West news briefs: Volunteers needed for Kite Day in Bloomington

  • Updated: April 23, 2013 - 12:56 PM
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Get an up-close look at city vehicles such as fire trucks, ambulances, vintage school buses and more at Southdale in Edina on May 4.

Bloomington

Volunteers needed for May 4 Kite Day

Volunteers are needed to help with kite-making, registration and other duties on Kite Day, from 1-4 p.m. May 4 at Valley View Play Fields, 90th Street and Portland Avenue.

New to this year’s event will be bol kite races with the Minnesota Kite Society and a kite-making workshop for all ages.

Bol kites are often made to rotate. Participants will design, create and fly their kites. Prizes will be awarded for highest flying kite, the youngest kite flyer and the unique kite.

For more information on volunteering go to www.star tribune.com/a2182 or call Melissa at 952-563-4950.

Edina

Arbor Day event is Friday in Garden Park

The public is invited to Edina’s commemoration of Arbor Day on Friday, April 26, with the planting of three evergreen trees at 10 a.m. in Garden Park, 5520 Hansen Road. City Forester Tom Horwath will be available to answer questions about tree care or issues relating to the city’s tree program. In the case of bad weather, the event will be held May 3. For more information, call the Edina Parks & Recreation Department at 952-826-0367.

Three cities host ‘Spring Vehicle Day’

Kids and adults can get an up-close look at city vehicles like fire trucks and police cars at the second annual “Vehicle Day — Wheels About Town,” sponsored by Bloomington, Richfield and Edina from 10 a.m.-noon on May 4 in the parking lot of the Southdale Center Herberger’s.

Drivers will be on hand to answer questions about their jobs and vehicles that include a ladder fire truck, an ambulance, a tanker truck, vintage school buses, a garbage truck, a backhoe and Hennepin County Sheriff’s vehicles. Children are welcome to the free event, but they must have an adult with them.

While supplies last, kids can plant a vegetable seed or flower sponsored by the Edina Garden Council and Parks & Recreation Department. Edina Reads will also distribute bookmarks featuring vehicle books.

For more information, call the Edina Parks & Recreation Department at 952-826-0367 or visit www.EdinaMN.gov.

St. Louis Park

Friends of the Arts seeks feedback May 2

St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts will present its strategic plan for the arts in the city and get public feedback at a forum scheduled for 7 p.m. May 2 in the banquet room at the Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Drive.

Friends of the Arts has been working on plans for expanded programming and community partnerships. The group is a nonprofit designated by St. Louis Park to support, organize, enhance and promote all art forms.

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