ON THE GO: Sunday, Aug. 23: All are invited participate in the 10th-annual John Larson Memorial Ride, and there is no cost to ride. The ride departs at 11 a.m. from Larson’s Cycle in Cambridge. It’s an easy-paced ride of about 80 miles. Mid-point stop at Ryders in Henriette and end-point at Captain’s on Long Lake for food, drinks and live music. For more information call 763-689-2760.
Music at The Green Table
Thursday, Aug. 20: The Green Table, City Center Market’s new café in Isanti, will feature music from 5-7 p.m. by Strings ‘n’ Things, a high-energy local band playing pop, folk, oldies, covers and originals. Stop in to relax and enjoy some music, and a glass of wine or beer. Appetizers will be half price. The Green Table is located at 5 Enterprise Ave. in Isanti (next to the John Deere building).
Matthew 25 Free Food Distribution
Saturday, Aug. 22: The next Matthew 25 food distribution will be Saturday, Aug. 22 at the Isanti Middle School. This is a free food distribution program sponsored by Spirit River Community UMC, Shalom Shop and other contributors. Each person who attends, no matter their age, receives 2 sacks of the available groceries. They begin serving the public around 10 a.m. Check their Facebook page for updates or cancellations. Questions, call 763-219-0008.
Rumelva Lodge Sons of Norway
Tuesday, Aug. 25: Rumelva Lodge Sons of Norway will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Isanti County Historical Society, located at the northwest corner of Isanti County Fairgrounds. The program will feature ‘Travels In Iceland’ by Jean and Roger Anderson, who will share stories and photographs from their trip to Iceland. One need not be Norwegian to attend or join. For information call Kathy at 763-689-3401 or Ann at 763-389-4908.
Wednesday, Aug. 26: Open to all artists from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring your current artwork and supplies and join fellow artists in a quiet and creative open studio setting. There is no fee to attend; however, donations appreciated. Snacks welcome. Oil painters, use odorless turpentine and a table cover. Set-up begins at 8:45 a.m. There is no instruction. Cambridge Center for the Arts, 140 Buchanan St. N., in City Center Mall, 763-552-0320.
Wednesday, Aug. 26: Join for an opportunity to draw-paint from a clothed life model from 1:30-4:30 p.m. All levels welcome. This is an open studio setting without instruction. Any medium, but oil painters use odorless turpentine. Snacks welcome. Cambridge Center for the Arts, 140 Buchanan St. N., inside City Center Mall. Fee is $10 members; $15 non-members. Register and pay in advance at cambridgecenterforthearts.org or stop into the gallery. For more information call 763-552-0320.
Memorial Blood Centers Blood Drive
Thursday, Aug. 27: Memorial Blood Centers will hold a Blood Drive from noon to 6 p.m. at the Isanti Community Center, 121 Norelius St. While walk-in donors are welcome, they encourage appointments to be made in advance online at MBC.ORG or by calling 1-888-448-3253.
Red Cross Blood Drive
Thursday, Aug. 27: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 1-7 p.m. at Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church, 905 W. Central Drive, Braham. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.
Red Cross Blood Drive
Friday, Aug. 28: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, 1820 Second Ave. SE, Cambridge. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.
New Teacher Luncheon
Friday, Aug. 28: The New Teacher Luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Spirit River Community Center (formerly Spectacular Events) in Isanti, 1321 Heritage Blvd.
Isanti County Self-Advocacy Star Search
Friday, Aug. 28: Isanti County Self-Advocacy will hold a ‘Star Search’ event from 5-7:30 p.m. at Common Grounds United Methodist Church, 404 Cypress St. N., Cambridge. They are looking for talented self-advocates with amazing skills. There will be food, fun, good times and prizes. Each contestant will have a 10-minute limit to perform their talent show act. To RSVP as a contestant, contact Maggie at 763-370-3946, or email her at [email protected]
Butterflies, Bees and Other Pollinators
Saturday, Aug. 29: ‘Butterflies, Bees and Other Pollinators’ will be offered from 9:30-11 a.m. at Irving and John Anderson County Park, 27241 Furman St. NE, North Branch (located on County Road 18, 1/4 mile north of County Road 9). Join naturalist Tom Anderson to learn more about Monarch butterflies and other pollinators. You will search for Monarchs and other pollinators; learn about their life cycles, amazing journeys, favorite foods, and how you can help them survive. Everyone welcome. Meet at the park picnic shelter. To RSVP or for more information call 651-462-2015.
Changing Gaits Chicken and Rib Fest
Saturday, Aug. 29: Changing Gaits will host its 8th-annual Chicken and Rib Fest fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $25 per plate per adult, $15 under 18, and 5 and under are free. There will also be live music featuring Cody James, Country Crossing with Deb Barrett and Joe Freppert. There will also be a dunk tank. Trail rides for 8 and older are $10. Pony rides are $6. Changing Gaits is a faith-based diversified equine assisted addiction services program. More information on Changing Gaits can be found at www.changinggaits.org.