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.
HSCO open house
MAY 16 — The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office will host an open house event Friday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the HSCO Enforcement Services Division, 9401 83rd Ave. N. in Brooklyn Park. The day’s events include: K9 demonstrations, squad car and emergency vehicles on display, drug prevention education, fingerprints, 911 safety information, dive team demos and water safety instruction. People are also welcome to bring unwanted medications to dispose of. For more information visit www.hennepinsheriff.org.
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 17, 18 & JUNE 7, 8 — The Angel’s Attic Benefit Sale will be Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Brooklyn Center at 4321 68th Ave., behind Luther Buick GMC. Items for sale include women’s clothes, jewelry, toys and gifts. There will be free admission. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the organization Angel Foundation. Another benefit sale will take place Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Angel Foundation is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, providing financial assistance, education and support for adult cancer patients and their families. Visit www.mnangel.org for more information.
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.
North Star Boys’ choir
MAY 18 — North Star Boys’ Choir Spring Concert and Silent Auction will be Sunday, May 18, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 7401 County Road 101 in Maple Grove. Silent Auction at 2 p.m. and the concert at 3 p.m. For tickets and information call: 763-221-8325 or visit www.northstarboyschoir.org.
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 email@example.com or 651-642-5404 for more information.
Maple Grove City Council
MAY 19 — The Maple Grove City Council will meet Monday, May 19, 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
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.
Think Again Brooklyns
MAY 20 — “The Planning Process for Development around the future Brooklyn Park Light Rail Stations” will be discussed at the Tuesday, May 20, Think Again Brooklyns forum at the Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers, 5200 85th Ave. N. Arrive for pizza and social time at 6 p.m. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Urban Planner Bill Smith of Biko Associates will explain how citizens can get involved in the planning process for the areas surrounding the Bottineau Light Rail Stations. Janna King, an economic development strategist, will join to discuss strategies to help facilitate economic development along transit corridors. Pierce Canser, a planner with Metro Transit, will discuss station area design. Introducing the planning process will be Todd Larson, Senior Planner at the City of Brooklyn Park. This forum is sponsored by the Brooklyn Park, Osseo, Maple Grove and Brooklyn Center Chapter of the League of Women Voters; Think Again MN; African Immigrant Services; African Career, Education, and Resource, Inc. and the Brooklyn Park Diversity Team. For further information, contact Carol Woehrer at 763-537-0816.
Sons of Norway
MAY 20 — The Vestland Lodge Sons of Norway will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd. There will be a koldtbord potluck, and speaker Odell Bjerkness will present “Impact of World War II on Norway 1940-1945.” The invasion of Norway and the five years of harsh occupation by the German Nazis were the most difficult times in the history of modern Norway. Bjerkness has edited the book “Alt For Norway: the Resistance Movement in Norway During World War II” by Christian Klebo Skjervold II. He also teaches a class at the University of Minnesota Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Info: 612-791-7406.
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.
Osseo City Council
MAY 27 — The Osseo City Council will meet Tuesday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at city hall, 415 Central Ave. For agenda information call 425-2624 or visit discoverosseo.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.
Maple Grove planners
MAY 27 — The Maple Grove Planning Commission will meet Tuesday, May 27, 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 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.
JUNE 6 — Live at the Hilde is a family-friendly outdoor concert featuring co-headliners the Gear Daddies & Gary Louris and Karen Grotberg of The Jayhawks. The concert takes place Friday, June 6. Doors open at 6 p.m. with music beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Hilde Performance Center in Plymouth. Ticket are $37 for general admission, $52 for VIP and $77 for VIP Golden Circle, plus applicable fees, includes $2 facility fee. Tickets available at www.suemclean.com.
JUNE 9 — The Osseo Economic Development Authority will meet Monday, June 9, at 6 p.m. at city hall, 415 Central Ave. For agenda information call 763-425-2624.
Osseo City Council
JUNE 9 — The Osseo City Council will meet Monday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at city hall, 415 Central Ave. For agenda information call 425-2624 or visit discoverosseo.com.
Maple Grove planners
JUNE 9 — The Maple Grove Planning Commission will meet Monday, June 9, 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.
MG Art Center board
JUNE 9 — The Maple Grove Arts Center board meetings are the second Monday of the month at 7:15 p.m. Please contact the center if planning on viewing a meeting, since meeting locations sometimes move. The Maple Grove Arts Center is a non-profit community arts initiative serving the northwest suburbs of the Minneapolis metropolitan area. “Our mission is to create relationships among artists and share in a fun and unique experience within the community in which they live and work. Providing the artists with useful tools to grow their name, bring awareness of the visual arts, and promote the Community’s unique art culture. We also seek to educate the public and provide them with quality art programming for their entertainment and enjoyment.” For more information go to: www.maplegroveartscenter.org.
JUNE 12 — The Maple Grove Arbor Committee will meet Thursday, June 12, 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 763-420-6350.
Osseo School Board
JUNE 17 — The Osseo School Board will meet Tuesday, June 17, 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 follow at 7 p.m. in room N-10. This meeting is closed to the public.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.