LITTLE FALLS - The Author Tea Retreat is scheduled from 1-3 p.m. April 19 at the Linden Hill Historical Event Center in Little Falls, in partnership with Bookin' It in Little Falls.
Cost is $40 and includes tours of both mansions, tea, a multi-course menu and a book signing with a Minnesota author. Attendees can stay overnight at the mansions for $55.
To make your reservations, call Linden Hill at (320) 616-5580.
Nisswa Garden Club to meet March 27
The Nisswa Garden Club will meet March 27, with registration at noon and a short business meeting and program to follow, at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.
Chanda Gebhardt of Fairview Gardens will present "Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers: Another Look at Container Gardening." Hosts will be Marie Boudrye, Joan Simonson and Vi Wiebolt.
Those interested in attending should call Marie at (218) 963-7494 by noon Monday.
Entries sought for photo contest at CLC
"Something Grand" is the theme for the 41st annual photo contest scheduled April 28 to May 9 for Central Lakes College on the Brainerd campus.
The contest is promoting "Something Grand" as one of its photo theme entry categories, which is open to a photographer's interpretation. Photos in this category will receive special recognition.
Other contest categories include landscape, portrait, action, creative, birds, animals, flowers and children.
A photographer may enter one black-and-white and one color print in each category. Photos must be at least 5 inches by 7 inches and no larger than 11 inches by 14 inches. The prints also must be matted or mounted in frames.
The photographer must identify the category of entry on the back of each photo along with his or her name, address and telephone number. Entry fee is 50 cents per photo.
Photo entries may be mailed or delivered to Larry M. Kellerman, Central Lakes College Library, 501 W. College Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401. The deadline for entry is 9 p.m. April 28.
This is an open, amateur show that recognizes the quality of the work through a panel of professional photography judges. Each photo is evaluated on composition, focus, contrast or tonal quality and how well a subject fits the selected category.
"Best of Show" awards are given in both black-and-white and color categories, as well as first-, second- and third-place ribbons.
For more information, interested photographers may call Kellerman at 855-8178 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Books donated to the Family of Christ school
BAXTER - The Brainerd Area Zonta Club recently donated several Amelia Earhart books to the Family of Christ Lutheran School in Baxter.
Earhart was an early member of Zonta International. Each year, Zonta International honors Earhart by giving scholarships to young women studying aerospace science and engineering. The Brainerd Area Zonta Club gives books about Earhart to area elementary schools each year.
St. Patrick's Day events in Crosslake a big draw
CROSSLAKE - More than 7,500 spectators attended the 34th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration in Crosslake on Saturday, the Brainerd Lakes Chamber reported.
The parade began at noon at Crosslake Town Square and marched to the Daggett Channel Bridge in Crosslake. There were about 75 entries in the parade, with the American Legion Color Guard and Gold Sponsor First Federal Savings Bank leading the way.
The Best Decorated Float and winner of $100 in Chamber Bucks was Moonlite Bay of Crosslake. This is the fourth year running that Moonlite Bay has received top honors. Second place went to the Govenaires Drum and Bugle Corps from St. Peter. Big Trout Tavern of Manhattan Beach was third.
The Real Estate Company of Crosslake, The Wolfhound of Emily and Zorbaz of Crosslake all received honorable mention. The KLKS judge's booth, located in front of First Federal Savings Bank, housed the four judges- war veterans Bill Dahlberg, Breezy Point, World War II; Richard Heinzen, Crosslake, World War II; Norman Hunter, Merrifield, World War II and Korean War; and Russ Johnson, Merrifield, Korean War.
Saturday's activities included the Crosslake firefighters' pancake breakfast, Edina Foundation brat and pop sale, Kids Day O' Fun, "Blinkie Button" raffle drawing, live music from Elvis and an Irish bonfire.
Nicole Wolbeck of Pine River and Denise Abear of Merrifield were this year's Pot O' Gold winners, receiving $100 in Chamber Bucks. The Pot O'Gold was found March 13 at about 10:30 a.m. at the Old Fire Hall in Crosslake. Clues for the Pot O' Gold Treasure Hunt began March 10.
The parade and celebration was sponsored by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber and First Federal Savings Bank.
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