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Community Bulletin Board

                                                 Monday, January 21, 2019


Attention! Seniors with a song in your heart, and a bounce in your step...Let's Dance! There's an Afternoon Senior Dance almost every week, right here in Wright County. Some locations include The "V" in Maple Lake; Huikko's Bison Creek in Buffalo; the Monticello VFW, and the Buffalo Legion. These afternoon events are from 1PM until 4. A small cover charge includes lunch. Age doesn't matter. It's the bounce that counts!! Whether you dance or not, you are invited to come for the fun!! For dates, location and information, call Mike Elsenpeter, at 320-963-3662.

January 24

Joe Kimball, author of "Secrets of the Congdon Mansion", accounting
 the historic Congdon murders in Duluth, will be speaking about his book on January 24th at 6:30 PM at the Discovery School Auditorium in Buffalo. This is an free event that is sponsored by Great Regional Library and Friends of the Buffalo Library.

January 25

The Buffalo Community Center wants to you to start the new year off healthy at its Health and Wellness Expo on Friday, January 25th from 1 to 3 PM. Free blood pressure, BMI and spinal screenings will be offered, as well as mini massages. Open to all ages. For more information, contact Sue or Dayna at 763-682-6036. Presented by Olson Chiropractic Centers.

January 26

Critical Conversations MN is hosting an open conversation about ethnic and racial issues on Saturday, January 26 from 10 AM to 12 PM at the United Faith Community UCC in Buffalo. Items for discussion include racial and ethnic tensions, current movements and organizations and supporting and insuring equal representation in the political process. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For information, contact the UFC-UCC at 763-682-5171.

Come and enjoy some chili at the Chili Feed on Saturday, January 26th at 6 PM at the Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato. This free meal also includes dessert, door prizes and special speaker, Mike Maahs, who will lead a discussion on the book of Genesis. If you have questions or for more information, call 320-286-2507.

Taste wine to support canines and felines at "Taste for Tails" on Saturday, January 26th from 7 to 9 PM at the Wild Marsh Golf Club in Buffalo. Come taste a variety of wine, beer and spirits. Appetizers will be served and there will be a raffle for prizes. Tickets are $30 at the door or $25 if you buy them in advanced. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the Crossroads Animal Shelter and both Buffalo Wine & Spirits locations. All proceeds benefit the Crossroads Animal Shelter.

January 29

Discovery Elementary School in Buffalo and principal Mathew Nelson are hosting an information presentation on Tuesday, January 29th at 6:30 PM. The presentation will cover school curriculum, philosophy, instructional techniques and an overview of the school. At the end, parents and guardians will have opportunities to ask questions. The application window for Discovery Elementary is now open. Applications are due by 2 PM on Friday, February 1st, with the lottery drawing taking place on Tuesday, February 5th at 2:30 PM. If you have questions about the school or want to take a tour, please call 763-682-8426.

February 2

The Montrose Firefighter's Relief Association will be holding its annual dinner on Saturday, February 2nd at the Montrose Community Center at 5 PM with a presentation at 7 PM. Prime rib and shrimp will be on the menu and there will be a silent auction.

See Lake Maria in a whole new light during the annual Candlelight Hike on Saturday, February 2nd from 5:30 to 8 PM at Lake Maria State Park in Monticello. The one-mile trial through the forest will be lit by candle luminaries. Walk the trail or feel free to use snowshoes. There will also be a supervised bonfire along the trial. Refreshments will be served. A $7 park entrance fee will be charged for those without an annual permit. For trail conditions and directions, call the park office at 763-878-2325.

February 7

The next Wright County Community Action Homebuyers Home Stretch workshop will be on Thursday, February 7th from 8 AM to 5 PM at the Wright-Hennepin Co-Op Electric in Rockford. A variety of topics will be covered including when is the right time to buy a home, new ways to budget and save for home ownership, what steps to take to become a homeowner, how to obtain a mortgage loan, purchase agreements, loan closings and basic maintenance of homes. Participants receive a certificate upon completion. The certificate may assist the participants 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.

February 9

Come enjoy the first ever "Kites on Ice" on Saturday, February 9th from 11 AM to 3 PM in at Sturges Park in Buffalo. Experienced kite fliers across the Midwest will demonstrate their skills maneuvering spectacular kites on Buffalo Lake. Face off with other kite fliers in team tournaments by registering at buffalochamber.org. Bring you own kite or you can build your own. Food and beverages will be available. For more information, contact 763-682-4902, visit the website or email info@buffalochamber.org.

Ongoing Events 

The American Red Cross encourages people to help meet the urgent need for blood and platelets by resolving to give blood this January, which is National Blood Donor Month. Donating blood or platelets is a way to make a lifesaving impact in the new year for patients. The critical role of blood and platelet donors has been celebrated each January for nearly 50 years during National Blood Month, which coincides with one of the most difficult times to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients. Busy holiday schedules, extreme winter weather and seasonal illnesses often impact donor turnout this time of year. Th Red Cross encourages eligible donors to resolve to give blood or platelets regularly, beginning in January. To encourage donations immediately, all those who come donate by January 6th will get a long-sleeved Red Cross t-shirt, while supplies last. Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-27670. Below is a list of blood donation centers in Wright and Sherburne Counties for the month of January:

Wright               Buffalo        1/22, 10 AM – 3 PM, Buffalo Medical Campus

                                               1/24, 10 AM – 4 PM, Culver's

                                Delano        1/23, 9 AM – 3 PM, Industrial Louvers Inc.

Sherburne       Kimball         1/30, 1 – 7 PM, St. Anne Church

 

Memorial Blood Centers invites all eligible blood donors to roll up their sleeve and give blood. Every two seconds, someone needs – from heart transplant and cancer patients to accident victims and premature babies. The need for blood is constant, but the supply is not. Only volunteer blood donors can make a life-saving difference to someone in need. Below is a list of blood drives and donor centers in Wright and Sherburne Counties in February:

Wright             Delano       2/23, 11 AM – 2 PM, Crow River Harley-Davidson

Sherburne     Elk River    2/23, 9:30 AM – 1 PM, Zylstra Harley-Davidson

                         Becker       2/27, 12 PM – 6 PM, Becker Community Center

 

Now is a great opportunity to show your children how much you love them, and want to keep them safe by making sure they are in the correct child safety seat. An estimated 9 out of 10 child safety seats are misused. In Minnesota, a child needs to be in a child safety seat until they reach age 8 or 4’9 inches in height. Wright County Public Health has several child passenger safety technicians who perform child safety seat appointments, most often conducted in the parking lot of the Wright County Health and Human Services. Each appointment is scheduled for 45 minutes, per child safety seat. In 2017, Wright County Public Health received $2,500 in grant dollars to help provide child safety seats . Some health insurance companies also provide child safety seats. To schedule a child passenger safety seat check, contact Terri Burkhart at 763-682-7516.The Wright County Wellness on Wheels Program offers tips for your family's safety and well-being: Each year more than 400 people are silently killed from carbon monoxide poisoning, known as CO. It's called the "silent killer" because it doesn't sting your eyes, make you cough, or produce a visible or malodorous vapor. If a CO alarm sounds, or you have ANY symptoms of CO poisoning----don't ignore it! . Leave the house or area immediately. Call 911 or the fire department as soon as you are outside the home. And here is another timely reminder.....Flu Shots are still available through the WOW Program. Call 763-682-7516.

 

AREA PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENTS

ANNANDALE LIBRARY

The Annandale Public Library is pleased to offer the following programs and activities.

Book Page Art Prints – ongoing

Coloring is a proven way to reduce stress. Create a piece of work that will be worth framing just by coloring images that have been printed on antique sheet music or book pages. All materials will be provided including Prismacolor colored pencils, gamsol, and blending pencils. Bring in your own project and use our materials. For ages 16 and up. Individuals or groups of 12 or less are welcome. Sponsored by the Annandale Friends of the Library. Begins January 2. Available during open hours.

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.

Basic Computer & Internet Help – Jan. 22 & 25

Do you need help setting up an email account, doing a basic web search, using Word or Excel on your PC? An experienced volunteer is willing to help! Walk in or call ahead at 320-274-8448. Jan. 22 & 25. 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Weaving 101 – Jan. 30

Take up a new hobby this winter and learn to create beautiful weavings with yarn and fibers! From making a loom to learning the basics, we'll create a precious little wall hanging to hang in your abode! For adults in teens, age 15 and up. Limit 15. A Legacy event. Wednesday, Jan. 30. 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

  • For more information, contact the Annandale library at (320) 274-8448.

  • Annandale Area Public Library • Hours
    Mon. 2-5, Tue. 9-1 & 2-5, Wed. 2-8, Fri. 9-12 & 2-5, Sat. 9-12


BUFFALO LIBRARY

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.

Friends of the Buffalo Library Meeting – Jan. 22

Support the library and meet our friendly and dedicated members! Tuesday, Jan. 22. 7:00 p.m.

Ms. Sherrin’s Storytime – Jan. 24 & 31

This storytime is for children 0-7 years old but is also geared toward children who have a hard time in large groups and are sensitive to sensory overload. Registration is not required but is limited to 10 families on a first come, first served basis. Sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo Library. Thursdays, Jan. 24 & 31. 1:00 to 1:45 p.m.

Murder at the Glensheen Mansion – Jan. 24

Author of "Secrets of the Congdon Mansion," Joe Kimball is the journalist who was first on the scene to cover the infamous 1977 Glensheen mansion murders in Duluth. Here’s your chance to learn more about the case and the people involved. This event is free, but books will be available to purchase for $10. For teens and adults. No limit. A Legacy Event. . 6:30 p.m.

Paramount Art Sparks! – Jan. 28

Paramount Art Sparks in an interactive art program for enhancing the relationship between a person living with memory loss and their care partner, both of whom are living within the same household. Trained teaching artists and volunteers will provide four weeks of art exploration sessions to include looking at art, making art and time for social interaction. For adults. Limit 8 pairs. To register a pair, go to www.paramountart.org and click on the heading for Education and Outreach or call 320-259-5463. This program is funded in part by a Minnesota Board on Aging Dementia Grant. Monday, Jan. 28. 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

  • For more information on library services, contact the Buffalo Library at 763-682-2753.

  • Buffalo Public Library • Hours: M 10-8; T 10-8; W 10-8; Th 12-8; F 11-5; S 10-2

 

CLEARWATER LIBRARY

The Clearwater Public Library is pleased to offer the following programs and activities.

For additional information on library services, contact the Clearwater Public Library at 320-558-6001.

Computer Tech Help – Jan. 22 and 29

By appointment or just walk in. Tuesdays, Jan. 22nd and 29th. 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Winter Snowflake Craft – Jan. 26

Enjoy a creative art project at the library based on the book, The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story, by Neil Waldman. Art teacher Joan Jacobson will teach kids about the science of a water cycle, and use math skills and symmetry to cut out a snowflake. For ages 5 to 12. Limit 25. A Legacy event. Saturday, Jan. 26. 11:00 a.m.

Clearwater Library Community Meeting – Jan. 31

Please join Great River Regional Library Executive Director Karen Pundsack for a discussion about the needs of your community. RSVP online or by calling 320-558-6001 for planning purposes. Thursday, Jan. 31. 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

  • For additional information on library services, contact the Clearwater Public Library at 320-558-6001.

  • Clearwater Public Library • Hours
    Mon. 1-4; Tues. 10-1 & 3-6;  Wed. 3-8;  Thur. 10-1;  Fri. 3-6;  Sat. 10-1

 

DELANO LIBRARY

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

Preschool Storytime – Jan. 22 & 29

Help your 3-6 year old get ready to read in an interactive story time this winter. Be ready to clap, sing, and enjoy some stories. Tuesdays, Jan. 22 & 29. 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Evening Quilters – Jan. 23

Join fellow quilters to work on your projects in a group setting on the fourth Wednesday of the month. The group welcomes both experienced and novice quilters. This is a brand new evening edition of quilters so bring a friend and spread the word. Wednesday, Jan. 23. 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Tech Help – Jan. 25

Tech Help at the Library: Join Joe for "Appy Hour" every other Friday afternoon! Do you have questions about using your laptop, iPad or eReader?  Want to use Email, do a basic internet search or use the libraries online resources? Bring your device and your questions.  Registration is preferred but walk-ins are welcome. For adults and seniors. Friday, Jan. 25. 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Sisters in Crime: MN Mystery Author Panel – Jan. 26

What a lineup! Coffee, treats, and mysteries. Frank Weber is a forensic psychologist who has completed assessments for homicide, sexual assault, and domestic abuse cases. His latest novel, The I-94 Murders, was released in September 2018. Judy Kerr hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota. "Ruby Red Heist" is her second published story. Michael Allan Mallory is the co-author of two novels that feature mystery’s first zoologist sleuth. Lavender "Snake" Jones first appeared in Death Roll. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. Christine Husom is the author of the Winnebago County Mysteries, and the National best-selling Snow Globe Shop Mysteries. She has stories in many anthologies. Timya Owen (moderator) is the current president of the Twin Cities Chapter of Sisters in Crime and is one of the editors of Dark Side of the Loon (the latest TCSinC anthology where history meets mystery). Book signing to follow. Registration suggested. For teens and adults. Sponsored by the Gwen Kittock Memorial Fund & the Delano Friends of the Library. Saturday, Jan. 26. 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Tiny Tot Storytime – Jan. 28

We have designed an interactive story time just for your toddler. Join us for some singing, clapping, bubbles, toys and fun stories. Learn a new literacy tip each week. For ages 0 to 3 years with their caregiver. Monday, Jan. 28. 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.

LEGO Lab – Jan. 31

Design, configure, build! Master LEGO challenges or build your own. For ages 6-12. Creations will be on display for one month, until the next Lego lab! Thursday, Jan. 31. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

  • For additional information on library services, contact the Delano Public Library at (763)972-3467.

  • Delano Public Library • Hours
    Mon. 10-6, Tue. 10-8, Wed. 1-8, Thur. 10-6, Fri. 1-6, Sat. 10-1.

 

HOWARD LAKE LIBRARY

The Howard Lake Public Library is pleased to offer the following programs and activities.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten – ongoing

Fun for parents and children alike! Parents and children spend time reading together, and children win prizes for achieving various milestones. This program includes an annual graduation ceremony for those who’ve completed the program. The celebration is open to all participants. Visit the library for more details and to pick up your materials! For ages 1 month to Kindergarten. Sponsored by the Howard Lake Friends of the Library. This program is ongoing throughout the year.

  • For additional information on library services, contact the Howard Lake Public Library at (320) 543-2020.

  • Howard Lake Public Library • Hours
    Mon. 2-8, Tue. 1-6, Wed. 2-8, Thur. 10-6, Fri. 3-6, Sat. 10-1.

 

ROCKFORD LIBRARY

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.

Family Storytime – ongoing

Activities and stories for families. No Limit. Wednesdays in Jan. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Rockford Adult Book Club – Jan. 28

Contact library for current title. No need to register. Monday, Jan. 28. 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

  • For additional information on library services, contact the Rockford Public Library at (763) 477-4216.

  • Rockford Public Library Hours:                                                                                       

  • Mon. 2-8, Tues. 2-8, Wed. 10-6, Thurs. 3-8, Fri. 3-6, Sat. 10-1

 

March 2

The Buffalo Community Center is once again hosting the indoor farmers market from 10 AM to 1 PM on March 2nd and April 6th.

March 30

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.

March 30

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.

April 27

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.