Community Bulletin Board
Monday, March 25, 2019
The Red Cross Bloodmobile originally scheduled for February and canceled due to weather has now been re-scheduled for Monday, March 25th from 12:30 to 6:30 PM at the Montrose Community Center. The blood supply is very critical during this time of the year with accident victims in addition to the every day surgery patients. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with signed parental permission form) weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. To donate blood, call 1-800 RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.
The Central Minnesota Area Job Fair will take place on Tuesday, March 26th from 1 to 5 PM at the Monticello High School. Intended to help prospective employers and employees get together, all are welcome to attend this professional networking event. For more information, call 763-271-3722 or 763-228-3806.
"Don't Postpone Joy" with the Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo on Tuesday, March 26th at 7 PM. Come explore joy as more than a high point or single life event as author, hospital chaplain and longtime health educator Rev. Mary Farr shines light on others to discover new meaning and richness in life. Presented by Partners Park View Care Center and Guardian Angels Elim Home Care & Hospice.
Registration is open for the University of Minnesota Extension-Wright County Master Gardeners Spring Days. The event will be on Saturday, March 30th from 8:30 AM to 3:15 PM at the St. Michael-Albertville Middle School West. There will be 15 topics to choose from this year and Master Gardeners will available to answer questions. Several vendors, a silent auction and door prizes will also be part of the event. Pre-registration is $30 ($35 at the door) and includes a catered breakfast and lunch by Coborn's and take home educational materials. To register and view class descriptions, visit: springdays.org.
Love INC-Big Woods invites you to an All You Can Eat Dad's Belgian Waffle Breakfast on Sunday, March 31st from 8:30 AM to 1 PM at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo. Tickets will be available at the door. Adults cost $8, kids under 10 cost $6 and kids under 5 are free. To-go boxes will also be available for the same prices.
Come check out the Buffalo Community Theater's Spring Comedy performances of "The Savannah Sipping Society" on April 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th at 7:30 PM and April 7th and 14th at 2 PM at the Discovery Auditorium. From the writers of "The Golden Girls," four unique, Southern women are drawn together by fate while discovering new friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment. Online tickets can be purchased at bctmn.org. The BCT is made possible through a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board.
The Wright County Dairy Association is hosting the Annual Dairy Princess Banquet & Coronation on Saturday, April 6th at 11 AM at the Maple Lake Legion Club. The Dairy Princess & Ambassador Program is supported through local dairy farmers. For more information, contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Litchfield Wetland Management District of the US Fish & Wildlife Service is hosting Habitat Day 2019 on Saturday, April 6th from 12 to 4 PM. The Raptor Center through the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, will have a variety of birds to check out. There will also be stations to make bird houses, coloring books, posters and more wildlife related materials and educational displays for all ages. For more information, call 320-693-2849.
The Wright County Chapter #95 is hosting the 34th Annual Wright County Pheasants Forever Membership Banquet on Saturday, April 6th at 5:30 PM at the River City Extreme in Monticello. Dinner will begin at 6:30 PM and entertainment for all ages will be on site. Prizes this year include cash, hunting gear, power tools, home décor and more. For more information, call 763-464-8095.
The Wright County 4-H invites you to Project Workshop & Cloverbud Day on Sunday, April 7th from 1 to 4 PM at the Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. It's a great opportunity for youth 3rd grade and older to participate in hands-on workshops including food preservation, wildlife, photography and more. There will also be games, songs and crafts for younger kids. To participate, register online at z.umn.edu/registerme. For more information, call the Wright County Extension at 763-682-7394.
Come try Jon and Kristy Bigalk's award winning BBQ ribs at Christian Women's Club Night Out on Thursday, April 11th at 6:30 PM at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Annandale. Whether you like your ribs sweet ,spicy or hot, the Bigalks will have the flavor perfect for you. Special musical guest is Culyn Curtis and special speakers are Dennis and Beverly Swenson. Tickets cost $14 and must be purchased by April 4th. For more information, call Bev at 320-274-8271.
Lake Maria State Park in Monticello is hosting Snake, Rattle and Roll on Saturday, April 13th at 1 PM. Hosted by Emily Roberts of Snake Discovery, this program focuses on native snakes, turtles and lizards where participants get to touch, hold and feed some of the animals. There's no fee for the program, but a $7 daily vehicle permit will be charged to those without an annual permit. For more information, call the park at 763-878-2325.
The next Wright County Community Action Homebuyer's Home Stretch Workshop will be on Wednesday, April 17th from 8 AM to 5 PM at the American Heritage National Bank in Clearwater. A variety of topics will be covered including when is the right time to buy a home, ways to budget and save for home ownership, steps to take to become a homeowner, obtaining a mortgage loan, purchase agreements, loan closings and basic home maintenance. Participants receive a certificate after completion of the workshop. The certificate may assist with a requirement of specialized mortgages, down payment assistance or other programs that could make home ownership more affordable. To register, call the WCCA at 320-963-6500, ext 238.
The Rogers Community Center is hosting a Craft and Bake Sale on Saturday, April 27th from 9 AM to 2 PM. Vendors are still needed. The cost is $30 if you want to rent a 8' table and two chairs. All proceeds go toward the Rogers Seniors Friendship Group. For more information, call 763-657-7848.
Lake Maria State Park in Monticello is hosting Spring Clean-Up at the Park on Saturday, April 27th from 10 AM to 2 PM. Join other volunteers as they help prepare the park for the summer which includes raking, working on trails and planting trees. Registration is required, so call the park office to do so at 763-878-2325.
For his service toward his community, Joe Kittok has been named 2019 Delano Citizen of the Year. In honor of him, the General Federated Women's Club of Delano and Delano American Legion are hosting a banquet on Saturday, April 27th. Doors open at 5 PM, with the program beginning at 7 PM. Tickets go on sale in March and will be available for purchase at Downtown Beauty Salon, City Hall and from any GFWC club member.
Love Inc. Heartland invites you to its Annual Spring Gala on Sunday, April 28th at 4 PM at the Medina Entertainment Center. Come live, laugh and love with the improv comedy group Slap Happy Comedy. Tickets cost $55. To buy them in advance, call 763-972-6547 or visit loveincheartland.org/get-involved.
The cuteness will be on maximum overdrive at the 10th Annual Wright County Baby Animal Fair on Sunday, May 5th from 12 to 4 PM at the Buffalo Civic Center. Part of the Heifer International Fundraiser, check out the adorable baby animals up-close. There will also be live entertainment, a fish pond, tasty ethnic foods, crafts, games and more. Price of admission is a food or monetary donation for local food shelves. For more information, visit babyanimalfair.com.
Lake Maria State Park in Monticello is hosting a Trees & Shrubs of Minnesota seminar on Saturday, May 18th at 10 AM. Come learn from Stephen Saupe about the trees and shrubs that grow in the park. He’ll discuss how to identify woody plants and tell some interesting and fun facts. There's no fee for the program, but a $7 daily vehicle permit will be charged to those without an annual permit. For more information, call the park at 763-878-2325.
The Buffalo Rodeo celebrates its 65th Anniversary on June 20th, 21st and 22nd. Come celebrate western style with the beer garden, live music and more. Plus, kids can compete in mutton busting. Buy advanced tickets at buffalorodeo.com.
Ongoing through Lenten Season
Immanuel Lutheran Church of Silver Creek in Maple Lake has announced its 2019 Lenten schedule. Join them every Wednesday beginning March 13th through April 10th at 11 AM for weekly Lenten services. Lunches will be offered after each service. For more information, call the church at 763-878-2820.
Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo has announced its 2019 Lenten schedule. Every Wednesday through April 10th, come discover the rich meaning and purpose of God's word, even in the smallest pieces of dialogue. Soup suppers will be served each week from 5 to 6:30 PM with the worship service following at 7 PM. For more information, call the church at 763-682-4573 or visit; www.myimmanuel.org.
The American Red Cross has a severe shortage of type O blood and urges type O donors - as well as eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types - to give now to ensure lifesaving patient care isn't impacted this winter. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types, and blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Recent snowstorms and severe weather in many parts of the country have forced hundreds of blood drive cancellations, causing more than 20,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. Individuals of all blood types - especially type O - are asked to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visiting a Blood Donation Center. Below is a list of donation centers in Wright County during March:
Buffalo3/23, 10 AM - 3 PM, Advance Auto Parts
Delano 3/25, 1 - 7 PM, American Legion
If you had fun at their last three escape rooms, then you'll be happy to know the Cokato Museum is hosting another escape room, Dorene & the Disappearing Deed, through March 30th. Hours for the event are 9 AM to 4:30 PM Tuesday through Friday and 9 AM to 3 PM on Saturday. Preregistration is required at least four days in advance. To sign up or for more information, visit cokatomuseum.org or call 320-286-2427.
The Buffalo Community Center would like to invite card players to join the Monday night Euchre and Tuesday afternoon 500 card clubs. Euchre starts at 6 PM every Monday evening and 500 is played at 1 PM every Tuesday. No need to pre-register; just show up and join in the fun!
AREA PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENTS
The Annandale Public Library is pleased to offer the following programs and activities.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten – ongoing
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading program designed to increase the awareness of early literacy and to encourage parents to embrace their role as their child's first teacher. Plus there are prizes! This program is ongoing, so you can sign up anytime! No limit. Please come to the library to register. Sponsored by the Annandale Friends of the Library and Great River Regional Library. Ongoing.
Let the Board Games Begin! – ongoing
The Library is a perfect place to gather with friends for a game day. Bring your own game or use one of ours. The Annandale Friends of the Library have purchased Scrabble, Boggle, Bananagrams and Trouble just for your use. Sponsored by the Annandale Friends of the Library. Ongoing during open hours.
The Buffalo Public
Library is pleased to offer the following programs and activities.
1,000 Books before Kindergarten - ongoing Give your child the gift of reading and literacy. Track the progress with
your child’s special booklet and earn prizes along the way. For ages birth to
Kindergarten. Sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo Library.
1,000 Books before Kindergarten - ongoing
Give your child the gift of reading and literacy. Track the progress with your child’s special booklet and earn prizes along the way. For ages birth to Kindergarten. Sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo Library.
Mosaics Workshop – March 23
If you have always wanted to learn how to create a mosaic, come to this workshop. Bring in your design and we will supply the tiles and instructions. No experience necessary. For teens and adults. 10 a.m-1 p.m.
The Delano Public Library is pleased to offer the following programs and activities.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten – ongoing
Give your child the gift of reading and literacy. Track your progress and earn prizes. For birth to Kindergarten. Sponsored by the Gwen Kittock Memorial Fund & The Delano Friends of the Library
HOWARD LAKE LIBRARY
HOWARD LAKE LIBRARY & COMMUNITY ROOM TEMPORARY CLOSURE
The Howard Lake Library and Community Room located at 617 6th Street will be temporarily closed pending a full investigation and remediation related to interior air quality testing.
Recent air quality testing and initial exploratory remediation yielded various levels of airborne mold present within wall cavities. To date, there has NOT been any confirmed surface-based mold identified through testing completed. Therefore, temporarily closing the facility is deemed to be a precaution and will allow for necessary inspections, and if necessary, remediation activities to occur.
At the requirement of the City’s insurance provider, a full second assessment is being conducted. Once completed, the City and Great River Regional Library will solidify plans to identify the source of water infiltration and determine appropriate response and remediation, if necessary.
Great River Regional Library encourages patrons to visit nearby branches in Delano, Cokato, Annandale and Buffalo. The City of Howard Lake apologizes for any service and meeting disruptions during this time.
The Rockford Public Library is pleased to offer the following programs and activities.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten – ongoing
Register your child to read 1,000 Books before kindergarten. Sign up any time during open hours.