Secrets to living longer and better is coming to Morrison County
PIERZ - Horizon Health's Faith in Action along with Morrison County Public Health, Healthy Communities Collaborative, Morrison County Senior Task Force and Home Savings of America are joining forces to bring to Morrison County, "Blue Zones - the 9 All-Star Secrets to Living Longer, Living Better."
The October Dine and Discover event will feature Bob Graham, Albert Lea's Community development director and co-creator of the National Vitality Conference. Graham is expected to talk about improvements Albert Lea residents made to their life expectancy by more than three years and enhances made to the overall health of the entire city.
The event is 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Horizon Health's Community Room in Pierz. A free will-will donation will be accepted for this seminar and lunch. Registration is required by calling Horizon Health at (320) 468-6451 or (800) 224-6451 before Oct. 22.
Master gardeners available for presentations
Crow Wing County master gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension trained and certified volunteers, will be available upon request to offer 30-minute, 45-minute or 60-minute presentations on composting. In addition, through an environmental assistance grant through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, gardeners will have available for sale low-cost compost bins that we can bring to the presentations for participants to purchase.
Topics to be covered could include: Composting yard and food waste, how to build your own compost bin, how to best use your purchased compost bin and how to use compost in your garden.
If interested in a presentation for spring or summer contact Melissa Barrick via e-mail email@example.com or phone 828-6197.
Pine River Library to offer beginning genealogy course
PINE RIVER - Ancestry Detectives 101 - Beginning Genealogy at Your Library will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Pine River Library.
Pre-registration is required for this free genealogy workshop because of limited computer seating.
Those people who have their own laptop may also sign up for this class. This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.
Interested persons may call the library to pre-register at 587-4639. It is recommended that those who register for the classes have a basic knowledge of computer use. The classes are free.
The Kitchigami Legacy Genealogy Project is an ongoing project, made possible with state of Minnesota Legacy Amendment funds to preserve Arts and Cultural Heritage. Additional beginning workshops and genealogy topics will be offered. Visit the Kitchigami website, krls.org, and click on Legacy Events for information on Genealogy Workshops and other Legacy Events.
Community meeting on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome set for Friday
EAST GULL LAKE - The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome will host a community meeting from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Confidence Learning Center, 1620 Mary Fawcett Memorial Drive.
The meeting is open and free to anyone interested in FASD and motivated to shape the direction of FASD prevention and intervention in Minnesota. The theme is "let's talk" and encourages parents, caregivers, social workers, health care providers, teachers, childcare workers, chemical dependency staff and policy makers to come together to talk, as well as learn and stay informed on the issue of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Other community meetings have been held in the Mankato and metro areas.
As part of the community meeting, participants can attend a free one-hour FASD basic training from 9 to 10 a.m., with a certificate of attendance available. The trainer is Mary Jo Hofer, program coordinator for the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Grant at Lakewood Health System in Staples. Hofer has been involved in the education field for 34 years, and was on the first FASD Diagnostic Team in 1999. For the past five years, she has worked at the FASD Diagnostic Clinic at Lakewood helping families identify issues, develop long-term plans and arrange for appropriate services.
Participants will also learn how to become an advocate for FASD and get new information on FASD parent support options and funding opportunities in their community. MOFAS is encouraging participants to bring questions for policy makers on what they plan to do to address FASD and share their own suggestions for FASD public policy priorities.
Light refreshments and lunch will be provided. Attendance is free but pre-registration is required by contacting Jenn at MOFAS at 1-866-90-MOFAS or firstname.lastname@example.org or going online at www.mofas.org.
MOFAS was founded in 1998 by former Minnesota first lady Susan Carlson, and works around the state of Minnesota to educate and train about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy and to provide intervention and support for those individuals and families already affected.
Volunteers sought for Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project training
Crow Wing County courts currently see around 1,200 juveniles each year.
Some youth are involved in very serious offenses. But many of these youth are involved in minor offenses like fighting and small thefts. Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project reported those juveniles - need to be held accountable, need to learn the harm their behavior caused, need to decide not to do it again. LARJP reports area residents have the opportunity to help these youths.
Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project is a community directed, operated and supported nonprofit organization in Crow Wing County; with a mission to restore community by involving juveniles who have caused harm, the people who were harmed, and local citizens in a process which addresses the needs of the victim, holds the youth accountable for restoration, and promotes healing for all.
Volunteers generally donate about 10 to 15 hours per case and accept four to five cases per year. Cases may be scheduled at the volunteer's convenience. Volunteers work in pairs and will be mentored by LARJP staff as long as needed.
Volunteers need to be 18 years of age; have their own transportation; a desire to help their community including youths, victims and families; and must complete 21 hours of training as well as four on-going trainings per year.
Three-day LARJP Training sessions are planned: 4-9 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.
To get more information or apply to be a volunteer go online to download description and application at www.larjp.org or contact Stephanie Haider, LARJP director of volunteer services at (218) 562-4926 (please leave a message) or e-mail to email@example.com, or contact LARJP, c/o Pequot Lakes Police Department, 4638 County Road 11, Pequot Lakes, MN. 56472, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (218) 568-8111 and ask for Charmaine.
Candidate expo scheduled Tuesday at Central Lakes College
The Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government in conjunction with Central Lakes College is hosting a '2010 Candidate Expo' 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Central Lakes College Commons.
State Level Candidates, Candidates for Minnesota State Senate District 12 and House of Representatives Districts 12A, 12B and 4A have been invited to attend, as well as Crow Wing County candidates.
This event will follow the State Senate District 12 debates. Come and meet the candidates and ask questions. Cookies and coffee will be served. For more information, contact Kris Hasskamp at (218) 546-7010 or Dale Walz at 831-5412.
The Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government is a non-partisan organization which strives to educate and encourage participation of citizens in effective government and the political process.
Rotary district governor visits Brainerd Rotary, reviews its work
Rotary District Governor for District 5580, Roland Turner, recently visited the Brainerd Rotary Club. Turner is a lifelong resident of Thunder Bay, Ontario; and has been active in the Thunder Bay (Port Arthur) Rotary club since 1982. He was District Rotarian of the Year for International Service 2003-04 and received the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and the District Service Award in 2006.
During his visit, District Governor Turner met with club president Theresa Goble, and members of the Brainerd Rotary Board of Directors and reviewed the club's work plan for the year. He attended the noon club meeting, and presented Paul Harris fellowships to several club members. Also in attendance at the meeting were club members and past district governors, Hanspeter Borgwarth and Jack Ruttger.
Brainerd Rotary meets at noon on Tuesdays at the Brainerd Hotel and Convention Center in Brainerd.
Gull Lake Oktoberfest slated for Saturday at eight locations
The first Gull Lake Oktoberfest is scheduled for Saturday, at eight Gull Lake locations. Shuttle buses will be running from 2 to 10 p.m. between all locations. Oktoberfest food, beer, games and music will be featured. The event will support the Lakes Area Food Shelf and Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen. Participants may bring a non-perishable food item to drop at any of the locations.
Participating establishments include Ernie's, Matty's, Zorbaz, The Waterfall, Bada Bings, Jake's, Bar Harbor and The Quarterdeck's Boathouse Eatery. Purchase a beer stein for $15 as your bus ticket, starting at any of these sites.
Activities and German foods offered at each location include the following: Ernie's - Brat Eating Contest, German band; Bada Bing - Au gratin soup, Whiskey River Band; The Waterfall - Cabbage rolls and hot German potato salad; Matty's - Complimentary German appetizers, Blues Band; Quarterdeck's Boathouse Eatery - Pretzel eating contest, all weekend sauerbraten, spaetzle and red cabbage dinner, brats and sauerkraut, complimentary German appetizers with Food Shelf donation; Bar Harbor - Sauerbraten dinner; Zorbaz - Tapping of the first keg: Deschutes Jubel2010, complimentary German food from the Brauhaus with food shelf donation, Hammerschlaggen, live accordion music by Russel Doke, Boot contest, pretzel eating contest, Oktoberfest pizza special, Live DJ and Oktoberfest Dance. Jake's - German appetizers and games.
Another way to enjoy the weekend is to pick up a $20 scorecard to play Poker Darts. From noon to close on Saturday, stamp your card at each location, to accumulate up to eight darts to play for a five card hand (extra stops will earn you the option to throw eight times, and take the best five throws/cards). Play poker darts on Sunday at Bada Bing, 1 p.m., for 100 percent return to winners.
This event is coordinated by Gull Lake Promotions, which donates to many worthwhile non-profit causes in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Rohlfing is a major sponsor of this event.
More information may be obtained by contacting Pat Betcher (612) 867-2670.
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