Osseo-Maple Grove 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.

‘Miracle on Christmas Lake II’

NOW 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 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.

OARE Scholarship breakfast

NOV. 30 — The community is invited to attend the Scholarship Breakfast, sponsored by Osseo Area Retired Educators (OARE), Friday, Nov. 30, from 6 to 9 a.m. at the Osseo Senior High School cafeteria, 317 Second Ave. N.W. in Osseo. The menu will include homemade waffles, sausage, fruit toppings, orange juice, milk and coffee. Retirees and staff will also display crafts for sale. Tickets are $8 at the door. If anyone is unable to attend the breakfast, they may still donate to the scholarship fund. Make a check payable to OARE and send it to Jan Savoren ISD #279 Community Education, 11200 93rd Avenue N., Maple Grove, MN 55369.

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.

Steak fry & bake sale

NOV. 30 — The Osseo-Maple Grove American Legion Auxiliary will be hosting a Steak Fry and Bake Sale Friday, Nov. 30, at the Osseo-Maple Grove American Legion, 260 Fourth Ave. S.E. in Osseo. The usual ‘steak fry’ menu includes steak, walleye and/or shrimp served with a baked potato, coleslaw and Texas toast. The meals will be served between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Bring the family, friends and neighborhood.

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.

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.

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.

Candlelight Memorial

DEC. 6 — On Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. a candlelight memorial will be held at the Angel of Hope statue at the Maple Grove Arboretum, 9400 Fernbrook Lane in Maple Grove. The Angel of Hope is one of many Christmas Box Angels throughout the world that are gathering places for anyone grieving the loss of a child of any age, for any reason. The public is invited to attend this short, simple ceremony. Attendees are invited to bring a white flower to leave at the base of the statue in memory of loved ones. Candles will be provided. Carpool if possible. Additional parking is available at Arbor View Early Childhood Center, 9401 Fernbrook Lane and Grove Christian Center, 14320 93rd Ave. N. For more information, call 763-494-6535, email [email protected] or visit maplegrovemn.gov.

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 [email protected] 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.

Winter Wonderland Weekend

DEC. 8 & 9 — The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove invites the public to an entire weekend of holiday must-haves including: carolers, shopping discounts, live reindeer and breakfast with the “big guy” Santa. Winter Wonderland Weekend takes place Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9. For more details visit shoppesatarborlakes.com.

Osseo School Board

DEC. 10 — The Osseo School Board will have a property committee meeting Monday, Dec. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Education Service Center, 11200 93rd Ave. in Maple Grove. This meeting is open to the public.

Osseo City Council

DEC. 10 — The Osseo City Council will meet Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at city hall, 415 Central Ave. For agenda information call 425-2624 or visit discoverosseo.com.

Maple Grove planners

DEC. 10 — The Maple Grove Planning Commission meeting of Monday, Dec. 10, will be canceled due to no items on the agenda.

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.

MG Arts Council

DEC. 11 — 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]

Advisory committee

DEC. 12 — The Maple Grove Citizens’ Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Maple Grove Government Center, 12800 Arbor Lakes Pkwy. For agenda information call 763-494-6000.

Arbor committee

DEC. 13 — The Maple Grove Arbor Committee will meet Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. For agenda and meeting minutes information call 763-494-6000, or visit the city of Maple Grove’s website at ci.maple-grove.mn.us.

Osseo planners

DEC, 17 — The Osseo Planning Commission will meet Monday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. at city hall, 415 Central Ave. For agenda information call 763-425-2624.

MG Women of Today

DEC. 17 — 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 www.maplegrovewt.org or contact the group at [email protected] or 651-642-5404 for more information.