The Crow Wing County DFL will meet at 6 p.m. May 15 at the Brainerd Public Library in the large meeting room.
All area Democrats are encouraged and invited to attend.
Family Readiness Academy planned for May 19
The Minnesota National Guard is scheduled to host a Family Readiness Academy for family members of returning combat veterans May 19 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
The purpose of this academy is to prepare family members of returning, combat veterans for the homecoming of their loved ones and to help them ease the transition.
During this time, the families will be given the opportunity to attend several workshops, including: How to Reconnect with Your Spouse, Reconnecting Your Soldier with Their Children and Parenting Single Soldiers. There will be a variety of informational booths and personnel available to answer family members' questions concerning the transition of their loved one back into civilian life.
The academy has been established to increase the family members' knowledge of the reintegration process and to provide resources to them as they go through the steps of reintegration.
Camp Noah will provide structured, fun activities to help kindergarten through sixth-grade children learn to cope with the challenges of separation from their soldier/parent.
For more information, visit www.minnesotanationalguard.org/returning_troops/btyr_overview.php.
Arts and crafts festival planned
The spring arts and crafts festival will be 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Brainerd High School. Use north or south entrance. There will be more than 150 exhibitors. Free admission. Refreshments will be available.
Baxter woman organizing Women Standing' event for May 13 in Brainerd
Karen Kirschner of Baxter is organizing a "Women Standing" event for 1 p.m. May 13 at Gregory Park in Brainerd.
The event involves five minutes of silence during which the participants will stand for the world's children and grandchildren and for future generations in hopes they may have clean air and water; food; education; health; and safety from violence.
The event is open to men and women and those who have difficulty standing may sit. It is based on Sharon Mehdi's book, "The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering."
Participants who have bells they can bring to begin and end the five minutes of silence are asked to do so.
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