Maple Grove Days offers something for everyone

The Maple Grove Community Organization has all kinds of events planned at the Maple Grove Days 2012 celebration, Thursday through Sunday, July 12 through 15.

Maple Grove Days 2012 will begin July 12 with the annual Pierre Bottineau Parade. Other events will continue throughout the weekend, including live music, a disc jockey in the evenings and the Saturday fireworks display. The Maple Grove Ambassador Miss Maple Grove Coronation will be Friday, July 13.

New this year are the Spiketacular Sand Volleyball and Pickleball Un-officiated tournaments.

There will also be rides and activities for the kids and plenty of good food for everyone. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

The following are events and activities planned for Maple Grove Days 2012:

THURSDAY EVENTS

The seventh annual Maple Grove Day’s Tennis Tournament, hosted by the Maple Grove Crimson Tennis Association, Inc. will be starting at 8 a.m. for singles and doubles. There are categories for boys and girls: 14 and younger and 18 and under and men’s open.

Circus Manduhai performs at 11 a.m. at the Town Green.

Come watch the Duplicate Bridge Tournament from noon to 4 p.m. at the community center and the Pickleball Un-officiated Tournament in the gymnasium.

The Farmers Market will be open at the community center from 3 to 7 p.m.

The Pierre Bottineau Parade will run along 89th Avenue from Zachary Lane to Elm Creek Boulevard, from 6:10 to 9:30 p.m.

Maple Grove Days Sidewalk Sales will be at area businesses throughout Maple Grove.

FRIDAY EVENTS

The seventh annual Maple Grove Day’s Tennis Tournament, hosted by the Maple Grove Crimson Tennis Association, will be Friday, July 13, starting at 8 a.m. for doubles. There are categories for boys and girls: 14 and younger and 18 and under.

Watch the Junior Golf Tournament at French Lake Golf Course on 17500 County Road 81 in Dayton at 9:30 a.m.

Maple Grove Days Sidewalk Sales will be at area businesses throughout Maple Grove.

Check out teens ages 12 to 15 or 16 to 17 competing against their age group in 3-on-3 basketball (starts at 10 a.m.) in the community center.

Capture the Flag at Weaver Lake Park from 3 to 5 p.m. This free event is for youth ages 11 to 17.

The Diaper Derby will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Green’s lawn area.

There will be an Alley Jamz Bowling event from 7 to 10 p.m. at Sundance Golf Bowl, 15240 113th Ave. N. in Maple Grove. Cost is $10 and includes 3 hours of bowling and shoe rental.

"The Art of Food" Art Show will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maple Grove Arts Center.

The Maple Grove Ambassador Coronation will be at 7 p.m. at Maple Grove Senior High School. Tickets of $10 are available at the door, $2 off with a Maple Grove Days button.

The Kids Parade, starting at 7:15 p.m. at the Town Green, lets all kids decorate their bike, tricycles, wagon or themselves and join the parade.

There will be an Open Skate – "Cool Ray Skate," from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at the Ice Arena. Cost is $5.50 for non-residents and $4.50 for residents. Music will be from the Beach Boys.

Friday Evening Entertainment will be provided by Tricia and the Toonies at 8 p.m. at the Town Green band shell. Bring a lawn chair.

The Friday Outdoor Movie will be "Despicable Me" at dusk at the Town Green band shell.

Gala in the Grove is free and will take place from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Osseo-Maple Grove American Legion, 260 Fourth Ave. S.E. in Osseo. Join the newly crowned Maple Grove Ambassadors.

SATURDAY EVENTS

Check out the free Zumba Workout event at 8 a.m. at the Town Green.

The Rice Lake 3.7 Mile Classic Run begins at 8 a.m. at Freedom Field 8585 Rice Lake Road.

The seventh annual Maple Grove Day’s Tennis Tournament, hosted by the Maple Grove Crimson Tennis Association, will starting at 8 a.m. for the men’s open.

Those taking part in the Geocaching event, it begins at 9 a.m.

The Maple Grove Days free shuttle bus will be available from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. from the Maple Grove Transit Station. There are four drop off locations: transit station, art fair, community center and car show.

A Kids Fun Run/Walk around North Arbor Lake will be at 9:30 a.m. Children ages 5 to 12 can participate.

Children ages 3 to 10 years old can participate in a Hula Hoop contest, Big Wheel races, Fish Casting contest, Giraffe Bell Ringer, Children’s Miniature Golf and Safari Ring Toss (8 years and younger). All are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the community center.

Get together in the Maple Maze from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the indoor playground at the community center. Don’t forget socks. Cost is $2 for kids 1 to 12. Adult supervision is required.

Get an up-close look at the "Big Trucks," 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the grassy area near LifeTime Fitness.

The Business Expo runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the community center.

The fifth annual Showcase Silent Auction will be at the community center from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Pie Shoppe – Slice of Pie Sale will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the senior room.

Stop by and check out the computer lab in the community center between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

There will be a Maple Grove Library Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library.

Children of all ages can snap together a model car from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the children’s tent at the community center. Tickets are $1 each.

Come to the Kid’s Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at community center room 124 for crafts, story time and more.

Children’s bingo will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lions Pavilion.

The skate park will open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the community center. Helmets are required.

The Maple Grove Art Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Main Street.

The Cornhole (bean bag) Tournament takes place at 10 a.m. at the Town Green area.

A variety of vendors will be offering food and beverages including in the community center parking lot and on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

There will be family fun inflatables and games in the community center parking lot from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. There is a charge of $1 to $5 for the games. Remember to bring socks.

The Town Green Entertainment at the band shell includes: Zumba Workout from 8 to 9 a.m., Fam Jam from 10 to 10:45 a.m., World TaeKwonDo Academy from 11 to 11:20 a.m., Dancin’ On Broadway from 11:30 to 11:50 a.m., Scotty Reed Band from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Duct Tape Fashion Show from 2 to 2:30 p.m., Winner of the Teen Battle of Bands from 2:50 to 3:15 p.m., The Whosah Band from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Maple Grove Home Base Theatre from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., Festival Community Orchestra from 7 to 8 p.m. and the Arts Council Maple Grove Jazz Ensemble from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

The Main Stage Entertainment includes: The Splatter Sisters from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Jana Anderson from noon to 1 p.m., Diamond Back from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Spirit of the Radio from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and High and Might Band from 7 to 10 p.m. All performances will be in the community center parking lot.

Pony rides will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the community center parking lot. There is a $2 fee per pony ride. There will also be a free petting zoo in the parking lot from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Children 5 to 12 years old can take part in the free Children’s Fishing Clinic from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Weaver Lake Beach fishing pier. Fishing poles and bait will be provided.

A "Top 20" Classic Car Show will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street in front of Town Green.

The Maple Grove Lions Corn Feed is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the community center parking lot.

A Coin Hunt for 3- to 5-year-olds and 6- to 8-year olds will be at 1 p.m. at the community center volleyball courts.

Bingo will take place from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Lions Pavilion. Cost is .25 cents per game.

A Bicycle Stunt Show will be at the community center at 1, 3, 5, 7 and 8 p.m.

Check out team’s creations with the Keep a Boat a Float event at 3 p.m. at the outdoor pool.

Watch the Food Eating Contest will be at the main stage in the community center parking lot. Pizza contest is at 6:15 p.m. and spaghetti contest is at 6:45 p.m.

See the fifth annual Bed Race on Main Street in front of the Town Green from 7 to 9 p.m.

There will be a Teen Zone for teens ages 12 to 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the community center gymnasium.

Like dodge ball? Join the Blacklight Dodge Ball Tournament from 6 to 9 p.m. at the community center gymnasium.

The fireworks display will be launched from the peninsula on West Arbor Lake behind the community center at 10 p.m.

SUNDAY EVENTS

The seventh annual Maple Grove Day’s Tennis Tournament, hosted by the Maple Grove Crimson Tennis Association, will starting at 8 a.m. for the mixed doubles.

A one-day volleyball tournament will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the volleyball courts.

Tour five gardens located throughout Maple Grove from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pick up maps at the community center, Fairs, and Lynde’s nurseries.

The Maple Grove Art Fair, on Main Street, will continue from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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