South Crow River News Community 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.


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.

MG garden tour 

to stop in Corcoran

JULY 14 — The 15th Annual Maple Grove Garden Tour takes place Sunday, July 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. All are welcome to enjoy this free, self-guided tour gathering fresh inspiration and information for gardens. Area businesses will offer special coupons, drawings, and giveaways to visitors. Each garden will feature workshops beginning at the top and bottom of every hour. Hennepin County Master Gardeners and unique garden containers created by the Maple Grove Art Center will welcome visitors to each garden. Feel free to stop at one or all four garden tour locations. This year, the tour features four garden locations including Corcoran’s Roz Milbrant Garden (10010 High Bluff Lane, Corcoran – 6 miles west of Mama G’s).  The Milbrant Garden is a 17 year old labor of love – eight acres of specialized, unique gardens inspired by Roz’s grandchildren.  The individual gardens include a North Garden, a Memorial Garden, a Potager Vegetable Garden, a Bowling Green, a Stream Garden, a Magic Garden, and a fantastical Childrens Garden. The gardens are connected by paths, tunnels and bridges. Other locations include Maple Grove’s Sue and Dave Peterson (8144 Garland Lane N, Maple Grove – Just off Dunkirk), The LifeGARDEN Community Garden at Lord of Life Church (7401 County Road 101, Maple Grove), Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery (9293 Pineview Lane North, Maple Grove). Additional workshops feature Oilerie Owner, Epicure & Olive Oil Expert Terri Chaffer presents Flavorful Olive Oils and Balsamics for Veggies. Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery’s own Joe Annis presents The Benefits of Choosing a Permeable Paver System over Traditional Hardscapes for your Landscape. For more information, contact garden tour Co-Chairs and Master Gardeners Jennifer Ebeling (612)-812-3043 and Mary Lynn KenKnight (612)-616-1276.

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.

Delano Library features juggler 

JULY 16 — Bill the Juggler will perform from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at the Delano Public Library, 160 Railroad Ave. E. Families and individuals of all ages are invited to watch Bill’s amazing and extreme juggling feats and his interactive, fun show. He has juggled professionally for over two decades and is also a professional educator. He uses both to help children appreciate the benefits of reading.

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

JULY 22 — The Delano School Board will meet Monday, July 22, at 7 p.m. in Delano City Hall, 234 N. Second Street.

Rockford City Council

JULY 23 — The Rockford City Council meets Tuesday, July 23, at 7 p.m. at Rockford City Hall, 6031 Main St. For more information, call 477-6565.

Independence City Council

JULY 23 — The Independence City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at Independence City Hall, 1920 County Road 90. For agenda information call City Hall, 763-479-0527 or visit the city website at

Wow Van visit

JULY 25 — The Wright County Wellness on Wheels (WOW) van will stop at BankWest in Rockford from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 25. 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.