Calendar (Posted Oct. 30)

Municipal liquor food drive 

North Branch Liquors will be participating in the Sixth Annual Municipal Liquor Food Drive. The food drive will run now to Oct. 31. The store will be collecting food and cash donations to benefit the local food shelf, Family Pathways North Branch Food Pantry. The municipal liquor store with the highest weight of food and cash donated ($1 equals 1 lb.) will earn a $1,000 donation to their food shelf. Additionally, 10 $100 donations will be made to food shelves of participating stores (other than the $1,000 winner).

In 2012, the effort generated 39.7 tons of food donations to local food shelves throughout the state. Each time a patron visits North Branch Liquors during the month of October, they are encouraged to bring along a donation. Those who bring donations will receive a discount on purchases that day (discount will not apply to sale items).

Celebrate Halloween with We R Able 

We R Able invites the community to celebrate Halloween with movies, fun food, and a good time Oct. 31, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tracy and Merrie Tolzman, of Almelund, have an “old time movie” collection and will screen a couple of selections that are just a bit scary.  There will be Halloween goodies and treats, and guests are invited to come in costume.  There is a modest fee and pre-registration is needed.  The location is the SCRED building, 425 S. Dana, Ave., Rush City.  For more information and to register, call 320-358-1220.

Almelund youth Halloween party

The Almelund Lions will host a Halloween Party at the Old Almelund Fire Building, 5 to 8 p.m., Oct. 31. There will be games, music, movies, and treats for all who attend.

Senior issues discussion

Rick Olseen, a former state legislator who is still involved in the politicial scene, will talk about senior-related issues at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 at the Chisago County Senior Center in North Branch.

Chis. Co. Historical Society events

Join the Chisago County Historical Society for the following events.  All events are open to the public; there is no fee unless otherwise noted.

Call Lin at 651-269-3580 for more information.

Nov. 3, 1-5 p.m.: Gustaf Anderson House Museum, Lindstrom

An open house is planned; visit this historic dwelling.

Nov. 29, 7-9 p.m.; Nov. 30, 1-4 p.m.; Dec. 1, 1-4 p.m.; Dec. 7 and 8, 1-4 p.m.: Christmas at the Gustaf Anderson House 

The CCHS Italianate 1890 dwelling will be beautifully decorated by local businesses for Christmas

Enjoyment.  Visit both the 1855 W.H.C. Folsom House in the Angel Hill District in Taylors Falls and the 1890

Gustaf Anderson House in Lindstrom on either of these holiday weekends.

Tickets for Gustaf Anderson House: adults: $3, children: $1.  Free admission to all CCHS members on Friday, Nov. 29, 7-9 p.m.

Music concert

Tasha and Ben Montzka will present a violin and piano concert 1 p.m., Nov. 3, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 31075 Genesis Ave., Stacy. The concert will feature music by Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Kreutzer, Chopin and Joplin. Tasha Montzka is a student of Aaron Janse.  Ben Montzka was a student of Linda Groeneweg (Forest Lake).  The concert is a benefit for St. John’s Lutheran Church.

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.

Thanksgiving pie sing-along

Pat Schonhardt, of Braham, a performer with wide versatility, will perform at the Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch, 2 p.m., Nov. 6, as part of the “Arts Rx Coffee House” series. He will feature pie songs just in time for Thanksgiving and help everyone to join in singing along.  Donations are accepted.

Vietnam veterans meeting

Vietnam Veterans of America, East Central Chapter 684, will meet Nov. 6, 7 p.m., at the Isanti Community Center.

Almelund seniors meeting

Almelund seniors will meet at Amador Town Hall Nov. 8, 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the day.

PFLAG meeting

The next meeting of the East Central Minnesota Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays be Nov. 10, 4:30 p.m., at Common Ground, the Cambridge United Methodist Church, 404 North Cypress Ave.  The regular meeting schedule is the second Sunday of the month. Please use the northeast door to the church.  Those in need of support or answers on LGBT issues are encouraged to attend. People with questions about PFLAG can call 320-396-3128 or 763-464-0079.  No regular meetings will be held in December or January.

Six-week painting class 

Sue Wehrenberg will teach a 6-week painting class in Lindstrom starting 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Chisago Lakes Middle School art room, 13750 Lake Blvd., Lindstrom.  Prospective students can think about creating a work of art suitable for framing, which could be used as a holiday gift.

To get an idea of the kind of artwork taught in the class, visit a current exhibit at Vitalize! Studios of Art in Chisago City.  The show moves to the North Branch Library Nov. 16.

To register for the class or to inquire about volunteering to help others at this class, call 320-358-1220.

Parenting plus

All grandparents/kinship caregivers raising grandchildren/relative’s children are invited to a support group meeting 6 p.m., Nov. 12, in room No. 110 at Pine City Elementary School. Enter door No. 5 by the Dragonwood playground. Free childcare is available at this meeting. Call 320-629-4030 to sign up or for more information.

Audubon chapter meeting

Wild River Audubon invites the public to attend the 7 p.m. Nov. 12 chapter meeting at the Chisago Lakes Area Library, 11754 302nd St., Chisago City.  Pat Collins will speak on the environment and alternative energy. Collins is a science teacher and has spearheaded the drive to put solar panels on the Middle School in Chisago Lakes.  Coffee and treats are provided at this free event.

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.

Christmas caring tree

On Nov. 18, a Christmas tree will be set up in the Rush City Foods Mall.  It will be decorated with Christmas wish tags from children in the Rush City School District. Help is needed to fulfill these wishes.  Select a Christmas wish tag, purchase gift(s) for the child and take them (unwrapped) to the Rush City Liquor Store, also located in the Rush City Foods Mall.  The liquor store is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Your help is needed and appreciated.  The Christmas Caring Tree is sponsored by Rush City Cares and Rush City Lions.

A winter clothing exchange is also available.  Those who have gently used coats, mittens, hats or scarfs they would like to donate, please bring them to the mall.  If you need any of these items, help yourself.

Animal Wild River slumber party for tykes 

Kids ages 3-6 and their parents: You are invited to a special evening program Dec. 7, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Wild River State Park visitor center. Come explore the ways that local wildlife slumber through the winter. A story will be read, games will be played, and visitors will create crafts. Kids: feel free to wear pajamas and bring a stuffed animal friend.

Snowshoe along the St. Croix 

Topic of the trek: snow, birds, and shivering for survival. Join the naturalist Dec. 21, noon to 2 p.m., for a leisurely walk along the St. Croix River on snowshoes. Designed for ages 8 and up; visitors explore a fun winter topic on this 1-mile trek. Registration required by calling 651-583-2125. Program and snowshoes are free — limited to 30 people. Cancelled if temperature is below -15 degrees or snow depth is inadequate.

Winter wings and take-home things 

How many sunflower seeds does a chickadee need to survive a cold winter night? What birds change color at this time of year? Discover these answers and more as visitors to Wild River State Park explore the incredible birds seen all winter long, 1 to 2 p.m., Dec. 23, at the trail center. Attendees will play bird ID games and then create pinecone bird feeders and simple cardboard binoculars to take home.

The secrets of skulls 

Learn how to unlock the secrets that an animal’s skull can tell about what it ate, how it walked, and what it looked like through hands-on activities with real and replica skulls Nov. 9, 2 to 3 p.m., at the Wild River State Park visitor center.

Fish Lake Lutheran annual pork dinner

Fish Lake Lutheran Church, 43353, Cedarcrest Trl., Harris, will have its annual pork dinner 4-6:30 p.m. Nov. 5. There will be a craft and bake sale, apron auction, special quilt drawing and silent auction.

Cost: $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12; children ages 5 and under eat free.


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