Northeast Orchestra to perform Sunday

The Northeast Orchestra, a community orchestra based in Fridley, will present a concert titled "Youth Springs Eternal" at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Church of St. William in Fridley. The theme reflects the fact that most of the music was written when the composers were in their teens. The featured composers and the works are: Alexander Glazunov, Serenade No. 1; Richard Strauss, Horn Concert No. 1; Heikki Soulahi, Sinfonia Piccola; and Charles Ives, Symphony No. 2.

The church is located at 6120 5th St. NE in Fridley. Voluntary contributions are welcome.


Tree trimmers must be licensed in the city

Tree care and arborist services must be licensed with the city of Anoka to perform work within city limits. Before hiring a company, residents are asked to check the city's licensed tree-care services list. The list is online at

'Ghosts' walking tours back for 2014 season

The Ghosts of Anoka walking tours have begun a new season. The next outings will be on Thursday, May 22, and Saturday, May 24. The tours, presented by the Anoka County Historical Society, blend "history and mystery" and generally are held on the first and third Thursdays and Saturdays of the month, into October.

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 youths. Call 763-421-0600 or go to

Police set open house, memorial service

The Anoka Police Department will host its annual open house and memorial ceremony on Thursday, May 15.

The event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Anoka Public Safety Center 275 Harrison St. It will include station tours, squad car displays, K-9 demonstrations and refreshments.

The memorial ceremony honoring officers who have died in the line of duty starts at 3 p.m.


May 17 concert honors Armed Forces Day

The great room at the Isanti County Historical Society will be transformed into "Sweet Sue's Music Hall" for an Armed Forces Day concert on Saturday, May 17. Angie Senger, Joe Chock and Doyle Peck will perform at the event, set for 6 p.m. at the Isanti County Historical Society 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 also can be purchased at the door, if available.

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

Hennepin County

Four cities host Vehicle Fair for kids

Four north metro suburbs will host a Vehicle Fair from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 17.

It's a chance for children and families to get a closer look at a variety of trucks and other vehicles. More than 30 vehicles will be on display including an excavator, a National Guard tactical Humvee, a race car, an ambulance, a bomb squad vehicle, fire trucks, the Golden Valley puppet wagon, and several food trucks. In some cases, kids will be able to climb on board or behind the wheel.

The free event will be held in the parking lot of the Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Dr. N. Donations of nonperishable food items will be accepted for the local food shelf.

If weather is questionable on the day of the event, call the Crystal Program Cancellation Line at 763-531-1173 after 9:30 a.m. The Vehicle Fair is sponsored by the cities of New Hope, Golden Valley, Crystal and Robbinsdale.

Maple Grove

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