Upcoming events (posted Jan. 30)

Volunteer reservists 

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.

Military family appreciation breakfast

Community Partnership with Youth & Families in conjunction with the organization’s VetCorps project recently announced they will be hosting their first monthly Veteran and Military Family Appreciation Breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church, 38460 Lincoln Trl., room 200A, in North Branch, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Jan. 31. All Veterans, military service members, and their families are welcome to come enjoy a free breakfast. No pre-registration is required.

Winter sports 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.

Backyard birdfeeders 

Hear about the various birdfeeder types and what birds are attracted to them. Find out what kind of birdseed and other foods to use in feeders. Learn where to put them in a yard as well. View the feeders and watch the birds in the backyard of Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center near Grantsburg, Wis. Feb. 2, 1 to 4 p.m. with a presentation at 2 p.m. Kids, make a birdfeeder to take home and see what comes to the backyard. No registration necessary. For more information about this event at Crex Meadows, please call 715-463-2739, visit www.crexmeadows.org, or find Crex Meadows on Facebook.

Historical society meeting 

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.

Nutrition educator

The We R Able support group invites area residents to a special presentation Feb. 6, 1:30 p.m. at the Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch. Hope Mouton, community nutrition educator through the county extension office, is the guest.  Her goal is to promote healthy eating and to inform area residents about nutrition resources.

New to Medicare session

Going on Medicare soon or just interested in how it works? There will be information on Medicare given out during sessions at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, conference room B, as well as questions answered. Aspects of Medicare Parts A, B, C and D will be covered, as well as information on supplemental insurance to Medicare and how to report Medicare fraud and abuse. There is no cost to these sessions, but registration is required so the proper amount of materials is available. Those interested in attending should call Amy Tvedt at 1-800-333-2433 ext. 83026 and leave their name and phone number.

Session dates include Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; March 6, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; and April 3, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information call 320-358-1220.

Potluck dinner

Almelund seniors will meet at the Amador town hall Friday, Feb. 8 for a potluck dinner at noon. The Sunshine Singers will be there to entertain. There will be the usual 500 card games in the afternoon. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the day.

PFLAG meeting

The East Central Minnesota Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will meet Feb. 10, 4:30 p.m. at Common Ground (Cambridge United Methodist Church) at 404 North Cypress in Cambridge. Please use the southwest entrance. PFLAG welcomes attendance by and input from members of the LGBT community at meetings. Those who have questions concerning PFLAG, call 320-396-3128 or 763-464-0079.

Animal tracks program

Every track tells a story, so what’s your story? Learn what animal tracks look like and why they are important Feb. 11, 2 to 3 p.m. at the North Branch Area Library. This free, one-hour session is presented by Saint John’s Arboretum and will include learning about tracks through storytelling, activities and creating a personal field guide of Minnesota animal tracks to take home. “Minnesota Animal Tracks” is geared towards kids ages 3-12

CIWC luncheon 

The Cambridge-Isanti Women’s Connection will hold its monthly luncheon Feb. 11. This month’s guest speaker is Melissa Johnson from Milaca, who will share her topic “Everything We Have is Temporary.” The day will also showcase Drummond Farms Alpacas with Leslie Peterson of Afton. Music will be provided by The Prime Time Singers directed by Arnie Everson.

The group meets at Spirit River Community Center (Spectacular Events) in Isanti, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be served for $10 (payable at the door) and free childcare is available upon request. To reserve a place and lunch, please call Linda at 763-552-0801.

Parenting plus

All grandparents/kinship caregivers who are raising grandchildren/relative’s children are invited to a support group meeting. Join the group Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m. in Room No. 110 at Pine City Elementary School. Enter Door No. 5 by Dragonwood Playground. Free childcare is provided. Call 320-629-4030 to sign up for childcare or for more information.

Wildlife photographer

Wild River Audubon presents Carrol Henderson, dead of the Department of Natural Resource’s Non-game Wildlife Program, at the Feb. 12, 7 p.m. meeting at the Chisago Lakes Library, 11754 302nd St., Chisago City.  Henderson, legendary for his skill as a wildlife photographer, will speak on “Birds of the Brazilian Pantanal.” The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

Fundraising event for senior center

A fundraising event for the Chisago County Senior Center will take place Feb. 17, 1 to 5 p.m. The program includes entertainment from Dave Eicholz, a member of the dueling piano’s group “Deuces Wild!,” a silent auction and a pork tenderloin dinner. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children 10 and under. Tickets are available at the senior center, Associated Bank and the North Branch Area Chamber of Commerce. Monetary donations to the senior center are accepted for those who cannot make the event. For more information, call 651-674-8658.

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.

Love songs

Joyful Voices, a group of singers from North Branch, will give a performance Feb. 20, 1:30 p.m. at the Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Ave., at the We R Able support group gathering.  Darrold Rasmussen directs the group, and the program will include love songs to commemorate Valentine’s Day. All are welcome for this afternoon concert. Donations are accepted. For more information call 320-358-1220.

eBook classes

Want to learn more about that new Nook, Kindle, iPad or iPhone and how to download eBooks? Visit the East Central Regional Library to learn the basics of downloading eBooks from the ECRL website in this class.  The class will be an hour demonstration/lecture followed by up to two hours of individual help time. Participants should bring their own devices, as the instructor will address individual issues during the help time.

The class is limited to 30 (only 15 at the Sandstone Library branch – due to space issues) and pre-registration is required. A waiting list will be available.  Make sure to contact a local ECRL branch to register and for more information.  In the event of unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather or low registration numbers, the class will be cancelled and may or may not be rescheduled.

Rush City Public Library

• Friday, Feb. 1, 2 p.m.: Stop by or call 320-358-3948 by Jan. 28 to pre-register.

North Branch Area Library

• Tuesday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m.: Stop by or call 651-674-8443 by Feb. 1 to pre-register.

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.

This year’s Relay for Life will be held at the Almelund Threshing grounds July 19.

For more information, e-mail Mary at [email protected] or Candy at [email protected]

Peer and family support group

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 Louise at 651-592-6989. 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 320-396-0443.

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