Upcoming events (posted Nov. 14)

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.

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.

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.

NB Legion Auxiliary meeting

The North Branch American Legion Post 85 will be having a meeting Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.  The meeting will be held 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.

Drawing connections to nature

Drawing Connections to Nature: Artwork by Young Women At Risk, a new exhibit at the St. Croix River Visitor Center in St. Croix Falls, Wis., has opened. The exhibit features artistic drawings and photos by the young women of Northwest Passage III, a residential treatment facility in Frederic, Wis., for adolescent females ages 12-17 who are challenged by emotional and mental health issues. An opening reception is scheduled Nov.16, 3 to 5 p.m., with a short formal presentation scheduled for 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

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.

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