Osseo-Maple Grove calendar

MG Farmers Market

NOW TO OCT. 18 — The Maple Grove Farmers Market takes place every Thursday through Oct. 18, from 3 to 6 p.m. The farmers market is at the Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Road in Maple Grove. The market has 50+ vendors offering fresh produce, meats, breads/baked good, cheese, canned items, honey, syrups, sauces, pickled products and much more as well as ready to eat foods for shoppers to enjoy a quick bite. Visit MapleGroveFarmersMarket.com for vendor list, special events and subscribe to receive market updates.

‘Diary of Anne Frank’

NOW TO OCT. 21 — This fall, Yellow Tree Theater, 320 Fifth Ave. S.E. in Osseo, opens their fifth season with “The Diary of Anne Frank” by the late playwright Wendy Kesselman. Performances are Sept. 21 through Oct. 21, with show times at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $17 on Wednesdays and Thursdays, $23 on Fridays and Saturdays and $20 on Sundays. Students, seniors 60 & up, Fringe button holders and groups of 10 or more receive $3 off these prices. Box office: 763-493-8733. More information at: yellowtreetheatre.com.

Maple Grove candidate forum

OCT. 4 — The North Hennepin Area Chamber of Commerce and League of Women Voters will host a Candidate Forum Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Maple Grove Government Center, 12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway. City Council candidates will speak from 6:30 to 8 p.m. State Senate 34, State Representative 34A and State Representative 34B candidates will talk from 8:15 to 9:45 p.m.

Kids Fire Safety Day

OCT. 6 — Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. is Maple Grove Home Depot Kids Fire Safety Day. There will be a kids workshop from 9 a.m. to noon. The Maple Grove Police and Fire departments will bring a squad car and fire truck for kids to see up close. Maple Grove Hospital and North Ambulance will also be in attendance. The family will learn how to prepare for emergencies and prevent injuries at home. The event is free. Call Cynthia with questions at 763-494-0117.

Family carnival (photo)

OCT. 6 — Minnesota Taekwondo Association (MTA) to host Family Carnival and Fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at World Taekwondo Academy, 6493 Sycamore Court N. in Maple Grove. MTA is a non-profit organization that helps 100’s of youth, athletes, and coaches achieve their dreams. Support MTA’s efforts by enjoying carnival games, silent auction, grand prize raffle, or by taking a shot at dunking USA’s 2012 Assistant Olympic Taekwondo Coach, Grandmaster Eui Lee. All proceeds go to helping the Taekwondo Athletes right here in Minnesota. For more information about this event, contact Suzanne Budde at 612-281-2680.

Osseo’s Oktoberfest

OCT. 6 — The Third Annual Oktoberfest in Osseo will take place Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Main Street Pharmacy parking lot. Games for kids and adults, activities, food and beverages will be available. There will also be a hot dog-eating contest. Local band Two Hicks and a Chick will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Elk River German Band will play from 2 to 6 p.m.

Book signing event

OCT. 6 — Maple Grove resident Anastacia Hawkins will be signing copies of her book “Larkspur,” Saturday, Oct. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cherry Berry Yogurt Bar, 8084 Old Carriage Court in Shakopee.

Block family benefit

OCT. 7 — A Block family benefit is Sunday, Oct. 7, with a best ball scramble shotgun start golf tournament and spaghetti dinner/silent auction and raffle. The golf event is 7:30 a.m. to noon at Daytona Golf Course in Dayton. The dinner is at Lookout Bar & Grill in Maple Grove from noon to 4 p.m. To sign up for the golf event, see daytonagolfcourse.com and look for the link, or contact John Peterson at [email protected] Buy dinner tickets in advance or at the door. All donations will help pay for medical bills and other expenses the Block family has and will incur. Dan Block was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. He has undergone many tests, surgery and chemotherapy. For information on how to help purchase raffle or dinner tickets or to provide donations, contact Lisa Zuk at 612-298-3957.

Sunday brunch

OCT. 7 — Come and join the Osseo-Maple Grove American Legion Riders for Sunday brunch Oct. 7, from 8 a.m. to noon. The brunch will be at the Osseo-Maple Grove American Legion, 260 Fourth Ave. S.E. in Osseo. The cost is $8 per person, which goes to support different veterans functions and organizations that need the Riders help.

Osseo School Board

OCT. 8 — The Osseo School Board will have a property committee meeting Monday, Oct. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Education Service Center, 11200 93rd Ave. in Maple Grove. This meeting is open to the public.

Osseo City Council

OCT. 8 — The Osseo City Council will meet Monday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. at city hall, 415 Central Ave. For agenda information call 425-2624 or visit discoverosseo.com.

Maple Grove planners

OCT. 8 — The Maple Grove Planning Commission meeting of Monday, Oct. 8, will be canceled due to no items on the agenda.

Humane Society president

OCT. 9 — Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, will host a discussion, question-and-answer and book signing session 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Animal Humane Society, 845 Meadow North Lane, Golden Valley. Pacelle will discuss the themes in his book “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call Defend Them,” and issues of local, national and international impact.

Couples and cash seminar

OCT. 9 — There will be a free “Couples and Cash: Strengthening Your Relationship and Money Teamwork” seminar Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at TopLine’s Maple Grove Learning Center, 9353 Jefferson Hwy. Create a unified spending plan. Learn how to: understand one another’s money personality, create a financial mission statement and long-term financial goals and learn to communicate when it comes to managing finances. To reserve a spot, call 763-391-9494 or email [email protected]

Meet the Candidates event

OCT. 10 — Join the North Hennepin Area Chamber of Commerce to meet local candidates for State Senate and House and Hennepin County Commissioners Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 7 to 9 a.m. at Rasmussen College, 8301 93rd Lane N. in Brooklyn Park. “Meet and Greet” the candidates running for office in Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove and Osseo. RSVP a must to [email protected] or call 763-424-6744. Cost to attend is $10, which includes breakfast.

Advisory committee

OCT. 10 — The Maple Grove Citizens’ Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Maple Grove Government Center, 12800 Arbor Lakes Pkwy. For agenda information call 763-494-6000.

Kids Count coffee

OCT. 11 — Learn the key trends in children’s health, education and economic stability at a KIDS COUNT Coffee event Thursday, Oct. 11, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Willow Lane Early Childhood Center, School Cafeteria, 7020 Perry Avenue N. in Brooklyn Center. Join Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota as they share NW Hennepin regional information from their 2012 Minnesota KIDS COUNT Data Book, “Every Kid Counts: A Look at Children Across Minnesota,” the most comprehensive book about children’s well-being in Minnesota. All attendees will receive a free copy of the data book. Free event hosted by Northwest Hennepin Early Childhood Network, a program of the Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council. Coffee and refreshments provided.

Arbor committee

OCT. 11 — The Maple Grove Arbor Committee will meet Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. For agenda and meeting minutes information call 763-494-6000, or visit the city of Maple Grove’s website at ci.maple-grove.mn.us.

HC vehicle auction

OCT. 13 — Hennepin County Purchasing and Contract Services and partnering municipalities are hosting a vehicle auction Saturday, Oct. 13, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Manheim Minneapolis location at 8001 Jefferson Highway in Maple Grove. Registration for bidders is from 8 to 10 a.m. Specifics about the auction are available at www.manheim.com.

Autumn Woods Classic

OCT. 13 — The Annual Autumn Wood Classic takes place Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove. The Classic features a 10K run, 5K run/walk and 1K kids’ run. Team 5K and 10K categories are also available. Family activities include musical entertainment, climbing wall, kids’ obstacle course, crafts and displays. Cost for the 10K and 5K races is $29 for day-of registration and just $23 for pre-registration. Cost for the 1K kids’ run is $9 day-of and just $5 for pre-registration. The pre-registration deadline is Oct. 8. For more information visit www.ThreeRiversParks.org or call 763-559-6700. Volunteers also are needed, call 763-559-6706.

MG Critical Thinkers

OCT. 13 — The Maple Grove Critical Thinking Discussion Group will present “Dying with Dignity: Assisted Suicide: your last civil right” with Marie Alena Castle, The Final Exit Network Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Champps Americana, 13521 80th Circle N. in Maple Grove. Cost to attend is $5 for coffee/tea and toast or $16.50 for a big omelet. To register or for more information contact Laurie Karnes at [email protected] or 763-420-4757.

‘Murder on Main Street’ series

OCT. 15 — The Maple Grove Library, 8001 Main Street N., will host a mystery writer’s series. The next program is  “Murder on Main Street Author Talk: Monica Ferris” Monday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Ferris is an author with many hats and names: Mary Monica Pulver, Mary Kuhfeld, Margaret Frazer or Ferris. She’ll talk about her current “Threadbare,” which features the popular sleuth, Betsy Devonshire. Ferris’ newest book, “And Then You Dye,” will be published in December. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Maple Grove Library. The program is free and open to adults.

Osseo planners

OCT. 15 — The Osseo Planning Commission will meet Monday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at city hall, 415 Central Ave. For agenda information call 763-425-2624.

MG Women of Today

OCT. 15 — The Maple Grove Chapter of Women of Today hosts its monthly meeting on the third Monday of each month. The group invites everyone to join them at the Maple Grove Community Center at 7 p.m. Guests from Maple Grove and surrounding communities are welcome. The mission of Women of Today is to help women improve their own lives and the lives of the people in their communities. View the website at www.maplegrovewt.org or contact the group at [email protected] or 651-642-5404 for more information.

Maple Grove City Council

OCt. 15 — The Maple Grove City Council will have a meeting Monday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. the Maple Grove Government Center, 12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway. For agenda and meeting information call 763-494-6040 or visit the city’s website at ci.maple-grove.mn.us.

Osseo Book Club

OCT. 16 — The Osseo Book Club will meet Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Edinburgh Golf Clubhouse, 8700 Edinbrook Crossing in Brooklyn Park. Mary DesJarlais, author of “Dorie La Valle,” will be the featured speaker. The luncheon time is at noon with the speaker to follow.

Osseo Football fundraiser

OCT. 16 — Tuesday is pasta night. Osseo High School football invites the community, neighbors, family and friends to a fundraiser at the Kopper Kettle Restaurant located in downtown Osseo Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. Join the team for a plate of spaghetti, meatballs, salad and bread. Be sure to wear Osseo orange and remember to thank Ivan Aguero for his support. All proceeds go to the Osseo Football Program. Visit the website at osseofootball.com.

Osseo School Board

OCT. 16 — The Osseo School Board will have a work session Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m. in the forum room of the Education Service Center, 11200 93rd Ave. in Maple Grove. A regular meeting will follow at 8 p.m. in the board room of the ESC. These meetings are open to the public.

MG Arts Council

OCT. 16 — The Maple Grove Arts Council, a local nonprofit and sponsor of such events as the annual KidStock, the Maple Grove Jazz Ensemble and the Autumn Art Fair at The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, has a meeting of its Board of Director the evening of the third Tuesday of each month. Visitors are welcome. Anyone interested in more information or being a volunteer, member or potential board member should contact the MGAC at 763-494-5984 or email [email protected]

Estate planning seminar

OCT. 17 — There will be a free Estate Planning Seminar Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at TopLine’s Maple Grove Learning Center, 9353 Jefferson Hwy. Learn how to protect assets to leave a legacy for loved ones. Learn about the problems, delays, and expenses that often accompany intestacy and probate. Estate distribution techniques associated with wills are presented, and trusts are introduced as a vehicle that can help many people overcome the challenges of estate distribution. To reserve a spot, call 763-391-9494 or email [email protected]

MG Historic Society

OCT. 18 — The Maple Grove Historic Preservation Society meets the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Mayor Council Chambers at the Maple Grove Government Center, 12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway. Come and help us discover Maple Grove’s past. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 763-494-5983.

Maple Grove Park Board

Oct. 18 — The Maple Grove Parks and Recreation Board will meet Thursday, Oct. 18. The regular meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Rd. For agenda and meeting minutes information call 763-494-6000, or visit the city of Maple Grove’s website at www.ci.maple-grove.mn.us.