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There is always something fun and family-friendly going on in Anoka County!  This section is to keep you up-to-date on all the fun events going on in your community and throughout Anoka County...  Everything is in date order.  For On-going events/groups Click Here
 

Now Playing - Newsies - Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is thrilled to bring its audiences the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, Disney’s Newsies! With astounding choreography, unforgettable songs and inspirational storytelling, Newsies is a not-to-be-missed, high-energy show for all ages.  Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City, Jack Kelly hawks the headlines day-in and day-out with countless other newsboys trying to save enough to make his dreams a reality.  New York World publisher, Joseph Pulitzer, realizes he can maximize profits by raising the price of the “papes” and does so without a word to the “Newsies.” Upon seeing Pulitzer’s greed, the newsboys protest and declare a strike against all the publishing giants.  Realizing it will take more than his friends to make a difference, Jack rallies all the “Newsies” in New York City. Through courage, determination, and friendship the “Newsies” are ready to seize the day and take a stand.  Coupled with dazzling choreography, the unforgettable songs are from Academy Award®-winning composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas), and include: “Carrying the Banner,” “King of New York,” “Santa Fe” and “Seize the Day.”  Don’t miss this ultimate crowd-pleaser, a Minnesota Regional Premiere, nominated for 8 Tony Awards – Including Best Musical!  Running now through September 29, 2018.  Click Here for tickets or call the box office at 952-934-1525.

July 21, 2018 – Anoka Food Truck Festival Free event featuring more than 45 food trucks from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. Food trucks will line up on Jackson Street between 1st and 3rd Avenues (right by city hall). Live music, locally handcrafted beers, games, activities, and other beverage options.  Learn more at Anoka Food Truck Festival

July 24, 2018 - Summer In The City Neighborhood Meetings - Gather with the community and learn about city projects and things going on in your neighborhood as well as meet with council members and staff.  There will be fire trucks, police cars, public works equipment and other displays available.  6:30pm - 8:00pm with a presentation at 7:00pm.  Alder Park, 50 104th Lane, Coon Rapids. 

July 24 – 29, 2018 - Anoka County Fair - The Anoka County Fair gets bigger and better every year.  This year we are serving strong beer and Route 65 Pub and Grub will be serving mix drinks in the beer gardens.  Details of all events at Anoka County Fair

July 28, 2018 - Free Paper Shredding Event - Bring your confidential papers to shred for free.  General paperclips and staples are accepted however, please DO NOT bring magazines, newspapers, carbon paper, laminated paper, tissue paper, 3 ring binders, plastic/metal binder clips, rubber bands, hard cover books, or plastics.  There is a 5 box/bag limit per customer.  Saturday, July 28th from 9am - Noon at John Ward Park (2400 Forest Ave).  Questions?  Call Pam at 763-576-2725 or visit ci.anoka.mn.us.

August 10 – 12, 2018 – Irish Fair of Minnesota - Enjoy the culture of Ireland through music, dance, food and drink at the 39th annual Irish Fair of Minnesota! Great Irish music all weekend by dozens of local and international Irish acts including We Banjo 3Gaelic StormScreaming OrphansAltanDoolin’ and many many more. A dozen local Irish Dance schools will perform at our Performance Dance Tent! Activities for kids all weekend long, the Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band and Native Dogs of Ireland - MN as well as our The Celtic Kitchen and Sheep Herding demos will transport you and your family to the Emerald Isle. Admission is FREE!  151 Water St. W, St. Paul, MN  55104. Hours are:  Friday August 10 3-11pm, Saturday August 11 10am-11pm, Sunday August 12 10am-7pm.  https://www.irishfair.com/

August 18, 2018 - Black Light Slide - Blacklight Slide™ is an incredible experience unlike any other! RUSH down our slides filled with Neon Glow-In-The-Dark water then dance yourself dry while some of the top DJs in the country pump out your favorite tracks. Get ready to DANCE, PLAY, and have the time of your life.  5:00pm - 10:00pm at the National Sports Center, 1700 105th Ave. NE, Blaine.  Click Here for Tickets

September 14 through October 14, 2018 – The Miracle Worker - Based on the extraordinary true story of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan, this inspiring and unforgettable play is an American classic. Helen is violent, spoiled and exists inside a silent, tortured world. Blind, deaf and mute since infancy she is in danger of being sent to an institution. Desperate, Helen’s family writes to the Perkins Institute and a young, inexperienced Annie Sullivan shows up on their doorstep. Through persistence, love and sheer stubbornness, Annie breaks through Helen’s wall of silence and teaches her to communicate, finally bringing her into the world at last. A radiant and emotionally-gripping story that will make you believe in miracles!  Running September 14th through October 14th at the Yellow Tree Theatre in Osseo.  Click Here for Tickets or call the Box Office at 763-493-8733.

September 15, 2018 - Movie In The Park; Paddington 2 - Come out to San Creek Athletic Complex (1008 Northdale Blvd, Coon Rapids) for a free movie in the park.  Concessions available for purchase and opens an hour before the movie starts.  Coe early to find your spot and enjoy the park play areas.  Sponsored by the Coon Rapids Community Strength Foundation. 

September 22, 2018 - Coon Rapids Love My Pet Fair - Bring your pet to the Coon Rapids Love My Pet Fair and participate in a pet parade, costume contest and more fun events.  Saturday, Sept. 22nd, 10:00am - 2:00pm at Riverview Park, 2420 -105th Ave., Coon Rapids.

September 29, 2018 – B4K Legacy Ride - Bring your family! Bring your friends and neighbors!  Come and enjoy a guided bike ride through one of the most beautiful parks in the area!!  There will be three routes to choose from:  5, 15, and 25 miles meandering along the beautiful bike paths in Elm Creek Park Reserve.  B4K Legacy Ride – where helmets are required but spandex is optional.  This is a rain or shine event.  If there are thunderstorms or dangerous weather conditions, the event will be cancelled but no refunds will be given.   8am – Same day registration and check in  9am – Ride beginsWhere:  Elm Creek Park Reserve  (Bluebird picnic area and shelter).  Online registration ends 9/21/18.  Questions?  Email paula.foley@bikes4kidsmn.org.

October 6, 2018 - Fix It Clinic - Don't trash it...Fix it!  Bring your broken small household appliances, clothing, electronics, and more.  We provide free guided assistance to disassemble and fix your items.  Itmes must be small enough to carry such as vacuums, fans, toys, laptops and more.  Funded by the Anoka County Board of Commissioners & State SCORE fund (Select Committee on Recycling and the Environment).  10:00 am to 1:00pm at Coon Rapids Public Works, 1831 - 111th Ave. NW, Coon Rapids. 

November 9 through December 30, 2018 – Miracle on Christmas Lake - Jessica Lind Peterson’s original holiday comedy is back and sillier than ever! Soap opera star Colin Avery returns to his Minnesota roots to take over Christmas Lake Community Theater after his father dies. Colin's new wife Tess – a city girl with zero tolerance for mosquitoes – comes along for the ride only to find the theater on the verge of bankruptcy. After losing the rights to It’s a Wonderful Life, they race to come up with another play. With piano tuner and Little House fanatic Neil Gunderson, and lizard-loving massage therapist Martha Knutson as the only cast members, hilarity ensues as this unlikely bunch scramble to save the theater. There’s true love and off-key Christmas carols, lutefisk and naked pot bellies, and best of all, unexpected miracles happen.  A ridiculous and heart-warming holiday comedy guaranteed to tickle the funny bone of lutefisk-eating Minnesotans everywhere!  Running November 9 through December 30th at the Yellow Tree Theatre in Osseo.  Click Here for Tickets or call the Box Office at 763-493-8733.

November 10, 2018 - HOME Improvement and Design EXPO™ - Attention all home improvement enthusiast! Don’t miss your opportunity to explore up to 150 exhibitors featuring the latest products, services and information to help turn your dream home into a reality. Start your next projects off to the right start. Talk with the experts and get free tips and renovation ideas! Meet builders, remodelers, landscapers, designers, painters, architects, interior designers and more. Everything from bathroom and kitchen renovations to lawn and landscape. Even get help with your home décor! It’s everything from inside/out to basement/roof! Main Stage filled with on-going speaker presentations, demonstrations and entertainment all day long.  Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Mounds View Community Center, 5394 Edgewood Dr., Mounds View. $6 admission or FREE with a donation for the Mom’s & Neighbors Food Shelf. http://www.MediaMaxEvents.com or call (952)238-1700.

November 17, 2018 - HealthyLife Expo - This the largest show of it’s kind in the entire Midwest. If you’re looking to look, feel, and be your very best, then this is the show for you. See why 1,000’s of attendees visit the Healthy Life Expo every year.  Nutrition, Fitness, and Longevity - It's all here! Explore up to 200+ exhibitors offering everything for health, balance and success in all areas of life. 3 - Stages of on-going speaker presentations, and demonstrations. New this year is three Stages with non-stop speaker’s presentations! Product sampling, hourly drawings and free health information. The Smart place to get the free tips information to start living a healthier life. See the latest in nutrition, fitness, men’s & women’s health, medical information, weight loss, health services, and much more! Seminars, product demonstrations, entertainment, and great shopping all weekend long! Admission $6 or FREE with a donation for the Mom's & Neighbors Food ShelfPrint Free Tickets at: www.mediamaxevents.com/vip. See all the attractions at: http://www.MediaMaxEvents.com or call (952)238-1700.

February 1 through March 3, 2019 – Flowers for the Room - Allison and Jake have only just begun their new lives as husband and wife when a tragic accident changes everything. Confined to a hospital bed and trapped inside a body that won’t cooperate, Allison hears the world around her, but the world cannot hear her. As weeks turn to months, Jake loses hope of getting his wife back and he is forced to chose between his marriage vows and the life he imagined for himself. Is the love they had before the accident enough to tackle the uncertainty of what lies ahead? One foot in each world, both must decide whether to continue the fight, or to finally let each other go. With a story by award-winning playwright Jessica Lind Peterson and a gorgeous original score by contemporary folk sensation Blake Thomas, Flowers for the Room is a stunning new musical about human resilience and the power of choice.  Running February 1st through March 3rd at the Yellow Tree Theatre in Osseo.  Click Here for Tickets or call the Box Office at 763-493-8733.

February 9 - 10, 2019 ~ Healthy LIFE EXPO™ - We EXPANDED this show to be our LARGEST EVER! Nutrition, Fitness, and Longevity - It's all here! Explore up to 200+ exhibitors offering everything for health, balance and success in all areas of life. 3 - Stages of on-going speaker presentations, and demonstrations. New this year is three Stages with non-stop speaker’s presentations! Product sampling, hourly drawings and free health information. The Smart place to get the free tips information to start living a healthier life. See the latest in nutrition, fitness, men’s & women’s health, medical information, weight loss, health services, and much more! Seminars, product demonstrations, entertainment, and great shopping all weekend long!  Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center Ballroom - 1301 2nd St - Minneapolis, MN - 55403. Admission $6 or FREE with a donation for Golden Valley Family Center Food Shelf.  See all the attractions at: http://www.MediaMaxEvents.com or call (952)238-1700. 

March 9. 2019 – North Suburban Home Improvement Show - The cities of Andover, Anoka, and Coon Rapids will be sponsoring the 21st annual North Suburban Home Improvement Show on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Andover YMCA Community Center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Visit 100+ exhibitors specializing in a wide range of home improvements and meet with local mayors and city staff members.  It’s a great opportunity to talk with city building department representatives to find answers to questions about your home improvement projects. Each year the North Suburban Home Show collects donations for local area food shelves.  Admission to the Home Show is FREE but we encourage a people to provide a non-perishable food item or monetary donation. For more information, visit www.NorthSuburbanHomeShow.Org.

March 23, 2019 ~ HOME Improvement and Design EXPO™ - Attention all home improvement enthusiast! Don’t miss your opportunity to explore up to 150 exhibitors featuring the latest products, services and information to help turn your dream home into a reality. Start your next projects off to the right start. Talk with the experts and get free tips and renovation ideas! Meet builders, remodelers, landscapers, designers, painters, architects, interior designers and more. Everything from bathroom and kitchen renovations to lawn and landscape. Even get help with your home décor! It’s everything from inside/out to basement/roof! Main Stage filled with on-going speaker presentations, demonstrations and entertainment all day long.  Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Mounds View Community Center, 5394 Edgewood Dr., Mounds View. $6 admission or FREE with a donation for the Mom’s & Neighbors Food Shelf. http://www.MediaMaxEvents.com or call (952)238-1700.

April 6, 2019 ~ Longevity Health EXPO™ - The Longevity EXPO offers attendees options to see all the latest products and services for gaining better health.  Up to 110 Exhibitors and visit two Stages filled with on-going speaker presentations, demonstrations and entertainment all day long. This show is all about products, services and information that will help you stay healthy and well at any age! See the latest in anti-aging, nutrition, fitness, men’s & women’s health, medical information, weight loss, health services, living-in-place, and much more! Stay active and visit the Longevity EXPO – your better life awaits.  Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Maple Grove Community Center – 12951 Weaver Lake Road – Maple Grove, MN 55369. Admission $6 or FREE with a donation for Golden Valley Family Center Food Shelf.  See all the attractions at: http://www.MediaMaxEvents.com or call (952)238-1700.

April 12 through May 12, 2019 – Cry It Out - Cooped up on maternity leave and starved for conversation, neighbors Jessie and Lina become fast friends when they begin daily coffee dates in their adjoining backyards while their newborns nap. Though from vastly different financial backgrounds, they bond over their ferocious love for their babies and the monumental demands of new motherhood. When a stranger from a nearby mansion drops by to ask if his wife who is “having a hard time” can join their coffee klatch, their fearsome two-some is infiltrated with shocking results. A whip-smart comedy with a sharp edge, Cry it Out takes an honest look at being home with a baby, the power of female friendship, the dilemma of going back to work, and the effect class has on parenthood in America.  Running April 12th through May 12th at the Yellow Tree Theatre in Osseo.  Click Here for Tickets or call the Box Office at 763-493-8733.

November 2, 2019 - HOME Improvement and Design EXPO™ - Attention all home improvement enthusiast! Don’t miss your opportunity to explore up to 150 exhibitors featuring the latest products, services and information to help turn your dream home into a reality. Start your next projects off to the right start. Talk with the experts and get free tips and renovation ideas! Meet builders, remodelers, landscapers, designers, painters, architects, interior designers and more. Everything from bathroom and kitchen renovations to lawn and landscape. Even get help with your home décor! It’s everything from inside/out to basement/roof! Main Stage filled with on-going speaker presentations, demonstrations and entertainment all day long.  Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Maple Grove Community Center. $6 admission or FREE with a donation for the Mom’s & Neighbors Food Shelf. http://www.MediaMaxEvents.com or call (952)238-1700.

November 9, 2019 ~ HOME Improvement and Design EXPO™ - Attention all home improvement enthusiast! Don’t miss your opportunity to explore up to 150 exhibitors featuring the latest products, services and information to help turn your dream home into a reality. Start your next projects off to the right start. Talk with the experts and get free tips and renovation ideas! Meet builders, remodelers, landscapers, designers, painters, architects, interior designers and more. Everything from bathroom and kitchen renovations to lawn and landscape. Even get help with your home décor! It’s everything from inside/out to basement/roof! Main Stage filled with on-going speaker presentations, demonstrations and entertainment all day long.  Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Mounds View Community Center, 5394 Edgewood Dr., Mounds View. $6 admission or FREE with a donation for the Mom’s & Neighbors Food Shelf. http://www.MediaMaxEvents.com or call (952)238-1700.

November 23 & 24, 2019 ~ Healthy LIFE EXPO™ - We EXPANDED this show to be our LARGEST EVER! Nutrition, Fitness, and Longevity - It's all here! Explore up to 200+ exhibitors offering everything for health, balance and success in all areas of life. 3 - Stages of on-going speaker presentations, and demonstrations. New this year is three Stages with non-stop speaker’s presentations! Product sampling, hourly drawings and free health information. The Smart place to get the free tips information to start living a healthier life. See the latest in nutrition, fitness, men’s & women’s health, medical information, weight loss, health services, and much more! Seminars, product demonstrations, entertainment, and great shopping all weekend long!  Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center Ballroom - 1301 2nd St - Minneapolis, MN - 55403. Admission $6 or FREE with a donation for Golden Valley Family Center Food Shelf.  See all the attractions at: http://www.MediaMaxEvents.com or call (952)238-1700. 

 

 

On Going Events/Groups

Girl Scouts River Valleys - Girl Scouts River Valleys provides an inclusive environment where girls develop the skills they need to become our future leaders. Through specialized programs and events, we provide a safe place for girls to grow and share new experiences, develop core values and contribute to society.In partnership with 11,000 committed volunteers and adult members, Girl Scouts River Valleys serves more than 32,000 girls through a 49-county council that spans Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. 
Find a group here:  http://www.girlscoutsrv.org/.


Boy Scouts of America - Serving over 113,000 young people across Central Minnesota & Western Wisconsin. Our programs offer young men & women opportunities to be active and grow through hands-on experiences, activities, and service projects in your community and across the globe. Scouting means Doing!  Get involved! 
For more information, call 763-231-7201.  www.northernstarbsa.org


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ACBC Food Shelf & Clothing:  Give Back to Your Community!  They Need You!  We accept non-perishable food items, clean, in-season, ready to wear clothing, books, toys, linens, household and miscellaneous items.  Donations accepted Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:00am - 1:00am, or schedule a drop off time by calling 763-422-0043.  2615 9th Ave N, Anoka.  Donate online at www.ACBCFoodShelf.org.

Every Thursday 2:00-5:00 PM: Hope for the Community Free Groceries - Come by for a few bags of free groceries!  Everyone is welcome. Invite your friends, family, neighbors, and co. workers.  Hope Church 1264 109th Avenue NE, Blaine. 763-757-4266  Click Here For More Details

Anoka Senior Center Enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch M-F for a suggested donation of $3.50, including milk, coffee and dessert.  For more info call 763-427-6646 or Click Here For More Details
Click Here for the monthly "Anoka Senior Times" Newsletter

Coon Rapids Senior Center - The Coon Rapids Senior Center provides the perfect opportunity for seniors, age 55 and older, to socialize, participate in activities and meet new friends! Senior Center staff and volunteers organize a variety of: Day trips, Dynamic programs, Educational classes & Social events.  Join us for lunch through our Senior Dining Program.  Call 763-767-6473 for more information or visit our website: Coon Rapids Senior Center

Spring Lake Park Recreation Older Adult Program - In this age of fast pace technology, we find ourselves running to keep up with the daily demands on our time. Take this opportunity to find something to enjoy, to rejuvenate your spirit, to allow you to take on another day.  Call a friend and join a class or tour. Explore the many enrichment opportunities available to adults of all ages.  Sports, crafts, home and garden, hobbies, tours, day trips, whatever your interest, do something just for you.  Check out our special interest classes and sports & fitness offerings on the menu to the left.  http://www.slprec.org/programs.html

Anoka County is full of history!  See and relive it at the Anoka County History Center & Library!  Home of the Anoka County Historical Society.  For more info,
Click Here

There are plenty of things to do and see at Springbrook Nature Center! For more info, Click Here


There's always something fun happening at the Library!  For more info, call 763-785-3695 or Click Here

Senior Dances at the Coon Rapids American Legion - 2nd & 3rd Wednesday of the month from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  $4.00/person, For more info, call 763-421-6260.

Anoka Women of Today - Get involved with your community!
For more info, Click here

Authentic Achievers Business Network International - Click Here for info

Coon Rapids Women of Today - Get Involved with your Community!
For more info, Click Here

WoMN Strong - Women volunteering together!  Click here for more info

FREE Breast Cancer Screening available for qualifying women who are over 40, meet income requirements, and are either under-insured or have no insurance to cover the cost of testing.  For more info, call MN Dept of Health Sage Program, 1-888-643-2584

Anoka County Community Action Program, Inc. (ACCAP) is committed to helping individuals in Anoka County, Minnesota out of poverty and into the community as productive citizens.  Information and referral services are offered to Anoka County residents through programs such as Child Care Resource & Referral and the Senior Information Line. ACCAP also provides direct services and subsidies to residents such as affordable housing, the Energy Assistance Program and the Child Care Assistance Program.  These programs and services help individuals and families in our community achieve their goal of self-sufficiency. 
Click Here for More Information.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres - Stevie Ray's Comedy Cabaret!- Take a trip out to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre for Stevie Ray's Comedy Cabaret, now playing in The Playhouse, Stevie Ray's Comedy Troupe will keep you laughing with comedy sketches, music and improv based on suggestions taken from the audience!  Shows are Thursday-Sunday. Tickets are $20 for Thursday & Sunday, Tickets are $25 for Friday & Saturday, Show is at 8p (Thursday-Saturday) and at 7p on Sunday, Reservations recommended at 952-934-1525 or order online at www.ChanhassenDT.com


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Having Trouble Paying Your Utility Bill


 
The following agencies might be able to provide assistance with
 your energy bills this winter:

 * Anoka County Community Action Program (ACCAP) - 763-783-4747

     (Calls are taken from October 1st through May 31.)
 

 
*Welfare & Social Service Financial Assistance
   
Adults - 763-422-7200
    Adults with Children - 763-717-7700

 * CEAP - 763-783-4930

 
* Salvation Army HeatShare - 763-755-6873 (ext 123 or 124)
 

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