Upcoming events (posted March 26)

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 [email protected] 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.

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 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.

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 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.

Fifty-five plus driver improvement programs 

Driver improvement programs for motorists ages 55 and up are planned at the following times and locations:

• 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. April 2 at North Branch Area High School (4-hour refresher course).

• 5-9 p.m. April 3 and 10 at NBAHS (8-hour first-time course).

• 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 12, Fairview Chisago Lakes Medical Center (8-hour first-time course).

The Driver Improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is required. A Minnesota Highway Safety & 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 4-hour refresher course is $20 and the 8-hour course is $24.00. For more information or to register, visit www.mnsafetycenter.org or call TOLL FREE 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.

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.

Chorale joint concert

The East Central Minnesota Chorale will be presenting a joint concert with the Two Rivers Chorale and Unum Vox at 7 p.m. April 5 in the Richard Hardy Performing Arts Center in Cambridge. The concert titled “Generations” will start feature “Testament of Freedom” by Randall Thompson, Minnesota composers David Dickau and Eric Barnum as well as music by Eric Whitacre. The East Central MN Chorale is directed by Mark Potvin, Unum Vox by Tonya Barnes and the Two Rivers Chorale by Timothy Sawyer. Advance tickets are available at the Leader in Cambridge, County Market in North Branch, K-Bobs in Princeton as well as from any chorale or Unum Vox members. Adults pay $10 in advance, $12 at the door; students 13-17 pay $5, and children 12 and under may attend for free. Proceeds from this concert will benefit Cambridge Center for the Arts.

NB American Legion Auxiliary meeting

The next meeting of Unit 85 is at 7:30 p.m. April 8. The Auxiliary is asking unit members to bring items to help fill care packages to be sent to service members. Anyone from the community is welcome to drop off items to help with the packages.

Audubon meeting

Steve Wilson will present a program on birds in northern Minnesota: “The Iron Range: Minnesota’s Last Breeding Frontier,” 7 p.m. April 8 at Chisago Lakes Area Library, 11754 302nd St. Steve is a retired forest ecologist from the Minnesota DNR’s Scientific and Natural Area Program and has worked as a moose biologist, wilderness ranger, and wildlife researcher.  This program is free. The public is invited to attend.  Refreshments will be served.

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.

Spring book sale

The Friends of the North Branch Library will hold its Spring Book Sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 12 in the Library’s Community Room. Gently used books for all ages and music CDs will be available. Come early for the best selection. All proceeds go to library programming and furnishings.

The library welcomes donations of gently used books, movies and music. The library does not accept text books, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest Condensed books, National Geographic, magazines and nonfiction materials older than five years. Those with questions can call the library at 651-674-8443.

Battle of the Musicians

The North Branch Music Boosters will be hosting Battle of the Musicians at the North Branch High School Auditorium 7:30 p.m. May 9. All musicians are welcome to audition. Registration and audition information is available at www.nbmusicboosters.com , due April 18.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top performances selected by the audience. This is a North Branch Music Booster fundraiser.  Admission is $5 at the door. Come and enjoy the music and vote for your favorite band.

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.

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.

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