MAY 1 — On Thursday, May 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Crown Room at the Wellstead of Rogers, area churches, businesses, schools, and organizations hosts an Empty Bowls event. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger where guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread provided by local restaurants. Guests are also invited to shop for beautiful, handcrafted bowls made by local artists, community members, and area students. There will be entertainment provided by area musicians and school students. Admission is free, but there is a $5/person suggested donation for the soup dinner. 100% of all proceeds benefit CROSS Food Shelf which serves the communities of Rogers, Dayton, Corcoran, Maple Grove, West Champlin, and Osseo.
West Metro National Day of Prayer
MAY 1 — On the breakfast menu for Thursday, May 1: Coffee, water, fresh fruit and breakfast rolls. The food will be paired with prayer during the 17th West Metro National Day of Prayer Breakfast, planned for 6 a.m. Thursday, May 1 at the Medina Entertainment Center Grand Ballroom, 500 Highway 55, Medina. Thirty-five churches from around the western suburbs will be represented at the event and will include prayers from several pastors from the area. Cost to attend is $20. Reservations are necessary. For information, contact Dar Sjostrom, 763-473-3730 or Pastor Carol Skjegstad, 763-231-2983 or [email protected]
MAY 1 — on Thursday, May 1, from two 2 to 6 p.m. on at the BankWest parking lot at Highway 55 and Main St. in Rockford, the Wellness on Wheels (WOW) will be available to the public. The WOW Van is a mobile health resource that provides families with information and assistance on topics such as health insurance coverage, dental health, mental health and a variety of health screenings.
Community Prayer Gathering
MAY 1 — A Community Prayer Gathering is Thursday, May 1, at Hassan Elementary School Gymnasium, Rogers. from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Join together for the National Day of Prayer, the 63rd consecutive recognition of this day. The National Day of Prayer is an annual event established by an act of Congress which encourages Americans to pray for the nation, its people and its leaders.
Men’s Garage Sale
MAY 2 TO 4 — St. Thomas the Apostle Church will hold its annual Men’s Garage Sale May 2 through 4. Sale hours as follow: Friday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to noon; Sunday, May 4, from 9 to 11 a.m. The sale will be at 20000 County Rd. 10 in Corcoran. There will be a pancake breakfast on Sunday as well as a silent auction from 9 a.m. to noon.
Greenfield Cleanup Day
MAY 3 — On Saturday, May 3 from 8 a.m. to noon, the City of Greenfield will host a cleanup day at a location previously used north of Woodland Tr. on Greenfield Rd. For more information, call 763-477-6464.
Rockford Cleanup Day
MAY 3 — On Saturday, May 3 from 8 a.m. to noon, the City of Rockford will host a cleanup day at the public works site located at 6551 Utility Dr. For more information, call 763-477-6565.
Independence Spring Cleanup
MAY 3 — The cities of Maple Plain and Independence will host their annual spring cleanup day for residents on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1920 County Road 90 (city of Independence Public Works). For a small fee, vendors will accept appliances, such as dehumidifiers, heat pumps, water heaters, microwaves, washers, dryers, refrigerators and air conditioners. Gas air conditioners and refrigerators will be accepted for a $200 fee. Vendors also will accept for a small fee carpet, mattresses, box springs, upholstered furniture, tires, construction material, debris and junk. Scrap iron and metal will be accepted at no charge. Batteries, electronics, propane tanks and fluorescent tubes and bulbs in original packaging or surrounded by cardboard will be accepted.
Rockford Township Cleanup Day
MAY 3 — Rockford Township will hold a clean up day on Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to noon at the township hall at 3035 Dague Ave SE. This is open to township residents and nonresidents willing to pay the appropriate fees. To see what is accepted, and the rates for disposal, go to www.rockfordtownship.com
Love INC Spring Gala
MAY 3 — Love in the Name of Christ Heartland (Love INC) will hold its annual Spring Gala fund raiser Saturday, May 3 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 606 Elm Ave., Waverly. Tickets cost $35 and are available by visiting the Love INC website at www.loveincheartland.org or contacting affiliate churches. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. A silent auction will be available. Proceeds will benefit Love INC’s efforts to assist neighbors in need in Independence, Maple Plain, Delano, Rockford, Loretto, Howard Lake, Montrose, Watertown, and Waverly. Love INC is a partnership of 19 churches in the area.
MAY 3 — Wright County Area United Way and Family Youth Community Connections (FYCC) are hosting a bike rodeo Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the St. Michael City Center. This event will be held rain or shine with activities for children including games, lunch, emergency vehicle tours, car seat inspections and free bike helmet fittings. For more information, contact FYCC and speak to Sandy 763-416-7912. For Car Seat Safety, check reservations call 763-682-7516.
Corcoran Cleanup Day
MAY 3 — The city of Corcoran will hold its spring cleanup day, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 3, in the parking lot of Corcoran City Hall, 8200 County Road 116. Corcoran residents must show an ID to get rid of unwanted items. For more information visit the City’s website at www.ci.corcoran.mn.us under the Services tab or call 763-420-2288.
With Tea Rex
MAY 3 — On Saturday, May 3, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Rockford Library (8220 Cedar St.) children 3 to 7 years of age with caregivers are encouraged to attend this fun event. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, call 763-477-4216.
MAY 5 — St. Michael-Albertville School Board meets Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at the high school board meeting room, 11343 50th St.
MAY 5 — Albertville City Council meets Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at city hall, 5959 Main Ave.
Police K-9 demonstration
MAY 5 — The public will get to see police K-9s in action when the dogs and their handlers from around the country will be in Edina.
About 100 K-9 units are expected to participate in a public demonstration at 7 p.m. Monday, May 5, in Kuhlman Field at the Edina Community Center, 5701 Normandale Road. The event is free. The demonstration is part of the U.S. Police Canine Association’s 2014 National Detector Trials May 4-7, hosted by the Edina Police and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Police departments. The trials are when police K-9s receive certification for their work. Info: uspcadetector2014.com
MAY 6 — Hanover City Council meets Tuesday, May 6, at 7 p.m. at city hall on 11250 Fifth St.
Medina City Council
MAY 6 — The Medina City Council will meet Tuesday, May 6, at 7 p.m. at Medina City Hall, 2052 County Road 24. For agenda information, call 473-4643.
Greenfield City Council
MAY 6 — The Greenfield City Council will meet Tuesday, May 6, at 7 p.m. at 6390 Town Hall Drive.
MAY 8 — Corcoran City Council will meet will next meet Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. at city hall at 8200 County Rd. 116.
Chamber of Commerce
MAY 8 — The Rockford-Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce will meet Thursday, May 8 at noon (with check-in beginning at 11:30) at the Wright-Hennepin Electric facility located on 6800 Electric Dr. The cost to attend (lunch included) is $10 for members, and $15 for nonmembers, and is open to all local businesses. Please rsvp at [email protected] or to Joel Schmidt at 612-791-1404
Corcoran Public Works
Facility Open House
MAY 8 — The city of Corcoran is hosting an open house at its new Public Works Facility located at 9100 County Road 19 on Thursday, May 8, from 4 to 6 pm. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Tours will be given of the new facility and staff will be available to answer questions. Root beer floats and cookies will be available for attendees. No RSVP needed, contact City Hall at 763-420-2288 with questions.
of the Library
MAY 8 — The Rockford Friends of the Library will meet Thursday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockford Library (8220 Cedar St.). New members are welcome.
Annual plant sale
MAY 8 TO 10 — The 38th Annual Plant Sale at St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 865 Ferndale Road in Wayzata will take place Thursday, May 8 and Friday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a selection of hanging baskets, patio plants, annuals, second year perennials, hostas, vegetables, herbs, bushes and shrubs. For further information call: 952-473-2262 or 763-591-0466.
4 Community Theatre
MAY 9 & 10 — 4 Community Theatre will hold auditions for its summer musical on Friday May 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Discovery Center in Maple Plain, and on Saturday, May 10 fro 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rockford Lions Building in Riverside Park. Bring 16 measurers of song from a musical (not from the Wizard of Oz) to sing. You may be asked to read from a script and perform general choreography. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Bring the whole family.
Spring Tea 2014
MAY 10 — The Spring Tea Fund Raiser is Saturday, May 10, at 3 p.m. at Hanover Zion United Methodist Church, 1010 River Rd. NE. Tickets are $30 per seat. Reservations Required by Saturday May 3, payable to Hanover Zion UMC. To purchase tickets or for more information contact Mary at 763-497-5949 / [email protected] or the church office at 763-497-1086. Enjoy an elegant and delicious four-course afternoon tea with homemade soup, tea sandwiches and savories, quiche, scones, lemon curd and Devon cream, tea bread, fruit, and luscious desserts — and pots of perfectly brewed hot tea, of course. If you don’t drink tea, apple cider will be available upon request. The tables are beautiful and set with the best china, crystal, silver and linens. Guests are encouraged to dress in “tea attire.” Hats are very welcome. Sponsored as a fundraiser for the Hanover Zion United Methodist Church by The Hanover Zion Tea Society. Bake sale and other items available for purchase following the tea. The church is not handicapped accessible as bathrooms are located downstairs.
Rockford Senior Citizens
MAY 12 — The Rockford Seniors meet the second Monday of each month at different locations. Attend and find out more information about activities. For information on what’s planned and future locations, call Bonnie Pool at 763-477-4468.
Wayzata School Board
MAY 12 — The Wayzata School Board will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, May 12 at Wayzata City Hall, 600 Rice St.
MAY 12 — The Rockford Lions meet monthly on the second and third Mondays, at 7 p.m. in the Lions Building at Riverside Park. Stop in and check out this fun and growing club. There are several events and service projects each year that provide opportunities to volunteer. Other club activities include dinner meetings, golf outings, Mystery Night and more. For more information call LeeAnn Bacon, Membership/Public Relations 612-790-2280, or go to website: www.TheRockfordLions.com.
Rockford City Council
MAY 12 — The Rockford City Council meets Tuesday, May 12, at 7 p.m. at Rockford City Hall, 6031 Main St. For information, call 477-6565.
Independence City Council
MAY 13 — The Independence City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Independence City Hall, 1920 County Road 90. For agenda information call City Hall, 763-479-0527 or visit the city website at independence.govoffice.com.
St. Michael council
MAY 13 — St. Michael City Council will meet Tuesday, May 13, at 7 p.m. at the City Center, 11800 Town Center Dr.
MAY 13 — Rogers City Council will meet Tuesday, May 13, at 7 p.m. at the Rogers Community Room at 21201 Memorial Dr.
Flight for a Cure
MAY 17 — There will be a “dove release” and community fundraiser benefiting the American Cancer Society on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to noon in Rockford Lions Park. Doves must be reserved as soon as possible, so visit www.flightforacure.blogspot.com for information. Find out about other ways to be involved in the event and how to donate. Food, music and activities will be part of the afternoon.
Rockford School Board
MAY 19 — The Rockford Area School Board meets Monday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the district boardroom located in the lower level of the middle school.
Rotary fishing event
MAY 20 (deadline) — The second annual STMA Rotary Fishing Event is Tuesday, June 3, at St. Alban’s Bay Resort, Mille Lacs from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $75 per person or $50 per person if you bring a guest. Registration deadline is Tuesday, May 20, no refunds. This is a great opportunity to invite a prospective member and to take off and go fishing together and spend quality time with fellow Rotarians on Mille Lacs. The bus will leave from St. Michael City Center at 7:30 a.m. and arrive at the launch by 9 a.m. The bus will leave from St. Alban’s by 1:30 p.m. and return to the St. Michael City Center by 3 p.m. Lunch will be served on the launch; please supply own beverages. Fishing license is REQUIRED for anyone 16 years or older. Fee includes: launch, bus, bait, and poles and lunch. Need to bring: beverage, sunscreen and bug spray. For more information, call Sandy at 416-7912. Return information indicating name, guest names, phone number and check to Sandy at St. Michael City Hall or mail check and form to: STMA Rotary, P.O. Box 14, St. Michael, MN 55376.