July 31

Blood Drive

The North Branch American Legion is sponsoring a blood drive from 12-6 p.m. at the post, 6439 Elm St., one block north of Hwy. 95. Donors will receive a free t-shirt. Call the Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 to schedule an appointment. Bring a driver’s license or blood donor card. 

Beer Bust Fundraiser

Cambridge-Isanti Competition Cheerleaders are having a Beer Bust at Wintergreens Bar in Isanti to raise funds for a trip to National Cheer Competition in Orlando, Fla. There is a donation cost for all the tap beer you can drink from 8:30-11:30 p.m. 

Aug 1

VA Summer Games 

 The 1st Annual Summer Games will be held at the St. Cloud Veterans Administration, 4801 Veterans Dr., St. Cloud. Registration begins at 8 a.m., opening ceremony at 9 a.m., games at 10 a.m., awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Open to vets enrolled at the VA. For more info contact Leah Egan at (320) 252-1670 x 6180 or visit Facebook page St. Cloud VAHCS.

Aug 2

Outdoor Service & Festival

1st Lutheran Church of Harris will host its annual Outdoor Service & Festival at the corner of 438 and Gates Ave. Auction starts at 9:30 a.m., service at 10:30, free BBQ pork chop lunch at 12 p.m., plus country and gospel music, silent auction, games. Call (651) 674-4971 for info.

Garden Party

The public is invited to spend an afternoon in a country garden and visit with members of the North Branch Garden Club. Meet at 1 p.m. at 8700 285th Ave. NE, North Branch. Admission fee includes a tour, lunch, door prizes and a year membership in the club. For info call Vicki at (651) 442-2170. 

SetonFest

The 21st annual SetonFest will begin after the 10:30 a.m. mass at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, Cty. Rds. 5 & 23, Isanti, and include 11:30 lunch of roast hog and fixings; burgers, hot dogs, brats also available; Silly Miss Tilly, bingo and bottle lotto, country store and games for all ages. There is a cost. Call Dutch at 689-1734 for information.

Aug 3

Pickleball Lessons

Free pickleball lessons will be offered by the Isanti County Pickleball Club (ICPC) at Pioneer Park courts, 2240 Bridgewater Blvd. S, Cambridge, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Call Gary at (763) 689-2314 or Dick at (763) 689-4767 to sign up for a free lesson or just show up. 

Ventriloquist Show

Comic ventriloquist James Wedgwood will bring his outrageous characters and hilarious audience participation to the North Branch Area Library, 6355 379th St., at 1 p.m. Free and open to all ages. Call (651) 674-8443 for more info.

Vacation Bible School

St. John Lutheran-Weber will offer a free “Camp Discovery” VBS Aug. 3 thru Aug. 6 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the church 6 miles east of Isanti on Cty. Rd. 5 for all ages. Ice cream social for families on Thursday. To register call (763) 552-0683. 

Vacation Bible School

Cambridge Lutheran Church will offer a free Mt. Everest-themed VBS Aug. 3-7 at the church at 621 Old N. Main St. Ages 4-K will meet 9-11:30 a.m.; grades 1-6 meet 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closing program Fri. 11-11:30 a.m. To register, call (763) 689-1211 or email cbell@cambridgelutheran.org or pick up forms at church.  

Aug 4

National Night Out

Join your neighbors and meet local law enforcement at National Night Out from 4-8 p.m. at City Hall, 300 3rd Ave. NE, Cambridge, for food, fun, games and public safety displays. Call (763) 689-9567 with questions. 

One Room School 

Presentation

The North Chisago Historical Society will highlight four local one-room schools in a free program at 7 p.m. at Rushseba Town Hall, 51533 Forest Blvd., Rush City., including film clips and live presentations from living history school teachers and students. Call (320) 358-4561 for info. 

Aug 6

Jewelry & Bedding 

Fundraiser

Fairview Lakes Auxiliary will sponsor a fundraising sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, Wyoming, offering high-quality sheets and bedding and unique jewelry.  Proceeds benefit patients and families at the clinic. 

Pickleball Lessons

Free pickleball lessons will be offered by the Isanti County Pickleball Club (ICPC) at Pioneer Park courts, 2240 Bridgewater Blvd. S, Cambridge, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and again from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Call Gary at (763) 689-2314 or Dick at (763) 689-4767 to sign up for a free lesson or just show up. 

Ventriloquist Show

Comic ventriloquist James Wedgwood will bring his outrageous characters and hilarious audience participation to the Cambridge Primary School Multipurpose Room at 10:30 a.m. Free and open to all ages. Call  (763) 689-7390 x7202 for more info.

Harvest Party

Anoka-Ramsey Community College will offer a Harvest Party from 5-8 p.m. on the Cambridge campus celebrating its Sustainable Energy and Beneficial Pollinating Insect Study, and will include: free food and beverages, live band The Blue Drifters powered by solar panels, bounce houses, tours, demonstrations and more related to the study. For more info visit: http://webs.AnokaRamsey.edu/biofuel/ARCC_2015_Project.htm

Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park will host Will Hale performing kids’ rock and roll at 7 p.m. in Central Park, North Branch. Come at 6:45 for story time and free book to first 50 families. Concessions available by North Branch Lionesses. Bring a lawn chair or blanket; held in North Branch Area High School Auditorium if there is inclement weather. Visit www.NorthBranchChamber.com for the concert calendar.

Community Appreciation Night

Rush City Public Safety Committee is offering “Community Appreciation Night” at City Park in Rush City from 5-8 p.m. with free food, entertainment, prizes and booths from local organizations. Bring a non-perishable food item for food shelf. Call (651) 775-7590 for info.

Aug 7

Braham Pie Day

Celebrate the 26th Annual Braham Pie Day with events from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. including baking contest, live music, food, art/quilt/craft shows, pie-eating contest, car show, vintage motorcycle show and more. Visit www.pieday.com or call (320) 396-4956 for more information.

Donate Blood

Take the opportunity to donate blood from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, 5200 Fairview Blvd., Wyoming.  

To learn more and make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.

Senior Dance

Tony Jambor will provide music for the Senior Dance and lunch from 1-4 p.m. at East Bethel Senior/Community Center, one mile east of Hwy. 65 on 221st Ave. There is a cost. Call (763) 434-9652 for info. 

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North Branch 

Farmers Market

Running every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, July through October, the North Branch Farmers Market is located at Lake State Federal on 8th Ave. and Main St. and offers fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, jams, salsas, chickens, eggs, straw bales, corn shocks, pumpkins, cashmere, honey and more. Call (651) 674-7624 for more info. 

Farmers Market Fest

The North Branch Beautification Association will host a Farmers Market Fest on Fridays from May 22-Oct. 23 from 2-7 p.m. at the North Branch Outlet Center between the Nike store and movie theater. 

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