Defensive driving courses

A series of defensive driving courses have been planned at the Chisago County Senior Center in North Branch.

Eight-hour defensive driving full course—$18.00 per person, June 19: 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Participants must register; please call Chisago County Senior Center (38790 Sixth Ave.) 651-674-8658.

Four-hour defensive driving refresher dates — $16.00 per person August 20: 12:30-4:30.

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. 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 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.

History mystery

Get Ready for an atomic adventure at Rush City Public Library June 25, 4 p.m.

The interactive history mystery is back for a second year with the story now set during the Cold War. At “Atomic Adventure: A MHS History Mystery!” participants will play historic characters in a small Minnesota town, forced to make sense of the paranoia and suspicion surrounding their town, all while racing against the clock to break a secret code.

Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required. This workshop is for teens and pre-teens. Please pre-register at the Rush City Public Library (320) 358-3948.

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.

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.

New to Medicare sessions

Going on Medicare soon or just interested in how it works? There will be information on Medicare given out at these sessions as well as questions answered July 3, Aug. 7 and Sept. 4. All sessions run 10 a.m. to noon at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, 5200 Fairview Blvd., Wyoming, in conference room B. Aspects of Medicare Parts A, B, C & D will be covered as well as information on supplemental insurance to Medicare and how to report Medicare fraud and abuse. There is no cost to these sessions, but participants need to register. Please call Amy Tvedt at 1-800-333-2433 ext. 83026 and leave a message with your name and phone number to be included.

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

Kids design glass art contest 

This summer as part of ECRL’s “Dig into Reading” summer reading program, children ages 4 to 10 have an opportunity to enter a special contest and have their drawing turned into a glass sculpture by local glassblower Anthony Michaud-Scorza. They may simply pick up an entry form and drawing form at any East Central Regional Library branch.  Children can draw anything they want, give the drawing a “name” and fill out the entry form.  The child must have a library card registered within the ECRL region to submit an entry form and may submit only one drawing.  The entry form and drawing form must be submitted no later than Aug. 2.  One winner from each of ECRL’s 14 branch libraries will be chosen.

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

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.

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, call 1-800-429-8044, or download a pdf form from

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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