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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...
 

Haven's Point Sunday Brunch Buffet - Introducing our new 2015 Brunch every Sunday. Build your own Bloody Mary just the way you like it at our Bloody Mary Bar. Chef Carving Station, Made to Order Eggs, Omelets and Scramblers. Menu also includes Belgian Waffles, Biscuits & Country Gravy, Breakfast Potatoes, Freshly Baked Carmel Rolls and Muffins, the Season's Freshest Fruits and Berries, Hardwood Smoked Bacon & Sausage Links and more!  Located at Green Haven Golf Club, 2800 Greenhaven Rd., Anoka.  $13.99 Adults, $10.99 Seniors (65+), $6.99 Kids 9 - 12yrs, Kids 8 & under Free.  Reserve Today at 763-576-2966Click Here for Flyer

Now Playing- Chanhassen Dinner Theatres - 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

Now Playing – Guthrie Theatre Presents Pericles - Shakespeare’s adventure-filled romance - Enter Pirates! Set sail with Pericles, Prince of Tyre, on an action-packed, epic journey. In heroic fashion, Pericles woos a princess, fights a famine, weathers storms and a shipwreck, wins the hand of his wife, loses her at sea, and entrusts his only child to a king and queen. From a riddle to a heartrending reunion, Shakespeare’s tale charts one man’s sweeping voyage from a headstrong youth to a sage, world-weary man, with humor, pathos and passion.  Running through February 21st Click Here For Tickets or Call The Box Office at 612-377-2224. 

Now Playing – Chanhassen Dinner Theatre Presents Sister Act - Direct from Broadway, SISTER ACT, is the feel-amazing musical comedy smash called, “Ridiculously fun,” by the New York Post. Featuring original music by 8-time Oscar-winner, Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors, Newsies). SISTER ACT tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her away in the last place anyone would expect – a convent! Set around the Christmas holidays, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she also rediscovers her own in a sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship.  Running thru February 27, 2016 - For tickets call 952-934-1525 or order online at www.ChanhassenDT.com  

Now Playing - Country Roads: The Music of John Denver Starring Dennis Curley  A musical tribute to everyone's favorite country boy, John Denver.  Join us for this Plymouth Playhouse debut featuring the greatest hits of America's favorite folk singer, headlined by Dennis Curley and an incomparable six-piece band.  Featuring songs like "Take Me home, Country Roads," "Thank God I'm a Country Boy," and "Rocky Mountain High," these sweet, simple, nostalgic tunes are sure to fill up your senses and have you singing along.  Running now through May 1, 2016 Call Box Office - 763-553-1600 Ext 1 Order online - plymouthplayhouse.com

February 5 & 6,  2016 – Guilty Pleasures - What’s a “Guilty Pleasure” song? Have any favorite songs you like to turn up loud on the car radio when you’re alone? Next thing you know you’re singing it out loud at a red light? Busted! Why Yep, we ALL have 'em. But, why feel guilty? Own it! The Armadillos are unapologetically going to play many of their favorite GUILTY PLEASURE songs and maybe you'll find some of these same songs are on your hidden playlists, too. Taking down the barriers and their bravado.... knowing it's not cool to admit to liking some Manilow, or (ahem!) Donny and Marie...or maybe those catchy pop nuggets by the Partridge Family (Are you are singing "C'mon Get Happy' right now?) This show is sure to bring out the best and worst in all of us....and after the show you'll find yourself digging through your own collections of music remembering what a great night you had sharing GUILTY PLEASURES with the Fabulous Armadillos! Songs You Hate To Admit You LOVE!For tickets call 952-934-1525 or online at  www.ChanhassenDT.com

February 5 thru March 6, 2016 – Clybourne Park - An outrageously funny and spiky new satirical comedy takes a razor-sharp jab at race and real estate in a fictional Chicago neighborhood. One agile ensemble of actors play two sets of characters in the play The Washington Post deemed “one of its feistiest, funniest evenings in years.” Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best New Play and the 2011 Pulitzer Prize!  By Bruce Norris, Directed by Craig Johnson.  Yellow Tree Theatre, 320 5th Ave SE, Osseo, MN.  Click Here for Tickets or call 763-493-8733.

February 6, 2016 - Peace Lutheran Church Health & Wellness Fair - Come out Saturday between 10:00 am – 1:00pm.  Activities include Book Swap - bring a book, take a book, Blood Pressure Checks, Exhibits, Door Prizes, Balance Testing, Immunization Lookup and more.  Stop by and visit Dawn, from Body In Motion Pilates! Dawn can help you create a Fusion of Mind and Body while developing a balance through the Pilates Principles!  Peace Lutheran Church, 20 Northdale Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids.  http://www.peacecoonrapids.org/health-wellness-fair

February 6, 2016 – Doggie Depot Event - Union Depot will host its popular Doggie Depot event on Saturday, February 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public and people are encouraged to bring their dogs for a morning of fun activities for canines and their owners.  In addition to rescue dog adoptions, a pet products vendor marketplace, and pet experts, guests will witness the crowning of the first-ever Saint Paul Winter Carnival doggie royal court:  Canine-King Boreas and Canine-Queen of Snows.  The live broadcast by MyTalk 107.1 will take place simultaneously during the event and representatives from Sidewalk Dog will be on hand to share tips with guests about the Twin Cities’ most pet-friendly restaurants, retailers and more.  Several area rescue organizations will be there with dogs available for adoption.  The event is free and open to the public and guests are encouraged to bring their dogs to Union Depot for this special event, which is the only time dogs are allowed inside the venue.   There will be fun activities for guests to do with their dog, a pet photographer to capture photos, and each dog will be given a doggie bandana, while supplies last.  For more information, go to uniondepot.org.

February 6, 2016 - Coon Rapids Junior Royalty Pageant - Coon Rapids High School Auditorium, 1:00 p.m.  Tickets $8.00 per Person / Age 4 and Under Free.  Check out the dozens of Silent Auction items available to bid on, winners to be announced at the conclusion of the pageant. Sponsored by the Coon Rapids Junior Royalty Pageant Committee.   Click Here For Snowflake Days Activities At A Glance. 

February 6, 2016 - 3rd Annual North Star's Alumni Hockey Game vs Coon Rapids Guns and Hoses - Coon Rapids Ice Center, 5:20 p.m. / $10 per Person / $6 if wearing a 2016 Snowflake Days Button.  All District 10 Hockey Tournament Players already at the arena for day games admitted free.  NHL Alumni Meet and Greet / Reception / Live Auction immediately following the game at Boulevard Bar & Grill, 3395 Coon Rapids Boulevard NW.  Players will be auctioning off their game worn jerseys and signing autographs.  Come cheer on your favorite former North Star and Wild players (or Cop and Firefighter) as they take the ice in this tune up for their outdoor game vs the hated Chicago Black Hawks Alumni at TCF field just a few short weeks later. Players on the TCF game roster who are still local include Neal Broten, Brian Bellows, Brad Maxwell, Brad Bombardir, Don Beaupre, Andrew Brunette, Jack Carlson, Jim Dowd, Curt Giles, Craig Hartsburg, Darby Hendrickson, Reed Larson, Gordie Roberts, Wes Walz, Tom Younghans, Tom Reid and sweet Lou Nanne. Many of these players (and more) are expected to take the ice against the Guns & Hoses team. Click Here For Snowflake Days Activities At A Glance. 

February 6-7, 2016 ~ 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 the Yoga Stage and Healthy Cooling Stage! 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 men’s & women’s health, weight loss, living well, health services, and much more! Seminars, product demonstrations, entertainment, and great shopping all weekend long! Visit with Steve and Emily from Twin Cities Live TV Show and A Staci from KS95 Radio.  Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center Hall D - 1302 2nd St - Minneapolis, MN – 55403.  Admission $6 or FREE with a donation for the Mom’s & Neighbors Food Shelf.  See all the attractions at: http://www.MediaMaxEvents.com or call (952)238-1700.

February 7, 2016 – Snowflake Days Pickleball Tournament - Coon Rapids Middle School, 16 Teams Open / Double Elimination / Men's Division / Women's Division.  Pre-Register / $15 per Team, Check-In:  10:00 - 10:30 a.m., Tournament Begins 10:30 a.m. Click Here For Snowflake Days Activities At A Glance. 

February 11, 2016 - Snowflake Bingo for Seniors 55+ - Coon Rapids Senior Center
1:00 p.m., Free bingo with prizes and a Culver's frozen treat!  Call 763-767-6473 to reserve a spot!  Sponsored by North Ridge Health & Rehab and Culver's Restaurant.
Click Here For Snowflake Days Activities At A Glance. 

February 11, 2016 – Snowflake Days Chili Challenge - Coon Rapids American Legion Post 334, 11640 Crooked Lake Boulevard NW.  5:30-7:30 p.m., $8.00 / Adults, $4 / Children & Seniors.  Voting by Adults / Seniors Only.  All proceeds from event donated to support the food shelves at Coon Rapids High School, Coon Rapids Middle School and Mississippi Elementary School.  Sample 8 different chili recipes and vote for your favorite.   Click Here For Snowflake Days Activities At A Glance. 

February 11, 2016 - Pre-Valentine Couples Night Out - Ladies bring your man and shop over 20 vendors, 2 for 1 drink specials, food, raffle drawings, chair massages and more. $5 admission includes appetizers and raffle ticket for drawings.  Free swag bags for first 30 in the door.  One couple will be eligible for the Grand Prize Raffle Prize of 1 night stay at Holiday Inn & Suites, restaurant gift card and roses!  Thursday, February 11, 2016, 5:00pm - 8:00pm.  Willy McCoy's Champlin, 12450 Business Park Blvd.  Click Here for more Info.   Dedes shows

February 12 – 14, 2016 – Venture Bank Minnesota Golf Show - Swing by to check out the Midwest’s most prestigious consumer golf show with dozens of golf industry exhibitors participating and presenting the latest in golf equipment, gadgets, gifts, garb and getaways.  Minneapolis Convention Center – Hall B, 1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis.  Friday, February 12th 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, February 13th 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday, February 14th 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Adults (18 and older): $12, Youth (17 and under): FREE.  With every paid ticket, receive a bonus offer of a subscription to Golf Digest ($7 value). Redeemable at the show!  1500 ESPN will be broadcasting live.  Attractions include: 1 Finalist each day will putt for the chance to WIN $100K! The finalist from each day will also receive a season-long family pass to Eagle Lake!  Get a FREE 10 minute lesson from a PGA Instructor. A small change may bring huge results in your game!   Demo the latest and greatest technology from the major club manufacturers. 2nd Swing will provide custom club fitting at the show, or book an appointment for after the show with their exclusive tour van. The same technology that the pros use!  Click Here for more information. 

February 12 - 14, 2016 – A Night Full Of Wonder -“A NIGHT FULL OF WONDER – STEVIE WONDER,” is a tribute to an all-star by some of the Twin Cities’ own all-stars! Ginger Commodore is joined by friends Geoff Jones, Chreese Jones, Yolande Bruce, Bobby Commodore, Deevo, Daryl Boudreaux, Lee Blaske, Kenni Holmen (plus a few surprise guests). Be prepared to be romanced! Get up, jump and dance as you sing along to Stevie’s hits like “I Wish,” “Higher Ground,” “Ribbon in the Sky,” “Superstition” and many, many more! There will be some ‘kick your shoes off’ versions of his music, powerful solos and duets, soothing ballads and rollicking pop tunes to take you on Stevie’s unstoppable journey under music’s bright spotlight. The show celebrates this pioneer and innovator in the music industry. So grab your Valentine and come hear the music of Steveland Hardaway Judkins Morris, a.k.a. Stevie Wonder, (perhaps the 8th wonder of the world)! For tickets call 952-934-1525 or online at www.ChanhassenDT.com

February 12 – March 13, 2016 – Don’t Hug Me Musical - It's a Minnesota Love Story with Singin' and Stuff.   DON'T HUG ME takes place in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota. It’s the coldest day of the year and cantankerous bar owner Gunner Johnson wants to sell the business and move to sunny Florida. Clara, his wife and former Winter Carnival Bunyan Queen, wants to stay. Bernice Lundstrom, the pretty waitress, wants to pursue a singing career. Her fiance, Kanute Gunderson, wants her to stay home. It’s a battle of wills that tests their relationships and when a fast-talking salesman, Aarvid Gisselsen, promises to solve their problems and bring romance into their lives through the ‘magic’ of karaoke, all heck breaks loose!  Don't Hug Me a Love Story will be at Bunker Hills Event Center from February 12 through March 13, 2016. Buy dinner theater tickets online or at Bunker Hills Golf Club. After purchasing a ticket online, you will receive an email with details of your purchase, which will act as your ticket for the theater and dinner. Seating will be determined based on availability and group size by Bunker Hills Event Center Management.  Call us at (763) 951-7244 for more information.  Click Here for Tickets.

February 13, 2016 - Body In Motion Pilates FREE Barre Class - Join Dawn for a FREE Barre class Saturday morning.  This one-hour class combines ballet conditioning, interval cardio, Pilates, yoga and meditation to strengthen your core, lengthen your muscles, center your mind and lift your spirits! Inspired by the Lotte Berk Method, this class produces visible results, impressive total-body toning and flexibility while maintaining the utmost safety and accessibility for all students.  Located at Body In Motion Pilates Studio, 11452 Martin St., Coon Rapids, MN, 763-213-5181.  Click Here to Reserve Your Spot

February 13, 2016 - 10th Annual Ham Lake Snowbowl - Snow Sculpture Contest with over $1000 in prizes and trophies! Ice Fishing Contest, Dog Pull, Broomball Tournament, Helicopter Rides (weather permitting), Free Kids' Games, Vintage Snowmobile Expo (Contact Al at - (651)775-7174), Business Expo and Silent Auction, Craft Extravaganza, Sculpture Breakthrough Contest - Closest guess wins $500.  Food and Beverages Available for purchase, February 13, 2016  10am to 3pm at Ham Lake Park (Click for map), $3 Button Entry Per Person (all ages).  Click Here for list of places to get buttons.  Event is located at NE Corner of Hwy 65 and 153rd.  For more information contact Shana at shana@hamlakecc.org - 763-434-3011. 

February 13, 2016 – Snowflake Days Children's Carnival - Sand Creek Elementary School, 12156 Olive Street NW, Coon Rapids, MN.  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Free - Magic Show at 11:45 a.m.  Sponsored by the Coon Rapids Snowflake Association and hosted by the newly crowned 2016 Coon Rapids Junior Royalty families.  Face painting, DJ, magic show at 1:00 p.m., concessions, carnival games (fish pond, cake walk, duck pond, lollipop tree and more), snowflake crafts, "fair hair", prizes and lots of fun for everyone!  *No charge for the magic show*  Game tickets are 25 cents each or 5/$1.00.  Winner of Adult Medallion Hunt Announced immediately following the conclusion of the Children's Carnival event.

February 17, 2016 - Be Fabulous Sip N Shop - Be Fabulous in February and ALL YEAR long! Join us at Willy McCoys grab something good to eat like Southwestern Chicken dip and a refreshing beverage.  Then spoils yourself by shopping, getting a messages, or a phyic readings. It will be a night you will not want to miss.  FREE Admission & FREE Raffle Ticket!  FREE SWAG BAG to the first 50 people!  Click Here for More Info.

February 19 & 20, 2016 - Running On Empty: A Tribute To Jackson Browne - Jackson Browne is the consummate singer/songwriter. A fixture on the radio, with over a dozen hit singles, (“Doctor My Eyes,” “Boulevard,” “Somebody’s Baby,” “Running On Empty,” the Load-Out/Stay, These Days….) he’s sold millions of 14 critically-acclaimed albums. Perhaps the greatest artistic validation for Browne comes in having his songs performed and recorded by his esteemed peers including: Linda Ronstadt, The Eagles, The Byrds, Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Glen Campbell, Lyle Lovett, the Jackson Five and Bruce Springsteen. All have found a compelling connection to one of his literate and moving songs. Performed by Minnesota musicians featuring: Mary Jane Alm, Boyd and Aimee Lee, Matt Velline, Tom Bard, Brian C. Peters and many others! This promises to be a night to remember from the people who brought you, “Forever Everly – Music of the Everly Brothers” and “Rainy Days & Mondays – The Music of The Carpenters.”  For tickets call 952-934-1525 or online at www.ChanhassenDT.com

February 27, 2016 - Polar Plunge Anoka County - Benefiting Special Olympics Minnesota, individuals & teams from around Anoka County raise money by taking the Polar Plunge at Crooked Lake.  Visit the website to register (walk up registration will also be available 11am - 1pm), find a team, donate and other information.  Plunge begins at 1:00pm at Crooked Lake, 13180 Crooked Lake Blvd., Coon Rapids, Mn. 1000 plungers raised over $208,000 at the 2015 Anoka County Polar Plunge.  Let's Top That!

March 3 – 5, 2016 – Takin' It To The Limit - Back by popular demand! Two bands, Collective Unconscious and The Fabulous Armadillos, combine talents and return to present this most remarkable tribute concert to The Eagles - the quintessential band of the '70s and '80s. Audiences at CDT have loved every minute of this concert event and are known to sing and even dance along to such hits as: “Take it Easy,” “Life in The Fast Lane,” “Desperado” and so many more. This show played to sold-out houses in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Do not miss this return engagement!   For tickets call 952-934-1525 or online at www.ChanhassenDT.com

March 4 – 6, 2016 – Northern Starz Theatre Presents Alice@Wonderland - Northern Starz Children's Theatre is putting on a new version of the classic tale, lice@Wonderland March 4-6. What would happen if a 21st century Alice collided with Lewis Carroll’s legendary Wonderland?  This modern retelling of the classic children’s story has all of the characters you know and love, including the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the Queen of Hearts.  The story is laid out in traditional style, except that Alice is distinctly contemporary, complete with cell phone in hand.  Full of references to text messaging and social media, the play imagines a present-day Alice encountering the Wonderland so many of us treasure.  A sharply told, crisply paced ride, this quality adaptation has been praised for its humor, modern style and appeal to both children and adults.  Located at Northgate Performing Arts Center, 7295 Sunwood Dr. Ramsey, MN 55303  Purchase tickets at http://www.northernstarz.org/alice-wonderland-2016.html

March 6, 2016 - March Madness Craft & Vendor Show - Stop out at Willy McCoy's in Champlin for our March Madness event!  12:00pm - 5:00pm.  2 for 1 drinks all day, vendors, raffles and more.  12450 Business Park Blvd. N, Champlin.  Click Here for Facebook Event and list of Vendors!

March 11 & November 13, 2016 – 100 years of Sinatra - Frank Sinatra, (who had one of the most recognizable voices of all time) turned 100 years old in 2015. The "Chairman of the Board" enjoyed a recording career that spanned from 1935-1995, signed with the most popular big bands of the '40s, and won an Academy Award. He has sold hundreds of millions of records worldwide, received 11 Grammy Awards, and starred in 60 motion pictures. Hear dozens of your favorites including: "That's Life," Nice 'n' Easy," "You Make Me Feel So Young," "Fly Me To The Moon," "New York, New York," "My Way" and many, many others. In 2015 we celebrated Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday! Andrew Walesch and his big band, filled with many Twin Cities' big band and jazz legends, will take you through this journey in time as we celebrate Frank Sinatra’s legendary career. This show returns by popular demand, order your tickets today!  For tickets call 952-934-1525 or online at www.ChanhassenDT.com

March 12, 2016 - Spring Vendor & Craft Boutique - Are you sick of winter??  Come out to Grand Casino Hinckley for a fun event!  100+ vendors & crafters, FREE swag bag for the first 100 in the door, 100+ prizes to be given away.  Shop Jewelry * Home Decor * Clothing * Accessories * Beauty * Health * Fitness * Crafts * Cooking * And So Much MORE!! FREE and Open to the Public.  Saturday, March 12th from 12:00pm - 6:00pm, Grand Casino Hinckley, 777 Lady Luck Dr., Hinckley, MN.  Click Here for more info.

March 12, 2016 – Hallelujah We Love Him So - The word "genius" is tossed around far too casually these days. Concerning Ray Charles, the word was apt, and probably downplayed.  “HALLELUJAH WE LOVE HIM SO,” the newest show from Mick Sterling Presents is an unabashed love-fest from a collection of top Twin Cities’ players to the man who molded and inspired them to pick up an instrument or be a singer. Twin Cities’ icons Mick Sterling and Wain McFarlane sing lead vocals. They are joined by a horn section, background singers and a soulful, bluesy rhythm section. The group is led by Scottie Miller, one of the nation’s leading blues and soul pianists, and driven by the mighty Bobby Vandell on drums. This show will give you your Ray Charles “fix” in a unique, entertaining way.  From “Georgia on my Mind,” “Hit The Road Jack” and “I Got A Woman,” to the essential “Drown in My Own Tears,” “Crying Time,” “I Can’t Stop Loving You” and many other songs that he made his own, “HALLELUJAH WE LOVE HIM SO” is a show that will make you want to stand up and cheer. It's a celebration of the man, The Genius of Soul, Mr. Ray Charles.  For tickets call 952-934-1525 or online at www.ChanhassenDT.com

March 12, 2016 - North Suburban Home Improvement Show - The 18th Annual North Suburban Home Improvement Show will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 9 am - 3 pm at the Andover YMCA Community Center (15200 Hanson Blvd., Andover, MN).  The show will feature nearly 100 home improvement and remodeling exhibitors with products and services related to home improvements and gardening.     There will be prize drawings throughout the day and a Free kid’s build workshop sponsored by Lowe’s.  Free admission, however please bring a non-perishable food item for the ACBC Food Shelf.  The North Suburban Home Improvement Show is sponsored by the cities of Andover, Anoka and Coon Rapids and the Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information visit www.NorthSuburbanHomeShow.Org.

March 19, 2016 ~ 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. Maple Grove Community Center – 12951 Weaver Lake Road – Maple Grove, MN 55369.  Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm.  Admission $6 or FREE with a donation for the Mom’s & Neighbors Food Shelf.  See all the attractions at: http://www.MediaMaxEvents.com or call (952)238-1700.

March 26, 2016 - Hippity Hop Hop Craft & Vendor Show - Enjoy treats while you shop over 20 vendors/crafters, Easter Egg Hunt for the kids, visit from the Easter Bunny, Food & Drink Specials.  Located at the Coon Rapids VFW, 1919 Coon Rapids Blvd., 10:00am - 3:00pm.  Click Here for more information.  

April 8 – 10, 2016  – Michael Monroe: Folk Legends 2 -Minnesota's own Emmy Award-winning acoustic troubadour, Michael Monroe, performs an evening of warm-hearted "folk legend favorites" by James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell, Peter, Paul and Mary and more. Michael's rich vocals, crystal/bamboo flutes and his hand-crafted Seaton guitars, ("works of art" made of 200 year-old reclaimed wood from the bottom of Lake Superior), showcase his signature mellifluous sound and is sure to delight and inspire. Special guest, three-time McKnight Fellowship Award-winner, Noah Hoehn, joins Michael on vocals, percussion, and harmonica. They will feature their amazing rendition of "Father and Son."  Also joining Michael will be Gordy Johnson on Upright String Bass. Other hits include: "Shower The People," "You've Got A Friend," "Moonshadow," "Peace Train," "A Case Of You," "Forever Young" and more. This event will inspire fond memories, spark your imagination and stir your soul!  For tickets call 952-934-1525 or online at www.ChanhassenDT.com 

April 8 thru May 8, 2016 – Violet - A captivating musical following the story of a young woman’s quest for beauty amidst the image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s. Facially disfigured in a childhood accident, Violet dreams of a miraculous transformation through the power of faith. Convinced that a televangelist in Oklahoma can heal her, she hops a Greyhound bus and starts the journey of a lifetime. Featuring a pulsating rich score of country, gospel and blues that will leave you breathless! Music by Jeanine Tesori, Libretto by Brian Crawley, Directed by Sean Byrd.  Yellow Tree Theatre, 320 5th Ave SE, Osseo, MN.  Click Here for Tickets or call 763-493-8733.

April 16, 2016 Beautiful Vision: The Songs of Van Morrison - The many incarnations of Van Morrison from "Brown-Eyed Girl" and "Domino" to "Into The Mystic" and "Cleaning Windows" is celebrated and led by Twin Cities’ soul and bluesman Mick Sterling and a band so strong that Van Morrison would surely choose it for his own. Intricate, essential background vocals are brilliantly handled by Cate Fierro, Katie Gearty and Michelle Cassioppi with the classic Van horn parts delivered by The Street Choir Horn Section. Hear songs including “Jackie Wilson Said,” “Moondance,” “I’ve Been Working,” “Tupelo Honey,” “Crazy Love” and many more. One of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s most celebrated and unique voices of rock, soul and blues will be joyfully honored. One night only!  For tickets call 952-934-1525 or online at www.ChanhassenDT.com

April 20, 2016 - Anoka County 4-H Clover Dash - Come run or walk with us to raise funds for Anoka County 4-H! Funds will support healthy living programs, community service projects and scholarships for youth. This event is for everyone, runners, walkers, etc. Invite family, friends and co-workers for a fun-filled morning to help support 4-H youth programming in Anoka County. Medals and/or prizes awarded to top finishers. Random prize drawings for all participants except those 10 & under who will receive medals & goodie bags. We are encouraging everyone to dress in their favorite green or clover attire. Register 4 participants and get the 5th one of equal or lesser value free (available with mail or drop off only). Race day registration from 7:30-8:30 am onsite (cash or checks only).  Online registration available at www.midwestevents.com (small additional processing fee) or for a registration form go to http://www.anokacounty.us/2432/4-H-Clover-Dash.

April 22 & 23, 2016 ~ Songs By The Wrecking Crew - The Studio Musicians Behind The Biggest Hits of the 60's & 70's - The Wrecking Crew was a nickname coined by famous drummer, Hal Blaine, for a select group of musicians who played anonymously on hundreds of huge hits in the 60's and 70's.  Arguably, they played the instruments on some of the most successful groups and artists recordings in all of popular music history. These musicians, some of whom would become huge artists in their own right like Glen Campbell, Leon Russell and Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) were studio musicians whose job it was to show up and play songs and record everyday, punching the clock so to speak, and ended up being the "back up band" on recordings for the Beach Boys, Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Carpenters, Simon and Garfunkel, The Mamas and the Papas, The Monkees, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, The Righteous Brothers, Jan and Dean, Barbara Streisand, Neil Diamond and hundreds more. Most people did not know this same group of musicians played on a majority of these groups hit songs until a film about their musical journey called "The Wrecking Crew" was produced and released in early 2015. The Fabulous Armadillos will be showcasing some of the Wrecking Crew's best known songs in this fun look back at a much simpler time.  For tickets call 952-934-1525 or online at www.ChanhassenDT.com

April 29 & 30, 2016 ~ The Beatles' Abbey Road: An Album Tribute -  Join Collective Unconscious as they “drop the needle” on the Beatles Abbey Road!  A complete performance of one of the greatest rock albums of all time.  With hits like "Here Comes the Sun”, “Come Together”, “Something”, and “Octopus’s Garden”, this album is a joy to listen to and even more fun to watch!  Side two, with it’s signature “medley” beginning with “You Never Give Me Your Money" takes on a whole new level of entertainment when experienced live.  The first half of the show will feature a retrospective of the Beatles work in chronological order showing the development of the sound and the writing that led to their pinnacle recording, Abbey Road.  Historical trivia, lots of laughs, and of course, the authentic sounds of the one and only Beatles, make this show a MUST SEE.  Featuring Jeff Engholm (Pamela McNeil’s Rumours & Dreams, Takin’ it To the Limit: An Eagles Tribute), George Maurer (twin cities jazz pianist, composer, and music director for “The Midtown Men”) on keys and the powerful vocals of Stacy Bauer (R&R Xmas Spectacular) will bring you the Beatles like you’ve never heard them before!  For tickets call 952-934-1525 or online at www.ChanhassenDT.com

May 6 - 8, November 20 - 22,  2016 ~ Rainy Days & Mondays: The Music of the Carpenters - Do not miss this stellar tribute to The Carpenters, the biggest selling soft-rock group of the '70s. If you were a fan of The Carpenters, this concert will make you smile, sway and want to sing along. Aimee Lee, the quintessential "Karen," is backed by 12 musicians and back-up singers who perfectly re-create that classic Carpenters sound you remember and love. Featuring beloved classics, such as “Close To You,” “Yesterday Once More,” “We've Only Just Begun,” "Mr. Postman," “Superstar,” “For All We Know” and many, many more! Book early — this favorite sells out in a flash. Do not delay!  For tickets call 952-934-1525 or online at www.ChanhassenDT.com

May 14, 2016 ~ Songs of The Grand Ole Opry and Sum Records -  Memphis and the Meantimes takes you back to the time and place when these songs jumped off your 45's and albums and found a place in your heart that never left you. This all-star Twin Cities’ musical lineup celebrates the songs from Sun Records and Grand Ole Opry 50's-60's era artists. These were the songs and artists that proved to be the foundation of all popular music that followed. Led by Minnesota Music Award-winner and Mid-America Hall of Fame recipient Mick Sterling, Memphis and the Meantimes features a multi-talented house band and an equally impressive lineup of singers who will honor and breathe new life into songs that serve as the pillars of what we hear today. Memphis and the Meantimes perform legendary songs from the Sun Records era including Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Wanda Jackson, and favorites from the Grand Ole Opry era of Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Kris Kristofferson, and of course, Johnny Cash! For tickets call 952-934-1525 or online at www.ChanhassenDT.com

May 20 & 21, 2016 ~ Rumours and Dreams: The music of Fleetwood Mac -  For fans of Fleetwood Mac or anyone who simply loves melodic rock ‘n’ roll, this remarkable show returns to CDT after numerous sold-out engagements last year is an absolute must-see. Singer-songwriter Pamela McNeill has compiled a song list of Fleetwood Mac’s most well-loved songs delivered impeccably by a nine-piece ensemble of gifted musicians that is truly inspired. By the end of this show you’re guaranteed to be on your feet. Soak up hits including: "Rhiannon," "You Make Lovin' Fun," Don't Stop Thinkin' About Tomorrow," "Gypsy," "Tusk," "Little Lies," "Sara" and many, many more. Stevie and Mick would approve! For tickets call 952-934-1525 or online at www.ChanhassenDT.com

June 3 & 4 2016 ~ Jet! Wings Over America: A Tribute to Paul McCartney and Wings -  These ten musicians from the St Cloud Area have been making music together for over 15 years in one form or another.  Band on the Run is primarily composed of members of the Collective Unconscious, a St Cloud band who brought you the Beatles "Abbey Road", the Beach Boys  "Pet Sounds", Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water", CSNY's "Deja Vu" and The Band's "The Last Waltz".  You may have also seen them teamed up with the Fabulous Armadillos performing "Takin It To The Limit: A Tribute to the Music of the Eagles" and "A Doobie Brothers Tribute".  Other members come from "Blimp", a local Led Zeppelin tribute band that has been rocking Central Minnesota Stages for over 10 years.  Every single one of these musicians is a professional in their own right, with an impressive array of music making with a "who's who" in Minnesota Music.  For tickets call 952-934-1525 or online at www.ChanhassenDT.com

June 4 & 5, 2016 – 18th Annual Anoka Antique Show Craft & Flea Market - Anoka hosts over 100 antique dealers locally as well as out of state. The size of the show is just right for a day to browse, shop, and look for that special item.  Items in all price ranges and collecting categories can be found.  Concessions are available for your enjoyment.  Register for a visa gift card.  Admission price for Saturday and Sunday is $4.50. Remember, children 12 and under are free with parents.  Click Here to Get a Special $1 Off Coupon.  Saturday, June 4th - 8am - 5pm & Sunday, June 5th - 10am - 4pm at the Anoka County Fairgrounds http://www.metropromos.com

June 4 & 5, 2016 – Discover Aviation Days - Come out to the Anoka County Airport in Blaine on June 4th and 5th to enjoy many aspects of aviation.  See numerous aviation exhibitors, aircraft & helicopter rides, food booths, product vendors and more!  On display will be general and corporate aircraft, experimental and homebuilt, WWII fighters, trainers and bombers along with vintage and modern military.  Those interested in a career in aviation, can stop by the education tent, see flying demonstrations, and kid's activities.  Meet many veterans and see our military history display area. A Pancake Breakfast & Lunch to be served both days.  7:00am – 4:00pm both days.  Other attractions include:  Vendors & Exhibitors offering the best in food & aviation products and services.  Education Center for all students.  Pancake Breakfast from 7:30am to 11:30am and Lunch from 12-Noon to 3:00pm.  Kids' Activities for young flyers.  Military History, Past and Present.  Aircraft & Helicopter Rides Golden Wings Museum open for viewing its historic collection.  Hangar Dance Saturday Night!  8891 Airport Road, C-8  Blaine, MN 55449  763-568-6072.  http://www.discoveraviationdays.org/

June 11, 2016 ~ Forever on Stage: Sherwin Linton's 60th Anniversary Concert -  As one of the longest touring musicians in the Upper Mid-West, Sherwin Linton is a living legend and his talent, wit, determination and generosity have made him a favorite to thousands of fans. Sherwin Linton launched his career in the music business in the mid-1950’s as a disc jockey and live performer of Rock-A-Billy music on radio station KWAT in Watertown, South Dakota. Moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota in the late 50’s he soon was on tour with the top names in Country and Rock & Roll music and attracted the attention of Nashville producers. Charting songs like “Cotton King,” “When She Cries,” and “Sunshine” plus a live album in tribute to Johnny Cash landed the name Sherwin Linton among the CMA and ACM’s nominees for Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year. Now Minnesota’s Biggest Country Star has been inducted into eleven Halls of Fame and has won countless awards.  For tickets call 952-934-1525 or online at www.ChanhassenDT.com

June 17 & 18, 2016 ~ Forever Everly: A Tribute to the Great Duets Made Famous by The Everly Brothers -  The Everly Brothers combined their two voices for a distinctive harmony that was wrapped around some of the finest songs of the early rock era. This joyous performance features a full band and six wonderful vocalists: Mary Jane Alm, Matt Velline, Boyd & Aimee Lee, and brothers Paul & Tim Frantzich, all taking turns to interpret the rich and varied musical catalog of the legendary duo. A major influence on the Beatles and virtually every vocal act that followed, the Everlys were also able to cross genres and had both pop and country hits. Featuring all of their greats: "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie," "Devoted To You," "Cathy's Clown," "All I Have To Do is Dream," and "Let It Be Me," as well as a few under-appreciated gems. Whether you're a lifelong Everly Brothers fan, or just a fan of great vocal harmonies, this show promises to be a treat!   For tickets call 952-934-1525 or online at www.ChanhassenDT.com

June 25, 2016 ~ Ty Stone: The Soul of James Brown -   "Ty Stone - The Soul of James Brown" is the world's most authentic tribute ever to the "Godfather of Soul!" This spectacular production is as dazzling and elaborate as James Brown's own performances with shouting vocals, feverish dancing and unique rhythmic style performed by Ty Stone, Soul Brother #1, and his ten-piece band made complete with go-go girls! So "Get on the Good Foot" and come out for a funky good time with "Ty Stone - The Soul of James Brown!"  For tickets call 952-934-1525 or online at www.ChanhassenDT.com.

July 8 - 9, 2016 - 21st Annual Andover Family Fun Fest - Enjoy Magic Bounce Fun Zone, Live Music, Parade, Car Show, Baby Crawling Contest, Food Booths, Community Booths, Fireworks, Beer Tent and Bingo!  A great time for family, friends and community!  Friday, July 8th starting at 5pm, street dance until 12am & Saturday, July 9th, parade at 11am and festivities to follow with street dance at night and Fireworks at 10pm.  Click Here for all the information!

July 9, 2016 - Anoka Riverfest - One of the Twin Cities largest craft fairs where over 140 hand-selected crafters exhibit their unique, 100% hand-crafted wares.  Anoka Riverfest has something for everyone. Spend a great day in historic downtown Anoka browsing booths or enjoying free, live music on two stages, a food court with all your favorite fair foods, family activities, and more.  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Historic Downtown Anoka, MN.  Admission, parking, and most events are FREE!  http://anokariverfest.org/

September 9-10, 2016 - HOME Improvement and Design EXPO™  - During the LIVE Racing Season at Canterbury Park.  Come to the show stay for the FUN.  Friday 5p to 9p, Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm - Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Road, Shakopee, MN 55379.  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. Admission FREE FOR THIS SHOW ONLY!  See all the attractions at: http://www.MediaMaxEvents.com or call (952)238-1700.

October 29-30, 2016 ~ Healthy LIFE EXPO™ - Nutrition, Fitness, and Longevity - It's all here! Explore up to 200 exhibitors offering everything for maintaining health and success in all areas of life! Featuring 3 Stages of on-going speaker presentations, demonstrations and live entertainment. Free product sampling, hourly drawings and health information, tips, and ideas. New this year is the Yoga Stage with on-going seminars and demonstrations. The Smart place to get the free tips information to start living a healthier life. See the latest in men’s & women’s health, weight loss, living well, health services, and much more! Seminars, product demonstrations, entertainment, and great shopping all weekend long!  Sat and Sun 10:00am to 5:00pm.  Minneapolis Convention Center – Hall D - 1301 2nd St - Minneapolis, MN – 55403.  Admission $6 or FREE with a donation for the Mom’s & Neighbors Food Shelf.  See all the attractions at: http://www.MediaMaxEvents.com or call (952)238-1700.

November 5, 2016 ~ 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, Maple Grove Community Center – 12951 Weaver Lake Road – Maple Grove, MN 55369.  Admission $6 or FREE with a donation for the Mom’s & Neighbors Food Shelf.  See all the attractions at: http://www.MediaMaxEvents.com or call (952)238-1700.

 

November 12, 2016 ~ 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, National Sports Center - NEW Sports Hall– 1700-105th Ave. NE - Blaine, MN 55449.  Admission $6 or FREE with a donation for the Mom’s & Neighbors Food Shelf.  See all the attractions at: http://www.MediaMaxEvents.com or call (952)238-1700.

 


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 4:00-6:00 PM: Hope for the Community Come by for a few bags of free groceries!  Everyone is welcome. Invite your friends, family, neighbors, and co. workers.  Kingswood Church 1264 109th Avenue NE, Blaine. 763-757-4266  Click Here For More Details

The Mounds Theatre:  Whether you want to catch a fantastic play, enjoy a lively musical or dance, take a community class or even rent this space for your own private event, St. Paul's beautiful historic and newly renovated theatre in the Dayton's Bluff area offers you fine entertainment and a welcoming neighborhood spot.  Click Here For Events & 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 orClick Here For More Details
Click Here for the monthly "Anoka Senior Times" Newsletter

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,
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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!
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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

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    Adults with Children - 763-717-7700

 * CEAP - 763-783-4930

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

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