■ Jeff Wurdeman benefit
CROSSLAKE — There will be a benefit for Jeff Wurdeman, whose cabinet shop burned down in October, from 3-8 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion Post No. 500, 35112 County Road 3, Crosslake.
There will be a spaghetti dinner for $10 and a silent auction as well.
■ Lake Hubert Community Grange Christmas party
The Lake Hubert Community Grange will have its Christmas party at 5 p.m. Dec. 15. Potluck supper is planned. Bring mittens, caps and scarves which will be given to children. There will be a program with Santa Claus coming. Directions to the Grange: Highway 371 North 10 miles to Sportland Corners, CR 13 east three miles to Sunset Valley Road and then 1/4 mile north on left side (old school house).
■ Brainerd Garden Club
The Brainerd Garden Club will meet noon Friday at the Northland Arboretum for a Christmas potluck luncheon. Joanne Weaver will present a program on “Plants for your holiday decor, care and selection.” Hostesses are all board members. There will be a gift exchange and installation of officers for the new year.
■ Brainerd Legion
The Darkhouse Association will meet 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Brainerd Legion.
The children’s Christmas party will take place from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 14. There will be treats, games and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. All children are welcome.
■ Brainerd Elks Lodge Polish sausage feed
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 Street, Brainerd. Cost: $8.
■ Brainerd Eagles Club breakfast
The Brainerd Eagles Club breakfast will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday and Dec. 29 at 124 Front Street, Brainerd, featuring the Eagle’s Special for $7.
■ CWC Fair Board meeting
Crow Wing County Fair Board meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday at the Brainerd Area Curling Club.
■ Holiday open house/bake sale
The annual holiday open house and bake sale will be from 3-7 p.m. Friday at the Crow Wing County Historical Society Museum. Cookies, coffee, cider and punch will be served.
■ Class of 1952
Class of 1952 will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bonanza.
■ Retired Firepeople
Retired Firepeople will meet 9 a.m. Wednesday at Front Street Cafe.
■ VFW upcoming events
VFW Post and Auxiliary will have a potluck lunch at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday before the meetings. House committee will meet at 6 p.m. Regular meeting of the Post and Auxiliary will be held at 7 p.m. Before the meetings, a presentation will be presented by the Brainerd High School FFA on their events with meetings to follow. Plan to attend to take part.
VFW Friday dinner will be Hab’s prime rib dinner serving from 5:30 p.m. until gone at the VFW. Cost: $10. Reservations are appreciated. Call the Club at 829-6393.
VFW breakfast serving a full menu from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 15. Cost $6.
■ WHS class of 1946
BAXTER — Brainerd’s Washington High School class of 1946 will try again to meet for lunch prepared by Ethel and Dick at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the Cypress Community Room at Dick’s apartment, 13150 Cypress Drive, Baxter. Call Dick at 838-0738 for directions and so they can plan for a head count.
■ Duplicate bridge scores
Sandy Weber and Phyllis DeRosier, 28; Sandy Chase and Kathy Calhoun, 25.5; and Bob and Sandy Crozier, 25.5.
■ Breast cancer survivor
The December meeting of the breast cancer survivor support group will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday at 11:30 A.M. at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in the Joseph Room. Go through the cafeteria to the meeting rooms. All breast cancer survivors are welcome as well as caregivers. Lunch is available for purchase in the River Room Cafeteria. This will be a Christmas party. Everyone is asked to bring a “White Elephant” gift to be exchanged. Lunch is available for purchase in the River Room Cafeteria. Christmas treats will be served. For information contact, Pat Hassett at 829-1683 or by email at email@example.com.
■ 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 Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with doors opening at 10 a.m. For minimum wait, come at noon.
Watch for new times next month.
■ Area bridge scores
Jenkins VFW: Jan Hauge, 7370; Dale Dickie, 7340; Diane Lodin, 6760; Lynne Zweiner, 6140.
Whitefish Golf Course: Jim Thompson and Pat Wynthe, 51.5; Tom McGrath and Guy Emmons, 50; Sue Caquelin and Joyce Roemer, 48; Bruce Peck and Joe Heal, 46; Joanne Miller and Pat Nentl, 41.
Anyone interested in joining any of the bridge games can contact Jim Thompson at 218-543-4688.
Anyone interested in joining the bridge game at the Crosslake Community Center, call the Center at 218-692-4271.
■ Alpha Chapter No. 23 OES
Alpha Chapter No. 23 OES will have a Christmas meeting Monday. Dinner at the Northwind Grille at 5:45 p.m. Meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 205 1/2 Laurel Street, Brainerd. Christmas attire. Shut-ins will be remembered for Christmas. Call Gayle at 829-8656 or Margaret at 829-9767 for a ride.
■ Senior dances
Senior dances will be from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday at Motley Ten-Hi with music by Marie and The Boys; from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday at Waukenabo with music by Jerry’s Dance Band; and from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Backus Legion with music by Frankly Country.
■ NARVRE to meet
The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Brainerd Public Library meeting room. Christmas party will follow.
There will not be a meeting in January. The next meeting will be Feb. 18.
■ Reservations open for Backus Legion’s classic New Year’s Eve
BACKUS — Reservations are open for the Backus American Legion’s Classic New Year’s Eve, a traditional holiday function featuring a prime rib or breaded shrimp dinner, dance music by the Frankie Lamb Band, champagne and party favors — for $25 a person, including gratuities.
Reservations are requested by Dec. 15 but will be taken later and up to the day of the event on a space available basis. Call or sign up at the Legion at 218-947-3156 or call Dawsons at 218-947-3416. Those making reservations are asked to pay at the door but are advised to call as soon as possible if they cancel a reservation as seating is limited and the Post must pay for reserved meals.
The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 31, with hospitality time and dinner at 7 p.m. and guaranteed seating for entire event. The Lamb band plays a variety of classic country and pop tunes, old time and swing. Potluck snacks and desserts will be served at 11 p.m. with party favors and champagne provided in advance of the Auld Lang Syne hour featuring an audience sing-along with the band.