Community News from Fri. Oct. 11 to Thurs. Oct. 17, 2013

Submitted News


The Big Lake Public Library is offering the following programs at 790 Minnesota Ave., Big Lake:
Toddler Storytime for children ages 18 months to 3 years Friday, Oct. 18, 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. 
The storytime theme is “Pumpkins, Spooky, Halloween!” Children will love hearing about spooky pumpkins, black cats and witches as the Halloween season approaches. This is an interactive program with stories, songs and activities. Attendance is limited to six adult/child pairs. Registration is required.
Zombie Workshop – Oct. 24
Teens are invited to join the Walking Dead for a Zombie Workshop Thurs, Oct. 24, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Participants will be transformed using John Austin’s book “So Now You’re A Zombie, A Handbook For The Newly Dead.” Enjoy such games as ‘Bowling Zombies,’ ‘Zombie Flux,’ and ‘Give Me the Brain!” The attendance limit is 20 and registration is required.
Preschool Storytime for children ages 3 to 5 Fri, Oct. 25, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. The storytime theme is “Bats, Cats and Things That Go Bump in the Night.” Enjoy stories, songs and crafts that will put you in a ‘spooky’ mood for Halloween. Costumes are welcome.
Big Lake Public Library • Hours Monday 2-7, Tuesday 10-1, Wednesday 2-6, Thursday 2-6, Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-1.
Great River Regional Library (GRRL) provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. It provides Central Minnesota residents with nearly 1 million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, programs and information services.
For more information about library programs and activities, contact the Big Lake Public Library at 263-6445.
Big Lake Public Library • Hours Mon. 2-7, Tues. 10-1,Wed. 2-6, Thurs. 2-6, Fri. 10-5, Sat. 10-1.
OPEN AA Meetings
Mondays, 7pm
At The Church of Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church, Big Lake, Big Book Study
Handicap Accessable
Questions?  Contact:  Dean 763-248-1969.
Big Lake Al-Anon -   Meetings held Mon., 7pm at The Church of Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church- 440 Lake Street N. (church basement) Contact Laurie at 763-263-7506.
* No mail at this address *
AA Meeting - SUNDAY NIGHT SOLUTIONS - 6pm at Saron Lutheran Church - 311 Lake Street S, Big Lake. Rotating Forums. Contact: Todd (320) 420-1429.
High School Parent-Teacher conferences will take place on:
Mon, Oct 14, from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
HS Choir Concert
7:30 to 8:30pm
You are invited to the first choir concert of the 2013 - 2014 season at Big Lake High School! The fall concert will be held  Mon, Oct 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium and feature music from Broadway and film, a variety of cultures and the big band era!
This will also be the premier concert performance of the newly formed Big Lake High School Chamber Singers, a group of eight 10th - 12th grade students performing more challenging vocal music and a variety of musical genres.
Admission is only $3 per person, seniors and non-school age children are free! We look forward to seeing you there!
The Big Lake Lions are looking for community minded people to join our organization. If interested in getting involved with our organization, please contact any Lion member or sent a note to Box 128, Big Lake, MN 55309 or 763-263-2218. 
Scrabble for Seniors at Keller Commons. Every Wednesday 1 p.m. 
Call Marci 763-263-2363 for information.
Sick and Tired?
Avoiding Cold and Flu Naturally
Please join us Tues. Oct. 29 7 to 9 p.m. at Dunn’s Bros Coffee, Zimmerman.
Cherly Larson, PA, Wellness Consultant, will present information on medication free, safe and healthy alternatives to prevent illness, fight infection and promote health.
Healthy alternatives to energy drinks without the harmful side effects.
There will be fabulous free educational information and door prizes.
For information call 763-464-2754.
Big Lake Senior Club
Many of you may not be aware that the City of Big Lake has provided us with a lovely room with kitchen facilities, dining tables and chairs, where we meet every Tuesday.
We play cards every Tues. 1 to 4 p.m. Come join us.
We would love to have you join us so if you are interested, please call Darlene Lanz 763-263-7134.
Celebrate Recovery
Become free from life’s hurts, hang-ups and habits.  Women’s group meets Monday’s at 7 at Riverside Church.  
For more information, please call 763.263.2410 or visit 
Celebrate Life
The Monticello Cancer Center is hosting a Celebrate Life event Tues, Oct 15, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Monticello Cancer Center. This free event is designed to provide a fun and relaxing evening for all cancer survivors in our community.
Enjoy light refreshments, relaxing music and spa treatments including massage, reflexology, hand treatments, and aroma therapy. Participate in guided imagery and yoga sessions, and visit with friends while meeting the Monticello Cancer Center’s therapy dogs.
RSVP for the Monticello Cancer Center’s Celebrate Life event by calling 763-271-2874.
DivorceCare – for Adults, Teens & Kids
DivorceCare is a weekly support group designed to help those recovering from separation or divorce face their challenges and move toward rebuilding their life.  The BIgD & DC4K is an auxiliary program designed just for students grade 6-12 and kids age 4-grade 5.   You are invited to join us anytime Mon @ 6:30pm at Riverside Church.  
Please contact Judy at 763.263.2410 or for more information and to register. 
G.A.L.A. Meetings
G.A.L.A. stands for “Get A Life Again”.  This is a group of widows and widowers.  They meet twice a month to eat out and socialize.  The events are held at different places around the surrounding counties.    There are also different card groups that meet monthly.  We would love to have you join us.
If interested contact Lorraine Theis at (763)263-0202 or Gwen Chamberlin at (763)265-6105.
The Monticello Cancer Center is offering free nutrition classes for cancer patients and survivors the second Wed of every month at 1 p.m. at the Monticello Cancer Center. Topics addressed include benefits of good nutrition, managing eating problems during treatment, how to read food labels and how to eat well after cancer treatment ends. All are welcome to attend.
For more information about these informative nutrition education classes, call the Monticello Cancer Center at 763-271-2800.
Moms in Prayer, formerly Moms In Touch, is an interdenominational, nonprofit ministry with groups of moms meeting to pray for children and schools in every state in the
USA and in 130+ countries around the world. 
For more information, call Colene Stenberg at 263-6809 or visit Groups for every Big Lake school are forming now. Please, come join us!
Living With Parkinson's Under The Age Of 60
If you or anyone you know is 60 or under and has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, you are welcome to join a newly forming group. We will be meeting the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30pm at Saron Lutheran Church in Big Lake, MN.  Specific topics will be scheduled along with open forum.  Any questions, please call Camille Johnson at 763-350-7401.
Men of Faith
Non-denominational bible study for all men.
Meet every Wed. 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Monticello Community Center.
For more information call Dave Lindberg 763-878-2619.
Want to meet your neighbors? 
How about doing great things for the community you live in?
Making new friends is always fun.
Come check out the Big Lake Women of Today!
    The Big Lake Women of Today are pleased to be making an impact in our community through their volunteer efforts with Spudfest, Sherburne Co. Fair, Big Lake Block Party, 1st annual 5K Walk/Run for Hope,  to name a few. If you’d like to find out what else we do then come to a meeting, contact us on the web or give us a call. We’d love to hear from you.
The Big Lake Women of Today will hold a monthly general meeting at Senior Activity Center located in the Big Lake City Office Building on the 2nd TUESDAY of the month @ 7p.m. 
We are growing and would like to show YOU how YOU can help with YOUR community and have fun while doing it. Why not date us for awhile; if you like us, then join us! We’d love to have you.
If you are interested in coming to a meeting or a super fun event or maybe becoming a member please contact Natalie @ 612.518.3504 or find us at Facebook or   
Come on!  What have you got to loose, check us out and see what YOU can do for your community.
Big Lake Food Shelf
You can help your fellow neighbor and your community by volunteering at the food shelf.  We’re open Mon and Thurs evenings from 5:30 to 7:30pm; Wed mornings from 9 to 11am and the second and fourth Sat’s from 9 to 11am.
To become a volunteer simply call the food shelf at 763.263.2432 and leave your name and number.  Orientation to various duties of your choice at the food shelf will take approximately 45 minutes. Self scheduling is the key to our success and yours!    Won’t you join us?
Come on!  What have you got to loose, check us out and see what YOU can do for your community.
  MOPS - Mothers of Preschoolers program:
2nd & 4th Tuesday Mornings 10 to 11:30
Sept 11 through April 23rd
(only one meeting in November and December)
Next to the library, across from Independence Elem.
Contact: Amanda Holm, 763-691-4730 or Shawna Wicksall, 763-234-7789
Website: or
Circle of Parents - Sharing Ideas - Sharing Support.
You are not alone, parenting success, friendships, mutual self-helf. Weekly free time away from your children where you can share concerns and learn how to be a better parent.
Lord of Glory Lutheran Church, 15550 190th Ave, NW, Elk River. 
Open to the public, child care included, no registration needed.
Tuesday evenings 2nd and 4th of each month 6 to 7 p.m. 
For more information, contact Chris Powell 763-516-4835.
Compassionate Crafters, a gathering of knitters, crocheters, quilters, etc. meet the 2nd & 4th Monday of every month, 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Keller Lakes Commons, Dining Room.  
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota provides support groups for families of children with mental illness.
Parent resource groups meet in Elk River on the first Thurs of the month, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and on the third Thursday of the month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
Both groups meet at the YMCA, 13337 Business Center Drive in Community Room B.  
For more information contact Sue at 763-633-0894, or call NAMI at 651-645-2948.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC): is a federally-funded health and nutrition education program that provides free supplemental foods to promote good health for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five. Clinics are located in Becker and Elk River. Clinic dates and hours vary, and appointments are required. You will need to bring proof of identity, address, and income to determine your eligibility. The food packages are prescribed based on the nutritional needs of the participant and the age and feeding status of your children. Children in foster care or children receiving SSI or TEFRA are eligible. You or your children may be eligible for WIC. Please call 763-765-4116 or 1-800-433-5239 or fill out an application at the Health and Human Services office or on-line at
Kids Klinic: provides health maintenance checkups and immunizations for children from birth through 20 years of age. Clinic hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tues and Thurs. Fees are based on Medicaid eligibility but services are not denied due to inability to pay. If your insurance does not cover well child care and immunizations, if you have a high deductible, or if you have no health insurance for your children, we offer a sliding fee for physicals and a $5 donation per immunization. We do not do sports physicals or ill child checks. Please call for an appointment or more information 763-765-4000 or 1-800-433-5239.
The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile provides preventive and restorative dental services. A full range of care is offered including cleanings, fluoride, exams, x-rays, sealants, fillings, and extractions. Eligibility requirements: ages 0-21, pregnant women of any age, uninsured and fall within 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, enrolled in State Public Assistance Programs. Please call for an appointment or more information 763-765-4000 or 1-800-433-5239.
Big Lake Running Club. Come out Wed. nights 6 p.m. and run around the lakes, or less! Everyone runs or walks at their own pace.
All runners and walkers are welcome. Meet in the High School parking lot (by door H2). 
If you have any questions, contact John Bruns 763-263-3316.
Sherburne Co. program dates
Sherb. Co. Govt. Center and Becker City Hall:
Call for dates, times.
Every T & Th by appointment:
Times: 9 am-4:30 pm
Sherb. Co. Govt. Center
Immunization Clinics are now offered through the Kids Klinic (every Tuesday and Thursday between 9 am-4:30 pm). 
Call 763.765.4000 or 1.800.433.5239 for an appointment.
Adopt a family. Brighten the holidays for survivors of family violence in Wright and Sherburne Counties!
Call to receive a wish list for a specific familiy. You buy as much or as little as you want, and we get them under the tree on time!
P.O. Box 511, Monticello, MN 55362.
Central MN Sexual Assault Center Support Group: Monticello Lamp-lighter’s.
For more information, contact Julie at Central MN Sexual Assault Center, 320-251-4357 or 800-237-5090.
Monticello location: Resurrection Lutheran Church, 9300 Jason Ave, NE, Monticello.
2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m.
  Come learn computers and more.
Do you want to take a refresher course or learn more about computers? Come into the ABE Computer Lab at the Monticello Workforce Center to learn keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets, P owerPoint and databases. 
We also offer preparation for the Special Boilers License Examination and GED pretesting and preparation. All services are open to the public and provided free of cost. 
You do not have to be unemployed to use these services.
Call to get started. 763-271-3768.
Catholic Charities Big Lake Senior Dining is in need of volunteer drivers for Meals on Wheels route and also to help package meals in the kitchen. It takes 45 minutes to an hour for the route and about one to two hours in the kitchen. 
If intereested please call LouAnn Denny at 263-0058.
Adult Literacy Tutors.  Enthusiastic individuals needed to tutor immigrants, refugees and life-long Minnesotans in reading, writing and English. Help students achieve life’s necessities like completing job applications, helping their children with homework or understanding medicine labels. 
Training and ongoing support provided by the Minnesota Literacy Council. 
For opportunities throughout the Metro area or Greater Minnesota, contact Allison atarun chey@the or 651-645-2277, Ext 219.


NEW BIG LAKE BOUTIQUE OWNERS are Beth Koch, Shanna Romsdahl and Aadra Mielke.

FROM HOLLYHOCK FARM near Becker, Teresa Kukowski and her alpaca Francine have beautiful eyes and make beautiful garments from alpaca wool.

(L to R) Michelle Garcia and Steve Karel, two of the newest faces at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, are looking forward to the opening of the Oak Savanna Learning Center in October. (Photo by Aleah Stenberg)

VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE Big Lake’s Knowledge Bowl Team made their very first trip to state last week and came home with sixth place medals. Team members are (from the left), Jake Dickinson, Jack Flicker, Peter Wallace, Tim Poffenberger and Jacob Block. The team is coached by Teacher Angela McCormack. (Submitted photo).