Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
The monthly meeting for DAV Crow Wing County Chapter No. 22 will be at the Brainerd VFW club Thursday. The membership meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Chapter 22 officers meeting will begin at 6 p.m.
Nisswa Women’s Club
NISSWA — The Nisswa Women’s Club will hold its monthly membership meeting at noon Thursday with a social time from 11:30 a.m. to noon at Cragun’s Legacy, Brainerd. This month’s holiday program will be “Windfall” presented by the BHS Choral Group with Brian Stubbs, Director.
Hostesses for the meeting are Teresa Faust, Laura Ferguson, Pat Birznieks, Sharon Ingvoldstad and Marilyn Wottreng. The inspirational will be given by Jane Gunsbury.
Non-religious community dinner meeting
A dinner meet-up for the local non-religious community will be 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Prairie Bay in Baxter. All atheists/agnostics/freethinkers in the area are welcome to join in an evening of casual conversation and good food (price of dinner not included). Email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or to RSVP.
A prime rib dinner by Teddy Anderson will be served from 5:30 p.m. until gone Thursday at the Legion. The cost is $13.
The Auxiliary will host a children’s Christmas party from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 17 for children and grandchildren of members and active duty service members. There will be refreshments and games and a special appearance by Santa Claus.
National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees
Unit 127 will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Brainerd Public Library. All retired and current railway employees and spouses are welcome. Election of officers for Unit 127 will take place. There will also be a Christmas party. Members can send their dues to Avis Lee, P.O. Box 86, Pillager, MN 56473.
Kids’ Christmas party
BACKUS — The annual kids’ Christmas party will be 11:30 a.m. Dec. 17 at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Backus American Legion Club rooms, Highways 371 and 87 West.
Designed for children up to age 10, Santa will be there. A complimentary lunch will also be served, children will receive goodie bags and be involved in a special gift project. Accompanying adults are encouraged to bring their cameras.
The party is sponsored by the Backus American Legion Auxiliary with the help of a donation from the Backus American Legion.
Dance and dinner at Backus Legion
BACKUS — The Frankie Lamb Band returns to the Backus American Legion Sunday, Dec. 18, from 2-6 p.m., playing classic country and pop, old time and swing. Following the dance, from 6 p.m. until gone, a beef stroganoff dinner will be served for $8 with proceeds going to fund 4-H prize premiums at the Cass County Fair.
Brainerd Elks Lodge Polish sausage feed
Brainerd Elks Lodge will have a Polish sausage feed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Brainerd Elks Lodge, 215 South Ninth St., Brainerd. Cost: $8.
Class of 1952
Class of 1952 will not meet for lunch on the second Tuesday of December and January and plans to get together again in February.
Retired Brainerd Firefighters
Retired Brainerd Firefighters, spouses, widows and friends will meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Wings Restaurant.
Brainerd VFW Post and Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Home Post.
VFW children’s Christmas party will be from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 17. There will be a visit from Santa and a fun party. All Post, Auxiliary and Men’s Auxiliary families are invited to attend.
VFW breakfast will be Dec. 18 serving from 8 a.m. until noon.
Brainerd Service League
The Brainerd Service League will meet Tuesday at Tammy Waters’ home. Social hour is 11:30 a.m. with lunch and meeting to follow. Members are asked to RSVP.
The annual Encore Arts Association’s Christmas get-together will commence at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Sandy Walker. Bring an hors d’oevres to share and a gift if you choose to exchange. These should be valued at approximately $10 or less. Other small gifts for game prizes are optional. For questions, call Sandy at 829-8691.
Eagles Club breakfast
The Brainerd Eagles Club breakfast will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday at 124 Front Street, Brainerd, featuring the Eagles special for $6.
Duplicate bridge scores
Joyce Roemer and Sandy Chase, 29.5; Ruth Gottwaldt and Barb Bretz, 26; Lois Volkmuth and Phyllis DeRosier, 25; Bruce Eastman and Patrick Spradlin, 25.
planned for Friday
There will be a square dance Friday evening at Franklin Arts Center. Potluck dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. with the Club officers as hosts. Larry Johansen will call plus at 7:30 p.m. and mainstream at 8 p.m. New dancers welcome. This will be the last dance of the year.
Alpha Chapter No. 23 OES
Alpha Chapter No. 23 OES will meet 7 p.m. Monday at the Masonic Hall for a Christmas party. There will be refreshments.
The Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615 continued its third grade dictionary project recently. Lodge officers Herman Wisneski, Jay Johnson, Peter Johnson and Jim Dehen delivered more than 560 dictionaries to the third graders of ISD 181, Pillager Elementary, St. Francis and Lake Region Christian schools. The Elks are strong supporters of programs for children like Hoop Shoot, Soccer Shoot Out, and with this program, the promotion of reading.
Memory loss support group for caregivers
Tri-County Health Care (TCHC), Fair Oaks Lodge Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation and the National Alzheimer’s Association will host the next Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers meeting at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Wesley Conference Room, located on the lower level of TCHC. Being a caregiver can be a difficult position. If you are having hard time talking to family or friends about your feelings, you may find that it is easier to express yourself in a support group, where you can be honest with others. Through participation in a support group, you will be better prepared and perhaps feel less overwhelmed as your loved one’s condition becomes worse. You also may be able to find some hope, from seeing that others who have been caring longer have survived the caregiving experience. Anyone with an interest in understanding more about memory loss is invited to attend. Support group members are not expected to attend every meeting to be part of the group. For more information, contact Brenda Packer at (218) 631-7480.
Brainerd Chapter No. 738 National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees
The Brainerd Chapter No. 738 National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet for social time at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Bonanza in Baxter with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. This will be the Christmas party. Bring items for the food shelf.
Senior dances will be 1-4 p.m. Tuesday in Motley with music by Country Diamonds; from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday at Waukenabo with music by Carl’s band; and from 1-4 p.m. Friday at Deerwood with music by LeRoy and Lou.
Lake Hubert Community Grange Christmas party
The Lake Hubert Community Grange Christmas party will be 5 p.m. Dec. 18. There will be a potluck supper. Bring mittens, caps and scarves which will be given to the children at Nisswa School and Pillager Family Center. There will be a program with Santa Claus coming. Directions: Take Highway 371 north 10 miles to Sportland Corners, County Road 13 east three miles to Sunset Valley Road, 1/4 mile north on left side (old school house).
Germans from Russia Heritage group
The Brainerd area Germans from Russia Heritage group will meet from 1-3 p.m. Sunday in the fireside room at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Baxter. Visit with others of German-Russian heritage to discuss and develop a better understanding of our history and culture. For more information, call Nancy Redshaw at 825-3942.