Calendar (posted 3-12-14)

Scandiband music 

The Spirit River Scandiband will perform as part of the Arts RX Concert Series with We R Able at 6 p.m. March 13 at North Country Coffee, 38500 Tanger Dr., in the North Branch Mall.  Supper begins at 5 p.m., followed by the music. The Scandiband will perform music to celebrate two cultural events: St. Patrick’s Day and St. Urho’s Day.

There is a fee to attend, and pre-registration is needed by March 12. For more information, call 320-358-1220.

‘Meatballs for Mutts’ fundraiser

Northwoods Humane Society in Wyoming is dishing up for its annual winter spaghetti dinner, Meatballs for Mutts, 7 p.m. March 15 at the Forest Lake VFW, 556 12th St. SW.

This entertaining annual evening has hosted hundreds of supporters with dinner, dessert and games.

“We are so excited to welcome 2014 with this fundraiser,” said Miranda Schaps-Rineer, NHS Board member and volunteer.

As the community’s only animal shelter and a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, all attendees who provide donations will be provided a receipt for tax-deduction purposes.

All proceeds go directly to the support and daily care of cats and dogs waiting for their new homes. This care includes spays, neuters and vaccinations, food and treats, bedding and toys.

In addition to the dinner and dessert, there will be a silent auction, door prizes, and a wine ring toss game.

For more information about the event or how to support Northwoods, visit http://www.northwoodshs.org, call 651-982-0240, or visit the shelter on Facebook at www.facebook.com/northwoodshs.

French toast/pancake breakfast

The North Branch Lioness Club is hosting a French toast/pancake breakfast 8 a.m. – noon March 16.

Breakfast includes all-you-can-eat French toast, pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice, milk and coffee.

Tickets are $6 for ages 12 and up ($5 if purchased in advance); $3 for ages 4-11 and free for ages 3 and under.

Advance sale tickets can be purchased by calling 651-674-5127 or 651-295-5301.

All profits will be donated to community organizations and projects.

Program about Israel 

Dr. David Reagan will present “Israel – a Key to American Destiny,” at the St. Croix Falls Public Library in St. Croix Falls, Wis., 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 16.

Call Dwayne Rasmussen at 715-755-3473 or Alan Walker 515-708-2120 for more information.

Relay for Life spaghetti dinner

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life kick off spaghetti dinner is 6 p.m. March 18 at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch. The night is designed to honor survivors and caregivers, provide an opportunity to learn about forming a Relay for Life team get ideas about how to fundraise and hear about the Relay night July 25 at the Almelund Threshing Grounds. Dinner and beverages will be served for a free-will donation. The dinner is free for cancer survivors. Those with questions can call Jeske Noordergraaf at 651-775-1233 or email jnoordergraaf@yahoo.com.

Vennelag spring meeting

Vennelag Lodge of Sons of Norway is having its spring meeting at the Lindstrom Community Center at 7 p.m. March 18.

The board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. and the Lodge Meeting at 7 p.m. A DVD film entitled “Letters from America” tells about the travels of Norwegian immigrants coming to America during the period from 1825 to 1900. Letters were sent home to Norway telling about the immigrants’ struggles in a land new to them, and also about their happiness and a good life after they became settled. Hosts for the March meeting will be Gretchen Langlie and Bev and Orv Otterness.  Guests are always welcome and especially new members.

NB golf course membership meeting

The North Branch Golf Course will hold its annual spring membership meeting at 7 p.m. March 18. It will be held at the North Branch Fire Hall, located 1 mile south of town, on Highway 61. Membership payments can also be made at that time. The meeting is open to the general public.

MnSure Navigators at RC library

Certified Navigators are persons who help individuals and families achieve successful enrollments into health plans through the MNsure marketplace and provide assistance to the consumer. Navigators are not insurance agents or brokers. They help people work through the process of applying and enrolling. MNsure navigators will be at the Rush City Public Library 3-8 p.m. March 19 and 26.

20th Annual Women’s Health Conference 

Women, it’s been a very long winter! Treat yourself to a chance to relax and renew yourself at the 20th annual Women’s Health Conference March 20 and 27, at the Hazelden Cork Center, 15251 Pleasant Valley Rd., Center City.

Hazelden, Fairview Lakes Medical Center, St. Croix Regional Medical Center and the Chisago and Polk County public health departments will again cosponsor this year’s conference, which begins at 5:30 p.m. each evening.

New this year, are appearances by Joan Steffend and “Dr. Gretchen” Bosacker, and a cooking demonstration by Master Chef Mike Shannon of Cooks of Crocus Hill. Women attending will also receive a 20th anniversary remembrance.

Circle the dates on your calendars now.  Come early for health screenings, refreshments and mini massages. Pre-registration is not required.

Comedy show

The community is invited to a free performance by comedian Joey I.L.O. from Branson, Mo.

Joey is from Minneapolis and now lives in Branson with his family.

The show will be held at Main Street Church, 6500 Main St., North Branch, 7 p.m. March 21. There is no admittance charge, but there will be opportunity for a free-will offering.

This is clean comedy, so bring the kids.

Four-Hour refresher 55-plus defensive driving class

Linwood Senior Center will be offering a 4-hour defensive driving class for seniors 9-1 p.m. March 24. The cost is $12. Call 651-462-5565 to register.

Eight-Hour 55-plus defensive
driving class

Linwood Senior Center is offering an 8-hour defensive driving class for seniors 2-6 p.m. March 24 and 25. The cost is $12. Call 651-462-5565 to register. Those who complete the course can save 10 percent on their drivers’ insurance.

Deer herd status meeting

Do you have questions about the deer population? Want to know what the future deer hunting season looks like? Come and join in a time of discussion and questions on the 2013 deer season 7 p.m. March 27 at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, 102 East Crex Ave., Grantsburg, Wis.  Information will be provided on deer program changes that will be occurring for the 2014 deer season. This will include current available information on the implementation of the Deer Trustee Report and the new Deer Management Assistance Program.

For questions or more information, contact Steve Hoffman, wildlife biologist, at 715-463-2896 or email steven.hoffman@wisconsin.gov.

For complete details and updated information, visit www.crexmeadows.org. For regular updates, photos, news and more, follow Crex Meadows on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Craft show and bake sale

A craft show and bake sale sponsored by the North Branch Lioness Club will be held 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. March 29 at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch. There will be more than 30 vendors.

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.

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: Kristina.pupak@wisconsin.gov.

Nature story time at Interstate Park

Join Naturalist Julie Fox at 10 a.m. Thursdays through March at the Ice Age Center at Wisconsin Interstate Park for a story and activity chosen especially for preschoolers and their parents. Bring clothing for outdoor play (weather permitting).

Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin on Hwy 35 just 1/2 mile south of Hwy 8.  Nature story time is free of charge, but a state park sticker is required to enter the park. For more information, call 715-483-3747.

Weekly domestic violence support group

The Refuge Network would like to invite people to its weekly support group for women who have experienced domestic violence. Participation in the group is completely free and confidential.  Visit www.therefugenetwork.org for more information.

The group meets in Chisago City Mondays 6-7:30 p.m. at 10626 Railroad Ave., suite 204/205. Call 651-257-2890 for information on this meeting time.

RC Women’s Club to host spring fling sale

The Rush City Women’s Club will be kicking off spring by hosting its first indoor flea market and garage sale extravaganza.

Local residents and those from surrounding communities will be selling handicrafts, home baked goods, jewelry, housewares and more from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at the Rush City Community Center, 720 West 14th St.

Local musicians will provide background music, and ladies from the community will be serving picnic type foods from the concession stand. Admission is free.

Baby shower for Options for Women

All profits will be used to fund the local scholarships and other programs of the Rush City Women’s Club.

The public is invited to a baby shower for Options for Women, the local pregnancy resource center, hosted by Bridge of Grace Church, at 1 p.m. March 23 at the Center for Community Resources, 38460 Lincoln Trl., North Branch. There will be lunch, shower games and a celebration babies as much-needed items for Options for Women are collected.

Options for Women have a “Baby Boutique,” where moms can purchase items using “dollars” they earn from taking educational classes. The items on the list below will be used for this:

Diapers: all sizes, but greatly need sizes are 3,4,5; new girl clothes: NB-3T but greatly need are 18m-3T; new boy clothes: NB-3T; baby bathtubs, nursing pads, diaper bags, nursing bras; new shoes for baby boys and girls; new infant carriers; umbrella strollers; strollers; wipes; baby supplies like Desitin, baby wash, shampoo, lotion, pacifiers, etc.

Those who cannot attend the shower but would like to donate items can drop them off at collection boxes at the Chamber of Commerce office, the North Branch Area Library or at Options for Women, 6448 Main Street; Ste. 13, North Branch.

For more information, www.bridgeofgrace.net, or call Bonnie Lundahl @ 763-219-5192.

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