Crow River News Calendar

Business and Job Expo

APRIL 24 — The West Hennepin Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Business and Job Expo 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Independence City Hall, 1920 County Road 90. Businesses looking to grow or find qualified talented workforce are encouraged to exhibit. Area residents looking for employment or wanting to network are welcome to attend. Admission is free. Food, beverages and door prizes will be available. Businesses interested in a display booth and/or holding a presentation should contact the city of Independence at 763-479-0527.

Corcoran council

APRIL 24 — Corcoran City Council will meet will next meet Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at city hall at 8200 County Rd. 116.

Rogers Book Sale 

APRIL 24 THROUGH 26 — The Friends of the Rogers Library will host a Used Book Sale Thursday, April 24, from 5 to 8 p.m.; Friday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to raise funds for the Rogers Library, 21300 John Milless Drive. The sale will be at the library. Most items priced at $1 or less. Bag sale on Saturday from 1 to 3.

Crisis Nursery 

spring fundraiser

APRIL 25 — The 16th Annual Spring Fundraiser for the Crisis Nursery serving Wright County is Friday, April 25, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Buffalo Civic Center. Enjoy a catered BBQ Buffet from 6 to 7:30 that is catered by Red’s of Montrose, music, raffles, silent auction and the live auction takes place at 7:30 where we will be auctioning off some “interesting” items and having fun with the audience. Cost for the evening remains at $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Sponsorships of $100 and up provide free tickets to the event. To order tickets, donate an auction item, or for more information, contact Jill Gatzke at the Crisis Nursery Office at 271-1674. Tickets are also available at BJ’s Deli in Buffalo or from any committee member. This special event is helping to raise awareness of April as Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. The sole purpose of the Crisis Nursery program is to help families before child abuse or neglect happens.

Arbor Day


APRIL 25 — On Friday, April 25, at 11:30 a.m. at Greenfield Central Park, the city of Greenfield will host an Arbor Day Celebration.

Lions Chevy dinner

APRIL 25 — The Corcoran Lions are selling tickets for the Lions Chevy dinner, set for Friday, April 25 at Rush Creek Golf Club, 7801 County Road 101, Maple Grove. A 6 p.m. social hour will be followed a 7 p.m. dinner. Top prize in the raffle will be $1,000. Purchase tickets from any Lions member or call Tim Holmquist at 612-804-8146. Cost is $100 per couple.

Beebe Lake Fundraiser

APRIL 26 — The Beebe Lake Improvement Association (BLIA) and Cash Wise Liquor are co-hosting the sixth Annual Beebe Lake Beer & Wine Tasting Fundraiser & Silent Auction Saturday, April 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the St. Michael City Center, 11800 Town Center Dr. NE, St. Michael. Tickets are $25/person, which includes beer/wine tasting and light appetizers. The BLIA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of Beebe Lake for all community users by managing invasive aquatic species, improving lake water quality and providing supplemental walleye stocking. Tickets are available at the St. Michael Cash Wise Liquor location or by calling the BLIA hotline at 763- 515-2639. You can order your favorite beverages at the tasting from Cash Wise Liquor at a discount. Visit and like

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Musical Variety Show

APRIL 26 — There will be a musical variety show on Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Our Fathers Lutheran Church, 3903 Gilbert Ave. SE, Rockford (just north of Highway 55, going west from town).

Amazing local talent will be featured. All are welcome to this free event; free will donations will help get important equipment to Tanzania, East Africa in time for the corn harvest. Tasty African flavored treats will be on sale.

Read to a Dog  

APRIL 26 — ON Saturday, April 26, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Rockford Public Library. Kirk, a 5 -year old Farm Collie who loves to have school age readers stop by and read him a book, will be on hand. He has achieved his AKC Canine Good Citizen Certificate and is a great friend for young readers to share with.  Bring your favorite book or pick one out when you get to the library.

Hamel VFW steak fry

APRIL 26 — The Hamel Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will offer to the public a steak fry from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26 at the VFW clubhouse, 19020 Hamel Rd., Plymouth. Proceeds will benefit VFW service projects. For information, call the VFW at 763-478-2077 or e-mail Angela Winterhalter, [email protected] Steak Fry sponsor is the Hamel VFW Auxiliary.

Loretto FD pancake breakfast

APRIL 27 — The Loretto Fire Department will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake and French toast breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday, April 27 at the fire department, 259 N. Medina St. (County Road 19), Loretto. Gluten free pancakes and French toast will be available. Cost will be $8 for adults and $5 for children. Proceeds will benefit the fire department.

Skating show

APRIL 27 — Buffalo Figure Skating Club Spring Show, “Skating Around the World” is Sunday, April 27, 2 to 3:30 p.m., open skate following from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Buffalo Civic Center. Admission $5, concession stand and skate rentals available. Silent auction.

Rockford Ringers 

Spring Meeting

APRIL 29 —The Rockford Ringers will hold it’s spring meeting on Tuesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. at Riverside Park (8220 Elm St.).Anyone interested in pitching horseshoes this season should attend the meeting.

The group generally pitches 10 weeks beginning in May. Leagues meet on Tuesdays and Wednesday evenings.

For more information, contact Marlys at 612-751-1525 or email [email protected]

It’s Just Coffee

APRIL 29 — 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.

Empty Bowls

MAY 1 — On Thursday, May 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Crown Room at the Wellstead of Rogers, area churches, businesses, schools, and organizations hosts an Empty Bowls event. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger where guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread provided by local restaurants. Guests are also invited to shop for beautiful, handcrafted bowls made by local artists, community members, and area students. There will be entertainment provided by area musicians and school students. Admission is free, but there is a $5/person suggested donation for the soup dinner. 100% of all proceeds benefit CROSS Food Shelf which serves the communities of Rogers, Dayton, Corcoran, Maple Grove, West Champlin, and Osseo.

West Metro National Day of Prayer

MAY 1 — On the breakfast menu for Thursday, May 1: Coffee, water, fresh fruit and breakfast rolls. The food will be paired with prayer during the 17th West Metro National Day of Prayer Breakfast, planned for 6 a.m. Thursday, May 1 at the Medina Entertainment Center Grand Ballroom, 500 Highway 55, Medina. Thirty-five churches from around the western suburbs will be represented at the event and will include prayers from several pastors from the area. Cost to attend is $20. Reservations are necessary. For information, contact Dar Sjostrom, 763-473-3730 or Pastor Carol Skjegstad, 763-231-2983 or [email protected]


On Wheels

MAY 1 — on Thursday, May 1, from two 2 to 6 p.m. on at the BankWest parking lot at Highway 55 and Main St. in Rockford, the Wellness on Wheels (WOW) will be available to the public. The WOW Van is a mobile health resource that provides families with information and assistance on topics such as health insurance coverage, dental health, mental health and a variety of health screenings.

Community Prayer Gathering 

MAY 1 — A Community Prayer Gathering is Thursday, May 1, at Hassan Elementary School Gymnasium, Rogers. from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Join together for the National Day of Prayer, the 63rd consecutive recognition of this day. The National Day of Prayer is an annual event established by an act of Congress which encourages Americans to pray for the nation, its people and its leaders.

Corcoran Cleanup Day

MAY 3 — The city of Corcoran will hold its spring cleanup day, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 3, in the parking lot of Corcoran City Hall, 8200 County Road 116. Corcoran residents must show an ID to get rid of unwanted items. For more information visit the City’s website at under the Services tab or call 763-420-2288.

Tea Time

With Tea Rex

MAY 3 — On Saturday, May 3, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Rockford Library (8220 Cedar St.) children 3 to 7 years of age with caregivers are encouraged to attend this fun event. Space is limited and registration is required.  To register, call 763-477-4216.

STMA board

MAY 5 — St. Michael-Albertville School Board meets Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at the high school board meeting room, 11343 50th St.

Albertville council

MAY 5 — Albertville City Council meets Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at city hall, 5959 Main Ave.

Hanover council

MAY 6 — Hanover City Council meets Tuesday, May 6, at 7 p.m. at city hall on 11250 Fifth St.

Medina City Council

MAY 6 — The Medina City Council will meet Tuesday, May 6, at 7 p.m. at Medina City Hall, 2052 County Road 24. For agenda information, call 473-4643.

Greenfield City Council

MAY 6 — The Greenfield City Council will meet Tuesday, May 6, at 7 p.m. at 6390 Town Hall Drive.

Rockford-Greenfield Area

Chamber of Commerce

MAY 8 — The Rockford-Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce will meet Thursday, May 8 at noon (with check-in beginning at 11:30) at the Wright-Hennepin Electric facility located on 6800 Electric Dr. The cost to attend (lunch included) is $10 for members, and $15 for nonmembers, and is open to all local businesses. Please rsvp at [email protected] or to Joel Schmidt at 612-791-1404

Corcoran Public Works 

Facility Open House

MAY 8 — The city of Corcoran is hosting an open house at its new Public Works Facility located at 9100 County Road 19 on Thursday, May 8, from 4 to 6 pm. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Tours will be given of the new facility and staff will be available to answer questions. Root beer floats and cookies will be available for attendees. No RSVP needed, contact City Hall at 763-420-2288 with questions.

Rockford Friends

of the Library 

MAY 8 — The Rockford Friends of the Library will meet Thursday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockford Library (8220 Cedar St.). New members are welcome.

Annual plant sale

MAY 8 TO 10 — The 38th Annual Plant Sale at St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 865 Ferndale Road in Wayzata will take place Thursday, May 8 and Friday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a selection of hanging baskets, patio plants, annuals, second year perennials, hostas, vegetables, herbs, bushes and shrubs. For further information call: 952-473-2262 or 763-591-0466.

4 Community Theatre

Musical Auditions

MAY 9 & 10 — 4 Community Theatre will hold auditions for its summer musical on Friday May 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Discovery Center in Maple Plain, and on Saturday, May 10 fro 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rockford Lions Building in Riverside Park. Bring 16 measurers of song from a musical (not from the Wizard of Oz) to sing.

You may be asked to read from a script and perform general choreography. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Bring the whole family.

Spring Tea 2014

MAY 10 — The Spring Tea Fund Raiser is Saturday, May 10, at 3 p.m. at Hanover Zion United Methodist Church, 1010 River Rd. NE. Tickets are $30 per seat. Reservations Required by Saturday May 3, payable to Hanover Zion UMC. To purchase tickets or for more information contact Mary at 763-497-5949 / [email protected] or the church office at 763-497-1086. Enjoy an elegant and delicious four-course afternoon tea with homemade soup, tea sandwiches and savories, quiche, scones, lemon curd and Devon cream, tea bread, fruit, and luscious desserts — and pots of perfectly brewed hot tea, of course. If you don’t drink tea, apple cider will be available upon request. The tables are beautiful and set with the best china, crystal, silver and linens. Guests are encouraged to dress in “tea attire.” Hats are very welcome. Sponsored as a fundraiser for the Hanover Zion United Methodist Church by The Hanover Zion Tea Society. Bake sale and other items available for purchase following the tea. The church is not handicapped accessible as bathrooms are located downstairs.

Rockford Senior Citizens

MAY 12 — 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.

Wayzata School Board

MAY 12 — The Wayzata School Board will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, May 12 at Wayzata City Hall, 600 Rice St.

Rockford Lions

MAY 12 — The Rockford Lions meet monthly on the second and third Mondays, 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:

Rockford City Council

MAY 12 — The Rockford City Council meets Tuesday, May 12, at 7 p.m. at Rockford City Hall, 6031 Main St. For information, call 477-6565.

Independence City Council

MAY 13 — The Independence City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Independence City Hall, 1920 County Road 90. For agenda information call City Hall, 763-479-0527 or visit the city website at

St. Michael council

MAY 13 — St. Michael City Council will meet Tuesday, May 13, at 7 p.m. at the City Center, 11800 Town Center Dr.

Rogers council

MAY 13 — Rogers City Council will meet Tuesday, May 13, at 7 p.m. at the Rogers Community Room at 21201 Memorial Dr.

Rockford School Board

MAY 19 — The Rockford Area School Board meets Monday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the district boardroom located in the lower level of the middle school.