Osseo-Maple Grove area 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.

Thanksgiving Dinner

NOV. 22 — The Osseo-Maple Grove American Legion Riders will be serving a Turkey Dinner with all the fixings Thursday, Nov. 22. There will be homemade pie for dessert. Dinner will be served from noon to 5 p.m. The dinner will be at the Osseo-Maple Grove American Legion, 260 Fourth Ave. S.E. in Osseo. The cost is $8 per person. The funds will go to support different veterans functions as well as other organizations that need help. RSVP by signing up at the Osseo-Maple Grove American Legion or call 763-425-4858 #2.

‘Miracle on Christmas Lake II’

NOV. 23 TO DEC. 30 — Yellow Tree Theatre, 320 Fifth Ave. S.E. in Osseo, will bring back the sequel to its original smash-hit holiday comedy “Miracle on Christmas Lake II” by Jessica Lind. Performances run Nov. 23 through Dec. 30. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. matinees Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets range from $17 to 23. Visit yellowtreetheatre.com for more information.

Osseo City Council

NOV. 26 — The Osseo City Council will meet Monday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. at city hall, 415 Central Ave. For agenda information call 425-2624 or visit discoverosseo.com.

Maple Grove planners

NOV. 26 — The Maple Grove Planning Commission will meet Monday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center, 12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway. For agenda and meeting information visit the city’s website at maplegrovemn.gov.

Grief support group

NOV. 30 — Chapel Chummies, a grief support group organized by Kozlak-Radulovich Funeral Chapels, has scheduled its November outing to Cirque Dreams, Winter Wonderland from Cirque Productions at the Mystic Lake Casino Friday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m. Chapel Chummies is a group of widows and widowers that goes on day trips, attends shows and gets together for social gatherings. There are no fees to join Chapel Chummies and all trips are optional. To RSVP for the Mystic Lake Casino trip or sign up for mailings, simply call 612-789-8869 to be added to the mailing list or visit KozlakRadulovich.com.

Breakfast/Lunch with Santa

DEC. 1 — The annual Breakfast or Lunch with Santa event will take place Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Maple Grove Community Center, 12591 Weaver Lake Road. Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at a cost of $4 per person. A pizza lunch with Santa is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $6 per person. The event hosts pictures with Santa, along with games, face painting, crafts, a cake walk and goodie bags for all. Registration forms are available at the Maple Grove Community Center or www.maplegrovedays.org. Drop off all registration forms at the community center, no mail in registrations accepted. For more information or to volunteer, call the voice message line at 763-494-5985.

Boutique Sale

DEC. 1 — International Gift Boutique Sale will be Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the house at 9528 Rosewood Lane N. in Maple Grove. The event will recognizing world AIDS day and the abolition of slavery. Beautiful handmade products made by women who have been affected by HIV/AIDS and human trafficking. Products include bags, necklaces, table cloths, pillows and more. Bring a book for Books for Africa helping build libraries in Africa or bring a gently used bra for Free the Girls  non-profit working to free women from human trafficking by helping develop  small businesses. Refreshments will be served and prizes every hour. All are welcome and free gift wrapping. Questions: Pam at 763-425-1605.

Sleigh Bell and Sparkle Parade

DEC. 1 — The Sleigh Bell and Sparkle Parade will be Saturday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 6 p.m. along Main Street in Maple Grove. The parade viewing area is from Schuler Shoes on Main Street north to the Maple Grove Government Center parking lot entrance. Culminating the procession will be the sound of Jolly Ole Saint Nick sleigh bells, as he magically brings sparkle & lights to the community holiday tree, signifying the start of a “Wonderful Holiday Season” in Maple Grove.

Toast to the Holidays

DEC. 1 — The Music Association of Minnetonka presents the ninth annual Toast to the Holidays event, featuring the Choral Reflections of Minnetonka, Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd. in Minnetonka. Social hour runs from 6 to 7 p.m. with concert beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 by reservation only. Visit choralreflections.org or call 952-401-5954 for more information.

Osseo EDA

DEC. 3 — The Osseo Economic Development Authority will meet Monday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at city hall, 415 Central Ave. For agenda information call 763-425-2624.

Maple Grove City Council

DEC. 3 — The Maple Grove City Council will have a meeting Monday, Dec. 3, 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.

Osseo School Board

DEC. 4 — The Osseo School Board will have a negotiation strategies meeting Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. in the conference room of the Education Service Center, 11200 93rd Ave. in Maple Grove. This meeting is closed to the public. A regular meeting will follow at 8 p.m. in the board room of the ESC. This meeting is open to the public. A work session will take place at 9 a.m. in the forum. This meeting is open to the public.

Holiday grief class

DEC. 4 — “Coping with Grief During the Holidays” class will take place Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Maple Grove Covenant Church, 9350 Upland Lane N. in Maple Grove. This class will provide a “tool-box” in dealing with and managing grief during the holidays. Led by Rev. Greg Bodin, Senior Chaplain Director, North Memorial Medical Center & Rev. Terri Gunderson. This class is free and open to people of all faiths including those of no faith. Childcare provided upon request. RSVP: mgcc@maplegrovecovenant.org.

MG Indoor Farmers Market

DEC. 6 & 20 — The Maple Grove Farmers Market has moved indoors of the Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Road. The Indoors Market will be open Thursdays, Dec. 6 and 20, from 3 to 6 p.m. each day. Items available for purchase may include: seasonal produce, meat products, baked goods, jams/jellies, cheese, sauces/syrups, honey and more. Other information on the Maple Grove Farmers Market is available at maplegrovefarmersmarket.com.

Osseo Minidazzle

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.

MG Critical Thinkers

DEC. 8 — The Maple Grove Critical Thinking Discussion Group will present  “Native American Law: Wolfchild vs. U.S.” with attorney Erick G. Kaardal Saturday, Dec. 8, 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 landforsale@visi.com or 763-420-4757.

Lunch with Santa

DEC. 8 — The Osseo Lions Club will present Lunch with Santa Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Community Center at Osseo City Hall, 415 Central Avenue.  Participants can get their picture taken with Santa as well. Cost for lunch is $8 for adults and kids eat free. Lunch will be provided by Lynde’s Restaurant.