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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
One Stitch at a Time Quilting
FEB. 2 — Adults and teens 12 or older are invited to a program called One Stitch at a Time Quilting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Delano Public Library, 160 Railroad Ave. E. Learn how to hand-piece a quilt block the way your great-grandmothers might have done. A pre-cut kit as well as instructions will be provided to guide you through the process. You will complete a small quilt block to use as a center piece or candlemat. The program will be presented by veteran quilters Bunnie Runman and Susie Lenz. Attendance limit is 12 and registration in advance is required. To register, call 763-972-3467. This program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.
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 is included in registration fee. 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.
Winter Morning Stories
FEB. 4 — Children ages three through five are invited to attend Winter Morning Stories at the Delano Public Library, 160 Railroad Ave. E., Tuesdays, Feb. 4 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.
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.
FEB. 5 – MARCH 2 — The Delano Public Library will kick off its Fifth Annual Quilt Exhibit with an Open House on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. The open house will include quilting demonstrations and refreshments. It is sponsored by the Calico Quilters who also will be presenters for the evening. People who would like to display their quilts are invited to bring them to the library at 160 Railroad Ave. E. by Feb. 2. The exhibit will continue through March 2.
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.
FEB. 7 — 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.
FEB. 8 – There is a new Moms group in the area. MOMSnext will be meeting at Our Father’s Lutheran Church in Rockford on Friday, Feb. 8, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Our Fathers Lutheran Church in Rockford. It is a nonprofit organization affiliated with MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) International.
MOMSnext is a ministry to mothers and grandmothers of school-age kids (or grandkids). This is a support group for the life phase of children going to school and is an accepting place for mothers to come as they are to experience authentic community, personal growth, practical help and spiritual hope.
The first meeting is free. For more information, or to join, go to http://oflcmomsnext.blogspot.com, or contact Lynn Shipley or Angie Weigel at email@example.com or 763-200-1174.
4 Community Theatre
FEB. 8, 9 & 10 — The 4 Community Theatre group will perform Arthur Miller’s time honored classic, “Death of a Salesman”, on Friday Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., and Sunday Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Orono Middle School in Long Lake, For information on advance sale, day-of, tickets, please call 952-449-8302.
FEB. 9 — All are invited to the 15th annual Uptown Hamel Skating and Sledding Party Saturday, Feb. 9, at Hamel Legion Park. Event is from 1 to 4 p.m. (open skating).
There will be a bonfire along with hot beverages and s’mores.
Heart-Shaped Felted Soaps
FEB. 9 — Adults and teens 12 and older are invited to a Heart-Shaped Felted Soaps program at the Delano Public Library, 160 Railroad Ave. E. on Saturday, Feb. 9. Artist Tamra Kowalski will present classes from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Attendance limit for each session is 15 and registration in advance is required. To register, call 763-972-3467. Participants are asked to bring rubber gloves to enable them to use hot water for making felt handmade soaps for Valentine’s Day gifts. This program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Bingo for Charity Bucks
FEB. 9 — On Saturday, Feb. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. (brats at 4:30), at the Riverview Estates Mobile Home Park Community Room (135 Highview Rd.) there will be a “bingo” event to raise proceeds for the Order of Easter Star, Minnesota Grand Chapter, for research at the Masonic Cancer Center. For a nominal fee, cards and dinner can be purchased.
Thousand Hearts Crow River Serve Day
FEB. 11 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 Feb. 11, Feb. 25 and March 11 at 7 p.m. at Riverwood Covenant Church (northeast of Hwy 55 and Vernon St.).
Crow River Food Co-op
FEB. 11 — There will be a meeting for the Food River Co-op (community owned grocery store) on Monday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the United Presbyterian Church (6301 Maple St.).
Looking for more information regarding the Co-op? Stop by and find out. Monthly meetings are open to the public.
General Federated Women’s Club
FEB. 11 — The General Federated Women’s Club of Delano meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at the Delano Public Library, 160 Railroad Ave. E. GFWC invites adult women in the general public to come, get to know club members and find out what GFWC does for the Delano community. The club welcomes new members.
Independence City Council
FEB. 12 — The Independence City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Independence City Hall, 1920 County Road 90. For agenda information call City Hall, 763-479-0527 or visit the city website at independence.govoffice.com.
Rockford City Council
FEB. 12 — The Rockford City Council meets Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. at Rockford City Hall, 6031 Main St. For more information, call 477-6565.
Loretto City Council
FEB. 12 — The Loretto City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Loretto City Hall, 279 Medina St. N., Suite 260. For agenda information, call 763-479-4305.
Rockford Blood Drive
FEB. 13 — A blood drive for the American Red Cross will take place from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Our Father’s Lutheran Church, 3903 Gilbert Ave. SE, Rockford. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A 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 parental permission in some states), 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.
FEB. 14 — Corcoran City Council will meet Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. at city hall at 8200 County Road 116.