Summer Musical “Bye Bye Birdie”

The Pine City Heritage Players have been busy rehearsing since mid-May for this summer’s community theater presentation of “Bye Bye Birdie”, a musical comedy with book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Lee Adams.

The show is directed by Rachel Bigelow, a Rush City resident.  Bigelow is the fall musical director at North Branch High School, and most recently directed the spring production of “Little Women” at the Rush City High School.  It is through these other regional connections that this summer’s musical includes cast and crew members from a number of cities in the region: Pine City, Rush City, North Branch, Finlayson, and Grantsburg.

Four performances will be available for audiences to enjoy: July 13, 14 & 15 at 7PM or a matinee performance on Sunday, July 16th at 2PM.

Tickets for the production will go on sale July 1st.  Local purchases can be made at Cabin Coffees, More Than Sprouts, or the Chamber of Commerce office.  Online ticket sales along with cast and crew biographies and other articles will also be available at


BBB Poster


Cross Lake Assn Boat Parade, July 4

Layout 1Tuesday July 4th is the day for this year’s Cross Lake Association Boat Parade.  The event will begin at 1 pm sharp on the north end of Cross Lake.  If you wish to compete for prizes, plan to arrive by 12:30 to register.  Prizes in the form of gift certificates will be awarded to the top 6 boats.  The parade will travel around the entire lake, and take about 2-1/2 hours.  The theme for this parade is to show your American pride, so come and show the judges how patriotic you can be.

Any questions regarding the event can be directed to Frank at 320-629-3361.

Bingo Fundraiser TONIGHT!

The Pine City Ambassador Program will host their annual scholarship fundraiser tonight at the Pine City High School Commons at 7PM.  The event includes 14 games of regular bingo with the prize for each game featuring products or gift certificates for services. Each prize awarded has a $40 – $100 value.

A few of the prizes include:  Seasonal oil change gift certificate from Rick’s Auto Repair, Tupperware items from Ani’s Tupperware, 3 month membership at Anytime Fitness, Dragon attire from Lee’s Pro Shop, Movie Fun from Chris’ Food Center, kids book collection from Usborne Books by Angie Kemen, or a necklace and earring set from Premier Jewelry Design, JoAnn Lindstrom.

For those that can’t get away to play bingo today, but would still like to support the program…. and have a chance to win one of two great prizes… $1 raffle tickets are available.  1st prize is a Pine County Fair package (ride wristbands, derby tickets & concessions)  and 2nd prize is a Shop Local package with gift certificates to Nicoll’s Cafe, A&W, Sprouts, Darla & Cliff’s Country Store & Chamber Bucks.  Raffle tickets can be purchased from any of the candidates or from the Chamber Office…. or at the event.

MPC Bingo Fundraiser Poster



Echoes Of Elvis & Walking Tacos

The sun is shining and summer is calling!  The Pine City Arts Council is hosting week 4 of the Art in the Park Music Series tonight (Friday, June 16, 6 p.m.) at Robinson Park in downtown Pine City. The Pine Area Lions will serve walking tacos beginning at 5:30 p.m.

New this year is free transportation by Arrowhead Transit from 6-9 p.m. Pick up schedule is 6 p.m. at Westchester Apartments, 6:10 p.m. at the Senior Dining site, and 6:20 p.m. at Golden Horizons Assisted Living. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the show.

Still to come this summer:
June 23rd ~ Al Godage and the Sundown Band
June 30th ~ The Whiteidewalls
July 7th ~ Monroe Crossing
July 21st ~ Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers
July 38th ~ Neighberz

Fare for All: Food that makes cents

Are you looking for ways to stretch your grocery dollars this summer?  Fare for All is a program that is open to ANYONE to use every month or the occasion when it fits your schedule.  Fare for All is community supported.  The more people that participate, the more savings passed on to customers.  Advanced payment is required and EBT payments are accepted by calling 1-800-582-4291.  Here is how the program works:

Place your pre-order & payment with New Horizon Thrift Store at 215 Main Street South in the weeks prior to the monthly distribution date.  Orders and payment must be received by the Monday before distribution date.

Pick up your packages at The Lighthouse (Evangelical Free Church property south of Chris’ Food Center) on the scheduled date between 2:30 PM and 4:00 PM.  Distribution dates remaining in 2017: July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8 & December 6.

What’s for Sale?  Everything from produce packs, mini meat packs, to hot buys… and special holiday packs are introduced in November & December.  Here is an example of just 2 of the options available:


Volunteers at the New Horizon Thrift Store are available to answer any questions that you might have about the program, or you can pick up an informational flyer at the store as well.

Freedom Fest Events: June 21-25

The annual Freedom Fest event kicks off in just one week and we are excited and anxious about all that this year has planned for us!  We are introducing a few new events to the line-up and bringing back a few items from previous years.

Advanced registration details you might want to know about (Registration links available on the Chamber of Commerce website)
TRIATHLON — register by Friday, June 16th to guarantee a t-shirt.  Event day registration is available but no t-shirt is guaranteed
AMAZING RACE — register by Wed. June 21st at Noon.  Event day registration is NOT available
PINE CITY SINGS — register by Wed. June 21st at Noon.  Event day registration is NOT available

2017 Event Schedule