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.

Light The Grove

DEC. 6 — Maple Grove Hospital is hosting their third annual Light the Grove event Thursday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. This is an outdoor community event celebrating the holiday season. Bring the family and friends to help “Light the Grove.” Enjoy singing performances from the Maple Grove Hospital team and Maple Grove High School choir. Get into the holiday spirit and take a photo with Santa, meet reindeer and take a horse-drawn trolley ride. Hot cocoa and cookies will also be available. The traditional lighting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Dress accordingly, and if people wish, bring a non-perishable food item for CROSS Food Shelf. This event is free and 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.

Maple Grove City Council

DEC. 17 — The Maple Grove City Council will have a meeting Monday, Dec. 17, 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. 18 — The Osseo School Board will have a work session Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. in the forum room of the Education Service Center, 11200 93rd Ave. in Maple Grove. A regular meeting will follow at 8 p.m. in the board room of the ESC. These meetings are open to the public.

MG Historic Society

DEC. 20 — The Maple Grove Historic Preservation Society meets the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Maple Grove History Museum, 9030 Forestview Lane (Public Works building). Come and help us discover Maple Grove’s past. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 763-494-5983.

Maple Grove Park Board

DEC. 20 — The Maple Grove Parks and Recreation Board will meet Thursday, Dec. 20. The regular meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Rd. For agenda and meeting minutes information call 763-494-6000, or visit the city of Maple Grove’s website at www.ci.maple-grove.mn.us.