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Extension Crow Wing County Master Gardeners donate to Central Lakes College Foundation

After a successful annual Garden Expo on April 5, the U of M Extension Crow Wing County Master Gardeners donated $1,200 to Central Lakes College Foundation on April 17.

Sharon Bodie (left), President of the Crow Wing County Master Gardeners, presented the check to Pam Thomsen (right), Director of CLC Foundation.

The donated funds will provide two, $600 scholarships for students in the Horticulture Department.

2014 Golf Course openings

Area Golf

Course Openings
■ Black Bear Golf Course north of Pine River will be open Wednesday, April 23.
■ Breezy Point Resort’s Whitebirch and Traditional Golf Courses will be open Thursday, April 24. Deacon’s Lodge will be open Friday, April 25.
■ All Three courses at Cragun’s Legacy Courses in East Gull Lake are open. That’s the two championship course in Bobby’s and Dutch’s as well as the Par 3 9-hole course.
■ Crosswoods Golf Course, which is always the first or one of the first courses in the area to open is of course open and has been for awhile now.

Upcoming Shows Here and in the Metro

I've been getting invitations and press releases for some great shows coming up in the lakes area and in the metro. I'll highlight a few for you here. I won't make it to every show to view and review, but I'll share with you the ones I do see, and encourage you to get out now that the snow is over (we hope!) and the roads are clear.

Review of Balloonacy at CTC

Balloonacy is a play for preschoolers about a man, a birthday, and a balloon that is full of surprises. The entire show is expertly choreographed to music and sound effects as Robert Dorfman interacts with a balloon who seems to have a mind of its own, and a very real sense of humor.

Ask the Master Gardener April 2014

CROW WING COUNTY MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM
Ask the Master Gardener
APRIL 2014 COLUMN

Dear Master Gardener:
Can lily bulbs be planted in the spring? Are Asiatic or Oriental lilies better for this area?

Brainerd 4-H After School Club - April 1

Brainerd After School Club

Our next meeting will be Tues., April 1 at 3:30 p.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 408 N 7th St., Brainerd

EGGS, EGGS, EGGS.
We’ll talk about them, color them and eat them for a snack.

Let Maggie know if you will be attending. Bring a friend! We need more members!
Call 218-824-1065.

If you haven’t yet enrolled, please enroll before our meeting: mn.4honline.com
4H weather cancellation policy: z.umn.edu/crowwing4h

Landscaping for Wildlife, Tuesday, April 8

LANDSCAPING FOR WILDLIFE
Tuesday, April 8, Noon to 1:00pm, Brainerd Public Library
Presented by Master Gardener Ed Feiler

Register at the library or by calling 829-5574

We will discuss the principles and benefits of landscaping for wildlife. Habitat components will be described as well as an ex-ample of landscaping your yard for wildlife. Some native plants and non-plant habitat elements will be shown.

Local Writers Enjoy a Lovely Luncheon at Prairie Bay

Yesterday, I had a power lunch date with some fabulous women writers in our area! We met at the Prairie Bay Restaurant in Baxter, MN. Most of us ordered the chopped wedge salad with apple, bacon, and a mild blue cheese dressing. Yum! Several of these women have quit “regular” jobs to become freelance (elance) writers. Some are poets and bloggers. Some are interested in writing genealogy, and more than one person has a book either out, in the works, or percolating in her mind. These are my peeps, and I am so grateful to have found them (or maybe they found me).

Review of The Scarecrow and his Servant at CTC

"The Scarecrow and his Servant" is based on the book by Philip Pullman, adapted for the stage at The Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) by Jeffrey Hatcher, and directed by Peter C. Brosius. Once again, the creative team at CTC has brought a new production to its stage. While the classic, recognizable titles do draw people in, sometimes, they start to feel like you’re eating leftovers for the fifth time in one week, and you’re ready for something fresh. The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN is not afraid to serve up fresh ideas.