West news briefs: Celebrate Japanese culture at Normandale

  • Updated: June 10, 2014 - 2:02 PM

The Japanese garden at Normandale Community College.

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A celebration of Japanese culture at Normandale

Food, entertainment, shopping and a chance to connect with the Twin Cities’ Japanese community will be featured at a Japanese garden festival from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Normandale Community College.

Admission is $6 in advance, $8 at the door; free to children 12 and under. All proceeds will benefit Normandale’s Japanese garden. For more information, go to www.normandale.edu/japanesegarden.

New food program makes eating healthy Fare For All

Fare For All, a cooperative food purchasing program, will have its grand opening at Creekside Community Center, 9801 Penn Av. S., on Wednesday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The bulk-buying program provides packages of fresh fruits and vegetables for $10 and quality frozen meat for $11 or $25. The program is open to anyone who wants to stretch their food dollars. No preordering is required, and people can shop on site.

Cash, EBT, credit and debit cards are accepted, but checks are not. Other Fare For All dates are July 23, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10. This program is co-sponsored by the City of Bloomington Human Services Division. For more information, call 952-563-4944 or go to: http://bloomingtonmn.gov/cityhall/dept/commserv/humserv/services/nutrition/fare_for_all_2014.pdf.


Public invited to shape The Fred’s future

On Thursday, June 12, residents concerned about what will happen to Fred Richards Golf Course after it closes this fall can weigh in at a 7 p.m. meeting at the Public Works & Parks Maintenance Facility, 7450 Metro Blvd.

Jeff and Kathy Schoenbauer of the Schoenbauer Consulting team will run the meeting, listening to ideas, suggestions and concerns about the repurposing of The Fred to shape recommendations that will go to the City Council this fall. City officials have said the golf course will remain parkland, but what form that will take has not been determined.

New public art on display

Ten new outdoor sculptures are on display at 50th and France, Grandview Square Park and the Edina Promenade.

The new displays, which will be on site through May 2015, mark the 10th anniversary of public art in Edina. To kick off the exhibit, the city’s Arts & Culture Commission will host an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, at Pinstripes, 3849 Gallagher Dr, where the artists will be on hand to talk to the public about their sculptures.

Once again, the People’s Choice Awards will award prizes of $1,000, $750 and $500 to sculptors whose work is best-loved by the public. Votes can be left in yellow voting boxes near the sculptures, and people are asked to vote only once.

For more information about public art in Edina, or for information about purchasing a sculpture, contact Michael Frey at 952-903-5729 or at mfrey@EdinaMN.gov.


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