Calendar (Posted Nov. 6)

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 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Isanti Community Center.

Almelund seniors meeting

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

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  2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Wild River State Park visitor center.

PFLAG meeting

The next meeting of the East Central Minnesota Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays be 4:30 p.m. Nov. 10 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.

Post 85 Auxiliary meeting

The next meeting of the North Branch American Legion Post 85 Auxiliary is 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the American Legion.

Topics of discussion for the meeting include the approval of the revised standing rules and the Christmas party.

Also, Post 85’s chaplain has made plans to honor veterans at Ecumen – North Branch Nov. 9, 2 p.m. and also at Gracewood Senior Living Nov. 11, 10 a.m., and at the Senior Center at11 a.m. All are welcome.

If anyone has questions, they can contact Michelle Still at 651 295-7260.

Auxiliary Veterans Day program

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post #6424, North Branch, along with Ladies Auxiliary of Legion Post 85 would like to invite veterans to a Veterans Day program at the North Branch Senior Center 11 a.m. Nov. 11.

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.

Turkey bingo

Turkey bingo is scheduled at Shafer Town Hall 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Bring a food shelf item to qualify for a complete turkey dinner.

Mime inspired by visual arts 

Guests at an art showing opening at the North Branch Library 11 a.m. Nov. 16 will have the opportunity to view paintings and create mime actions inspired by them.  The artwork was completed through a We R Able painting class this spring.  The mime will be lead by David Braddock, of the Rum River Stage Arts in Braham.  During his training he studied with Marcel Marceau, and was one of the founders of the Minnesota Mime Alliance.  He will help participants look at the paintings and express how they feel about them through movement.

The art show will move to the St. Croix River Education District building in downtown Rush City in time for the Santa Lucia and Arts Rx events Dec. 13. For more information, call 320-358-1220.

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.

Fifty-five plus driver improvement program

A four-hour 55-plus driver improvement refresher course is planned 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 21 at North Branch Area High School, 38175 Grand Ave. Rm No. B151.

The Driver Improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is required. The fee for the course is $20. For more information or to register, visit, or call 1-(888)-234-1294.

Persons age 55 and older who complete the course qualify for a 10 percent discount on their auto insurance premiums for three years, according to Minnesota law.  First time participants must complete the initial eight hours of training and a four-hour refresher class every three years to maintain the 10 percent discount.

Free educational opportunity for horse owners

Sunrise Equine Veterinary Services, 39318 Poor Farm Rd., is hosting its eighth annual open house and client education day noon-4 p.m. Nov. 23. There are four scheduled speakers: Dr. Kenton Morgan, from Zoetis, will be discussing Lyme Disease at 12:15 p.m.; Erin Ring, from ADM, will be talking about nutrition and how to stretch your hay at 1:15 p.m.; Dr. Michelle Wiberg will be talking about tendon injuries and demonstrating shockwave therapy as a healing modality at 2:15 p.m.; and Dr. Kirsten Fredrickson will be talking about Equine Chiropractic at 3:15 p.m.

There will also be a silent auction featuring horse products and services. All proceeds go to help local horse rescues. Door prizes will be given out throughout the day. Bring in a fecal sample from your horse and have a parasite check done for $5 by Intervet.

Chis. Co. Historical Society events

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

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

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.

Animal Wild River slumber party for tykes 

Kids ages 3-6 and their parents: You are invited to a special evening program 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7 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 noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 21 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.

Free family game night

Come out and join Bridge of Grace Church, 38460 Lincoln Trl., North Branch, in the Center of Community Resources, just north of the high school, for a fun night of games and food, 6:30-10 p.m., Nov. 15. There will be a variety of games, darts and football on the big screen (video game, that is.)

Attendees can come and go as they like. For more information, visit

RC community Thanksgiving dinner

The Rush City churches are hosting their 11th Thanksgiving dinner 11 a.m.—1 p.m., Nov. 28., at the Rusheba Town Hall. This traditional Thanksgiving dinner includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, cranberries, vegetable, bread, pumpkin pie and beverages.  Thrivent Financial and Rush City Cares fund it.  If transportation or home delivery is needed, call 320-358-4076.

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