Calendar week of 10/24

Birthplace event

For those who are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, the staff in The Birthplace at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming is hosting a night of education and fun from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 25.

“Please join us to take a tour of the Birthplace.” says Birthplace manager Cass Dennison, RN. “Our Birthplace care team will be on-hand to offer information and answer questions about labor, delivery, breastfeeding, and child safety seats.”

Those attending will enjoy door prizes and refreshments as well as a resource fair, Birthplace tours and informational programs. Please call 612-672-7272 to register for this free event.


Make a Difference Day

The fourth Saturday of October is the nationally recognized Make a Difference Day. This is a day devoted to helping the community come together. On Oct. 27, community members are encouraged to lend a helping hand to neighbors and local organizations in need of service. Members of the community can engage in projects like bake cookies for a neighbor or help them with yard work. Volunteer at the local soup kitchen or shelter.  Remember, no project is too small!

No person is too young or too old to give back to their community. Millions of people continue to contribute to the success of their community by giving back through donations and giving their time to serve in the community.

Young people between the ages of 12-18, who are interested in making a difference in the community beyond this day can contact Andria Flaherty with Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau at 651-464-3685 and learn more about the Youth Advisory Board. This group of youth brainstorm, plan and implement service projects throughout the year.


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 more information, call 651-257-8806 or e-mail [email protected]


Kidz Kraze

Kidz Kraze is planning a free family event from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 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.


Christmas caring tree

Any parent in need of help purchasing gifts for their children can pick up an application for assistance at the Rush City Food Shelf – open every Tuesday from 2 to 4:45 p.m. The applications are also available from the Rush City churches. This offer is limited to children ages infant through 18 and living in and attending school in the Rush City School District. Rush City Cares and Rush City Lions sponsor this event. In addition, a winter clothing exchange will be held Nov. 19 in the Rush City Foods Mall. People can donate gently used coats, mittens, hats or scarves. Those in need of these items can pick them up at the mall.


Join talk on aquatic

invasive species

The Friends of the Sunrise River group is excited to present an informative talk on “Common Carp Biology, Control and Lessons for Aquatic Invasive Species,” by Professor Peter Sorensen of the University of Minnesota. The public is invited to Sorensen’s talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Royal Wilcox Community Center in Sunrise. At the U of M, the Sorensen Lab focuses on understanding fish behavior and its ramifications to the ecology and well-being of fishes, as well as control of invasive species.


Jumping into the story

Pine City Public Library is pleased to offer the writer’s workshop – First Pages: Jumping Into the Story Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During this workshop participants will discuss the components of an effective first page, view examples of current works and end with practical advice to help implement these details in their own work. Attendees are encouraged to bring a page of their memoir or novels for critique. This workshop is suitable for all genres.

Angela Foster is a poet and memoirist who lives in Pine City, Minnesota. In 2004 and again in 2006, she received the Carol Bly Award in Creative Nonfiction from Bemidji State University. Class size is limited. Please pre-register at the Pine City Public Library or call 320-629-6403.

This program is open ages 16-plus.


Lights of honor 

To mark Ecumen’s 150-year history of nonprofit service, Ecumen Parmly LifePointes is hosting a “Lights of Honor” celebration. On Nov. 1, dozens of paper lanterns will be lighted in honor of the special people in our lives and our memory of heroes and loved ones. Residents, friends, families and the greater North Branch community are invited to join the celebration. The Honor Lanterns are available for purchase ($25 each), and proceeds will be used for something special for the community. There will be a special ceremony called Lights of Honor. For more information, contact Miriam Aaland at 651-829-0958 or [email protected]


 Calligraphy class 

Learn how to write with calligraphy pens during a one-night class through We R Able on Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m. at the St. Croix River Education  (SCRED) building, 425 S. Dana Ave., in downtown Rush City.  Instructor Valorie Arrowsmith will teach, at the beginning level, how to write in the italic style and how to make an easy book to serve as a container for the fancy handwriting.  Pre-registration is needed, and there is a modest feel to attend. For more information or to pre-register call 320-358-1220.


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 designed 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. Participants 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.


Discuss ‘A Walk in the Woods’

Join Giese Memorial Library in Wyoming for a discussion on its November Book Club selection, “A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail,” on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. Author Bill Bryson introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and some of the folks along the way. The book discussion will be held in the community room at the library, 26855 Forest Blvd. Copies of the books and discussion questions are available at the front desk. For more information, call 651-462-9001.


Visual arts show

Guests at an art showing opening at the North Branch library Nov. 17 will have the opportunity to view paintings and create dance moves inspired by them. The artwork was completed through a We R Able painting class this spring. The dance interpretations will begin at 11:30 and will be lead by Cheryl Braddock of the Dance Studio in Braham. She will help participants look at the paintings and express how they feel about them through movement. A reception begins at 11 a.m. when viewers can enjoy refreshments and also vote for people’s choice. Paintings will be on display through Dec. 14. For more information call 320-358-1220.


Winter bookmaking class 

We R Able is offering a chance to learn to make some easy books using paper folding, cutting and gluing just in time for last minute gifts or cards for the holiday season. Valorie Arrowsmith is the instructor and teaches from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 3 at the St. Croix River Education (SCRED) building at 425 S. Dana Avenue in Rush City. For more information, or to pre-register call 320-358-1220.


Fiddler on the Roof

Play Inc. Community Theatre, along with Cambridge Center for the Arts, has announced this season’s full community production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Play Inc. is looking for performers of all ages, with the majority of the cast to be adults (high school graduates and above). A small number of school-aged students will be accepted to fill out the cast as needed. Play Inc will be hosting auditions for the February 2013 performances on a “drop in” basis on Nov. 29, from 6:30-9 p.m., and Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Cambridge Center for the Arts, 122 2nd Ave. SE, Cambridge. No appointments are needed.

People also are wanted to help with lighting, sound, set construction, backstage and musicians to play in the pit orchestra.  Contact Play Inc, or stop in during the audition times listed above. Call 763-691-8096 or visit and click on “Fiddler on the Roof.”


Social respite for caregivers and seniors

Family Pathways Senior Services is hosting free events for seniors, 60-plus who are living independently, and senior 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 child carers

Are you a family, friend or neighbor who 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 at 320-629-5141 or e-mail at [email protected] 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., ending around 11:30 a.m. A $15 donation is requested.


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 are 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.

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