Cuts to local government aid in rural Minnesota will be the topic on the next edition of "Lakeland Currents" at 8 p.m. Thursday on Lakeland Public Television.
Joining host Ray Gildow in the Brainerd studio will be guests Wayne Wolden, president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities and mayor of Wadena; John Chattin, Bemidji city manager; and Mike O'Rourke, associate editor of the Brainerd Dispatch.
Earth Day activities planned at arboretum
The Northland Arboretum will have Earth Day displays and events from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday and nature hikes between 1-5 p.m. weather permitting.
Presentations on bees, compost, rain barrels, rain gardens and shoreland buffers are planned at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Organic food samples are planned. Bus transportation will be provided between Central Lakes College and the arb throughout the afternoon with the first bus leaving CLC for the arb at 12:30 p.m.
Recovery advocate scheduled to speak
William Cope Moyers, the New York Times best-selling author of the book "Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption" and director of the Hazelden Center for Public Policy, will headline an event Friday celebrating the 25th anniversary of Brainerd's Focus Chemical Dependency Programs.
The event will be at the Timbermist Restaurant north of Brainerd.
Moyers has appeared on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" and on CNN-TV's "Larry King Live," bringing a message of hope and recovery for families struggling with addiction. His efforts have been honored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence; he and his parents, Bill and Judith Moyers, received the Arthur Liman Public Interest Award from the Legal Action Center - an award that salutes families whose work has advanced public understanding of public policy issues related to addiction.
Before joining Hazelden, Moyers was an award-winning journalist for 15 years, working at CNN-TV, Newsday and newspapers across the United States. He recently authored a new journal and DVD set, A New Day, A New Life, designed for those in early recovery.
The Focus Chemical Dependency Program event opens at 6 p.m., with a dinner beginning at 6:30, followed by the program at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each. For tickets, call Focus at 828-7374.
YMCA to offer free Group Power classes
The Brainerd Family YMCA will host free Group Power classes Tuesday and Wednesday at various times to introduce the Spring 2009 release of new songs and choreography. Songs feature artists such as Santana, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Anka, Scooter, Jordin Sparks, Jason Mraz and ZZ Top.
This 60-minute barbell program strengthens all your major muscles in an inspiring, motivating group environment. Group Power is for just about anybody, aiming to remove the barriers of age, gender and fitness background. It is designed to be done two to three times per week.
To reserve a spot in one of the free classes, call the YMCA at 829-4767. You don't have to be a member to attend one of these free classes. Class size is limited to 28 participants per class. Appropriate fitness attire and gym shoes required.
YMCA Teen Scene for 5th-, 6th-graders
The Brainerd Family YMCA will conduct a Teen Scene from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday for fifth- and sixth-graders. The event will feature music, a Guitar Hero contest, dodgeball, concession items and pizza.
Last month's Teen Scene drew 215 youths, YMCA officials said.
Best Buy is partnering with the YMCA and is sponsoring the dance contest by providing Best Buy gift cards as prizes. Best Buy employees will assist YMCA staff with chaperoning.
The cost per person is $6. More information may be obtained by calling the YMCA at 829-4767.
Cultural differences are often at the root of miscommunication, misunderstanding and hurt feelings between youth and adults of different backgrounds.
A six-hour class offered 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 28 at the Brainerd Extension Regional Office will guide youth workers, educators and community leaders in exploring differing cultural values, beliefs and identities, and examining how these critical elements impact their work with youths.
Registration fee is $45 and is waived for enrolled 4-H volunteers and 4-H staff. Class will be held in Room No 1, 322 Laurel Street, Brainerd,
For more information, visit www.extension.umn.edu/youthworkinstitute or call (612) 624-1999.
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