Helping Hands Food Shelf hours
NOV. 14, 21 — Delano Helping Hands Food Shelf will be open for standard service from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays, Nov. 14 and 21. The food shelf also will be open from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21. December food shelf hours will be from 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12. Helping Hands will be closed on Nov. 28, Dec. 19 and Dec. 26. In order to continue to meet demands of monthly food shelf usage, Helping Hands will not provide special Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets. Helping Hands encourages groups to hold food drives throughout the year and inform the food shelf of the effort. Cash donations allow the food shelf to purchase food from Second Harvest Food Bank at a much lower cost per pound than the average consumer can. Helping Hands is located in the basement of the Delano Community Education Building on Elm Avenue at Second Street in Delano. For information, call Helping Hands Coordinator Jeanie Pilarski, 763-972-3360, or Helping Hands Chair Sandy Pikus, 763-972-3723.
NOV. 14 — 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.
NOV. 14 — Corcoran City Council will meet Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at city hall at 8200 County Road 116.
Chamber of Commerce
NOV. 14 — The Rockford-Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce will meet Thursday, Nov. 14, beginning with an 11:30 a.m. check-in, and a noon meeting with lunch available by rsvp (Joel Schmidt, 612-791-1404). This event will be at the Wright-Hennepin Electric facility located behind Rockford Mall.
Snowmobilers Snow Blast
NOV. 16, 17 — The Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association, a non-profit organization, will sponsor Snow Blast, featuring the Devon Worley Band, Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Medina Entertainment Center 500 Highway 55, Medina. Saturday activities will include a snow show from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the Devon Worley Band performing from 8 p.m. to midnight and Snowmobile Safety Training at 10 a.m. To take the training students must have completed the safety CD. They will be given the written and driving tests. The snow show will continue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The $10 admission cost will include a raffle
ticket with cash and door prizes. For information visit the website at http://mnsnowmobiler.org/index.php?pageid=515.
Rockford Holiday Expo
NOV. 16 — Come to the 2013 Rockford Holiday Expo on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rockford Community Center, 7600 County Rd. 50 (Rebecca Park Trail), located on the SE corner of Rockford High School. Over 20 local businesses and crafters will offer products ranging from food items, designer bags, knitted crafts, candles, make-up and body care items, environmentally safe cleaning products, jewelry, clothing and more. The expo makes holiday shopping convenient for community members by gathering numerous local businesses and products together in one location, creating a one-stop holiday shop. All who attend the Holiday Expo can register for prizes with participating vendors. For information, call 763-477-4563.
NOV. 18 — 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
Women of Today
NOV. 18 — 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 www.maplegrovewt.org or contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-642-5404 for more information.
NOV. 18 — The Rockford Elementary Arts Magnet School will host “Empty Bowls” on Monday, November 18. The school is located at 7650 County Road 50. Empty Bowls is an evening for your family to enjoy a simple meal of soup, bread, beverage and a cookie.
Rockford School Board
NOV. 18 — The Rockford School Board will meet Monday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the district board room located in the Rockford Middle School.
Medina City Council
NOV. 19 — The Medina City Council will meet Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. at Medina City Hall, 2052 County Road 24. For agenda information, call 473-4643.
Delano City Council
NOV. 19 — The Delano City Council will meet Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. at Delano City Hall, located at Bridge Avenue and Second Street.
Greenfield City Council
NOV. 19 — The Greenfield City Council will meet Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. at 6390 Town Hall Drive.
NOV. 20 — Writers Group meets Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m. at the Rockford Library, 8220 Cedar St. Call 763-477-4216 for more information.
12 West Toastmasters
NOV. 20 — 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.
NOV. 21 — Those interested in knitting are welcome to meet on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockford Public Library, 763-477-4216.
Books with Boone
NOV. 22 — The Delano Public Library, 160 Railroad Ave. E., offers a read-aloud program with Boone, a Reading Education Assistance Dog (READ), on the fourth Friday of the month. His next visit will be Nov. 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. School age children can sign up for the READ program to read, one-to-one with Boone, for 15 minutes. This is a great program for children who are hesitant about reading aloud, as Boone is a great listener. Call the library at 763-972-3467 to register.
St. George holiday boutique, breakfast
NOV. 23, 24 — St. George Church, 133 N. Brown Road, Long Lake will offer its annual holiday boutique from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23. Visitors will find an assortment of craft vendors, a lefse making demonstration, homemade apple pies (both frozen and ready to eat), homemade pecan and fruit pies, snacks and lunch, a variety of homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, a variety of Christmas cookies in decorative containers and a raffle. Raffle drawing will be Sunday at 11 a.m. You need not be present to win. New this year will be a table for children to make Christmas cards. The Knights of Columbus will sponsor a pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Sunday with pancakes, sausage, fruit, and juice, milk or coffee. Proceeds will go towards church charities, both here and abroad.
Options for Women/ Cornerstone grand opening
NOV. 24 — Options for Women/Cornerstone invites the public to attend its grand opening Sunday, Nov. 24 at 204 Central Ave. E., St. Michael. The ribbon cutting will be at 1 p.m. with a cake reception to follow. Festivities also will include an open house with tours of the center from 1 to 5 p.m.. Options for Women/Cornerstone is a non-profit life affirming organization serving clients facing challenges of an unplanned pregnancies. Options provides free pregnancy testing, limited obstetrical ultrasound exams, lay counseling, outreach, and material assistance for women in greater Wright County. For information call 612-584-9449.
NOV. 25 — Book Club meets Monday, Nov. 25, at 2 p.m. at the Rockford Public Library, 763-477-4216.
Delano School Board
NOV. 25 — The Delano School Board will meet Monday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. in Delano City Hall, 234 N. Second Street.
Independence City Council
NOV. 26 — The Independence City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 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.
Rockford City Council
NOV. 26 — The Rockford City Council meets Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. at Rockford City Hall, 6031 Main St. more information, call 477-6565.
It’s Just Coffee
NOV. 26 — Come meet your neighbors, share a cup of coffee and talk. Bring a friend and join in the fun. It’s Just Coffee meets the last Tuesday of every month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Your memories of Greenfield History are always welcome as this is also the home of The Greenfield Historical Society. Coffee and treats are provided; we request donations for coffee and supplies. Please note the change in location and time effective Tuesday, Nov. 26: Our Father’s Lutheran Church, 3903 Gilbert Ave. SE in Rockford.
NOV. 26 — Come and learn international dances that are fun and easy to learn. Bivoli Folkdancing will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month on the second floor of the Heritage Center, Bridge Avenue and Second Street in Delano. No experience or partner is necessary. Drop-in when ever you can and stay as long as you want. Bring a reusable water bottle and wear comfortable walking shoes. Cost is one dollar per session.
12 West Toastmasters
NOV. 27 — 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.