Focus region calendar of events

SACA fresh produce distributions, 8:30-noon (or until supplies run out) at SACA, 627 38th Avenue NE, Columbia Heights.
Southern Anoka County Assistance (SACA) food shelf is hosting a fresh produce distribution event! Fresh produce will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. until noon, or until supplies run out.
Other dates include Aug. 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 23 and Oct. 14. Produce will vary each time, depending on what is ready to be harvested. The fresh produce distributions are open to the community.


Sunday, Aug. 13
HeightsNEXT Dog Day Afternoon, 1-4 p.m. at West Huset Park on Jefferson Street NE, Columbia Heights.
Let the tail-wagging begin! HeightsNEXT is hosting its first Dog Day Afternoon event. Everyone is welcome. There will be costume contests with prizes, sponsored by Catherine Vesley. The Canine Coach will be hosting a disc dog demonstration and an agility course for your dog to try. There will also be a photographer so you and your pooch can mark the occasion. Look for low-cost vaccinations, city dog license applications, the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, All Pets Animal Hospital, El Taco Loco, the local ice cream truck, craft vendors and more. Don’t forget to bring dog food donations for SACA. Join HeightsNEXT in celebrating the city’s best friends.


New Brighton Eagles Auxiliary Breakfast, 8-11 a.m. at the Eagles Club, 563 Old Highway 8, New Brighton.
The menu includes pancakes (all you can eat) & sausage or ham; or, scrambled eggs, toast, sausage or ham. Fruit, orange juice, coffee & milk are included with the $6 price for the breakfast. Side orders of scrambled eggs & hashbrowns are also available for an extra charge. Call the Club 651-636-9525 for further information.


Tuesday, Aug. 15
Roseville Area Senior Program Ice Cream Social, 1-2:30 p.m. in Senior Lounge at Fairview Community Center, 1910 County Road B West, Roseville.
The Ice Cream Social is free and is an opportunity for community members to come together and enjoy friendly conversation, musical entertainment and, of course, ice cream with toppings. Older adults are encouraged to bring family and friends.
The RASP Ice Cream Social and musical entertainment is co-sponsored by Cherrywood Pointe of Roseville and Cherrywood Pointe of Roseville at Lexington.
RASP serves more than a 1,100 older and disabled adults in our communities of Roseville, Little Canada, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, and parts of Shoreview, Arden Hills and Maplewood. Essential services provided by RASP include shuttle bus transportation, Meals on Wheels and services coordination.


Wednesday, Aug. 16
Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants, Healthy People, 9-11a.m. in Fellowship Hall at Urban Roots, 463 Maria Avenue #207, St. Paul.
The Ramsey Conservation District is hosting a conservation forum titled ‘Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants, Healthy People.’ The forum will feature Soil Health Coordinator Ann Journey of the Natural Resources Conservation Service who will be speaking on soil, water, microbes and why mud is more complicated than you think. There will be demos, a tour of the Rivoli Bluff Orchard, a demonstration garden by Urban Roots with assistance from the Ramsey Conservation District.
RSVP to Michelle Prosser at [email protected] or 651-266-7277 by Aug. 9.


Columbia Heights Athletic Boosters meeting, 7 p.m. in the lower senior room at Murzyn Hall, 530 Mill Street NE, Columbia Heights.
Please park in the rear of the building and enter the doors off of the parking lot. The Senior Center is the first door to your left. This meeting is open to anyone who has an interest in supporting youth activities in Columbia Heights. Stop in and see what the Boosters are all about!


New Brighton Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m. at 3000 5th Street NE, New Brighton. Shop a variety of local produce vendors and artisans as well as food trucks and entertainment every Wednesday through September. Visit for more information.


Friday, Aug. 18
Steak or Fish Dinner, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Fridley American Legion. 365 Central Avenue NE. The Fridley American Legion Auxiliary serves a steak or fish dinner on the third Friday of each month. The dinner includes steak or fish, a baked potato, lettuce salad and bread. Cost is $10 per person.


Saturday, Aug. 19
Mounds View Festival in the Park, at City Hall Park, 2401 Mounds View Boulevard, Mounds View. Join in on the biggest festival event in Mounds View. There will be bingo, crafts and vendors, food, games, parade, fireworks and more. Entertainment will include Jonah and the Whales. The 11th annual car show, which runs in conjunction with the festival, will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Trophy presentation at 2 p.m.


Mounds View Class of 1965, 2 p.m. at Green Mill, 1000 Gramsie Road. Shoreview. Come celebrate with the Mounds View class of 1965.


Monday, Aug. 21
Red Cross blood donation, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Unity Hospital, 550 Osborne Road, Fridley.
The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage. As a special thank you, those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard. Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at


Wednesday, Aug. 23
New Brighton Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m. at 3000 5th Street NE, New Brighton. Shop a variety of local produce vendors and artisans as well as food trucks and entertainment every Wednesday through September. Visit for more information.


Thursday, Aug. 24
Recovery International mental health self-help group, 7 p.m. at St. Phillips Lutheran Church (Room 15), 6180 Highway 65 NE, Fridley.
Facilitated self-help groups have been offered sine 1937 by Recovery International. The cognitive behavior method taught in small groups offers a proven method to combat depression, anxiety, fears, panic-attacks, anger, perfectionism, worry, sleeplessness, procrastination, etc.
A group meets in Fridley every Thursday. For local information, call Tom at 612-381-7749 for information on the Fridley meeting. Visit the website at for information on online, chat and phone meetings.