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Community Bulletin Board

                                                Monday, July 16, 2018 

 

July 18

Wright County Community Action offers the homebuyer's workshop (Home Stretch). This one-day informative workshop is designed to help those looking to buy a home learn the basic steps in owning a home. Participants receive a certificate after completion of the workshop which may assist them in requirements of specialized mortgages, down payment assistance or other programs that could make homeownership more affordable. There is a class fee of $30 per household. This program will be held on July 18th from 8-5PM at the Otsego Prairie Center, 8899 Nashua Avenue, in Otsego. To register please call WCCA at 320-963-6500 ext 238. 

It's that time of year again...the annual Wright County Fair kicks off on Wednesday, July 18th and runs through Sunday, July 22nd. Come to Howard Lake and enjoy the great food, entertainment, music and so much more! There will be lots of great events for the whole family at this year's fair...including the Demo Derby, Combine Demo, Merriams Midway Shows, Mud Racing, Tractor Pull, Bull Riding and lots more! For a full listing of fair events or any questions please contact the fair office at 763-972-2880 or 320-543-2111 or you can visit their website at www.wrightcountyfair.org. Come to the 2018 Wright County Fair...it's a family tradition!

July 21

Join us at MN Pioneer Park in Annandale on Saturday, July 21st for the fifth annual MN Pioneer Park Bluegrass Picker's Festival! The park grounds will be open for visitors to stroll through the park before the concert and listen to impromptu music by small groups of musicians. This event runs from 10AM-8:30PM. Come tour the historic buildings before the start of the concert. 
The concert will be held in the Barn from 7-8:30PM. Don't miss this year's "Pickin' in the Big Woods" Saturday, July 21st in Annandale! 

Lake Maria State Park will host a program on Dragonflies on Saturday, July 21st at 1PM at the Lake Maria Trail Center. Minnesota Master Naturalist, Arne Myrabo, who is one of the founding members of the Minnesota Dragonfly Society will be giving a one-hour presentation on dragonflies at the trail center. Arne will then follow with a dragonfly hunt down by the lake after the presentation. The program is FREE, but there is a $7 daily vehicle permit fee for those without an annual permit. For more information about directions and activities, call the park at 763-878-2325.

Memorial Blood Centers will host a blood donation clinic on Saturday, July 21st at Crow River Harley Davidson in Delano. Anyone 17 years of age or older, or age 16 with written parental consent, who is in good health, free of antibiotics for 24 hours, and symptom-free for at least 3 days following a cold or flu is welcome to donate. Those who donate will have a chance to win free tickets to the Minnesota State Fair! All donors in July are automatically entered into weekly drawing for tickets. Blood supplies frequently drop in the summer when schools are out, people are enjoying the weather and families take vacations.

August 15

U of M Extension, Sustainable Farming Association, Wright Soil and Water Conservation District and NRCS are sponsoring a pasture field day at Living Song Farm, 7616 25th Street SW in Howard Lake, on August 15th from 1-4PM. Jerry Ford will be your host and Tom Gervais, Kent Solberg, and Rod Greder will be guest speakers. Animal productivity and farm economics can be enhanced by improved pasture management. Intensive grazing management is a more sustainable and profitable practice. Several measurement tools exists and will be demonstrated and explained. Speakers will cover rotational grazing best practices and demonstrate them. There will be pasture management tools demonstrated that work for all pasture sizes and budgets. Registration and the program will begin at 1PM with workshop activities ending at 4PM. Registration is preferred but not required. For registration go to www.z.umn.edu/Field_Day or contact Wright County Extension Office at 763-682-7394.

 

Ongoing Events 

GFWC of Delano presents 2018 Concerts in the Park beginning Wednesday, July 11th at 6:30PM. Concerts will be held at Delano Central Park at the gazebo. Concerts in the park are FREE, just bring a blanket or chair. If inclement weather, concerts will be held in the Delano City Hall. Events continue throughout the summer as follows: 
July 11th--6:30PM; Bend in the River Big Band.
July 18th--6:00PM; Jack & Kitty.
July 25th--6:30PM; Jim's Brewers.
August 8th--6:30PM; West Highway Band.
August 15th--6:30PM; Roe Family Singers
August 22nd--6:30PM; Just Us

Don't miss the 2018 Concerts in the Park presented by the City of Buffalo. Concerts in the park are held every Thursday evening beginning at 7PM. Bring your family and friends and come for the great music and entertainment. Concert schedules for the rest of the summer are as follows:

  • July 12—Leadfoot Larry sponsored by the Buffalo Lions Club and Friends of the Library **concert moved inside to the Buffalo Civic Center

  • July 19—Church of Cash sponsored by the St. John's Lutheran Church

  • July 26—Rockin' Hollywoods sponsored by Keller Williams Realty Integrity NW

  • August 2—The Everett Smithson Band

  • August 9—Whitesidewalls sponsored by Buffalo American Legion

  • August 16—Hornucopia sponsored by Lake Ridge Care Center

  • August 23—Heart Strings

  • August 30—Butch Automatic and the Four Speeds sponsored by Bolton & Menk, Inc.

For more information please visit https://www.ci.buffalo.mn.us/concerts-in-the-park/2018-concerts-in-the-park-4/.

The Buffalo Community Center is looking for volunteer drivers for Meals on Wheels for the month of July. There are four routes available...each route takes approximately one hour. For more information please call the Buffalo Community Center at 763-682-6036.

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.

The blood supply is very critical during this time of the year with accident victims in addition to the every day surgery patients. To donate blood, simply call 1-800 RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or visit: www.redcrossblood.org, Give the Gift of Life! 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. A new system called RAPID PASS is available to anyone to complete the pre-reading and donation questions online. Just visit www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass. This must be done the day of the donation.

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.

AREA PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENTS

 

ANNANDALE LIBRARY

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

Basic Computer & Internet Help – ongoing

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 320.274.8448. Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00 am.

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 every parent to embrace their role as their child's first teacher. Plus, there are prizes! This program is ongoing, so you can sign up any time. No limit; please come to the library to register. Sponsored by the Annandale Area Friends of the Library and Great River Regional Library. 

Reading Takes You Everywhere in Minnesota! – June through August

Minnesota has many interesting and unusual tourist attractions. Let’s see if you can figure out where each week’s attraction is located. Submit your guess each week to the posted clue to win a weekly prize. Ages 6th grade to 17. Every week from June 11 through August 11.

Reading with Royalty – June 26

Hear ye! Hear ye! Your presence is requested to a storytime with Annandale’s 2017 royalty before they abdicate their crowns to the 2018 royals. Enjoy stories, songs and a craft. For ages 3-8. Limit 24. Pre-registration is preferred; if space is available walk-ins are welcome. Sponsored by the Annandale Area Friends of the Library. Tuesday, June 26 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Annandale Area Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale – June 30

Shop a wide variety of books, CD’s, movies all priced to sell! Clean donations are accepted throughout the month of June. All proceeds go to the Annandale Area Friends of the Library to benefit the Annandale Public Library facility and programs. For all ages. Saturday, June 30--8:00AM to noon.

 

  • 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
 

Fun Fridays! – June 15 & 22

Create a "Make and Take" fun and easy craft at the library. For ages 3-12. No limit. Sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo Library. Fridays, June 15 & 22 during library open hours.

Concert in Sturges Park featuring Mike Schneider of Pint Size Polkas – June 26

Dance, clap and sing with Mike Schneider who plays the happiest music on earth, the Polka! In case of rain, the concert will be held at Parkview Care Center. For all ages. No limit. Sponsored by District 877 ECFE and a Legacy event. Tuesday, June 26--10:30 to 11:30AM.

Sensory Sensitive Storytime presented by Sherrin Houtman – June 28 & July 5

This storytime is geared for children who have a hard time in large groups and are sensitive to sensory overload. Registration is not required but is a first come, first served program limited to 10 families. An adult must be present and siblings, therapists and paraprofessionals are welcome. For ages 7 and under.  Sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo Library. Thursdays, June 28 & July 5--1:30 to 2:30PM.

Cartooning 101

Learn the art of cartooning with local artist, Jennie Beck! You will learn the basics of cartooning and go home with a cartoon self-portrait you’ve drawn yourself!  For ages 11-16. Limit 10. Pre-registration required. A Legacy event. Thursday, June 28--1:00 to 2:00PM.

Fun Fridays! – June 29 & July 6

Create a "Make and Take" fun and easy craft at the library. For ages 3-12. No limit. Sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo Library. Fridays, June 29 and July 6 during library open hours.

1,000 Books before Kindergarten - ongoing

Give your child the gift of reading and literacy. Track the progress with your child'

Teen Book Club - ongoing

Join the Buffalo Library Teen Book Club, an ongoing event for grades 6-9. Stop by the desk to leave your contact information. Read the book and join us for pizza and a rousing discussion. Sponsored by the Friends of the Buffalo Library. Check our online events calendar for dates and times or call the library.

Adult Book Club - ongoing

Our adult book club is flourishing! Stop at the circulation desk to join our group. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Buffalo Library. Check our online events calendar for dates and times or call the library.

 

  • 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.

Computer Tech Help – Ongoing

By appointment or just walk in. Tuesdays, Noon to 1 PM.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten – Ongoing

Sign up for this program at any time of the year. New and simplified record keeping available for both new and current program members. Incentives to help your young reader reach the goal of 1,000 books.

 

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

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

 

HOWARD LAKE LIBRARY

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

Summer Storytime—Reading Takes You Everywhere! – June 15 and 22

Join us in the library for stories, games, songs, fun activities and crafts! An excellent opportunity for 3 to 6-year-olds and their families to improve and strengthen pre-literacy skills while having a great time! No registration required. Sponsored by the Howard Lake Friends of the Library. Friday, June 15--10:30 to 11:15AM.

Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale – June 23

Great selection of books, media, periodicals, and puzzles! Sloppy Joes, Strawberry Shortcake, coffee, water, and other treats served ala carte. Great prices and selection all around! The final hour will include a sale of $1 per bag. Saturday, June 23--9:00 a.m. to 1:00PM.

Summer Storytime—Reading Takes You Everywhere! – June 29

Join us at the library for stories, games, songs, fun activities and crafts! An excellent opportunity for 3- 6 year olds and their families to improve and strengthen pre-literacy skills while having a great time! No registration required. On July 20th Story Time will be presented at the Wright County Fair. Sponsored by the Howard Lake Friends of the Library. Friday, June 29--10:30 to 11:15AM.

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 for those who've completed the program and this 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.

Rockford Adult Book Club – June 25

Contact library for current titles. No need to register. Mondays, June 25, July 23 and Aug. 27--2:00 to 3:00PM.

Monthly Lego Clubs – June 25

Join us for a fun hour of Lego building. Bring your imagination and we will provide the Lego blocks. For ages 5 to 13. Limit 20. Registration required. Sponsored by the Rockford Friends of the Library. Monday, June 25--6:00 to 7:00PM.

Metal Detecting Program – June 25

Join Larry Homan, vice president of the Gopher State Treasure Hunters, the largest metal detecting group in Minnesota, to learn about the hobby of metal detecting. Since childhood, Larry has liked the idea of searching for buried treasure. He has developed a strong interest in history since starting detecting and enjoys researching the relics he finds. Come and check out the equipment he uses and the treasures he has found. For ages 12 to adult. Registration required. Monday, June 25--7:00 to 8:00PM.

Around the World Art Classes with Tamra: South America – June 26

Try your hand at art from different Continents while learning about the culture and history of various countries. This week, we travel to South America. Create art from Peru using wood, fibers and beads while learning the history of why and how these items were used. For ages 10 and up. Limit 15. Registration required. Tuesday, June 26--6:00 to 7:30PM.

Master Naturalist Volunteer Information Session – June 28

If you enjoy hiking, bird watching, following tracks, or identifying wildflowers, you'll love being a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer. The mission of the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program is to promote awareness, understanding and stewardship of Minnesota’s natural environment by developing a corps of well-informed citizens dedicated to conservation education and service within their communities. Join Arne Myrabo, Master Naturalist volunteer, instructor, founding member of the Minnesota Dragonfly Society and life-long enthusiast of the outdoors, to learn more about the program. For adults. Registration required. Thursday, June 28--4:00-5:00PM.

Pint Size Polkas – July 2

Mike Schneider of Pint Size Polkas brings the happiest music on earth, plus magic and comedy! This show promises tons of fun for the whole family. For families. A Legacy event. Monday, July 2--4:00 to 5:00PM.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten - ongoing

Register your child to read 1,000 Books before kindergarten. Sign up anytime during open hours.

 

  • 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