Crow River News Calendar

Rockford Farmer’s Market

JUNE 2 – First day of the 2017 Farmer’s Market at the Rockford City Center Mall parking lot is Friday, June 2 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. New this year, a flea market held every other Friday.

Corcoran Night to Unite

AUG. 1 (JULY 18 PARTY REGISTRATION DEADLINE)- Corcoran will celebrate Night to Unite on Tuesday, Aug. 1. Night to Unite is a nationwide event designed to strengthen neighborhood and community relationships. Citizens can get involved by organizing a party for their neighborhood and registering the party online. Registration deadline is Tuesday, July 18. Visit the city of Corcoran website at www.ci.corcoran.mn.us to register. All registered parties will be visited by either police, firefighters, city staff or elected officials on Night to Unite. Neighborhood parties may include anything from large cook-outs with games and prizes to small gatherings with root-beer floats. To help make your party a success, a party starting basket will be provided to each registered party with prizes and coupons.

The city of Corcoran, the Corcoran Lions, and Northwest Area Jaycees, will host a city wide celebration for residents who might not have a formal neighborhood. The event will be held

at the Corcoran Public Works Building, 9100 County Road 19, from 5 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 1. Visitors will find free hot dogs, a free ice cream social, bounce houses, a bean bags competition, fire trucks, a helicopter, SWAT team members, K-9 dogs, and chances to socialize.

For more information on Night to Unite, contact the Corcoran Police Department at 763-420-8966.

Wire sculpture for kids

JULY 20 – Learn the elements of design when creating a sculpture at the Rockford library. Using wire and clay, create a sculpture from start to finish Thursday, July 20 from 4-5 p.m. For ages 8 and up. Limit 12. Registration required, call the library at 763-477-4216.

Willy Wonka opening weekend

JULY 21 – 4 Community Theatre presents its Summer production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka. Performances begin Friday, July 21 at 7 p.m. at the Orono High School Auditorium, 795 N. Old Crystal Bay, Long Lake. Additional 7 p.m. showing on Saturday, July 22 and a ASL-friendly matinee show at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 23. Tickets on sale at www.4communitytheatre.org.

Rockford School Board

JULY 24 — The Rockford School Board will meet Monday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Rockford High School in the Heritage Room.

Rockford City Council

JULY 25 – The Rockford City Council meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25 at the Rockford City Hall chambers.

Medina Night to Unite

AUG. 1 (JULY 25 PARTY REGISTRATION DEADLINE) – Neighborhoods throughout Medina are invited to celebrate Night to Unite on Tuesday, Aug. 1 by hosting neighborhood parties. Hosts who register parties with the Medina Police Department will get visits during the evening from Medina Police officers, firefighters and City Council members. To register a party, visit the city website at medinamn.us/category/news. Or call Medina Police at 763-473-9209. Registration deadline is Tuesday, July 25. This is an opportunity for neighbors to get to know neighbors, strengthen neighborhood spirit and let criminals know that neighborhoods are organized and willing to assist police. Night to Unite parties can be as simple as an ice cream social or as elaborate as a cook-out.

Corcoran City Council

JULY 27 — Corcoran City Council will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 27 at Corcoran City Hall, 8200 County Road 116.

Movie in the Park

JULY 28 — The Rockford Ambassadors will host a movie at Riverside Park, 8220 Elm St in Rockford at dusk. Bring your lounging gear and a snack and watch a flick among royals. Movie is to be determined, but will be for general audiences.

4 Community Theatre presents Willy Wonka

JULY 28 — 4 Community Theatre presents its Summer production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka. Performances Friday, July 28 at 7 p.m. at the Orono High School Auditorium, 795 N. Old Crystal Bay, Long Lake. Additional 7 p.m. showing on Saturday, July 29 and a matinée show at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 30. Tickets on sale at www.4communitytheatre.org.

Independence City Council

JULY 31 — The Independence City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 31, at Independence City Hall, 1920 County Road 90. The Tuesday, July 25 meeting has been canceled.

Greenfield Night to Unite

AUG. 1 — Greenfield neighbors are invited to join cities throughout Minnesota for Night to Unite. This event encourages law enforcement and communities to strengthen by getting to know one another and keep communities safe. It is not only a fun night out with your neighbors but sends a message to criminals that you are standing united against them by forming alliances with your neighbors and law enforcement. Bring family, lawn chairs, enjoy the playground and visit with the Sheriff and Fire Departments. Don’t miss the Sheriff’s Canine Demonstration around 7 p.m. Free hot dogs and chips will be served compliments of Veolia Water.

“Where We Come From” Workshop

AUG. 1 — 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wright County Historical Society, 2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo. Participants in the “Where We Come From” workshops will explore the meaning of place and landscape in their lives. They will learn cloth and paper book construction techniques, and explore a variety of fun media and artistic tools to tell their own stories about where they come from. This is a family-friendly activity open to learners of all ages, no experience necessary. Free will offering, but pre-registration is required: call Sally Stevens at 763-682-7323 to sign up.

Rockford Night Out

AUG. 1 — Located at Riverside Park, and organized by the Rockford library, Rockford Area Historical Society, RiverWorks and Rockford Ambassadors. Residents meet their neighbors, and are welcome to organize a gathering in their neighborhood. Contact Ben Sanderson to have the Rockford Fire Department stop by: [email protected]

Royalty ‘Night Out’

AUG. 1 — On Tuesday, Aug. 1, the current St. Michael Royal Court along with the Miss St. Michael and Little Miss St. Michael candidates will be hosting a National Night Out block party at the St. Michael City Hall from 5:30 to 8 p.m..

Join for food, games, temporary tattoos and much more. This is a free event, however they will be accepting donations to help benefit the new royal court on their upcoming year.

Medina City Council

AUG. 2 — The Medina City Council will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 2 at Medina City Hall, 2052 County Road 24.

Greenfield City Council

AUG. 2 – The Greenfield City Council will meet Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Greenfield Town Hall, 6390 Town Hall Drive. This is to accommodate Greenfield’s Night to Unite on Aug. 1.

“Where We Come From” Workshop II

AUG. 5 — 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wright County Historical Society, 2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo. Participants in the “Where We Come From” workshops will explore the meaning of place and landscape in their lives. They will learn cloth and paper book construction techniques, and explore a variety of fun media and artistic tools to tell their own stories about where they come from. This is a family-friendly activity open to learners of all ages, no experience necessary. Free will offering, but pre-registration is required: call Sally Stevens at 763-682-7323 to sign up.

Parish Festival

AUG. 6 — St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 18380 Columbus Street, Dayton, will be hosting its annual Parish Festival Sunday, Aug. 6. The day will feature a broasted chicken dinner served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Refreshments, children’s and adult activities, Bingo, country store, flea market, Wall of Wine, theme basket silent auction, and pony and carriage rides run throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Raffle drawings at 4:30 p.m. for prizes totaling nearly $7,000. The church is located 1 block north of the intersection of Co. Rd. 12 and Brockton Lane in Dayton. Call 763-428-2828 for more information.

Farm Safety Training

AUG. 8 – University of Minnesota Extension–Wright County will host a free farm safety course from 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 8 from at the Public Works Building, 3500 Braddock Avenue, Buffalo. We will have hands-on learning about equipment operation, animal handling, shop hazards, toxic plants and much more. Everyone who registers by July 21 will get a great Farm Safety manual. Space is limited. More information is available at the UM Extension Facebook page and extension.umn.edu/county/wright website. Please register by July 21 at https://z.umn.edu/farmsafetyday. Contact [email protected] or 763-682-7399 with questions.

Rockford City Council

AUG. 8 — The next Rockmford City Council meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 8 at the Rockford City Hall chambers. Future meeting will be held August 22.

Royalty dinner

AUG. 11 — On Friday Aug. 11, the St. Michael royalty will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner at the St. Michael City Hall at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 serving salad, spaghetti and meatballs, breadsticks, cookies, and an assortment of beverages as well as having a raffle. Tickets are $8, seniors (62+) and children 12 and under are $5.

Royalty coronation

AUG. 12 — On Saturday Aug. 12, the current St. Michael Royal Court will be saying farewell and welcoming the new 2017-18 royalty at coronation. Coronation will be at Middle School West in the auditorium beginning at 3:30 p.m., with doors opening at 3 p.m. Tickets for this event is $5.

Rockford River Days

AUG. 11, 12, & 13 — Rockford’s city festival kicks off Friday at Riverside Park (7820 Elm St) with midway games, beer tent, and food trucks opening at 5 p.m. and a performance by Jonah and the Whales to close out the evening. Activities offered all day Saturday, including a chance to meet Ambassador candidates, can smash, duck drop, and Bingo in the Park, and the Chad Edwards band to close out the night. Catch the Ambassador coronation Sunday at the Rockford High School. Full event listing at www.rockfordriverdays.weebly.org.

Rotary Cork & Keg 5K

AUG. 26 — STMA Rotary Club is hosting a Cork & Keg 5k Saturday, Aug. 26, at the St. Michael Lower Rec Center. Fun for the whole family, featuring 5K run/walk, kids fun run, food, music, games and prizes. Registration is at 9 a.m., kids fun run at 10:15 a.m., and 5K run/walk at 11 a.m. Must register by July 31 to receive T-shirt. Early bird registration prices before July 31, $35 per adult, $10 per child; after July 31, $45 per adult, $15 per child. Register online at www.corkkeg.com.

Crow River Thunder

AUG. 26 — The Fifth Annual Crow River Thunder Benefit Ride is Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Buffalo Legion Post 270.

Registration at 10 a.m., ride from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., live music from 8 p.m. to midnight performed by Boneyard Junkeez.

Registration fee is $20 per rider, $15 per passenger, includes dinner. If can’t ride, join for dinner at Buffalo Legion, 5 to 7 p.m., $12 per person. Silent auction 5 to 7 p.m. Benefiting Jennifer Kurth, who has been battling a paralyzing disease that has all of the symptoms of MS, yet, to the astonishment of doctors, they cannot seem to pinpoint the exact cause. Jennifer has been forced to give up her career and has been wheelchair bound. All proceeds will be donated to help pay for Jennifer’s medical bills and ongoing fight against this disease. To help, make a donation to Crow River Thunder, PO Box 188, St. Michael, MN 55376. For more information, contact [email protected]

Church of St. Henry’s Fun Festival

AUG. 26-27 — Everyone is welcome to the Church of Saint Henry’s FUN FESTIVAL in Monticello Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26 and 27. This year’s festival features a bilingual mass followed by an authentic fiesta dinner, and a Sunday morning polka mass. Enjoy free live entertainment including: the high energy dance music of High Brow and the Shades, your polka favorites with The Rod Cerar Band, and The Toby Kid Clown Show. The FUN FEST features delicious food such as pork chop on a stick, kettle corn, authentic Mexican dishes and more. It’s fun for the whole and family, and you’re invited. Saturday 4-9 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 to 5 p.m. The Church of Saint Henry is located on Seventh Street in Monticello next to the Home Depot store. For more information contact St. Henry’s Parish Festival at www.sthenrycatholic.info, or call 763 295 2402.

Rock the Wave Benefit Show

SEPT. 12 — A Rock the Wave Benefit Show concert fund-raiser featuring local country stars to support Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance is Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 7 to 11 p.m. at LeMusique Room, 4300 O’Day Ave., St. Michael. Enjoy a night of country music at Rock the Wave 2017 – featuring Chris Hawkey, Ben Johnson and Todd Hurst. Rock the Wave 2017 is a night of music, dancing, and community engagement to support the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance’s (MOCA) research funding, support and programming. This event was designed by the “Just Keep Swimming” effort spearheaded by Sammantha Winchester, who lost her mother to ovarian cancer earlier this year. Sammantha has designed a series of events to fundraise for MOCA. The money raised at this event will go towards her HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer fundraising team. HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer takes place on Saturday, Sept. 16 in Edina and is MOCA’s largest fundraising event of the year. Register at mnovarian.org. General admission tickets are $30 and limited edition Wave Breaker VIP tickets are $45.