Upcoming events (as of July 11)

Concerts in the Park return

Concerts in the Park: a Hometown Celebration, are held Thursday evenings starting July 12 at 7 p.m. in Central Park, North Branch. For the next five weeks, this series features a variety of family-friendly music.

Arrive by 6:45 p.m. to enjoy “Story Time” with friends who want to share their love of reading. Get a free child’s book to follow along, for the first 50 families to attend.

Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and invite your neighbors and join the fun.

These concerts are smoke- and alcohol-free.

North Branch Farmers’ Market 

North Branch Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays July through October, 8 a.m. to noon. The North Branch Farmers’ Market is located at the Lake State Federal Credit Union parking lot on 8th ave & Main St. You’ll find fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, jams, salsas, chickens, eggs, straw bales, corn shocks, pumpkins, cashmere, honey and more. Call 651-674-7624 for more information.

Fiddler now playing in Forest Lake

Take a break from the heat and attend Forest Lake’s Masquers Theatre’s Summer production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Forest Lake High School auditorium at 7 p.m. There are 14 performances July 6 – 29.  For ticket information, visit masquerstheatre.org or call (651) 464-5823.

Retrospective Art Show at the Kanabec History Center

The Kanabec County Art Association is celebrating its 50th anniversary of supporting the arts in the Kanabec County area at their Retrospective Art Show at the Kanabec History Center in Mora on July 13 and 14, opening reception will take place July 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit is also open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14.  Contact Dee Kotaska  320-679-0524.

Almelund Seniors meet

The Almelund Seniors will meet at Amador Town Hall on Friday, July 13 at 1 p.m. for cards and social time. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the afternoon.

Annual garden tour benefits scholarship program

The Fairview Lakes Auxiliary’s annual garden tour is set for Sunday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m and includes visits to 10 gardens in Forest Lake, Stacy and Wyoming.

Tickets and maps for the tour are now on sale for $15 at all local Fairview Clinics, the Fairview Lakes Medical Center Gift Shop in Wyoming, The Yellow Bus in Forest Lake, Waldoch Farms in Circle Pines and Crabtree’s Garden Gate in Marine on St. Croix. Proceeds of the tour benefit the Donna Mathias Student Service Award, one of the auxiliary’s ongoing scholarship programs.

On the day of the tour, tickets will be sold at Fairview Lakes Medical Center until noon.

PFLAG meeting

The East Central MN Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will meet on Sunday, July 15, 4 p.m. at the ARC Retreat Center, 1680 373rd Ave NE, Stanchfield – west of Grandy. Guests from the national PFLAG organization will attend the July meeting. Questions about PFLAG or how to get to ARC? Call 320-396-3128 or 763-464-0079.

Harris Legion meeting

Harris American Legion Post #139 and Auxiliary will meet Tuesday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Harris American Legion Hall.  Lenore Samplawski, Karen Lodin and Kathy Lodin will be serving.

Purchase your tickets for the 6th Annual TASTE! event

The 6th Annual Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau’s TASTE! fundraising event will be on Thursday, July 19, 5:30-8 p.m. at Stars and Strikes Entertainment Center in Wyoming. Participating restaurants are serving everything from artisan breads and smoothies to fried pickles. You will not leave hungry! TASTE! tickets are $25 if purchased prior to the event or $30 at the door.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.ysblakesarea.org, call 651-464-3685, or in North Branch at North Branch Area Chamber of Commerce, and Jennings, DeWan, Miller & Anderson Law Firm.

Relay For Life

Chisago County Relay For Life is set for Friday, July 20 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Almelund Threshing Grounds. Bring the family for supper and an evening of fun to include food, games, silent auction and music.

NB Garden Club tour/party

The North Branch Garden Club invites members and the public to join them for their annual garden tour/party. They will meet at Carol Clarin’s home at 6659 335th St. Stacy at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 22. Directions to Carol’s house: Take Hwy. 30/Forest Blvd from Hwy. 95 South about 5.4 miles turn left/east on 335th go about 1/4 mile to a long driveway on the right.

After spending some time enjoying her gardens they will car pool to three more gardens: Dan Forschler, Katherine Salverda,  Dale Schmidt. The final stop will be at the new Anderson Park in Isanti.  After a brief history of the park and an opportunity to hike the trail they will have a light supper. $10 will cover the evening and a membership in the club for 2012-2013.  NB Garden Club meetings are held at the Senior Center in Maple Commons at 7 p.m. on the 4th Monday of the month beginning in August.  Contact Linda Prince, 651-674-5127.

Circus coming to Chisago Lakes

The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus is coming to Chisago Lakes Wednesday, July 25 by Lindstrom Lions Park with two scheduled performances at 5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Between 9:30 and 10 a.m. come watch the raising of the Big Top, then stay for the free tour. In this presentation they will address topics such as hygiene, grooming and the veterinary care of their animals.

Save money by purchasing tickets in advance at US Bank in Chisago City, Central Bank in Center City, Lake Area Bank and Security Bank in Lindstrom. Advance tickets are $6 for children 2 to 12, children under 2 are free, and $9 for adults. On show day tickets will be $12 for adults and $7 for children. For more information or to purchase tickets with a credit card call 866 BIG TOP 6.

We ‘R Able sponsors evening concert with Pat Schonhardt 

A performer with wide versatility will perform at North Country Coffee at the North Branch Outlets on Thursday, July 26, at 6 p.m. Pat Schonhardt of Braham, will sing and play his guitar.  He is a member of the Inglorious Hellcats, Siloa Creek, and Ogemabenez. The concert is sponsored by We R Able.  A meal served by North Country Coffee, begins the evening at 5 p.m.  Pre-registration is required by July 19 to obtain a meal count.  For more information call 320-358-1220.

Explore your family history at the North Branch Area Library

Reference staff from East Central Regional Library will present a class for the public about basic genealogy using the AncestryPlus Library genealogical database and more.  The class will be held at the North Branch Area Library on Tuesday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m.  Class size is limited to the first 15 people. Basic computer experience is a must. To register for the class, stop by the library or call 651-674-8443. You must call or stop by no later than Thursday, July 19 to register.

2012 Braham Pie Day set for Aug. 3

Braham, the “Homemade Pie Capital of Minnesota,” will hold its one-day pie festival Friday, Aug. 3 in Freedom Park. The day includes pies in the park, crafters, a quilt show and performing artists, essentially all things “pie.”

Guests can enjoy their first piece of pie at 10 a.m. The Berry Fairy, the Queen of Tarts, and Mr. Pastry will serve as hosts for the stage where everyone can listen to music from Café Accordion, Ross & MacKenzie, the St. Anthony Brass Band, and the Pie-Alluia Chorus.  For more information call 320-396-4956 or visit www.pieday.com and also on Facebook.

Summer Tips Promenad at Frandsen Park in August

We R Able has organized two August dates to play Tips Promenad, a type of scavenger hunt that originally comes from Sweden.  On Monday, Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 10:30 a.m. Kriste Ericsson will meet prospective participants at the Frandsen County Park west of Rush City. There is a modest fee and pre-registration is needed one week before each event.

For more information and pre-registration call 320-358-1220. All are welcome.

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