Community News from Fri. Oct. 25 to Thurs. Oct. 31, 2013

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The Stickney Crossing Library. It is located at 740 Clearwater Center. 
Clearwater Friends of the Library Autumn colored quilt will be displayed throughout Oct. with the drawing at Noon Oct. 31. 
Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $12.  All proceeds are used for the library and its patrons.  
Rose, a certified Reading Education Assistance Dog, Sat, Nov. 2. Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to read out loud to Rose from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, while she listens patiently. Registration is required and the attendance limit is 12.
Preschoolers will enjoy stories, crafts and fun at a Preschool Storytime  Tues, Nov. 5, 10:45 to 11:15 a.m.
Adults, teens and preteens 10 and older are invited to learn how to make a one-of-a-kind sock monkey in a program Wed, Nov. 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m.  Artist Jen Anfinson will teach the basic sewing techniques necessary, and participants will be able to use socks, buttons, ribbons and more to create a great handmade holiday item. The attendance limit is 15 and registration is required. This program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Enjoy a movie Friday, Nov. 8, 4 to 6 p.m. The movie selected for screening will be family friendly for all ages. Contact the library at 320-558-6001  for more information.
Monday Closed; Tues. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 – 6 p.m.; Wed 3 – 8 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Friday 3  – 6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
For more information, contact the library at 558-6001.
Annandale Library
Adults and teens 12 and older may register for a Basic Digital Photogra-phy class Sat., Nov. 2, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The class will be presented by professional nature photographer John Pennoyer, whose images have been published in many national and regional publications. 
The attendance limit is 24. This program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 
For more information, contact the Annandale library at 320-274-8448.
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, programming and information services.
Annandale Area Public Library • Hours Mon. 2-5, Tue. 9-1 & 2-5, Wed. 2-8, Fri. 9-12 & 2-5, Sat. 9-12.
Clearwater-Clear Lake Food Shelf is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Serving friends and neighbors. Providing emergency food and support information.
C-CLFS is located in the brown Community Building under the water tower in Clearwater, 1100 County Road 75, P.O. Box 324, Clearwater, MN 55320
320-558-2954 cclfs2954@aol.com
Open: Mon 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Tues 9 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Wed. 3 to 5 p.m.
  Board of Education Agenda Planning meetings are scheduled on the following dates in 2013 for the purpose of agenda development for monthly Board of Education meetings and work sessions: 
Nov 6, Nov 14 (9:30 a.m.); Dec 4, Dec 12 (9:30 a.m.).
The above meetings will be held at the District 742 Administration Office, 1000 North 44th Avenue, St. Cloud.
Board of Education Personnel & Negotiations Committee will be meeting at 4 p.m. on the following dates in 2013:  Nov 4, and Dec 2.
Board of Education Finance & Audit Committee will be meeting at 7:30 a.m. on the following dates in 2013: Nov 12, and Dec 17.  
The meeting will be held at the District 742 Administration Office, 1000 North 44th Avenue, St. Cloud. Board of Education Development Committee will be meeting on the following dates in 2013:  Nov 12, and Dec 10.  All meetings will be held at 7:30 a.m. Board of Education Community Linkages Committee will be meeting at 12 Noon on the following dates in 2013:  Nov 14 and Dec 12. Board of Education Legislative Committee will be meeting at 7:30 a.m. the following dates in 2013: Nov 20 and Dec 18. The above meetings will be held at the District 742 Administration Office, 1000 North 44th Avenue, St. Cloud.
The St. Cloud Area School District 742 Finance Study Group will be meeting at 12 Noon on the following dates:
Tues, Nov 12, 2013.
The meetings will be held at the District 742 Administration Building, 1000 North 44th Avenue, St. Cloud.
Board of Education Integration and Equity Committee will be meeting at 8 a.m. on the following dates for the remainder of the 2013 calendar year:  Nov 13, and Dec 11, 2013.  (This replaces the previous meeting schedule.)  
The above meetings will be held at the District 742 Administration Office, 1000 North 44th Avenue, St. Cloud.
Wills and Probate
Central Minnesota Legal Services Volunteer Attorney Program St. Cloud presents: Wills and Probate.
Nov. 21, 1:30 to 3 p.m., St. Cloud Regional Library, 1300 W. St. Germain Street, St. Cloud, MN.
To register for this seminar,  please call:
Kathy Wingen, Coordinator, Volunteer Attorney Program, Phone: 320-257-4873; Toll Free (800) 622-7773.
Discover the most common cancer risks faced by women today and symptoms for early detection from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Windfeldt Room at CentraCare Health Plaza. Lydia Wade, MD, CentraCare Clinic – Women & Children, will discuss early screening and prevention for breast, ovarian, uterine, lung, colon, cervical and skin cancers. Light snacks, recipes to help prevent cancer and a door prize included. Free. Pre-registration required at centracare.com. Register early; seating is limited. For more information, call 320-656-7021. Sponsored by St. Cloud Hospital Women & Children’s Center as a part of our Spirit of Women programming.
13th Annual Inter-national Soup Luncheon and Open house, Sat, Nov. 2, 2013 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Holy Myrrhbearers Orthodox Church, 601-7th Ave. S., St Cloud.  Come join us for the best lunch deal in town!! Delicious homemade soups from around the world will be served.  Suggested donation: $5. 
Visit Central Minnesota's only Orthodox Church!  http://www.holymyrrhbearers.org/
THE VISION AND LEARNING LINK Children take two hours to do 20 minutes of homework?  Short attention span?   Smart child performing below potential?   These are signs of children whose vision cannot endure school's intense visual demands.  
Free workshop for parents and teachers who suspect their children have this problem.  Learn how to look for the problem Oct. 29, from 6 to 7:30 pm at Omni Vision & Learning Center 9766 Fallon Ave Suite 105, Monticello. 
Call (763) 314-0664 for reservations. 
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota sponsors free support groups for families who have a relative with a mental illness. Led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. 
A family support group meets in St. Cloud at 7 p.m., on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, at Calvary Community Church, 1200 Roosevelt Road.  
For information, call Mike at 320-259-7101 or 320-492-2024.
The Camps of Courage & Friendship Auxiliary invites you to attend their Annual Holiday Fund-raising Party Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, 6:00 p.m. at the Camp Friendship Dining Hall, 10509 - 108th St. NW, Annandale.  
The evening features hors d’oevures and a dessert buffet, wine and beer sampling by Coburn’s, 50-50 drawing event (last year $1000 was given back in prizes), over 100 silent auction baskets and door prizes.  All proceeds benefit programs for children and adults with disabilities.  Advance tickets $20 is recommended, as tickets may be limited at the door.  
Call 274-2085 for tickets and information.  Please join us.
  Peace By Piece Quilt Meeting: Tues, Oct 29, 2013.
Fall Shop Hop Bus Tour to several north metro quilt shops, and a restaurant for lunch.
The bus will leave the Heritage Center in Buffalo at 8 a.m., and return in the late afternoon.
Cost for the trip: $10 for Peace By Piece Quilt Guild members, and $20 for non members, not including lunch.
Call Mary: 612-203-2763, to register, or for more info.
Deadline to register is Oct. 22, 2013.
  Free Nutrition Class for Cancer Patients and Survivors
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.
  St. Cloud Hospital offers three simple 15-minute screenings to determine risk for stroke, peripheral vascular disease and abdominal aortic aneurysm. Cost is $40 for each screening. You do not need a doctor’s referral for these screenings.
Consider the screenings if you are older than 55 and have one or more of the following risk factors:
·Family history of stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm or heart disease;
·High blood pressure;
·Nicotine use;
·High cholesterol;
·Diabetes;
·Lack of exercise and/or obesity.
To schedule a weekday appointment, please call Imaging Services at CentraCare Health Plaza
at (320) 229-4986.
Give your spouse a gift that will last your lifetime.  Give your spouse a weekend of love.  Give them a Marriage Encounter Weekend. 
Marriage Encounter Weekends enrich relationships.  They help with communication, communication that provides a special spark to your marriage.
To attend the Oct. 26-27 weekend, please call 320-252-3220 for further information or on the web at: http://stcloudme.org A new Special Olympic team in the Clearwater, Annandale area!  Ready to get out of the house?  Want to join a team?  We'll walk, run, jump and throw on the Track and Field team forming NOW.  
Open to individuals aged 8 to 88 and ALL ability levels.  Medical release is required.  
The Compassionate Friends (on-going support group for grieving parents experiencing the death of a child of any age) Website www.compassionatefriends.org
Monticello Chapter: Meets the 2nd Monday of each month, 7 PM at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, 1001 7th St. E, Monticello. Contact: Beth at (763) 295-3610.
Clearwater History Club will continue to meet Thurs evenings at 7 p.m. at Rejoice Lutheran Church. Date is Nov 21.  New members are encouraged to come. Need not be a long-time resident of Clearwater to participate. 
Check the website for meeting dates in you have questions.  www.clearwaterhistory.org  
POMC (Parents of Murdered Children or other family members) Group meets quarterly the 3rd Sunday of each month at Life Transitions Services. Contact Rita R. for additional information
about the group and/or annual sponsored events (320) 252-5283.
Catholic Charities Life Transitions Services, 312 2nd Ave N, Sauk Rapids
Contact: Lois 320-529-0427.
 In addition to the support groups listed on the Public Service Announcement, Life Transitions also offers:
New Clearwater/Clear Lake/Palmer Republicans (CCP) are looking for new members.
If you are interested in joining your local republicican party call 320-290-0465.
Meetings are the 1st Monday of each month. “Let your voice be heard.”
Canine Agility of Central Minnesota located in St. Cloud, MN
For class and club information call Dorein Johnson, 320-558-6898 or check out the website at: http://www. cacmagility.com
Are you in recovery from drugs or alcohol? Bring your friends and family to fun-filled sober events. You do not need to be a graduate of Recovery Plus — everyone is welcome. Events are from 6-9 p.m. on the third Sat of each month at Recovery Plus, 713 Anderson Ave., St. Cloud. Each month is a new activity. 
For more information, call (320) 229-3760, ext. 23804. Participation in a planning meeting is encouraged.
Al-Anon/AC Meeting
Meets Thursdays at 8 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (12100 Sherburne Ave in Becker.  For information call Peggy at 763-262-4246.
NA Meeting, Wed 7 p.m. United Methodist Church, 405 Main Street, Clearwater.
A.A./Al-Anon combined meeting Sun., 7 p.m. at CW Methodist Church, 405 Main Street.
Contact A.A. 320-558-2815, Al-Anon 320-558-6613.
A.A. Meeting Monday nights at 7 pm Clearwater, St. Lukes Church. Call 320-558-6129 or 763-360-9935.
Families of children with special health care needs are invited to attend the CentraCare Family Connection - Families Special Health Care Needs Network meeting. The group meets from 7-9 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the lower level at the CentraCare Health Plaza, 1900 CentraCare Circle.
For more information, contact group facilitators John and Brianna Inkster at (320) 230-2068.
  The Wright County Law Library announces a new community public service program designed to assist low income residents with various family law problems without charge.
Times of the law clinic are from 12 noon to 1 p.m. and those signed up are taken on a first come-first served basis for a one time consultation.
For more information call the Wright County Law Librarian John McCooley at 763-682-7592.
On behalf of the Wright County Veterans Service Office we would like to “Welcome Home” all soldiers!  Please do not forget to stop in the office to have your DD-214’s recorded as well as the follow up of medical and other benefits.  
All veterans are welcome.  Our office hours are 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  We are located in room C-114, first floor of Wright County Courthouse in Buffalo.
Phone number is 763-682-7325 or 763-682-7326.
  Senior LinkAge Line/ RX Connect™
High prescription drug costs continue to plaque Minnesota consumers.  
The LinkAge Line/RX Connect™ program offers free personalized assistance to help consumers find low cost prescriptions drug assistance.
Several prescription programs exist through the pharmaceutical companies, as well as with the Minnesota HealthCare Programs and Social Security for those qualifying individuals regardless of age.
For more information or assistance in enrolling in a reputable program, call the LinkAge Line today at 1-800-333-2433
Wright County Community Action currently has programs available to assist individuals who are in the process of rental eviction or mortgage foreclosure.
Participants must be income eligible, unable to receive assistance from other sources, housing must be affordable, and participants must agree to participate in WCCA’s Family Budgeting program.
For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call WCCA at 320-963-6500.
Voices of Women - Central MN Sexual Assault Center is offering a support group for adult women.
Group meetings are once a week for 10-14 weeks.  Group dates and times remain flexible at this time.  Please contact our Center for more information.
The group will be held at Central MN Sexual Assault Center located on the eastside of St. Cloud.  If you are interested contact Bethany or any staff member at 320-251-4357.
Wright County Public Health offers cholesterol testing in the Wellness on Wheels (WOW) Van.  The entire test (the fasting complete profile) takes about 30 minutes.  There is a $30 fee.
For WOW Van sites, appointments or questions call Rosemary at 682-7717 or toll free 1-800-362-3667, Ext. 7717.  These services are provided by Wright County Public Health.
Tutor with Minnesota Literacy Council!  Help someone in your community..learn English, Become a US Citizen, Earn their GED, Gain their adult diploma, Learn basic computer skills, Learn to read.
Casie Moen, Volunteer Outreach Coordinator CMoen@theMLC.org (651) 645-2277 ext 219.
Suicide Loss Support Group.  A peer group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one by suicide.
Meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Caritas Family Services, 911 18th Street N, St. Cloud.  All faiths welcome.  No charge.  Confidentiality respected.  Questions please call 320-529-0427.
Widowed Hope and General Bereavement Support Group.  A peer group for widowed men and women or those who are grieving the loss of other loved ones.
Meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Caritas Family Services, 911 18th Street N, St. Cloud.  All faiths welcome.  No charge.  Confidentiality respected.  Questions please call 320-529-0427.
Separated/Divorced Support Group.  Offered every Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Caritas Family Services, 911 18th St. N., St. Cloud.  No charge.  
All faiths welcome.  No charge.  Confidentiality respected.  Questions please call 320-529-0427.
Grief Support
Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice, 605 Franklin Ave NE, St. Cloud
Contact: Linda at 320-654-1136.
Grief Support Group (on-going support group for death of a loved one) Wed, 7 to 8:30 pm; no charge
Contact: any funeral home or the Children’s Grief Connection by phone toll free 1-877-226-7632 or by email: info@childrensgriefconnection.com.
  Volunteer drivers needed.
The Wright County Volunteer Transportation Program is in need of volunteer drivers to take people to medical appointments.
Some special needs at this time are trips for dialysis, radiation, and trips to the Veterans Hospitals.
There are also many shorter trips that need drivers. The county will reimburse drivers at $.50 for each mile driven.
Contact Kathy DeMars, Wright County Human Services, 1-800-362-3667 ext. 7487 or 763-682-7487.

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THE BIG LAKE LIONESS ANNUAL GARAGE SALE drew plenty of shoppers to Lions Park Saturday morning. The Lioness Club has been serving the Big Lake Community for 31 years. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

TREE EXPERT Gina Hugo works for the Sherburne County Soil and Water Conservation District.