North Crow River News community calendar

Toys for CROSS

NOW THROUGH DECEMBER — Hardee’s, at 14086 Northdale Blvd. in Rogers, will give everyone who donates a new toy for CROSS a free beverage. CROSS Food Shelf will receive these toys and give them to children in the community during the month of December in conjunction with the Toys for Tots/Teens program. Also, anyone interested can donate food or toys to CROSS the warehouse is at 12915 Weinand Circle in Rogers. CROSS serves Maple Grove, Osseo, Rogers, west Champlin, Dayton and Corcoran.

Skate with Royals

NOV. 22 — The fourth annual Thanksgiving morning Skate With The Royals is Thursday, Nov. 22, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Rogers Activity Center. Adults and children welcome. Juice and cookies for everyone gift bags for all and prize giveaways. Bring a box or canned food item for the CROSS Food Shelf. No skates – no problem – skates available for free.

Rogers council

NOV. 27 — Rogers City Council will meet Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Rogers Community Center.

St. Michael council

NOV. 27 — St. Michael City Council will meet Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. at the City Center, 11800 Town Center Dr.

Tree lighting

NOV. 27 — A Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration is Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Michael City Center, 11800 Town Center Dr. Join for a festive evening of caroling, children’s story readings and more. Free hot dogs, chili, cookies and hot beverages while supplies last. Brighten a child’s holiday by bringing a new unwrapped toy or children’s book for the Hanover Area Food Shelf. Sponsored by STMA Rotary Club and Shop St. Michael. For more information see

Corcoran council

NOV. 29 — Corcoran City Council will meet will next meet Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. at city hall at 8200 County Rd. 116.

School’s Out Matinee

NOV. 30 — Teens and school age children are invited to a School’s Out Matinee at the St. Michael Public Library Friday, Nov. 30, 1:30 to 4 p.m. The movie showing is PG-13, so children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. This exciting recent DVD release is based on a novel by Suzanne Collins. For additional information, contact the St. Michael library at 763-497-1998.

Children’s shopping mall

DEC. 1 — Crow River Girl Scouts are hosting a Children’s Holiday Shopping Mall Saturday, Dec. 1, at STMA Middle School West, 11343 50th Street NE, Albertville. The Girl Scout Families have been busy putting together inexpensive gifts that the children can buy. All the gifts will be priced between 25 cents and $5.Each table in the mall will gift-wrap and tag the presents. Talk with Santa and have a photo taken. Children are encouraged to bring a DONATION of a non-perishable food item(s), personal hygiene item(s) or egg cartons for the food shelf in Hanover. For more information, contact Kelly at 763-221-5983 or [email protected]

Christmas boutique

DEC. 1 — A Christmas boutique and bake sale is Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Monticello. Come and browse gift items, baked goods or Christmas cookie tray, and enjoy a bowl of chicken wild rice soup. Variety of vendors will be displaying products, with a Santa visit from 10 a.m. to noon.

Breakfast with Santa

DEC. 2 — Rogers Lions Club is hosting a Breakfast with Santa, featuring pancakes and French toast Sunday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rogers Community Center. Free will offering with proceeds going to CROSS. A 39-inch HD TV to be raffled, donated by Rogers Wine and Spirits. Cost is $5 per ticket. Need not be present to win (proceeds also to CROSS Food Shelf). Kids: bring a canned food donation for the food shelf and receive a free picture with Santa.

Lions breakfast

DEC. 2 — Crow River Lions of Hanover are having a Stuffed Hashbrown Breakfast Sunday, Dec. 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hanover City Hall. Cost is $7 adult, $5 child and $20 family. Breakfast is hashbrowns stuffed with choice of bacon, ham, cheese, onions and mushrooms. Also included are scrambled eggs, muffins, coffee, milk and juice. Proceeds donated to local charities.

STMA board

DEC. 3 — St. Michael-Albertville School Board meets Monday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at the high school board meeting room, 11343 50th St.

Albertville council

DEC. 3 — Albertville City Council meets Monday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at city hall, 5959 Main Ave.

Hanover council

DEC. 4 — Hanover City Council meets Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. at city hall on 11250 Fifth St.

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Rogers trade fair

DEC. 5 THROUGH 12 — Word of Peace Lutheran Church of Rogers will be sponsoring a Fair Trade Fair the first two weeks in December. Fair Trade gift items will be sold before and after the worship services Sunday, Dec. 2; Monday Dec. 3;  and Sunday, Dec. 9, as well as before and after confirmation classes Wednesdays, Dec. 5, and Dec. 12. Beautiful gifts are fashioned by artisans who usually work within a local coop which has been established and operated by the artisans themselves. The gifts are often made from discarded materials by creative people who use their skills to earn enough money to support their families.  They are then purchased for a fair price by the non profit agency called SERRV who offer the gifts to benevolent agencies such as our source, Lutheran World Relief. It is an opportunity to purchase some beautiful items as Christmas gifts at an affordable price while at the same time making it possible for artisans to support themselves and their families.

Family Service Day

DEC. 8 — A Better Together – Family Service Day is Saturday, Dec. 8, 1 to 4 p.m. at Albertville City Hall. Better Together is a FREE, community-wide family service day hosted by the 40 Days of CommUNITY Small Groups at Alleluia Lutheran Church in St. Michael. Families of all ages are invited to come together to do simple, hands-on service projects, reflect on the importance of giving back, and learn about opportunities to get involved in their community. A diverse group of organizations will be represented and fun, kid-friendly service activities will be provided at each “station” for families to complete. This is a free event and your gift of time and service is greatly appreciated. For more information, contact Carol at [email protected]