Upcoming community events (posted Oct. 19)

Image art show

The Kanabec County Art Association invites the public to view the 26th annual IMAGE Art Show, a celebration of art and artists from the five counties of Kanabec, MilleLac, Isanti, Pine and Chisago. Beside visual art entries, this year’s show will include prose/poetry entries.

The opening reception will be Friday evening Oct. 19, with the show open to the public from 6-9 p.m., at the Ogilvie High School Commons in Ogilvie. The public can also drop by on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 21, noon to 4 p.m.  For more information, visit kcaamn.org or call Dee Kotaska at 320-679-0524.

Wine and beer tasting

The North Branch Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a wine and beer tasting Oct. 19, 5-7 p.m. at Uptown Maple Commons, 38799 7th Ave., in North Branch. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Food will be provided. Call the Chamber at 651-674-4077 for tickets.

Flag football tournament

A flag football tournament for grades 1-5 is planned for Saturday, Oct. 20 at 9 a.m. at the old school site on Main Street, North Branch. For more information or to register, call Chad at 763-377-0377. This event is sponsored by Bridge of Grace Church, www.bridgeofgrace.net.

Swedish meatball dinner

St. John Lutheran Church in Weber is hosting a Swedish meatball dinner on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 5-7 p.m. Tickets for adults: $7 advanced or $8 at the door; children (6-12): $4 advanced or $5 at the door; and preschool (0-5): free. For tickets, contact a cemetery board member or call the church office at 763-444-5988.

Legion bingo 

Harris Legion Post 139, 43662 Ginger Ave., is hosting bingo Oct. 20 from 7:30-9 p.m. Turkeys, hams, cash and other prizes will be awarded to winners.

Interpretative dance at Wyoming Library 

Visual arts and dance will combine at the We R Able art show opening at the Wyoming Giese Memorial Library Oct. 20. Artwork completed during the annual We R Able spring painting class will be on display through mid-November. The opening is at 11 a.m. when guests may view the artwork, enjoy some light refreshments and participate in interpretative dance lead by Cheryl Braddock beginning at 11:30 a.m. For more information, e-mail varrowsmith@scred.k12.mn.us.

Support group for caregivers 

Family Pathways Senior Services is hosting a support group for caregivers beginning Oct. 22, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., at The Meadows on the Fairview Lakes Medical Center Campus in Wyoming (25565 Fairview Ave., Wyoming MN. 55092). Call 651-257-7905 for more information.

The art of growing succulents

Join the Chisago County Master Gardeners Oct. 23, 6-7:30 p.m. at Maple Commons Senior Center in North Branch as they welcome Ed and Stephanie Stec, the owners of Sunrise farm in Wyoming. The Stecs will explain the specifics of growing succulent plants. For more information, e-mail humb0025@umn.edu.

Plant a bulb to remember a loved one

The Fairview Lakes Auxiliary will host the 12th annual “Services of Remembrance” at 1:45 p.m. Oct. 28, at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, 5200 Fairview Blvd. Every year the auxiliary gathers with families to remember those who have died during the preceding year at Meadows on Fairview, in a Fairview Lakes facility or within the Fairview Lakes hospice program. The program includes the ceremonial planting of bulbs in memory of loved ones in the Fairview Lakes Medical Center memorial garden.  For additional information, call 651-257-8806 or e-mail cnoreli1@fairview.org.

Kidz Kraze

Kidz Kraze is planning a free family event Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Harvest Church. Lots of candy, prizes, games, and food are included. Everyone is welcome. Call 763-444-8883 for more information or to volunteer.

Mental Health first aid course in Forest Lake

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota will hold a free mental health first aid training course in Forest Lake to teach the basic first aid skills needed to help a person who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. This two-day, 12-hour course is aimed at improving mental health literacy. It will be held on Nov. 12 and 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Hosanna Lutheran Church, 9300 Scandia Trail North, in Forest Lake. Participants should bring a lunch and will receive a course manual and certificate for completing the course. To register (required) or get more detailed information, contact NAMI Minnesota 651-645-2948.

Social respite for caregivers and seniors

Family Pathways Senior Services is hosting free events for seniors, 60-plus who are living independently. The events are also for the seniors’ caregivers.  These events are called “The Gatherings” and offer quality, structured, one-on-one experiences for seniors.  They are held two times per month at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lindstrom on the first and third Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 651-257-7905 for more information.

Free classes for those who care for children

Are you a family, friend, or neighbor that regularly cares for someone else’s children while they are working or job searching? If so, you are invited to attend free CPR/First Aid classes and SIDS/Shaken Baby classes in October or November. Classes will be held in Pine City, Mora, Milaca, North Branch, and Cambridge. Call Erinn (Child Care Resource & Referral) at 320-629-5141 or e-mail at shawe@pinetech.edu to register and get dates.

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.

Annual Swedish Smorgasbord 

Should you be a bit Swedish, make plans now for the third annual authentic Svenska Smorgasbord on Oct. 23 in Center City. A delightful array of ethnic delicacies will again be served from 5-7 p.m. at the Swedish Mall Restaurant’s “Party Room.” Under the capable supervision of Chef “Sven” Morrison, long serving tables will be laden with traditional foods such as inlagd sill, prinskorv, buna bönor, kukta rödbetassallad, kalltskiva skinka, inlagd gurka — well, you get the idea. The $20 tickets (that includes beverage, tax and gratuity) will only be available for purchase at the door.

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