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Winter Festival is coming on Saturday
Fridley will host its 2014 Winter Festival on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Commons Park, 555 61st Av. NE. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m..
Activities include hayrides, a bonfire, a medallion hunt with a $100 cash prize, and sled dog demonstrations, weather permitting. Indoor activities at the community center, 6085 7th St. NE., include a children’s dance, carnival games, refreshments and bingo.
All activities are free. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. For further information contact Fridley Parks and Recreation at 763-572-3570.
Developers to present City Center concepts
Two development groups will present preliminary concepts for a portion of New Hope’s City Center when the City Council meets Wednesday, Jan. 22. The area involved is the 15-acre site at 4200-4300 Xylon Av. N. that formerly housed a Kmart and a Wells Fargo drive-through. The city bought it in 2012 and demolished the structures.
Making presentations at the council meeting will be Anderson Cos./Beard Group and Amcon. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Av. N. The meeting also will be broadcast live on Comcast Ch. 16 in New Hope.
White-Out Dance set for Friday
The annual Winter White-Out Dance for fifth-, sixth- and seventh-graders will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, at the Crystal Community Center. The event will include music and prizes, and kids are encouraged to “wear as much white as they can to help create a cool atmosphere.”
The Community Center is located at 4800 Douglas Dr., Crystal. Admission is $5 for those who register by Jan. 23, or $8 at the door. The event is co-hosted by the cities of Crystal, New Hope, Robbinsdale and Golden Valley. To buy tickets, go to their websites or call their parks and recreation departments (Crystal: 763-531-0052; New Hope: 763-531-5151; Robbinsdale: 763-531-1278; Golden Valley: 763-512-2345).
Mayors’ snowmobile ride is coming Feb. 1
The annual Mayors’ Trail Ride — a snowmobile outing led by the mayors of Andover, Anoka, Nowthen, Oak Grove, Ramsey and St. Francis — will take place Saturday, Feb. 1.
The event will start at the Anoka County Fairgrounds (3200 St. Francis Blvd., Anoka) with rider registration at 10 a.m. After that, Ramsey Police Chief Jim Way will direct the group for the ride. The excursion will wrap up with a get-together at McDuff’s Eatery and Pub in Ramsey at 3 p.m.
The cost is $10 per person if you preregister and $20 on the day of the event.