Monticello area calendar of events

Buffalo Relay for Life

FRIDAY, JULY 20 – The Monticello Swim Club is one of 20+ teams participating in this event and we welcome the community to join us at Sturges Park from 4:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Music, games, food, a used book sale (sponsored by MSC) and silent auction items are available starting at 4:30 p.m. The Opening Ceremony is at 6:30 p.m. and the Luminaria Ceremony is at 9 p.m., including lighting the candles in the hundreds of luminaria bags. The event is a fundraiser for American Cancer Society and MSC walks under the team name of Heidi’s Heroes, in memory of our coach Heidi Oquist.


Overnight Camp for Youth

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JULY 20-21 – Lift off with us for free fun, games, stories, a pizza party, cookout, movies, pop- corn and more at an overnight campout for ages 5 through sixth grade. First Baptist Church of Monticello is sponsoring this SpaceQuest Camping Adventure that will begin Friday at 5 p.m. and run through 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 763-295-3552 for further information, important details and to pre-register.


Archery Day

SATURDAY, JULY 21 – The Minnesota Bowhunters are holding an archery day Saturday, July 21, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Silver Creek Sportsmans Club. Those attending will be able to try aerial targets (bows and arrows supplied), participate in a bowfishing speed challenge and other activities. Prizes will be awarded and a dinner of burgers and hot dogs will be served. For more information, contact Brooks Johnson, [email protected] or 763-213-6811. The public archery range maintained by the Silver Creek Sportsmans Club is located at 10917 Duffield Ave N.W., Maple Lake


Theater auditions

JULY 23, 24 AND 25 – Monticello Community Theater announces auditions for “Five Women Wearing The Same Dress” by Alan Ball. This edgy contemporary comedy tells the story of five bridesmaids doing all they can to stay away from the ostentatious wedding reception happening in the backyard below. There are roles for five women and one young male. Auditions will be held 7 p.m. July 23, 24 and 25 at Best Western in Monticello. For more information contact Perry Sloneker at 763-271-8880. Performance dates are Sept. 19-22.


Vision/learning workshop

TUESDAY, JULY 24 – A free workshop for parents and teachers who suspect their children have vision and learning problems will be held Tuesday, July 24, 6-7:30 p.m., at Omni Vision & Learning Center 9766 Fallon Ave., Suite 105, Monticello. Signs of potential trouble can include homework taking hours instead of minutes, or a smart child performing below potential. Call 763-314-0664 for reservations.


Monticello library program

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 – The Monticello Public Library is offering a program called “Shirley U Jest Balloon Fun” Wednesday, July 25, at 2 p.m., for children ages 7 to 12. Shirley and her faithful assistant Dot are back to make crazy balloon creations. The class size is limited to 25 children plus an adult with each child to help. Preregistration is required.


STMA Relay for Life

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JULY 27-28 – Get on your walking shoes and get ready to support a good cause. St. Michael- Albertville Middle School West (former high school grounds) is hosting an American Cancer Society Relay for Life at the end of July. The relay will last from 7 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Saturday. Evening events on Friday will include live music and a DJ, a 5k at midnight, kid games, food, and other activities honoring cancer survivors and their caregivers. Visit for more information.


Pediatric CPR and First Aid

SATURDAY, JULY 28 – New River Medical Center will offer a CPR and First Aid class designed specifically for daycare providers and new parents on Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the hospital. This life-saving class teaches the skills you need to effectively manage medical emergencies you may encounter with infants and children. Choking, airway obstruction and home/environmental safety issues with be covered, in addition to automated external defibrillator training. This American Heart Association course meets the licensing requirements for day care providers. Registration is required. For more information, or to register to attend, contact New River Medical Center’s Community Education at 763-271-2388.


Sportsmen’s Olympics

SATURDAY, JULY 28 – The Hasty – Silver Creek Sportsmen’s Club will host a ten-event Olympic style competition featuring numerous different athletic events. Games include trap shooting, archery, casting, golf chipping, bean bag toss, basketball shooting, and others. Teams are made up of two people, and the team entry fee is $60. Prizes will be awarded for first place in each event as well as for the best costume. Registration for the event is at 7:30 Saturday morning, and the competition begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.


Vintage Base Ball

SUNDAY, JULY 29 – The third annual old-time base ball game is being held Sunday, July 29, at 3 p.m., at the Santiago Township Park base ball field. (Note that historically, the game was originally called base ball – two words). The St. Croix Base Ball Club is returning to take on the Becker Buzzards. The bleachers have shade cover. The Santiago Lions Club will have its concession stand open.

The Santiago Township Park, in Sherburne County, is located near the intersection of County Roads 3 and 11.

The St. Croix Base Ball Club plays vintage base ball according to 1860 rules. Players do not use gloves and there are no called balls or strikes. An umpire for the day will only have to decide if the ball is fair or foul and may be able to ask the crowd for their advice if not sure. These rules were also played by Civil War soldiers during times of leisure, which helped make baseball a pastime for the entire nation. For more information, call the Sherburne History Center at 763-261-4433 or online at


Thelen meet and greet

MONDAY, JULY 31 – Wright County Commissioner Rose Thelen, a candidate for the newly formed Wright County Commissioner District 2, will be holding a “Meet and Greet” at 7 p.m. at the Monticello Community Center.  This will provide an opportunity for voters to meet Rose, share ideas, and help them decide whether to vote for her on August 14 to represent Monticello in the general election this November. The event is sponsored by Vote Thelen.


Free eye exams for children

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1 – The Minnesota Optometric Association has named Aug. 1, 2012, as Pre-K Eye Exam Day, a statewide effort that is part of its “Good Sight for Kindergarten” campaign. Participating members will offer one-time, no-cost eye exams to 5-year olds entering kindergarten.

Dr. Mary Gregory, Uptown Eye Care in Monticello will participate in the Pre-K Exam Day on August 1. Please contact Uptown Eye Care at 763-271-2020 to register your pre-kindergarten child, depending on the Pre-K exam schedule.


Rummage, bake sale

AUG. 2 TO 4 – Silver Creek Community Church, located at the intersection of County Roads 8 and 143, will host a rummage/bake sale Aug. 2 and 3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Aug. 4 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations accepted at the church from July 24 – Aug. 1 from 12-4 p.m. No electronics, large appliances, paint or tires accepted. Proceeds benefit mission projects. Call 320-963-3957 for details.



TDS plans TV open house

SATURDAY, AUG. 4 – TDS Telecommunications of Monticello will be hosting an open house Aug. 4 to showcase the new television server now available in the city. TDS TV features more than 240 all-digital channels (including HD), video-on-demand and pay-per-view, picture-in-picture channel surfing, instant channel change, and a Connected-Home DVR.

Area residents will be invited to see TDS TV live Saturday, Aug. 4. The location and times are to be determined. Treats, popcorn, and other picnic foods will be served, prizes will be offered for all ages.


Ongoing Events


Caregiver Support Groups

A Parkinson’s Caregiver Support Group meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Monticello Senior Center, 505 Walnut St. A Memory Loss Support Group meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. And a Grief Support Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Quarterly workshops, educational sessions for professional and family caregivers are also provided throughout the year. Call Great River Faith in Action at 763-263-4277 for more information.


Dementia Support Groups

THIRD TUESDAYS – The experience for those with early to mid-stage dementia and memory loss is different for the diagnosed individuals and those who care for them. Recognizing this, Faith in Action has developed two groups that meet simultaneously and provide support, information and resources specific to each one’s needs. The meetings are held every third Tuesday of the month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Monticello Community Center. The cost is $5 per session. Pre-registration is required and refreshments are provided. Questions should be directed to Great  River  Area  Faith in Action at 763-263-4277.


Farmer’s Market

The Farmer’s Market will be open Thursdays through October from 3:30-7 p.m. in the Monticello Public Library parking lot. Vendors will offer a variety of fresh, locally grown and produced fruits, vegetables, bedding plants, flowers, shrubs, trees, canned goods, baked goods, dried goods/teas, eggs, chicken, beef, pork, BBQ sauce and personal care products.



THURSDAYS – A weekly support and recovery group for those grieving the loss of a family member or friend. The support group contains messages and material each week to help walk you through recovering from your loss and looking forward to rebuilding your life.  Join us anytime, Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at Riverside Church. Please call for more information at 763-263-2410 or visit


Financial Peace University

TUESDAYS – Financial Peace University (FPU) is a life-changing program that teaches you how to make the right decisions with your money. You’ll be empowered with the practical skills and confidence needed to achieve your financial goals and experience true financial peace! New 13-week sessions begin Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at Riverside Church. Call 763-263-2410 for more information or visit


DivorceCare & DC4Kids

WEDNESDAYS – DivorceCare is a weekly support group designed to help those recovering from separation or divorce and face their challenges and move toward rebuilding their life.  DC4Kids is an auxiliary program designed just for kids ages 5-12.  You are invited to join us anytime on Monday’s at 6:30-8:00pm at Riverside Church.  Please contact Judy at 763-263-2410 or [email protected] for more information.


Celebrate Recovery

WEDNESDAYS – Become free from life’s hurts, hang-ups and habits. By working through the 8 recovery principles found in the Beatitudes, and inviting Jesus Christ into your life you can and will change! You will begin to experience the true peace and serenity you have been seeking and you will no longer have to rely on dysfunctional, compulsive and addictive behaviors as a temporary “fix” for your pain. This is a Women’s group that meets EVERY Wednesday at 7 at Riverside Church.  For more information, please call 763.263.2410 or visit


Current 55

FRIDAYS – Seniors, are you looking for a place to connect, to belong, to serve, and to grow in your faith?  Current 55 Ministry is just for you.  Join other adults 55+ for breakfast each month.  Enjoy community with other people in your stage of life, delve into God’s Word, and discuss topics that are relevant to your life.  You will enjoy guest speakers, and fun events designed with you in mind.  Mark your calendars for upcoming breakfasts on Friday, March 2nd & April 6th.  For more information, please call Riverside Church at 763-263-2410 or visit


Learn Computers

Do you want to take a refresher course or learn more about computers? Come into the ABE Computer Lab at the Monticello WorkForce Center to learn keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint and databases. We also offer preparation for the Special Boiler’s License Examination and GED pretesting and preparation. All services are open to the public and provided free of cost. You do not have to be unemployed to use these services. Call to get started. 763-271-3768.


Overeater meetings

Buffalo Overeaters Anonymous meets every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 1200 Highway 25 South in Buffalo. Call Ali with any questions 763-442-7483 or email [email protected]


Calendar Listings

Send your calendar event information to [email protected] or drop off listings at the Times office, 540 Walnut St., Monticello, MN, 55362.