Thursday forum on immigrant experiences

A community conversation on immigrant experiences in Minnesota is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. Thursday at the Brooklyn Park City Council chambers.

The event, hosted by the Advocates for Human Rights and African Immigrant Services, is presented as an opportunity for immigrants in Minnesota to share stories about living here and to discuss challenges and opportunities for their communities.

The information will contribute to the Advocates' One Voice Minnesota Monitoring Project. "The project seeks to investigate to what extent Minnesota welcomes all of its residents and to evaluate how immigrant experiences in Minnesota compare to international human rights standards," the organization says.

The council chambers are at 5200 85th Av. N. in Brooklyn Park.


Family Bingo night scheduled for Friday

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

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.

Registration is required and can be completed online at, 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.


Diabetes screenings at Mercy Hospital

Allina's Mercy Hospital will offer diabetes screenings Saturday morning. Half-hour appointments are being offered from 7-11 a.m. Pre-registration and a 12-hour fast before the screening is required.

An educational session on Nov. 28 will serve as a follow-up. Participants will have personal consultations with health professionals, followed by an educational seminar.

The screenings are $10. Mercy Hospital is located at 4050 Coon Rapids Blvd. NW. in Coon Rapids.

To register or for more information, call 1-866-904-9962 or go to

Prostate-cancer forum scheduled Tuesday

Mercy Hospital will hold a free forum on prostate cancer from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20. The event will address the pros and cons of screening tests for prostate cancer. It will be held in the hospital auditorium.

Speakers are Dr. David Streitz and Dr. David King. The event also has been designed to meet continuing education requirements for health care professionals. Although the event is free, registration is required because space is limited. Call 763-236-6060 to register.


Fall concert Monday at Convention Center

Robbinsdale's annual fall music festival will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center instead of Orchestra Hall because of 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. 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 per person.