Calendar (posted 1-22-14)

Evening at the birthplace

Expectant parents are invited to attend “An Evening at the Birthplace” event 5-7 p.m. Jan. 23 at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming.

The Birthplace care team will be on hand to offer information and answer questions about labor, delivery, child safety seats and choosing a physician for your baby.

Those attending can get door prizes and refreshments as well as visit a resource fair, take a tour of the Birthplace and listen to an informational program.

Call 612-672-7272 to register for this free event.

Snowmobile safety course

A snowmobile safety class will be held at Chucker’s Bowl & Lounge, 1270 W. Third St., Rush City, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Jan 25.

Requirements: Participants must be 11 years of age before class start date to be eligible to take this class.  Students should obtain and study the safety information on the interactive CD at their own pace. Depending on the youth’s age and experience, the CD should take approximately 2-4 hours to complete.

To obtain the Snowmobile Safety Training CD, or for general information, call (888) 646-6367, (651) 296-6157, or (800) 366-8917, email at [email protected], call Deb Dahlberg at 320-358-3675.

NB Garden Club meeting

The North Branch Garden Club will feature Julie Wisenhorn, U of MN assistant Extension professor, at its 7 p.m. Jan. 27 meeting at the Chisago County Senior Center in North Branch. Julie has a Master of Agriculture degree from the University of Minnesota and has taught landscape design and computer-aided design. She directed the U of M Master Gardener program from 2007 to 2013.   She teaches workshops on horticulture with a focus on plant selection and sustainable landscape design.

Julie’s presentation on backyard renovation will cover five considerations of sustainable landscape design. She will discuss how function, maintenance, cost effectiveness and environmental soundness play a role in a visually appealing and sustainable backyard landscape.  Cost to non-garden club members is $2.

Senior surf day

Seniors are invited to a free session on learning to surf the Internet 1-3 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Mora Public Library. These classes are geared to seniors who have little or no experience with computers. Class instructors will go over navigating Web pages, determining if a website is secure, using search engines and accessing useful Internet sites for seniors.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required; contact Frances Nelson at 1-800-333-2433. Call to find out when a class will be offered at other East Central Regional libraries.

Arts RX vocalist 

We R Able invites area residents to enjoy supper and a musical performance by Jennifer Thyng of North Branch 6 p.m. Jan. 30. Thyng will sing favorites and encourage the audience to sing along at the North Country Coffee shop, 38500 Tanger Dr., North Branch. The meal begins at 5 p.m. Thyng began singing at age four and has had opportunities to perform for many organizations, churches, and radio and TV sports for sports fans.  She grew up in the Grasston and Braham communities. Pre-registrations are needed for meal reservations with We R Able. Please call 320-358-1220.

Upcoming Red Cross blood
donation opportunities:

Chisago County

Jan. 30: 1-7 p.m., at the Community Center, 312 Government St., Taylors Falls.

Isanti County

Jan. 24: 1:30-7:30 p.m., at Faith Lutheran Church, 109 Second Ave. South Isanti.

Jan. 30 : 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Braham Area High School, Elmhurst Dr., Braham.

Longest drive and closest
to the pin contest

Bulrush Golf Course in Rush City is partnering with Special Olympics Minnesota to offer a winter event to raise money and awareness for a great cause. Bulrush plans to host the Virtual Golf Longest Drive & Closest to the Pin Contest Feb. 1.

An afternoon of fun on Bulrush’s new virtual golf simulators will help to create a world of community for the Minnesota Special Olympians. This organization offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition.

For a $20 donation, each golfer will receive seven swings in the Longest Drive competition or five swings in the Closest to the Pin challenge. For a $30 donation, a golfer will be entered in both the Longest Drive and the Closest to the Pin competitions.

First-place trophies will be awarded along with prizes for second and third. The Rush-Hour Bar and Restaurant will also be holding a meat raffle the same afternoon. For more information on this event, call Bulrush at 320-358-1050.

55+ driver improvement program

Driver improvement courses for motorists ages 55-plus are offered 8 a.m. – noon Feb. 1 at the Chisago Lakes Medical Center, 11725 Stinson Ave., Chisago City, and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Forest Lake Senior Center, 767 SW Fourth St. Both are 4-hour refresher courses.

The Driver Improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is required. A Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center certified instructor teaches this class.  By utilizing the most up-to-date research in the field, participants will be provided the latest information in regards to driver safety, new laws, and vehicle technology.  The fee for the refresher 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 4-hour refresher class every three years to maintain the 10 percent discount.

Candlelight Ski

The public is invited to join Anoka-Ramsey Community College faculty, staff and students for an evening of skiing or hiking along two miles of candlelit trails along the Rum River during the annual Candlelight Ski 5:30 -8:30 p.m.  Feb. 1. at the Cambridge campus.

Skiing begins from the Campus Center on the east side of County Road 70. Ski rental is available at Outdoor Edge (115 S. Adam St., Cambridge, 763-552-3343). Free parking is available next to the college’s campus center.

The candlelit trails are part of the Spirit River Nature Area’s cross-country ski trails that wander through the Cambridge Campus and the City of Cambridge.

Along with skiing or hiking, festivities will also include refreshments and a chance to win door prizes at 7:30 p.m. Ken Krona and Rick Stener will perform at the campus center food court 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call 763-433-1100 or visit

Chisago Co. Republican Party caucus 

The Chisago County Republican Party precinct caucus will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at numerous locations in the county. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information and a list of caucus locations, visit or call 651-287-8700.

Senate District 32 DFL precinct caucuses

Senate District 32 DFL will host precinct caucuses Tuesday, Feb. 4. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. with the caucus meeting at 7 p.m. For precinct location information, contact the Isanti County Auditor’s Office at 763-689-1644 or the Chisago County Auditor’s Office at 651-213-8500.

New to Medicare sessions

Going on Medicare soon or just interested in how it works?  There will be information on Medicare given out at the following sessions at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, 5200 Fairview Blvd. Wyoming, as well as questions answered:

•Feb. 5, 10 a.m.—noon

•March 5, 10 a.m.—noon

•April 2, 10 a.m.—noon

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 needed 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 be included.

Stomp Out Suicide event

Stomp Out Suicide, in partnership with the Forest Lake Area Partnership for Families welcomes nationally known comic and mental health activist Kevin Breel to Forest Lake Area High School for a “Stop the Stigma” event at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 13 with a resource fair and concluding after a talk by Breel that begins at 7 p.m. This public event aims to raise awareness of mental health, depression and suicide prevention. For more information, call 651-986-1609 or email [email protected]

22nd annual candlelight ski/snowshoe/walk event

Illuminating 6 miles of trails, candles will guide visitors through one of once-in-a-winter opportunity at Wild River 6-9 p.m. Feb. 15. Snowshoers, skiers, and walkers are welcome to take the trails this Valentine’s weekend.

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 per day or $25 per year. Participants over the age of 16 who will be on skis will need a Minnesota Ski Pass. Visitors can purchase a day pass at the office for $6 or an annual pass for $20. Hikers and snowshoers do not need a ski pass.

For more information, call 651-583-2125 x 227.

Leopold book club at Crex Meadows

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is launching a new program in January, called the Leopold Book Club. Join a fun and inquisitive community of Aldo Leopold lovers by reading “A Sand County Almanac” and engage in lively and insightful discussion and short related activities. The club meets 6-7 p.m. every other Thursday from now to March 20 at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, 102 East Crex Ave., Grantsburg, Wis. Pre-registration is required. Readers are invited to sign up now. Space is limited to 25 participants. Reserve a copy of “A Sand County Almanac” at a local library.

This program is meant to inspire people to connect with the outdoors and wildlife, all while enjoying some of Leopold’s famous works. Over the course of six weeks, participants will explore ways in which humans relate to their natural surroundings. For more information on the Leopold Book Club and to pre-register, contact Kristi Pupak, wildlife conservation educator, at 715-463-2739 or via email: [email protected] For complete details and updated information, visit

‘Hot Reads for Cold Nights’

Need a cure for those cold, winter blues? The North Branch Library invites all adults, 18 years and older, to participate in our fifth annual Hot Reads for Cold Nights adult winter reading program. The program runs now-March 1. To participate, stop in the library beginning Jan. 6 and pick up a pack of Hot Reads for Cold Nights bookmarks. Each bookmark will have a different topic listed on it. Read any book that fulfills that topic and turn the bookmark(s) in to the library each week for a chance to win a prize. Prize drawings will be held each Monday from bookmarks turned in from the previous week, plus there will be a grand prize drawing from all of the bookmarks turned in over the 8-week period.

Winter story time at NB/RC libraries

Celebrate the joy of reading by visiting the library for winter story time 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays now-Feb. 26.  Hear children’s stories read aloud. Story time can foster a love of reading and provides children and adults with an enjoyable library experience by introducing books and fun activities.

Children ages 3-5 are invited to attend. Library staff will lead story times. Call the library at 651-674-8443 for more information.

The story times will also be held at the Rush City Library at 2 p.m. Wednesdays now until the end of February.

Lose weight with TOPS

A TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) weight loss group meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in North Branch. TOPS offers weekly weigh-ins, education, incentive, recognition and support for a membership fee. Call Sue at 651-674-8263 for more information.

‘The Current’ film features Fish Lake Lutheran Church

“The Current,” a new Christian film featuring Fish Lake Lutheran Church, will be shown at GTI Theater in North Branch at 7 p.m.  Jan. 30.

The Current is the story of 13-year-old Jake Larson, who lives in Chicago and loves everything about his life there when his parents decide that city violence is hitting too close to home. Wanting to raise their children in a better environment, Jake’s parents make the life-changing decision to move the family from Chicago to a campground in rural Minnesota. At the campground, a rebellious young Jake meets Peter — the boy from the farm across the river. The two form a fast friendship that God uses to transform Jake’s life in ways that Jake never could have imagined.

For more information and tickets, visit and click on the “showings” tab.

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