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.

Nutcracker Ball

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.

Santa visit

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.

Christmas Jazz Concert

DEC. 8 — NorthRidge Fellowship Church of Rogers, 12522 Main Street, is hosting a Christmas Jazz Concert with special musical guest Jason Harms Saturday, Dec. 8, 5 to 6 p.m. Adult and kids of all ages are welcome.

KC BINGO

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.

Rogers council

DEC. 11 — Rogers City Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Rogers Community Center.

St. Michael council

DEC. 11 — St. Michael City Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 11, 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.

Corcoran council

DEC. 13 — Corcoran City Council will meet will next meet Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at city hall at 8200 County Rd. 116.

SOAR Holiday concerts

DEC. 15 & 16 — The St. Michael Otsego Albertville Rogers (SOAR) Regional Arts group is hosting a holiday concert Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 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.

STMA board

DEC. 17 — St. Michael-Albertville School Board meets Monday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. at the high school board meeting room, 11343 50th St.

Albertville council

DEC. 17 — Albertville City Council meets Monday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. at city hall, 5959 Main Ave.

Hanover council

DEC. 18 — Hanover City Council meets Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. at city hall on 11250 Fifth St.

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