Anoka to become ‘Yellow Ribbon’ city
A ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 14, will proclaim Anoka a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon city. The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program provides a network of help and support for armed service members and their families. The ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. that day at the Anoka County Fairgrounds, 3200 St. Francis Blvd., Anoka.
According to the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon website (www.btyr.org), there are nearly 80 Yellow Ribbon cities in Minnesota. In the coming days , Minneapolis (Dec. 1) and Norwood Young America (Dec. 8), will be receive the designation as well.
‘Adopt-a-Family’ aims to spread holiday cheer
Anoka County is asking people to donate gifts for its Adopt-A-Family and Giving Tree programs for people in need this holiday season. In these programs, public health nurses and social workers identify people most in need and work with them to create a wish list of items. Each individual’s list has a limit of $50 in value.
If you’d like to participate in Adopt-A-Family, call 763-422-7089 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate what size family you’d like to help. To help with the Giving Tree program, for individuals not connected to a family, call 763-422-7248 or e-mail email@example.com. The county will e-mail you the wish list and ask you to return gifts by Friday, Dec. 13.
Dec. 5 program looks at a Civil War Christmas
Costumed interpreter Vickie Wendel will discuss holiday traditions of the 1860s during a “Civil War Christmas” program on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Anoka County History Center, 2135 3rd Av. N., Anoka. The presentation, offered by the Anoka County Historical Society, is free and will begin at 7 p.m. For further information, call 763-421-0600 or go to www.anokacountyhistory.org.
History society marks ‘Christmas in the ’50s’
An exhibit celebrating “Christmas in the 1950s” is on display at the Fridley History Center. Presented by the Fridley Historical Society, it features hundreds of items, including a teenage girl’s bedroom, a living room, kitchen, Christmas tree, train set and prom dress. The History Center is located at 611 Mississippi St. NE. in Fridley and is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Admission to the exhibit is free.
Church to offer free Thanksgiving dinner
St. Matthew Lutheran Church will host its 18th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28.
The dinner is open to any families or individuals in need of a welcome place to spend the holiday. The church is located at 4101 Washington St. NE. in Columbia Heights.
Reservations are not required but are appreciated. Call 763-788-9427. St. Matthew’s website is www.stmat thew-ch.org.