Calendar items from April 25

EC Minnesota Chorale Concert

The East Central Minnesota Chorale will present its spring dinner concerts, May 10, 11, and 12.  Tickets are $25, and must be purchased in advance.

Titled “Our Heart’s Land, America in Song,” the concert will feature American music from spirituals to patriotic songs, from folk songs to Broadway, with music from great American composers like Copland, Bernstein, and Rene Clausen, as well as arrangements by Moses Hogan, Stephen Paulus, and John Leavitt.

Thursday, May 10 the Chorale sings at Northern Lights Banquet Center in Pease, 6 miles north of Princeton.

Friday, May 11, the Chorale, joined by the Unum Vox high school honors choir, sings at Abundant Life Church, Highway 95, west of North Branch.

Saturday, May 12, the Chorale and Unum Vox sing at Spectacular Events Banquet Center, County Rd 5, east of Isanti.

For all concerts, seating is at 6:15 p.m.; dinner and concert at 6:45 p.m. Tickets must be purchased by May 5. They are on sale at K-Bob Café in Princeton, County Market in North Branch, and Leader in downtown Cambridge.  Members of the Chorale and Unum Vox also have tickets for sale. Go to www.eastcentralmnchorale for more information.


Friends of Sunrise River meet April 26

The Friends of the Sunrise River citizens’ group has scheduled their Annual Meeting for Thursday, April 26, at the Royal Wilcox Community Center in Sunrise, at 6:30 p.m.  This meeting is open to everyoneand will feature three guest speakers – Laird Mork, Park Director, Chisago County Parks and Trails, Jerry Spetzman, Water Resource Manager, Chisago County Department of Environmental Services and Zoning, and Todd Langevin, Chisago County Conservation Officer. Come and learn about Friends of the Sunrise River.


N. Chisago Historical Society

The North Chisago Historical Society will meet Tuesday, May 1, 7 p.m. at Rushseba Town Hall. Guest speaker Tracy Tolzmann will do a fascinating presentation on automatic musical instruments dating back to the 1800s. The next regular meeting is Tuesday, June 5, 7 p.m. at the town hall where guest speaker will be Alyssa Auten, site manager at the Folsom House in Taylors Falls. She is a photographer with an eye for historic architecture.

Plan your Advance Directive May 2 at Fairview

This April marked the fifth annual National Healthcare Decision Day. Do your loved ones know your wishes regarding end-of-life medical decisions in the event you are not able to speak for yourself?  At 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, join Fairview Lakes HomeCaring & Hospice social workers as they explain advance directives and provide forms and information designed to help you create your own advance directive. The free program will take place in Conference Room B at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, 5200 Fairview Blvd., Wyoming. The public is welcome. Pre-registration is not necessary.


Coffee Cohort explores rural transportation

The challenges of rural transportation is the focus of the Coffee Cohort in North Branch, at the Chisago County Senior Community Center on Wednesday, May 2, at 2 p.m.  Four presenters will provide information including Craig Rempp of Chisago Isanti Heartland Express, Pam Smith of Arrowhead Transit, Helen Pieper of Timber Trails, and Loreli Miller, who did her MA thesis on rural transportation for seniors through Metro State University.

Rempp, Smith and Pieper are representatives of their respective public transportation agencies, and they will talk about how to make use of their services.  Miller is the We R Able assistant coordinator and will share results of her study.

We R Able provides programs such as the Coffee Cohort for adults with disabilities and the general public in a four-school district area:  Pine City, Rush City, North Branch, and Chisago Lakes.  All are welcome. We R Able and the We R Able Support Group are the sponsors of this event.  Donations are cheerfully accepted.  For more information call 320-358-1210.


Auxiliary Salad Luncheon set for May 3  

The Fairview Lakes Auxiliary’s 23rd annual Spring Salad Luncheon is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Lindstrom. This year’s event also includes a bazaar featuring handcrafted items, starting at 10:30 a.m.

Advance tickets at $8 a person are now available in the gift shop at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming, at Fairview Clinics – Chisago City, and at the Yellow Bus and Forest Lake Floral in Forest Lake. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Proceeds of the salad luncheon and other auxiliary fundraising events enhance programs and care for Fairview Lakes Medical Center patients and families.


Ecumen to hold sale

Ecumen North Branch, formerly The Villages, will hold their third annual garage sale Saturday, May 5, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the residents’ garden supplies and the memory care household “peaceful place.” Ecumen is located at 5379 383rd St. west of I-35 south on Falcon.


Saturday bird walks with Audubon

Wild River Audubon will be leading three Saturday morning birdwalks in May. On May 5, Sue Leaf will lead a beginning bird walk at Ki Chi Saga Park, 29061 Glader Blvd in Lindstrom. Meet at the parking lot at 8 a.m. All levels of birders are welcome, especially beginners. We will see lots of warblers and other wonderful spring birds. Additional birdwalks will be May 12 at Anderson Park in Isanti County and May 19 at Wild River State Park. Further details to be announced.


PFLAG meets May 6

The East Central MN Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will meet on Sunday, May 6, 4 p.m. at the ARC Retreat Center, 1680 373rd Ave NE, Stanchfield – west of Grandy.  Questions about PFLAG or how to get to ARC?  Call 320-396-3128 or 763-464-0079.


Parenting Plus meets May 8

All grandparents/kinship caregivers who are raising grandchildren/relative’s children are invited to a support group meeting on Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 110 at Pine City Elementary School. Enter door #5 by Dragonwood Playground. Free

Childcare. Call (320) 629-4030 to sign up for childcare or for more information.

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