Upcoming events (posted April 17)

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.

End-of-life health care workshop

Health care decisions made at the end of life can be challenging and complex, but having a carefully formulated advance directive can make those decisions easier for your loved ones and clearer for health care providers

On April 17, 4:30 p.m., Fairview Lakes HomeCaring & Hospice Social Worker Amy Shaleen will host a one-hour workshop on “Advance Directive Planning” at Fairview lakes Medical Center in Wyoming. She will explain what advance directives are and what forms to use. She will provide information about who can assist you, as well as examples and advice, no matter where you are in the process of creating your own advance directive. Amy will also provide tips for opening the discussion with your loved ones.

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.

Senior dance

A senior dance event has been scheduled at the Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch, April 18, 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Tony Jambor will provide the music. A small lunch will be served. Donations are accepted.

Book signing

Angela K. Bennett, a resident of Center City, will be on-hand to sign copies of her book, “Losing Grip” at Northwoods Roasterie, 12710 Lake Blvd., Lindstrom, April 20, 1 to 3 p.m.

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.

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 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 activity

In a session April 25, 1 to 1:45 p.m., 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. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Jess Meigel Hassler at 651-453-9275 ext. 19.

Sunrise annual meeting

The Friends of the Sunrise River will hold their Annual Meeting April 25, 7 p.m. at the Sunrise Community Center. There will be a short business meeting for the board at 6:30 p.m.  The speaker for the meeting this year will be Gary Noren, and his presentation will include the following:

“Photos and chat from my St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Sister Park trek to Costa Rica’s Parque Nacional Corcovado to make connections and to explore opportunities for improving habitat for the neotropical migrants that use both parks.”

The group will also meet May 5, 9:30 a.m. at Kost Dam Park for its annual clean-up day. The next meeting is scheduled May 23.

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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