Pine City Lion Pancake Breakfast April 5th

Mark your calendars for the Lions Pancake Breakfast & Bake Sale!

When: April 5th, Palm Sunday 8 – 12:30
Where: Pine City Armory
Cost: $5.00 advance tickets (see Lions member)
$6.00 at the door

Pine Area LIONS bake sale too! Treat Yourself!

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Media Center Open to Public Thursday

Media Center is Open to the Public Thursday April 2nd

The Media Center at Pine City Elementary is open for community members from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, April 2nd.
This is a time to do homework, practice math skills, typing, use the computers to do research, etc. (E-mail, Facebook, MySpace, chatting, shopping and YouTube are not allowed).

Community Garden Informational Meeting April 18th

An informational meeting about the Horizon’s Action Team Community Garden project is planned for April 18th at 9:00 AM.
You are invited to join and learn more about the Community Garden Project.
The Community Garden planning is well under way and the group is looking for individuals or families interested in a garden plot.
Master Gardeners will be involved in the project to assist new gardeners and answer questions.
Mark your Calendars!

Community gardeners and all gardening citizens are encouraged to plant extra rows of crops in their gardens to donate surplus produce to foodshelf.
Potatoes, onions and crops that perish slowly and store easily are of greatest value for donation!

Laura Jane Musser Rural Initiative Fund

Rural Initiative Program
THE LAURA JANE MUSSER FUND wants to encourage collaborative and participatory efforts among citizens in rural communities that will help to strengthen their towns and regions in a number of civic areas including, but not limited to, economic development, business preservation, arts and humanities, public space improvements, and education.

Priority is placed on projects that:

•Bring together a broad range of community members and institutions
•Provide the opportunity for diverse community members to work together
•Contain measurable short term outcomes within the first 12 to 18 months
•Include community members actively in all phases of the process
•Work toward an outcome of positive change within their community

Projects must demonstrate:

•Support from a diverse cross-section of community members and institutions
•Matching financial and /or in-kind support from the local community
•Significant volunteer participation
•Reasonable plans to complete their project within 18 months or less

Limits of geography:

•Programs in Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, and Wyoming may apply
•The applicant community must have a population of 10,000 or fewer and must be able to demonstrate the rural characteristics of their location

Funds will be available for:

•Planning (up to $5,000) – These funds may support costs like: consultant or staff time, meeting costs, mailings, secretarial support, refreshments, local travel, childcare, etc. Note – this stage is optional and not a required phase prior to applying for or receiving an implementation grant. If an organization receives a planning grant from the Musser Fund, this in no way implies a commitment on the part of the Musser Fund to provide the organization with any subsequent implementation grant.

•Implementation (Up to $25,000) – These funds are available to implement community based rural projects that originate in, have been planned by, and involve diverse people from the local community. A limited amount of implementation funds may be expended for physical aspects of the project. The projects will result in a tangible outcome within at least the first 18 months.

Projects funded in the past include Community Centers!
Proposals due in November
for more info:
http://www.musserfund.org/rural.php

LeadershipPlenty®: Two modules to go

LeadershipPlenty® Module 7 of 9 took place last Monday evening. See a couple of the highlights, with trainees Katrina Erickson, Ryan Palmer and Chris Stebbing presenting:

$2 off opening night show

New Faces and old favorites present “All Because of Agatha”

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Left: Seuntjens, Farquarson, Hodgkin & Maukstad;  Right:  Howard & Barstad-Carpenter

Since the first week in March, the cast and crew for the next production by the Pine City Heritage Players have been busy memorizing lines, designing the set and gathering props and costumes.  Beginning Friday, Mar. 27, audiences will flock to see the comedic talents of actors and actresses from Pine City, Cambridge and Mora come together and present “All Because of Agatha”, a comedy by Jonothan Troy.  

(click on the coupon below, print and bring along to receive $2 off your admission opening night)

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The show is sure to keep the audience on the edge of their seats as Duff and Joan O’Hara, portrayed by Dennis Howard and Dawn Barstad-Carpenter, are making a purchase of their new home.  A home which is reportedly haunted by the local witch, Agatha Forbes, each year on the anniversary of her death.  Agatha has managed to scare off all past owners of the home, but this time around, Duff and Joan aren’t going down without a party!  Yes, a party!  The couple welcome family, friends and neighbors to the party and the evening is sure to be nothing less than hilarious.

Other cast members include: Tammi VanGrinsven, Sandi Sparling, Jasper Thomas, Kristin Seuntjens, Steve Farquarson, Nicki Haroldson and Jody H.

The production is directed by Jay Schueller, who has been involved in past PCHP productions as the technical director.  For “All Because of Agatha”, Jay has taken on the challenge of working as the director and technical director for the same production.  He is joined by JoLynn Howard as the costumer, Becky Schueller as the production manager, and Harvey Lindstrom as the assistant technical director.   

Advance tickets are available at Discover Serendipity, 540 Main Street S

Tickets are $8 (Students $6)

Performing Mar. 27-28 & Apr. 3-4 at 7:30 P.M. & Mar. 29 at 2:00 P.M.

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Cooking Classes Offered

Learn how to prepare “home-cooked” meals that are affordable and nutritious

When: Thursday, April 30th
Where: Evergreen Community Church
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 per family
Why: Possibly win a crockpot and definitely enjoy the meal you learned how to prepare!

To register contact Judy Lawhon at 320-629-1149 (home) or 320-629-6771 (work)

If there is continued interest, this class may be offered monthly. Families, singles and seniors are all welcome!

Effective Leadership

5 commitments a leader must make to be effective—commitments to:

1) Yourself- a commitment to yourself to be the best you can be and be true to your beliefs
2) People
3) The truth
4) The organization or group
5) Leadership

From the book:
The Five Commitments of a Leader
“This book does something other [leadership books] don’t: Elevates the standards for becoming a leader and yet shows that anyone who really wants to be a leader can become one.” —Tojo Thatchenkery, author

Pine City Mentoring Action Group Meeting

Organizer: Lezlie Ballis
Subject/Purpose: Pine City Mentoring Team
Format: face-to-face
Confirmed Date/Time: Thursday March 26, 2009 7:00 PM
Duration: approximately 1 hour
Location: Pizza Pub Pine City

The date has been set. If you can not attend, please send me information that you would like the group to know, or your expectations for the program. Through the Study Circles, residents of the Pine City area indicated that a mentoring program that reaches not only children, but families and seniors, would be beneficial. Please join us as we try to increase mentoring in Pine City! Feel free to invite someone not on this list… and to bring a friend!

Reminder: Free Financial, Resume & Job Seeking Classes!

Pine City Horizon’s Action Team-Helping Communities Help Themselves

How to Survive a Financial Crisis

Health Care Insurance Options
Choices/options you have if you lose your medical insurance. No Charge.
Tuesday, March 31, 7-9:00pm or Saturday April 4, 10am-12pm at Pine Technical College.

Resume’s and Job SeekingLeave this class with templates to build your own resume, and learn how to post your resume on-line, taught by the Employment & Training Center. No Charge.
Tuesday April 14, 7-9:00pm and Saturday April 18, 10am-12pm at Pine Technical College.

Keeping Your Home and Still Feeding Your FamilyWhat options are available if you or a loved one is struggling to pay your mortgage? No Charge.
Wednesday April 15, 7-9:00pm and Saturday April 25, 10am-12pm at Pine Technical College.

Understanding Your Credit Report
Go home with your free annual credit report or if you already have one, bring it and get an understanding of your credit report. You will NOT be asked to share private information, but your questions will be answered. No Charge.
Saturday April 25, 8-10am at Pine Technical College.

For additional information or to register for a class, please contact Pine City Community Education at 629-7331.