Upcoming events (posted May 15)

NB American Legion Auxiliary meeting

The North Branch American Legion Auxiliary will not have a regular meeting in May, but the Auxiliary will have its Mother’s Day Banquet at 6 p.m. May 14 at the American Legion Hall. All members are welcome as well as guests, if members need a driver. Also, the Auxiliary is looking for workers for Midsummer Days; those who are interested in volunteering should contact Michelle Still at mich.nbala@gmail.com.

Salad and trivia food class 

Spring salad is the focus of an upcoming We R Able class 5-7 p.m. May 15 at the North Branch Area High School, 38175 Grand Ave., North Branch, FACS room. Barbie Browning, cooking aficionado from Isanti, is the teacher. The evening includes trivia, interspersed with the cooking instruction and eating. There is a fee for the class, which pays for an evening meal, and pre-registration is needed. Find more information on the We R Able Facebook page or call 320-358-1220.

Aubudon roadside cleanup 

Join the Wild River Audubon Chapter for a spring roadside clean-up at 9 a.m. May 17. Meet in the lower parking lot at Chisago Lake Lutheran Church in Center City. Wear old clothes and bring a pair of gloves. Work for an hour or two.

Wildlife experience weekend 

Need a weekend full of wildlife viewing? Consider custom wildlife program offerings May 17-18 at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area in Grantsburg, Wis.

From 5-7 p.m. May 17 investigate the mysteries of wildlife with a PowerPoint presentation in the auditorium followed by an evening birding tour with expert birders. No registration required for this free program.

Early risers can enjoy an excursion into the marshes in search of spring migrants and returning resident birds 4-7 a.m. May 18  or 7-10 a.m. Pre–registration required for tours on May 18. Fees vary.

For more information and to pre-register, contact Kristi Pupak, wildlife conservation educator, at 715-463-2739 or via email at Kristina.pupak@wisconsin.gov.

PFLAG Meeting

The East Central Minnesota Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays will meet at 4:30 p.m.  May 18 at Common Ground (United Methodist Church), 409 North Cypress Street, Cambridge, in the Fireside Room. Use the northeast entrance. This will be the group’s last meeting until September 14. The group welcomes anyone looking for support, who wishes to support or has questions concerning the LGBT community. Those with questions can call 320-396-3128, 320-272-0069 or 763-552-0084.

NBHS Hall of Fame Awards

The North Branch High School Alumni Association will be honoring this year’s recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame Award during a 7:30 p.m. ceremony at the Chisago County Community Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch, May 21. A reception will start at 6:30 p.m.

The recipients are Thor Bergstralh, class of 1932; John Holum, class of 1946; and Galen Britz, class of 1957. For further information, contact Sharalyn Olson at 651-674-4512 or Dan Forschler at 651-462-4522.

‘Wink the Other Eye’ concert

East Central Minnesota musicians Ginger Glenn, Dave Gourhan and Dennis Murry will perform at the Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch, at 2 p.m. May 21 as part of the  Coffee Time Concert Series. They perform as Wink the Other Eye, and will feature a variety of old time tunes on fiddle and guitar. Donations are accepted.

For more information on the We R Able, find them on Facebook or call 320-358-1220.

RC Garden Club spring plant sale

The Rush City Garden Club will have its spring plant sale 7-9 a.m. May 22 at Rushseba Town Hall, 51445 Forest Blvd., Rush City. For more information, call 320-258-3307.

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.

Eight-hour 55-plus driver improvement course

An 8-hour course for drivers 55-plus is being held at the Linwood Senior Center, 22817 Typo Creek Drive NE, Stacy, 4-8 p.m. May 27 and 28. Cost is $12. Call to register 651-462-5565.

Motorists who complete this course are eligible for a 10 percent reduction on their auto insurance.

Upcoming Red Cross blood drives Chisago County

• Noon-6 p.m. May 28 at Andersen Corporation, 39811 Golden Ave., North Branch.

• 1-7 p.m. May 29 at the Taylor’s Falls Community Center, 312 Government St.

• Noon-6 p.m. May 30 at the Chisago City Farmers Market, 10625 Railroad Ave., Chisago City.

Isanti

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 23 Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, 1820 2nd Ave. SE Cambridge.

• 12:30-6:30 p.m. May 27 Faith Lutheran Church, 109 S. 2nd Ave., Isanti.

Baby bonanza sale

Parents and grandparents are invited to purchase gently used infants’ and children’s clothing, toys, furniture and handcrafted items at the Baby Bonanza Sale at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming 9 a.m. to noon May 31.

Staff at Fairview Lakes Medical Center host the event as a service to the community. Sellers keep the proceeds of their sales. For information, contact Joleen Lawlor at 651-982-7100.

Plant exchange

The Friends of Anderson Park and the North Branch Garden Club invite both new and experienced gardeners to a spring Plant Exchange 9 a.m. – noon May 31 at Irving and John Anderson County Park, 27241 Furman St. NE, North Branch. Bring three or more potted plants and swap for three or more different plants. All types of indoor and outdoor plants, seeds, vegetables, grasses, bulbs, herbs, trees and bushes accepted. Label plants for identification with name, type and size of plant, and sun or shade. If you don’t have plants to share, your entry to the exchange will be a treat to share with participants. Contact Linnea Lentz at 763-444-8550 with questions; $1 donations are accepted for a chance at door prizes.

Johnson/Turner 5K run

The Johnson/Turner 5K run, sponsored by the Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau is planned 7:45-10:30 a.m. May 31. Proceeds from the race go to support LAYSB’s youth enrichment and mentoring programs.

The Johnson/Turner Calorie Burner 5K is a scenic, USATF-certified (3.1 mile) course, winding through the quiet streets of Forest Lake, and ending at the Lakeside Park. Following the 5K, there will be a 1K kiddie trot.

All participants will receive a free healthy breakfast following the race. To volunteer, contact Jenna Jones at Jenna.Jones@ysblakesarea.org or 651-464-3685.

Free community block party

Bridge of Grace Church is hosting a free community block party 5-7 p.m. June 8 in Central Park. Questions? Call Pastor Scott at 651-226-1753, or vistit www.bridgeofgrace.net

‘Botany Walks and Talks’

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area in Grantsburg, Wis. is having free “Botany Walks and Talks” events June 8, June 20 and Aug. 17. Begin in the auditorium with a lecture on the biology and identification of a certain plant and/or fungus group, followed by a walk on the wildlife area to put newly learned skills to practice. Call 715-463-2739 or email kristina.pupak@wisconsin.gov for more information.

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.

Ladies’ invitational golf tourney

The Third Annual Chisago Lakes Ladies’ Invitational tournament will be hosted by the women’s leagues at Chisago Lakes Golf Course in Lindstrom June 18.There will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start for this 2-woman best ball event.

The 2014 invitational will honor a longstanding member of Chisago Lakes Golf Course, Shari Grandstrand. She passed away in early April, after a short but courageous battle with cancer.

Registration forms for the event are available at the golf course or online at www.chisagolakesgolf.com —click “Outings & Events” and search the “Events Calendar.”  The cost is $50 per person (cart extra), and the registration deadline is June 13. Those with questions can call Linda at 651- 257-2945 or the Chisago Lakes Golf Course at 651 257-1484.

Prepare an Italian meal

Caterer, cooking instructor, and food aficionado Channa Tastides of Cambridge will teach a cooking class at the North Branch High School FACS room, 38175 Grand Ave., North Branch, 4-6 p.m. June 23 as part of We R Able’s new cuisine series. The evening features an Italian meal of chicken alfredo and also includes an acknowledgement of National Columnist’s Day, in recognition of the media coverage of We R Able events in the region. There is a fee to participate, and pre-registration is needed by June 16. For more information call 320-358-1220.

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.

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