■ Bowling benefit
There will be a bowling benefit and silent auction for 15-month-old Raella who was recently diagnosed with having a cancerous optic glioma tumor. The benefit will be from 4-7 p.m. March 17 at Jack’s House. The silent auction will run begin Monday and run through March 17. Jack’s House is offering two games of bowling for $10. For the benefit, Jack’s House Bowling will give Raella and her family half the proceeds of each bowling entry, $2 for every pizza purchased and $1 for every dinner entree. Along with the silent auction and benefit, there is also a donation website to donate at www.gofundme.com/lz5cy4.
For more information, call Ashlee Flowers at 218-330-6789 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Unlimited Learning: Facing the Challenges and Opportunities of These Difficult Times
With 7 billion people and growing, what kind of world do we choose to live in? Dr. David O’Fallon, President of The Minnesota Humanities Center, St. Paul, brings his unique skills to the challenges and opportunities of our times at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Heartwood Senior Living Center.
In November 2010, O’Fallon joined the Minnesota Humanities Center as President and CEO, to help transform education and find the common ground to renew and strengthen our democracy by strengthening community, deepening the connections to each other by bringing into public life the authentic voices of people that have often been left out. The Humanities Center works to accomplish this by drawing upon knowledge and wisdom, history and creative works of all cultures, through dialogue, education, and partnerships across the state.
MHC also assisted with funding Unlimited Learning’s popular “Absent Narratives” program during the past two years which opened new avenues of learning from Native American experts who shared the impacts of European culture, past and present, as well as how their cultural strengths guide them going forward.
No cost for members; $5 for the public. For further questions, contact Bob Manning 218-251-6226.
■ Great Decisions program planned
CROSBY — “Egypt: Power to The People,” program will be presented at 11:30 a.m. March 18 at the Heartwood Senior Living Center, Crosby. The popular revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 ushered in the promise of radical change. Two years later, what is the state of Egyptian Democracy? How will the military and the civilian government balance power?
Great Decisions is a monthly joint program of Unlimited Learning and the Foreign Policy Association.
The program will be with DVD and discussion. Lunch optional. Members pay for an eight-session season and the public is welcome for $5 per session For more information call coordinator Bill Involdstad at 963-3829.
■ St. Patrick’s Day celebration
BACKUS — Double feature entertainment and a corned beef and cabbage dinner will highlight the Backus American Legion’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration March 17. The entertainment begins with Frankie Lamb’s Frankly Country Band, playing Irish tunes, classic country and pop, old time and swing from 1-5 p.m. That’s followed by Fran Gack’s “Me, Myself and I” show with the entertainer doing vocals and playing Celtic, country and pop tunes on the fiddle, mandolin and guitar. From 5 p.m. until gone the club will serve a corned beef dinner for $8. The clubrooms are located at Highways 371 and 87 W.
■ Spring used
LITTLE FALLS — The Friends of the Little Falls Carnegie Library have announced its annual spring used book sale will be April 18-20 in the community room of the Little Falls Carnegie Library, 108 Third Street NE in Little Falls. Hours will be 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 18, noon to 6 p.m. April 19 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20. On April 18-19, hardcover books are priced at $1, paperback books are 50 cents and children’s books are 25 cents. On April 20, there will be special pricing for $1 per bag of books. Book bags will also be available for sale. Thousands of books have been donated to Friends of the Library for this sale. For more information contact LuAnn Jarvis at 320-632-1942.
■ Brainerd Legion upcoming events
Steak date night special by Katie Lutz will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Brainerd Legion. Cost: $11 or 2 for $20.
■ Amber Lodge 186 of the Danish Sisterhood of America
The Amber Lodge 186 of the Danish Sisterhood of America will meet at 11 a.m. March 16 at Evelyn Matthies Studio in the Franklin Arts Center. Our guest speaker will be Karen Humphey who will be discussing her book “Grace, Faith, And The Power of Singing.” Our meeting are open to both men and women who are interested in Danish culture and traditions. You need not be of Danish heritage.
■ Dinner and screening of ‘The Weight of the Nation’ documentary at Lakewood
STAPLES — In celebration of nutritional month, Lakewood Health System and Todd Public Health invite you for dinner and viewing of the documentary “The Weight of the Nation.” There will be two separate screenings on both March 21 and April 4 from 5-7 p.m. on the lower level of Lakewood’s Main Campus.
Three years in the making, “The Weight of the Nation” is a four-part documentary series featuring case studies and interviews with leading experts and with individuals and families struggling with obesity. The series spotlight the facts and myths of this urgent public health issue, showing how obesity affects the health of the nation and cripples the health care system — and what individuals and communities can do.
“The Weight of the Nation” is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.
Seating is limited, so RSVP at 218-894-8623. For more information, contact Kelly Coughlin at 218-894-8582.
■ PACT classes offered
The Pursuing Active Change Together (PACT) classes offered by Lakewood Health System are all new in 2013. Over the course of four months, there will be 12 different classes that focus on life changes, eating better and being more active. March’s class schedule and focuses are: Making Changes that Last, 5:30 p.m. Thursday; Fruits and Vegetables, 2 p.m. March 21; and Exercise Videos, 5:30 p.m. March 28, all on the lower level at Lakewood’s Main Campus.
Through PACT, Lakewood Health System offers education, tips and resources to help promote healthy lifestyle choices and disease prevention.
Space is limited; pre-registration is appreciated. To RSVP, call 218-894-8623. Physician referral is not necessary to attend the class. For more information, contact Nola Varilek at 218-894-8586.
■ MS mutual
STAPLES — The Multiple Sclerosis Mutual Help Group for March will be 6 p.m. Thursday in the family room at the Lakewood Health System Senior Campus, 401 Prairie Avenue Northeast, Staples. Dr. Sheila Froemming will be doing a presentation on fatigue and other issues related to fatigue.
Multiple sclerosis can be quite challenging at times, but through the support offered by Lakewood Health System’s Multiple Sclerosis Mutual Help Group, no one has to face these challenges on their own. The group is facilitated by Angela Anderson. Contact Angela Anderson at 218-894-8393 for more information.
■ Area bridge scores
Jenkins VFW: Butch Lodin, 5370; Diane Lodin, 6270; Florence DeLong, 5180.
Jenkins VFW: Tom McGrath and Jim Thompson, 27; Lorraine Northagen and Ginny Hersey, 27; Al Hauge and Tim Tulloch, 26.5; Al and Rose Ann Stans, 22.5.
Maucieri’s: Tom McGrath, 8550; Guy Emmons, 7080; Jim Orput, 6170; Marcella Jensen, 6030.
Whitefish Golf Course: Janice Hauge and Jim Thompson, 52.5; Lorraine Northagen and Ginny Hersey, 46; Tom and Helen McGrath, 45; Al Hauge and Bruce Peck, 44; and Al Stans and Florence DeLong, 41.
Anyone interested in joining any of the bridge games can contact Jim Thompson at 218-534-4688.
Anyone interested in joining the bridge game at the Crosslake Community Center, call the center at 218-692-4271.
■ CWC Fair
Board to meet
Crow Wing County Fair Board will meet 7 p.m. Monday at the Brainerd Regional Airport.
■ NARFE to meet
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Whitney Senior Center, St. Cloud.
■ Boot Camp
for New Dads
The Brainerd Lakes Area Early Childhood Coalition in partnership with Essentia Health will be offering Boot Camp for New Dads from 6-8:30 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. Boot Camp for New Dads is a nationally licensed program, facilitated by men, which is designed to give expectant fathers a place to learn from experienced fathers. This class is free and open to all expectant dads in the area. You may register by calling 828-7414 or http://essentiahealth.org/Main/Classes/Boot-Camp-for-New-Dads-Brainerd-2.... For more information, go to www.LakesAreaKids.com or call 218-251-4234.
■ Class of 1952
Class of 1952 will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bonanza.
■ Retired Fire Department
Retired Fire Department people will meet 9 a.m. Wednesday at Front Street Cafe for breakfast.
The regular Post and Auxiliary meetings will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at the home Post.
Friday dinner of Irish stew will be served from 5:30 p.m. until gone at the VFW. Cost: $6.
The VFW Auxiliary will serve corned beef and cabbage from noon until gone March 16 at the VFW. Cost: $8.
The VFW Post will serve full menu breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon March 17. Cost: $6.
■ Pinetree Patchworkers
Pinetree Patchworkers will meet at 6:45 p.m. Monday at Lord of Life Lutheran Church. Our guest speakers will be Kandi Kelderman and Kim Schissel, Cotton Fans, co-authors of “Hot Flashes of Inspiration.” This dynamic duo from Wadena will show quilts from their book, tell us how they collaborate, how they got published and share a few quilting tips.
■ Crosslake Area Garden Club
CROSSLAKE — The Crosslake Area Garden Club will meet 1 p.m. March 20 for a presentation by Coralee Fox called “Age is no excuse, get out and garden.”
Fox moved to the Brainerd area in 2006, is a retired city administrator, a charter member of the Brainerd chapter of the Wild Ones and also a certified UMN extension Crow Wing County Master Gardener since 2010. She also volunteers at the DNR in Brainerd October through May each year. Any questions, call Linda at 218-765-3246.
■ Brainerd Elks Lodge Polish sausage feed
The public is invited to an all-you-can eat polish sausage lunch including three freshly baked Artisan breads plus baked beans and sauerkraut from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Brainerd Elks Lodge located at 215 South Ninth St., Brainerd. Cost: $8.
■ Ruby’s Pantry
Ruby’s Pantry is a mission outreach where participants give a cash donation of $15 to cover expenses of the program and in return receive corporate surplus food. The variety and amount varies each month; however, the value of what is received generally averages over $50. Participants need to bring containers to carry their food home. No income guidelines. Ruby’s Pantry will be at the Brainerd Armory on Wright Street the second Tuesday of each month. The next distribution is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday with doors opening at 10 a.m.
Lakes Area Habitat For Humanity invites anyone interested in learning about and planning a Women Build home for 2013 should attend a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the LAHFH office at 1110 Wright Street in Brainerd. For more information, call 828-8517.
■ Brainerd’s WHS Class of 1946
Brainerd’s Washington High School Class of 1946 will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Pizza Ranch, Highway 371 north in Baxter. Order from the menu. Bring a friend. Call Dick at 838-0738 for reservation and information.
Bob and Sandy Crozier, 30; Lois Volkmuth and Phyllis DeRosier, 26; and Ann Richardson and Clif Johnson, 26.
■ Alpha Chapter
No. 23 OES
Alpha Chapter No. 23 OES will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 205 South Sixth St. Annual meeting. Herman Bradley and Gary Whiteman will serve dinner after the meeting. For those who may need a ride, call Margaret 829-9767 or Gayle, 829-8656.
■ Easter party planned
The Brainerd Lakes Area Women of Today and ECFE invite you to an Easter party from 10 a.m. to noon March 30 at the District No. 181 Learning Center in the big gym. Come and make some crafts, frost an Easter cookie and enjoy Easter games. Bring your own camera. Any pictures we take will be dropped off on Monday at ECFE for you to pick up.
Cost is $3 per child. Adults are free with a non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Shelf or an additional $3. Contact Kelly Kruize with the Brainerd Lakes Area Women of Today, with any questions at 218-282-6180. Money raised will be donated to the ECFE scholarship fund.
Council Bird Club
The BeeNayShe Council Bird Club will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at the Northland Arboretum at 142159 Conservation Drive in Brainerd. The program will be given by Carrol Henderson, DNR Nongame Wildlife Program Supervisor, who is author of eight books, including “Woodworking for Wildlife: Homes for Birds and Animals.” He has helped plan and carry out the restoration of peregrine falcon, bald eagles, eastern bluebirds, river otters and trumpeter swans in Minnesota. He is involved in promoting wildlife tourism and has provided leadership in promoting nature tourism projects in Minnesota, Manitoba, Costa Rica, and the Amur region of eastern Russia.
He has led birding trips throughout Latin America, New Zealand, Kenya and Tanzania. He will present a program on “Birds of Brazil.” The program is free and open to the public.
■ Senior dances
Senior dances will be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Little Falls Senior Center with music by Jerry’s Band; from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday at the Motley Ten-Hi with music by Country Pride; from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday at Waukenabo with music by the Chmielewskis; from 1-4 p.m. Friday at the Deerwood Legion with music by Gary, Cherry and Don; and 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Brainerd Eagles with music by Chad Edwards.
■ Baxter Lions Club
The Baxter Lions Club will meet on Monday at Camp Vanasek. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the regular meeting will be called to order at 7 p.m.
■ Brainerd/Baxter USBC Women’s Bowling Association Spring Banquet planned
The Brainerd/Baxter USBC Women’s Bowling Association Spring Banquet will be March 16 at Prairie Bay. Social hour and silent auction will be 11 a.m. with lunch at noon and a meeting at 1 p.m. A vote will be taken for merging with the men’s association.
Tickets are $15 for luncheon and must be purchased by Wednesday. Tickets may be purchased from Ann Anderson, 218-851-4615; Dolly Zitur, 829-1233; Doris Mezzenga, 218-838-7037; or Collette Wagner, 829-4804.
■ Brainerd Area Low Vision Support Group
The Brainerd Area Low Vision Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. March 18 at the Woodland Good Samaritan Village, 200 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd. Program: Hints and help for hearing loss, MN Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, information and demonstration of devices.
For more information, call 825-0904.
■ NARVRE cancellation
The meeting of NARVRE normally held on the second Tuesday of each month is canceled due to unavailability of the usual meeting room.
■ American Diabetes Association Brainerd Lakes Area Chapter
BAXTER — The American Diabetes Association Brainerd Lakes Area Chapter will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Bonanza in Baxter. There will be a presentation on Heart Health and Diabetes by Rebecca L. Wirtz, RN CN, from the Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center Brainerd Clinic.
■ Sons of Norway meeting
The Sons of Norway meeting will be 7 p.m. Friday at the Trinity Lutheran Church sanctuary in Brainerd. Program will be Vi and Dale Klugness showing how to select photographs to put together the Swedish and Norwegian calendars.