North news briefs: Anoka Sheriff's Office hosts blood drive Thursday

  • Updated: August 12, 2014 - 1:10 PM

Catherine Navalta’s Japanese-inspired garden won top honors in New Hope’s 2013 suburban home awards. City residents have until Friday to make a nomination for the 2014 RAVE! Awards.

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Sheriff’s Office hosts blood drive Thursday

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office in Andover will hold a blood drive from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14. The event is part of the Memorial Blood Centers’ “Battle of the Badges,” which challenges law enforcement and fire agencies across the metro area to encourage people to donate blood.

To schedule a donation, go to www.mbc.org/searchdrives and enter sponsor code 3820, or contact Kelly Haigh at 763-323-5020 or Kelly.Haigh@Co.Anoka.Mn.us

BROOKLYN PARK/BROOKLYN CENTER

Carwashes aim to aid youth jobs program

Carwashes this weekend and next will raise money for a prospective summer youth employment initiative in Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center.

The Brooklyn Bridge Alliance is teaming up with Minneapolis-based Youthprise to create programs aimed at increasing high school graduation rates, decreasing youth crime and improving pathways to college and careers for young people in the two Brooklyns.

Youthprise has set up the Brooklyns Campaign for Youth with the summer jobs initiative as a major objective. Youthprise says it will match donations received, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000.

Fundraising carwashes will be held

• From 2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15-16, and from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17, at Zanewood Recreation Center, 7000 Zane Av. N., Brooklyn Park; and

• From 2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22-23, and from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Av. N.

For further information, call Rebecca Gilegen or Kelsey Schuster at the Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth at 763-398-0785.

new hope

Deadline for RAVE! nominations Friday

Residents have until 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, to nominate a neighbor or neighbors for a city RAVE! Award, which recognizes “the efforts of New Hope residents who put a lot of time and energy into maintaining or improving their homes to make them special.” Awards are presented in a number of categories, including: landscaping, gardens, general property maintenance and improvements; remodel, ­renovation or addition; and environmentally sensitive improvements (e.g., rain garden, green building).

Any residential property can be nominated, including owner-occupied or rental single-family homes or multifamily dwellings, and any New Hope resident can submit a nomination or nominations. You can nominate yourself.

RAVE! honorees receive an engraved garden stone or plaque, have their name and address engraved on a plaque at City Hall, and are recognized at a City Council ­meeting and in the In Touch city newsletter.

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  • Catherine Navalta Japanese-inspired garden won top honors in New Hope's suburban home awards. Catherine is a born caregiver. She is a registered nurse helping patients recovering from brain injuries and strokes. At home she nurses her spectacular flower garden. She grew up in the Phillipines and remembers the scent of gardenias wafting from her mother's flower garden. New Hope, MN on October 9, 2013. ] JOELKOYAMA‚Ä¢joel koyama@startribune

  • Catherine Navalta Japanese-inspired garden won top honors in New Hope's suburban home awards. Catherine is a born caregiver. She is a registered nurse helping patients recovering from brain injuries and strokes. At home she nurses her spectacular flower garden. She grew up in the Phillipines and remembers the scent of gardenias wafting from her mother's flower garden. New Hope, MN on October 9, 2013. ] JOELKOYAMA‚Ä¢joel koyama@startribune

  • Catherine Navalta Japanese-inspired garden won top honors in New Hope's suburban home awards. Catherine is a born caregiver. She is a registered nurse helping patients recovering from brain injuries and strokes. At home she nurses her spectacular flower garden. She grew up in the Phillipines and remembers the scent of gardenias wafting from her mother's flower garden. New Hope, MN on October 9, 2013. ] JOELKOYAMA‚Ä¢joel koyama@startribune

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