The city of Ramsey will hold an informational meeting at 6 p.m. today to discuss a new ordinance that will allow golf carts and all-terrain vehicles on streets in the city other than county and state roads. Drivers will have to have city permits.
The meeting will be held in the Ramsey Alexander Room at the Ramsey Municipal Center, 7550 Sunwood Dr. NW. Among the issues that will be covered are where you can ride, what safety features are required and how to get a permit. Permit applications will be available.
The new ordinance takes effect July 23.
The Andover YMCA Community Center will be the site of a Back 2 School Family Expo, set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Information on a number of topics will be available, among them alternative educational choices, tutoring and after-school programs. In addition, health professionals will be on hand to offer information about hearing, vision, dental care and other health issues. Youth organizations will do dance routines and karate demonstrations and perform music, and there will be various activities for kids.
Admission is free. The center is located at 15200 Hanson Blvd. NW., Andover.
The Anoka County Library system's "Bookawocky" reading program is underway and will continue through the end of August. The program is open to teens and younger kids, including infants and toddlers, because being read to is one way to take in books and other materials.
Participants can read the books of their choice and are given forms to track the hours that they read or are read to. Each participant is entitled to a free admission to the Bunker Beach water park in Coon Rapids after completing the first five hours of reading.
Last year, 12,866 young people took part in the program, doing more than 48,000 hours of reading. For more information, go to www.startribune.com/a1486 or visit your local Anoka County library.
The Brooklyn Community Band will give a concert from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesday at Centennial Park, 6301 Shingle Creek Pkwy., Brooklyn Center. The event is free. If the weather is bad, the performance will be moved indoors, to the community center.
Free open houses at the Eidem Homestead, a living history farm, will be offered from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 30. The first is this Thursday.
Costumed interpreters will re-create work and life on a 1900 farm. In addition to taking in the experience and trying out the tasks, visitors will have a chance to try some of the chores and play old-fashioned games. The homestead is located at 4345 101st Av. N. For further information, go to www.startribune.com/a1489 or call 763-493-8333.
This year's Champlin farmers market starts today at the Ice Forum parking lot, at 120th Avenue and Hwy. 169, near Life Time Fitness. The market will be held each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Oct. 17.
A range of activities will be on the schedule when East Bethel holds its Family Fun Night and Booster Day on Friday and Saturday, July 20-21, at the Community Center and Booster Park.
The action begins Friday afternoon with a free baseball clinic from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for 6- to 9-year-olds, followed by one from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for 10- to 16-year-olds. The clinics will take place at the Booster West Baseball Complex.
Family Fun Night starts at the Community Center at 6 p.m. Friday and will include a medallion hunt for kids ages 4 to 10, a kiddie parade and a screening of the movie "Hugo" at dusk.
Saturday's Booster Day starts with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Community Center. An array of activities and features -- including exhibits, a parade, music, a pageant, concessions, a tractor pull, a dance and fireworks -- will take place throughout the day at the center, Booster Park and the Ice Arena.
For further information, go to www.startribune.com/a1491, pages 4 and 5.
The city's Thursday night Riverfront Concert series returns this Thursday after a one-week hiatus. The Mooseknuckle Bros., a seven-member band, will bring their blues music to River's Edge Commons Park at 7 p.m.
The Rockin' Hollywoods are up next, on July 19, and the Medicine Show Music Co. will perform on July 26.
The park is located at 679 Main St.
Vintage World War II aircraft will fly into the Anoka County-Blaine Airport next week as the annual Wings of Freedom Tour makes a four-day stop. A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and P-51 Mustang will arrive on July 20 and leave July 23.
Visitors will have a chance to look at the aircraft inside and out; the fee is $12 for adults, $6 for kids under 12, and free for World War II veterans. The tour will be on display from 2-6 p.m. July 20, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. July 21 and 22, and 9 a.m. to noon July 23. Flights also will be offered on the planes: It's $425 per person for 30 minutes on the B-17 or B-24 and $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for an hour on the P-51. Anoka County-Blaine Airport (Janes Field) is located at 8891 Airport Rd. in Blaine.
The tour is presented by the Collings Foundation, a nonprofit based in Stowe, Mass. For further information, go to www.collingsfoundation.org.