016
Doors open at 1 pm
2 pm Concert
Fees/Admission:  
Free of charge; general admission.
Jul 31   Free Waterski Show - Brainerd Ski Loons
Come see the Brainerd Ski Loons water ski show! There will be human pyramids, ski jumpers, barefooters, wakeboarders and skiers being pulled 360 degrees around the boat! This event is fun for the whole family. We hope to see you there!
Date:   July 31, 2016
Time:   06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://www.skiloons.com
Location:   Lum Park
1619 NE Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Christopher Dens 218-832-3290 4784 Gull Lake Dam Rd, Brainerd, MN 56401
Email:   dens.ckd@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Sunday, July 31, 2016
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 01 - Aug 05   Lakes Area Music Festival - Explore Music! Camp
Kids in the Lakes Area won't want to miss this weeklong day camp packed with activities exploring music and the Arts!  Students (entering grades 1-5) will participate in a variety of creative activities that will guide them through learning about the orchestral music presented at the Festival's Family Concert.

Participants will move, dance, sing, and play instruments, as well as exercise their creative muscles through guided improvisations every day.  They will share what they have discovered in a special performance as part of the Lakes Area Music Festival!

Invigorating musical exploration will be led by Alexander Pena - classical musician and teaching artist from the Eastman Community School in Rochester, NY - with a team of teachers from New York and Chicago who bring expertise in acting, improvisations, movement, musical theater and choral activities.
Date:   August 1, 2016 - August 5, 2016
Website:   http://lakesareamusic.org/education/explore-music/
Location:   Washington Education Services Building
804 Oak Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   218-454-6924 Brainerd Community Education
Date/Time Details:   August 1 - 5, 2016
9 AM - 12 PM
Fees/Admission:   $65, includes t-shirt and a daily snack
Students grades 1 - 6
Enrollment is limited.  Register through Brainerd Community Education by July 1.
Aug 01   Operation Sandwich
In an effort to meet youth hunger needs during the summer months, the Brainerd School District and Operation Sandwich will begin providing free meals to students 18 years of age and younger in June.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Fridays, June 6th to August 26th at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. A rotating menu includes pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets and a sub sandwich.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meals are available free of charge for all students up to 18-years-old.
Operation Sandwich will also begin its summer cycle the first Monday after school concludes until the last Thursday before school reconvenes. From June 6th to September 1st, lunches will be prepared by volunteers and distributed Mondays through Thursdays during the lunch hour at Garfield, Harrison and Lowell elementaries, Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, and Whipple Beach in Baxter.
All items provided by Operation Sandwich come from donations. Current needs include granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, plastic sandwich bags and fruit (bananas, oranges, apples). Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations are encouraged. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with meal prep, bagging and distribution during the week as well as distributing books on Mondays. Groups are encouraged to sign up and assist.
Each Monday, the ?Book Café? follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to children picking up lunch.
For more information or to get involved, visit operationsandwichcwc.org or email Lindsey at lindsey@unitedwaynow.org. Financial donations can be mailed directly care of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties at PO Box 381, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401.
 
2016 Summer Distribution Locations:
·       Lowell Elementary                                            11:45 to 12:10 pm
·       Garfield Elementary                                  12:15 to 12:40 pm
·       Harrison Elementary                                        12:45 to 1:15 pm
·       Whipple Beach, Baxter                        12:00 to 12:30 pm
·       Kiwanis Park                                          12:40 to 1:10 pm

 
 
Date:   August 1, 2016
Website:   http://operationsandwichcwc.org
Location:   Various locations in Brainerd and Baxter
Contact:   (218) 839-9540
Email:   lindsey@unitedwaynow.org
Date/Time Details:  
  Breakfast:  Every Monday through Friday, June 6 through August 26, 2016.
    Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd        8:30 - 9:00 AM

   Lunch:

     Washington Education Services Building    11:30 to 12:30 pm
      Lowell Elementary             11:45 to 12:10 pm
      Garfield Elementary           12:15 to 12:40 pm
      Harrison Elementary          12:45 to 1:15 pm
      Whipple Beach, Baxter       12:00 to 12:30 pm
      Kiwanis Park                       12:40 to 1:10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 01   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:   August 1, 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
Aug 01 - Aug 05   Explore Music!
This is Lakes Area Music Festival's annual week long day camp for students in first through fifth grades. The program, which is in its fifth year, will take place from 9 am to noon at the Washington Educational building. Each day is full of activities learning about music and the arts through numerous creative outlets. Participants will move, dance, sing and play instruments while exercising their creative muscles through daily guided improvisation.

At the end of the camp, students participants will have a chance to share what they have discovered by participating in a special performance preceding the Lakes Area Music Festival's family concert scheduled at 2 pm, August 7.

To register a child go to www.lakeareamusic.org or sign up through Brainerd Community Education.
Date:   August 1, 2016 - August 5, 2016
Time:   12:00 PM
Website:   http://www.lakeareamusic.org
Location:   Washington Educational Building
804 Oak Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Brainerd Community Education, 218-454-6924
Date/Time Details:   August 1 - 7, 2016
9 am to noon
Fees/Admission:   $65 per student
Aug 01 - Aug 03   Crosslake Christian Assemblies of God Church Family Fun Nights

Crosslake Christian Assemblies of God Church
                 FAMILY FUN NIGHTS!
               FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES

Featuring Pastor Randy Christensen
Juggler, Entertainer, Professional Clown and Illusionist

August 1,2 & 3 Monday - Wednesday
Registration at 6:00 p.m.
Program 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Join us for Dinner Nightly at 5:30 .m.

IT'S FUN!  IT'S FREE!  IT'S INSPIRING!

You are welcome to also join us 10:45 for Sunday Morning Service with Crosskids Church ages 4-12 with Pastor Gary Espeseth.
Date:   August 1, 2016 - August 3, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   13919 County Rd. 36
Crosslake
Contact:   Carrie Espeseth 218-851-7777
Email:   cares4u@brainerd.om
Date/Time Details:   August 1, 2 & 3
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 02 - Aug 06   Crow Wing County Fair
The fair began as an agricultural event for the purpose of providing a place for county residents to exhibit their products. Youth projects such as 4-H and FFA were able to enter and compete for prizes. While many aspects of the fair have changed over the years, the main philosophy remains the same, to provide opportunity for our patronage to touch base with the agricultural heritage of Crow Wing County.

The Crow Wing County Fair is now among the five largest fairs in Minnesota, with annual exhibits numbering over 6,000 and annual attendance estimated at 100,000. The fair is now an educational non-profit organization. We would like to invite you to become a member of the fair association. Please join today and become an active part of the Fair.
Date:   August 2, 2016 - August 6, 2016
Website:   http://crowwingcountyfair.com/
Location:   Crow Wing County Fairgrounds
2000 SE 13th St
Brainerd, MN 56401

 
Contact:   Fairgrounds Office, 218-829-6680
Email:   cwcfair@brainerd.com
Date/Time Details:   August 2-6, 2016
Fees/Admission:   Admission is Free
Parking fees are optional.
Aug 02   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:   August 2, 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
Aug 02   Operation Sandwich
In an effort to meet youth hunger needs during the summer months, the Brainerd School District and Operation Sandwich will begin providing free meals to students 18 years of age and younger in June.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Fridays, June 6th to August 26th at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. A rotating menu includes pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets and a sub sandwich.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meals are available free of charge for all students up to 18-years-old.
Operation Sandwich will also begin its summer cycle the first Monday after school concludes until the last Thursday before school reconvenes. From June 6th to September 1st, lunches will be prepared by volunteers and distributed Mondays through Thursdays during the lunch hour at Garfield, Harrison and Lowell elementaries, Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, and Whipple Beach in Baxter.
All items provided by Operation Sandwich come from donations. Current needs include granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, plastic sandwich bags and fruit (bananas, oranges, apples). Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations are encouraged. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with meal prep, bagging and distribution during the week as well as distributing books on Mondays. Groups are encouraged to sign up and assist.
Each Monday, the ?Book Café? follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to children picking up lunch.
For more information or to get involved, visit operationsandwichcwc.org or email Lindsey at lindsey@unitedwaynow.org. Financial donations can be mailed directly care of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties at PO Box 381, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401.
 
2016 Summer Distribution Locations:
·       Lowell Elementary                                            11:45 to 12:10 pm
·       Garfield Elementary                                  12:15 to 12:40 pm
·       Harrison Elementary                                        12:45 to 1:15 pm
·       Whipple Beach, Baxter                        12:00 to 12:30 pm
·       Kiwanis Park                                          12:40 to 1:10 pm

 
 
Date:   August 2, 2016
Website:   http://operationsandwichcwc.org
Location:   Various locations in Brainerd and Baxter
Contact:   (218) 839-9540
Email:   lindsey@unitedwaynow.org
Date/Time Details:  
  Breakfast:  Every Monday through Friday, June 6 through August 26, 2016.
    Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd        8:30 - 9:00 AM

   Lunch:

     Washington Education Services Building    11:30 to 12:30 pm
      Lowell Elementary             11:45 to 12:10 pm
      Garfield Elementary           12:15 to 12:40 pm
      Harrison Elementary          12:45 to 1:15 pm
      Whipple Beach, Baxter       12:00 to 12:30 pm
      Kiwanis Park                       12:40 to 1:10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 02   2016 Youth Garden Class

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:   August 2, 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:   Tuesday afternoons; 10-11:30 am
June 7 through August 30, 2016
Fees/Admission:   $10 per student to cover materials
Aug 02   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   August 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
Aug 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:   August 2, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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

8 am - 12:30 pm

Aug 02   Print Making Class for Adults
You will be making 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. A simple picture can become a work of art by using this cutting technique!
Class size limited to 10 adults.
Registration forms can be downloaded at our website. Call or send in your registration form to save a spot!
Date:   August 2, 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:   Eiileen Kulseth 218-692-5593
Email:   thecottageplace@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   August 2, 2016 
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $65.00 includes $50.00 class fee plus $15.00 material fee.
Aug 02   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:   August 2, 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
Aug 02   2016 National Night Out Pequot Lakes Police Department
The Pequot Lakes Police department invites you to Trailside Park for 2016 National Night Out.

Free Food & Drinks
Live Music
Bounce House
"Photo with a Cop" Booth
Emergency Vehicles on Display
LOT's of FUN


National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes public safety-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to mak our neighborhoods safer and a better place to live.

Sponsored by SuperValu of Pequot Lakes
Date:   August 2, 2016
Time:   05:00 PM
Location:   Trailside Park
Pequot Lakes   
Contact:   Pequot Lakes Police Department 218-568-8111
Email:   cturcotte@pequotlakes-mn.gov
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
5-8 PM
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Aug 02   Crosslake Night Out
Join us in Crosslake for the 2nd Annual Crosslake Night Out!
  • Meet an visit with Crosslake Police Officers and Firefighters who will be out and about in the business community
  • Look for green balloons at Chamber member businesses offering discounts, refreshments and activities
  • Big Fun Tuesday games for children in Town Square sponsored by Crosslake Community School
  • Hot Dogs & Soda benefiting the Children's Miracle Network AND Live Music featuring ZZ Ace at Crosslake Ace Hardware
  • Look for classic fire trucks and police cars too!

 
Date:   August 2, 2016
Time:   05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://www.crosslake.com
Location:   Participating businesses in Crosslake ~ Look for the green balloons!
 
Contact:   Crosslake Chamber of Commerce 218-692-4027
Email:   cindy@crosslake.com
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, August 2, 2016
5 - 8 p.m.
Aug 02   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Tuesday for all skill levels.
Date:   August 2, 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
Aug 02   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with us. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   August 2, 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.
Aug 03   American Legion Brainerd Riders Meeting
Legion Riders meeting at the American Legion in Brainerd. Become a member today!
Date:   August 3, 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
Aug 03   Operation Sandwich
In an effort to meet youth hunger needs during the summer months, the Brainerd School District and Operation Sandwich will begin providing free meals to students 18 years of age and younger in June.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Fridays, June 6th to August 26th at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. A rotating menu includes pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets and a sub sandwich.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meals are available free of charge for all students up to 18-years-old.
Operation Sandwich will also begin its summer cycle the first Monday after school concludes until the last Thursday before school reconvenes. From June 6th to September 1st, lunches will be prepared by volunteers and distributed Mondays through Thursdays during the lunch hour at Garfield, Harrison and Lowell elementaries, Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, and Whipple Beach in Baxter.
All items provided by Operation Sandwich come from donations. Current needs include granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, plastic sandwich bags and fruit (bananas, oranges, apples). Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations are encouraged. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with meal prep, bagging and distribution during the week as well as distributing books on Mondays. Groups are encouraged to sign up and assist.
Each Monday, the ?Book Café? follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to children picking up lunch.
For more information or to get involved, visit operationsandwichcwc.org or email Lindsey at lindsey@unitedwaynow.org. Financial donations can be mailed directly care of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties at PO Box 381, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401.
 
2016 Summer Distribution Locations:
·       Lowell Elementary                                            11:45 to 12:10 pm
·       Garfield Elementary                                  12:15 to 12:40 pm
·       Harrison Elementary                                        12:45 to 1:15 pm
·       Whipple Beach, Baxter                        12:00 to 12:30 pm
·       Kiwanis Park                                          12:40 to 1:10 pm

 
 
Date:   August 3, 2016
Website:   http://operationsandwichcwc.org
Location:   Various locations in Brainerd and Baxter
Contact:   (218) 839-9540
Email:   lindsey@unitedwaynow.org
Date/Time Details:  
  Breakfast:  Every Monday through Friday, June 6 through August 26, 2016.
    Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd        8:30 - 9:00 AM

   Lunch:

     Washington Education Services Building    11:30 to 12:30 pm
      Lowell Elementary             11:45 to 12:10 pm
      Garfield Elementary           12:15 to 12:40 pm
      Harrison Elementary          12:45 to 1:15 pm
      Whipple Beach, Baxter       12:00 to 12:30 pm
      Kiwanis Park                       12:40 to 1:10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 03   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:   August 3, 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
Aug 03   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community. 
Date:   August 3, 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
Aug 03   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:   August 3, 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!
Aug 03   BINGO at Manhattan's
Enjoy BINGO at Manhattan's every Wednesday!  Games start at 6pm! Progressive Jackpot on our blackout round.  
Proceeds support the Pequot Lakes Youth Hockey Association. 
Date:   August 3, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://mblodge.com
Location:   Manhattan's at Manhattan Beach Lodge
39051 County Road 66
Manhattan Beach, MN  56442
 
Contact:   (218) 692-3381
Email:   info@mblodge.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday
6 p.m.
Aug 03   Spa Facial and Smoothie Event
Need a special ladies night out that doesn't break the bank? This is for you! Only $5!

The Spa Event includes Facials, Snacks, Smoothies and FUN!

RSVP your seat by Tuesday August 2nd!
**LIMITED SEATING**
Date:   August 3, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://www.goherbalife.com/bsteidler/en-US
Location:   The Crossfire
36184 CR 66
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Brenda Steidler, (218) 830-9475
Email:   thecrossfirellc@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Wednesday August 3rd, 2016
 7- 8 pm
Fees/Admission:   $5 cover
Aug 03   Lakes Area Music Festival presents Moonlight
A pre-concert lecture will take place 30 minutes before the performance.

Enjoy listening to Ludwig van Bethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14, "Moonlight"
Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit   Gregory DeTurck, piano
Arnold Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night)

Maurice Ravel’s piano writing is filled with innovation and absolute elegance concealed within the macabre atmosphere of Giraud’s poetry. When he wrote Gaspard de la nuit, he intentionally set out to write the most difficult piano piece to date – and succeeded.
 

AFTERGLOW
Immediately following performance, Cash bar and complimentary appetizers at Prairie Bay, 15115 Edgewood Dr. N., Baxter, MN  56425

 

Date:   August 3, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://lakesareamusic.org/current-season/moonlight/
Location:   Tornstrom Auditorium
804 Oak Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Lakes Area Music Festival, (218) 963-7908
Email:   scott@lakesareamusic.org
Date/Time Details:   Wednesday, August 3, 2016
6 pm - Doors open
7 pm - Concert
Fees/Admission:   Free of charge.
Aug 03   Gull Dam Beers & Gears

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

Date:   August 3, 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
Aug 04   Operation Sandwich
In an effort to meet youth hunger needs during the summer months, the Brainerd School District and Operation Sandwich will begin providing free meals to students 18 years of age and younger in June.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Fridays, June 6th to August 26th at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. A rotating menu includes pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets and a sub sandwich.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meals are available free of charge for all students up to 18-years-old.
Operation Sandwich will also begin its summer cycle the first Monday after school concludes until the last Thursday before school reconvenes. From June 6th to September 1st, lunches will be prepared by volunteers and distributed Mondays through Thursdays during the lunch hour at Garfield, Harrison and Lowell elementaries, Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, and Whipple Beach in Baxter.
All items provided by Operation Sandwich come from donations. Current needs include granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, plastic sandwich bags and fruit (bananas, oranges, apples). Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations are encouraged. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with meal prep, bagging and distribution during the week as well as distributing books on Mondays. Groups are encouraged to sign up and assist.
Each Monday, the ?Book Café? follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to children picking up lunch.
For more information or to get involved, visit operationsandwichcwc.org or email Lindsey at lindsey@unitedwaynow.org. Financial donations can be mailed directly care of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties at PO Box 381, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401.
 
2016 Summer Distribution Locations:
·       Lowell Elementary                                            11:45 to 12:10 pm
·       Garfield Elementary                                  12:15 to 12:40 pm
·       Harrison Elementary                                        12:45 to 1:15 pm
·       Whipple Beach, Baxter                        12:00 to 12:30 pm
·       Kiwanis Park                                          12:40 to 1:10 pm

 
 
Date:   August 4, 2016
Website:   http://operationsandwichcwc.org
Location:   Various locations in Brainerd and Baxter
Contact:   (218) 839-9540
Email:   lindsey@unitedwaynow.org
Date/Time Details:  
  Breakfast:  Every Monday through Friday, June 6 through August 26, 2016.
    Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd        8:30 - 9:00 AM

   Lunch:

     Washington Education Services Building    11:30 to 12:30 pm
      Lowell Elementary             11:45 to 12:10 pm
      Garfield Elementary           12:15 to 12:40 pm
      Harrison Elementary          12:45 to 1:15 pm
      Whipple Beach, Baxter       12:00 to 12:30 pm
      Kiwanis Park                       12:40 to 1:10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 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:   August 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
Aug 04   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   August 4, 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
Aug 04   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:   August 4, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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

8 am - 12:30 pm

Aug 04   Market in the Park 2016
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 Application and ST19
Date:   August 4, 2016
Time:   09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://www.explorebrainerdlakes.com/brainerd-lakes-chamber/chamber-programs-services-committees/vendor-information/
Location:   Trailside Park, Hwy 371
Pequot Lakes, MN
Contact:   Pequot Lakes Chamber Office, 218-568-8911
Email:   cmercernelson@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   This event will run June 16, 2016 through August 18, 2016.
Thursdays only
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   FREE ADMISSION
Aug 04   Wheel Throwing with Clay Class for Teens (No prior experience needed.)
Teens (ages 13-18) will be working on the potter's wheel and will make either a bowl, mug or plate. Depending on the student they may make more than one of these pieces. Each student will have their own potter's wheel to work on.

Class size limited to 2 attendees.
 
  • Eileen (instructor) will have teen choose a color glaze that she will finish their 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:   August 4, 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:   August 4, 2016
9:30 a.m. 12 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $65.00 includes $50.00 class fee plus $15.00 material/firing fee.
Aug 04   Gull Dam Cribbage Tourament
Come play to get your Gull Dam prizes & bragging rights! Players get $3 Gull Dam Beers!
Date:   August 4, 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!
Aug 04   4 Weeks to a Healthier You Weight Loss Challenge
Do you need some help staying on your health goals through the summer? Do you want friendly expert advice and help from CERTIFIED Wellness Coaches? 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 4 Weeks to a Healthier You Weight Loss Challenge!
$20 + product gets you on a meal plan! Top 3 best results win cash prizes.
Save your seat today!
Date:   August 4, 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 July 28, 2016
Weekly meetings (Thursdays)
5:30-6:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $20 + product
Aug 04   Outdoor Summer Concert at Gregory Park
Bring your lawn chair or a blanket. Relax and enjoy the sounds of the bands performing at 7 pm in Gregory Park, north side of Brainerd. A collaboration between the City of Brainerd Park & Rec. Department and The Center

Rain out site is The Center, 803 Kingwood Street, Brainerd, MN  56401

June 2:          Tim & Cindy Roggenkamp
June 9:          Day Break
June 16:        Churchyard
June 23:        Michael Hoover
June 30:        Diane Saumer & Friends
July 7;           Scott Lykins & John Ward
July 14:         Virg Litke
July 21:         Blue Moon Jazz Quintet  
July 28:         Kingery Family
August 4:      Jack Franzen
August 11:    Kayla Pallansch
August 18:    Norm's Bait & tackle Choir
August 25:    The District
Date:   August 4, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://TheBrainerdCenter.com
Location:   Gregory Park (north side of Brainerd)
424 North 5 Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   The Center, 218-829-9345
Email:   director@thebrainerdcenter.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday, June 2 through August 25, 2016
7 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:  
Free
Aug 05 - Aug 07   B I R Powercruise
Powercruise is the place you can do everything with your car that you are NOT allowed to do anywhere else. Drive the track with your car with your friends and family in there with you. Events also include powerskid contest, off street drags, drifting, and heaps more.
Date:   August 5, 2016 - August 7, 2016
Website:   http://www.BrainerdRaceway.com
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway & Resort
5523 Birchdale Rd
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), (218) 824-7223
Email:   tickets@brainerdraceway.com
Date/Time Details:   August 5, 2016
Call for times.
866-444-4455
Aug 05 - Oct 24   Music on the Patio at Ernie's
Come and join us on our patio for music every Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons. Different musicians and styles for your listening enjoyment. Bring your friends and family.
Date:   August 5, 2016 - October 24, 2016
Website:   http://www.erniesongull.com
Location:   Ernie's on Gull
10424 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Contact:   Ernie's on Gull Lake, (218) 829-3918
Email:   zac@erniesongull.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday and Saturday evening through Labor Day.
Sunday afternoons through Labor Day.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Aug 05   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:   August 5, 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.
Aug 05   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:   August 5, 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
Aug 05   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   August 5, 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
Aug 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:   August 5, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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

8 am - 12:30 pm

Aug 05   Handmade Paper Class for Teens
This fun and educational class designed for teens ages 13-17 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 attendees
Ages 13-17

Registration form can be downloaded from our website.
Call or send in registration form to reserve your spot!
Date:   August 5, 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:   August 5, 2016
9:30 a.m.-11:30a.m.
Fees/Admission:   $50.00 - Includes $30 class fee plus $20.00 material fee
Aug 05   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:   August 5, 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
Aug 05   Lakes Area Music Festival Presents Lakeside Cabaret
Don’t miss the swankiest party in town, as international opera stars serenade you with classics from the American songbook. Enjoy a cocktail hour while being serenaded by a professional string quartet, then sit down to a gourmet dinner and a full evening’s entertainment, featuring songs from Oklahoma!, Les Miserables, South Pacific and more.
Date:   August 5, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://lakesareamusic.org/cabaret/
Location:   Grand View Lodge
Norway Center
23521 Nokomis Avenue
Nisswa, MN 56468
Contact:   Lakes Area Music Festival, (218) 963-7908
Email:   scott@lakesareamusic.org
Date/Time Details:   Friday, August 5, 2016
6:00 PM - Cocktail hour (No early seating, please)
7:00 PM - Dinner and show
Fees/Admission:   $75 - Individual, general admission seating ($85 if purchased after July 25)
$450 - Reserved VIP table of 6 with two Festival musicians
Tickets available on Festival website.
Aug 05   Live Music at Gull Dam Brewing - King's Ransom

Live Music Every Friday & Saturday! NO COVER!

Summer Open Hours:
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:   August 5, 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:   August 5, 2016
6 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:   NO COVER!
Aug 05   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:   August 5, 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.
Aug 05   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   August 5, 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.
Aug 06 - Oct 25   Music on the Patio at Ernie's
Come and join us on our patio for music every Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons. Different musicians and styles for your listening enjoyment. Bring your friends and family.
Date:   August 6, 2016 - October 25, 2016
Website:   http://www.erniesongull.com
Location:   Ernie's on Gull
10424 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Contact:   Ernie's on Gull Lake, (218) 829-3918
Email:   zac@erniesongull.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday and Saturday evening through Labor Day.
Sunday afternoons through Labor Day.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Aug 06   The Whitefish Warrior - 2016
Be a part of the inaugural Whitefish Warrior!  This 2 mile journey through the Nordic Ridge Recreation Area will present a variety of fun and challenging adventures (emphasis on fun). You will conquer walls, slippery valleys, test your skills in archery, complete a kayak course and crawl through the mud to achieve greatness and the right to be called a Whitefish Warrior!  After the adventure we will celebrate your accomplishments with a mug of your favorite beverage (for some beer, for others a sports drink). Your beverage is included in your registration fee.

Sign up as an individual or as a team of four.  The run is limited to the first 336 participants who register.

Prizes will be awarded to the top individual male and female finisher and to the top team finishers.  All participants will receive a finisher medal and t-shirt.
Date:   August 6, 2016
Time:   07:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake Community Center
Nordic Ridge Recreation Area
14126  Daggett Pine Road
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Crosslake Community Center 218-692-4271
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, August 6, 2016
7 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Register online at http://itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=7812
 
Aug 06   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 a lunch and beverage

Registration form can be downloaded from our website.
Please call or register to reserve your spot!
Date:   August 6, 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:   August 6, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $75 - Includes $60 class fee and $15.00 materials fee
Aug 06   Creative Meditation Drawing with Janis Gallagher Young
Learn a fun way to relax!  Janis will share this calming technique that places the focus on the creative journey.  Gentle music and repetitive pen strokes come together in creating art as unique as snowflakes.  Janis is an artist and member of The Crossing Arts Alliance and FineArtAmerica.com  Sessions will be held at Kicks on Route 66 and are limited to 5 persons per session.  All art supplies will be provided.  Reserve your space today by emailing jgyoungart@gmail.com or by calling Kicks on Route 66 218-692-5425.
Date:   August 6, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Website:   http://kicks66crosslake.com/
Location:   Kicks on Route 66
36066 CR 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Kicks on Route 66 218-692-5425
Email:   Janis Gallagher jgyoungart@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, August 6, 2016
Saturday, August 20, 2016
10 - 11:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   $20 per person - includes all supplies
Aug 06   Surly KlunkerFunk Bicycle Ride & Festival of Trails
The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew is pleased to announce the Surly KlunkerFunk Bicycle Ride & Festival of Trails! KlunkerFunk will be held August 6, 2016. Surly KlunkerFunk provides one of the most unique experiences in Minnesota: Music in the Mines Concert Series. While on a group bicycle ride in the scenic Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area (CCSRA) you will have the chance to hear some of Minnesota's greatest musical talents. Additional FREE music can be experienced in the quaint downtown of Ironton, MN Bring your toe-tappin' dancin' shoes because you will need them!

10:00 a.m.    2016 KlunkerFunk Begins (Downtown Ironton)
10:00 a.m.     Free Surly Bike Demos (Downtown Ironton)   
11:00 a.m.    Official Opening Announcements (Downtown Ironton)
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.    Bike Show contestants display bikes (Classes: Klunker, Kruiser, Klassic, Krate, Kreampuff, Knutson) (Downtown Ironton)
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.    Klunkerfunky Games (Downtown Ironton)
12:00 p.m.    Lunch begins (Downtown Ironton)
1:30 p.m.    Announce game winners, bike show winners, prizes, etc.
1:45 p.m.    Bike Parade to Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area (CCSRA)
1:50 p.m.    Up to 4 group rides (Paved Trail to Croft, Singletrack past Croft to Yawkey, Singletrack easy and Singletrack advanced) (CCSRA)
2:00 p.m.    Music in the MInes #1 - Thirst River (CCSRA Pennington Landing)
3:00 p.m.    Music in the Mines #2 - Casey Aro (CCSRA Croft Mine)
4:00 p.m.    Group Rides Return (Downtown Ironton)
4:00 p.m.    Beer Garden Opens (Downtown Ironton)
4:10 p.m.    Main Stage - Casey Aro (Downtown Ironton)
4:55 p.m.    Main Stage - Gawker Slowdown (Downtown Ironton)
6:00 p.m.    Main Stage - Chase Down Blue (Downtown Ironton)
6:55 p.m.    Main Stage - Thirsty River (Downtown Ironton)
7:40 p.m.    Live Auction, Big Raffles & Closing Ceremony (Including a custom Surly Pugsleyfunk!) (Downtown Ironton)
Date:   August 6, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://www.klunkerfunk.com/
Location:   Ironton, MN
Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area
Contact:   Ron Plinske
Email:   touchtheskyblue@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, August 6, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 06   Love Takes Flight Butterfly Release
Join us for a day filled with family, friends and fun as we honor/memorialize those who hold a special place in our hearts.
With a $20 gift, you can honor or memorialize someone special through the release of a butterfly. If you're unable to attend, your butterfly will be released for you with the name(s) read. All proceeds will be used toward our Client's Dream Fund.
Lunch will be served in addition to an ice cream social. There will also be a silent auction, music and games for the kids.
Date:   August 6, 2016
Time:   11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Location:   Lutheran Church of the Cross
5064 County Road #13
Nisswa, MN 56468
Contact:   Laura Large or Clarissa Gildart (218) 963-9452
Email:   llarge1@good-sam.com or cgildart@good-sam.com
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, August 6, 2016
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Aug 06   Crow Wing Paddlers Club
Join us for a fun afternoon/evening of Kayaking! The Crow Wing Paddlers Club is open to everyone. If you don't have something to paddle on, Wind Water & Wheels can supply you with a kayak, paddle and life jacket for a nominal fee.

Contact Jim @ 612-581-2144 for exact time and location.

Saturday, August 6 - afternoon
Thursday, August 18 - evening
Saturday, September 17 - evening

 
Date:   August 6, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://www.windwaterandwheels.com/kayak-club-the-crow-wing-paddlers/
Location:   Locations vary each trip
Call for details
Contact:   Jim 612-581-2144
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, August 6, 2016
afternoon paddle
 
Fees/Admission:   Nominal charge for equipment rental
Aug 06   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   August 6, 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.
Aug 06   Lakes Area Music Festival Presents Lakeside Cabaret
Don’t miss the swankiest party in town, as international opera stars serenade you with classics from the American songbook. Enjoy a cocktail hour while being serenaded by a professional string quartet, then sit down to a gourmet dinner and a full evening’s entertainment, featuring songs from Oklahoma!, Les Miserables, South Pacific and more.
Date:   August 6, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://lakesareamusic.org/cabaret/
Location:   Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge
25039 Tame Fish Lake Road
Deerwood, MN  56444
Contact:   Lakes Area Music Festival, (218) 963-7908
Email:   scott@lakesareamusic.org
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, August 6, 2016
6:00 PM - Cocktail hour (No early seating, please)
7:00 PM - Dinner and show
Fees/Admission:   $75 - Individual, general admission seating ($85 if purchased after July 25)
$450 - Reserved VIP table of 6 with two Festival musicians
Tickets available on Festival website.
Aug 06   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 September 3, 2016.  A different band each week; some old, some new, but all very entertaining and many are back by popular request.
Click here for complete schedule

Tonight's feature is Romantica.  An Irish-American folk-rock band.  Seriously, we heard Romantica at the Dakota Club in St. Paul, and knew we needed them to perform at the Crosslake Outdoor Music Series.  International touring, albums, etc., Romantica has done it all.  Enjoy!
Date:   August 6, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake Town Square
35752 Allen Avenue
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Rob Stoll 218-692-5345
Date/Time Details:   Saturdays
June 18 - Sept 3, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Aug 07 - Oct 26   Music on the Patio at Ernie's
Come and join us on our patio for music every Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons. Different musicians and styles for your listening enjoyment. Bring your friends and family.
Date:   August 7, 2016 - October 26, 2016
Website:   http://www.erniesongull.com
Location:   Ernie's on Gull
10424 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Contact:   Ernie's on Gull Lake, (218) 829-3918
Email:   zac@erniesongull.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday and Saturday evening through Labor Day.
Sunday afternoons through Labor Day.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Aug 07   Camp Knutson Sunday Worship
Outdoor worship services take place each Sunday May 29 through September 4 in Crosslake.  A stay in your car or sit in a lawn chair, wear flip flops, pet friendly, come-as-you are worship service.
May 29 - Community Memorial Day Service
June 12 - Blessing of the Animals
July 10 - Classic Car & Biker Sunday
July 17 - Grandchildren Sunday
August 7 - Camp Knutson Sunday
September 4 - Labor Day
Date:   August 7, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Website:   http://crosslakelutheran.com
Location:   Crosslake Lutheran Outdoor Worship
14019 Daggett Pine Road
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Crosslake Lutheran Church 218-692-3682
Email:   clc@crosslake.net
Date/Time Details:   Sunday August 7, 2016
10 a.m.
Aug 07   Sunday Funday at Manhattan's
Enjoy Sunday Funday at Manhattan Beach Lodge with LIVE Music!
Every Sunday from 1 pm - 4pm ALL SUMMER LONG!!

May 29th:  Emily Hammer
June 5th:  Andy Fischer
June 12th:  Brendan Flynn
June 19th:  Andy Fischer
June 26th:  Emily Hammer
July 3rd:  Shane Martin
July 10th:  Emily Hammer
July 17th:  Shane Martin
July 24th:  Brendan Flynn
July 31st:  Brendan Flynn
August 7th:  Shane Martin
August 14th:  Andy Fischer
August 21st:  Brendan Flynn
August 28th:  Andy Fischer
September 4th:  Emily Hammer
Date:   August 7, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://mblodge.com
Location:   Manhattan's at Manhattan Beach Lodge
39051 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   (218) 692-3381
Email:   info@mblodge.com
Date/Time Details:   Sunday's May 29 - September 4, 2016
1  - 4 p.m.
Aug 07   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with our NEW digital system. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   August 7, 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.
Aug 07   Lakes Area Music Festival presents Bedtime Stories
A pre-concert performance by our young Explore Music! Alexander Pena, Explore Music! Director said, "I get such a thrill from first working to ignite artistic passion among our students over the course of the week, and later once they return to our Family Concert to watch me perform on the viola as part of the orchestra – how rare an opportunity for a child to feel a direct connection to what is happening on stage!"

Listen as Marlene Pauley, conducts:

Felix Mendelssohn:
Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsikov:
Scheherazade

Libby Larson:
Jack and the Beanstalk
Narrated by Jeff Andrews

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:
Waltz from Sleeping Beauty

Igor Stravinsky:
Berceuse and Finale from Firebird Suite

Date:   August 7, 2016
Time:   02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://lakesareamusic.org/current-season/bedtime-stories/
Location:   Tornstrom Auditorium
804 Oak Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
 
Contact:   Lakes Area Music Festival, (218) 963-7908
Email:   scott@lakesareamusic.org
Date/Time Details:   Sunday, August 7, 2016
2 - 4 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free of charge. Donations accepted.
Aug 07   Margarita Sunday!
Live performance from return artists Bruce Neuman and Tiki D. Relax your Sunday away on this Island themed cruise with Margarita Specials and Great music from many of your favorites and some of their own originals.

Chips and Salsa served on this cruise. Pizza for purchase. Play ring toss and win a free beverage.


 
Date:   August 7, 2016
Time:   02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Website:   http://destinycruisesllc.com/
Location:   Destiny Cruises
10424 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Contact:   (855) 953-3784
Email:   info@destinycruisesllc.com
Date/Time Details:   Sunday, August 7, 2016
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Aug 08   Operation Sandwich
In an effort to meet youth hunger needs during the summer months, the Brainerd School District and Operation Sandwich will begin providing free meals to students 18 years of age and younger in June.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Fridays, June 6th to August 26th at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. A rotating menu includes pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets and a sub sandwich.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meals are available free of charge for all students up to 18-years-old.
Operation Sandwich will also begin its summer cycle the first Monday after school concludes until the last Thursday before school reconvenes. From June 6th to September 1st, lunches will be prepared by volunteers and distributed Mondays through Thursdays during the lunch hour at Garfield, Harrison and Lowell elementaries, Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, and Whipple Beach in Baxter.
All items provided by Operation Sandwich come from donations. Current needs include granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, plastic sandwich bags and fruit (bananas, oranges, apples). Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations are encouraged. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with meal prep, bagging and distribution during the week as well as distributing books on Mondays. Groups are encouraged to sign up and assist.
Each Monday, the ?Book Café? follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to children picking up lunch.
For more information or to get involved, visit operationsandwichcwc.org or email Lindsey at lindsey@unitedwaynow.org. Financial donations can be mailed directly care of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties at PO Box 381, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401.
 
2016 Summer Distribution Locations:
·       Lowell Elementary                                            11:45 to 12:10 pm
·       Garfield Elementary                                  12:15 to 12:40 pm
·       Harrison Elementary                                        12:45 to 1:15 pm
·       Whipple Beach, Baxter                        12:00 to 12:30 pm
·       Kiwanis Park                                          12:40 to 1:10 pm

 
 
Date:   August 8, 2016
Website:   http://operationsandwichcwc.org
Location:   Various locations in Brainerd and Baxter
Contact:   (218) 839-9540
Email:   lindsey@unitedwaynow.org
Date/Time Details:  
  Breakfast:  Every Monday through Friday, June 6 through August 26, 2016.
    Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd        8:30 - 9:00 AM

   Lunch:

     Washington Education Services Building    11:30 to 12:30 pm
      Lowell Elementary             11:45 to 12:10 pm
      Garfield Elementary           12:15 to 12:40 pm
      Harrison Elementary          12:45 to 1:15 pm
      Whipple Beach, Baxter       12:00 to 12:30 pm
      Kiwanis Park                       12:40 to 1:10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 08   Crosslake City Council Meeting
Crosslake City Council - Meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
Date:   August 8, 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.
Aug 09   Operation Sandwich
In an effort to meet youth hunger needs during the summer months, the Brainerd School District and Operation Sandwich will begin providing free meals to students 18 years of age and younger in June.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Fridays, June 6th to August 26th at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. A rotating menu includes pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets and a sub sandwich.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meals are available free of charge for all students up to 18-years-old.
Operation Sandwich will also begin its summer cycle the first Monday after school concludes until the last Thursday before school reconvenes. From June 6th to September 1st, lunches will be prepared by volunteers and distributed Mondays through Thursdays during the lunch hour at Garfield, Harrison and Lowell elementaries, Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, and Whipple Beach in Baxter.
All items provided by Operation Sandwich come from donations. Current needs include granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, plastic sandwich bags and fruit (bananas, oranges, apples). Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations are encouraged. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with meal prep, bagging and distribution during the week as well as distributing books on Mondays. Groups are encouraged to sign up and assist.
Each Monday, the ?Book Café? follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to children picking up lunch.
For more information or to get involved, visit operationsandwichcwc.org or email Lindsey at lindsey@unitedwaynow.org. Financial donations can be mailed directly care of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties at PO Box 381, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401.
 
2016 Summer Distribution Locations:
·       Lowell Elementary                                            11:45 to 12:10 pm
·       Garfield Elementary                                  12:15 to 12:40 pm
·       Harrison Elementary                                        12:45 to 1:15 pm
·       Whipple Beach, Baxter                        12:00 to 12:30 pm
·       Kiwanis Park                                          12:40 to 1:10 pm

 
 
Date:   August 9, 2016
Website:   http://operationsandwichcwc.org
Location:   Various locations in Brainerd and Baxter
Contact:   (218) 839-9540
Email:   lindsey@unitedwaynow.org
Date/Time Details:  
  Breakfast:  Every Monday through Friday, June 6 through August 26, 2016.
    Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd        8:30 - 9:00 AM

   Lunch:

     Washington Education Services Building    11:30 to 12:30 pm
      Lowell Elementary             11:45 to 12:10 pm
      Garfield Elementary           12:15 to 12:40 pm
      Harrison Elementary          12:45 to 1:15 pm
      Whipple Beach, Baxter       12:00 to 12:30 pm
      Kiwanis Park                       12:40 to 1:10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 09   2016 Youth Garden Class

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:   August 9, 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:   Tuesday afternoons; 10-11:30 am
June 7 through August 30, 2016
Fees/Admission:   $10 per student to cover materials
Aug 09   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:   August 9, 2016
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/events/
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), (218) 824-7223
Email:   tickets@brainerdraceway.com
Date/Time Details:   August 9, 2016
Fees/Admission:   Call Brainerd International Raceway for details
Aug 09   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   August 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
Aug 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:   August 9, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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

8 am - 12:30 pm

Aug 09   Print Making Class for teens
Teens (ages 13-17) will be making 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. A simple picture can become a work of art by using this cutting technique!
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:   August 9, 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:   August 9, 2016
9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $50.00 includes $40.00 class fee plus $10.00 material fee
Aug 09   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:   August 9, 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
Aug 09   Business After Hours - Edgewood Vista Senior Living

Join Edgewood Vista as they host at Business After Hours on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm at their location in Brainerd.

Learn why our residents love to call Edgewood Vista home as you enjoy an entertaining evening of relaxing with a drink and music provided by Gary Timbs in the courtyard. Prairie Bay will be providing the beverages. One free drink ticket for all Chamber members and a cash bar after. Edgewood Vista Culinary is providing the food that will be served.  Experience Edgewood Vista and all of the exciting things that they offer.  Tours and information will be available throughout the event. 


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.


Gary's a dynamic performer who has toured with several acclaimed groups, including the Grammy-winning Statesmen Quartet, and Country Music Hall of Famer Sonny James. He has jammed with Elvis Presley, the Statler Brothers and George Jones, and he's performed with Mickey Gilley as a guest pianist.
Gary was with the Statesmen when their album, "I Believe in Jesus", was nominated for a Grammy, and album which included two songs he wrote. One of those songs, "Roll Back River Jordan", was nominated for the Gospel Dove Award's "Song of the Year", losing out to Kris Kristofferson's "Why Me Lord". That same year, Gary was nominated for a Dove Award as "Most Promising New Artist".
Music has been a part of Gary's life since the beginning. He was born in Atlanta, Ga., and grew up performing gospel music with his family in old time tent-meeting churches throughout Eastern Tennessee where his dad was a preacher. The Timbs family were also regulars on radio shows hosted by Archie "Gradpappy" Campbell of Hee Haw fame, and Cas Walker, the latter being the same venue where Dolly Parton got her start.
A self-taught musician, Gary's been playing the piano and B3 organ since he was a kid, and he continues to entertain audiences with is one-of-a-kind musical style, which he considers to be a gift from God.
https://garytimbs.bandcamp.com/


 

Date:   August 9, 2016
Time:   04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Website:   https://edgewoodseniorliving.com/community/edgewood-vista-in-brainerd-mn
Location:   Edgewood Vista Senior Living
14890 Beaver Dam Road
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Sue Galligan 218-822-7119
Email:   sgalligan@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, August 9, 2016
4:30-6:00 pm
Fees/Admission:   Chamber members are invited to register and attend this free event.
Aug 09   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Tuesday for all skill levels.
Date:   August 9, 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
Aug 09   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with us. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   August 9, 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.
Aug 10   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:   August 10, 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.

Aug 10   Operation Sandwich
In an effort to meet youth hunger needs during the summer months, the Brainerd School District and Operation Sandwich will begin providing free meals to students 18 years of age and younger in June.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Fridays, June 6th to August 26th at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. A rotating menu includes pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets and a sub sandwich.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meals are available free of charge for all students up to 18-years-old.
Operation Sandwich will also begin its summer cycle the first Monday after school concludes until the last Thursday before school reconvenes. From June 6th to September 1st, lunches will be prepared by volunteers and distributed Mondays through Thursdays during the lunch hour at Garfield, Harrison and Lowell elementaries, Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, and Whipple Beach in Baxter.
All items provided by Operation Sandwich come from donations. Current needs include granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, plastic sandwich bags and fruit (bananas, oranges, apples). Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations are encouraged. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with meal prep, bagging and distribution during the week as well as distributing books on Mondays. Groups are encouraged to sign up and assist.
Each Monday, the ?Book Café? follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to children picking up lunch.
For more information or to get involved, visit operationsandwichcwc.org or email Lindsey at lindsey@unitedwaynow.org. Financial donations can be mailed directly care of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties at PO Box 381, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401.
 
2016 Summer Distribution Locations:
·       Lowell Elementary                                            11:45 to 12:10 pm
·       Garfield Elementary                                  12:15 to 12:40 pm
·       Harrison Elementary                                        12:45 to 1:15 pm
·       Whipple Beach, Baxter                        12:00 to 12:30 pm
·       Kiwanis Park                                          12:40 to 1:10 pm

 
 
Date:   August 10, 2016
Website:   http://operationsandwichcwc.org
Location:   Various locations in Brainerd and Baxter
Contact:   (218) 839-9540
Email:   lindsey@unitedwaynow.org
Date/Time Details:  
  Breakfast:  Every Monday through Friday, June 6 through August 26, 2016.
    Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd        8:30 - 9:00 AM

   Lunch:

     Washington Education Services Building    11:30 to 12:30 pm
      Lowell Elementary             11:45 to 12:10 pm
      Garfield Elementary           12:15 to 12:40 pm
      Harrison Elementary          12:45 to 1:15 pm
      Whipple Beach, Baxter       12:00 to 12:30 pm
      Kiwanis Park                       12:40 to 1:10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 10   Lakes Area Memory Awareness Advocates Monthly meeting
Group of volunteers committed to making the Lakes Area a community where memory loss/dementia is understood by all and resources are readily available to assist those who need help.
Date:   August 10, 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
Aug 10 - Aug 11   Who Is Running My Business?
When things are going great, all careers can be fulfilling. But, when challenges begin to surface, and we feel frustrated and perhaps victimized by the system we work within, even when it’s our own business, we wonder: “Who’s running my business?”

What causes brilliant, highly creative and inspired individuals to make choices that kill their business or their organizations? Why would any of us make poor decisions, which lead to dysfunctional relationships, the loss of employees and profits? Who’s inside us that’s making dumb decisions?

Join us for this two-day workshop where participants will discuss some of the most vulnerable aspects of being a human being within the context of their business or organizational environment. Participants will leave more confident in their choice-making abilities; will more clearly distinguish when their choice maker is acting from fear, or from wisdom; will develop a process through which they can question their decision making process and willingly answer those questions that may trigger vulnerability and fears of risk; and leave clear that their commitment is to act in alignment cultivating a thriving business. 

Facilitated by Dr Rosie Kuhn, a thought-leader in the fields of transformational coaching and in recovery. Hosted by Jane Brekken of Unlimited Potential of Brainerd.
Date:   August 10, 2016 - August 11, 2016
Time:   09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://www.myunlimitedpotential.com
Location:   Gull Lake Yacht Club
19696 Love Lake Road
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Jane Brekken
Email:   jane@myunlimitedpotential.com
Date/Time Details:  

August 10 - 11, 2016
9 am - 4 pm

 

 

Fees/Admission:   Early Bird Discount (before July 1, 2016) - $250.00 
After July 1, 2016 - $275.00

Cost includes breakfast and lunch both days.
Aug 10   1/2 Day Kids Art Camp 6-9 years old
This is a fun and educational 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 is limited to 10 attendees
Each child should bring a lunch and beverage

Registration form can be downloaded on our website.
 Please call or send in your registration to reserve your spot!
Date:   August 10, 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:   August 10, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $80 - Includes $60 class fee and $20.00 materials fee
Aug 10   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community. 
Date:   August 10, 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
Aug 10   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:   August 10, 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!
Aug 10   Ideal Volunteer Fire Department Beef Feed
The Ideal Volunteer Fire Department welcomes everyone to come to their Annual Beef Feed
 
Menu:  Sliced Beef, Coleslaw, Roll and All You Can Eat corn on the cob and watermelon.
 
Bring your friends and enjoy a delicious meal!
 
Proceeds will benefit the Ideal Volunteer Fire Department.
 

Since 1978 the department has sponsored a fund-raiser known as the Ideal Fire Department Beef Feed. It is always held the second Wednesday in August. The feed consists of boneless baron of beef, all the fresh corn on the cob you can eat, buns, coleslaw and watermelon. The beef and corn are cooked the day of the feed by the firefighters. From its modest beginning the feed has grown to the point that now over 2,000 dinners are served between the hours of 4:00 and 8:00 P.M. In 34 years, over 28,000 pounds of beef, 180,000 ears of corn, 1,200 watermelons and 5 tons of coleslaw have been served. Rain or shine, the feed takes place at the Ideal Township Hall.

Date:   August 10, 2016
Time:   04:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://www.idealfd.com/blog
Location:  
Ideal Fire Department
35458 Butternut Point Rd
Pequot Lakes, MN
 
7 miles East of Pequot Lakes
Contact:   218-543-4392
Email:   davepeterson@idealtownship.com
Date/Time Details:  
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
4 - 8 p.m.
Fees/Admission:  
 

 

Aug 10   BINGO at Manhattan's
Enjoy BINGO at Manhattan's every Wednesday!  Games start at 6pm! Progressive Jackpot on our blackout round.  
Proceeds support the Pequot Lakes Youth Hockey Association. 
Date:   August 10, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://mblodge.com
Location:   Manhattan's at Manhattan Beach Lodge
39051 County Road 66
Manhattan Beach, MN  56442
 
Contact:   (218) 692-3381
Email:   info@mblodge.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday
6 p.m.
Aug 10   Gull Dam Beers & Gears

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

Date:   August 10, 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
Aug 11   Operation Sandwich
In an effort to meet youth hunger needs during the summer months, the Brainerd School District and Operation Sandwich will begin providing free meals to students 18 years of age and younger in June.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Fridays, June 6th to August 26th at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. A rotating menu includes pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets and a sub sandwich.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meals are available free of charge for all students up to 18-years-old.
Operation Sandwich will also begin its summer cycle the first Monday after school concludes until the last Thursday before school reconvenes. From June 6th to September 1st, lunches will be prepared by volunteers and distributed Mondays through Thursdays during the lunch hour at Garfield, Harrison and Lowell elementaries, Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, and Whipple Beach in Baxter.
All items provided by Operation Sandwich come from donations. Current needs include granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, plastic sandwich bags and fruit (bananas, oranges, apples). Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations are encouraged. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with meal prep, bagging and distribution during the week as well as distributing books on Mondays. Groups are encouraged to sign up and assist.
Each Monday, the ?Book Café? follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to children picking up lunch.
For more information or to get involved, visit operationsandwichcwc.org or email Lindsey at lindsey@unitedwaynow.org. Financial donations can be mailed directly care of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties at PO Box 381, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401.
 
2016 Summer Distribution Locations:
·       Lowell Elementary                                            11:45 to 12:10 pm
·       Garfield Elementary                                  12:15 to 12:40 pm
·       Harrison Elementary                                        12:45 to 1:15 pm
·       Whipple Beach, Baxter                        12:00 to 12:30 pm
·       Kiwanis Park                                          12:40 to 1:10 pm

 
 
Date:   August 11, 2016
Website:   http://operationsandwichcwc.org
Location:   Various locations in Brainerd and Baxter
Contact:   (218) 839-9540
Email:   lindsey@unitedwaynow.org
Date/Time Details:  
  Breakfast:  Every Monday through Friday, June 6 through August 26, 2016.
    Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd        8:30 - 9:00 AM

   Lunch:

     Washington Education Services Building    11:30 to 12:30 pm
      Lowell Elementary             11:45 to 12:10 pm
      Garfield Elementary           12:15 to 12:40 pm
      Harrison Elementary          12:45 to 1:15 pm
      Whipple Beach, Baxter       12:00 to 12:30 pm
      Kiwanis Park                       12:40 to 1:10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 11 - Aug 14   Minnesota Fishing Museum at Morrison County Fair
Visit the Minnesota Fishing Museum booth during fair hours at the Morrison County Fair in the Deer Hunters Building. Sign up for a free door prize and pick up promotional materials.
Date:   August 11, 2016 - August 14, 2016
Website:   http://www.mnfishingmuseum.com
Location:   Morrison County Fair Grounds
15575 Hawthorn Rd
Little Falls, MN  56345
Contact:   320-616-2011
Email:   mnfm@mnfishingmuseum.com
Date/Time Details:   August 11 - 14, 2016
 
Aug 11   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   August 11, 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
Aug 11   ChamberNet - Brainerd Lakes Chamber
ChamberNet is a lead sharing group that meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The objective is to build strong partnerships with participating member businesses and provide consumer referrals. Guests are welcome to attend up to two meetings before joining.

ChamberNet Participation Requirements:
·         Be a Brainerd Lakes Chamber member in good standing.
·         Complete and submit an application, with annual fee of $75.
·         Application approved by Leadership Team/ChamberNet group.
·         Membership is limited to two like businesses
·         Commit to consistent attendance and $1 meeting fee
Date:   August 11, 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
Aug 11   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:   August 11, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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

8 am - 12:30 pm

Aug 11   Market in the Park 2016
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 Application and ST19
Date:   August 11, 2016
Time:   09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://www.explorebrainerdlakes.com/brainerd-lakes-chamber/chamber-programs-services-committees/vendor-information/
Location:   Trailside Park, Hwy 371
Pequot Lakes, MN
Contact:   Pequot Lakes Chamber Office, 218-568-8911
Email:   cmercernelson@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   This event will run June 16, 2016 through August 18, 2016.
Thursdays only
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   FREE ADMISSION
Aug 11   Lake Country Crafts & Cones Ice Cream Eating Contest
For more than 10 years Lake Country Crafts & Cones has been hosting an annual ice cream eating contest!  With categories for all ages, it's not just the kids who dive into the bowls to compete.
Date:   August 11, 2016
Time:   03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Location:   Lake Country Crafts & Cones
36084 Cty Rd 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Lake Country Crafts & Cones 218-692-4411
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, August 11, 2016
3 p.m.
Aug 11   2nd Thursday Happy Hour for a Cause at Prairie Bay

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

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

Date:   August 11, 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.
Aug 11   4 Weeks to a Healthier You Weight Loss Challenge
Do you need some help staying on your health goals through the summer? Do you want friendly expert advice and help from CERTIFIED Wellness Coaches? 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 4 Weeks to a Healthier You Weight Loss Challenge!
$20 + product gets you on a meal plan! Top 3 best results win cash prizes.
Save your seat today!
Date:   August 11, 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 July 28, 2016
Weekly meetings (Thursdays)
5:30-6:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $20 + product
Aug 11   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:   August 11, 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:   August 11, 2016
6:30 - 8:30pm
Fees/Admission:   $50.00 includes $30.00 class fee plus $20.00 material fee.
Aug 11   Outdoor Summer Concert at Gregory Park
Bring your lawn chair or a blanket. Relax and enjoy the sounds of the bands performing at 7 pm in Gregory Park, north side of Brainerd. A collaboration between the City of Brainerd Park & Rec. Department and The Center

Rain out site is The Center, 803 Kingwood Street, Brainerd, MN  56401

June 2:          Tim & Cindy Roggenkamp
June 9:          Day Break
June 16:        Churchyard
June 23:        Michael Hoover
June 30:        Diane Saumer & Friends
July 7;           Scott Lykins & John Ward
July 14:         Virg Litke
July 21:         Blue Moon Jazz Quintet  
July 28:         Kingery Family
August 4:      Jack Franzen
August 11:    Kayla Pallansch
August 18:    Norm's Bait & tackle Choir
August 25:    The District
Date:   August 11, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://TheBrainerdCenter.com
Location:   Gregory Park (north side of Brainerd)
424 North 5 Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   The Center, 218-829-9345
Email:   director@thebrainerdcenter.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday, June 2 through August 25, 2016
7 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:  
Free
Aug 12 - Aug 14   Thunder at the Lakes NHRA Divisional Race

Thunder at the Lakes always brings some of the best Sportsman drag racers in the country to BIR, but this year’s event will take on a completely different look.

Thunder at the Lakes, featuring the NHRA West Central Division’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, will be Aug. 12-14 this year – the weekend before the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Most of the drag racers who compete at Thunder also compete in the Sportsman classes during the NHRA Nationals, so the new format allows them to knock out both events in one long week, creating an NHRA Megaweek for racers and fans alike.

Date:   August 12, 2016 - August 14, 2016
Website:   http://www.brainerdraceway.com/thunder-at-the-lakes-nhra
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway (BIR)
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), (218) 824-7223
Email:   bir@brainerd.net
Date/Time Details:  
August 12 - 14, 2016
Fees/Admission:   Daily admission is $25. Kids 12 and under are FREE!
Aug 12 - Oct 31   Music on the Patio at Ernie's
Come and join us on our patio for music every Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons. Different musicians and styles for your listening enjoyment. Bring your friends and family.
Date:   August 12, 2016 - October 31, 2016
Website:   http://www.erniesongull.com
Location:   Ernie's on Gull
10424 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Contact:   Ernie's on Gull Lake, (218) 829-3918
Email:   zac@erniesongull.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday and Saturday evening through Labor Day.
Sunday afternoons through Labor Day.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Aug 12   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:   August 12, 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.
Aug 12   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:   August 12, 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
Aug 12   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   August 12, 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
Aug 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:   August 12, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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

8 am - 12:30 pm

Aug 12 - Aug 14   Back to School Sidewalk Sale
Big savings on back to school clothes!
Date:   August 12, 2016 - August 14, 2016
Time:   09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Website:   http://www.facebook.com/thewestgatemall
Location:   Westgate Mall
14136 Baxter Drive
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Brianna Netter, (218) 828-1668
Email:   bri@lexingtonco.com
Date/Time Details:   August 12-14, 2016
Aug 12 - Aug 13   Two-Day Wheel Throwing with Clay Class for Adults (prior experience needed on the wheel)
Two consecutive day wheel throwing class for adults. Project options are: a set of wheel-thrown bowls, set of mugs, etc.

Class size limited to 4 adults.
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:   August 12, 2016 - August 13, 2016
Time:   09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://www.cottageplacestudio.com
Location:   The Cottage Place Art School (in Pottery Studio)
32577 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN 56442
Contact:   Eileen Kulseth 218-692-5593
Email:   thecottageplace@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   August 12-13, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. both days
Fees/Admission:   $155 - includes class fee $125.00 plus $30.00 material/firing fee
Aug 12   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:   August 12, 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
Aug 12   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   August 12, 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.
Aug 12   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!

Purchase a $100 Sponsorship and we'll acknowledge you in the movie previews!  We are also seeking donations of water, popcorn and supplies.
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 - Turner and Hooch
Fri., August 12 - a Bug's Life
Fri., September 23 - Star Wars

(Titles are subject to change)

 
Date:   August 12, 2016
Time:   09:00 PM - 11:30 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.
Aug 13   9th Annual Chokecherry Festival

At 8:00 in the Trailside Park, Sixth Annual Race to Celebrate the Life of Dru Sjodin, The Purple Elephant Run/Walk, to create awareness of violence against women & children while promoting your own health!


The Chokecherry Culinary Contest starts at 10:00am. Enter for your chance to win. The only rule is that chokecherries MUST be included in the recipe. You may enter in more than one category and all entries MUST be received by 10:00am.

 

Kid's arcade area on the north side of Trailside Park. A variety of reasonably-priced kid's games, something for all sizes including Plinko, Bean Bag Toss, tugboats, fishpond, and more with prizes for the kids to win! 

 

There's an Arts Festival all day featuring artisans to satisfy the most prudent shopper. Enjoy perusing a variety of one-of-a-kind items and local artists. Food vendors will be available to take care of that hunger craving at any time throughout the day including the Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point Lions Club’s almost famous Shish-ka-Bobbers. If you haven't tried them yet, you're missing out!

 

Another family favorite is the Back Seat Driver game. The perfect game for that guy/gal that loves to drive the tractor around the yard - slightly more challenging due the the fact that they're blindfolded. He/she will have you to guide them through the challenge course though - fastest time with the fewest mistakes takes the prize. Many have tried, few have succeeded...

 

Or maybe you'd like to try pit-spitting? A tricky contest because you first have to get to the pit. Amazing results in year's past, I think the record is 34 feet - Can you beat that?

 

There's going to be new amazing food at the Festival this year as well as some of your returning favorites. Don't forget to get your almost famous Shish-ka-bobbers. It will be the last time this year you will be able to get yourself some! Otherwise you will have to wait until June of next year...and that's a very long time...

Date:   August 13, 2016
Website:   http://plbplionsclub.com/index.cfm/chokecherry-festival
Location:   Trailside Park
31203 North Oak Street
Pequot Lakes
Contact:   Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point Lions
Email:   info@PLBPLionsClub.com
Date/Time Details:   August 13, 2016
8 am - The 8th annual Purple Elephant Run/Walk to celebrate the life of Dru Sjodin.

10 am - Chokecherry culinary contest
Aug 13   Dru Sjodin Purple Elephant 10k & 5k
Create awareness of violence against women & children while promoting your own health!  With three different races, there's something for everyone in the family.
Date:   August 13, 2016
Website:   http://www.runfordru.com
Location:   Trailside Park
Pequot Lakes
Contact:   Michelle
Email:   michelle@recessfactory.com
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, August 13, 2016
8 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Online Pre-registration: 5K run/walk: $30; 10K run: $35. 
Race day: 5K $35 and 10K $40.
Aug 13   10th Annual Swanson's Melanoma Golf Open Fundraiser
A cancer diagnosis can be devastating emotionally, physically and financially. Wayne Swanson, a local cancer survivor, has experience this journey. In an effort to give back to those who supported his family during recovery, the Brainerd Lakes Pay It Forward for Cancer Fund has been established to ease the burden of daily living expenses for those who have been diagnosed with cancer and are receiving intravenous chemotherapy or radiation therapy. The hope is that when the cancer survivor recovers they would in turn Pay It Forward by volunteering their time, talent or treasure to someone else in need.

Funds will be used to directly impact cancer patients' non-medical needs through onetime financial assistance that may take the form of a gas card, mortgage payment, childcare expenses, etc. In addition, a small portion (5%) will be dedicated to education for cancer prevention and early detection for the Brainerd Lakes Area community. We ask for your help thought a tax deductible donation which can be made online at EssentiaHealth.org/Foundation or by check payable to St. Joseph's Foundation - Brainerd Lakes Pay It Forward for Cancer Fund at 523 North 3rd Street Brainerd, MN 56401.

Wayne and Sylvia Swanson have raised more than $30,000 for the fund organizing events.

The 10th Annual Swanson's Melanoma Golf Open is one example. Entries are due no later than July 20, 2016
  • Two Shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Registration 7 a.m. and 12 noon)
  • 4 person scramble
  • Dinner 5:30 or 7:30
  • 4 game holes (great prizes)
  • Putting contest
  • Mulligans
  • Prize for best golf attire
  • Silent auction
$75 entry fee per person includes: 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch/dinner, great prizes, gift bags and participation in Skins Game.

If you or your business would like to sponsor a hole, donate a door prize or item for the silent auction, please contact Wayne or Sylvia Swanson at 218-831-6493 or 612-812-8796.
Date:   August 13, 2016
Location:   Breezy Point Resort Traditional Golf Course
9252 Breezy Point Drive
Breezy Point, MN 56472
Contact:   Wayne or Sylvia Swanson, 218-831-6493 or 612-812-8796
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, August 13, 2016
Registration begins at 7 a.m. and 12 noon
Fees/Admission:   $75 per person
$100 Hole Sponsors
Aug 13   Swanson's Melanoma Open
Swanson's Melanoma Open
Golf Tournament
10th annual fundraiser to eas the burden of daily living expenses for those who have a cancer diagnosis and are receiving intravenous chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Funds directly impact canter patients in our community.

Four Person Scramble
Shotgun stars at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Lunch
11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Dinner
6 p.m.

Register by July 20

On course contests and gift bags!
Date:   August 13, 2016
Location:   Breezy Point Resort's
Traditional Golf Course
Contact:   Wayne 218.831.6493 Sylvia 218.812.8796
Date/Time Details:   August 13, 2016

Shotgun stats at
8 am and 1 pm

Lunch 11 am - 2 pm

Dinner
6 pm    
 
Fees/Admission:   Register by July 20
$75 per person
Aug 13 - Aug 14   Lakes Area Music Festival Presnets "Midsummer Night's Dream"
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
A pre-concert interview will take place 30 minutes before each performance.

John Taylor Ward, Artistic Director
, said, "The Lakes Area Music Festival’s opera productions give the nation’s top emerging talents a chance to sink their teeth into the great roles of the operatic repertoire. Our team of singers and instrumentalists works together with an all-star production team to bring the unique magic of opera to the Lakes Area."


Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto adapted by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears
Based on the play by William Shakespeare
Premiered June 11, 1960 at the Aldeburgh Festival

Cast:
Daniel Moody                 Oberon
Abrigail Dueppen           Tytania
Tyler Michaels                Puck
Mackenzie Whitney        Lysander
Andrew Lovato               Demetrius
Abrigail Levis                  Hermia
Amanda Kingston           Helena
Rodolfo Nieto                 Theseus
Stephanie Feigenbaum  Hippolyta
John Taylor Ward           Bottom
Eric Ferring                     Flute
Ryan Townsend Strand Snout
Eric Broker                     Starveling
Chorus of fairies featuring singers from the Northfield Youth Choirs.

AFTERGLOW

Immediately following performance a cash bar and complimentary appetizers at Prairie Bay, 15115 Edgewood Dr North, Baxter, MN  56425

Date:   August 13, 2016 - August 14, 2016
Website:   http://lakesareamusic.org/current-season/midsummer/
Location:   Tornstrom Auditorium
804 Oak Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Lakes Area Music Festival, (218) 963-7908
Email:   scott@lakesareamusic.org
Date/Time Details:   August 13, 2016 at 7 PM
August 14, 2016 at 2 PM
Fees/Admission:   Free of charge. Donations accepted.
Aug 13 - Nov 01   Music on the Patio at Ernie's
Come and join us on our patio for music every Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons. Different musicians and styles for your listening enjoyment. Bring your friends and family.
Date:   August 13, 2016 - November 1, 2016
Website:   http://www.erniesongull.com
Location:   Ernie's on Gull
10424 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Contact:   Ernie's on Gull Lake, (218) 829-3918
Email:   zac@erniesongull.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday and Saturday evening through Labor Day.
Sunday afternoons through Labor Day.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Aug 13 - Aug 14   Deep Recovery
A paradigm shift is occurring in the field of recovery. Staying clean and sober, regardless of the addiction, can now be recognized as the initial stage of personal transformation. This is not just hype: this is an absolute!
By shifting our context of recovery from coping with and managing our addictions, to uncovering and healing the deepest source of our addictions, we not only become more self-realized, but we allow self-actualizing to be at the forefront of our intentions.

It is clear in Dr. Rosie Kuhn's eyes that, each and every one of us is living with multiple addictions, not only in the form of substance abuse or addictive behaviors, but in the form of emotional and mental patternings, which quite often generate the restless, irritable, discontent that fuels addictions. Staying clean and sober, regardless of the addiction, can now be recognized as the initial stage of personal transformation.

This workshop is for everyone working in the fields of mental health and addiction recovery, including those in the process of recovery, sponsors, counselors, addiction coaches and therapists. Gain insight and tools for supporting and empowering people to empower themselves to fully experience and express their essential nature. Facilitated by Dr Rosie Kuhn, a thought-leader in the fields of transformational coaching and in recovery. Hosted by Jane Brekken of Unlimited Potential of Brainerd.
Date:   August 13, 2016 - August 14, 2016
Time:   09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://myunlimitedpotential.com
Location:   Gull Lake Yacht Club
19696 Love Lake Road
Brainerd MN 56401
Contact:   Jane Brekken
Email:   jane@myunlimitedpotential.com
Date/Time Details:   August 13 - 14, 2016
9 am - 4 pm
Fees/Admission:   Early Bird Discount (before July 1, 2016) - $250.00
After July 1, 2016 - $275.00

Cost includes breakfast and lunch both days.
Aug 13   Crossing Arts Second Saturday Event
Flying high while you create and decorate your own kite and (weather permitting) take a test flight.
Recommended for Children ages 5-13

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:   August 13, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://www.crossingarts.org
Location:   Frankilin Arts Center
1001 Kingwood St.
#114
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   The Crossing Arts Alliance, (218) 833-0416
Email:   info@crossingarts.org
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, August 13,2016
10 am to Noon
Fees/Admission:   $3.00 per Child
$5.00 Per Family
Aug 13   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:   August 13, 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. 
Aug 13   Kayaking at the Campground
Kayaking at the Campground
Wind, Water & Wheels will teach you everything you need to know to have fun in a kayak!  Join us at the Beach located in the US Army Corps of Engineers Campground. Kids and adults welcome and everything is provided (kayak, life vest and instruction)

More kayaking opportunities with Crow Wing Paddlers Club! 
Call Wind, Water and Wheel for details 218-692-1200
Date:   August 13, 2016
Time:   10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://windwaterandwheels.com
Location:   US Army Corps of Engineers Crosslake Campground
35507 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Register at 651-290-5793
Email:   windwaterandwheels@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
June 18, 2016
July 16 and 30, 2016
August 13 and 27, 2016
September 10

 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 13   Story Time at the Mall
Bring your children in for Story Time at Center Court! Usborne Books will be reading stories from their collections along with activities! If you enjoy the books, they will be available for purchasing! Saturday, August 13 from 10:30-12:30 pm.
Date:   August 13, 2016
Time:   10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Website:   http://www.facebook.com/thewestgatemall
Location:   Westgate Mall
Center Court
14136 Baxter Drive
Baxter, MN
Contact:   Brianna Netter, (218) 828-1668
Email:   bri@lexingtonco.com
Date/Time Details:   August 13, 2016
10:30-12:30
Fees/Admission:   If you enjoy the books, they will be available for purchasing!
Aug 13   Walk A Mile In Her Shoes
Men from all walks of life will walk a mile in high heels to take a stand against reap, sexual and domestic abuse and gender violence.

Male community members and leaders will proclaim their solidarity with the rape prevention movement by walking in high heels, with women and children at their side. Educators, students, law enforcement officers, elected officials and others are expected to participate.

Refreshments will be available during the event and there will be a silent auction. This year's event will include a raffle drawing for a "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" quilt.
Date:   August 13, 2016
Time:   10:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Website:   http://www.walkamilebrainerdbaxter.com
Location:   The event is at the Mills Ford lot.
14858 Dellwood Drive
Baxter, MN
Date/Time Details:   10:30 am - Registration begins
11:30 am - Elvis as entertainment
Noon - Walk starts
12:30 pm - Speaker Charles Hempeck
Fees/Admission:   $5 raffle tickets for the quilt can be purchased by:
 
  • calling 218-828-0494,
  • visiting the booth at the Crow Wing County fair,
  • attending the event.
Proceeds from the event will go to assist the services of Sexual Assault Services Inc. and the Mid-Minnesota Women's Center of Brainerd.
Aug 13   Cardboard Boat Races at Moonlite Bay 2016
The 6th Annual Cardboard Boat Races will be sponsored by Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar with special thanks to Central Package & Display.  Cash Prizes will be awarded!

The boats are constructed of nothing but cardboard and Elmer's glue. Come watch them attempt to float and compete in some heated racing action. More information and Cardboard Boat Kits are available by calling Richard at 612-598-5354 or call Moonlite Bay at 218-692-3575.
Date:   August 13, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Website:   http://www.moonlitebay.com/
Location:   Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar
37627 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN
Contact:   Moonlite Bay 218-692-3575
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, August 13, 2016
Boat inspection - 12 p.m.
Kids Race - 1 p.m.
Adult Race - 2 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Boat Kits available for $100
Event is FREE to spectators
Aug 13   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   August 13, 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.
Aug 13   Summer Soiree
Join us for a Summer Soiree and take an Adventure in Parrotdise, the ultimate tribute to Jimmy Buffet. Enjoy tropical appetizers, silent auctions, and boat drinks
Date:   August 13, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://www.heartwoodliving.org
Location:   Heartwood Senior Living Center
Cuyuna Medical Center
320 E. Main St
Crosby, MN 56441
Contact:   Jennifer Holmvig, 218-545-4455
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, August 13, 2016
6 pm
Fees/Admission:   $50/person
Aug 13   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 September 3, 2016.  A different band each week; some old, some new, but all very entertaining and many are back by popular request.
Click here for complete schedule
Tonight's feature is Church of Cash.True to the music of Johnny Cash, singer Jay Ernest's deep baritone voice sings like a prairie breeze and stomps like a boot heel.  The Church of Cash celebrates the soul of American Music.
Date:   August 13, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake Town Square
35752 Allen Avenue
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Rob Stoll 218-692-5345
Date/Time Details:   Saturdays
June 18 - Sept 3, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Aug 14 - Nov 02   Music on the Patio at Ernie's
Come and join us on our patio for music every Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons. Different musicians and styles for your listening enjoyment. Bring your friends and family.
Date:   August 14, 2016 - November 2, 2016
Website:   http://www.erniesongull.com
Location:   Ernie's on Gull
10424 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Contact:   Ernie's on Gull Lake, (218) 829-3918
Email:   zac@erniesongull.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday and Saturday evening through Labor Day.
Sunday afternoons through Labor Day.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Aug 14   Sunday Funday at Manhattan's
Enjoy Sunday Funday at Manhattan Beach Lodge with LIVE Music!
Every Sunday from 1 pm - 4pm ALL SUMMER LONG!!

May 29th:  Emily Hammer
June 5th:  Andy Fischer
June 12th:  Brendan Flynn
June 19th:  Andy Fischer
June 26th:  Emily Hammer
July 3rd:  Shane Martin
July 10th:  Emily Hammer
July 17th:  Shane Martin
July 24th:  Brendan Flynn
July 31st:  Brendan Flynn
August 7th:  Shane Martin
August 14th:  Andy Fischer
August 21st:  Brendan Flynn
August 28th:  Andy Fischer
September 4th:  Emily Hammer
Date:   August 14, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://mblodge.com
Location:   Manhattan's at Manhattan Beach Lodge
39051 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   (218) 692-3381
Email:   info@mblodge.com
Date/Time Details:   Sunday's May 29 - September 4, 2016
1  - 4 p.m.
Aug 14   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with our NEW digital system. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   August 14, 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.
Aug 15 - Aug 21   Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

This year hardcore fans are in for an even bigger treat, the entire event opens the weekend prior to the Lucas Oil Nationals with the Division 5 Lucas Oil Points Race August 12-14!  12 days in all this is going to be one crazy Lucas Oil event!

The NHRA features the world’s best drag racers, the fastest cars, the most insane race fans and an experience like no other.

Everyone has heard stories about BIR during the NHRA Nationals but you have to experience it yourself because there’s nothing that compares. Gates open Aug. 11 for Megaweek campers.

At center stage is four days of ground-pounding, lightning-fast, blow-your-mind drag racing. Every household name in drag racing competes at the NHRA Nationals on BIR’s world-renown track – the fastest drag strip in the country. Names like John Force, Tony Schumacher, Larry Dixon, Ron Capps, Antron Brown, Brandon Bernstein, Cruz and Tony Pedregon, and Minnesotans Greg Anderson and Jason Line push themselves and their cars to the limits as they compete for a world championship in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. This year’s race again features Pro Stock Motorcycle, always a fan favorite at BIR!

This kind of racing isn’t for the faint of heart. The Top Fuel Dragsters get down the quarter-mile track in less than 4 seconds at speeds over 300 mph. They crank out 10,000 horsepower along the way. Blink at the wrong time and they’re long gone.

 

Date:   August 15, 2016 - August 21, 2016
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/nhra-nationals/
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN 5641
Contact:   Brainerd International Raceway, (218) 824-7223
Email:   tickets@brainerdraceway.com
Date/Time Details:   August 15-21, 2016
Schedule of Events
Fees/Admission:   NHRA Nationals Tickets
Aug 15   Operation Sandwich
In an effort to meet youth hunger needs during the summer months, the Brainerd School District and Operation Sandwich will begin providing free meals to students 18 years of age and younger in June.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Fridays, June 6th to August 26th at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. A rotating menu includes pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets and a sub sandwich.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meals are available free of charge for all students up to 18-years-old.
Operation Sandwich will also begin its summer cycle the first Monday after school concludes until the last Thursday before school reconvenes. From June 6th to September 1st, lunches will be prepared by volunteers and distributed Mondays through Thursdays during the lunch hour at Garfield, Harrison and Lowell elementaries, Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, and Whipple Beach in Baxter.
All items provided by Operation Sandwich come from donations. Current needs include granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, plastic sandwich bags and fruit (bananas, oranges, apples). Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations are encouraged. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with meal prep, bagging and distribution during the week as well as distributing books on Mondays. Groups are encouraged to sign up and assist.
Each Monday, the ?Book Café? follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to children picking up lunch.
For more information or to get involved, visit operationsandwichcwc.org or email Lindsey at lindsey@unitedwaynow.org. Financial donations can be mailed directly care of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties at PO Box 381, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401.
 
2016 Summer Distribution Locations:
·       Lowell Elementary                                            11:45 to 12:10 pm
·       Garfield Elementary                                  12:15 to 12:40 pm
·       Harrison Elementary                                        12:45 to 1:15 pm
·       Whipple Beach, Baxter                        12:00 to 12:30 pm
·       Kiwanis Park                                          12:40 to 1:10 pm

 
 
Date:   August 15, 2016
Website:   http://operationsandwichcwc.org
Location:   Various locations in Brainerd and Baxter
Contact:   (218) 839-9540
Email:   lindsey@unitedwaynow.org
Date/Time Details:  
  Breakfast:  Every Monday through Friday, June 6 through August 26, 2016.
    Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd        8:30 - 9:00 AM

   Lunch:

     Washington Education Services Building    11:30 to 12:30 pm
      Lowell Elementary             11:45 to 12:10 pm
      Garfield Elementary           12:15 to 12:40 pm
      Harrison Elementary          12:45 to 1:15 pm
      Whipple Beach, Baxter       12:00 to 12:30 pm
      Kiwanis Park                       12:40 to 1:10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 16   Operation Sandwich
In an effort to meet youth hunger needs during the summer months, the Brainerd School District and Operation Sandwich will begin providing free meals to students 18 years of age and younger in June.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Fridays, June 6th to August 26th at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. A rotating menu includes pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets and a sub sandwich.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meals are available free of charge for all students up to 18-years-old.
Operation Sandwich will also begin its summer cycle the first Monday after school concludes until the last Thursday before school reconvenes. From June 6th to September 1st, lunches will be prepared by volunteers and distributed Mondays through Thursdays during the lunch hour at Garfield, Harrison and Lowell elementaries, Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, and Whipple Beach in Baxter.
All items provided by Operation Sandwich come from donations. Current needs include granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, plastic sandwich bags and fruit (bananas, oranges, apples). Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations are encouraged. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with meal prep, bagging and distribution during the week as well as distributing books on Mondays. Groups are encouraged to sign up and assist.
Each Monday, the ?Book Café? follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to children picking up lunch.
For more information or to get involved, visit operationsandwichcwc.org or email Lindsey at lindsey@unitedwaynow.org. Financial donations can be mailed directly care of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties at PO Box 381, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401.
 
2016 Summer Distribution Locations:
·       Lowell Elementary                                            11:45 to 12:10 pm
·       Garfield Elementary                                  12:15 to 12:40 pm
·       Harrison Elementary                                        12:45 to 1:15 pm
·       Whipple Beach, Baxter                        12:00 to 12:30 pm
·       Kiwanis Park                                          12:40 to 1:10 pm

 
 
Date:   August 16, 2016
Website:   http://operationsandwichcwc.org
Location:   Various locations in Brainerd and Baxter
Contact:   (218) 839-9540
Email:   lindsey@unitedwaynow.org
Date/Time Details:  
  Breakfast:  Every Monday through Friday, June 6 through August 26, 2016.
    Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd        8:30 - 9:00 AM

   Lunch:

     Washington Education Services Building    11:30 to 12:30 pm
      Lowell Elementary             11:45 to 12:10 pm
      Garfield Elementary           12:15 to 12:40 pm
      Harrison Elementary          12:45 to 1:15 pm
      Whipple Beach, Baxter       12:00 to 12:30 pm
      Kiwanis Park                       12:40 to 1:10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 16   2016 Youth Garden Class

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:   August 16, 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:   Tuesday afternoons; 10-11:30 am
June 7 through August 30, 2016
Fees/Admission:   $10 per student to cover materials
Aug 16   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   August 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
Aug 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:   August 16, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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

8 am - 12:30 pm

Aug 16   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Tuesday for all skill levels.
Date:   August 16, 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
Aug 16   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with us. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   August 16, 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.
Aug 16   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:   August 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:   August 16, 2016
6:30  - 8:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $32 - $50 - Includes $25 class fee plus the cost of the bisque-ware pottery piece
Aug 17   Operation Sandwich
In an effort to meet youth hunger needs during the summer months, the Brainerd School District and Operation Sandwich will begin providing free meals to students 18 years of age and younger in June.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Fridays, June 6th to August 26th at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. A rotating menu includes pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets and a sub sandwich.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meals are available free of charge for all students up to 18-years-old.
Operation Sandwich will also begin its summer cycle the first Monday after school concludes until the last Thursday before school reconvenes. From June 6th to September 1st, lunches will be prepared by volunteers and distributed Mondays through Thursdays during the lunch hour at Garfield, Harrison and Lowell elementaries, Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, and Whipple Beach in Baxter.
All items provided by Operation Sandwich come from donations. Current needs include granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, plastic sandwich bags and fruit (bananas, oranges, apples). Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations are encouraged. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with meal prep, bagging and distribution during the week as well as distributing books on Mondays. Groups are encouraged to sign up and assist.
Each Monday, the ?Book Café? follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to children picking up lunch.
For more information or to get involved, visit operationsandwichcwc.org or email Lindsey at lindsey@unitedwaynow.org. Financial donations can be mailed directly care of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties at PO Box 381, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401.
 
2016 Summer Distribution Locations:
·       Lowell Elementary                                            11:45 to 12:10 pm
·       Garfield Elementary                                  12:15 to 12:40 pm
·       Harrison Elementary                                        12:45 to 1:15 pm
·       Whipple Beach, Baxter                        12:00 to 12:30 pm
·       Kiwanis Park                                          12:40 to 1:10 pm

 
 
Date:   August 17, 2016
Website:   http://operationsandwichcwc.org
Location:   Various locations in Brainerd and Baxter
Contact:   (218) 839-9540
Email:   lindsey@unitedwaynow.org
Date/Time Details:  
  Breakfast:  Every Monday through Friday, June 6 through August 26, 2016.
    Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd        8:30 - 9:00 AM

   Lunch:

     Washington Education Services Building    11:30 to 12:30 pm
      Lowell Elementary             11:45 to 12:10 pm
      Garfield Elementary           12:15 to 12:40 pm
      Harrison Elementary          12:45 to 1:15 pm
      Whipple Beach, Baxter       12:00 to 12:30 pm
      Kiwanis Park                       12:40 to 1:10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 17   2016 27th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament & Fundraiser

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber invites you to participate in the 27th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament & Fundraiser on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at The Pines, Grand View Lodge. This is a great day of networking and fun!

Included With Your Registration...

  • Full buffet breakfast (7:30  - 9 a.m.)
  • Full use of nine-hole putting green and driving range
  • Shotgun start at 9 a.m. - 18 holes of golf with three carts per five-person team
  • Delicious "hot off the grill" lunch on the course - sponsored by Grand Casino Mille Lacs
  • Entry ticket for an opportunity to win prizes
  • Great networking
  • All golfers will receive a complimentary glass of Grand View Lodge's 100 year ale in recognition of their 100th Anniversary!  


Additional activities include a putting contest, chipping contest, hole contests including hole-in-one challenges, skins, and mulligans. Our grand prize for the doorprize drawing is a $500 Gift Card (provided by Grand Casino Mille Lacs) for a new set of irons at The Pines golf pro shop! 

> Download and Share the Tournament Flyer

Team Registration ($700 / 5 golfers / 16 slots available)
Individual Golfer Registration ($140)

Sponsor Opportunities Still Available:

  • Chipping ($250 / 1 available)
  • Business on the Tee ($200 / 2 available)

> Sponsor Opportunities and Team / Individual Registration Form <
 


The regional 
Lakes Proud campaign is the theme for this year's tournament. Teams can support the Lakes Proud theme with t-shirts and polos available from GLS Promotions. The deadline to order any items from GLS is August 5th. The Lakes Proud theme will also be included with fun games and challenges!



All funds raised support the Chamber's mission to serve our members. Thanks for your support! For more information about this event contact Sue Galligan at (218) 822-7119 or by email.


 

Date:   August 17, 2016
Time:   07:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Location:  
The Pines at Grand View Lodge
23521 Nokomis Avenue
Nisswa, MN
Contact:   Sue Galligan (218) 822-7119
Email:   sgalligan@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:  
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

SCHEDULE
7:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Registration & Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - Welcome & Shotgun Start
10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch & Putting Contest
2 p.m. - Chipping Contest, Appetizers, & Cash Bar
3 p.m. - Prizes & Awards Program
Fees/Admission:  
Individual $140 (18 holes)
Team $700 (5 players / 18 holes)
RO
Aug 17   Wheel Throwing with Clay Class for teens (No prior experience needed)
Teens (ages 13-18) will be working on the potter's wheel and will make either a bowl, mug or plate. Depending on the student they may make more than one of these pieces. Each student will have their own potter's wheel to work on.

Class size limited to 2 attendees.
 
  • Eileen (instructor) will have teen choose a color glaze that she will finish their 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 save a spot!
Date:   August 17, 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:   August 17, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $65.00 includes $50.00 class fee plus $15.00 material/firing fee
Aug 17   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community. 
Date:   August 17, 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
Aug 17   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:   August 17, 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!
Aug 17   BINGO at Manhattan's
Enjoy BINGO at Manhattan's every Wednesday!  Games start at 6pm! Progressive Jackpot on our blackout round.  
Proceeds support the Pequot Lakes Youth Hockey Association. 
Date:   August 17, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://mblodge.com
Location:   Manhattan's at Manhattan Beach Lodge
39051 County Road 66
Manhattan Beach, MN  56442
 
Contact:   (218) 692-3381
Email:   info@mblodge.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday
6 p.m.
Aug 17   Lakes Area Music Festival prresents "Daydreams"
A pre-concert lecture will take place 30 minutes before the performance

DAYDREAMS

Claude Debussy:
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Collaboration with the St. Paul Ballet

Richard Strauss:
Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra

Franz Schubert:
Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”

ABOUT THE ST PAUL BALLET
Since 1997,
St Paul Ballet (SPB) has built the foundation of an organization which is poised to grow exponentially into a leading dance company in the Twin Cities.  SPB maintains a repertoire of classical, neo-classical and contemporary works, ranging from full-length story ballets to original works by its own choreographers as well as those on the cusp of being discovered.
 

AFTERGLOW
Immediately following performance a Cash bar and complimentary appetizers at Prairie Bay 15115 Edgewood Dr. N, Baxter, MN  56425

Date:   August 17, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://lakesareamusic.org/current-season/daydreams/
Location:   Tornstrom Auditorium
804 Oak Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   Lakes Area Music Festival, (218) 963-7908
Email:   scott@lakesareamusic.org
Date/Time Details:   Wednesday, August 17, 2016
7 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free of charge; donation accepted.
Aug 17   Gull Dam Beers & Gears

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

Date:   August 17, 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
Aug 18   Operation Sandwich
In an effort to meet youth hunger needs during the summer months, the Brainerd School District and Operation Sandwich will begin providing free meals to students 18 years of age and younger in June.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Fridays, June 6th to August 26th at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. A rotating menu includes pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets and a sub sandwich.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meals are available free of charge for all students up to 18-years-old.
Operation Sandwich will also begin its summer cycle the first Monday after school concludes until the last Thursday before school reconvenes. From June 6th to September 1st, lunches will be prepared by volunteers and distributed Mondays through Thursdays during the lunch hour at Garfield, Harrison and Lowell elementaries, Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, and Whipple Beach in Baxter.
All items provided by Operation Sandwich come from donations. Current needs include granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, plastic sandwich bags and fruit (bananas, oranges, apples). Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations are encouraged. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with meal prep, bagging and distribution during the week as well as distributing books on Mondays. Groups are encouraged to sign up and assist.
Each Monday, the ?Book Café? follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to children picking up lunch.
For more information or to get involved, visit operationsandwichcwc.org or email Lindsey at lindsey@unitedwaynow.org. Financial donations can be mailed directly care of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties at PO Box 381, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401.
 
2016 Summer Distribution Locations:
·       Lowell Elementary                                            11:45 to 12:10 pm
·       Garfield Elementary                                  12:15 to 12:40 pm
·       Harrison Elementary                                        12:45 to 1:15 pm
·       Whipple Beach, Baxter                        12:00 to 12:30 pm
·       Kiwanis Park                                          12:40 to 1:10 pm

 
 
Date:   August 18, 2016
Website:   http://operationsandwichcwc.org
Location:   Various locations in Brainerd and Baxter
Contact:   (218) 839-9540
Email:   lindsey@unitedwaynow.org
Date/Time Details:  
  Breakfast:  Every Monday through Friday, June 6 through August 26, 2016.
    Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd        8:30 - 9:00 AM

   Lunch:

     Washington Education Services Building    11:30 to 12:30 pm
      Lowell Elementary             11:45 to 12:10 pm
      Garfield Elementary           12:15 to 12:40 pm
      Harrison Elementary          12:45 to 1:15 pm
      Whipple Beach, Baxter       12:00 to 12:30 pm
      Kiwanis Park                       12:40 to 1:10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 18   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   August 18, 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
Aug 18   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:   August 18, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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

8 am - 12:30 pm

Aug 18   Market in the Park 2016
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 Application and ST19
Date:   August 18, 2016
Time:   09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://www.explorebrainerdlakes.com/brainerd-lakes-chamber/chamber-programs-services-committees/vendor-information/
Location:   Trailside Park, Hwy 371
Pequot Lakes, MN
Contact:   Pequot Lakes Chamber Office, 218-568-8911
Email:   cmercernelson@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   This event will run June 16, 2016 through August 18, 2016.
Thursdays only
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   FREE ADMISSION
Aug 18   Camp Confidence Rendevous
Camp Confidence says Goodbye at our" Farwell Camp". Seasonal staff are throwing a party to say "THANK YOU" for teaching them so much about life. Come and Enjoy!
 
Date:   August 18, 2016
Time:   05:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Website:   http://www.campconfidence.com/
Location:   Camp Confidence Learning Center
1620 Mary Fawcett  Memorial Dr.
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Confidence Learning Center, 218-828-2344
Email:   sarah@campconfidence.com
Date/Time Details:   August 18, 2016
5 - 7:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   Cost is $3.00 per person
MUST RSVP by Monday prior to selected Rendevous
Aug 18   Gull Dam Cribbage Tourament
Come play to get your Gull Dam prizes & bragging rights! Players get $3 Gull Dam Beers!
Date:   August 18, 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!
Aug 18   Ladies Night at Sherwood Forest
Sherwood Forest is excited to host Ladies night - every 3rd Thursday of the month! You will get an opportunity to unWINEd with radio celebrity Tess Taylor and celebrate good times, good company, good food and good fun! Consider this a night out for ladies with a different twist each time!
Date:   August 18, 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
Aug 18   4 Weeks to a Healthier You Weight Loss Challenge
Do you need some help staying on your health goals through the summer? Do you want friendly expert advice and help from CERTIFIED Wellness Coaches? 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 4 Weeks to a Healthier You Weight Loss Challenge!
$20 + product gets you on a meal plan! Top 3 best results win cash prizes.
Save your seat today!
Date:   August 18, 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 July 28, 2016
Weekly meetings (Thursdays)
5:30-6:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $20 + product
Aug 18   Crow Wing Paddlers Club
Join us for a fun afternoon/evening of Kayaking! The Crow Wing Paddlers Club is open to everyone. If you don't have something to paddle on, Wind Water & Wheels can supply you with a kayak, paddle and life jacket for a nominal fee.

Contact Jim @ 612-581-2144 for exact time and location.

Thursday, August 18 - evening
Saturday, September 17 - evening

 
Date:   August 18, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://www.windwaterandwheels.com/kayak-club-the-crow-wing-paddlers/
Location:   Locations vary each trip
Call for details
Contact:   Jim 612-581-2144
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, August 18, 2016
evening paddle
 
Fees/Admission:   Nominal charge for equipment rental
Aug 18   Free Waterski Show - Brainerd Ski Loons
Come see the Brainerd Ski Loons water ski show! There will be human pyramids, ski jumpers, barefooters, wakeboarders and skiers being pulled 360 degrees around the boat! This event is fun for the whole family. We hope to see you there!
Date:   August 18, 2016
Time:   06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://www.skiloons.com
Location:   Lum Park
1619 NE Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Christopher Dens 218-832-3290 4784 Gull Lake Dam Rd, Brainerd, MN 56401
Email:   dens.ckd@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, August 18, 2016
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 18   Outdoor Summer Concert at Gregory Park
Bring your lawn chair or a blanket. Relax and enjoy the sounds of the bands performing at 7 pm in Gregory Park, north side of Brainerd. A collaboration between the City of Brainerd Park & Rec. Department and The Center

Rain out site is The Center, 803 Kingwood Street, Brainerd, MN  56401

June 2:          Tim & Cindy Roggenkamp
June 9:          Day Break
June 16:        Churchyard
June 23:        Michael Hoover
June 30:        Diane Saumer & Friends
July 7;           Scott Lykins & John Ward
July 14:         Virg Litke
July 21:         Blue Moon Jazz Quintet  
July 28:         Kingery Family
August 4:      Jack Franzen
August 11:    Kayla Pallansch
August 18:    Norm's Bait & tackle Choir
August 25:    The District
Date:   August 18, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://TheBrainerdCenter.com
Location:   Gregory Park (north side of Brainerd)
424 North 5 Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   The Center, 218-829-9345
Email:   director@thebrainerdcenter.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday, June 2 through August 25, 2016
7 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:  
Free
Aug 19 - Nov 07   Music on the Patio at Ernie's
Come and join us on our patio for music every Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons. Different musicians and styles for your listening enjoyment. Bring your friends and family.
Date:   August 19, 2016 - November 7, 2016
Website:   http://www.erniesongull.com
Location:   Ernie's on Gull
10424 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Contact:   Ernie's on Gull Lake, (218) 829-3918
Email:   zac@erniesongull.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday and Saturday evening through Labor Day.
Sunday afternoons through Labor Day.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Aug 19   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:   August 19, 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
Aug 19   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   August 19, 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
Aug 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:   August 19, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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

8 am - 12:30 pm

Aug 19   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:   August 19, 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
Aug 19   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   August 19, 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.
Aug 20 - Nov 08   Music on the Patio at Ernie's
Come and join us on our patio for music every Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons. Different musicians and styles for your listening enjoyment. Bring your friends and family.
Date:   August 20, 2016 - November 8, 2016
Website:   http://www.erniesongull.com
Location:   Ernie's on Gull
10424 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Contact:   Ernie's on Gull Lake, (218) 829-3918
Email:   zac@erniesongull.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday and Saturday evening through Labor Day.
Sunday afternoons through Labor Day.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Aug 20   Kaleidoscope 5K Fund Run & Walk for Hope
Experience a cascade of color! Join us for the Kaleidoscope 5K Fund Run & Walk for Hope benefiting Central MN Adult & Teen Challenge in Brainerd. The walk/run takes place on the Baxter trail system and has both a 1 mile option and 5K (3.1 mile) option. The Walk for Hope in memory of John P. Sullivan is a tribute to a man who loved the mission of Teen Challenge and helped make the campus in Brainerd a reality. Mark your calendar!
Date:   August 20, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://www.mntc.org/events/5kfundrun
Location:   Meet under the big top tent on Berrywood Drive between Co. Hwy 48 & College Road (South of Heritage Assembly Church)
Contact:   Rachael Biggar, 218-833-8764
Email:   rachael.biggar@mntc.org
Date/Time Details:   August 20, 2016
8 am - Registration & Fund Collection
9 am - Opening Ceremonies
9:20 am - Walk/Run Begins Finish Line - Prizes & Refreshments
10:30 am - Color Celebration & performance by MNTC choir
Fees/Admission:   $25 per person; kids 5 and under are free! All participants receive a Walk for Hope t-shirt; all ages welcome!
Aug 20   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:   August 20, 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:   August 20 and Sept 24, 2016
8 am - 4 pm.
Fees/Admission:   Free Admission
Vendors call for pricing
Aug 20   Print Making Class for Adults
You will be making 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. A simple picture can become a work of art by using this cutting technique!
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:   August 20, 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:   August 20, 2016 
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $65.00 includes $50.00 class fee plus $15.00 material fee.
Aug 20   Creative Meditation Drawing with Janis Gallagher Young
Learn a fun way to relax!  Janis will share this calming technique that places the focus on the creative journey.  Gentle music and repetitive pen strokes come together in creating art as unique as snowflakes.  Janis is an artist and member of The Crossing Arts Alliance and FineArtAmerica.com  Sessions will be held at Kicks on Route 66 and are limited to 5 persons per session.  All art supplies will be provided.  Reserve your space today by emailing jgyoungart@gmail.com or by calling Kicks on Route 66 218-692-5425.
Date:   August 20, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Website:   http://kicks66crosslake.com/
Location:   Kicks on Route 66
36066 CR 3
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Kicks on Route 66 218-692-5425
Email:   Janis Gallagher jgyoungart@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, August 20, 2016
10 - 11:30 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   $20 per person - includes all supplies
Aug 20   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   August 20, 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.
Aug 20 - Aug 21   Lakes Area Music Festival Pressents Nightmare and Victory
A pre-concert lecture will take place 30 minutes before each performance.

NIGHTMARE AND VICTORY
Christian Reif, conductor


Camille Staint-Saens:
Danse macabre

Sergei Prokofiev:
Panio Concerto No. 1

Dimitri Shostakovich:
Symphony No. 5
 

AFTERGLOW
Immediately following Saturday’s performance a Cash bar and complimentary appetizers at Prairie Bay, 15115 Edgewood Dr. N. Baxter, MN  56425

 

Date:   August 20, 2016 - August 21, 2016
Time:   02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://lakesareamusic.org/current-season/nightmares/
Location:   Tornstrom Auditorium
804 Oak Street
Brainerd, MN  56401
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 7 PM
Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 2 PM
Doors open one hour before performance
Fees/Admission:   Free of Charge; general admission
Aug 20   St. Mathias Farm's Field of Dreams Concert with the Evergreen Grass Band
Foxfire Festivals Presents Evergreen Brass Band in Concert. Aggressive blend of bluegrass, punk, rock n' roll, jam and country from Eau Claire, WI.

St. Mathias - Field of Dreams... a ShrinkRap Production.

Farm opens at 5pm, Show at 7pm
Finnegans Beer, All You Can Eat - Farm Fresh Grub and Free Camping.


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Date:   August 20, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.thefarmonstmathias.com/
Location:   The Farm on St. Mathias
7579 St. Mathias Road
Brainerd, MN 54601
Contact:   218-822-3281
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, August 20, 2016
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Suggested Free-Will Donation
Aug 20   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 September 3, 2016.  A different band each week; some old, some new, but all very entertaining and many are back by popular request.
Click here for complete schedule

Tonight's feature is Southside Aces.  Classic hot New Orleans Jazz right here in Crosslake.  Their music garnered the declaration "A true authentic New Orleans dance-hall style band" from New Orleans Traditional Jazz Quarterly.  This is pure fun!
Date:   August 20, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake Town Square
35752 Allen Avenue
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Rob Stoll 218-692-5345
Date/Time Details:   Saturdays
June 18 - Sept 3, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Aug 20   Free Yoga On Tap / The Burn

Free energetic yoga class with Jen Paskey and The Burn!



Live Music Every Friday & Saturday! NO COVER!

Summer Open Hours:
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:   August 20, 2016
Time:   09:30 PM - 10:30 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:   August 20, 2016
9:30-10:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 21 - Nov 09   Music on the Patio at Ernie's
Come and join us on our patio for music every Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons. Different musicians and styles for your listening enjoyment. Bring your friends and family.
Date:   August 21, 2016 - November 9, 2016
Website:   http://www.erniesongull.com
Location:   Ernie's on Gull
10424 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Contact:   Ernie's on Gull Lake, (218) 829-3918
Email:   zac@erniesongull.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday and Saturday evening through Labor Day.
Sunday afternoons through Labor Day.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Aug 21   Sunday Funday at Manhattan's
Enjoy Sunday Funday at Manhattan Beach Lodge with LIVE Music!
Every Sunday from 1 pm - 4pm ALL SUMMER LONG!!

May 29th:  Emily Hammer
June 5th:  Andy Fischer
June 12th:  Brendan Flynn
June 19th:  Andy Fischer
June 26th:  Emily Hammer
July 3rd:  Shane Martin
July 10th:  Emily Hammer
July 17th:  Shane Martin
July 24th:  Brendan Flynn
July 31st:  Brendan Flynn
August 7th:  Shane Martin
August 14th:  Andy Fischer
August 21st:  Brendan Flynn
August 28th:  Andy Fischer
September 4th:  Emily Hammer
Date:   August 21, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://mblodge.com
Location:   Manhattan's at Manhattan Beach Lodge
39051 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   (218) 692-3381
Email:   info@mblodge.com
Date/Time Details:   Sunday's May 29 - September 4, 2016
1  - 4 p.m.
Aug 21   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with our NEW digital system. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   August 21, 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.
Aug 21   Free Waterski Show - Brainerd Ski Loons
Come see the Brainerd Ski Loons water ski show! There will be human pyramids, ski jumpers, barefooters, wakeboarders and skiers being pulled 360 degrees around the boat! This event is fun for the whole family. We hope to see you there!
Date:   August 21, 2016
Time:   06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://www.skiloons.com
Location:   Lum Park
1619 NE Washington Street
Brainerd, MN
Contact:   Christopher Dens 218-832-3290 4784 Gull Lake Dam Rd, Brainerd, MN 56401
Email:   dens.ckd@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Sunday, August 21, 2016
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 22   Operation Sandwich
In an effort to meet youth hunger needs during the summer months, the Brainerd School District and Operation Sandwich will begin providing free meals to students 18 years of age and younger in June.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Fridays, June 6th to August 26th at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. A rotating menu includes pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets and a sub sandwich.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meals are available free of charge for all students up to 18-years-old.
Operation Sandwich will also begin its summer cycle the first Monday after school concludes until the last Thursday before school reconvenes. From June 6th to September 1st, lunches will be prepared by volunteers and distributed Mondays through Thursdays during the lunch hour at Garfield, Harrison and Lowell elementaries, Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, and Whipple Beach in Baxter.
All items provided by Operation Sandwich come from donations. Current needs include granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, plastic sandwich bags and fruit (bananas, oranges, apples). Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations are encouraged. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with meal prep, bagging and distribution during the week as well as distributing books on Mondays. Groups are encouraged to sign up and assist.
Each Monday, the ?Book Café? follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to children picking up lunch.
For more information or to get involved, visit operationsandwichcwc.org or email Lindsey at lindsey@unitedwaynow.org. Financial donations can be mailed directly care of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties at PO Box 381, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401.
 
2016 Summer Distribution Locations:
·       Lowell Elementary                                            11:45 to 12:10 pm
·       Garfield Elementary                                  12:15 to 12:40 pm
·       Harrison Elementary                                        12:45 to 1:15 pm
·       Whipple Beach, Baxter                        12:00 to 12:30 pm
·       Kiwanis Park                                          12:40 to 1:10 pm

 
 
Date:   August 22, 2016
Website:   http://operationsandwichcwc.org
Location:   Various locations in Brainerd and Baxter
Contact:   (218) 839-9540
Email:   lindsey@unitedwaynow.org
Date/Time Details:  
  Breakfast:  Every Monday through Friday, June 6 through August 26, 2016.
    Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd        8:30 - 9:00 AM

   Lunch:

     Washington Education Services Building    11:30 to 12:30 pm
      Lowell Elementary             11:45 to 12:10 pm
      Garfield Elementary           12:15 to 12:40 pm
      Harrison Elementary          12:45 to 1:15 pm
      Whipple Beach, Baxter       12:00 to 12:30 pm
      Kiwanis Park                       12:40 to 1:10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 22   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!  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.

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:   August 22, 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:   August 22, 2016 
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $75.00 includes $60.00 class fee plus $15.00 material/firing fee.
Aug 23   Operation Sandwich
In an effort to meet youth hunger needs during the summer months, the Brainerd School District and Operation Sandwich will begin providing free meals to students 18 years of age and younger in June.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Fridays, June 6th to August 26th at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. A rotating menu includes pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets and a sub sandwich.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meals are available free of charge for all students up to 18-years-old.
Operation Sandwich will also begin its summer cycle the first Monday after school concludes until the last Thursday before school reconvenes. From June 6th to September 1st, lunches will be prepared by volunteers and distributed Mondays through Thursdays during the lunch hour at Garfield, Harrison and Lowell elementaries, Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, and Whipple Beach in Baxter.
All items provided by Operation Sandwich come from donations. Current needs include granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, plastic sandwich bags and fruit (bananas, oranges, apples). Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations are encouraged. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with meal prep, bagging and distribution during the week as well as distributing books on Mondays. Groups are encouraged to sign up and assist.
Each Monday, the ?Book Café? follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to children picking up lunch.
For more information or to get involved, visit operationsandwichcwc.org or email Lindsey at lindsey@unitedwaynow.org. Financial donations can be mailed directly care of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties at PO Box 381, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401.
 
2016 Summer Distribution Locations:
·       Lowell Elementary                                            11:45 to 12:10 pm
·       Garfield Elementary                                  12:15 to 12:40 pm
·       Harrison Elementary                                        12:45 to 1:15 pm
·       Whipple Beach, Baxter                        12:00 to 12:30 pm
·       Kiwanis Park                                          12:40 to 1:10 pm

 
 
Date:   August 23, 2016
Website:   http://operationsandwichcwc.org
Location:   Various locations in Brainerd and Baxter
Contact:   (218) 839-9540
Email:   lindsey@unitedwaynow.org
Date/Time Details:  
  Breakfast:  Every Monday through Friday, June 6 through August 26, 2016.
    Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd        8:30 - 9:00 AM

   Lunch:

     Washington Education Services Building    11:30 to 12:30 pm
      Lowell Elementary             11:45 to 12:10 pm
      Garfield Elementary           12:15 to 12:40 pm
      Harrison Elementary          12:45 to 1:15 pm
      Whipple Beach, Baxter       12:00 to 12:30 pm
      Kiwanis Park                       12:40 to 1:10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 23   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   August 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
Aug 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:   August 23, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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

8 am - 12:30 pm

Aug 23   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Tuesday for all skill levels.
Date:   August 23, 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
Aug 23   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with us. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   August 23, 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.
Aug 24   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:   August 24, 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.

Aug 24 - Aug 28   Lakes Bluegrass Festival

Now in our Eleventh  year, the Lakes Bluegrass Festival consistently receives rave reviews. This is a family-friendly event so bring the kids and come for a day, an evening or camp all weekend.

Located in the beautiful Brainerd Lakes Area in Pine River, MN, this festival features the best in national touring and Minnesota bluegrass bands, along with professional Emcees, a top-notch sound system, a beautiful stage and a big tent for shade and rain protection (bring your lawn chairs). There are over 40 professional bluegrass shows in all over the 4-day weekend. Plus, learn to play or brush up your skills at one of our FREE bluegrass workshops on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass, dobro and harmony singing.


And that’s not all! Stroll the grounds and listen to the impromptu jam sessions, sample the tasty food at one of our food vendors, take a short walk into the friendly town of Pine River, or just relax and visit with friends. You’ll find that bluegrass fans are the friendliest around!

 

And make sure to catch the FREE old time and country dance on Wednesday Night!

Don’t miss this event! Come and see what everyone is talking about!

Date:   August 24, 2016 - August 28, 2016
Website:   http://www.lakesbluegrassfestival.com/
Location:   Cass County Fairgrounds
525 First Street N
Pine River, MN  56474
Contact:   http://www.lakesbluegrassfestival.com/contact/
Date/Time Details:   August 24-28, 2016
See complete schedule
Fees/Admission:  

To Purchase by Phone Call Pine River Chamber of Commerce at 800-728-6926.

Tickets Purchased Online will be Billed to Pine River Area Foundation (PAYPAL*PINERIVERAF in your bank statement) via our Secure Paypal Checkout. All sales are final, sorry no refunds.

Children 12 & Under Free. Camping fees are additional to ticket purchases!

Aug 24   Operation Sandwich
In an effort to meet youth hunger needs during the summer months, the Brainerd School District and Operation Sandwich will begin providing free meals to students 18 years of age and younger in June.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Fridays, June 6th to August 26th at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. A rotating menu includes pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets and a sub sandwich.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meals are available free of charge for all students up to 18-years-old.
Operation Sandwich will also begin its summer cycle the first Monday after school concludes until the last Thursday before school reconvenes. From June 6th to September 1st, lunches will be prepared by volunteers and distributed Mondays through Thursdays during the lunch hour at Garfield, Harrison and Lowell elementaries, Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, and Whipple Beach in Baxter.
All items provided by Operation Sandwich come from donations. Current needs include granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, plastic sandwich bags and fruit (bananas, oranges, apples). Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations are encouraged. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with meal prep, bagging and distribution during the week as well as distributing books on Mondays. Groups are encouraged to sign up and assist.
Each Monday, the ?Book Café? follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to children picking up lunch.
For more information or to get involved, visit operationsandwichcwc.org or email Lindsey at lindsey@unitedwaynow.org. Financial donations can be mailed directly care of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties at PO Box 381, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401.
 
2016 Summer Distribution Locations:
·       Lowell Elementary                                            11:45 to 12:10 pm
·       Garfield Elementary                                  12:15 to 12:40 pm
·       Harrison Elementary                                        12:45 to 1:15 pm
·       Whipple Beach, Baxter                        12:00 to 12:30 pm
·       Kiwanis Park                                          12:40 to 1:10 pm

 
 
Date:   August 24, 2016
Website:   http://operationsandwichcwc.org
Location:   Various locations in Brainerd and Baxter
Contact:   (218) 839-9540
Email:   lindsey@unitedwaynow.org
Date/Time Details:  
  Breakfast:  Every Monday through Friday, June 6 through August 26, 2016.
    Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd        8:30 - 9:00 AM

   Lunch:

     Washington Education Services Building    11:30 to 12:30 pm
      Lowell Elementary             11:45 to 12:10 pm
      Garfield Elementary           12:15 to 12:40 pm
      Harrison Elementary          12:45 to 1:15 pm
      Whipple Beach, Baxter       12:00 to 12:30 pm
      Kiwanis Park                       12:40 to 1:10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 24   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community. 
Date:   August 24, 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
Aug 24   BusinessNOW hosted by Dutch Cragun
Join Dutch Cragun at the American Legion Brainerd, Post 255  for a BusinessNOW Social and Fundraising Event on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Hors'dourves and cash bar will be available.

Contributions are being requested for the five larger than life oil paintings depicting the history of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard that are on display permanently at the Committal Hall at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls. The paintings are not about any one war or time period, but a collective of all: "The Past, Present and Future" that unite historical and contemporary military life. For more information and photos about the Veterans Educational Historic Project go to https://vetsart.org/.

Chamber members are invited to register and attend this free event, so bring your business cards and get ready to network with other business representatives in the area. Mix a little business with pleasure! As a courtesy to the host, advanced registration is appreciated.
Date:   August 24, 2016
Time:   05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Website:   https://vetsart.org/
Location:  
American Legion Brainerd, Post 255
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Sue Galligan 218-822-7119
Email:   sgalligan@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:   Wednesday, August, 24, 2016
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 24   BINGO at Manhattan's
Enjoy BINGO at Manhattan's every Wednesday!  Games start at 6pm! Progressive Jackpot on our blackout round.  
Proceeds support the Pequot Lakes Youth Hockey Association. 
Date:   August 24, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://mblodge.com
Location:   Manhattan's at Manhattan Beach Lodge
39051 County Road 66
Manhattan Beach, MN  56442
 
Contact:   (218) 692-3381
Email:   info@mblodge.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday
6 p.m.
Aug 24   Gull Dam Beers & Gears

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

Date:   August 24, 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
Aug 25   Operation Sandwich
In an effort to meet youth hunger needs during the summer months, the Brainerd School District and Operation Sandwich will begin providing free meals to students 18 years of age and younger in June.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Fridays, June 6th to August 26th at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. A rotating menu includes pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets and a sub sandwich.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meals are available free of charge for all students up to 18-years-old.
Operation Sandwich will also begin its summer cycle the first Monday after school concludes until the last Thursday before school reconvenes. From June 6th to September 1st, lunches will be prepared by volunteers and distributed Mondays through Thursdays during the lunch hour at Garfield, Harrison and Lowell elementaries, Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, and Whipple Beach in Baxter.
All items provided by Operation Sandwich come from donations. Current needs include granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, plastic sandwich bags and fruit (bananas, oranges, apples). Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations are encouraged. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with meal prep, bagging and distribution during the week as well as distributing books on Mondays. Groups are encouraged to sign up and assist.
Each Monday, the ?Book Café? follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to children picking up lunch.
For more information or to get involved, visit operationsandwichcwc.org or email Lindsey at lindsey@unitedwaynow.org. Financial donations can be mailed directly care of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties at PO Box 381, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401.
 
2016 Summer Distribution Locations:
·       Lowell Elementary                                            11:45 to 12:10 pm
·       Garfield Elementary                                  12:15 to 12:40 pm
·       Harrison Elementary                                        12:45 to 1:15 pm
·       Whipple Beach, Baxter                        12:00 to 12:30 pm
·       Kiwanis Park                                          12:40 to 1:10 pm

 
 
Date:   August 25, 2016
Website:   http://operationsandwichcwc.org
Location:   Various locations in Brainerd and Baxter
Contact:   (218) 839-9540
Email:   lindsey@unitedwaynow.org
Date/Time Details:  
  Breakfast:  Every Monday through Friday, June 6 through August 26, 2016.
    Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd        8:30 - 9:00 AM

   Lunch:

     Washington Education Services Building    11:30 to 12:30 pm
      Lowell Elementary             11:45 to 12:10 pm
      Garfield Elementary           12:15 to 12:40 pm
      Harrison Elementary          12:45 to 1:15 pm
      Whipple Beach, Baxter       12:00 to 12:30 pm
      Kiwanis Park                       12:40 to 1:10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 25   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   August 25, 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
Aug 25   ChamberNet - Brainerd Lakes Chamber
ChamberNet is a lead sharing group that meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The objective is to build strong partnerships with participating member businesses and provide consumer referrals. Guests are welcome to attend up to two meetings before joining.

ChamberNet Participation Requirements:
·         Be a Brainerd Lakes Chamber member in good standing.
·         Complete and submit an application, with annual fee of $75.
·         Application approved by Leadership Team/ChamberNet group.
·         Membership is limited to two like businesses
·         Commit to consistent attendance and $1 meeting fee
Date:   August 25, 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
Aug 25   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:   August 25, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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

8 am - 12:30 pm

Aug 25   4 Weeks to a Healthier You Weight Loss Challenge
Do you need some help staying on your health goals through the summer? Do you want friendly expert advice and help from CERTIFIED Wellness Coaches? 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 4 Weeks to a Healthier You Weight Loss Challenge!
$20 + product gets you on a meal plan! Top 3 best results win cash prizes.
Save your seat today!
Date:   August 25, 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 July 28, 2016
Weekly meetings (Thursdays)
5:30-6:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   $20 + product
Aug 25   Traveling Art Pub - Manhattan's at Manhattan Beach Lodge
Eat, Drink, Create & Socialize with The Traveling Art Pub at Manhattan's at Manhattan Beach Lodge
Thursday August 25, 2016
6 - 8:30 pm


Check mblodge.com or thetravelingartpub.com for updates on what you will be painting
Date:   August 25, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://mblodge.com
Location:   Manhattan's at Manhattan Beach Lodge
39051 CR 66
Manhattan Beach, MN  56442
Contact:   (218) 692-3381 or thetravelingartpub.com
Email:   info@mblodge.com
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, August 25, 2016
 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $35 per person
Aug 25   Grandview Summer Concert Series at The Pines
Grandview Summer Concert Series will run for one more Thursday evening at the driving range on The Pines Course. Bring your own blanket and/or chair. No coolers or outside beverages allowed. Full bar and food will be available for purchase. RAIN OR SHINE!
Date:   August 25, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://brainerdradio.net
Location:   The Pines Golf Course
Driving Range
23521 Nokomis Ave
Nisswa, MN 56468
Contact:   Gregory Boen, 218-851-1067
Email:   gboen@hbi.com
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, August 25, 2016
6-10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Tickets per person $40.00*
or ALL 3 Shows for $100.00*
*Rates subject to sales tax.
RAIN OR SHINE!
Aug 25   Outdoor Summer Concert at Gregory Park
Bring your lawn chair or a blanket. Relax and enjoy the sounds of the bands performing at 7 pm in Gregory Park, north side of Brainerd. A collaboration between the City of Brainerd Park & Rec. Department and The Center

Rain out site is The Center, 803 Kingwood Street, Brainerd, MN  56401

June 2:          Tim & Cindy Roggenkamp
June 9:          Day Break
June 16:        Churchyard
June 23:        Michael Hoover
June 30:        Diane Saumer & Friends
July 7;           Scott Lykins & John Ward
July 14:         Virg Litke
July 21:         Blue Moon Jazz Quintet  
July 28:         Kingery Family
August 4:      Jack Franzen
August 11:    Kayla Pallansch
August 18:    Norm's Bait & tackle Choir
August 25:    The District
Date:   August 25, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://TheBrainerdCenter.com
Location:   Gregory Park (north side of Brainerd)
424 North 5 Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   The Center, 218-829-9345
Email:   director@thebrainerdcenter.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Thursday, June 2 through August 25, 2016
7 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:  
Free
Aug 26 - Aug 28   BIR CRA Superbike Racing & MSRA

Central Road Racing Association brings its thrilling brand of Superbike Racing to the Competition Road Course while the Minnesota Street Rod Association has it's Super Secret Fun Run.

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.

The CRA will be at Brainerd International Raceway five weekends this season.

Date:   August 26, 2016 - August 28, 2016
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/cra-superbike-racing/
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:   August 26 - 28, 2016
Fees/Admission:  

General Admission – Available at the Front Gate
Thurs-Sun $50
Fri-Sun $40
Sat-Sun $30
Single Day $20

Kids 12 and under are FREE!

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

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

Condos
Cost per night: $187.91 includes tax

NOTE: All admission & camping sales are FINAL. No refunds.

Aug 26 - Nov 14   Music on the Patio at Ernie's
Come and join us on our patio for music every Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons. Different musicians and styles for your listening enjoyment. Bring your friends and family.
Date:   August 26, 2016 - November 14, 2016
Website:   http://www.erniesongull.com
Location:   Ernie's on Gull
10424 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Contact:   Ernie's on Gull Lake, (218) 829-3918
Email:   zac@erniesongull.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday and Saturday evening through Labor Day.
Sunday afternoons through Labor Day.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Aug 26   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:   August 26, 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
Aug 26   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   August 26, 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
Aug 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:   August 26, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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

8 am - 12:30 pm

Aug 26   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:   August 26, 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
Aug 26 - Aug 28   Cuyuna Crusher
Friday, August 26:
  • 6 p.m. Pre-registration in the Crosby Memorial Park
  • 8 p.m. Night Ride
Saturday, August 27:
  • All Day MN Mountain Bike Series Race Program - Mahnomen Unit
  • 6-8 p.m. MN Mountain Bike Series Awards party in Crosby Memorial Park with Free kids races, live music, food and craft beer and much more!
Sunday, August 28
  • 9-11 a.m. Time Trail - Yawkey Unit
  • 12-1:30 p.m. Long Time Trial - Yawkey Unit
Date:   August 26, 2016 - August 28, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Location:   Crosby, MN
Contact:   218-546-831
Date/Time Details:  

Friday, August 26: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 27: All Day
Sunday, August 28: 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

 

Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 26   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   August 26, 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.
Aug 27   Kiwanis Kids Triathalon
The Brainerd Kiwanis Club is hosting the 9th annual Kids Triathlon at Whipple Beach, in Baxter, MN. The wide sand beach, protected swim area, and quiet, dead-end residential roads will create a fun and safe venue for beginner and experienced youth triathletes alike. Registration will be limited to the first 350 registrants.

This race will consist of a swim, bike, and run event for boys and girls ages 5-14.
Date:   August 27, 2016
Website:   http://brainerdkiwanisclub.org/2016_KKT
Location:   Whipple Beach
14441 Oakwood Dr
B
axter, MN 56425
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, August 27, 2016
4 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free participation, register online.
Aug 27 - Nov 15   Music on the Patio at Ernie's
Come and join us on our patio for music every Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons. Different musicians and styles for your listening enjoyment. Bring your friends and family.
Date:   August 27, 2016 - November 15, 2016
Website:   http://www.erniesongull.com
Location:   Ernie's on Gull
10424 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Contact:   Ernie's on Gull Lake, (218) 829-3918
Email:   zac@erniesongull.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday and Saturday evening through Labor Day.
Sunday afternoons through Labor Day.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Aug 27   Kayaking at the Campground
Kayaking at the Campground
Wind, Water & Wheels will teach you everything you need to know to have fun in a kayak!  Join us at the Beach located in the US Army Corps of Engineers Campground. Kids and adults welcome and everything is provided (kayak, life vest and instruction)

More kayaking opportunities with Crow Wing Paddlers Club! 
Call Wind, Water and Wheel for details 218-692-1200
Date:   August 27, 2016
Time:   10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://windwaterandwheels.com
Location:   US Army Corps of Engineers Crosslake Campground
35507 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Register at 651-290-5793
Email:   windwaterandwheels@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
June 18, 2016
July 16 and 30, 2016
August 13 and 27, 2016
September 10

 
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 27   Seth Doud "Raw" on the Water
Live performance from Seth Doud. Details to come!

 
Date:   August 27, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://destinycruisesllc.com/
Location:   Destiny Cruises
10424 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Contact:   (855) 953-3784
Email:   info@destinycruisesllc.com
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, August 27, 2016
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Aug 27   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   August 27, 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.
Aug 27   Gull Dam Paw Pawty

Whistling to all dogs; it's National Dog Day! Bring your furry loved ones to Gull Dam Brewing and cheers them with a cold Gull Dam beer! Lots of contests, treats, and a possible dog pool!

Live Music Every Friday & Saturday! NO COVER!

Summer Open Hours:
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:   August 27, 2016
Time:   02:00 PM - 05:00 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:   August 27, 2016
2 - 5 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 27   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 September 3, 2016.  A different band each week; some old, some new, but all very entertaining and many are back by popular request.
Click here for complete schedule
Tonight's feature is Cactus Blossoms. Very special guest appearance the Cactus Blossoms' southern harmonies and sibling charm have brought them from the dusty bars of Northeast Minneapolis to a national buzz.  The brothers have hit it big in our opinion, but are honoring our small town concert series with a return live performance. Thank you Jack and Page!
Date:   August 27, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake Town Square
35752 Allen Avenue
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Rob Stoll 218-692-5345
Date/Time Details:   Saturdays
June 18 - Sept 3, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Aug 28 - Nov 16   Music on the Patio at Ernie's
Come and join us on our patio for music every Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons. Different musicians and styles for your listening enjoyment. Bring your friends and family.
Date:   August 28, 2016 - November 16, 2016
Website:   http://www.erniesongull.com
Location:   Ernie's on Gull
10424 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Contact:   Ernie's on Gull Lake, (218) 829-3918
Email:   zac@erniesongull.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday and Saturday evening through Labor Day.
Sunday afternoons through Labor Day.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Aug 28   Lakes Country Triathlon

The race begins with a 1/4-mile swim in Whipple Lake (known for its calm waters), then switches to a 14-mile bike through the rolling hills surrounding the Baxter / Brainerd Lakes area,(staying off of Hwy 210) and ends with a very flat 3.2 mile run through a quiet residential area. The Lakes Country Triathlon is a great race, be it your first or fiftieth!

 

Kids Triathlon

Check out the Kids Triathlon that the Brainerd Kiwanis Club will be putting on Saturday, August 27 at 4 pm. This event will be held on Whipple Beach using the same transition area as the Lakes Country Triathlon that will be held the next day.

Date:   August 28, 2016
Website:   http://www.lakescountrytriathlon.com
Location:   Course Map

The race begins and ends at Whipple Beach on Whipple Lake at the intersection of North Clearwater Road and Oakwood Drive.

Bikers will leave Whipple Beach transition area at the east end turn right heading south on Oakwood Dr. Turn right on Cedar Scenic Drive (1/2 mile from start). Follow west becoming Bass Lake Rd. Turn left on 120th St SW (3.5 miles from start). Turn right on Cty Rd 18 heading north. Turn right on Hwy 77 heading east, Turn right on Inglewood Dr. Turn right on Clearwater Road (13.6 miles from start).

Contact:   (218) 820-9000
Email:   TriRaceDirector@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Sunday, August 28, 2016
Fees/Admission:  

$60 through July 31
$70 through August 15
$80 after August 15

All profits going to the youth of the greater community.
Aug 28   American Legion Buffet Breakfast
American Legion has a breakfast buffet on the fourth Sunday of every month.
Date:   August 28, 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
Aug 28   2nd Annual NLYHA Golf Tournament
Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association will be holding its first annual golf tournament on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Deacon’s Lodge in Breezy Point.  The event will be a four person scramble with a shot-gun start at 1:00 pm with a BBQ dinner and awards banquet following.  The proceeds will be used for a dehumidification system at the Hallett Community Center in Crosby, which is one of the two rinks we utilize as an association for practices and games.  Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer-driven organization serving 250 players across the school districts and communities of Aitkin, Crosby-Ironton, Crosslake, Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus.
Date:   August 28, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM
Website:   http://www.northernlakeslightning.com
Location:   Deacon's Lodge, Breezy Point, MN
Email:   northernlakeslightning@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Sunday, August 28, 2016
1:00 p.m.
 
Fees/Admission:   Individual Golfer $125.00
Foursome: $500
Sponsorship Information
Aug 28   Sunday Funday at Manhattan's
Enjoy Sunday Funday at Manhattan Beach Lodge with LIVE Music!
Every Sunday from 1 pm - 4pm ALL SUMMER LONG!!

May 29th:  Emily Hammer
June 5th:  Andy Fischer
June 12th:  Brendan Flynn
June 19th:  Andy Fischer
June 26th:  Emily Hammer
July 3rd:  Shane Martin
July 10th:  Emily Hammer
July 17th:  Shane Martin
July 24th:  Brendan Flynn
July 31st:  Brendan Flynn
August 7th:  Shane Martin
August 14th:  Andy Fischer
August 21st:  Brendan Flynn
August 28th:  Andy Fischer
September 4th:  Emily Hammer
Date:   August 28, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://mblodge.com
Location:   Manhattan's at Manhattan Beach Lodge
39051 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   (218) 692-3381
Email:   info@mblodge.com
Date/Time Details:   Sunday's May 29 - September 4, 2016
1  - 4 p.m.
Aug 28   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with our NEW digital system. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   August 28, 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.
Aug 29   Operation Sandwich
In an effort to meet youth hunger needs during the summer months, the Brainerd School District and Operation Sandwich will begin providing free meals to students 18 years of age and younger in June.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Fridays, June 6th to August 26th at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. A rotating menu includes pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets and a sub sandwich.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meals are available free of charge for all students up to 18-years-old.
Operation Sandwich will also begin its summer cycle the first Monday after school concludes until the last Thursday before school reconvenes. From June 6th to September 1st, lunches will be prepared by volunteers and distributed Mondays through Thursdays during the lunch hour at Garfield, Harrison and Lowell elementaries, Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, and Whipple Beach in Baxter.
All items provided by Operation Sandwich come from donations. Current needs include granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, plastic sandwich bags and fruit (bananas, oranges, apples). Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations are encouraged. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with meal prep, bagging and distribution during the week as well as distributing books on Mondays. Groups are encouraged to sign up and assist.
Each Monday, the ?Book Café? follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to children picking up lunch.
For more information or to get involved, visit operationsandwichcwc.org or email Lindsey at lindsey@unitedwaynow.org. Financial donations can be mailed directly care of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties at PO Box 381, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401.
 
2016 Summer Distribution Locations:
·       Lowell Elementary                                            11:45 to 12:10 pm
·       Garfield Elementary                                  12:15 to 12:40 pm
·       Harrison Elementary                                        12:45 to 1:15 pm
·       Whipple Beach, Baxter                        12:00 to 12:30 pm
·       Kiwanis Park                                          12:40 to 1:10 pm

 
 
Date:   August 29, 2016
Website:   http://operationsandwichcwc.org
Location:   Various locations in Brainerd and Baxter
Contact:   (218) 839-9540
Email:   lindsey@unitedwaynow.org
Date/Time Details:  
  Breakfast:  Every Monday through Friday, June 6 through August 26, 2016.
    Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd        8:30 - 9:00 AM

   Lunch:

     Washington Education Services Building    11:30 to 12:30 pm
      Lowell Elementary             11:45 to 12:10 pm
      Garfield Elementary           12:15 to 12:40 pm
      Harrison Elementary          12:45 to 1:15 pm
      Whipple Beach, Baxter       12:00 to 12:30 pm
      Kiwanis Park                       12:40 to 1:10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 30   Operation Sandwich
In an effort to meet youth hunger needs during the summer months, the Brainerd School District and Operation Sandwich will begin providing free meals to students 18 years of age and younger in June.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Fridays, June 6th to August 26th at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. A rotating menu includes pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets and a sub sandwich.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meals are available free of charge for all students up to 18-years-old.
Operation Sandwich will also begin its summer cycle the first Monday after school concludes until the last Thursday before school reconvenes. From June 6th to September 1st, lunches will be prepared by volunteers and distributed Mondays through Thursdays during the lunch hour at Garfield, Harrison and Lowell elementaries, Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, and Whipple Beach in Baxter.
All items provided by Operation Sandwich come from donations. Current needs include granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, plastic sandwich bags and fruit (bananas, oranges, apples). Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations are encouraged. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with meal prep, bagging and distribution during the week as well as distributing books on Mondays. Groups are encouraged to sign up and assist.
Each Monday, the ?Book Café? follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to children picking up lunch.
For more information or to get involved, visit operationsandwichcwc.org or email Lindsey at lindsey@unitedwaynow.org. Financial donations can be mailed directly care of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties at PO Box 381, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401.
 
2016 Summer Distribution Locations:
·       Lowell Elementary                                            11:45 to 12:10 pm
·       Garfield Elementary                                  12:15 to 12:40 pm
·       Harrison Elementary                                        12:45 to 1:15 pm
·       Whipple Beach, Baxter                        12:00 to 12:30 pm
·       Kiwanis Park                                          12:40 to 1:10 pm

 
 
Date:   August 30, 2016
Website:   http://operationsandwichcwc.org
Location:   Various locations in Brainerd and Baxter
Contact:   (218) 839-9540
Email:   lindsey@unitedwaynow.org
Date/Time Details:  
  Breakfast:  Every Monday through Friday, June 6 through August 26, 2016.
    Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd        8:30 - 9:00 AM

   Lunch:

     Washington Education Services Building    11:30 to 12:30 pm
      Lowell Elementary             11:45 to 12:10 pm
      Garfield Elementary           12:15 to 12:40 pm
      Harrison Elementary          12:45 to 1:15 pm
      Whipple Beach, Baxter       12:00 to 12:30 pm
      Kiwanis Park                       12:40 to 1:10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 30   2016 Youth Garden Class

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:   August 30, 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:   Tuesday afternoons; 10-11:30 am
June 7 through August 30, 2016
Fees/Admission:   $10 per student to cover materials
Aug 30   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   August 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
Aug 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:   August 30, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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

8 am - 12:30 pm

Aug 30   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Tuesday for all skill levels.
Date:   August 30, 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
Aug 30   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with us. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   August 30, 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.
Aug 31   Operation Sandwich
In an effort to meet youth hunger needs during the summer months, the Brainerd School District and Operation Sandwich will begin providing free meals to students 18 years of age and younger in June.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Fridays, June 6th to August 26th at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. A rotating menu includes pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets and a sub sandwich.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meals are available free of charge for all students up to 18-years-old.
Operation Sandwich will also begin its summer cycle the first Monday after school concludes until the last Thursday before school reconvenes. From June 6th to September 1st, lunches will be prepared by volunteers and distributed Mondays through Thursdays during the lunch hour at Garfield, Harrison and Lowell elementaries, Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, and Whipple Beach in Baxter.
All items provided by Operation Sandwich come from donations. Current needs include granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, plastic sandwich bags and fruit (bananas, oranges, apples). Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations are encouraged. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with meal prep, bagging and distribution during the week as well as distributing books on Mondays. Groups are encouraged to sign up and assist.
Each Monday, the ?Book Café? follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to children picking up lunch.
For more information or to get involved, visit operationsandwichcwc.org or email Lindsey at lindsey@unitedwaynow.org. Financial donations can be mailed directly care of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties at PO Box 381, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401.
 
2016 Summer Distribution Locations:
·       Lowell Elementary                                            11:45 to 12:10 pm
·       Garfield Elementary                                  12:15 to 12:40 pm
·       Harrison Elementary                                        12:45 to 1:15 pm
·       Whipple Beach, Baxter                        12:00 to 12:30 pm
·       Kiwanis Park                                          12:40 to 1:10 pm

 
 
Date:   August 31, 2016
Website:   http://operationsandwichcwc.org
Location:   Various locations in Brainerd and Baxter
Contact:   (218) 839-9540
Email:   lindsey@unitedwaynow.org
Date/Time Details:  
  Breakfast:  Every Monday through Friday, June 6 through August 26, 2016.
    Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd        8:30 - 9:00 AM

   Lunch:

     Washington Education Services Building    11:30 to 12:30 pm
      Lowell Elementary             11:45 to 12:10 pm
      Garfield Elementary           12:15 to 12:40 pm
      Harrison Elementary          12:45 to 1:15 pm
      Whipple Beach, Baxter       12:00 to 12:30 pm
      Kiwanis Park                       12:40 to 1:10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 31   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community. 
Date:   August 31, 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
Aug 31   BINGO at Manhattan's
Enjoy BINGO at Manhattan's every Wednesday!  Games start at 6pm! Progressive Jackpot on our blackout round.  
Proceeds support the Pequot Lakes Youth Hockey Association. 
Date:   August 31, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://mblodge.com
Location:   Manhattan's at Manhattan Beach Lodge
39051 County Road 66
Manhattan Beach, MN  56442
 
Contact:   (218) 692-3381
Email:   info@mblodge.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday
6 p.m.
Aug 31   Gull Dam Beers & Gears

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

Date:   August 31, 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
Sep 01   Operation Sandwich
In an effort to meet youth hunger needs during the summer months, the Brainerd School District and Operation Sandwich will begin providing free meals to students 18 years of age and younger in June.
Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Fridays, June 6th to August 26th at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. A rotating menu includes pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets and a sub sandwich.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meals are available free of charge for all students up to 18-years-old.
Operation Sandwich will also begin its summer cycle the first Monday after school concludes until the last Thursday before school reconvenes. From June 6th to September 1st, lunches will be prepared by volunteers and distributed Mondays through Thursdays during the lunch hour at Garfield, Harrison and Lowell elementaries, Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, and Whipple Beach in Baxter.
All items provided by Operation Sandwich come from donations. Current needs include granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, plastic sandwich bags and fruit (bananas, oranges, apples). Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations are encouraged. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with meal prep, bagging and distribution during the week as well as distributing books on Mondays. Groups are encouraged to sign up and assist.
Each Monday, the ?Book Café? follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to children picking up lunch.
For more information or to get involved, visit operationsandwichcwc.org or email Lindsey at lindsey@unitedwaynow.org. Financial donations can be mailed directly care of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties at PO Box 381, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401.
 
2016 Summer Distribution Locations:
·       Lowell Elementary                                            11:45 to 12:10 pm
·       Garfield Elementary                                  12:15 to 12:40 pm
·       Harrison Elementary                                        12:45 to 1:15 pm
·       Whipple Beach, Baxter                        12:00 to 12:30 pm
·       Kiwanis Park                                          12:40 to 1:10 pm

 
 
Date:   September 1, 2016
Website:   http://operationsandwichcwc.org
Location:   Various locations in Brainerd and Baxter
Contact:   (218) 839-9540
Email:   lindsey@unitedwaynow.org
Date/Time Details:  
  Breakfast:  Every Monday through Friday, June 6 through August 26, 2016.
    Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd        8:30 - 9:00 AM

   Lunch:

     Washington Education Services Building    11:30 to 12:30 pm
      Lowell Elementary             11:45 to 12:10 pm
      Garfield Elementary           12:15 to 12:40 pm
      Harrison Elementary          12:45 to 1:15 pm
      Whipple Beach, Baxter       12:00 to 12:30 pm
      Kiwanis Park                       12:40 to 1:10 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Sep 01   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   September 1, 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
Sep 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:   September 1, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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

8 am - 12:30 pm

Sep 01   Gull Dam Cribbage Tourament
Come play to get your Gull Dam prizes & bragging rights! Players get $3 Gull Dam Beers!
Date:   September 1, 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!
Sep 02 - Sep 04   25th Annual GSTA Muscle Car Shootout
A wild Labor Day tradition at BIR, featuring the grand finale of the Muscle Car Series on the drag strip and thrilling SCCA road racing on the road course. Plus live music and a classic car show. Great way to end summer!
Date:   September 2, 2016 - September 4, 2016
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/muscle-car-shootout
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:   September 2 - 4, 2016
Fees/Admission:   Call Raceway for details
Sep 02 - Sep 04   Nimrod Labor Day Bull Bash
Meech Bucking Bulls brings you Nirmod's 14th Annual Labor Day Bull Bash at the Meech Bucking Bull Ranch 2 miles east of Nimrod! Join us for our fun filled family weekend! Watch some of the rankest bulls try to buck off some of the toughest cowboys before the 8 second buzzer! Sign your little cowboy or cowgirl up for some sheep riding, and camp for free right at the ranch, so you can join us at both of our barn dances followed after the live bull riding! Friday ending the night with October Road and Saturday ending the night with Johnny Holm! Along with all Nimrod Town events the whole weekend!
Date:   September 2, 2016 - September 4, 2016
Website:   http://www.meechbuckingbulls.com/LABORDAYBULLBASH.html
Location:   Meech Bucking Bull Ranch
Nimrod, MN
Contact:   Heidi, 218-639-3673
Email:   hhodgden@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   September 2 & 3, 2016
Starts at 7 pm
Sep 02 - Nov 21   Music on the Patio at Ernie's
Come and join us on our patio for music every Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons. Different musicians and styles for your listening enjoyment. Bring your friends and family.
Date:   September 2, 2016 - November 21, 2016
Website:   http://www.erniesongull.com
Location:   Ernie's on Gull
10424 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Contact:   Ernie's on Gull Lake, (218) 829-3918
Email:   zac@erniesongull.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday and Saturday evening through Labor Day.
Sunday afternoons through Labor Day.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Sep 02   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:   September 2, 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
Sep 02   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   September 2, 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
Sep 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:   September 2, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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

8 am - 12:30 pm

Sep 02   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:   September 2, 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
Sep 02   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:   September 2, 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.
Sep 02   Sunsets in Paradise Dinner Cruise
Return live performance from Lee "Bone" Sherseth. Lee will be performing some of his original tunes along with some island style music from many different artists. Enjoy the evening dining on a tropical taco buffet, fresh salad, homemade salsas and chips along with a fabulous island desert. Listen to one of the best performers in the area while watching a beautiful sunset.
 
Date:   September 2, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://destinycruisesllc.com/
Location:   Destiny Cruises
10424 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Contact:   (855) 953-3784
Email:   info@destinycruisesllc.com
Date/Time Details:   Friday, September 2, 2016
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Sep 02   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   September 2, 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.
Sep 03 - Nov 22   Music on the Patio at Ernie's
Come and join us on our patio for music every Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons. Different musicians and styles for your listening enjoyment. Bring your friends and family.
Date:   September 3, 2016 - November 22, 2016
Website:   http://www.erniesongull.com
Location:   Ernie's on Gull
10424 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Contact:   Ernie's on Gull Lake, (218) 829-3918
Email:   zac@erniesongull.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday and Saturday evening through Labor Day.
Sunday afternoons through Labor Day.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Sep 03   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:   September 3, 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, September 3, 2016

9 am - 4 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free Admission
Vendors - $25 per space
Sep 03   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Bar Bingo
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts Bar Bingo each Saturday afternoon.  Join us for Bingo, fun and pizza for $1.25 per slice!
Date:   September 3, 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.
Sep 03   Live Music at Gull Dam Brewing - Timmy Haus

Live Music Every Friday & Saturday! NO COVER!

Summer Open Hours:
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:   September 3, 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:   September 3, 2016
6 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:   NO COVER!
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 at the last concert of the outdoor summer series.  We've been entertained all summer with a fantastic selection of very entertaining music and tonight's feature is Decade 7, our local favorite!  Steely Dan to Chevy Van music created after Woodstock and before MTV.  Simply, the sound of the 70's will fill the town square for this end of summer concert. 
 
Date:   September 3, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:   Crosslake Town Square
35752 Allen Avenue
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Rob Stoll 218-692-5345
Date/Time Details:   Saturdays, September 3, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Sep 04 - Nov 23   Music on the Patio at Ernie's
Come and join us on our patio for music every Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons. Different musicians and styles for your listening enjoyment. Bring your friends and family.
Date:   September 4, 2016 - November 23, 2016
Website:   http://www.erniesongull.com
Location:   Ernie's on Gull
10424 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Contact:   Ernie's on Gull Lake, (218) 829-3918
Email:   zac@erniesongull.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Friday and Saturday evening through Labor Day.
Sunday afternoons through Labor Day.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Sep 04   Labor Day Sunday Worship
Outdoor worship services take place each Sunday May 29 through September 4 in Crosslake.  A stay in your car or sit in a lawn chair, wear flip flops, pet friendly, come-as-you are worship service.
May 29 - Community Memorial Day Service
June 12 - Blessing of the Animals
July 10 - Classic Car & Biker Sunday
July 17 - Grandchildren Sunday
August 7 - Camp Knutson Sunday
September 4 - Labor Day
Date:   September 4, 2016
Time:   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Website:   http://crosslakelutheran.com
Location:   Crosslake Lutheran Outdoor Worship
14019 Daggett Pine Road
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Crosslake Lutheran Church 218-692-3682
Email:   clc@crosslake.net
Date/Time Details:   Sunday August 4, 2016
10 a.m.
Sep 04   Sunday Funday at Manhattan's
Enjoy Sunday Funday at Manhattan Beach Lodge with LIVE Music!
Every Sunday from 1 pm - 4pm ALL SUMMER LONG!!

May 29th:  Emily Hammer
June 5th:  Andy Fischer
June 12th:  Brendan Flynn
June 19th:  Andy Fischer
June 26th:  Emily Hammer
July 3rd:  Shane Martin
July 10th:  Emily Hammer
July 17th:  Shane Martin
July 24th:  Brendan Flynn
July 31st:  Brendan Flynn
August 7th:  Shane Martin
August 14th:  Andy Fischer
August 21st:  Brendan Flynn
August 28th:  Andy Fischer
September 4th:  Emily Hammer
Date:   September 4, 2016
Time:   01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://mblodge.com
Location:   Manhattan's at Manhattan Beach Lodge
39051 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   (218) 692-3381
Email:   info@mblodge.com
Date/Time Details:   Sunday's May 29 - September 4, 2016
1  - 4 p.m.
Sep 04   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with our NEW digital system. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   September 4, 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.
Sep 05   Zalusky Advanced Riding School at BIR
The Zalusky Advanced Riding School provides riders with opportunities for advanced motorcycle rider training. Riders of all skill levels are welcome as well as all bike types!
Date:   September 5, 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:   September 5, 2016
Fees/Admission:   Contact Brainerd International Raceway for details.
Sep 06   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   September 6, 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
Sep 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:   September 6, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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

8 am - 12:30 pm

Sep 06   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Tuesday for all skill levels.
Date:   September 6, 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
Sep 06   Bar Bingo at the American Legion in Brainerd
Bar Bingo with us. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available.
Date:   September 6, 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.
Sep 07   American Legion Brainerd Riders Meeting
Legion Riders meeting at the American Legion in Brainerd. Become a member today!
Date:   September 7, 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
Sep 07   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:   September 7, 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.

Sep 07   Mom's Morning Out
Moms, bring your babies and come enjoy a morning out! Come join us to learn about the changes that occur in the weeks and months following your baby’s birth, ask questions and meet other new moms in your community. 
Date:   September 7, 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
Sep 07 - Sep 08   Camp Confidence Rendevous
Camp Confidence Fishing Follies (limited to 50 persons each night)

Get MORE fishing time this year. Boats will be loaded as anglers arrive. Pontoons and all equipment are provided or you may bring you own lucky fishing gear. LOTS OF PRIZES! Registered participants will get reserved space on the boats.
Date:   September 7, 2016 - September 8, 2016
Time:   05:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Website:   http://www.campconfidence.com/
Location:   Camp Confidence Learning Center
1620 Mary Fawcett  Memorial Dr.
Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact:   Confidence Learning Center, 218-828-2344
Email:   sarah@campconfidence.com
Date/Time Details:   September 7, 2016
5 - 7:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   Cost is $3.00 per person
MUST RSVP by Monday prior to selected Rendevous
Sep 07   BINGO at Manhattan's
Enjoy BINGO at Manhattan's every Wednesday!  Games start at 6pm! Progressive Jackpot on our blackout round.  
Proceeds support the Pequot Lakes Youth Hockey Association. 
Date:   September 7, 2016
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://mblodge.com
Location:   Manhattan's at Manhattan Beach Lodge
39051 County Road 66
Manhattan Beach, MN  56442
 
Contact:   (218) 692-3381
Email:   info@mblodge.com
Date/Time Details:   Every Wednesday
6 p.m.
Sep 08   Yoga Class
Yoga sculpt class every Thursday for all skill levels.
Date:   September 8, 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
Sep 08   ChamberNet - Brainerd Lakes Chamber
ChamberNet is a lead sharing group that meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The objective is to build strong partnerships with participating member businesses and provide consumer referrals. Guests are welcome to attend up to two meetings before joining.

ChamberNet Participation Requirements:
·         Be a Brainerd Lakes Chamber member in good standing.
·         Complete and submit an application, with annual fee of $75.
·         Application approved by Leadership Team/ChamberNet group.
·         Membership is limited to two like businesses
·         Commit to consistent attendance and $1 meeting fee
Date:   September 8, 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
Sep 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:   September 8, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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

8 am - 12:30 pm

Sep 08   2nd Thursday Happy Hour for a Cause at Prairie Bay

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

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

Date:   September 8, 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.
Sep 08   George Thorogood & The Destroyers at Northern Lights Casino

George's "high-energy boogie-blues" sound became a staple of 1980's rock radio, with hits like his original songs "Bad to the Bone" and "I Drink Alone". He has also helped popularize older songs by American icons, such as "Move It on Over," "Who Do You Love?" and "House Rent Boogie/One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer", which became staples of classic rock radio. With his band, the Delaware Destroyers, Thorogood has released over 20 albums, of which two have been certified Platinum and six have been certified Gold. He has sold 15 million albums worldwide. Thorogood and band continue to tour extensively and in 2014 celebrated their 40th anniversary.

Date:   September 8, 2016
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://www.northernlightscasino.com
Location:   Northern Lights Casino
6800 Frontage Rd NW
Walker, MN  56484
 
Contact:   1-800-252-7529
Email:   emily.aitken@leechlakegaming.com
Date/Time Details:   September 8, 2016
7 - 9 pm
Fees/Admission:   $24/$29/$34
Sep 09 - Sep 11   MAP Proving Grounds - BIR
Imports and sport compacts invade BIR this weekend for drag racing, drifting, autocross, lapping, burnout contests, car shows, stage shows and a lot more.
Date:   September 9, 2016 - September 11, 2016
Website:   http://brainerdraceway.com/events/
Location:   Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN  56401
Contact:   1-866-444-4455
Email:   tickets@brainerdraceway.com
Date/Time Details:   September 9 - 11, 2016
Fees/Admission:   Call Raceway for ticket information
Sep 09   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:   September 9, 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
Sep 09   Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters 
Growing to meet the needs of busy people

You'll learn:
  • How to write and deliver a great speech
  • How to lead a meeting
  • How to make good decisions "on your feet"
  • How to be a leader
  • How to give an accept evaluation
Working the Toastmasters program builds confidence along with communication and leadership skills.
  • You can start any time
  • Just show up. This is your invitation
  • Dues are under $100 a year
  • You'll meet some very friendly and supportive people
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to dvelope communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."
 
Date:   September 9, 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
Sep 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:   September 9, 2016
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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

8 am - 12:30 pm

Sep 09   Watercolor Workshop with Raleigh Kinney
Over the past 35 years, internationally known, Raleigh has enjoyed a reputation of high regard for his plein air works.  He has participated in major art shows and competitions and offers watercolor workshops.  Raleigh will be hosting a 2 day watercolor workshop at Kicks on Route 66 in Crosslake on September 9-10.  Stop in and see Raleigh's beautiful watercolor paintings on display!
Date:   September 9, 2016
Time:   09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://kicks66crosslake.com/
Location:   Kicks on Route 66
36066 CR 66
Crosslake, MN  56442
Contact:   Kicks on Route 66 218-692-5425
Date/Time Details:   September 9-10, 2016
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. both days
Fees/Admission:   $200 per person for the two day event
Sep 09   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:   September 9, 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
Sep 09   Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 Meat Raffle
Crosslake - Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 hosts a  Meat Raffle each Friday evening.  Join us for fun and basket food specials.
Date:   September 9, 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.
Sep 10   2016 Pedal Pequot

There is nothing better than enjoying a beautiful fall day and celebrating the end of a busy summer. 

We will be celebrating the Paul Bunyan Trail as part of the MN DNR 125th Anniversary Challenge (info below) here in Pequot Lakes. 

Join the MN DNR 125th Anniversary Challenge:      
125 Miles by Bike, Boot or Boat

Minnesota State Parks and Trails on Facebook #MNStateParks    
    #OnlyInMN

Are you ready for a challenge? See if you can log 125 miles by Bike, Boot or Boat during 2016! You can accrue miles at any Minnesota state park, state forest, state trail or state water trail—just keep track of how far you go. Use DNR maps for reference or track distance on your favorite mobile app.  Check out their website for more details on the challenge - http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/125/125miles.html

Date:   September 10, 2016
Location:  
Trailside Park (east of Highway 371 and County Road 11)
31095 Government Drive
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
Contact:   Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce (218) 568-8911
Email:   jcrawford@explorebrainerdlakes.com
Date/Time Details:  
September 10, 2016
9 am - 4 pm
Fees/Admission:  
Free community event





 
Sep 10 - Sep 11   Antiques & Colltibles Booth at Arts & Crafts Fair
Visit the Minnesota Fishing Museum antique and collectibles booth at the Little Falls Art and Crafts Fair.
Date:   September 10, 2016 - September 11, 2016
Website:   http://www.mnfishingmuseum.com
Location:   Downtown Little Falls, MN 56435
Contact:   320-616-2011
Email:   mnfm@mnfishingmuseum.com
Date/Time Details:   September 10 and 11, 2016
 
Sep 10 - Sep 11   2016 Little Falls Arts & Crafts Fair
The Little Falls Arts & Crafts Fair is an award winning Fair that draws over 100,000 people over the 2 day event.  In its 44th year, the Fair has grown to encompass other venues that complement the event. The Lone Eagle Auto Club has sponsored a Car Show & Swap Meet for nearly as long as the Arts & Crafts Fair.
Date:   September 10, 2016 - September 11, 2016
Website:   http://www.littlefallsmnchamber.com/pages/ArtsCraftsFair
Location:   Historic Downtown Little Falls, MN
Contact:   Mary Bednarek, (320) 632-5155
Email:   mary@littlefallsmnchamber.com
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, September 10, 2016
8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday, September 11, 2016
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Always held the weekend after Labor Day