Calendar (posted 6-12-14)

NBHS alumni assoc. annual meeting

The North Branch Alumni Association will be holding its annual meeting at 2 p.m. June 11 at Perkins Restaurant in North Branch.

The NBHS Alumni Association was organized in 1992 to establish scholarships to graduating seniors, provide communications among alumni through its annual newsletter and to create pride and develop continuity from student to alumnus. All North Branch High School graduates are cordially invited to attend.

Summer preschool story time 

A “Paws to Read” preschool story time for children ages 3-5 will be held at North Branch Area Library 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays June 11-30.

Father’s Day story time 

Fathers and children 3-6 years of age are invited to spend time together enjoying stories, finger plays, songs, snacks and a special craft at 6:30 p.m. June 11 at the Rush City Public Library.

‘Cock-a-Doodle-Zoo’ RC/NB Library program 

Children ages preschool through grade six are invited to participate at the “Paws to Read: Cock-a-Doodle-Zoo” program this spring and summer at the Rush City and North Branch libraries. Younger children may have an adult or older child read to them. A teen program will also be offered. Stop by the library and pick up a flyer listing all the activities and events offered for kids and teens alike. The summer reading program will run June 2-Aug. 4.  All activities are free and open to the public.

To kick-off the Paws to Read program, Cock-a-Doodle Zoo will be bringing animals from their zoo in Scandia at 3:30 p.m. June 12. The animals will be at the North Branch Area Library at 1 p.m. June 12.

NB Flag Day ceremony

North Branch American Legion Post 85, assisted by North Branch VFW Post 6424, will be holding a flag disposal ceremony at 9 a.m. June 14 in the Legion parking lot at 6439 Elm St. Unserviceable flags may be dropped off at the Legion anytime during business hours.

RC flag retirement ceremony 

Rush City American Legion Post# 93 will conduct a flag retirement ceremony at 1 p.m. on Flag Day, June 14, at Triangle Park in downtown Rush City.  Flag etiquette says: When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be properly disposed by burning in a dignified manner. All unserviceable flags should be given to a Legion member, dropped off at City Hall, or brought to the Triangle Park that day. Anyone wanting to observe this ceremony is welcome to attend.

ARE YOU OK? program sign-up

At 10-11:30 a.m. June 16, Chisago County Sheriff Rick Duncan will be at the North Branch Senior Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch, to sign-up anyone who is interested in the Are You OK? Program. The Are You OK? Program is an automated phone call system that contacts a subscriber daily to verify the well being of the participant. It is a free service offered to the residents of Chisago County by the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, Lakes Area Police Department, Wyoming Police Department and the North Branch Police Department. More information about this program is located on the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office Web page.

Midsommernatt in Lindstrom 

Vennelag 1-546 of Sons of Norway will celebrate Sankt Hans Dag (St. John’s Day), also called Midsommernatt (Midsummer’s eve) at 6:30 p.m. June 17 at the Lindstrom Community Center.

Members of Vennelag: Invite and bring a friend. For everyone else: Please know that guests are always welcome at Vennelag events.

‘Botany Walks and Talks’

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area in Grantsburg, Wis. is having free “Botany Walks and Talks” events 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 this week 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.

Red Bull Military Appreciation Day

The 6th Annual Red Bull Military Appreciation Day is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 15 at Central Park in North Branch. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include a display of military vehicles and memorabilia, a car show sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts-North Branch, kids activities, silent auction, food vendors, veteran services and military support organizations. Proceeds will support the U.S. Armed Forces with a commitment to Minnesota military families.

VA roundtables with Nolan

U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan recently announced the locations of several veterans roundtables to be held across the 8th District.

Among the items for discussion will include H.R.635, the HEALTHY Vets Act, which would enable veterans in rural areas to visit their local doctors, rather than travel to the nearest big city for VA facilities.

The Chisago County roundtable is being held 3-4:30 p.m. June 16 in the lower level of the Chisago County Government Center in Center City.

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 long-standing 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.

Anderson Park wetland plant tour

What grows in wetlands around here? Learn about wetland plants in Anderson County Park, 27241 Furman St. NE, North Branch, 10-11 a.m. June 21. The boardwalk and observation deck will allow visitors to get close-up views of plants that grow where it is wet without getting their feet wet. The tour guide will be Nancy Haugen, an experienced naturalist who has worked in Minnesota state parks and in national wildlife refuges across the country. Meet at the picnic shelter. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of Anderson Park. Questions? Call Lee at 651-462-2015.

Free robotics summer camp

North Branch Area High School will be hosting a free robotics summer camp 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 23-26 for North Branch and Chisago Lakes students entering grades 9-12. Students interested in attending the camp should contact the Activities Office in their high school or the Community Education office in North Branch.

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.

Red Bull Motorcycle Run

The Red Bull Motorcycle Run is June 28, starting and ending at North Branch American Legion Post 85, 6439 Elm St., North Branch. A breakfast buffet at 9 a.m. will be followed by sign-in from 10 a.m. to noon and the ride at 12:30 p.m. The cost for a bike and one rider is $20; a passenger is $15. To pre-register for a reduced rate, visit www.csoaf.com. This sixth annual event supports the group’s mission of direct support through the shipment of care packages to deployed troops, primarily the Minnesota National Guard and its families.

Lindstrom Loppet registration

New this year, online registration will save money for runners and walkers who plan to take part in the July 12 Lindstrom Loppet Karl Oskar Days 5K Walk/Run. Hosted by Fairview Lakes Medical Center, the 26th annual event is set for 8 a.m. July 12 at Lakes Free Church in Lindstrom. Online registration for the event is now open at lindstromloppet.zapevent.com, and race organizers emphasize that there is no added service fee for those who register online.

Chisago Lakes Triathlon

The Chisago Lakes Triathlon will be held July 27 at the Paradise Park in Chisago City. The event begins at 7 a.m. and features half iron and sprint courses. The Youth Triathlon will also be held July 26 at Paradise Park starting at 9 a.m. To register, visit dutrirun.com, active.com or call 920-574-2972.

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.

Alumni football game

Do you have what it takes to strap on a helmet one more time?

Well, if you’ve ever wished that you could play football one more time, you’re wish has been granted. Alumni football is coming to North Branch. Gridiron Alumni is planning several full contact alumni football games. Gridiron Alumni travels the nation pitting old football rivals against each other one more time. Gridiron Alumni is targeting teams like North Branch, Chisago Lakes Area, Cambridge-Isanti, and many others. Players from the local area are invited to register and play. The first 40 players on each team get to play. The team that gets 30 people registered first gets home field advantage. The games are set for spring and summer. If you or someone you know is interested in putting on the pads one more time, go to http://www.gridironalumni.com to register.  If you have any questions call Chris at (530) 410-6396.

Gridiron Alumni was founded in 2010 and has raised more thabn $250,000 for schools and charities using alumni football games as a fundraising vehicle.

Almelund Cruise Night 

“Almelund Cruise Night” is new this year.  At 5-7 p.m. every last Thursday of the month until Sept. 25 this summer, cruise into the small town for and evening of fun.

Classic cars and motorcycles are welcome.

There will be hot dogs, pop, chili cheese fries, ice cream and beer on sale.

Trackside Bluegrass Band at Calvary

At 9:30 a.m. June 15 at Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rush Point, 600 Rush Point Dr. Stanchfield, the Trackside Bluegrass Gospel Band will provide the music at worship.

Give dad and yourself a special treat on Father’s Day and join them for worship and refreshments.

Mystery Mountain Boys in concert 

Everyone is invited to attend Summer Fun Night at First Lutheran, 1000 S. Jay Ave., Rush City, starting at 6 p.m. June 20.  There will be hot dogs, chips, beverage and ice cream cones. The Mystery Mountain Boys concert will begin at 7 p.m. Activities for kids continue through the evening.

Tickets are $10 per person; people ages 18 and under may attend for free. Tickets are available at the church office, Fabric, Fashions & More, Rush City Printing and at the door.

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