Twin Cities north metro briefs: Blaine World Fest on Saturday

  • Updated: September 17, 2013 - 3:16 PM

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World Fest is Saturday

Blaine will hold the sixth annual Blaine World Fest from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Town Square Park. It will include food, entertainment and cultural arts.

City parks and rec staff tout the event as an opportunity to recognize and celebrate Blaine’s growing cultural and ethnic diversity.

Planning and parks panels have openings

Blaine is accepting applications for seats on its planning commission and park advisory board. Applications are due by Nov. 1. The mayor and council will review applications and make three appointments to the planning commission and four to the park advisory board. All are two-year terms.

Applicants must be residents of Blaine. For more information, call the city clerk’s office at 763-785-6122 or 763-785-6124.

Anoka County/Andover

Sheriff’s Office holds open house today

Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart will host an open house today, Sept. 18, at his office and the Tri-County Regional Forensic Laboratory. The event will run from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Office, 13301 Hanson Blvd. NW. in Andover.

It will feature displays of vehicles and specialty units, including the SWAT team, dive team and crime-scene unit. There will be tours of the sheriff’s office and the forensic lab.


Saturday will be time for ‘La Vida Zane’

Brooklyn Park will host its first “open streets” event, La Vida Zane, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. A stretch of Zane Avenue, from 69th Avenue to Brooklyn Boulevard, will be closed to traffic to encourage residents to bike, walk, shop and socialize with neighbors.

Activities include fitness classes, a bike rodeo, yoga and healthy cooking demos. The event is sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and ACER, a local group seeking to help communities of color improve their health, educational and socioeconomic conditions.


SACA food shelf has two events coming

The Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA) Food Shelf will hold two events this weekend. The first is a two-day garage sale set for Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will take place at SACA, 627 38th Av. NE, Columbia Heights.

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