Pineandlakes Echo Journal
A Christmas party for children, a gift-giving program for needy children and gifts for active duty troops and veterans residing at care and residential facilities are included in holiday activities sponsored by the Backus American Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion. The Kids' Christmas Party for children 10 and under will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. It will include a goodie bag, gift project, visit from Santa Claus and a complimentary lunch.
Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Janis Joplin and Santa Claus will all appear at this year's Rock & Roll Christmas Show Friday, Dec. 15, in the Centre at Cragun's Resort. As part of the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center's Cultural Arts Series, Rock & Roll Christmas is the creation of St. Cloud musicians Ted Manderfeld and Paul Diethelm. Manderfeld is half of Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos, and Manderfeld has more than 30 years of experience of live performances, studio recording and songwriting.
Faith Assembly of God Church in Pine River will host the Kingery Family concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. The church is located across from the Cass County Fairgrounds. The event coincides with the Pine River Parade of Lights winter celebration day.
Friends and neighbors! 'Tis the season. Mostly it is the season to stay warm, get together with friends and family, and bake stuff. Our library bake sale is scheduled to align with Pine River's holiday shop in town day and the Parade of Lights and fireworks. It will be Dec. 9 during library open hours. Bake something. The process helps warm your home and fills it with lovely smells.
The Eagles 4-H Club of Pequot Lakes was invited to volunteer with the annual Nisswa Fire Department's Haunted Barn and Hay Ride this year. The club was responsible for setting up and running games, giving away prizes and making balloon animals. In return for working at the event, the club donated $500 to the Lakes Area Food Shelf along with 23 pounds of food. The club thanks the Nisswa Fire Department and the Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point Lions Club for their monetary donations for the candy and prizes and the community for the support in attending the event.
After a five-year absence, Sally Barris returns to the Grassroots Concerts stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Live Well Night Club and Coffee Bar in Nisswa for the final show of the fall concert season. Barris is an A-list Nashville songwriter and a contemporary folk-country artist who has had songs covered by top-level artists. Her song "Let the Wind Chase You," recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban, received a Grammy nomination for vocal collaboration in 2009.
The Nisswa Garden Club plans to celebrate with a holiday party in place of a group monthly meeting from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Sherwood Forest. Members and their guests are welcome to attend. Event chair is Barb Donovan. For more information, contact her at 218-562-4085. The club meets at noon the fourth Thursday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Cross Church in Nisswa. New members are always welcome. Visit www.nisswagardenclub.org for more information.
The Central Lakes College Cultural Thursday series will host Somali refugee and immigrant Hudda Ibrahim, who will address the topic of Somali settlement in central Minnesota at noon Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus. She will be available for a book signing after the presentation.
Schaefer's Foods of Nisswa will host its annual Taste of the Holidays from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. Taste of the Holidays participants will sample food and beverage items from every grocery department, including deli, produce, meat, dairy and bakery. A minimum donation of $5 per person is requested, and all donations will be donated to the Lakes Area Food Shelf.
A sign marking the Butterfield homestead in Crosslake has returned to its spot after the construction of the new Dollar General. Dodo Fraser, charter member of the Crosslake Area Historical Society, asked permission to restore the sign to its original spot after the Dollar General was built. Crews met Friday, Nov. 17, to do just that.