Open house at fire halls

Learn about safety, see fire trucks, meet neighbors and more at open houses planned at local fire stations next week. In Wyoming and Linwood, the events start at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10.


Visit a pumpkin patch

Join the Family Center on a bus to Lendt’s Pumpkin Patch from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10. Take a hay ride, harvest a corn cob and pick a pumpkin. $10 per person. Register online at Meet at the CLC Door 2, 200 SW 4th St. in Forest Lake. Call 651-982-8300 with questions.


Book fair at school

The public is invited to attend the fall Scholastic book fair, “Reading oasis: A cool place to discover hot books” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10 and Tuesday, Oct. 15, and from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Linwood Elementary, 21900 Typo Creek Dr.


Fun run & walk

Celebrate Wyoming Elementary School’s 25th birthday at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. Meet at the back of the school for a 1.5-mile course through the Ashton/Thurnbeck Ponds area. Roller bladers, strollers, wagons and dogs welcome. Order shirts through school by Friday, Sept. 27.


Ojiketa Art Blitz

Chisago City will host its second annual art festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13 at Ojiketa Regional Park, 27500 Kirby Ave. Local artists will sell hand-carved wood, paintings, sculptures and graffiti art. Live music, food, beer and wine.  Free admission; the first 75 guests each day receive a gift bag. Enjoy the fall leaf colors along Green Lake. For more information call Doris Zacho at 651-257-5464.


Take a Hurtigruten trip at Vennelag

In Norwegian, Hurtigruten (“fast route”) follows the coast of Norway on the North Sea. A ship leaves every day from Bergen, stopping at seaports to deliver passengers and freight. When the ship is in port, tourists visit the cities. Roger Machmeier will show slides at the Vennelag 1-546 Sons of Norway meeting, 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Lindstrom City Hall, 13292 Sylvan Ave. Pie will be served.


Rummage sale at St. John’s

Housewares, clothing, books, office supplies, chairs, desks and religious items will be offered
for sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and
Friday, Oct. 17 and 18, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday (bag day) at St. John’s Catholic Church, 14383 Forest Blvd. (US-61).


Holidaze Bazaar at Fairview Lakes

Get some shopping done at the Fairview Lakes Auxiliary Holidaze Bazaar and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 17 and 18, at 5200 Fairview Blvd. Hats, mittens, scarves, kitchen items, holiday decor, baby gifts, greeting cards and jewelry for sale; all proceeds support patient care.


Driver improvement course for seniors

The eight-hour first-time driver improvement course for persons age 55 and older to qualify for a 10 percent discount on car insurance will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 and on Thursday, Oct. 24 in Room B151 of North Branch Area High School, 38175 Grand Ave. $24.
Register at or call 1-888-234-1294. (To maintain the discount, participants must take a four-hour refresher class every three years.)


Lakes Area Women in Business to meet            

Local business women will meet to network, connect, empower, educate and grow at 8 a.m. on
Friday, Oct. 18 at Hampton Inn & Suites, 579 Apollo Drive. Call 763-746-7999 for more information.


Fall clothing event

The Sharing Shop clothing store at Lakes Free Church, 29620 Olinda Trail, will sell gently used
fall and winter clothing for men, women and
children from 9 a.m. to noon and from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 19. Pay 10 cents per item, or 25 cents per
jacket or snow pants. All money is used to purchase new undergarments and socks. Donated clothing can be dropped off during church office hours. To learn more, call 651-257-2677 or visit



Caramel festival set for Oct. 19

Enjoy free food and entertainment at the 4th annual Caramelpalooza from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the St. Croix Chocolate Company, 261 Parker St. Complimentary tastings of caramels, chocolate confections, caramel apples and bacon caramel corn. Music by Holiday Ranch with vocalist Karen Paurus, Dan Wascoe’s ragtime keyboards, Fat Chance Jug Band and St. Paul Kazoo Band, with special appearance by “CaramElvis.” Petting zoo, face painting and scarecrow making. At the Fall Photo Zone, pose with straw bales and pumpkins.


Happy Falloween at William O’Brien

Celebrate fall from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the state park, two miles north of Marine on TH-95. Campers, decorate your campsite and win a prize. Kids can trick or treat in the campground when the judging begins at 6 p.m. Carved or painted pumpkins, costumes and pet costumes will be judged at the picnic shelter at 7 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. enjoy a night hike and storytelling around a campfire, with marshmallows. Hosted by the Friends of William O’Brien State Park. Free with park vehicle permit. Call 651-433-0500 for more information.

Booya and chili at St. John’s

The annual booya and chili feed will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 31075 Genesis Ave.


Free fall festival at Wargo Nature Center

Crank up the cider press, play pioneer games and enjoy self-guided nature activities for families to celebrate fall, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20 at Wargo Nature Center, 7701 Main St.


Bus trip to Glensheen Mansion

East Central Regional Library will offer a one-day bus trip to historic Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, leaving from the Giese Memorial Library at 8:55 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24. Built between 1905 and 1908, Glensheen was donated to the University of Minnesota in 1979, with the Congdon family collection intact. Additional bus trips on Oct. 26, Oct. 31 and Nov. 2 are available but do not offer pick-up in Wyoming. Visit for more information or to register. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.