Upcoming community and church events (as of May 24)

Tour the Folsom House
The tour guides at the Folsom House Historic Site are getting ready to welcome visitors Memorial weekend. Opening the same weekend is the Taylors Falls Historical Society’s Visitors’ Center in the lower level of the historic depot, now the Taylors Falls Memorial Community Center. Tickets for the Folsom House will be sold at that location. A video about the life of the Folsom family will be shown before the tour of the house. Hours for both the Folsom House and the Visitors’ Center are Fridays through Sundays and holidays, 1 t0 4:30 p.m. with tours on the hour at the Folsom House. Groups of 10 or more are welcome at any time, with a reservation.

Remembrance ceremony at Immanuel Lutheran

Memorial Day is the day we remember the sacrifices made by those who have served in our military and we remember the lives of our loved ones. This Memorial Day the community is invited to a remembrance ceremony at the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in Almelund, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Following the ceremony a ham dinner will be served in the Church Fellowship Hall. Cost is $8 for adults; $5 for Youth 6-12 and free to children through age 5. Make checks payable to Immanuel Lutheran Church. Almelund is located midway between North Branch and Taylors Falls on Hwy. 95. Call for information 651-583-2340.

 Century presents Summer Shakespeare starting June 30

The 37th season of Shakespeare & Company, Minnesota’s longest-running outdoor classical repertory theatre, begins June 30 at Century College and runs through Aug. 5. This year’s productions are The Merry Wives of Windsor, Tartuffe and Cymbeline. All performances are held at Century’s Outdoor Theatre Complex on the college’s West Campus, 3300 Century Ave. N., White Bear Lake. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for children under 12. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m., and Sundays are at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the ticket booth prior to the performance. For information, please call 651-779-5818 or visit the website at www.shakespeareandcompany.org. Bring a picnic supper, a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy.

Fun in Almelund
“Almelund Night on the Town” is set for Friday, June 1. It’s an evening of fun and free entertainment from 3- 9:30 p.m. Almelund is located midway between North Branch and Taylors Falls on Hwy. 95. Everything is within easy walking distance.

Check out the Classic Car Show from 4-7 p.m. Come and enter your car with a model year of 1979 or older. (No entry fee.) Car owners who come by 5 p.m. will be entered in a drawing for a $25. BP gift card from Rod’s Country Corner. Call Diane, 651-583-2295 for more information. If you get hungry, Rod’s World Famous Swedish Sausage will be available, ready to eat at the Almelund Mercantile or order a fresh made pizza or sub at Rod’s Country Corner, and be sure to visit the Almelund Farmers Market, which runs every Friday from 3-6 pm at Rod’s Country Corner at the intersection of Hwy. 95 and Park Trail. Call Jewell, 651-583-2208 to participate in the market. Don’t miss listening to real band music when the Interstate Band plays in Triangle Park from 6-7 p.m. And the Almelund School House Heritage Center will be open for your visit from 4-7 p.m.

Finally, check your troubles at the door, and enjoy old-time comedy movies and cartoons from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Log Barn Cinema located in the old barn behind the Almelund School House. Bring your own chair if you wish, or use their old style wooden chairs. Popcorn and concessions are available for purchase or bring your own. Movies are brought to you by the “Leave ‘em Laughing” Film Club of North Branch, 651-674-5149.
Meet your family and friends and make it a “Night on the Town” in Almelund.

Heavenly Harps Concert

The Heavenly Harp duo, featuring harpists Karin and Joy Gunderson, will give a concert, 7 p.m., Friday, June 1, at Cambridge Lutheran Church, 621 Old North Main St in Cambridge. This unusual concert opportunity is sponsored by the Cambridge Center for the Arts.  A free-will offering will be received. This remarkable mother and daughter duo offers “music to soothe and enrich the soul.”  Enjoy a combination of harp duets, solos, inspirational stories from Karin’s work as a hospice harpist and peaceful music featuring flute, and vocals along with harp. One recent concert attendee exclaimed, “Heaven can’t be much more beautiful than this!” There is no admission charge; offerings are accepted. For more information, contact Cambridge Lutheran Church, 763-689-1211, or view the harpist’s web site, www.HeavenlyHarp.org.   CDs and DVDs will be available.

NB Garden club plant sale

North Branch Garden Club plant sale is set for Saturday, June 2, 8 a.m. to noon at Lake State Federal Credit Union parking Lot. Big Variety of plants. Come early! Save this date: Sunday, July 22, 1 p.m. is the annual Garden Tour. More information coming later.

‘Equality Matters: A Rainbow Rendezvous’ in EC Minnesota
For the eighth year, Pine City’s Voyageur Park will be the setting to East Central Minnesota Pride, a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) pride event to be held Sunday, June 3, noon to 5 p.m. There will be music, food and a rendezvous of friends and community. Besides picnicking, there is frisbee golf, pet alpacas, vendor booths, a silent auction, have your photo taken, and meet your neighbors. Organizers say to bring your own canoe or use one that East Central Minnesota Pride has provided courtesy of Snake River Outfitters (www.snakeriveroutfittersmn.com). Paddle the 15-minutes it takes to the North West Company Fur Post, and watch for bald eagles, loons, bears and deer while paddling upriver. A dock on the Snake River makes a productive waterway to cast your line for a variety of fish as well.

Birding at Wild River State Park June 9
An Audubon expert will lead a bird walk at Wild River State Park on Saturday, June 9. Meet at the boat landing at 7:30 a.m. Great birds are guaranteed. Other activities will take place thoughout the day, including a native plant sale, wildflower walk, digital scavenger hunt, campfire and more. Check the park’s website for detailed information. Entry to Wild River State Park is free on June 9.

Shredding events June 9
The Chisago County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is sponsoring a document shredding event to help local residents eliminate personal documents susceptible to identity theft. A mobile shredding truck from 1st Choice Document Destruction will be located in three Chisago County communities on Saturday, June 9: 8-9 a.m. – Rush City Foods parking lot, Rush City; 9:30-10:45 a.m. – North Branch city parking lot at Highways 95 and 30 in downtown North Branch; and 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Brinks Market parking lot, Chisago City. There is no cost for the service, but the amount of shredding per person is limited to three paper grocery bags of documents. Participants are encouraged to bring one grocery bag of non-perishable food items or paper products for the local food shelf.

Parenting Plus meets June 12
All grandparents/kinship caregivers who are raising grandchildren/relative’s children are invited to a support group meeting. There will be a picnic on Tuesday, June 12 at 6 p.m. at Robinson Park in downtown Pine City. Please bring a dish to share and a beverage.

Art & Craft Show is a big feature of Braham Pie Day August 3
One great place to shop while at Braham Pie Day is the art and craft show in the park, on Friday, August 3 in Freedom Park adjacent to Hwy 107. Crafters will sell their colorful array of original crafts, pie designs and folk art items in the south part of the park between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information call 320-396-4956. Pre-registration is required. The show does not accept registrations on festival day.

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