Upcoming events (posted Dec. 13)
Santa Lucia party in Rush City
In the darkness of December the Scandinavian countries provide a remedy for more light. They celebrate by remembering Santa Lucia, who is said to have worn a crown of candles in her hair as she brought food and drink to starving people in Sweden. Join We R Able in Rush City Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m., for an evening of music by the Spirit River Scandiband, a Lucia procession, some pepparkakor, and julgranskaramel, which is a traditional holiday craft. The location is the new SCRED building at 425 S. Dana Avenue, next door to the library.There is a modest fee to attend, and pre-registration would help with planning. For more information visit We R Able on Facebook or call 320-358-1220.
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.
On Feb. 5, 7 p.m., troubador Joel Karlsson from Sweden will be the featured guest at Rushseba Town Hall. Refreshments will be served. The public is invited.
Harris Legion Auxiliary meeting
The Harris American Legion Post #139 and Auxiliary will meet Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Harris. Please bring Christmas goodies to share, following the meetings.
Free family law clinic
The Refuge Network is sponsoring a free, open to the public, Family Law Clinic Dec. 18, 6 to 8 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 38460 Lincoln Trl., North Branch. Attorneys from the Johnson & Turner and Miller & Stevens law firms will be guest presenters. There will also be an opportunity that evening for two individuals to meet with an attorney for a free personal consultation. Attendees will learn the basics on family law matters, receive helpful materials, and have questions answered by an attorney. For further information, visit www.therefugenetwork.org  or call 651-257-2890.
Christmas party luncheon
A Christmas party luncheon will be held Dec. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Rush City Community Center, 720 W. 14th St. Games, Christmas carols and piano music will be part of the festivities. A $3.50 donation is suggested for registered diners. Non-registered diners are asked to donate $7. No registered diner is ever refused a meal if unable to pay.
Birding and potluck dinner
The Christmas Bird Count is the longest running citizen science project in the world. Join the Wild River Audubon chapter as it searches for and counts birds. Results from all over the U.S. are compiled to increase the understanding of birds. Participants should meet at Chisago Lakes Lutheran Church in Center City, 7:30 a.m. Dec. 22. All levels of birders are welcome. Beginners will be paired with experienced birders. Stay for a pot luck dinner at the church at the end of the day. This is a free event. Everyone is welcome to participate.
Free Almelund Christmas event
A free community Christmas event is being held at Amador Heritage Center, 15695 368th St., in Almelund 3 p.m. Dec. 23.
Come to the old cabin on the grounds of the heritage center for an afternoon of old fashioned fun. Pretend to be a resident of old Almelund and help decorate the restored cabin with homemade ornaments, hear the Christmas story and sing some carols. Dress warmly. Those who would like to be involved in a living nativity can contact Merrie at 651-674-5149 or Pat at 651-583-2100.
Christmas Eve dinner
The annual Christmas Eve dinner at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rush City will be held Dec. 24, 6 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rush City. This is a free dinner and open to anyone who would like food and fellowship on this special day. Please call the parish office at 320-358-4370 to confirm the number of people you are bringing to dinner.
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@example.com or call 320-358-3616.
Crex Meadows events
A carnivore tracking and wolf ecology workshop is scheduled for Jan. 12, 8:30 a.m. at Crex Meadows in Grantsburg, Wis. Lunch and materials will be provided. Register by calling 715-463-2739 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan. 26 will be candlelight night, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
For more information about this event, call 715-463-2739, visit www.crexmeadows.org, or find Crex Meadows on Facebook.
The Friends of the North Branch Area Library has announced its second annual Valentine Poetry Contest. The contest has been expanded this year into two categories, adult and children.
Each category will have a grand prize of $50 with five $10 prizes for runners up. The children’s category theme is “Valentines” and anything connected with Valentine’s Day. The adults will be judged on the more adult theme of “Romance”.
This contest is open to any amateur poet. Entries must be submitted to the North Branch Library by Feb. 1 to allow time for judging. Poets submitting entries are requested to be present to read their poems at a program February 9, 11 a.m.. Winners will be announced following the readings.