Lyric Arts Cabaret is Friday, Saturday

The Lyric Arts Main Street Stage will hold its annual Cabaret Fundraiser shows this Friday and Saturday, at the theater's home at 420 E. Main St., Anoka. The show will feature songs and roles from Broadway musicals.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. both days, with a silent auction, games and other activities preceding the 7:30 p.m. show.

Tickets are $50, or $60 for box seats. To buy tickets or to get more information, call the box office at 763-422-1838 or visit

'Ghosts' walking tours back for 2014 season

The Ghosts of Anoka walking tours begin a new season this week, with outings on Thursday, May 8, and Saturday, May 10. The tours, presented by the Anoka County Historical Society, blend "history and mystery."

They start at 7:30 p.m. at the Anoka History Center and last about an hour and a half. Advance reservations are required. Tickets are $7.50 for adults ($5 for Historical Society members) and $5 for youth. Call 763-421-0600 or go to


May 17 concert marks Armed Forces Day

The great room at the Isanti County Historical Society will be transformed into "Sweet Sue's Music Hall" for a May 17 Armed Forces Day concert. Angie Senger, Joe Chock and Doyle Peck will perform at the event, set for 6 p.m. at the ICHS Heritage Center, 33525 Flanders St. NE, Cambridge.

Tickets are $12 and can be bought online at or at the Heritage Center, which is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, if available.

A portion of the proceeds will support Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program. For further information, call 763-689-4229 or send an e-mail to

Coon Rapids

Paid-on-call firefighters sought

Coon Rapids is recruiting candidates to be paid-on-call firefighters.

No training or experience is required. The city will provide training to candidates who are hired, through the Anoka County Fire Training Academy. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on May 23.

Interested individuals can also attend an informational session from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on May 15 at Coon Rapids Fire Station 1, 1460 Egret Blvd.

Candidates must meet response time requirements, pass a written exam, meet physical agility standards and sit for an interview with the Civil Service Commission.

The salary is $12 per hour, and the job requires 10 to 15 hours of work a month. Apply at or call 763-767-6486.

For more information about the positions, contact Assistant Chief Bret Gageby at 763-767-6477 or


Style show at Guardian Angels of Elk River

Guardian Angels of Elk River, an assisted-living and senior care community, will present its second annual style show on Saturday, May 17, at Guardian Oaks Dining Room, 350 Evans Av. NW, Elk River.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. and the show will start at 9 a.m. In addition to the style show, there will be a brunch, silent auction, plant and bread sale, and more.

Susie Jones of WCCO Radio will be the special guest emcee.

Tickets are $20, and proceeds will be used to repair the walking path around the Angel Ridge Building. For tickets or information, call 763-639-1573.


Fundraiser seeks discarded electronics

Boy Scout Troop No. 211 will partner with Tech Dump, an electronics recycling nonprofit, later this month to collect unwanted electronics as a fundraiser.

Gently used, obsolete or damaged electronics can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, in the parking lot of Advent Lutheran Church at 9475 Jefferson Hwy., Maple Grove.

Items such as computers, cellphones, electrical cords, internal or external drives, other electronic accessories, TVs and monitors will be accepted. (There is a $15-45 fee for tube TVs and monitors — not flat panels).

Tech Dump will destroy all information and data on the electronics at its facility in Golden Valley.

The fundraiser will support the troop's weekend camping and outing fees, and other supplies. For more information, go to


Series looks at Bible and Qur'an

Living Waters Lutheran Church in Lino Lakes is presenting a lecture in art series about the intersections of beliefs in the Bible and the Qur'an. The final two sessions will be held between services on Sunday, May 11, and Sunday, May 18, starting at about 9:45 a.m.

The series, called "The Three Faces of Mary," centers on three biblical figures: Miriam, sister of Moses; Mary, mother of Jesus; and Mary Magdalene. At the center of each presentation will be a display of four 11-foot-by-16-foot tapestries, hand-painted by Hend Al-Monsour, an Arab artist who depicts the figures surrounded by four languages: Hebrew, Arabic, Greek and Latin.

The series is free and open to the public. The church is at 865 Birch St., Lino Lakes. For further information, call 651-481-0220, or email


Prostate cancer group will meet May 8

A University of Minnesota prostate cancer support group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Hope Lodge, 2500 University Av. SE, Minneapolis. Dr. Christopher Weight, a urologist from the university, will speak to the group, and a question-and-answer segment will follow.

Wives, family members and friends are welcome to attend. There is no charge, parking is free and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 612-388-3588.


Treble Tones to perform May 17

The Treble Tones Women's Chorus will give two performances on Saturday, May 17, at Holy Nativity Lutheran Church, 3900 Winnetka Av. N., New Hope. The Treble Tones have about 40 members and generally sing two- and three-part arrangements of popular songs. The performances are set for 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. that day. Tickets are $10 for people over age 12 and $5 for kids 5-12. They can be bought at the door as well as from Treble Tones members or by calling 763-493-8497.

Robbinsdale Schools

New principal picked for Forest Elementary

Melissa Jackson, principal at Bethune Community School in Minneapolis, has been named the new principal of Forest Elementary School in Crystal. She will begin on July 1.

Before her time at Bethune Community, Jackson was assistant principal at Lucy Laney Community School in Minneapolis for two years.

She will succeed Connie Grumdahl, who retired at the end of 2013.