Fiber arts exhibit
THROUGH JAN. 26 — The Friends of the Delano Public Library is sponsoring its second annual fiber arts exhibit that will take place Jan. 8 – 26 at the library, located at 160 Railroad Ave. E.
JAN. 24 — Corcoran City Council will meet Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at city hall at 8200 County Road 116.
Read to a Dog
JAN. 26 — The Rockford Public Library is offering a “Read To a Dog” program for children Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dogs are great listeners, and even children who are not confident readers enjoy reading to them. Rockford’s library reading dog is Kirk, a 5-year-old farm collie who has achieved his AKC Canine Good Citizen Certificate. He would love to have school age readers stop by and read to him. Children may bring a favorite book or pick one out at the library. The library will also have “Read To a Dog” programs on the last Saturdays in February, March and April.
For more information, contact the Rockford Public Library at 477-4216.
Advance Care Planning…It’s About the Conversation
JAN. 26, FEB. 28 & MARCH 2 — It is important for people to have accurate information in order to make informed decisions about treatments they would or would not want for end-of-life care. Then it is important to talk about one’s wishes with family members who may need to make health care decisions, and to record your wishes in a document. Please join us for an information session that will explain why advance care planning is important and the steps involved. Sessions will be Jan. 26, at 9:30 a.m.; Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m.; and March 2, at 9:30 a.m. All sessions will be held at Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia. To register for one of these free sessions, call 952-442-2191, 5575, or visit www.ridgeviewmedical.org/events.
Relay for Life open house
JAN. 27 — Delano Relay for Life will hold an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Delano High School cafeteria. This is an opportunity to learn how to volunteer for committees or join a team for the 2013 Delano Relay for Life, set for Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27, at Delano Central Park. The event raises funds for the American Cancer Society. For information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thousand Hearts Crow River
JAN. 28 to MARCH 11 —Would you agree that most people have a heart to serve and make a difference? Thousand Hearts Crow River Serve Day invites you and your organization to join together to make a positive difference in the area on Sunday, May 5, 2013.
Task Force meetings for this event are scheduled for Mondays Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 25 and March 11 at 7 p.m. at Riverwood Covenant Church (northeast of Hwy 55 and Vernon St.).
Grief Support Group
JAN. 28 — The Grief Support Group: Rebuilding Hope, sponsored by Ridgeview Medical Center will meet Monday, Jan. 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Ridgeview Medical Center. This support group is for those experiencing grief or anticipating a loss of someone they care about. It provides an on-going opportunity to gather helpful information, share experiences, be supported and support others in a similar situation. For more information, call 952-442-2191, Ext. 6190. There is no fee to attend.
Delano School Board
JAN. 28 — The Delano School Board will meet Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers at Delano City Hall, located on Bridge Avenue at Second Street.
Winter Morning Stories
JAN. 29 — Children ages three through five are invited to attend Winter Morning Stories at the Delano Public Library, 160 Railroad Ave. E., Tuesdays, Jan. 29 through March 19, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. These preschool story times include stories, songs, and rhymes. The attendance limit is 25 and preregistration is required. Call the library at 763-972-3467.
Wow Van visit
JAN. 31 — The Wright County Wellness on Wheels (WOW) van will stop at BankWest in Rockford from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. WOW services include adult and child immunizations; health screening; blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol checks by appointment; pregnancy, health and wellness checks and child car seat checks by appointment. A variety of health information is available. For appointments or questions, call 763-682-7717. For immunizations, bring past immunization records to the van, if available.
JAN. 31 — 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.
Delano’s Polish immigrants
FEB. 2 — The Delano-Franklin Township Area Historical Society’s event of the month will feature “Silesian Poland – Home of Delano’s Polish Immigrants.” Anyone who is interested is invited to attend the meeting from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Delano Heritage Center, Bridge Avenue at Second Street. Jason Franzen will discuss the economics and politics of Poland/Prussia at the time of immigration and what the immigrants hoped to find in Delano.
FEB. 2 — The General Federated Women’s Club of Delano (GFWC) Snowflake Luncheon will take place Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Delano American Legion, located on Bridge Avenue at Highway 12. The menu includes a baked potato bar, with toppings (bacon, sour cream and chives, broccoli, baked ham, cheddar cheese, etc), coffee and dessert. Cash bar will be available. The musical performing duo “Touching Hearts” will provide entertainment. GFWC events are fund raisers which support various Delano community projects. To purchase tickets, contact GFWC members Lisa Blodgett, Chris Brazelton, Alice Fink, Mary Gross, Jennifer Halverson, Kay James, Bernice Kittock, Ann Lundsten, Marlene Muckenhirn, Jeanie Pilarski, Pat Sawatzke, Lorraine Statema, Judy Vanderlinde, Norma Wandersee and Barb Winkle. Tickets also are available at the Downtown Beauty Salon, 228 N. River St. Price is $17.50. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Delta Waterfowl Banquet
FEB. 2 — The Marsh Madness chapter of Delta Waterfowl will be holding its annual fund-raising banquet Saturday, Feb. 2, at the St. Michael Community Room. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. The night will include a prime rib dinner, live and silent auctions, as well as gun boards and several raffles. Payment of $60 buys dinner and membership. Cost for couples is $80. First youth is $25, with each additional youth just $10. Attendance is limited to 200 people, so RSVP as soon as possible to Merle Steffen, 763-682-3686.
FEB. 2 — Crow River Youth Hockey Association will offer its seventh annual Da Shiver ice fishing tournament from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, on the west end of Lake Sarah. Proceeds will benefit youth hockey. For information visit the web site at www.dashiver.com, contact Doug Lawman, 612-991-5159 or e-mail email@example.com. Ice fishing fee will be $40. Prizes for top 10 biggest fish. Live bait, a bonfire, skating, music, games and prizes for kids and food will be available.
RAS Second Annual Staff Talent Show
FEB. 2 — Rockford Area Schools residents and area community members are invited to attend the second annual Staff Talent Show on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. in the RHS auditorium. Back by popular demand, this show promises to be an entertaining evening showcasing multiple acts performed by a variety of RAS staff members. Tickets can be purchased from any of these organizations: Rocket Boosters, Rockford Education Foundation, ISD 883 Dollars for Scholars and Partners in Education—at the Rockford Schools District Office (763-477-9165), or at the door. Donation cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students and children under 5 attend free. All proceeds will benefit the above organizations.
Freeze Your Buns Run
FEB. 3 — The Hamel Lions will host their 10th annual Freeze Your Buns 5K Run and Walk beginning at 9:45 a.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3. Check in and same day registration will be prior to 9:45 a.m. at the Hamel Community Building, 3200 Mill St. in Medina. A pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon and long sleeve shirt is included in the $25 early bird registration fee. Early bird deadline is Friday, Jan. 25. Find the registration form at www.hamellions.org. The $30 same day registration fee does not guarantee a shirt. Pets on leashes are welcome for the run/walk. Free baby-sitting available.
Franklin Town Board
FEB. 4 — The Franklin Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Franklin Town Hall, 8735 County Road 16 S.E. For agenda information, call town clerk Denise Olson, 763-972-3741.
National Pancake Day
FEB. 5 — IHOP will host National Pancake Day Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Restaurant guests can enjoy a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes and in turn are invited to contribute at least what they would have paid for the pancakes, or $5. The donations will benefit Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. More information is available at ihoppancakeday.com.
Delano City Council
FEB. 5 — The Delano City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Delano City Hall, located on Bridge Avenue at Second Street. For agenda information, visit the city website at delano.mn.us.
Medina City Council
FEB. 5 — The Medina City Council will meet Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. at Medina City Hall, 2052 County Rd. 24. For agenda information, call 473-4643.
Greenfield City Council
FEB. 5 — The Greenfield City Council will meet Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. at 6390 Town Hall Drive.
60 Plus and Healthy Clinics
FEB. 5 — Wright County Public Health will offer a 60 Plus and Healthy Clinic from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Rockford Walnut Place Apartments, 8830 Walnut Place, Rockford. Public Health staff will trim toenails for seniors who have a health condition such as diabetes or are unable to trim toenails themselves. Staff will check blood pressures if needed and as time allows. Cost for foot care services is $15. Those who are unable to pay will not be turned away from our clinic. For more information, ask clinic staff or call Wright County Public Health at 1-800-362-3667 or 763-682-7456.
FEB. 6 — 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.