Calendar week of 11/19

Coffee Cohort to explore
supplemental insurance options 

Supplemental Insurance is the focus of the Coffee Cohort in North Branch, at the Chisago County Senior Community Center Nov. 21, 1:30 p.m.  Linda Hayek, from East Central Resource Center, will be the featured presenter.  This event is to inform seniors and adults with disabilities about the variety of options available and provide them with better understanding of which program will best fill their needs. All are welcome.

We R Able and the We R Able Support Group are the sponsors of this event.  Donations are accepted and refreshments will be served. For more information call 320-358-1220.

Two houses open for lighting festival 

The Lighting Festival elves announce an “All Aboard” journey to the two houses open to the public during the 28th annual Lighting Festival Nov. 23 to 25.  Each is unique in its own way and a long distance apart in what one will see.

Traditional trimmings are what will be seen at the 1855 Folsom House in the Angel Hill District of Taylors Falls, 272 W. Government Street.  The house, furnished primarily with period furniture, dictates a Victorian feel to the seven rooms and impressive stairway and hallway.

The historic house is one of 23 properties under mandate of the MN State Historical Society.   Christmas at the Folsom House is a fundraiser for the Taylors Falls Historical Society, which manages it on a day by day basis.  It is open Thanksgiving Weekend Nov. 23, 4 to 8 p.m. and the Nov. 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Nov. 25, Dec. 1 and 2 it is open 1 to 4 p.m.  Admission at the door is $3  for adults, and $1 for children 6 to 17 years.  Prearranged group tours of the Folsom House are welcome Nov. 23 through Dec. 2 by calling 651-465-3125.

Also, plan to come Nov. 24 at 4:30 p.m. to see the outside viewing of the movie, Polar Express, shown on the side of the Folsom House garage.  Dress warm.  Popcorn and goodies will be available.  The movie is free.  If it should rain, it will be shown in the Memorial Community Center.

The Holiday House, a private home on Chestnut Street, is decorated and furnished in a non-traditional eclectic style filled with color and art.

The private Holiday House is open two days: Nov. 23, 3 to 8 p.m. and Nov. 24 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission at the door is $3 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 17 years of age.   For a complete three-day festival schedule with map, go to and find the festival on Facebook.

Three Craft Fairs during
Taylors Falls Lighting Festival

The Christmas card village of Taylors Falls is a favorite spot for holiday craft fairs during the Lighting Festival, November 23-25. Three such fairs take place, each with its own specialties making them a shopper’s delight.  There is no admission charge to any of the three.

The Holiday at the Depot, Art and Craft Sale takes place in the Old RR Depot Memorial Community Center Nov. 23, 1-8 p.m.

Two craft fairs take place Nov. 24.  The Wassail Party Craft Fair runs 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in two buildings: the old railroad depot and across the street in the 1852 Town House School.

Also Nov. 24, the International Bazaar of SERRV gifts with items from many countries will be available in the lower level of the 1861 Methodist Church, 290 W. Government Street, 10 a.m. till early evening.

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.

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. Dec. 8.

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 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 6 p.m. at the Rushseba Town Hall. Participants are asked to bring their favorite dishes for the smorgasbord.

Social respite for caregivers and

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.

Teen addicts program 

“Our Place,” a teen addition recovery program offered by the Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau, helps teens struggling with addiction to get support in their recovery for any type of addiction. Meetings are every Tuesday, 6 p.m. at LAYSB Forest Lake office: 651-464-3685.

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.




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.

Thanksgiving Eve worship

Immanuel Lutheran Church, 37515 Park Trl., Almelund, is having its Thanksgiving Eve Worship Nov. 21, 7 p.m. All are welcome.

All ages are invited to sing in the “Thanksgiving Singers” choir. Rehearsal is just before the service  at 6:30 p.m.

Food-Shelf Donations will be collected in the front of the church before the service Call Merrie at 651-583-2340 for more information.

Journey through Bethlehem 

Living Branch Lutheran Church in North Branch invites the community to a free community event called, ‘Journey through Bethlehem,’ to benefit the North Branch food shelf and “Food for the Poor” international relief agency.

Living Branch members, along with other community members, have built an all-indoor, walk-through Bethlehem village as it might have been the night Jesus was born.

Stroll the busy streets to talk with shopkeepers, artisans and village residents, and even some Roman soldiers. Complete your journey at the indoor live nativity.

“It’s all indoors on one floor, including the live nativity,” said event organizers. “Come and go as you please during the scheduled times. Come more than once.”

The event will run Friday, Nov. 30, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8,  from 2 to 5 p.m.

The event is located at 38180 Hemingway Ave. South in North Branch (in Living Branch’s former building east of North Branch High School). Watch for directional signs in North Branch. Non-perishable food donations will be taken for North Branch Family Pathways Food Shelf. Cash donations for “Food for the Poor” international relief agency will also be taken to help build a safe and sturdy home for a family in Haiti. Join them on a “Journey through Bethlehem” to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

‘Julkonsert’ Dec. 14

The Mora (Sweden) Youth Choir will entertain at the Chisago Lake Lutheran Church Christmas concert 7 p.m. Dec. 14.  The choir’s performance will include traditional Swedish folk music, “luciasongs,” and old-time favorite holiday carols.

The holiday concert is free (an offering will be taken) and the public can meet these youthful ambassadors from Sweden at a coffee and pepperkakor reception following the concert.

The event is sponsored by the Historical Committee of Chisago Lake Lutheran Church in Center City. For more information call 651-257-6300.

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