Upcoming community and church events (as of May 2)

Congressman’s mobile unit

Members of the Rep, Chip Cravaack’s staff will be available to meet with constituents Friday, May 4, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at Chisago City Hall. 10625 Railroad Avenue Chisago City.

Saturday morning bird walks with Audubon

Wild River Audubon will be leading three Saturday morning birdwalks. 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. A second birdwalk, led by Joe Sausen and Tom Anderson, will be May 12 at Anderson Park, 27241 Furman Street N.E. in North Branch. Meet at the picnic shelter at 7:30 a.m.  The new boardwalk will provide added viewing. Call Lee at 651-462-2015 to reserve a spot for the Anderson Park event. On May 19 there willbe a birdwalk at Wild River State Park. Further details to be announced.

Mystery Mountain Boys at Spring Lake church

The Mystery Mountain Boys will perform at Spring Lake Lutheran Church Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. There will be a bake sale and refreshments. Spring Lake Lutheran Church is located west of North Branch at 8440 Erickson Road N.E.

Salad luncheon May 9 at Sacred Heart in Rush City

The Church of the Sacred Heart Circle of Catholic Women of Rush City is holding their 19th Annual Soup & Salad Luncheon Wednesday, May 9, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Wey Hall.  Tickets for the all-you-can-eat luncheon can be purchased at the event for $7. Quilts will be on display. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call (320)358-4370.

Almelund Seniors

The Almelund Seniors will meet at Amador Town Hall on Friday, May 11 for a potluck dinner at noon. The Johnson Brothers will entertain, and cards will be enjoyed by all in the afternoon. Everyone welcome.

Johnson-Magraw in fundraiser concert

Prudence Johnson and Dean Magraw will perform together again. Johnson performs regularly on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keiller, has performed in Carnegie Hall, across the midwest and is an international celebrity. She will be performing with Dean Magraw at Croix Festival Theatre 210 N. Washington ~ St. Croix Falls, Wis. Saturday, May 12. Silent auction and social hour at 6:30 p.m. with performance at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Music Connection, Forest Lake, and Festival Theatre box office. Information and tickets also available at 651-271-8200 or 651-428-1795.  This is a fundraiser for Concerned River Valley Citizens, Inc. “Helping to protect the water and scenery throughout our communities.”

Plant and bake sale May 12

North Branch United Methodist Church will hold a Plant and Bake Sale Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church at 6500 Main Street, as a Women’s Ministry fundraiser. You will be able to find everything you need for a beautiful and bountiful garden at the this sale from a variety of annuals, to veggies, and perennials. Homemade bakery items will be on hand for purchase. Grab a hotdog and soda as you shop. You can call the church with any questions at 651-674-4090.

Plant and bake sale May 12

North Branch United Methodist Church will hold a Plant and Bake Sale Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church at 6500 Main Street, as a Women’s Ministry fundraiser. You will be able to find everything you need for a beautiful and bountiful garden at the this sale from a variety of annuals, to veggies, and perennials. Homemade bakery items will be on hand for purchase. Grab a hotdog and soda as you shop. You can call the church with any questions at 651-674-4090.

Trinity wraps up 125th year with celebration

Trinity Lutheran Church, North Branch, is culminating a year-long commemoration with a 125th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, May 13. There will be a church service at 10 a.m. featuring former pastors with Pastor Linda Willette, granddaughter of Pastor A.G. Hammarberg preaching; a reunion choir of former and present members, and lots of music and memories. A special dinner will follow the service with chicken breast, potatoes, salad and vegetable with Swedish treats for dessert. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for macaroni and cheese for children and must be purchased by May 6. The entire community is invited to help Trinity celebrate its great heritage.

Celebrate Norwegian Heritage Fest

Florian and Jerry Chmielewski and Lorren Lindevig are tuning up their accordions to play at the Sons of Norway 18th Annual Heritage Fest Tuesday, May 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Scandia Community Center. The Norwegian crafts of rosemaling, hardanger, woodcarving and lefse making will all be demonstrated. You can buy your supply of delicious Norwegian lefse at the Heritage Fest. Vennelag members will be serving authentic Norwegian foods also. Admission is by advance ticket sale only; the price is $15. Call 651-674-8164 or 651-257-3314 for tickets.

Spring Arts and Culture Experience at Gammelgården, May 19

We R Able invites area residents to join in a spring arts and culture event at Gammelgården in Scandia on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Participants will have a tour of the Swedish historic and cultural site, plus make some Swedish art with staff at the museum.  There will be Swedish coffee time treats and a light lunch at the site. There is a fee and pre-registration is required by May 16. We R Able programs are accessible and open to the general public. For more information and registration call 320-358-1220.

eBook class returns

Due to popular demand the Chisago Lakes Area Library is offering another class on eBooks Monday, May 21. 1 p.m. Pre-register by Wednesday, May 16 by stoping at the library or calling 651-257-2817. There is no need to bring your own eReader. They will be provided. Limited seating is available.

Need a ride? Ride the bus

The Heartland Express public transportation system is available to anyone wanting to travel within Chisago and Isanti counties. Call by 3 p.m., the working day before, to schedule your ride. Riders can call for same day rides at no extra charge. Exact fare amount or token is due at the time of boarding; drivers cannot make change. Bus tokens are available at the following locations: Chisago County Government Center, Center City; Brink’s Market, Chisago; Nelson’s Market and County Market, North Branch; and Main Street Market, Rush City. To schedule a ride or for more information, call 763-689-8131. Chisago County and the city of North Branch further provide a city bus service, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays). The fare is $1.50 per one-way trip but passengers age 65 and older can ride for 75 cents (one way).

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