Calendar (posted Oct. 2)

Upcoming Red Cross blood
donation opportunities

Chisago County

Oct. 4, 2 to 6 p.m., at Fairview Lakes Regional Medical Center, 5200 Fairview Blvd., Wyoming.

Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Fairview Lakes Regional Medical Center, 5200 Fairview Blvd., Wyoming.

Isanti County

Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Anoka-Ramsey Community College Campus Center, 300 Spirit River Dr. S., Cambridge.

New to Medicare session

Going on Medicare soon or just interested in how it works? There will be information on Medicare given out Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to noon, at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming, conference room B. Questions will also be answered. Aspects of Medicare Parts A, B, C and 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 registration is required so the proper amount of materials are available. Call Amy Tvedt at 1-800-333-2433 ext. 83026 and leave a message with your name and phone number to register.

‘Wine and Art Krawl’

North Folk Winery in Stark is hosting its second annual Wine and Art Krawl Oct. 5, along with Wild Mountain Winery of Taylors Falls. On site will be many local artisans selling art, produce, vintage items and food products. Charlie Parr also will be performing a concert 5-7 p.m.

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.

RC homecoming parade and pig roast

The Rush City High School Homecoming Parade will take place Oct. 4, 2:15 p.m. The parade will begin on West 1st St., just east of Jacobson Elementary.

The 19th annual homecoming pig roast will take place 4:15 to 7 p.m. in the Rush City High School commons area on the same day. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for students ages 12 and under. Advanced tickets may be purchased in the principal’s office at the high school and elementary school.

RC Garden Club annual Octoberfest 

Rush City Garden Club’s annual Octoberfest is Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the park in Rush City.  Dried flower arrangements, chili, cookies, coffee and painted pumpkins will be for sale.  Proceeds fund the various projects and programs in which the club participates.   Vendors are welcome — just come to the park and set up.

Water quality of the St. Croix and Sunrise Rivers

Join the Amador-Sunrise Land Registry, the Women’s Environmental Institute, and special guest Dr. James Almendinger, Sr. Scientist at the St. Croix Watershed Research Station, to dig deep into the water quality issues of the St. Croix and Sunrise Rivers Oct. 5, 1 to 2 p.m. at the Wild River State Park Visitor Center. Streams and lakes in both of these crucial basins have been declared “impaired.”  What does that mean, and what is being done about it?  Discover how scientists are using the past to inform the present for the St. Croix, and how computer modeling can simulate the future of the Sunrise River. See how our actions can make a real difference.  Refreshments will follow this free program. Registration not required.

‘All are welcome’ concert 

There will be a benefit concert for ‘A Place for You’ transitional shelter for the homeless Oct. 6, 2 p.m., at the Lighthouse in Pine City. The concert highlights music and musicians from the six Pine City churches. Coffee and fellowship will follow the concert. Tickets can be purchased at the Flower Box or at the door the day of the concert.

Driving refresher course

There will be a “55-ALIVE” 4-hour refresher course Oct. 7, 6 to 10 p.m., at the Rush City High School Media Center.

To register call Carrie at 320-358-4795, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prepaid registration is due by Sept. 30. Limit 30.

After completing this course persons 55 and over will be granted a l0 percent reduction on their private passenger auto insurance by their insurance company. Please note: You must first attend the 8-hour class before you can attend the 4-hour class.  The Rush City Lions provide refreshments for these classes.

Parenting plus

All grandparents/kinship givers who are raising grandchildren/relative’s children are invited to a support group meeting Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m., in room No. 110 at Pine City Elementary School. Enter door No. 5 by Dragonwood Playground. There is free childcare at this meeting. Call 320-629-4030 to sign up for childcare or for more information.

Bell Museum presentation 

Jon Wild River Audubon Oct. 8, 7 p.m., at the Chisago Lakes Area Library, 11754 302nd St., Chisago City, to hear a presentation by Don Luce, curator of art at the Bell Museum. He will present a preview of the museum’s upcoming exhibit: Audubon and the Art of Birds. This one-of-a-kind exhibit will feature original art from John James Audubon and other renowned bird artists. Coffee and treats are provided at this free event.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Paying for college:
deconstructing the costs

Join Lynne Bossart, owner of Muse College Consulting LLC, Oct. 9, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Rush City Public Library, 240 W. 4th Street, Rush City, for a free workshop on the nuts and bolts of paying for a college education.  Topics covered will include saving for college, types of financial aid, scholarships, grades and ACT/SAT test scores, and budgeting for the college years.  Please call 320-282-6237 or email [email protected] to register.


Almelund seniors meeting

Almelund seniors will be at the Amador Town Hall Oct. 11, 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy cards and social time.

NB teen center opening

On October 11, the new North Branch Teen Center, 6381 Main St., will be hosting a community open house 5 to 7 p.m. Come to celebrate the opening of the North Branch Teen Center and to learn more about programs for area youth and the North Branch community.  There will be free food, door prizes and games to play.

Those with questions about the teen center can call 651-277-0098 or email  [email protected] or [email protected]

Fall book sale

The Friends of the North Branch Library fall book sale will be held Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the community room at the library, 6655 381st St. Purchases provide funding for many non-budgeted items for the library.  All proceeds benefit the library.

Fish Lake playground dedication

There will be an open house dedication of the new playground and picnic shelter at the Fish Lake Township Hall Oct. 12, 1 to 3 p.m.  Come see the new facility, meet township officials and local service providers.  Refreshments will be provided.

Wild ‘shiver’ weekend

Celebrate this MEA weekend with a variety of fun fall activities including cauldron-caching, creepy crawlies, campsite decorating, and the All-Camp Trick-or-Treat (Saturday night in the main campground) Oct. 18-19 at Wild River State Park. Campsites and cabins go fast so book your spot today.

Crex Halloween Haunts

There will be a “Halloween Haunts” program at Crex Meadows in Grantsburg, Wis. Oct. 26, 5 to 8 p.m. Crex is looking for students ages 11-18 to develop short skits for the haunted trail. Theme: “Creatures of the Night.” Volunteers are also needed to assist with children’s activities, crafts and games. More volunteers are needed to direct traffic, greet and float 4:30 to 8 p.m. If interested, call 715-463-2739, or email [email protected]

The scariest places of Minnesota

The Rush City Public Library presents Author Chad Lewis 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Lewis will be talking about Minnesota’s most haunted locations — the scariest places of Minn.

Piecemaker Quilt Guild

On Nov. 5, 7 p.m., at Rushseba Town Hall, members of the Piecemaker Quilt Guild will display their 14 mini landscape quilts of scenes along Old Highway 61, from Wyoming to Pine City. Scenes are of the past and present. Member Ilene Olson-Holmberg will give the history of each one. The public is invited. Refreshments are served.

Learn Swedish

Learn Swedish from native-speaking Swedish teacher Signe Fluegel-Svensson at Gammelgarden Museum in Scandia Monday evenings now to Nov. 18.  Fluegel-Svensson has been teaching Swedish class at the museum in the spring and fall since 2008.  Her classes are very personalized and a fun way to master this musical and challenging language.

The cost for the fall session is $80 and includes all materials. Registration can be made by calling the Scandia Butik at 651-433-5053.  This year, Fluegel-Svensson has added a third level to accommodate her students.  A student with no prior knowledge of Swedish pronunciation will want to register for the Beginning Class at 7:30 p.m. Mondays.

Annual chow mein dinner

Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Rush City is having its annual chow mein dinner Oct. 18, 4:30 to 7 p.m., at the church. Those with questions can call 320-358-4309.

Blessing of the animals

All animals (and their owners) are invited to receive a special blessing at Spring Lake Lutheran Church, 8440 Erickson Rd. NE, North Branch, Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m., in the church parking lot. Pets of all shapes and sizes are welcome.

St. Francis of Assisi (12th Century) loved animals and told them that Jesus loved them, too.  In honor of this saint attendees will gather with the animals they love and give thanks for what they do for us and for what they mean for us.  Invite neighbors and friends and their pets to come to this service.

For information, call the church office at 651-674-4606 or email [email protected]

Calvary harvest supper and bake sale

The annual harvest supper and bake sale will be held at Calvary Ev. Lutheran Church of Rush Point Oct. 10, 4:30 to 7 p.m. The bake sale will begin at 4 p.m. The supper menu features meatballs, potatoes, gravy, rolls, baked squash, vegetable, pickles, coleslaw, dessert and beverages. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. Children ages 5 and under eat free. Bake sale proceeds will go to the Caring for Kathy Bohman benefit. All are invited to this event in the ground level, handicap accessible, air-conditioned fellowship hall. Calvary Ev. Lutheran Church is 5 ½ miles east of Grandy at County Road 6 and 6 miles west of Rush City on County Road 7.

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