Focus region calendar of events
Thursday, Jan. 3
Hot Chocolate Bar and Informational Meeting, 6:30-7:15 p.m. at Fridley City Hall, downstairs in Room 1, 6431 University Ave. N.E. Have a cup of hot chocolate and learn about Fridley Women of Today. Pick up information and a membership application. Membership dues cost $45 and prospective members must be at least 18 years old to join. Info: 763-572-1206 (Dolores) or email@example.com.
Friday, Jan. 4
Reception for art exhibit, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, 6666 East River Road, Fridley. The art exhibit, featuring BLCA members, is called “First Show II” and is on display Jan. 4 to Feb. 2. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Info: 763-574-1850 or banfill-locke.org.
Saturday, Jan. 5
Coffee Chat, 11 a.m. to noon, at The Coffee Shop Northeast, 2852 Johnson St. N.E., Minneapolis. The Columbia Heights-N.E. Minneapolis Women of Today will host an opportunity to find new ways to volunteer and meet members of the community. This is a community service and leadership organization. Membership is open to those 18 years of age and older. Info: 763-789-4730 (Tracy).
Sunday, Jan. 6
All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, 8-11:30 a.m. at the Eagles Club, 563 Old Hwy. 8, New Brighton. The New Brighton Eagles Auxiliary will host the breakfast, which includes pancakes (all you can eat) and sausage or ham; or, eggs, toast and sausage or ham. Fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk are included with the $4.50 price for the entire breakfast. Side orders of eggs and hashbrowns are also available for an extra charge. Info: 651-636-9525.
Monday, Jan. 7
Mounds View Sons of Norway meeting and games night, 7 p.m. at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 8211 Red Oak Drive, Mounds View. The meeting, free and open to the public, will feature Norske bingo and board and card games. Food items and fund donations will be collected for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, serving the Mounds View School District area. Info: 651-497-4687 (Priscilla).
Thursday, Jan. 10
Fare for All groceries, 10 a.m. to noon at the Fridley Senior Center, 6085 Seventh St. N.E. Cost is $10 for a vegetable pack, $14 for a meat pack and $20 for a regular combination pack. Info: 763-502-5150.
Fridley Women of Today Chapter Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Fridley Community Center, 6085 Seventh St. N.E. Fridley Women of Today – which meets the second Thursday of each month – is a nonprofit, volunteer organization with emphasis on community service, fundraising, personal growth and building friendships. Meetings are open to the public. Those joining must be 18 years or older. Info: 763-572-1206 or firstname.lastname@example.org (Dolores).
Saturday, Jan. 12
Health and Fitness Expo, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the New Brighton Community Center, 400 10th Street N.W. Attendees can participate in free group fitness trial classes and receive free personal trainer advice, prizes and a $20 discount on membership. There will also be opportunities for free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings (fasting and nonfasting). Admission is free. Info: 651-638-2130 or newbrightonmn.gov.
Tuesday, Jan. 15
Great Decisions discussion, 9:30 a.m. at the Fridley Senior Center, 6085 Seventh St. N.E. The topic will be energy geopolitics. Cost is $5. Info: 763-502-5150.
Full Bloom presentation, 2 p.m. at Crest View Senior Communities, 4444 Reservoir Blvd. N.E., Columbia Heights. The event will be in the fellowship hall and is free and open to the public. This month’s theme is “The Envelope, Please.” Info: 763-782-1634 (Molly).
Wednesday, Jan. 16
Vision Board Workshop, 6:30-7:45 p.m. at Murzyn Hall, 530 Mill St. N.E., Columbia Heights (lower level). Manifest your goals by completing a Vision Board at this free event with The Columbia Heights-N.E. Minneapolis Women of Today. Bring a picture of yourself and two or more magazines that you are willing to cut up and share to paste on the board. Scissors, glue and poster board will be provided. Register by Jan. 15 by contacting Tracy at 763-789-4730 or email@example.com. Limited space is available.
Thursday, Jan. 17
Four-hour defensive driving refresher course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fridley Senior Center, 6085 Seventh St. N.E. Cost is $20. The next class will be Feb. 21. Info: 763-502-5150.