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.
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.
Corcoran Santa visit
DEC. 1 — Northwest Area JCs are hosting a Santa visit Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon at Corcoran City Hall. Free with non-perishable food donation. New this year, a professional photographer with an online link to your photo.
Santa at fire hall
DEC. 1 — St. Michael Fire Explorers invite all to come see Santa Claus at the fire station Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring a toy or food donation, 216 Main Street South, St. Michael, 497-6054. The Explorers are collecting toys for Caring for Kids again this year. They also have boxes throughout the city for donations.
DEC. 1 — St. Michael Catholic School is hosting its annual Holiday Boutique Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school. This year’s event will feature more than 40 vendors, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for pictures from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., bring your camera. Lunch will also be available. For more information contact Justine Folkestad at 497-3878.
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 CRSUEvents@gmail.com.
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.
Benefit for CROSS
DEC. 1 — On Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Malone’s, 12635 Elm Creek Blvd. N. in Maple Grove, is serving a pancake breakfast for CROSS Food Shelf. The suggested donation of $8 will help CROSS support the families in the community. CROSS Food Shelf serves over 600 families in the community each month. CROSS serves Maple Grove, Osseo, west Champlin, Corcoran, Dayton and Rogers.
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.
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.
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.
DEC. 3 — Albertville City Council meets Monday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at city hall, 5959 Main Ave.
DEC. 4 — Hanover City Council meets Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. at city hall on 11250 Fifth St.
DEC. 4 — Adults, teens and children seven and older are invited to make Star Wire Sculptures at the St. Michael Public Library on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Artist Shayann Hoffer will lead this fun season workshop. The group will explore how different cultures relate to stars, and holidays of the star symbol. Participants will also use metal wires, templates and beads to create 3-dimensional sculptures to take home. The attendance limit is 20 and registration is required. For additional information, contact the St. Michael library at 763-497-1998.
DEC. 6 — Adults, teens and children are invited to a performance of the Nutcracker Ball in the St. Michael City Council Chambers on Thursday, Dec. 6, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. This special ballet story presentation of the holiday classic will be presented by the North Ballet Youth Company. For additional information, contact the St. Michael library at 763-497-1998.
Caroling at the Bridge
DEC. 7 — The 8th annual Caroling at the Historic Bridge event is Friday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Historic Crow River Bridge in Hanover. New this year will be an extended visit from Old St. Nick, who will be available to meet the kids one-on-one and hear their Christmas wish lists. A children’s choir will kick off the choral festivities. Back by popular demand, of course, will be Ace the horse and an authentic one-horse open sleigh along with the opportunity for photos. Please bring your own cameras. More holiday music, the twinkling trees and bridge lights, warm, crackling bonfires and free refreshments round out the event. Miss Hanover and Hanover Princess are expected to attend as well.
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.
DEC. 8 — St. Michael American Legion and Auxiliary is inviting everyone to join them for a visit with Santa at Liberty Restaurant and Bar, 25 Central Avenue in St. Michael. The event will be Saturday, Dec. 8th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mrs. Santa will also be there to read stories to the children. There will also be crafts and games. Bring your own camera to take pictures.
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 carolb_L@yahoo.com.
DEC. 9 — Knights of Columbus are hosting Bingo Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. at Mary Queen of Peace Hall, St. Martin campus – downtown Rogers. Kids are welcome to play. Price is $7 – 1 card, $12 – 2 cards, $15 – 3 cards, 25 regular games with $10 to $20 prizes. Also $100 Cover-All game, Progressive $ $ Cover-All game, and PLUS 5 “Half the Take” games. Snacks and beverages available. Sponsored by N.W.-Hennepin K.C. Council #11941.
DEC. 10 — Rogers City Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Rogers Community Center.
St. Michael council
DEC. 10 — St. Michael City Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at the City Center, 11800 Town Center Dr.
Osseo Book Club
DEC. 11 — The Osseo Book Club will meet Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Edinburgh Golf Clubhouse, 8700 Edinbrook Crossing in Brooklyn Park. The Treble Tones will be the featured guests. The luncheon time is at noon with the guests to follow.
SOAR Holiday concerts
DEC. 15 & 16 — The St. Michael Otsego Albertville Rogers (SOAR) Regional Arts group is hosting a holiday concert Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. Featuring performances by the children’s group SOAR Holiday Singers, members of the SOAR Board of Directors, and special guest artists. Both performances will be at the St. Michael Catholic School. This event is a fundraiser for nonprofit SOAR Regional Arts, supporting their mission to bring quality arts opportunities to the communities of St. Michael, Otsego, Albertville, and Rogers. All ages welcome. Tickets are available at Marketplace in St. Michael or Coborn’s in Albertville. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.soararts.com.
Visit with Santa
DEC. 16 — Santa will be visiting Broadway Pizza in Champlin, 11186 Commerce Drive, Sunday, Dec. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. People are welcome to come and have dinner with Santa. Get a free picture with Santa with a non-perishable food donation to the Emergency Food Shelf Network.
KC Lumberjack Breakfast
DEC. 16 — The KC Lumberjack Breakfast is Sunday, Dec. 16, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Mary Queen of Peace Church Hall, St. Martin Campus (Downtown Rogers). Menu includes pancakes, French toast, hash browns, sausage and eggs, orange juice, milk, and coffee. Free will offering — proceeds benefit church, school and community. Sponsored, cooked and served by the Northwest-Hennepin Knights of Columbus Council #11941.