Almelund seniors meeting
Almelund seniors will meet at Amador Town Hall at noon Dec. 13 for a potluck dinner. “3 Guys” will be there to entertain. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to hand out door prizes. Everyone welcome to come andy enjoy the day.
Santa Lucia Party in Rush City
Folk musician Art Bjorngjeld will perform at the Santa Lucia party and a pre-concert light supper Dec. 13 at the SCRED building, 425 S. Dana Ave., Rush City. We R Able will serve supper beginning at 5 p.m. followed by music. All are welcome to join the fun, learn more about the legend of Lucia, plus make a traditional holiday craft found in nearly every home in Sweden. There will be a Lucia procession, plus pepparkakor and hot chocolate.
We R ABle Coordinator Valorie Arrowsmith noted the start time will be 5 p.m., rather than 6:30 p.m., as indicated on posters.
Sons of Norway Christmas party
Sons of Norway, Vennelag 1-546 wishes everyone a Gladelig Jul og et Godt Nytt År (a Merry Christmas and a Good New Year). The group’s Julefest (Christmas Party) will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Lindstrom Community Center, starting with a Julebord (Christmas potluck smorgasbord).
Vennelag members will bring a Christmas dish to share at the Julebord. They use their Norwegian talents to make one or more of these Norwegian delicacies: rømmegraut, lefse, krumkake, rice pudding, or pepperkake. Norwegian sild (herring) is also a welcome delicacy. Lots of tasty hot dishes show up, too. Plates, utensils and beverages are provided.
Fellow Norwegians are invited to enjoy the Julefest with the members of Vennelag. For those who have have a colorful Norwegian sweater: The Julefest would be a great place to show it off. Others might have a special Norwegian dish they would like to share.
Celebrating the holidays with music
The We R Able Support Group invites area residents to a holiday celebration at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Ave., for a program that includes a potluck and features music by Jon Ekstrom and Muriel Kennedy.
Donations are accepted for the program. For more information, call 320-358-1220.
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.
Christmas bird count
Join Wild River Audubon for the annual Christmas Bird Count Dec. 21. Wild River Audubon has been leading counts in Chisago County since 1977, resulting in the longest running data set in east central Minnesota. The Christmas Bird Count provides valuable information on winter bird populations, and is great fun as well.
Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Chisago Lake Lutheran Church, 1 Summit Ave., Center City. All levels of birders are encouraged to attend. Beginners will be paired with more experienced birders. Bird all or part of the day. After birding, meet back at the church for a potluck dinner and a chance to recap the day. Bring a beverage and a dish to share.
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.
Cross-country skiing for beginners
Wild River State Park will host a cross-country skiing for beginners program noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 27 starting at the park’s trail center.
After a quick introduction, hit the trails for a morning of exploration and fun. Participants must bring their own equipment, or rent it ($15-$20/day) by calling 651-257-0685. Registration is required. Registrations can be made by calling 651-583-2125. This program is limited to 20 participants ages 10 and older. It will be cancelled if the temperature is below -15 degrees, or if snow depth is inadequate.
A Minnesota State Park vehicle permit is required of any vehicle entering the park. This permit can be purchased at the park entrance office for $5/day or $25/year.
Winter birding for beginners
A winter birding program for those new to the activity is scheduled at Wild River State Park noon-2 p.m. Dec. 28.
Birding can be a fun and enjoyable hobby for long winter days. Learn basic bird feeding tips along with simple bird identification during this leisurely indoor/outdoor activity. Experienced birders are welcome to bring more advanced discussion. Binoculars are provided or visitors are welcome to bring their own. Meet at the visitor center.
A Minnesota State park vehicle permit is required of any vehicle entering the park. This permit can be purchased at the park entrance office for $5/day or $25/year. For more information, call 651-583-2125 x 227.
Movies at Crex
Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, 102 E. Crex Ave., Grantsburg, Wis., is hosting “Movies at Crex” nights 6-8 p.m. Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 3 and April 7.
The movie on Jan. 6 will be “The Big Year.” These free, wildlife-centered movies will be shown on a big, state-of-the-art screen. This program is limited to 60 people. For more information, call 715-463-2739, or email email@example.com.
Animal tracks and signs
Wild River State Park is hosting an animal tracks and signs program noon-2 p.m. Jan. 11.
Many birds and animals are active in the winter and are leaving clues to their daily activities in the snow. Visitors will learn to tune their eyes to start seeing these clues and learn easy tips and tricks to identifying what crossed the path before them on this 1-mile walk.
A Minnesota State Park vehicle permit is required of any vehicle entering the park. This permit can be purchased at the park entrance office for $5/day or $25/year. For more information, call (651) 583-2125 x 227.
Donations accepted at
The Koran’s Christmas display will again be carrying on the tradition of providing a great experience for the children in Chisago County. This year will be bigger than ever with help from Boy Scout Troop 135 from Center City. Troop Leader Tony Koran and his Boy Scouts helped set up and install the display for the 2013-2014 season.
The display is on now and will run 5-10 p.m. every day through Jan 12. — Sunday through Thursday: 5-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 5-11 p.m. Reminder, the display is set up so visitors can drive through it.
The Boy Scouts will be accepting cash donations to provide support and additional camp opportunities to the members of Troop 135. They will also be accepting non-perishable food items to be donated to a local food shelf in Chisago County.
Children’s Christmas musical Dec. 15
The children of NorthBrook Fellowship will present “The Light Before Christmas,” a children’s Christmas musical, at 10 a.m. Dec. 15 at the North Branch Area High School Auditorium, 38175 Grand Ave., North Branch. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Free Christmas Eve Dinner
A free Christmas dinner, sponsored by The Marcussen family and friends, will be held at 6:15 p.m. Dec. 24 in Wey Hall at the Church of Sacred Heart, 425 West Fifth St., Rush City.
Everyone is Welcome.
Call the Parish Office to reserve a spot at 320-358-4370, or just show up.