Through Dec. 4

>Christmas Caring Tree in Rush City

The Christmas Caring Tree will be set up in the Rush City Unity Bank entry through Dec. 4. It is decorated with Christmas wish tags from children in the Rush City School District. Your help is needed to fulfill these wishes. Select a Christmas wish tag, purchase gift(s) for the child and bring them unwrapped to the Unity Bank by Friday, Dec. 6. The Unity Bank Lobby is open Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Christmas Caring Tree is sponsored by Rush City Cares. Any questions may be directed to Joanne at 320-358-3138 or Shari at 320-358-3463. Your help and generosity is greatly appreciated.

Through Dec. 31

>Winter Clothing Drive in Rush City

A winter clothing exchange will be available Rush City City Hall, 325 S. Eilot Ave. Donations of gently-used clean coats, mitten, hats or scarfs for children or adults are needed and can be left at City Hall. Anyone who is need of any of these items is encouraged to stop at City Hall, check out the donations and take what is needed. This event is sponsored by Rush City Cares and will be available through the end of December.

Thursday, Nov. 28

>Free Thanksgiving Meal in Rush City

Are you tired of being in the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day? Join your family and friends at First Lutheran Church, Rush City, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a traditional Thanksgiving feast. First Lutheran Church is located at 1000 S. Jay Ave., Rush City. Call 320-358-4076 for transportation or home delivery. Carry out meals available as well. This free meal is hosted by the Rush City churches and funded by the Rush City Lions and Thrivent Financial.

Monday, Dec. 2

>American Red Cross Blood Drive

An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at Culver’s (105 Opportunity Blvd. N., Cambridge) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.

Tuesday, Dec. 3

>FAFSA Workshop at Cambridge-Isanti High School

High school seniors: Do you need help completing the FAFSA? Are you stuck on a question? Haven’t started yet? Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) experts will be at Cambridge-Isanti High School in the Media Center to answer questions and help assist families with completing and submitting the FAFSA. High school seniors and their families are welcome to come anytime between 5-7:30 p.m. For specific information on items-documents that may need to be provided by seniors and their families to complete the FAFSA, email or call 763-689-6025.

>Ethnic Potluck Supper in Rush City

The North Chisago Historical Society is sponsoring an Ethnic potluck supper at 6 p.m. Members and the public are invited to bring a family favorite or a dish that represents family history. This event will be held at the Rushseba Town Hall, just north of Rush City, on Old Highway 61.

Thursday, Dec. 5

>American Red Cross Blood Drive

An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the Sunnyside Free Lutheran Church (22745 Typo Creek Drive NE, Stacy) from noon to 6 p.m. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.

Friday, Dec. 6

>American Red Cross Blood Drive

An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the Howard McCarty American Legion Post 290 (220 S. Main St., Cambridge) from noon to 6 p.m. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.

Saturday, Dec. 7

>Free Christmas for Kids Event in Cambridge

A free event, Christmas for Kids, will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 1 mile east of Cambridge on Highway 95. Registration for ages 3-10 begins at 8:45 a.m., and the event lasts until 12:30 p.m. The children will learn the story of Jesus’ birth, sing songs, decorate cookies and make fun crafts. Lunch will also be served at noon. Call 763-689-5333 with questions.

>Peace Walk in Cambridge

The bi-monthly peace walk in Cambridge will take place at 9 a.m. The group meets in the parking lot at Highway 95 and Birch Street, and the walk takes about half an hour. They try to keep their messages positive, supporting equal rights and justice for all, protection of our environment and an end to violence. Anyone is welcome to join. They walk on the first and third Saturdays of every month.

>Santa Day at Peterson’s North Branch Mill

Peterson’s North Branch Mill (38964 Branch Ave.) will hold Santa Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be pictures with Santa, hay rides, petting zoo, live music and more.

>Santa Day in Harris

The Harris Post 139 will be hosting Santa Claus at the Legion Hall in Harris. The Money Hunt for kids will begin at 1:30 p.m. and Santa will arrive at 1:45 p.m. Coffee and Cocoa will be available for all. Everyone welcome. This is a free event.

>Long Lake Lutheran Live Nativity

Long Lake Lutheran Church presents its 24th annual Live Nativity at the church, 3921-277th Ave. NW, Isanti. The nativity will be held from 3-7 p.m. and there will also be a Chili and Chicken Wild Rice Soup Supper and Grandma’s Attic Boutique. All are welcome.

>North Branch Christmas Lighting Festival, Parade

The North Branch Beautification Christmas Lighting Festival and Parade will be held from 3-8 p.m. at Central Park in North Branch. The Parade will be held from 5-6 p.m. going down Elm Street, starting at Grand Avenue. At 6 p.m. the business decoration award will be given; 6:15 p.m. the best in show parade award and 6:30 p.m. the tree lighting ceremony and visit Santa. There will also be live nativity scene, Santa pictures, festive hayride, shopping, food trucks, live entertainment, games and more. You can also purchase your limited edition North Branch Christmas Fest Ornament (only 250 available).

>Sounds of the Christmas Season

Hearts and Hands Women’s Ministry presents “Sounds of the Christmas Season.” This free concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. at South Isanti Baptist Church, 3367 County Road 5 NE, Isanti. Music by Gordon Gathright of Hastings and South Isanti Singers Anna Gleason, Maria Gleason and Malanna Olson.

Sunday, Dec. 8

>Pancake Breakfast with Santa

All are welcome to enjoy a Pancake Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to noon at the Isanti County Fairgrounds Community Building in Cambridge. Pancakes, sausage, eggs and beverages; $5 per person. Bring an unwrapped gift or nonperishable food items and get your name in a drawing for some prizes. The donated items will help families in need through the annual Isanti Lions Christmas Project.

>Christmas Past Holiday Tea in Rush City

The annual Christmas Tea will be held at 1 p.m. at the Rush City Community Center. This year’s theme is “Christmas Past.” The North Chisago Historical Society promises it will again feature beautifully set tables and they will serve an array of tasty sandwiches, side dishes, Christmas cookies and special teas and other beverages. The $20 tickets may be purchased at the Rush City Museum, Rush Printing or Val’s Hair Studio. The public is cordially invited to attend.

Friday, Dec. 13

>American Red Cross Blood Drive

An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the Chisago County Senior Center (38790 Sixth Ave., North Branch) from noon to 6 p.m. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.

Saturday, Dec. 14

>Braham Santa Day

Santa Day will be held at the Braham Event Center (655 Eighth St. SW) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dad’s Belgian Waffle Brunch will be served from 8 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $8; children under 6 eat free. There will also be Santa’s Gift Shoppe; Elves’ Workshop; Photos with Santa ($1 or food shelf donation); Mrs. Claus Bake Sale, holiday music and entertainment; and decorated Christmas trees and wreaths for sale.

>Santa is coming to Rosewood Senior Living

Santa will be coming to Rosewood Senior Living in Cambridge (801 Main St. N.) from 9-11:30 a.m. There will be free pictures with Santa and refreshments. Everyone is welcome to the event, but Rosewood encourages all family members to make a special trip to see their loved ones. Donations will go toward their resident activity funds.

Monday, Dec. 16

>American Red Cross Blood Drive

An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at Harris Covenant Church (43680 Gates Ave., Harris) from 1-6 p.m. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.

Saturday, Dec. 21

>Ruby’s Pop-Up Pantry

Ruby’s Pop-Up Pantry will be held at New Hope Community Church-Isanti Campus, 114 Dahlin Ave., Isanti, from 9-10:30 a.m. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Everyone who wants to save on grocery expenses is welcome. In return for a $20 donation, participants receive an abundance of grocery items. Bring boxes or baskets to carry home the food. There are no income or residency requirements. In other words you do not have to live in Isanti County to come to Ruby’s. Everyone is welcome. Look for them on Facebook at Ruby’s Pantry IsantiMN. Ruby’s Pop-Up Pantry is at this site every third Saturday of the month. Questions, contact site coordinator Joyce at 612-760-4179.

Thursday, Dec. 26

>Memorial Blood Centers Blood Drive

Memorial Blood Centers will host a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. at the Isanti Community Center, 208 1/2 First Ave. NW, Isanti. For more information, call 1-888-GIVE-BLD (1-888-448-3253) or visit MBC.ORG.

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