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.


Evening at The Birthplace

A free resource fair for expectant women will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, 5200 Fairview Blvd. At 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., members of The Birthplace care team will offer information about labor, delivery, breast feeding and child safety seats. Tours begin every 15 minutes through 6:30 p.m. Door prizes, refreshments. Call 612-672-7272 to register.


Howl-o-Ween party

Trick or treat among owls, wolves and bears while learning about some of nature’s most misunderstood creatures, from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Wildlife Science Center, 5463 West Broadway Ave. $6 per adult and $4 per child, plus $1 to enter the haunted barn. Call 651-464-3993 for more information.


Ladies Night Out

Free women’s health screenings, information, refreshments and prizes are part of the Ladies Night Out event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, 5200 Fairview Blvd. Walk-in mammograms and free skin cancer screening starting at 4:30 p.m. RSVP at 612-672-7272 or visit


Safe Halloween

The Scandia Fire Department and will host a Safe Halloween party from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31 at the Fire Hall, 15040 Scandia Trail (TH-97). Bonfire, games, hot dogs and hot chocolate. Co-sponsored by the Scandia Marine Lions Club, Elim Lutheran Church, Helke Tree Service and Country Rentals.