Calendar (posted 3-19-20)

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.

Senior center dance with
Jerry’s One Man Band

The Chisago County Senior Center invites the community to dance along with Jerry’s One Man Band at 1 p.m. March 20. The cost is $5, and a light lunch will be served. The senior center is located in the Ecumen Uptown Maple Commons building, 38790 Sixth Ave., in downtown North Branch.

Rush City Garden Club meeting

Master Gardener Joe Sausen greeted many days with his camera this winter, and is happy to share his morning moments with visitors at the 9 a.m. Rush City Garden Club meeting March 20. The club meets at Rushseba Town Hall, 51533 Forest Blvd. The public is welcome.

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.

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.

NB garden club meeting

Julie Weisenhorn, University of Minnesota associate extension professor, will speak at the North Branch Garden Club meeting at 7 p.m. March 24 at the Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Ave. Her presentation will be on backyard renovation and sustainable landscape design.  Cost is $2 for non-members.

Four-Hour refresher 55-plus defensive driving class

Linwood Senior Center, 22817 Typo Creek Dr. NE, Stacy, 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.

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.

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

RC April Fool’s event

We R Able will offer an evening of movies and bingo 6-7:30 p.m.

April 1 at the SCRED building in downtown Rush City, at 425 S. Dana Avenue. Tracy and Merrie Tolzman, collectors of old time movies, will screen a couple that are goofy and silly, and just right for the season. There is a modest registration

fee, and pre-registration is needed.

For more information about We R Able programming call 320-358-1220.

RC Doris Day concert and dinner

We R Able will offer a concert in honor of Doris Day on her birthday at 5:30 p.m. April 3 at the SCRED building, 425 S. Dana

Ave., Rush City. The band Neighberz will perform. The audience will be invited to sing along from song sheets. There is a modest fee to attend and pre-registration is needed for the pizza supper at 5 p.m.

There will be door prize drawings, and everyone is invited to wear a nametag that says, “Doris for the Day,” or “Dallas, Dillon, Douglas, or Dorian for the Day.”  At the end of the concert, all participants will be invited to reflect on their arts experience by creating and designing their own bracelet with a message and/or image that represents the phrase, “Be Good Neighberz.”

For more information about We R Able programming, call 320-358-1220.

Civil war sewing kit workshop

Portable sewing kits were an essential accessory for everyone from soldiers to housewives during the Civil War. “Housewives” would securely store thread, pins, needles and notions. During this workshop at 11 a.m. April 5 at the North Branch Area Public Library, participants will create modern versions of these popular Civil War era sewing kits.

This program is free and open to the public.

Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required. This program is designed for adults. To pre-register, contact the North Branch Area Library at 651- 674-8443.

NB/RC libraries preschool story times 

Spring preschool story time is already in progress at the North Branch Area Library and the Rush City Public Library. Children ages 3-5 are invited to join volunteer story time leaders Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the NB library now through May 7. Children of the same age are invited to the RC library Wednesdays at 2 p.m. now through May 21. There will be no story time April 16 at the RC library. There will be stories, finger plays, flannel boards and more. Call the library at 651-674-8443 for more information.

Meet Minnesota authors 

The Friends of the North Branch Library invite the public to come to the library at 6:30 p.m. April 8 to meet two Minnesota authors.

Meet A. L. Sanderson, author of “The Last Dance,” her new historical romance. It is 75 years after the Great Hinckley Fire and the sequel of “Timber, Fire in the Pines,” her first book. The backdrop for both of these books is the white pine region of North Central Minnesota. Entire region is the backdroorth central Minnesota’s white pine region is the backdro

Dean Hovey is the second guest author of the evening. He visited us earlier with his book “Hooker.” His newest book is “Whistling Sousa,” which takes place in Two Harbors.

They both will speak on how they got started writing and how they plot their individual stories.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Refreshments will be served.

Softball program 

Summer is a time for making your way to the ballpark, hitting a few softballs, and running around the bases. We R Able organizes a 6-week session for summer softball on Thursdays, May 22 to June 26, at the Lent Town Hall. The games run 4-6 p.m. at 33155 Hemingway Ave., Stacy.  In case of rainy weather, players adjourn indoors for some games of bingo. We R Able provides programs for adults with disabilities in a four-school district area:  Pine City, Rush City, North Branch, and Chisago Lakes.  All programs are accessible and open to the general public.  For more information visit the Facebook page. Pre-register with We R Able by calling 320-358-1220.

Alaska mission Sunday at Immanuel

On March 23, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Almelund, will observe a Mission Sunday centered around JoAnn Nielsen’s 12th Mission Trip to Ft. Yukon, a tiny village in Northern Alaska located on the Yukon River, reachable by small bush planes.  This will take place at the morning worship service at 9:30 a.m.  Nielsen will relate her experiences and insights from last year’s trip.

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