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There is always something fun and family-friendly going on in Anoka County!  This section is to keep you up-to-date on all the fun events going on in your community and throughout Anoka County...  Everything is in date order.  For On-going events/groups Click Here

Now Playing - Newsies - Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is thrilled to bring its audiences the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, Disney’s Newsies! With astounding choreography, unforgettable songs and inspirational storytelling, Newsies is a not-to-be-missed, high-energy show for all ages.  Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City, Jack Kelly hawks the headlines day-in and day-out with countless other newsboys trying to save enough to make his dreams a reality.  New York World publisher, Joseph Pulitzer, realizes he can maximize profits by raising the price of the “papes” and does so without a word to the “Newsies.” Upon seeing Pulitzer’s greed, the newsboys protest and declare a strike against all the publishing giants.  Realizing it will take more than his friends to make a difference, Jack rallies all the “Newsies” in New York City. Through courage, determination, and friendship the “Newsies” are ready to seize the day and take a stand.  Coupled with dazzling choreography, the unforgettable songs are from Academy Award®-winning composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas), and include: “Carrying the Banner,” “King of New York,” “Santa Fe” and “Seize the Day.”  Don’t miss this ultimate crowd-pleaser, a Minnesota Regional Premiere, nominated for 8 Tony Awards – Including Best Musical!  Running March 2 through September 29, 2018.  Click Here for tickets or call the box office at 952-934-1525.

March 15, 2018 – For The Love Of Nature - Come enjoy the Photographic Art of Diana. Diana Oleskow Lubich took an interest in nature photography about the same time she also discovered double-stick tape. Now with that magical tape, a pretty photo, and some card stock she has turned that hobby into a passion.  Margaret Place is co-hosting this special event as a way to show justhow art can enrich lives and enliven the spirit!  Coon Rapids Senior Center, 11155 Robinson Drive, Coon Rapids, Thursday, March 15th, 1:00pm - 3:30 pm.  2 lucky guests will win an 8x10 framed photograph.  No RSVPS are necessary — for more information contact Angela at 763-862-5432 or

March 17, 2018 - KidX Super Hero Event - Join us for a FREE interactive training session where a few brave hero's will be selected to join our training program. Jump into action as you learn how to defend yourself from enemies while learning the superhero code.   Then join us for photos with some of your favorite superhero's.  1:00pm – 3:00pm at Northtown Mall in Blaine.

March 22, 2018 – Celebrate the Music of Neil Diamond - With songs like Cracklin’ Rosie, Song Sung Blue, and Sweet Caroline, Neil Diamond sold over 100 million records worldwide, and produced musical hits spanning five decades. As a Tin Pan Alley song writer in the mid 60s, he penned songs recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to Deep Purple and, of course, the Monkee’s classic, I’m A Believer. Join Matt, Jeff, and Tommy Vee (nephew and sons of the legendary Bobby Vee), for a celebration of this amazing music icon. After performing to 23,000 fans at Joetown Rocks, this wonderful show is making its way to the intimate stage at Le MUSIQUE ROOM.  7:30pm show at LeMusique Room in St. Michael.  Please call the box office for tickets with no service fees at 612-314-9199 or   Please do not leave single seats when purchasing.

March 24, 2018 - Anoka Women of Today Annual Bunny Brunch Party/Egg Hunt - Come join us for our annual egg hunt/party.  Egg hunt starts at 10am sharp.  Then come inside and play games and have a snack.  When: March 24th, 2018 10am-12:00pm, Where: Anoka Senior Center 1500 6th Ave.

March 24, 2018 – Summer Art Camp Open House - Want to learn more about our Summer Art Camps? Come to our Summer Camp Open House! This FREE event features project demonstrations, family activities and MORE!  Date: Saturday, March 24th, 10am - 3pm.  No need to register - just show up when you can!  Rum River Art Center 2665 4th Ave.  Suites 102, 103 & 108, Anoka. 

March 24, 2018 – Home Improvement & Design Expo - Attention all home improvement enthusiasts! The Home Improvement and Design Expo returns to the National Sports Center on Saturday, March 24th for the premier spring home show in Blaine!  See up to 120 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services to help you turn your dream home into a REALITY!  Featuring local and national exhibitors. The SMART place to start your home improvement project! Bring your ideas and blueprints. This show features everything home improvement related, including: remodelers, landscapers, architects, interior designers, contractors, decks, kitchens, bathrooms, entertainment rooms, roofing, window, siding, financing, and much more! PLUS: Don’t miss the speaker stage with free speakers giving tips, ideas, and advice – every hour, on the hour! Where: National Sports Center, 1700 105th Ave NE, Blaine, MN 55449.  When: March 24, 2018 | 10am-5pm, Cost: $6.00 for adults or FREE with a non-perishable food item donation! (All food donations given to MN local charity, Moms and Neighbors).  More information at

March 26, 2018 - Alexandra House presentation on their Elderly Services - Jenna with Alexandra House will share information on the services that Alexandra House provides for seniors.  10:30am-11:30am, at Emma B Howe YMCA, , 8950 Springbrook Dr. NW, Coon Rapids.  Event sponsored by Mary T. Hospice . For more information, contact Sarah Anderson at or call 763-760-0315.

March 31st & April 1st, 2018 – Largest Egg Hunt in Blaine - On Easter weekend, Renovation Church is hosting the largest egg hunt in Blaine with 30,000 eggs!  An enormous egg hunt will take place after each of our 6 services that weekend (Saturday at 1:00, 2:30, & 4:00pm or Sunday at 9:00, 10:15, & 11:30am).  The event is completely FREE and is for ages 0-11 with 3 different zones for different ages (0-3, 4-6, 7-11).  Every one of the 30,000 eggs will be filled with candy, bouncy balls, stickers, or prizes from Chick-fil-A, Culver’s, and more!  More information at:

April 3, 2018 - Safe and Secure Online Training - The Safe and Secure Online Training by Jim Neuswanger, MS, CISSP will empower you to incorporate safe online habits that will help you enjoy the Internet safely while connecting with family and friends in this digital age.  You will learn about:  • Online shopping and banking • Downloads and streaming • Computer protection • Data and picture backups • Safe passwords • Avoiding scams.  Join us Friday, April 3rd, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm at the Coon Rapids Senior Center, 11155 Robinson Dr., Coon RapidsThere is no cost to attend but please reserve a spot by calling the Coon Rapids Senior Center at 763-767-6473.  Presented by Jim Neuswanger, MS, CISSP.  Jim has worked with Mary T. since 1996. He manages the Information Technology and Information Security infrastructures for the Mary T. Inc and Camilia Rose organizations, and has been an Information Security consultant and educator for the local community for over 10 years. 

April 6 & 7, 2018 - "A Salute to the Music of PRINCE! *LIVE!*" - with Chase & Ovation is the World's Premier Prince Tribute Show based out of Prince's beloved hometown of Minneapolis, MN. The only one of its kind, Chase & Ovation has been performing exclusively the music of Prince (live in concert) for the past 11 years including their Monthly Residency at the world famous Bunkers Music Bar in Minneapolis, and at venues all across North America. Fans of the show include even some of Prince's former bandmates and family members who give Chase & Ovation the highest marks for reproducing Prince's music 'the way it is meant to be played, heard, and felt'. This high-energy, "Spot On", audio and visually captivating production brings you the very best of Prince throughout his expansive career in this one of a kind arena-caliber concert experience. Performing hits from the 70's, 80's, 90's, and beyond, Chase & Ovation delivers one of the greatest live music performances and shows to represent a generation of music... of all time!     ...."A Real Must See!"  8:00pm show at LeMusique Room in St. Michael.  Please call the box office for tickets and to waive the service fees at 612-314-9199 or  Please do not leave single seats when purchasing. 

April 7, 2017 - Longevity Expo - The famous Longevity Expo returns to the Maple Grove Community Center on Saturday, April 7, 2018!  If you’re passionate about extending your health and happiness as long as you can, than the Longevity Expo is the event for you! Produced each spring, the Longevity Expo will bring you the latest products, services, and information to help you look, feel, and be your very best – at any age!  Maple Grove Community Center 12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369 When: April 7, 2018 | 10am-5pm, Cost: $6.00 for adults or FREE with a non-perishable food item donation! (All food items donated to MN local charity, Moms and Neighbors.) FREE GOODIE BAGS FOR THE FIRST 100 PEOPLE IN LINE! More information at

April 7, 2018 - Fix It Clinic - Don't trash it...Fix it!  Bring your broken small household appliances, clothing, electronics, and more.  We provide free guided assistance to disassemble and fix your items.  Itmes must be small enough to carry such as vacuums, fans, toys, laptops and more.  Funded by the Anoka County Board of Commissioners & State SCORE fund (Select Committee on Recycling and the Environment).  10:00 am to 1:00pm at Coon Rapids Public Works, 1831 - 111th Ave. NW, Coon Rapids. 

April 12, 2018 - Dessert & Coffee Concert Series Featuring The Mooners (rock) - The Coon Rapids Arts Commission is proud to host the annual "Dessert and Coffee Concert Series".  Come out and enjoy a great evening of entertainment along with fabulous dessert and coffee.  All concerts begin at 7:00pm at the Coon Rapids Civic Center, 11155 Robinson Dr.  Tickets are available at the front desk of City Hall or at the door on the night of the concerts.  Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65+, $5 for children 12 & under.  For more information contact Stephanie at 763-767-6432 or email

April 13 through May 13, 2018 – Yellowtree Theatre Presents “Still Dance The Stars” - We are beyond excited to host the world premiere of this  touching and highly theatrical new play! A powerful love story with extraordinary heart, Still Dance the Stars follows the journey of James and Anne, a married couple facing unthinkable loss. Desperate to heal, they discover an old box of stuffed animals, and the magic unfolds. Whimsical and heart-warming, this brand new play is truly a breathtaking gem! Running February 2nd through March 4th Click Here for tickets or call our box office at 763-493-8733.

April 19, 2018 – Shopping With An Impact - Enjoy some shopping, cocktails, raffle, and crafting with your friends - all to benefit Impact Services and their Meals on Wheels efforts! $4.00 entry fee pays for 1 meal on wheels for your neighbors. Bring your friends & family - we are hoping to raise enough for 200 meals!! Spread the word and see you there.  Greenhaven Golf Course (2015 1st Ave., Anoka), Thursday, April 19th 5:00pm – 8:00pm

April 23, 2018 - Jewelry Making with Z from Chema Malu - Z will instruct you how to make a custom jewelry piece. All materials are supplied. Chema Malu is a boutique in downtown Anoka that supports over 70 local artists.  10:30am-11:30am , at Emma B Howe YMCA, 8950 Springbrook Dr. NW, Coon Rapids.  Event sponsored by Mary T. Hospice  . For more information, contact Sarah Anderson at or call 763-760-0315.

April 28, 2018 - 4-H Clover Dash 5K - Come run or walk with us to raise funds for Anoka County 4-H! We will be having a 5K and 2 mile walk.  Funds will support healthy living programs, community service projects and scholarships for youth. This event is for everyone, runners, walkers, etc. Invite family, friends and co-workers for a fun-filled morning to help support 4-H youth programming in Anoka County. Medals and/or prizes awarded to top finishers.  Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9 am.  Random prize drawings for all participants except those 10 & under who will receive medals & goodie bags. Register 4 participants and get the 5th one of equal or lesser value free (available with mail or drop off only). Race day registration from 7:30-8:30 am onsite (cash or checks only).  Online registration available at (small additional processing fee) or for a registration form go to

May 5, 2018 – Walk For The Animals - Get your wag on at the Walk for Animals! - Registration is free at *The first 500 people to register for the Walk and raise $50 will receive an exclusive early-bird prize!*  Animal Humane Society's largest annual fundraiser brings together more than 8,000 people and 3,000 animals to wag, walk, and raise funds for homeless and neglected pets across Minnesota. Every dollar raised for the Walk helps provide medical treatment, behavior programs, and nurturing care to the nearly 24,000 animals who come into our five Minnesota shelters each year.   The Walk for Animals kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, at Animal Humane Society's Golden Valley location. Walkers will wind their way through beautiful Theodore Wirth Park, turn around at the Golf Chalet, and head back to Animal Humane Society. The Walk is approximately 2.5 miles total, but you can turn around at any time.

May 5, 2018 – Kidx Silly Hatter Tea Party - Come join the Silly Hatter for tea along with his princess friends. Meet your favorite storybook characters as we enjoy delectable treats and enjoy a story from our Storybook Princess & etiquette lessons from the Amulet Princess.  Saturday, May 5th at Northtown Mall, 1:00pm – 3:00pm. 

May 12, 2018 - Anoka County Senior Expo 2018 - Celebrate Healthy Living!  Expo is open to the public, free admission.  Activites include, information booths, FREE pancake breakfast, blood pressure checks, mini massages, memory screenings, entertainment & more.  Join us, Saturday, May 12th, 9:00am to Noon at Lord of Life Church, 1450 Nowthen Blvd., Ramsey, MN.  Sponsored by the Alliance for a Violence Free Anoka County and Anoka County Human Services. 

June 2 & 3, 2018 – Discover Aviation Days - Come out to the Anoka County Airport in Blaine on June 2nd and 3rd to enjoy many aspects of aviation.  See numerous aviation exhibitors, aircraft & helicopter rides, food booths, product vendors and more!  On display will be general and corporate aircraft, experimental and homebuilt, WWII fighters, trainers and bombers along with vintage and modern military.  Those interested in a career in aviation, can stop by the education tent, see flying demonstrations, and kid's activities. A Pancake Breakfast & Lunch to be served both days.

June 30, 2018 – Bubble Run – Minneapolis - If you’ve done a traditional 5K, you know they can be a bit lackluster. But the BUBBLE RUN™ is like running through Willy Wonka's Factory. Clad in white t-shirts, adults, kids and strollers run, walk, dance and play across 3 miles of absolute fun! At each kilometer, participants will run through the Foam Bogs where there is enough colored foam to cover you from head to toe!  Saturday, June 30th, 8am – 12pm at the National Sports Center, 1750 – 105th Ave. Blaine.  Click Here for all details for the event. 

July 13 & 14, 2018 – Andover Family Fun Fest - Andover, MN's annual great community festival! Always held on the first weekend after the 4th of July. Your favorite fair food, bingo, 5k Run, Volleyball tournament, Magic Bounce Fun Zone, Parade, Fireworks, Classic Car Show, Craft & Gift Show, Silent Auction, and so much more! Our committee works hard to make this a great event for the whole family and our entire community!  Click Here for more information

July 14, 2018 – Anoka RiverFest & Craft Fair - Anoka Riverfest has something for everyone. It's one of the Twin Cities largest craft fairs and so much more. Spend a great day in historic downtown Anoka browsing booths or enjoying free, live music, a food court with all your favorite fair foods, family activities, and more.  Over 140 hand-selected crafters exhibit their unique, 100% hand-crafted wares.  Enjoy free live concerts. Listen to Jazz, Big Band, Folk and more while you enjoy one of the delicious fare from one of the many food vendors.  Saturday, July 14th, 9:00am – 5:00pm, downtown Anoka.  Click Here For More Information.

October 6, 2018 - Fix It Clinic - Don't trash it...Fix it!  Bring your broken small household appliances, clothing, electronics, and more.  We provide free guided assistance to disassemble and fix your items.  Itmes must be small enough to carry such as vacuums, fans, toys, laptops and more.  Funded by the Anoka County Board of Commissioners & State SCORE fund (Select Committee on Recycling and the Environment).  10:00 am to 1:00pm at Coon Rapids Public Works, 1831 - 111th Ave. NW, Coon Rapids. 


On Going Events/Groups

Girl Scouts River Valleys - Girl Scouts River Valleys provides an inclusive environment where girls develop the skills they need to become our future leaders. Through specialized programs and events, we provide a safe place for girls to grow and share new experiences, develop core values and contribute to society.In partnership with 11,000 committed volunteers and adult members, Girl Scouts River Valleys serves more than 32,000 girls through a 49-county council that spans Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. 
Find a group here:

Boy Scouts of America - Serving over 113,000 young people across Central Minnesota & Western Wisconsin. Our programs offer young men & women opportunities to be active and grow through hands-on experiences, activities, and service projects in your community and across the globe. Scouting means Doing!  Get involved! 
For more information, call 763-231-7201.

ACBC Food Shelf & Clothing:  Give Back to Your Community!  They Need You!  We accept non-perishable food items, clean, in-season, ready to wear clothing, books, toys, linens, household and miscellaneous items.  Donations accepted Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:00am - 1:00am, or schedule a drop off time by calling 763-422-0043.  2615 9th Ave N, Anoka.  Donate online at

Every Wednesday - Silver Sneakers Flex Program at Body In Motion Pilates Studio , 11452 Martin St. NW., Coon Rapids, MN.  763-213-5181,

Every Thursday 2:00-5:00 PM: Hope for the Community Free Groceries - Come by for a few bags of free groceries!  Everyone is welcome. Invite your friends, family, neighbors, and co. workers.  Hope Church 1264 109th Avenue NE, Blaine. 763-757-4266  Click Here For More Details

Anoka Senior Center Enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch M-F for a suggested donation of $3.50, including milk, coffee and dessert.  For more info call 763-427-6646 or Click Here For More Details
Click Here for the monthly "Anoka Senior Times" Newsletter

Coon Rapids Senior Center - The Coon Rapids Senior Center provides the perfect opportunity for seniors, age 55 and older, to socialize, participate in activities and meet new friends! Senior Center staff and volunteers organize a variety of: Day trips, Dynamic programs, Educational classes & Social events.  Join us for lunch through our Senior Dining Program.  Call 763-767-6473 for more information or visit our website: Coon Rapids Senior Center

Spring Lake Park Recreation Older Adult Program - In this age of fast pace technology, we find ourselves running to keep up with the daily demands on our time. Take this opportunity to find something to enjoy, to rejuvenate your spirit, to allow you to take on another day.  Call a friend and join a class or tour. Explore the many enrichment opportunities available to adults of all ages.  Sports, crafts, home and garden, hobbies, tours, day trips, whatever your interest, do something just for you.  Check out our special interest classes and sports & fitness offerings on the menu to the left.

Anoka County is full of history!  See and relive it at the Anoka County History Center & Library!  Home of the Anoka County Historical Society.  For more info,
Click Here

There are plenty of things to do and see at Springbrook Nature Center! For more info, Click Here

There's always something fun happening at the Library!  For more info, call 763-785-3695 or Click Here

Senior Dances at the Coon Rapids American Legion - 2nd & 3rd Wednesday of the month from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  $4.00/person, For more info, call 763-421-6260.

Anoka Women of Today - Get involved with your community!
For more info, Click here

FREE Breast Cancer Screening available for qualifying women who are over 40, meet income requirements, and are either under-insured or have no insurance to cover the cost of testing.  For more info, call MN Dept of Health Sage Program, 1-888-643-2584

Give the gift of music year 'round! 
Call 651-291-1144, or Click here

Anoka County Community Action Program, Inc. (ACCAP) is committed to helping individuals in Anoka County, Minnesota out of poverty and into the community as productive citizens.  Information and referral services are offered to Anoka County residents through programs such as Child Care Resource & Referral and the Senior Information Line. ACCAP also provides direct services and subsidies to residents such as affordable housing, the Energy Assistance Program, the Child Care Assistance Program, and the Weatherization Program.  These programs and services help individuals and families in our community achieve their goal of self-sufficiency. 
Click Here for More Information.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres - Stevie Ray's Comedy Cabaret!- Take a trip out to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre for Stevie Ray's Comedy Cabaret, now playing in The Playhouse, Stevie Ray's Comedy Troupe will keep you laughing with comedy sketches, music and improv based on suggestions taken from the audience!  Shows are Thursday-Sunday. Tickets are $20 for Thursday & Sunday, Tickets are $25 for Friday & Saturday, Show is at 8p (Thursday-Saturday) and at 7p on Sunday, Reservations recommended at 952-934-1525 or order online at


Having Trouble Paying Your Utility Bill

The following agencies might be able to provide assistance with
 your energy bills this winter:

 * Community Action Program - 763-783-4747
(Calls are taken
    from October 1st through May 31.)

*Welfare & Social Service Financial Assistance
Adults - 763-422-7200
    Adults with Children - 763-717-7700

 * CEAP - 763-783-4930

* Salvation Army HeatShare - 763-755-6873 (ext 123 or 124)

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