Programs & 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: June 27,  8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., St. John's Lutheran Church, 625 12th Ave., Howard Lake; July 2, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fitness Evolution, 101 14th St. NE, Buffalo; July 7, 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., CentraCare Health, 1013 Hart Boulevard, Monticello; July 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., First Minnesota Bank, 555 Highway 55 E., Buffalo; July 11, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Cub Foods, 1008 Highway 55, Buffalo; July 13, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Standard Iron & Wire Works, 524 Pine St., Monticello
Job seekers seminars with Petra Marquart 
The economy is recovering and the job market is growing. Are you ready to step up and join in? No matter how long you have been unemployed, you need to find the strength to take the steps necessary to participate in this recovery. Whether your next step is finding the right job or learning the skills necessary to change careers, now is the time to take action.
Central Minnesota Jobs & Training Services is offering a seminar to help job seekers to “Re-energize” on Tuesday, June 30, at the Monticello WorkForce Center. Author and international speaker Petra Marquart will share her insights on how to recharge your self-esteem, find core strength, pick up the pieces of doubt and fear and elevate your sense of professionalism to be your “best self”. Limited space is available so call 800-284-7425 to reserve your spot.
Bethlehem UCC Pet Blessing is Sunday
Bethlehem United Church of Christ is planning for the June 28 service to be held outdoors to celebrate the gifts of nature and creation. Worship will be in a large tent behind the church, weather permitting. Chairs available, but feel free to bring your own.
The 9:30 a.m. service will include a blessing of the animals, so you may bring your pets along, with appropriate thought given to things like leashes. If your pet is shy or you are worried about bringing him/her to church, please bring a picture of your pet.
There may also be a grill-out for fellowship afterwards sponsored by the youth. All are welcomed – invite friends and family.
Church Address: 400 Cty. Road 37, Maple Lake.
Maple Lake Boat Parade is July 4
The annual Maple Lake Property Owners Association Boat Parade is set to begin at 2 p.m. on July 4. Those who wish to participate are asked to register their boat before the parade. There will be first-, second- and third-place prizes for the best decorated boats. Registration for the parade will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. at Bob and Mary Smith's dock and sand beach area. The Smith's house is located on the Middle Lake on the east side off Donnelly Drive; house color is heather tan with white trim. Organizers are looking forward to many boat parade participants and seeing participants waving on the shoreline as the parade proceeds through the entire lake. Please contact Mary Smith at 320-963-5898 with questions or for more information.
CHF 15th Annual Golf Tourney is July 9
 Community Health Foundation of Wright County ‘s (CHF’s) 15th annual Golf Tournament Four-person Scramble is Thursday, July 9, at Wild Marsh in Buffalo with a 12:30 p.m. start. 
This is the 15th annual CHF Golf Tournament, held in support of Lakeside Oasis, which opened its doors in July 2014. Tournament chairmen are Darin Zumach and Bret Kjellberg, both of Buffalo. The tournament is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start, and includes a social hour, live music, dinner, and a silent auction. Registration is open online at, find CHF Golf Tournament. 
Be a Helping Hand… It’s the American Way
Do you want to know how to make a difference in the life of kids right in our community? Come to the "Be a Helping Hand…It's the American Way" brunch Thursday, July 9, 9:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Annandale.  School nurse Nancy Lepinski and social worker Julie Bronder-Hall will share the need and the way you can help. Saxophone music will be provided by Naomi Volden of Annandale and speaker Rachel Snodgrass (a CPA turned actress) of Sheboygan, Wisc. will speak on the theme "In & Out of Control".  Make reservations by calling Dawn at 612-723-3905, Eleanor at 320-274-5460 or email at  This event is sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries.
Petals & Palate Garden Tour and Luncheon
The Annandale Arts Committee invites you to attend their summer fundraiser. There is a variety of beautiful gardens for the event this year, and homeowners are excited to share them.
 Saturday, July 11,  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 Advance tickets only are now available for purchase at the following locations in downtown Annandale:  All Things Good, Miller’s Jewelry, In Hot Water Coffeehouse and Café Jules.
Five area gardens will be featured on this tour, providing spectacular arrays full of beauty, color and inspiration. The tour will conclude at Fairhaven Farms unique garden setting with lunch provided by Cottage Gourmets.  We look forward to seeing you at this very important fundraiser for the “FREE Summer Concerts in the City Park”. 
Contact Robin Davidson with any questions at 612-799-2711.
Christopher Schneider Foundation silent auction
The Christopher Schneider Foundation will be having a silent auction on July 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The V by HH. Money is being raised for scholarships for the Maple Lake High School senior class. Silent auction items are being accepted. If interested in donating items please call Barb Schneider at 763-478-1076. Thank you for your support over the years.
Christopher Schneider Annual Bass Tourney
The Christopher Schneider 11th Annual Bass Tournament is on Saturday, July 18, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Maple Lake. Sign in at 6:30 a.m. (no later) and weigh in at 3 p.m. (sharp). Entry fee is $150 per boat, big bass option is $20 per boat (limited to 15 boats and up to two people per boat). First place prize is $400, second place is $150, third is $100 and fourth is $75. Proceeds raised will be awarded to the Maple Lake Senior class as scholarships. Contact Barb Schneider for more information at 763-478-1076 or email Maple Lake will be off limites starting Monday, July 13 thru Saturday, July 18th.