North news briefs: Anoka County 'Adopt-a-Family' spreads holiday cheer

  • Updated: December 3, 2013 - 2:02 PM
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The photo above, by Tim Yohnk, and the one below, by Shelly Sullivan, were winners in Coon Rapids’ 2012 Holiday Lighting Contest. Residents have until Dec. 11 to enter this year’s contest (see below).

ANOKA COUNTY

‘Adopt-a-Family’ aims to spread holiday cheer

There is still time to participate in Anoka County’s Adopt-A-Family and Giving Tree programs, which aim to help people in need during the holiday season. Public health nurses and social workers identify people most in need and work with them to create a wish list of items.

If you’d like to participate in Adopt-A-Family, call 763-422-7089 or e-mail gayle.alexander@co.anoka.mn.us 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 lynda.keenan@co.anoka.mn.us. The county will e-mail you the wish list and ask you to return gifts by Friday, Dec. 13.

Civil War Christmas gets a look on Thursday

Costumed interpreter Vickie Wendel will discuss holiday traditions of the 1860s during a program titled “Civil War Christmas” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Anoka County History Center, 2135 3rd Av. N., Anoka. The Anoka County Historical Society presentation is free. For further information, call 763-421-0600 or go to www.anokacountyhistory.org.

Columbia Heights

‘Christmas Vacation’ a library fundraiser

The Columbia Heights Public Library is hosting a fundraiser on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Historic Heights Theater, 3951 Central Av. NE, with a showing of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” The theater’s organist will play at 1 p.m. and the movie will follow at 1:30.

Proceeds will go to the Library Foundation’s Capital Campaign toward building a new library.

Tickets, $10 each, are available in advance from: Northeast Bank, Columbia Heights City Hall and Public Safety Building, Johnson’s Bacon & Egg Café on 40th Ave., and from Cliff Shedlov (612-251-9557) and Marlaine Szurek (763-788-4506). Tickets are also available at the door.

City creates public arts commission

Columbia Heights is accepting applications for the city’s newly created Public Arts Commission.

The commission will consist of five to seven members and will serve as an advisory board to the City Council.

The mayor will appoint commission members. The majority of commission members must be residents of Columbia Heights in any given year. Interested candidates should contact the city clerk at 763-706-3611 to fill out an application.

Coon Rapids

Residents can enter holiday lights contest

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