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Maple Grove

Mayor holds prayer breakfast

Residents of all faiths are invited to the ninth annual Maple Grove Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast.

The event will be held at 7:30 a.m. May 2 at Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove, 7801 County Road 101. Pastor Russ Berg of Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church will be the keynote speaker for the event, which will also include music, a buffet breakfast and an opportunity to visit with others who attend.

Registration is required by April 18, and tickets cost $21 each or $250 for a table sponsorship of 10 guests. For more info, e-mail Carol Morris at or call 763-494-6002.

Movie-maker in art exhibit at arts center

The Maple Grove Arts Center is presenting screenwriter Leo Benvenuti and stand-up comedian Scott Hansen in a screenwriting seminar from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the arts center.

Benvenuti has written popular family films like “The Santa Clause,” “Space Jam,” “Kicking and Screaming” and many others. He will cover tips for experienced and novice writers alike, including on getting started, and pitching and selling your work. Hansen will provide insight on writing jokes for the screen.

Tickets for the screenwriting seminar are $49 in advance and $59 at the door, which will include two complimentary tickets to a stand-up comedy show the two will present that evening. Buy tickets online at .

Benvenuti also is holding his debut Minnesota art exhibit now through April 6 at the Arts Center. His work is featured in many private collections in Los Angeles and elsewhere. Admission is free and gallery hours are Wednesdays-Saturdays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

The Maple Grove Arts Center is located at 7916 Main St. in Maple Grove. For information, call 763-250-1016 or go to .


Hennepin County

Three Rivers gets new commissioner

Hennepin County Commissioners have appointed Steve Antolak as a new commissioner for Three Rivers Park District.

Antolak, a Brooklyn Park attorney, will join six other board members who oversee management of the park system. It includes 23 parks, park reserves and special areas on 27,000 acres, and about 200 miles of trails, mostly in suburban Hennepin County.

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