The Brainerd Family YMCA and NETA, a nonprofit fitness professional association, are co-sponsoring the following nationally recognized workshops: Group Exercise Certification from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 8; and Drums Alive from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Brainerd Family YMCA, 602 Oak St., Brainerd. Local contact is Heidi Rudstrom at 829-4767. To register, call (800) 237-6242 or register online at www.netafit.org. Workshop fees apply.
Special Brainerd council meeting set
Brainerd Mayor James Wallin called a special council meeting at noon Wednesday at Bremer Bank, 321 S. Seventh St., to allow council members to attend the Brainerd Main Street Advisory Committee meeting to discuss downtown reconstruction streetscape design.
Civil service commission to meet Tuesday
The Brainerd Police and Fire Civil Service Commission will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Brainerd City Hall to certify the top three candidates on the police officer eligibility list.
Fundraiser planned for Patti Sawyer
A fundraiser for Patti Sawyer, Baxter, in her fight against leukemia is planned from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Brainerd VFW.
There will be a spaghetti dinner and silent auction. Dinner is $5. Auction items include autographed sports memorabilia, guns, leather jackets and more.
Sawyer was diagnosed more than eight months ago. She is being treated at the University of Minnesota and has endured chemotherapy treatment and a bone marrow transplant. She is now considered leukemia-free and may return home soon.
A benefit fund has been established at Wells Fargo Bank. Contributions may be made at any Wells Fargo Bank to the "Patricia A. Sawyer Benefit Trust."
Project New Hope selected by T-Wolves for honor, grant
Project New Hope was recently selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves basketball organization as recipient of a FastBreak Foundation $10,000 grant.
In November, the Timberwolves will be honoring military families and Project New Hope was selected as the best Minnesota project for Minnesota military families.
Project New Hope, on the edge of the Savannah State Forest in McGregor, provides education and services to families in a camp setting with a quarter mile of lakeshore, private walking trails, cabins and dining. The camp for military combat veterans and their families provides food, recreation and counseling at no cost to veterans and their families.
Bruce Billington, a Navy and Persian Gulf War veteran and one of the founders of Project New Hope, said the group will receive the grant during an on-court presentation on Nov. 1 at the Target Center when the T-Wolves play the Dallas Mavericks. The game is at 7 p.m.
"We can help many families with this money and we will gain great exposure for Project New Hope," Billington said.
Information about Project New Hope is available online at www.projectnewhope.net.
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