Upcoming events (posted Feb. 27)

Free Civil War program

What was it like for soldiers fighting during the Civil War? Re-enactor Arn Kind presents a free interactive Civil War experience during this 150th anniversary of the war at the Rush City Library, Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m.  Kind uses artifacts, uniforms, equipment and interactive drills to give his audience a greater understanding of the daily life of a soldier and the tragic consequences of Civil War. This free event is designed for adults and does not require reservations.

Veteran and military family appreciation breakfast

Community Partnership with Youth & Families in conjunction with the organization’s VetCorps project announced they will be hosting their second monthly veteran and military family appreciation breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church, room 200A, in North Branch, 8 to 9 a.m., Feb. 28. All Veterans, military service members, and their families are welcome to come enjoy a free breakfast. No pre-registration is required.

eBook class 

Come to the Chisago Lakes Area Library, 11754 302nd St.  Chisago City, March 1, 2 p.m., to learn the basics of downloading eBooks from the East Central Regional Library’s 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.

Pre-registration is required.  A waiting list will be available.  Call the Chisago Lakes Area Library to pre-register at 651-257-2817 or stop by the library.  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.

Relay for Life kickoff dinner

On March 5, Chisago County Relay for Life will hold a kickoff dinner at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch, 5:30 p.m.

All past teams and persons interested in starting a team and all cancer survivors are welcome. This year, teams will be able to visit with many vendors, who can offer easy fundraising opportunities.

The relay is scheduled July 19 at the Almelund Threshing Show grounds.  For more information, e-mail Barb at lbmarek@hotmail.com, or Candy at mitchell_candace@rocketmail.com.

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 are 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.

Native pride dancers

Larry Yazzie is a member of The Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa/Meskwaki and is a two-time World Champion Fancy Dancer.  He is also the founder and Artistic Director for Native Pride Arts. He and the Native Pride Dancers will be at the Chisago Lakes Area Library, 11754 302nd St. Chisago City, March 4, 4 p.m., for an educational program. There will be a full troupe performance at the Chisago Lakes High School Performing Arts Center 7 p.m. the same day. These programs are for all ages and are open to the public. No tickets are necessary.

Almelund seniors

Almelund seniors will meet at Amador town hall March 8, 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the afternoon of cards and social time.

Animal tracks program

The North Branch Area Library, 6355 379th St., will host a “Minnesota Animal Tracks” kids program March 11, 2 to 3 p.m. This one-hour session, presented by Saint John’s Arboretum, will include learning about tracks through storytelling, activities and creating a personal field guide of Minnesota animal tracks kids can take home. The event is intended for children ages 3 to 11.

CIWC Luncheon 

The Cambridge-Isanti Women’s Connection will hold its monthly luncheon March 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Spectacular Events in Isanti. This month’s guest speaker is Milly Kelly, of Owatonna, who will share her topic “Healing for a Handicapped Heart.”  The day will also showcase Drummond Farms Alpacas with Leslie Peterson, of Afton. Kelly will provide music.

All women from Cambridge, Isanti, Braham, North Branch, St. Francis, East Bethel and surrounding areas are invited to attend. Lunch will be served for $10 (payable at the door) and free childcare is available upon request. To reserve a place and lunch, call Linda at 763-552-0801, preferably by March 4.

Parenting plus

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

Audubon program

Wild River Audubon is hosting a program on waterfowl identification March 12, 7 p.m. at Chisago Lakes Area Library. Brad Schultz, retired Minnesota DNR conservation officer, will present a slideshow to help participants identify Minnesota waterfowl. This is a very timely presentation since waterfowl begin to return to Minnesota as the ice melts. Coffee and treats will be provided. This is a free program.

Crex Meadows dinner

The endowment benefit dinner for Crex Meadows, located near Grantsburg, Wis., will be March 16, 6 to 9 p.m. (cost & pre-registration required). The endowment fund is to provide a perpetual source of funding for the wildlife education and wildlife management programs. A meal is planned, which includes a vegetarian option. The evening speaker is Sparky Stensaas, author, naturalist, photographer, publisher, and writer. His program, “Owls to Orchids: Magic and Mystery in Our Northern Bogs,” will unravel the myths of bogs in discovering the unique and awesome creatures found within.

For more information about Crex Meadows and events, call 715-463-2739, visit www.crexmeadows.org or find Crex Meadows on Facebook.

Irish band

East Central Regional Library is proud to present the Irish band “Ring of Kerry” on St. Patrick’s Day this year. Ring of Kerry will be at the Pine City Elementary Auditorium March 17, 2 p.m. This program is for all ages and open to the public. Seating is first come, first serve and no tickets are required.

Maple syrup-collecting workshop

A maple syrup-collecting workshop has been planned at Wild River State Park March 9, 10, 17, 23 and 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at the visitor center. As the warmer days and cooler nights begin to make the sap run, it’s time to tap the trees. A limit of 30 participants per date are welcome to learn in-depth and hands-on aspects about the basics of maple syrup collecting through this small-group workshop-style experience. Bring a lunch and enjoy the afternoon. Registration is required. Call 651-583-2125 x227 to sign up for the class.

Four-hour defensive driving course

The Chisago County Senior Center will be holding a four-hour defensive driving class March 19, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. This is only for those who have already taken an eight-hour class. Cost is $16 per person, payable cash or check that afternoon. Participants must preregister: 651-674-8658.

Book club meeting

The Wyoming Area Library will host a discussion about Kent Haruf’s book “Plainsong” March 21, 7 p.m. in the community room. Copies of the book are available at the library’s front desk.

College financial aid workshop

To assist students in preparing and applying for financial aid, Pine Technical College will host a Minnesota College Goal workshop event, March. 27, 3:30 p.m. PTC financial aid staff members will provide professional assistance with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as helpful information about additional methods for paying for college such as loans, scholarships, and more.

For more information about PTC’s programs, including information regarding how to apply, or for more information about financial aid and the March 27 workshop, call 320-629-5100.

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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