Programs and Events


Upcoming Red Cross blood drives
Donors of all types are encouraged to help save lives by giving blood. Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or visiting Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Wright County: Feb. 5, 12:30 – 6:30 p.m., Community Center, Center Ave. and 2nd St., Montrose; Feb. 11, 1 – 7 p.m., Community Center, 505 Walnut St., Monticello; Feb. 12, 1 – 7 p.m., St. Albert's Parish Center, 11400 57th St. NE, Albertville; Feb. 17, 12:30 – 6:30 p.m., Our Fathers Lutheran Church, 3903 Gilbert Ave. SE., Rockford; Feb. 23, 1 – 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 395 Broadway Ave. N., Cokato; Feb. 24, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Community Center, 206 Central Ave., Buffalo; Feb. 26, 1 – 7 p.m., St. Ignatius Church, 35 Birch St. E., Annandale.
Cozy Up With A Book January winners
The January winners of Maple Lake Library's "Cozy Up With A Book" are Kathy Jacobson, Kate Mooney, Jeff Sylvester, Sue Sylvester, and Mary Wurm.  Each will receive Business Bucks that can be spent in a variety of local businesses. 
Readers have another opportunity to participate in this adult reading incentive program.  Any book from the Library that is read during the month of February is worth a chance in the Business Buck drawing.  Visit the Maple Lake Library for more information.  
Free trial of for Feb. at Library
The Maple Lake Library is offering a wonderful opportunity for the month of February. Patrons of the library will be able to research on free during this month. If there is enough interest from the community in using this website, the library will provide free access for a full year. If you are not a patron of the library, you only need to fill out an application. So come join us at the library, take advantage of this opportunity, and discover your roots. Library hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Christine Husom’s book launch is Saturday
Snow Way Out, the first in the cozy Snow Globe Shop Mystery Series from Penguin Random House, will launch at Buffalo Books and Coffee on Division St., Saturday, Feb. 7, with a book signing by author Christine Husom from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome.  
The series is set in fictional Brooks Landing, Minnesota and features Camryn Brooks, a former legislative assistant who has returned from Washington, D.C. and is running her parents’ Curio Finds shop. Her friend, Alice “Pinky” Nelson, runs Brew Ha-Ha, an adjoining coffee shop. When the story opens, they are getting ready for a snow-globe making class they are hosting that evening.
St. John’s Lutheran Valentine’s brunch is Feb. 12
Chocolate… that's a woman's favorite sweet. It's also the feature for the "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" brunch held at St. John's Lutheran Church, 331 Harrison St., Annandale, Thursday, Feb. 12, at 9:30 a.m. Chocolatier Lisa Dietrich-Blocker will tantelize your senses with the how-to's of making chocolates (you may even get a sample). This sweet morning will be rounded out with music by Sharon Planer of Annandale and speaker Dodie Davis of Coon Rapids whose theme is "Fairy Tales Can Come True… It Can Happen to You…OR NOT." Invite your friends to this Valentine’s event and make reservations by calling Amanda at 612-670-4702, Dawn at 612-723-3905 or email This event is sponsored by Stonecroft Miniestries.
First-time home buyers seminar is Feb. 12
Wright County residents thinking about buying a home are invited to attend a one day workshop designed to help them learn the basics of home ownership. Wright County Community Action (WCCA) offers a first-time home buyer’s seminar (Home Stretch) which will cover a variety of topics related to the home buying process.  Volunteer instructors for the program are professionals who work in the Wright County area. This program is approved to meet the Neighborhood Stabilization Program Requirements and the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) Requirements.
Home Stretch will be offering two classes in the month of February 2013.
• Thursday, Feb. 12, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Wright Hennepin Electric, Rockford.
To register, call Wright County Community Action (WCCA) at (320) 963-6500, ext 238. 
February Food & Fun at Maple Manor is Feb. 17
Maple Manor Senior Dining invites you to “February Food & Fun” on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 11:45 a.m. There will be door prizes, bingo and entertainment. Lunch will include beef tips in gravy, egg noodles, fresh cut green beans, lettuce salad and warm fruit compote. Please make reservations by Monday, Feb. 16, by calling 320-963-5771. The Maple Manor Dining Site is located at 555 2nd St. W., Maple Lake.
Maple Lake Community Theatre show dates
Maple Lake Community Theatre announces the show dates for their production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” at the Maple Lake High School Auditorium: Friday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 1, at 2 p.m.; Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m.
Enter the Monticello Photo Show by March 1
The Monticello Camera Club is currently accepting submissions for the 12th Annual Monticello Photo Show Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15, in River City Extreme’s banquet room. Photographers of all skill levels are invited to enter, and information on submissions can be found at Entries are due no later than March 1. Admission to the photo show is free, and everyone is welcome to attend and vote for their favorite entries. For more information, visit, or call Bob Somerville at 763-295-3179.