Maple Grove- Osseo area 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 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:

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

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

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 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 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

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

Men’s Health 2012 Event

OCT. 16 — North Memorial will host the free Men’s Health 2012 event Tuesday, Oct. 16, starting at 5 p.m. at the Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Drive in Brooklyn Center. The event feature free health screenings, food, program with care experts discussing topics pertaining to men and more. The main program begins at 6:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is required by calling 763-581-2410 or online at

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

Steak fry

OCT. 19 — The Osseo Fire Department will host a steak fry Friday, Oct. 19, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Osseo-Maple Grove American Legion, 260 Fourth Ave. S.E. in Osseo. The menu includes the option of steak, chicken or shrimp for $10, or a combination of steak and shrimp for $12. All meals come with a baked potato and bread. The steak fry will benefit the Osseo Fire Department Relief Association.

Halloween Family Fun

OCT. 20 — The Maple Grove Community Organization hosting its Happy Halloween Family Fun event Saturday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Weaver Lake Park, 8401 Dunkirk Lane. Wear a costume and bring parents. Events include following a map to 20+ stations of games like the Web of Confusion Maze, the Scarecrow Jump, inflatable rides, Esmeralda’s the Witches potion, pumpkin roll, Halloween Mini Golf, bingo, crafts, music and more.  The event costs $5 per child, ages 2-8 years, adults are free. Additional refreshments will be available for a fee. Registration forms are available at or at the Maple Grove Community Center, advance registration begins Oct. 1 at the Maple Grove Community Center. No mail, email or phone registrations accepted. Space is limited. For more information call the MGCO voice message line at 763-494-5985 or visit the website.

Lions waffle breakfast

OCT. 21 — The Maple Grove Lions Club will host a Waffle Breakfast event Sunday, Oct. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Maple Grove Community Center 12951 Weaver Lake Road.

Osseo City Council

OCT. 22 — The Osseo City Council will meet Monday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. at city hall, 415 Central Ave. For agenda information call 425-2624 or visit

Kiddie Halloween Parade

OCT. 27 — The annual Halloween Kiddie Parade will be Saturday, Oct. 27, starting at noon. The line-up for the parade is near North Clinic. Kids dressed in costumes march along Central Avenue to the Osseo Community Center, where treat bags are given and games are played. Osseo Lions Club is sponsoring this event.

‘Murder on Main Street’ series

OCT. 27 — The Maple Grove Library, 8001 Main Street N., will host a mystery writer’s series. The final program is “Murder on Main Street Author Talk: Ellen Hart” Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. Award-winning Hart will talk about her most recent book, “Rest for the Wicked.” She will offer a glimpse into the “writer’s life” and her thoughts on the modern mystery novel. Q&A will follow. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Maple Grove Library. The program is free and open to adults.