North metro town briefs: Halloween events are coming

  • Updated: October 29, 2013 - 1:41 PM

This undated illustration depicts President Abraham Lincoln giving the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery at the battlefield in Pennsylvania, Nov. 19, 1863. Lincoln’s address and the battle will be the subjects of an Anoka County Historical Society program on Nov. 7.

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Nov. 7 program will look at Gettysburg

President Abraham Lincolon’s Gettysburg Address and the lasting impacts of the 1863 battle will be the subject of a Nov. 7 program presented by the Anoka County Historical Society.

The event, the third in the society’s Civil War Lecture Series, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Anoka County History Center, 2135 3rd Av. N., Anoka. It is free and open to the public.

John Cox, a former certified Gettysburg Battlefield Guide, will discuss Lincoln’s speech, as well as the battle, in which the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment helped turn the tide at great sacrifice.

Brooklyn Center

African Community awards dinner set

African Immigrant Services is hosting an African Community Appreciation & Awards Dinner on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Minneapolis Boulevard Hotel, 2200 Freeway Blvd., Brooklyn Center.

The evening will have a theme of “Investing in Civic Engagement & Equity,” with the keynote address given by Lawrencina Mason Oramalu, director of equity and diversity for Minneapolis Public Schools.

In addition to cuisine, music and a chance to network, the event will include a fashion show and spoken words; cultural performances; project updates; and entertainment, as well as the appreciation and awards portion.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The official program will run from 7-10:30 p.m., followed by extra social hours from 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Tickets are $20 for students and $35 for adults ($30 per person for couples), with patron options available. They can be ordered online at For further information, send an email to or call 612-388-4767.

Brooklyn Park

Safe Trick or Treating is set at Zanewood Gym

Brooklyn Park will hold a Safe Trick or Treating event from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday (Halloween night) at the Zanewood Gym, 7100 Zane Av. N. It’s for kids up to age 14, and they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The event, free and open to the public, will include treats, games, music, crafts, inflatables, and more.

Brooklyn Park

Open house on autism is set for Saturday

Children and adults with autism, along with caregivers and family members, are invited to an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Brooklyn Park Community Center. The event is hosted by the city’s Police Department and will give attendees a chance to gain a perspective on how the department is learning to interact with people who have autism. Educational resources will be provided, and there will be a meet and greet with police officers.

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