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.
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.
WEI prairie school
The Women’s Environmental Institute, 15715 River Road, North Branch, is hosting a “prairie school” day April 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $25.
Retired naturalist Dave Crawford will take students out to the prairies of Wild River State Park. Students will learn about native plants that are tasty, healthful, and healing as well as early spring flora and fauna active on local prairies. Crawford will further explain efforts of prairie restoration, why it’s needed, and how people can take part in ensuring that Minnesota’s natural species are here for generations to come.
Audubon bird walks
On May 4, Wild River Audubon will lead a bird walk at Ki Chi Saga park, 29061 Glader Blvd., in Lindstrom. Meet in the parking lot at 8 a.m. This is a bird walk for beginners, but all are welcome to come, see and learn. On May 11, there will be a bird walk at Anderson Park, 27241 Furman St. N. E., in North Branch. Meet by the picnic tables at 8 a.m. Bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic with the group after the walk. Mark your calendars for May 18 and June 8 for birding at Wild River State Park. Details to be announced. All events are free and open to all.
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.
Mental illness speakers
In Our Own Voice (IOOV), a free public education program featuring two speakers sharing their compelling personal stories of living with a mental illness and achieving recovery, will be offered May 9, 2 to 3 p.m., at the North Branch Area Library, 6355 379th St., (in meeting room on left). The program includes a short video and a question and answer period. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota offers IOOV presentations around the state to improve public awareness of mental illnesses. For more information, call Brian at 1-888-NAMI-Helps ext. 116.
Driver improvement course
A four-hour 55-plus driver improvement course is offered May 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, 11725 Stinson Ave., Chisago City.
The Driver Improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is required. A Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center certified instructor teaches this class. By utilizing the most up-to-date research in the field, participants will be provided the latest information in regards to driver safety, new laws, and vehicle technology.
The fee for the refresher course is $20. For more information or to register, visit www.mnsafetycenter.org or call 1-(888)-234-1294.
Chisago County Senior Center
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 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
Senior Surf Days
EC Regional Libraries are hosting “Senior Surf Days,” where seniors will learn how to surf the Internet.
These classes are geared toward those who have little or no experience with computers.
Call 1-800-333-2433 x83030 to find out when a class will be offered at your local East Central branch.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required.