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 OCTOBER — 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 Library Art Show
OCT. 1 – 26 — Area amateur and professional artists are exhibiting their work at the annual Delano Public Library art exhibit through Oct. 26. The library and the Friends of the Delano Library are exhibit sponsors. The art show is on view during library hours at 160 Railroad Ave. E., Delano.
OCT. 3 — 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.
Burgers and More
OCT. 4 — The Hamel Veterans of Foreign Wars Post invites anyone, member or not, to dine at a Burgers & More night from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at the Post, 19020 Hamel Road, Plymouth. Future Burgers & More nights will be Oct. 18, Nov. 1, Nov. 15 and Dec. 6. Proceeds will go to support veterans’ programs. The VFW Post is open Wednesdays through Fridays beginning at 4 p.m., Saturdays beginning at 3 p.m. and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Meat raffle every Sunday at 3 p.m. Pull tabs every day.
St. Peter’s School 5K
OCT. 5 — The Ride for a Reason 5K Fun Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Delano City Park Gazebo. Proceeds will benefit St. Peter’s Catholic School, of Delano. Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome to participate and reflect upon people or issues special to them as they traverse the route through Delano. The event is not timed, but a timer will be available. Cost, including t-shirt, is $30 for adults and $25 for youth ages 6-12. Children under age five are free. Registration will be taken through Oct. 5. Download a registration form at www.stpetersschool-delano.com. Bring forms to the event.
Hamel Fire Dept. Open House
OCT. 6 — The Hamel Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual open house from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the fire station, 92 Hamel Road, Medina. The event will be during National Fire Prevention Week. Activities will include a grease fire demonstration from 2 to 3 p.m., visit from the North Memorial helicopter from 3 to 4 p.m. and an auto extrication from 4 to 5 p.m. Other activities will be station tours, fire truck rides, hose spraying, tattoos, photo booth, relay races, silent auction, food and drink.
Snuggle Up and Read Storytime
OCT. 7 — Parents are invited to register their toddlers, 18 months to three years, for a series of Snuggle Up and Read Toddler Storytimes. They will take place 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. on Mondays, Oct. 7 through Nov. 4. Toddler times will include singing, clapping and fun stories, as well as a new literacy tip each week. Attendance limit is 10. Registration in advance is required. Call the library at at 763-972-3467.
Franklin Town Board
OCT. 7 — The Franklin Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at Franklin Town Hall, 8735 County Road 16 S.E. For agenda information, call town clerk Denise Olson, 763-972-3741.
Book and Bake Sale
OCT. 7 to 12 — The Rockford Public Library is hosting a Book and Bake Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library on Monday, Oct. 7 through Saturday, Oct. 12. Proceeds will be used to support library activities. Stop by the library to pick up great book bargains and home baked goods. The sale will run during library open hours: Mondays and Tuesdays, 2 to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays, 3 to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 3 to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call the library, 763-477-4216.
Fall Morning Stories
OCT. 8 — The Delano Public Library, 160 Railroad Ave. E., is offering a series of Fall Morning Stories programs for children ages 3 to 5. Programs will take place on Tuesdays through Oct. 29 from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m., with stories, songs, rhymes and fun. Registration is required. Call the library at at 763-972-3467 to register.
Rockford City Council
OCT. 8 — The Rockford City Council meets Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. at Rockford City Hall, 6031 Main St. more information, call 477-6565.
Rockford Senior Citizens
OCT. 8 — 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.
Independence City Council
OCT. 8 — The Independence City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, 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 City Council
OCT. 8 — The Loretto City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Loretto City Hall, 279 Medina St. N., Suite 260. For agenda information, call 763-479-4305.
Preschool Story Time
OCT. 9 — On Wednesdays, from 11:15 a.m. to noon at the Rockford Public Library (8220 Cedar St. in downtown Rockford), there will be story times with crafts, activities and music geared to preschool-aged children and open to the public. The theme for Oct. 9 is “dogs.” Cntact the library at 763-477-4216 for more information, or future themes. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
12 West Toastmasters
OCT. 9 — 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 763-972-6726.
OCT. 10 — Corcoran City Council will meet Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. at city hall at 8200 County Road 116.
Loretto FD Open House
OCT. 12 — The Loretto Fire Department will celebrate Fire Prevention Week with an open house from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Fire Station, 259 N. Medina St. (County Road 19) in Loretto. Visitors can dine on roast (free will offering). Other activities will be games, inflatables, silent auction, face painting, fire truck rides, demonstrations, free drawings, fire station tours and more.
Card Marathon Deadline
OCT. 12 — The deadline for reserving a spot in the seven-month long Card Marathon, sponsored by the General Federated Women’s Club of Delano, is Saturday, Oct. 12. The 2013-2014 series kicks off at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 21. The event is held on the third Monday of the month at the Delano Middle School media center and continues through April 21. Card games are “500” and cribbage. Cost for the entire season is $15. Cash prizes are awarded each month and to champions in each game at the end of the season. To reserve space in the Card Marathon, contact Norma Wandersee at 763-972-2068 or Pat Sawatzke at 763-972-3939.
Tea with Tea Rex
OCT. 12 — Author and storyteller Carla Johnson will be at the Delano Public Library, 160 Railroad Ave. E. to present Tea with Tea Rex from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12. Children, ages 3 to 7, with their caregivers, are invited to hear the story of an overactive dinosaur and a very proper girl and boy who attempt to come together for tea. Johnson is the author of “Teatime Tillie.” She will share teatime poems, etiquette tips, a fun craft and yummy food. Attendance limit is 40. Registration in advance is required. Call the library at 763-972-3467. This program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Crow River Food Co-op
OCT. 14 — The Crow River Food Co-op (community owned grocery store) will conduct its monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the China Buffet (located in the Rockford Mall on the north side of Highway 55). The public is invited to attend and find out more about this community-wide effort to open a full-service grocer in the area. For information on the co-op, or how to get involved and show support, visit www.crowriverfoodcoop.com. These meetings are held the second Monday of the month.
OCT. 14 — The Rockford Lions meet monthly on the second and third Mondays, monthly, at 7 p.m. in the Lions Building at Riverside Park. Stop in and check out this fun and growing club. There are several events and service projects each year that provide opportunities to volunteer. Other club activities include dinner meetings, golf outings, Mystery Night and more. For more information call LeeAnn Bacon, Membership/Public Relations 612-790-2280, or go to website: www.TheRockfordLions.com
Rockford Senior Citizens
OCT. 14 — The Rockford Senior Citizens will meet Monday, Oct. 14, at 11:30 a.m. at the Delano Senior Center, 234 Secoond St. N, Delano. This is an opportunity for area seniors to meet or reunite, and enjoy a meal, conversation and other activities. The group meets the second Monday of the month at various locations. Call Bonnie Pool, 763-477-4468, for information.
OCT. 14 — Toddlers, ages 18 months to 3 years, together with a caregiver, are invited to Toddler Storytime at the Delano Public Library, 160 Railroad Ave. E., from 10:30 to 10:50 a.m., Monday, Oct. 14, Enjoy singing, clapping and stories together, and learn a new literacy tip. Attendance limit is 10 children and registration in advance is required. Call the library at 763-972-3467.
Fall Morning Stories
OCT. 15 — Children ages three to five are invited to Preschool Storytime from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Delano Public Library, 160 Railroad Ave. E. Preschool Storytime includes stories, songs, rhymes and fun.
Pizza Taste Off
OCT. 15 — The Delano Public Library, 160 Railroad Ave. E., will host its sixth annual Pizza Taste-off and Teen Read Week Celebration from 5 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15. Teens and preteens 10 to 14 years old are invited to taste local pizzas and pick the best pizza in town. They also are encouraged to bring a favorite book recommendation for sharing with the group. Attendance limit is 15 and registration in advance is required. Call the library at 763-972-3467. This event is cosponsored with the Delano/Loretto United Way.
Medina City Council
OCT. 15 — The Medina City Council will meet Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at Medina City Hall, 2052 County Road 24. For agenda information, call 473-4643.
Greenfield City Council
OCT. 15 — The Greenfield City Council will meet Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at 6390 Town Hall Drive.
Delano City Council
OCT. 15 — The Delano City Council will meet Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at Delano City Hall, located at Bridge Avenue and Second Street.
12 West Toastmasters
OCT. 16 — 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@example.com or 763-972-6726.
OCT. 18, 19, 25, 26, 31 — Haunted Acres is returning to Corcoran Lions Park, 7205 County Road 101, Corcoran for the Halloween season. Hours will be 7 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26 and 31. Tickets will cost $10 or $9 with a non-perishable food donation for area food shelves. Caution: This attraction is for mature audiences only. Sponsors are the Hamel and Corcoran Lions Clubs and Northwest Area Jaycees.