Upcoming events (posted Aug. 5)

Community Appreciation Night in Rush City
The Rush City Public Safety Committee invites folks out for free food, entertainment, prizes and more at Community Appreciation Night 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6 at Rush City Park. People are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Rush City Food Shelf.
Demonstrations, health checks and information will be offered by representatives from the Rush City Fire Department, Chisago County Sheriff’s Office including its K-9 Unit, emergency personnel, correctional facility, Chisago County Public Health, Golden Living Center, Fairview and others. Free water bottles, sponsored by the Rush City Lions, will be given out while supplies last.
This event is sponsored by local businesses and donations. To volunteer or donate, contact Jamie at 651-775-7590.

Time for the Almelund Threshing Show
The Almelund Threshing Show is Minnesota’s premier event for classic tractor and farming implement fans who love tractor pulls, parades, demonstrations and other attractions. Located at 17760 St. Croix Trail, Taylors Falls, east of North Branch off Hwy. 95, this year’s show will feature more classic tractors, events and interactive experiences than ever before. Gates open daily at 7 a.m. Show admission is $10/day or $15 for all three days (kids under age 12 can enter for free).

Class of 1980 35th reunion
The North Branch Area High School class of 1980 reunion is being held Aug. 8 at the North Branch American Legion. Anyone who didn’t receive an invite or knows of someone who should have been invited and wasn’t, email: [email protected]

Classic car show
The community is invited to a classic car show from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9 at Gracewood Senior Living, 6063 Main St., in North Branch.

RC American Legion Auxiliary meeting Aug. 10
The Rush City American Legion and Auxiliary will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, at the Rush City Senior Center. Special guests will be Lindsey Williams and Jonathan Chinn who will report on their educational and fun-filled week at Girls and Boys State. Refreshments will be served.

Free family law clinic
The Refuge Network is sponsoring a family law clinic, free and open to the public, from 1-3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, at Grace Lutheran Church, 301 Forest Ave. E., in Mora. Attendees will learn the basics on family law matters from a presentation, materials and an attorney who will answer questions. Following the presentation, there may be an opportunity for two individuals to meet with an attorney for a personal consultation. Consultations will be on a first come, first serve basis. For further information visit www.therefugenetwork.org or call 320-679-1737.

RC Music and Arts Festival
The annual Rush City Music and Arts Festival is a free, family event with plenty of entertainment for all ages Aug. 14-15 at the Chisago County Fairgrounds. DJ music and a karaoke contest on Friday night will be followed by lots of live music — including kids karaoke (2-3:30 p.m.), Tim Patrick and His Blue Eyes Band (2:30-4 p.m.), Hell Country Truckers (4:30-6 p.m.), Crooked Dice (6:30-8 p.m.) and Stooge (8:30 p.m. to midnight) on Saturday. The second day also includes a 5K run/walk, vendors, car show, kids activities, food and a whole lot more. For the full slate of events, check out rushcitychamber.com.

Charity golf tournament
The Tee Up Charity Golf Event at the Chisago Lakes Golf Course is Aug. 17. Proceeds from this tournament go to support a local community hospice and home care program as well as to enhance pediatric equipment for Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming.  This charity golf event is an 18-hole golf scramble with registration open at noon, shotgun start at 1 p.m., silent auction and dinner hosted by the Fairview Lakes Auxiliary.  There are games on every hole and a “cheat bag” for sale to help enhance your scores. To sign up a team, contact Pat Rogowski at [email protected]

Vennelag Lodge meets Aug. 18
Vennelag Lodge 1-546, of Sons of Norway, will meet Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Lindstrom Community Center, 13292 Sylvan Ave. Hosted by Bruce and Joanne Hanson, the meeting will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and the U.S. and Norwegian national anthems at 7 p.m. After a short business meeting, the program begins around 7:30 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what your ancestors did and how they lived their lives? Charles King, a retired English-writing teacher from North Branch, will join the group Aug. 18 and present a workshop type of program. Bring your notebook, a pen or pencil and be ready to learn that our stories can entertain, teach and inspire us and others. You don’t have to be a Vennelag member to attend our meetings. We’ll greet you at the door and introduce you to some fellow Norwegians.

Genealogical Society welcomes public Aug. 19
The public is welcome to the Pine County Genealogical Society meeting Aug. 19 at the Grant House Hotel & Eatery in Rush City. The group will first tour the hotel at 11:30 a.m., followed by a Dutch lunch at noon. The speaker will be Margaret Marty (Rock Creek Anderson Farm daughter, author, journalist and storyteller) who will share stories of the Anderson Farm and the Rock Creek area.  Weather permitting, a tour of Rock Creek will be held after lunch. For reservations, which are due by Aug. 11, contact Janis Hendrick at [email protected] or 320-591-0057.

Fish Lake Lutheran Corn Feed
All are invited to the annual Corn Feed on Friday, Aug. 21, at Fish Lake Lutheran Church for fun, fellowship and food. The event begins at 5:30 and features hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, bars, beverages and all the corn you can eat. A donation of $5 per person is suggested. All proceeds will go toward maintaining the historical integrity of Fish Lake Lutheran. The church is located in Harris (1/4 mile south of Stark) at 43353 Cedarcrest Trail (County Road 8). For more information, call the church at 651-674-4252.

Chisago County Citizens’ Academy
The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office is taking applications for the Citizens’ Academy that starts on Sept. 9
The Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Lakes Area Police Department, North Branch Police Department and Wyoming Police Department, has teamed up to provide Chisago County residents with an opportunity to experience “life behind the badge” with this 10-week academy. It is an opportunity to learn more about general law enforcement duties, review of a call for service, use of force, arrests, firearms, narcotic identification, S.W.A.T. operations, criminal investigation, emergency communication, traffic stops, DWI arrest and much more.
The Chisago County Citizens’ Academy is open to anyone at least 21 years of age who lives or works in Chisago County, is free of charge, and primarily meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:30 p.m. during the months of September and October.
Visit Community Outreach Programs, Services tab, on the Sheriff’s Office webpage to learn about the program. Those who would like more information or are interested in applying for admission into the Chisago County Citizens’ Academy, contact Crime Analyst Michelle Jacobson at 651-213-6309 or by email [email protected]

Water Festival date change
The Chisago County Children’s Water Festival has been rescheduled to Sept. 24.
The planning for the event has begun and volunteers are needed. For more information on how to become involved or to see photos from past events, log onto the Chisago SWCD website at www.chisagoswcd.org or contact Susan Humble at 651/674-2333.

Almelund Farmers Market
The Almelund Farmers Market is in its eighth season, offering seasonal produce, fresh eggs, home-made breads, jams and other goodies. Come and check out these local items 3-6 p.m. Fridays at at Rod’s Country Corner.

North Branch Farmers Market
The North Branch Farmers’ Market is open July to October, 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Fresh, locally-grown produce is available at the market, located at Lake State Federal Credit Union on 8th Avenue and Main Street. Items for sale include fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, jams, salsas, chickens, eggs, straw bales, corn shocks, pumpkins, cashmere, honey and more. Call 651-674-7624 for more information.

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