Upcoming events (posted Nov. 8)

Reduce chronic pain and stress

Mary Jo Meadow, Ph.D, Forest Lake, will offer a six-week course entitled “Mindfulness Practice: Living in the Here and Now,” from 5-6:30 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 12, 19 and 26, and Dec. 3, 10 and 17, at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming. The course in mindfulness practice can help with pain, stress, habits, insomnia, painful emotions and disturbing thoughts. The class is offered by voluntary donation. To register, call Rachael Sarto at 612-884-3405 and leave your name, number and email.

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 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.

Cards and social time

Almelund seniors will meet at the Amador town hall on Friday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy cards and social time.

Legion meetings

At 2 p.m. Nov.12, the Rush City American Legion and Auxiliary will honor the veterans at the Golden Living Center with a program and refreshments. At 6:30 p.m. the Legion and Auxiliary will have their monthly meetings at the Rush City Senior Center.  Dessert will be served before the meeting.

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, and they 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.

Diabetes night out  

The St. Croix Regional Medical Center in St. Croix Falls, Wis., is sponsoring a free Diabetes Night Out on Nov. 14 for those with diabetes and their family members or caregivers. New this year is a “hands on” health fair. SCRMC provider and staff will be available in display areas to answer questions and share information important to managing the disease.  In addition, there will be light refreshments and giveaways.

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.

Medica Workshop

Learn the basics of Medicare. Find out how Medica’s Prime Solution Cost Plans can work for you at this Chisago County Senior Center class. No RSVP required. For questions call 651-200-8641. Classes are held at 1 p.m. Nov. 15 and the same time Dec. 8.

North Branch Legion Auxiliary meeting

The North Branch American Legion Post 85 will be having a meeting Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. upstairs at the Legion Hall. The men’s meeting starts at the same time on the main floor. The Auxiliary’s birthday will be celebrated.

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.

Turkey bingo

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and turkey bingo is back. Bring the family for an afternoon of fun. Win a turkey or other Thanksgiving related prize. Turkey bingo will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 18 at Chuckers Bowl, 1270 W. 3rd Street, Rush City.  The cost is 50 cents per card or 3 for $1. All proceeds benefit the Rush City Pool.  Food Shelf donations are appreciated.

Holiday garland making

We R Able is offering a holiday garland making class from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Chisago County Senior Center in North Branch.  Sue DeLuney is the teacher and will help participants create a garland with pieces of fabric, decoration, notions, buttons or flowers.  The focus is the colors and feelings surrounding the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. There is a small fee to participate and registration is needed by Nov. 13.  For more information find We R Able on Facebook, and call to register at 320-358-1220.

Defensive driving course

Save 10 percent on your automobile insurance. The Chisago County Senior Center will be holding a 4-hour refresher driving class Nov. 27, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $16 per person. Cash or check is accepted. Participants must preregister: 651-674-8658.

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 www.playinconline.org and click on “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Change of meeting time

On Dec. 4, the North Chisago Historical Society will have its annual ethnic potluck meeting at 6 p.m. at the Rushseba Town Hall. Participants are asked to bring their favorite dishes for the smorgasbord.

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.

Singer songwriter 

Singer songwriter Pat Schonhardt of Braham will appear at the We R Able Cool Time event at North Country Coffee in North Branch Dec. 27, at 6 p.m. He will perform a variety of tunes on the guitar drawn from his years of experience with rock, country, Native American, bluegrass bands, and he will feature holiday favorites in his set list.

Pre-registrations are required with We R Able for the Cool Time event.  Please e-mail [email protected] or call 320-358-3616.

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.

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.

Peer Support Group Offered in East Bethel

A NAMI Connection peer support group for adults recovering from a mental illness meets weekly in East Bethel. The free group is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota. Trained facilitators who are also in recovery lead NAMI Connection groups. The group meets on the first and third Thursdays, 7 p.m., at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 19001 Jackson St. NE, in Pastor Maria’s office. For more information, contact Laura at 763-639-8785. Find more about NAMI’s free classes and support groups at 651-645-2948.

Peer Support and Family Support Offered in Cambridge

A NAMI Connection peer support group for adults recovering from mental illness meets weekly in Cambridge. The free group is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota. Trained facilitators who are also in recovery lead NAMI Connection groups. The group meets Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., at Cambridge Medical Center, 701 S. Dellwood Street, in the administrative conference room. For more information, contact NAMI at 651-645-2948. A family support group also meets at the same time and location to help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. For information, call Sarah at 320-396-0443.

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