DAILY — Open skating is available at the Champlin Ice Forum, 12165 Ensign Ave., Champlin, Mondays through Fridays from 10 to 11:45 a.m. and Saturdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Also, Sundays through Nov. 18 from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. No open skate Dec. 15, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 16 Fee is $4 students, $5 adults. Skate rental is $3 per pair. Skate sharpening is $3 per pair. Open skate passes for 8 open skate sessions costs $24 for youth and $32 for adults. Info: 763-421-3696.
Adult Open Hockey
FRIDAYS & SUNDAYS — Adult open hockey for ages 18 and up is available at the Champlin Ice Forum, 12165 Ensign Ave., Champlin, on Friday mornings from 6-7 a.m. and Sunday evenings from 9:30-10:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per session. Info: 763-421-3696.
‘Christmas in Norway’ movie night
JAN. 18 — The Sons of Norway Vestland Lodge of Minnetonka will present a movie night and show “Christmas in Norway,” 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka. This movie provides a charming look at Norwegian Christmas traditions. Concessions featuring popcorn, candy and pop will be on hand. Info: 952-994-3174.
JAN. 19 — The Anoka Hennepin School District will hold its annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fair Saturday, Jan. 19 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Anoka High School The fair provides an opportunity for students to showcase their inquiry skills and creative genius. With more than 1,000 students involved, Anoka-Hennepin’s fair is the largest of its kind in the state.
JAN. 20 — The Osseo-Maple Grove American Legion Riders will be serving an omelet breakfast Sunday, Jan. 20, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Osseo-Maple Grove American Legion, 260 Fourth Ave. S.E. in Osseo. Come and enjoy an omelet of one’s creation with the Legion’s ingredients and have it prepared right there by the cooks. The cost is $8 per person. The funds go to support different veterans functions as well other organizations that need help.
JAN. 20 — Dad’s Belgian Waffles will be served at a breakfast Sunday, Jan. 20, from 8:15 to 12:30 p.m. in the St. Vincent de Paul School cafeteria and gym. The all-you-can-eat waffles will be served with sausage, juice or milk and coffee. The Osseo/Maple Grove Knights of Columbus invite the public to attend this fundraiser breakfast.
CDAA Board Meetings
JAN. 20 — CDAA Board Meetings are held on the second to last Sunday of each month. The public is welcome to attend. Meetings are held at the Rebels Youth Athletic Building at Jerry Ruppelius Park located at 10951 Elm Creek Parkway. The CDAA provides and promotes athletic and recreational activities for the benefit of the residents of Champlin and Dayton. Info: www.cdaasports.org.
MLK, Jr. Day Celebration
JAN. 21 — Celebrate MLK, Jr. Day at Champlin Ice Forum from 10 a.m. to noon with crafts, snacks and other activities. Event is free and for students with the day off of school and for all ages who wish to participate. Open skating will be running concurrently at the Ice Forum for a $3 charge.
City offices, schools closed
JAN. 21 — City offices for Champlin and Dayton are both closed in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Anoka-Hennepin Schools will also be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
JAN. 21 TO APRIL 27 — TopLine’s Maple Grove Learning Center, 9353 Jefferson Hwy., will offer the seminar “Youth Financial Literacy Workshops” Monday, Jan. 21 and Saturday, April 27. Workshops include: Building Dreams (ages 5-8) from 9 to 10 a.m., Dollar Power (ages 9-13) from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. and Dollars & Sense (ages 14-18) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. These seminars are free and open to the general public, but reservations are required. To reserve a spot, call 763-391-9494 or email RSVP@TopLinecu.com. Include names of all attendees in email.
Dayton City Council
JAN. 22 — Dayton City Council will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Dayton City Hall. Located at 12260 South Diamond Lake Road, Dayton.
Champlin planning commission
JAN. 22 — The Champlin Planning Commission will meet Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at Champlin City Hall, 11955 Champlin Drive, Champlin.
Band 6 concert
JAN. 24 — Jackson Middle School Band 6 will host two concerts. Band A will perform at 6:30 p.m. Band B will perform at 7:45 p.m. in Jaguar Gym 1 at Jackson Middle School, 6000 109th Ave. North, Champlin.
Community Ed Wellness Day
JAN. 26 — Anoka-Hennepin’s Community Education Department will host a free Community Wellness Day Saturday, Jan. 26 at Roosevelt Middle School, 650 125th Avenue NE, Blaine, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is open to community members of all ages and will offer healthy activities as well as meet and greets with local exhibitors. Some of the opportunities planned throughout the day include, “Eating Fast Without Fast Food,” “Why Diets Don’t Work” and “Family Fitness Sampler.” Info: 763-506-5766 or www.anoka.k12.mn.us/CommunityWellnessDay
Steak fry fundraiser
JAN. 27 — Champlin’s 12U Traveling Baseball team will host a steak fry at the Osseo Legion, 260 4th Avenue SE, Osseo. The fundraiser is Sunday, Jan. 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Proceeds will be used towards the team’s trip to Cooperstown, NY this July, to compete for one week at a National level. Meal choices are steak, shrimp or walleye along with potato, toast, coleslaw, beverage and various desserts. Can upgrade to steak & shrimp at the door for an additional $2. Tickets available to buy early for $10. Contact Sue White @ 763-421-0409. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
Party with the Izaak Walton League
JAN. 27 — The Breckenridge Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America invites the public to attend its annual holiday party and silent auction Sunday, January 27.
Local historian and chapter member, Darryl Sannes of Brooklyn Center, will present stories of the early history of Brooklyn Township, focusing on families that settled and lived near the IWLA Chapter House. Darryl co-authored the three-book set “Patriots of Brooklyn,” which tells the stories of more than 250 men from Brooklyn Township who served in the Civil War. He and is currently serving on the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force.
The silent auction will begin at 4 p.m. with dinner at 5 p.m. and the program at 6 p.m. The chapter house is at 8816 W. River Road, Brooklyn Park.
RSVP by Wednesday, Jan. 23, to Barb Franklin at 763-657-1907.
JAN. 28 — Visit the Jackson Middle School Observatory from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to look at stars, the moon, winter constellations and more. Weather is always an issue so if it is cloudy or snowing, the public viewing could be cancelled. Please check the Observatory website before arriving. Dress for the weather as the temperatures in the observatory are similar to outdoors. www.anoka.k12.mn.us/education/dept/dept.php?sectionid=27407
Champlin City Council
JAN. 28 — Champlin City Council will meet at 7 p.m. at Champlin City Hall, 11955 Champlin Drive, Champlin.
Anoka-Hennepin School Board meeting
JAN. 28 — The Anoka-Hennepin School Board will hold a regular school board meeting at 6:30 p.m. to be held at the Sandburg Education Center, 1902 2nd Avenue North, Anoka.
8th grade high school registration
JAN. 29 — Champlin Park High School will host a registration information and parent night for incoming 8th graders beginning at 6:30 p.m. Located at Champlin Park High School, 6025 109th Ave. North, Champlin.
My Preschooler & Me: Nature Explorers: Groundhog’s Shadow
JAN. 30 — Three Rivers Park District offers a family program about groundhogs for adults and children ages 2-5 from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, 10360 West River Road, Brooklyn Park. Search the park for signs of groundhogs and explore a groundhog den during the activity. Participants will discover how shadows work, play shadow games, and make their own puppet. The cost is $5 per person and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation and reference activity No. 115403-08.
Orchestra 6 concert
JAN. 31 — Jackson Middle School will host two Orchestra 6 concerts. Group 1 performs at 6:30 p.m. Group 2 performs at 7:45 p.m. Jackson Middle School, 6000 109th Ave. North, Champlin.
Yellow Tree production
FEB. 1 TO 24 — Yellow Tree Theatre, 320 Fifth Ave. in Osseo, is set to produce a new play, “Circle Mirror Transformation,” by one of the most successful young playwrights in the country. Performances run Feb. 1 through 24. In the play, four characters count to ten, hula hoop, and pretend to be stuffed animals as their acting instructor of questionable accreditation cheers them on. As the acting exercises become more bizarre and seemingly pointless true identities are exposed, hearts are torn apart, and dreams crumble in this deeply sad yet strikingly moving story. Visit yellowtreetheatre.com for more information.
FEB. 5 —The 2012 Excellence in Business Awards event will take place Tuesday, Feb. 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Majestic Oaks.
Dist. 11 meeting on rumors, threats protocol
FEB. 6 — The Anoka-Hennepin School District has scheduled a community meeting to discuss procedures the schools use to provide information about rumors and threats that involve district schools. District administrators will review the protocol schools use to inform parents/guardians, students and staff of rumors and threat that could potentially impact the school environment. Parents/guardaianss will have an opportunity to provide input. The meeting is set for Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Staff Development Center at the Educational Service Center, 2727 N. Ferry Street, Anoka. Info: 763-506-1111.