Upcoming community events (posted June 12)

Medica workshop

A Medica workshop has been planned at the Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Avg., North Branch, June 12, 1 p.m. No RSVP required. For questions, call 651-200-8641.

Sports concussion talk 

Sports concussions among school-age athletes are on the rise. Dr. Scott Ahrenholz, sports medicine physician with Fairview Sports and Orthopedic Care, will speak on concussion injuries at 6 p.m. June 13 in the lobby of the new Orthopedic Center attached to Fairview Lakes Medical Center, in Wyoming.  Parents and coaches, as well as kids, are invited to attend.  As part of a community health initiative, Fairview Community Health Outreach will offer free bike helmets from 4-6 p.m., one helmet per person while supplies last. The recipient of the helmet must be present to assure safe fit.

Flag retirement 

The American Legion in Rush City Post # 93 will conduct a flag retirement ceremony on Flag Day, June 14, 1 p.m. The ceremony will be held at Triangle Park, downtown Rush City.  Flag etiquette says:  When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be properly disposed by burning in a dignified manner.  All unserviceable flags should be given to a Legion member, dropped off at City Hall, or brought to the Triangle Park that day.  Anyone wanting to observe this ceremony is welcome to attend.

Minnesota Zoomobile

East Central Regional Library is proud to present the MN Zoombile. They will be presenting the program “All Things Connected.”

All Things Connected: Using a variety of animals, props, and activities, the Zoomobile naturalist will lead children through a process of discovery to recognize the relationships that connect all life on earth

The MN Zoomobile will be at the Chisago Lakes Area Library June 15, 10:30 a.m.

This program is free and open to the public.

Rush City quilters to meet

The Rush City Piecemakers Quilters will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June l7 at Rush City First Lutheran Church. Ann Zemke will give her presentation on barn quilts. The public is invited.

Chisago County blood drives

The Red Cross will be accepting blood donations at following locations and times:

June 17: 1 to 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, 6500 Main St., North Branch.

June 17: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Chisago Lake Lutheran Church, 1 Summit Ave., Center City.

June 18: 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Chisago Lake Lutheran Church, 1 Summit Ave., Center City.

Eight-hour defensive driving course

An 8-hour defensive driving course is planned at the Chisago County Senior Center June 18 and 19, 5:30 to 9: 30 p.m. both nights. The cost is $18 per person.

Free family law program

The Refuge Network is sponsoring a free, open to the public, Family Law Clinic June 18, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch, 38460 Lincoln Trl. Attendees will learn the basics of family law matters, receive helpful materials, and have questions answered by an attorney. Also, there will be an opportunity that evening for two individuals to meet with an attorney from either Jennings, DeWan, & Anderson or Johnson and Turner Attorneys at Law for a personal consultation. Consultations will be on a first come, first serve basis.

For further information visit www.therefugenetwork.org or call 651-257-2890.

Midsommernatt celebration in Lindstrom 

Vennelag 1-546 of Sons of Norway will celebrate Sankt Hans Dag (St. John’s Day), also called Midsommernatt (Midsummer’s eve) June

18, 6:30 p.m., at the Lindstrom Community Center.

In Norway, this day is a national celebration with bonfires and all-night parties. Vennelag’s party will not last all night, but it will hopefully be an enjoyable time.

Hot dogs, buns, and beverages will be available. Bring something for the food table. Hosts for the evening are Cindy and Rich Helgerson andRoger Machmeier.

For a touch of Norway at our Midsommernatt Celebration, Rebecca Elwell will share her recent experiences in Norway. She is the daughter of Chris Elwell, zone director for Sons of Norway. Two young ladies visiting from Norway will also be guests at the celebration.

Lyme disease meeting

The Minnesota Lyme Association invites everyone to learn about  “Preventing Lyme Disease” by viewing an educational DVD by Dr. Maloney June 18, 7 p.m., in the North Branch Library community room.

Bjärv in RC concert 

We R Able offers a concert at the Rush City Community Center with a Swedish trio, called Bjärv, at 10:30 a.m. June 20. They perform on fiddle, guitar, and nyckelharpa, a keyed fiddle, which is an ancient musical instrument from Sweden.  The group has toured the States several times and one of the musicians has just earned his PhD in ethnomusicology.

Anyone interested in pre-registering for lunch with the community center should call 320-358-3611 by June 13 if possible. Lunch costs varies according to age.

To get more information, call 320-358-1220.

Scandinavian Quartet 

We R Able invites area residents to enjoy two concerts of saxophone music at the Chisago County Senior Center June 19, 2 p.m., and June 21, 11 a.m., at the Vitalize! Studios of Art, Point Pleasant Heights, in Chisago City.  Donations are cheerfully accepted to assist in production costs. Locations are 38790 6th Ave., North Branch on Wednesday, and 28600 Fairway Ln., Chisago City, on Friday.

Senior Dance

A senior dance event featuring Jerry’s One Man Band has been planned at the Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch, June 20, 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 per person.

‘Swingin’ for Parmly’ golf tournament 

Ecumen Parmly LifePointes and title sponsor Thrivent Financial for Lutherans-Chisago County Chapter invite golfers to the 18th Annual “Swingin’ for Parmly” Benefit Golf Tournament June 20 at the Chisago Lakes Golf Course in Lindstrom.

Shotgun scramble time is 3 p.m. Several levels of sponsorships are available. An individual registration fee of $60 includes the green fee for nine holes of golf on the beautiful Chisago Lakes Golf Course and a delicious buffet dinner at The Gallery Bar & Grill following play at 5:45 p.m.

For more information and reservations, go to www.Parmly.org or call 651-257-7956.

Outdoor skills camp

A youth outdoor skills camp for boys and girls ages 11-15 is being held at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area in Grantsburg, Wis., 102 East Crex Ave., June 24-28, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Youth can learn about tracks and traces, outdoor survival orienteering, archery and forestry.

Call Kristi Pupak, wildlife conservation educator, at 715-463-2739 for more information.

Full moon paddles 

A series of full moon paddling events are being planned at Wild River State Park June 23, July 22, Aug. 20 and Sept. 19. The first three events are scheduled 6 to 10 p.m. The September event is scheduled 5 to 9 p.m.

The excursions are along 9 miles of the St. Croix River from the Sunrise Landing to the main park landing. Seven canoes are available for first registrants, but participants can bring their own canoe or kayak. Registration is required. Register by calling (651) 583-2125 x227. The cost is $10, payable to Eric’s Canoe Rental the night of the activity for shuttling.

This event is open to all paddlers, but some experience is recommended. Lifejackets and paddles will be provided for the seven park canoes. Participants are asked to bring their own pack water, snacks and other necessities.  Individual events will be cancelled in the event of severe weather.

Loppet 5K registration 

Registration is now open for the 25th annual Lindstrom Loppet Karl Oskar Days 5K Walk/Run. Hosted by Fairview Lakes Medical Center, the event is 8 a.m. July 13, at Lakes Free Church, Lindstrom.

Entrants can pick up registration forms at the Fairview Clinic in Chisago City, at Wally Carlson and Sons BP in Lindstrom or at the information desk at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming. Or they can register and pay entry fees online at http://lindstromloppet.zapevent.com.

Stark Summer Stroll

The first “Stark Summer Stroll” is being planned in Stark, just west of Harris, June 29. There will be events at North Folk Winery, Briscoe Pottery, Kal Sanders Glass Fusion, the Oak Leaf Grange Hall and the Full Moon.

Stomp Out Suicide 5K run/walk 

Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Stomp Out Suicide 5K Run/Walk for Awareness starting in Wyoming’s Goodview Park Aug. 24, 10 a.m. Check-in and registration is at 9 a.m. Individuals or teams may register for the event prior to the race online at www.stompoutsuicide.com.

Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children 16 and under. Register by Aug. 3 to be guaranteed a race T-shirt. Shirts will be on a first-come, first-served basis for registrations done after Aug. 3.

Hundreds of runners and walkers, including suicide survivors and mental health advocates, will gather to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention as they participate in this family-friendly event. Proceeds raised will benefit Stomp Out Suicide, a local nonprofit agency based in Wyoming.

The event will also include entertainment and activities for the whole family including live music from Sleeper and the Sleepless, a kids’ area (with face painting, bounce houses, clowns and more) and food stands provided by Otis Concessions. Participants can also enjoy a resource fair chocked full of information about suicide awareness and mental health resources from several local organizations.

2013 Chisago Lakes Half Iron and Sprint registration 

It is time to seriously start thinking sun, fun and triathlon.  The 8th Annual Chisago Lakes Half Iron and Sprint Triathlon will be July 28 in Chisago City.

The  event also offers a Kids’ Triathlon July 27. The swim takes place at Paradise Park sandy beach. The bike and run travel along fairly flat routes through numerous communities. More than $5,000 in prize money will be awarded to the top male and female finishers,  and there will be over 176 awards in the Age Group, Relay, Athena and Clydesdale divisions. There is a limit of 1,500 participant so it is important to register early. Register online at active.com, call 1-800-429-8044, or download a pdf form from chisagolakestriathlon.com

Cost is $110 for the Half Ironman distance, $55 for the Sprint Distance and $15 for the Kid’s Triathlon.

PFLAG meeting

The East Central MN Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will be taking a summer break during the months of June and July.  The next meeting will be held Aug. 11, 4:30 p.m., at Common Ground, the Cambridge United Methodist Church, 404 North Cypress, Cambridge. Those who want to contact a PFLAG member before August can call 320-396-3128 or 763-464-0079.

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