4-H information night
Anoka County 4-H will hold an informational night of activities from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd. NW, Andover. Call 763-755-1280 or visit www.extension.umn.edu/county/anoka.
Know the signs of memory loss
Learn about early detection of memory loss from Jill Agyekum of Anoka County Family Caregiver Connection from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26 at Linwood Covenant Church, 6565 Viking Blvd. For more information call 763-422-6960.
Passion for Life banquet
Lakes Life Care Center’s annual Passion for Life banquet will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27 at the American Legion, 5383 N. 140th St. Dinner will be served by Chef Steve Brunner, and Hollywood producer Jason Jones will show his latest short film, “Crescendo.” Register online on Facebook (keyword Lakes Life Care Center) or call Jill at 651-464-0262.
Veterans’ stories at library
Don Bungum will present stories from World War II, Korea and Vietnam, plus veterans will tell their stories in person, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27 at the Chisago Lakes Library, 11754 302nd St. The Veterans History Project of the U.S. Library of Congress was created in October 2000 to preserve history one interview at a time. All branches of the military are represented. If you are a veteran and have not been interviewed, call Bungum at 651-257-4172.
Fall luncheon features defector to U.S.
Peter Vodenka of Scandia will tell how his family defected from Czechoslovakia in 1983 at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Wyoming United Methodist Church, 5459 E. Viking Blvd. $12; call 651-464-8758 or buy tickets at Fairview clinics, the Yellow Bus or Carousel Hair Salon.
Chamber plans Scarecrow Stampede 5K
The Scarecrow Stampede 5K and fun run, with chip timing, will be Saturday, Sept. 28 on the Sunrise Prairie Trail. 5K starts at 9:30 a.m., 1-mile at 10:30. Register online at www.scarecrowstampede.zapevent.com, or get a form at www.NorthBranchChamber.com. For details call Kris at 651-674-4077.
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Voyageur encampment weekend
at William O’Brien
Learn about the lives of the voyageurs, the “truck drivers” of the fur trade era, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29 at William O’Brien State Park, 2 miles north of Marine on MN-95. Voyageurs canoed the rivers and lakes hauling beaver, mink and muskrat furs, carrying the 90-pound packs over long land portages, so they could be shipped to Europe to become hats and coats. La Compagnie Brigade will re-enact the 1700’s as they make their home at the park for the weekend.
Also this weekend, the MN Geocaching Association will show how to use a GPS unit and send you on a hunt for specially placed caches. For more information call 651-433-0500.
Tri-County Old Settlers potluck picnic
The annual Tri-County Old Settlers picnic will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 5689 Wyoming Tr. Bring old pictures and memorabilia plus a dish to share; rolls, beverages and dinnerware provided. Spend the afternoon reminiscing with friends. Historical society members will be on hand to copy old photographs and documents. For more information call Maureen at 651-503-3113.
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Nordic walking at William O’Brien
Can you walk an hour, including small hills, with confidence? If so, come to the Visitor Center at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29 for a Nordic walk through the woods. Demonstration poles provided. Nordic walking uses 90 percent of your muscles, burns more calories and distributes your weight so your knees aren’t doing all of the work. Nordic walking instructor and naturalist Kay Okey will point out facts about the Big Woods ecosystem. Wear walking shoes and carry water and a camera. Call 651-433-0500 to register. William O’Brien State Park is located 2 miles north of Marine on MN-95.
Mr. Morgan will perform old-time music from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 at the community center, one mile east of TH-65 on 221st Ave. $5 includes lunch.
Weekend quilting retreat
All are welcome at the Stitch ‘n’ Rip Quilters annual quilting retreat from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Wyoming United Methodist Church, 5459 E. Viking Blvd. Meals provided. Call 651-462-5276 for information.
Learn about watershed district projects
Have coffee and a doughnut at an informal question-and-answer session at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Scandia Community Center, 14727 209th St. Jim Shaver, administrator of the Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix Watershed District, will talk about ravine stabilization on 197th St. north of Sand Lake.
Open house at fire hall
Bring the kids and join the Scandia Fire and Rescue Department for their annual open house at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Learn about fire safety, see the fire trucks and meet your neighbors for fun and food.