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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

Friday Nights thru – February 2018 – The Mystery Café presents “Mobster’s Inc.” - The year is 1931. Mob boss Tony Baccardi has just opened his new speakeasy. The joint may be jumping, but rival gangs and missing money could put him under…six feet under.  Former detective Roland Boil comes out of retirement for one last case; but out-foxing these dim-witted wiseguys may be tougher than he thinks!  Taken from the Mystery Café vaults, “Mobsters Inc” is a hilarious send-up of the hard-boiled detective genre. This is one of our favorite shows, and we’re excited to bring it back for a limited run.  Mystery Café dishes out a hilarious comedy caper, in which you and your table are invited to solve the crime…all while enjoying a delicious 3-course meal.   For Tickets Call 763-755-2140 or online at

Now Playing - Chanhassen Dinner Theatre Presents "Sister Act" - Featuring the acclaimed original cast from when it last played a little more than two years ago, tickets are now on sale. Starring Regina Marie Williams and Norah Long, SISTER ACT is the ultimate uplifting and inspiring night at the theatre. Running now through February 24, 2018. Click Here for Tickets or call the box office at 952-934-1525.

Now Playing – Yellowtree Theatre Presents “The Royale” - Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it’s 1905 and, in the racially segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as knocked out. Told in six rounds and set in a boxing ring, The Royale is inspired by the story of Jack Johnson, an African American boxer whose quick rise to stardom made him a world-wide phenomenon. But at the height of the Jim Crow era, victory for a black man over a white man posed untold dangers and Jay quickly finds himself fighting for more than just a title. Written by award-winning American writer Marco Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy, Orange is the New Black), Yellow Tree is thrilled to host the regional premiere of this extraordinary new play!  Running February 2nd through March 4th Click Here for tickets or call our box office at 763-493-8733.

February 23, 2018 - NHL Alumni Hockey Game vs Coon Rapids Guns & Hoses - After Snowflake Days Bonus Event!  Joins us at the Coon Rapids Ice Center, Friday, Feb. 23rd at 7:00pm. 

February 24, 2018 - Anoka County Polar Plunge - Support Special Olympics and the Coon Rapids Police Department by participating in the 2018 Polar Plunge.  Participants will jump ino the frigid water of Crooked Lake and raise money for Special Olympics at the same time!  Support the "Rapid Responders" by attending the event or donating online. Pre-Plunge Check In Friday, February 23, 5 – 7 p.m.  Day of Plunge Check In 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Not registered online? Walk-up registration will be taken at the Pre-Plunge and Day-Of Check In events.  Event begins 1:00pm, Crooked Lake Park, 13180 Crooked Lake Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN.  Click Here for more information on the "plungers" Click Here to find and donate to a team or individual.

February 25, 2018 – Teen Challenge Choir - Please join us Sunday, February 25th at 10am as the MN Teen Challenge Choir ministers at CrossFire Assembly. They will be sharing inspiring testimonies of how God has transformed and changed their lives and ministering in song. You will not want to miss it!  We are located at 3700 Coon Rapids Blvd, just 2 blocks south of Mercy Hospital.  Please contact us with questions at or call the church office at (763) 710-7600.

March 2, 2018 – Comedy at the Courtyards Featuring Freddie Justice Hypnosis - Freddie is an accomplished entertainer who’s been entertaining crowds for over a decade. Trained in Stage Hypnotism, Mentalism and Improv Comedy, he brings a unique blend of hypnotic techniques and improvisational skills. He combines them with the individual personalities of his volunteers to create moments of laughter & fun crowds talk about for quite some time.  Freddie LOVES interacting with the people at his shows and says he’s blessed to be able to meet and talk to so many unique people. And even more so, he enjoys watching and hearing the pure fun his guests experience, because people LOVE to laugh! Friday night comedy PLUS all you can eat dinner buffet.  Best night out in Minnesota on a Friday night!  Dinner starts at 6:30pm and the comedy show starts at 8:00pm.  Click Here for tickets to Order by Phone Call (763) 754-6953, OR email us at and we will call YOU!

March 2 thru September 29, 2018 - 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 March 2 through September 29, 2018.  Click Here for tickets or call the box office at 952-934-1525.

March 3, 2018 - Morning of Mindfulness - Feeling stressed? Tired of rushing around? Take a morning for yourself to relax, slow down and replenish. The morning includes mini-sessions of Gentle Yoga, Keep Stress from Becoming Anxiety, Watercolor Wellness and Guided Meditation. A perfect morning to share with a friend or family member! Register today!    Saturday, March 3rd, 9:00am – 11:45am at the Staff Development Center, 2727 Ferr St. Anoka.  Register at

March 3, 2018 – Blaine’s Fix It Clinic - Get household items fixed for free and learn valuable repair skills at a Fix-It Clinic.  At Fix-It Clinics, residents bring in small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices, toys, bikes, and more and receive free guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix their items.  Fix-It Clinics teach valuable troubleshooting and basic repair skills, build community connections and reduce the number of repairable objects that are thrown in the trash.  You must be able to carry in your own item (no large or oversized items).  Please bring manuals and any parts you think may be useful to fixing your item.  Each clinic may vary according to the skills of the volunteers.  We will post their areas of expertise on our website and in our Farmers Market newsletter one week prior to the clinic.  Be a Fix-It Clinic Volunteer!  If you can troubleshoot repairs for broken items, consider volunteering at a Fix-It Clinic. Volunteer fixers who have skills in repairing computers, cell phones, soldering, electronics repair, small appliances, toys, bikes, sewing, and general tinkering are essential to making the clinics successful.  Volunteers should bring their own tools, sewing machines, glues, and any supplies you think will be helpful.  10:00am - 1:00pm, For more information call Phone: 763-785-6164 or Click Here

March 4, 2018 - HOPE 4 Youth 5 Year Celebration Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser and Silent Auction - For the past five years, HOPE 4 Youth has been the first and last HOPE for many homeless young people in the north metro suburbs. These youth face things that you likely can’t imagine – sleeping on the streets, in their cars or on a friend’s couch – and wait until our doors open so that they can eat a meal, access food and hygiene products from our pantry, visit our clothing closet, take a hot shower and use our laundry facilities. After meeting their basic needs, we help them find HOPE – Housing, Outreach, Prevention and Employment/Education – all things they need to leave their status of homeless in the past. Join us as we celebrate 5 years of changing the lives of homeless young people every day.  Sunday, March 4th from 3:00pm - 6:00pm at the Coon Rapids VFW (1919 Coon Rapids BLVD NW, Coon Rapids).  Cost • Adult Tickets $10/ Kid Tickets (10 & Under) $5*  Questions? Contact Pam Harer, Community Impact Committee Chair, at or call 763.323.2066, ext. 102.  Sponsorships are available. Please contact Cheri Halek, Community Engagement and Development Manager, at or 763.323.2066, ext. 102 for more information.  *Tickets can be purchased at the dinner. Adult ticket prices will increase to $12 at the door.

March 3 & 4, 2018 - HealthyLife Expo - The LARGEST health, wellness, and fitness show in the upper Midwest returns to the Minneapolis Convention Center Sat & Sun, March 3 & 4! It’s the Minneapolis Healthy Life Expo.  Whether you’re an experienced fitness enthusiast or just beginning your health and wellness journey, the Healthy Life Expo is your one place to find the products, services, and information that you’re looking for.  See up to 200 local and national exhibitors showcasing everything to help you look, feel, and be your very best including: doctors, clinics, nutritionists, healthy cooking chefs, in-home fitness products, authors, women’s & men’s health, yoga, martial arts, and more!   Featuring 3 stages of speakers, seminars, and demonstrations running every hour on the hour. All stages are absolutely FREE to attend with admittance into the Healthy Life Expo.  Tons of shopping and free product sampling!  Goodie Bags will be given to the first 100 people in line on both Saturday and Sunday of the show! Located at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 10AM – 5PM both days.  Tickets are $6 at the door, without a ticket or coupon. Bring a non-perishable food item to get in completely free!  More information at

March 8, 2018 - Dessert & Coffee Concert Series Featuring Vinnie Rose (variety) - The Coon Rapids Arts Commission is proud to host the annual "Dessert and Coffee Concert Series".  Come out and enjoy a great evening of entertainment along with fabulous dessert and coffee.  All concerts begin at 7:00pm at the Coon Rapids Civic Center, 11155 Robinson Dr.  Tickets are available at the front desk of City Hall or at the door on the night of the concerts.  Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65+, $5 for children 12 & under.  Next concert is April 12th featuring The Mooners (rock).  For more information contact Stephanie at 763-767-6432 or email

March 10, 2018 - North Suburban Home Improvement Show - This is the 20th anniversary of the North Suburban Home Improvement show!  Join us at the Andover YMCA Community Center, Saturday, March 10th from 8:00am - 2:00pm.  Visit over 100 vendors including construction, decorating, electrical, landscaping, mechanical, financing and more!  Get questions answered from sponsoring cities' representatives.  Admission is FREE.  Bring a non-perishable food item for the ACBC Food Shelf.  For more details, visit

March 24, 2018 – Home Improvement & Design Expo - Attention all home improvement enthusiasts! The Home Improvement and Design Expo returns to the National Sports Center on Saturday, March 24th for the premier spring home show in Blaine!  See up to 120 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services to help you turn your dream home into a REALITY!  Featuring local and national exhibitors. The SMART place to start your home improvement project! Bring your ideas and blueprints. This show features everything home improvement related, including: remodelers, landscapers, architects, interior designers, contractors, decks, kitchens, bathrooms, entertainment rooms, roofing, window, siding, financing, and much more! PLUS: Don’t miss the speaker stage with free speakers giving tips, ideas, and advice – every hour, on the hour! Where: National Sports Center, 1700 105th Ave NE, Blaine, MN 55449.  When: March 24, 2018 | 10am-5pm, Cost: $6.00 for adults or FREE with a non-perishable food item donation! (All food donations given to MN local charity, Moms and Neighbors).  More information at

April 7, 2017 - Longevity Expo - The famous Longevity Expo returns to the Maple Grove Community Center on Saturday, April 7, 2018!  If you’re passionate about extending your health and happiness as long as you can, than the Longevity Expo is the event for you! Produced each spring, the Longevity Expo will bring you the latest products, services, and information to help you look, feel, and be your very best – at any age!  Maple Grove Community Center 12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369 When: April 7, 2018 | 10am-5pm, Cost: $6.00 for adults or FREE with a non-perishable food item donation! (All food items donated to MN local charity, Moms and Neighbors.) FREE GOODIE BAGS FOR THE FIRST 100 PEOPLE IN LINE! More information at

April 7, 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. 

April 12, 2018 - Dessert & Coffee Concert Series Featuring The Mooners (rock) - The Coon Rapids Arts Commission is proud to host the annual "Dessert and Coffee Concert Series".  Come out and enjoy a great evening of entertainment along with fabulous dessert and coffee.  All concerts begin at 7:00pm at the Coon Rapids Civic Center, 11155 Robinson Dr.  Tickets are available at the front desk of City Hall or at the door on the night of the concerts.  Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65+, $5 for children 12 & under.  For more information contact Stephanie at 763-767-6432 or email

April 13 through May 13, 2018 – Yellowtree Theatre Presents “Still Dance The Stars” - We are beyond excited to host the world premiere of this  touching and highly theatrical new play! A powerful love story with extraordinary heart, Still Dance the Stars follows the journey of James and Anne, a married couple facing unthinkable loss. Desperate to heal, they discover an old box of stuffed animals, and the magic unfolds. Whimsical and heart-warming, this brand new play is truly a breathtaking gem! Running February 2nd through March 4th Click Here for tickets or call our box office at 763-493-8733.

April 28, 2018 - 4-H Clover Dash 5K - Come run or walk with us to raise funds for Anoka County 4-H! We will be having a 5K and 2 mile walk.  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.  Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9 am.  Random prize drawings for all participants except those 10 & under who will receive medals & goodie bags. 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 (small additional processing fee) or for a registration form go to

June 30, 2018 – Bubble Run – Minneapolis - If you’ve done a traditional 5K, you know they can be a bit lackluster. But the BUBBLE RUN™ is like running through Willy Wonka's Factory. Clad in white t-shirts, adults, kids and strollers run, walk, dance and play across 3 miles of absolute fun! At each kilometer, participants will run through the Foam Bogs where there is enough colored foam to cover you from head to toe!  Saturday, June 30th, 8am – 12pm at the National Sports Center, 1750 – 105th Ave. Blaine.  Click Here for all details for the event. 

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. 




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:

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.

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 Wednesday - Silver Sneakers Flex Program at Body In Motion Pilates Studio , 11452 Martin St. NW., Coon Rapids, MN.  763-213-5181,

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.

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

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

Give the gift of music year 'round! 
Call 651-291-1144, or Click here

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, the Child Care Assistance Program, and the Weatherization 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


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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