'Clothing the County' exhibit gets addition

"Clothing the County," an exhibit at the Anoka County History Center examining the history of fashion, has added political clothing to the display.

The exhibit includes items from the permanent collections of the Historical Society and ranges from high-society to working clothes.

The political garb features clothing worn by former County Commissioners Natalie Steffen, Dennis Berg, Martin Bean and others during their campaigns for office.

The exhibit opened May 1 and is rotating clothing periodically.

The center and library are located at 2135 3rd Av. N., and the exhibit is free on the first Tuesday of every month. It's also open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The entrance fee is $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 6-17. For groups of 15 or more, the prices are $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for children ages 6-17. It's free for Historical Society members and children under 6.


Family Bingo night scheduled for Nov. 16

The city will offer an evening of bingo for families at the Champlin Ice Forum on Friday, Nov. 16.

There will be two sessions of 10 games each, starting at 5:30 and 7:15 p.m. For each game, there will be one adult winner and one child winner. The adult will get a frozen turkey and the young winner also will get a prize.

The cost is $9 per adult/child team and $3 for each additional player.

Pre-registration is required and can be completed on the Internet by going to, following the link to the online registration system and looking in "Winter 2013."

For basic information, call 763-421-2820. No phone registrations are accepted.


'Christmas in the '70s' exhibit opens Saturday

The Fridley Historical Society will hold a grand opening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for its "Christmas in the '70s" exhibit.

The free exhibit -- featuring objects with a 1970s theme, interactive activities for kids and adults, music and more -- will be on display at the Fridley History Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 18.

The center is located at 611 Mississippi St. NE.


'Beatlemania' concert is Friday at Cooper

Friday will be "Beatlemania" night at the Cooper High School auditorium, with a concert to raise money for the marching band's uniform fund.

The event will take place from 7-9 p.m., and will feature the Marching Hawks and a variety of guests. Scheduled to perform are the Shady Oak Groove Society, the WCCO Blues Band and Joey Molland, formerly of the British band Badfinger.

Don Shelby, retired WCCO-TV journalist, will be the host. In addition to Beatles songs, the evening will include jazz, blues and marching band music.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Seating is general admission. For further information or to order tickets, go to or call 763-504-8543.

Annual concert moved to Convention Center

Robbinsdale's annual fall music festival will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center instead of Orchestra Hall due to construction/renovation work at the hall.

Armstrong and Cooper high schools' symphony orchestras and concert choirs will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. You can buy them at either school or at the Education Service Center, 4148 Winnetka Av. N., New Hope.

A shuttle bus will be available from Cooper for $3 a person.


Breck School hosts information sessions

Breck School will host an information session for parents of prospective fifth graders at 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Parents and students can tour the school, meet teachers and other staff and receive information about admission and financial aid.

A second information session, for prospective preschool and kindergarten students, will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Nov. 15. Families can tour the school, meet staff and receive information on admissions and financial aid.

The school, located at 123 Ottawa Av. N. in Golden Valley, is also constructing a new 48,000-square-foot Upper School addition that will open in 2013.

For more information on the sessions, call 763-381-8200 or go to

Breck senior named finalist in contest

Breck School senior Caleb Kumar is the only Minnesotan and one of 93 students nationwide to be named a finalist in the 2012 Siemens Math, Science and Technology competition.

Kumar, who did work on a computer that assists in the diagnosis of bladder cancer, is also the first-ever finalist from Breck.