Calendar (posted 4-2-14)

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 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.

Cancer Relay for Life teams needed 

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Chisago County is forming teams for the July 25 annual event at the Almelund  Threshing Grounds.

A “Ready, Set, Relay” event will take place at 7:15 p.m. April 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 38460 Lincoln Trl., North Branch. For more information about the relay or to join, call 651-255-8113.


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.

Free family law program

The Refuge Network is sponsoring a free, open to the public, family law clinic 6-8 p.m. April 8 at Oakview Office Complex in Cambridge, 1700 E. Rum River Dr. S. Suite E. Attendees will learn the basics on family law matters from a presentation, receive helpful materials, and have questions answered by an attorney. Also, there may be an opportunity that evening, after the presentation, for two individuals to meet with an attorney for an individual consultation. Consultations will be on a first come, first served basis.

For further information visit or call 1-800-338-7233.

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.

Harris Legion bingo

Harris Legion Post #139 is hosting a spring bingo event 7:30-9 p.m. April 5 at the Legion Hall, 43662 Ginger Ave. Participants can win hams, turkeys and cash.

Fishing Expo

Harris Covenant Church, 43680 Gates Ave., Harris, is hosting a Fishing Expo event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12. Bring the whole family and display your trophy fish. Vendors, food, games, door prizes and seminars will be offered. For more information or to display a trophy mount, call 651-764-7565.

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.

Four Seasons Garden club open house

Four Seasons Garden Club will host an open house event, open to the general public, 7 p.m. April 14 at Minnco Credit Union in Cambridge. Ardith Bevridge, of Koehler and Dramm, will present flower arranging. This is a great opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade for creating and preserving fresh floral bouquets. Several arrangements will be created, along with advice on suggested flowers to plant in home gardens. Following the presentation, arrangements will be auctioned off with the beautiful flowers heading home with the lucky bidders. Ardith is head of the floral institute at Koehler and Dramm, a leading wholesale florist in Minneapolis.

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 , 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.

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 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.

Need help with home projects? 

Do you or someone you know need help with projects around the house? These projects could include small remodeling projects, a wheel chair ramp, painting, clean up or other endeavors. Do you have limitations that are stopping you from getting these needed things done? Time? Finances? Disability? Bridge of Grace Church may be able to help you.

The church is hosting teams of eager workers the week of June 8-14 who can help people with such projects through Hands of Hope. The teams will provide the labor needed to get projects done, and the church may be able to provide assistance with purchasing needed materials. For more information or to register to see if Hands of Hope can help with your project, go to or call Pastor Scott Johnson at 651-226-1753.

Fish Lake Lutheran Spaghetti dinner

Fish Lake Lutheran Church, 43353 Cedarcrest Trl., will be hosting a spaghetti dinner 4-7 p.m. April 5. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 10 and under.

Proceeds from this fundraiser go toward helping with summer camp experiences.

Calvary ham supper and bake sale

Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rush Point, 600 Rush Point Dr., Stanchfield, is having its annual ham supper and bake sale 4-7 p.m. April 10. The bake sale will begin at 4 p.m. Proceeds from the sale will go toward community needs. The cost for the supper is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12. Children ages 5 and under may eat for free. All are invited.

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