Focus region calendar of events

Friday, April 7
Build a Book, 2:30-4 p.m. at Columbia Heights Public Library, 3939 Central Avenue NE, Columbia Heights.
Join Minnesota Center for Book Arts, at the library, and learn how to build and bind your own book.  Session will start with a show and tell by a local artist who created and bound his own book.   For kids ages 8-12.  Register online or call the library at (763) 706-3690. Visit www.columbiaheights.mn.gov.

Walleye Fish Fry, 4:30-7 p.m. at Methodist Church of Columbia Heights, 950 Gould Avenue NE, Columbia Heights.
Columbia Heights Methodist Church is hosting a fundraiser for Community United. The meal will feature Walleye from Red Lake, MN-all you can eat, several sides, dessert and a beverage. Adults – $20, kids 4-12 – $5, kids under 3 – free. For advance reservations, call 763-788-9009, ext. #3. Handicapped accessible. Visit www.communitymethodistchurch.org.

Saturday, April 8
2017 Home Landscaping and Garden Fair,  8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Bunker Hills Activity Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd NE, Andover, MN.
The public is invited to attend this engaging and informative horticulture event with many new featured speakers. Extension Master Gardeners will feature workshops that include flowering shrubs, woodland gardens, vegetable gardens, wicking gardens, and more. Registration is required. Early registration is $25 per person if postmarked before Friday, March 31. Late registration/walk-ins is $30 per person. Bag lunches will be available by reservation for an additional fee. A material fee will be added to the optional workshops.  For more information, go to http://anokamastergardeners.org/ or for questions, call 763-755-1280.

Easter Egg Hunt, 1 p.m. at Freedom Park, 2121 14th Street NW, New Brighton.
Acapulco Mexican Restaurant in New Brighton is hosting their first annual Easter egg hunt. After the hunt, guests can enjoy food, face painting, temporary tattoos and a special guest appearance, Here is a hint – he’s white and has a cotton tail.
The event is free and open to all ages.

Thursday, April 13
HeightsNEXT: A Pollinator’s Movie Night, 6:30 p.m. at Murzyn Hall, 530 Mill Street NE, Columbia Heights.
Movie starts at 7:00 pm with guest speakers to follow and a Monarch pledge given by our City Mayor, Donna Schmidt. The event is free and open to all. Treats brought by members of HeightsNEXT. More information at heightsNEXT.org. Non-Perishable food items will be collected for SACA.

Saturday, April 15
HeightsNEXT meeting, 11:30-1 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, 825 41st Avenue NE, Columbia Heights.
HeightsNEXT, an informal group for Columbia Heights residents and stakeholders who want to create a more welcoming, vibrant, and sustainable community.

Tuesday, April 18
Fridley Job Fair, 2-5 p.m. at the Fridley Community Center, 6085 7th Street NE.
The City of Fridley has partnered with the Minnesota Workforce Center to connect you with local employers who have immediate hiring needs. Come see what opportunities are available.

Red Cross blood drive, 12:30-6:30 p.m. at VFW Post 230, 4446 Central Avenue NE, Columbia Heights.
Eligible blood donors of all blood types are encouraged to give blood through the American Red Cross this spring to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Wednesday, April 19
Bike Helmet Clinic, 4-7 p.m. at the Fridley Police Station, lower level of City Hall, 6431 University Ave NE.
No appointment needed. Stop in and get road-ready. Safe Kids Anoka County will be offering free bike helmet fittings. Stylish adult and child helmets will also be available for purchase at $10 each.

Thursday, April 20
Honor Our Vets – Planning for the Future, 4-7 p.m. at the Fridley Community Center, 6085 7th Street NE.
Information booths, expert advice and hourly speakers provide Veterans and their families with information on a variety of Veteran benefits. This is a free event with priceless information.