Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomer's Club Events

The Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers Club welcomes new residents to the Brainerd Lakes Area with fun local events monthly. Check back here for details on current and past Newcomers Club events.

Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers December Event

Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers cordially invites you to our:

December 8th
Starting at 6 pm or come when you can.

Dave and Kim Paschke will be hosting the BLANC holiday party and potluck.
Please bring a dish to share and beverage of your choice. Bottled water will be available. Directions will be emailed to everyone who RSVP’s the week of
the gathering. Contact Kim Paschke to RSVP or with any questions.

Kim Paschke
Hope to see you there.

Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers November Event

Monday November 6th
From 6pm to 8 pm
Notch 8 Chowhouse and Drinkery
1551 Northern Pacific Road

Brainerd Lakes area Newcomers with be getting together at Notch 8 on Monday November 6th. Join us for some social time. Food and drink will be on your own from Notch 8s menu.

Contact Kim Paschke if you have questions.

Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers October Event

Join Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers for Trivial Mafia at Roundhouse Brewery on Thursday, October 26th. Trivial starts at 6:30 so try to be there by 6:15 to get set up so we are ready to go. If that’s too early for you, feel free to join the fun when you can.
Newcomers Trivia

October 26th
Roundhouse Brewery
23836 Smiley Road
Nisswa, Mn

Contact Kim Paschke if you have questions.

Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers September Event

Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers August Event

Join us on Friday, August 4th at 7:30 for Lakes Area Music Festival’s performance of A Night at the Opera. I have included a brief description below and a link to a full description of the evening. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Lakes Area Music Festival, here is a little info and I have also included a link to their website so you can see everything they have to offer our area in the coming weeks. I have a block of tickets reserved. Please let me know if you would like to join us so that I have the correct number of tickets available when we meet at the door.

Lakes Area Music Festival
The Lakes Area Music Festival was established during the summer of 2009 when co-founding Artistic and Executive Director Scott Lykins returned to his hometown of Brainerd with four colleagues from the Eastman School of Music. In an effort to create an outlet for their musical gifts, these musicians put on six free concerts and enlisted members of the Minnesota and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras to participate. These concerts developed into a 3-week calendar of musical activities every year.
Each season performances range from chamber music to symphonic orchestra to opera and ballet, performed by an all-star roster of over 200 artists from top orchestras and opera companies worldwide.

A Night at the Opera
In this special program, voices of all types and from every corner of the world come together to serenade you. Hear many of your favorite opera moments from the William Tell overture to soring arias and ensembles.

What: Lakes Area Music Festival, A Night at the Opera
When: August 4th Meet at the door at 7:15, Performance begins at 7:30
Where: Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts, 702 S 5th St., Brainerd, MN
How: Contact Kim Paschke to register, 507-236-8848,, meet at the Gichi-Ziibi Center for the Arts

Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers July Gathering

The Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers will be getting together in July in Lake Shore to go for an evening pontoon ride. We will meet on July 19th at 6:30 pm. If the weather cooperates, we will pontoon from Lake Margaret to Nisswa and back. Hopefully, we can get an evening like the one pictured above.

Please contact Kim Paschke to sign up for the event. Everyone who signs up will be given directions the week of the event. Feel free to bring a snack and beverage for on the boat if you would like or just join us.

What: Evening pontoon ride
Where: Lake Shore Minnesota, directions will be sent
When: Wednesday, July 19th at 6:30 pm
How: Register with Kim Paschke and you will receive directions to the dock the week of the event

  • Kim Paschke
  • 507-236-8848

June Newcomers Events

Newcomers June gathering will be on the StewardShip hosted by the National Loon Center in Crosslake. We have the StewardShip reserved for Saturday, June24th at 9:00. All details are listed below. Fingers crossed that the loon chicks have hatched by then. Please register with me, as there are a limited number of people who will be able to attend. Hope to see you there.

What to Expect
Our floating classroom, the StewardShip, provides a fun and informative tour of Cross Lake that includes respectful (and exhilarating) observation of loons as well as lessons about the actions we can take to conserve loons and freshwater ecosystems. There are plenty of activities and teachings aboard the StewardShip to learn why and how to value the natural world we live in.

  • Common Loon sightings
  • Water quality & transparency testing activities
  • Contribution via observation & documentation to our critical loon research
  • An expanded knowledge of loons, freshwater ecosystems, the National Loon Center, the Cross Lake Recreation Area and Pine River Dam, and the history of the Whitefish Chain and Upper Mississippi Headwaters System.
  • A refined or newly discovered passion for conservation ethics and stewardship of the environment

What: StewardShip with the National Loon Center
When: Saturday, June 24th at 9:00 am
How: Register with Kim Paschke,, 507-236-8848
Where: Cross Lake Recreation Area - 35507 County Road 66, Crosslake, MN 56442 (Departs from public docks.)

Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers May Gathering

Hello Newcomers!! We will be getting together on May 2nd at 5 Rocks Distilling CO. at 6:00. 5Rocks Distilling Co. is a family owned and operated microdistillery in the heart of the Brainerd Lakes Area. The 5Rocks family is passionate about creating a legacy of products that reflect the spirit of Minnesota. We will be able to tour and learn about the distilling process. A tasting of their products will be included. Cost for the event is $15. Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided for those who would prefer. Please let me know if you can join us so we know how many people to prepare for.

Kim Paschke

What: Tour and Tasting 5 Rocks Distilling Co.
When: May 2nd 6:00-8:00
Where: 5Rocks Distilling Co., 25 Washington Street NE, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401
How: Cost for the event will be $15.00

Newcomers April Event

Our April event for Newcomers will be appetizers and a play. We will meet at Carrie Benson’s Photography Studio located in the Franklin Arts Center at 5:00 on Thursday, April 13th. We will socialize until around 7:00 and then walk to the theater for the play that starts at 7:30. Tickets for the play are $10.00 each with a $2.00 processing fee. I have included a link below so you can purchase tickets in advance. Please bring an appetizer to share and beverage of your choice.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions:
Kim Paschke

Buy Sweet Charity Tickets

What: Appetizers and a play
When: April 13th-Appetizers at 5:00-Play starts at 7:30
Where: Franklin Arts Center- 1001 Kingwood St. Brainerd MN, Carrie Benson’s Studio- Studio 123
How: Bring an appetizer to share and beverage of your choice. Please purchase tickets for the play at the link above.

Newcomers March Get Togethers

Spring officially begins in March. I’m thinking it might be a while before we will be seeing flowers.

We will have two different opportunities to get together this month. I have had several requests to do Trivia Mafia again. We will meet on March 16th at Roundhouse brewery at 6:30 to hopefully continue our winning streak.

Several Newcomers do attend Business After Hours sponsored by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce. On Tuesday, March 14th, from 4:30 to 6:00 BAH will be hosted by WonderTrek Children’s Museum and Franklin Arts Center. This would be a great introduction to the Franklin Arts Center for those of you who haven’t visited this before. This will not be an official gathering of our group. Several members will be there and mingling. Feel free to join this event and learn more about our area. I have included a link below with information about the event and information to register.

Please contact Kim Paschke if you have any questions.

What: Business After Hours - WonderTrek Children’s Museum and Franklin Arts Center
When: March 14th from 4:30 to 6:00
Where: Franklin Arts Center, 1001 Kingwood Street, Ste 114B, Brainerd, MN 56401

What: Trivia Mafia
When: March 16th from 6:30 to 8:00
Where: Roundhouse Brewery, 23836 Smiley Road, Nisswa MN

Newcomers Fun February
Trivia Mafia and Cragun’s Legacy Grill

One of my favorite sayings for what we call "cabin fever" is a Canadian saying for it, "shack wacky". So, in order to keep us all from going "shack wacky", let’s have some fun!!!!

We had a great time doing Trivia Mafia in January. There was an interest in trying to do this on a weekly basis. So please feel free to join the group on the next 2 Thursdays (February 9th and 16th) at 6:30 at Roundhouse for Trivia Mafia. We did place first the night we played.

What: Trivial Mafia
When: February 9th and 16th at 6:30
Where: Roundhouse Brewery, 23836 Smiley Rd, Nisswa, MN 56468
How: Meet us there and have some fun

Have you ever wanted to golf in the winter or maybe just try golfing or watch indoor golfing? Cragun’s has 3 golf simulators that we will be able to use if you want to give it a try. Each simulator can be used by 4 people. We have a 2-hour block of time reserved to use them from 6:00 to 8:00 on Friday, February 24th. The cost to use the simulator will be $20 a person. Please, RSVP to me if you are interested in trying the simulator so that Cragun's can plan accordingly.

If you’re not interested in golfing, join us, and watch the fun. Their Friday night special is Fish Fry. Their regular menu will also be available. I have attached a link to their website below. If you don’t want to use the simulator, you can visit and enjoy watching those who are golfing.

Cragun's Legacy Grill

What: February Fun
Where: Cragun's Legacy Grill, Cragun's Resort, 11000 Craguns Drive, Brainerd, MN
When: Friday, February 24th 6:00 to 8:00
How: Meet at Legacy Grill-Food and drink on your own, their nightly special or order off the menu.
Golf Simulator will be a $20.00 a person charge for those who would like to use it.

Please RSVP to Kim so I can give them a heads up on numbers for food and the simulator.


January 2023 Brainerd Newcomers Events

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not be able to meet at the Stone Ridge Lodge as planned. So I'd like to offer an alternative. Let's get together at RoundHouse Brewery and do Trivia Mafia. It begins at 6:30 and lasts until 8:30. I talked to them a little bit ago and they said you can have as many members on the team as you want, so we'll be a team. If you can't make it at 6:30 you can join the team late. If you have to leave early, that's OK too.

The kitchen should be open until 8:00 for those who would like to grab a bite to eat. They also have a non-alcohol menu for those who aren't interested in one of their brews.

Sorry about the change, but it looks like a fun way to spend the evening. Details below.

Stay warm,

What: Trivia Mafia
Where: Roundhouse Brewery, 23836 Smiley Road, Nisswa, Mn
When: January 26th 6:30-8:30
How: We will be a team. Join late or leave early, depending on your schedule

December Brainerd Newcomers Events

Brainerd Lakes Newcomers cordially invites you to our


Friday, December 9th

Kim and Dave’s home in Lakeshore
Directions will be mailed to everyone who RSVPs
This will be a potluck event. Please bring a dish to pass and a beverage of your choice.

Please R.S.V.P by December 8th to
Kim Paschke at

November Brainerd Newcomers Events

In November we are going to visit a newcomer to the area. We will be meeting at Woodlore Cider on Tuesday, November 1st at 6:00. They have a space that we can get together in. We will be able to sample some of their ciders. A flight of 4 samples will be available for $12.00. We will be able to bring in our own food, let me know if you will be able to join us and if you would prefer to pool money together for pizza or bring in our own snacks. It should be a great fall evening.

What: November Get Together

Where: Woodlore Cider, 5475 Pioneer Trail, Brainerd, MN

When: Tuesday, November 1st at 6:00

How: They have a space we can get together in. Cider flights will be available for $12.00.

Please let me know if you can join us and if you prefer to pool money together and order pizza or bring in our own snacks.

Contact Kim Paschke if you have questions or want to sign up for the event.

October Brainerd Newcomers Events






September Brainerd Newcomers Events

Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers will be meeting on Saturday, September 17, in Crosslake to experience StewardShip, the National Loon Centers Floating classroom. I have reserved the StewardShip for our group. Seating is limited so please RSVP to me so that we are sure there is a space for everyone. I have included the link to their website, explaining this experience, but here is a brief explanation.

What to Expect
Our floating classroom, the StewardShip, provides a fun and informative tour of Cross Lake that includes respectful (and exhilarating) observation of loons as well as lessons about the actions we can take to conserve loons and freshwater ecosystems. There are plenty of activities and teachings aboard the StewardShip to learn why and how to value the natural world we live in.

What: Experience StewardShip in Crosslake

When: Saturday, September 17th from 9:00 to 11:00 Please be at least 10 minutes early!!!

Where: Cross Lake Recreation Area
35507 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN 56442

How: Please be at the public docks to board the boat 10 minutes early. Let me know if you have any questions.

Please contact Kim Paschke to sign up for this event. 507-236-8848

Here is the link with detailed information: StewardShip

July & August Brainerd Newcomers Events

BLANC has several events coming up in July and August. I have listed them below. Please RSVP to Kim Paschke if you would like to join us. 507-236-8848 or

Welcome Wine Spritzer - July 14th

The Shante in Pillager will put together a wine flight and food pairing night for us on Thursday, July 14th. I need to respond to them by July 7th with how many will be attending and wine preferences so that they can match the tastes of the group. Here is the information that they sent to me.

Thursday July 14th starting at 6PM. Everyone would get a "Welcome" wine spritzer to get things started. Following that there will be 4 wines with small eat pairings. It will be a fair amount of food but will not be a full meal. Water crackers will also be at the table. The wine size will be about 3 oz per wine so you will get two full glasses of wine plus the welcome spritzer. This will take about 1.5 hours. If anyone would like a glass of wine or bottles after that, I will offer them at 10% off to the group. We do close at 8PM.

Cost- $25 for less than 20 people and $20 for over 20 people. Max is 30 people.

What: Wine and food pairings
When: 6:00 Thursday, July 14th
Where: The Shante in Pillager, 649 Pillsbury St N, Pillager, MN 56473
How: Cost will be $25.00 a person for a group of less than 20/$20.00 for a group of over 20

PLEASE RSVP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, not later than July 7th and include your wine preferences.

Lakes Area Music Festival - July 31

If you haven't attended or heard of Lakes Area Music Festival, I have included the link to their website here. It is a wonderful opportunity to hear professional musicians from all over the United States.

I have access to a block of tickets for the Lakes Area Music Festival Performance of "Tribute to the Earth" on Sunday, July 31st at 2:00 at the Gitchi-ziibi Center for the Arts. They would like to know how many are interested in attending ASAP so that they can reserve a block of tickets for us to sit together. Tickets are available as a freewill offering. Please let me know how many will be attending in your group.

What: LAMF performance of "Tribute to the Earth"
When: Sunday, July 31st at 2:00
Where: Gitchi-ziibi Center for the Arts, 602 S 5th St, Brainerd, MN 56401
How: RSVP to me ASAP and I will meet everyone at the door and hand out tickets as you arrive.

Downtown Brainerd Block Party - August 8

Last but not least. The Lakes Area Music Festival is performing at a block party in the Downtown Brainerd parking lot. It would be fun to bring your lawn chair and sit together as a group and enjoy an evening of entertainment. A string orchestra will play pop music and familiar classical favorites. Let me know if you can join us, so I know who to be looking for.

What: LAMF Downtown Block Party
When: Monday, August 8th, at 7:30
Where: Downtown Brainerd Parking Lot
How: Bring a lawn chair and join the fun.

June Newcomers Gathering
It’s Summer!!!

Let’s celebrate before the days start getting short again. We’re planning a potluck followed by a pontoon ride on the Gull Lake Chain of Lakes on June 22nd. Details are below. The event will take place at Kim and Dave Paschke’s home. Please RSVP to Kim and you will be given directions to our home.

When: Wednesday, June 22nd

What: Potluck meal and pontoon ride. You may arrive any time after 5:30.
Potluck at 6:00
Pontoon Ride starting at 7:00

Where: Kim and Dave Paschke’s

Why: Because we have waited a long time for summer

How: Please bring a dish to pass and your own beverage. If you aren’t able to join us for the meal and would like to ride on the pontoons that works also.

I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful weather!!! Let me know if you have any questions.

Newcomers May Event
Yard Games at Kiwanis Park

Who: All newcomers to the area
What: Newcomers May Event-Yard Games at Kiwanis Park
When: May 24th 6:30 pm
Where: Kiwanis Park
1101 East River Road
Brainerd Minnesota
How: We will have yard games, including some unique games from Party Time Rental set up for you to enjoy an evening of fun.
Why: We have waited a long time for spring, it’s time to enjoy.

Contact Kim Paschke if you have any questions

Come join the Brainerd Area Newcomers, Tuesday, May 24th at 6:30 pm. We will be gathering at Kiwanis Park in Brainerd to play yard games. It’s time to get out and enjoy spring and thanks to Party Time Rental we will have some new and unique games to enjoy.

Newcomers April Event
Appetizers and a show

The Stage North Theater is performing Anything Goes at the Franklin Arts Center. Carrie Benson Nicholes has invited us to her studio in the Franklin Arts Center to gather and socialize before attending the play on April 1st. The play starts at 7:30, with doors opening at 7:00. We can meet at her studio starting at 5:30. We will have tables and games set up. Water and pop will be provided. Please bring an appetizer to share.

You will be responsible for purchasing your own ticket for the play. Tickets are $10.00 with a $1.50 processing fee if purchased in advance. You can purchase tickets in advance at the link below. All seating is general seating.

Purchase Tickets

What: Appetizers and a Play

When: April 1st Appetizers 5:30 Play starts at 7:30

Where: Carrie Benson Photography-Studio number 123
Stage North Theater
Franklin Arts Center 1001 Kingwood St., Brainerd

Why: To have fun

How: Bring an appetizer to share. You are responsible for your own ticket for the play.

Newcomers March Gathering
Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade

We will be meeting at the Frandsen Bank and Trust parking lot to watch the parade. We will not be parking at the bank. This event draws a large crowd, so plan time for parking accordingly. I will have a table set up if you would like to share some green snacks with the group. Bring lawn chairs if you don’t want to stand for the whole parade. The parade is March 19th and starts at 2:00.

What: Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When: Saturday, March 19th-Parade starts at 2:00

Where: Frandsen Bank and Trust-
35470 County Rd 3 Crosslake Mn.

How: Give yourself time to park and get to our location.

Contact Kim Paschke with questions 507-236-8848

Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

January Newcomers Event

Full Moon January 17th
Let’s Snowshoe
There’s a full Moon January 17th, fingers crossed the sky is clear. Let’s meet in the parking lot at the Northland Arboretum at 7:00 for a one-hour snowshoe (or hike) through the woods.

Where: Northland Arboretum (The Arb closes at 4:30, the rest rooms will be available)
When: January 17th, 7:00 to 8:00
How: Meet in the parking lot at the Northland Arboretum and Snowshoe or hike with your boots. (The trail should be packed well enough to hike with boots.)

There is a $5.00 trail fee if you are not a member of the Arboretum. They will be closed when we meet, you can pay online at their website: under the Purchase passes and make donations heading or at the drop box in the parking lot.

Contact Kim Paschke to sign up

December Newcomers Event

Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers Holiday Gathering

Friday, December 10th at 6:00PM
Kim and Dave Paschke’s home
Please bring a dish or beverage to share
Please RSVP to Kim Paschke
(Directions will be sent to those who sign up)

November Newcomers Event

Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers

What: Let’s watch some football!!!!

When: Sunday, November 21st, Game starts at 12:00

Where: The Woods(b*merri) I have a space reserved for us to watch together
You are welcome to order off their normal game time menu

Address: 19624 County Road 3 Brainerd, MN 56401

Why: You asked for it so here we go

Contact Kim if you can join us: 507-236-8848

Newcomers October Event

October 18th 5:30 to 8:30

Wine Tasting and Appetizers
Tour of the Wine Company

Dennis Drummond Wine Company
11919 Thiesse Rd, Brainerd

Cost is $20.00 per person

Register with Kim by OCT. 12th or (507)236-8848

Let’s do an Outdoor Adventure

When: Friday September 17, starting at 6:00

Where: Let’s start at Fritz Loven Park and for those who would like, you can stop for live music at Roundhouse Brewery on the way home. They are celebrating October Fest.

How: We will meet at the picnic shelter at Fritz Loven Park for group introductions. We will follow this with a walk through the park along Stony Brook. Feel free to bring your own snack or a picnic to munch on during introduction time. As I said above Roundhouse is celebrating October Fest that weekend, so those who would like could stop in for live music afterwards.

I have included a little description of Fritz Loven Park and directions I found on the Visit Brainerd Site:

For those who love nature, including tall trees, a babbling brook and wildlife, Fritz Loven Park in Lake Shore is a must-see. Whether you’re looking for solitude or a great place for a family picnic, this 80-acre park offers something for everyone, including scenic Stony Brook, a picnic pavilion with electrical outlets, a playground, restrooms, and trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

To find Fritz Loven Park: From Highway 371 in Nisswa, go west on County Road 77 into Lake Shore to Cass County Road 78 at Bar Harbor. Go right on Cass County Road 78 and then right on Ridge Road. Ridge Road will take you right into the parking lot of Fritz Loven Park.

July 22, 2021

Music at Roundhouse Brewery

Good Evening everyone,

I'd like to introduce myself. I am Kim Paschke and I will be following in Paula's footsteps, organizing events for Newcomers. My husband and I moved to Lakeshore 3 years ago and love everything the area has to offer. I am very excited to be working with Newcomers.

I'm sure it is no surprise to everyone that all area businesses are very busy at the end of June and beginning of July. I have been able to organize a get together for next Thursday, July 22nd at Roundhouse Brewery, to get together and listen to music. Everyone now has my email address. Please, let me know if you would like to have anything done differently.

May 13, 2021

Spring Gathering at Kim & Dave Paschke’s (Lake Margaret)

Hi Newcomers!
You are invited to a Spring Gathering at Kim & Dave Paschke’s (Lake Margaret) on Thursday, May 13th at 6pm. We’ll be outside on the deck or patio. I know we are all looking forward to toasting a beverage, laughter, and some good food.

It’s BYOB and a dish to share.

Upon RSVP, I’ll email you directions to Kim and Dave’s (they are the wonderful couple that has hosted our holiday and summer parties!).

See you then!

February 26, 2021

Get A Behind the Scenes Tour of Mount Ski Gull

Dear Newcomer,

Get a behind the scenes tour of Mount Ski Gull, ride the chairlift to the top of the hill, and/or the tubing hill, see where snow is made and learn about the inner workings of a non-profit ski hill, in a 30min tour. Then if you choose you can go skiing/snowboarding or tubing after at a discounted rate.

  • Gather at 5:15 pm on Friday, Feb 26th at 5:15pm
  • Tour starts at 5:30 pm
  • Ski/Tube 6-8 pm
  • Tubing from 6pm-8pm $15/person
  • Lift Ticket $17.99 Rental $21.99
  • Food available for purchase
  • Three bonfires available for warmth

RSVP with me via email as soon as you can as we have a max of 25. Masks are required during the tour and whenever you get in line for the lifts or food. You’ll have to sign a waiver before we go. Once you are confirmed with me, go ahead and sign the waiver at Mount Ski Gull’s website: Click on “Waiver” tab. Fill out both waivers if you intend to use both lifts.

Looking forward to a fun evening outside together!

March 26, 2020
6:00PM - 8:00PM

Restaurant Night at Main Street Ale House in Nisswa

Gather for dinner and friendship. Main Street Ale House is located in Nisswa at 25559 Main Street (right by the post office).

You can see their menu and prices at Co-Owner (and Newcomer! Mike Foy) is offering 20% off appetizers for us that evening.


Looking forward to seeing you all there!

February 22, 2020
9:30AM - 11:30AM

Snow Shoe at the Arb

Saturday, February 22nd, 9:30-11:30 am

This is an unofficial event, but several Newcomers are attending this so I wanted to get the word out.

Flyer attached.

$10 per person if you are an Arb member. $20 for non-member.

Includes instruction and guided snow shoeing.

Call the Arb to register.

February 8, 2020
9:00AM - 11:00AM

Coffee in the District

Gather for coffee at the new Loco Espress in the Historic Railroad District of the Northern Pacific Center.  Hear from NP Center owner Sharon Higgins and tour the “District.”

Learn more about the NP Center here:

Saturday, February 8th 9-11 am (Time for chatting and then tour)

Loco Espress

1521 Northern Pacific Road, Brainerd, MN

Coffee and treats available for purchase.

RSVP with Paula

February 3, 2020
5:30PM - 7:30PM

Women's BLANC Book Club

Meets the first Monday of every month at 5:30 pm
Next meeting, February 3
Small Meeting Room at the Brainerd Library
Book: The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
*Please let me know if you are interested and I’ll add you to a separate email list.

January 11, 2020
4:00PM - 7:00PM

January Newcomers Club Event

Hi Newcomer!
What a fun night we had at our Holiday Party. Thanks again to Kim and Dave for hosting!

Coming up….

Curl with the Club at the Brainerd Lakes Area Curling Club – Saturday, January 11th from 4-7pm.

Rental of the Club is sponsored by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center ( Todd Bymark from CRMC is also a Curling Club member and will be with us that evening as a host and instructor. There will be additional instructors from the Curling Club. We’ll be on the ice for about two hours then we’ll gather for dinner.

We’ll have Wings & Pork/Chicken Tacos by Pit Happens (, and Wine/Beer tasting by Cashwise Liquor (
Cost: $15/person (please bring cash or check made to Brainerd Community Action).

If you don’t want to get on the ice, please still come and enjoy the food/beverages and watch the newbies on ice (there’s a great viewing area – and it’s warm!).

Open Curl starts at 7pm so you are welcome to stay if you really get into curling!

PLEASE RSVP to me by January 4th. The Curling Club is located at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds: 2000 SE 13th St, Brainerd.

December 13, 2019
6:00PM - 10:00PM

Newcomers Holiday Party

Hi Newcomer,
Looking forward to seeing those of you that can make it tonight at 6pm at Roundhouse! We have 24 people signed up. There will be a food vendor (Chameleon Café – known for great tacos) and I’ll be bringing some snacks and Kim Paschke is bringing a pan of bars. See you then!

Also – the Holiday Season is almost upon us. With that is our Holiday Party scheduled for December 13th at 6pm at Kim & Dave Pashke’s house on Lake Margaret. Thanks to Kim and Dave for opening their home to us again!!

Please bring a dish or beverage to share. Once I receive your YES RSVP, I’ll send you directions.

November 15, 2019
6:00PM - 10:00PM

November Newcomers Club Event at Roundhouse

Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers Club
Friday, November 15th, 2019, at 6pm
Roundhouse Brewery
1551 Northern Pacific Rd, Brainerd, MN 56401
(Within the NP Center)

Food: Chameleon Café will be a food vendor for the night (for purchase) and I’ll bring some snacks for the tables too.

Seating: We’ll have reserved seating so be sure to RSVP!

MUSIC: Katie Ziegler, local singer/songwriter, acoustic-style music will be performing 7-9pm.

October 27, 2019
5:00PM - 7:00PM

Newcomers Oct. Event: Pickle Ball at the YMCA

Hi Newcomer,
Our fellow Newcomer, Shane Riffle, CEO of the Brainerd YMCA, has so generously offered to host October’s event:

Curious About Pickle Ball?

Come to the YMCA for socializing, light refreshments, a tour and update from Shane on the Y’s latest and greatest, and lessons on how to play Pickle Ball. Bring the whole family!

AND – anyone who attends will receive one month free membership (for new members only). If you’re not curious about Pickle Ball, still come for the socializing and tour from Shane.

OCTOBER 27TH, 5-7 P.M.

Please RSVP to by Friday, October 25th, 2019.


Looking forward to it!

September 7, 2019

Newcomers Sept. Event: Downtown Brainerd History Walk

The Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers Club invites you to the Downtown Brainerd History Walk on Saturday, September 7 from 10:00am-11am. The History Walk starts and ends at Coco Moon located at 601 Laurel Street - Downtown Brainerd.

The History Walk will be led by Carl Faust, a local historian.

Please RSVP to Paula at

August 7, 2019

Newcomers July Event: Lake's Area Music Festival France Nouvelle

Hi Newcomer,

Our wonderful Lakes Area Music Festival has put together a private reception for you!!

We will be gathering on Wednesday, August 7th, at 6:15pm at LAMF's offices at 715 Laurel in downtown Brainerd.

Mingle with a few of the world-class musicians who come here from around the United States and throughout the world. Enjoy some wine and light appetizers, and then we'll head over to reserved seating at Tornstrom Auditorium for a France Nouvelle Concert at 7:30 PM. Tickets are not required for this concert (there is a chance to donate in donation boxes after the concert), but you must RSVP with me by July 25th if you plan to attend the reception and concert. The seats fill up quickly and we want to be sure to be kind to LAMF, so please RSVP.

For those of you not familiar with the Lakes Area Music Festival (it's quite a gem in our community!), you can find more information here:

July 26, 2019


Newcomers July Event: Summer Party at the Paschke's

Join the Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers Club at the Summer Party at the Paschke's on beautiful Lake Margaret.

We'll start with a meal, followed by a pontoon boat ride of the chain of lakes (weather permitting).

Bring a drink for you, and a dish to share!


June 26, 2019


Newcomers June Event: Sweet Tooth Sunset Cruise

Join in for a Sweet Tooth Sunset Cruise on beautiful Gull Lake - June 26th from 7-9pm.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the evening call of the loon, while capturing stunning sunset colors. Enjoy a complimentary evening coffee and indulge in delicious desserts while visiting with other newcomers. Bring a light sweater or jacket as the evenings on the water can be chilly.

PLEASE register by June 22nd.

To Register
1. Go to:
2. Choose June 26th Sweet Tooth Sunset Cruise
3. Fill in order form (Type "Newcomers" in the comments).

Adults: $34.75, Kids: $24.75

Please also RSVP to Paula at

Gull Lake Cruises is now a part of Cragun's and departs from there.

*If we have inclement weather and the captain calls off the cruise, you will receive a refund or can choose to use the funds toward another of their cruises.


April 9, 2019

Bingo Starts at

BLA Newcomers Club: Bingo at the Woods

Join other newcomers for food and bingo at The Woods


The Woods: 218-829-7507


Please RSVP with Paula at Questions? Call Paula at 507-329-0750


March 7, 2019

BLA Newcomers Club at Jack Pine Brewery

Our next big event is March 7th from 7-9pm at Jack Pine Brewery. Enjoy quality craft beer, learn about several of our area service clubs - their focus, their projects, their impact on our community - and socialize with your fellow newcomers. Thank you to Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation for sponsoring a portion of the evening!


Jan 20, 2019

BLA Newcomers Club Full Moon Snowshoe Hike

Join us at 5:30pm on January 20th for a meal, followed by a Full Moon Snow Shoe Hike at 7pm. If you want to join for the meal and not the hike, feel free to do so! (Maybe you can bring a game or two along.) Please RSVP with Paula by January 16th.

For more info on the Arboretum:


Dec 6, 2018

BLA Newcomers Club December Holiday Party

Join us for a casual evening of fun and friendship! Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers are cordially invited to a Holiday Party on December 6th at 6pm at the home of Kim & Dave Paschke on Lake Margaret. Please bring a dish or beverage to share.

RSVP to Paula at 507-329-0750 or

Upon RSVP you will receive the Paschke's address.


Oct 25, 2018

Tattersall Distilling Cocktail Class

Join other newcomers for food and bingo at The Woods


The Woods: 218-829-7507


Please RSVP with Paula at Questions? Call Paula at 507-329-0750


Sept 19, 2018

Pasta Themed Cooking Class at Lost Lake Lodge

Our next event will be at Lost Lake Lodge on September 19th at 5:30 p.m. Chef Brian will be teaching us how to make butternut squash tortellini (and you get to eat!).

There is a charge for this event - $24.99 per person - paid to Lost Lake Lodge on the evening of the event. PLEASE RSVP with Paula by September 14th. You can email Paula or you can call/text her at 507-329-0750.

Lost Lake Lodge is located at 7965 Lost Lake Road in Lake Shore, MN (behind Zorba's on Gull Lake).


August 1, 2018

BLA Newcomers Club Appetizers at Irma's

Our next event is Wednesday, August 1st at 5:30 p.m. at Irma's Kitchen, located at Cragun's Resort - 11000 Cragun's Drive. Join us for appetizers provided by Irma's Kitchen and a short overview of Cragun's provided by Eric Peterson. If you think you'd like to stay for dinner, let me know so we can give Irma's Kitchen advance notice.

Learn about Irma's…
Irma’s Kitchen, Gull Lake’s freshest restaurant is open 7 days a week at 5:00 pm, during the summer and fall season. Located in the former home of the Hungry Gull Restaurant the building dates back to 1926. All food items are made in house using many of Irma’s recipes and the freshest local ingredients. The name Irma’s Kitchen was chosen to acknowledge the important role that Irma Cragun played in the food service at Cragun’s Resort over the year. Irma’s Kitchen’s menu is designed to showcase local products and ingredients. The restaurant also incorporates a bar/lounge area and a large deck overlooking Gull Lake. Come by boat or car – dock parking is available.


June 26, 2018

Newcomers Social Hour at the Dennis Drummond Wine Co.

We are excited to announce a Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers' Social Hour at the Dennis Drummond Wine Company on Tuesday, June 26th at 5:30 pm. Meet us on the patio. If you can't make it until later, join us when you can.

DDWC is located at 11919 Thiesse Road, Brainerd, MN 56401. Jody and Dennis Drummond opened their beautiful winery and event center in 2017. They are providing light appetizers for us. Wine, beer, and spirits will be available for purchase. Their Bistro is open daily 11 am to 9 pm. Learn more about them at