Hamel Lions Flea Market

SUNDAYS THROUGH SEPT. 29 -- The Hamel Lions Flea Market will be open from 6 a.m. to noon on Sundays through Sept. 29, with the exception of Sept. 15 and 22. Shoppers will find collectibles, farmers market items, clothing, toys and more in the parking lot of the Medina Entertainment Center, 500 Highway 55, Medina. Vendors will pay $20 per slot between 7 and 11 a.m. to a Lion member on the day of the event. Slots are available on a first come, first choice basis. Proceeds will benefit Lions community service projects.

Corcoran City Council

SEPT. 12 — Corcoran City Council will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12 at Corcoran City Hall, 8200 County Road 116.

Rockford-Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

SEPT. 12 -- The Rockford-Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, at Wright-Hennepin Electric, 6800 Electric Dr., Rockford. Cost is

$15 for members and $20 for non-members (fee includes lunch). The event is open to all local businesses. To attend, send an e-mail to rockfordgreenfieldchamber@gmail.com.

Loretto Fun Feast

SEPT. 14 - The city of Loretto will host its 20th annual Fun Fest, beginning at 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Loretto Ballfields on County Road 19. All activities will be free. The slate includes a 25-foot rock climbing wall, inflatables (a 35-foot giant kraken plus two others), henna tattoos, face painting, KRWC Roadshow, Kiddie Train, search and rescue dog demonstrations and the Loretto Market/Business Expo. New attractions include commentary about the Good Ole Days of WCCO Radio and kids crafts. Visitors will find throwback events from past years such as Bingo, The Balloon Dude (formerly known as Gonzo the Clown), The Teddy Bear Band and music by Rich and the Resistors. Food and beverages by the Choo Choo Grill and Bar will be available. The first clue for the revamped Medallion Hunt will be posted at 3 p.m. Starting at around 6:30 p.m. the KRWC Roadshow will offer games and music. Concessions will be available at this location from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., thanks to the Loretto Community Athletic Association. The Don B Variety Show will perform from 8 to 8:30 p.m. on the Arnold Klaers Baseball Field. Don B is a stand-up comedian for families. A fireworks display will light up the sky at dusk.

Foxtailers anniversary

SEPT. 14 — Foxtailers Snowmobile Club 50th Anniversary Celebration is Saturday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. at Liberty Legion, St. Michael. Vintage snowmobile display, kids bouncy house and club history pig roast and commemorative beer mugs. Outside Recess will perform under the outdoor tent at 8 p.m.

Annual chamber dinner

SEPT. 15 — The 2019 Annual I-94 West Chamber of Commerce Dinner & Silent Auction is Thursday, Sept. 19, at The Crown Room at the Wellstead of Rogers, (20500 South Diamond Lake Road, Rogers). Join for a fun evening including a Dessert Dash, 50/50, and more. Last year, due to the support of sponsors, vendors, and business community, the chamber was able to raise over $10K to help fund the chamber. For more information, contact Dawn Sperr at 763-428-2921 or dawns@i94westchamber.org.

STMA School Board

SEPT. 16 — St. Michael-Albertville School Board meets Monday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. in the District Office Board Room, Middle School West (Door N), 11343 50th Street NE, Albertville.

Albertville council

SEPT. 16 — Albertville City Council meets Monday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at city hall, 5959 Main Ave.

Rockford School Board

SEPT. 16 -- The Rockford School Board will meet Monday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in room 502, the Heritage Room at Rockford High School.

Greenfield City Council

SEPT. 17 — The next Greenfield City Council meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Greenfield City Hall. 7738 Commerce Circle.

Medina City Council

SEPT. 17 — The Medina City Council will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Medina City Hall, 2052 County Road 24.

Hanover council

SEPT. 17 — Hanover City Council meets Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at city hall on 11250 Fifth St.

Independence City Council

SEPT. 17 — The Independence City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Independence City Hall, 1920 County Road 90.

National POW/MIA Recognition

SEPT. 20 — A National POW/MIA recognition day is Friday, Sept. 20, at 5:30 p.m. at Central Park in the city of Greenfield, 7200 Greenfield Road-Greenfield. All are invited to attend. All Post Ritual Squads/Color Guards are encouraged to participate. (Ritual led by Hamel VFW Post 5903 - staging at 5 p.m.). Many Americans across the United States pause to remember the sacrifices and service of those who were prisoners of war (POW), as well as those who are missing in action (MIA), and their families. All military installations fly the National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag, which symbolizes the nation’s remembrance of those who were imprisoned while serving in conflicts and those who remain missing. United States flags and POW/MIA flags are flown on this day and joint prayers are made for POWs and MIAs.  National POW/MIA Recognition Day is not a federal public holiday in the United States but it is a national observance. At present, there are more than 83,000 Americans who remain missing from WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and the Gulf Wars/other conflicts. For additional information, please Kerri Holm-Eberling at 763-202-9359.

Shoulak BreastFest Music Festival

SEPT. 21 -- The ninth annual Shoulak BreastFest Music Festival is planned for noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 in Corcoran. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. For information on the location of the festival and where to park, contact the Shoulaks via the website at www.shoubf.com.

Early in 2011, Judy Shoulak, of Corcoran, was diagnosed with breast cancer. In the fall of that year, the Shoulak family began hosting an annual outdoor music festival to raise money for breast cancer awareness, research and education, support, treatment and a cure. Today, Judy and her family are celebrating her being cancer-free for eight years.

The casual backyard festival has raised over $250,000 for various local charities. The seven local charity partners include Breast Cancer Education Association, The Firefly

Sisterhood, The Hope Chest, Park Nicollet Foundation, Piper Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, The Angel Foundation, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure - Minnesota.

The day will feature a Survivor’s Ceremony, silent and live auctions and food and beverages from Buffalo Wild Wings and other vendors. Minnesota musicians will provide live music. Bands will include Consolation Champ and Small Town Radio.

Albertville Centennial

SEPT. 21— The city of Albertville is celebrating its 100th birthday Saturday, Sept. 21, at Albertville Central Park, 5803 Main Ave. There will be festivities from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., featuring family games and activities, capping off with fireworks at 8 p.m. Music at the Depot includes 11 a.m. to noon, Robbinsdale City Band; 12:30 to 1:30, Minnetonka Clippers; 2 to 4 p.m., Square Dancing 4 to 5 p.m. STMA High School Music; and 6 to 8 p.m., the Seldom Herd Bluegrass Band. Events and activities include Petting Zoo, 11 to 2; Cub Scout Activities, 12 to 2; Bingo, 12:30 to 2; Antique Car and Tractor Show, 11 to 3 (on Main Ave); Horse and Buggy Photos, 11 to 3; Horse and Wagon Rides, 12-5; Back-in-Time Photos, 1 to 5; Royalty Penny Carnival, 2 to 6; Time Capsule Unveiling, 3 (at the Depot); Vintage Baseball, 4 to 5 (St. Croix Baseball Club); Kickball and Four Square, 5 to 6; Apparatus Housing Ceremony, 5 to 5:45 (at the Albertville Fire Department) Fireworks, 8. For more information: www.facebook.com/AlbertvilleCentennial/

Thank Minnesota Troops Block Party

SEPT. 21 -- The Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund (MMAF) is partnering with the Hamel Veterans of Foreign Wars and Plymouth Beyond The Yellow Ribbon to throw a “Thank Minnesota Troops Block Party,” Saturday, Sept. 21. The event will take place at the Hamel VFW clubhouse, 19020 Hamel Road, Plymouth. Activities will begin mid afternoon with a 5 K run and one-mile walk. Food trucks, drinks and live music will follow, with fireworks capping off the evening. The date is the same as the annual Medina Celebration Day community celebration situated two blocks west at Hamel Legion Park.  The MMAF is a statewide fund raising initiative that provides cash grants to all Minnesota service members who have served in a combat zone since Sept. 11, 2001, and to families of fallen service members. MMAF is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit and has awarded over $11.3 million in grants to over 17,500 recipients since 2005.

Medina Celebration Day

SEPT. 21 -- The 20th annual Medina Celebration Day will begin at 4 p.m. at Hamel Legion Park, 3200 Mill St., and run to 8:15 p.m. A fireworks display at dusk will climax the day. The Big Epic Show will make its Celebration Day debut from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Big Epic is an American comedy and hip-hop variety show for children. The audience will be entertained with live comical hip-hop performances, interactive dance-a-longs, puppets, banana suits, special effects/lighting, and the Big Epic Dance Contest. Most Celebration Day activities will run from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Most of them are free. Family activities will include Bingo, face painting, rides on the antique fire truck and kids barrel train, Search and Rescue Dogs and drone demonstrations, inflatable bounce houses, Touch-a-Truck, pumpkin decorating, kids games, bonfire with s’mores, free ice cream and popcorn, the Medina Business Expo and food for purchase. The Patriot Parachute Jump onto one of the Legion Park ballfields will take place at 4:30 p.m., weather permitting. The Vintage Aircraft Fly over is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Both are courtesy of the Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund.

Delano Oktoberfest

SEPT. 21 - Delano Oktoberfest festivities will take place from noon to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 on River Street between Bridge and Elm Avenues in Delano. Fest tents fitted with authentic German fest tables and benches will be laid out. Oktoberfest beer by Lupine Brewing will be served. German food will be available from Deutschland Meats Food Truck, of Lindstrom. St. Peter Lutheran, Watertown will serve Apfelstudel and Schnitzel. A Markt will offer wide variety of farm and crafts folk items. Free children’s games will be available, and adults can participate in a Nagelspiel. Musical entertainment will be provided by The Bavarian Musikmeisters, Dale Grove-Accordionist Extraordinaire, The Wendinger Band, The Brass Barn Polka Band, The S.G. Edelweiss Schuplattlers and Speilmanszug MN. Oktoberfest partners are the Delano Jaycees, Delano Lions, Delano Lacrosse, Delano Music Boosters and Delano Area Community Foundation.  

Blood Drive

SEPT. 23 - The Delano community will hold a blood drive for the American Red Cross from 1 to 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 23 at the Delano American Legion, 200 Babcock Blvd. W., Delano. To make an appointment or get information, call Linda at 763-972-3037 or visit the website at redcrossblood.org. Enter the sponsor code: Delano Community.

St. Michael council

SEPT. 24 — St. Michael City Council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at the City Center, 11800 Town Center Dr.

Rogers council

SEPT. 24 — Rogers City Council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Rogers Community Room at 21201 Memorial Dr.

Rockford City Council

SEPT. 24 — The next Rockford City Council meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Rockford City Hall chambers.

Rivers of Hope Gala

OCT. 12 — The 2019 Rivers of Hope “Rock Star” Gala will be Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Monticello Community Center. This event helps to support Rivers of Hope in providing services to survivors of domestic violence, including individual advocacy in the court system, safety planning, and important referrals related to housing, mental health, and economic resources. So far this year, Rivers of Hope provided individual advocacy and resources to over 300 individuals. In addition, last school year, more than 900 students received education around healthy relationships and recognizing domestic violence warning signs. They ask for support with the Gala through sponsorship or donations for their live and silent auctions. Rivers of Hope is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), organization that was founded in the summer of 1989 by a small group of citizens who were concerned about domestic violence in their local community. By the mid-1990s, Rivers of Hope expanded from Sherburne County into Wright County and has grown to its current status as primary provider of adult community advocacy and support services for victims of domestic violence. Rivers of Hope offers general and legal advocacy, education, support group, information, and referrals. In 1991, a youth program was added along with a criminal justice intervention program.

MQP Fall Festival

SEPT. 22 — Mary Queen of Peace Parish Fall Festival is Sunday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Martin Church Campus, 21304 Church Ave., Rogers. Food, games, silent auction, broasted chicken booth, bingo, raffles for more than $7,000 in cash prizes.

Rockford Ringers Horseshoe League

TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS -- Rockford Ringers Horseshoe League play is at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays at Riverside Park, 8220 Elm Street -i weather permitting. If you are interested in league play, contact Marlys Timm at 612-751-1525 or email martimm2@aol.com.

Rockford Library Story Time

WEDNESDAYS -- Rockford Library Story Time is offered Wednesdays from 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. at the Rockford Library, 8220 Cedar St. Families are invited to join in for crafts, activities, stories and songs.

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