The Cuyuna Range Women's Club will meet at 2 p. m. Monday in the meeting room of the Jessie F Hallett Library in Crosby.
After a brief business meeting chaired by president Myrna Nelson, special music will be presented by pianist Bob Hoeft.
The program, entitled "Heartwood, Cuyuna Lakes Area Newest Jewel," will be presented by Jac McTaggart, Crosby senior service director, and Tammy Jo Johnson, Heartwood's housing counselor.
Heartwood is a 60-plus senior housing community situated on 32 acres of wooded privacy on the Medical Campus in Crosby. McTaggart and Johnson will present an overview of the history of Heartwood, the need for added senior services in the area, an inside look at the building footprints and the lifestyle that Heartwood will have to offer.
Following the program, refreshments will be served by the committee of Nancy Petroske, Norma Spurgin and Elsa Turner. All area women are welcome and invited to join the club.
Kite Crossing scheduled Friday through Sunday
The fourth annual Mille Lacs Kite Crossing is scheduled Friday through Sunday at Lake Mille Lacs' Garrison Bay.
Categories include skiing for men and women and snowboarding for men, women and juniors (16 and younger). Also featured will be a terrain park for aerial freestylers, kiter-cross competitions, gear demonstrations and more.
Registration information is available at email@example.com. For more, call Michael Fox at (612) 508-8083.
RREAL awarded grant from Bush Foundation
PINE RIVER - A $135,000 grant to the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance will broaden the organization's impact on low-income families in the coming year.
The grant will expand RREAL's capacity to achieve its mission of making solar energy accessible to people of all incomes. Funds will be specifically utilized to boost manufacturing operations and engineering support.
RREAL manufactures its own solar air heat collector, designed in 2007. These solar-powered furnaces will be utilized in the coming "solar heat for low-income families" installations.
RREAL's primary program area is solar assistance, which equips qualifying low-income households with solar air heating systems.
The grant was awarded by the Bush Foundation, based in St. Paul.
For more information about RREAL, visit www.rreal.org or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Growing and Tending Your Forest' class to be offered in Brainerd
A class on "Growing and Tending Your Forest" will be held from 2-5 p.m. March 13 at the DNR office, 1601 Minnesota Drive, Brainerd.
Woodland owners, this class is for you. Whether your interest of growing your forest is for wildlife, timber or recreation, careful tending your forest can probably help get you more of what you want.
You will hear from professional foresters about the many ways to make the best of your forest, from tree planting - which includes follow-up care - to careful single-tree selection, timber stand improvement and release cutting to timber harvesting that would ensure natural regeneration. The more you understand about your forest management options, the better. A major portion of the class will be outdoors, so dress appropriately.
This is a Woodland Advisor core class and is approved for continuing education credits for Foresters, Natural Resource Professionals and Stewardship Plan Preparers. The public is invited to attend.
Woodland Advisor is a program of the Minnesota Forestry Association, the University of Minnesota Extension and the DNR Division of Forestry.
Cost of attending the class is $20, which also will cover lunch.
To register, visit cfc.cfans.umn.edu/wa/ or contact Sue Crotty at (888) 241-0720 or email@example.com.
Pillager youth chess tournament planned
PILLAGER - A Pillager youth chess tournament is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 15 in the cafeteria at the Pillager school.
Cost is $10 if postmarked by March 10 or $15 at the door between 9-9:30 a.m. Registration closes at 9:30 a.m.
Players may register for the event through e-mail to Mark Sandin at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and details, call Sandin at 746-2127.
34th annual St. Patrick's Day parade, festivities scheduled in Crosslake
CROSSLAKE - "Shamrock & Roll," the 34th annual St. Patrick's Day parade and celebration in Crosslake, will begin at noon March 15.
Parade entries must pre-register by Friday. Entry fee is $100 for each float (excluding Brainerd Lakes Chamber members, non-profits, and youth categories). A prize of $100 in Chamber Bucks will be awarded to the best-decorated float.
The inaugural Ms. Blarney contest is scheduled at 7 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Manhattan Beach Lodge & Big Trout Tavern. Anyone over the age of 21 may enter. Contact Valere Byerly at (218) 831-1332 for details.
Blinkie Buttons will be on sale for $6. Wear the button to take advantage of specials from Crosslake area merchants and a chance to win raffle prizes.
The Pot O' Gold Treasure Hunt is scheduled from Monday, March 10, through Saturday, March 15 (or until the gold is found). Clues will be posted daily at crosslake.com, Crosslake area merchants and all Brainerd Lakes Chamber offices. The winner will receive $100 in Chamber Bucks.
Scheduled Saturday, March 15, are a pancake breakfast, Kids Day O' Fun, Irish Bon Fire and live entertainment from Elvis, the King of Shamrock & Roll.
For more parade details, the parade registration form, parade rules, a map of the new parade route and a full list of activities, visit www.crosslake.com.
'Cooking with Kindness, Vol. 2' available
EMILY - "Cooking with Kindness, Vol. 2," a cookbook to raise funds for the Emily Food Shelf, is now available for $10.
It is on sale at Ace Hardware, Lake Country Properties, Lake Country Foods, Unity Bank, Kathy's Kut and Kurl and Northern Hair Company in Emily, Unity Bank and Beauty in My Backyard in Outing and the Courier in Crosby.
For an additional $2.50, copies will be mailed. Specify if you want Vol. 1 or 2. Send a check for $12.50 to Emily Food Shelf Cookbook, 42145 Birchwood Drive, Emily, MN, 56447, or call (218) 763-3097.
A committee of Bonnie Wynn, Jill Anderson, Jerri Waddell, Bonnie Sass and Nancy Moritz organized area submissions for the cookbook.
The book is dedicated to volunteers who have donated many hours of service to the Emily Food Shelf, including Viola Hardy, Jeanne Coffin, Marge Goldenstein, Fern Deshayes, Alice Hite, Elaine Gordon, Vickie Hamilton, Theresa Lambert, Betty Halverson, Dawn Fortin, Bonnie Sass, Alvina and Gary Tollas, Perki Pepek, Pat Gifford, Nancy Moritz and the Lakers Lions.
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