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Community Bulletin Board

                                                  Wednesday, June 20, 2018 

 

June 21

Get Ready for the Fun of Howard Lake's Good Neighbor Days...June 21st Through 24th!  Daily events that will include parades, fireworks, live music, sports tournaments, a bar-b-que contest, great food and beverages, the queen coronation and Good Neighbor Days button raffle drawing! Most events will take place near the Howard Lake Fire Station. Get the full calendar of events at; www.HowardLakeGoodNeighborDays.webs.com

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of Buffalo will host its Church Garage Sale 2018 June 21st through 24th. Hours are 7 AM to 4 PM Thursday through Saturday, plus one hour after church services on Sunday, June 24th. The event is rain or shine at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4 miles east of Buffalo on County Road 35. More information at; www.myimmanuel.org, and on Facebook. 

Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church in Buffalo will also be hosting a Church Garage Sale June 21st through 23rd. Stop in and find great treasures at a great price! The sale is indoors...so weather is not a factor! Stop in June 21st and 22nd from 9 AM to 6 PM, and June 23rd from 8 AM to 2 PM. Come out daily for the daily specials! Spirit of Joy is located at 3477 10th Street Northeast in Buffalo. 

Another community celebration is happening this week in the area! Big Lake's Spudfest runs Thursday, June 21st through Sunday, June 24th. Come for the carnival, sports tournaments, live music, great food, fireworks, parade, pedal pull and so much more! For a full detailed list of events visit biglakespudfest.com!

June 22

Don't Miss the 64th Annual Buffalo P.R.C.A. Championship Rodeo June 22nd and 23rd...with lots of other activities all week!   Performances are Friday and Saturday nights, with music following from the Shane Martin Band! Great food, fun times and great tradition at the rodeo! Don't forget the delicious Wright County Mounted Patrol Chuck Wagon Breakfast at the Buffalo Civic Center Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings! Get full information at; www.buffalorodeo.com

June 23

Don't miss the Chuck Wagon Breakfast! Wright County Sheriffs Mounted Patrol Breakfast Fundraiser will be held June 22nd, 23rd, and 24th from 7AM-10:30AM. The event will take place at the Buffalo Civic Center, 1306 County Road 134 in Buffalo. Buy your tickets now; $5 in Advance and $6 at the door. Children 6 and under eat free! Come for all you can eat eggs, sausage, pancakes and beverages. For more information on this year's Chuck Wagon Breakfast or to purchase your tickets in advance contact Kathy Ronning at 612-269-1265.

The 15th annual book/food sale will be held Saturday. June 23rd from 9AM-1PM at the Howard Lake Community room (located above the library) at 617 6th Ave in Howard Lake. Used books, jigsaw puzzles and movies will be on sale. Then from 12:30-1PM fill one our our bags for only $1. Sloppy joes and strawberry shortcake will also be served during sale hours. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Howard Lake Library to help with programs and projects that benefit the library and its patrons.

Reuben Penske with the Rover Service Dogs organization will be holding a demonstration coming up on Friday June 23rd and Saturday June 24th. His demonstration will take place at the Buffalo Walmart from 10-4PM. Penske's service dogs are currently undergoing training in hopes of one-day serving to support children and community heroes in the area. Penske is also looking to recruit trainers and foster families for his organization. If interested please call Reuben at 952-836-7644. See the Rovers at Walmart Friday and Saturday!

June 24

A pancake breakfast this Sunday, June 24th will be held at the Maple Lake American Legion to support Maple Lake Bridging Zambia. A group of volunteers plans a trip to Zambia later this year to help with the work of Maple Lake native, Carol McBrady and her efforts with the street children in Zambia. A free-will offering will be taken, serving will be from 8:30 AM to 12 noon.

June 26

Thousands of farmers and family members are injured and hundreds more die in farming accidents every year in the United States. Agriculture is considered one of the most hazardous industries. University of Minnesota Extension--Wright County and Wright County 4H are hosting a Farm Safety course on Tuesday, June 26th from 1:00-4:30 PM at the Public Works Building at 3500 Braddock Avenue in Buffalo. They will have hands-on learning about tractor and ATV operation, animal handling, shop hazards, toxic plants and much more. The event is FREE, but space is limited. For more information visit the Wright County 4H Facebook page or call 763-682-7394. 

June 28

The Plato Lions host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, June 28th from 12 noon to 6 PM at the Lighthouse Church on Highway 212 West. For appointment information, call (763) 238-2370, or call the Red Cross toll-free at 1-800-733-2767.

July 5

To celebrate World Square Foot Gardening Day, Gardening World Wide is hosting FREE one-hour introductory sessions on SFG at 4936 54th St. NW in Maple Lake. Date and times of these sessions include: Thursday July 5th and Friday July 6th at 6:30PM, and Saturday July 7th at 10AM. We welcome all to get acquainted or re-acquainted with SFG--you'll even get a FREE Queensland Lettuce plant for your garden. Bring your family and friends!

July 7

The Annandale Evangelical Free Church presents a free outdoor concert featuring Ben Calhoun of Citizen Way on Saturday, July 7th. Also enjoy the free petting zoo, games and face painting! Concessions will be available for a minimal cost. Bring your lawn chairs to enjoy Ben Calhoun of Citizen Way....gates open at 3 PM, with activities from 3:30 to 5:30....the concert will be from 6 to 8 PM!

July 8

The Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church on County Road 35 in Buffalo is planning two opportunities to wish Pastor Stephen Smith best wishes on his retirement. There will be a potluck lunch after the July 8th Sunday church service. The service will be at 9:30, with lunch at 11 AM. Then from 4 to 6 PM, there will be a retirement luncheon in the church basement. Pastor Smith's final sermon will be on July 15th. He accepted the call at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1978.

July 21

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.

Ongoing Events

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.

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. You may also call at; (320) 963-6500.

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.

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

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. 

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.

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.

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
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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.

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.

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.

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