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Community Bulletin Board

                                                 Saturday, January 20, 2018 

 

If you are looking for some winter fun and excitement, the Wright County Parks and Recreation has something for everyone, (weather permitting.) January events coming up include on January 31st, Moonlit Snowshoe Adventure, 7-8:30PM, at $5 per person. For details and information on all Wright County Park events, call 763-682-7894.

Wright County Community Action is operating the Energy Assistance Program (EAP) in Wright County. The Energy Assistance Program is available to income eligible households to pay a portion of the cost for their heat bills. The program can also provide assistance to homeowners in need of Furnace Repairs. Assistance levels for families served through the Energy Assistance Program are determined based on household income, household size, and actual cost of heating for a period of twelve continuous months. Wright County Community Action works with households to resolve heating crisis situations such as a shut offs and disconnections. Wright County Community Action will continue to take applications through May 31, 2018. If you are interested in applying for Energy Assistance or would like more information please contact Wright County Community Action at: WCCA 130 W. Division Street P.O. Box 787 Maple Lake, MN 55358 (320) 963-6500

The Wright County Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting picnic and shelter reservations for the summer of 20l8 through their online reservation system , or over the phone. Call 763-682-7894. Starting March 5, at 8AM, they will begin taking campsite reservations for the 2018 season. The camping season will start May 4, and go through October 7th. Campsite reservations can also be made online or by phone. Call 763-682-7894.

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.

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.

January 20

The Third Annual 'Shop St. Michael / Albertville Business Expo' will be today, Saturday, January 20, with numerous vendors, and many businesses with give-aways. Stop in and sign up for door prizes, and don't miss the Open House and the Craft Sale at the Crow River Senior Center, or the special presentation at the St. Michael/Albertville/Hanover Library in the City Center. The Third Annual STMA Business Expo is scheduled from 10 AM to 1 PM today, at the St. Michael City Center.

A performance of Crow River Radio Hour-"A Celebration of Small Towns" will be held tonight, January 20th at the Watertown Primary School Auditorium beginning at 7PM. Tickets..$10 for adults...and $5 for children under 18. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods or at the door. All proceeds to benefit Watertown Area Fine Arts Council.

A musical evening to remember with Guitarist and Singer Phil Heywood will be presented on tonight, January 20, at 7PM, by the Buffalo United Methodist Church, 609 8th St. NW, six blocks west of Perkins. You'll enjoy this finger-style guitarist with a bluesy swing and a warm, baritone voice that blends smoothly with his rock-solid acoustic guitar at it's finest! Refreshments will be served following the concert. This program is a Free Event, and is part of the Saturday Awakening Series. Everyone is welcome, tonight. For more information, call 763-682-3538.

Your family is invited to join in for a FREE Buffalo Community Breakfast today, January 20, from 8:30 until 10:30AM, graciously hosted by the Buffalo Evangelical Free Church, and served at the Buffalo Community Center. Enjoy this feast, fit for a king! Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit, rolls, orange juice, milk and coffee. Thank you to the many community sponsors and contributors, including: Cub Foods; Kwik Trip; Sunny Fresh; the Buffalo Food Shelf; Buffalo Zion Lutheran Church; Buffalo Evangelical Free Church; St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church; St. John's Lutheran Church; Buffalo Presbyterian Church; Buffalo Covenant Church; and Hearts Afire. Remember your invitation to the FREE Breakfast, today, January 20th at the Buffalo Community Center, 206 Central Ave, on Highway 25, across from the Buffalo Post Office.

Please join the Friends of Lake Maria for the annual Winter Fun Day at Lake Maria State Park from 10AM to 2PM today, January 20. A number of indoor and outdoor events are planned, including a winter camping seminar and demonstration, presented by Ryan Fox and members of The Winter Camping Symposium. There will also be a presentation from the Minnesota Zoo's Zoomobile, with their live animals. Lunch will be served at noon. Join in for Snow Ranger indoor craft activities for children including bird feeder construction, and other outdoor fun. Snowshoes will be available for first time users to try at no charge. Birding kits that include binoculars will be available for free checkout at the park office. For more information and the exact schedule of events, contact Lake Maria State Park at 763-878-2325, or check the Facebook page at Friends of Lake Maria State Park. All events are free, but a $7 vehicle park entrance fee will apply to those without the annual permit. The park is located seven miles northwest of Monticello, 10 miles northeast of Annandale or 5 miles north of Maple Lake on Wright County 111.

The prestigious St. Olaf Choir's 2018 National Winter Tour includes a concert at Buffalo High School Performing Arts Center, tonight, January 20. The program will feature sacred and secular masterpieces which will range from Baroque classics to American Folk songs, world music, hymns, and spirituals. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students, and are available at; www.stolaf.edu/tickets or by calling 800-363-5487. A $5 transaction fee will be added to all phone orders.

January 21

Treat Mom and the family to a breakfast feast that is all delicious, and no work! Yes, on Sunday, January 21, the Waverly Knights of Columbus, will be serving pancakes (regular or blueberry), french toast, sausage (patty or links), egg, and beverage. The cost is a free will offering, and proceeds go toward hall maintenance. That's on January 21st, at the Waverly KC Hall , at 301 5th St. North.

January 27

It's time for the popular TASTE for TAILS event in Buffalo. It's the fun thing, and it's the RIGHT thing to do...for our animal friends! It happens on Saturday evening, January 27, from 7 PM until 9..... at 122 1st Street South in Buffalo at the former Family Dollar building, next to the Downtown Wine & Spirits. You'll be tasting wine, beer and spirits, and appetizers will be served. There will also be a Raffle for prizes, and you must be at least 21 years old to attend. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at Crossroads Animal Shelter and both Buffalo Wine and Spirits locations. That's on January 27, and all proceeds go to the Crossroads Animal Shelter.

January 28

You're invited to a FREE benefit concert by 'Heart Strings' at St. John's Lutheran Church Family Life Center on Sunday, January 28 at 6 PM. You will enjoy a variety of music from easy-listening, to Christian, to country. A Free-Will offering will be taken to support disaster relief in Puerto Rico and other areas ravaged by recent storms. St. John's Lutheran Church is located at 302 NE 2nd St., in Buffalo. For more information, visit www.stjohnsbuffalo.org or call 763-682-1883.

January 29

The Waverly Gun Club is proud to offer the Minnesota Firearm Safety Training Class to anyone at least 11 years old by January 1, 2018. Registration for this class is Monday, January 29th, from 6PM to 7:30 at the Waverly Gun Club at 4465 Desoto Ave. SW. Proof of birth date is required. The local fee for this class is $7, and an additional fee of $7.50 will need to be paid to the MN DNR after completion of the class. The class will begin Monday, February 5th, from 6:30PM until 8:30, and continues for 9 weeks. Students who complete all the requirements will receive a Minnesota DNR Firearm Safety Certificate. For more information or questions, call Tracy, at 612-910-2198 or Clint at 612-501-3166.

February 1

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be making its winter visit to Montrose on Thursday, February 1, 2018 between the hours of 12:30 and 6:30 pm. At the Community Center in Montrose. 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: 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 day of the donation.) Remember, those in the surrounding areas who have not donated blood for 56 days (12 days for those of you who donate the "Double Red" ) are eligible to donate at this time.

February 3

The opening event of the 43rd Annual Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby on February 3rd is a Vintage Snowmobile Show from 9AM until Noon, and you'll also want to be there at 10AM for the Arctic Plunge! The Official Ice Fishing Derby action is from noon until 3, and the 43rd Largest Northern Pike caught wins an Ice Castle fish house!. The Ice Auger Drilling Contest will be a blast for all at 3:00. This is Minnesota's largest fishing derby, and one of the oldest! The day will feature family fun and kid friendly events, and the tickets are only $5. This 43rd Annual Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby on February 3 is sponsored by dozens of local area businesses. Stop in and say Thank You. For more information, visit www.maplelakefishingderby.com

Ice fishing is fun, but not for everyone! True Minnesotans, rugged and tough, show the rest of us why ice fishing contests are so popular! Mark your calendars for the St. Michael Lions annual ice fishing contest on Beebe Lake on Saturday, February 3rd, from 12 until 3PM. Cost to enter: Age 16 and under, $5....and 17 and older, $10. This is much more than a fishing contest. IT IS AN EVENT with Sports Raffle Tickets sold separately for valuable prizes, whether you fish or not! Bring the family, and bring your own food if you choose, or you can buy lunch on the ice! The KRWC Road Show will be on hand to play music and games. And, you'll want to share the fun and the action of the ice auger hole-drilling contest again this year. There will be 3 cash prizes in each category of fish species: bass, northern, crappie and sunfish, at the St. Michael Lion's Fishing Contest on Beebe Lake, on Saturday, February 3rd.

On Saturday, February 3rd, you'll want to fish where BIG FISH win BIG PRIZES. That's at the 29th Annual Kingston Lions Fishing Contest on the Northwest Side of Lake Francis, from 1PM until 3. Fishing Door prizes pay only on the largest Walleye, Northern and Bass, from $30 to $100. For Crappie and Sunfish: $25. Cost is $5 per person to fish. There will be many drawings for cash: 1st prize...$250; 2nd and 3rd prize...$100; 4th and 5th prize, $50 each, and various other prizes! Also available to win cash prizes: one chance for $1...or 25 chances for $15. Don't miss the fishing...the fun...or the cash prizes at the Kingston Lions Fishing Contest on Feb. 3rd on Lake Francis.

February 6

Are you a cottage food producer? You are, if you make and sell baked goods, home-canned pickles and other foods. Then, you will want to attend the ' Advanced Cottage Food Producer Food Safety Workshop' on Wednesday, February 6, from 9 AM to1 PM in Room 120, at the Wright County Government Center in Buffalo. This workshop focuses on safe food handling of many cottage food products. You will learn how to produce, package and label a safe food product, and this workshop meets the training requirement to register as a Minnesota cottage food producer. For more information, call Karla, at 507-337-2808, or engell14@umn.edu.

February 8

Free clothing and free books will be offered on Thursday, February 8th at Buffalo Zion Lutheran Church at 1200 Hwy 25 South in Buffalo. The Blessing Closet and 'Read to Feed the Mind' distribution will be open from 10:00am to 5:30pm.  The BLESSING CLOSET will offer many clothing items for kids and their parents with no restrictions, qualifications, or requirements. READ TO FEED THE MIND has partnered with The Blessing Closet donating close to 1,000 children books that will be given away free. Everyone is welcome!

February 9

Attention: WANTED Baked Goods for the 1st Annual Bake Sale/Fundraiser for the Erv Schmidt Toy Shop on Friday, February 9, from 10 AM-6 PM at the Buffalo Community Center, at 206 Central Ave. Baked goods will be gratefully accepted on Thursday, February 8, and the morning of the 9th. The Buffalo Community Center thanks everyone in advance for your support in making this fundraising event a success.

February 10

The Wright County Parks & Recreation invites you to challenge and enjoy the hardy Minnesota winter, and they will help, providing something for everyone . Explore the opportunities, weather permitting! Enjoy groomed ski trails, to a mushing experience with a ride on a dog sled. On February 10th, share the Sweetheart Boot Hike from 6-9PM. On February 18th, learn more about Woodworking for Wildlife from 2-3:30PM. Cost is $5 per feeder. On February 24th, join in the Lantern Cross Country Ski event, from 6-9PM. For more information about these and all Wright County Parks and Recreation programs, visit at www.co.wright.mn.us/parks, or call 763-682-7894.

February 22

Attention: Farmers with Private Pesticide Applicator Permits that expire on March 1. You should have received a postcard from the MN Department of Agriculture. Farmers can renew permits again this year by attending a "Renewal Workshop" conducted by the U of M Extension staff. Attend any workshop that is convenient for you. The Farm Information Line at 1-800-232-9077 can answer your questions, and is answered Monday through Friday from 8:30AM-1:30PM. Renewal Workshops in Central Minnesota include: Buffalo, Thursday, February 22nd, 9AM-12:30PM, in the Wright County Government Center, Room 120.

March 1

Attention: Photography Enthusiasts: The Monticello Camera Club is currently accepting photographs for the 15th Annual Monticello Photo Show, taking place on Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18, in the conference room at the Best Western Chelsea Hotel at 89 Chelsea Road in Monticello. This event will be the Camera Club's final photo show. Photographers of all skill levels are invited to enter. Information and entry forms can be found at www.monticameraclub.com/photoshow. Entries are due no later than March 1. For more information call Bob Somerville at 763-295-3179 or 612-308-0897.

April 7

If a hot, spicy, juicy, Hog Roast is one of your favorite feasts, you're in luck! It will be happening on Saturday, April 7, from 4 PM to 10 PM at the Rockford Township Hall, at 3039 Dague Ave. SE, in Buffalo. Social hour at 4, dinner at 5. Everyone is invited to the "36th Annual Rockford Masonic Star Lodge #62 Hog Roast Fundraiser." This is a real family affair. Cost is $20 per person, all you can eat and drink...and kids 12 and under are free! There will be many door prizes and raffles! DJ following raffle drawings. All funds raised from the event will be donated to Riverworks Food Shelf in Rockford; local Scholarships; the Lunch Box Fever program; and Repairs to their 150 year old historic lodge building in Rockford. Tickets available from any member, or contact Eric Sorenson, 763-477-3300, or erik@weatherhillcommercial.com.

 

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.

 

 

Area Public Library Events

ANNANDALE

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

9:00 to 11:00 am

Harp Music for the Winter Weary – Jan. 20

Lift your spirits with some good vibrations. Local musician, Katherine Strand will play a variety of music on her Celtic harp in the library. For all ages. A Legacy event.

Saturday, Jan. 20

10 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

9:00 to 11:00 am

Harp Music for the Winter Weary – Jan. 20

Lift your spirits with some good vibrations. Local musician, Katherine Strand will play a variety of music on her Celtic harp in the library. For all ages. A Legacy event.

Saturday, Jan. 20

10 to 11 AM

 

Tech Tutors – Jan. 24

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, Jan. 24 

6:30- 7:45 p.m.

 

Minnesota’s Most Haunted Locations – Feb. 7

Paranormal researcher and author Chad Lewis will take you on a ghostly journey to some of the most haunted places throughout the state. Learn about phantoms and apparitions from the north woods to your own backyard. For all ages. Limit 40. A Legacy Event.

Wednesday, Feb. 7

6:30 p.m.

ANNANDALE LIBRARY Presents: 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. 

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

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.

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.

A visit from Chris Cline and Juji! – Jan. 20

Meet Juji, the 10-foot wonder dog and his owner, Christopher Cline. Chris Cline is a photographer from Buffalo who has become an Instagram sensation by photographing his 2-year-old Goldendoodle as larger than life in the pictures with Cline himself. He will be presenting his work, including a new book and calendar, and will introduce Juji as part of this fun program. For all ages. No limit. A Legacy event.

Saturday, Jan. 20

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Beginner Crochet Class with Abbey Swanson – Jan. 22

Want to learn to crochet? Come learn the basics with crochet teacher and designer, Abbey Swanson. We will make a beanie with super bulky yarn and a big hook--you’ll be surprised how quickly this project works up. No experience necessary and supplies are provided. The pattern and beanie are yours to keep. For ages 15 to adults. Limit 15. PreWant to learn to crochet? Come learn the basics with crochet teacher and designer, Abbey Swanson. We will make a beanie with super bulky yarn and a big hook--you’ll be surprised how quickly this project works up. No experience necessary and supplies are provided. The pattern and beanie are yours to keep. For ages 15 to adults. Limit 15. Pre-registration required. Sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo Library.Want to learn to crochet? Come learn the basics with crochet teacher and designer, Abbey Swanson. We will make a beanie with super bulky yarn and a big hook--you’ll be surprised how quickly this project works up. No experience necessary and supplies are provided. The pattern and beanie are yours to keep. For ages 15 to adults. Limit 15. Pre-registration required. Sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo Library.

Monday, Jan. 22

6- 8 p.m.

 

Friends of the Buffalo Library Meeting – Jan. 23

Support the library while meeting new people!

Tuesday, Jan. 23

7 p.m.

 

Family Movie Fun – Jan. 26

Join us for a movie on our big screen. Light refreshments will be served. All ages welcome! No limit. Sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo Library.

Friday, Jan. 26

1:00 p.m.

 earn a cozy handicraft this winter and a skill you can use to beautify any fabric with this embroidery technique. Artist Jen Anfinson teaches this workshop in her engaging style. For teens ages 15 to adults. Limit 12. A Legacy event.

Tuesday, Jan. 30

6-7:30 p.m.

 

Acrylic Painting Class with Rose Borman – Feb. 1

Try a new hobby without the cost! Rose will provide the supplies and guidance to create a 16"x20" canvas painting. No experience necessary. Ages 12-adult. Limit 15. Pre-registration required. A Legacy event.

Thursday, Feb. 1

5:30-7:30 p.m.

 

Teen Book Club – Feb. 5

Join the Buffalo Library Teen Book Club, an ongoing event for grades 6-9. Stop at the desk to sign up for the book of the month. Read the book and join us for pizza and a rousing discussion. For teens. No limit. Sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo Library.

Monday, Feb. 5

6- 7:30 p.m.

 

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.

 

  

Baby Bounce – Feb. 6 & 13

Explore song, stories, and fingerplays to help baby learn pre-literacy skills. For babies 0-18 months and their caregivers. Limit 10 parent/child pairs. Registration required. Sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo Library.

Tuesdays, Feb. 6 & 13

3-3:20 p.m.

 

Beekeeping for Beginners – Feb. 6

Are you interested in raising honey bees or finding out more about the fascinating world of bees? Local beekeepers Gregg and John will introduce beginners to the basic skills and equipment necessary to raise honey bees. Topics discussed will be bee biology, feeding, seasonal management, honey extraction, and diseases. For ages 12 to adult. Limit 15. Pre-registration required.

Tuesday, Feb. 6

6:30-8 p.m.

 

Preschool Storytime – Feb. 7 & 14

Storytime involves stories, songs, and crafts to build Kindergarten readiness. For ages 3-6. No limit. Sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo Library.

Wednesdays, Feb. 7 & 14

10- 10:45 a.m.

 

Adult Book Club – Feb. 8

Join the Buffalo Library Adult Book Club for our monthly discussions. Stop at the desk to leave your contact information and pick up the book of the month. For adults. No limit. Sponsored by the Friends of the Buffalo Library.

Thursday, Feb. 8.

6:30 p.m.

 

Adult Book Club

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.

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.

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

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

 

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 1:00 p.m.

 

Saturday Matinee – Jan. 20

Enjoy a movie at the library. Call the library for this month’s pick. For all ages.

Saturday, Jan. 20

11:00 a.m.


Let go of my Lego – Jan. 22-27

Maker Space time.

During library open hours.

 

Computer Tech Help - ongoing

By appointment or just walk in.

Tuesdays, Jan. 23, & 30 and Feb. 6 & 13

 Noon-1 p.m.

 

Arm Knitting Workshop – Feb. 3

Learn to knit using your arms as the knitting needles. We will discover the beautiful thick yarn that accompanies this art form. Learn the techniques from artist Jen Anfinson. Supplies included for making a complete knitting item. Create an eternity scarf to keep you warm this winter. For ages 15 to adults. Limit 12. Preregistration required. A Legacy event.

Saturday, Feb. 3 

10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

 

Snap Circuit Time – Feb. 5-10

Maker Space time.

During library open hours

 

Photography with Ken – Feb. 7

Beginners are encouraged to attend this group of amateur photographers. This class will help you take better pictures. Open discussion starts at 6:00 p.m. For teens and adults. 

Wednesday, Feb. 7             

6- 8 p.m.

 

Memory Writers – Feb. 8

An informal writing group with Linda Marie to inspire you to record your life stories. Writing experience not required.

Thursday, Feb. 8

10 a.m.

 

Tree Shakers in Clearwater Area – Feb. 10

This monthly genealogy group meets to access Ancestry Library Edition. Discussion on tips and ideas for the amateur genealogist. Beginner to advanced experience welcome. For ages 16 and up.

Saturday, Feb. 10

11 a.m.

 

Valentine Card Make and Take – Feb. 10

Use our decorative scissors, stickers, rubber stamps and create that special Valentine. For all ages.

Saturday, Feb 10

During library open hours.

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

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.

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.

Family Play Date – Jan. 20

Discover, create and learn together! Come prepared to have a fun couple of hours with a variety of fun programs and activity stations for kids and parents to enjoy in the library. No registration required. For ages 3 and up

10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Alaska Travel and Adventure—Jan. 22

6:15 PM-7 PM

 

I Love to Read! – Feb. 3

Celebrate books, reading, and Valentines Day with crafts, treats, and R.E.A.D. dogs! Multiple make-and-take Valentines’ cards and crafts, read with your favorite pooch, and more! For ages 4 to 12. No registration required. This event will take place in the community room above the library. Sponsored by the Howard Lake Friends of the Library.

Saturday, Feb. 3

10-11:15 am

 

Mystery Lovers Book Club—Feb. 14

This is a monthly gathering to share your thoughts, appreciation and/or criticism for a variety of mystery titles. Titles are selected by members through voting or consensus, with room for both long-time favorites and new voices. For adults and teens. Meetings held in the library on the second Wednesday of every month during the school year. 

6:30 PM-7:30 PM

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

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.

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

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten - ongoing

Enjoy a fun program that builds early literacy skills and encourages parents to embrace their role as their child’s first teacher. This program is ongoing and you can sign up anytime. Each child will receive a reading record and earn prizes as they read. Sponsored by the Rockford Friends of the Library. For ages birth to kindergarten

 

Read on the Wild Side Winter Reading Program – Jan. 2-Feb. 28

For every 5 books you read, turn in a slip and get a free book!  Also, every slip enters you in the Grand Prize drawing for a $25 Amazon, Barnes & Noble or iTunes gift card. For grades 6 through adult.

Tuesday, Jan. 2 to Wednesday, Feb. 28

During open hours

 

Shredded Book Challenge – month of January

Guess the title from the shredded remains of a book to be entered into a drawing for a $5 Amazon gift card. For ages 12 and up. Sponsored by Rockford Friends of the Library.

The month of January during open hours.

Teen Trivia Challenge – Harry Potter – Feb. 1-28

Answer a trivia question correctly to be entered into a drawing for a $5 Amazon gift card. For ages 7 and up. Sponsored by Rockford Friends of the Library.

The month of February     

During open hours

 

Read on the Wild Side Winter Reading Program – Jan. 2-Feb. 28

For every 5 books you read, turn in a slip and get a free book!  Also, every slip enters you in the Grand Prize drawing for a $25 Amazon, Barnes & Noble or iTunes gift card. For grades 6 through adult.

Tuesday, Jan. 2 to Wednesday, Feb. 28

During open hours

 

Rockford Adult Book Club – Jan. 22

Contact library for current titles and start time. No need to register.

Monday, Jan. 22

Arm Knitting – Jan. 22

Try a knitting technique that uses your arms instead of knitting needles. Sharon will teach the group to make a simple cowl. No experience necessary. For ages 12 and up. Limit 10. Registration required. Sponsored by Rockford Friends of the Library.

Monday, Jan. 22

6:30-8 p.m.

 

Family Storytime – Jan. 24 & 31, Feb. 7

Activities and stories for families. No Limit. Registration not required.

Wednesdays

11:15 a.m.-noon

 

Monthly Lego Clubs – Jan. 24 and 29

Join us for a fun hour of Lego building. Bring your imagination and we will provide the Legos. For ages 5 to 13. Limit 20. Registration required.

Wednesday, Jan. 24

2-3 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 29

6-7 p.m.

 

Bingo with Melissa – Jan. 25

Come and play bingo at the library. For ages 7 to 12. Limit 20. Registration required. Sponsored by Rockford Friends of the Library.

Thursday, Jan. 25

4-5 p.m.

 

Minnesota Author Allen Eskens – Feb. 3

Allen Eskens is the USA Today bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, and The Heavens May Fall. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Rosebud Award, and the Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar® Award, Thriller Award, Anthony Award, and the Minnesota Book Award. His debut novel, The Life We Bury, has been published in 16 languages and is being developed for a feature film. For teens and adults. Sponsored by Rockford Friends of the Library.

Saturday, Feb 3

1:30 p.m.

 

Valentine Make and Take – Feb. 5-10

Come to the library to create a valentine for someone special. For ages 3 to 12. Sponsored by Rockford Friends of the Library.

The week of February 5 - 10

During open hours

 

Tween/Teen Game Night – Feb. 5

Join friends for an hour of board and card games at the library. Snacks provided.  For ages 10 to 14. Limit 12. Registration required. 

Mondays, Feb. 5

6-7 p.m.

 

Create a Valentine Necklace

Join Melinda and make a Valentine-inspired necklace for yourself and a friend. For ages 10 and up. Limit 12.  Registration required.

Saturday, Feb. 10

10:30 -11:30 a.m.

Ferdig Fridays: Music Recitals

Join us for a musical program that showcases the talent 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.

3:30 to 4:00 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

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.

 

 

Thinking about buying a home? Wright County Community Action invites you to attend a one day 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).

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.