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.
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.
‘Circle Mirror Transformation’
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.
Grandparents & Relatives Raising Children
FEB. 7 — Grandparents and relatives raising children in the group will discuss legal and financial options, understanding and dealing with emotions about raising children, as well as learning ways to better help the children the first Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. While grandparents and relatives meet, the children are invited to participate in a free supportive playgroup. Registration required. Call Connie Booth at 612-879-5351 or Linda Hammerstein at 612-879-5307. Sponsored by Lutheran Social Services and Anoka County Family Support Service. No fee but donations accepted.
Free cooking demos
FEB. 7 — There are free cooking demos offered every Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at Ethnic Foods Company, 204 Central Avenue in Osseo. Learn to prepare traditional dishes, discover organic and healthful alternatives for adventurous eating and sample some foods from around the world. Call or stop by to make a reservation for an upcoming class. The first demo is free and every other demo is $10 and participants receive $5 towards in-store shopping. For more information call 952-593-3000, visit ethnicfoodsco.com or send and e-mail to email@example.com.
FEB. 7 — Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) MN 971 meets every Wednesday night at the Osseo Community Center, room B, 415 Central Avenue. Weigh in is from 5:45 to 6:25 p.m. The meetings are from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $1 per week with annual due of $26. For more information, call Sue Bloberger at 763-559-9411 or Jenny Christensen at 763-428-4523 or visit www.tops.org.
Yoga, meditation classes
FEB. 7 — There are drop-in yoga classes will are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and Sundays from 7:45 to 9 a.m. The classes are free, but a $5 (all) $1 (students) donation is suggested. There are free meditation classes on Sundays from 9 to 10:15 a.m. All classes held at the Hindu Temple of Minnesota, 10530 Troy Lane N. in Maple Grove. For more information call Laurie Karnes at 763-420-6350 or e-mail Laurie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FEB. 8 — Odyssey Acadaemy will host a Winter Carnival from 6-8 p.m. at Odyssey Academy, 6201 Noble Ave. N., Brooklyn Center. Carnival games are 25 to 50 cents to play and there is face painting, a silent auction and food for sale including pizza and popcorn. Restaurant gift cards and handmade items are available to bid on during the silent auction. Admission to the carnival is free. Info: 763-971-8200.
Act Out for Adults: Be Heard!
FEB. 9 — Champlin Library will host “Act Out for Adults: Be Heard!” Saturday, Feb. 9 from 1:30–3 p.m. Register Online or call 612-543-6250. Do you want to be heard? To be more easily understood? Learn tips, exercises and practical applications from an experienced Guthrie teaching artist on how to speak with a more motivating, inspiring and commanding voice. No experience necessary. See related materials for further information. This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.Presented in collaboration with Guthrie Theater.
Paws to Read
FEB. 10 — The Champlin Library will host Paws to Read Sunday, Feb. 10, 12:30–2 p.m. Register Online or call 612-543-6250. Certified volunteers will help put young readers at ease so they can cuddle up with a dog or other animal and practice reading aloud. Call ahead to find out what types of animals will be visiting. Sign up for a 15-minute time slot at the information desk beginning Jan. 14. Presented in collaboration with North Star Therapy Animals.
FEB. 11 — The Champlin Library will host Toddler Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Due to facilities modifications to the interior of the Champlin Library, programs in this series will be held at one of two meeting rooms at the Champlin Ice Forum at 12165 Ensign Ave. N., Champlin, between Feb. 17-April 30. For families. For children ages 2 and 3. Interact with your toddler to nurture a love of books. Learn letters, sounds, and new words. Be active with music and movement.
Anoka-Hennepin School Board work session
FEB. 11 — The Anoka-Hennepin School Board will hold a work session in the Erling Johnson Room A at the Staff Development Center, 2727 Ferry Street, Anoka.
FEB. 11 —The Champlin Champs 4-H Club meets the 2nd Monday of the month at United Methodist Church 921 Downs Road at 6:45 p.m. Champlin Champs 4-H club is for kids ages K-12 and their parents. New members are welcome. Call 612-596-2115 for more information.
Alzheimer’s Support Group
FEB. 11— An Alzheimer’s Support Group meets every 2nd Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at Saint Therese at Oxbow Lake, 5200 Oak Grove Parkway, Brooklyn Park. Call Diane for details at 763-493-7006.
FEB. 12 — MOPS meetings will be held the second Tuesday of each month at Solid Rock Free Lutheran beginning Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 9:15 a.m. Meetings will include food, fellowship, childcare and the opportunity to build relationships with other young mothers. Children will be encouraged and cared for through the Moppet program, which includes a story time, snack and playtime. For further questions call 763-427-6093 and ask for Michelle. Solid Rock is located at 737 Bob Ehlen Drive in Anoka, MN.
Master Gardener: Small Space Vegetable Gardening
FEB. 12 — The Champlin Library will host Master Garderner: Small Space Vegetable Gardening Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6–7:30 p.m. Register Online or call 612-543-6250. You can create highly productive flower and vegetable gardens in small spaces. Learn to plan your space, use trellises, containers, wide-row or square-row, rounded beds and raised beds. Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.
FEB. 12 — TopLine’s Maple Grove Learning Center, 9353 Jefferson Hwy., will offer the seminar “Paying Less for College” Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Understand the Expected Family Contribution and 529 Savings Plans, scholarship and other college savings options. The seminar is free and is 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.
FEB. 13 — Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) MN 971 meets every Wednesday night at the Osseo Community Center, room B, 415 Central Avenue. Weigh in is from 5:45 to 6:25 p.m. The meetings are from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $1 per week with annual due of $26. For more information, call Sue Bloberger at 763-559-9411 or Jenny Christensen at 763-428-4523 or visit www.tops.org.
Saturday at the Movies
FEB. 16 — The Champlin Library will host Saturday at the Movies Saturday, Feb. 16, 2–4 p.m. For families. Bring the whole family to watch a great movie on the big screen. There will be fun activities before the show. Call 612-543-6250 or stop by to find out what will be playing. This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
No School — President’s Day
FEB. 17 & 18 — There will be no school in the Anoka-Hennepin School District Feb. 17 and 18 due to President’s Day and a staff development day.
CROSS Spaghetti Dinner
FEB. 17 — Osseo United Methodist Church is hosting the 29th Annual Spaghetti Dinner Sunday, Feb. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m benefiting CROSS. The food is provided by Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano in Maple Grove & Mountain Mudd. The entertainment will be provide by the CROSS Community Players.
Tickets for are available at the door. CROSS provides food, clothing, seasonal children’s programs, limited financial assistance and Meals on Wheels to families living in the communities of Maple Grove, Osseo, west Champlin, Rogers, Dayton and Corcoran.
Women of Today
FEB. 18 — Women of Today is a voluntary, nonprofit, community service organization. The group focuses on service to the community, personal growth, and fellowship opportunities. The Champlin chapter meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Champlin Community Center and invites all interested individuals to attend. For further information, contact Jill at 612-760-4544.
Champlin Park Youth Hockey Association
FEB. 19 — CPYHA board meetings are held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the small conference room at the Champlin Ice Forum located at 12165 Ensign Avenue North. The CPYHA provides and promotes youth hockey for the benefit of Champlin, Brooklyn Park and Dayton residents.
Raising backyard chickens
FEB. 19 — Waconia Farm Supply, in Dayton, will host the seminar, “Raising Chickens” Saturday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m.. Mr. Cluck, a poultry expert, will focus on how to raise chickens in the backyard. Visit www.waconiafarm.com or call 763-428-2257 to learn more about the event.
FEB. 20 — TopLine’s Maple Grove Learning Center, 9353 Jefferson Hwy., will offer the seminar “Find the right staff for your business,” Wednesday, Feb. 20, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Learn the common employment law mistakes and how to avoid them. The seminar is free and is 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.
Jeans, Jewels & Generations
FEB. 23 — Maple Grove Hospital, North Memorial Medical Office Building and Fairview Maple Grove Medical Center will host “Jeans, Jewels and Generations” Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a multi-generational event for women. The event includes entertainment and education. More information is available at maplegrovehospital.org.
FEB. 25 — The Jackson Middle School Observatory will be open from 6 to 7 p.m. for viewing the moon, winter constellations and more. Weather is always an issue so if it is cloudy, raining or snowing, the viewing could be cancelled. Check the Observatory page on the JMS website by 4:30 p.m. for the latest information. Located at 6000 109th Ave. North, Champlin. Info: http://www.anoka.k12.mn.us/education/dept/dept.php?sectionid=27407
FEB. 26 — The Champlin Brooklyn Park Academy PTO will meet Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the school, located at 6100 109th Avenue North, Champlin.