MAY 2 — 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.
Advance Care Planning…It’s About the Conversation
MAY 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 in for an information session that will explain why advance care planning is important and the steps involved. The next scheduled session will be Thursday, May 2, at 6 p.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 ridgeviewmedical.org/events.
St. Thomas Men’s Garage Sale/Pancake Breakfast
MAY 3 TO 5 — The St. Thomas the Apostle Men’s Club will be conducting a “Mens’s Garage Sale” Friday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to noon; and Sunday May 5, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church located at 20000 County Road 10 in Corcoran. The club will also host a pancake breakfast at the church from 8 a.m. to noon. Proceeds to benefit a youth parish and group.
MAY 4 — Rockford High School’s 2013 prom is Saturday, May 4. The community is invited to attend the Grand March festivities in the RHS Gym. Doors open for spectators at 12:30 p.m. (please use the Community Center entrance). Musical performances begin at 1 and feature selections from both the RHS Jazz Band and the RHS Chamber Choir. The formal Grand March begins at 1:30 p.m. showcasing nearly 200 students in their finest. Come celebrate with the students as they kick off this extra special night.
Indoor/Outdoor Rockford Occasional Sales
MAY 4 — The first Thursday and Saturday of the month (through Oct. 5) a cooperative of vendors will be selling handcrafted items, antiques, plants and more from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rockford Mall (west end of Rockford on the north side of Highway 55), rain or shine. Vendors are welcome and booths are free. Mark your calendars for these sales dates: May 4, June 6 and 8, July 6, Aug. 1 and 3, Sept. 5 and 7, Oct. 3 and 5. For additional information, or to sign up, contact Wanda or Annette at email@example.com.
MAY 4 — On Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Rockford Community Center there will be an introduction to the great game “Pickleball.” It’s a funny name for a fun game where players play tennis with a ping-pond paddle on a badminton court. Equipment will be provided and the session is free. Come meet new people and have some fun. RSVP to the Rockford Community Center at 763-477-4563.
Independence, Maple Plain cleanup
MAY 4 — The cities of Independence and Maple Plain have added a collections truck from the Salvation Army to their annual Spring Clean-up Day, set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Independence City Center, 1920 County Road 90. Hennepin County will not be in Independence this year to collect hazardous household waste. Both Maple Plain and Independence residents can drop off gently used items with the Salvation Army and then unload unwanted items at the local spring clean up. Drop off patrons must show proof of residence in Independence or Maple Plain. Some items will be accepted at no cost and small fees will be charged for other items.
Greenfield, Rockford Clean-Up Day
MAY 4 — On Saturday, May 4, the cities of Greenfield and Rockford will host Clean-Up Days from 8 a.m. to noon. In Greenfield, the drop off location is the corner of Greenfield and Harff Roads (at the gravel pit). In Rockford, residents may drop off refuse at the city’s public works facility at 6551 Utility Drive. Only residents are allowed to dump, and a nominal fee is required for most items. For more information, contact the corresponding city office, or go its website.
History of the Delano Lions
MAY 4 — Dale Vander Linden, Delano resident and winner of the Lions’ Humanitarian Award, will speak on the history of the Lions Club International and how the Delano club has benefited the community at a meeting of the Delano Franklin Township Area Historical Society. Anyone interested in the topic is invited to attend the event at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Delano Heritage Center,Second Street and Bridge Avenue.
Hamel Lions Flea Market
MAY 5 TO OCT. 27 — The Hamel Lions Flea Market will open for the season Sunday, May 5 in the parking lot of the Medina Entertainment Center, 500 Hwy. 55, Medina. Bargain hunters can visit the market from 6 a.m. to noon every Sunday through Oct. 27. The Flea Market will be closed on May 12 and 19 and Aug. 11. Vendors will offer antiques, collectables, bargains, crafts, produce, plants, fall farmers market, and one of a kinds. Admission and parking are free. Vendor space costs $20 per spot. No reservations required. Questions? Call Tom Fox, 612-910-9895.
Rockford Fire Pancake Breakfast
MAY 5 — On Sunday, May 5, from 7 a.m. to noon at the Rockford Fire Station, the department and volunteers will host a pancake breakfast and raffle. There is a nominal fee with discount tickets available in advance. To donate items to the raffle, or to buy advance tickets, call Bill Decker at 320-492-2894, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Rockford City Hall. Tickets will be available at the door.
Fountain Lake Association annual meeting
MAY 5 — The Fountain Lake Association will hold its annual meeting at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Woodland Hill Winery, 731 County Road 30 S.E. in Delano. All Fountain Lake watershed area residents are welcome. The agenda includes electing officers for the association, reviewing last year’s activities and plans for next year.
Franklin Town Board
MAY 6 — The Franklin Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, May 6, at Franklin Town Hall, 8735 County Road 16 S.E. For agenda information, call town clerk Denise Olson, 763-972-3741.
Spring Morning Stories
MAY 7 — The Delano Public Library, 160 Railroad Ave. E., will offer Spring Morning Stories at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, May 7 and 14. Joan Zimmerman will help 3- to 5-year-olds get ready to read in this fun, interactive preschool story time. Be ready to clap, sing, laugh and enjoy some of Joan’s favorite stories. Register online at www.griver.org or at the library, 763-972-3467.
Loving Yourself! The Breast Cancer Journey
MAY 7 — Join in for the fourth annual breast cancer event designed to help guide people through their breast cancer journey. A panel of Ridgeview staff including a surgeon, radiologist, cancer exercise specialist, oncologist and breast cancer survivor will speak and answer questions. This free event is open to the public and will be Tuesday, May 7, from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia. To register, call 952-442-8084.
Greenfield City Council
MAY 7 — The Greenfield City Council will meet Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. at 6390 Town Hall Drive.
Delano City Council
MAY 7 — The Delano City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 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
MAY 7 — The Medina City Council will meet Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. at Medina City Hall, 2052 County Rd. 24. For agenda information, call 473-4643.
Delano Farmers Market
MAY 8 THROUGH OCT. — The Delano Farmers Market is open Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Flippin’ Bills’, located on the corner of Highway 12 and County Line Road in Delano. Shoppers will find freshly baked bread, local honey, maple syrup, pickles, farm fresh eggs, seasonal fruits and more when in season. A non-profit booth is available. New vendors/growers are invited to apply for space by contacting Deb Hoen, market manager, 763-238-2702.
Look Good…Feel Better
MAY 8 — Look Good….Feel Better is a free service which teaches people, as a cancer patient, beauty techniques to help enhance their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. This class will be Wednesday, May 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Ridgeview Medical Center. This free service teaches cancer patients beauty techniques to help enhance appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Any woman currently undergoing or is about to undergo cancer treatment is invited to attend. To register, call 800-227-2345. There is no fee to attend.
Economic Outlook Seminar
MAY 8 — Toby Madden, of the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis, will speak on the economic outlook at development seminar of the Wright County Economic Development Partnership, set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at River City Extreme, 3875 School Blvd, Monticello. Lunch will be provided. Cost is $25 for member investors, $40 for non-member investors. Register online through www.wrightpartnership.org under “events”, call 763-477-3035, or email email@example.com.
MAY 8 TO 10 — The 37th Annual Plant Sale at St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 865 Ferndale Road N. in Wayzata, will take place Thursday, May 8 and Friday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to p.m. and Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A superb selection of hanging baskets, patio plants, annuals, second year perennials, vegetables, herbs, bushes and shrubs. For further information call 952-473-2262 or 763-591-0466.
Loretto City Wide Garage Sales
MAY 8 TO 11 — Loretto’s city wide garage sales will take place Wednesday, May 8 through Saturday, May 11.
MAY 9 — Corcoran City Council will meet Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at city hall at 8200 County Road 116.
Hamel VFW Burger Night
MAY 10 — Everyone is invited to a Burger Night hosted by Hamel Veterans of Foreign Wards Post No. 5903. Food will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the VFW Post, 9020 Hamel Road in Plymouth.
Spring Flower Fest
MAY 11 — The Delano Public Library invites children ages 10 or older to a Spring Flower Fest, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 11, at the library, 160 Railroad Ave. E. Each child will make a craft, card and treat, all featuring flowers. All supplies are provided. Attendance limit is 30. Call the library, 763-972-3467, to register.
MAY 13 — There will be an American Red Cross Delano Community Blood Drive Monday, May 13, from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Delano American Legion. Spring is a time for the Red Cross to rebuild the blood supply after severe weather has cancelled more than 425 blood drives and caused a shortfall of more than 16,000 blood and platelet donations since the beginning of February. To schedule an appointment go to www.redcrossblood.org, enter sponsor code: 0174751. All presenting donors will receive a coupon for a pint of free Culver’s custard.
General Federated Women’s Club
MAY 13 — The General Federated Women’s Club of Delano (GFWC) will meet at 6:45 p.m. Monday, May 13 at the Delano Public Library, 160 Railroad Ave. E. GFWC meets on the second Monday of each month from September through May. Most meetings have presentations on informational topics. The purpose of the Club is to provide opportunities for club members to make contributions to their community.
Rockford City Council
MAY 14 — The Rockford City Council meets Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at Rockford City Hall, 6031 Main St. For more information, call 477-6565.
Independence City Council
MAY 14 — The Independence City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 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.
Loretto spring clean-up
MAY 14 — Loretto residents can leave their unwanted items at the curb during city clean up day, Tuesday, May 14. Have items at the curb by 6 a.m. Items that will not be accepted are paints, hazardous waste, asbestos, propane tanks and flourescent bulbs. For bulk items such as couches, mattresses and construction debris, call Randy’s Environmental Services to arrange for pickup. A fee for pickup of bulk items will be charged, so have a credit card handy.
Loretto City Council
MAY 14 — The Loretto City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Loretto City Hall, 279 Medina St. N., Suite 260. For agenda information, call 763-479-4305.
Maple Plain Library Book Sale
MAY 15, 16 & 18 — The Friends of the Maple Plain Library will hold a sale of hundreds of adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction books in hardcover and paperback at the library, 5184 Main St. E. Dates and times are Wednesday, May 15, from noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday, May 16, from 1 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Most books which have been withdrawn from the Hennepin County Library system or donated by the public are priced at $1 or less. Book donations are being accepted at the library.
12 West Toastmasters
MAY 15 — The 12 West 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.
Library’s Dog Day Afternoons
MAY 16 — Cuddle up and read with Annie, the golden retriever, between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Delano Public Library, 160 Railroad Ave. E. Annie is a certified Reading Education Assistance Dog. Sign ups are on the same day for 15 minutes of one on one reading time. The library will provide books of all reading levels. Color or do puzzles while you wait. Annie will be on hand the third Thursday of each month after school. Future dates are June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19, Oct. 17 and Nov. 21. For information, call the library at 763-972-3467.