Upcoming events (posted April 10)

Spring into stories 

East Central Regional Library and HeadStart staff will be presenting preschool spring story time at the Rush City Public Library 2 p.m., April 10, 24 and May 1.  Children ages 3-5 are welcome to visit the library. Call the library at 320-358-3948 for more information.

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 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.

Comedy film program

The North Branch Public Library will host a comedy film program at 7 p.m. April 11.

A double feature will be shown, which includes Stan and Ollie in “Pardon Us,” the duo’s first starring feature, and Buster Keaton in “Seven Chances,” a classic silent film with plenty of Keaton’s trademark gags.  A cartoon or two will also be on the docket.

Those who would like to bring snacks or beverages are welcome to do so.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program will adjourn around 9 p.m.  Those with questions can call 651-647-5149 or email tolzmann@juno.com.

Seniors meeting

Almelund seniors will meet at the Amardor town hall April 12, 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the day.

North Branch music gala

The North Branch Music Boosters invite you to this year’s music gala April 12, 7 p.m. at the North Branch High School Commons. This event was organized to help support North Branch Schools’ music programs. Come dressed in your best decade style costume. There will be a cash prize for the best decade style costume.

Advance tickets are available from any music student.

•Adults $10 ($15 at door)

•Students $5 ($10 at door)

Look for North Branch Music Boosters on Facebook or at www.nbmusicboosters.org.

Plant apple trees 

The Women’s Environmental Institute, 15715 River Road, North Branch, will have an apple tree planting event April 13, 8:30 a.m. Those who plan to attend should bring shovels. Call 651-583-0705 for more information.

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 April 13.

ECFE kids’ stuff sale and expo

North Branch Early Childhood Family Education is having a “kids’ stuff sale and expo” April 13, 9 a.m. to noon at the North Branch Area Education Center, 38705 Grand. Ave. Those with questions should call 651-674-1220.

PFLAG meeting

The East Central Minnesota Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will meet April 14, 4:30 p.m. at Common Ground, the Cambridge United Methodist Church, 404 North Cypress St. Please use the southwest entrance. PFLAG welcomes attendance by and input from members of the LGBT community at its meetings. Those with questions concerning PFLAG can call 320-396-3128 or 763-464-0079.

Barbershop quartet 

For those who enjoy listening to barbershop music, please join Sons of Norway members and their guests April 16 at the Lindstrom Community Center.  The Bright Knight Barbershop Quartet will be entertaining with their music and humor.  After a short business meeting at 7 p.m., the program begins at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the program.

Caregiver support group

A new monthly “Caregiver Coffee” support group will hold its first meeting 10 a.m., April 16, at Meadows on Fairview, 25565 Fairview Ave., Wyoming.  The group will continue to meet on the third Tuesday of every month to provide caregivers with a time to relax and enjoy a free cup of coffee before heading back into a day filled with responsibilities. Facilitator Abby Lundgren of Fairview Lakes HomeCaring & Hospice says that the group offers encouragement, information and helpful tips and is open to anyone in the community.

On April 16, the topic will be, “Who will make decisions for Dad during a health crisis: how to start the family conversation.”  Registration is not necessary. Simply stop in. For more information, call HomeCaring & Hospice, 651-257-8850.

Chinese massage

Wellness strategies that include Chinese Massage is the focus of the Coffee Cohort in North Branch at the Chisago County Senior Community Center April 17, 2 p.m.

Li Lu, of L & H Chinese Massage in Pine City, will give a presentation about foot massage and other wellness strategies.   All are welcome. For more information call 320-358-1220.

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.

Varicose vein surgery speaker

Lan Raikar, MD, general surgeon at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming, will speak about options in varicose vein surgery 6:30 p.m. April 18, in conference room B at Fairview Lakes Medical Center. Dr. Raikar will discuss the cause of varicose veins and various treatment options, including the latest minimally invasive procedures that can be performed without a hospital stay and with very little pain or scarring. The free program is open to men and women of all ages.

To register for this program, call 612-672-7272. For more information, contact Lani Freeman at 612-672-7538.

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.

Birthplace event

If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, the staff in The Birthplace at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming invites you to join them for a night of tours, educational information and fun 5 to 7 p.m., April 25.  The event is free; however, advance registration is requested.

Call 612-672-7272 to register for this free event or go to fairview.org/evening at the birthplace.

Hope for recovery workshop 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota will hold a free, one-day education workshop that provides families and individuals with information on mental illnesses, practical coping strategies and hope for recovery. The workshop will be held at Cambridge Community Center, 701 South Dellwood Street, May 4, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is requested. For information, or to register, call 1-888-NAMI-Helps or 651-645-2948.

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.

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are need at North Branch Food Shelf for three-hour shifts Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and/or Fridays. Contact Bobbie Eckel, coordinator for North Branch Food Shelf: 651-674-8313.

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