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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...


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

Now 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

September 25, 2014 - Community Fall Festival – Join us (Rain or Shine) 4:00 – 7:00pm.  Give – Eat – Donate.  Free food (brats, apple crisp), Entertainment (Dolina Polish Dancers), Senior Resource Fair, Kids Table, Green Book Fair, Door Prizes and more!   Location: RiverVillage East Assisted Living, 2919 Randolph St. NE, Minneapolis, 55418.  Questions: Call 612-605-2515 or Email  Bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation to support the NE Senior Food Shelf & be entered to WIN A GRAND PRIZE!

October 3, 2014 – The 44th Annual National World War II Glider Pilots Reunion - Come to Golden Wings Museum at the Anoka County Airport in Blaine, and meet some of the remaining few men who flew on silent wings to deliver troops, weapons and supplies in key points on the World War II front.  Take the opportunity to talk with the pilots and crew that went to war as young men that are now called the “Greatest Generation” and are here to share their historic experiences.  Several veterans from the various Troop Carrier groups including power pilots, C-47 crewmen, and mechanics, plus their wives and other family members, will be visiting Golden Wings Museum. During this event, veterans will be available to speak with the media to share their experiences with gliders from World War II.  12:00pm – 4:00pm at the Golden Wings Museum, Blaine Airport 8797 Airport Road Blaine MN, 55449.  763-786-5004.

October 4, 2014 – Minnesota United FC take on Atlanta Silverbacks – 7:00 pm kickoff  at the National Sports Center Stadium (1700 105th Ave NE, Blaine).   Click Here for Tickets or call 763.4SOCCER (763-416-2267).

October 11, 2014 – Bones & Brew Rib Contest & Beer Tasting – This is a NEW event held at the Anoka County Fairgrounds.  Saturday, October 11th 3:00pm – 6:00pm.  $20 in Advance Online -or- $25 at Door.  Limited 100 people.  Click Here to Buy Tickets

October 15, 2014 - Family Movie Night & Dinner - Join us at 6:30pm at the Anoka American Legion Post 102, 400 W Main St., Anoka.  The event is FREE – Featuring a spooky movie.  Open to public. Under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. ACBC food shelf donations welcome.

October 17, 2014 – Orange Tie Ball & Silent Auction – Located at the Greenhaven Country Club & Banquet Center, join us for DJ dance, Raffle, 3-Tier Silent Auction (Proceeds to scholarships for Anoka area students.)  6:00pm – Midnight, $40 per person.  Click Here to Register.

October 18, 2014 – Amazing Race Downtown Anoka – Ages 16 & older, teams of 2 will race throughout the city of Anoka competing in unique events, earning clues to the next destination along the way to earn a cash prize of $250 and Anoka Medallion!  $60.00 per team (limit of 15 teams) Fee can be raised for donation purposes.  Click Here for more information and to register

October 18, 2014 – Halloween Fun at the Library Free event at the Rum River Library, Anoka, 11:00am – 12:00pm. Stories, songs and surprises are followed by an indoor costume parade through the library. Costumes are optional. Bring your cameras!  4201 6th Ave., Anoka. 

October 18, 2014 – Pumpkin Carving Contest – 3:00pm - Located at Aitkin Riverside Park, 1721 River Ave.  Free to the first 100 children 12 and under. Judging at 4:15pm.  Sponsored by Berry Hill Farm & Northstar Towing.

October 18, 2014 – Light Up the Night Parade – 7:00pm Lights are out on Main for this event. Watch all of the exciting floats in lights.  Main Street Anoka.  Click Here for more information and to register.

October 18, 2014 – Fired Up for Fun Bonfire - Free family fun. Food vendors open at 4pm, before the Night Parade and stay through the bonfire. The bonfire starts as soon as the parade ends. Special attraction! Ghost Busters will be present! Music!  River Plaza (formally City Hall) 8:00pm – 10:00pm.  Sponsored by Subway of Downtown Anoka

October 18, 2014 – Minnesota United FC take on  NY Cosmos – 7:00 pm kickoff 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
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October 19, 2014 – Medallion Hunts - Free to participants with current year’s Anoka Halloween button (donations to ACBC Food Shelf welcome) Prize: $400.00 to winner of each Medallion Hunt.  12:00pm-2:00pm - Family & Children’s Hunt, Children 12 and under. No group is too big or too small. Maximum 2 adults per group.  Sponsored By Sterling Trophy.  2:30pm-4:30pm - Open medallion hunt, All ages. The winner of the first hunt are ineligible for this hunt.  Located at the Anoka Rum River Nature Area (behind the library). 

October 20, 2014 - Anoka Halloween Bingo - 6:30pm-9:30pm, Anoka American Legion Post 102, 400 W Main St., Anoka - 25¢ per bingo card. Costumes optional. Merchandise on sale.

October 22, 2014 - 23rd Annual House Decorating Contest - Contest open to Anoka, Ramsey & Andover residents. Judging starting at 6:30pm. Prizes: First place $150, Second place $100, Third place $75. Registration online October 1 and Anoka Union Shopper starting October 1. The actual entrants will be at the discretion of Anoka Halloween. Public viewing Friday, October 24-Sunday, October 26 7:00pm-9:00pm each evening.  Sponsored by U.S. Bank.  Click Here to learn more and register. 

October 23, 2014 - Halloween Wine Tasting - 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Serum’s Good Time Emporium Tent.  Cost: $15.00 in Advance • $18.00 at the Door.  Tent located on Jackson Street between 2nd & 3rd Ave South in Downtown Anoka. (NO rib contest).  Sponsored by Better Values Liquor Stores of Anoka.

October 24, 2014 - Preschool Costume Contest - 10:00am (registration starts at 9:30 am) at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage.  Free. All pre-kindgerarten children welcome with adult including infants. Event lasts about one hour. Any questions, please call Dianne Anderla at 763.421.0387 or Judy Keeler 763.425.5475.  Sponsored by Metropolitan Pediatric Dental Associates.   

October 24, 2014 - Big Parade of Little People - 1:15pm Main Street Anoka.  Come see our local school children walk on Main Street in their festive costumes. A wonderful hometown tradition.

October 24 & 25, 2014 - Serum’s 24th Annual Halloween Block Party - 7:00pm-Midnight Serum’s Good Time Emporium Tent.  Heated Tent and parking adjacent Serum’s restaurant.  Friday, Oct 24 $10.00. Live music by G.B Leighton.  Saturday, October 25.  $15.00. Live music by Johnny Holm Band and at midnight largest Halloween Costume Contest.

October 25, 2014 - Spooktacular Carnival - 10:00am-1:00pm, Anoka Armory, 408 E Main St. Anoka.  Free admission. Children’s games: game tickets $.25 or 5 for a $1.00. 1 FREE game ticket for each food shelf item donated (maximum 5 tickets) Hotdogs, walking tacos, pop, hot chocolate, coffee available for purchase.  Sponsored by Anoka Women of Today

October 25, 2014 - 29th Annual Gray Ghost 5k Run & 1-Mile Fitness Walk - 12:50pm (registration starts at 10:00 am) Franklin Elementary School.  Registration Fee: $20 in advance (must be received by ABLA by noon on October 22) or $25 race day. 5K Course is USATF Certified with age group awards 3 deep in 9 age groups. Long-sleeved shirts and refreshments are available for finishers of either event. Be sure to come early as many people will be arriving in Anoka for the Grand Day Parade and traffic will be heavy. Costumes encouraged; awards will be given to the five: best individual, 2 to 3 person teams and group costumes. Animals are not allowed on race course. For more race information visit us online at or call Peter Turok at (763) 421-7130 or Karen Hillerman at (612) 558-7433.  Click Here for more information and to Register.  Sponsored by Anoka Business and Landowners Association, Wells Fargo and North Suburban Striders 

October 25,  2014 - Grand Day Parade - 1:00pm Main Street Anoka.  94th year, FREE for all ages. Watch the largest parade of floats and marching bands in our state. Kick off with a eye opening plane show high in the sky above the parade route.  Click Here for more informationSponsored by Anoka McDonald’s, Anoka Hennepin Credit Union, North Suburban Eye Specialists, Connexus Energy and Aspen Exteriors.  (2014 Parade Applications are now Closed!)

October 25, 2014 - Anoka Royal Ambassador Coronation - 6:00pm Anoka High School Auditorium.  Say goodbye to the outgoing Ambassadors and experience the crowning of the new year’s Anoka Royal Ambassadors. Visiting Royalty and ONE chaperone are complimentary; additional guests will be charged $10 at the door.

October 25, 2014 – Minnesota United FC take on San Antonio Scorpions – 7:00 pm kickoff at the National Sports Center Stadium (1700 105th Ave NE, Blaine).   Click Here for Tickets or call 763.4SOCCER (763-416-2267).

October 26, 2014 - 55th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast & Bake Sale - 7:30am-12:30pm Anoka American Legion Post 102.  $5.00 in advance, $6.00 at the door. Children 6 and under are free. All proceeds returned to the community. New ambassador will be present.

October 27, 2014 - Anoka Halloween Bingo - 6:30pm-9:30pm, Anoka American Legion Post 102, 400 W Main St., Anoka - 25¢ per bingo card. Costumes optional. Merchandise on sale.

October 31, 2014 - Monster Mash and Pumpkin Bash - 3:00pm - 6:00pm, Anoka County Farms, 125 Bunker Lake Blvd. Ham Lake.  Free Hay Ride and Jumping Castle, Prizes, Raffles, Make your own pumpkin mask.  Free admission.

October 31, 2014 - Monster Mash Dance - 8:00pm-12:00am Anoka American Legion Post 102, 400 W Main St., Anoka.  $10.00 in advance • $15.00 at the Door.  Ages 21 and over. Costume & dance contest. Limited to 100 people.  Click Here to Buy Tickets.

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 Print FREE tickets at:

November 13, 2014 - BAZAAR & FLEA MARKET Coon Rapids Senior Center at City Hall, 11155 Robinson Dr., 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Crafts - Refreshments – Raffles, Bake Sale - Flea Market & More!

November 29 thru December 31, 2014 – Waiting for Mrs. Claws - A musical comedy.  It is what seems like any other day in this northern MN rural clinic that tends to patients of both the human and animal variety. It's Christmas Eve, the veterinarian has called in sick leaving a frantic medical doctor and awkward receptionist wanting to get out early. None of this is particularly unusual for the People and Paws Clinic. Until... an unfamiliar and thoroughly charming gentleman, who appears to be blind comes in with his sick cat, 'Mrs. Claws'. At this point, the day becomes' enchanting', as patients arrive in the waiting room for their appointments, but can't seem to leave once they meet this sightless, but uniquely insightful man. This humorous, but touching musical comedy will be just the appointment needed for a meaningful Christmas.  The Seasons Dinner Theatre at Majestic Oaks Golf Club (701 Bunker Lake Blvd. NE, Ham Lake).  Click here for tickets: or call 763-755-2140. 



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.

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

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


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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