Week of Sept. 19 calendar

Food distribution
Ruby’s Pantry food distribution is held the second Saturday of the Month at 39404 Grand Ave. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and distribution starts at 10 a.m. and ends approximately at 11:30 a.m. They request a $15 donation.
North Branch Farmers’ Market
North Branch Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays July through October, 8 a.m. to noon at the Lake State Federal Credit Union parking lot on 8th ave & Main St. Call 651-674-7624 for more information.
Overeaters Anonymous
Overeaters Anonymous meetings held every Friday at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 5459 E. Viking Blvd., Wyoming. No dues, fees, or weigh-ins. Call Anne at 651-674-1729.
RC Garden Club meets Sept. 20
It’s the end of the gardening season, and time to put away your tools.  But they probably need some tuning up after a summer of hard use.  Joe Sausen will tell you how to sharpen, clean, store and whatever else you need to do to get them ready for another summer.  He will talk at the Rush City Garden Club meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 9 a.m. at the Rushseba Town Hall on Forest Blvd. just north of Rush City.
ECRL and EC Community Ed present Divas Through the Decades
Divas Through the Decades is a musical tribute to some of the most influential female vocalists from the 40s through today. Take a journey through time experiencing these artists’ great contribution to American music. Divas Through the Decades will be at the East Central School Auditorium Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. It is open to public.
RC Lions, fire department to hold gun raffle
Rush City Lions and RC Fire Department are holding a Gun Raffle and Spaghetti Banquet 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Chucker’s Bowl in Rush City. Raffle tickets are being sold by Lions members and by members of the fire Department – need not be present to win. A wide variety of firearms including rifles, shotguns, handguns, youth models and a bow will be raffled.  A cash option for each firearm is available.  Tickets will be sold up to the time of the drawing. Dinner tickets available at the door for $7 for adults (children 12 and under free). Check out the event on Facebook: Rush City Lions/Rush City Fire Dept.
NB Class of 1987 reunion is Sept. 22
The North Branch class of 1987 is having its class reunion on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the American Legion in North Branch at 7 p.m. If you are a 1987 NB classmate and did not receive information regarding the reunion, contact Tracy Ramberg Kress at tracykress@yahoo.com.
7th Annual Jam at the Dam
The 7th Annual Jam at the Dam is set for Saturday, Sept. 22, 3 p.m. until dark at Sunrise River Park, Sunrise, due to ongoing construction of the new bridge at Kost Dam Park. Brats, hot dogs, corn on the cob, lemonade, water and coffee will be provided – bring a potluck dish to share. Bring your acoustic instrument or just come to enjoy. There will be games, fishing contest, badminton, croquet and more. Bring your lawn chairs, your family and friends. food will be served at around 5. For more information, contact Vicki Wyss (651-583-2808) or Joyce Marienfeld (651-583-0831) or visit at www.sunriseriver.org.
Franconia Sculpture Park celebration
Franconia Sculpture Park hosts its 16th Annual Art and Artists Celebration Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
This all-day event serves as the gala opening for the new 2012 sculptures, offering a full day’s entertainment headlined this year by the foot-stomping, infectious music of 4ontheFloor. The event is free – parking is $5 per car, $10 after 6 p.m. Franconia Sculpture Park is accessible to all. Golf carts are available for those who require assistance. Franconia Sculpture Park is located at 29836 St. Croix Trail Franconia, Minn. For more information go to  www.franconia.org.
Insulin resistance is topic of  Diabetes Support Group
The Fairview Lakes Diabetes Support Group is back after a summer break. Monthly meetings start again at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, when Kim Turinske, MD, will speak on “Insulin Resistance and Body Weight.” People with diabetes and their family members are encouraged to attend. For more information contact: Certified Diabetes Educator Teresa Benge, 651-982-7787.
Cravaack to headline annual
Reagan Day dinner
Congressman Chip Cravaack will be the key note speaker at the Chisago County Republican Party 6th Annual Reagan Day Dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28 at Maranatha Assembly of God Church in Forest Lake. The dinner is hosted by the Chisago County Republican Party for Republicans, Conservatives, Libertarians and Independents from across the state. Special guest, Peter Vodenko, who defected from behind the Iron Curtain in 1983 will speak about his experiences living under tyranny in the former Soviet Union. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ChisagoGOP.org, by calling 651-287-3700 or by email, ReaganDayTickets@gmail.com.  Maranatha Church is located at 24799 Forest Blvd.
Pioneer Press food editor to speak at Fairview Auxiliary brunch
Eleanor Ostman, author and long-time food editor at the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, will be the featured speaker at the Fairview Lakes Auxiliary Fall Brunch, 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at Wyoming United Methodist Church. Arrive early to view the Silent Auction items. A limited number of tickets are available for $12 and may be purchased in advance at the Auxiliary Gift Shop at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming, at local Fairview Clinics, and at Yellow Bus and Carousel Hair Salon in Forest Lake. You may also reserve tickets in advance by calling Mary Ann at 651-464-8758.
PFLAG to host event in Isanti
East Central MN PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is hosting an event Saturday, Sept. 29, 2-4 p.m., at the Isanti Community Center. Featured will be a live theatre production of a short, 45-minute play which gives audiences a glimpse into the lives of gay and lesbian couples. Following the performance, a facilitated discussion on the Minnesota Marriage Amendment will take place. This event is free and open to the public.  The Isanti Community Center is located at 121 Norellus Street.  Go to www.ecmnpflag.org, email pschroeder54@gmail.com, or call 320-272-0069, for more information.
N. Chisago Historical Society
North Chisago Historical Society will meet Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at Rushseba Town Hall. Gwen Swenson of North Branch will give a presentation on the history of 4-H, with emphasis on Chisago County involvement. She has been a 4-H volunteer for 35 years. The November meeting will be on the 6th, at 7 p.m. at the North Branch Library. Guest speaker will be Marilyn McGriff.

Booya returns to St. Gregory
St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church will hold its annual booya fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 30. The church is looking for business donations for the variety booth. For questions or to make a donation, contact Linda Emery at 651-674-8588.

Local Church Women to gather in Center City

The 25th Annual North Cluster Fall Gathering of Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be held at Chisago Lake Lutheran Church, Center City on Saturday, Oct. 13,  9 a.m. to noon, with registration at 8:30 a.m.
The gathering will include worship, fellowship, and a special program titled “Walking in Solidarity with Our Global Sisters,” presented by Dorothy Grandstrand and Betty Pankuch, both registered nurses.
Every 90 seconds a woman dies in childbirth or from childbirth-related causes.  For each woman who dies, another 20 live — with life altering medical injuries — one of which is Obstetric Fistula.  It leaves its victims bereaved, incontinent and shunned.  Fistula affects more than 2 million women worldwide.
Come to learn about the condition and what we can do to help.
There is no cost for the event, but a freewill offering will be collected.
For more information contact the church office at 651-257-6300.
Turkey dinner set for Oct. 7 at First Lutheran

The annual Turkey Dinner and Silent Auction will be at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rush City, on Sunday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Advance tickets are: adults $8 ($8.50 at the door), ages 5-11 $4 ($4.50 at the door), ages 4 and under are free.  Advance tickets may be purchased at the church office (320-358-4076) and Fashion Fabrics & More.
Everyone is welcome to attend a Gospel Music Service at 9 a.m.  First Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at 1000 So Jay Ave, Rush City.
Hear a story of domestic abuse Sept. 20

Immanuel Lutheran Church and The Refuge Network invite you to hear an inspiring and empowering story from a domestic violence survivor and the Chisago County law enforcement officer who worked with her to get out of an abusive relationship.  This is a free community awareness event on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran church in Almelund, and is open is to the public (due to content those under 18 years of age not admitted).
Learn about the signs and signals of domestic abuse and what local services are available to those currently involved in or have been involved in an abusive relationship, abuse is not always physical.
For more info contact the Refuge Network at 753-689-3532.

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