This holiday season we give thanks

All donations, contributions and memberships fund the following:

  • Help those in need, Community Café:  Twice weekly meals served, dedicated to reducing hunger and building a stronger community.
  • Help distribute food, Ruby’s Pantry:  Food distribution program open to everyone, keeps good food out of the landfills.
  • Help children, Summer Food Service Program:  Free meals served Monday through Friday to kids ages 1 to 18.
  • Help art flourish:  Summer art week helps kids be creative.
  • Healthy living:  Backus hosts free open gym for all ages, exercise class for adults and open volleyball.
  • Community theater:  Home to Borealis Bards Community Theatre Troupe, fun for all ages!
  • Youth athletics:  Home to Bronco junior high basketball program.
  • Volunteerism:  Volunteers live longer and are happier — our volunteers are the backbone of what we do.
  • Share community history:  Almost everyone has a story to tell about attending school in the Backus building—share yours!
  • Preserve historic buildings:  Backus Community Center was built in 1937 and would have been torn down had it not been for the dedicated group who saved it. Now it is a vibrant community center serving everyone in some way.
  • Live entertainment:  Bringing world-class performances of all kinds to our remote community. Our artists have performed on Broadway! 
  • Community outreach:  We’re more than just a building.  We want to improve the community one event and project at a time.
  • Giving local businesses a place to call home:
    KCC-TV Public, education, government television
    Northland Art Society Sharing a love of art
    Dancin’ with Darcie Children’s dance classes
    Rainy River Recovery, Northland Counseling ....and more!
  • Whatever your passion is, support Backus Community Center — we serve people of all ages, stages and wages. 

Community Cafe Holiday Schedule

No Cafe

Thursday, November 28

Tuesday, December 24

Tuesday, December 31

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Better yet, see us in person!

The Backus office is open Monday through Friday.

Backus Community Center

900 5th St, International Falls, Minnesota 56649, United States

(218) 285-7225


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