Calendar (posted Aug. 28)

Blood donation opportunities

Isanti County

Aug. 29: 1-7 p.m., Evangelical Lutheran Church, 905 W. Central Drive, Braham.

Wolf Howl program 

Crex Meadows in Grantsburg, Wis., will host a ‘Wolf Howl’ program Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m. Participants will meet at the visitor center with a brief overview of wolves. They will then howl in one or more locations on the property, listening for wolves to respond. The program is limited to 40 participants; pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 715-463-2739 or email Kristina.pupak@wisconsin.gov.

Chimney swift sit

Join Wild River Audubon for the second official Chimney Swift Sit.  Bring a lawn chair and watch at dusk as Chimney Swifts circle in the air and then head down a chimney to roost for the night.  Attendees will count the swifts and report the official results.  Come one or all three nights.  Come on Aug. 30, 31, or Sept. 1 at 7:15 p.m.  Meet in the upper parking lot at the Chisago Lakes Lutheran Church in Center City.  Everyone is welcome.

Free family course on mental illness

Do you have a family member living with a mental illness? The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota is offering a free educational course that helps families gain a greater understanding of mental illness, discuss resources, build communication skills, reduce stress and find support. Over 3,000 Minnesota families have benefited from this course. Join others for this series taught by family members who have walked the walk. The family-to-family course will meet weekly on Thursdays for 12 weeks. It starts Sept. 5, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch. Pre-registration is required; call Charles or Rachel: 651-213-0993.

High school reunion

The Chisago City High School class of 1958’s 55-year reunion will be held Sept. 7 at the Chisago Lake Sportsman’s Club, 11624 Lake Ln., Chisago City. Social hour is 3 to 5 p.m. with a potluck picnic buffet 5 to 6:30 p.m. Music will be provided by the Gene Glenna Band.

Sunrise River cleanup 

The Friends of the Sunrise River will hold its annual river cleanup, followed by a potluck picnic, Sept 7.  Meet at Sunrise Park at 2 p.m. with your canoes/life-vests.  We will divide into groups to clean various sections of the river.  The sections are:  Kost Dam Park to County Road 11, County Road 11 to Hwy 95, Hwy 95 to Sunrise Park, and Sunrise Park to the St. Croix. After the cleanup, we will meet back at Sunrise Park for the picnic. Bring some meat to grill and a dish to pass.  If you aren’t able to participate in the river cleanup, you are still welcome to come to the picnic, just show up at Sunrise Park around 5 p.m. Hope to see you there.

PFLAG meeting

The next meeting of the East Central Minnesota Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays be held Sept. 8, 4:30 p.m., at Common Ground, the Cambridge United Methodist Church, 404 N. Cypress.  The regular meeting schedule is the second Sunday of the month. Please use the NE door to the church.  Those in need of support or answers on LGBT issues are encouraged you to attend.   People with questions about the organization or meetings can call 320-396-3128 or 763-464-0079.

Parenting Plus

All grandparents/kinship caregivers who are raising grandchildren/relative’s children are invited to a support group meeting Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m., in room #110 at Pine City Elementary School. Enter door #5 by Dragonwood Playground. Free childcare is available. Call 320-629-4030 to sign up for childcare or for more information.

Local author to speak at Audubon meeting

Author Sue Leaf will speak on her newest book, “A Love Affair with Birds,” the story of Thomas Sadler Roberts, Sept. 10, 7 p.m., at the Chisago Lakes Library, 11754 302nd St., Chisago City. Roberts was a doctor, an avid birder, the father of Minnesota ornithology, and helped found the Bell Museum of Natural History.  Join Wild River Audubon as Sue Leaf tells us about this fascinating man.  Coffee and treats provided.  This is a free event. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Free training for literacy tutors

Volunteer literacy tutors have the opportunity to receive 12 hours of free training through Cambridge/Isanti Adult Basic Education. Sept. 13-14 at the C/I Community Education Building in Cambridge, 625B Main St. N.   The workshop runs 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Meals and refreshments are included.

The training is especially designed for people with strong literacy skills in English who are interested in helping other adults to improve their reading and writing.  Rob Podlasek from the Minnesota Literacy Council will teach strategies for tutoring adult basic education students in a one-on-one or classroom setting.  Follow-up workshop hours will be offered to tutors in November.

Once training is completed, tutors are matched with adults in the region who wish to work on developing their own literacy skills.  Generally, tutors and learners meet once or twice a week in a location accessible for both parties.  Preregistration is needed by Sept. 6.  For more information, call 763-689-6228.

Traditional wild rice processing workshop

The WDNR is proud to announce a hands-on workshop on traditional wild ricing, hosted at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area. Join biologists with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission for a wild rice processing demonstration Sept. 14. The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission annually assesses the wild rice crop using aerial surveys. For more than three decades they have been studying, planting, managing, and enjoying the production of wild rice in cooperation with other resource managers in northern Wisconsin.

Discover the ecology, harvesting and finishing of wild rice during a three-hour open house workshop 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hand harvested wild rice will be parched over an open fire and finished using a small batch threshing/winnowing machine suitable for individual use. Attendees will be able to see the entire process from raw to finished product.

For more information concerning the workshop, please contact Kristi Pupak, wildlife conservation educator, at 715-463-2739 or via email: Kristina.pupak@wisconsin.gov.

Free family course on mental illnesses 

Do you have a family member living with a mental illness? The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota is offering a free educational course that helps families gain a greater understanding of mental illness, discuss resources, build communication skills, reduce stress and find support. Over 3,000 Minnesota families have benefited from this course. Join others for this series taught by family members who have walked the walk. The Family-to-Family course will meet weekly on Thursdays for 12 weeks. It starts Sept. 5, 6:30-9:00 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch. Pre-registration is required; call Charles or Rachel: 651-213-0993.

North Branch Farmers Market 

The North Branch Farmers Market is open this month through October, Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon, at the Lake State Parking Lot. For more information, call 651-674-7624.

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