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Sept. 4

Breastfeeding class offered

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is hosting a breastfeeding class from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 4, in the Multi-Specialty Conference Room on its campus located at 320 East Main St., Crosby.

A birthing center nurse will provide information on the benefits of breastfeeding, feeding techniques, what to expect when breastfeeding and overall breast care. There is no charge for the class and registration is not required.

For more information, visit cuyunamed.org or call 218-546-4350.

Sept. 5

Blood drive at CRMC

To help meet the need for blood donations, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC), Crosby is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in its Clinic Conference Room.

Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass. Walk-ins are also welcome; the process generally takes about 45 minutes. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Individuals who are 17 years and older, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Those who donated blood earlier this year may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days. Please contact the Red Cross at 1-866-236-3276 with any eligibility questions. Donor suitability is determined at the collection site on the day of donation.

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. The Red Cross relies on community partners to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients. About 80 percent of blood donations made to the Red Cross are through blood drives set up by community organizations, groups and businesses.

Donors should enter CRMC through its main entrance and follow signs to the Clinic Conference Room. Ample parking and a shuttle are available near the main entrance.

Sept. 6

Annual Girl Scout weekend

Each September, Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines host hundreds of girls from Minnesota and Wisconsin who make Our World, Our Family part of their annual “back to school, back to Girl Scouts” tradition.

This weekend event is held just north of Brainerd, at Camp Lake Hubert and Camp Lincoln. Girls choose from over 60 sessions from archery, wood carving, forensics, nature hiking, high ropes challenge, eco art to root beer science.

This gives them an opportunity to try new things while meeting new people.  “I love the option of choosing all the sessions that interest me,” one Girl Scout said.

Girl Scouting has been around since 1912. Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines serves girls in northern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. To join or volunteer, visit www.girlscoutslp.org or call 320-252-2952.

Sept. 7

Brunch before brews at Block

Stop by Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for pre-fest brunch with your tickets and you can pick up your bracelets and tasting glass early so you are ready to go at 3 p.m.!

Block North will be serving brunch from 10 a.m. until Brew Fest is underway.

Sept. 9

Cuyuna Range Women’s Club

The Cuyuna Range Women’s Club will kick-off its 104th season on Monday, Sept. 9 at Salem Lutheran Church, Deerwood. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Please note the new location.

The guest speaker will be Crosby Mayor, Bob Novak. Novak will give an update on the many changes occurring in Crosby. The city and the entire Cuyuna Range has seen a revitalization in the last several years.

Novak will address Crosby’s reawakening and how the city seems to have reinvented itself. “Our new economic driver is spawning new businesses, new visitors, new investors and creating growth. This activity will strengthen our tax base and allow for continued growth and economic improvements in Crosby. We will explore the snowball effect of this change,” Novak said.

Novak was appointed Mayor by the City Council in September of 2017 and was re-elected in November 2018.

Membership dues for the Cuyuna Range Women’s Club are $5. New members are welcome and encouraged to join.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Cathy Aykens.

Guests are welcome.

Sept. 20

Brainerd Lakes Scam Jam 2019

AARP Minnesota and the Better Business Bureau present Brainerd Lakes Scam Jam 2019 to be held on Friday, Sept. 20 from 1-5 p.m. at Breezy Point Resort (9252 Breezy Point Dr., Breezy Point , MN 56472).

Learn the con-artists’ latest tricks and how to protect yourself. Doors open at 8 a.m. for breakfast. Seminars and resources will run from 9 a.m. until noon.

For more information or to register go to https://local.aarp.org/aarp-event/aarp-mn-brainerd-lakes-scam-jam-breezy-point-mn-9202019-8nnbjtlv6nn.html or contact Jay Haapala at: jhaapala@aarp.org .

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