NOW TO MAY 4 — Yellow Tree Theatre, 320 Fifth Ave. S.E. in Osseo, will present “Fair Game,” by Jeremiah Gamble of Theater for the Thirsty. Performances will be Wednesdays to Saturdays from now to May 4, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performances will be April 27 and May 4, at 2 p.m. Kurt Schweickhardt directs this play about a conservative farmer, fair-trade-coffee-swilling college student, wannabe songstress, redheaded trailer trash, and ex-suburban soccer mom are pitted against each other to win a big cash prize for a contest at the State Fair. Featuring: Bonni Allen, Vanessa Gamble, Tara Borman, Nathan Cousins and Peter Simmons. Tickets are $17 for Wednesdays, $20 for Thursdays and Sundays and $23 for Fridays and Saturdays. Students, seniors and groups of 10 or more receive $3 off. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Yellow Tree box office at 763-493-8733 or online at www.yellowtreetheatre.com.
Angel of Hope Walk
MAY 3 — The Friends of the Angel Volunteer Group will host the Fourth Annual Walk to Remember Saturday, May 3, at the Angel of Hope statue located at the Maple Grove Arboretum, 9400 Fernbrook Lane. A remembrance ceremony begins at 10 a.m. The walk starts at 10:30 a.m. and proceeds around Rice Lake. Visit www.friendsoftheangel.com for more information.
Arbor Day festivities
MAY 3 — Maple Grove’s annual Arbor Day event will be Saturday, May 3, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Road. Events include shows by the Splatter Sisters, University of Minnesota Raptor Center and wood carving display.
Building a bird feeder. Free tree seedlings, flower pots and seeds. Get information on: Emerald Ash Borer, Buckthorn, tree and garden advice from Master Gardeners and Tree Care Advisors, and a tree inventory volunteer booth. Visit the city’s website at www.maplegrovemn.gov and look up Arbor Day under the Arbor Committee.
Mommy, Tea and Me
MAY 4 — The Maple Grove Ambassadors and Maple Grove Parks and Recreation will host a Mommy, Tea and Me: A Royal Tea Party Sunday, May 4, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Road. This event is for girls ages 3 and older, their moms, grandmas, aunts and special friends. Tea, cider, treats and activities are planned. Tickets are $15 per person. Registration is available at the door or by calling the community center at 763-494-6500.
Osseo SWPPP meeting
MAY 5 — The annual public information meeting on Osseo’s Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP) will be Monday, May 5, at 6 p.m. in the community room at Osseo City Hall, 415 Central Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to present and discuss the city’s SWPPP. Discussed will be: the SWPPP, status of compliance with permit conditions, progress towards achieving measurable goals and activities for next year. Residents can provide oral and written input on the Best Management Practices utilized by the city.
Maple Grove City Council
MAY 5 — The Maple Grove City Council will meet Monday, May 5, at 7 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.
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
Osseo School Board
MAY 6 — The Osseo School Board will have a work session Tuesday, May 6, at 6 p.m. in the forum room of the Education Service Center, 11200 93rd Ave. in Maple Grove. Property committee and policy committee meetings will follow at 7 p.m. These meetings are open to the public.
Farmers Market preview
MAY 8 — The Maple Grove Farmers Market will host a Spring Preview Event Thursday, May 8, from 3 to 7 p.m. inside the Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Road. A wide variety of farmers market vendors offering everything from bedding plants to baked goods and more. Visit maplegrovefarmersmarket.com for more information.
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.
MAY 9 — The Maple Grove Arbor Committee will meet Thursday, May 9, 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.
MG Critical Thinkers
MAY 10 — The Maple Grove Critical Thinking Discussion Group will present “Cuba: A Personal History of the Revolution” with Mary Dezurik Saturday, May 10, from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center room 133, 12951 Weaver Lake Road. Cost to attend is a $5 donation. To register or for more information contact Laurie Karnes at email@example.com or 763-420-6350.
Vintage Car Show
MAY 10 — The InterMarque Vintage Car Show will take place Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Many foreign and domestic vintage and modern cars will be lining up Central Avenue. There will also be a local craft fair in Boerboom Memorial Park. Visit www.intermarque.org for more information.
MAY 12 — The Osseo Economic Development Authority will meet Monday, May 12, at 6 p.m. at city hall, 415 Central Ave. For agenda information call 763-425-2624.
Osseo City Council
MAY 12 — The Osseo City Council will meet Monday, May 12, at 7 p.m. at city hall, 415 Central Ave. For agenda information call 425-2624 or visit discoverosseo.com.
Maple Grove planners
MAY 12 — The Maple Grove Planning Commission will meet Monday, May 12, at 7 p.m. at the Maple Grove Government Center, 12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway. For agenda and meeting information visit the city’s website at maplegrovemn.gov.
Osseo Book Club
MAY 13 — The Osseo Book Club will meet Tuesday, May 13, at Edinburgh Golf Clubhouse, 8700 Edinbrook Crossing in Brooklyn Park. Speaker Kate St. Vincent Vogl will discuss “Lost & Found: A Memoir of Mothers.” A luncheon will be served at noon. The speaker and program will begin after lunch. For reservations and/or cancellations, notify Joyce at 763-497-7338 or Marion at 763-533-0703.
MG Historic Society
MAY 15 — 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), use the south driveway. Come and help us discover Maple Grove’s past. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 763-494-5983.
Perennial plant exchange
MAY 17 — The 13th Annual Perennial Plant Exchange invites gardeners to trade their perennials (in pots or plastic bags) at the free event Saturday, March 17, in the parking lot of the Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Road. Plants include: hostas, hydrangeas, coneflower, rudbeckia, phlox, forget-me-nots, sedum, day lilies and more. Come at 9:30 a.m. as plants trade quickly. Register at maplegrovemn.gov/parksandrecreation or call 763-494-6535.
Safety Fair/Bike Rodeo
MAY 17 — There will be a Safety Fair and Bike Rodeo Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fairview Maple Grove Medical Center, 14500 99th Ave. N. in Maple Grove. This is a family-friendly event where kids can learn about the rules of road, get their bikes inspected for free and check out a fire truck and ambulance. This event is free, open to the public and is in partnership with Safe Kids Coalition.
MAY 18 — The Osseo-Maple Grove Relay for Life group is spreading the word about this summer’s Relay for Life event at a breakfast event Sunday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Osseo-Maple Grove American Legion, 260 Fourth Ave. S.E. in Osseo. The menu includes: French toast, bacon and sausage, has browns, scrambled eggs, toast, coffee and orange juice. Cost is $9 for adults, $6 for kids 6 to 10 and kids 5 and under are free. Make checks payable to the Osseo American Legion.
MAY 19 — The Osseo Planning Commission will meet Monday, May 19, at 7 p.m. at city hall, 415 Central Ave. For agenda information call 763-425-2624.
MG Women of Today
MAY 19 — 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-642-5404 for more information.
Osseo School Board
MAY 20 — The Osseo School Board will meet Tuesday, May 20, at 6 p.m. in the board room of the Education Service Center, 11200 93rd Ave. in Maple Grove. This meeting is open to the public. A negotiation strategies meeting will take place at 7 p.m. This meeting is closed to the public.
MG Arts Council
MAY 20 — 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 MapleGroveArts@aol.com.
MAY 27 — Maple Grove Community Organization is in the final stages of planning the Maple Groves Days Festival scheduled for July 9-13. Join MGCO for its monthly meeting held the fourth Tuesday of each month, this month May 27. All meetings are held at the Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Road, at 7 p.m. There is no previous experience required to help plan the festival, just the desire to present Maple Grove residents with a terrific festival that people of all ages can enjoy. There are many committees to help with or volunteer to help during the festival. There are different days available to volunteer as well as many jobs and shifts. For more information call the MGCO voice message line 763-494-5985 or visit the website at www.maplegrovedays.org.
Osseo School Board
JUNE 3 — The Osseo School Board will have a Retiree Reception Tuesday, June 3, at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria at Osseo Senior High School. A School Board work session will follow at 8 p.m. in the forum room of the Education Service Center, 11200 93rd Ave. in Maple Grove. A property committee and policy community meeting will follow at 8 p.m. at the ESC. These meetings are open to the public.
MG Critical Thinkers
JUNE 14 — The Maple Grove Critical Thinking Discussion Group will present “Confessions of a Liberal” with Kevin Hawkins Saturday, June 14, from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center room 133, 12951 Weaver Lake Road. Cost to attend is a $5 donation. To register or for more information contact Laurie Karnes at email@example.com or 763-420-6350.
JUNE 24 — Maple Grove Community Organization will meet Tuesday, June 24, at 7 p.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Road. The final steps in the planning of Maple Grove Days, July 9-13, will be discussed. Volunteers are still needed to help the week of the Festival, many time slots and jobs available. To volunteer call the MGCO message line 763-494-5985 or visit the website at www.maplegrovedays.org. People are sure to have a fun time working at the community’s family festival. See the Maple Grove Days Guide for a list of events, times and locations.
JULY 22 — Maple Grove Community Organization will meet Tuesday, July 22, at 7 p.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Road. MGCO will be discussing Maple Grove Days, the highlights of the festival, participant input is welcome. Join MGCO as it celebrates the end of another successful festival. For agenda or general information call the MGCO voice message line 763-494-5985 or contact MGCO at www.maplegrovedays.org.
MG Critical Thinkers
AUG. 9 — The Maple Grove Critical Thinking Discussion Group will present “How to Train a Cat: The Evolution of the Human Animal” with Ken Moses Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center room 133, 12951 Weaver Lake Road. Cost to attend is a $5 donation. To register or for more information contact Laurie Karnes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 763-420-6350.
Osseo Lions Roar
SEPT. 5 & 6 — The annual Osseo Lions Roar festivities will take place Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6.
SEPT. 23 — Maple Grove Community Organization will meet Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Road. MGCO will be planning Halloween Family Fun Event, set for Oct. 18, and Breakfast with Santa set for Dec. 6. Join MGCO in the planning process or volunteer the day of the event. For agenda or general information call the MGCO voice message line 763-494-5985 or at www.maplegrovedays.org.
Halloween Kiddie Parade
OCT. 25 — The annual Halloween Kiddie Parade will be Saturday, Oct. 25.
OCT. 28 — Maple Grove Community Organization will meet Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Road. MGCO will be planning Breakfast with Santa, set for Dec. 6. Join MGCO in the planning process or volunteer for the day of the event. For agenda or general information call the MGCO voice message line 763-494-5985 or at www.maplegrovedays.org.
NOV. 25 — Maple Grove Community Organization will meet Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Road. MGCO will be planning Breakfast with Santa, set for Dec. 6. Join MGCO in the planning process or volunteer for the day of the event. For agenda or general information call the MGCO voice message line 763-494-5985 or at www.maplegrovedays.org.
Osseo Minidazzle/Lunch with Santa
DEC. 5 & 6 — The annual Osseo Minidazze and Tree Lighting event will be Friday, Dec. 5. There will also be a Lunch with Santa event Saturday, Dec. 6.
SATURDAYS- Looking for more self-confidence, speaking ability and leadership training? Toastmasters can help. Invest in yourself, attend a toastmaster meeting this Saturday. The Toastmasters Club meets every Saturday in Maple Grove at 8:27 a.m. at Arbor Lakes. For more information call A.C. Carlson at 763-657-7375.
WEEKLY — Are you a parent worried about your kids because of chaos and pain caused by a spouse’s/significant other’s drinking? Are parents kids acting out, getting into trouble or withdrawn and depressed? Alateen can help the kids and Alanon can help parents. And it’s free. Both groups meet at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Maple Grove Alano Club, 15486 Territorial Road in Maple Grove (just off County Road 81 not far from the new Target). For more information call 612-716-7751, 763-427-3986 or 763-420-4249.
Yoga, meditation classes
ONGOING — 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 8 to 9 a.m. The classes are free, but a $5 (all) $1 (students) donation is suggested. Children ages 5 and older are welcome. 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 email@example.com.
Free cooking demos
ONGOING — 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn Bollywood Dancing
ONGOING — Have fun while getting a great cardio workout with Bollywood Dancing. Beginners, ladies, gentleman and kids are welcome to this fun fast drop in class. Bare feet or good athletic shoes. Hindu Temple of Minnesota, 10530 Troy Lane in Maple Grove. A $5 donation, $1 for children/students. For more information call Laurie Karnes at 763-420-6350 or email Laurie at email@example.com.
WEDNESDAYS — 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.
Maple Grove daughters, sons support group
THIRD TUESDAYS — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota is sponsoring a support group specifically for adults with a parent who lives or lived with a mental illness. The Daughters and Sons support group meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Maple Grove Library, 8001 Main Street N., from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jennifer at 612-845-6619 or NAMI at 651-645-2948.
Baby boomer job seekers
MONTHLY — Free workshop for baby boomer job seekers are offered at the Maple Grove Community Center. Networking and the hidden job market, learn strategies to build or revitalize a network and create a plan to sustain it to find a job by Joan Runnheim Olson of Pathways Career Success Strategies. Learn how to land an interview and then land the job using the People Plus + tool with Drs. Bruce and Kathy Martin. The Martins will give you a quick and easy assessment and then teach people to use it to get that job. For more information or to register, visit www.YouCanGetHired.com.