Local news briefs: Dec. 20 | BrainerdDispatch.com | Brainerd, Minnesota

Local news briefs: Dec. 20

Posted: December 19, 2013 - 8:11pm

■ Donations count double for Salvation Army

Donations made to the Brainerd Salvation Army on Dec. 20 and Saturday will be doubled, according to the Brainerd Lakes Salvation Army.

“No matter how you donate — at a kettle, online, by phone or in person — every dollar you give will be matched,” Capt. Scott Strissel, Brainerd Lakes Salvation Army administrator, said.

The match is made possible by a small group of anonymous donors who pooled together $2 million worth of matching funds to help the Salvation Army’s Christmas Campaign in Minnesota and North Dakota. Kettle donations are down in both states according to the organization’s statement.

“This is the largest two-day matching gift in Salvation Army history,” Strissel said.

Donors may:

• Give at a kettle.

• Give online at SalvationArmyNorth.org.

• Call 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769).

• Drop off a check at the Brainerd Lakes Salvation Army (208 S. Fifth St.).

■ Re-organizational school board meeting to be held

The Brainerd School District will hold a re-organizational school board meeting at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6 at the Washington Educational Services Building.

The board will elect 2014 officers and re-adopt board policies.

■ Fifth annual soup kitchen fundraiser

The fifth annual soup kitchen fundraiser will be Sunday at Prairie Bay with seatings at noon and 2 p.m. There will be a multi-course dinner paired with wine for a $20 minimum donation. All funds given to the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen. Call 824-6444 for reservations.

■ Teens and Tweens Ceiling Art Contest set

As a child, did you love drawing on the walls? How about the ceiling? Now you can do it at the Brainerd Public Library, without getting into trouble. Tweens and Teens grades 5 and up are invited to designing a tile for the Library’s Teen Space Ceiling Art Contest. The library will provide the canvasses (a.k.a. ceiling tiles), materials, and studio time; it’s up to the teens to make the masterpiece. During studio times we will have art supplies and ceiling tiles for you to create your tile in your style!

Studio Times:

• December 26 from 3-6 p.m.

• Jan. 3 from 3-6 p.m.

• Jan. 9 from 3-6 p.m.

• Jan. 16 from 3-6 p.m.

Art work must follow the contest guidelines and be submitted by the Jan. 17 deadline to qualify. Winners will be announced on Jan. 31. Artists need not be present to win. This program was made possible through the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library and the Bev Jondahl Memorial Fund. For the official contest rules, please visit the Library or email brainerd@krls.org.