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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Twigs and Branch Collection for the City of Crookston will be held the second and fourth Mondays of each month running May through October.  Place the materials on your curbside.  Branches must be cut in four-foot lengths and bundled in order for the crews to take them away.  Any branches or tree trunks not cut to this length and bundled will be left for the owner to haul away.  Twigs may be in boxes or bags. Individuals removing their diseased elm trees should call City Hall to schedule pickup.

UMC Aviation Club will hold their annual Fly-in Drive-in Breakfast today from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Crookston Municipal Airport. They will be serving pancakes, eggs, sausages, coffee and orange juice. Cost is $5, children under 6 are free. EAA will be providing free airplane rides for kids 8-17 starting at 9:00 a.m.

Climax Lutheran Church will be honoring graduates, confirmands and new members following the 9:45 a.m. service today. Please join us for cake and fellowship with the honorees.

The Climax School spring play, “American Idle” will be presented today at 2:00 p.m. in the Climax School auditorium.

The Kem Shrine Circus show times today are at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks.

The UMC Music-Theater Department will present “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon today at 3:00 p.m. at the UMC Kiehle Auditorium. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children/students. There’s a $10 family maximum. UMC students are free with I.D. card.

In order to serve their customers better, the Polk County License Center will be closed Monday, May 1st for external off site training. They apologize for any inconvenience.

The Triple A (Academics, Arts, and Athletics) Senior Recognition Banquet will be Monday, May 1st at 6:00 p.m. in the Crookston High School Commons.  Tickets are $13 and can be purchased at the Crookston High School, KROX and Montague’s Flower Shop. Sponsored by the Crookston Rotary, Crookston Kiwanis, Crookston Noon Day Lions, Pirates Fine Arts Boosters, and Pirates Boosters.

Online registration for Community Ed’s K-6 Summer Camp is Monday, May 1st through Friday, May 12th at www.crookstonactivities.com. You can also register at the Community Education Office from 7:30-3:30 M-F, or you can call 281-5078. Fees for Summer Camp classes are $35 for one hour, $70 for 2 hours, $105 for 3 hours, and $140 for 4 hours of classes each day, with a family rate maximum of $250 per 4 hour day. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Applications can be picked up at the Community Ed Office at Washington School. All registrations, with full payment included, must be returned by Friday, May 12th to the Washington School Office.

Atru Clinic in Crookston will host its monthly Community Wellness Connection on Monday, May 1 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in its conference room.  This month’s 30 minute presentation followed by a question and answer session is focused on What Do Your Labs Mean?  Presenters include Dr. Makarem, Internal Medicine. Call 281.9100 to register (minimum of 6) There is no charge for this session. Attendance for Part I is not required.   

Villa St Vincent Auxiliary will meet on Monday May 1st at 2:30pm to first put May Day baskets together than the regular meeting at 3:15pm in the Villa Library.

Crookston Eagles has $5 Burger Baskets on Monday, May 1st from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

On Monday, May 1 at 6:00 p.m., the library’s Recipe Swap group will meet. Those looking for new recipes to try will enjoy this group, where each member brings a dish to share based on the theme. The May theme is potato side dishes. No cost or registration is required.

Polk County Emergency Management, in conjunction with local fire departments and the National Weather Service, will provide a program called SKYWARN (also referred to as Storm Spotter.) The training sessions will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. on May 1st at the Embassy Community Center in Fosston; on May 2nd at the Knutson Community Center in Fertile; and on May 3rd in the Kiehle Auditorium at UMC in Crookston. For more information call 218-470-8263.

What is Celiac's Disease? What are the symptoms? How is it diagnosed? How is it treated? In recognition of National Celiac Disease Awareness Month, Mary Bratrud from Riverview Health will be at the Crookston Public Library to answer these questions and more. All are welcome to attend this event at the Crookston Public Library on Tuesday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Crookston Eagles Aerie will meet on Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m.

The Fisher American Legion Auxiliary will meet on Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m.

Crookston Planning Commission will meet on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall in the Conference Room

Please RSVP by Tuesday, May 2nd to Pr. Karla Mickelson, interim pastor at Trinity Lutheran and First Presbyterian churches, 281-4276, to take part in an 8-week study of the book of Acts, beginning on Tuesday, May 9th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.  As a sequel to the Gospel of Luke, the book of Acts describes the growth and activities of the early church. Using this book as a template, explore how the early church developed and functioned, how it expanded and addressed the needs of their communities and how that activity may influence our own ministries together. Lay leaders and pastors are encouraged to attend. This event is free of charge and open to all!

The Golden Link will show the movie, “Lion” on Wednesday, May 3rd at 1:30 p.m. The movie, popcorn, lemonade and coffee are free; sodas can be purchased in the office.

Continuing Ed meeting at Crookston High School on Wednesday, May 3rd at 12:30 p.m. Please have your materials to renew your license sent to the district office by that date.  Remember to fill out the Cont. Ed. form and provide documentation (transcripts, certificates, etc.) for each experience you would like hours for. 

Fisher American Legion has Hot Pork Sandwiches for $6.50 along with their Burger Night Special on Wednesday, May 3rd.

Crookston Eagles Auxiliary will meet on Wednesday, May 3rd at 6:45 p.m. The Eagles Auxiliary will meet at 7:00.

Fore Ladies Only, women's golf night, will be holding their 2017 start-up meeting on Wednesday, May 3rd at 6:30 pm at Oak Knolls Golf Course. Any woman who has graduated from high school is welcome to play. We are looking for beginning golfers as well as experienced golfers. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Mueller at 218-253-2527 or call Oak Knolls Golf Course 218-253-3467.

The Annual Board Meeting of the Prairie Skyline Foundation (old Cathedral) will be held Wednesday, May 3rd in the Sunroom of the Crookston Library from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Topics include donating a log cabin, an Empathy Toy, and volunteers for the Polk County Fair raffle and information booth. Members and potential members are welcome! Refreshments will be homemade!

The RiverView Auxiliary will have the ever-popular Purse Sale on Thursday, May 4th from 9:00 am to 6:00pm and Friday, May 5th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in Heritage Hallway at RiverView Health.  Proceeds benefit Auxiliary projects for the year.

The 4-week Adaptive Leadership Learning Series, “Leadership Skills for Changing Times,” will be held Thursdays from Noon – 1:00 p.m. at the Cobblestone Hotel & Suites beginning on Thursday, May 4th, and continuing May 11, 18 and 25th. The cost of $65 for Young Professional members, $80 for non-YP members, includes all materials and lunch catered by Wonderful Life Foods. Register online at visitcrookston.com/events or get in touch with Amanda Lien at amlien@visitcrookston.com or 218 281 4320.

Climax Food Shelf will be open on Thursday, May 4th. Please come to the back of the Climax Library between 3:00-5:00 p.m.

The NW Minnesota Arts Council is holding a public hearing on their Biennial Plan on May 4th at 4:00 p.m. at the NW Minnesota Arts Council office at 109 South Minnesota Street in Warren. Every two years they are required to present a new plan to the public that describes the programs and services they intend to provide in the region. The Plan will be available on their website until May 4th for comment. Public comments are welcome. For questions call Mara at 218-745-9111 or email mara@nwrdc.org

RiverView Health in Crookston will host an education course for individuals interested in basic first aid. The program, developed by the American Heart Association, is open to the general public. Participants in this First Aid Course will learn to provide first aid for acute injuries and sudden illnesses such as burns, bites, poisoning, and seizures. This course is excellent for day care providers, school employees and parents. The four-hour class will be held on Thursday, May 4th from 6 pm to 10 pm in the Minnesota Room at RiverView Health, 323 S. Minnesota Street.  The cost of the class, including the book and card, is $45. To register or for more information on this class, call 218-281-9405 or 1-800-743-6551, extension 9405.

Crookston Eagles has Bar Bingo on Thursday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m.

Crookston Eagles has Bar Bingo on Saturday, May 6th at 3:30 p.m., followed by dinner of BBQ Ribs ($13) or Walleye ($14) from 6-7:00 p.m. with take outs available.

The Crookston High School Concert Choir and Concert Orchestra will perform a Spring Concert on Monday, May 8th, 7:30 p.m. in the CHS Auditorium. Admission at the door for adults is $4.00, Students $3.00.

Learn about mental illnesses, the impact of negative attitudes and five things each of us can do to make Minnesota a better place for people who experience a mental illness. This one-hour workshop is for any community or organization interested in learning about mental illnesses and helping to change attitudes towards mental illnesses. The workshop will be held in Red Lake Falls on Tuesday, May 9th at 11:00 am - 11:45 am, in the Red Lake Falls Community Center, 107 Champagne Avenue. For more information, contact Briana at 651-645-2948 ext. 128 or blibby@namimn.org.

Fisher American Legion and SAL will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9th.

Fisher American Legion has Taco Salad for $6.50 along with their Burger Night Special on Wednesday, May 10th.

Thursday, May 11th, RiverView Health in Crookston is offering a free CPR program specifically geared for the general public. This two and one-half hour course contains basic information about what to do in life-threatening situations, and is designed for all ages to participate. The skills that will be taught in the program are those that can be used to save the life of a loved one, a friend or neighbor. The courses are being made available to the public at no charge, thanks to grant funds made available by the Crookston American Legion Post 20. The class will begin at 6 pm in the Minnesota Room (formerly known as Meeting Room 4) at RiverView.  No test or card is issued and participants will receive the Family and Friends CPR book. To register or for more information on this class or other courses offered through the CTC, contact RiverView Education at 218-281-9405 or 1-800-743-6551, extension 9405.  See our web site: www.riverviewhealth.org

Bygland LutheranYouth Group will hold a Rummage Sale on Saturday,  May 13th  from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Bygland Lutheran Church (7 miles SE of East Grand Forks on Hwy 220.) Early bird admission from 7:00-8:00 a.m. is $3.00. All proceeds to benefit the Bygland Lutheran Youth Group mission trip.

The Golden Link will show the movie, “La La Land” on Wednesday, May 17th at 1:30 p.m. The movie, popcorn, lemonade and coffee are free; sodas can be purchased in the office.

Fisher American Legion has Chicken Wings with Coleslaw for $6.00 along with their Burger Night Special on Wednesday, May 17th.

A Defensive Driving Class will be held at the Golden Link on Thursday, May 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Cost is $15 for AARP members, and $20 for non-members.

Climax Food Shelf will be open on Thursday, May 18th. Please come to the back of the Climax Library between 3:00-5:00 p.m.

The RiverView Care Center will be hosting several free community events for those interested in learning more about dementia. The events will be held at RiverView Health, 323 S. Minnesota Street, in the Minnesota Room, formerly known as Meeting Room 4. Please use the Rehab entrance on the south side of the building. All meetings will be held from 6 to 7:30 pm. May 22nd – Effective Communication Strategies: This session is designed to provide practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages from people with dementia. The goals of the program are for participants to better understand the changes in communication that occur with the disease progression and how they manifest in the person with dementia, and to be able to identify ways to connect at each stage of the disease. The sessions will be led by Kendra Lund with the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information on any of these sessions, call Kalie Crayton, RiverView Care Center activities director and Social Services designee, at 281-9458.

Fisher American Legion has Reuben Sandwiches for $7.25 along with their Burger Night Special on Wednesday, May 24th.

The Golden Link will host a French Toast Brunch on Friday, May 26th from 8:30-10:00 a.m., with a free will offering.

Fisher American Legion will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 29th (Memorial Day). The Auxiliary Memorial Day Luncheon is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Fisher American Legion has Western Burgers for $6.50 for their Burger Night Special on Wednesday, May 31st.

Safety Town  will be held on June 5-9 from 8:30-11:30am at Washington School.  Safety is a comprehensive safety education program for children who are age eligible to enter kindergarten in 2017.  It is a one week, 15-hour summer program that introduces children to the following safety issues:  home safety, how and when to dial 911, farm safety, bus safety, bicycle safety, playground safety, water safety, boat safety, fire safety, animal safety, and pedestrian safety.   Please register at the Community Education office.  There is a $20 fee payable to Safety Town. 

The RiverView Care Center will be hosting several free community events for those interested in learning more about dementia. The events will be held at RiverView Health, 323 S. Minnesota Street, in the Minnesota Room, formerly known as Meeting Room 4. Please use the Rehab entrance on the south side of the building. All meetings will be held from 6 to 7:30 pm. June 19th – Legal and Financial Planning: Learn about the important legal and financial decisions necessary when planning the future for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Topics include useful strategies, power of attorney, health care directives and conservatorship as well as an overview of medical assistance and Medicare options, laws regarding estate planning, and available assistance programs. The sessions will be led by Kendra Lund with the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information on any of these sessions, call Kalie Crayton, RiverView Care Center activities director and Social Services designee, at 281-9458.

DNR Hunter Safety Training classes will be held from 7-9:00 p.m. at the Crookston Gun Club starting on Tuesday, May 9th (bring parent.) Classes continue May 11, 12, 16, 18, 19 and 20th (field day and test.) DNR Hunter Safety Training is for anyone age 11 or older. Youth hunters and those planning on hunting out of state are required to have a Firearm Safety Training Certificate. For more information and registration, contact Steve Videen at 218-289-2115.

Crookston Adult Basic Education classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 AM to Noon, and 12:30 to 3:30 PM. Stop in at the classroom at 2015 Sahlstrom Drive (in the DEED office next to the former Cherry Berry restaurant) or call today (218-277-7334) to get started.

Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to Storytime at the Crookston Public Library. Storytime is held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Each week, we explore a different theme through stories, songs, finger plays, flannel board stories and/or a craft. No pre-registration is required, but we ask childcare providers and other groups to call ahead to ensure there will be adequate supplies.

It’s that time of year again, time to think spring! The Crookston Chamber and Visitor’s Bureau is sponsoring the Adopt-A-Basket Program in Crookston for the 9th year. Our goal this year is 81 hanging flower baskets. If you would like to adopt a basket, you may choose this opportunity to memorialize or honor a loved one and show our community pride. The cost to adopt a basket is $65.00, which includes the plant costs and maintenance (fertilizer, labor for daily watering, etc.). You may also purchase a small plaque to be put on the light pole with the names of the donor and their loved one for an additional $10.00. To participate in the program contact the Crookston Chamber/CVB at 218-281-4320 or info@visitcrookston.com

Parents of pre-kindergarten children, including infants, are invited to join 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, a new program encouraging parents to read to their children 1,000 times before they enter kindergarten. To participate: visit a LARL library location to sign up for the program, pick up reading logs and a book bag, begin reading!, when you complete a log, bring it to the library for a sticker, and when you’ve read all 1,000 books, visit the library to celebrate completing the program. The program runs about a half hour followed by playtime and chatting with other caregivers. To learn more about 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, call 281-4522.

Baby Bounce is held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Crookston Public Library. The program is geared for children through age two.

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