Focus region calendar of events

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).

 

 

Empty Bowls, 4-7 p.m. at Murzyn Hall, 530 Mill Street NE, Columbia Heights.
Help fight hunger in the community! Guests are served a simple meal of soup and bread. Your generous tax-deductible free will offering is encouraged and 100% of donations received will go directly toward the purchase of food and essential items for those in need. SACA is a food shelf, thrift store and community assistance program serving families in Columbia Heights, Hilltop, Fridley, Spring Lake Park and the Columbia Park neighborhood of NE Minneapolis. As a lasting reminder of hunger in our communities, students from Columbia Heights, Fridley and Spring Lake Park have donated hand-made bowls for guests to take home. Musical entertainment will also be provided by local students and community members and you will be able to bid on silent auction baskets and gift certificates donated by local community members and businesses. Jonny will be drawing caricatures and donating the proceeds to SACA.

 

 

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.

 

 

Salad Luncheon, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church, 950 Gould Avenue NE, Columbia Heights.
There will also be a bake sale and craft sale. Take out is available. CUMC is located behind the Heights Theater on Central Ave. Handicapped accessible. Visit www.communitymethodistchurch.org for more information.

 

 

Red Cross blood drive, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Unity Hospital, 550 Osborne Road, Fridley.
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).

 

 

Saturday, April 22
Two Rivers Chorale: Swing into Spring, 4-7 p.m. at the Mermaid Event Center, 2200 County Highway 10, Mounds View.
Two Rivers Chorale presents Swing into Spring. Enjoy the great music of the swing era featuring KCGO Big Band and swing to classics such as Take the A Train, Chattanooga Choo Choo, A Tisket a Tasket, Mood Indigo, Embraceable You, Blue Skies and When I Fall in Love. Music with swing dancing instruction! Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students. Seating is limited, soft drinks and snacks available.
Order tickets at trcswingintospring.eventbrite.com. For information call 763-843-0654 or visit tworiverschorale.org.

 

 

Annual Fridley Historical Society Dinner/Fundraiser, 4:15 p.m. at the Fridley American Legion Post 303, 7365 Central Ave NE.
The Fridley Historical Society is hosting their 27th Annual Lasagna Dinner and Fundraiser. The event is being catered by Marinos’. Doors open at 4:15 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5 p.m.
Info: 763-571-0120

 

 

Big Breakfast & Bake Sale, 8-10 a.m. at Sunrise United Methodist Church, 7687 Long Lake Road, Mounds View.
The Sunrise United Methodist Church is hosting a bake sale and big breakfast. On the menu is quiche, cheese, mushroom and spinach, ham, potatoes, breads and fruit. Tickets are $9 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under.

 

 

Columbia Heights Earth Day Clean-Up, 8:30 a.m. at Murzyn Hall, 530 Mill Street NE, Columbia Heights.
Volunteer to clean up the streets of Columbia Heights for Earth Day. HeightsNEXT and Columbia Heights Lions’ Club is organizing a volunteer clean up for Central and University Avenues. Volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Murzyn Hall. RSVP at [email protected]

 

 

Tuesday, April 25
Author Chad Lewis at Columbia Heights Library, 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Heights Public Library, 3939 Central Avenue NE, Columbia Heights.
Are you curious about hauntings, ghosts, and bumps in the night? Don’t miss this spine-tingling visit with Chad Lewis, author of the paranormal, including “The Minnesota Road Guide to Haunted Locations.” Following his program, the author will do book-signing and will have books available for purchase.

 

 

Wednesday, April 26
Coffee with a Cop, 6-7 p.m. at St. Tim’s Church, 825 51st Avenue, Columbia Heights.
Visit with officers from the Columbia Heights Police Department over a cup of joe! This is a great opportunity for residents to voice their concerns, questions, or comments.

 

 

New Brighton Northeast Bank anniversary celebration, 12-3 p.m. at New Brighton Northeast Bank, 1135 Silver Lake Road NW, New Brighton.
New Brighton Northeast Bank is celebrating their one year anniversary. The celebration begins at noon. Complimentary Original Hockey Mom’s designer brownies will be served up fresh with a scoop of ice cream. One per person while they last! In conjunction with Community Banking Day, there will be free shredding service provided. Limit two bags or boxes per person, held from noon to 2 p.m.