Rockford Fire Toy Drive
NOW TO DEC. 17 — The Rockford Fire Department is helping out Santa again this year from now until Dec. 17. Please give a toy to benefit a local family. Toy collection boxes are at City Hall, the schools and area businesses. On Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Santa will be available for pictures as the Fire Station (6700 Main St.)
For more information, or to sign a family up for toys, email Moriah at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday Book and Bake Sale
DEC. 3 TO 8 — The Rockford Library (8220 Cedar St. in downtown Rockford) is hosting a Holiday Book and Bake Sale from Dec. 3 through 8 during library hours. The friends of the Rockford Library saved the best Holiday books of the year for this Sale. You can sign up to donate baked goods to the fundraiser this year, or come and enjoy what others have baked.
Holiday Hope, Holiday Healing Event
DEC. 6 — Community members are invited to attend Ridgeview’s annual Holiday Hope, Holiday Healing Event and Tree Lighting Ceremony. Ridgeview Hospice hosts this event each year to support people who are grieving, or experiencing any type of loss, find ways to experience holidays when a love one is no longer present. This event will be Thursday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ridgeview Community Auditorium. Registration is not required. For more information call 952-442-6010.
Rockford Holiday Expo
DEC. 8 — The Rockford Community Center, 7600 County Road 50, will host its annual Holiday Expo Saturday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 763-477-4563.
Crow River Food Co-op
DEC. 10 — The Crow River Food Coop (Community Owned Grocery) will meet Monday, Dec. 10, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the United Presbyterian Church, 6301 Maple St. Looking for more information regarding the Co-op? Stop by and find out more at our monthly meetings open to the public.
General Federated Women’s Club
DEC. 10 — The General Federated Women’s Club of Delano will host its holiday celebration at the Delano Public Library, 160 Railroad Ave. E., from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10. Appetizers will be served. GFWC invites adult women in the general public to join in the festivities, free of charge and without pressure. This is an opportunity to get to know club members and find out what GFWC does for the Delano community. The club welcomes new members.
DEC. 11 — Children ages three to five are invited to enjoy Holiday Stories at the Delano Public Library, 160 Railroad Ave. E., from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11. This story time includes stories, songs, rhymes and fun for everyone. Attendance limit is 25 and advance registration is required. For information, call the library at 763-972-3467.
Delano Chamber Task Force
DEC. 11 — The Delano Chamber of Commerce Task Force will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Chevrolet of Delano (formerly Star West Chevrolet), located on Highway 12 in Delano.
Rockford City Council
DEC. 11 — The Rockford City Council meets Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at Rockford City Hall, 6031 Main St. For more information, call 477-6565.
Loretto City Council
DEC. 11 — The Loretto City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Loretto City Hall, 279 Medina St. N., Suite 260. For agenda information, call 763-479-4305.
Independence City Council
DEC. 11 — The Independence City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Independence City Hall, 1920 County Rd. 90. For agenda information call City Hall, 763-479-0527 or visit the city website at independence.govoffice.com.
DEC. 13 — The Rockford chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at the Riverside Park building every Thursday evening with weigh-in starting at 5:30 and meeting from 7 to 8. For more information, call Geneva at 763-477-6584.
Loretto Holiday Train visit
DEC. 13 — Loretto will welcome the Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train to the city train tracks on County Road 19, Thursday, Dec. 13. Community activities will begin at 3 p.m., and the train is expected to arrive at 4:15 p.m. Tracey Brown and the Claytones will perform from a lighted boxcar stage and donations to the Hanover Area Foodshelf will be collected. The event also will feature a Santa visit, kiddie train and wagon rides, caroling, bonfires and free hot chocolate and cookies.
DEC. 13 — Corcoran City Council will meet Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at city hall at 8200 County Road 116.
DEC. 14 — Hamel Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5903 will offer a Christmas buffet from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at its clubhouse at 19020 Hamel Road in Plymouth. The VFW invites everyone to attend.
Rockford School Board
DEC. 17 — The Rockford School Board will meet Monday, Dec. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the district board room located in the Rockford Middle School. Please note the one-hour time change.
Delano School Board
Dec. 17 — The Delano School Board will meet Monday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Delano High School Media Center.
Women of Today
dec. 17 — The Maple Grove Chapter of Women of Today hosts its monthly meeting on the third Monday of each month. The group invites everyone to join them at the Maple Grove Community Center at 7 p.m. Guests from Maple Grove and surrounding communities are welcome. The mission of Women of Today is to help women improve their own lives and the lives of the people in their communities. View the website at www.maplegrovewt.org or contact the group at email@example.com or 651-642-5404 for more information.
DEC. 17 — A card marathon for men and women will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the Delano Middle School media center, located on Tiger Drive north of Elm Avenue. The General Federated Women’s Club of Delano will host the marathon on the third Monday of every month from October through April, unless otherwise announced. GFWC charges a minimum fee for the marathon, which includes both 500 and cribbage. Last year over 50 people came to play. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Pat Sawatzke at 763-972-3939 or Norma Wandersee at 763-972-2068.
Medina City Council
DEC. 18 — The Medina City Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. at Medina City Hall, 2052 County Rd. 24. For agenda information, call 473-4643.
Greenfield City Council
DEC. 18 — The Greenfield City Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. at 6390 Town Hall Drive
Delano City Council
DEC. 18 — The Delano City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Delano City Hall, located on Bridge Avenue at Second Street. For agenda information, visit the city website at delano.mn.us.
DEC. 19 — The Delano Toastmasters Club meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 11:45 a.m. at the Pizza Ranch, located on Highway 12 in the Delano Crossings retail center.
Delano Chamber of Commerce
DEC. 20 — The Delano Chamber of Commerce will host its general membership meeting at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Dave’s Town Club, 138 River St. N. in Delano. RSVP by noon, Dec. 19 to the Chamber of Commerce at 763-972-6756.