Lunch & Learn at noon on Friday, May 25th will feature John Erickson, retired Brainerd lawyer.  John will be speaking on the BPS (Brainerd Public Schools) Archives.  The Archives position was established in the fall of 2017.  More information is available in the May Newsletter or at 218-330-1780 or at bps.history@isd181.org.

Dinner and A Play “Baby Face” on Friday, June 15th.  The Dinner will be at 5:30 pm in the Great Room of The Center.  After Dinner you will go the Franklin Art Center to see “Baby Face”. which starts at 7:30 pm.   The cost is $20 for members of The Center and $23 for non-members.  TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT

Minnesota Twins on Thursday, June 21st.  The Minnesota Twins play the Boston Red Sox at 12:10. The cost is $60 if you are a member of The Center and $65 for non-members.  The buses will load at 8:15 at the south end of the Westgate Mall parking lot.  The buses will return at approximately 6 pm.  The deadline to purchase your ticket for the Minnesota Twins Trip is Friday, May 25th.

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, May 25th you can watch Avengers starring the Marvel Super Heroes.  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   On May 23rd the presenter is Terri Weyer, Meals on Wheels and on May 30th the presenter is Shane Riffle, CEO of Brainerd Family YMCA The program is at 9:30 am and membership required.

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  May 29th . Plan to join Butch in the band, come to enjoy the music or do some foot stompin’ to the banjo/fiddle music.

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.   This is entertaining, an opportunity to purchase something for yourself and possibly a gift for someone else.   We have a ‘Frog’ and a ‘Bird’ Birdhouse, Bag Toss Game, Needlework Frame w/tapestry, Chico Floral Jacket, Weekender Travel Bag, Denim Jacket, Pampered Chef White Sq. Srvg Dish w/basket, “Baby” Doll w/bed and much, much more.  This Silent Auction table will close out at noon on Friday, June 8th.

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 started Tuesday, April 24th at 1 pm.  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 or trying your hand at Woodcarving.  The Bluegrass Band Jam Sessions happen every other Tuesday.  You pre-sign up for the Bridge.  Stop in and get involved.

Center Theatre is The Center theatre group that will be performing for the 2nd Monday Dinner on June 11th.  Their performance will be most entertaining!!   The Dinner and Entertainment ticket may be purchased at the Front Desk for $10.00.

Great Decisions Discussion Group was in the Great Room on Monday, April 16th at 4 p.m.  to start off their new 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. The kick-off topic was Russia’s Foreign Policy with Guest Speaker, Tom Hanson.  Tom is a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State and has had diplomatic postings in many countries.  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 will be starting soon.  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.

Bake & Craft Sale on May 12th started at 9 am.  A bunch of baked goods went out the door and many beautiful hand crafted items were sold.  We had coffee and a donut for breakfast and sloppy joes for lunch.

2nd Monday Night Dinner, May 14th at 5 pm  had Jim Olsen playing an Acoustic Guitar during our meal.  This will be a good meal with wonderful entertainment.

Lunch ‘n Learn was on Friday, April 27th.   Mike Hamad who was born and raised in Bethlehem, Palestine shared about Palestine’s history, culture and his passion for his native land.

Quilt Bingo * Purse & Shoe Sale was on Sunday, April 29th.  We sold many purses and lots of pairs of shoes.  The array of quilts for Bingo was quite colorful.