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.

Blood drive 

A blood drive is planned 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, 313 N. Main Street, Center City, room nos. 131 and 137 in the Government Center’s lower level.

To make an appointment, go to and enter sponsor code 3993 or contact Tracy Armistead at 651-213-6317 or [email protected]

Monarch tagging 

Grab a net and explore the fascinating lives of monarch butterflies with a longtime butterfly gardener and educator 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at Wild River State Park. In coalition with the Monarch Watch program (, visitors will be tagging Wild River State Park monarchs so that they can be tracked during their migration to Mexico. Limited nets available on a first-come basis; visitors should feel free to bring their own nets. Registration is not required. Milkweed plants and other wildflowers will be available for purchase for $5 to bring monarchs to area backyards. Meet at the Trail Center.

A Minnesota State ark vehicle permit is required of any vehicle entering the park. This permit can be purchased at the park entrance office for $5/day or $25/year.

Marine veteran presentation 

At 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2, the North Chisago Historical Society’s monthly program will feature World War II veteran Robert Doyle, of Lindstrom, who was stationed in the South Pacific and fought in the battle of Iowa Jima.  He will be introduced by Don Bungum, of Lindstrom, who has been recording the stories of Chisago veterans of World War II. This program is in observance of the official surrender of the Japanese nation to the United States on Sept. 2, 1945.

A business meeting is held at 7 p.m. followed by the program. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call 358-4525.

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.

Grant House ‘Mystery Mondays’

Mystery, with a meal and some music, is the focus of a new series through We R Able, called, “Mystery Mondays.”  The Grant House Restaurant, 80 West 4th St., Rush City, is the venue, and it has its own mysteries and stories to tell.  Sept. 8 is the second installment.  A meal is served at 5:11 p.m. with music at 5:49 p.m., featuring Rush City instrumentalist Troy Healing, who will include some mysterious tunes in his repertoire.  Other surprises are also included in the evening.

Call 320-358-1211 to register.

Audubon chapter meeting 

Join Wild River Audubon for its first meeting of the season 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Chisago Lakes Area Library, 11754  302nd St., Chisago City. Tom Will, biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will speak on golden-winged warblers. Coffee and treats are included.

RC public library story time
for preschoolers

The Rush Public Library is hosting a weekly story time for preschoolers 2 p.m.  Wednesdays. The events will be held Sep. 10 – Dec. 10.

Anderson Park fall festival

Celebrate Isanti County Anderson Park’s fifth birthday at the Annual Fall Festival 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 13.

Choose from a variety of activities for the whole family: Hike a trail; take a wagon ride through the park; join local naturalist Nancy Haugen for a walk through the restored prairie and learn to identify a few of the wildflowers and grasses found there; meet “Bruce the Bug Guy” and his live critters from the arthropod zoo, listen to live music; pack a picnic lunch and savor a free treat: apple crisp and ice cream. Call Lee at 651-462-2015 with questions.

Irving and John Anderson County Park is located at 27241 Furman St. NE, North Branch.

Red Cross blood drive donation opportunities


• 1-7 p.m. Sept. 15 at First Lutheran Church, 1000 S. Jay Ave., Rush City.


• Noon-6 p.m. Sept. 4 at Lutheran Church, 621 N. Old Main St., Cambridge.

• 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 12 at Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, 1820 2nd Ave. SE No. 330, Cambridge.

Watercolor painting classes 

Practicing artist, teacher, and art historian Claudia Hanson will teach a three-session watercolor painting class at the Chisago Lakes Middle School, 13750 Lake Blvd., art room 6-8 p.m. Sept. 16, 23, and 30. There is a fee to participate. Hanson will teach basic watercolor techniques to help novice painters get started in this medium.

Pre-registration is needed with We R Able. Call 320-358-1211 to register.


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.

Fall harvest supper

The bounty and harvest of fall is the focus of an upcoming We R Able class 5-7 p.m. Sept. 19 at North Branch High School, 38175 Grand Ave., North Branch, in the FACS room. Barbie Browning, cooking aficionada from Isanti, is the teacher. The evening includes muffin making, followed by a hearty harvest soup for supper.

There is a fee for the class, which pays for an evening meal, and pre-registration is needed.

Call 320-358-1220 to register.

Nature prints, Halloween mask making

The next Art Studio 101 class through We R Able is 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the  Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch.  Laurie Greeninger, a licensed art teacher, will help participants focus on color, composition, design, and patterns, working in 2D art using paper surfaces and 3D art such as mixed media, sculpture, assemblage, and collage. In this studio session learners will gather leaves in different shapes and sizes from home and bring them to class. She will use the method of relief printing to paint the leaves and print them on colored paper. Watercolor paint or oil pastels can be added to the backgrounds for special effects.

On Oct. 20, the Art Studio will focus on Halloween mask making.  Participants can prepare a mask just in time for the We R Able Halloween party Oct. 31.

Pre-registrations are needed. Call We R Able at 320-358-1211 to register.

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.

Fall colors walk

Have you ever wondered why leaves change color from green to the variety of yellows, oranges and reds? Uncover the science along this aw-inspiring walk under the canopy of leaves, through the tall grasses of the prairie and along the scenic St. Croix River with the Wild River State Park naturalist 2-3 p.m. Sept. 27. Participants of all ages will enjoy this leisurely 1-mile walk. Meet at the Visitor Center.

A Minnesota State Park vehicle permit is required of any vehicle entering the park. This permit can be purchased at the park entrance office for $5/day or $25/year.

CIWC luncheon

The Cambridge-Isanti Women’s Connection will hold its monthly luncheon 11 a.m – 1 p.m. Sept. 8 at Spectacular Events (Spirit River Community Center), Isanti. This month’s guest speaker is Rita Weber, from Sioux Falls South Dakota, who will present her topic: DOA-Destined on Arrival. Weber is a singer, songwriter and award winning-humorous speaker who tells how she took advantage of adversity. There will also be aspecial feature, Shalom Style Show, with Karen Muhlhauser.

All women from Cambridge, Isanti, Braham, North Branch, St. Francis, East Bethel and surrounding areas are invited to attend.

Lunch will be served for $10 (payable at the door) and free childcare is available upon request. To reserve a place and lunch, call Linda at 763-552-0801 as soon as possible; visitors must indicate if they are bringing children for childcare.

Central Park joint service for local Lutherans

Visitors are invited to an outdoor worship service at North Branch Central Park at 10 a.m. Sept. 7. Members of Fish Lake Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran churches, along with some 10,000 Lutheran congregations nationwide, join to focus on Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s theme: “God’s work.  Our hands.”

Members meet to hear the needs of their communities and to find opportunities to meet those needs.  Following the worship service, people are invited to find out more about local groups such as Community Partners, Ruby’s Pantry, Brush with Kindness, Meals on Wheels, and County Senior Center.

On this special day, Lutherans join to hear and to help, to see and to serve, to learn and to love.  All are welcome.  Fellowship will include enjoying hot dogs, bars, chips, bars, coffee and lemonade.  For more information, call Trinity, 651-674-7047, or Fish Lake Lutheran, 651-674-4252.

Spring Lake Lutheran school bag blessing and tractor, car and truck show

Spring Lake Lutheran Church has planned a festive time for Sept. 7 to kick-off the new school year. Bring backpacks, school bags or ‘work’ bags to church for a special blessing during the 9 a.m. worship service. Fun and games following worship will include the annual balloon launch. Stay for an early potluck lunch.

The First Car, Truck and Tractor Show, with free admission, will be held in the church parking lot 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.  Enjoy the classic vehicles, music and food. Visitors are invited to bring an item for the food shelf and receive a free hotdog.

Regular worship hours will begin on Sept. 14 with worship at 9 a.m., Sunday School at 9:50 a.m. and fellowship and adult education at 10 a.m. Visitors are always welcome.

Spring Lake Lutheran is located 4 miles west of North Branch or 9 miles east of Cambridge on Highway 95, then one block north on Erickson Road.  For information, call the church office at 651-674-4606 or email [email protected]

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