GREGORY PARK – NORTH SIDE OF BRAINERD – SUMMER OUTDOOR CONCERTS ON THURSDAYS @ 7 PM      July 12th  is the Churchyard Bluegrass Gospel Band.  July 19th is the Kingery Family.  July 26th  is the Cuyuna Range Community BandAll you need is something to sit on (lawn chair and/or blanket) and you can enjoy a few hours of beautiful music and crowd watching.  If there is rain;  the concert will move to the Great Room in The Center.

JULY 9th – 5 pm.  MONDAY NIGHT DINNER – CENTER CHOIR IS ENTERTAINMENT.   The food was fantastic and the entertainment was stimulating.  The crowd really got into the patriotic singing.

JULY 15th at 1 pm.  BBQ Bingo will be played for $7 a Bingo Card.  At 11 am we will feature a “Mini Craft Show”.

Annual Picnic on Wednesday, July 18th from 10 am to 2 pm.  Festivities will take place at the Lum Park Pavilion on Rice Lake.  There will be the presenting of the Crow Wing County Outstanding Seniors.  We will have Music & Dancing and a Lunch at the Pavilion.  There will be Lets Go Fishing Pontoon rides on Rice Lake.  Your $5.00  Ticket must be purchased by July 13th at the Front Desk of The Center.

Minnesota State Fair Trip on Senior Day – August 30th.  Cost is $30 if Center Member and $35 if not a Center Member.  The deadline to sign up and pay is Monday, August 6th.  The bus will leave Gander Mountain Parking Lot at 6:45 am and return about 7:45 pm.  The price includes a Bus Ride, Admission to the Fair and Gratuity for the Bus Driver.  This is a bus for persons age 55 and up and members receive first choice.  Persons with younger people who may want to go may add their names to the waiting list.  The waiting list may be used to fill the bus.  

The Center Choir is performing at various events.  If you would like to be part of the choir, please contact Diane Guide at 218-454-0268.

Wednesday Bingo at 12:30 pm – in the Great Room. We play hard cards, payouts are cash, we play sixteen games and the cost is 5 cents per card per game.  Bingo begins at 12:30 pm and is usually done by 3 pm.  Popcorn is Free.  Donuts and Coffee are available for purchase.  You can enjoy an afternoon of Bingo for less than $1.  Stop in and participate, it’s almost an Event!!

 Movies:  Catch a movie at 1 pm on Friday, July 13th you could see Any Number Can Play starring Clark Gable and Lexis Smith; on July 20th you can watch Les Miserables  starring Liam Neeson, Uma Thurman, Claire Danes and Geoffrey Rush; on July 27th you can watch Love Me or Leave Me starring Doris Day and James Cagney.  You can watch a movie and enjoy some free popcorn.  There is more detailed information on the movies in the May’s Newsletter.

Morning Club Program   The program is at 9:30 am and membership is required.  The presenter on  July 18th the presenter is Jackie Froeming, director of Master Gardening and on July 25th the presenter is Officer Troy Schreifels, Brinerd High School Officer.

Thursday Band is playing weekly in the Great Room at The Center. The music begins 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 toe tappin’ music

Bluegrass Jammin’ will happen the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of each month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Great Room.  We will be Jammin’ on July 17th and July 31st . Plan to join Butch in the band, come to enjoy the music or do some foot stompin’ to the banjo/fiddle music.

Silent Auction selection is really fun.  You don’t need to be a member to get in on this ongoing event.   We have a Go Cart, Floral Pocket Purse, White Bowl & Pitcher, Jim Shore Bluebird Birdhouse, Taos Leopard Sandals, Erin London Zip Top, Jim Shore Watermelon Centerpiece, Floral Picture,  Jim Shore “Summer Delights”, 4 Orchid Plates,  Precious Moments Doll “Jade”, Floral Wreath, Earthies Black Sandals, Jim Shore Cat Birdhouse and a CJ Banks Floral Jacket.  This Silent Auction table closes out at noon on Friday, July 27th.

Pool Table has been donated by Hazelwood Corporation, Aitkin.  It is a gently used 8′ Commercial Dynamo pool table.  Center members have been ‘rackin up’ the balls.  Stop in, shoot a game of pool.  Pool Singles are happening!!   Fun – No Pressure – A Learning Experience.  Questions call The Center.

Ping Pong can be played at The Center in the Game Room.  We have a sign up sheet, if you need someone to hold up the other end of the table.

Tuesday Extended Evening Hours has us open until 9 pm.  You could be playing Bridge, Cribbage, Mahjong, Dominos, shooting a game of Pool with friends The Bluegrass Band Jam Sessions happen every other Tuesday.  You pre-sign up for Bridge.  Stop in and get involved.

Great Decisions Discussion Group has started their year.   That group can be educational entertainment as they discuss current events based on a 8 topic book published by the non-partisan Foreign Policy Association.  For  information contact Jon Strand, 218-454-1025 or email jonstrand@brainerd.net.  GDDG meets the 3rd Monday at 4 pm in the Great Room of The Center.

Let’s Go Fishing Trips hit the water on Tuesday, July 24th You will be pontooning/fishing on Pelican Lake out of Jones Bay Public Access.  No matter what lake the LGFT is on, it is really a fun, relaxing and socializing few hours.  Make sure you get in on the action this summer!!!  You have the opportunity to fish or just have a pontoon ride with an enjoyable group of people.  SIGN UP AT THE FRONT DESK OF THE CENTER

Center Theatre performed for the 2nd Monday Dinner on June 11th.  Their performance was most entertaining!!

Dinner and A Play “Baby Face” on Friday, June 15th.  The Dinner was at 5:30 pm in the Great Room of The Center.  After Dinner everyone went to the Franklin Art Center to see “Baby Face”. which started at 7:30 pm.   

Lunch ‘n Learn was at noon on Friday, June 22nd.  It was all about Birding!!!  LeAnn and Ron Plinske shared bird photos, bird knowledge, bird facts.  They were still chatting it up until almost 2 pm.  Those in attendance had a really good time!!!  Just ask them.