Upcoming events (posted Jan. 23, 2013)

Become a birthday sponsor of Relay for Life

This year, the American Cancer Society is celebrating 100 years of saving lives. Support the society by becoming a sponsor of Relay for Life in Chisago County.

• Sponsors can donate a $100 “birthday card” to the society, which will be displayed at the Relay for Life.

• Start a Relay for Life team by signing up at www.relayforlife.org/ChisagoMN.

• Come to the kickoff dinner at Trinity Lutheran Church March 5, 5:30 p.m.

Relay for Life this year will be held at the Almelund Threshing grounds July 19. For more information, e-mail Mary at Mschultz6@capellauniversity.edu or Candy at cpmitchel@frontier.com.

Volunteer reservists needed 

The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office will be accepting applications for volunteer reserve during the month of January. The qualifications along with an application can be found on the Chisago County website. No application will be looked at after Jan. 31, so get your applications in now. A reserve academy will ensue in the following months for the applicants who have been selected. Any questions, please contact Sgt. Tracy Armistead at 651-213-6317.

‘I Can Cope’ for cancer patients, Jan. 23 

“I Can Cope,” a support group for cancer patients and their family and friends, meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming. The group is led by RN Kari Richer and Fairview Lakes chaplain Mark Coughlin, who works one on one with many cancer patients. Advance registration for this free program is not required. For more information, call Kari at 651-982-7916.

Author Stan Miller to sign books Jan. 24

Author Stan Miller, of Luck, Wis., will be signing copies of his book, “The Night Before Easter,” on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 2-8 p.m. at The Wake-Up Call Coffee House, 675 Wisconsin 70, in Grantsburg, Wis. Miller loves his grandchildren and reading literature that entertains while making a point. He wanted to combine the two loves and create something he could share with his grandchildren that would enlighten them and make a very important part of the story of Christ more accessible for their young minds.

ECFE hosts Dino Dig 

Minnesota Children’s Museum staff will be at the Education Center for three presentations Jan. 24. The public is invited to participate at 3 or 5:30 p.m.  Tickets are $3/child ages 2 to first grade. Parents attend for free.  Registration is limited to 25.  Museum staff will facilitate exploration of all kinds of dinosaurs, sharing information on size, habits and other interesting facts.  Activities include talking about fossils, hearing stories and singing dinosaur songs.  Register at www.northbranch.k12.mn.us on the Early Childhood page, or call 651-674-1220 for more information.

Expectant parents invited 

If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, the staff in The Birthplace at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming invites you for a night of education and fun from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. “Our Birthplace care team will be on hand to offer information and answer questions about labor, delivery, breastfeeding and child safety seats,” says Birthplace Manager Cass Dennison, RN. Enjoy door prizes and refreshments as well as a resource fair, 5-6:30 p.m.; Birthplace tours, every 15 minutes through 6:30 p.m.; and an informational program at 5:30, 6 and 6:30 p.m. Call 612-672-7272 to register for this free event or go to fairview.org/evening at the birthplace.

Knights of Columbus free throw championship

The North Branch Knights of Columbus Council #10016  invites all North Branch area girls and boys ages 10 to 14 to participate in the Annual Free Throw Championship Jan. 25, at North Branch Middle School South Gym. Registration is  5:45 to 6:10 p.m. with the competition  starting at 6:15 p.m.

Contestants will be given 15 free throws.  For each age and gender category, the player with the most baskets will receive an official Knights of Columbus basketball and the privilege of advancing on to the district level.  All contestants will be given a certificate of participation. Any questions please contact Daryl Moeller at 651-674-2602.

Snowmobile safety class

A snowmobile safety class will be held Jan. 26, 8:30 to 1 p.m., at Chucker’s Bowl & Lounge in Rush City. Participants in the class must be 11 years old. The course includes classroom review of priority safety information, a visit from a local conservation officer and snowmobiling through a performance-driving course at the Chisago County Fairgrounds. For more information or to sign up for the class, call 320-358-3675 or e-mail info.dnr@state.mn.us.

TOPS open house

The non-profit TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) will have an open house Jan. 28, 7 p.m., at United Methodist Church in North Branch. TOPS offers weekly weigh-ins, education, incentives, recognition and support at a low membership fee. Check it out Monday, call 651-214-2261 or visit www.tops.org for more information.

Garden club meeting

The North Branch Garden Club will meet Jan. 28, 7 p.m. at the North Branch Community Center, 5379 383rd St. Katherine Widen willspeak on Garden Diseases and Pests.  This meeting is free to current members, and a $2 donation for guests.

Blood donations needed

With the beginning of a new year comes a fresh start. New Year’s resolutions are often made to form good habits and reach new goals. This year, the American Red Cross encourages people to resolve to help patients in need through regular blood donations.

As the winter season continues, blood donations are especially needed. Donations typically decline this time of year, as many regular donors are impacted by inclement weather and seasonal illnesses.

Make an appointment to donate blood at redcrossblood.org or 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

•Chisago County, Jan. 28, 1 to 7 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 561 Chestnut St. in Taylors Falls, Minn.

•Isanti County, Jan. 25, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 109 Second Ave. South in Isanti, Minn.

Historical society meeting pending

The Feb. 5, 7 p.m. North Chisago Historical Society program at Rushseba Town Hall is pending. The scheduled tour of Joel Karlsson of Sweden has been postponed.

Try a winter sport in RC

We R Able has organized a series of supper and ski events this winter.  The organization has a supply of cross-country skis, boots and poles to outfit participants Feb. 1, 5 to 7 p.m., at the St. Croix River Education District building, 425 S. Dana Ave., Rush City.  The evening begins with a light supper catered by Fire Fly of Rush City.  There will be time to fit boots to skis, get a little instruction and then take a few rounds in the downtown city park. To register call 320-358-1220.

Defensive driving course

Those who complete this course can save 10 percent on their automobile insurance. The Chisago County Senior Center, (6th Ave & Maple St, North Branch), will be holding an eight-hour driving class for those 55 and older Feb. 19 and 20, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. both nights. The two nights must be completed in order to receive a certificate. The cost is $18 per person, payable cash or check on the first evening. Participants must preregister by 651-674-8658.

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