Free Meals and Books for Kids This Summer: Operation Sandwich

Free Meals for Kids are being offered this summer through the following programs:

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Brainerd Public Schools for all students up to 18 years old. The menu variety rotates on a 2 week cycle and may include pizza, hamburger on a bun, hot dog, chicken filet on a bun, chicken nuggets, sub sandwich, etc.

Washington Educational Services Building, 804 Oak Street, Brainerd Breakfast: 8:30 – 9:00 am

Lunch: 11:30 am -12:30 pm Monday – Friday, June 6 – August 26

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Operation Sandwich Delivery Locations & Schedule

Lowell School: 11:45 am – 12:10 pm Garfield School: 12:15 – 12:40 pm

Harrison School: 12:45 – 1:15 pm Whipple Beach, Baxter: 12:00 – 12:30 pm Kiwanis Park: 12:40 – 1:10 pm

Monday – Thursday, June 6 – September 1 www.operationsandwichcwc.org

 

Take a Bite out of Boredom with Books.

On Mondays, the “Book Café

follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes

new and gently used, age appropriate books to the children picking up lunches.

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New Educational Gardens, Wellness in the Woods & Opps for Grant Money

{shared with permission from Essentia Health press release}

Healthy Community Grants totaling $7,500 were awarded by Crow Wing Energized
Next application deadline May 30
 
Crow Wing Energized has awarded nearly $7,500 through four Healthy Community Grants to support efforts to move our community to a place where the healthy choice is the easy choice.
 
Discovery Woods School in Brainerd and Pointway Church in Baxter each received a grant to create a garden working with local Master Gardeners. The purpose of the garden will be to educate our students and community members about gardening, sustainability, local food, as well as grow healthy foods to be enjoyed!
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Hallett Center of Crosby received a grant to purchase games and sporting equipment to improve daily activity in youth for their Summer Kidz Kamp serving children in grades K-5th.
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Wellness in the Woods received a grant to support a conference they are hosting on September 17 in Brainerd titled “Hope- the Key to Resilience”.  The day will provide health foods, keynote speakers and breakout sessions to educate attendees on how to improve their lives and how to practice resiliency to improve their own personal well-being.
Grant applications from Crow Wing Energized, a grassroots community movement led by Essentia Health and Crow Wing County Community Services to improve health and wellness in our community by making healthy choices essential, are being accepted. The application deadline is May 30, 2016.
Organization criteria for applying includes serving or located within Crow Wing County, including but not limited to: neighborhood, youth, or environmental groups; faith-based organizations; health care organizations; civic or citizens’ associations; economic development agencies; local government entities; local businesses; school districts and other similar groups. Applicants are not required to be incorporated 501(c)3 organizations.
Applicant projects need to align with the Crow Wing Energized guiding principles as well as Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) SHIP’s financial guide:
• Creating and sustaining a united approach to improving health and wellness in Crow Wing County
• Collaboration towards solutions with multiple stakeholders (e.g. schools, worksites, medical centers) to improve community engagement and commitment focused on improving community health
• Being anchored in evidence based efforts around greatest community good that can be achieved through available resources.
The Healthy Community Grants are made available through Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) funding that was awarded to Crow Wing Energized. Grant applications are reviewed by the Crow Wing Energized Community Leadership Team and Goal Groups:
Healthy Choices goal group develops sustainable strategies and encourages healthy choices by increasing access to healthy foods, increasing active living opportunities, and helping to promote and support the healthy environments.
Mental Fitness goal group encourages and equips citizens in achieving and maintaining mental fitness by building networks throughout the county for achieving resilience, increasing the practice of intentional choices to help reduce stress and anxiety, and educating our communities to increase the knowledge of mental fitness so it will help to make positive choices regarding their overall health.
Workplace Wellness goal group helps to create a healthy and energized workforce by increasing employee satisfaction, maximizing productivity, minimizing absenteeism, and helping to reduce health care costs.
 
For a Healthy Community Grant Application visit crowwingenergized.org “Resources” page or to learn more about Crow Wing Energized and what it’s community partners are currently doing, please contact Cassie Carey – Crow Wing Energized Coordinator at Cassie.Carey@crowwingenergized.org or 218-828-7443.
 

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Tips on working less, and playing more, without going broke this summer

One of the many advantages of being your own boss and working from is having the flexibility and freedom to earn and living, yet still have a life. BUT, even as much as I’d love to spend my summer goofing off and traveling with my kids, I still have a business to run. But there are some very effective “work-around” that will keep your home biz humming while still being able to enjoy some extra downtime.

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SO, do you want to spend less time on your business and start enjoying summer? Here are some tips to help you get started:

#1 – Use technology. There are many easy-to-use automated tools that will help you create the perfect autopilot business. Clickbank, for example, is a great way of selling your information products. You set up the product and all of the sales process will be taken care off automatically behind the scenes. It also means you have an inbuilt affiliate program. When it comes scheduling your social media so info continues to pop on your profiles even though you are off doing other things, I recommend either Hootsuite, IFFT.com or Buffer.

Creating email newsletters via sites like Aweber or Mailchimp is another way to keep your business name and your info in the forefront of your reader’s minds as well.

Setting up your business this way, means that there is little left to do. From the start, try to use the technology available as much as possible and you’ll be on your way to building an autopilot business.

#2 – Provide answers. Setting up a really good FAQ on your website may take a little time upfront but it will save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Answer any potential questions your customers may have and place it on an easy to find FAQ section on your website.

The more precise and clear you make this section the less customer support you’ll need to be involved in. Having said that, it’s also important to provide your customer support contact information clearly so that customers can contact you if they don’t find an answer to their question on your site. Another good tip, is once a customer sends you a question add that question to your FAQ. This is a simple way to build up an FAQ section.

#3 – Outsource customer support. Even if your business is nearly all automated you will need to provide some form of customer support. However, you don’t need to provide this yourself. There are many fantastic virtual assistants that will be happy to help for a reasonable rate. You can find VA’s by visiting online marketing forums and asking for recommendations or at places like Elance.com

#4 – Stay AHEAD of your Deadlines: Nothing is more “style-cramping” than having deadlines for articles or projects looming over your head and getting in the way of summer plans. It also comes in very handy to be either caught up with your work, or weeks ahead of deadlines, when the hypothetical crap hits the fan in the way of summer storms or illness. Check out this great post I wrote on that very subject on my sister site Franticmommy.com called The Importance of Staying Ahead of Deadlines.

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For the Garden of your Daily Living

 

In cleaning out my files one day, I came across this hand-written note to myself about this wonderful saying I had read..well…somewhere (no clue where-and my handwriting is marginal!). It was called The Garden For Your Daily Living. I simply have to share this.

FOR THE GARDEN OF YOUR DAILY LIVING

PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS:

FOR THE GARDEN OF YOUR DAILY LIVING
1.Peace of mind
2. Peace of heart
3. Peace of soul

PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH:

FOR THE GARDEN OF YOUR DAILY LIVING

1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness

PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE:

 

FOR THE GARDEN OF YOUR DAILY LIVING
1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another

NO GARDEN IS WITHOUT TURNIPS:

FOR THE GARDEN OF YOUR DAILY LIVING
1. Turnip for meetings
2. Turnip for service
3. Turnip to help one another

TO CONCLUDE OUR GARDEN WE MUST HAVE THYME:

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1. Thyme for each other
2. Thyme for family
3. Thyme for friends

WATER FREELY WITH PATIENCE AND CULTIVATE WITH LOVE. THERE IS MUCH FRUIT IN YOUR GARDEN BECAUSE YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.-author unknown

 

 

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