Calendar (posted 8-14-14)

Senior surf day

Seniors with little or no experience with computers are invited to a free session on learning to surf the Internet from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 14 at the public library in Cambridge. Instructors will go over navigating web pages, determining if a website is secure, using search engines and accessing useful Internet sites for seniors. Space is limited and pre-registration is required; contact Frances Nelson at 1-800-333-2433. Call to find out when a class will be offered at your public library in the future.

Art studio 101 We R Able series 

Art teacher Laurie Greeninger will offer Art Studio 101 at the Chisago County Senior Center 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 14. The focus is mobiles.  She will guide participants in creating three-dimensional art using recycled materials. There is a modest fee to participate, and pre-registration is needed.  The location is 38790, 6th Ave., in North Branch.

For more information, call 320-358-1211.

Concerts in the Park: Snapdragon Seeds Music

Come to Concerts in the Park: a Hometown Celebration held in North Branch Central Park starting 6:45 p.m. Aug. 14.

During story time, Chef Sharon Thompson from Taher, NBAPS food service provider, will be reading “Biscuit in the Garden.”

Snapdragon Seeds Music takes the stage at 7 p.m. The band has been performing original rock & roll for kids since 2005. Their high-energy style encourages kids and adults to dance. The educational topics teach space grammar, past tense, seasons, conjunctions and much more. It’s a smoke and alcohol free, family-friendly event, so bring a blanket, lawn chairs and a friend or neighbor to enjoy the evening’s entertainment. The North Branch Area Lioness Club will provide concessions.

Classic comedies 

The Leave ‘Em Laughing tent’s next screening of classic comedies is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Log Barn Cinema in Almelund. The Interstate Band will play a concert at the barn starting at 6 p.m.

Chisago City class of 1964 reunion

The Chisago City High School Class of 1964 will gather for its 50-year class reunion Saturday evening, Aug. 16, at the Rustic Inn in Stacy. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., with dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m. All classmates and former teachers are welcome to attend. Contact Trudy (Johnsen) Trenda for more information at 651-674-7545 or [email protected] Members of the Chisago City High School classes of 1963 and 1965 and Chi Hi Class of 1964 are also welcome to drop by at 7:30 p.m.

NCHS rummage sale

The North Chisago Historical Society will have a rummage sale fundraiser 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 16, which coincides with the Rush City Music Festival. The location is 350 Elliot Ave., just off Main Street and across form the Rush City office buildings.

Those who have items to donate to the rummage sale can call 320-358-4525, 320-358-4561, 651-674-7521, 651-674-4834, 320-396-2676.

Dr. James Guptill donated the building to the NCHS, and it is in need of renovations. Anyone who would like to help with renovating the building can contact the society at one of the previous numbers.

Ki Chi Saga Days 5K and 15K walk-run

Registration is now open for the Ki Chi Saga Days 5K and 15K walk-run Aug. 16. The 5K/15K benefits Family Pathways’ Youth Services that operate four teen centers, which provide programming to help under-advantaged youth. Programming at the teen centers incorporate the benefits of mentor relationships and help build assets and skills necessary to become economically independent, healthy and caring adults. The presenting sponsor for this race is Kendall Howard.

The starting line is at Zion Lutheran Church, 28005 Old Towne Rd., Chisago City, with registration beginning at 7 a.m. and races beginning at 8 a.m. Cost for advance registration is $30 and $40 on race day. This year the race will offer a ¼ mile and ½ mile Kids’ Fun Run; advance registration for the Kids’ Fun Run is $10 and $13 on race day.  All children registered will medal.

Please visit to learn more about Youth Services programming and register for the race. All are welcome.

‘Botany Walks and Talks’

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area in Grantsburg, Wis. is having free “Botany Walks and Talks” event 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 [email protected] for more information.

Fairview Lakes Auxiliary charity golf tournament          

The Fairview Lakes Auxiliary has brought back the popular Tee Up Charity Golf event that benefitted hospice services for more than 23 years. The new 18-hole scramble starts at 1 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Chisago Lakes Golf Course in Lindstrom.  Golfers of all abilities are urged to enter.  Participants may sign up as individuals or as a four-person team playing in the men’s, women’s or mixed teams. Online registration is available at   Participation is first-come, first-served and is limited to the first 144 entries.

The entry fee of $80 a person includes 18 holes of golf with half a cart, supper and the chance to win trophies as well as prizes on virtually every hole.

To obtain a registration form or ask questions, call 651-982-7774.

Potatoes for supper 

Caterer, cooking instructor, and food aficionado Channa Tastides, of Cambridge, will teach a cooking class at the North Branch High School FACS room 4-6 p.m. Aug. 19 as part of We R Able’s new cuisine series. The location is 38175 Grand Ave. The evening features potatoes in honor of National Potato Day. There is a fee to participate, and pre-registration is needed.

For more information call 320-358-1211.

Vennelag meeting 

Vennelag Lodge 1-546 of Sons of Norway will meet Aug. 19 at the Lindstrom Community Center, 13292 Sylvan Ave.

The meeting will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Norwegian and U.S. national anthems at 7 p.m. The evening program will begin around 7:15 p.m. Refreshments will follow.

Rodney Pletan, a member of Vennelag, will present a lesson on how to trace your roots (genealogy) in Norway. Then Rodney will present a PowerPoint slide show of his visits to Norway.

The program should be interesting to those who are looking to find their Norwegian ancestors and possibly Norwegian relatives. The slide show will present the mountains, fjords and other parts of Norway, which has some of the most beautiful scenes in the world, many of which Rodney has visited.

Guests are always welcome at Vennelag meetings.

Protecting against financial abuse

At 10 a.m. Aug. 21, an educational workshop on how to help protect yourself and others from financial abuse is planned at the Linwood Senior Center, 22817 Typo Creek Dr. NE, Stacy. Warning signs, methods of prevention and current legal and community resources will be discussed.  As part of the presentation, an edited version of the film “Last Will and Embezzlement,” featuring Mickey Rooney, will be shown. Learn how this Hollywood icon became a victim of abuse in real life and how he fought back. There will also be a discussion what to do if you or someone you care about is a victim of financial and/or elder abuse. There will be a question and answer period following the presentation with Craig from Wells Fargo Bank.

Rush City High School class of 1994

Upper and underclassmen, friends, teachers or just anyone who wants to have a good time is invited to help celebrate the 20-year reunion of Rush City High School Class of 1994. The event is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at Flickabirds Resort on East Rush Lake. Weather permitting, they will have Gilman’s Crossing in the outdoor band shell and an outdoor bar.

Chisago County Senior Center ice cream social 

The Chisago County Senior Center in North Branch is the place to be 2-4 p.m. Aug. 24 for an old-fashioned ice cream social and musical variety show. Visitors can sample sundaes, cones and root beer floats. Performing at the event will be Ben Montzka, on piano, joined by Tasha, Evan and Ariana Montzka. Also on the docket to entertain is the gospel and bluegrass duo of Tony and Chris Angus. A free-will offering will be appreciated.

Trapper education workshop

A trapper education workshop will be held at the Department of Natural Resources Crex Meadows Headquarters north of Grantsburg August 23 and 24.  First-time trappers are reminded that they are required to complete a trapper education course before buying a trapping or patron’s license.

On Saturday the course runs from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. with an evening meal, and on Sunday the course is scheduled 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. with a breakfast and lunch.

The workshop is sponsored and taught by the Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Trappers Association.  It is open to all persons regardless of age, although it is recommended that students under 12 take the class with an adult. Cost of the course is $12 and includes a manual, 2014 trapping license and three meals.

Because of space limitations and meal counts, pre-registration is required.  To register and receive more information about the course contact: Paul Petersen or Steve Hoffman at 715-463-2896 at the Crex Meadows Headquarters or 715-566-3121 after 5 p.m.

Lodging at the Meadows bunkhouse is also available for those needing to spend the night.  Check with them for more information about the sleeping accommodations.

Frandsen County Park activities

Enjoying a walk in nature and exercising the brain at the same time is what happens during Tips Promenad.  We R Able is offering this activity at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 26 at the Dennis Frandsen County Park between Braham and Rush City. Leader Kriste Ericsson invites participants to join her on 10:30 a.m.

This is a game like a scavenger hunt, which originated in Sweden.  The idea is to locate 13 questions in a park area, answer them, selecting from three possible choices for each one, and then check in with the leader to see how well one did.  As it is also National Cherry Popsicle Day, prizes will feature that cool summer treat.

Pre-registration is needed and there is a modest fee to participate. Call 320-358-1220 to register or for more information.

Jennifer Thyng in concert

Jennifer Thyng has sung in many venues including performing the National Anthem for Major League team games across the U.S.  She will perform at the Arts Prescription (Rx) event at North Country Coffee with We R Able at 6 p.m. Aug. 28. Prior to the concert, a meal will be held at 5 p.m. Guests can expect some music just right for toe tapping and maybe even for singing along.

Pre-registrations are required. Call 320-358-1220 to register or for more information.

New to Medicare session

Going on Medicare soon or just interested in how it works?  There will be information on Medicare given out at a 10 a.m.-noon session as well as questions answered  Sept. 3 at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, 5200 Fairview Blvd., Wyoming.

Aspects of Medicare parts A,B,C and D will be covered as well as information on supplemental insurance to Medicare and how to report Medicare fraud and abuse.  There is no cost to this session, but registration is required so there are the proper amount of materials available. Call 1-800-333-2433, ask for Amy Tvedt and leave a message with your name and phone number to be included.

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 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.

Harmonica concert

Dave McKeen has a list of tunes perhaps a mile long that he performs on his set of harmonicas. He will perform at the Arts Prescription (Rx) concert at North Country Coffee, 38500 Tanger Dr., North Branch, with We R Able at 6 p.m. Sept. 18. A meal prior to the concert will be at 5 p.m.

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.

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