Calendar week of 3-20

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.

Garden club meeting

Have cabin fever caused by this long winter?  The Rush City Garden Club has the cure.  Joe Sausen, master gardener, will show pictures and talk about the first birds that come to our area in the spring; he’ll also share information about flowers at the club’s meeting March 21, 9 a.m. The meeting will be held at Rushseba Town Hall, 51533 Forest Blvd. The public is invited to attend.

Ham Bingo

North Branch Knights of Columbus will sponsor a ham bingo at St. Gregory’s parish hall, 38725 Forest Blvd., March 22, 7 p.m.

Fish sandwiches will be served 6 to 7:30 p.m. An egg roll for the kids will take place at halftime of the bingo.

Horticulture Day

“A garden through the seasons” will be the keynote presentation by Arla Carmichiel, three River Parks District supervisor, Wayzata, and Steve Kelley and Kelley Nursery, Long Lake, at the 11th Annual Pine County Horticulture Day March 23, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Pine City High School. Visit to register.

Registration includes educational sessions, morning refreshments, a light lunch, handouts, door prizes and time to visit with exhibitors.

Maple syrup-collecting workshop

A maple syrup-collecting workshop has been planned at Wild River State Park March  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.

Ham bingo

Make March 24 an afternoon of family fun.  Chuckers Bowl, 1270 W. 3rd St., Rush City, will host ham bingo beginning at 2 p.m.  Win a ham or other Easter related prizes.  The cost is 50 cents per card or three for $1.

All proceeds benefit the Rush City Pool.  A donation to the Rush City Food Shelf would be appreciated.

Skiing or Nordic pole walking 

We R Able will offer its final cross-country ski and supper event for this season March 28, 5 p.m., at the St. Croix River Education District building, 425 S. Dana Ave., Rush City. There is a modest fee to participate and pre-registration is needed. Some equipment is available, or participants may bring their own. For more information and to register, call 320-358-1220.

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.

Curious George visit

East Central Regional Library is having a Mascot Mania tour with appearances by many popular children’s book characters this winter and spring.  Curious George will be visiting the North Branch Area Library April 3, 10:30 a.m.

Stop by the North Branch Area Library for a short story time and meet and greet with Curious George.  Be sure to bring your camera for a picture with him.  Kids will also receive activity sheets to take home with them.   For more information, call the North Branch Area Library at 651-674-8443.

Music at senior center

The band Neighberz will perform a free concert featuring a medley of Doris Day songs in honor of her birthday April 3, at the Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch.

For more information, call 320-358-1220.

CLIMB Theater activities

In a series of four 40-minute sessions, actor-educators from CLIMB Theatre will lead participants in a series of creative activities at the Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch. Together, the seniors and CLIMBers will explore old stories and invent new stories and characters that grow from the theatre activities. Sessions are limited to 20 people. The dates are as follows:

• April 4, 1 to 1:45 p.m.

• April 11 1 to 1:45 p.m.

• April 18, 1 to 1:45 p.m.

• April 25, 1 to 1:45 p.m.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Jess Meigel Hassler at 651-453-9275 ext 19.

‘Get Hired’ event

The Central Learning Center, 200 SW 4th St., Forest Lake, is hosting a “Get Hired” event for teens April 4, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Attendees will learn how to search for jobs, how to interview, how to keep a job and other aspects about how to make their way into the workforce.

There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is required by March 29.  Register online at, or print a registration form at






ECE Annual Meeting

Bring your family and connect with your community. Join East Central Energy (ECE) for your cooperative’s 77th annual meeting April 6 at East Central Schools in Finlayson.

The annual meeting serves an important business purpose and is a fun social event where members can engage and learn about their cooperative.

The day begins with a complimentary pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. Popular activities such as bingo and bucket truck rides will return. There will be interactive displays focusing on ECE’s energy-saving programs, electrical safety and the co-op’s community involvement.

Members can ask questions and take part in cooperative proceedings during the business meeting at 10:15 a.m. ECE President/CEO Steve Shurts will review the cooperative’s financial report for 2012 and highlights from the year. Free licensed child care will be available throughout the event.

During the business meeting, election results will be announced for director districts 2 and 5. Elected by acclamation, Joe Morley, district 4 director will be introduced.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-254-7944. Members who attend the business meeting will receive a thank-you gift.

Books needed

The Friends of North Branch Library is looking for people to donate their books for the spring book sale.

The books can be dropped off at the circulation desk at North Branch Area Library during open hours. Those who have questions should call 651-674-8443.

The sale is scheduled the second Saturday in April.

Concert at coffee house 

Instrumentalist Troy Heling will perform at North Country Coffee, 38500 Tanger Dr., as part of the  “Arts Rx Coffee House” series April 18, 6 p.m.  Heling performs a variety of music and has been in the music business for 30 years, both as a guitar teacher and a performer in rock, top 40, blues, country, jazz, stage, praise and backup bands.

Bake sale 

The North Branch Lioness Club is sponsoring a craft/bake sale April 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch.

Food will be available.

Chisago County Senior Center fundraising raffle

The Chisago County Senior Center will have a fundraising raffle the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month now until Aug. 28. Tickets are $5 each.

Winners receive $50 and their names stay in the raffle pool for all 12 drawings, regardless of how many times they win.

Those who enter need not be present to win.

Stop by the senior center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch, to purchase tickets.

Bridge of Grace Church events

The following events are planned at Bridge of Grace Church, 38460 Lincoln Trail, North Branch:

• March 25:  6 p.m. movie night for kids—The church invites everyone to enjoy Hop or Veggietale Easter.   Sandwiches made with peanut butter and jelly or Nutella, raspberries, marshmallow cream, white chocolate, M&Ms, honey and more will be available.

•March 26: 6 p.m. Minute to Win It— Crazy individual and family challenges that will make participants smile and possibly make some memories along the way.  Snacks will be served.

•March 28:  6 p.m. family photo and coffee house night—The church invites everyone to enjoy a relaxed evening of live music and a free 5×7 professional style family photo with or without a live bunny.  Snacks to be served with a variety of coffee and teas. More information on these and other events at the church is available at

Offices to be closed at St. Bridget

The Baby Blanket and Hannah’s Arms programs and offices located at St. Bridget of Sweden Catholic Church in Lindstrom will be closed on Holy Thursday, March 28, and Holy Saturday, March 30.


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