Forest Lake 

Halloween event

Maranatha Church will host its Halloween Sugar Rush on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Games, food, and candy will be available at the inside event. Entrance fee is $3 for those under 18.

Comedy in marriage night

Willowbrook Church will host comedian Mark Gungor at 6:15 on Nov. 1 for “Laugh Your Way: a couples comedy event.” Gungor is the author of the book “Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage.” Tickets are $35 per person and are available at willowbrookchurch.org/events.

“13” - the musical

Forest Lake Area High School theater department will perform “13” the musical on Nov. 1-2 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. at the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

Tri-County DFL Senior Caucus 

The Tri-County DFL Senior Caucus will host a meeting from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on  Nov. 5 at Vannelli’s by the Lake. Speakers David Benson and Mary Celski, the clinical and managing directors of Senior Recovery Program, will talk about alcohol and drug addiction for the senior population.

Veteran’s Day Program 

North Lakes Academy will host its third annual Veterans Day Concert and Program on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. the NLA’s Upper School campus. This year’s program theme will be “Portraits of Service,” with a special emphasis on the images of those in families who have served. Those interested can bring photographs of loved ones who have served to the concert that evening or send photos to Chris Stewart at cstewart@northlakesacademy.org.

Turkey bingo 

St. Peter Catholic Church will host its annual turkey bingo event on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church, located at 1250 South Shore Dr. All proceeds will go to St. Peter’s faith formation, youth and confirmation programs. For more information, contact sfast@stpeterfl.org.

Santa Paws humane society event

Northwoods Humane Society will host its Santa Paws event on Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Forest Lake Senior Center, located at 767 4th St. SW. The event will include pictures with Santa (cost is $20 for digital photo package and a holiday treat bag for either a dog, cat, or person), a bake sale, microchipping ($15) and nail trimming ($5) from 1 to 3 p.m., pet supply sale, refreshments, and a donation drive for the animals at Northwoods. 

Blood drive

The Forest Lake Police and Fire Department will host a blood drive at the City Center  from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12. All presenting donors during November will be automatically entered to win one of five pairs of tickets to a Minnesota Wild game this season. Donors can visit mbc.org/wild for more information. 

Music benefit

The Woodbury Chorus and Orchestra will present a free concert entitled “A Musical Mosaic” on Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. at Hosanna Lutheran Church. An offering taken during the concert will benefit the Rangers Supporting Rangers program, an organization providing food support to area families. Some songs being performed will include “The Awakening,” “God Bless America,” and Beethoven’s “Hallelujah.”

Columbus 

Comedy show 

Running Aces Hotel & Casino continues its Laugh Your Ace Off comedy series on Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. The show will feature headliner John Deboer and co-feature Brandon Riddley and Ben Marcotte, with host Elise Cole. Tickets are $20 in advance at brownpapertickets.com/event/4428866 and $25 at the door.

Linwood 

Trunk or treat 

Linwood Covenant Church will host a trunk-or-treat event on Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. The church will also provide free chili, cider and hot chocolate to attendees. 

Wyoming 

Turkey bingo

The Wyoming Lions will host a turkey bingo event on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. at Wyoming City Hall. 

Age well series

Chisago Age Well Coalition will host a Dine and Discover event on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 3:30 p.m. at the Wyoming Giese Memorial Library. Presenter Selena Stevens of Therapeutic Services Agency, Pine City, will discuss approaches for recognizing and dealing with the increased stress, anxiety or isolation that can accompany the holidays in her talk on “Beating the Holiday Blues: Overcoming Depression and Loneliness.” Check-in begins 30 minutes before each event. Reservations for the Nov. 13 Dine and Discover event are requested by Nov. 6, as seating is limited. RSVP online at nbaceonline.org, and scroll to Senior Offerings, Class 79, or call 651-674-1025.

Scandia

Bird hike

A bird hike, currently on a rotating schedule throughout Washington County Parks, will be at Big Marine Park Reserve from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. Hikers will learn to identify birds and contribute to citizen science data collection by completing bird count surveys with the guide. Attendees should park in the playground parking lot. The hike will traverse turf, gravel, and paved trail depending on trail conditions. Participants should bring binoculars and dress for hiking and the weather. This program is free with a parks vehicle permit ($7 daily or $30 annually) and is open to people of all ages and abilities. ADA accommodations can be made as needed. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. 

Marine on St. Croix

Film screenings

The Marine Village Hall and the Marine Film Society will host a free film screening evening on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. Area filmmaker Gayle Knutson will show screenings of her work, including “Grandfather’s Birthday,” “If There Were No Lutherans, Would There Still be Green Jell-O?” and her latest film entitled “The Wagon.” Doors open at 6:30.  Light refreshments served.  

Earth stewardship discussion

The Marine Village Hall will host a free educational event on science and stewardship of the planet on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. Speaking at the event will be Alex Reich and Marine resident Peter Reich, co-rounders of the YouTube channel “MinuteEarth.”

Center City

African Children’s Choir

Chisago Lake Lutheran Church will host The African Children’s Choir for a concert on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. The program will feature children’s and traditional spiritual songs. A freewill offering will be taken at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief, and development programs in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa. 

Chisago City

Author book signing

Local author Dean Hovey will discuss his new book “Stolen Past” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Point Pleasant Heights in Chisago City. The event is recommended for adults. No registration is necessary. Light refreshments will be served at the event. 

Author speaking event

The family and writers of “The Christmas Wish” will be speaking at The Sons of Norway monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the Lindstrom Community Center. 

Lino Lakes 

Fat tire biking class

The Wargo Nature Center will hold a fat tire biking class on Nov. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. The introductory level class is designed to show participants with little bike riding experience how to ride fat tire bikes. Pre-registration is required at anokacounty.us/866/Wargo-Nature-Center by clicking on the fat tire biking event. The event is $15 per person and is for anyone ages 16 and up.

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