Focus region calendar of events

Friday, Feb. 1

Pancake breakfast fundraiser, 8:30-10 a.m. at the Lighthouse of Columbia Heights, 3801 Hart Blvd.

All proceeds benefit the Friends of Columbia Heights Public Library. Cost is $3 per person. The breakfast features pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee.

Info: 763-706-3690.

 

Saturday, Feb. 2

Beginner Snowshoeing, 1-2:30 p.m. at Silverwood Park, 2500 County Road E, St. Anthony.

All equipment is provided for this guided snowshoe hike through the park. Cost is $5 and reservations are required. The hike is appropriate for ages 6 and up.

Reservations: 763-559-6700 (activity number 127811-00).

 

Sunday, Feb. 3

Pancake breakfast fundraiser, 8-11:30 a.m. at The Eagles Club, 563 Old Hwy. 8, New Brighton.

The New Brighton Eagles Auxiliary will host a breakfast, which will include pancakes (all you can eat) and sausage or ham; or, eggs, toast, 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 available for an extra charge. The proceeds from this breakfast will be donated to the Heart Fund.

Info: 651-636-9525.

 

Monday, Feb. 4

UCare for Seniors meetings, 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium at Unity Hospital, 550 Osborne Road, Fridley.

The UCare informational meetings on its Medicare plan options are free and open to the public.

Registration and information: 1-877-523-1518.

 

Free CPR training, 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1900 Seventh St. N.W., New Brighton.

Sign up for a time slot by calling 651-633-4674. Please note that classes are on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Movie night with the Fjell Syn Lodge 1-677 Mounds View Sons of Norway, 7 p.m. at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 8211 Red Oak Drive, Mounds View.

The featured movie will be a Norway travel video. The group will collect food and funds for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, which serves the Mounds View School District qrea. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Info: 651-497-4687 (Priscilla).

 

Tuesday, Feb. 5

55 Plus Seniors of Fridley meeting, 1 p.m. at the Fridley Community Center, 6085 Seventh St. N.E.

Meetings, open to all seniors, are held on the first Tuesday of each month and feature entertainment and refreshments. Rides can be provided if needed.

Info: 763-571-5723 or 763-571-9214.

 

Valentine potluck dinner and bingo, 6 p.m. at the Fridley History Center, 611 Mississippi St. N.E. Plates, cups, utensils and beverages will be provided, but the Fridley Historical Society requests that guests bring a dish to pass. Bingo begins after dinner. Guests are asked to bring a gift or item to contribute for prizes. Info: 763-571-0120.

 

Mounds View coucil and staff retreat, 7 p.m. in Multi-Purpose Room C in the Mounds View Community Center, 5394 Edgewood Drive. This annual meeting, during which the City Council will discuss its goals and priorities, is open to the public.

 

Introduction to Islam and Muslims, 7-8:30 p.m. in room 109 at the Fridley Community Center, 6085 Seventh St. N.E.

This informational session will introduce basic terminology, demographics and differences between religion and culture, as well as beliefs and practices of Muslims and religious celebrations. The single-session Fridley Community Education class is free and open to the public.

Pre-register at 763-502-5100.

A free, follow-up course, “Islam and Christianity,” will be offered Tuesday, March 12.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 6

Women’s Bible study, 10 a.m. to noon at Faith Christian Reform Church, 1600 Silver Lake Road, New Brighton.

The group will meet Wednesdays to study 2nd Samuel. Info: 651-633-1032 (Lorraine).

 

SACA food shelf’s 12th annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser, 4:30-7 p.m. at Murzyn Hall, 530 Mill St. N.E., Columbia Heights.

Tickets cost $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 10 and under. A full, cash bar with wait staff will be available. The event also features a silent auction, door prizes, entertainment and the David Allen Show 5-6:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, Feb. 7

Fridley Women of Today: informational meeting, 6 p.m. at Dunn Bros. in Fridley, at University and Osborne.

Fridley Women of Today is a nonprofit organization with an emphasis on community service, personal growth and building friendships.  If interested in learning about the group, please join members at this meeting. Must be 18 years or older to join.

Info: 763-572-1206 or moreinfo@fridleywt.org.

 

 

Friday, Feb. 8

Family Movie Night, 7-10 p.m. at Fridley High School’s auditorium, 6000 West Moore Lake Drive.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free; concessions will be available for purchase. No registration is required.

Info: 763-502-5100.

 

“A Taste of the Grape” wine tasting and silent auction fundraiser, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Broadway Pizza, 8298 University Ave. N.E., Fridley.

Proceeds support the Fridley 2013 seniors all-night party. The event features wines presented by vendors, a wine pull for $10 and a silent auction. Tickets are $15 each; attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Tickets are available from the party committee members and at the door.

 

Saturday, Feb. 9

Camera Club, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Silverwood Park, 2500 County Road E, St. Anthony.

Camera enthusiasts will take time to shoot photos, see a presentation of fine art and nature photography, view one another’s work and discuss techniques. Cost is $5 and reservations are required. The class is designed for ages 14 and up.

The group meets on the second Saturday of each month.

Info: 763-559-6700.

 

Sunday, Feb. 10

“At Home and Away,” 3 p.m. at the Church of St. William, 6120 Fifth St. N.E., Fridley.

The Northeast Orchestra will perform. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

Info: neorch.org.

 

“Songs of Fate” by the Mississippi Valley Orchestra in collaboration with Chorus Polaris and Two Rivers Chorale, 4 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 1555 40th Ave. N.E., Columbia Heights.

This concert features orchestra and choirs performing together on “Shicksalslied” and “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place” by Johannes Brahms, orchestra playing Liszt’s “Les Preludes” and Verdi’s “Forces of Destiny” overture, Chorus Polaris singing “Selig sind die Toten” by Heinrich Schütz and Two Rivers Chorale performing “Pilgrim’s Hymn” by Stephen Paulus. A $10 donation is suggested for admission.

Info: mississippivalleyorchestra.com.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Free Community Dinner, 5:30 p.m. at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, 825 51st Ave. N.E., Columbia Heights.

Info: 763-571-9721.

 

Introduction to Jewish beliefs and practices, 7-8:30 p.m. in room 109 at the Fridley Community Center, 6085 Seventh Street N.E.

Learn about beliefs, values and religious traditions on which the Jewish faith is based, and how that affects everyday life. The single-session Fridley Community Education class is free and open to the public.

Pre-register at 763-502-5100.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Award-winning author speaking at the library, 10 a.m. at the the Columbia Heights Public Library, 820 40th Ave. N.E. in Columbia Heights.

Minnesota author Kao Kalia Yang is a winner of numerous literary awards. She wrote of her Hmong family’s journey from Laos, refugee camps in Thailand to St Paul in her book “The Latehomecomer.” She is an author, poet, professor, entrepreneur and activist. This program is free and open to the public.

Info: 763-706-3690 or anoka.lib.mn.us.

 

Sunday, Feb. 17

Dad’s Belgian waffle breakfast, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 835 Second Ave. N.W., New Brighton.

The menu includes waffles, sausages, flavored syrups and beverages. The all-you-can-eat breakfast is $7 per person; children under age 5 eat free. The meal is sponsored by the St. John’s Knights of Columbus 14250.

 

Thursday, Feb. 21

Israel and the Middle East: The Challenge of Peace, 7-8:30 p.m. in room 116 at the Fridley Community Center, 6085 Seventh Street N.E.

This presentation will outline key facts of history and geography and the challenges that Israelis and Palestinians face in trying to reach reconciliation. The discussion continues with a second class on Feb. 28. The two-session Fridley Community Education class is free and open to the public.

Pre-register at 763-502-5100.

 

Music Night in Heights open mic, 7-10 p.m. at Labelle Lounge of Murzyn Hall, 530 Mill St., Columbia Heights.

Local musicians will share their music. The public can attend to listen or to perform; a small stage, microphones and a piano will be available. The Columbia Heights Lions Club bar will be open (accepting cash/checks only) and coffee will be available.

Info: 763-706-3733.

 

Friday, March 1

Family Movie Night, 7-10 p.m. at Fridley High School’s auditorium, 6000 West Moore Lake Drive.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free; concessions will be available for purchase. No registration is required.

Info: 763-502-5100.

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