Entertainment

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 Gregory Park Bandstand, Brainerd,  has performances every Thursday  at 7 pm. Concerts are a collaboration with the Brainerd Park & Rec Department and The Center.  The entire Brainerd Community has been enjoying these free summer concerts. Bring your lawn chair, bottle of water,  relax, lean back and enjoy the music!!

Thursday Band weekly in the Great Room at The Center. Beginning around noon, anyone who plays an instrument can be part of “the band”.   If you love to dance to country music you can  step out onto the dance floor.   If you just want to listen to wonderful music,  you can do that also.  On the Second Thursdays , this group celebrates the birthdays of the month with cake and ice cream. Come in and join us! You will find welcoming people, talented musicians playing great music and an enjoyable afternoon of fun!

Movies:  August 4th – Proof of Life, August 11 – Night Crossing, August 18 – The International, August 25 – The Revenant.  Catch a movie and have  popcorn at The Center on Fridays at 1 pm.

9:30 Wednesday Morning Club Program in August,  2nd – Amy Sells-Essentia Health South Dialysis,  9thJosh Heintzeman- Crow Wing County Representative, 16thTara Hemsing Woitalla-Thrivent Financial ‘Estate Planning’, 23rdKim Braun-Essential Oils, 30thJerry Negen-Investigative Services.

Second Monday Music. We also have entertainment following our second Monday of the month dinners. Entertainment ranges from high school groups to holiday performances and many talented individuals who are willing to share their music with us!

Crow Wing County Fair, Crow Wing County Fair Grounds, Brainerd runs from August 1st through August 5th.  The Crow Wing County’s Outstanding Senior Volunteers are:  Karel House and Jim Koski.  They will be honored at noon on Wednesday at the Mills Free Stage.   Wednesday is also Senior Day at the Fair.    The Center will have an exhibit booth in the Industrial Building #4 from 10 am to 10 pm daily.  There will be a daily drawing for a dozen Center donuts.  Stop and see us at the booth, sign up for a free dozen donuts.  We will have our Raffle Tickets for sale.   We also need volunteers to work a 4 hour shift at The Center booth.  No experience necessary!!

Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, Minnesota on Thursday, August 31st.  That is Senior Day at the Fair.  The bus will leave from the Gander Mountain Parking lot at 6:45 am and returns about 7:45 pm.  The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members.  Cost includes the bus ride, fair admission and driver gratuity.  The deadline to sign up and pay is Monday, August 7th.  This is The Center member bus trip,  so persons younger than 45 (who want to go) may have to add their names to a waiting list.

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul, Minnesota on  Tuesday, September 12th.  The bus leaves from the southwest corner of Westgate Mall at 7:45 am and returns about 6:00 pm.  The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members.  Cost includes bus ride, donation/admission to the Como Zoo and Conservatory and driver gratuity.  You walk around at your own pace and see the areas you want to see.  This does not include a meal, however, there is food available for purchase there.  The deadline to sign up and pay is Friday, August 25th.  There are 10 different gardens and many animals to visit.

Annual Rummage Sale will be held on September 8th and September 9th.  We would appreciate donations of clean, gently used, working items.  We cannot accept clothing, exercise equipment, computers, monitors, TVs or others technology items.  Donations may be left on the table inside The Center east entrance. (alley door).  The deadline to leave your donations is Friday, September 1st.  Our Great Room, Lobby and front outside area will be filled to the brim with a lot of good stuff.  You probably  will find something you need!!  Membership is not required for you to stop in for this event and have some fun!!

Ageless Expo will be held on Saturday, September 16th  from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Forestview Middle School, Baxter. The keynote presenter is Auntie Kreamsaugen.  She will perform and share from personal experiences from 1 pm to 2 pm.  There will be 2 classrooms with seminars, as well as, other entertainment.  The Ageless Car Show will be located in the parking lot.  We  hope to see you there!!  You don’t have to be a member to come see us at the Ageless Expo.   There will be additional information in ‘The Newsletter’ in September.

Harvest Bingo will held in the Great Room at The Center on September 24th starting at 1 pm.  We would appreciate donations of clean, gently used purses, shoes and boots. Donations may be left on the table inside The Center east entrance (alley door).  Come play bingo, possibly win something and have a really good time!!  There will be additional information in ‘The Newsletter’ in September.   You don’t have to be a member to enjoy this activity.

The Center Raffle – Drawing October 9th features 3 Grand Prizes and 11 Themed Baskets.  Ticket sales kickoff is August 1st at the Crow Wing County Center booth.  You may purchase 1 ticket for $1 or 6 tickets for $5.  You may also purchase your tickets at the Front Desk at The Center.  This is annual fundraising event.  ‘The Newsletter’ will have information as well.

Silent Auction features a variety of items available for bidding.  You don’t need to be a member to get in on this ongoing event.  Each auction has between 12 and 20 prizes  to entice you.  This is an opportunity to purchase something for yourself and possibly a gift for someone else.  It is really fun and the auction items change often!!