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Community Bulletin Board

                                                 Thursday, November 23, 2017 

 

Thanksgiving Day (November 23)

All are invited to a free Thanksgiving Day dinner at the Cokato City Hall. A traditional dinner of turkey, dressing, potatoes and gravy, and pie will be served. The dinner is absolutely free, but please call for a reservation with a number of persons who will be attending at (320) 286-5580.

December 1

The St. Ignatius Catholic Christian Women, invites everyone to the CCW Christ Child Luncheon, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Annandale, at 35 Birch St. E. The Luncheon will be served on Friday, December 1, from 10:45AM until l:00. Cookies and candy will be available at Santa's Sweet Shoppe. Proceeds will go to Birthline of St. Cloud, Dakota Woodlands and MCCL. This ever-popular seasonal luncheon offers an amazing assortment of delicious favorites. That's the St. Ignatius 'Christ Child Luncheon in Annandale, on Friday, December 1. Tickets will be available at the door.

The Hanover Historical Society invites you all to the 13th Annual ' Caroling at the Historic Bridge', on Friday, December 1st. Your family will thrill to the magical sounds of Christmas from 6 until 8PM. The music of local musicians and area choirs will highlight the many colorful festivities including the sparkling bridge lights; the warm crackling bonfires; and the beautifully lit Christmas trees. Enjoy FREE Family Fun, as you greet old St. Nick, take photos in an authentic one-horse open-sleigh featuring Diamonds in the Sky, and enjoy cookies and hot beverages. Bridging the past with the future..... join in 'the caroling at the Historic Bridge' on December 1, from 6 until 8PM, presented by the Hanover Historic Society.

December 2

It's bound to happen!...and the Delano Snowstormers Snowmobile Club is ready for the action...AND...they're ready for the AUCTION! Yes, the 2017 SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER happens on Saturday, December 2nd, starting at 5PM, at the Delano American Legion Post 377. $1 Ticket Raffles for great prizes. There will be many auction items and holiday gift ideas. Proceeds will help defer expenses of trail work, tools, and equipment...and the Snowstormers Youth Snowmobile Safety Training Class. Join a club, and support your local Snowmobile Club. !Don't miss this annual event! The Delano Snowstormers Silent Auction Fundraiser starts at 5PM, on Saturday, December 2. Ride Safe...Ride Right!!

The Kingston Lions presents a MUSICAL TRIBUTE by the Kingery Family on Saturday, December 2, at 7PM, at the Kingston Community Center. Admission is a freewill donation of money or non-Perishable food items. Donations go to the Meeker County Food Shelf, Litchfield and Dassel Locations. Refreshments will be served following the concert. That's on December 2, in Kingston.

The Friends of the Howard Lake Library will be hosting their annual Book-tique- Fundraiser, starting on Saturday, December 2, from 10AM to 1PM. The sale will be continued a second day, Monday, December 4, from 2PM until 5. There will be many offerings, including nearly new books, gift items, scarves, puzzles, and holiday décor. You will be delighted with the beautiful assortment of items and ideas in the Howard Lake Library. All proceeds stay local to benefit the library. For more information, call the library, or call Sue, at 763-658-4278.

It's Holiday Fair Time in Annandale! St John's Lutheran Church invites everyone to their Holiday Fair, featuring: Many Crafts and treasures... Bakery selections, … fresh Lefse prepared on site... and a lunch to please everyone, including sloppy joes, rolls, pie, coffee and milk. These beautiful holiday assortments will get you excited about the busy days ahead. For first choices, try and be first, for this 4-hour Holiday Fair, on Saturday, December 2nd, from 9AM to 1PM, at St. John's Lutheran Church, at 331 W. Harrison St, in Annandale.

Merry Christmas to all, and an invitation to all the Cookie Monsters: You are cordially invited to their '29th Annual Holiday Cookie Walk' in Rockford, on Saturday, December 2, from 9AM to 1PM, at Our Father's Lutheran Church. Christmas Cookies sold by the pound; Homemade lefse; silent auction items to bid on; a craft sale; and a sloppy joe lunch will be available at 11AM. Remember, beautiful , delicious cookies will be the Star of this Show! Don't miss this invitation to Holiday excitement at Our Father's Lutheran Church, at 3903 Gilbert Ave. S.E., in Rockford on December 2nd, from 9AM until 1:00.

December 4

Farmers ask: What is a Fair and Profitable Farm Rental Agreement? FREE Meetings to help answer this question, are being provided by the University of Minnesota Extension. The Wright County meeting will be held on Monday, December 4th at 9:30AM, at the Wright County Government Center in Buffalo. Negotiating a fair rental agreement that satisfies the land owner and the farmer, is a challenge. David Bau, Extension Educator in Ag Business Management, will provide several ways to reach an agreement..... by examples, fact sheets and work sheets. Topics will include local historic and projected farmland rental rate trends, current farm land values, and sales. Input costs for 2018 will also be presented. Discussion of the many topics regarding Farm Rental Agreements, will help both parties, involved in this very important issue. Be informed. Don't miss this meeting on Farm Rental Agreements, on Monday, December 4th at 9:30AM, at the Wright County Government Center, in Room 120, at 10 Second Street N.W. in Buffalo.

December 8

"True Friends" is a Camp Friendship Auxiliary, and they invite you to their Annual Holiday Fundraising Party on Friday, December 8 at 6PM. The party is taking place at Camp Friendship's Dining Hall, 10509 - 108th St. N.W., Annandale. The evening features: hot and cold appetizers; a dessert buffet; and wine and beer sampling. During the evening, there will be a 50-50 drawing, a silent auction, and door prizes. Tickets cost $20, and may be purchased in advance at All Things Good in Annandale, or at the door, the evening of the party. For more information, please call Julie at 320-274-7427, or Karen at 320-274-7628. Camp Friendship...indeed. / True Friends for those in need. That's Friday, December 8th in Annandale.

December 10

The Buffalo Rotary's 'Adopt A Family' Program is asking for special 'Families With A Heart' to be willing to provide clothing and other personal necessities for children this holiday season. Unlike Toys For Tots, also organized by Buffalo Rotary, this 'Adopt A Family' Program provides necessities for needy children in the Buffalo and Montrose communities. The drop-off of all items is taking place on Sunday, Dec. 10, between 3 and 8PM. If you wish to adopt a family this year, or need more information, please call 612-490-0025.

Are you ready for the famous KC Lumberjack Breakfast in Rogers, on Sunday, December 10th? Then plan to be at Mary, Queen of Peace Church Hall, St. Martin Campus, in Downtown Rogers, from 8:30AM until noon. You better be hungry! The Lumberjack breakfast features: Pancakes, French Toast, Sausage & Eggs, Applesauce, orange juice, milk and coffee. The Free Will Offering proceeds will benefit the Church, School, and Community. This famous and popular event, is Sponsored, Cooked, & Served by the Northwest-Hennepin Knights of Columbus Council #11941.

December 11

The Canadian Pacific Railway 'Holiday Train' is coming to Buffalo again, on Monday, December 11, at approximately 5:45 PM in Soo Town. The Buffalo Lions and the Buffalo Food Shelf will be the hosts. Expect Santa to be there, pre-train arrival, and the Lions will serve hot chocolate and cookies. The 'Rejoice' singers from Spirit of Joy Lutheran will provide 'pre-train arrival music' of the Christmas season. If you plan to attend, please bring food items or cash gifts for the Food shelf. The concert from the train, will feature singers Teri Clark, Dallas Smith, and Kelly Prescott. Concert is expected to be ½ hour, from about 6-6:30PM. Remember... The Holiday Train is coming to Buffalo on Monday, December 11th. 

December 14

If you love adding creativity to your Christmas, come.......on December 14th, 9:30am at St. John's Lutheran Church, Annandale  and enjoy a wonderful brunch and take home ideas and tips on stamping, card making and decorations by Stacey Krats of Monticello.   There will also be beautiful music by Elizabeth Cabalka on the flute, and encouragement by Donna Clark of Forest Lake who will share how to get from emotional exhaustion to emotional balance.  Invite your friends to this Christmas event and make reservations by calling Ardelle at 320-274-8336, Betsy at 320-274-5419. or email lilred.schramm@gmail.com.  This is a Christian Women's Club event.

December 17

Celebrate the Blessings of the Season, on Sunday, December 17th, with a delicious Christmas Dinner, and a beautiful, traditional Carol Sing at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Maple Lake The dinner starts at 5PM and the cost is a freewill offering. The Carol Sing is scheduled for 6:15. Join in, or just listen and enjoy the magic that music brings to the Christmas Celebration. Don't miss this unforgettable event, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, at 11390 Elliot Avenue N.W. in Maple Lake.

 

 

Ongoing Events

Memorial Blood Centers are currently facing an urgent need for blood. Every two seconds, someone needs blood, and there is no substitute. Only volunteer donors can help save lives, and you can be the one to save a life....to save a family like yours..... the heartache and grief of losing a loved one. To register for a blood drive, contact Memorial Blood Centers directly, or visit online at MBC.ORG, or you can always call 1-800-RED CROSS. Please care...and please plan to give blood now.

Attention; If there is a baby in your future, you'll want to learn more, and be ready. The Buffalo Hospital is providing the community classes and tools to help improve their health and wellness. Programs vary on pricing and start date. For more information, call the hospital's Community Engagement and Wellness department, at 763-684-7025. To register, call Allina Health Class registration line at 866-904-9962. visit www.rockfordtownship.com or call 763-682-3499.

Thinking about buying a home? Wright County Community Action invites you to attend a two evening informative workshop designed to help YOU learn the basic steps to homeownership. The homebuyer's workshop (Home Stretch) covers a variety of topics in the home buying process. Experienced area mortgage lenders, real estate agents, home inspectors and other housing professionals instruct the workshop. Class participants analyze their current situation to determine when is the right time for them to buy a home, learn new ways to budget and save for homeownership, what steps to take to become a homeowner, discuss how to obtain a mortgage loan, the purchase agreement, loan closing and review basic maintenance of their home. Volunteer instructors for the workshop are professionals who work in the Wright County area. Participants receive a certificate after completion of the workshop. The certificate may assist the participants with a requirement of specialized mortgages, down payment assistance or other programs that could make homeownership more affordable. To register, call Wright County Community Action (WCCA) at (320) 963-6500, ext 238. (Class fee of $30.00 per household).

If you, or someone in your family, is struggling with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you can now access a list of valuable resources online. The online directory is designed to empower individuals to find the services that fit their unique needs. This new directory has been developed by Attention Deficit Awareness of Minnesota, Inc. (A-D-A-M), serving Central Minnesota since 1995, and is a non-profit organization. Check out the new website at www.adaminc@charter.net., or write to: A-D-A-M, PO Box 6233, St. Cloud, MN 56302-6233.

The Wright County Public Health Wellness On Wheels Program of services includes: Immunization of all ages, Screening for Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Pregnancy, Hemoglobin, and much more. The following schedule is the same each month:

            1st Thursday....Monticello High School

            2nd Tuesday....Delano Senior Center

            3rd Thursday....Annandale City Hall

            4th Tuesday....Cokato Library

Appointments are recommended for the WOW Program. For more detailed information about services and addresses, or to make an appointment, call 763-682-7516...or 1-800-362-3667...or visit the website at www.co.wright.mn.us

 

 

Area Public Library Events

The Annandale, Clearwater, Howard Lake and Rockford public libraries present: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. 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. Participants have a chance to win prizes. This program is ongoing, so you can sign up any time! No limit; please come to the library to register. Sponsored by the Area Friends of the Library and Great River Regional Library.

Basic computer & internet help. Do you need help setting up an email account, doing a basic web search, or using Word or Excel on your PC? An experienced volunteer is willing to help every Tuesday and Friday morning from 9-11 a.m. Walk in the Annandale Library or call ahead at 320-274-8448.

Henna Tattooing Workshop – Dec. 6

Learn the history and techniques of the beautiful art of Henna Tattooing. Draw and practice these traditional designs. Try a henna tattoo for yourself if you'd like – henna tattoos are temporary and typically last two weeks to a month. For ages 15-adult. Limit 12. Pre-registration required. Registrants on the wait list will be notified by telephone or email if an opening occurs. A Legacy event. 

Wednesday, Dec. 6

6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

 

Tech Tutors – Dec. 6

Do you have trouble understanding your laptop, IPad, Kindle or other electronic devices? Would you like to download books from the library website or use Ebooks MN, but aren’t sure how to proceed?  A tech tutor is here to help! Call ahead or drop in for individual help from a Great River Regional librarian.

Wednesday, Dec. 6

6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

 

Jingle Jangle Playdate – Dec. 9

Connect with other parents and enjoy the holiday season with your child. Come and join Kindermusik as we play, sing, dance and learn to the theme Jingle Jangle! For ages 2-5 accompanied by a caregiver. Limit 12. Pre-registration required. Registrants on the wait list will be notified by telephone or email if an opening occurs. Sponsored by the Annandale Friends of the Library.

Saturday, Dec. 9, 10:00 to 11:45 AM

 

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

Buffalo Public Library

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.

Create an Ornament – Dec. 1-16

Spruce up our holiday tree by creating your own special ornament. Materials will be available for you to add your unique touch to our tree. For children. No limit. Sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo Library.

Friday, Dec. 1 through Sat. Dec. 16

During open hours.

 

Adult Book Club – Dec. 7

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.

Thursday, Dec. 7

6:30 p.m.

Fun Friday- ongoing. Create an easy make-and-take craft at the library every Friday between 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For ages 3 to12. Sponsored by the Friends of the Buffalo Library.

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

CLEARWATER LIBRARY


Computer Tech Help –Nov. 28 and Dec. 5

Computer help is available every Tuesday by appointment or just walk in. For adults. Tuesdays, Nov. 28 and Dec. 5 Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Photography with Ken – Dec. 6

Beginners are encouraged to attend this group of amateur photographers. This class will help you take better pictures. The open discussion starts at 6 p.m. For teens and adults.  Wednesday, Dec. 6 

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Tree Shakers in Clearwater Area – Dec. 9

This monthly genealogy group meets to access Ancestry Library Edition. The event includes a discussion on tips and ideas for the amateur genealogist. Beginner to advanced experience levels are welcome. For ages 16 and up. Saturday, Dec. 9 11:00 a.m.

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

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. GRRL supplies Central Minnesota residents with nearly 1 million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, programming and information services.

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

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

 

 

Howard Lake Public Library

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.

Mystery Lovers Book Club in Howard Lake –

A monthly gathering to share your thoughts, appreciations, and/or criticisms for a variety of mystery titles. Titles selected by members by voting or consensus, with room for both long-time favorites and new voices. For adults and teens. Meetings held on the second Wednesday of every month, from 6:30-7:30, during the school year.

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

ROCKFORD LIBRARY

Register your child to read 1,000 Books before kindergarten. Sign up any time during open hours. Rockford Library. This is on ongoing program

Talk about a book you’re reading or have read, get book recommendations and play games. Hang out with friends. Snacks provided. First Monday of the month through the school year. Come to one, or come to all! For ages 10 and up.  6PM & 7PM

Join us for crafts, activities, stories and songs each Wednesday, from 11:15-noon. For preschool children. No limit. Registration not required.

Join us for a musical program that showcases the talents of local school-age musicians from Mr. Jerald Ferdig's Rockford School District music classes. First Friday of the month through the school year. For all ages. Friday, 3:30 to 4:00 p.m.  

Learn about Cryptography and the history of codes by playing Spy 101. Teens can pick up instructions at the desk. Hidden throughout the library are clues for deciphering the increasingly complex codes. Can be played with a friend. Prizes will be awarded.

 

 

Wright County Community Action (WCCA), a non-profit organization, offers confidential foreclosure counseling at no charge, and if applicable, will work with the lender to come to a reasonable solution. For more information, call Wright County Community Action at 320-963-6500, ext. 238.