Twin Cities north metro town briefs

  • Updated: January 21, 2014 - 1:30 PM


Snow Flake Days turns 50 with plenty of activities

Coon Rapids is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Snow Flake Days with a three-week flurry of events starting this week. Activities include a medallion hunt, snow sculpture contest, sock hop, snow softball tournament and youth ice fishing tournament.

The Jaycees started the Coon Rapids Snowflake Days in 1964. Most cities had summer celebrations, so community leaders decided to create a winter event. It grew and in 1968 the nonprofit Snowflake Association was created to plan and manage the event.

Events kick off this week with the Mayor’s Cup Simulated Gold Tourney at Bunker Hills Golf Course on Thursday, the Coon Rapids History Trivia Contest starting Friday and kids medallion hunt at Al Flynn Park Saturday. Events run through Feb. 16.

For a complete list, go to,


Home & Garden Show is set for Saturday

The 16th annual North Metro Home and Garden Show will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the National Sports Center, 1740 105th Av. NE, Blaine. Admission is free.

Several dozen vendors will answer questions and provide ideas for home and lawn improvement projects, and door prizes will be awarded. The cities of Blaine, Fridley and Mounds View will host the event.

For more information, go to www.northmetrohomeandgar

Saturday is also wellness day …

Anoka-Hennepin Community Education invites residents and families to attend Community Wellness Day on Saturday at Roosevelt Middle School, 650 125th Av. NE, Blaine.

The event offers a variety of free classes and sessions on healthy lifestyle habits as well as swimming in the school pool. It will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Attendees can get flu and pneumonia vaccinations and blood pressure or cholesterol screenings.

For a complete list of activities and exhibitors, visit

… and book swap day

Also on Saturday at Roose­velt Middle School, children, teens and adults are invited to give a book/take a book. The book exchange begins at 11:30 a.m. Gently used books and DVDs can be dropped off from 9:30-11 a.m.

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