The cities of Andover, Anoka, Champlin, Coon Rapids and Ramsey are hosting a kickoff meeting for their effort to become designated as Yellow Ribbon Cities.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Green Haven Golf & Banquet Center, 2800 Greenhaven Road, Anoka. The public is invited, and in particular veterans and active service members and their families, as well as employers, educators, health care professionals and others who have a service or time to offer as members of the armed forces end their overseas deployments and readjust to life at home.
Anoka-Hennepin, the state's largest school district, is seeking community volunteers to bring their interest and expertise to the K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Study Committee.
Members will be chosen from the attendance areas of the district's five high schools, and will help to create future social studies standards.
Work will begin with a 6-8 p.m. session on April 12. The committee also will meet May 8 and June 12. For more information, call 763-506-1066 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eight cities are teaming up to present the annual Northwest Suburban Remodeling Fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday.
The free event, featuring a variety of workshops and about 80 exhibitors, will be held at the Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive N. in Crystal. For more information, go to www.nwremod elingfair.com.
Brill Building Sing-Along, a FUNdraiser for Scholarships at Camden Music School, is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 20 at the Capri Theater, 2027 W. Broadway in Minneapolis.
Special guests will include Dan Chouinard, Prudence Johnson, Cynthia Johnson, T. Mychael Rambo, Gary Rue and Katy Hays, leading a singalong of songs by a variety of artists.
Tickets are $30 at the door, or $25 in advance, and are available at www.camdenmusic school.com or by calling 612-529-2317. Special discounts are available for groups of four or larger.
Staff from Shriner's Hospitals for Children will be available to conduct health screenings for children with treatable bone, joint and muscle problems, including cerebral palsy, club foot, hip conditions, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, rickets, scoliosis, spine conditions, sports injuries and other concerns.
The clinic will take place 8-11 a.m. Saturday at Walgreens, 7700 Brooklyn Blvd. For an appointment, call 612-596-6105. Walk-ins also are welcome.
A free prostate cancer support group will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at North Memorial Outpatient Center, 3435 W. Broadway, Robbinsdale.
Brad Brown, staff pathologist at North Memorial Medical Center, will discuss the clinical analysis of cancerous tissue and how it relates to the Gleason score and recommended treatment. Attendees are invited to bring their biopsy reports and Gleason scores.
Wives and friends are welcome, and snacks will be served. For further information, call 612-388-3588.
Kevin Frazell from the League of Minnesota Cities and Dennis Feller, finance director for the city of Lakeville, will discuss whether privatization lowers costs and improves efficiency in delivery of government services.
The League of Women Voters national organization has embarked on a study to identify "policies and parameters that should be considered when any governmental entity is planning to undertake some type of privatization process."
For more information, contact Deborah Price at 763-476-1791.
STAFF REPORTSMinnetonka Crappie Contest to return
For 42 years, the Minnetonka Crappie Contest was a tradition on Lake Minnetonka.
Last year, it did not happen.
But now Lions Clubs from the Lake Minnetonka area are stepping up to bring back the event on its traditional date: the third Saturday in April, on April 21.
When Gander Mountain stopped organizing the event, Lord Fletcher's stepped in to continue the tradition in 2010, but no one came forward to organize it last year.
So the Lions Clubs of Northwest Tonka, Orono, Wayzata, Minnetonka and St. Bonifacius have decided to take on the project this year. Proceeds from the contest will benefit the Lions Clubs and their local charities, such as reading programs and food shelves.
Registration is $5. Online registration will close at midnight on April 20, but fishermen also may register and purchase tickets from Lions Club members the day of the event at boat ramps around Lake Minnetonka.
Weigh-in will take place at 1 p.m. on the deck of Maynard's lakeside restaurant in Excelsior. Cash prizes and trophies will be presented for the top three catches, along with prizes for the largest fish caught by kids age 14 and younger. Door prizes also will be given away in a drawing from registration tickets beginning at 1:30 p.m. Each registration will represent one entry in the raffle.
Drawing prizes include a boat, motor and trailer package donated in part by NRD Powersports of Rogers, plus other fishing and boating equipment and gift cards.
For details or to register, go to www.mnlakeparty.com.