South Crow River area calendar

Hamel Lions Flea Market

SUNDAYS THROUGH OCT. 27 — The Hamel Lions Flea Market will be open on Sundays through Oct. 27 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. 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.

Delano Farmers Market

WEDNESDAYS THROUGH OCT. — The Delano Farmers Market is open Wednesdays through October 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.

Delano Community Market

THROUGH SEPT. 21 — The Delano Community Market is open 9 a.m. to noon, every Saturday from May 18 to Sept. 21 along River Street in downtown Delano. Visitors will find local food, artists, crafts, children’s activities, music and more. Visit the website at for information on special weekly events, chef demonstrations, Farmer of the Week and applying for vendor space. Anyone who is a gardener, farmer, painter, sculptor, jewelry maker, crafter, or community organization is invited to apply for a booth. For information, contact Diane Przymus at 763-331-1449 or [email protected] The Community Market is a collaboration between the Delano Food Council and the Delano Lions Club.

Delano 4th of July Celebration

JULY 3 TO 6 — The annual Delano 4th of July celebration will run from Wednesday, July 3 through Saturday, July 6, with 10:30 p.m. fireworks closing out four days of events on Saturday. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. on July 4. All roads to the parade route will be closed at 9 a.m. on July 4.

Indoor/Outdoor Rockford Occasional Sales

JULY 6 — 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: 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 protected]

Rockford Senior Citizens

JULY 8 — The Rockford Senior’s meet the second Monday of each month at different locations. Attend and find out more information about activities. For information on what’s planned and future locations, call Bonnie Pool at 763-477-4468.

Loretto City Council

JULY 9 — The Loretto City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Loretto City Hall, 279 Medina St. N., Suite 260. For agenda information, call 763-479-4305.

Rockford City Council

JULY 9 — The Rockford City Council meets Tuesday, July 9, at 7 p.m. at Rockford City Hall, 6031 Main St. For more information, call 477-6565.

Raptors visit Delano Library  

JULY 9 — See birds of prey up close at the Delano Public Library, 160 Railroad Ave. E., from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 9. An expert from the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center will be at the library, together with a an eagle, owl or hawk, to talk about how these birds live and survive in the wild.

Classic Tea for Teens

JULY 10 — Children ages nine to 14 are invited to a Classic Tea for Teens at the Delano Public Library, 160 Railroad Ave. E., from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 10. The event is based on the classic books “The Secret Garden,” “Anne Of Green Gables,” and “Little Women.” Learn about how afternoon tea was popularized in England, enjoy traditional tea foods, create a beautiful Victorian-style paper fan and enter a drawing for a classic book. “Teatime Tillie” author Carla Rae Johnson will be hostess for this traditional event. Attendance limit is 24 and registration in advance is required. To register call 763-972-3467 or visit the website at

Library pizza fund raiser

JULY 10 — UnHinged Pizza will host a fund raiser to benefit the Delano Public Library from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Delano City Park near the gazebo. Pizza slices will be sold for $1 each. Free pop and icy cold treats will be handed out. Alex the juggler will perform at 4:30 p.m., and the Bazillions will have an outdoor concert at 5:30 p.m. All pizza proceeds will be donated to the Delano Library and used for new books and materials. UnHinged Pizza is sponsoring the pizza fund raiser, and General Federated Women’s Club, of Delano is sponsoring the music concert. Everyone is invited.


JULY 11 — 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.

Corcoran council

JULY 11 — Corcoran City Council will meet Thursday, July 11, at 7 p.m. at city hall at 8200 County Road 116.

Love INC Alley Sale

JULY 11 TO 13 — Love INC – Heartland (Love In The Name of Christ) Gift and Thrift Store will offer bargains at a three-day alley sale on the east side of its building at 318 Railroad Avenue in Delano. The sale takes place Thursday, July 11, and Friday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. The non-profit agency will have a sale on items not normally found in its store, including children and adult sporting goods, furniture, lamps of all sizes, household items, antiques, wall décor, children’s toys and more. Love INC – Heartland serves neighbors in need in Greenfield, Rockford, Mayer, Montrose, Howard Lake, Waverly, Delano, Watertown, Maple Plain, Independence and Loretto. For assistance, to donate, or to learn more call 763-972-6547 or visit

Hamel Rodeo

JULY 11 TO 14 — The Hamel Rodeo and Bull Ridin’ Bonanza will bring professional rodeo competitors to Corcoran Lions Park, located at County Roads 10 and 101, from Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 14. Proceeds will benefit the five community organizations that put on the event. Advance tickets are available on line at, the Farmers State Bank of Hamel and Pleasant Hills Saddle Shops.

Helping Hands Food Shelf

JULY 11 — Delano Helping Hands Food Shelf will be open on Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. on July 11, 18 and 25, as well as 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, in the basement of the Delano Community Education Building, 140 Elm Ave. in Delano. Delano Helping Hands is a community-based, non-profit organization that provides emergency food and services to individuals and families in need. For information, call Sandy Pikus, 763–972-3723 or Jean Pilarski, 763-972-3360.

Women of Today

JULY 15 — 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 or contact the group at [email protected] or 651-642-5404 for more information.

Rockford School Board

JULY 15 — The Rockford School Board will meet Monday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the district board room located in the Rockford Middle School.

Medina City Council

JULY 16 — The Medina City Council will meet Tuesday, July 16, at 7 p.m. at Medina City Hall, 2052 County Road 24. For agenda information, call 473-4643.

Delano City Council

JULY 16 — The Delano City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at Delano City Hall, located on Bridge Avenue at Second Street. For agenda information, visit the city website at

Greenfield City Council

JULY 16 — The Greenfield City Council will meet Tuesday, July 16, at 7 p.m. at 6390 Town Hall Drive.

12 West Toastmasters

JULY 17 — 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

JULY 18 — 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 Aug. 15, Sept. 19, Oct. 17 and Nov. 21. For information, call the library at 763-972-3467.

Delano School Board