Community calendar — South Crow River area

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.


SEPT. 5 — 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.

Occasional Sale 

SEPT. 5 & 7 — There will be a sale of various items (antiques, plants, etc.) Thursday, Sept. 5 and Saturday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Rockford Mall parking lot. Please call Annette at 763-477-5480 for additional information, or to secure a free booth, or email [email protected]

Holy Name Fall Festival

SEPT. 6 TO 8 — Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Community is planning a three-day fall festival that will begin with the movie “We Bought a Zoo” at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6, at the church, 155 County Road 24 in Medina. Saturday’s plans include a 4 p.m. worship service, food and activities at 5 p.m., music by the Catholic Sonar band beginning at 6 p.m. and music by GB Leighton beginning at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. A golf tournament benefiting Holy Name of Jesus School and Faith Formation programs will take place Sunday, Sept. 8, at Pioneer Creek Golf Course, 705 Copeland Road in Independence. Registration and driving range open at noon followed with shotgun start at 1 p.m. For information contact Michele Kirchoff at [email protected], call 763-473-7901 ext. 120, or visit

Rockford Township Cleanup Day

SEPT. 7 — There will be a cleanup day at the Rockford Township Hall, 3039 Dague Avenue, Saturday, Sept. 7, from 8 a.m. to noon. This is a rain or shine event. All fees are listed in the township’s newsletter, which can be viewed at

Please look at the map of the pit and arrange your items for ease of unloading.

Miscellaneous items will be charged by load level. Mixed and unorganized loads will pay the miscellaneous rate.

Questions can be answered at 763-682-3499.

Dad’s Belgian Waffles

SEPT. 7 — A Dad’s Belgian Waffle breakfast Saturday, Sept. 7, will benefit the Delano Fire Relief Association and the Delano Senior Center. Waffles, sausages, flavored syrups and drinks will be served from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Delano City Hall, 234 Second Street N. Cost for adults is $7.50 in advance, $8.50 at the door. Cost for children ages five and under is $3. A silent auction will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. Transportation is available by calling 763-972-0574. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Delano Senior Center.

Delano street dance

SEPT. 7 — Butch Automatic and the Four Speeds will perform music from the early rock and roll era in a reunion concert Saturday, Sept. 7, during a street dance in front of Dave’s Town Club, 138 N. River St., Delano. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and music will begin at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will help fund upgrades to the Delano Middle School auditorium. The street dance reunites original members of the popular rock group that first performed locally in the 1970s. Advance tickets are available for $10 at the State Bank of Delano, Crow River Bank, Dave’s Town Club, Three Crows Coffee House, B’s on the River, Linnie’s Ice Cream, Delano American Legion and Doreen’s Hair Design. Tickets will cost $14 on the night of the concert.

Delano PIE – Lions Trap Shoot

SEPT. 7 — Delano Partners in Education (DPIE) and the Delano Lions will hold their ninth annual Benefit Trap Shoot from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7 at Park Gun Club located near the intersection of Highway 12 and County Road 6. All proceeds will go to DPIE to support its activities. An entry fee of $40 for adults and $20 for students will pay for one 25 round shoot, food and drink. Additional rounds will be $10. The entry fee includes hamburgers, brats, other food items and beverages. Instruction will be available for beginning shooters.

Deer Hunters banquet

SEPT. 8 — The Wright County/West Metro Whitetails Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) will host its fall fund raiser banquet Sunday, Sept. 8, at the River City Extreme entertainment complex in Monticello. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. and an hors d’oeurve buffet will begin at 4:30 p.m. Raffles, games, silent auction and free bowling will be available. Proceeds will go towards sending kids to the MDHA’s Forkhorn Camps and sponsorship of a youth-mentored deer hunt with Three Rivers Park District at Lake Rebecca Park. Tickets for adults are $20 for the buffet only or $45 for the buffet and MDHA membership. A $25 ticket for those 17 years old and under includes the buffet and one-year MDHA Forkhorn membership. For information, call Jim McCarty at 763-682-2061 or Al Weller at 763-370-1206.

Rockford Senior Citizens

SEPT. 9 — The Rockford Seniors 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.

Wow Van visit

SEPT. 10 — The Wright County Wellness on Wheels (WOW) van will stop at Coborn’s supermarket on Highway 12 in Delano from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10. 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.

Independence City Council

SEPT. 10 — The Independence City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Independence City Hall, 1920 County Road 90. For agenda information call City Hall, 763-479-0527 or visit the city website at

Rockford City Council

SEPT. 10 — The Rockford City Council meets Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. at Rockford City Hall, 6031 Main St. more information, call 477-6565.

Loretto City Council

SEPT. 10 — The Loretto City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Loretto City Hall, 279 Medina St. N., Suite 260. For agenda information, call 763-479-4305.

St. Thomas garage sale

SEPT. 11 THROUGH 13 — The St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church (20000 County Rd. 10, Corcoran) garage sale is Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 1 to 9 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 12, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (50 percent off from 4 to 8 p.m.); Friday, Sept. 13, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (bag day, $4/bag, unlimited bag. For more information, call Alice at 420-3349.


SEPT. 11 — On Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at BankWest in Rockford, Bill Richardson with SCORE has three appointments available for businesses and/or potential businesses. SCORE offers free business counseling (more information is available at their website: Appointments must be made a week in advance by calling Audra at 477-6565, or the SCORE office directly at 952-938-4570.

12 West Toastmasters

SEPT. 11 — 12 West Toastmasters meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 7:30 a.m. at the Bohemian Wine Bar and Grill, located on Second St. north of Bridge Avenue in Delano. A second 12 West group meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 11:45 a.m. at Unhinged Pizza (the former Pizza Ranch) at Delano Crossings retail center, located at Highway 12 and County Line Road. Meetings last one hour and feature communication and leadership through better listening, thinking, speaking. For information, contact Dale Vander Linden, [email protected] or 763-972-6726.

Corcoran council

SEPT. 12 — Corcoran City Council will meet Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. at city hall at 8200 County Road 116.

Rockford-Greenfield Commerce Meeting

SEPT. 12 — The Rockford-Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce will meet Thursday, Sept. 12, at Wright-Hennepin Electric. Check-in begins at 11:30, with meeting and lunch at noon. The organization is open to all local businesses. RSVP to Joel Schmidt at 612-791-1404 by Sept. 10.

Love INC golf tourney

SEPT. 12 — Love in the Name of Christ-Heartland (Love INC), based in Delano, has set Thursday, Sept. 12, as the date for its annual invitational golf tournament. Registration and putting practice will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Pioneer Creek Golf Course, 705 Copeland Rd., Maple Plain. Shotgun start is scheduled for 1 p.m. The trophy will be awarded at a 6 p.m. dinner. Cost is $100 per golfer. To register a foursome, call Ann Reese at Love INC, 763-972-6547.

Independence Heritage Fest

SEPT. 13 & 14 — Independence Heritage Fest will bring a pig roast, sports tournaments, and outdoor dance with live music to Pioneer Creek Park on County Road 90, Friday, Sept. 13, with events beginning at 3 p.m. Events will continue on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9 to 5 p.m. with championship games in the Frisbee golf, horseshoe and volley ball tournaments. Anyone can sponsor a pig in pig races taking place at 1 and 3 p.m. An outdoor stage will be the scene of live music and demonstrations. A parade will jump off at noon, Saturday. To register a sports team or sponsor a pig, call Independence City Hall, 763-479-0527.

Loretto Fun Fest

SEPT. 14 — Fun Fest will return to West Railway Street and Lions Park in Loretto, from 1 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Sept. 14. Events will include a medallion hunt, children’s activities, craft and vendor market, hot air balloon rides (weather permitting), pony rides, fire works and a street dance with music by The Irresistibles Sweet Soul Show featuring Mick Sterling, The dance will follow the 8 p.m. fire works display.

Delano blood drive

SEPT. 16 — The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16, at the Delano American Legion, located on Bridge Avenue at Highway 12. Blood is needed for people with blood disorders, cancer patients, transplant recipients, trauma victims, and many others. To schedule an appointment go to and enter sponsor code: 0174751. All presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free pint of frozen custard.

Rockford School Board

SEPT. 16 — The Rockford School Board will meet Monday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the district board room located in the Rockford Middle School.

Women of Today

SEPT. 16 — 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.

Medina City Council

SEPT. 17 — The Medina City Council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at Medina City Hall, 2052 County Road 24. For agenda information, call 473-4643.

Greenfield City Council

SEPT. 17 — The Greenfield City Council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at 6390 Town Hall Drive.

12 West Toastmasters

SEPT. 18 — 12 West Toastmasters meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 11:45 a.m. at Unhinged Pizza (the former Pizza Ranch) at Delano Crossings retail center, located at Highway 12 and County Line Road. Meetings last one hour and feature communication and leadership through better listening, thinking, speaking. A second 12 West group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 7:30 a.m. at the Bohemian Wine Bar and Grill, located on Second St. north of Bridge Avenue in Delano. For information, contact Dale Vander Linden, [email protected] or 763-972-6726.

Library’s Dog Day Afternoons

SEPT. 19 — Cuddle up and read with Annie, the golden retriever, between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 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. Future dates are Oct. 17 and Nov. 21. For information, call the library at 763-972-3467.

Medina Celebration Day

SEPT. 21 — Medina Celebration Day Saturday, Sept. 21, will feature a K-9 demonstration, bingo, food, business expo, fireworks and much more. Activities will take place from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hamel Community Building, 3200 Mill Drive in Medina. Fireworks are scheduled for 8 p.m.

Delano School Board