Crow River News Calendar

Polo en Blanc

AUG. 4 – Polo en Blanc will return to the Twin City Polo Club, 6755 Turner Road, Independence, on Friday, Aug. 4 from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. The event will feature fine food and a full bar. In a fashion show, models will display everything from ball gowns to bikinis – all in white. Exotic, classic and race cars will comprise the all-white car show. Entertainment will include ballerinas and ballroom dancing; live opera and rock and roll music; models and mermaids; dancers and a dance floor for attendees. Join the hat parade, buy a Borton Volvo raffle ticket or bid on a big online auction, beginning now. Guests will dine while watching live polo. Required attire is white. Tickets for Polo on Blanc are $35 plus menu selection. A minimum of $25 per ticket is donated to the beneficiary of your choice. To reserve your place and pre-order food, purchase tickets at poloenblanc.com. This is an event for people ages 21 and older. Younger attendees must be accompanied by a parent. Proceeds from Polo en Blanc will benefit Finnegan’s Community Fund, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Opportunity International, Shapiro & Smith Dance and This Old Horse.

“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.

Polo Classic

AUG. 6 – The 28th annual Polo Classic will return to the Twin City Polo Club Sunday, Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Polo grounds, located in Independence at 6755 Turner Road. The afternoon will feature the weekend’s final men’s and women’s matches, fashions, music, tree nymphs, miniature horses and adult beverages. Youngsters can head for the Kidz Korner with bouncy house, playground, pony rides, face painting and more. Other activities will include fire fighters, acrobats, a hat parade and competition, silent and live auction and a raffle drawing for a new Volvo for a year, all inclusive of insurance and maintenance. The classic, exotic and race car show will feature rare marquees and special speedsters, including Maserati, Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Bentley, Mercedes and more. Tickets for polo are $35 to $250. A minimum of $25 per ticket is donated to beneficiary of your choice. Buy tickets at www.thepoloclassic.com. This is an event for people ages 21 and older. Younger attendees must be accompanied by a parent. Proceeds from the Polo Classic will benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand, FireFighters for Healing, ICA Foodshelf, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Make-A-Wish, Spare Key and This Old Horse.

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 Rockford 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.

Corcoran City Council

AUG. 10 — Corcoran City Council will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 10 at Corcoran City Hall, 8200 County Road 116.

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.

Independence City Council

AUG. 15 — The Independence City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Independence City Hall, 1920 County Road 90.

Medina City Council

AUG. 15 — The Medina City Council will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 15 at Medina City Hall, 2052 County Road 24.

Greenfield City Council

AUG. 15 – The Greenfield City Council will meet Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Greenfield Town Hall, 6390 Town Hall Drive.

Battle of Badges

AUG. 16 — Rogers Police & Fire Departments are having its Annual Battle of the Badges – Blood Drive – Wednesday, Aug.16, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Rogers Community Room. Schedule your appointment and be entered to win a pair of tickets to one of three events … a Minnesota Vikings game, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, or the Minnesota State Fair. Winners will be drawn weekly. All blood types are needed—especially O negative (O-) and O positive (O+). Schedule your appointment today at https://www.mbcherohub.club/, or call 1-888-GIVE-BLD (888-448-3253).

Rockford School Board

AUG. 21 — The Rockford School Board will meet Monday, Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Rockford High School in the Heritage Room.

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.