Upcoming events (posted April 9)

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.

Ruby’s Pantry NB distribution

Ruby’s Pantry will have a distribution day 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. April 12 at 39404 Grand Ave., North Branch. Cost: $20 donation. For more information, call RoxAnn at 651-741-0009.

Fifty-five plus driver improvement course

An 8-hour driver improvement course for motorists ages 55-plus is being offered 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 12 at the Fairview Chisago Lakes Medical Center, 11725 Stinson Ave; Chisago City.

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 8-hour course is $24. For more information or to register, visit  www.mnsafetycenter.org 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.

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.

Fairview ‘Baby Talk’ event

Whether you are newly pregnant, have a baby or toddler or are simply thinking about having a baby, Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming invites you to bring your spouse or a friend to “Baby Talk” 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 12.

Toddlers are welcome to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog, attend story time and receive a book from Reach Out and Read, try the toddler obstacle course and enjoy live guitar  music. Parents can tour the Birthplace, talk to a pediatrician, learn about infant CPR and much more.

Allergist John B. Sweet will offer information on childhood allergies and asthma, and pediatric rehab will be on hand to answer questions. Child safety seat demonstrations will take place throughout the event, and (weather permitting) childseat installation will be offered by appointment starting at 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. Choose from five 20-minute talks, and there will be door prizes.

To RSVP for this free event and register for free child safety seat installation, call 612-672-7272 or visit fairview.org/babytalkevent. Fairview Lakes Medical Center is located at 5200 Fairview Blvd.

‘Pictures in Paradise’

The Northern Exposures Photography Club proudly presents its third annual celebration of photography, “Pictures in Paradise,” at the Paradise Theater in Mora at 1:30 pm. April 13. Twenty-three area photographers will share their work on the big screen of the theater. There is no admission fee, and the public is invited to view these photographs.  For more information, contact Dee Kotaska at 320-679-0524.

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.

Pickled herring at its finest

Vennelag Lodge 1-546 of Sons of Norway will meet at 7 p.m. April 15 at the Lindstrom Community Center, 13292 Sylvan Ave. The Board of Directors will meet at 6:30 p.m.

Chris Dorff, president of Olsen Fish Company in Minneapolis, will present the program. He will tell about the history of the Olsen Fish Company, along with pictures. He will also bring a sample of Olsen herring for some taste testing.

Guests are always welcome at Vennelag meetings. Host and hostess for the evening, serving coffee and goodies, are Daryl and Suzette Thingvold.

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.

Quilting program

Forest Lake Memorial Quilters will present a “Quilts on Broadway” quilt show 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 25 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  April 26 at the American Legion Event Center, 355 Broadway Ave. W, Forest Lake. Admission: $4. More than 150 quilts will be displayed, and there will be demonstrations, boutiques, vendors, bed turning and raffles. Refreshments available. For additional information, visit www.memorialquilters.com.

Beer and brewing library program

East Central Regional Library presents Beer and Brewing in the Land of Sky Blue Waters 2 p.m. April 26 at the Hinckley Public Library

Explore the history of Minnesota’s beer scene, the innovators and home brewers that spurred a new generation of breweries, and the very basics of brewing itself for beer novices and fledgling beer geeks alike. It will be a hoppin’ good time!

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 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.

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 www.bridgeofgrace.net or call Pastor Scott Johnson at 651-226-1753.

Center City Art expo

Some $500 in cash prizes will be awarded to winners of the first annual Vilhelm Moberg two-day art expo planned as part of Center City Days, Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2.  The first prizewinner in acrylic or oil painting, drawing, or a similar art expression will receive $250 with lesser amounts awarded to other winners.

Prizewinning categories include the Karl Oskar Award, Per Andersson Honorarium, Anders Svensson Honorarium, Frank Mobeck Honorarium, Andrew Wallmark Honorarium, and Daniel Lindstrom Honorarium.  All are historic persons representing nearby villages, and all entries must reflect the historic or cultural nature of the Chisago Lakes Area.

Framed art will be displayed indoors within the business places of cooperating owners. A $10 registration fee will be required, and artists may choose to add their work to the silent auction Aug. 2.

Peer and family support groups 

A NAMI connection peer support group for adults recovering from mental illness meets weekly in Cambridge. The free group is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota. Trained facilitators who are also in recovery lead NAMI Connection groups. The group meets 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Cambridge Medical Center, 701 S. Dellwood St., in the administrative conference room. For more information, contact Louise at 651-592-6989. A family support group also meets at the same time and location to help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. For information, call Sarah at 320-396-0443.

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