West news briefs: Arboretum plans ladies' night, dog day

  • October 30, 2012 - 7:51 AM


Arboretum plans ladies' night, dog day

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum this weekend will have a ladies' night out, a day all about dogs, and a 5K run.

From 6-9 p.m. Friday, "Ladies Evening at the Arboretum" will be a chance to enjoy an evening of shopping, fashion shows and live music. More than 30 clothing, jewelry and specialty products vendors are expected, and a cash bar and appetizers will be available.

Admission is free for Arboretum members who register by noon Friday; after that, it's $5 for members. Non-member fee is $5. Register at Walk-ins are welcome, too.

From 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, "All About Dogs Day" will represent a chance to walk on Three Mile Drive, complete with trick or treating, and enjoy a Pet Expo.

Authors Allen and Linda Anderson of the Angel Animals Network will be at the Gift Store to sign advance copies of their new book, "A Dog Named Leaf."

Register in advance at day.aspx or call 952-443-1400. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

"All About Dogs Day" registrants will receive a doggie goodie bag.

At 9 a.m. Sunday, the Witch Hazel Hustle 5K Run/Walk starts, running from the Visitor Center along Three Mile Drive. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members through today. After that it's $30 for everyone.

Go to www.arboretum.umn .edu/witchhazelhustle.aspx for details and to register or call 952-443-1515.


Auditions set for MacPhail Quintet

MacPhail Center for Music will conduct auditions for the MacPhail Brass Quintet from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

The quintet is one of MacPhail's premier ensembles for students ages 13-18. It will be coached by members of the Copper Street Brass Quintet. Rehearsals are scheduled for Tuesday nights.

The tryouts will be in room 613 at MacPhail's Minneapolis location, at 501 S. 2nd St. Students need to perform a polished solo or etude representing their ability level and be prepared to play major scales and a chromatic scale.

For more information or to schedule an audition, call 612-321-0100.


Absentee voting hours

In-person absentee voting is available on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Bloomington Civic Plaza, with extended hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and until 5 p.m. Monday.

More information is available by going to and searching for "voting," or by calling 952-563-4925.


Senior Republicans to get terror briefing

The terrorist threat and how it affects Americans will be discussed at a gathering of the Republican Seniors of Minnesota at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning at Poor Richard's Common House, 8301 Normandale Av. in Bloomington.

Pete Hegseth, decorated Iraq war veteran and executive director of Vets For Freedom, will speak.

The meeting begins with a business session and discussion, followed by the guest speaker. Lunch is served for $6 to $11, and there is a minimum charge for members and guests not ordering lunch of $3.

The Republican Seniors of Minnesota meets on the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, send an e-mail to repseniorsmn or call 952-828-1943.


Love in the wild is topic of discussion

The amazing courtship rituals of white-tailed deer during their rut will be discussed on Sunday at Wood Lake Nature Center in sessions from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The sessions include a hike in the park to look for signs of deer.


Holiday boutique at St. George Church

An assortment of craft vendors and a chance to decorate gingerbread man cookies will highlight the annual Holiday Boutique from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Church of St. George, 133 N. Brown Road in Long Lake.

The children's choir will perform around noon, and snacks and lunch will be available. Homemade apple, pecan and fruit pies will be available, as will a variety of homemade jams and jellies, baked goods and Christmas cookies.

On Sunday, the Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast is scheduled from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., with pancakes, sausage, fruit and juice, milk or coffee.

For more information, call 952-473-1247.


Farmers market moves indoors

The Maple Grove Farmers Market will begin its eighth season indoors starting Thursday.

More than 20 vendors offer items including seasonal produce at the market, which also includes live music and special events throughout the year.

The market is open from 3-6 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month throughout November and December.

For more information, go to maplegrovefarmersmarket .com.


Police host crime prevention meeting

The Robbinsdale Police Department will host a Crime Prevention Association meeting open to the public at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Police Department.

Residents can learn about the latest crimes that have occurred in the city and how to keep the city safer.


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