Champlin’s 22nd Annual Citywide Garage Sale will take place May 2–4.
More than 115 households are taking part, and maps and sale descriptions will be available starting Friday at city offices and local gas stations.
During the sale, the city asks that shoppers not park in front of mailboxes and allow enough space for emergency vehicles to navigate the streets.
Maintenance work done on dam walkway
The walkway over the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park was closed last week to prepare for upcoming construction.
New dam gates will be installed this year and next to make the 100-year-old dam a stronger barrier to stop Asian carp from getting into the upper Mississippi River.
During the $16 million construction project, the walkway across the dam will remain closed. A portion of the parking area on the Coon Rapids side also will be closed. However, the fishing platform, the Coon Rapids Dam Visitor Center and a trail loop located east and south of the visitor center will be open this year.
Three Rivers Park District, the dam owner, is cooperating with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which is overseeing the project and the pool level above the dam. It is making improvements to the apron below the dam.
American Indian Education Day
The 18th annual American Indian Education Day and Wacipi will be held on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. at Osseo Junior High.
Each year, this free event draws community members seeking to explore Native American heritage and culture through exhibits, demonstrations, dance and other activities.
Guests are invited to browse American Indian artisan exhibits and experience Native American contemporary dance. They also can network with community members and educators about American Indian culture.
Event to honor retiring nature center director
Siah St. Clair, the retiring director of Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley, will be honored at an open house and reception from 3 to 6 p.m. May 5 at the center. There will be a program at 4 p.m.
St. Clair is retiring on April 30 after 35 years as director. He started in 1978 and helped turn Springbrook into an environmental education center, an environmental research site and a family-friendly place with hundreds of programs and activities each year. In 2012, more than 750 programs were offered to 24,000 people.