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Community Events &
Happenings in Anoka County

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...
 

 

 

Volunteers Needed!  Do you love trees? Have you always wanted to learn more about them? Do you want to do something good for the environment?  Join the Community Tree Service Team!  The City of Andover and nonprofit organization Tree Trust have partnered on a new initiative called the Community Engagement and Preparedness Program (CEPP) to address the impending threat of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) – a destructive pest that was inadvertently brought into the U.S. from Asia. First detected in 2002, it has destroyed millions of ash trees through 19 states and parts of Canada. The closest known infestations are in Hennepin & Ramsey Counties. EAB is close and it could be closer than we think.  How to get involved:  for the survey process we will need the help of committed volunteers who care about their community. The work will be done during the leaf-on season of 2014. Volunteers will receive professional training from experts on tree identification, tree measurements, and data collection. Volunteers will be provided with all necessary inventory equipment. Volunteers will work when their schedule allows and will have the support of Tree Trust and City staff. If you are at all interested in learning more about this tremendous opportunity to be a part of this innovative project that will increase your knowledge and understanding of trees, introduce you to new people, and allow you to be outside - please contact Karen Zumach with Tree Trust at 952-767-3886 or Karenz@treetrust.org.  Click Here for more information. 

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 thru August 30, 2013 – The Midwest Premier of Disney’s The Little Mermaid – On stage now at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre.  In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on the classic Disney animated feature and originally rooted in Hans Christian Andersen’s enchanting fairy tale, The Little Mermaid is a musical favorite for audiences of all ages. This production is sure to thrill in every way as it showcases beautiful sets, dazzling costumes and an award-winning musical score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Revel in favorites including: “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea,” “Les Poissons,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” “Kiss the Girl” and many more.  For Tickets call the box office at 952-934-1525 or visit www.ChanhassenDT.com

NOW OPEN! - Diggity Grand Opening - Diggity, part of Minneapolis-based Hemisphere Restaurant Partners, is the new place in town to find incredible beef sandwiches, sausages, gourmet dogs, salads, burgers, pastas, and a full bar.  All items made from scratch in a vintage Americana environment with a state-of-the-art ordering system made up of self-serve touchscreen kiosks and software that allows customers to place orders directly from smartphones or tablet devices. Diners watch monitors or their phones to track the progress of their order and pick it up at the counter when ready.  For a full menu and additional information, please visit www.tcdiggity.comLocated at 133 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids, MN, Grand Opening at 11:00am!

Now  thru July 26, 2014 - Minneapolis Aquatennial - The Aquatennial is the official civic celebration of the City of Minneapolis. Celebrating its 75th year, we invite you to join in the fun & enjoy.  Tuesday July 22, Senior Alumni Association Coronation & Ballroom Dance, 1:00pm-4:00pm, Ukrainian Event Center.  Thursday July 24 - Senior Alumni Association 500 Card Tournament , 10:00am, Ukrainian Event Center.  Saturday night fireworks, West River Parkway along the Mississippi River.  Click Here for a full list of events. 

Now thru July 27, 2014 - Anoka County Fair - It's Fair Time!  Come out to the Anoka County Fair and enjoy the Midway, Live Entertainment, Beer Garden, Talent Contest, Motorcross Racing, Bull Riding, Demolition Derby, Craft/Antique Fair, Fireworks and more!  Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM.  Click Here for more information on all the events and entertainment. 

July 22, 2014 - Summer in the City Neighborhood Event - Come meet City Council & Staff and talk about your neighborhood.  Ice cream treats, fire trucks, police cars and public works equipment on display for kids and those kids at heart.  Displays from various City departments, update from Council on City projects & neighborhood programs.  Located at Peppermint Stick Park (11480 Raven Street).  Limited parking - consider walking or biking.  6:30pm - 7:00pm Open House, 7:00pm - 8:00pm Presentation by Council and Q&A from residents.  Questions? Call 763-767-6517. 

July 22 & 23, 2014 - 2014 Coon Rapids Safety Camp - The Coon Rapids Police and Fire departments are teaming up to teach kids a variety of skills that will help them stay safe.  Safety camp is a chance for Coon Rapids students entering 4th & 5th grades in the fall of 2014 to learn important safety skills including:  Water, fire and electrical safety, basic first aid and how to use 911.  8:30am - 4:00pm both days at Sand Creek Park (1008 Northdale Blvd., Coon Rapids).  A $40 registration fee is required which covers supplies, a t-shirt, snacks and lunch as well as transportation to and from the swimming pool.  To participate, you must fill out a registration form, which is available on the city website at www.coonrapidsmn.gov. Click on Community Events, then Safety Camp.  For more information contact the Coon Rapids Fire Department at 763-767-6429 or email schapin@coonrapidsmn.gov

July 24, 2014 - Summer Concerts at the Coon Rapids Dam featuring D.L. Cajun Band - The Coon Rapids Arts Commission and the Coon Rapids Community Strength Foundation are proud to present the Thursday Nites LIVE! concert series this summer at the Coon Rapids Dam, 9750 Egret Boulevard.  Concerts are possible thanks to a generous donation from Shortstop Bar & Grill (with locations in Coon Rapids and Fridley).  The concerts take place each Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the performance pavilion, rain or shine.  Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy an evening of FREE entertainment.  Anoka County Parks waives the $5.00 parking fee for the evening.  Food is also available for purchase.  Click Here a list of the Featured Performers.

July 27, 2014 - Concerts in the Park with Betty Rydell - Join us on Sunday evenings for Concerts in the Park presented by the City of Anoka. Concerts are FREE!  All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and last approximately 1 hour.  Concerts are held in George Green Park at the Bicentennial Band Shell located in the southwest corner of the park, 1498 Sixth Ave. S., Anoka.  (George Green Park is adjacent to the Anoka Aquatic Center). There is a small parking lot located on Sixth Avenue with ample on-street parking available surrounding the park on South Street and Sixth Avenue.  Click Here for a full schedule.

July 29, 2014 - Summer in the City Neighborhood Event - Come meet City Council & Staff and talk about your neighborhood.  Ice cream treats, fire trucks, police cars and public works equipment on display for kids and those kids at heart.  Displays from various City departments, update from Council on City projects & neighborhood programs.  Located at Lions Coon Creek Park (1664 119th Ave.).  Limited parking - consider walking or biking.  6:30pm - 7:00pm Open House, 7:00pm - 8:00pm Presentation by Council and Q&A from residents.  Questions? Call 763-767-6517. 

July 31, 2014 - Summer Concerts at the Coon Rapids Dam featuring Holy Rocka Rollaz (50's) - The Coon Rapids Arts Commission and the Coon Rapids Community Strength Foundation are proud to present the Thursday Nites LIVE! concert series this summer at the Coon Rapids Dam, 9750 Egret Boulevard.  Concerts are possible thanks to a generous donation from Shortstop Bar & Grill (with locations in Coon Rapids and Fridley).  The concerts take place each Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the performance pavilion, rain or shine.  Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy an evening of FREE entertainment.  Anoka County Parks waives the $5.00 parking fee for the evening.  Food is also available for purchase.  Click Here a list of the Featured Performers.

August 1, 2014 - Headwaters Relief 5K Run with Purpose - The 6th annual Headwaters 5K Run with Purpose will take place at the Coon Rapids Dam Pavillion #3. This is a Family and Pet friendly run (pets are allowed as long as they are on a leash).  We will have prizes for the Top Men's, Women’s, and Under 12 finishers. There will also be some Pet prizes! After the run, from 7:30-9pm there will be some activities for the children. If you want to register as a family please email aemry@orionassoc.net and she can give you a discounted rate. This casual, family-friendly race benefits natural disaster relief efforts and will teach local children disaster preparedness with fun post-run activities. 100% of the money raised by the race will go directly toward victims of natural disasters.  Click here for additional information and online registration. 

August 2, 2014 – Minnesota United FC take on Ottawa Fury FC – 6:00 pm at the National Sports Center Stadium (1700 105th Ave NE, Blaine).  Click Here for Tickets or call 763.4SOCCER (763-416-2267).

August 3, 2014 - Concerts in the Park with Phil Kitze & the Resonators - Join us on Sunday evenings for Concerts in the Park presented by the City of Anoka. Concerts are FREE!  All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and last approximately 1 hour.  Concerts are held in George Green Park at the Bicentennial Band Shell located in the southwest corner of the park, 1498 Sixth Ave. S., Anoka.  (George Green Park is adjacent to the Anoka Aquatic Center). There is a small parking lot located on Sixth Avenue with ample on-street parking available surrounding the park on South Street and Sixth Avenue.  Click Here for a full schedule.

August 5, 2014 - Night to Unite, Neighbors Joining Together - Don't miss out on this annual event that brings neighbors together to get to know one another and participate in the fight against crime.  It's also a great opportunity to connect with members of the Coon Rapids Police and Fire Departments.  Neighbors often participate in pot-luck dinners, grilling parties, games and other fun events, all organized by neighborhood volunteers.  It's a neighborhood party with a great purpose.  Get your neighborhood involved today!  Contact your local city office to register. 

August 7, 2014 - Summer Concerts at the Coon Rapids Dam featuring The Tony Garry Band (variety) - The Coon Rapids Arts Commission and the Coon Rapids Community Strength Foundation are proud to present the Thursday Nites LIVE! concert series this summer at the Coon Rapids Dam, 9750 Egret Boulevard.  Concerts are possible thanks to a generous donation from Shortstop Bar & Grill (with locations in Coon Rapids and Fridley).  The concerts take place each Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the performance pavilion, rain or shine.  Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy an evening of FREE entertainment.  Anoka County Parks waives the $5.00 parking fee for the evening.  Food is also available for purchase.  Click Here a list of the Featured Performers.

August 8, 2014 - Movie In The Park - Mark your calendar and plan to take part in the final "Movie in the Park" event, sponsored by the Coon Rapids Community Strength Foundation and the City of Coon Rapids.  Despicable Me 2 will play at 8:30pm.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy this free movie.  Starting at 6:30pm, inflatable bouncers and other activities will be available for a small fee.  Concession stand will be operated by the North Star Lions Club.  Located at Sand Creek Park, Softball field 2. 

August 9, 2014 – Minnesota United FC take on FC Edmonton – 6:00 pm at the National Sports Center Stadium (1700 105th Ave NE, Blaine).   Click Here for Tickets or call 763.4SOCCER (763-416-2267).

August 10, 2014 - Concerts in the Park with Lake Country Chorus - Join us on Sunday evenings for Concerts in the Park presented by the City of Anoka. Concerts are FREE!  All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and last approximately 1 hour.  Concerts are held in George Green Park at the Bicentennial Band Shell located in the southwest corner of the park, 1498 Sixth Ave. S., Anoka.  (George Green Park is adjacent to the Anoka Aquatic Center). There is a small parking lot located on Sixth Avenue with ample on-street parking available surrounding the park on South Street and Sixth Avenue.  Click Here for a full schedule.

August 16, 2014 - First Annual Taste For Hope Fundraiser. Join us to a night of music and tasting of food from local vendors and support victims and survivors of human trafficking. The event will h Hold on Saturday, August 16 from 4:00 Pm to 7:00 PM United Methodist Church of Anoka, 850 South Street, Anoka MN 55303. Visit www.enitan.org for more details or call 763.516.4359. You can also purchase tickets at www.enitan.org

August 16, 2014 – Minnesota United FC take on Indy Eleven – 6:00 pm at the National Sports Center Stadium (1700 105th Ave NE, Blaine).   Click Here for Tickets or call 763.4SOCCER (763-416-2267).

August 17, 2014 - Concerts in the Park with BlueStratum - Join us on Sunday evenings for Concerts in the Park presented by the City of Anoka. Concerts are FREE!  All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and last approximately 1 hour.  Concerts are held in George Green Park at the Bicentennial Band Shell located in the southwest corner of the park, 1498 Sixth Ave. S., Anoka.  (George Green Park is adjacent to the Anoka Aquatic Center). There is a small parking lot located on Sixth Avenue with ample on-street parking available surrounding the park on South Street and Sixth Avenue.  Click Here for a full schedule.

August 3, 2014 - Concerts in the Park with Legendary Percolators Live Band - Join us on Sunday evenings for Concerts in the Park presented by the City of Anoka. Concerts are FREE!  All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and last approximately 1 hour.  Concerts are held in George Green Park at the Bicentennial Band Shell located in the southwest corner of the park, 1498 Sixth Ave. S., Anoka.  (George Green Park is adjacent to the Anoka Aquatic Center). There is a small parking lot located on Sixth Avenue with ample on-street parking available surrounding the park on South Street and Sixth Avenue.  Click Here for a full schedule.

July 29, 2014 - Summer in the City Neighborhood Event - Come meet City Council & Staff and talk about your neighborhood.  Ice cream treats, fire trucks, police cars and public works equipment on display for kids and those kids at heart.  Displays from various City departments, update from Council on City projects & neighborhood programs.  Located at Riverwind Park (11747 Crocus Street).  Limited parking - consider walking or biking.  6:30pm - 7:00pm Open House, 7:00pm - 8:00pm Presentation by Council and Q&A from residents.  Questions? Call 763-767-6517. 

September 5 thru February 21, 2015 – Hello Dolly on the Main Stage at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre - Dolly Levi is a delightfully scheming busybody who makes her living as a matchmaker in glamorous New York City. She's out to make a match for Horace Vandergelder, the "well-known half-a-millionaire," with the charming hat maker, Irene Molloy - but in the process, Dolly snares a groom for herself. Dolly masterfully orchestrates romance and adventure in a glittering mixed up night on the town.  For Tickets call the box office at 952-934-1525 or visit www.ChanhassenDT.com.

September 6, 2014 – Minnesota United FC take on Tampa Bay Rowdies – 6:00 pm at the National Sports Center Stadium (1700 105th Ave NE, Blaine).   Click Here for Tickets or call 763.4SOCCER (763-416-2267).

September 13, 2014 – Minnesota United FC take on Ft. Lauderdale Strikers – 6:00 pm at the National Sports Center Stadium (1700 105th Ave NE, Blaine).   Click Here for Tickets or call 763.4SOCCER (763-416-2267).

October 4, 2014 – Minnesota United FC take on Atlanta Silverbacks – 6:00 pm at the National Sports Center Stadium (1700 105th Ave NE, Blaine).   Click Here for Tickets or call 763.4SOCCER (763-416-2267).

October 18, 2014 – Minnesota United FC take on  NY Cosmos – 6:00 pm at the National Sports Center Stadium (1700 105th Ave NE, Blaine).  Click Here for Tickets or call 763.4SOCCER (763-416-2267).

October 18-19, 2014 - Healthy LIFE EXPO™ - 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, demonstrations and live entertainment. 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!  Sat and Sun 10:00am to 5:00pm located at the Minneapolis Convention Center – Hall C - 1302 2nd St - Minneapolis, MN - 55403.  952-238-1700 http://www.MediaMaxEvents.com.
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October 25, 2014 – Minnesota United FC take on San Antonio Scorpions – 6:00 pm at the National Sports Center Stadium (1700 105th Ave NE, Blaine).   Click Here for Tickets or call 763.4SOCCER (763-416-2267).

November 8, 2014 - Home Improvement and Design Expo - Attention all home improvement enthusiast! Don’t miss your opportunity to explore up to 150 exhibitors featuring the latest home improvement products and services to get your home renovation projects off to the right start. Talk with the experts and get free tips and ideas! Meet builders, remodelers, landscapers, designers, painters, architects, interior designers and more. Main Stage filled with on-going speaker presentations, demonstrations and entertainment all day long.  Admission $6 or FREE with a donation for the Food Shelf.  10:00am - 5:00pm at the National Sports Center - New Sports Hall, 1700 105th Ave. NE, Blaine, MN To exhibit or attend call 952-238-1700 http://www.MediaMaxEvents.com. Print FREE tickets at: www.mediamaxevents.com/vip

 


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 or Click 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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Give the gift of music year 'round! 
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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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Having Trouble Paying Your Utility Bill


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

 * Community Action Program - 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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