THRU OCT. 28 — Dracula opened Oct.12 and runs through Oct. 28 at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, 420 East Main Street, Anoka. Tickets for the production and reservations can be made by calling the box office at 763-422-1838 or by visiting the Lyric Arts website at www.lyricarts.org.
Ghosts of Anoka
THROUGH OCT. 31 — Begins at 7 p.m. at the History Center in Anoka. The Ghosts of Anoka tour is a walking tour that includes skillful weaving together of history, conjecture and fact sprinkled with a flair for the dramatic. The tour route encompasses 15 blocks around Anoka city streets and lasts about 90 minutes. Tickets are available in advance at the History Center or by calling 763-421-0600. Tours are limited to 24 people. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for Anoka County Historical Society members and $5 for children.
OCT. 26 — There will be a steak fry at the Osseo American Legion, 260 4th Ave. S.E., Osseo, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Kiddie Halloween Parade
OCT. 27 — The annual Osseo Kiddie Halloween Parade will be Saturday, Oct. 27, at noon. Kids in costumes can walk along Central Avenue and get treats.
Halloween at Eidem Homestead
OCT. 27 — Community members can experience a Halloween in 1900 style at the Eidem Homestead in Brooklyn Park Oct. 27. The farmhouse will glow in soft kerosene lamplight where there will be fortune telling, a bonfire, decorations and treats. This family event is 7-9 p.m. at 4345 101st Ave. N., on the corner of Noble Parkway and 101st Avenue.
Admission costs $6 per adult and $4 per child age 3-12 years. Presale tickets are available at the Community Activity Center until 5 p.m. the day of the event for $1 off regular price. Info: brooklynpark.org or 763-493-8333.
OCT. 27 — There will be a Halloween Party, for ages 3-12, 1-3 p.m., at the Brooklyn Center Community Center, 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway. The cost is $5 for games, treats, prizes, and a pass to swim and use the water slide.
Game booths include Pumpkin Patch, Bowling for Goblins, Spider Pops and more. Children are encouraged to wear their costume. Pre-registration by Friday, Oct. 26, is recommended. Walk-ins are welcome if space is available. Info: 763-569-3400.
Health and Wellness Fair
OCT. 27 — There will be a Health and Wellness Fair Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m.-noon at Odyssey Academy, 6201 Noble Ave. N. in Brooklyn Center.
A pancake breakfast will be served for $1 per person or 50 cents with the donation of a children’s coat. The event features blood pressure and hearing tests and more than 30 health and wellness exhibits. Info: odysseyacademy.org or 763-971-8200.
OCT. 30 — Enjoy a puppet show, from 10-11 a.m. at Kroening Interpretive Center in North Mississippi Regional Park, 5114 North Mississippi Drive in Minneapolis. A spider-themed puppet show for families with children ages 2-6 will be held followed by a “spider hunt” and short hike through the park. The cost is $4 per child. Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation with activity No. 416903-05. Info: threeriversparkdistrict.org.
OCT. 31 — Family-safe trick-or-treating will be offered from 5 to 7 p.m. at Zanewood Recreation Center, 7100 Zane Ave. N., Brooklyn Park. Event is free to the public and includes games, music, arts, inflatable play structures and treats.
Win the Chore Wars
NOV. 1 — This adult learning session will be held Nov. 1 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Anoka-Hennepin Staff Development Center, 2727 N. Ferry St., Anoka. Research indicates that one of the most important predictors of your child’s success is whether they participated in household chores. Motivate your kids to help out around the house and do their chores. Learn to keep it fun and work your plan, while putting your child on the path to success. Certificate of Attendance for training hours (CEUs) available upon request. Class fee: $15 one; $25 two.
NOV. 2 & 3 — Saint Therese at Oxbow Lake’s annual Treasures and Treats Sale will be Friday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For sale will be home-baked goodies, gently used household items, hand-made blankets and crafts, beautiful gift shop items and more. This event is sponsored by Saint Therese at Oxbow Lake’s tenants. Saint Therese at Oxbow Lake is located at 5200 Oak Grove Parkway in Brooklyn Park, just off of Hwy. 610, between Zane and Noble.
Saturday at the Movies
NOV. 3 — The Champlin Library will host Saturday at the Movies from 2 to 4 p.m. for preschool through grade 6. Bring the whole family to watch a great movie on the big screen. There will be fun activities before the show. Call 612-543-6250 or stop by to find out what will be playing. This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The Champlin Library is located at 12154 Ensign Ave. N., Champlin. More info: 612-543-6250
Pre-holiday craft and vendor show
NOV. 3 — There will be a pre-holiday craft and vendor show at the Champlin American Legion, 12450 Business Park Blvd. North, Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission.
NOV. 4 — A benefit has been planned to help the Rinehart family with expenses during this difficult time. Please join in for a day of giving and to show support for Jeff as he battles Stage IV Melanoma. A pancake breakfast, silent auction, raffle and bake sale has been set-up to raise funds Sunday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Maple Tavern, 9375 Deerwood Lane in Maple Grove. The cost to attend is $15 per person. RSVP to surveymonkey.com/s/BTWNHHC. If someone is unable to attend the event and would still like to help out the Rinehart family donations can be made at any Wells Fargo branch office: Jeff Rinehart Donation Account. Visit Jeff’s Caring Bridge Site at caringbridge.org/visit/jeffrinehart.
Bring out your child’s natural brilliance
NOV. 5 — This adult learning session will be held Nov. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Anoka-Hennepin Staff Development Center, 2727 N. Ferry St., Anoka. Help your children gain confidence and be successful using their own natural brilliance! By understanding the different learning styles, you and your learner can achieve higher performance with less stress. You both will be more productive learners, able to absorb, capture, and retain information faster and better-even improve grades! Workshop includes an online interactive learning styles assessment. Certificate of Attendance for training hours (CEUs) available upon request. Supply fee of $5 paid to instructor at class for assessment.
NOV. 5 — Mondays are marvelous at the Champlin Library. Drop in between 3 and 4:30 p.m. to build LEGO® masterpieces or show off your skills on the PS2, Wii and Xbox Kinect. Sponsored by the Friends of the Champlin Library. Located at 12154 Ensign Ave. N., Champlin. More info: 612-543-6250
JMS parent advisory meeting
NOV. 5 — A parent advisory meeting will be held at Jackson Middle School in the media center at 6:30 p.m. Info will include internet safety, cyberbullying and social media. Families will learn about the websites and tools students are currently using as well as tips and strategies for keeping children safe in today’s digital world. Students are welcome to attend.
Champlin council meeting
NOV. 5 — The Champlin City Council will hold its regular business meeting at Champlin City Hall, 11955 Commerce Drive.
NOV. 6 — The General Election is Nov. 6. Absentee voting begins Sept. 21. Check with your city hall for specific polling locations and for more information on how to absentee vote. Pre-registration for the General Election closes Oct. 16. You may register in person at the polls on Election Day.
Present Moment Parenting
NOV. 7 — This adult learning session will be held Nov. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Anoka-Hennepin Staff Development Center, 2727 N. Ferry St., Anoka. Ever wonder why typical parenting techniques don’t work with some kids? Come and learn specific, hands-on, here-and-now methods for kids ages 2-18 with ADHD, ODD, attachment disorders, sensory issues, giftedness, or no diagnosis at all. We’ll lay aside “judge, blame and punish,” which only makes the situation worse and look at communication’s effect on the child. Dramatically different approach, dramatically different results. Certificate of Attendance for training hours (CEUs) will be available. Instructor: Tina Feigal, M.S., Ed. Class fee: $29 one; $39 two.
PLAY… Batteries Not Included
NOV. 8 — This adult learning session will be held Nov. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Anoka-Hennepin Staff Development Center, 2727 N. Ferry St., Anoka. How do you balance your young child’s technology exposure with the creative, imaginative, hands-on side of play? Gain an understanding of how children learn and how technology affects the learning process. Get ideas for balancing and monitoring technology use. Explore ideas for hands-on, non-technological play. Certificate of Attendance for training hours (CEUs) available upon request. Instructors Janine Atwell and Kathy Solem are licensed early childhood professionals. Class fee: $15 one; $25 two.
NOV. 9 – 17 — En Morphe Theatre, of Champlin, presents “Pilgrims Progress” a full-length drama which follows Christian, a pilgrim on a journey from the City of Destruction to the Gates of the Celestial City. In this Christian fantasy, the characters meet with temptations, toils and snares and are guided by the Voices of Scripture to show them the way. Located at 564 Independence Avenue, Champlin. Info: 763-576-0866 or www.enmorphe.org
Kids garage sale
NOV. 10 — There will be a kids garage sale Saturday, Nov. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Champlin Ice Forum, 12165 Ensign Avenue North, Champlin.
Anoka-Hennepin School Board work session
NOV. 12 — The Anoka-Hennepin School Board will hold a work session in the Erling Johnson Room A at the Staff Development Center, 2727 Ferry Street, Anoka.
Champlin tenant forum
NOV. 14 — The City of Champlin is hosting a Tenant Forum on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Champlin Police Department. This no cost forum will be held at the Champlin Police Department. For more information please contact Diana Jones at 763-923-7196 or [email protected]
NOV. 16 — Turkey Bingo will be held at the Champlin Ice Forum, 12165 Ensign Ave., Friday, Nov. 16 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Ages 5 and up are welcome with an adult. Cost is $9 per adult/child team and $3 per additional player. Ten games of bingo will feature an adult and child winner for each game. Frozen turkeys will be given to the adults and a special prize will be given to the children. Space is limited. Info: Champlin Park and Recreation, 763-421-2820.
NOV. 19 — Mondays are marvelous at the Champlin Library. Drop in between 3 and 4:30 p.m. to build LEGO® masterpieces or show off your skills on the PS2, Wii and Xbox Kinect. Sponsored by the Friends of the Champlin Library. Located at 12154 Ensign Ave. N., Champlin. More info: 612-543-6250
Champlin council meeting
NOV. 19 — The Champlin City Council will hold its regular business meeting at Champlin City Hall, 11955 Commerce Drive.
Dayton council meeting
NOV. 20 — There will be a Dayton City Council meeting at 7 p.m. at Dayton City Hall, located at 12260 South Diamond Lake Road.
Anoka-Hennepin School Board meeting
NOV. 26 — The Anoka-Hennepin School Board will hold a regular school board meeting at 6:30 p.m. to be held at the Sandburg Education Center, 1902 2nd Avenue North, Anoka.
NOV. 27 — The Champlin Brooklyn Park Academy PTO will meet Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the school, located at 6100 109th Avenue North, Champlin.
DEC. 7 — The annual Osseo Minidazzle and Tree Lighting event will be Friday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. along Central Avenue in front of Osseo City Hall, 415 Central Ave., and in Boerboom Veterans Memorial Park.
Champlin council meeting
DEC. 10 — The Champlin City Council will hold its regular business meeting at Champlin City Hall, 11955 Commerce Drive.
Anoka-Hennepin School Board meeting
DEC. 10 — The Anoka-Hennepin School Board will hold a regular school board meeting at 6:30 p.m. to be held at the Sandburg Education Center, 1902 2nd Avenue North, Anoka.
Dayton council meeting
DEC. 11 — There will be a Dayton City Council meeting at 7 p.m. at Dayton City Hall, located at 12260 South Diamond Lake Road.
Anoka-Hennepin School Board work session
JAn. 14 — The Anoka-Hennepin School Board will hold a work session in the Erling Johnson Room A at the Staff Development Center, 2727 Ferry Street, Anoka.
JAN. 15 — The Champlin Brooklyn Park Academy PTO will meet Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the school, located at 6100 109th Avenue North, Champlin.
Anoka-Hennepin School Board meeting
JAN. 28 — The Anoka-Hennepin School Board will hold a regular school board meeting at 6:30 p.m. to be held at the Sandburg Education Center, 1902 2nd Avenue North, Anoka.
Anoka-Hennepin School Board work session
FEB. 11 — The Anoka-Hennepin School Board will hold a work session in the Erling Johnson Room A at the Staff Development Center, 2727 Ferry Street, Anoka.
FEB. 26 — The Champlin Brooklyn Park Academy PTO will meet Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the school, located at 6100 109th Avenue North, Champlin.
MARCH 19 — The Champlin Brooklyn Park Academy PTO will meet March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the school, located at 6100 109th Avenue North, Champlin.
APRIL 16 — The Champlin Brooklyn Park Academy PTO will meet April 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the school, located at 6100 109th Avenue North, Champlin.
MAY 21 — The Champlin Brooklyn Park Academy PTO will meet May 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the school, located at 6100 109th Avenue North, Champlin.
Free cooking demos
ONGOING — There are free cooking demos offered every Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at Ethnic Foods Company, 204 Central Avenue in Osseo. Learn to prepare traditional dishes, discover organic and healthful alternatives for adventurous eating and sample some foods from around the world. Call or stop by to make a reservation for an upcoming class. The first demo is free and every other demo is $10 and participants receive $5 towards in-store shopping. For more information call 952-593-3000, visit ethnicfoodsco.com or send and e-mail to [email protected]
New Parent Connection
MONDAYS & THURSDAYS — New Parent Connection is a free class for parents and their infants, birth up to four months of age, held at Unity Hospital every Monday, 1 to 2:30 p.m., in the auditorium on the lower level and at Mercy Hospital every Thursday, 2 to 3:30 p.m., in the Heart Center, lower level. For more information, call 763-506-1284 or Medformation at 612-262-3333.
DAILY — Open skating is available at the Champlin Ice Forum, 12165 Ensign Ave., Champlin, Mondays through Fridays from 10 to 11:45 a.m. and Saturdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Also, Sundays through Nov. 18 from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. No open skate Nov. 22-25, Dec. 1, 8 or 15. Fee is $4 students, $5 adults. Skate rental is $3 per pair. Skate sharpening is $3 per pair. Open skate passes for 8 open skate sessions costs $24 for youth and $32 for adults. Info: 763-421-3696.
2ND MONDAYS —The Champlin Champs 4-H Club meets the 2nd Monday of the month at United Methodist Church 921 Downs Road at 6:45 p.m. Champlin Champs 4-H club is for kids ages K-12 and their parents. New members are welcome. Call 612-596-2115 for more information.
Parents of children with ADHD/ADD or EBD
1ST TUESDAYS — Meet people who share your questions and learn what has worked or not worked for them. Come for support and information on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., at the Anoka County Human Service building, 1201 89th Ave. N.E., Blaine. The class is free and childcare is provided free of charge but reserve a space by the preceding Sunday evening. Sponsored by Anoka County Family and community Support Services and provided by Central Center for Family Resources. Call 783-4949 to reserve space or for information.
2ND TUESDAYS — MOPS meetings will be held the second Tuesday of each month at Solid Rock Free Lutheran beginning Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 9:15 a.m. Meetings will include food, fellowship, childcare and the opportunity to build relationships with other young mothers. Children will be encouraged and cared for through the Moppet program, which includes a story time, snack and playtime. For further questions call 763-427-6093 and ask for Michelle. Solid Rock is located at 737 Bob Ehlen Drive in Anoka, MN.
Parents of Children with Autism
2ND TUESDAYS — Meet others who share your questions and learn about what has worked or not worked for them the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Anoka County Human Service building, 1201 89th Ave. N.E., Blaine. No meeting in December. Children over 12 years meet the 3rd Tuesday, monthly. Sponsored by Anoka County Family and Community Support Services and provided by Central Center for Family and Community Support services and provided by Central Center for Family Resources. Class is free, with childcare provided free but reserve a space by the preceding Sunday evening. Call 783-4958 to reserve a space or for more information.
Champlin Park Youth Hockey Association
3RD TUESDAYS — CPYHA board meetings are held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the small conference room at the Champlin Ice Forum located at 12165 Ensign Avenue North. The CPYHA provides and promotes youth hockey for the benefit of Champlin, Brooklyn Park and Dayton residents.
Women of Today
3RD TUESDAYS — Women of Today is a voluntary, nonprofit, community service organization. The group focuses on service to the community, personal growth, and fellowship opportunities. The Champlin chapter meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Champlin Community Center and invites all interested individuals to attend. For further information, contact Jill at 612-760-4544.
Free drop-in yoga classes at the Hindu Temple
TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS & SUNDAYS — All are welcome to attend free Yoga classes at the Hindu Temple in Maple Grove. All ages, all abilities, all faiths are welcome. Wear loose clothing and bring a yoga mat if you have one. Classes meet for one hour on Tuesday are at 6:45, Thursday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. Classes are held in the Nath Auditorium, Hindu Temple of Minnesota, 10530 Troy Lane, Maple Grove, MN 55311. Classes are free but a $5 donation is suggested. Call Laurie Karnes at 763-420-6350 or go to [email protected].
Grandparents & Relatives Raising Children
1ST THURSDAYS — Grandparents and relatives raising children in the group will discuss legal and financial options, understanding and dealing with emotions about raising children, as well as learning ways to better help the children the first Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. While grandparents and relatives meet, the children are invited to participate in a free supportive playgroup. Registration required. Call Connie Booth at 612-879-5351 or Linda Hammerstein at 612-879-5307. Sponsored by Lutheran Social Services and Anoka County Family Support Service. No fee but donations accepted.
CDAA Board Meetings
SECOND TO LAST SUNDAYS — CDAA Board Meetings are held on the second to last Sunday of each month. The public is welcome to attend. Meetings are held at the Rebels Youth Athletic Building at Jerry Ruppelius Park located at 10951 Elm Creek Parkway. The CDAA provides and promotes athletic and recreational activities for the benefit of the residents of Champlin and Dayton. Info: www.cdaasports.org.
Free Meditation Classes at the Hindu Temple
SUNDAYS — Students of all levels and faiths are welcome to attend free meditation class. Classes meet most Sundays from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the Sant Rajinder Sing Ji Maharah Meditation Room, 10530 Troy Lane, Maple Grove, MN 55311. Classes are free, a $5 donation is suggested. Call Laurie Karnes at 763-420-6350 or go to www.sosmn.org.
Alzheimer’s Support Group
SECOND MONDAYS — An Alzheimer’s Support Group meets every 2nd Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at Saint Therese at Oxbow Lake, 5200 Oak Grove Parkway, Brooklyn Park. Call Diane for details at 763-493-7006.
Adult Open Hockey
FRIDAYS — Adult open hockey for ages 18 and up is available at the Champlin Ice Forum, 12165 Ensign Ave., Champlin, on Friday mornings from 6-7 a.m. and Sunday evenings from 9:30-10:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per session. Info: 763-421-3696.
ONGOING — The Friends of Parks and Trails of St. Paul and Ramsey County work with the city of Champlin to offer Tribute Trees as living gifts that may be planted in city parks. The recipient receives a card at the time of the order, and a map of the tree location after its planting in spring. The cost is $75 per tree, or $200 for three. Call Peggy at 651-698-4543 for more information.
ONGOING — The Dayton Police Department works in cooperation with the McGruff House program, which was designed to assist children who are in danger or have a medical emergency while going to and from school. If interested in being a McGruff House participant, contact officer Dane McAlpine at 427-2017.
Adult Children Anonymous
ONGOING — Adult Children Anonymous is for adult children who seek healing from the hurtful effects of life events growing up in addictive and other dysfunctional families. Meetings are Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Faculty Room (205), St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 9100 93rd Ave. N. in Brooklyn Park. Please use the Education Center/School entrance. Contact Mary Ann at 561-6796 for more information.
Yoga, meditation classes
ONGOING — There are drop-in yoga classes will are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and Sundays from 7:45 to 9 a.m. The classes are free, but a $5 (all) $1 (students) donation is suggested. There are free meditation classes on Sundays from 9 to 10:15 a.m. All classes held at the Hindu Temple of Minnesota, 10530 Troy Lane N. in Maple Grove. For more information call Laurie Karnes at 763-420-6350 or e-mail Laurie at [email protected]
WEEKLY — Are parents worried about their kids because of chaos and pain caused by a spouse’s/significant other’s drinking? Are parents kids acting out, getting into trouble or withdrawn and depressed? Alateen can help the kids and Alanon can help parents. And it’s free. Both groups meet at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Maple Grove Alano Club, 15486 Territorial Road in Maple Grove (just off County Road 81 not far from the new Target). For more information call 612-716-7751, 763-427-3986 or 763-420-4249.
Champlin Park Baseball Association
MONTHLY — The Champlin Park Baseball Association (CPBA) has monthly meetings at the Champlin American Legion. Call the baseball information line at 763-323-0446 for meeting dates and times. More information available at www.champlinparkbaseball.org
Baby boomer job seekers
MONTHLY — Free workshop for baby boomer job seekers are offered at the Maple Grove Community Center. Networking and the hidden job market, learn strategies to build or revitalize a network and create a plan to sustain it to find a job by Joan Runnheim Olson of Pathways Career Success Strategies. Learn how to land an interview and then land the job using the People Plus + tool with Drs Bruce and Kathy Martin. The Martins will give you a quick and easy assessment and then teach people to use it to get that job. For more information or to register, visit www.YouCanGetHired.com.